Lil B and Musicians' Social Performances
Below is a YouTube clip featuring an entertaining review of rapper Lil B's latest album, I'm Gay (I'm Happy). The clip is mostly about the music, but the reviewer, Anthony Fantano, makes some pretty interesting comments about how important the blogosphere and twittersphere are to celebrities.
That's not new, except that this celebrity is a bit crap. "That's the genius of Lil B," Fantano comments, "his art is this social experiment." That social experiment is defined by B's careful playing off of haters and confused followers under a spotlight of variously opinionated media coverage. Lil B's reach wouldn't be possible without the internet, and his influence is largely societal, given that the quality of his music - as Fantano notes in detail - is difficult to defend.
Worth thinking about in relation to all music acts out there and how they further their popularity in unexpected ways online.
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