January 13, 2014|By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins | RedEye Sound Board
One of the biggest complaints from rappers when it comes to media coverage is that the folks critiquing the music aren't regular folks in the hood. It's a fairly decent complaint, since the gap between writers who know their stuff and those who don't has narrowed in the blog era.
What's the solution? Putting the music in the hands of the people and letting them tell you what they think. So that's what we did.
Last month, we kicked off #Barbershop, a new series where I go to a shop and play five rap songs for an audience of regular folks. I'll record their honest opinions of the songs--good or bad--and will live-tweet the whole thing here. Then I'll compile the results in a Storify like I did last time. (You can read it below for an idea of what we're talking about:
Now the question is: What are we going to play? Well, that's where you come in. Send one song (ONE SONG. Don't be thirsty) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Song for #Barbershop." I'll pick five at random and play them while I'm getting lined up.
Again, send your song to email@example.com with the subject line "Song for #Barbershop." by 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 27th. Hope you make the cut! (See what I did there?)