The reading that Ann Powers did titled, “Sounds like Teen Spirit” resonated with a Lily Allen song which stirred up controversy. The reading had talked about how Lorde’s song “Royals” uses satire to describe the desires that is often time brought up in songs by rappers and R&B artists. Since she took this approach, she has been called racist which she has stated that pops’ star system is a bad influence to young girls and dangerous to the stars themselves. Lily Allen’s song, “Hard out Here” is a good example of this. The music video features Allen twerking and doing a bunch of stereotypical hip hop and pop dance moves. She ironically even uses black female back up dancers. She took this controversy to twitter and stated that she didn’t hire the female dancers based on race and that they just happened to be black. This song was intentionally supposed to be about women in popular culture and not about race. The video was intended to be a light hearted video that deals with the objectification of women in pop culture. This relates to Lorde’s song “Royals” in the way that both of these white female artists who are trying to poke fun at the hip hop industry in a light hearted way is turning into an issue about race. It seems to me that if you are white than you have no permission in trying to bring issues into your songs that have to do with hip hop since it is such a black culture and it can come off the wrong way.
In Ann Power’s reading, “Collaborations and Congratulations: Navigating the Grammy Crossover it was interesting to me to see how artists from different races, genders, and genres of music are coming together collaboratively to break down the molds of race and gender. Though the white artists who are bypassing a lot of the Africa an American artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are receiving negative attention because of that. When I read this reading, Darius Rucker came to mind. He was the lead singer of Hootie and The Blowfish which was formed in 1994. The band decided to take a break in 2002 and he decided to switch to country music. This is pretty big since he gained success in a genre filled with white males and female country artists. His first single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” topped the charts which made him the first African American to chart a number one on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. What is interesting though in a quote from Ann Powers about him which he was portrayed in a sketch on Saturday Night Live by Tim Meadows she says, “as gimme-cap-wearing, beer-swilling Louis Farrakhan, leading a nation of white fraternity boys in a boisterous march to celebrate their solidarity in privileged obnoxiousness.” What Darius has done with his career though is that he has successfully crossed over from pop to country and he just so happens to be African American. I have much respect for an artist who can push the boundaries and stay true to his vision.