Stereogum’s Listening Session Reveals A Slightly Tin Ear

Nov 14th, 2006 // 7 Comments

Stereogum reposted the new Timbaland/Nelly Furtado/Justin Timberlake joint earlier this afternoon, and the accompanying pan contained this groaner:

Not surprisingly, the beat is awesome once it kicks in, but then we’re smacked with Nelly’s vox and umm … why does hip-hop hate melody so much?!

Now, we aren’t fans of Furtado’s mewlings ourselves, but still … why does hip-hop hate melody? That criticism seems a bit rockist to us–especially from a site that champions such tonally challenged acts as … And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and the Verve Pipe. Thankfully, some of Stereogum’s regular commenters wasted no time calling out the post, but still … yeesh. We hope that the site’s big payday hasn’t resulted in its stable of writers getting all indie-snobby on us; after all, where else are we going to find out about Lindsay Lohan’s next album?

New Timbaland (Featuring Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado) – “Give It To Me” [Stereogum]

  1. Weezy F Baby

    I saw that Amrit dude at at least 5 shows over CMJ and without fail, he’d be at the foot of the stage, with his arms crossed, looking pissed off talking to his circle of blogger buddies.

    What happened to bloggers being music fans?

  2. Matthew Perpetua

    Amrit don’t dance no more, he just stands there like this…

  3. Nicolars

    Think they’re just too white and nerdy
    Think they’re just too white and nerdy…

  4. JJ-Still-Listen

    Why do they have to be rapper racist?

    They need to be called out on this…nice work.

  5. brianp

    Nothing new about that. I constantly read absurd statements about hip-hop, pop, and various other genres of music authored by indie-geeks who don’t know shit.

  6. Dr. Paul Proteus

    Dude Stereogum has always been rockist. I got really tired really fast of how much he just attaches himself onto bands and posts about them non-stop. After the 978th Sufjan Stevens update I stopped reading.

  7. spinachdip

    In their defense, Scottygum does love himself some Kelly Clarkson.

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