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  • "Art rap" tag

    Out 21 2010, 3h05

    I made some smarmy comment about it on the art rap page. I went back to see if anyone else commented.

    And then I noticed something... on the top artists page... the majority of the artists are white. Hmm...

    I doubt that there is any serious body of music called "art rap." May I just propose a hypothesis? Perhaps many last.fm users simply wish to define white or white-friendly hip-hop as "art." Which places the rest of hip-hop as what...?

    Top band: Das Racist. :D
  • the inescapable bias of last.fm

    Out 2 2006, 14h32

    counting the number of songs played by any artist doesn't really give an complete picture of what someone is listening to. please consider this mathematical study:

    i've listened to the magnetic fields 73 times since i joined last.fm. i've listened to godspeed you! black emperor 62 times.

    the average magnetic fields song is two and a half minutes. 73 x 2.5 = 182.5 minutes or about 3 hours.

    the average gsy!be song is about 18 minutes long. 18 x 62 = 1116 minutes or 18 and a half hours.

    18 hours vs. 3 hours, yet the magnetic fields are seven positions ahead on my list. obviously play count is not the most significant factor.

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    however, if you were to dig really deep for an understanding of what i'm listening to, the time spent playing a certain band on my computer wont grant you that information either. obviously, i don't only listen to music on my computer.

    a less obvious twist would be to consider whether or not i'm conscious while the music is playing. as i love to fall asleep to gsy!be albums, much of the time i'm not even awake as they're playing.

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    all in all, last.fm is neat, but it's data inaccurate. last.fm is very pro-grindcore, very anti-contemporary minimalism.