Saturday, February 25, 2017

SHEther??

   Yes, "Shether", recorder over the beat of the infamous diss track track from Nas to Jay-Z, is a diss track itself written by Remy-Ma and directed at none other than Nicki Minaj. The anomaly that is "female rap" is never ending. It seems that there is very little room for women in Hip-Hop, and when there is she is usually surrounded by men backing her and molding her image. From The Bronx, New York, Remy Ma is one of the greatest women to touch a microphone and transition from underground to mainstream, yet her career took a pause when she was arrested for attempted murder. While in prison a Queens raised young woman by the name of Nicki Minaj took over that game with witty comical punch lines, over the top fashion choices, and feature after feature after feature which ultimately lead to the release of album Pink Friday which took her ever-growing fanbase and the world by storm. Having won the best female rap artist award at the BET awards every year for 6 years in a row, Nicki Minaj has no competition. Oh, and not to mention, she also has a gimmicky big fat ass, which may or may not be fake, however Remy covers all of that on "shETHER". Give it a listen here:



    A beef between two women in the rap game is inevitable, especially when they all claim to be "The Best". However this beef between Nicki and Remy begun years ago, circa 2007, when Remy was in prison, and Nicki stated on one her tracks that she is "taking the crown'. The song was recorded on a Terror Squad(Remy's team) beat and assumed to be directed at Remy. Nicki added no fuel to that fire until recently with two new verses, one on a Jason Derulo track and one with Gucci Mane, where it seems she must be taking the same shots at Remy Ma. Now, Remy is tired of it. She, as we say in New York, straight bodied Nicki Minaj on this track. Rap beefs have really died down in the 2010's decade and we have not issues blow up quite like this between two MC's in quite sometime. This is the diss track heard around the world, taking everybody by storm. Reportedly Remy plans on dropping another, We'll see.

Monday, February 20, 2017

OOTW

This outfit is simple, and a little retro. Body suit pair with high-waisted acid wash mom jeans and a small sequined jacket.








Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro

 The documentary film about and inspired by the works of one of the greatest contemporary American Writers, and civil rights icon, James Baldwin. Chock full of archival footage, text, b-roll, and photographs; all accompanied by Baldwin's writing read in voice over by Samuel L. Jackson. Of course sharing the life and legacy of Baldwin yet this film is not just that, it is the story of three killings. Three Black men in the civil rights movement, all having everlasting impacts on the history of this nation and all having infamous deaths. They are Medgar Wiley Evers, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The writings read in voice over are what the film truly is at times and the imagery accompanies it. It was all meant to be a book entitled "Remember This House", yet was not completed before Baldwin's death. The fact that this story is not yet "complete" is undetectable while watching "I Am Not Your Negro". Baldwin covers all of the basis when discussing the three icons whose lives were stolen from them.



     Visually Baldwin's accounts were met with archival footage of interviews, protests, marches, the funerals, speeches, films from the time, and of course photographs of our heroes; as well as recent footage and photographs from protests and uprisings today. These Black men and their Black wives and their Black children, what drove them to do the work they did, the dichotomy of Malcolm X's discourse verses the values of Martin Luther King.; all flowed together seamlessly. We meet James Baldwin, we are hearing his story, we are learning his experiences and how he applies that to understanding the lives of his late contemporaries. The overarching story is being Black in American. What the enslavement of millions of Africans has done for this nation and its people. The effects of segregation and what it would truly mean to be "free". Baldwin is known for his talent as well as his honesty. There is no holding back on either of those things when its comes to this film. Every element was beautifully presented, all sources exhausted, the research was done and the work was put in. I will say there is one thing I consider to be missing and that is the representation of women. Black women have always been the backbone of the revolution, however in this film we are only represented as wives, which is understandable based on the story being told, personally I desired a bit more.

The imagery was breathtakingly disturbing, interviews with Baldwin challenged the "norm" and were easily applicable to the state of the world today, "I Am Not Your Negro" is a MUST-SEE.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Outfit of the week!

Today we had some unseasonal warmth in NYC, above 60 degrees! However, tomorrow will bring the biggest snowstorm we've seen in years. As crazy as it all seems, what we can do now is dress appropriately. Here I brought out my maxi t-shirt dress, over metallic tights paired with an oversized Unif parka, all from Urban Outfitters.







Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Same Drugs!

     Chance The Rapper has just released a music video for the song "Same Drugs" off of his latest mixtape, "Coloring Book". Just a week or so after announcing the collection Grammy Nomination. Typically mixtape are not considered for Grammy's because they are made independently and often distributed for free, they typically "don't count" when it comes to mainstream music. However Chance The Rapper has managed to become a household name while sill being an independent artist. The fans demanded it and Chance has earned. Now one track that certainly stood out has a visual along with it.


     The song "Same Drugs" is a song about childhood, growth and reflecting on one's past. So of course Chance is seemingly on set of the most iconic and longest running children's show of all time, Sesame Street. The video version of this song is slightly different from the album version with crisper instrumentation and added vocals, Chance sings what becomes a duet with the muppet sitting by his side.

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