Though Drake already graduated from high school in Degrassi: The Next Generation as the wheelchair–bound Jimmy Brooks, he has finally graduated in real life as Aubrey Graham, international multi–millionaire rapper. After working with teacher Kim Janzen for more than five months, Drake announced on Twitter last night that he had graduated from high school with a whopping 97% on his final exam. The Canadian rapper dropped out of Toronto’s Forest Hill Collegiate Institute to act in the Canadian television re–boot of the Degrassi series, in which he played the character of Brooks up through his fictional high school graduation in the show’s seventh season. Now that the rapper can finally boast a real high school degree with his very own name on it, Drake has a serious reason to celebrate; and if it’s anything like his re–Bar Mitzvah in the “HYFR” video, Drake’s graduation party is probably going to be way better than any of the awkward backyard cookouts that we had to endure. Congratulations, Drizzy!
Drake fans should check out Jitta On The Track, who opened up for Drake on his Club Paradise tour!
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Justin Bieber has been having a pretty rough go of it in recent weeks. Remember when we all saw him throw up on stage? Good times.
As if indigestion wasn’t enough, the Biebs was apparently robbed of a laptop and camera after a show in Tacoma, WA! The robbery report gained even more traction after Bieber tweeted about the “personal footage” stored on the laptop and camera.
Later that day, someone using the Twitter handle @gexwy began tweeting at Bieber with links to private videos of Justin supposedly taken from the stolen tech. A weird back and forth between Bieber and gexwy ensued with threats of posting the footage flying along with rumored nude pics of the young Canadian star.
Were these videos really that damaging? Was the world about to see Bieber in the buff? Nah. It was just a PR stunt to promote his new single with Nicki Minaj, “Beauty and a Beat.” Gotta build that buzz, ya’ll.
As if A-Pop wasn’t bad enough already. Just when one might have thought that American pop, with all its auto-tuned voices and fake plastic beats, couldn’t possibly make the eyes and ears bleed more, it’s about to get worse. Nicki Minaj is set to bombard us with more of her overexposure via a series of reality specials on E!, her new gig as a 12th-season American Idol judge, and, of course, more music, while Britney Spears, of all vocally challenged singers, is already sitting in judgment of wannabe A-Pop idols on The X Factor.
And last but not least scary, Ke$ha’s back, and going by the early success of “Die Young,” the first single from her upcoming sophomore album Warrior (out November 30), she’s here to stay—at least for the time being. Continue reading ‘PSY’s K-Pop Invasion: The Continued Decline of Western Pop Courtesy of the East’
Sure, there are hundreds of bands in New York, but how many of them do full-group live busking performances on subway platforms? Since their string of live street performances in New York, Freelance Whales have climbed their way to the top of the indie rock heap. Songs from their acclaimed first album Weathervanes have appeared in ads for Chevy and Twitter as well as on shows like One Tree Hill and Skins. As the band geared up to drop their follow-up record, Diluvia, which hits stores today, we chatted with Chuck Criss about recording in a rural space, the band’s pre-order pocket planetarium, and the end of the world.
OS: You guys supposedly rented a house in upstate New York to write material for Diluvia. What was it like to work in that environment?
CC: It was amazing. The city has so many distractions, both good and bad. It was nice to go somewhere isolated with no Internet or cell service. We would just buy groceries for the week, wake up in the morning and write music. The only breaks we would take were to cook food. I think it really helped us focus. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Freelance Whales Talk Floods, Cities, And Outer Space’
Kanye West: Perhaps one of the world’s most fascinating and entertaining celebrities, and not just for his music. Infamous for his outrageous behavior, inappropriate comments, and that whole Taylor Swift thing, ‘Ye is once again confusing the world with a mass deletion on his Twitter page. But, never one to follow the crowd (or make any kind of sense), West didn’t just deactivate his account. He – or more likely, a bunch of unpaid interns – went through his full timeline and deleted every tweet since he opened his account in July 2010. Upon his triumphant return to the Twitterverse, Yeezy posted three tweets pertaining to the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, and that was that.
Luckily, nothing ever truly gets erased on the Internet, and we can still reminisce on the good old days when Kanye had a Twitter timeline full of pearls of wisdom. Check out some of the best Kanye tweets below, courtesy of The Daily Beast:
We’ll keep that last one in mind.
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The primal bellow of the The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is unmistakable. For over 20 years, the band has blazed a path uniquely and entirely their own, pioneering an inimitable, cacophonous, and burly blend of punk and blues. Though the band decided to take a break after 2004′s Damage, it wasn’t long before lead singer/guitarist Jon Spencer, drummer Russell Simins, and guitarist Judah Bauer were back together writing and recording again. The result of the last few years is Meat and Bone, a classic return to form for the New York three–piece. We recently caught up with Spencer to talk about the changing face of rock ‘n’ roll promotion, social media, and why the passage of time plays a big thematic role on the new record.
OS: After your recent hiatus, what spurred you, Judah, and Russell to start writing together again?
JS: Playing concerts again. That’s what did it. In 2007, the label In The Red put out a compilation of a bunch of singles that we had done for them over the years. So, after that there was something of a renewed interest in The Blues Explosion, and in summer 2008 me and Judah and Russell figured, “Well why not take a few shows?” We went over to Europe and played a few festivals and enjoyed doing it, so we kept playing and took more concerts. About a year and a half ago we began writing songs and thinking about making an album. That followed along naturally, quite organically, out of the return to playing live and touring.
When Justin Timberlake took ownership stake in MySpace following the site’s acquisition by Specific Media, we weren’t sure whether the pop star had a brilliant idea up his sleeve, or whether he just wanted a million dollar personal server to store all of his selfie mirror shots. Thankfully, JT has spared the world from any more swoopy-haired profile pictures, choosing instead to steer the former social media giant towards a beautiful new design emblazoned all over with, yes, himself. A new promotional video posted yesterday shows the redesigned MySpace in action; huge, high-definition profile pictures move effortlessly across the screen, streaming videos play smoothly in the background, and Timberlake’s frozen, smiling mug appears at almost every turn like a creepy uncle who won’t leave you alone at Thanksgiving.
Atlanta based rapper Roscoe Dash wasn’t too pleased with Kanye West’s Cruel Summer preview video that came out yesterday. (For the record, we loved it.) Was it the art direction? Maybe the choice of backing tracks? Nope, Dash felt that he didn’t get the credit that he deserved.
But Dash wasn’t done. That tweet was the first in a series of industry and artist condemnations. These weren’t subtweets or vague allegations either.
Lupe Fiasco has been taking on all comers ahead of the release of Lupe Fiasco’s Food And Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1. First there were the cagey and contentious interactions with various members of the music media. Now the Chicago-born rapper is taking to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
Fiasco went on a tweet tear (a twear?) last night, spurred by a tweet directed at him by fellow Chicago rapper and young up-and-comer Chief Keef. Keef (who caught a lot of microblogging heat when some messages from his Twitter account went out making light of rapper Lil Jojo’s murder) lashed out at Fiasco, saying, “And wen I see him I’ma smack him like da lil bitch he is #300″. However, rather then take the bait, Fiasco chose to pontificate.