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- 02/19/15--14:00: Listen to Heems' New Track "Home" Feat. Dev Hynes
- 02/19/15--15:50: J'Ncos Are Coming Back
- 02/20/15--05:55: Kanye West's New Breakfast Club Interview Is Peak Yeezy
- 02/20/15--10:35: The Rih Tree: A Guide to Rihanna's Inner Circle
- 02/20/15--13:00: DJ Collective Future Brown Is Making Hip-Hop More Interesting
- 02/20/15--14:55: Rihanna and Weed: An Instagram Love Story
- 02/20/15--15:00: An A-Z Guide to Rihanna
- 02/20/15--16:55: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 02/22/15--08:02: The Sunday Funnies
- 02/22/15--15:30: NSFW -- Designer BCALLA Made an Insane Porn For His New Collection
- 02/22/15--21:43: Morning Funnies: Oscars Edition
- 02/23/15--09:30: Watch a Sleater-Kinney Concert Live from the Comfort of Your Bed
- 02/23/15--09:47: Listen to Carnage and iLoveMakonnen's Catchy New Track, "I Like Tuh"
- 02/23/15--12:53: Watch Drake in This Perfect/Awful Short Film From 2008
- 02/23/15--13:00: Rapper Dej Loaf on "Catty Attitudes" and Solidarity Among Women MCs
- 02/23/15--14:50: Here's What the New Diverse Emoji Look Like
- 02/24/15--06:15: Watch Christina Aguilera Do a Scary-Good Britney Spears Impression
Previously, Heems shared the blistering single "Sometimes" off his forthcoming solo album, Eat Pray Thug. Now the the former Das Racist MC is back with his latest single, "Home," featuring the ubiquitous Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange). This new track, an ambient ode to love and loss, has Hynes' stamp all over it; the beat sounds like its been pulled straight from Cupid Deluxe, but paired with Heems' moody verses that's far from a bad thing. Listen to "Home," above.
Eat Pray Thug is out March 10.
Good news for all you aging candyflippers out there: The official clothier of every badboy raver-skater in your high school named Dustin is back. WWD reports that the wide-legged '90s denim line JNCO will return this fall with a capsule collection featuring three ranges, including a "core collection," a "fashion collection" and -- sound the alarms-- a "heritage line" of jeans with 20 to 23-inch leg openings. Pant leg-width is between you and your god, but maybe it's time to have a soul-searching conversation with yourself about how much you're truly committed to your '90s nostalgia. [Via Hypebeast]
Kanye West was on Power 105's the Breakfast Club show this morning and, as usual, held nothing back. This was peak Yeezy. He discussed everything from the separatism of fashion to the Beck Grammys incident to Amber Rose's recent beef with Khloe Kardashian over Tyga dating the 17-year-old Kylie Jenner (however, his comments on that topic -- that Tyga "got in early" -- are extremely lame). Still, we can't stay mad at Kanye. Asked what he thought about our internet-breaking cover with his wife at the 17:00 mark, Ye responded with a slam-dunk "she can get naked if she wants to." #ALLDAY. Listen to the whole thing above.
If you want to take the pulse of the young fashion scene, the LVMH Prize is a good place to start. Now in its second year, the prize is awarded to designers under the age of 40 and provides them with a €300,000 grant and business and brand-building support. Last year's winner was London-based designer Tomas Tait and special prizes were given to Hood By Air and Mumbai-based designer Miuniku.
This year the luxury conglomerate has announced its shortlist of 26 young designers and it includes a broad range of menswear, womenswear and luxe streetwear brands including Virgil Abloh's Off-White, Astrid Andersen, former Beautiful People Baja East, Agi and Sam, Craig Green, Nasir Mazhar, Jacquemus and more. The list of 26 will be whittled down to eight finalists by a panel of 45 experts that include the likes of Vogue Paris EIC Emmanuelle Alt, Business of Fashion's Imran Amed, Cathy Horyn, Natalie Massenet, Suzy Menkes, Carine Roitfeld, Juergen Teller and more. The eight finalists will then appear before a jury consisting of LVMH artistic directors Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) along with execs Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie and Pierre-Yves Roussel.
Hats off to the finalists, the complete list of which you can see, below.
Agi and Sam, by Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton
Andrea Jiapei Li, by Andrea Jiaipei
Anton Belinskiy, by Anton Belinskiy
Arthur Arbesser, by Arthur Arbesser
Astrid Andersen, by Astrid Andersen
Baja East, by Scott Studenberg and John Targon
Coperni, by Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant
Craig Green, by Craig Green
Devon Halfnight LeFlufy, by Devon Halfnight LeFlufy
Faustine Steinmetz, by Faustine Steinmetz
Huishan Zhang, by Huishan Zhang
Jacquemus, by Simon Porte Jacquemus
Jourden, by Anais Mak and Benny Woo
Koché, by Christelle Kocher
Marques Almeida, by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida
Nabil Nayal by Nabil El-Nayal
Nasir Mazhar by Nasir Mazhar
Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, by Virgil Abloh
Orley, by Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley
Ryan Lo by Ryan Lo
Ryan Roche by Ryan Roche
Sankuanz by Zhe Shangguan
Vetements, by Demna Gvasali
WrittenAfterwards by Yoshikazu Yamagata
Xiao Li by Xiao Li
XimonLee by Ximon Lee
Today is the birth date of Rihanna, Our Lady of Immaculate IDGAF, and we're celebrating all day here on Papermag.com. Below, join one of our favorite Rih stans and comedians, Liza Dye, as she breaks down the who's who of Rihanna's inner circle.
Like their name, Future Brown's music is hard to define. If you want to try, you might start by pointing to their dark, multi-layered productions, a mix of club-meets-grime-meets-hip-hop that provides a lush backdrop for artists like Maluca, Tink and 3D Na'Tee to sing and rap over. It's a project rooted in fusion, one that blends the disparate sounds and interests of its four members, solo artist Fatima Al Qadiri, J-Cush of the label Lit City Trax, and Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of the electronic duo Nguzunguzu, and which they describe as a union of "many moving parts." They're also, incidentally, some of the best-dressed producers in the biz. Ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album on February 23 (Warp Records), we chatted with the foursome about their name, their new album and why they're not big on jeans.
How did you four come together as a group?
J-Cush: We all pretty much met through music in New York. We were going to and playing parties together and realized there were a lot of mutual interests, and we were showing each other a lot of different stuff we weren't aware of. We just became close friends, and then a few years later we decided that we wanted to start working together.
Were there any difficulties in switching from individual projects over to a group setting?
J-Cush: We were all in different places more or less. So making the time to be in the same studio...
Fatima Al Qadiri: Yeah, scheduling is quite daunting just to figure out where to perform. We're all performers, so we're all trying to find the best place to meet and work -- I guess that's the hardest part. But the amazing part is just how quickly things can get done with four people working together. For the most part, we wrote the entirety of the instrumentals for this record in a month.
How did you decide which vocalists to work with on the new album?
Daniel Pineda: We made a long list of people we were fans of, and then as we were working we got more ideas about who we wanted to work with, or what tracks would be good for different people. We just kind of kept the conversation going and then reached out to people and let it grow organically from there.
You've described your name, Future Brown, as stemming from the concept of something artificial that doesn't exist in nature. What does that mean in terms of your sound?
Al Qadiri: I think it mostly has to do with not labeling something or not defining something, because "future brown" is a color that can't be defined, you know? So I think that's the closest analogy to our music -- that it's not going to be placed in a certain box.
J-Cush: You can try and talk about what it is or what Future Brown is, but it's never going to come out right.
Al Qadiri: Yeah. It's not something that's easily definable. And we don't want it to be defined either.
You guys have done a show at MoMA's PS1 and you've worked with the Pérez Art Museum in Miami. Are you influenced at all by what's happened in the art world?
J-Cush: There's some crossover, but our music is happening independently of the art world. We're getting brought into the art world as a project to explore with visual and musical themes.
Al Qadiri: Yeah, I think our artistic collaborators are primarily DIS Magazine and Hood By Air...Our album cover was designed by DIS. We've worked with them from the inception -- both our inception and their inception.
J-Cush: They're good friends. They've been valuable to bounce ideas off of, to create this aesthetic for us and our mutual ideas. They're a group of forward thinkers who are really just screwing with the whole formula and doing things their way. We love them. They're amazing people and really just brilliant minds, so it's exciting to work with them.
What about the fashion world? I often see photos of you wearing labels like Hood By Air or Telfar. How important is fashion to you guys and does style have any influence over your music or vice versa?
Al Qadiri: I don't know. I feel like the designers of those labels are our old friends, you know? We're just fans of sportswear and have been for a long time.
Pineda: But fashion goes hand in hand with music. I don't dwell on it personally, like whether my fashion relates to the music I'm making --
Al Qadiri: Yeah, I don't think any of us really think about that...
J-Cush: I think we all prefer comfort and are all slowly forgetting how to wear stuff with waistbands. I can't remember the last time I put on a pair of jeans...
Al Qadiri: I haven't worn jeans for years.
J-Cush: Asma has sweatpants that are printed jeans. We're finding solutions to the denim discomfort.
Al Qadiri: Yeah, I guess that's our style.
Pineda: I just bought a pair of jeans.
Al Qadiri: Oh, you did?
J-Cush: Well, yeah, Daniel's like super good with the denim. He knows how to wear denim. He rocks his shit comfy.
Pineda: You can hear that in my sound. The denim that you hear.
J-Cush: Yeah it's hard, tough, and crunchy.
Future Brown comes out via Warp on February 23.
Alejandro Jodorowsky, the man behind the psychedelic classic The Holy Mountain is back again, this time seeking funds for a new movie on kickstarter. "I make a film when I have something I need to express," the 86-year-old filmmaker explains on the site about the impetus for the movie. "For me a picture is for remembering your self..." The film, Poesía Sin Fin (Endless Poetry), will be autobiographical and will tell the story of a young Jodorowsky coming of age, and his discovery of art and lyricism.
"Our world is suffering from a devastating absence of poetry," says the kickstarter page, which at times reads more like a manifesto than a crowdfunding venture. "The greed-riddled industry, having colonized this magnificent art form [film], has done everything to strip it of its poetic power." With this newest project, Jodorowsky is fighting back and his primary method of rebellion is through so-called "poetic money".
The "dinero poético," minted right at the artist's studio, has a conversion rate of 1US$=1DP. Every kickstarter backer, regardless of the size of his or her donation, will receive a matched amount of poetic money as a reward (amongst other items like posters, autographs, etc.). Whether this is a worthwhile trade is up to you, but the page has already found an audience, having raised 200 of the 350 thousand dollar goal, with 29 days left. If you are hesitant to donate, just remember that your donation will also help dismantle the cinematic colonial powers that be.
Today is the birth date of Rihanna, Our Lady of Immaculate IDGAF, and we're celebrating all day here on Papermag.com. Rihanna is the ultimate modern #stonergirl and her love for the good smoke burns brightest on her Instagram. Below, we review some of the highlights.
A stoned island Christmas. Bless.
Can you think of anything funner than smoking weed, listening to Mariah Carey and wrapping Christmas presents with Rihanna?
Rihanna likes to hang out in Amsterdam when she can because it's her Eden.
Yep yep yep.
Do you even pun?
One of the greatest photos on the Internet.
Being best friends with Rihanna means smoking weed and wearing matching bikinis, which sounds like heaven.
The chicest shit ever.
Smoking a blunt while getting your makeup done = A-game baller.
Pour it up.
One of her best fashion moments.
ABC: Always be Chanel-ing while rolling a huge blunt.
The walking Rih.
She smokes out Snoop.
This is probably a cigarette, but those glasses.
Double fisting it.
Would you give up your life to be Rihanna's assistant? Same.
Peak bad gal.
A photo of a photo of Rihanna smoking a blunt. 420 abstractions, y'all.
A headpiece, a joint, a dream.
420 is an important holiday for Rihanna, and she will celebrate. Fondant cakes like this usually taste like erasers and cardboard, but you know this shit was delicious.
An iconic @badgalriri moment. This should be blown up and hung in the living rooms of all college students. Burn your stupid Taxi Driver poster.
Club going up.
With photo of herself on her phone.
Smoking weed while touching up your roots seems like a bad idea, but Rih's a bad gal, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Today is the birth date of Rihanna, Our Lady of Immaculate IDGAF, and we're celebrating all day here on Papermag.com. In honor of her 27th year of making this earth a better place, we take a look back on the bad gal's best and most essential moments, A-Z.
Rihanna's Instagram is beloved for many reasons, one being that it's home to the bad gal's masterful stick figure illustrations. These drawings are not only works of art, they're also multipurpose. Rihanna has employed these stick figure drawings in the name of shade, in place of selfies, and to mark her return to Instagram. And for her birthday!
B IS FOR BARBADOS
Barbados is to Rihanna as Toronto is to Drake. Rihanna reps Barbados just as hard as Drizzy reps the 6, possibly harder. She's even made not one but two tourism commercials for the island she grew up on and every year she goes full goddess for Barbados' Kadooment Day Parade. Has Drake ever looked this good at a Raptors game?
C IS FOR CAKE
Let's just gloss over that other C-word (cough cough, Chris Brown) and go straight to CAKE. Unfortunately, "Birthday Cake," in which we all know that badgal is not talking about actual cake, involves Breezy -- but let's focus on Rihanna's love of literal cake, as pictured above. Also rice cakes! She 27!
D IS FOR DRAKE
Ah, the saga that is and was Rihanna feat. Drake. Starting in 2010, after Chris Brown and Rihanna broke up, Drake and RiRi became a thing, musically and otherwise. Since then, they're been rumored to be hooking up in some capacity as late as last year. According to a salty Chris Brown, Rihanna only dated Drake to get back at him -- but regardless of intent, this union between Drake and Rihanna gave us the beautiful poem that is Drake's verse on "What's My Name," and we'll always be thankful for that. Less pleasantly, the birth of DriDri also gave us the Chris/Rihanna/Drake/Karrueche love quadrangle from hell that will probably haunt our dreams forever.
E IS FOR EYE ROLLS
Rihanna is perhaps at her peak badgal whilst rolling her eyes and her "I can't even" moments are unparalleled.
F IS FOR FASHION
One side effect of RIhanna's Good Girl Gone Bad transition was her emergence as a style taste-maker. When Rihanna came out with her debut album, she was just a girl from Barbados and dressed as such: cute and trendy, but nothing that would inspire words like these from Tom Ford. Now Rihanna has graced the cover of almost every fashion magazine, appeared as the face of Balmain and Gucci, and when she wears a vintage over-sized Sean John jean jacket we all have to run out and get one ASAP. Now she's even the Creative Director of Puma for the Women's Training Category. Spotted multiple times in ultra wide-legged jeans, she seriously might even have something to do with the impending resurgence of JNCOS. We trust you, Rihanna (so please don't make us wear JNCOS).
G IS FOR "GHETTO GOTH"
As noted, Rihanna is a fashion risk-taker, but she started a mild controvery when she ripped the "ghetto goth" aesthetic straight from Tumblr. In doing so, she simultaneously killed the aesthetic for early adopters -- causing the term's originator, Venus X, to shutter her party of the same name (Ghe20 Goth1k) -- and launched it into the mainstream. Although copping Tumblr trends isn't specific to Rihanna, she also did the same thing with seapunk two years earlier on SNL. There's a lot to be said about celebrities swiping the aesthetics of "underground" movements, but in Rihanna's defense, it's not her fault that she's an omniscient oracle of cool who can't help but pick up on trending Tumblr tags.
H IS FOR HAIR GAME
Rihanna's hair is so crucial. I like to think of Rihanna as our modern day Rachel, except infinitely cooler. It all started with the Good Girl Gone Bad bob. Then the red Mermaid hair under which Rihanna "ooh na na"-ed all up on Drake. And how could we forget about the bantu knots that momentarily stopped the world and the pink pixie wig that allowed us to believe, however brief, that anything is possible.
I IS FOR INK
It's no secret that Rihanna has a lot of tattoos. According to Rihpedia, the free enclopedia of Rihanna, she has a total of 21. Her first tattoo was a music note on her right foot and her most recent ink job includes those questionable hand tattoos.
J IS FOR JAY Z
I guess we kind of have to thank Jay Z for discovering Rihanna? Nah, let's not waste time on that.
K IS FOR KUSH
Although the word "kush" makes me cringe, the fact that weed goes by many names helped out this list a lot because "W" is taken and weed is an essential part of the badgal's DNA. Not only that, but Rihanna is holding it down for all the stoner girls out there, proving that it's possible to be chic and on-point while simultaneously being lazy and stoned. Rihanna affirms that yes, ladies: we can have it all.
L IS FOR LOUD
Rihanna's excellent 2010 follow up to her dark Rated R, Loud, marked a triumphant victory over the trauma that is having Chris Brown in your life. Also, that red hair!
M IS FOR MAJESTY
Baby Majesty is the star of Rihanna's Instagram. Majesty is Rihanna's second cousin and also a baby, but Rihanna treats her like an equal. They take selfies together, wear matching Miami Heat jerseys, and are basically inseparable. They even wore matching white outfits to Majesty's christening in Barbados.
N IS FOR NAVY
Being a ride-or-die Rihanna fan is kind of like shipping yourself off to war to fight against all Rihanna haters (and Beyoncé fans). I've seen the Twitter and Instagram comments and things get dicey, fast. That's probably why they call themselves the NAVY. After CBS pulled Rihanna's "Run This Town" from Thursday Night Football, Rihanna's Navy went HAM, so don't step to Queen Rih unless you want to be endlessly tweeted at.
O IS FOR OPRAH
In 2012, Rih opened up to Oprah about her relationship with Chris Brown after he assaulted her while leaving the 2009 Grammys. With all the tears and Oprah's less than approving facial reactions, we as a nation felt deeply for badgal as we got to see her vulnerable side. Rihanna's love for Chris Brown was our love for the shitty, inescapable douchebags in our life. Rihanna's tears were our tears.
P IS FOR PASTIES
Rihanna is a veteran at the pastie rodeo. She can be seen wearing pasties to almost any occasion. From weed pasties to designer pasties, when Rih isn't freeing her nipples, she's accessorizing them.
Q IS FOR QUEEN
Well, according to The Sunday Times Magazine and Blu Ivy she's at least a princess.
R IS FOR RELATIONSHIP RUMORS
THERE'S SO MANY, but when you're Robyn Rihanna Fenty that's just life. Watch your back, Leonardo.
S IS FOR STRIP CLUBS
Rihanna straight up wrote an ode to her love of strip clubs (and how rich she still is after visiting one), so it's pretty clear how she feels about them. Reportedly, Drake and Rihanna (DriDri) dropped $17K in one night of making rain at a Houston strip club.
T IS FOR TOM FORD
We'll just let Tom Ford speak for himself: "I was at the CFDA awards as I was receiving a "Lifetime Achievement Award" [which I prefer to think of as a "Mid Life Achievement Award"], and I have to say that Rihanna was for me, that night, one of the most beautiful women that I have ever beheld. I had designed several things for her specifically for that evening which she did not wear, but when I saw her it did not matter. I whispered into her ear that she was right not to have worn one of my dresses that night because she looked more beautiful than I have ever seen her look. She was stunning. As Richard said plainly after the evening, "If you are as beautiful as Rihanna, you almost owe it to the world to appear in public almost nude" and I have to say that I wholeheartedly concur."
U IS FOR UNDERBOOB
Sideboob is for beginners and Rihanna is in the Big League. Do you even underboob?
V IS FOR VINCE VAUGHN
Fun fact: Rihanna has a crush on Vince Vaughn, just like the rest of us secretly do!
W IS FOR WOMEN
Rihanna has a rotating cabal of men in her life, but her girls are also a priority. Her inner circle is composed of strong women -- both family and besties for life. Her best friend Melissa Forde has been with her since the Barbados day and sticks by her side for every major event and, of course, vacation. Rihanna even has a tattoo of Melissa's birthday, "11/4/1986" in roman numerals, on the top of her left shoulder.
X IS FOR X-RAY DRESS
At the 2014 CFDA awards Rihanna SLAYED in a sheer, glittering dress with a matching do-rag (!). There won't ever be a moment more perfect than when Rihanna smiled at an inquiring reporter and said, "Do my tits bother you? They're covered in Swarovski crystals, girl!" To top it all off, she accepted the 2014 Fashion Icon award that night.
Y IS FOR (POSING ON) YACHTS
Rihanna really likes posing on yachts, it seems.
Z IS FOR ZOO
Badgal isn't called badgal for no reason. Even the most deadly, wild animals are no match for Rihanna. She's proved that she's not afraid to swim with sharks or casually pin down a snake against her vagina. NBD.
The Most Important Academy Award of the Week: This sculpture by street artist Plastic Jesus that shows 'Oscar' snorting lines of coke. -- Evan Siegel
Best Comeback Queen: Amber Rose. It was a hard week for Muva this week as she found herself against her soon-to-be ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, rapper Tyga, and twitter-beefing the Kardashian-West-Jenner clan. But...she took 'em all down with aplomb. -- Tené Young
Saddest News of the Week: Starbucks is going to stop selling CDs. Where else will I get my Kenny G and assorted Hawaiian sounds? -- E.S.
Best Creative Direction of the Week: Wired's sex toy roundup. This award goes out to whoever's idea it was to style a fake beaver with a vibrator. Simple. Elegant. Gorgeous. -- Gabby Bess
Best Supergroup of the Week: The Singles, aka Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris and an actor named Scarlett Johansson. I mean, you had us at Este Haim, but their single "Candy," released today, is good -- I would go so far as to affect a James Lipton accent and call it "a de-light." It also heralds new Holly Miranda music: Miranda's first solo album in five years comes out in May, which is cause for celebration in itself. -- James Rickman
Most Enlightening Twitter Monologue of the Week: Norm MacDonald's. The comedian gave a blow-by-blow about some of the biggest moments of the SNL 40th Anniversary show, including the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch. The biggest revelation? They originally wanted Eddie Murphy to come out as Bill Cosby in a bit that addressed the comedian's numerous rape allegations but Murphy nixed the idea at the last minute. -- Abby Schreiber
Shadiest Shade of the Week: Kim Gordon's dis at Lana Del Ray in her new memoir. Gordon writes, "If she really truly believes it's beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression," Gordon asks, "why doesn't she just off herself?" Damn. -- E.S.
Best and/or Creepiest Way to Drink in Public: This fake baby flask. Why not just stick with the noble brown paper bag? -- E.S.
Weirdest Way to Get a Tattoo: Under hypnosis. VICE Netherlands published an account of one writer's experience. Just...no. -- T.Y.
Best Evocation of the Total Shitiness of the Season: This creepy-ass SUV grille ice-ghost, snapped in Greenville, NC. WILL APRIL NEVER COME. -- J.R.
Best Fashion Video of the Week: LPDNY x Adidas' new basketball-inspired video for their collab. -- A.S.
Most Fashion-Forward Living Dictator: Kim Jong Un. Just look at that new haircut. -- E.S.
Happiest Kanye of the Week: Kanye, while getting a cheek-caress greeting from Ralph Lauren backstage at Lauren's runway show. Look how smiley! -- Katy Turner
Best Drunk Ash Wednesday Selfie: Ali Michael, the porcelain angel princess herself. God bless Ali. -- K.T.
Best Pizza Nail Polish of the Week: courtesy of Pizza Hut (via Buzzfeed), who decided that we all needed pepperoni varnish in our lives, even if we can't actually buy it -- the line with names like "Say Cheese" and "Voracious Veggie" was made exclusively for winners of a Valentine's Day promotion contest. Thank you anyway, Pizza Hut, and may all our snackwave beauty dreams some-day come true. -- K.T.
Most Intense Car Explosion Vine of the Week feat. Drake: brought to our attention by the Fader, where some genius matched up the beat drop of Drake's new track "Know Yourself" to a mysterious trunk detonation on the highway. Here's hoping all parties involved were OK. --K.T.
Best Nut Butter Muse of the Week: John Mayer. Buzzfeed reports that Mayer, in a December 2014 late-night, almond-butter craze, tweeted at popular nut butter company Justin's with an innovative suggestion: cookie dough almond butter. The company responded and, two months later, made good on the deal. --K.T.
Cathy CK, a new tumblr that combines Cathy comics with Louis CK quotes, is magic.
Billy Eichner, Michelle Obama, Big Bird and Elena, our favorite person in the world who we will all be one day, play "Ariana Grande or Eating a Carrot." This is one of the best Billy on the Street segments everrrrrr.
Scream forever at this adorable video of red pandas playing in fresh snow at the Cincinnati Zoo. [TastefullyOffensive]
Tiny 3-year-old Stephanie Wong proudly recites her martial arts student creed and it's the cutest thing that ever happened. [TastefullyOffensive]
Is this just a phase? [ZacktheBrown]
Sesame Street spoofs Bird Man with "Big Birdman," starring original Seasame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney. [TastefullyOffensive]
Stop me if you think you've heard this one before, Uncle Phil. [FYouNoFMe]
Meet two-year-old DJ Arch Junior. He drops the beat harder than any DJ out there and should definitely just headline Coachella this year. If you don't have 3 minutes, go straight to the 1:22 mark.
We've seen some crazy fashion presentations by avant-garde designers, but we must say that Brooklyn designer Bradley Callahan's BCALLA collaboration with hipster porn company CockyBoys is about the wildest thing we've ever encountered. Porn stars dressed as stuffed animals, fornicating? Yep, that's original. The juxtaposition of raw sex and pink and baby blue plushy separates is simultaneously hot, ridiculous and alarming. This isn't Callahan's first time breaking the established rules of fashion presentations, either -- he's a veteran of three collections all tinged with a tongue-in-cheek queer sensibility. We chatted with Callahan about how he hooked up with CockyBoys and his history of pushing the fashion envelope.
This is your third collection -- what made you want to incporporate porn this time around?
Last season I presented on Instagram with the model Melanie Gaydos, shot by Fred Attenborough, and the season before that I had a presentation at the Macie Gransion gallery with models including DE SE, Juliana Huxtable, Hari Nef and Bailey Stiles, shot by Michael Burk. This season the inspiration was more autobiographical than anything and is a reflection of my time in the Brooklyn queer nightlife world.
How did the collaboration with CockyBoys come about?
I had a studio visit with Colby Keller who proposed I contribute to his "Colby Does America" project [in which he makes a porn in every state] and he linked me with the Cocky boys, who were a complete godsend and joy to work with.
Were the clothes designed specifically to be sex-friendly?
Yes -- the play suits are crotchless and all the pieces are filled with sexual intention, my favorite being the "MORE PLEASE" bondage top.
It seems like animation is an influence on your work. What were your favorite cartoons growing up?
I'm a big cartoon freak, especially anime, but this season the art direction came from Michael Burk and our shared childhood love of Nickelodeon and Pee Wee's Playhouse.
And finally -- are you a plushy?
I don't identify as a plushy but I love the aesthetics of fetish culture, which has always been an inspiration to my brand.
Watch the extremely NSFW video lookbook and a making-of documentary below and see more at CockyBoys.com
Later, the Oscars thought it'd be fun to bring out John Travolta and Idina Menzel to right the wrongs of last year's amazing "Adele Dazeem" fiasco, a moment we still think about at least once a week. Instead, this very normal thing happened:
Polish director Pawl Pawlikowski won for best foreign film and refused to wrap up his speech when the Oscars tried to play him off, continuing to talk and say lovely things about his late wife and children as everyone cheered. BAWSE.
Dakota Johnson went FULL BITCHY TEEN on Melanie Griffith in this cringy red carpet interview and it was amazing. [Uproxx]
Neil Patrick Harris came out on stage in his panties for a Birdman spoof. [Uproxx]
Oprah ran away from Lady Gaga on the red carpet. [Cosmo]
Also, Ryan Seacrest was deeply confused over what a "flogger" is. SMDHBDSM. [Uproxx]
Scarlett is doing Miley 2013 now for reasons unknown. This was our favorite response. [@JessicaSuarez]
Donald Trump isn't even trying anymore. [Gawker]
Tomorrow, Sleater-Kinney start their first tour in almost a decade. In support of their latest album, No Cities to Love, the OG riot grrrls will kick off the tour at DC's 9:30 Club and, for those you who can't wait until they hit Terminal 5 in a few days, you'll be able to livestream tomorrow's inaugural show over at NPR Music. The livestream will start around 9:30PM EST. For once you can don sweatpants and stay in, FOMO free.
We know that iLoveMakkonen likes partying on Tuesdays and that he, unfortunately, doesn't sell molly anymore, and now we know that the buzzy Atlanta rapper also likes to make money and get turnt. Unexpected twist! Although "I Like Tuh" states the obvious, it does so in a highly enjoyable way. A collaboration between producer Carnage and Makonnen, the upbeat track has that same ear worm-y magic as "Tuesday." Listen for yourself, above.
If Drake's new short film, "Jungle" had you mourning the rapper's Degrassi days, join us in watching this gem of a flashback: a recently resurrected, short film from 2008, "Us & Them." It features Drake as himself (Aubrey Graham), which is arguably his best role yet, but the low-budget short, to be clear, is one hundred percent not good. You're in for 14-minutes of "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" references (oh, 2008), a cameo from Drake's grandmother Evelyn, and a lanky ginger teen OB O'Brien, the guy in all of Drake's corny music video skits, enunciating the word "cock" in Drake's bedroom. Though it all feels worth it when Drake says, How could you do that to me? I could have been the greatest barber in the world around the 8:40 mark. And as far as the plot goes, here's what we can decipher: Aubrey Graham and his former best friend Mazin Elsadig (who went on to direct several of Drake's most popular music videos) audition for the same role, and then they play basketball.
"Us & Them" was filmed about a year before Drake's music success, and, as the Fader points out, it seems to be a proof-of-concept pilot for an intended TV series, but we don't think this humble, perfect treasure needs to prove anything. Watch Drake before he (thankfully) retired from the acting game in "Us & Them," above.
In an otherwise "meh" year for music, there was at least one bright spot in 2014: the emergence of 23-year-old Detroit-based rapper, Dej Loaf. The artist, whose moniker comes from both her birth name (that'd be Deja Trimble) and her preference for wearing loafers, caught the eyes and the ears of everyone from E-40 to Drake with her kiss-off anthem "Try Me." On the heels of the single's success and a well-received mixtape, Sell Sole, Loaf is gearing up for her debut album and an upcoming appearance at Bonnaroo this summer. In the midst of her rise, we caught up with the artist to talk about everything from why she prefers cozy fashion to how she thinks catty female rappers are their own worst enemies.
It seems like you've come out of nowhere to have one of the most buzzed-about songs of 2014. What is your music background?
I started writing and doing music when I was a kid. Well, actually just writing because I kept [my music] to myself so much. It was an outlet. I grew up on the east side of Detroit with a single mom and two brothers. I was always the kid that stayed in the house and wrote in my diary. But I never took my music seriously until I realized that I was actually good, which was after high school when I stopped being shy. I started recording more but it was a slow process. I'd record in bogus studios and things like that. Once I got my first mixtape out, I started meeting different people and here we are today.
Your song, "Try Me," became a phenomenon partly because of the social media buzz it received from various artists. Which artist were you most excited about showing support for it?
E-40. He was one of the first people to reach out because the song had taken off in the Bay Area for whatever reason. Well, I know why. Someone made a post on Instagram saying "this is my song" and they had a nice following in Oakland, California so the kids were commenting on his stuff like "who's this, who's this?" Everybody started following from that point on. The Bay area made that their anthem before anyone else, even before Detroit did. Being from the Bay Area, E-40 caught on and he's one of the legends in my eyes. My dad used to listen to him so I was just like "wow." And then it was Drake. That was big, definitely. He was quoting the lyrics.
Do you have any dream collaborations?
I definitely want to work with legends. I have something in mind for Missy Elliott, Charlie Wilson and DMX. People you haven't seen in a while and who I grew up listening to.
As a female hip-hop artist, do you think there's a greater tendency for the media and the music industry to try to pit two female artists against one another, as if they both couldn't be successful?
I think it's female artists that have the mentality that there can only be one [star]. And that's what holds a lot of them back from being great because they're like, "I'm the best." They lose sight of what they were really in it for. I just want to make great music. Like if you rock with me, we can rock, if you don't, then you go your way and I go my way. But it's hard, the whole beef thing and females' catty attitudes. We only have Nicki Minaj and maybe Iggy. You don't have many [female hip-hop stars] at all. And I think that's the reason, because everybody wants to be on top, like how the guys do it. But there is room for all of us. That's how I'm approaching it until problems are presented to me and I feel like acting on them. I'll just do Dej. I won't feed into it. I got love for everyone. I want to work with Nicki Minaj, I would work with Iggy, I already said Missy Elliott. I'd love to work with Lil Kim. I already worked with Remy Ma. I thought she was like that up until I met her. Remy Ma is like one of my favorite rappers -- female rappers anyway.
You thought Remy Ma was like what?
I thought she had the attitude and when I met her, yeah she had that attitude, but she welcomed me with open arms like, "Yeah, you are dope, I love what you're doing. Keep holding it down." She saluted me. She came up at my show. I had the wrong impression.
At last: Apple is finally releasing a diverse set of emoji. Even people who are actually bright yellow legos will find themselves included (cue "Everything Is Awesome"). Available now only to app developers, the new line of emoji will be up for grabs in March along with the iOS 8.3 software. The upgrade will let users tap and hold (as you can now with letter accents) any facemoji and then select a face from a six-toned spectrum. Better late than never, though we're still waiting on that crucial taco emoji.
Yesterday, Nick Jonas of Nick Jonas' penis fame tweeted a cover of Kanye West's "Only One," a song that 'Ye recorded with Paul McCartney in memory of his late mother and for his daughter North. AKA a song that does not need to be covered by Nick Jonas. But Nick Jonas loved this sweet lullaby so much that he just had to sing it himself. He even tweeted it at Kanye and, reportedly, has not yet given up hope that Kanye will tweet back (same).
Christina Aguilera was on the Tonight Show last night to promote her return to the Voice and partook in a game of "Wheel of Musical Impressions," where she did an eerily dead-on Britney Spears impression that would make any aging TRL teen weep. (She also does a really good Cher impression.) Jimmy Fallon brings it with impressions of David Bowie and the majestically bearded king of marble mouth, Michael McDonald. Watch above.