Published Dec 19, 2011As you've seen and will see as the year ends and turns into 2012, there was plenty to celebrate in the music world over the past 12 months. But with the good is always some downright irritating bullshit, which is why we've come up with a list of things we'd like to put the kibosh on. Read on and help us put an end to these aural antagonizers.
Trends in 2011 We Could Live Without:
10. Actors as Musicians
This is a problem that stretches from Rodney Dangerfield's rap album through Dogstar, but there has been a resurgence of actors trying to make it happen in the music world, as if their egos (and likely genitals) weren't being stroked enough in the more glamourous parts of showbiz. Everyone from Christopher "McLovin" Mintz-Plasse to Freaks and Geeks' John Francis Daley is tweeting up a storm about some struggling band they're sitting in on while they should be focusing on their careers. The inclusion of Michael Cera as a live bassist distracted us from how mediocre Mister Heavenly really were, while Community star Donald Glover's often cringe-worthy rapping as Childish Gambino is bafflingly accepted. There are few exceptions where screen-ready actors actually pull it off, but it would be easier for everyone if they just stuck to their day jobs.
9. Every Rapper Is a Record Label
Those paying close attention to the hip-hop world will notice that every week, someone has signed to a semi-famous rapper's record label. Sure, Jay-Z had Roc-A-Fella, Eminem has Shady and Lil Wayne is making a killing from Young Money, but the family tree of record labels is getting so confusing -- especially since they're all owned by the same three companies. Now Wiz Khalifa is repping his Taylor Gang imprint, Curren$y has Jet Life and it's only a matter of time before Drake announces his inevitable October's Very Own label. Considering the majority of rap releases don't come out when they say they will, it would be better if these rappers took a break from playing entrepreneur dress-up and got their own shit in order.
8. Every Side-Project Gets Released
Speaking of musical clutter, we live in an era where every single musician has a laptop with recording software. In between albums with your main gig? Why not crank out a side-project? Trouble is, bands with a decent following are seeing all of their kinda-good ideas getting a proper release from record labels who would rather try to tap into an existing fanbase than take a risk with an unknown artist. As a result, there are countless side-projects getting a decent push from record labels, and they're all just pretty okay. Too many middle-of-the-road releases contributes to listening fatigue, which is not something we're at all happy about.