All Things Music, Social Justice, and Protest

Month February 2021

“The Man” // Critique and Context

“The Man” is a song written by Taylor Swift which came from her album Lover. Lover came out in 2019 and it instantly broke records and left people wondering about the ‘new’ Taylor Swift. She had always played by the… Continue Reading →

“Make Me Feel” // First Listen, Context & Critique

Monae co-wrote “Make Me Feel” with Julia Michaels, who is also responsible for writing Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Selena Gomez’s “Good for You”. The track seems to be about the singer voicing her feelings for a special someone “Baby, don’t… Continue Reading →

Chanel: Context & Critique

The years leading up to Chanel‘s release was eventful in drastically positive and negative ways.  Of course, in 2015, same-sex marriage became legalized in the United States and nearing the end of 2015 there was already the expectation that 2016… Continue Reading →

“Promises and Pills” by SOJA // Context & Critique

Promises and Pills from the album Amid the Noise and Haste by SOJA was released on 2014. In 2011 President Obama announced that by 2014 he plans to withdraw all military troops from Afghanistan. The US invaded Afghanistan after the… Continue Reading →

“Cough Syrup” context and critique

  “Cough Syrup” was written by Rock, Alternative group, Young the Giants in 2008 and appeared on their EP called “Shake My Hand”. In the infamous hit show, “Glee”, Darren Chris, who played former Warbler, Blaine Anderson, sings a cover… Continue Reading →

The Bigger Picture: Context and Critique

“The Bigger Picture” by rapper Lil Baby was released June 11th 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  It was inspired by the injustices and hardships faced among the black community.  The Bigger Picture comes at a time of… Continue Reading →

“Cherry Wine’s” Context and Critique

In my listening posts, I am focusing on Hozier’s “Cherry Wine”. Originally recorded in 2014 for his debut album, the song was re-released with a music video on February 12, 2016, as a charity single that donated proceeds to domestic… Continue Reading →

“Burn the House Down” Critique

Burn the House Down, written by AJR, was released in 2018. AJR was asked by Morgan Spurlock to write a theme song for his movie, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken.” They not only released the song for the film,… Continue Reading →

“I Might Vote 4 Donald Trump” Listening #1

The context for JPEGMAFIA’s “I Might Vote  Donald Trump” is Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The song was released in May, 2016, before the election. It’s important to understand Trump’s racist history to see how it manifested it’s way into… Continue Reading →

“Crooked Smile”

The Song Crooked smile by J.Cole was released in 2013. The song itself deals with self confidence and knowing that everyone has flaws in their lives. The music video on the other hand shows the harsh reality of the war… Continue Reading →

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