Every so often, we find ourselves facing a low moment as a society. Today, our resolve was tested.
Yes, that happened.
No, we can never go back.
The question remains: How can we approach race relations musically without inadvertently creating the 4th-worst song of all-time? (After this, this, and this in case you’re wondering.) I have an idea:
Make the racial draft a real thing. Want to help artists see things from a different viewpoint? Switch it up! Fresh exposure of creative ideas leads to better collaboration between black and white artists, thus decreasing the likelihood that we’ll ever have to suffer through a sonic fisting like “Accidental Racist” again.
On the no-trade list:
Blacks: Kanye West, Jay-Z. both Knowles sisters, ?uestlove, Kendrick Lamar, Phonte, Pharrell, Too $hort, Dr. Dre, the Michael Jackson catalog, both members of Outkast and Project Pat.
Whites: Adele, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Elton John, Lady Gaga, the Led Zeppelin catalog and Jimmy Buffett.
Here’s a few to start:
Ray J, Jaheim, Lil’ Chuckee, Nipsey Hussle, and Machine Gun Kelly’s expiring deal for Jessie Ware, Luke Bryan and the rights to the other half of Drake.
Boz Scaggs, Bobby Caldwell, and Bruce Springsteen’s soul for Cowboy Troy, Darius Rucker and a reunited Hall & Oates.
James Blake, Jon Brion and Depeche Mode for TV on the Radio and Esperanza Spaulding
Janet Jackson and Plies for Iggy Azalea and Dolly Parton
The entire New Edition discography (inc. all members solo records) for Justin Timberlake and a player to be determined later.