There are a lot of interesting thoughts in this interview w/ Matt Korvette from Pissed Jeans but this one really hit home for me. Rarely seen this idea stated so elegantly. It’s also something that is not so easy to talk about because you have to talk about what is wrong with yourself and not just what is wrong with other people. He wouldn’t understand this paradox unless he had helped perpetuate it.
I saw a few people in the comments in the Pitchfork Tumblr thread on this interview saying something like, “This guy is patting himself on the back for doing something everyone should be doing,” and “We don’t need men telling us this,” both of which are understandable. But I think he’s saying things in here that I just don’t see being said very often by someone in his position.
Also, this part:
My favorites would be the Geto Boys, but I feel like a big part of me enjoying them involved being a teenager who was petrified of women. Like, “Oh, that’s cool that a midget pretended he was Freddy Krueger and killed a thousand little girls, good for him.” But now, I can’t listen to that with the same sort of enthusiasm. So I’m a little disenchanted by the hip-hop I used to love, like Too $hort; I can still rap Cocktails from start to finish, but I don’t think I ever should.
Stated a bit less elegantly, but still, someone grappling w/ their own history and trying to make some sense of it. I don’t think he’s saying that loving Geto Boys is nec. connected to being afraid of women but that, for him, it might have been, and maybe he’s not alone. Seems worth saying.