Tavi Gevinson Notes on Taylor Swift for Believer Magazine 

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So I’m going through the Noz and Martorialist end-of-year rap lists as usual and in 156 total songs there is ONE female lead artist. (Not that including guest artists makes it any better - there are only three guest verses by female rappers, and two of those are by Nicki Minaj.) There’s no Sasha Go Hard, no Eve, no Angel Haze, no Sharaya J, no La Insuperable, no Pink Dollaz, no Gangsta Boo, no Snow Tha Product, no Brianna Perry, no Chella H etc etc etc, add whoever you feel like. Why am I still pointing this out in 2013? Do people have no self-awareness? Rap bro internet you’re fucking irrelevant, basically.



1. Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ
2. Dawn Richard, Goldenheart
3. Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
4. Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
5. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
6. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
7. K. Michelle, Rebellious Soul
8. M.I.A., Matangi
9. Holden, The Inheritors
10. Amel Larrieux, Ice Cream Everyday
11. Creep, Echoes
12. Ciara, Ciara
13. Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time
14. Floorplan, Paradise
15. Maya Jane Coles, Comfort
16. 2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
17. Quadron, Avalanche
18. Fantasia, Side Effects Of You
19. Ashley Monroe, Like A Rose
20. Om’mas Keith, City Pulse
21. A$AP Ferg, Trap Lord
22. The Knife, Shaking The Habitual
23. Nils Frahm, Spaces
24. Jade Alston, Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night Pt. 2
25. Julia Holter, Loud City Song
26. Eve, Lip Lock
27. Prurient, Through The Window
28. DJ Mustard, Ketchup
29. Peven Everett, King Of Hearts
30. Ikonika, Aerotropolis
31. Darkside, Psychic
32. La Insuperable, La Mami Del Swagger
33. Omar-S, Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
34. Blondes, Swisher
35. Goldfrapp, Tales Of Us
36. Mr. Beatnick, The Synthetes Trilogy
37. Gwyneth Herbert, The Sea Cabinet
38. Lil Durk, Signed To The Streets
39. Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe
40. Kanye West, Yeezus


Alden Tyrell & Gerd ft. Jess Allen - Luv Thang
AlunaGeorge - Attracting Flies (Shift K3y Remix)
Amel Larrieux - I Do Take
Annie - Tube Stops And Lonely Hearts
Ariana Grande - Baby I
A$AP Ferg ft. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - Lord
A$AP Ferg ft. Shabba Ranks, Busta Rhymes & Migos - Shabba (Remix)
Ashley Monroe - You Got Me
Atumpan - The Thing (Todd Edwards Remix)
Axel Boman - Klinsmann

Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - ***Flawless
Blondes - Elise
BNJMN - Hummingbird
Brandy Clark - Just Like Him
Breach - Let’s Get Hot
Britney Spears - Work Bitch
Bunji Garlin ft. Nigel Rojas - Differentology
Burial - Come Down To Us
Charly Black & J. Capri - Whine & Kotch
Ciara - Wake Up, No Make-Up

Ciara ft. Nicki Minaj - I’m Out
Clean Bandit - Dust Clears
Davido - Skelewu
Dawn Richard - Frequency
Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
Denyque - Make Me Believe You
Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Droop-E ft. Nite Jewel & J. Stalin - N The Traffic
Drums Of Death ft. Yasmin - True
Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E - Need U (100%) (Skreamix)

Fantasia ft. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott - Without Me
FCL - It’s You (MK Mix)
Floating Points - Wires
Floorplan - Never Grow Old
French Montana ft. Nicki Minaj - Freaks
Gorgon City ft. Yasmin - Real
Gunplay - Bible On The Dash
Henrik Schwarz - Take Words In Return (Return Version)
I:Cube - Le Bon Vieux Temps
Ikonika - Lights Are Forever

Isolée - Allowance
Jade Alston - I Try
Janelle Monáe ft. Erykah Badu - Q.U.E.E.N.
Jessie Ware - Imagine It Was Us
JoJo - André
K. Michelle - Sometimes
Kacey Musgraves - Keep It To Yourself
Kanye West - On Sight
Kelis - Jerk Ribs
Kendrick Lamar ft. Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Jay Rock - U.O.E.N.O. (Black Hippy Remix)

King - In The Meantime
Konshens ft. J. Capri - Pull Up To Mi Bumper
Krystal Klear ft. Jenna G - Addiction
Lady - Money
Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly - Do What U Want
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness (Toyboy & Robin Remix)
Lea-Anna - Find My Love
Levon Vincent - ???
Lil Durk - Dis Ain’t What U Want
Lulu James - Closer

M.I.A. - Bring The Noize
Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru - Khona
Mano Le Tough - Primitive People (Tale Of Us Remix)
Mariah Carey ft. Miguel - #Beautiful
Meek Mill - Levels
Migos - Versace
Miley Cyrus - We Can’t Stop
Miranda Lambert - Mama’s Broken Heart
The Mole - Lockdown Party (DJ Sprinkles’ Crossfaderama)

Mutya Keisha Siobhan - Lay Down In Swimming Pools
New Jackson - Sat Around Here Waiting
Nyanda - Trouble
Odysseus ft. Ruby Goe - Never Gonna Let You Go
Paul Woolford - Untitled
Pistol Annies - I Feel A Sin Comin’ On
QQ - Ghetto Gal
Quadron - Hey Love
Ray Foxx ft. Rachel K. Collier - Boom Boom (Heartbeat)
Rihanna - Pour It Up

Rudimental ft. MNEK & Sinead Harnett - Baby
Russ Chimes - Turn Me Out
Sasha Go Hard - Rondo
Schoolboy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar - Collard Greens
Scrufizzer - Kick It
Sevyn Streeter - It Won’t Stop
Shanell - Catch Me At The Light
Sharaya J - Smash Up The Place
Shuanise - Mercy
Sinead Harnett - Got Me

Sky Ferreira - I Will
Sophie - Nothing More To Say
Starboy ft. Wizkid & LAX - Caro
Stylo G - Soundbwoy
Tale Of Us - Another Earth
Ten Walls - Gotham
Tiffany Evans - 143 (I Love You)
Tom Trago - Two Together
Toyboy & Robin - Jaded
Trumpet & Badman - Love Keeps Changing

Wizkid ft. Femi Kuti - Jaiye Jaiye
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege
YG ft. Young Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - My Nigga
Young Galaxy - New Summer
Yung Nation - Shawty Wassup
Zendaya - Replay
2 Chainz ft. Fergie - Netflix


1. Angel Haze @ Scala
2. Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
3. Mutya Keisha Siobhan @ Scala
4. Kacey Musgraves @ Bush Hall
5. The Knife @ Roundhouse

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Solange’s Saint Heron compilation was one of this year’s biggest disappointments to me - in light of her on-point commentary about R&B being shaped by people who aren’t all that versed in it, I wasn’t enthused by its narrow scope and reliance on scare-tildes futurism over actually decent songs. And as an original member of the Cult of Cassie back in 2006-07, neither am I excited that her vocal influence seems to be outstripping her commercial relevance: the point at which her icy coo started sounding redundant rather than fresh has long passed even for her, let alone a wave of mannered imitators.

More to the point, I thought Saint Heron was a huge missed opportunity to showcase some of the most overlooked R&B of the year. This is what my track list would have looked like:

Shuanise - Mercy
Tiffany Evans - 143 (I Love You)
Amel Larrieux - I Do Take
Sevyn Streeter - It Won’t Stop
Jade Alston - I Try
Lea-Anna - Find My Love
King - In The Meantime
Tweet - Day Dreaming
Quadron - Hey Love
Kelis - Jerk Ribs
Fantasia ft. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott - Without Me
Melanie Fiona - Cold Piece
K. Michelle - Sometimes
Shanell - Catch Me At The Light
Dawn Richard - [300]

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