Nightwave, “Palenque.” I played this on EVR on Saturday, it was definitely one of my personal best shows since probably my New Year’s Eve set. Nightwave is Rustie’s girlfriend (Rustie’s Glass Swords was my number one album of the year), and it blows my mind that two of the best producers out right now are dating. LIke they must have the nerdiest/best conversations. I want them to have a reality show.
We met on Match.com and he woo’d me by doing my taxes for free. J/K I’m not answering that shit it’s personal! I will say this: he is literally the smartest person I have ever met in my life, and is prone to adorable ranting.
SO, I usually never do this because I am both a music critic/journalist and dating one of the members of Das Racist—live with, actually, am practically married to—and Victor and Hima are both my very good friends and I want to put forth some kind of critical distance because you know, it’s a weird and not always pleasant position to be in, but you can’t help who you fall in love with NAHMEAN, and I don’t even know if there has ever been an instance of a critic and a musician dating on like a real level other than my cousin Tom Velazquez’s best friend Bart Bull, who wrote for Spin in the ’80s and married Michelle Shocked, but now they’re divorced. (Sidebar, my cousin Joe Velazquez, Tom’s brother, wrote for Spin in the ’80s, too. Here is his Devo feature.) So I don’t know if there’s any established PROTOCOL as to how to go about doing this right and above board, but TRUST that I’ve been trying to do this ethically and above board since day one, and also if you guys know of any other critics dating musicians please tell me who so we can form some sort of support group. SOYEAHBUTANYWAY, FUCK IT, YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE: How you gonna call a record that was released by a non-profit community organization of primarily AZNs in QUEENS and features many of said organization’s members RAPPING IN PUNJABI, as not being political? And also, there is a track on Heems’ mixtape called Alien fucking Gonzalez? I will tell you and your whole family all day, I don’t care if you like or dislike DR, it’s your prerogative, obviously if you like them I personally benefit by proxy because it means Ashok will get more money and go on more internet shopping sprees buying odd things like humidifiers and food processors. But like, I make a living having an opinion on things, and I consider myself a fairly progressive person, and I grew up in Wyoming where the state ethos is essentially libertarian, so DO YOU, feel how you feel. My mom doesn’t like Das Racist either. We all have different perspectives, the world is fucking beautiful. But like, shit like the above apolitical remark gets me because it touches on a thing that Hima and Victor and particularly Ashok and I all care about a lot, and that is the place where privilege and race intersect and make people say and do things that are stupid. Like, a lot of people called Relax apolitical, or at least less political than everybody’s fave Sit Down, Man (I liked that mixtape better than Relax, too, dudes). But what those people failed to realize is that with Heems in particular, they were RAPPING ABOUT BEING THE CHILDREN OF BROWN IMMIGRANTS IN A COUNTRY THAT OVERWHELMINGLY DISLIKES BROWN PPL, and where the lives of immigrant brown people are often LEGALLY DIFFICULT but also INVISIBLE. Anyway. As I said before, I’m not mad at anyone’s opinion of their shit, but it does “GET MY GUFF” as we say in Wyoming when people assume just because there’s not a track where specific world leaders are called out, that they’re not being political.
OK, that is the first and last time I will ever do that, now I go back to being MRS. FRIDAY NIGHT. PEACE.
“People know me. I’m certified. I love these designers. I love Rick Owens. I’m just keeping it real. This is what I do. I’m keeping it on a whole ’nother level with you. When this comes out it’s gonna be a talked-about fuckin’ cover. This is going to be talked about for fuckin’ eons and centuries and ’til infinity.”—LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL A$AP Rocky. Jeremy Scott is like 2012 Ice Cream, got rappers walking around looking like toddlers. That said, DANNY BROWN CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS.
If hipsters don't wear skinny jeans anymore, what do they wear? Genuinely curious.
You’re kinda asking the wrong person as I’m trying to cultivate my reputation as “SWEATPANTS IN THE CLUB” and otherwise wear no pants but Urban Outfitters is telling me the skinny jean is not dead, maybe a looser fit on dudes. I don’t know, what is a “hipster” anyway? Someone who frequently shops at Urban Outfitters is what I apparently believe. So, EVERYONE.
“When I imagined [the Seven Spiders of Hip-Hop] I thought of, like, very poorly photoshopped but realistic looking tarantulas in front of a space background, and they’ve all got like crowns and scepters and shit and they’re all doing very stereotypical or rather cliche 80s hip-hop poses, but like crouching and throwing up their hands, with like crowns and jewels and shit. That’s dope, right? One of them looked like you.”—OH MY GOD THERE ARE FIVE PARTS TO THIS INTERVIEW! I AM FUCKING DYING!
“Things that have came out on Friday the 13th: Listerine was introduced on Friday the 13th, 1949. Whiskey was invented—1964. White people were invented in 1997 on Friday the 13th. The twisty straws—2010. Friday the 13th. I can keep going. Let’s do six more. Blue Jeans—1983. Friday the 13th. Uh, carburetor—1502. Friday the 13th. Game of Thrones. What was your next question?”—OH MY GOD READ THIS INTERVIEW! HAHAH LEX IS SUCH A FREAK
i like your writing. did you do a piece on nicki minaj?
Thank you! YUP, did her first cover story when I was boss bitch at the Fader mag. At the time she tweeted that it was her favorite thing that has ever been written on her! I’m sure that’s changed, but I’m still proud of it. You can read it here.
really enjoyed your evr set on Cesaria Evora, was a fitting tribute. i woke up this morning to sodade being blasted on the block. the bx loves cesaria...
GRACIAS! Sorry this is late, going thru these slowly, but if anyone wants to listen to my Cesaria Evora tribute show from Dec. 17, archive is here. And, as ever, I’m on East Village Radio every Saturday from 4-6 PM ET playing Latin/global. Today’s show is a lot of tropical bass, Aztec rave, 3ball, some actual shaman shit, and beautiful voices. You can listen from anywhere in the world right here.
hey julianne! it's alex frank! my question for you is, what's your favorite nicki minaj moment of the year and why?
HI ALEX! After much consideration, I definitely have to say this is a three-tiered answer.
1. Musically: toss-up between her verse on fucking stupid Big Sean’s “A$$” and her verse on Britney “Till the World Ends,” both are incredible. (Mild dissertation on “Stupid Hoe” coming soon!)
2. Memewise: FRIDGING, which immediately made the inside of my own no-frost Summit FAMOUS. RUNNER UP: the fact that Nicki Minaj is essentially a theater nerd with a Vegas drag queen’s wardrobe and is the most-loved rapper in America? HOW IS THIS NOT SEEN AS PROGRESS OUTCHEA?!
3. Marketingwise: UM, HAVE YOU SEEN HER FUCKING O.P.I. POLISHES?! HOLY SHITBALLZ. Claire had on “Metallic 4 Life” last night and 2 coats looked like a fucking gel manicure. I need “Did It On Em” STAT. Also, the photos! RUNNER UP: Ricky x Nicki x GIANT LIPSTICK x RuPaul styling: FUUUUUUUCKKKKKKKKKK!