re:code.fm :: Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool

Whatever it was that N.E.R.D. was in search of: Lupe Fiasco found with his 2007 release The Cool. What is Cool? Cool is a living contradiction. Lupe adopts the nature of the cool, through and through; rather than avoid the gilded crux of our modern phantasm, Fiasco clutches to it like an insomniac and the…

YinMotif: Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer

Dirty Computer … this synesthetic venture through the ArchAndroid’s akashic record, despite any and all attempts at erasure, remains an impenetrable audio-visualized experience of the rogue post-robotic mediatrix’s life lived … to the fullest extralegal extent of natural order. This record, feels like excavation, reveals by vivisection, and establishes through manifest reverie, Monáe’s living mnemonic…

re:code.fm :: Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

In 1998, Lauryn Hill released a cultural landmark – one part enemy of the state, one part love story – which entirely rewrote the curriculum for hip-hop on the brink of a new millennium. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is H.E.R. story – of hip-hop and its truest personification. Lauryn recorded The Miseducation to resurrect…

About Her Inner Quicksilver Scene : Edie Sedgwick

“I would like to turn the world on, just for a moment … just for a moment,” so spoke Andy Warhol’s brightest burning – and arguably quickest dimming – Superstar, the girl on fire, the Poor Little Rich Girl, Edie Sedgwick. As much as April 20th is the unofficial holiday celebrating the blurred, covert cool,…

re:code.fm :: Britney’s Blackout

2007 climaxed the greatest American tale since The Civil War, and Britney Spears’ Blackout was our living soundtrack. Just as Spears was our brown-eyed girl of misfortune, Blackout is the requiem of our American Dream. Britney was an ideal created in our own image. Our image, our perception of our self worth, in the past…