Stars are feistier than ever, and the number of social networks for them to fight on is only growing—we’ll be your guide to their digital dustups, with a clear, standardized look at who’s feuding over what, where and why. If you’re lucky, we’ll even pass judgement and tell you who won!
Who's Feuding: Feud-happy Harlem rapper Azealia Banks and feud-averse "Harlem Shake" DJ Baauer, with a special assist from Perez Hilton.
Medium: Twitter, YouTube.
How It Got Started: As a dance craze based on Baauer's 2012 track "Harlem Shake" started to go viral, Azealia Banks released a freestyle over the track. Baauer complained and got the video removed.
Best Shots: Really, there are none. This thing started off juvenile, and only got more so when Perez Hilton entered the mix:
Tweets/Accounts Later Deleted: So far, none.
Endgame: All the slurs in the world won't get Banks' "Harlem Shake" back up.
Who Won? As bush-league as it is for a DJ to complain about rappers freestyling over his song, we've got to give this one to Baauer, if only for the sole factor that he is only person in this who comes off remotely well.
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.