The rapper Angel Haze grew up in a religious community in Michigan that she’s since described as a "cult," and the first secular music she ever heard was on the radio at age 16 in Virginia. The song was Young Joc's "It's Goin' Down." And yet last week, the 22-year-old was sitting in an expansive conference room at her label's offices in midtown Manhattan, waiting for an intern to deliver two cheese Danishes and a venti hot chocolate with whipped cream and mocha drizzle from a Starbucks down the block. She signed her deal with Universal Music Group last year, and her first album (following six [...]
You know why “Jiggy” is one of the greatest slang words ever coined? Because it not only takes you to a different decade, it takes you to a different dimension. In a jiggy world, the suits are always shiny and silver, the wigs are always a natural neon blue, the economy is indelibly Big Willie Clintonian. Will Smith was no longer the Fresh Prince, but he was no longer a Scientologist. He was a movie star, but had yet to get old and serious. It is capitalist Zen. The Prada bag will always have a lot of stuff in it. Your condo is infinite. You dance around the sarcophagus. [...]
"Hi Hairpin! Just did a Valentine-mix I wanted to share with you guys, listen to it in the office, while preparing for the date, in the cab, the pre-party, the after-party or just when you want to hear some good music!
Johan "Tefy" Karlsson
Single-male from Sweden (and all alone on Valentine) "
All I've ever wanted to be is that girl at 2:45. Here's a new video with NSFW lyrics by three of the best. Oh, and did you see that Drake is opening a Bun B shop? This post is chock full o' stuff!
In related news (see!?), as part of our ongoing "Jane being geeked as hell around rappers" coverage, we bring you this:
On Monday night, Kendrick Lamar delivered what is already a career-defining guest verse on Big Sean’s Hall of Fame leftover, “Control.” Late in the verse, Kendrick raps a list of 11 peers whom he respects, but wants to make irrelevant. It’s earned him a lot of headlines in the past 24 hours. But there's a serious omission: he never mentions Nicki Minaj.
There are a lot of ways you can read into this. Before calling out rappers like Drake and J. Cole, Kendrick lists other MCs he believes are on his level: Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, and Andre 3000. He doesn’t mention both Lil Wayne and Kanye West, [...]
Wait. Sadat X has had a wine tasting video series for YEARS and no one told us!? It's really hard to type with tears in your eyes. Use headphones, these dudes swear but only when truly necessary in order to properly describe the box wine they're reviewing. "The killer fact about it is look, they keep throwing this s#!+ up: that four bottles is one of these…. that's they main s#!+."
When questioned about the content of her sophomore album, Nicki held firm the entire time, consistently stating that she’s proud of her pop work, but it’s weird to see Nicki even having to explain herself. Why are we debating the merit of her foray into other genres like “Starships” isn’t incredible? Why aren’t we having a discussion about how positive her eccentricities are in an occasionally stagnant culture and why it’s necessary to not give a fuck about artistic restraints as much as Nicki didn’t on that album?
In case you missed it, two years ago, Mishka commissioned the best mix of lovey, mid-90s R&B prom jams — including Janet, Mariah, SWV, and TLC to name a few — called "Mishka is for Lovers" from Skeet Skeet and it still exists for free. If you prefer less sweet songs about love, download Brother Ali's brand new 7-track EP, The Bite Marked Heart, for zero dollars. He's a supremely listenable rapper from Minneapolis who often raps nice things about his family. And, if none of the above words made any sense to you, may I suggest one of these two hour-long mixes from DJ Klooney?: a bunch of [...]
Jackie Chain's free mixtape "After Hours" came out today and at first it seems kind of terrible, but then the next thing you know you've been listening to it for 45 minutes. Compliment?