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I can’t lie: my Spotify listening of late has been all Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, all the time. Their hip hop album The Heist is the best I’ve heard all year and that’s saying something because it was a good year for music. And it doesn’t hurt that Macklemore — aka Ben Haggerty — is easy on the eyes, too. I daresay he looks like a more blonde, masculine version of The Gos. Keep reading »
Whether you’ve got 99 problems or you’re a motherfuckin’ monster, chances are you probably like coloring books. (Everyone likes coloring books.) And this quirky rap coloring book will keep you busy coloring in Jay-Z and connecting the dots on Tupac. Too bad Nicki Minaj is excluded, because you totally could have used all the crayons in your box coloring on her crazy hair. [ANIMAL New York]
To celebrate their good friend Chelsea Handler’s new studio, famous lady friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz sent Chelsea a special (very, very special) video. A rap video. That they made. It is … terrible. [Buzzfeed]
Rapper Da Brat shows off a new look in Vibe magazine’s “Summer of Celebs in Swimwear” series. The rapper, whose look usually consists of multiple ponytails or cornrows and sagging pants, has a head full of bouncy curls and wore soft makeup for the shoot. Unlike other celebrities in the series, Brat wears maxi dresses and other casual summer clothing, instead of a skimpy bikini. Vibe wouldn’t go as far as turning Brat into a sex symbol, but her new, post-incarceration look confuses me. Keep reading »
Strippers, guns, rap music, booty shaking, gangstas … why, it’s the most offensive, sexist
political ad you’ve ever seen. This NSFW commercial called “Hahn’s Homeboyz” begins to criticize Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman running for a Democratic Congressional seat, for her proposal to use “taxpayer money” to hire former gang members in prison “so they could rape and kill again!” I mean, so they could teach current gang members how to quit the life. Which, uh, actually doesn’t sound like a bad idea, when you think about it.
But no matter. There’s race-baiting to be had. Keep reading »
Sarah Palin, the mother of the world’s most famous plastic surgery laden, reality show-starring teen mom, pitched a fit this week because First Lady Michelle Obama invited the hip hop artist/actor/poet, Common, to perform poetry at the White House.
See, some of Common’s lyrics are not as G-rated as everything the Palin family does, like killing animals, surgically altering their facial features “for medical reasons” and getting knocked up whilst still in high school. Keep reading »
The hip hop world isn’t exactly known for being gay-friendly, what with the frequent homophobic rhymes and someone like 50 Cent going as far as to joke, “I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding” on Twitter. So it was a pretty bold move when rapper Lil B announced last week that his new album will be called I’m Gay. He explained to MTV News that the title is meant to be supportive of the LGBT community. “I’m very gay, but I love women. I’m not attracted to men in any way. I’ve never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I’m so happy. I’m a gay, heterosexual male,” he said. “I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it.”
His fans, however, aren’t so thrilled. Keep reading »
“I went to L.A. the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rhythm and how Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and to love something that A) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and B) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A’s ‘F**k Tha Police.’”
— Gwyneth Paltrow is just full of surprises. First we find out she can sing, then we learn she can rap, too! Maybe this is why she and Jay-Z are such good pals. (America’s WASP princess also loves Nirvana, but I won’t torture you with those quotes.) Next we are going to find out she keeps a greenhouse somewhere in rural Connecticut where she grows her own chronic. [Life + Times] Keep reading »