"Dido’s Lament” an aria from Dido and Æneas by Henry Purcell, performed by Jeff Buckley live at the Meltdown Festival in 1995. Elvis Costello, director of the 1995 edition of the festival, on Buckley’s performance:
❞I was amazed when he did Meltdown. I asked him what he wanted to sing and he said he’d like to do one of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in the original German! Absolutely fucking fearless. He was convinced he could sing it without rehearsal, just because he liked it. In the end he did a Purcell song, Dido’s Lament, which is in danger of sounding incredibly poignant in retrospect: ‘Remember me but forget my fate’. But he also sang Boy with the Thorn in His Side because he liked it, and Grace to show something of himself. When he started singing Dido’s Lament at the rehearsal, there were all these classical musicians who could not believe it. Here’s a guy shuffling up on-stage and singing a piece of music normally thought to be the property of certain types of specifically developed voice, and he’s just singing, not doing it like a party piece, but doing something with it. My last memory of him was at the little party in the green room afterwards. There were all these people sitting round Jeff who’d never met before — Fretwork, the viol group, a classical pianist and some jazz player — all talking and laughing about music. He’d charmed everybody. I’d much rather remember that than anything.
“My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early ’90s. And the boys were like, ‘Take your shirt off, Tupac!’ He wasn’t doing that. But we had a blast in there.”—
Gangsta rap to be specific; most of the stuff that came out in the late ‘80s to like the mid ‘90s. Rappers in that time did what some of the greatest stand-up comedians like George Carlin and Chris Rock did/do. They could go from telling some really over-the-top even cartoonish joke with a barrage of the most profane insults to laying some insight on the harsh realities of inner city life/poverty/etc.
I ain’t gonna lie though, there are plenty problematic things going on in Gangsta rap (plenty, damn). But yeah, I’m tired don’t want to type anymore. heh
“The Left is so busy thinking “correct” thoughts about its “political line”, that it does no practical work at all among the masses of real people and workers, and lives almost totally in the past. This is not a chess board where you move people around.”—Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
“I’m mean I’m mad, but I’m mad about something. I’m not mad as an inherent aspect of my Blackness or my womanhood, but mad about something.”—
This quote comes from her brilliant discussion with bell hooks on how people tried to shape her response to poor shaming that occurred on her show as her being irrationally angry and as some personality facet, when it was simply a legitimate response to a very disgusting problem of classism and racism in America. And this uniquely happens to Black women based on long held stereotypes and controlling images about Black womanhood, shaped by misogynoir. (via gradientlair)