Secondhand opinions… Nothing makes me want to drive my head at full force into the wall more than secondhand opinions… So many people think they’re the only people with access to the TV, re-conveying an opinion of someone they saw on TV almost word for word (with a sense of possession) as if it were their own… Sometimes I don’t know if they can tell if it’s really their own opinion or not. The media has us in a choke hold, we can’t think for ourself, anything and everything they say is the gospel cool and we want to be part of it…
We’re everyday robots in control
Or in the process of being sold
Driving in adjacent cars
‘Til you press restart
Everyday robots just touch thumbs
Swimmin’ in lingo they become
Stricken in a status sea
One more vacancy
For everyday robots getting old
When our lips are cold
Lookin’ like standing stones
Out there on our own
Song: Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
Sex Diet. That was something wasn’t it? That post could’ve went on forever… you know… like a good career. When longevity and success come together, we get something some may call excellence. Someone who has reached excellence in their music career is of course Eminem. On that Sex Diet tip, I may as well ask the million dollar question, What would Eminem be without a sample? more importantly, What would Eminem be without Dr Dre?
Though unlike most mega rappers, Eminem isn’t as big on samples though one of his biggest most iconic numbers is fueled by a sample from “Thank You” by Dido. What’s interesting about this number is that it is the polar opposite of the sampled number in it. Titled with words of gratitude, “Thank You” by Dido is a fine breeze of love and kindness, on the other hand “Stan” by Eminem is a rough storm of intense emotions.
Being the bad word that I am, nothing annoys me more than dancers, and by dancers I’m referring to people who buy into terms or use terms they may (sometimes) understand but don’t really have a clue as to where or how the term came about but merely jump into the bandwagon just because all the cool kids are using that certain term.
When Eminem released “Stan” back in 2000 most of the kids who run Twitter weren’t even born. It was when this number was released that the term “Stan” or “Stanning” came to life, “Stan” being the title of the song as well as the name of an obssessive fan in the song/video. Of course “Stan” being someone’s name we assume it’s short for Stanley, at the same time it’s very clear that “Stan” is a combination of the words stalker and fan and understanding the term stan or stanning in its truest form, and looking at Stan in the “Stan” video and his efforts and mental state, I can safely say that I’ve never and probably never will be someone’s stan, it’s too much work for a sane person, wouldn’t you say? Of course you wouldn’t, you’re probably one of them, Stanley.
With that said, I don’t have any artist I’d stan or come close to stanning for but as far as music goes, that, like many of you, I am a loyal stan of… at least if stalking music is possible in a more sanely sense.