Three Yale grads founded Rap Genius in 2009 as a community forum to analyze the meaning of rap lyrics of artists like Jay-Z and 2PAC, with the mission “to critique rap as poetry.” Now, the same team that brought lyrical interpretations of C4 as a metaphor for a rapper’s meteoric rise in popularity (or for cocaine) is educating you about CPR with its latest site Health Genius.
How Health Genius Works
Health Genius is an arm of News Genius, which was launched in May 2013 to help readers make se... [Read more]
In a society where you can buy string bikinis for babies, where there are children wearing clothing that say “wink wink” or “juicy” across the butt and popular shows like the psychological train wreck Toddlers and Tiaras and the salacious teen series Gossip Girls, and when people like your mom are taking classes at pole dancing gyms, is it really that shocking for an almost 21-year-old Miley Cyrus to hit the stage at the VMA Awards half-dressed, saucily rubbing herself up against singer Robin Th... [Read more]
He's still rocking Broadway
There is quite the Shakespeare surge this season on the Great White Way. After last season's acclaimed nearly-one-man Macbeth starring Alan Cumming (Cabaret), a more traditional production starring Ethan Hawke (Gattaca) and directed by Jack O'Brien (Hamlet, Hairspray) is slated to begin performances in October. And one of this season's big celebrity vehicles is a new revival of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom (not exactly a teenager anymore, but Legolas can pr... [Read more]
I have my doubts about both Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder. I was excited enough by the build-up to watch specials featuring each of these groups, and got comfy with my popcorn (or, possibly, a martini), ready to be blown away.
Not that the productions weren't slick and the performers incredibly talented. I just kept waiting for them to cut loose a bit. It was all too neat and tidy. The vocals were flawless—too flawless. In both cases, I wanted to toss some gravel into all that honey. I wanted someone to sweat. [Read more]
Video Still from "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film", Jay Z and Mark Romanek, 2013
For many of us who have not yet been adopted by the New York City art world we wondered who was the intense-looking lady in black pressed up against Jay Z’s forehead in the performance art film for "Picasso Baby"? She showed up again in Lady Gaga’s NSFW alternative medicine/rehab video promo for Gaga’s new album sitting opposite the Fame Monster herself. To say Abramović is having a moment is redundant. Abr... [Read more]
From the epic opening strains of "Palace", the first song off of A$AP Rocky’s 2011 debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, you can tell that the A$AP Mob had big intentions. Clams Casino’s sampling of Karl Jenkins’ chanty “Adiemus” sets up a magnificent, imperial backdrop for Rocky’s statement of purpose which he delivers in an intoxicating mix of nonsense, comedy, legit rhymes and OG cool. Ignorant, stoned and violent, Rocky name drops hip hop lifestyle choices like a to-do list. Lean-sipping, check... [Read more]
It would stink if it wasn't for charity.
When I dragged myself from my pit this morning, the only thing on my mind was a Spaniard who has been teasing me for weeks. His name is Cesc Fabregas, and he plays football - sorry, soccer - for FC Barcelona. Over the past month there have been rumors flying around, to the effect that Fabregas is going to sign for Manchester United, the team I love. Unfortunately, any substance that might propel these rumors into the land of the possible are unforthcomi... [Read more]
Fans were perplexed when the band refused to make a video for Black, another song from the album. Vedder explained that he felt that music videos robbed fans of the opportunity to “come up with [their] own visions.” I wanted to send him a letter and tell him not to bother. Apparently, without an MTV video, the average person isn't capable of coming up with an image to go with a song.
It all sounds incredibly appealing. In February, when you’re freezing your tukas off and yearning for the smell of fresh cut grass. But on a hot, humid, airless day in mid-July, the reality might not live up to the fantasy. [Read more]