“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
Critics at Time, Rolling Stone, and MTV News are pissing themselves over Eminem’s new rapid-fire, six-minute tribute to himself, “”Rap God.” The song itself is brilliant in its way, I suppose (the bit from 4:55 to 5:15 is particularly mind-blowing), but what seems to be lost in the mountains of praise is the often violently homophobic lyrics.
In the first verse, Eminem says he’s “still be able to break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half.” Then in the second verse, he goes off on the following rant: ”Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy / You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / ‘Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy / You take a thumbs up, pat on the back, the way you go from your label every day-looking boy.”
Read all the lyrics here, and weigh in. Does he get a pass because, as The Week points out, he’s pretty much built his career on the notoriety of his deliberately offensive lyrics? And like, say, Family Guy or South Park, he pretty much bashes everybody without regard to political correctness? Or is it just hateful garbage that needs to be stopped? The Week goes on to note that since Eminem’s heyday, rap has made quite a few strides when it comes to homophobia and hate speech (the rise of Frank Ocean; Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, and Kanye West speaking out in favor of marriage equality etc), and maybe it’s time to just kick this relic from a by-gone era to the curb. “Don’t download Eminem’s new single,” they admonish, “and don’t buy his new album. We’ve heard this all before, and there’s no reason any of us should be subjected to it again.
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Rapper and artist, Swizz Beatz, posted this shot with longtime friend and collaborator Jay-Z, saying, “Look who purchased my Basquiat on Benz Hood 2day… what a honor and Blessing I’m so grateful for the support! July 4 its Showtime ART LIFE!!! I will use proceeds to continue helping kids in need.” (via Instagram)
This time I am thrilled, because not only does she look gorgeous, but she is spittin’ like it’s 2007 when she was an unknown. She is balls to the walls in Ciara’s new song “I’m Out,” doing what it is she does best. Bam bitches. I love how all of the new higher-end videos have product placement in them. It’s the wave of the future, get used to it.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ new tune, “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, is like seven minutes in heaven. It’s an epic cinematic travel adventure with much cavorting and flag waving on land and sea, surf and sand, on sled dogs and camels, and what looks to be a galleon. All that’s missing is Johnny Depp. Aaargh! Oh, yes, and the rapping is ornate. The production was written by Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, and Tricia Davis and directed by Ryan Lewis, Jason Koenig, and Jon Jon Augustavo. No thrift store production, it took a village. Please to enjoy.
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)
Yesterday, Jay-Z released a new song titled “Open Letter,”in which he spoke in rap couplets about his recent trip to Cuba with Beyoncé, a trip allegedly OKed by the President himself. At a press conference, a reporter quoted the lyrics to press secretary Jay Carney and asked whether it was true that the White House gave Jigga permission to go to Cuba. So is Jay-Z such an important fellow now, the public so impressed with his relationship with the President that anything he raps about the prez in a tune is, from this point on, taken seriously as news and fodder for White House press conferences? Sheesh.