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They Don’t Want You to Be Great

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Great musicians, for some reason, are always accused of some big, scandalous trait or activity at one time or another in their careers. Ever wonder why?

With the recent passing of Prince, it feels to many as if the last of the great musicians has left us. In tributes celebrating the man, the myth, and the legend, the Purple-heads (I made that up) comment on the guitar rifts, the cool outfits, and the sick vocals. But then there are those people. You know the ones…as soon as the news broke about Prince, their paragraphs-long Facebook statuses prattled on about the scandals, the androgyny, the sexual deviation associated with The Artist.

It’s not the first time, though, and it won’t be last time that self-righteous social media refuses to acknowledge greatness in preference of hating on someone who can no longer defend himself. The accusations are always the same, though:

  1. Androgyny
  2. Homosexuality
  3. Womanizing (when they can’t prove number two)
  4. Failure to be “black enough”/give back to the community (whichever applies)
  5. Ties to the occult/Illuminati

It’s pretty sad that the formula for success is persecution. Think about it: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jesus (OK, that last one isn’t a musician, but you get it)…I’m sure there are more I could add to the list. All of the greats have been accused of the aforementioned items on the list, pretty much to a T.

It seems as if the haters that be are convinced that accusing people of the items above will most certainly remove the artists from the hearts of their beloved fans. Sometimes it works, but in the cases of the megastars I just mentioned, it most certainly does not.

The lack of creativity in causes for finger pointing make it seem as if whomever is making the accusations has a set formula, an already-decided plan for what they will say when some great artist becomes too great. They attach all forms of sin to great talent and notoriety. The only conclusion that one can draw is that severe critics and accusers alike must really have a problem admitting that someone can be that darn good.

That’s all.

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Hope Carter
Hailing from "Screwston," Texas, Hope has been immersed in music since birth, first being exposed to Motown by her parents, then discovering her love for all genres as she trained as a dancer. Her unique set of life experiences growing up in Houston's Historic Third Ward as a lower middle class child, attending schools in more affluent neighborhoods, all the while attending an international church in which she was very involved, created her open-minded approach to music and art. Hope is very socially conscious, and prefers to take songs as a whole - both lyrically and sonically - before making her final judgment on their quality. As a dancer, she is inclined to be interested to anything she can move to, but her Dirty South roots give her room to appreciate a more laidback, chill (screwed) vibe. Her taste in music continues to change as she discovers new artists and as genres evolve.