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 »
Do you love hip hop? And you think gays, lesbians and transgender folks are, you know, actual people? Then you have to check out the music video for “Imma Homo,” a rap song by a group of MCs under the record label Rainbow Noise. (The audio is NSFW; use headphones.) The rappers run the gamut from ultra-femmey lesbians to ultra-butch dykes and everything in between; their lyrics proudly declare “Imma homo” with lines about “my lezzie peeps,” and watching Logo (the gay channel).
When would you hear that coming out of Diddy Dirty Money’s mouth? Keep reading »
The other day, The Frisky’s resident hip-hop head responded to an email saying she was glad she wouldn’t have to “pour out some bubbly” to a feature that might have gone the way of the dinosaurs. This was obviously a reference to the ’90s hip-hop classic “Gangsta Lean,” except this writer prefers champagne to 40 ounces of malt liquor. But absolutely no one seemed to get the joke. That’s why Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and Your Grandma Can Understand should be a must-read for anyone who is interested in pop culture or who simply wants to understand what the hell Jay-Z is rapping about. Writer William Buckholz uses his dry wit to explain the most popular rap lyrics, so you’re never confused again.
Kanye West is many things — an egomaniac, brilliant, pompous, crazy; an a**hole; a douchebag; an artist; a Grammy winner. Well, now he can add “Perfect Score On Pitchfork” to his resume. The notoriously snotty online music mag gave Kanye’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (which dropped yesterday), a perfect 10.0 when they reviewed the record this week. They haven’t given
an album a non-reissue album a perfect score since 2002, when Wilco’s Yankee Foxtrot Hotel also garnered a 10. So, is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy really a perfect album? Let’s see what the critics have to say … Keep reading »