Mariah The Scientist Reposts Critique Of Pitchfork Calling Andre 3000's Album "Rap"

Before you go to the publication's social media to flame them for this seemingly blasphemous categorization, there's a reason for it.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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André 3000's new album New Blue Sun couldn't be farther from a rap album in most people's eyes- or ears, rather. Moreover, many folks took issue with Pitchfork's review of it- not because of the score (8.3, Best New Music), but because of the categorization. Instead of "New Age," "Jazz," "Ambient," or other appropriate genres that describe the flute-heavy, fully instrumental project, the publication put it under the "Rap/Experimental" genre. Mariah The Scientist agrees with this criticism, as she reposted a tweet on it on her Instagram Story on Monday (November 20).

"André 300 did NOTHING but play the FLUTE and they STILL labeled it a RAP album," the tweet in question reads. "Do we not see the problem with this?" However, before we get ahead of ourselves, there's a legitimate reason for this categorization that might calm Mariah The Scientist down. Pitchfork designed their content management system (CMS) that they use to publish work and organize it in the "backend" so that the genre of an album ties to the principal genre of its artist. As such, since they have the Outkast member as mostly a rap and experimental artist, they couldn't change the genre to reflect New Blue Sun's direction.

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Mariah The Scientist Agrees With Pitchfork Slander For André 3000 Review

So, with that in mind, maybe you understand the music media icons a little bit more. But the criticism itself is very valid and applicable to other people's discussions around the project. In fact, it's something that the 26-year-old has addressed about her own music. "I put music out, and it's automatically supposed to be R&B?" Mariah The Scientist asked Complex during a video interview.

"Anybody that sings and is Black, or they think you Black... they, like, put you in this category of 'She makes R&B music,'" she continued. "But if Lana Del Rey is singing about heartbreak, why [do they categorize] her album as alternative? But I put music out, and it's automatically R&B? What if it's neither of those? I told somebody that I wanted to make a new genre and I wanted to call it A&B for alternative and blues. I don't know if it will happen, but if I did have to categorize myself, it would be that." For more news and the latest updates on Mariah The Scientist and André 3000, log back into HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.