My current musical obsession is Imani Coppola, a gal who’s been making music for the last fifteen years without ever getting anywhere near the recognition she’s due.In the nineties, a couple of her songs got good rotation on MTV, most notably Legend of a Cowgirl. After getting dropped by her major record label for some usual record label bullshit, she’s carried on making incredible albums. Her newer stuff is what gets me the most.
My highlight: Imani getting punk as fuck the song “Woke Up White”, where she goes in hard on the benefits of white privilege. Sample lyrics below:
I woke up white today
And everything went right today
I woke up white today and everything was a-OK…
I walk up in a store
I don’t get hard looks no more
I’ll go rob a bank real fast
And surely they’ll blame your
Black ass black ass black ass black ass!
If you’re fascinated enough to want to explore her older music, I’d recommend the live video below for a taste - she blends hip hop and singer-songwriter genres with effortless flair. But before you start, take a deep breath and prepare yourself to welcome back the nineties with wide open arms.
Why yes, she is playing violin in a green beehive wig and then busting out rapping like the ultimate bad ass - thanks for noticing.
If you’ve ever thought that your blues collection doesn’t have enough punk, or your hard rock doesn’t have enough blues, Benjamin Booker is here to fix it all. He’s only been playing music live since 2012, but his band is so tight and songs are so well formed it seems like it’s been much longer.
Bonus points awarded for touring with other bad ass musicians we’ve covered on this blog, like Courtney Barnett and Hooray for the Riff Raff, and looking like he’s having the time of his life every time he plays.
Feast your ears, eyes, etc.
I deleted it because I got tired of the hours I spent following clickbait or reading long threads of social justice arguments. Plus being less public about my life is how I’m trending these days.
I feel great about that choice. I miss out on events sometimes, but other than that I have a lot more time to do the shit I really want to be doing in real life. So yeah, try it out if you’re thinking about it?