I kinda wanna write a thing about the whiteness of vaporwave which is hard to do because its so so anonymous

but you've got people like yung bae who are pretty open right-leaning assholes, and the whole aspect that vaporwave is a lot less interesting musically if you'd been paying attention to hip hop, like, at all, and in particular chopped and screwed music

early vaporwave was pretty explicitly anti capitalist. it was distributed for free exclusively online and was largely made by either LGBT people, people in contemporary art circles, or both

as time went on the anti-capitalist themes of vaporwave faded away, it became increasingly made by mediocre white men, and it became less about challenging the aesthetic and more about bathing in it

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@radoptimist I'm not sure it died, but something certainly changed in January 2013. this song comes out and invents a couple of vaporwave subgenres all at once

the irony dropped off a bit, see
this isn't so much an ironic indictment of 90s hypercapitalism as it is a kind of celebration of it


@realmaxkeeble @radoptimist And so, the hippies gave way to hipsters, no longer pushing back, but rather letting their hands sink into the system and rubbing it all over their bodies. It just happened so much more quickly with vaporwave :( -Katie

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