Rapper Kid Cudi recently made headlines by announcing plans to start his own label. This isn't a surprise. Plenty of musicians start their own "vanity labels" after achieving success. And if they're not successful, they created their own labels because no one else would publish their music.
The reason Kid Cudi's label turned heads is its silly name, Wicked Awesome Records. No one is sure why he chose it. He's not from Massachusetts, where that's a common phrase. He's from Cleveland, so "F--- Off, LeBron Records" would have made more sense. You can follow the logic behind most vanity label names. Paris Hilton has Heiress Records. Jack White started Third Man Records because his favorite number is "three." Still others, like Cudi's, are just laughable. Let's take a look.
1. Demonstealer Records
Did you know there is a death metal scene in India? That's right and the band Demonic Resurrection is at the forefront. In 2005, they began Demonstealer to distribute their and their friends' music. We get the whole "demon" thing with death metal and all. But how does one steal a demon? And why would they want to? If you're in an Indian death metal band, you already have plenty of your own demons.
LADIES Rihanna's fans handpick "California King Bed" video [RapFix]
BANGERS Yelawolf ft. B.o.B "It's A Party" [XXL Mag]
BIKES Trailsurfing down the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland [BroBible]
It's a little more intense than the Disney ride.
CAPES The inevitable superhero Situation Room photo [TDW Geek]
Superman just can't pull himself away from Reddit.
DE-EVOLUTION The 5 dumbest conversations on Facebook [CollegeHumor]
I challenge you to read them without shaking your head.
INK A collection of the geekiest tattoos [BuzzFeed]
N3RD L1F3--it's like thug life, only with more mathematics and video games.
STICKS 11 awesome old-school video game commercials [ForkParty]
Warning: Possible nostalgia overload.
SMILE Possibly the greatest Bill Murray photo ever taken [Uproxx]
This photo is crying for a caption contest.
Kanye West will perform at a bar mitzvah for a cool $1 million. One million. At least, that's the price that Kanye reportedly demanded from former NBC president Jeff Zucker for an appearance at Zucker's son's bar mitzvah this past weekend. Ultimately, Zucker wouldn't pony up the big bucks and settled for the more reasonably priced Drake (who's still fancy, huh), as if the rappers were lined up on a carousel ready to drop in to celebrate the 13-year-old Jewish boy becoming a man.
But if Kanye had turned up for the party, given the youthful crowd, he may have had to mix up his lyrics to fit the occasion. Like the above, for example. Got a better Kanye West lyric adapted for the Jewish rite of passage? Submit it in the comments!
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LADIES Patton is into art, broccoli, zombies, insomniacs and lunch boxes [Suicide Girls]
Now that's diversity.
WEEZY Lil Wayne extends "I Am Still Music" tour [Rolling Stone]
New leg will hit--count it--40 cities.
WHEELS The coolest transforming unicycle/scooter you'll see all day [BuzzFeed]
Become a legit transformer, minus the Michael Bay explosion-fest.
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL Soldier does Carlton Dance on top of tank [BroBible]
Only when this guy does it, rockets soar in the background.
PROM Pop star prom photo gallery [Buzzworthy]
All of the dress-up with half the awkwardness.
SUPERCUT Hot women pandering to nerds [Film Drunk]
Look, nerds! They're just like us!
SUPERNATURAL 6 baffling phenomena with simple medical explanations [Smoking Jacket]
The truth is less exciting than fear-filled theories.
DON'T BE THAT GUY Some jerk creates a parking lot puzzle [Double Viking]
Ready. Set. Rage.
Photo: Suicide Girls
If you were absolutely obsessed with the Royal Wedding than you already know exactly who Ellie Goulding is. Since we're betting (nay praying) that you aren't, we'll give you a rundown of why she performed at Kate and William's reception and why she's on "Saturday Night Live" (with Tina Fey) this week.
The voice of the UK chart-topping chanteuse floats somewhere between Adele and Bjork. She rocks the drums and guitar and, from the looks of the following pictures, can do an amazing Stevie Nicks hair flip and still look sweet wearing a bustier apparently designed for a harlequin. (Top that, Dave Grohl.)
According to several reports Kate and William love Ellie's cover of Elton John's "Your Song" (which she also performed on "SNL"). For a listen of Ellie Goulding's sound, check out this performance from "MTV Home" (an MTV show from somewhere on the other side of the pond). Plus, peep more Ellie Goulding pics after the jump.
LADIES Harajuku is into geeky indulgences and fierce Japanese fashion [Suicide Girls]
Chicks dig Pokémon.
BANGERS Joe Budden "Spring Training" [XXL Mag]
Tight leak off Mood Muzik 4.5, dropping later this month.
BIKES Step by Step: Cory Nastazio, back flip tabletop [Alli Action]
From the guy who invented it.
PLASTIC This summer's 10 biggest movies in LEGO form [NextMovie]
LEGO Green Lantern looks way too polite to fight crime.
TRAINING Stuff you should know: getting in fighting shape [Smoking Jacket]
Take it from Shane Mosley, the guy who will throw down with Manny Pacquiao this weekend.
WHOA Everyday superhero can turn his head 180 degrees [Daily What]
He's also got a a built-in Halloween costume.
FANGS War Dogs: the ultimate war dog gallery [Uproxx]
On the ground, taking names and giant dumps.
DRAWN Sci-Fi Ikea manuals [CollegeHumor]
Assembly of dinosaurs and lightsabers made easy.
Photo: Suicide Girls
In the beginning, G-Unit was 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo--three plucky kids from South Jamaica, Queens, with the abilities to both rap and get shot without dying. Then the group expanded to include Tennessee rapper Young Buck and Compton MC Game. That's the G-Unit we all knew and loved, and if Lloyd Banks has his way, it's the G-Unit we may never know again.
On this weekend's premiere of "Funk Flex Full Throttle," Banks tells Funkmaster Flex that there are no plans to get Game and Buck back into the group. And even if there were, the time isn't right for a group album now anyway. "I think it's pretty much finished," Banks said about a possible reunion. "It's time to branch out and do your thing as a solo artist." Anyway, what he didn't say but was probably thinking, was only weird dudes make group albums these days.
Watch the premiere of "Funk Flex Full Throttle," Saturday, May 8 at 1:30p/12:30c.
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LADIES Happy Cinco de Mayo! The 25 hottest Mexican women [Complex]
This should help boost tourism.
SOLO Eddie Vedder plays ukulele in clip from solo LP [SPIN]
The Pearl Jam front man takes it down a notch in "Longing to Belong."
LEGEND The 5 best and 5 worst moments in the MMA career of Randy Couture [Cage Potato]
"The Natural" is not without a handful of dark moments.
DIAPERS "Hardcore" Parkour failure causes dude to poop himself [BroBible]
Time for a new hobby once his anus heals.
KEVIN "Home Alone" house on sale for $2.4 Million [BuzzFeed]
I'd pay at least $10 to go sledding down those stairs.
SEAL TEAM 6 The bin Laden movie: animated [The High Definite]
Meanwhile, Michael Bay is working feverishly on a live action version.
EXPENSIVE PADS 7 awesome apartments in movies [Unreality]
You like Huey Lewis and the News?
GEEK UP Daily Dose: Pokeman the musical, Jessica Rabbit gallery & more [MTV Geek]
It's about time for Christina Hendricks to play the part.
It could be argued that the highest honor a recording artist can receive is induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or a Kennedy Center Honors Award, or a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course, anyone making those arguments would be an idiot, because the highest honor a recording artist can receive is having a beer named after him. No other accolade comes from the people who really matter: drunken suburbanites with too much time on their hands, also known as fans. People slaving over a vat of barley to invent something bearing an artist's name is much more special than some bald suit handing over an award.
That's why Ghostface Killah is likely walking with a little pep in his step today. A Colorado-based brewery recently concocted a new beer it's calling "Ghost Face Killah," and it debuts tomorrow! The brew, which honors the Wu Tang Clan rapper--even though it spells his name wrong--is made with six different types of peppers and is therefore "the hottest beer this side of hell."
Ghostface joins a illustrious club of recording artists to receive this ultimate honor, including...
LADIES Pilot is into ceramic animals, records and vinyasa [Suicide Girls]
Vinyasa is a form of yoga, which means that Pilot is flexible.
TURTLENECK & CHAIN The Lonely Island--"Attracted To Us" ft. Beck [SKA]
The anthem for all the shy guys.
BOARDS Cody Davis: "It's Your World" video [Alli Action]
Davis doesn't always go skating in his pajamas, but when he does...
IN REVIEW "It's __ meets ____"--the worst of Hollywood shorthand [Film Drunk]
Put simply, this feature is like crystal meth--on internet paper.
WELL DONE Sara Jean Underwood does the reverse hover hand [BroBible]
Never before attempted, executed perfectly.
BENJAMINS 10 of the most ridiculous celebrity purchases of all time [Guyism]
Because money earned is money to blow on lavish items, amiright?
LEARN Stuff you should know: Donald Trump [Smoking Jacket]
Also, there's a motionless cat on his head.
WHEEEEE Wii price dropping from $200 to $150 and more [TDW Geek]
Spend the difference on Wii Fitness and Taco Bell.