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    Hoo boy, yeah, you won't be getting "No Sleeep" tonight, especially after putting Janet Jackson's sultry new video on repeat.


    The first visual from Janet's hotly-anticipated new album, "No Sleeep" has us following her around candlelit digs on a rainy day, haunted by sentimental projections of her late brother Michael -- which fits well with her gentle "I'm missing you" croon.

    Watch the video above and let the "Queen of Insomnia" keep you company tonight.



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    E! has been releasing clips all week ahead of Caitlyn Jenner's docuseries I Am Cait, premiering this weekend, and today we get a new snippet showing Jenner's youngest daughter, 17-year-old Kylie, meeting her for the first time.

    Though the rest of the Kardashian family has said they were most worried about how Kylie would deal with the change, she exclaims, "hey pretty," when she walks into the room and sees Caitlyn with her and makeup done.

    Later in the segment, Bruce's 88-year-old mother Esther gives Kylie a portrait of herself when she was 17. When Caitlyn points out that Esther was already married at the time, Kylie acknowledges the tyga in the room and remarks "kinda like me." Caitlyn good-naturedly bristles at her comment and the entire scene is touching and funny.

    Does this mean E! has made a reality show that might actually make us feel something? What is happening?

    I Am Cait debuts Sunday, July 26th, at 8 pm. 

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    Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 7.04.47 PM.pngBest Headline of the Week: Because how can you beat "Pooping cyclist started foothills fire"? -- Sandra Song

    Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 7.10.56 PM.pngPop Star Most In Need of The Elements of Style: Katy Perry. She posted this incomprehensible, punctuation-starved tweet defending Nicki Minaj during her feud with Taylor Swift this week. Girl, what? -- Elizabeth Thompson 
     

    Least Sincere Apology: Ian's on this week's Bachelorette Men Tell All episode, when he got down on one knee as if proposing to his fellow contestants and declared that his behavior on the show was "not a representation of who I am." Leave it to Ian to make an apology all about him. -- Suzannah Weiss
     bagels.jpgMost Mouth-Watering Sculpture: Artist Hanna Liden's Everything installation at Hudson River Park celebrates New York's signature delicacy, the bagel. A "not edible" sign may be in order. -- S.W.

    article-piers-morgan.jpgMost Tasteless Insult: Mail Online's US editor-at-large Piers Morgan referred to Nicki Minaj as a "stroppy little piece of work," once again proving he's just an internet troll with a more professional-sounding title. -- S.W

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    Best Fitness Cover of the Month: The August 2015 issue of Women's running made some real strides (lol) when it chose a plus-size model for its cover. There has only been positive feedback to this refreshing image that proves that runners come in all sizes. --J.K.




    Best Cosby Slam
    : Judd Apatow's scathing Cosby impersonation during his standup set on the Tonight Show this week. -- J.K.

    miley1_3382894b.jpgBest News That Will Probably Scare The FCC: This week, our cover star/all-around badass Miley announced that she'll be hosting the VMA's on August 30th. As for Robin Thicke...let's just hope his invitation was lost in the mail. -- Taylor Silver

    Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.10.06 AM.pngBest Display of Canadian Pride: After Meek Mill called out Drake for using ghostwriters on his songs, Toronto politician Norm Kelly swooped in to defend the King of the 6's honor. -- T.S.

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    Vagina yarmulkes!Perfect for Reform Feminists or if you're just in the mood to freak Bubbie out. -- T.S.

    Best Surprise Album News (You Hear That Frank Ocean?): Though Albert Hammond Jr.'s new LP Momentary Masters doesn't come out until July 31st, you can stream it in full here. Also check out our interview with him where he talks about the new record and scuba diving.


    Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.39.09 AM.pngBest Photo You Didn't Know You Needed In Your Life: It really just speaks for itself.
    -- T.S. 

    Coming soon. 👪❤️

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    Most Squee-Inducing Instagram: Chance the Rapper has a baby "coming soon"!!! -- S.S.

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    Tastiest Artworks: There's apparently an artist named Scorpion Dagger who specializes in Renaissance x hot dog gifs. Because, Internet. -- S.S.





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  • 07/26/15--05:01: The Sunday Funnies
  • Billy Corgan glumly riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland is the most important photo on the internet. Ever.

    156TM.jpg And that you didn't really do anyway. [Mlkshk]

    British magicians do an entire "shrinking man" magic trick in the background of a Sky News report from Westminster Palace. [TastefullyOffensive]
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    Absolutely brutal. [JuliaSegal]



    tumblr_npd9hmMPLQ1s59sbwo1_500.pngFor secret reasons. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]



    Watch some baby goats desperately try to play with an annoyed cat. [JoytheSheep]
     
    Amy Schumer hands an Australian interviewer his ass after he dares to call her Trainwreck character "skanky." Peak cringe toward the end. [Buzzfeed]
     
    6 tubby pug pups sleeping peacefully in a row = scream forever. [LaughingSquid]
     
    tumblr_nrzz2k5i191tka6elo1_1280.jpg Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. [LaughterKey.]

    tumblr_np6ru4dFkm1rgh5s7o1_1280.jpgIt takes a village. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

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    A blind chihuahua tests a bumper guard his owner made for him so we won't run into walls. Whoscryingimnotcrying. [LaughingSquid]





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    E! debuted Caitlyn Jenner's I Am Cait docuseries Sunday following and many online teasers and mounting buzz, but we had to wait until last night to see Kanye West and Kim Kardashian meet Caitlyn. Kanye, who famously keeps himself and his daughter off of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, made a short cameo about half way through the episode, commending Caitlyn for her courage to live her life openly. "I think this is one of the strongest things that has happened in our existence as human beings. We're so controlled by perception," he tells Caitlyn and her family. (West's beliefs that perception is the enemy of living freely is well-documented. In our April issue, West speaks at length about the oppressive effects of "smoke and mirrors." ) He's also switches into the role of Dutiful Son-in-Law as he explains his sock shoes to Bruce's puzzled sister Pam, who tells him she just wants to be cool. It's all very sweet. Watch above.

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    cosby cover.jpgBy now, following developments in the Bill Cosby story can, and maybe should, feel kind of exhausting -- the flood of people who said nothing before trying to distance themselves from the man at the center, the testimony in which Cosby reveals himself to be an utterly un-self-aware monster, the despairingly constant stream of woman accusing him of rape, all threaten blur together into a constant background noise, like a faulty air conditioner but for patriarchy.

    Now the story has found its momentous statement: New York magazine's cover story this week tells the stories of 35 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault and includes their portraits. The online version includes videos of them speaking out, creating an unbelievably powerful, unified statement about the effects of this man. Whether you're one of the few awful people still unconvinced or simply unclear of the extent to which the collected information makes a statement about the conditions necessary for the creation and perpetration of rape culture, the story is an essential read. But it isn't accessible at the moment.

    A self-described hacker has apparently taken down NYMag.com (including its associated properties like Vulture and The Cut) because he... hates New York City? The story is still developing (and the website still down), but this justification seems fishy at best. Still, New York has made two of the women's stories available on Instagram, which you can and should watch. Then, when the site comes back up, read the whole story again and again.


    Update: The website is back online, so go read the whole story, along with linked stories and videos and photographs from the victims, here. The weight of the 35 women who came forward -- all photographed in similar poses and settings -- is nothing short of remarkable, in the same way the similarities between their stories are crushing. Spend some time with it, and think.

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    Drop your phone in the toilet this weekend? Fuck the rice trick, cause net artist Molly Soda has a more mystical repair technique via her Virtual Spellbook.

    One part Angelfire and two parts The Craft with a dash of Tumblr, it's a fun, interactive art project that includes important life spells for everything from fixing your busted phone to taking flawless selfies every time to increasing your follower count (no bots!). All you need is a few ingredients (essentials include glitter, candy and USBs), a clear head and pure heart, and it should work like a charm.


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    As a writer on the Internet, banishing trolls is probably the first spell I'm going to try out (followed by the "stop checking your ex's social" one), and while there may already be a Chrome extension that hides comments, this is obviously way more fun.

    Via Buzzfeed.

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    Chicago's Lil Durk just dropped the music video for "Lord Don't Make Me Do It," the latest single off the rapper's studio debut Remember My Name. The track has Durk taking drill to ever-darker depths with lyrics like "Sometimes I get the urge to kill a bitch / kill a hoe / And I ain't even violent" and a video that sees him spending half his screentime straitjacketed in a prison cell and writing on the walls with his own blood. But in the wake of the shooting deaths of both his manager and his cousin over the past two years, "Lord Don't Make Me Do It" isn't just a grim new direction for the young artist -- it's a reflection of an ugly, powerful reality. Give it a watch, above.

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    Ah, e-commerce, what doors you have opened for kink-loving customers who rarely leave the comfort of their fandoms. Because whether you skew more superhero or supernatural (or just really want that Darth Vibrator statue that's been circling the web), now it's as easy as pick, click and ship to live out your culturally-relevant fantasies. As such, we've taken the liberty of completing the first step for you -- and we're not talking any accidental Harry Potter broomvibes.

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    Twilight Dildos

    An oldie but goodie, this Cullen-inspired cock was known for its sparkle/ability to keep cold. Plus it matches those Edward puss panties.


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    Always wanted to "fistpump" Pauly Shore? Well, now's your chance. There's even two day free shipping with Amazon Mom.

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    Hello Kitty Vibrator

    What's extra weird is that this is, um, officially sanctioned by Sanrio. According to Amazon, "Japan's most famous feline [is] ready to take you to multi orgasm!" 


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    Super Hung Heroes

    Purveyor of pervy goodies Doc Johnson has a few new collectibles, namely a series of superhero-themed dildos à la Batman-themed "caped cocks," monstrous, Dr. Bruce Boner Hulks and Thor's "hammers." 

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    Tardis Butt Plug

    Even though the Etsy store is no longer producing it, we hear it's bigger on the inside.

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    Speaking of Doctor Who toys, at one point there was a 3D-printed Sonic Screwdriver Vibrator. It'll fix up anything.

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    There's apparently a company called Necronomicox that specializes in horror-themed toys. And their most "intriguing" offering? A pustule-ridden, raw wounded zombie dick -- in case The Walking Dead is the franchise that gets you going. You can even customize it and ask for a greenish tint if decomposition is more your thing.


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    Founded in 1968 and held at the lovely Quebec City, the Festival d'été de Québec is one of the biggest live music festivals in North. It runs for 11 days in more than 12 venues, and regularly pulls in more than a million audience members. Not being a Canadian, I hadn't heard of it either.

    But though it doesn't have the USA clout of Lollapalooza or Coachella, the Festival has a lot going for it, if you're into seeing live music on big outdoor stages with thousands of people but are kind of out by the kids and their EDM.

    Located by the sea and imbued with a quaint, European village charm, Quebec City is stunningly gorgeous, though be ready to make like Kate Bush and run up some hills. The people are unfailingly friendly, the (often Rickard's Red) is cheap and smooth, and if you've never had poutine, boy, you owe it to yourself. All of the stages are located within walking distance of each other (but seriously, stretch first before hitting those hills) and the line-up is wildly eclectic. (And yes, there is some EDM in the mix.) This was perhaps the only festival this year where one had to choose between catching Owen Pallett or the Doobie Brothers at either the nearby l'Imperial or the le Grand Théâtre de Québec stages. (Since the Doobs haven't toured with Michael McDonald in ages, it was an easy decision.)

    With a linepup that included the Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Boston, Megadeth, Jack Ü and Iggy Azalea, the Festival d'été de Québec was once again diverse bordering on incoherent. I got to attend for a few days; here were my favorite moments.

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    1) Playing to a smaller festival crowd than they've been destroying lately, Run the Jewels were nonetheless treated like conquering heroes by the ecstatic, continually moshing crowd. "You bastards, let me catch my breath," said a beaming Killer Mike from the stage, no doubt pleased that even this far up north, people know how to properly do his band's gun and finger salute.


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    Photo by Philippe Ruel, courtesy of Festival d'été de Québec

    2) Though the new single they premiered that encouraged us to remember our first dance, first kiss and first other things sounded promising enough, Icona Pop are going to have their work cut out for them to avoid the one-hit wonder tag. But that hit! Watching a huge crowd at the main outdoor venue, located on the Plains of Abraham, scream in mass that they! don't! care! and would be very interested in crashing your car is one of those communal feelings you can only get when crammed together with thousands of people at a local park turned venue.

    3) Though the big names get the big font on the poster, there was plenty of regional talent filling out the local clubs, including Canadian upstarts the Feather. Though they still need to fine-tune their sound a bit, they're clearly onto something: they can quiver like Bon Iver and swell like early Arcade Fire, and one doesn't even need to speak French to feel the pathos they were offering up.

    4) Though I wasn't, unfortunately, able to stick around to watch Primus cover the soundtrack to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (my loss, I'm sure), I did catch their opener: recently reunited '90s guitar-effects scientists Failure. Up against a torrential downpour and a sound system that literally cut them out a few times, Failure pushed on, turning Fantastic Planet deep cuts "The Nurse Who Loved Me" and "Saturday Saviour" into the arena-filling jams they would have eventually become back in the day if these guys hadn't called it quits right as they were starting to catch on. The pianos on the latter, in particular, encouraged some shameless air-keyboarding.

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    Photo by Philippe Ruel, courtesy of Festival d'été de Québec

    5) Is Future Islands frontman Samuel Herring the best dancer of our time? Don't bother answering: of course he is. Whether he was doing the "drop and pop" or the "spastic Magic Mike" or the "punch a hole through the space-time continuum" he gave the crowd more energy than they could handle and constantly made me forget there were three other people on stage with him. (All of whom I'm sure work very hard at their jobs: those beautiful whirs on "Spirit" don't play themselves.) Oh yeah, those moves were soundtracked by "Seasons" (Waiting On You)" and other songs that didn't break the internet but prove that there is much more to this group than one of the most magnetic personalities in recent memory.


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    Florence and the Machine have released a double music video for both "Queen of Peace" and "Long and Lost." The two tracks, off of the band's latest How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful LP, are set to a devastating narrative about love and violence.

    The 10-minute short film, which is a bit of Never Let Me Go-meets-Dancer in the Dark, was shot on location on the coast of Scotland. Coupled with the video's seamless choreography, cinematography, and a stellar acting performance from Florence, this would make one hell of a feature length film.

    Watch it above.



    [via NPR]

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    A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on


    Khloé, the Kardashian who is always keeping shit real, is joining her sister Kim and becoming a coveted cover star in her own right -- as the latest issue of Complex proves. 

    Appearing as the sexiest gym rat there ever was, Khloé spends most of the insightful interview talking about the important people in her life (read: mainly other Kardashians) and giving us the dish as the self-proclaimed, protective "lion" of the family. An especially applicable notion as she provided some interesting rationale in regards to Kylie's relationship with Tyga.
        
    "I think at 16 I was probably fucking someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn't say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them. But again, Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You're not gonna say, "Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?" and have her say, "Having a slumber party at my girlfriend's," or "Going to prom." That's not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she's going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That's not even what people do in their 30s. It's a rare circumstance, so let's treat this as a special case."
    There was also some real talk about her ex-hubby Lamar Odom.

    I talk to Lamar as often as I can, which is inconsistent, but not on my terms. When you genuinely feel like that was the right relationship, you're supposed to give it all you can. That's what marriage is about...Lamar is genuinely one of the best people I've ever met, and everyone says that when they meet him. I think Lamar's gonna always be that person [for me] but that's what made it so special. Even if I had it for five years or whatever, it was the best ever and I'm grateful I did. Some people don't get that ever and I had that magic for a long time.
    Reaffirmation about why Kanye is the best.
     
    Every time I went to a basketball game and he saw me, he would come out of his way to find my seat and give me a hug. Every time I would see him, it was all about Kim. It was so endearing and so cute and genuine. What I love about Kanye is that he wants to build her up instead of take her down.
    Some TMI about Kris Jenner's current sex life.
     
    Why is a 32-year-old, or whatever he is, why is he talking to a 50-fabulous-something woman? That's just--and I say it to her all the time--weird. Hearing them have sex is wild and I'm traumatized...That shouldn't happen to anybody, but it's happened to me a few times with my mom. When I was younger, I was hiding under my mom's bed for some reason, and her and Bruce started having sex. I was there and I couldn't leave. I had to stay until it was over.
    And of course some insight into her relationship with Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, whose transition was difficult for her:
     
    [Bruce and I] are the closest out of the Kardashian kids. I think what hurt me the most was that we as a family wanted to be a part of his transitioning. I could imagine that it's so lonely. Don't you want people to support you and be there with you? But then I don't know if that's a selfish request.
    She did leave us with this (too real) gem though. Ghosters/general cowards, take note.
     
    When you fuck someone, why would you not [be cool after you're over].... Like, if someone has seen my vagina, I think it's OK that I say hi and give him a hug hello.

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    So over the weekend, blogger/dude with major FOMO Anthony Rebello decided it was time to celebrate "equality" by organizing his very own "Straight Pride" parade -- and surprise, he was the only one who showed up.

    Armed with nothing more than a cardboard sign, black & white balloons (how symbolic) and a sad excuse for a Facebook event, Rebello took to the streets of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood to "celebrate our right to be heterosexual, and to encourage younger heterosexuals that they should be proud of their heterosexuality." 

    He also personally responded to several criticisms on his Facebook event, using logical retorts like "heterophobe" and "the LGBT community is full of hate" -- though judging by the amount of grayed out commenters, it looks like his favorite comeback was just good old-fashioned blocking. 


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    kate hudson 1.jpgYou may have already seen this goofy, delightful Instagram video of Kate Hudson and her 11-year-old son Ryder dancing to Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" while apparently waiting for their flight in an airport.


    This video is many things. It's a pretty adorable, endearing depiction of "cool" motherhood and parent-child fun coming from the star of such classics as Fool's Gold, My Best Friend's Girl, and You, Me, and Dupree. It's an enjoyable enough video of people dancing to Fetty Wap, something that probably should have gotten exhausting some time in May. But it's also way too well-choreographed.

    "Trapped in the airport?" ...Okay. Those are some serious moves, and if you ask me, it seems like Kate Hudson and Ryder had been practicing them for a while. And this isn't the first time that Kate Hudson, dance guerrilla, has struck terror into the hearts of internet users. That means one of two things: Either Kate Hudson and her son dance around the house and have perfected their moves over time because they're a sweet, reasonably free-spirited family, or...

    Look: I'm not saying that Kate Hudson and her children are planning on starting a family dance troupe and touring the country, impressing millions all over with their flashy moves and matching jumpsuits. I'm not saying they would be joined by Hudson's mother (Goldie Hawn) and step-father (Kurt Russell). And I'm definitely not saying that Fetty Wap would join them on tour. I'm just not not saying it.

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    paper_converse_bts_vic_02.jpgEven if you don't know who Vic Mensa is, seeing him walk into a room will make your head turn. The 22-year-old Chicago-based rapper, who, on the day we meet, has frosted tips and is wearing graphic black-and-white custom pants that say 'Burn the Trump,' carries himself with a combination of youthful, puckish energy and the kind of rock-star easy confidence you see in people who are clearly comfortable in their own skin. Which makes it all the more surprising when, over the course of our conversation, Mensa describes spending his life feeling like an outsider.



    "I've been a misfit for many years," he says. "I feel like I'm in-between these worlds with my arms stretched out as they pull apart...It's a constant source of tension that's existed in my life for a long time." The son of a Ghanaian-born father who teaches Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Caucasian American mother who's a physical therapist in the Chicago Public School system, the rapper was born Victor Mensah in Hyde Park, the neighborhood on Chicago's South Side famous for being home to both the University of Chicago and the Obamas. In a city notorious for its segregation, it's one of the few neighborhoods with noticeable diversity; you'll find fancy professors' townhomes and turn-of-the-last-century mansions walking distance from Section 8 housing and blocks where blacks and whites, Jews and Gentiles, Asians and Hispanics all raise their families. Even so, Mensa says having a biracial background wasn't always easy. "Growing up half-white and half-black, there were times when I was younger when I just wished I could be one or the other. Never being fully accepted somewhere is hard." He continues, "I'm still different, you know. I've never been 100% something that you could put in a box. I think that crosses into my music and my experience in the rap industry."

    paper_converse_bts_vic_03.jpgAs a leader in Chicago's post-Kanye rap renaissance, Mensa draws from an experience that's distinct from that of his hometown rap peers like Chief Keef or Lil Durk, whose music describes their coming-of-age in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods and of navigating Chicago's violent gang scenes. A teen obsessed with skateboarding, Larry Clark's Kids and Nirvana, Mensa attended Whitney Young, one of Chicago's most prestigious magnet high schools and also Michelle Obama's alma mater. It was there that he and some friends formed Kids These Days, a rap-blues-rock fusion band that would go on to sign with a major label, play sets at Lollapalooza and on Conan, and record an album produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy before flaming out in spring of 2013 over creative differences. Post-breakup, Mensa didn't waste time wallowing in frustration or regret and instead focused his energy on starting a solo career. His well-received Innanetape mixtape was released in November of that year and officially marked the 20-year-old as an Artist to Watch.

    It was also in this general timeframe that Mensa worked on a track with Chance the Rapper, a high school buddy he'd known since freshmen year when the two met at an open mic night. The song was "Cocoa Butter Kisses," the lead single off of Chance's career-launching Acid Rap mixtape. Both artists' stars began to rise, leading many music critics to compare them with each other or lump them together when talking about Chicago's hip-hop scene and the delineations between the psyched-out, genre-hopping sounds the two friends make compared to the harder drill music favored by Keef, Durk, King Louie and others. It's a lazy comparison that clearly riles Mensa a bit -- even though the two have gone on to form their own collective, SAVEMONEY. Even back as far as 2013, he told the Chicago Tribune that the comparison "is reaching in the dark, putting things side by side that don't compare...[but] the truth is we're different artists who make different music."

    paper_converse_bts_vic_08.jpg But now, following the release of explosive singles with Kanye West (Mensa's "U Mad" and 'Ye's "Wolves," which also features Sia) and ahead of his debut studio album, Traffic, which he started working on after signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation, it's clear that there's plenty of room for both Windy City artists.

    "My homie, the producer Mike Uzowuru, played 'Ye some of my earliest music where I was singing and rapping," Mensa says of how he first got connected to Yeezus. "When Kanye heard it, he pretty much instantly told his people to find me. I was on my way to Australia [when his team contacted me] so I just went into overdrive trying to find a bunch of music to play for him." He continues, "But before I even played him my music, he played me his new shit and it was like, fuck, is this really happening? One of the first things he played me was 'Wolves,' and I loved the edge of it. It reminded me of the type of music I was making with punky guitar and moody and dark soundscapes. I was like, Man, this is fucking amazing. And that was the first thing I worked on of his."

    In "Wolves," the song off Kanye's upcoming album, Swish, which premiered in February during his NYFW show for his collaboration with Adidas, Mensa plaintively sings, "Don't fly too high/ Your wings might melt, you're much too good to be true / I'm just bad for you," a sonic 180 from the brash, cocky rhymes off of his banger, "U Mad." It's an audio-stylistic-emotional range that he shares with Kanye and one that neatly dovetails with the juxtaposition of Mensa as both the skateboard-loving South Side misfit and the insanely popular rising rap phenom. He also shares with his famous mentor a desire to address socio-political issues, particularly those affecting the black community. In previous interviews he's confirmed that many songs on Traffic touch on political issues and back in April during the Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray, he tweeted, "Don't you understand? We're tired of being murdered in the street like dogs. How many times can you be shot at before you shoot back?"

    paper_converse_bts_vic_12.jpg"People say things like, 'It's just a coincidence that all these black people get shot by police' but we have to get people to understand that this shit is not coincidental," he says. "We live in a hell sometimes. The system has even been set up so [black people] kill each other [as opposed to getting killed by others]."

    But though Mensa's spent a lot of time thinking about -- and experiencing -- the grim realities facing many black people living in America, particularly in Chicago, the artist has a natural reason to nevertheless feel optimistic: his youth. Like a lot of people his age, he sees the cross-pollination of ideas and the support and acceptance that's fostered among young people via the Internet as cause for hope. "I think youth culture is in a place where there is so much forward momentum while the world around us continues to flash its old opinions in our face," he says. "We're just determined to keep fucking driving forward even as the negativity of the past -- ingrained institutionalized racism and police brutality -- pulls us down. We're like a blazing comet with anchors hanging off it but still flying."

    And for this rapper still flying, he shows no signs of coming crashing down.




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    "Who do I trust? Me!" An attitude that fits perfectly with the vibe of Jaden Smith's beautifully-styled, paranoia-filled clip for the aptly-named "Scarface," shot by friend/former Hannah Montana star Moises Arias.

    Lyrically-speaking, it's surprisingly...straightforward, though we ain't hating -- as the mystical spook vibes and flickering filters lend plenty of enigmatic, philosophical imagery for our imagination to feed on. It's interesting though to see what Jaden does as a rapper, as the initial takeaway is that he loves stretching his spit, which seems to be the haute du jour in contemporary rap à la Drake and Thugger. However, in true non-conformist fashion, he adds a drawn-out siren to a brooding, minimalistic beat to give it all a neuroses-imbued life of its own. A laudable first look at his musical chops, no lies, I'm literally on the edge of my seat waiting for more.


    [h/t MTV]

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    paper_converse_bts_charlie_04.jpgPAPER's no stranger to getting smoking hot dudes to answer personal questions: just peruse the Model-Crush Monday archives for proof. But with Charlie Himmelstein, the boxer-turned-model-turned-photographer, we went deeper than our usual TMI Questionnaire. The Friday Night Throwdown champ dished about the sweet science, sexy photo shoots, and winning over his top model girlfriend, Ashley Smith.

    Vital Stats
    Name: Charlie Himmelstein
    Profession: Boxer/Model/Photographer
    Age: 24
    Hometown: Brooklyn
    Years boxing: 13
    Number of bouts won: 27
    Years modeling: 4
    Number of underwear shoots in front of the camera: "69 dude"
    Number of underwear shoots from behind the camera: "69 dude"
     

    paper_converse_bts_charlie_02.jpgHow did you start boxing?

    I got into boxing because I was a bad kid. I got in a lot of fights so my parents put me into martial arts. But I switched to boxing because I didn't like the whole meditation bullshit. I just wanted to punch things in the face.

    In boxing films, you always see these intense training montages -- is that what it's like to get in shape for the ring?

    Yeah, I mean, if you want to be an athlete you've got to put in the work. I don't think I was naturally a good boxer. I was awkward and no one knew what to do with me, so that kind of gave me an edge. But I do work very hard. When I'm training for a fight, I train every day, and then take one day off. At this point, I don't see it as hard work. It's just kind of a routine.

    Do you have a gym?

    I train at a gym called Overthrow Boxing, and me and my friend Joey actually started it together. It's like New York City's home of underground boxing. We're about punk rock and keeping it underground and local and cool.

    paper_converse_bts_charlie_06.jpgYou were part of Friday Night Throwdown, which were the male model fights, and boxing became your entry to modeling, right?
     
    Yeah. I don't like to say it because I sound like a piece of shit, but I'm the champion of Friday Night Throwdown. I'm undefeated. They started me off fighting a model and I beat the shit out of him, so they started putting me up against fighters. A bunch of articles came out about it, and then I got a bunch of photo shoots from it.

    You never worry that boxing will mess up your face?

    Well, that's the question everyone asks me. And my answer is, I'm a shitty model and a good boxer. I've never had a facial injury, besides once. And when I had my black eye, everyone wanted to shoot me, so it kind of helped.

    How'd you transition from being in front of the camera to behind it?

    You can't really go anywhere with modeling. It's not a career with longevity, so you've got to take something out of it unless you plan on being Kate Moss. I like being the center of attention and the photographer was definitely the person with the most attention, besides the model. So I paid attention to what they were doing and how the sets work. I made everyone believe I was really good when I was really shitty. And photography has longevity. As long as I don't break all my fingers in boxing.

    Now photo shoots must get crazy. What's the wildest, raciest thing that's ever happened on a shoot?

    I've had all different kinds of experiences on shoots. I've been on shoots where there's so much sexual tension between me and the model I was working with, right after the shoot we'd go hook up. There was one time after a show at Milk Studios, me and this model were really hitting it off, and we literally walked off the runway and into the bathroom.

    paper_converse_bts_charlie_07.jpgThat actually is a good segue into one of the usual TMI Questionnaire questions: Have you ever had a threesome?

    I had a foursome like last week. I'm an open person and not jealous and I can handle that kind of stuff, so it's probably more regular than most people but I don't do it every week.

    Back to photos: You must have a crew of people that you like working with now.

    I have my inner circle of models that I use and that I'm loyal to. Sometimes I see a face and I'm like, "Holy shit, I need to shoot," but for the most part, I'm pretty clique-y and only shoot specific people. I like shooting people like Hailey Clauson or my girlfriend, Ashley Smith, who are both top models.

    Did you meet your girlfriend on a shoot?

    I was out shooting for Interview magazines -- I was shooting Polaroids. I saw Ashley, and she was like the only well-known person there and I needed to take her picture. So I was like, "Oh my god, you're like, my favorite model." And she just looked at me and was like, "Ugh, okay." Then, 20 minutes later she put her number on a napkin in my pocket with a kiss on it.

    It must be pretty intense when you guys are working together.

    Yeah, it's nuts. I hire her for all the good editorials I get. It's just totally wacky, fucking crazy shit happening, all comfort so we get the best photos.

    Does she go to your boxing matches?

    Sometimes. She likes that I'm a boxer. I try and train her sometimes, but she won't do it anymore, because I'm a tough trainer. I'm such an asshole.

    paper_converse_bts_charlie_01.jpgNow that you've got the photography thing going, are you still modeling?

    Yeah. I make most of my income from modeling. My face is still working. I'm going to milk it as long as I can.

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    weekndface.jpegEven though The Weeknd's new video for "I Can't Feel My Face" is obviously 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 we're going to try as hard as we can to not make an "it's lit" joke. Even if this particular Max Martin-produced tune is one of the best R&B-pop crossovers we've heard in a long time. 

    Appropriately, Abel plays a suave nightclub singer in the video who gets heckled by a lame af crowd (for being too good??) and subsequently...lit on fire? And though it's amusingly Sims-esque in its graphic imagery, dude is so slick that he just spends the last minute of the video proving that not even flames can temper his sick moves and sensual croon.

    Watch the video via Apple Music below.
     


    [h/tComplex]

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    Today we learned that there is exactly one being on this planet more photogenic than the flawless Miranda Kerr: her tiny, adorable Yorkshire terrier, Frankie. The pup followed in her owner's footsteps by starring in Coach's latest handbag campaign alongside Lady Gaga's French bulldog, Miss Asia Kinney, and Ariana Grande's pup Toulouse. Miss Asia in particular seems to know how to work the camera -- her haughty gaze (and the heavy string of pearls around her neck) says: I have more Instagram followers than you do, and you know it (probably true; she has 158k of them). It's no surprise, then, that she also wields her purse with more finesse than we ever could. Check out the glamorous canine trio above.

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    To celebrate the relaunch of the iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker, which hits stores today, Converse threw a bonkers party last night on West 50th street. At check-in, guests were given a pair of the new and improved Chuck IIs, along with a Tyvek suit, goggles and a respirator. After an hour of cocktails and chit-chat, people were given squeeze bottles full of colored liquid and invited to decorate what appeared to be blank white walls. Simultaneously, a team of men with spray paints doused the walls, revealing a mural by Dutch post-pop artist Parra, which had been painted with a special reactive substance. Chaos ensued quickly, especially when the wheelbarrows full of green powdered-dye rolled out and a punk band (H09909) started playing. Once everyone was thoroughly coated in a film of green dust and out of water balloons (did we mention the water balloons?), Venus X hit the DJ booth to bring some quick-and-dirty dance party vibes. In addition to the booze, all this fun was fueled by quinoa cheeseburgers, burnt broccoli (all good parties have carmelized cruciferous vegetables now -- that's just how it is) and some delectable sour frozen yogurt. The crowd included Matt and Kim (who are sponsored by Converse now), Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School, Ladyfag, Ricky Powell and Promise Smith. Photos, below.


























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