Is there a difference between the engagement and approach of past and current popular musicians? Getty Images/Corbis/HowStuffWorks If a law professor, a brain surgeon and a pizza mogul can do it, maybe a hip-hop superstar can too. Kanye West is apparently running for president in 2020, on a to-be-determined platform that probably includes straight talk, social justice and the death of fish sticks jokes. If he wants an all-rapper White House, Yeezy doesn't need to look too far: Run the Jewels' Killer Mike recently took Bernie Sanders out for soul food in Atlanta after endorsing The Bern in his run for the county's highest office in 2016. But for the limited action on the hip-hop front, the music world has been fairly silent of late when it comes to talking politics and social issues. Every once in a while Neil Young or the Dropkick Murphys come out of their recording studios to tell some hack to stop using their tunes on the campaign trail, and political music's still found … [Read more...] about Where Have All the Angry Mainstream Musicians Gone?
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In case you thought Jay Z just rapped about his marriage now, please allow him to re-introduce himself. On Meek Mill’s new track, “What’s Free?”, the Jigga Man points weapons-grade lyrics at the President of the United States, and not —as many online have speculated— at his former collaborator Kanye West. Well, not directly, anyway. “No red hat, don’t Michael and Prince me and Ye / They separate you when you got Michael and Prince’s DNA,” Jay raps. The line seems to address West’s well-publicized love for MAGA hats, as well as the famous rivalry between Michael Jackson and Prince, who challenged each other for R&B supremacy throughout the ’80s. The verse continues to throw shade with: “I ain’t one of these house ni**as you bought / My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours / My spou- C’mon man.” On first listen, many have tried to connect the cut off “spouse” line to … [Read more...] about H to the Oh-snap: Jay Z has pointed words for the POTUS, less so for Kanye
At this point, even Kanye West’s most benign sentiments can apparently inspire online controversy. After visiting the White House last month, West then claimed that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” for political purposes and pledged to stay out of politics (also on Twitter: “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”). Good. Great. But now it seems that Ye can’t even express opinions about his favorite eats without getting slammed. After West proclaimed his love for his favorite restaurant, McDonald’s, on (where else?) Twitter, Burger King UK quickly clapped back with “Explains a lot.” (Burger King’s main account’s response was the weaker “eyes still closed I guess.”) The sick-burn comeback is now quickly making the rounds, with 715,000 likes for BKUK and nearly 200,000 retweets in about 24 hours. Any guesses on whether Kanye West will … [Read more...] about Burger King trolls Kanye West over his favorite restaurant
And so draws to a close another year that we—all of us, willingly or not—spent online. If 2016 was a year defined by hating the year 2016, and 2017 was a year in which this vast disdain could only be quantified by categorizing and ranking the most loathsome things online, 2018 was—well, we’re not going to say it was worse, but it certainly wasn’t better. Indeed, looking back at our list of the worst things online in 2017, we found that so many of them continued unabated this year. That blinking white guy GIF, shitty articles about millennials, thinkfluencer tweetstorms, our bad president, and so on—all extremely present! Of course, there were still a lot of good things online—so many, in fact, that we’re publishing a “best things on the internet” list tomorrow, to celebrate what remains virtuous of this place. But after cataloguing these reasons for hope we were left with a pool of toxic brackishness too foul to ignore. And so … [Read more...] about The worst things on the internet in 2018
A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home on November 9, 2018 in Magalia, California, as the Camp Fire moves through the area. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When one of this fall's California wildfires endangered a gated community in Ventura county, local county firefighters rushed in to try to protect the homes there. But they weren't alone in the effort. As the Los Angeles Times reported, a private crew of firefighters, provided by an insurance company as part of a local homeowner's coverage, also fought to control the flames. As the homeowner told the Times, she wasn't sure whether it was the public or private firefighters who had saved her home, but she was simply grateful to them all. The headlines went to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who were initially booed for employing their own private firefighting team, but then received kudos for the help their firefighters provided the neighborhood. The California blazes have drawn attention to private-sector firefighting … [Read more...] about Private Firefighters Have Been Dousing Flames for Decades