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411 Music Fact or Fiction 06.06.14: Not Racist, Just Stupid
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.06.2014

Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have Tony Acero against Robert Cooper.

1) Justin Bieber shouldn't be blamed for something racist he said when he was fifteen.

Robert Cooper: FICTION. No, he knew what he was saying, so he should be blamed for it. But with that being said, how he reacts to the criticism is how long we should blame him. If he brushes it off and complains about people criticizing him, then he is showing that he has not matured since them, and should be blamed for it, and blamed for a long while. If he apologizes, then we should give him some hell, but let him carry on after a while. Fifteen year olds are stupid, and they say stupid things, but that's just how fifteen year olds are. Let's see if Bieber can manage to act like an adult and own up to what he has said.

Tony Acero: FACT. I will not spend too much time defending Bieber and his racial diatribe that happened when he was hardly old enough to realize what a boner is. I still despise the kid, and feel he's one of few celebrities who I'd love to get into a physical altercation with. With that being said, if you've never said anything racist, you're not human. Why is this news?

Score: 0 for 1

2) Linkin Park's "Wastelands" is a good song.

Robert Cooper: FICTION. I wouldn't say good, it is catchy, I will give it that. Catchiness does not equal good, because that would mean that the Macarena is an all time classic. The riff for this is solid and it is plenty heavy for current day Linkin Park, but they didn't wow me with this song.

Tony Acero: FACT. Sure, why not. It's a little harder than I'm used to from Linkin Park, but there's nothing wrong with that. The message is clear, the lyrics are crisp enough, and the chorus is soooo Linkin Park. I gave it a few listens and couldn't help but enjoy it more each time.

Score: 0 for 2

3) You don't like what you've heard from 50 Cent's Animal Ambition.

Robert Cooper: FACT?. Boy, this is going to sound bad, but I didn't listen to a single track off of the album. Hell, I would have not even known it were out if Jeremy Thomas didn't review it for the site. So I can't say yay or nay because I've not heard a song off of the album, but I might give it a listen a little later down the road.

Tony Acero: FACT. The entire album sounds very, very mixtape like. And I'm not talkin God's Plan G-Unit type mixtape, no I'm talkin found on Datpiff's fourth page or so and never fully listened to because it's simply not worth it mixtape. Let's just face it, 50, your newest album is about as good as your pitch at Citi Field. And you claiming that it was due to excessive masturbation?

Score: 1 for 3


4) You're excited for a new Foo Fighters album.

Tony Acero: FICTION. They're not my cup of tea. Hell, I don't even like tea. I did do some searching, however, and it seems there is a lot more excitement there is than disdain for a possible future album, so I'll side with the majority on this one and say that - at the very least - the fans of the group will have some new material to fall in lust or hate with. Until then, I'll just listen to Everlong and pretend like I know any other song by them.

Robert Cooper: FACT. Sure! I always enjoy the music of the Foo Fighters. While their brand of rock is not exactly rare in this day and age, they're plenty of fun, and I enjoy them quite a bit.

Score: 1 for 4

5) The music video for Jennifer Lopez's "First Love" was worth watching.

Tony Acero: FICTION. Worth what, exactly? My time? Certainly not. Jennifer Lopez is super hot, and the video wasn't anything offensive or bothersome, but I'd likely not watch it again nor would I be watching it in the first place had it not been for this column posing the question. The black and white video seemingly set in the most desolate part of Mexico has enough skin from J. Lo and the dude with the abs to please male and female alike, but that's about it.

Robert Cooper: FICTION. If you asked me this question about 5 years ago, I would have a different answer, because damn, J-Lo looks pretty good in this video, so 17 year old me would have loved this. But 22 year old me? Nah, the song is okay for one listen, but the video was pretty boring in my eyes. Then again, I am a grumpy ass sometimes, so maybe it's me, but I did not find it worth my 5 minutes.

Score: 2 for 5

6) The Beastie Boys not making any more music after Adam Yauch's death is for the best.

Tony Acero: FACT. There are always two sides to the coin when speaking about groups who lose a member, and whether or not they should continue to create. Groups like TLC have done the best they could to leave their legacy intact while still trying to grow as artists. The Beastie Boys, however, was and is an institution, and will never be "The Beastie Boys" again without Adam Yauch. I could only assume that the guys feel the same way, and have no desire to alter what they've created. They are a powerhouse, an historical landmark, and will continue to be as much without any additional members to the group or music to the catalog.

Robert Cooper: FACT. I think it's a totally cool deal. There are only 3 of them in the band anyways, so losing one is a huge blow. If they don't want to continue without him, why should they? They probably wouldn't make music that was as good without him, and I doubt that it'd be a fun time for them. So I think it's for the best.

Score: 3 for 6

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