On Wednesday, former Destiny’s Child member and solo artist Kelly Rowland released “Dirty Laundry,” a highly emotional, personal, and startlingly blunt song about her career and personal life. Production-wise, “Dirty Laundry” is as clear and straightforward as the lyrics. Structured with steady, yet ominous piano chords and a static drumbeat, “Dirty Laundry” plays like some of the best confessional r&b songs. Rowland sings:
Started to call them people on him/I was battered/He hit the window like it was me/Until it shattered/He pulled me out and said ‘Don’t nobody love you but me/Not your mama not your daddy and especially not B’
In the song, Rowland talks about her feelings in the industry and a violent relationship with an ex, but her situation is applicable and relevant to the circumstances of her listeners. According to a study from the U.S. Department of Justice in a compilation of statistics from the American Bar Association’s Commission of Domestic Violence, “Black females experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females, and about 22 times the rate of women of other races.” As a singer in the r&b genre with audiences largely both black and female, Rowland’s release can act as a call for action and a means of shedding light on an issue that still receives little attention.” —Britt Julious calls Kelly Rowland’s “Dirty Laundry” one of the most important songs of 2013.
For his talent, for his courage, for the breadth of his vision, and for a worldview that refuses to be bludgeoned into nihilism, Chance is a thousand times the artist Keef is… though venturing to say so will no doubt stir up this critic’s critics, the wisenheimers who maintain that I don’t know sh*t about hip-hop because I prefer mine free of hate and clichéd posing. Witness this recent Tweet:
“Everyone, enjoy listening to this Chance the Rapper tape, now, while you can, before @JimDeRogatis’s cosign makes liking it impossible”
Gee, it sure would have been nice to pan this disc, if only to prove my friend above wrong. But I can’t do it. Acid Rap is a masterpiece, and it’s your loss if you let me keep you from allowing it to enrich your life.” —Jim DeRogatis on Chance The Rapper’s newest mixtape Acid Rap.
What I hear is anger, disgust, and contempt for much of the modern condition, and here, I have my specific gripes, you have yours, and Savages have theirs (including that stuff about cell phones). But I also hear optimism—in the form of the power of uncompromising sounds to make a world of crap more bearable, and via the belief that refusing to treat people as idiots will be rewarded, at least via a connection with those people who are not idiots.
Which is to say, if you listen to this music and don’t feel something, I doubt that you’re really alive. And I don’t think I care to know you.” —Jim DeRogatis on Savages debut album Silence Yourself
Next Saturday the musical rediscovery label will set up a temporary store in the beloved Logan Square art space in observance of Record Store Day. In a press release the label said, “Last year’s event was a massive success, but also a massive headache—we’re hoping this cozier space leads to a more enjoyable experience for both Numero and our customers. We’ll have every Numero record that is currently in print, plus the following “exclusive” Record Store Day items:
NUM704 Husker Du: Amusement 2x7”
NUM201.5 Codeine: What About The Lonely? CD/LP
NUM025.5 24-Carat Black: Acetate picture disc 10” “
Details: 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
April 20, 2013
9 am to 5 pm