We’ve always championed bands who rail against the establishment. From the Sex Pistols to the Manic Street Preachers, we’ve favoured those who snarled things we were too afraid to say. But now we fetishise an even more reactionary version of anger, and it’s enthralled by tales of abuse and misogyny.
The most downloaded track of 2010 was Eminem and Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie, a song about recurring domestic abuse sung by a real-life perpetrator and a real-life victim. Its traumatic dual narrative made for an astonishing piece of songwriting. But its subtleties were undermined by a glossy video starring Megan Fox and arenas of fans singing that they “love the way it hurts.” Meanwhile, Rihanna’s abuser Chris Brown rides high in the charts with a string of hits that berate his “haters” for not supporting him after he was convicted of assault.
Now Tyler, the Creator, a 20-year-old rapper from LA, has become an object of perpetual fascination because of his violent slurs against women and gay people. In the last three months he’s appeared in scores of magazines, all proclaiming him to be the last of the great rule-breakers. His recent trip to London, as a member of collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, became a media frenzy as the band incited mayhem on the streets of Camden with gaggles of teenagers begging to have their photo taken with him( Collapse )
lmao, they made it