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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDo something relevant… Please don’t speak on me bro ever again!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 I’m tired of old people that have no connection with anything trying to comment on music!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 This is an interesting feud that’s developed. As Kanye points out, Bob Ezrin is a stalwart member of the “Old Guard,” a man with a decades long career who’s worked on cultural touchstones and yet has managed to stay relevant to the present day. Kanye West has shown himself to be a talented producer, a performer with aspirations to the higher levels of art and a public persona that is baffling in its complete lack of shame and nuance.  The two couldn’t be farther apart on notoriety scale, but knowing the attention Kanye’s antics bring, Ezrin is about to have his profile raised considerably. Let the good times roll. In an open letter shared by veteran music journalist Bob Lefsetz‘s blog, the Lefsetz Letter, long time record producer Bob Ezrin sharply took Kanye West to task for his over the top antics and self aggrandization. Ezrin has earned the bonafides to speak out on such matters, helping to create masterpieces such as Pink Floyd‘s legendary double album The Wall and Lou Reed’s Berlin, not to mention his recent work on the Phish album, Fuego.In the letter, Ezrin was bluntly dismissive of Kanye’s self purported “Genius,” dropping hits like “…unlike other creators in his genre like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now. He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.”  The letter wasn’t entirely critical, as he did give Kanye props on his production skills, saying: “In my opinion, his productions are his best work – and I admit I’m jealous of several of them…” though he went on to say “…but I don’t think he’s on quite the same level as Timbaland and Rick Rubin among several others. His song writing – meaning the stuff with melodies – is sophomoric at best.”He even took a moment to lament the recent pairing of West and music icon Paul McCartney, opining “I was embarrassed for Sir Paul – one of the greatest Artists of our era – by their collaboration, though it was pointed out to me that this got him his highest chart position in decades. So I guess he didn’t mind. But I kind of did!”Ezrin worried that people seem to be buying into the hype and equating Kanye’s body of work as “Art” with a capitol “A.”  Or as he puts it “…Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding. What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???” That fact that Kanye has released an album he is still tinkering with, Ezrin was found himself pondering the very nature of West. “The great musicians, writers, poets, rappers, performers, dancers, players, conductors, directors and producers work all their lives for that one moment of complete perfection – that one brilliant performance, that one perfect song, that one enduring and life-altering work. 10,000 hours is peanuts in comparison to the real amount of time spent by true artists in their lifelong pursuit of excellence. But no one else that I have seen is this happy to have the audience watching all along the way. They are working to the culmination of something; to the exquisite feeling of completion that comes from working and reworking until that moment when their creation, or their performance, is as good as it could possibly be. This guy is just feeding the media machine and I’m not even certain to what end. Maybe he JUST needs the attention, like that flasher, and isn’t happy unless he’s the center of it.”He closes a letter with a sad lament.  “I don’t even know why I’m so angry about this. Except maybe I lament for a world where being truly, world-shakingly excellent at anything – at least in the field of popular music if not elsewhere – is no longer absolutely necessary. You can be a star today just by creating a public life that people pay attention to. That’s it. All you have to do is be interesting or likable or shocking enough and you can have your 15 minutes of fame…even if that means that no one will remember you or what you’ve done in just a few years. Line ‘em up. How many “popular artists” have come and gone in just the last decades. In my mind (which is a pretty busy as often too judgmental place, I will admit) real artists make stuff that changes the world and LASTS.”Naturally, Kanye took to Twitter to reply.Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin???— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 Ezrin I truly feel sorry for your friends and family that they have had to suffer an idiot like you for so many years…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVolleyballEast Central defeated Lawrenceburg 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16.East Central vs. Lawrenceburg (9-23)Submitted by Var Vee.Waldron 7th Grade won against St. Louis 18-25, 25-19, 15-11St. Louis 8th Grade won 25-15, 25-14.STL vs. Waldron (9-23)Submitted by STL Coach Jill Reidy.Middle School Cross CountrySouth Dearborn Middle School Meet.Batesville Boys place first and Greensburg second.Greensburg Girls finish first and Batesville second.South Dearborn Invitational MS CC (9-23)Submitted by Batesville Coach Derek Suits.Jac-Cen-Del Middle School Boys and Girls victorious over Greendale.JCD vs. Greendale (9-23)Middle School SwimmingSunman-Dearborn Aqua Trojans Boys winners over Centerville 133-28.Sunman-Dearborn Girls also won 123-59.SDMS vs. Centerville (9-23)Submitted by SDMS Coach Brandon Loveless.FootballBatesville JV won against East Central 28-13.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Nobbe.TennisMilan Varsity and JV winners against South Dearborn.Milan vs. South Dearborn (9-23)Submitted by Milan Coach Zach Wade.last_img read more

September 21, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Press Association McQuaid is seeking re-election for a third term as UCI president this year, despite his leadership coming under scrutiny, particularly in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal. Following a secret ballot of 28 international federations in St Petersburg, the Irishman was successful in his bid to serve a second four-year term on the ASOIF Council. Embattled International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid has been re-elected to serve on the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Council, cycling’s world governing body has announced.center_img “Thank you for placing your trust in me,” International Olympic Committee member McQuaid said in a UCI statement. “It is very important for cycling to be represented on these two bodies. “One of the pioneering sports at the Olympic Games, cycling now has four disciplines on the Olympic programme and as president of the UCI I wish to continue our contribution to the Olympic movement, its values and all that it stands for.” Sergey Bubka (International Association of Athletics Federations) and International Boxing Association president Wu Ching-kuo took the two other available places. last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDepartment of Public Safety released its annual security report Wednesday, which tracks on- and off-campus crime statistics. This year’s report showed an overall decrease in crime during the past three years, according to DPS officials.Universities receiving federal aid are required by the Jeanne Clery Act to compile a campus security act by Oct. 1 of each school year. According to the act, the report must include crime data for the past three years.“The Department of Public Safety is constantly evaluating our methods to create as safe of an environment as possible for students and faculty,” said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.The majority of on-campus crime decreased between 2007 and 2009. Robbery, in particular, decreased significantly, down from 20 reported incidents on campus in 2007 to one incident on campus reported in 2009. Residential communities also showed a decrease in crime, said Carol Hayes, DPS director of administrative operations“There has been a 70 percent reduction in robberies over the past four years, and we’re proud of that,” Hayes said.The only clear increase of on-campus violent crimes was in forcible sex offenses, with nine reports in 2009, an increase from six incidents in 2008 and none in 2007.Off-campus, public property and LAPD-reported crimes showed an increase in some crimes, such as forcible sex offenses, but a decrease in others, such as burglary.Assistant DPS Chief John Thomas noted that although robbery incidents reported to LAPD rose in 2009, all 10 instances were associated with major events, such as raves or the parade celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship.Both negligent and non-negligent manslaughter had zero cases in the last three years, both on campus and in the surrounding areas.“[The report should] dispel the perception that the area around USC is more dangerous than anywhere else in L.A.,” Thomas said.The number of liquor, weapon and drug arrests and referrals has risen since 2007, with the number of on-campus liquor law referrals reaching 107 in 2009.“More incidents are being reported [by students], and at the same time there is an increase in the amount of alcohol-related incidents that we’re seeing on 28th Street and other places,” Thomas said.The report included statistics for the University Park and Health Sciences campuses, as well as the Orange County, Catalina Island, Sacramento, Marina Del Rey, Alhambra Health Sciences, San Diego and Aviation centers. The satellite campuses showed relatively low levels of crime compared to the University Park Campus.Fire safety information was also included for the first time in the report, including the status of alarm systems and instances of fires. According to the report, only one fire occurred in 2009, which was an accidental fire in the off-campus Troy apartment complex.Even with the descending rates, Thomas said that DPS is concerned with cracking down on violent crimes in particular.“I think it can always be improved, but we have seen the level of crimes go down in all categories,” Thomas said. “As long as it continues to go down, we’re happy, but it can always be better.”Carlisle, Thomas and Hayes said students must be mindful of their surroundings and put safety first.“Crime prevention measures don’t change from year to year. I talk about the importance of making smart decisions — the single most [important] component of safety is personal behavior and choices,” Carlisle said.Carlisle also reiterated the importance of not walking alone off campus at night, taking advantage of free transportation services and not advertising valuables as students walk in the area.Despite the lower crime rates last year, most students still seem to be mindful of the dangers on campus.“I try not to go out after its dark, and I guess I’d call Campus Cruiser if it got too late. I also carry around pepper spray,” said Vivian Tsui, a freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.DPS officials said they are constantly evaluating their practices in order to create the safest environment possible for students and faculty.“Students need to be aware because it impacts the campus community that they live in,” Thomas said. “[They need to] be aware of how they can contribute to a safer environment.”last_img read more