Looking Back on Controversial Summer Tunes


As it’s chilly December, we thought we’d let you reminisce about the music of those summer days of blissful sunshine. ‘Tofe Ayeni puts some of the most talked-about songs and albums of last summer under the magnifying glass.


Oh Kanye; our dearest, self-proclaimed god, Kanye. I can honestly say that there is no other celebrity quite like this man. I must admit that I had never been affected by his high level of arrogance before – I mean, with the amount of money he makes, I felt that he had a right to be self-assured.

However, he hit an all-time low with the title of his latest album ‘Yeezus’. I mean, as a Christian, Jesus is a very important part of my life, and I don’t like the joke being made with his name. Nobody has the right to claim a strong similarity to Jesus. I felt personally offended by this. He had crossed a line.

Regardless, I did sit on my bed and listen to the entire album at once, and I am ashamed to say that I did really enjoy some of the songs, but ‘New Slaves’ has to be my favourite. I was hooked from the first two lines of the song, ‘My Momma was raised in an era when; Clean water was only served to the fairer skin’. Everyone who knows me is aware of my personal interest in the historic maltreatment of my race. The song is about how black people are still thought of as slaves, especially rich blacks in America. They are, according to him, the ‘new slaves’.

I absolutely love this song, but this does not remove my disappointment in the terrible album title. In addition, other songs like ‘I am a God’ simply made me angry. In this, he repeatedly yells about his being a supernatural being. Hate to break it to you, Kanye, but when you die, you will not be returning to this earth in three days.

That being said, everyone should go and listen to this album. I can understand that some people might not enjoy rap… well, actually I can’t, but I have come to accept that it’s not everyone’s first choice. However, this isn’t typical rap; it’s got a twist – ‘Blood on the Leaves’ is a good place to start.

Blurred Lines

I have to be completely blunt; the only song I know in this album is, of course, ‘Blurred Lines’. This commentary, therefore, is about the song not the album. There is a lot of controversy about this song as it is seemingly derogatory towards women and girls. As a CLC girl, having been surrounded by ardent feminists, I feel that I really should have been more appalled by the lyrics to this song.

Unfortunately, all I initially heard was a good beat, and all I saw was TI and Pharrel (I LOVE THEM). I’m not going to put a link up for the video, but I will warn you that viewer discretion is advised. This video is especially NOT for raging feminists. CLC girls, look away now… That said, I do comprehend what people say about it being insulting towards women, and about it promoting rape; but so many popular modern songs of nowadays are the same, and Robin Thicke has made a lot of money from it. Perhaps it is time for society as a whole to reconsider the words and actions they deem acceptable; and the things that can be put on family TV and radio. I suppose that brings up the issue of the freedom of speech people feel they deserve, and if there should be restrictions on how free the speech is.

For my part, I don’t think there should be any restrictions, but that does not mean there shouldn’t be a punishment. Talk about how you like to kill on national television if you so desire, but expect to be forcefully admitted into a mental hospital.

Selena Gomez

I cannot lie; I did not know the name of Selena’s album. However, have no fear, I have found out for you. It’s called ‘Stars Dance’.

I always knew the names of some of her songs though, and I like them! Whoever thought I would one day be jamming to songs by Alex from The Wizards of Waverley Place?! I believe that Selena Gomez, this summer, started what is going to be a successful career in music.

I recall when people only knew a couple of Taylor Swift songs; yet now half my friends can quote her entire album! Well done, Selena; it only gets better from here. You’re going to start having a lot more haters, but remember, haters are the sign of a great career (just look at Rihanna).

Image: by U2soul on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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