Dirty Projectors, Solange Knowles, and the Perils of Music-Racism

On "Stillness Is the Move" and the uselessness of genre

To that last question: not really, as far as needle-moving or mind-changing went. "As if Dirty Projectors didn't sound enough like Mariah Carey to begin with," sniffed a Stereogum commenter, while devotees of the more r&b-friendly blog ConcreteLoop.com were more inclined to reminisce about Erykah Badu's use of that "Bumpy's Lament" sample instead ("ALL-TIME CLASSIC! Too bad she crazy now").

So perhaps we should just cede the next part of the conversation Solange started to none other than Jay-Z. "All these ways we classify things as r&b and hip-hop and rock . . . It's bullshit," he recently told Elvis Mitchell in Interview. "It's all music. If you put yourself in that box, then you won't be able to hear that it's all music at its soul. When people say stuff like, 'Oh, that's soft rock. I don't listen to that,' I find that elitist. It's music-racist." Just another made-up tag to avoid.

Dirty Projectors, merrily unclassifiable
Sarah Cass
Dirty Projectors, merrily unclassifiable

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Dirty Projectors
"Stillness Is the Move," #5 single

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