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These things are all actually happening Yo writers! This magazine wants to pay you $2 an article. Fair, right? [Noisey] Lindsay Lohan had a dream. [Buzzfeed] When your period is late and you think you could be pregnant it is all that's on your mind... until you pee on that beloved truth stick. Good thing they are selling them in bars now. [Jezebel] Yet another reason to never have kids: taking them to a stripper exercise class would be weird. [Toronto Sun] Nicki Minaj X Gavin McInnes. [Street Carnage] Jewel is going to write a book for children. Is this what singers do when their hits are decades done? [Celebrity Babies]
Azealia Banks right now is kind of an understatement. But in case you live under a rock we’ll fill you in: besides releasing her single "Aquababe" from upcoming mixtape Fantasea, the singer has been bouncing around--demanding to not be be called a "rapper" and be called a "vocalist" but then calling herself a "rapper," deleting her Twitter account and instead launching a Tumblr, re-launching her Twitter, talking about working with Styles P on her upcoming album and how he “killed it, killed it, killed it,” breaking up with another management team, and making a new music video for "Liquorice" with Lady Gaga’s stylist which is due out later today. Phewh. Just reading that makes us tired. While we've taken a large chunk out of the morning lying in wait and scowling the Internet for the "Liquorice" video we’re still waiting like the rest of you. In the meantime you can check out a still from the upcoming video (above), which Azealia Banks posted on her Tumblr feed yesterday and listen to her new single "Aquababe" below. Keep checking back for the "Liquorice" video. We’ll be posting it as soon as we can get our hands on it. UPDATE: We now have the video for Azealia Banks "Liquorice." Watch it below.
Le1f will be performing tonight at hearty magazine presents: Summer in Training at Tribeca Grand Vol. 1 With some people, you can feel the connection they have to their music just by seeing them in their element for a few moments. NYC rapper, Le1f is a one of those people. Walking through a crowd, whether on the mic or not, he's striking, standing well over 6 feet tall, and there's a serenity in his face, which is offset by the way his whole body moves in measured, subtle waves. His particular movement may have something to do with the fact that he's a trained dancer, but Le1f is a multifaceted talent--he's also a producer, a DJ, and of course, there's his rap title--and we haven't been the only ones to notice. His debut mixtape Dark York dropped to big love from critics across the board, including Fader calling it one of "the most provocative rap releases of the year." It's now time for everyone to notice. Gearing up for his performance as part of hearty presents: Summer In Training at Tribeca Grand Vol. 1, we caught up with Le1f to discuss why he loves to spit provocative words, the physicality of his music and his upcoming EP on Boys Noize Records. Read the Q+A below and come see him in action tonight. Fader called Dark York one of "the most provocative rap releases of the year." Your wordplay can get pretty biting, what do you like about using provocative language to engage your audience? If my lyrics are audible, I like them to be very visual and tell ridiculous stories. I like making jokes and wild statements that will make the audience laugh, gag, and choke on their own spit. You're a multifaceted performer--MC, dancer, DJ, what medium did you get started with and how did you get to this point with rap? Aw, thanks. I started with dance when I was four. My goal in music making is to activate a physical response and the suggest movement to one's body in some way, whether it be hip-hop dancing, voguing, clubbing, having sex, or choreographing contemporary work. I've seen your DJ sets, you're bumping everything from deep gothic house and Chicago juke to Kendrick Lamar and Blondie. What's your strategy for building a DJ set or do you just play what you want to dance to? When I DJ, I only play things I want to dance to at that moment. A lot of recent rap music, including your favorite Waka Flocka, Soulja Boy, or Kendrick Lamar songs, has had an average tempo of 70 bpm. Jersey Club and Bass tracks are usually around 140 bpm, exactly twice the tempo of most trap rap, so it's really easy to mix. That's the bulk of my DJ sets. Moments of Chicago juke and Harlem hip-hop get thrown in at random, depending on the party. Your twitter feed is one of the most interesting I've seen, it almost seems like a therapeutic release at times. How important is social media for an artist today? If it wasn't for the culture of MySpace and Twitter, no one would know who I am. Period. You've had the opportunity to collaborate with some incredible artists--from Nguzu to C¥BERGIGA and Mess Kid. Anyone you'd love to work with? Honestly, I have recently gotten opportunities and offers to work with so many great artists that I haven't thought much about dream collaborations. I doubt any of my favorite popular rappers would work with me as a gay rapper, but I really want to do a song with Waka or Danny Brown. I'd love to rap on something from Lex Luger or A$AP Ty Beats. What's next? Boody and I have an EP coming on on Boys Noize Records this summer, and I'm busy writing another mixtape already. It's going to be a totally sexy mixtape. hearty magazine presents: Summer in Training at Tribeca Grand is a month long music series. Each Friday for the month of June will have new and interesting performances.
Bits and bobs Margaret Cho defends her Twitter freak-out and we are into it. [Jezebel] "I AM NOT A 'ROCK CHICK'." [Noisey] That Kreayshawn. [Buzznet] "Women were co-creators of the scene. It was ours, and we happily shared it." Alice Bag was the most important front woman of the late 1970's LA punk scene. #ViolenceGirl [LA Weekly] Chelsea Lately hates "50 Shades of Grey", but she may be the only one. What? Wait. Talk it out loud over this. [Paper Mag]
It's Friday Our favorite basketball obsessor Bethlehem Shoals (of The Classical) talks Drake's new video and the bar mitzvah meanings behind it all. [The Awl] Who isn't enjoying this? [Beyonce] COURTNEY NEWS: Love went on one of her most awesome Twitter rampages accusing her enemy Dave Grohl of trying to have sex with her daughter Frances Bean. Frances Bean then said, "Twitter should ban my mother." [Gawker] On Ashley Judd and the feminist face... [The Washington Post] In defense of vagina songs? [Street Carnage and TV Boners] Who doesn't love playing Fuck Marry Kill? [The Cultist Zine]