Darren McGarvey responds to a recent article published in the Herald that claimed Kendrick Lamar doesn’t deserve a Pulitzer music prize and that rap isn’t a proper art form. In a piece dripping with contempt Brian Beacom wrote:
“Isn’t rap, at best, a sorry stream of semi-literate consciousness, or at worst, a collection of nonsensical lines that barely rhyme, with all the cultural merit of Wee Willie Winkie?” [“Brian Beacom: Pulitzer music prize judges deserve a rap on the knuckles”]
McGarvey discusses the article putting it in the context of shit opera, shit poetry and shit journalism.
As the Scottish Press gathers for its annual backslapping event (no cultural section required) it’s worth reflecting on the quality of music and cultural journalism in general.