On Pins and Needles: When Internet Memes and Music Reviews Collide

A wise man once said: “A statue has never been set up in honor of a critic.” Well, that may be true but who needs a statue if you’ve got internet memes dedicated to you? In this brave new wired world, that’s all that matters right?

Well, I bet Anthony Fantano or popularly known as “theneedledrop” in his YouTube Channel (launched on September 9th, 2007) and “The King of /mu/ (music board) in 4chan (most popular English-language imageboard community) among other online personas, isn’t complaining that a statue has not been or will never be erected to immortalize him. I think that being hailed as the “leader in internet music world” is just as cool if not cooler in my humble opinion as what goes in the internet, stays there forever—reanimated, reconfigured anytime, anywhere at the touch of a button.

To the uninitiated, Fantano (“theneedledrop”) is a passionate yet thoughtful music reviewer who uploads his album reviews across social media platforms (prominently in YouTube) on a regular basis. His taste in music is quite eclectic and extensive as he reviews just about anything worthy of his attention. From the latest in pop to hip hop, electronic to rock, metal and then experimental music among others you name it; he has evaluated and assessed all sorts of musical genres and then some! I mean, you don’t become the “leader in internet music world” if you discriminate.

The good thing about Fantano is that he presents his views objectively and interjects humor in them in a seamless and organic manner. You might not agree with him all the time, but at least you’ll have fun watching his videos.

With over 780,925 Subscribers and 162,372,778 views (as of writing) on his YouTube Channel, his cult following is stronger than ever—statues be damned!

Check out Fantano’s most viewed video below. It’s an insightful review of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 smash hit ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’. Don’t forget to give us your honest-to-goodness thoughts about it in the comments section. Fire away!



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