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Solange Blasts Race In The Music Business, Drags New York Times Critic

Solange speaks her mind on race and Brandy.

Solange has always been one of the most outspoken singers and no topic is off-limits. The 30-year-old took to Twitter today to air out her frustrations with race in the music industry, specifically how she was portrayed by The New York Times’ music critic Jon Caramanica.

But to understand what’s peeving Solange now let’s skip back several years to when she railed against indie music blogs for failing to employ writers—in her opinion—who know enough about hip-hop or R&B to review it. “Like you really should know about deep Brandy album cuts before you are giving a ‘grade’ or a ‘score’ to any R&B artist,” she had tweeted at the time.

Apparently Jon Caramanica brought up her “Brandy album cuts” statement in an interview and likened it to biting the hand that feeds her — presumably since artists rely on blogs for exposure. These words didn’t sit well with Solange, to say the least, and she fired off a new round of tweets, dragging the “indie white guys” who had initially poked fun of her infamous Brandy tweets and Caramanica himself: 

No response yet from The New York Times.


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