Defend Your Ballot: Drew Millard, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

Pazz and Jop
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 2013. Here, Noisey's Drew Millard defends his ballot.

See Also:
- Pazz and Jop 2012: Top Albums

Okay, Mr. Millard. First things first. Tell us who you are and how many times you've voted in Pazz & Jop.

Drew Millard: I'm an Assistant Editor at Noisey, which is VICE's music blog. I work in Williamsburg, enjoy the rap music, and am wearing a plaid shirt today. This is my first year voting.

What colors are in the plaid, and how did it feel voting for the first time?

Teal/Navy/Yellow/Brown/Light Brown. And I kind of rushed my ballot in a way that I shouldn't have

Thanks for taking such care with it.

My Pazz ballot was based off of my Passion Of The Weiss year-end ballot, which I spent like five hours on. I think I moved around the singles a bit, but it was a ballot that had a lot going into it, promise! It just doesn't really make sense to do different lists for different sites! I'd rather have a master list that I adapt for various polls etc.

Drew Millard Pazz and Jop 2012 Ballot
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Okay okay, I believe you. Well, let's talk about your ballot a little bit. The only non-rap or R&B album in your top 10 is Taylor Swift. What's up with that?

Well, I really like that Taylor Swift album and I felt like those were the albums that both progressed music a bit in their own way and appealed to me personally. I mainly went off personal appeal but, like, Meek's the first Philly rapper to go national in a while and that felt important, the Chinx Drugz tape encapsulated a lot of what I enjoy about new NYC rap, Frank felt like he made a successful reach for the canon, etc. And that Taylor Swift record felt in a way like the FutureSex/LoveSounds of pop-country. Maybe the Justified, and the next one will be FutureSex/LoveSoundsM. Am I good at this?

Yeah you're okay at it I guess. You talked about what went into your decision making, so how did that play into your choice for Future as number one? Why is that your number one record? Isn't it just a bunch of auto-tuned crap? (NOTE: I like Future)

FUTURE IS THE FUTURE OF MUSIC. RICO WADE GAVE ME MONEY TO SAY THAT.

What else has Rico Wade given you money to say?

I HAVE ACCEPTED AMERICAN CURRENCY TO DEFEND LATE-PERIOD CEE-LO. "FUCK YOU" IS NOT THE ONLY GOOD MODERN CEE-LO SONG. HE HAS ALSO MADE AN ENJOYABLE CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

He's a great judge on the Voice, too. Explain why Future is the future of music.

THE VOICE IS THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION. IT IS THE DUBSTEP DROP OF VISUAL BASED THINGS.

On some real shit, Future probably isn't the future of music, but he's adapting the madcap creativity of the Dungeon Family to modern pop-rap, and it's something that's singular and special, and shows a hell of a lot of creativity.

Also, er, FUTURE WEARS SPIKES ON HIS JEAN JACKETS BOTH LITERALLY AND METAPHORICALLY.

Do you think spiking is something we're going to see more of in rap music?

I WOULD HOPE SO. STUDS AND SPIKES MEAN THAT YOU ARE WEARING A WEAPON. I MEANT TO INCLUDE THE ROAD WARRIOR SOUNDTRACK ON MY BALLOT AND GIVE IT 90 POINTS.


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