When the news hit the streets that Harlem's new rap stalwart A$AP Rocky was bullwinkling Aussie feMC Iggy Azalea, our eyebrows raised. Sure, this looks like the makings of an Amber Rose/Wiz Khalifa love affair, but seriously, why are these two together? In true MTV Clutch fashion (and going against this writer's entire gender), we put together a few, ahem, visual reasons why A$AP Rocky might be spending pesos on Iggy.
This week Heems from Das Racist dropped his new free mixtape, Nehru Jackets. Like all of Das Racist's output, it's weird and hazy and sarcastic and gets better with each listen. The songs are full of clever lyrics, but one track stood out for its irreverent rhymes, "Computers." In this aptly-titled song, Heems raps, "What's up with computers?...I love them, I need them, I kick it with them a lot."
And who can't relate to kickin' it with computers? NOBODY, that's who. So to appease our new computer overlords, we scoured our iTunes libraries (so meta!) and wrangled together 23 other songs about computers, technology and assorted gadgets. In lieu of listing Kraftwerk's entire catalog, we gave them one representative spot. If you can think of any others, leave them in the comments.
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Buying and playing a musical instrument is for simpletons. Building your own musical instruments out of scrap and playing them is for geniuses...or dudes with a lot of free time and no Xbox. In other words, it's something most people will never do. We're not talking about throwing a few rubber bands over a tissue box or blowing into a jug. We're talking finely tuned instruments made from everyday objects. Check out these videos, and maybe consider tackling one of these projects if/when your Xbox dies, you lose your job, your girlfriend dumps you and you're snowed in.
Adding fuel to the theory that all great rappers live in New Jersey at some point, A$AP Rocky started his promising career after moving to Elmwood Park, New Jersey, from Harlem, where he was known for slinging drugs not rhymes. Last year Rocky went from being an obscure buzz name to legitimate viral phenom with his Deep Purple mixtape and Long Live A$AP. Now, the 23-year-old rapper is signing $3 million record deals and dating the sexy, Australian-born MC Iggy Azalea. The Check-In recently talked to A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Mob about his skyrocketing career and complex swag math.
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Last week, LA Weekly's cover story was about Odd Future's first lady, Syd The Kyd. In the interview, Syd discusses a variety of topics, mainly circling around her sexuality. Yes, Syd's a lesbian. You can see her making out with her girlfriend in the music video "Cocaine" by The Internet, Syd's side project with OFGKTA member Matt Martian.
In addition to the article, LA Weekly posted cutting room floor quotes from Syd on its blog. The quotes circle around the lack of openly gay urban female artists and targets Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah. So what makes Syd the expert on flying celebrities from the closet? Let's find out, as we compare what does and doesn't make Syd the Ambassador of Outing People.
Hip-hop's battlegrounds are a difficult place to hang in. They're full of rappers that spit better, a hating audience and opportunities that can be missed with the slightest slip-up in rhyme. On Season 11 of MTV's "MADE," they featured six episodes of veteran rappers coaching young wannabes in the game. It's a crash course with boot-camp style training, and by the end, the students have sharp enough skills up to hop onstage and strut their stuff. But really, will we ever hear any of these six names again? We pick our top three favorites and break down their swagger and potential for future success.
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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi made her debut yesterday at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, showing off a couple pair of Snooki-styled headphones that in her words are defined by their tacky and gaudy appearance. The Snooki-endorsed line consists of large over-the-head bling-encrusted headphones as well as a leopard-print look.
She spoke with MTV Geek and added, "The good thing about iHip, which is why I decided to go with them, is that you can make it very sexy and awesome-looking, and they are also good quality--so it has an awesome sound. Sometimes when you get headphones, it looks good but it doesn't sound good."
In a nutshell, Snooki is promoting a line that's tacky, gaudy, sexy and awesome-looking at a price TBD. We're sure that will connect with some music lovers. But Snooki is not the only celebrity at CES and beyond endorsing headphones. Check out several more and what makes each of them unique.
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Fabolous Unleashes 'Anarchy' at the AXE Anarchy Kickoff Party in NYC
One of the few fringe benefits of being a blogger, besides getting to sift through GIFs all day in your underwear, is finding yourself at overblown media events with free drinks and cheese cubes. This week, AXE held just such an event to launch a new line of body sprays, which includes its first female scent. The night was capped off with a surprise performance by Fabolous, which at first struck us as completely random. But then we realized pairing rappers with deodorants is only natural--they're always sweating balls onstage and don't want smelly balls for the after-show groupies.
Since Fab already staked his claim with AXE, we've matched 10 other rappers with the deodorants we think they should start hawking.
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For the first time in years, the Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight, now standing at 11:55. For the uninitiated, the Doomsday Clock is run by a board of scientists to represent how close humankind is to destroying itself--whether with nukes, global warming, terrorism, biological warfare or whatever other catastrophic methods of destruction we've conjured up. When this clock strikes 12, Cinderella's carriage doesn't turn into a pumpkin--she does.
Now that humanity only has five symbolic minutes left, we've compiled a list of the best Doomsday-themed videos to usher in the next Ice Age. From rockers to pop starlets to one-hit wonders, it seems everybody's penned an Armageddon anthem, so here are our 10 favorites. And we promise, no Aerosmith.