1. Beyoncé comparisons
So on Wednesday, Beyoncé released her Netflix concert film Homecoming, which covers her epic 2018 Beychella performance. Once released, the Internet was, of course, obliterated, renewed, in shambles, overwhelmed and motivated towards their dreams.
A typical Wednesday when Beyoncé’s involved, right?
Well apparently, some folks wanted to eclipse Bey’s bright sun when they dared to compare her to other artists in the music game.
First, words started floating around Twitter like “#Arichella” and “#Gagachella,” referring to Ariana Grande, who’s headlining this year’s Coachella, and Lady Gaga, who headlined 2017’s Coachella.
Beyoncé was the first Black woman to headline Coachella in 2018 and already, people were trying to overshadow her culture-shifting work by co-opting her #Beychella title. Pop culture critic and author of Ain’t I A Diva: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy Kevin Allred worded it nicely when he tweeted:
“Coachella doesn’t get renamed for every artist that performs. Stop it.
#Beychella is a specific once in a lifetime, world-shattering performance that no else today could ever replicate. Beyoncé changed Coachella. Every other artist is still just appearing at Coachella.”
This still didn’t shut the haters up though.
One person had the nerve to compare Chris Brown to Beyoncé because of ONE flip he executed at one of his shows.
“Until the day Beyonce does this on stage never in your life compare her to Breezy,” one user wrote.
Clearly, they didn’t watch the Homecoming documentary.
The Internet was done for the week.
Why can’t we just let this Black woman be great?
2. Dave East
Surely there’s an African proverb somewhere that states:
“Why be a hater when you can just be silent.”
This is what most of the Internet was wishing for Dave East when he came out of nowhere to announce that Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” is “wack” on Instagram.
East made the comments in his Insta Stories, saying:
“That ‘Old Town Road’ sh** is wack. I don’t know what the f**k is going on with hip hop, with rap, but — I ain’t no hater man, but that sh** is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack.”
Guess Mr. East isn’t here for the country trap movement.
It’s one thing to give constructive criticism, but if you’re starting your sentence off with “I ain’t no hater” or “I don’t know what’s going on with hip hop,” chances are you’re about to sound old, stubborn and yes…
Lil Nas X never even subscribed to the “hip hop” label for “Old Town Road.” According to NPR, he clearly uploaded and marketed the song as a country track, more specifically country-trap.
So all the annoying hip hop and rap purist can rest easy.
Many people on the Internet were completely over Dave East’s criticism with some folks going so far as to say they don’t listen to his music.
Dave might have the lyrical rap skills on lock, but he might want to stay in his lane when it comes to the genre-bending pioneers.