Life Beyond Rap


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Fans of chained heat, women behind bars, and khaki scrubs rejoice! The women of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is The New Black are coming back for season 2….and like all Netflix series, all 13 episodes will be available to watch on June 6th.

I know a lot of folks who are huge OITNB fans. I watched about 3 eps from the first season, but honestly didn’t get catch the wave. Definitely didn’t feel the need to binge watch the way I devoured season 1 and 2 or House of Cards. Do you love it?

Well, I’ll say this…the trailer for Orange Is The New Black Season 2 definitely looks interesting. Especially the dynamic between fan favorite Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Parker and new castmember, veteran actress Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne “Vee” Parker.

Watch the OITNB season 2 trailer after the jump…

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Only one episode into the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones and I’m already fully obsessed. Last week ended with an incredible fight scene (all in the name of a good roasted chicken) and there were plenty of other new plotlines piled on. What will Tyrion do if his bitter incest-y sister hurts the love of his life, Shay? Speaking of incest, how come Cersei doesn’t want to give her brother Jaime the buns anymore? What’s one hand got to do with it?

Meanwhile, I joked during our live tweetalong that Jaime and Brienne of the strong jaw have great buddy cop chemistry. They’re the new Will and Grace of Kings Landing. Meanwhile, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane is turning into a peach. Last season, his obsession with Sansa Stark felt like old-man-in-the-teen-chatroom. But hopefully his teamwork with young Arya Stark is more protective and pure, like Turner and Hooch!

This Sunday, we’ll see the worst little shxt in Westeros, King Joffrey, get hitched to the savvy Margaery Tyrell…but I’m more looking forward to more tension and intrigue amongst the distrusting wedding guests.

Watch a preview clip of this Sunday’s episode, along with a HILARIOUS video of goats singing the Game of Throne‘s theme song, after the jump…

Yes. Goats.

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When this show stops being fun…I will retire 10 years later.

Tonight’s episode on Late Night With David Letterman will feature the clip above, where Dave Letterman announces that after 34 years of classic talk show television, he and his band leader Paul Shaeffer will be retiring. The actual announcement comes at around the 8:00 minute mark, and before that, David shares some personal stories about discussing retirement with his son Harry.

NYMag’s Vulture blog has already posted some analysis about Dave’s planned 2015 exit from Late Night, including a look at the current ratings. Right now Jimmy Fallon is the ratings leader, but interestingly, the number 2 spot is not even a late night talk show at all…it’s Cartoon Network’s youth-skewed Adult Swim programming block. So in some ways, the departure of Dave isn’t a huge blow to CBS’s standings. But CBS’ next move could get eyeballs back to the perceived “old people’s network” if they snag someone with some heat…specifically, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel has reportedly said that he would be interested in taking over for David Letterman if he had Letterman’s blessing.

A couple of my favorite crazy moments from Late Night with David Letterman after the jump…

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Vybz Kartel has met his fate. After being found guilty of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams following a 65-day trial last month, the Jamaican dancehall star has been sentenced to life in prison, The Gleaner reports. He must serve 35 years before becoming eligible for parole. The three other men convicted in the murder — Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John — were all handed life sentences, too.

Kartel’s defense plans to appeal the decision, citing “discrepancies, inconsistencies, missing data, and mismanagement in the collection of evidence as well as the integrity of the evidence,” but it remains to be seen what success they’ll have.

UPDATE: Billboard published a more comprehensive report on today’s sentence and possible appeal, as well as some details on whether or not Vybz Kartel will be able record music in prison.

More details after the jump…

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The hysteria was written in stone as soon as Supreme announced on Monday they would be releasing their much-buzzed-about Nike Foamposite sneakers to the public on Thursday, April 3rd. And as expected, Supreme fanatics, sneakerheads, and thirsty resellers started congregating outside of the New York Supreme store on Lafayette St., early on Weds…And when we say “congregating” we really just mean clogging up the sidewalk, the street, the traffic, everything. Pure chaos.

But did these over-eager customers just kill their own chances of getting a pair of Foams?
Well if you believe this sign that just got posted in the window of Supreme…
YES.

More after the jump…

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This is an interesting move for social media giant, Facebook. According to various reports, FB will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming. The acquisition comes with a whopping price tag for $2 billion.

On Tuesday, Facebook said virtual-reality technology could emerge as the next social and communications platform.

“The history of our industry is that every 10 or 15 years there’s a new major computing platform, whether it’s the PC, the Web or now mobile,” Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call with analysts and media on Tuesday to discuss the acquisition.

“We’re making a long-term bet that immersive, virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s daily life,” the 29-year-old Zuckerberg said, noting that wearing the Oculus goggles was “different than anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

Zuckerberg maintains that the move to expand way beyond just online games.

“Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face – just by putting on goggles in your home,” he said.

Related:
Facebook Headquarters Was on Police Lockdown After a Threat of Violence

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Miss Info: Just imagine the tabloid headlines…

Kanye And Kim K. Got Their Vogue Cover…And All They Had To Give Up Was A First Born Named North!

KimYe Grace The Cover Of Vogue! Wedding Rebranded As a Conde Nast Subscription Drive!

Kanye West Named Vogue Vixen Of The Year…Brings Plus One!

Anna Wintour Finally Allows Kim Kardashian In Her Magazine…After She Agrees To Wear A Coat Made Of 100% Human Kanye!

Ok, we jest, but actually, this is a testament to the power of prayer…specifically when it’s done at the kitten-heeled feet of the High Priestess Anna Wintour, Church of Latter Day Vogue.

Kanye West has made no secret of the fact that he is outraged that Wintour has rejected Kim Kardashian as a Vogue cover subject, while featuring lesser women like Michelle Obama and Lena Dunham instead. But behind the scenes, Ye opted for a softer sell, taking his bride-to-be to private lunches with Queen Anna, insisting that he would only perform at Anna’s Met Gala if she would invite Kim for the first time, etc.

And with Vogue‘s April issue, it proves that all that hardcore hobjobbing worked. Anna Wintour and her fashion minions spent years turning up their noses at Kanye’s porn to reality TV star, but the ice queen has thawed…and the results are friggin’ fabulous.

Check out Kanye and Kim’s Vogue shoot with famed photographer Annie Lebowitz… as well as behind-the-scenes video, co-starring the adorable Baby North… after the jump…

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(That shxt-eating grin of bratty King Joffrey is on the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly, art-designed by our friend and former Complex and Wired alum Tim Leong.)

The fourth season premiere of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” is right around the corner, April 6th, and after watching so much political drama–both epic, “House of Cards”, and uneven, “Scandal”–I think I’m ready for some straight up Heavy Metal-style fantasy.
The other plus for me is that, unlike the past 3 seasons, I haven’t read the accompanying George R.R. Martin book, A Feast of Crows. I only read A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords…and that only took me almost a year because they’re all over a thousand pages each. Ugh.
So for the first time in this tv series, I have no idea what’s going to happen in the end. The great unknown!

While I’m not quite Stark-crazy enough to actually buy tickets to watch the first episode at the Barclay Center, I am really looking forward to what Arya, Jon Snow, those “loving” siblings Cersei and Jaime, and Daenerys and her dragons get into. And don’t forget, this time around there’s even a rap soundtrack to play at your GOT viewing party.

HBO released one final “Game of Thrones” Season 4 trailer to tease all the upcoming action..
Watch it after the jump
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There really are no boundaries when it comes to Pharrell’s creative ventures. To accompany his brand new album, Skateboard P is launching his own “Girl” fragrance in partnership with Comme des Garçons. Despite its name, the fragrance can be used by both men and women. Even more unique about the product, it marks Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo’s first collaboration with a musician on a beauty product.

“Girl” will arrive on shelves in September. Here’s what Pharrell told WWD:

As one of my favorite designers once said, Comme des Garçons is your favorite designers’ favorite designer… the top of the top, the best of the best. I am so honored to be working with Comme des Garçons and cherish the education that I’ve experienced in this collaboration.

Related: Pharrell Discusses Writing “Happy,” Alicia Keys’ New Album & More with Angie Martinez

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Even though Chicago’s murder rate dropped in 2013, there’s been much said, written and filmed about the city’s staggering gang violence and the rap music spawning from these troubled neighborhoods. Today Noisey debut the first of their eight-part documentary, Welcome to Chiraq.

Naturally, the film begins by spotlighting the rise of Chief Keef (who was unavailable at the time due to legal trouble) before focusing on Young Chop, Lil Durk and Lil Reese. Sure, there’s a prominent “outsider-looking-in” feel to this documentary, especially compared to WSHH’s recent film, but it offers an extensive look into Chicago’s cultural, social and musical landscape nevertheless.

UPDATE: Watch all 8 episodes below.

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