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- 08/03/15--02:37: The Trailer for Zoolander 2 Asks an Important Question
- 08/03/15--05:20: Kool A.D. Forecasts Your August Horoscopes
- 08/03/15--05:30: Scenes From Full Moon Fest
- 08/03/15--06:45: 12 Art Shows to See In NYC This Month
- 08/03/15--06:50: Björk Collaborator Arca Announces New Solo Album "Mutants"
- 08/03/15--07:10: RIP "Trap Queen," Long Live Fetty Wap
- 08/03/15--08:08: Vogue Meets Industrial in FKA twig's New "Figure 8" Track
- 08/03/15--08:30: Watch Nick Knight's Mesmerizing Tribute to Alexander McQueen
- 08/03/15--09:31: Tiger Beat is Coming Back
- 08/03/15--11:01: Sigh: Future Tries to Subtweet His Way into Ciara's New Relationship
- 08/03/15--11:25: Transparent is Coming Back This Winter, Here's Why It's the Best
Most Cringeworthy Movie Clip: A scene from Lifetime's unauthorized Full House movie was released, sooo it looks like we have our answer. -- Taylor Silver
Baby News of the Week:Ice-T and Coco are expecting! Congrats you crazy kids! -- Abby Schreiber
Coolest TV-related News: For years, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger have been collaborating on a series set in the 1970s about sex and drugs in the disco-punk era. HBO greenlit the series and it will be called "Vinyl."-- T.S.
Most Welcome Fashion News of the Week: After over a decade, Saint Laurent is making couture again. Take a look at an image from their couture campaign, shot by Creative Director Hedi Slimane, above. -- A.S.
Best Lip-Sync Sesh: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Titus Burgess posted this video of Jane Krakowski and Tina Fey lip-syncing to "Flawless." Now all we really is a "Peeno Noir"/"Halo" mash-up. -- T.S.
Raddest Kids 20th Anniversary Tribute of the Week: Dazed and Genius''Secret History of Kids' with annotations from director Larry Clark, producers Christine Vachon and Lauren Zalaznick and archival interviews with stars like Chloe Sevigny. -- A.S.
Best Exercise You'll Get All Weekend: On Saturday afternoon, Union Square Park will host Dildo Wars, the "world's largest dildo battle." Fun for the whole family! -- T.S.
Most Puuurfect Art Installation: Not down with dildos? Love animals? On Saturday evening, images of endangered animals will be projected on the Empire State Building from 9 P.M. to midnight to raise awareness for our few furry friends.And be sure to pour one out for Cecil. - T.S.
Fried Chicken of the Week: The fried chicken thighs at Loosie's in South Williamsburg. If you're in the NYC area, we highly suggest you go to there. -- A.S.
Most Emotionally Callous Rumor: Are you really going to play this game, Wall Street Journal? Are you really going to get our hopes about the possible existence of a National Treasure 3? (Because WHOA.) Do you even understand the greatness of the first two films in the National Treasure franchise? This is just cruel. -- E.T.
Best Video of Hitler Reacting to Meek Mill's Diss Track: Sorry, everyone. I know there's a lot of Meek-Drake stuff going on this week, but this video is just too incredible to leave out. Look at how sad he is! I know the feeling, buddy. -- E.T.
Billy Corgan sadly riding Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland reaches its logical end. [Mlkshk]
Why is everything so hard? [FYeahDementia]
"He's always been very drawn to Morris Bart commercials,"L'erin Dobra told Law Blog. "He used to watch ABC and color videos, and he used to love those. But now he wants to watch Morris Bart commercials." When they're not on TV, he watches them on YouTube. [WSJ]
Librarian smut. [Mlkshk]
Let Shelley Bridgeman live her truth. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Your a beautiful troll, Kristina. [FYouNoFMe]
The Guardian just came through with the greatest badger headline of all time.
*VENGABOYS BLASTS IN BACKGROUND*. [Mlkshk]
Never stop [FYouNoFMe]
Wait for it.....[LaughterKey]
Namely, "if God exists, why did he make ugly people?" A conundrum for the blue-steeled ages. Watch the first trailer for Zoolander 2, out next year, above.
LA-based psych-pop band Gothic Tropic, are hard at work on their debut LP, FASTorFEAST, out early next year, and in the meantime, we're excited to be premiering the video for a new standalone single, "Puppet Master." Set in a dingy bar populated by characters out of a hybrid David Lynch-Tim & Eric fantasy, the clip features some passionate karaoke singing, making out and a very bad ending for one fellow. Give it a watch, below, and if you're in LA, catch the band at The Satellite on August 17th.
Trouble with love? Work problems? Mercury retrograde? Don't worry. Rapper, author of the forthcoming novel O.K. (Sorry House), and expert astrological navigator, Kool A.D. will safely guide you through the coming month.
Get a beer with a Cancer and a Scorpio. Watch Scarface. Sell cocaine. Book a trip to Hawaii. Paint a portrait.
Hook up with a Sagittarius. Drink dark rum. See a 3D movie on acid. Drink a Coca Cola. Ride a horse. Steal a painting.
First off, congrats. Also, read Aime Cesaire's Discourse on Colonialism. Go surfing with an Aquarius. Spend some QT with another Libra. Listen to Arthur Lee records while drinking wine and smoking a doobie.
Exercise is crucial, bro. Go jog or something. Jogging is not a crime. Skateboarding is not a crime. Do an ollie. Do a nollie no- comply into the bowl and shred a bit. Do a mac nugget. I made that trick up, ask Chris Cole. Look at Nyjah Huston videos and emulate that style. Play chess and use the Ruy Lopez opening.
Get some pupusas. Get high off cannabis tincture and listen to Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Thin Lizzy. Set something on fire at some point this month. Buy a bottle of dark rum and place it on ur front door step the night of the full moon.
Spend some time with a Virgo. Read a Haruki Murakami novel. Listen to DJ Mustard: 10 Summers and Meek Mill: Dreamchasers 1, 2 and 3. Listen to Souljah Boy: M & M and that other Souljah Boy that just came out.
No pork this month. This should be easy for all u Muslims and Jews out there. August is a pretty Muslim and Jewish month. Say JAH RASTAFARI next time ur about to hang up the phone. Wear an Oakland A's fitted at some point this month, literally or even just spiritually. Go surfing with a Libra. Oh yeah and congrats.
Finish an old project. Sniff a line of cocaine and a line of heroin. That's called a speedball, it feels crazy right? Watch American Psycho while listening to Yeezus. Find a dog and take it for a walk.
Call up a Gemini to check in. On the full moon, light a Guadalupe candle and a Siete Potencias Africanas candle, take a sip of dark Cuban rum and spit it into a potted plant then tell the plant all of ur dreams this month.
Read the new Ta-Nehisi Coates book. Watch La Danza de Realidad. Listen to Alice Coltrane: Journey in Satchidananda. Smoke hookah. Drink Lapsang Souchong and a mimosa.
Pick a project u already started and finish it. Call an Aries. Listen to A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. Sit in a cedar hot tub if at all possible. Have fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with tequila and watch The Grand Illusion. Go vegan.
Get a beer with a Scorpio and a Leo. Shoplift a piece of candy then leave it in a church, temple, mosque, synagogue, ashram or other place of worship. Buy or steal a white candle and light it on the full moon. Toss a penny into a body of water. Paint a room or piece of furniture.
This Saturday, over 5000 people descended on Brooklyn Mirage, a massive new venue in Bushwick for the 5th Annual Full Moon Fest, an electro dance party produced by Matte Projects. With three stages spread out over a palm tree-laden oasis in industrial Brooklyn, the fest was headlined by Yelle and also included sets by Tensnake, The Deep, Rufus du Sol, and more. Things got started at 3pm and didn't shut down until sunrise. Luckily our photographer, Luis Nieto Dickens, was on hand to capture all of the insanity. Check out his photos, below.
Penn Badgley and his band Mothxr
Hot Meet with Beverly's at Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
August 4, 7 - 10pm
The Future is Whatever Art Film Festival at Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
August 5, 7:30pm
Nothing better than a cold movie theater to escape the sweat fest of August, but who wants to spend $15 to cry over Pixar blob creatures just to sit in some AC for two hours? Instead, get some culture with your 65 degree air at The Future Is Whatever, an art film festival curated by Andrea McGinty that explores the humor and irony of living in "the now." Films by Petra Cortright, Siebren Versteeg, May Waver, Fake Injury Party and more will be shown one night only at Nitehawk Cinema, where you can order beer, wine and even truffle popcorn to your seat and really enjoy the sweat-free present.
The Lower Manhattan Art Festival (LoMan) Mural art festival
August 5 - 9
Check out the first-ever Lower Manhattan Art fest celebrating the public work of the neighborhood with murals, a sculpture garden, a sticker party, live music, a screening of a never-before-seen cut of Bansky does New York and panel discussions and events featuring well-known street artists including Ron English, Buff Monster, Art Is Trash and more.
Eat The Feeling Magazine Launch at Louis B James
143 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
August 6, 6 - 8pm
Derek Carner's scanner-based collages epitomize summer in New York, embodying that flow between sexuality and abstraction that comes out in the heat of the city at night. Eat The Feelings, Carner's 100-page magazine that he will be presenting along with a few wall pieces at Louis B James Gallery, shows images of bodies hidden under layers of paper and paint, perfectly expressing the seasonal fight between rawness and restraint.
Bad Dads VI: A Wes Anderson Themed Art Show at Joseph Gross Gallery
548 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
August 7 - 9
The cult following of Wes Anderson doesn't stop with Beekeeper Society tattoos and Margot Tenenbaum-style smokey eyes. In fact, Spoke Art has been putting on a pop-up art show inspired by the indie director for 6 years, featuring over 70 artists' illustrations, paintings, and sculptures of the vibrant, dark-humored and iconic world of Anderson's films. If not for the art, the people watching will be a spectacle. Who knows, you could find your Rushmore.
Bindle Nation group show at Hood Gallery
1397 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237
Aug 7, 8pm
Head to Hood Gallery to scope Bindle Nation, a group show featuring artists' own stereotypical Hobo sacks filled with personal objects and artworks in a modern Brooklyn setting.
Mathew Barney's The CREMASTER Cycle at The Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
August 8, 10:30am - 4:30 pm
Explore the bizarre, cringeworthy, fantastical and beautifully-crafted world of artist Matthew Barney's The CREMASTER Cycle, a series of five films made over 8 years. The Guggenheim gives us a rare opportunity to see all the films in order starting at 10:30am. If you can handle it, it's worth the week of weird dreams you'll have after.
BHQFU's Maritime Comedy Night at the Lilac Arts Series
225 West St, New York, NY 10013
August 8, 6pm
Katherine Hubbard & Savannah Knoop: Small Town Sex Shop at Recess
41 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
Artists Katherine Hubbard and Savannah Knoop have taken the allure of the small town sex shop and recreated it in a giant city, giving visitors an interactive art experience in the process. Try on straps, handle the objects, and explore that awkward intimacy of sex shops now that you're not too chicken to go inside. .
With over a thousand performances and 200 shows, the NYC fringe Festival is the best way to submerge yourself in the eclectic world of performance art and theater. See free plays in the parks or on a ferry ride, experience underground comedy and puppet shows or just try something weird and new. Line-up highlights include Fail Better, a Beckett-inspired physical theater piece by UMO and dungeo, a multimedia piece pairing video game lore with kabuki movement, made by Artistic Abandon NYC in Association with Hit the Lights Dad Theater Co.
Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at The Bell House
149 7th St., Brooklyn
Go dead or go home. The Morbid Anatomy museum is your one-stop shop for the art, artifacts, taxidermy and literature of medical oddities and culture surrounding death. Check out the museum's flea market for rare books, stuffed creatures and all the weirdos you've been looking for this summer.
Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin at the Museum of Art and Design
2 Columbus Circle
Until August 30
With hundreds of iconic figures and busts on display, go inside world of the Ralph Pucci, the artist who redefined the way we show fashion and whose collaborations included ones with Diane von Furstenberg, Kenny Scharf and more.
!! my next full length album is out late fall and it's called Mutant and I CANNOT w8 to share with u all !! pic.twitter.com/PmwMAcVRZJ-- Arca (@arca1000000) August 3, 2015
If the phrase "song of the summer" ever meant anything before it was stripped of all context, it was this -- an unshakeable earworm that somehow managed to infiltrate car stereos, barbecues, and parties for the hot months, the song you associate with that summer ten, 15 years down the road. In 2015, "Trap Queen" is, undoubtedly, that song. Over a year after its original release in April 2014, it's what you hear blasting out of everyone's cars, what people put on after taking the aux cord from their Uber drivers, what will play back in people's heads when they think about their summer flings. "Trap Queen" ruled the summer.
It's not hard to see why -- it's an upbeat, soaring, track about blending your romantic life with your work life (isn't that the dream?), sonically accessible but not cringe-worthy, capable of inspiring long works of praise. But now, with another month of summer left, "Trap Queen" has died, a victim of its own catchiness, fun, and our cultural tendency to take beautiful things and run them into the ground. We hit peak "Trap Queen" a while ago -- something that was once exciting and fun has been shriveled.
It's not that being mainstream implicitly makes something bad -- some of the uses of "Trap Queen" are still endearing and funny, and speak to how powerful the song is. The Kansas City Royals are obsessed with "Trap Queen," to the point where they have decided to forcibly work "1738" into all of their interviews, ruining the press' ability to get good quotes out of them. This is hilarious, because the Royals love Fetty Wap and are using "Trap Queen" as part of a joke that's just for them.
But by the time something is acceptable on, say, The Today Show's parents vertical, it's on its last legs, drained for all its initial cultural excitement until everyone is just tired. (Imagine the hurdles it would have to get through for "Trap Queen" to actually be played on the show!) Like any cultural product, everyone just gets tired after a while. And lo and behold, this video, in which Doug Funnie from Doug sings "Trap Queen," is the last straw. Finally, after many months, the meme of "Trap Queen" and its various connotations replace "Trap Queen," the very enjoyable piece of music.
The important thing here is not the mere presence of Doug Funnie -- he is great, and the show is great -- it's that the whole joke is Doug Funnie is ostensibly singing "Trap Queen," putting two things next to each other and assuming that will create humor. If "Trap Queen" is at the same place in pop culture as a decades-old cartoon, we have a problem.
Something like simply putting Doug and "Trap Queen" next to each with no added value drains the resource of our collective love of the song much faster, and with less care paid to the original object of mass affection. So while it's not like we haven't participated in this (comparing Betty Draper to Fetty Wap, considering illuminati conspiracies about Kate Hudson and her son dancing to "Trap Queen"), at least we're doing our best to not deplete this precious resource.
The best we can hope for now is that Fetty Wap will ride his massive, not-just-"Trap Queen" success on the pop charts to a long, healthy career, and we can all just leave this embarrassing few months behind us. Maybe in a few years, we'll be able to wholeheartedly, earnestly enjoy "Trap Queen" again without having to think about what we did. Just let "Trap Queen" be for a while.
With the closing of the Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum yesterday, fashion photographer Nick Knight has released a tribute of his own. Knight, a longtime McQueen collaborator whose relationship with the late designer spanned 14 years, dug into the archives of their work together to create a haunting short film using previously unseen footage from 2010's "To Lee, With Love, Nick." With curation by current McQueen creative director Sarah Burton and input from W's Fashion & Style Director Edward Enninful, the famous duck feather dress makes an appearance (but the armadillo boots, sadly, do not) in a film that's a surreal, mesmerizing look at the best work of a brilliant mind gone too soon. Watch it above.
Tiger Beat, one of the best magazines for one of the best groups of people (teen girls), is coming back from its long summer vacation. The New York Times reports that a group of investors -- including Nick Cannon and Kevin Durant, for some reason -- have come together to buy the magazine and give it a second life. Will the new version of the magazine, which comes back in its modern form with the September issue, be able to consistently capture its audience in the same way? Certainly, there are interviews with the right people, including 5 Seconds of Summer, and the new version of the magazine captures the old aesthetic in a moment when lots of attention has been dedicated to the young women's pop culture of days gone by (see also: the Bikini Kill reissue). If that interest continues (and if the magazine's Snapchat game is on point), Tiger Beat might just live to teen another day.
#DearNonNatives Stop telling people to "go back to their country. You're not indigenous to this land,nor are your ancestors. Goodbye-- native princess (@kylaaajeannn) July 31, 2015
#DearNonNatives YOU DON'T GET SPIRIT ANIMALS.-- Brittany Ann (@brittanythestar) July 31, 2015
#DearNonNatives Until America acknowledges & is accountable to the genocide of native people, it remains a country built on blood & lies.-- Coya Hope (@coyahope) July 31, 2015
#DearNonNatives Colonialism is not a choice, it is a system, and it captures us all unequally.-- Jodi Byrd (@arsavium) August 3, 2015
#DearNonNatives: I speak English and Spanish, the languages of colonizers, only because the tongues of my ancestors were forcibly forgotten.-- Concepción Lara (@lowsell) July 31, 2015
#DearNonNatives: we need your support-- Brooksita (@MahpiyaWaciWin) July 31, 2015
Never make a permanent decision over a temporary circumstance #umtoobossedup-- FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) August 2, 2015
Don't direct my tweets to kno punk ass hoe-- FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) August 2, 2015
Best of all, he ended his Tweet tantrum with a lil album promo, which according to the Post is pretty much the whole reason he's doing this "Boo Ciara" bullshit.
Dis internet shit mad funny Yo!-- FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) August 2, 2015
The devil gone come Frm all angles but I'm cover wit Angels...#DS2-- FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) August 2, 2015
Today at the Television Critics' Association tour, Amazon announced that the second season of its series Transparent would become available December 4. That sounds like a long way away (and, in some respects, it is), but now it not only gives fans a day to look forward, it also lights a fire under anyone who has been meaning to get around to watching the first season. Transparent is one of the best shows around, so it really is a good investment of time. But if you haven't seen the first season yet, here are a few reasons why you should catch up:
Transparent is about the Pfefferman family, composed of matriarch Maura (Jeffrey Tambor), a trans woman in the process of discovering her new identity, Maura's ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), and children Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), Josh (Jay Duplass) and Sarah (Amy Landecker). It would be reductive, in some sense, to say that the show is just about Maura's coming-out process -- it's about much more than that, including the family's neglectful history, the screwed-up lives of the children, and their attempts to recalibrate their relationship with Maura. It's a painful, often selfish series of emotional dynamics, but it's also honest and raw.
Where most other prestige television moves relentlessly forward -- using the past primarily as a space for ruminating on bad choices that turned good men into kinda bad men who do bad things -- Transparent presents its characters as the result of a history, and a long weight of accumulated choices. The ongoing flashback story about Maura's tentative friendship with Marcy (Bradley Whitford) blossoms into one of the best things about the show, and the eighth episode, which takes place entirely in the past, is maybe the highlight of season one.
Supervised by Soloway's husband, the music of Transparent has a pretty consistent sensibility -- Jim Croce, Bill Callahan, J.J. Cale -- that works to constantly evoke a distant, not-quite-real past. The show's soundtrack creates feelings of longing for a simpler time while everything else about the series reminds you that that simpler time never really existed.
Throughout the show, fashion becomes a way for characters to (literally) try on different identities and figure out who they are -- watching Maura test out different feminine clothing in the flashbacks is one of the sweetest, most delightful parts of the show. And in the present, Tambor wears a fabulous selection of caftans.
Transparent is, among the many other things it is, one of the best artistic depictions of modern secular Judaism. The Pfeffermans are nominally Jewish by affect, with Shelly caring about the opinion of the rabbi (welcome guest star Kathryn Hahn), who winds up in a relationship with Josh (that's them in a mikvah in the image above!). The sixth episode ends with a warm, spiritual shabbat dinner, a scene that, in its long, complicated, conversational battle, cuts to the heart of what makes the show so fantastic: its incessant, surprising empathy for everyone.
Last time we looked at the Drake-Meek Mill Twitter beef/rap beef/somewhat confusing fight over Nicki Minaj, it was relatively small in scope -- Meek accused Drake of having other people write his rhymes (which was already kind of common knowledge), said possible ghostwriter Quentin Miller had to run for the hills, and poor Nicki Minaj was caught at the center of two dudes -- a slap-fight between her current boyfriend and a man with whom she has a rather complicated personal and musical past. It's developed sufficiently now to suggest all kinds of levels of strangeness, and to require this: a full timeline of recent developments in the Great Meek Mill-Drake Battle of 2015. Someone wore this to the Pinkprint tour in Toronto today. pic.twitter.com/7K5e4VRCry
Saturday, 7/25 -- Drake Drops Meek Mill Diss Track "Charged Up"
"Charged Up" premieres on the OVO Beats 1 radio show. It's a pretty much what you expect from a Drake diss track, in that it's relatively non-aggressive, sad, and has spawned a minor meme comparing Drake to a fully charged iPhone battery (and Meek to a phone about to die).
Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex, a New York hip-hop mainstay (for perhaps too long), has already announced his interest in the Meek-Drake beef, claiming to have the reference tracks ghostwriter Quentin Miller recorded. Flex loudly says that Meek is going to premiere his response on his show, which entices many people to listen to terrestrial radio for the first time in years. Instead, Flex loops Rihanna and Fetty Wap and becomes the subject of a vast array of jokes on the internet.
Someone wore this to the Pinkprint tour in Toronto today. pic.twitter.com/7K5e4VRCry-- HIP HOP FACTS (@DailyRapFacts) July 29, 2015
Instead of taking the L, Hot 97 tries to pile on Meek, claiming he just failed to give them the track. DJ Ebro Darden complains that they just wanted to take Meek "at his word," and it is sad.
Funk Flex at HOT 97 like: "A Meek Mill diss track? Did I say something about a diss track?"pic.twitter.com/BWeKQfR8Ma-- Racial Draft (@TheRaceDraft) July 28, 2015
Later Monday Night -- Meek Screams Into His Computer
Meek claims to have dropped a response diss track called "Beautiful Night," which is just him yelling. 'Kay.
Here it gooooooooo lets get it 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/eWdMOXZrPh-- Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 28, 2015
Tuesday, 7/28 -- Nicki's Ex Safaree Issues a Cry For Attention
Safaree Samuels, the ex Nicki has already sufficiently clowned, attempts to enter the musical fray by, among other things, claiming that he ghostwrote swathes of The Pinkprint (notice how many of these moves are just people claiming things without showing the receipts). The track, ironically titled "Lifeline,"is very bad, but you can find it here if you are feeling particularly masochistic with regards to tertiary participants in mediocre rap beefs.
Tuesday Night -- Meek and Nicki Perform in Toronto, and it is Weird
Nicki's Pinkprint tour stops in Toronto, the city her boyfriend Meek Mill is supposedly barred from by the most badass city councillor in the game. Meek is late for his set, but eventually shows up to what appear to be light boos.
During his abbreviated set, Meek performs Yo Gotti's "Fuck You," flashing the title lyrics to the assembled crowd of teens and parents who wanted to see his girlfriend perform.
Wow they Booing him pic.twitter.com/phlQMlLHyG-- Simone (@paradicegold) July 29, 2015
Meek's choices appear increasingly confusing and opaque to a world that just wants to see him follow through on a fight he initiated in the first place. Meek and Nicki make a show of togetherness, but Drake looms over the performance.
Meek might not leave Toronto alive b... pic.twitter.com/GpdFMElgZz-- Killa Season,Trk 7 (@BigGhostLtd) July 29, 2015
Wednesday, 7/29 -- Drake Drops "Back to Back"
With Meek seemingly collapsing, Drake goes in for the kill with another diss track, a "freestyle" in which he addresses the situation far more aggressively, owning his role as a musical curator ("I got the Midas touch") and leaving us with classically divisive Aubrey phrases. (Like, seriously -- is "trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers" genius, or horrible?)
And here we are. There are some other minor developments piling on the participants (like this GoFundMe campaign to help Meek finally record an actual diss track), but for now, we're left with a large number of extremely confusing choices and questions. Why hasn't Meek made an actual explicit diss track? (This is especially confusing since he is, by all accounts, a pretty good battle rapper.) Why is Drake going in so hard on Meek, when all of the laws of rap beef suggest you never, ever punch down at someone less popular than you, lest you validate them and give them unnecessary attention? How pissed is Nicki at both of these man-children?
The only plausible explanation, from where I'm sitting, is that this is all a PR campaign gone horribly wrong for a secret Drake-Meek Mill collaborative album, their own version of Watch the Throne where the throne is adorned with psychosexual post-breakup hangups and framed photos of Nicki Minaj while she rolls her eyes from the booth, where she is actually continuing to do the work being a recording artist. The cover of this album will feature Meek and Drake hugging. It will be profound.
Thursday Night/Friday, 7/30-31 -- Day of the Dead Instagrams
It's fitting that much of the conflict has played out through open-letter, weird social media posts, since Meek started it on Twitter. But this time, an entire round went down on Instagram, as Drake first sort-of responded to "Wanna Know" before Meek basically reiterated his position again. And now, with a lull in the beef, we have to ask ourselves: What did it all mean? (Maybe these memes can help.)
So this is rap now! You can have a n#%ga write ya raps and that's acceptable.. just like in the streets you can tell on people and still b the man and get the same respect as the next man! It's almost over for the the game lol I'm confused outchea...... I'm making all trap music after I do my thang with them! We still loaded! #quentinmiller changed the game #youtherealmvp
Monday, 8/3 -- Drake Gets Petty With His Shirts
Once more unto the breach, fam. A couple of updates on the Drake front. First, at a kickball game he was apparently supposed to play with LeBron James, Drake says he "hasn't taken a loss all week" and then reveals the "Charged Up" logo on his shirt which, ha, because he's winning the beef! (And he's really good at turning stuff into clothing-based memes.)
Drake Does His FIRST INTERVIEW Since He BODIES MEEK. . . Someone PUT A BATTERY IN HIS BACK . . . And He's STILL Shading Meek Mill!!Posted by DeLorean on Sunday, August 2, 2015
Then he wears a "Free Meek Mill" shirt backstage at OVO Fest, continuing his tradition of sick burns through torso clothing.
Video of Drake looking over setlist and wearing the free Meek Mill shirt, pic.twitter.com/ZCfrp7LNQk-- (the)6Track (@the6Tracks) August 3, 2015