In a recent Rolling Stone article, A$AP Rocky explained that “nowadays, everybody wanna be weird. We know how to manifest being weird. We know we some weird-ass looking motherf**kers, and we know we do some weird sh*t.” He continued, “But at the same time, we some geniuses.”
While we’re not entirely sure that we agree with the “genius” tag, it does seem that suddenly every artist is out to “out-weird” each other. Whether it’s what Ke$ha‘s studding, what shoes Lil Wayne‘s rocking, or what Lil B‘s prophesizing, artists are competing to be the most unique and we just can’t get enough of it. Normal is just so boring, isn’t it? The art of music is all about expressing individuality in its purest form, and artists who don’t just let their tunes do the talking are the most appealing to us. We love these artists for embracing their individuality, their unique weirdness, that sets them apart. Brace yourself for our list of the Top 10 Weirdos in Music Today (And Why We Love Them For It).
Snoop Dogg is 40-years-old, and he’s ready to try something new. At midlife, the gin-and-juice guzzling gangster rapper has been Reincarnated as the reggae legend Snoop Lion, for an upcoming all-reggae album and accompanying documentary (for which you can check out the trailer below), but also for the sake of his enlightened self. Yesterday, in a Rasta knit cap and a Kobe Bryant jersey, Uncle Snoop sat down with the New York Times at a trendy Caribbean restaurant in New York to talk about what exactly it all means. Good vibes all around.
Yesterday, Pitbull packed up his parkas and Sheetz and shipped-out to the far-flung Kodiak, Alaska — as per the Internet’s wont — where he made good on his promise to visit the Walmart with the most “Likes” on Facebook. While in town, the warm-blooded but good-natured rapper mingled with the town’s 6,100 localsat Walmart, performed at their (très scenic!) Coast Guard base, and dodged bears. And all the while, he and David Thorpe, the jokester responsible for the #exile turned traveling partner, tweeted so as to assure that they were surviving and to prove that they were even having fun, to boot! At day’s end, Mr. World Order thanked his hosts, saying that he was “honored, truly,” and promising to work a Kodiak shout-out into a future song. Then he packed up his gifted bear-survival kit (repellant, bells) and bounced for a warmer climate. Dale!
Click through for an unlikely photo of Mr. World Order and one very tall Kodiak local…
The show will live on September 6th at 8 p.m. EST from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and it will feature performances from Alicia Keys and One Direction, assuring that viewers will be the real winners that night.
Madonna wants to set the record straight about being booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. After her 45 minute set, angry fans who paid nearly $100 to see her perform, booed, threw water bottles on the stage and chanted salope, the French word for slut, because Madge wouldn’t return for an encore. If that wasn’t bad enough it was all livestreamed on YouTube for the world to see. The Queen of Pop’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, released a statement defending Madonna . It’s safe to say Rosenberg thinks the booing was unwarranted. Read more…
Maybe it’s too soon to call, but our money is on Carly Rae Jepsen winning the 2012 London Olympics MVP, as “Call Me” fever has been spiriting medal winners Canadian and otherwise. Last week, the so-far winning U.S. Olympic swim team won our affection with a spirited, lip-synch to the song that just won’t quit. And now, the team’s breakout star has earned himself a “Call Me” cover as good as his gold.
Ryan Lochte upset Michael Phelps in the 400m IM on Saturday, and emerged from the pool one of the most fawned over U.S. Olympians this round. He atop the podium, the internet went ahead and declared him “King of the Pool” with this hilarious “Call Me Lochte” paradoy. “It’s hard to swim right by Phelps, baby/ But this is my year, so call me Lochte,” the rework riffs, swapping the original’s indecisive “maybe” for the more confident kiss-off of a winner. Is it too late to change the national anthem? Because this seems to be working. Read more…
J. Cole doesn’t care about Twitter. We’re guessing having graduated from the School of Jay-Z (yes, we made that up), he understands the art of mystery. After a three month Twitter hiatus Cole reappeared Thursday night with new music. Behind the scenes he’s been touring with Big K.R.I.T and making new music. The North Carolina native dropped his latest track “The Cure,” which samples Jay-Z and Kanye‘s “Lift Off” from the Watch the Throne album. Over Beyonce‘s vocals from “Lift Off,” Cole addresses haters, Twitter, beef and what he considers weak songs rappers drop every week. If you’re expecting him to name anyone specific–don’t. That’s not his style. He raps, “Cole World/the new Nat King/If I ain’t the illest n—- I’m his new vaccine/Really more like poison when it’s New Jack Swing/And my bed is like a deck of cards/Two black queens.” And that’s just the opening bar. There’s no other way to say it: J. Cole kills it! Whatever the ailment, J.Cole has “The Cure.”
We’re excited to announce that the eleventh season of That Metal Show will be starting up August 11 on VH1 Classic. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are all returning to host and, of course, talk all things hard rock and heavy metal. (You shouldn’t miss a minute of it!) We are so excited about returning to your TV that we wanted to share our new promo with you guys. Mark your calendars: August 11 at 11 pm ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Don’t be late.
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!) Read more…