Posts Tagged ‘Hate’

We all know that Metal is the greatest genre of music ever to bless ears the world over. For the sake of argument (and this article) however, let’s cast that completely unbiased statement aside.

Metal alone has countless sub-genres.

Metal alone has countless sub-genres.

A genre’s origin usually is as touchy a subject as it is complex. Some genres simply took after the names of popular acts (ie: the lore behind the Death metal genre and the band Death), while others are smashups of established genres like Metal-core, the bastard child of Hardcore Punk and Heavy Metal who used Melodic Death Metal as a midwife. No matter the origin, a fight over whether they’re necessary or not is always bound to start a few international conflicts…no? Ok, fine they’ll certainly start a few arguments right?

One the many struggles both emerging and established artists face is defining “their sound”. In a world where making music -of quality or not- is becoming easier and easier by the megabyte, having a flavor unique to one’s own vision could prove to be a precious commodity. The conflict doesn’t revolve around people who acknowledge that fact however, it’s the opponents of genre labeling who whip themselves intoi a frenzy over categorizing music. It is because of these “creative purists” that the need for labeling music and lumping it into genres is questioned.

To their credit, there does not seem to be much of a consensus in regards to what is or isn’t a genre today. A study performed by the authors of Representing Musical Genre: A Study of the Art showed that among 3 internet “genre taxonomies” (,, and only 70 words were found common between them despite having 1,680 genres in total across the three sites. What one person calls something, another person could call it something else and have just as good an argument for how they see it…how confusing.

Nevertheless, there are practical reasons behind genres. The study of music (…or “musicology” as snobby elitist scholars like to call it) is just one of the many reasons genre labeling is important. While musicology is used as an umbrella term encompassing studies related to music, there is no doubt that genres often played an important role in those studies…and did I mention musicology has been around for centuries? Academic observations of music has provided us with tremendous insight into times before we were born. Now where would we be without music, the study of music, and the analysis of various genres?

Click to view a nifty interactive "genre by state" map!

Click to view a nifty interactive “genre by state” map!

While genre labeling has gotten a bit out of hand recently (I’m looking at you Nightcore and Djent), it is important that academics and students of various forms of music are able to do the education, Kanye, and immortalize the multiple varieties of music throughout history by noting genres and their qualities. Much of the vitriol thrown at the subject is a result of self imposed creative restrictions. Instead of keeping a focus on performing the activity that gives them the creative freedom in the first place, artist become swallowed up by critique and think a bit to much about the art…and that should be left to us critics! Simply put, it’s an integral part of music history no matter how much it’s hated, so just learn to appreciate it.

Soosan Firooz is more than just a rapper, she is symbol of hope in the oppressive world of the East.  Living in Afghanistan means living under the oppression of an ultra-conservative and religious fundamentalist views. The Taliban is still a prevalent force in her area of the world and it’s something she must deal with every day. She says she receives death threats over the phone.

“Of course I am worried something will happen, especially when I am stuck in traffic or going out for a run. I am worried about it but I refuse to just stay inside my house.”

Her father, Abdul Firooz, has taken it upon himself to accompany her to her shows as protection, which could draw dangerous attention to her family. Where many of her family members have disowned Soosan her father has always supported her. He is proud and confident that what she is doing is right. He goes on to say:

“Let them threaten us. We can defend ourselves”

James Neil Hollingworth (a.k.a. Ambrose Redmoon) said that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Soosan’s bravery to express herself despite threats to her life and the safety of her family makes her a cultural hero. She is an icon to women all over the world who feel they must hide themselves or their ideas in order to escape ridicule.

She has created a music video consisting of images of her in western style clothing, in particular does not wear the traditional headdress. It is featured on the Afghan cultural website and has gotten a bit of buzz. Both good, and bad. She has many new fans in the US who appreciate her beauty and strength but glancing on the Youtube page featuring the video you can find several vocal enemies exclaiming:

“Fucking whore kill your self” and “Afghan women should all educate and sing cultural music and not slutty Persian culture were they try everything to be western people and are far more slutty whores then the west can ever be.”

These comments are not of Americans but of the Afghan region which sheds light on the cultural ideologies of sexism and hate.

She has been featured on Upworthy, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and NBC lists her as one of “Afghanistan’s Female Powerhouses” among the listed is Afghanistan’s first Air Force Pilot, Colonel Latifa Nabizada, and “Mother” Laila who opened a free shelter for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s many opiate addicts.

In a land where women are treated as possessions that should be barely seen and never heard, it is woman who must stand a change the way they are being viewed. It takes a hell of a lot of courage to do what Soosan and many middle-eastern women are uptaking but they will go down in history books as the ones who were brave enough to speak up and lead the women revolution.

You can like her facebook page here Soosan Firooz