“No Selfie Control is a song dedicated to anyone in the world that is or that ever has been deeply in love…with themselves! The track is meant to poke humor at how self-obsessed people have become with their online image.”- Cazwell
Ben Haggerty aka Mackelmore is extremely talented. When you first heard Thrift Shop, you immediately thought “novelty,” didn’t ya? I know I did. The same exact feeling I had when I first heard My Name Is by Eminem and look at the great lengths he’s gone to. I mean, I loved both instantaneously like the rest of the world, but I didn’t take them seriously as legit rappers until the follow up singles. Well gurl, Macklemore can rhyme. Down. He is on the cover of the current Rolling Stone and he talks about having “white privilege.” As you can imagine, his comments are causing all sorts of discussions, backlashes, etc. Read it here.
This historic eight-minute video was shot in 1983 at the Rhythm Lounge in Los Angeles. “Brief splices of Basquiat’s electronic graphics show his thumbprint,” says Amber Frost on the website Dangerous Minds, “and whatever lyrics he may have contributed sound perfectly natural coming from Rammellzee.” Read more from Frost on the topic at dangerous minds)
For real. No half-ass “I’m sorry if you felt offended” passive-aggressive bullshit. This feels right. This is how you apologize. Obviously it was scripted for him by a team of high-powered spin doctors and crisis management specialists, and he only did it after his dismissal from Reebok, but he put his name to it, and that goes a long way. Here is his apology in full:
“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.” — William Roberts (a.k.a “Rick Ross”)
What do YOU think of his apology? (via KarenCivil)
Recently out rapper Frank Ocean posted this beautifully moving and mournful piece about falling in love to his Tumblr. I could have done without the Kanye-esque ALL CAPS, but it’s worth your time to struggle through. I’m suddenly a fan, when two weeks ago I had never heard of the guy. (Click to enlarge)
See also: Russell Simon’s response.
If you haven’t heard by now, NYC’s newest QUEEN of Hip Hop, Michael David Quattlebaum aka Mykki Blanco, is taking OVAH!!! Most of the posts on Mykki tend to focus on her being a drag queen or cross-dresser, but they’re really missing the point. Blanco is a lyrical genius with pure, primitive beats as raw as any “traditional” rapper in the last 20 years…minus the heterosexual hegemony. Check out her new EP Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels, and if you’re in New York City you can see her live Thursday, May 17, at My Chiffon Is Wet at Eastern Bloc, 505 East 6th Street.