Here are some typical 16-year-old activities: Riding in cars with boys. Sneaking sips from your parents’ liquor cabinet behind the garage. Cutting class. Buying prom dresses. Dutifully making SAT vocab flash cards in your room with the door closed. Standard stuff, really. Here’s something not so typical for a 16-year-old: producing a song on Jay-Z’s latest album. Meet Ebony Oshunrinde [Note: We've also seen her name written as Ebony.] a.k.a WondaGurl, the teenage Canadian with a producing credit on “Crown,” a slowed-down, dancehall-tinged track off Jay’s latest record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is out officially today. Check out the beat here and listen to her talk about how all this came about in an interview with MTV News, above.
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
Unlike Amelia, I’ve yet to hop aboard the Miley train. It’s not that I actively dislike her, but my takeaway from her whole Disney girl-turned-twerker metamorphosis is that girlfriend is trying way, way too hard. (Call me hyper-critical, and oh, I am, but I’ve never fancied a pothead who goes around constantly broadcasting how much pot they smoke, even if it’s pot they smoke with Snoop Dogg.) But the biggest bone I’ve got to pick with Ms. Cyrus is how she wants so badly for us to know and accept that she is hip-hop now, and in reassuring us over and over again that she is hip-hop, she keeps putting her hip-hop foot right in her hip-hop mouth. Case in point? When asked by Billboard.com to list her top five favorite female musicians, she had this to say about the no-no-notorious Lil Kim: “In my past life, I feel like that was me. I feel like Lil Kim is who I am on the inside.” Say it with me — guuuuuuuuurl.
Check out this video of 11-year-old cello prodigy, Sujari Britt. Sujari’s parents noticed their daughter was musically gifted as a toddler and after hearing a Yo-Yo Ma performance and begging for her own instrument, she began her cellist career at the wee age of four. Her first solo recital was at age five, and she has performed in over 50 concerts since then. One of those concerts includes a recital with Alisa Weilerstein for President Obama (!) at the White House in 2009. Her teacher of seven years, Marion Feldman said, “Sujari must have played the cello in another lifetime.” The most mature tween I’ve ever seen, Sujari practices about six hours a day. “My goal is to become a professional soloist. I’ll do everything that’s possible, you know?” she said. “You get out there, and you do your best, and that’s all you need to do.” Not only is her ambition and drive unbelievably inspiring, but feeling the overwhelming pride that resounds throughout this clip of her adorable parents was my favorite part to watch. [Feministing]
One can never be too certain as to what is going on with the Pixies at any given moment — the band’s tense internal relations have received almost as much air time as their music since their inception in 1986. Friction between frontman Black Francis and bassist/vocalist Kim Deal was cited as the reason for the group’s initial dissolution in 1993, and just two weeks ago the remaining members announced that Deal had left the band once again. Back in 2011, drummer David Lovering suggested that the original lineup would in fact be working on a new album, but the tracks never came to light … until now! Yep, that’s right: the Pixies just came out with “Bagboy,” their first song in nine years, and god knows that any day that marks the release of a new Pixies song is a GREAT day. Nothing. Else. Matters. [NYMag.com]
Judging by her sweet face, polka dot dress, and pink tights, most people expected six-year-old “America’s Got Talent” contestant Aaralyn to sing a cute version of “Animal Crackers In My Soup,” but that’s not Aaralyn’s music style of choice. When she took the stage, backed by her nine-year-old brother Izzy on the drums, something totally unexpected — and totally awesome — came out of her mouth: an original screamo song called “Zombie Skin.” Just push play, OK? You won’t regret it. [YouTube]