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I am Anthony Fantano, founder of The Needle Drop, and I've been told by Spin that I'm "today's most successful music critic." Some message boards online have also said I'm a meme. Ask me anything!

Hello Reddit, Anthony Fantano here, the Internet's busiest music nerd. I run a YouTube channel where I review a lot of music. A lot.


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CQMach888

Do you find it hard to approach music from a different culture of origin? For example, when reviewing K-pop or maybe rap in another language, does not being able to understand the lyrics affect your enjoyment of that music, and does that reflect in your reviews? I thought it would be different when it comes to a single critic, rather than places like Pitchfork who may have a more diverse staff on hand to give opinions.


theneedledrop

i'm not gonna lie; it can be. i think i just try to do the best i can do translate what the enjoyable qualities of the album will be for a listener who won't go into it naturally understanding those aspects of it. because music is so steeped in whatever culture it comes from, the types of barriers are going to be there. and that's ok. not everyone can understand and be an expert on everything. and at the end of the day, i'm just trying to engage enjoyment. it doesn't matter of me if i'm enjoying a weezer album or a natalia laforcade album. i'll do my best to state what it is about the album i find to be special.

OprahsThiccToes

what era of musical exploration do you feel like was the strongest? as a followup, do you think music is currently headed in a direction that is favorable?


theneedledrop

not sure about the first question, tbh.

i think music will continue to move in a good direction as long as the culture it comes from remains in control of its creation and dissemination, not greedy record labels. what we have now isn't perfect, but the internet gives more artists control than before. more control and a fairer financial deal is what artists need to seek otu in the future.

joe26713

what current movement or genre in music do you think will have the biggest impact going forward over the next decade? what artists specifically will be looked back on in ten years as highly influential to the direction of music?


theneedledrop

probably guys like frank ocean or some of these emo trap artists. i know the catalog doesn't seem like much, but they're hitting an emotional nerve with current generations few other artists are.

Edited_lamb357

Hey Anthony, I'm a big fan of your content, so cheers for putting the time in to entertain us all.

I'm not sure if you've answered this before, but which review of yours would you most like to change the score of in a retrospective? Has reception of your score ever caused you to reconsider?

Thanks again Anthony


theneedledrop

any of these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiXWqnT-NCg

a few times, but that desire usually goes away quickly.

Chadwck

Do you think that UK culture makes it harder to understand the messages in UK music?


theneedledrop

i don't think UK culture makes it HARDER, but because it's a culture Americans aren't familiar with the dialect seems alien and lingo goes over their heads. so, yeah, it can create a bit of a barrier, i suppose. however, i think that's something people should get over to try and enjoy something that's different and exciting.

bcerv99

I notice that you put emphasis on the mixing and mastering of a song when reviewing, my question is have you ever heard a song that still sounded great even though the mic may have been a little muddy or not up to par with commercial standards?


theneedledrop

sure. all the time. how a song is presented sonically is important, but it's not everything. things can still sound a bit "off" and the music still be perfectly good / enjoyable.

TheLedgend27

Would you ever drop any original music??


theneedledrop

probably, but i'm not sure i have any interest in becoming a commercial artist, honestly. i respect the grind and obviously i couldn't be doing anything i'm doing without commercial music existing. i just don't have any interest in making it or promoting it like it's my job or paying my bills depends on it.

Virtemption

What made you start reviewing music and albums in general?


theneedledrop

just wanting to share my thoughts and see if i'd get any others in return. covering music professionally just seemed like the most sensible way of making it a part of my life in a way where it could be constant around the time i was trying to forge a career path.

cranfordbeagle

What were your favorite artists/bands you listened to when you were growing up?


theneedledrop

rage against the machine

the offspring

tlc

weird al

coolio

boyz ii men

rhcp

ice-t

green day

bush

those were some of my early tapes, and then there was all the hits i'd record off the radio with my lil boom box.

KappaMcPussy

what's the best and worst reaction to a review you recieved by a musician?


theneedledrop

a very nice e-mail from the guys in WEEN telling me a classic review i did was one of the best they've ever gotten and was more impressive than all the coverage they got through the 90s, LOL!

plusols

Do you watch any music reviewers (other than yourself)? If so, who would you recommend?


theneedledrop

personally, i like a lot of the content on YT that's more commentary and essay-based. guys like deep cuts, blacky speakz, finn mckenty. i still watch dead end hip hop and spectrum pulse, tho.

jbabich98

What’s your process Of reviewing these records? How many listens do you give it before you have a final opinion ?


theneedledrop

typically it's 4-7 depending on my familiarity with the artist, genre. it's just a lot of listening, searching, writing, re-writing.

BlackGravitySheep

What musical trope do you think will rise to popularity in pop music after trap elements start to die out? Love your videos by the way.


theneedledrop

future music will just be whatever makes ppl dance on tiktok. the end is near. get ready.

Neitio

How do you avoid burnout with your insane level of output?


theneedledrop

not sure. enjoying what i do and making sure i'm taking decent breaks. doing other things? spending time with loved ones, cooking, exercising, chilling.

Adruas

Have you always had the best teeth in the game or did the dentist help?


theneedledrop

the teeth are all natural. just starting telling people they were the best and it worked.

tho if i ever see anderson .paak it's on.

gordo2008

I am from Brasil and love your Channel. What's your favorite Brazilian artists/albums?


theneedledrop

os mutantes and sepultura are two of the best there ever was.

ana frango electrico is a new favorite. <3

__whyalwaysme__

How do you feel about your image in certain communities as being a 'meme'?


theneedledrop

i'm fine with it. honestly, i feel like if people are meme-ing, they're engaging. that's what you want as a content creator.

younggeechie

Does your job effect how your enjoy music in your off-time?


theneedledrop

not as much as just everyday life getting in the way, no. sometimes i'd rather listen to laurie anderson than fix the dishwasher, ya know?

Tha-Jew-Tang-Clan

What’s your favorite music from before the modern rock n roll era like Woody Guthrie and Louis Armstrong? Etc really anyone from before the 50s.


theneedledrop

probably pre-war blues or very very old gospel music.

TheDJMaxey

What kind of videos/reviews are your favorites to make? Love the content and you've helped me find artists I didn't know about before.


theneedledrop

positive reviews and let's argue videos, right now. :-P

PaperPunch

I met you at the travis scott concert and we talked for a bit but when I asked for an autograph you called me a “light 4/10 boy” and made me fortnite dance for the autograph. My question is why did you do that?


theneedledrop

you deserved it.

Yetan555

Hello, sorta of a new fan. I found you while looking up clippin newest album.

Have you ever listened to Trevor Something? Do you have a favorite album of his?


theneedledrop

can't say i have, but thank you for hopping aboard! <3

Ajl280612

How do you stay so thiccc while being vegan?


theneedledrop

when you go vegan, you still have access to fats, proteins, calories, and exercise. all the other vitamins and minerals, too. just don't starve yourself and hit some weights or bodyweight exercises.

denyuldrumma

How often do you relisten to old albums that you gave “meh” reviews, (5-7)?


theneedledrop

usually they're just 7s, and only once in a blue moon. skipping the tracks i disliked.

mdRAW

What are your guilty pleasure listens?


theneedledrop

none. enjoy what you enjoy.

i don't give a fuck if anyone catches me listening to ICP or billie eilish. if i like it, i like it.

thisdj95

What album have you changed your opinion on the most since you reviewed it (good or bad)?


theneedledrop

i've done a few vids on albums i've changed my mind on, but i'm not sure which one i've change don THE MOST

AgentBronson

Will you please do a Redux Review of Plastic Beach? It seems to have grown on you in the past few years and I'd like to see if it's earned yellow flannel status!


theneedledrop

thinking about it.

thelostepisode

Favourite video game soundtrack?


theneedledrop

i like a lotta the SNES hits: super mario world, chrono trigger, earthbound, donkey kong country 1 & 2, zelda a link to the past

barl09

What genre fusions have you not seen explored much but would like to see/think would be interesting?


theneedledrop

dance pop and black metal.

MAKE IT HAPPEN!

milky_sasquatch

Anthony, what does an artisr need to do to get a 10 in your opinion?


theneedledrop

there's no set criteria. the number is just a reflection of my level of enjoyment.

pohpihifol

Do you ever take breaks or vacations? It always seems like you're putting out content.


theneedledrop

rarely, no.

i don't know how to stop.

maybe i have a problem.

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leXar4h1

have you ever thought of reviewing classical music?


theneedledrop

yes, but i know little to nothing about it.

i'm probably too dumb to process it or something.

fromthe5

Favorite young thug song?


theneedledrop

good question. this is probably one of my favs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OpdjbzTIhM

TheFilmSlacker

What's been the most fulfilling aspect of gaining an audience through music criticism?


theneedledrop

i get a lot of cool recommendations. :-)

burdemmik

What led you to become vegan?


theneedledrop

liking animals.

liking vegetables.

being vegetarian for a while and learning to cook more without animal products.

kidoido

Anthony, how did your collaboration with James Acaster come about?


theneedledrop

he was just a fan of what i do and through my platform would be a good place for his thoughts on music and his book. he's got killer taste so i invited him on to say his piece.

schuy_bruh

What are your thoughts about the drill rap scene in NYC right now? Any favorites?


theneedledrop

i didn't know it was taking hold in NYC as well.

well, i guess i was aware of pop smoke, but would like to know more.

gboyx360

What is your work ethic? How are you able to pump out so much content?


theneedledrop

give up your sanity? lol.

i think it's probably a case of just enjoying what you do.

TheBaconator115

What is the last song you have listened to or are listening to now?


theneedledrop

listening to the new jessie ware album rn. it bangs.

SirManPony

What was young melon like? How did you get into music criticism?


theneedledrop

young melon? total clown, annoying, liked music, played bass, hated everybody, hated himself.

not much different from today melon, lol.

StraussyMousey

What do you think of Billy Joel?


theneedledrop

dig the hits, never got too deep into his discog, though. nothing against him as an artist tho.

pinkinnocentboi

What are your thoughts on King Crimson's second album "In Wake of Poseidon"? Do you have a favorite track or least favorite track?


theneedledrop

not as hot as in the court, but i own it / enjoy it. personally, i say just go from court and then to larks' tongues and get all fucked up.

Ashamed_Expert_6804

What are the best ingredients to put in a vegan burrito?


theneedledrop

beans, rice, guac, corn, salsa, hot sauce, sauteed peppers.

Revuul

If The Needle Drop wasn't successful, what would you see yourself doing right now?


theneedledrop

political reporting or accounting.

Yoinkmaster297

Why did you feel the need to make a video mocking Death To Mumble Rap when, in reality, we all know it's by far the greatest song ever created?


theneedledrop

it was ripe for meme-ing and i thought luke would be a good sport about it. he was and seems like a good guy. loved my interview with him.

theory_extinct

Have you ever heard Holiday Rap by MC Miker G and DJ Sven?


theneedledrop

yes, goddamn. haven't thought about that track in years.

AnathemaToOthers

What’s your favorite up and coming artist that you’ve yet to mention on video?


theneedledrop

up until recently i would have said backxwash, but i'll just say BACKXWASH

joe_shmoe1993

Think if you were starting out today things would be easier/harder? What do you think was the main reason for your success?


theneedledrop

passion and consistency and not giving up and taking the time to learn my craft from scratch. and probably white privilege somewhere in there, too.

vsimon115

Your thoughts on Capital STEEZ?


theneedledrop

one of the great losses of the 2010s. could have helped change music if he stayed with us, i think.

pablo1905

How often do u shave ur head?


theneedledrop

every few weeks? you can literally gauge this for yourself if you just look at my youtube history, lol.

younggeechie

Has your meme status elevated your career, or vice versa?


theneedledrop

probably. memes make the world go round.

simsim44

What's your favourite interview with an artist and why?


theneedledrop

probably my new lingua ignota interview. hayter was just throwing out great answers and killed every question.

BESIDJU__

Pink Floyd best to worst ?


theneedledrop

i'd like to say "yes," but then you'd be expecting more than i think i can deliver.

Thebighairygumba

Who is your daddy and what does he do?


theneedledrop

ken fantano.

he chills and plays mario kart 8, mostly.

LorenzoApophis

Did you ever hear anything from the guy who wrote that Fader article? Like an apology?


theneedledrop

lol no

MtgWarlock

Pancakes or waffles?


theneedledrop

i dunno how to make vegan waffles, tbh. if i did tho i'd probably fuck more with a waffle.

MissingMilkCartonKid

What is your go-to song to eat Italian food to?


theneedledrop

LOL, i don't usually like listening to music when i'm eating.

ThePseudo9

Abel or Frank? Better singer?


theneedledrop

abel is a more skilled singer, but frank's got better songs, imo.

fiene913

All time favorite Kendrick verse?


theneedledrop

might be his whole deal on how much a dollar cost or u.

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theneedledrop

not sure. i stopped scrobbling years ago.

SkeffT

How many more classics does Kendrick need to solidify a top 5 all time rapper spot?


EatingSkin

thoughts on the new microphones record?


theneedledrop

excited to listen to it, for sure.

FrankieTomasicTV

main inspiration for reviewing music, melon?


theneedledrop

just other youtubers and late 00s content creators "reviewing" things they were passionate about. i figured i wanted to take the music reviewing experience and turn it into that.

Good_Bruce

Do you truly hate your republican followers?


theneedledrop

not personally. i just think their politics are silly and have been historically disproven over and over and over. sorry, but tax cuts for the rich, xenophobia, and a warped sense of traditional values aren't going to solve any of our problems.

also, how have the last several years been going?

gotta say, conservatives really know how to run a country, lol.

casseroleboy

Favorite emo record?


theneedledrop

diary comes to mind pretty quickly. just great performances, songs, production all-around. not so steeped in misery it's self-indulgent or killing the quality of the music.

milhkyways

any thoughts on britpop?


theneedledrop

was hot when i was a kid. glad to have lived through the golden age of it with some fond memories, but it's not one of my favorite styles.

goujaan

who is the second busiest music nerd????


theneedledrop

nardwuar :-))))))))

vvprincipito

Haiiii King fantano crocs when?


theneedledrop

i gotta hit up crocs for the endorsement.

leeeharveyoswald

Anthony, I love your hair . What's your secret?


theneedledrop

cut it short

flowaboy

First album you remember loving as a kid?


theneedledrop

evil empire, maybe.

thiagoazevedolc

Which genre would you like to see being 'revived'?


theneedledrop

4TH WAVE SKA MIXED WITH NUMETAL LET'S GO!

r7465_

Do you agree big KRIT is the best rapper of the 2010s??


theneedledrop

not the best, but one of the best.

sheepycomehome

what are your head dimensions?


theneedledrop

watermelon dimensions

Lakegrin

Is this still the thread you'll be using?


DisgustingMoleRat

What's your favorite album of all time?


theneedledrop

not sure i have one at this point, tbh.

BearlyStable

Can your wife be in more videos?


theneedledrop

not interested. too many creep-os out there. the bigger TND gets, the more important it is to keep a barrier between what i do and my private life. my loved ones are a part of that private life, and my wife has been a driving force in my decision on this.

MemeyLolie

what are your thoughts on iLoveMakonnen and his music?


theneedledrop

mostly neutral on it at this point, tbh.

RiseCoochiekawa

Favorite video game?


theneedledrop

maybe secret of mana

RPZ_Frcture

What are your thoughts on the newest The Alchemist and Boldy James album?


theneedledrop

it's ok. alfredo's much better, IMO.

BenBigg

Did you ever check out that full CHIKA project? I remembered you really liked her Industry Games single.


theneedledrop

yes. i wasn't crazy about the rest of it, but i still think she's an artist to watch out for.

LessCharmThanTrash

Spaghetti or Ravioli?


theneedledrop

spooget

REFLEXiw

Is Rivers Cuomo an misunderstood genius?


theneedledrop

seems like more of an open book to me.

thechronic3001

what pizza shop did you work at?


theneedledrop

rossini's in cheshire.

iHugHobos

Best kind of melon?


DocKillinger

Best Zeppelin album?


theneedledrop

physical is my personal fav

YungMili

yunoreview porridge radio?


theneedledrop

didn't have strong feelings on it, tbh.

mrchumes

Milk or white chocolate?


theneedledrop

BRO, DARK CHOCOLATE AND ONLY DARK CHOCOLATE.

HuskerDu1

Have you ever been in a poly relationship?


theneedledrop

lol no

sayammontes

Why do you hate Astrology so much?


theneedledrop

i'm such a scorpio.


theneedledrop

not now.

5150freakk

Are weezer better than the beatles?


ddzarabbit69

has your opinion on mac millers swimming changed since the review,?


theneedledrop

not much, no.

Tkamran1

Why did u give MBDTF a 6 melon? Just why?


theneedledrop

there's a whole video on it you should watch.

tiedeman-

Why did you distance yourself from Sam Hyde?


theneedledrop

why wouldn't you?

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