Wednesday, July 12, 2006

India Arie


I don't really know if I bought India's CD because I really wanted it or because I felt like it was wrong not to get it. I feel like everyone's supposed to like India Arie because she's so different. "India's so natural!" "She's not a conformist." "She's true to herself unlike other artists." "She's deep." "She's so refreshing." Yeah well look. No disrespect to India but I'm kinda turned off by earnest expressions of self-righteousness and uniqueness. If you're different, don't tell us you're different. If you're not like all the other video girls, don't speak the fact that you're not. Just be like the Goapele's, Dwele's and J'Davey's. We'll see it for ourselves if it shines through. I know that she's big about her hair. Yes we know that you are not your hair, but India I hope you're not putting your hair in little doo doo balls, shaving your head, and wearing bushes just to prove a point. I don't know...Does anyone else feel like she's trying too hard? I'm not saying that I don't appreciate her music. Her songs are very motivational. I'm sure that I'll marry that one song on her CD that gives me goosebumps as soon as I take a thorough listen. But India, be cool darling. Just be cool.

4 comments:

BmW said...

I know just what you mean, J. It's the same deal on almost any hip-hop album unless you're talking about the Roots or Talib Kweli...but then again, such is life. I wonder why friends/producers never step in and ask, "Don't you have anything else to rap/sing about?!?" If I have to hear another song about how many diamnonds are in a watch, how good somebody's looking tonight, or how in touch with themselves they are without using their talent to do it. Use the words, don't let the words use you.

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Kep said...

I have a feeling that I wouldn't like India Arie if I met her. Or at the very least I would be able to relate. I still remember the hissy fit she threw when she didn't get an award. I can understand why she was mad, but there's a certain way to deal with it, you know? It does seem like she's bragging a little bit to. On this last CD I don't know what the heck she's talking about on certain tracks. I think the problem with a lot of artists is when they can't relate to normal people. Why put it out in mass media if no one knows what you're talking about?

And I hate when people make songs about how they cheated and want the person back. If you're going to do that, just leave it at one song, please. Don't keep reminding the person and chasing them! Let them move on, and do the same! Sorry, cheaters urk me.

Peace,
Kep.

T.C. said...

I can actually say that I doand I don't agree (maybe that's not it either), to a certain extent...because I do agree with bmw, especially about "bling"...there IS SO MUCH MORE TO TALK ABOUT!

With regard to IA...I think that she is just human...sometimes when you are coming to a certain point you talk about it because it helps that transition really "set" in...I can relate to the entire CD...(I am lost when you talk about the cheating song) but I can...

I have seen her perform and she is a little "extra" in gets in gets out...but aren't most performers...I don't think she is your average around the way girl...she's not a Jill or an Erykah...but she has her own little place...

I know that I am just generally hard on artist...I think we all are to a certain extent...especially those who are really into music...and the true art of it...its hard you know...

I say we just take from it what we will...what we can...but I can feel you...sometimes everything can be over rated

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