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Hip-hop & male anxiety

Two bits of hip-hop/r&b media have come to my attention in the last few days. First give a listen to R. Kelly's new jam called "Pregnant" over at The Fader. (I've included a YouTube stream at the end of the post.)

Second check out this latest Saturday Night Live digital short featuring Rihanna. Look soon as I imagine NBC will get this pulled down within 24 hours.

If I were to forecast what this particular weather pattern meant for the hip-hop community's constant crisis of defining masculinity & femininity, my prediction at this moment would be hail stones, gall stones, buckets of responsibility with a slight chance of emasculation.

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(Image via Pigeons & Planes)

UPDATED DECEMBER 7, 2009: I've had to replace the embedded video of the SNL skit twice already because of takedown notices from NBC/Universal. So much for fair use for commentary purposes. If the embed is down while reading this post, may I suggest clicking here to take you to a YouTube search on "Shy Ronny". It's well worth it.

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Alec Hanley Bemis lives in Brooklyn, NY but spends a lot of time in California. He obtained his B.A. in History from Yale University. His writing has appeared in LA Weekly, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, AsthmaticKitty.com, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. In 2001, he co-founded Brassland, a record label that documents the work of a growing community of musicians, including The National and Nico Muhly. Currently he continues to run Brassland, consults for the UK-based music company All Tomorrow's Parties, co-manages The Dirty Projectors, and acts as general manager at Cantaloupe Music. In the past, he has taught in New York University's graduate journalism program, produced projects for the new media-design firm, Funny Garbage, and written for Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve.