One of Our Own Wins VMG Music Writing Award
Note: Kiernan Maletsky is the Music Editor of the Dallas Observer.
The 11 alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: this year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards.
William Michael Smith (left, photo by Chris Knight) and David Thorpe
Each of the 11 music editors around the country selected his or her favorite articles from 2013 in two categories: blog posts and print stories. Then a judging panel comprising Senior Music Editor Ben Westhoff, Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray and myself voted to pick the winners, who will get a cash prize.
This year's best blog post is David Thorpe's "The Ten Best Male Rappers of All Time," originally published on the Village Voice's Sound of the City blog. It revealed the disparity in the way men and women are discussed in music writing with brevity and force.
His debut album, Illmatic, is still regarded as one of the best rap albums ever recorded by a man. Extraordinarily, the album was created with a team of almost all male collaborators, including Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and fellow male rapper AZ. (Somehow, despite all the testosterone in the room, it didn't even wind up sounding like the score to a dick-flick.)
Nas was hot enough - both on the mike and in that baby face of his - that even female artists took notice: he married singer Kelis in 2005.
We asked Thorpe to send to send us a little information about himself, and here's what we got:
David Thorpe is a protein that in humans is encoded by the LBP gene. LBP is a soluble acute-phase protein that binds to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (or LPS) to elicit immune responses by presenting the LPS to important cell surface pattern recognition receptors called CD14 and TLR4 . He lives in San Francisco and writes occasionally.
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