Wow somehow I missed this the first time around but here is a photo of Beyoncé, R-Patz, and Death Grips. Several levels of culture-power right here.  I bet after the flick the only convo was just R-Patz gushing over Bey, though, look at his kinda creepy grin, not his strongest moment. (Did he get curbed or something? He looks like Stefan just Fight Club’d him.) Also what is that jacket. Rob, my boo, come on, my dude. 

ADDENDUM: i thought it was a fake too but it’s all over everywhere, reputable sites (FC’d here by EW and yeah, I realize “DG’s rep” might not seem like the most reliable source per se but in all my dealings with their PR it’s always been on the up and up even within all the situationist art shit). Also if it’s everywhere like that I feel like Bey, who keeps her image under lock and key, would discredit if PS’d. ANY WAY THIS WAS A FUN POST BUT NOW IT IS BORING 

Wow somehow I missed this the first time around but here is a photo of Beyoncé, R-Patz, and Death Grips. Several levels of culture-power right here.  I bet after the flick the only convo was just R-Patz gushing over Bey, though, look at his kinda creepy grin, not his strongest moment. (Did he get curbed or something? He looks like Stefan just Fight Club’d him.) Also what is that jacket. Rob, my boo, come on, my dude. 

ADDENDUM: i thought it was a fake too but it’s all over everywhere, reputable sites (FC’d here by EW and yeah, I realize “DG’s rep” might not seem like the most reliable source per se but in all my dealings with their PR it’s always been on the up and up even within all the situationist art shit). Also if it’s everywhere like that I feel like Bey, who keeps her image under lock and key, would discredit if PS’d. ANY WAY THIS WAS A FUN POST BUT NOW IT IS BORING 

MY PERSONAL BEST OF 2013 VIA THE PAZZ & JOP BALLOT I JUST SENT IN AND STICKY NOTES I KEPT ON MY DESKTOP YEAR-ROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL LINK TO WHATEVER I WROTE ABOUT SAID MUSIC (WHERE APPLICABLE) AND/OR THE MUSIC ITSELF
ALBUMS
1. Kelela, Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind) [context: my 2011 piece on Night Slugs]
2. Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Parkwood) 
3. La Insuperable, La Mami del Swagger (Complot)
4. Kanye West, Yeezus (GOOD Music) 
5. Spooky, Ghost House Dubz v. 1 & 2 (Ghost House) [no writing on it yet but here’s the standout single]
6. Beat Making Lab, No Puede Conmigo (Beat Making Lab)
7. MIA, Matangi (NEET)
8. Ty$, Beach House 2 (mixtape) 
9. Ian Isiah, The Love Champion (UNO NYC) [restream my radio show from Nov 2012 when Ian was my guest/debuted some songs, I interviewed him, and we gushed over inc. the band]
10. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (some major label) 
SONGS
1. Beyonce, “Flawless" 
2. Kingdom f. Kelela, “Bank Head" 
3. Amara La Negra, “Poron Pom Pom” 
4. Ellie Goulding, “You My Everything" 
5. El Alfa, “Yo Lo Que Vine A Da Mambo”
6. JME, “If You Don’t Know”
7. Tigga Calore, “B.E.A.D.S.”
8. Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
9. Bashy, “These Are the Songs”
10. Sky Ferreira, “You’re Not The One” [I WROTE A THING FOR ROLLING STONE THAT IS NOT ONLINE OK BYE]

MY PERSONAL BEST OF 2013 VIA THE PAZZ & JOP BALLOT I JUST SENT IN AND STICKY NOTES I KEPT ON MY DESKTOP YEAR-ROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL LINK TO WHATEVER I WROTE ABOUT SAID MUSIC (WHERE APPLICABLE) AND/OR THE MUSIC ITSELF

ALBUMS

1. Kelela, Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind) [context: my 2011 piece on Night Slugs]

2. Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Parkwood) 

3. La Insuperable, La Mami del Swagger (Complot)

4. Kanye West, Yeezus (GOOD Music) 

5. Spooky, Ghost House Dubz v. 1 & 2 (Ghost House) [no writing on it yet but here’s the standout single]

6. Beat Making Lab, No Puede Conmigo (Beat Making Lab)

7. MIA, Matangi (NEET)

8. Ty$, Beach House 2 (mixtape) 

9. Ian Isiah, The Love Champion (UNO NYC) [restream my radio show from Nov 2012 when Ian was my guest/debuted some songs, I interviewed him, and we gushed over inc. the band]

10. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (some major label) 

SONGS

1. Beyonce, “Flawless

2. Kingdom f. Kelela, “Bank Head

3. Amara La Negra, “Poron Pom Pom” 

4. Ellie Goulding, “You My Everything

5. El Alfa, “Yo Lo Que Vine A Da Mambo

6. JME, “If You Don’t Know

7. Tigga Calore, “B.E.A.D.S.”

8. Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”

9. Bashy, “These Are the Songs

10. Sky Ferreira, “You’re Not The One” [I WROTE A THING FOR ROLLING STONE THAT IS NOT ONLINE OK BYE]

You know how inexcusably terrible fucking Big Sean fucked up a million-dollar sample AND Minaj’s best verse since “Itty Bitty Piggy”? Do you have a grudge about that like I do? Yeah, Brick Bandits’ DJ Tameil Jersey clubbed that a$$ and redeemed the situation. No Nicki, no pooty tooty, just Beyonce and a lock of MC Hammer’s hair. This fucking slaps my face. 

Everyone interested in hip-hop, feminism or women, period, needs to read this book. It is seminal.
Anyway, been thinking a lot about all the internet-speak about whether Beyonce’s new song/video is feminist, particularly with Natasha’s post I repubbed at Alternet and Nineteenpercent’s video [embedded and explicated in aforelinked link]. So I went back to Chickenheads to consider the context, and thought this quote was particularly relevant to the convo:

Just once, I didn’t want to have to talk about ‘the brothers,’ ‘male domination’ or ‘the patriarchy.’ I wanted a feminism that would allow me to explore who we are as women––not victims. One that claimed the powerful richness and delicious complexities inherent in being black girls now—sistas of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, post soul, hip-hop generation.

This book was published in 1999 and it’s still so relevant, important and powerful.
Also, how about Joan Morgan’s cute haircut in that book photo.

Everyone interested in hip-hop, feminism or women, period, needs to read this book. It is seminal.

Anyway, been thinking a lot about all the internet-speak about whether Beyonce’s new song/video is feminist, particularly with Natasha’s post I repubbed at Alternet and Nineteenpercent’s video [embedded and explicated in aforelinked link]. So I went back to Chickenheads to consider the context, and thought this quote was particularly relevant to the convo:

Just once, I didn’t want to have to talk about ‘the brothers,’ ‘male domination’ or ‘the patriarchy.’ I wanted a feminism that would allow me to explore who we are as women––not victims. One that claimed the powerful richness and delicious complexities inherent in being black girls now—sistas of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, post soul, hip-hop generation.

This book was published in 1999 and it’s still so relevant, important and powerful.

Also, how about Joan Morgan’s cute haircut in that book photo.