Saturday, December 24, 2016
NICE AS F*CK! : The Songs, 2016.
"Everybody wanna be a nigga but nobody wanna be a nigga."
Everybody wants to be able to use the word without consequences and wonder what the big deal is. Everybody wants to dread their hair, rock braids, shout Thug Life, be surrounded by the culture, but not exist within it. Be free to maneuver in and out of Blackness, have the chance to do you, even if this "you" is not rooted in your ancestry or community.
And then there are those others who are curious to know why so many of us Black folk are so hung up on being Black or talking about being Black. Why all we see is race and color (As if they don't). What is our problem? (As if none exist here involving them) Why are you so mad? ("It's 2016!")
They want to tell you how to grieve, how to dress, how to speak, where you are and aren't accepted, still, in 2016, but often don't want to ask why we see what we do, act how we act, do how we do, or how we got here. Nor do they seek to find out why.
Cause some are scared of the answer that awaits them following such a question. But there's no need for this fear cause the fact of the matter is, as Dev plainly & exquisitely says here without a trace of anger or disgust in his voice:
"All I ever wanted was a chance for myself..."
Even in 2016.
To exist. To be young, gifted, and black and not be challenged because of that. To do you doing Black which for us is just us being us. Point a finger or just ignore that which disturbs you or doesn't fit, fine, but Dev's gonna speak on it while he has your undivided attention. And he's not going to beat you over the head with that knowledge or lecture you. He will come at you as an adult, a human being; calm and steady; telling you why he's mad, and ask that you simply understand and let him do him; exist in this space and have a chance to just do him, as you do you. Help you understand why we fight, why this is complicated, and why for us, this is not a game, still, in 2016.
"All you ever wanted was a chance for yourself..."
10/jessy lanza/never enough
11/kaytranada featuring syd/you're the one
12/dirty projectors/keep your name
13/britney spears/private show
14/devendra banhart/fancy man
15/angel olsen/shut up kiss me
16/parquet courts/i was just here
17/badbadnotgood feat. samuel t. herring/time moves slow
18/of montreal/it's different for girls
19/nice as f*#k/door
20/flume featuring beck/tiny cities
21/the weeknd/false alarm
22/amber coffman/all to myself
23/bruno mars/that's what i like
24/car seat headrest/destroyed by hippie powers