Happy Holidays everybody! Tyler and I return for one last episode before the holidays where we discuss the recent controversy surrounding Post Malone, the untimely death of Lil Peep and XXXtentacion as a controversial figure in hiphop and the Joyner Lucas I’m Not Racist video. … Continue reading Podcast: Problematic Faves
We have all waited a while to see what Eminem would do this go round so without further ado here is the Eminem album. You can stream below.
The album has come with mixed reactions from fans since the release of the first single, with Walk on Water ft Beyonce. Since then, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live doing a medley that included Walk on Water, Stan and Love the Way You Lie.
Will the Real Eminem Please Stand-Up?
Partnering up with Rick Rubin once again, Em has seemingly created another stadium rap album in the same vein as Berserk from his album MMLP2. For die hard fans, this might be a misstep. So will the real slim shady please stand up? Eminem has been increasingly losing relevance in the rap world of today and losing the good will of his fans. Where are the rap features? Regardless the album will still be a commercial success but for a guy who prides himself as one of the best lyricists still making music – is that enough?
What more can be said of a guy who was once considered a “Rap God” and made powerful emotive music to now chasing trends like a dog chasing a car. Eminem seemingly hasn’t produced something relevant since his Bad Meets Evil project with Royce Da 5’9. Maybe Eminem should take a step back and focus more in position as a producer or label head? It also is very telling that he overshadowed once-an-up-coming rapper Yelawolf who now seems like a Shady records backbench player. Em seems frustrated and so do his fans, so nobody wins when he puts out lackluster music. I don’t know at this point. Take a listen. Judge for yourself. But I am getting off this Shady rollercoaster.
The Question of Big Pun and Abuse Recently, Chris Rivers, the son of Big Pun put out a song that dished out the details of Big Pun’s abuse that both he and his mother suffered at the hands of his father. So while Big Pun … Continue reading The Spectre of Abuse Around Big Pun’s Legacy
Disney Pixar’s Coco opened at the box office to $71.2 M over the last 5 days. And proves that latinos make up a significant part of the movie-going public. This may incentivize Hollywood to produce more cultural diverse stories.
Coco is themed around Mexico’s Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, and has become Mexico’s highest grossing movie of all time beating out the Avengers. For good measure Disney Pixar studios hired cultural consultants to make sure the story was authentic.
The film, directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, is one of the largest U.S. productions ever to feature a largely all-Latino cast. That makes Coco an anomaly not just in the world of Pixar but also in Hollywood.
The film arrives at the perfect time with its heartwarming tale of family over Thanksgiving weekend. The film tells the story of a young boy yearning to be a musician met with the disapproval of his family. With great humor and warmth, the movie proves to be a serious box office contender. Currently, it has a 96 % rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hollywood may finally be learning after the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and Lala Land and Moonlight disaster, that future success means more inclusivity and diversity.
In the spirit of the 4:44 album, Jay-z is releasing a limited edition sneakers in partnership with Puma via Kith. How many pairs? Only 44 to be released, with one coveted pair having enclosed concert tickets. The shoes were unveiled by Beyonce in an Instagram post teasing the shoe a few months ago.
The Puma Clyde sneakers resemble the artwork for Jay-z’s album 4:44 which is highlighted with a Cream upper while 4:44 lands on the heel. Constructed with a premium leather, we also have the midsole which extends across the outsole. The classic low-top silhouette boasts a light pink leather upper with exclusive heel tabs that read “LGA” on one shoe and “718” on the other. The sneaker presents a clean and minimal look, while the’4:44′ album barcode stamped on the side gives a futuristic sense to the aesthetic. The peach-colored shoes feature the album’s track list outlined on the inner sole.
The exclusivity of the sneaker is marked on each pair. Each pair is number 1:44, 2:44, and so on. Never have ratios looked so cool.
Puma is on board as an official sponsor for the 4:44 Tour. According to a spokesperson, the brand will continue to collaborate with Jay on additional projects in the future.
Snapchat is now using what is called object recognition to identify what’s in users photos. The new feature has been confirmed by Snap to Mashable. You can get access to these filters by capturing images of everything from food, to pets to even sports – and not to mention location as well, including concerts and vacation spots.
This new feature is part of a complete redesign. The strategy seems to be a way to keep users from veering away to Instagram. The app’s object recognition will be a way users to personalize their snaps. Snap describes these snaps as part of an augmented reality where King Kong will be swatting away airplanes in a photo of the Empire State Building.
While creating the patent for the new update, Snap pitched a way for brands to bid to be associated with any one filter. In one patent application, Snap used the example of a cup of coffee to demonstrate how filters could go to brands like Keuring and Nescafe, with a bidder take all approach.
Once the bid has been won, the brands will be able to offer coupons and exclusive offerings through Snapchat. This new feature is a way to make snapchat more user-friendly and attractive to investors.
We take a look at the sub-culture of LGBTQ hiphop. Our conversation features a discussion on Cakes da Killa, Myki Blanko, Leif, and Cazwell. And discuss a little-known rapper named Caushun from the early 2000s who was dubbed to the first openly gay rapper who never … Continue reading Lost Episode #2: The Gay Rapper Episode
It was a diverse crowd as many ladies (and men) of color came through to celebrate the triumphant release of Root Canal. A lot has been said about ladies tearing down one another, so it’s beautiful to see when ladies can come together to support … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Tamera Russell
Disclaimer: This episode features us working through our thoughts. These are not long held beliefs but us processing the violence that occurred during the rally at Charlottesville that claimed the life of Heather Heyer. For this reason I have uploaded it ahead of Episode 51 … Continue reading Episode 52: Nazis Are NOT GOOD
Rappers can be fickle with the fashions that they popularize but vaping has lasted for some time now. Amongst the ranks of hiphop heads who indulged in vaping are Ghostface Killah and not surprisingly, Snoop Dogg. Even your boy Drizzy Drake has joined the wave. By now, you probably know someone who vapes.
Vaporizers are a cleaner alternative to smoking herb, wax, and oil by heating these materials into vapor. They come in a variety of sizes and flavors.
Vaping has become a cultural phenomenon. Ghostface Killah has even referenced vaping in his lyrics:
“The THC like it’s purple, I’m thankful/
passed around in circles, handed back to you by Erkel/
like how the fuck did Erkel get here?
Pineapple, coconut, sample the golden puff
USB charger, attach the battery, load the cartridge/
smoke five on a partridge/
the weed ayahuasca/
Dynamite Stix hit like a rasta/” – Ghostface Killah on Starry Winters source: Spin.com
Vaping is a discreet way to smoke as there is no odor. And many people have found that vaping can help assist them in quitting smoking.
Vaping has even changed the modern vocabulary. Those who do treat vaping seriously and do cool trick are nicknamed “cloud chasers”.
When thinking of the stereotypical image of a bro who vapes, one often imagines that of a beanie-wearing bro sporting supreme gear. But the culture is growing and is friendly for those who would like to give it a try.
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