There were some things I was feeling on the internet this week, but also a lot I was not into. Highlights: Joi’s sonic solitude, Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, Drake, ‘The Infamous,’ Vive La Vie Bohème, normalizing the new normal, wealth shown to scale, and fake memes.
I had so much fun reading this. That was partially due to learning about how the artist Joi “occupies space in the lineage of artists who thrive across genre line,” demonstrating with how “Black people live hyphenated lives, so it’s fair to say our musicians embody and shift the context of what W.E.B. Du Bois called ‘double consciousness,’ musical cross-pollination made available to the Souls of Black Folk.” As engaging as the descriptions of Joi’s work are, it was exploring Lynnée Denise’s 25-year relationship with Joi where “student, fan, and gatekeeper of the musical masters graduate into a league of their own, with a platform to articulate the many ways they’ve been shaped; a tribe of fellow artists marked by the legends” that captivated me the most.