Genius Moment

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While Kanye West was busy performing with A$AP Rocky and racing Tyler, The Creator at Coachella, something pretty amazing happened with his catalog at the Aratani Theatre in nearby Los Angeles over the weekend. On Saturday night (April 16), the Young Musicians Foundation hosted a concert billed as “Yeethoven,” which saw them pair six classic compositions from Ludwig van Beethoven with six cuts from Kanye’s Yeezus LP — and the results might just surprise you.

Led by conductor Yuga Cohler, the 70-piece orchestra performed almost an hour’s worth of mash-up masterpieces, blending “Hold My Liquor” with “Symphony No.5, op. 67,” “New Slaves” with “Overture to Egmont, op. 84″ and “On Sight” with “String Quartet No. 14,” which produced a standing ovation to close out the concert.

Best case scenario: classical musical snobs finally warm to Kanye’s music. Worst case scenario: Kanye adds Beethoven to his list of famous people he compares himself to — right behind Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, of course.

Stream the entire concert below…


asap yams book

This month marks one year since A$AP Yams tragically passed away, but best believe he’s been fucking around and enjoying himself up in Heaven over the last 365. If there’s one thing Yamborghini left behind — aside from the legacy of A$AP Mob, of course — it’s some of the funniest tweets you’ve ever read, like “adopting 3 white babies n naming them tyrese tank n ginuwine.” Now, thanks to Bronx native Ajani Brathwaite, Yams’ most memorable tweets are being turned into a book called A$AP Yams Gems.

Hitting shelves January 18 — the anniversary of his death — the book costs $40 and all proceeds will be donated to A$AP Yams’ family. Pre-order your copy here.

Check out some of our favorite A$AP Yams tweets below…


ghostface action bronson game

Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson may have squashed their short lived (yet unforgettable) beef, which culminated in Tony Starks putting Bam Bam on blast over Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ “Be For Real” in a home video. But thanks to this recent (ish) video game from web developers Swamp Penguins, the New York pair’s feud will forever live on in Internet folklore.

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jadakiss breakdancing

Jadakiss can rap really well, that’s common knowledge. But who knew Kiss was as nice with the breakdancing as he is with the bars? Here he is seemingly playing around on the hardwood before pulling out a damn near perfect windmill out of his backpocket. That’s some serious flexibility for a 40-year-old. Top 5 dead or alive? We think so.

Watch the amazing clip below…


friends in paris

It’s been four years since Jay Z and Kanye West joined forces for Watch The Throne, and sadly it doesn’t look like that heavily speculated sequel is anywhere close*. Thankfully, there’s some bright and funny people out there to keep us entertained during our long, painful wait. Bianca Bosso from The Interns decided to reinterpret Hov and Ye’s club smash (not to mention sustained source of awkwardness for white people everywhere) “N*ggas In Paris” as a more family-friendly illustrated book. Those Jay faces are worth the read alone. Stick around for Drake’s cameo, too.

If you’d like Friends In Paris to become a real thing, support the Kickstarter campaign here.

*With that said, Dr. friggin’ Dre actually released an album this year, so anything can happen.

Check out Friends In Paris below…


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(Yes. It’s Tom Hardy catching the holy ghost of Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.”)

Miss Info: These are the moments when you scream out to the heavens…Thank you, Internets!
I’ve made no secret of my awkward obsession with actor Tom Hardy. I’ve extolled his virtues on this blog (like this Bane fashion analysis). I’ve sat through weak plots and corny dialogue to support his films (for example, The Drop, which was unoriginal. The only good thing about the movie was Tom Hardy with an adorable pitbull puppy. I’m even going to watch the poorly-reviewed, straight-to-ondemand Child 44 just to see Hardy tackle a Russian accent). And I’ve urged all my friends to go see Mad Max:Fury Road, and Peaky Blinders, and Warrior. But I had no idea that all this time, Tom was performing Dubsmash rap videos of Action Bronson, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, etc. with his friend and stunt double Jacob Tomuri. Thank you, Jacob, and thank you, Vulture, for ending my week with this gift!

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Finally! I’ve been holding my breath waiting for these ever since Todd James tipped me off to his new collaboration with Pharrell
For the first time, Adidas let artists modify the original Superstar shelltoe sneakers…the ones embedded in hip hop’s DNA ever since Run DMC hit that b-boy stance in the 1980’s. And since Pharrell was the original art-connoisseur hip hop artist…his taste in collaborators on this, the latest in his ongoing partnership with Adidas, is impeccable. From our dear friend Todd James aka REAS, to the twisted Japanese manga-mind of Mr., to photographer Cass Bird, to futurism architect Zaha Hadid…they each got to add their own stamp to the shell of the iconic sneaker toes.
I want every single pair! But especially these REAS joints. Start lining up for the drop on August 7th.

Check out more photos and videos of the Pharrell x Adidas Originals Supershells…
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HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’, starring ‘Daily Show’-alum John Oliver has quickly become my favorite way of learning about what I should be mad about in the world. It’s actually taken that similar role from ‘The Daily Show,’ and finessed it by making longer rants, with less skits, more context, and all the razor-sharp insight. I urge you to watch Oliver’s breakdown of the Ferguson uprising, his incredible interview with Edward Snowden in Russia (that finally made a real-life comparison of the NSA scandal that I could understand), and his explanation of how ridiculously unfair college sports is to athletes….please cancel your lunch date, and just start watching.

This past Sunday…’Last Week Tonight’ focused on a recent marketing slogan that somehow made it onto bottles of Bud Light beer. Seriously…what the fxck!?!

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Did Rick Ross somehow get a copy-writing gig at Bud Light’s ad agency?

Not only did John Oliver take down Bud’s corporate checks and balances system hilariously…but the bonus parody commercial at the end, starring Wyatt Cenac, Alex Karpovsky, etc, was amazing.
Watch the full segment, after the jump


The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton: The Story of N.W.A. is set to hit theaters this summer on August 14. On Grammy night, the production team gave fans an extended commercial/trailer of the F. Gary Gray-directed film. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, watch the official preview below.

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For those not keeping track, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is currently on the road, and stopped in Los Angeles for the week. After a brilliant parody of the iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air intro on Monday, Fallon returned on Wednesday night with another ’90s trip down memory lane.

Jimmy wanted to “reminisce” about his time at Bayside High School, meaning a reunion of the cast from Saved By The Bell. Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) and a much heavier Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins), all make appearances, figuring out their dates for the upcoming Valentine’s Day dance. Along with revisiting classic moments from the television sitcom’s wonder years (Slater’s ballet dancing, the crew’s “Friends Forever” under their Zack Attack group), someone finds out they’re pregnant.

Watch the reunion below.

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