I don’t think it’s untoward for someone who really has no interest in strip club culture to be at the same time totally enamored with strip club music. It’s not a form of slumming it or appropriation. I sort of think that the converse is true: if you were to simply deny the validity of strip club music, that would be cultural misstep. There’s nothing wrong with loving the hell out of “Bands a Make Her Dance” because it’s a pointless exercise to imagine your not liking it would otherwise — what? — save a stripper? Who are you, Drake? There is responsible cultural consumption, and I think that’s basically the best you can do. You just have to weigh and measure, think. And I’ve thought about it.
Thing is, Mike Will is this year’s Clams Casino. His production has been everywhere good: Future, Kanye, Rick Ross, Jeremih, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane. Like, he single handedly made Future, a pretty underwhelming performer heretofore, into one of my favorite rappers of the year. Go ahead and download his latest compilation mixtape. I’ll wait. It’s worth it.
If you’ve ever wanted to hear about my experiences with strip clubs or some of my (admittedly rambling) views on strip club music, well have I got something for you.