Tag: music

What Hip Hop Needs is a Good Answer Record

You can tell a hit record by the strength of its hook. A current example is Ghostface Killah’s “Back Like That”. With its great production and a hook sung by newcomer Ne-Yo—think Usher-lite (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing)—the track grabs you from the beginning and never lets go. In...

/ May 20, 2006

Wrong Skin Color + Average Record = Disappointing Sales

A recent story in the New York Daily News talks about the difficulty that singer Kelis has had in cracking the rock barrier. That is, listeners still don’t consider her a “rock” artist, even though she has many rock influences that show up in her music. I will not dismiss...

/ April 23, 2004