For all the hype surrounding the super collaboration between Jay-Z and Kanye West—along with their overpowering bravado— the second offering from Watch The Throne is surprisingly restrained. If "H.A.M." is full of hard-hitting assertions of masculinity and power, "Otis" is a smooth reflection on their journey and guilt-free explanation of how awesome their lives are right now. But that's not a bad thing! Sampling its namesake Otis Redding's legendary "Try A Little Tenderness," the track flows with an infectious coolness, partly because Redding's signature growls and grunts hang around, flirting in and out of our aural consciousness while Jay and 'Ye drop cocky, self-referential rhymes that serve as both a look back on their careers ("I made “Jesus Walks” I’m never going to hell," "Jay Jay is chillin’, ‘Ye is chillin’/ What more can I say? We killin’ ‘em") and describe their current lavish lifestyles ("They aint see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz / Last week I was in my other other Benz"). As typically epic as Jay and 'Ye projects can be (or as they are promised), throwing in one of most heart-pounding and dynamic tracks just adds to its badassness, even if they are rapping about pricey cars and Jay's wife's money. Watch the Throne is officially out August 2; we'll be playing this on repeat until then. To borrow from Hov himself, it's so motherfucking soulful right here.
The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")