Tuesday, April 26, 2016

the big big beat.

a video.

starring azealia banks. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016


a moment of clarity.


 "...There are guys over at the building and trades union hall in the San Gabriel Valley who sit all day and wait for their names to be called. I interviewed them when I was campaigning for healthcare reform in 2009. They waited and we drank coffee and ate donuts and they told me about why they chose to sit there for a union job: because they’d done it the other way before. Without a union. They were day laborers who sometimes worked a whole day and sometimes at the end of that day the guy who picked them up would drop them off and refuse to pay. Not just regular work either—hard labor. Sweat. Take all the bricks out the truck. Don’t mess them up. Nothing banged or boomed. And then, after it all, no pay: “Whatcha gonna do? Sue me? Am I gonna have any problems out of you? I can call immigration.” And maybe you’re documented but your brother who’s been working beside you all day isn’t—maybe your brother looks at you like please please please. You went by the rules. The bosses, they broke them.

This is wage theft. There are laws against it, but they aren’t enforced. Eighty-three percent of workers who hold a court-ordered claim to receive their unpaid wages never see a dime. In L.A., low-wage workers lose $26.2 million in wage theft violations every week. I’ve listened to janitors tell stories about not getting paid. I’ve met carwash workers who lived solely on tips—they were not paid wages at all. Carwash workers who were forced to sleep, live, in their cars.

Biblically speaking, there are two rules being broken here. There are sins of commission—when an employer pays a worker less than the minimum wage, or pays for fewer hours than were worked, or pays in cash to dodge payroll taxes (and workers comp and unemployment insurance). And then there are sins of omission—when senior managers, often of very large firms, pressure local store managers, branch managers, contractors or suppliers to keep costs low, without putting in place equally strong measures to prevent wage theft.

...Imagine dreaming of a place your whole life and then discovering it doesn’t exist. She discovered instead that this is a country for other people. A country with so many rules. You become an American when you realize that only with the right amount of money and the right amount of power, you can break these rules, or make them your own."

JEZEBEL: Who Gets to Break the Rules in America?



"Antagonism has always been one of music’s animating forces. It runs through history: the cutting contests of Storyville jazz musicians, Bronx street corner battle-rap showdowns, Mozart versus Salieri, Beatles versus Stones, Whitney versus Mariah. But Prince may have been the most tenacious musical competitor of them all. His ambition was outrageous: With every song, every note, he aimed to be the best, the baddest, the most wizardly, the most unimpeachable. He seemed to have swallowed an encyclopedia of music history and developed world-historical ambition to go with it. He was a one-man band extraordinaire, the world’s best rhythm section and the world’s best background vocal choir. He could sing like Al Green or, if the mood struck, John Lennon; he could work a bandstand as fearsomely as James Brown and play a guitar as well as Jimi Hendrix. His death came as a shock because he had strode into his sixth decade in apparently undiminished form, with the waistline and hairline of a man half his age and the stamina of a man even younger than that. His hitmaking days were behind him, and his pop-culture profile waxed and waned, but whenever he resurfaced, he served notice that he was indomitable: He could still sing, dance, play instruments, write songs and produce records better than everyone else..."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prince and the Competition


VULTURE: Earth Was Lucky to Get 57 Years of Prince

ultra light beam.

purple rain.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prince Knew What He Wanted: Sex, Soul and You


coming attractions.

PAPER: Watch The Trailer For 'Check It', A Doc about DC's LGBT Gang

Friday, April 22, 2016

good love.

a video.

starring keith sweat. 


a moment of clarity.

with tupac shakur.  

beggin & pleadin.

a video.

starring brandy. 


with nardwuar & snoop.


with a$ap ferg & kirk knight.

vroom vroom.

a video.

starring charli xcx.

STEREOGUM: Charli XCX – “Vroom Vroom” Video


for you.

a moment of clarity.


"A friend said on Facebook yesterday, in all caps, that “THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR IS BE AS SEXY AS POSSIBLE.” I chuckled at the comment when she posted it, and shared it with my friends, but the more I think about it, the more I think she’s 100% on point. What is the opposite of death? Living. Not just being alive. Living. Loving. Fucking. Laughing.

And doing it again in the morning, And god, if Prince’s music is about anything, it’s about that. “Life is just a party,” he sang on “1999,” “and parties weren’t meant 2 last.” But that only makes them more precious, right?"

FLAVORWIRE: The Opposite of Death: Celebrating Prince’s Life, Work and Revolutionary Fluidity


PITCHFORK: How Prince’s Androgynous Genius Changed the Way We Think About Music and Gender