Kanye West

Rappers’ Most Unexpected Non-Musical Side Projects

If you find yourself asking, “Where is Ja Rule?” as often I do, you might be pleased to know he’s got a new movie out called I’m in Love With a Church Girl (it’s about exactly what you think). But wait! There’s more! During a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Food Talk, Ja revealed he’s interested in writing a microwave cookbook. Apparently, two years in prison did wonders for his microwaving technique, and this got me thinking about all the other weird side projects rappers have taken on in recent years. Click through to learn about some of hip hop stars’ most unexpected pastimes. … Read More

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Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel — The Media Gets It Wrong, Again

Kanye West appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, discussing the fallout from Kimmel’s already-infamous skit wherein a couple of children reenacted parts of West’s interview with the BBC’s Zane Lowe. West was his usual mix of awkwardness and volubility — the feud over the skit in question was put to bed fairly quickly, with Kimmel explaining his side of the story (including that he hadn’t actually watched the BBC interview) and suggesting his intention hadn’t been to infantilize West. The rest of the segment was devoted to West explaining exactly why the whole thing bothered him so much: “Protecting my ideas and my dreams, and that’s the reason I went so crazy.” … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Parks and Recreation and Elementary come back, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes its much-anticipated premiere. … Read More

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Kanye West Refuses to Play Jimmy Kimmel’s Game

A couple of weeks back, a Google search screenshot did the rounds on Tumblr. It was a study of how the media reports the public utterances of black and white stars — Lady Gaga and Macklemore “speak out,” while Kanye West “rants.” It came with the comment, “Coded language don’t really be coded,” an observation worth revisiting in the wake of the rapper’s widely reported response to a skit on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, a skit that ridiculed the BBC’s interview with West earlier this week. … Read More

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The 20 All-Time Worst Song Lyrics About Sex

Justin Timberlake’s new single “TKO” dropped last week, and because we are professionals, we forced ourselves to listen to it despite the fact that it starts with the refrain, “She killed me with that coochie-coochie-coo.” The song doesn’t get a whole lot better, to be honest, but that particular line is surely the least appetizing sex-related lyric of the year (honestly, who uses the word “cooch” outside of high school?!), and it started an intra-office conversation about where it rates in the pantheon of hilariously awful sex lyrics. Here are the results of our highly scientific discussion: a giggle-inducing survey of the worst of the worst. You’re welcome. … Read More

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10 Celebrity Philanthropists Whose Charities Landed Them in Hot Water

Surprise! Bono’s not as squeaky-clean as his humanitarian image suggests. The Irish rocker provided a strongly worded defense of his use of offshore accounts to the Observer yesterday, dismissing critics of his bald-faced tax evasion as “the cranky left.” In fact, Bono argues, his finances are in line with the Irish government’s longstanding goal of “tax competitiveness.” Bono’s flawless liberal credentials have also come under fire for exacerbating Africa’s reliance on foreign aid, bringing his image as one of the world’s most vocal humanitarians into question. But Bono’s far from the first famous philanthropist who’s failed to put his money where his mouth is. Here’s our list of celebrities whose charities haven’t done quite as much good as one would hope. … Read More

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Drake and the Rise of the New Pop Melancholy

In May 2012, GQ ran a profile of basketball überstar Derrick Rose. The article was a curiously moving piece of journalism, depicting Rose as a sort of cloistered figure, standing alone at the floor-to-ceiling windows of his condo on the 84th floor of Chicago’s Trump Towers, staring out at a city that he rules but no longer inhabits. The article is a fine portrait of the alienation that comes with being mega-rich, a window into a world where too much is never enough. This is a world that is appearing more and more in pop music… which brings us to Drake, the avatar of this new pop melancholy. … Read More

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