Random Midday Hotness: ‘Cups’ x ‘Monster’

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Nicki Minaj’s filthy verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” — the crazy-ass voicess, the breath control — was the first moment a lot of people started to take her seriously as an MC.

“Cups” was a many-lived ditty that achieved ubiquity after Anna Kendrick covered it in Pitch Perfect and used a plastic cup (and her hands) [...]

When Afrocentric Art Goes [Right]: Tim Howard Enters the Pantheon.

 

Tim Howard replaces Bob Marley in the Freedom Riders, because AMERICA. You’re all: “But, G.D., what about Nelson Mandela there in the back? He wasn’t American neither!” But that’s not Nelson Mandela. It’s Uncle Ben. Nice try, troll.

Just as the foundations of the American hegemon rest upon [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Get Up, Get Down.

I didn’t know much about the pair that makes up Sylvan Esso, or their work with their other bands before they teamed up for this collaboration. But “Coffee”, is one of those songs that makes you look up from what you’re doing, pull up the Shazam on your phone.

UPDATE: The great Ben [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Winter Is Coming, So Scoot A Little Closer, Baby.

Are you a young lady whose entire family has been butchered at the orders of the sociopathic little goon you’re about to marry?

Or maybe you’re the last surviving member of some once-noble-but-incredibly-tacky aristocratic clan and, like, you’ve found out that you’re basically the only person who has any control over the last dragons [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Miguel’s ‘SimpleThings.’

Miguel’s new song “SimpleThings”, from the soundtrack of Lena Dunham’s Living Single-lite show “Girls”, is EVERYTHING. “I don’t need a model, no I don’t need a debutante…just be a tough act to follow, you know, a free spirit, with a wild heart” G.D. goes in on me about my love of what he believes to be [...]

Random Midday Hotness: My Friends And I Have Cracked The Code. (Plus A Question.)

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We all dug Lorde’s “Royals” before it was inescapable, so it’s nice to hear a slightly different take on it to remind us why we banged with it so hard in the beginning. [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Miley Cyrus + The Roots. (Wait. What?)

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We have the same why-won’t-she-go-away relationship to Miley Cyrus that most reasonable folks do. But this version of her ubiquitous “We Can’t Stop” is pretty damn fun. [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Bringing Da Ruckus, With American Sign Language.

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Have you ever been to a Wu-Tang concert? Everyone should have a translator, subtitles or something.