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King avriel – Freedom

10. February 2014
Music

A letter about #Freedom:

The song explores my first time experiencing true empathy. Calloused by the way I had been treated by men in my adolescence, I had to fall in love with a man who was deeply affected by the pressures of living in a patriarchal society to realize that the struggles that men face are just as important, valid, and harmful as the ones that women face. We simply struggle in different ways, and with different amounts of power. I then understood how valuable and necessary empathy was in fighting oppression, because as Paulo Freire (1970) asserts, inequity dehumanizes both the oppressed and the oppressors. Some may contend that our energy be better spent “redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future (Lorde, 1984).” However, I assert that through enlightening our oppressors about the benefits of inclusion and equality to his own group, thereby subversively appealing to his self-interests without diluting our own, we can begin to gain access to the opportunity to “construct the future” in our favor. Moreover, when one’s own oppressor is also a part of a marginalized group (e.g. black men and black women), it is important to practice empathy in order to build solidarity and bridge differences for the strength of the larger group of oppressed people (including people of color, Third World people, working-class and poor people, LGBTQ people, disabled people, elderly people, and women.)

The video took the idea of empathy and reimagined it visually. I wanted to juxtapose the song’s main theme with a metaphor that represents my recent name change. In this short vignette, my love interest, a transgender model named Nick, has taken a sip of the proverbial Kool Aid. He has, like the vast majority of us, subscribed to the idea that gender identities (i.e. woman vs man/ masculine vs feminine) must match that of our physical anatomy or sex (i.e. male vs female). Not only does this dominant ideology further marginalize the trans community, which is arguably the most affected by rigid gender binaries, it has also caused Nick enough pain throughout his life to make him want to numb himself. He and I are products of a distorted society that says gender is static and definite. Just as Nick is affected by mythical, yet strict, gender norms, so to was my first love stifled by the rules and expectations of black hyper-masculinity; similarly, I too have been suppressed and confined by the rules of “womanhood” all of my life. I contemplate drinking the Kool Aid too. Not only will following the dominant ideology make life simpler, but it will also allow me to be closer to Nick — satiating my newfound appetite for connection and empathy. However, I can’t bring myself to do it.

Essentially, the video is about confronting my recent decision to challenge gender norms publicly, which resulted in the changing of my name to King avriel (purposefully with a capital “K” and lowercase “a”). There are several other coded messages beyond the two characters, such as the Decepticons shirt, the font, my hair style, my laptop, the styrofoam cups, the ski mask, the sound effects at the end, etc, etc, that I look forward to expounding on in future interviews.

via King avriel

 

 

Warten bis die Winterdepression ihren Höhepunkt erreicht hat, wir uns auf dem Cocksteinpflaster vor unserer Haustür mindestens einmal schön auf’s Blitzeis gemault haben und uns das Streusalz die neuen Turnschuhe versaut hat. Ja, genau so lange mussten wir warten bis wir uns noch einmal unter Tränen und mit geballter Faust in der Hosentasche an den letzten Sommer erinnern dürfen.

Und um die Stimmung weiter aufzuheizen wurden nicht nur die anmutigsten T&B Handyvideos aller Zeiten aus der Urlaubssaison 2013 zusammengeschnitten, sondern obendrein auch noch unverschämt gut musikalisch aufbereitet. Zum Kotzen!

Unter dem Motto “Too Litte – Too Great” präsentieren wir euch nun SUMMER OF MIES Vol. 3 - a Mies Mob Productions Production in association with iMovie.

 

Und ich sage es noch (siehe hier) – Audio Push! Und eh man sich versieht auch noch mit Joey Bada$$. Jesus Maria. Das geht gut gut rein!

“Tis the season to be ballin for no reason…”

Unterschätzt: Audio Push

14. December 2013
Music

Diese musikalische Empfehlung kommt heute eher zufällig. Vielleicht war einfach zu viel los 2013. Wer weiß das schon.

Jedenfalls ist das vom Goldketten behangenen Jungprroduzenten Hit Boy geschraubte Duo Audio Push völlig an mir vorbei gezogen. Vielleicht weil die beiden früher eher durch Jerk Dancin’ und bunte Ray Bans bekannt wurden. Mittlerweile konzentrieren sie sich glücklicherweise auf’s Rappen. Mit einem südkalifornischem Inland Empire Sound, der wie eine saubere Mischung aus Outkast und Kendrick Lamar klingt, überzeugen sie heute meine innere musikalische Jury. Glückwunsch!

Also lege ich euch mal das Mixtape Come As You Are ans gebeutelte Hip Hop Herz. Anbei ein paar zufällig gepickte Videos (wer die Referenz im Video zu “Shine” erkennt bekommt zehn Punkte und ein Maikäferchen ins HipHop heft), hier der Download.

THUGLI – “Run This”

10. December 2013
Music

Just in case ya’ll thought this wasn’t real, WE RUN THIS SHIT.

 

Download “Run This” – Thugli hier.
Video directed von Amos Leblanc und Ohji Inoue.