When Snoop Dogg challenged Rhythm + Flow contestant (and eventual champion) D Smoke during the show’s first episode, the moment elicited chuckles from many of the live audience members, but may have confused viewers at home. At the conclusion of the three main judges’ comments about Smoke’s performance, Snoop coolly asked, “Where you from, homie?” When Smoke responded simply, “Inglewood,” Snoop repeated the question, weighting the words. Smoke’s response, though, remained unchanged and after a terse moment, Snoop broke out in a sly grin, prompting cheers from the crowd.
But, as D Smoke tells Talib Kweli on this week’s episode of People’s Party With Talib Kweli, he believes that there was more behind the moment than even those-in-know realized, breaking it down on multiple levels “for the cameras.” As Kweli jokes, it’s a very “LA” moment that shows how the city’s natives communicate in a way almost no one else does.
“I think before I said I was from Inglewood, I think he already wanted to ask,” Smoke explains. “And I think that speaks to the energy and the authenticity behind what I presented in my art, in my performance. Snoop didn’t ask anybody else that, which means he was moved in a different way. In his world, he’s familiar with that energy coming from that place.” He expands by saying that he’s such a combination of influences, that it’s easy to mistake him for being one thing or another, rather than all of them.
He does, however, have one further theory for why Snoop may have singled him out. “I think it was a line — I didn’t mean to look at Snoop — I think I looked at him when I was like, ‘If you don’t like it, then fight me / You gon’ meet the heel of my Nikes.’” Of course, Snoop showed love and the moment eventually became part of D-Smoke’s greatest hits on his way to winning the competition. Since then, D Smoke has released two projects, Inglewood High and Black Habits. Check out the full People’s Party interview above and D-Smoke’s greatest moments from Rhythm + Flow below.
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Angel Olsen released her stunning record All Mirrors as a culmination of a full decade in the music industry. While the record boasts an expansive production that diverts from Olsen’s former catalog, the singer still occasionally busts out her acoustic guitar to perform soulful covers on social media. Olsen recently put her own spin on the 1929 track “More Than You Know.” Now, Olsen has shared a soaring cover of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” from their 1982 debut record.
Roxy Music’s original version possesses brights synths and driving percussion. But Angel Olsen’s version only needs her impressive vocal range and an acoustic guitar. Sitting down in her living room, Olsen gently plucks the strings of her guitar while her voice smoothly climbs each octave. “It was fun for a while / There was no way of knowing / Like a dream in the night / Who can say where we’re going,” she belts.
Ahead of her cover, the singer discussed her plans to release an alternate version of All Mirrors. Expected to arrive this fall, Olsen plans to record each of her All Mirrors songs as an acoustic solo version. “[I] needed to separate these two records and release All Mirrors in its heaviest form,” she said. “It was impossible for me to deny how powerful and surprising the songs had become. The truth is that I may have never allowed this much sonic change in the first place had I not already made an account of the same songs in their purest form.”
Watch Olsen’s cover of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” above.
All Mirrors is out now via Jagjaguwar. Get it here.
Nintendo apparently has big plans for the 35th anniversary of its most beloved character. According to reports, the Japanese video game company is planning a big celebration for Mario that will see some retro classics hit its latest console as well as some new games and even an animated movie.
Multiple sources have told VGC that the platform holder is planning to hold an event to coincide with this year’s anniversary, which marks 35 years since the start of the mainline Super Mario series in 1985.
As part of its anniversary celebrations, Nintendo will reveal plans to re-release most of Super Mario’s 35-year back catalogue this year, remastered for Nintendo Switch, VGC was told.
According to the report, the plans include Super Mario 64 from 1997, 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, which came out on the Wii console in 2007. There’s also word of a new version of Paper Mario and Super Mario World 3D. We know of at least one new Mario game coming soon which is set in the Lego universe and features building toys based on the series. That was revealed with a video earlier in the month.
The big news was apparently supposed to arrive at E3 in June, but with coronavirus canceling the expo Nintendo had to make other plans. The VGC report indicated that new anniversary plans could be made official when Nintendo speaks about its forthcoming partnership with Universal, which is supposed to include Super Nintendo World theme parks and, intriguingly, a new Super Mario animated movie.
The personalities in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness have become the most unlikely of celebrities, as millions of Netflix users have turned the seven-episode documentary series into the “most popular current TV show.” And as their profiles grow, people are beginning to realize that Carole Baskin, Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage (Joe Exotic), and Mahamayavi Bhagavan Kevin Antle (Doc Antle) have been in our lives much longer than anyone realized. Does anyone in this photo look familiar to you?
That’s not Danzig feeding a tiger behind Britney Spears — it’s Doc Antle, who runs the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was on stage with the pop star during her memorable performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, the same ceremony that had Mark Wahlberg and DMX introducing Staind and “Lady Marmalade” winning Video of the Year over “Weapon of Choice,” which is nuts. But I digress. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look.
All these years, we’ve been focusing on the snake when a freaking tiger was right there. “There was also a tiger — an adult tiger — in that performance, and that was the big deal, even though it wasn’t featured as much in the show,” snake trainer Mike Hano told MTV in 2016. “Britney didn’t have to handle that thing like she did the snake, but in some ways, that was really a bigger deal for me.” In that same article, Antle revealed that the “rare golden tabby tiger” on stage with Britney has sadly since passed away.
You know who was also there? Carole. The Tiger King cast is like Forrest Gump.
The 1975 have been teasing the release of their record Notes On A Conditional Form for some time. The group’s fourth studio effort was originally slated for a February release, but the band’s vocalist Matty Healy has consistently announced delays. Healy formerly confirmed the album would see a debut at the end of April, but the band has once again pushed back its release. Now, Notes On A Conditional Form now finally has a firm release date and a full tracklist.
Healy said the record would debut in April, but in the months that followed, The 1975 decided to take a little more time. The band announced on social media that Notes On A Conditional Form will be released on May 22.
In an Instagram live session in January, Healy discussed the album and pinpointed a new release date. “We have been finishing our album, so we’ve been very busy,” Healy said. “It takes like three months or something to physically make a record on vinyl so it comes out on the 24th of April, I think. Sorry if that’s annoying or whatever.”
Check out the Notes On A Conditional Form album art and tracklist below.
1. “The 1975”
3. “The End (Music For Cars)”
4. “Frail State Of Mind”
6. “The Birthday Party”
7. “Yeah I Know”
8. “Then Because She Goes”
9. “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America”
11. “Me & You Together Song”
12. “I Think There’s Something You Should Know”
13. “Nothing Revealed / Everything Denied”
14. “Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy)”
15. “Shiny Collarbone”
16. “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
17. “Playing On My Mind”
18. “Having No Head”
19. “What Should I Say”
20. “Bagsy Not In Net”
21. “Don’t Worry”
Notes On A Conditional Form is out 5/22 via Dirty Hit. Pre-order it here.
Hey everyone! Another week into the Coronavirus quarantine and your boys Matt and Vince have nothing but time to Zoom chat about TheSopranos with all of their friends. Lucky you! This week our guest is comedian Brandie Posey of the podcast Lady 2 Lady. This is the first time she has ever watched an episode of the Sopranos to completion and boy did Matt and Vince pick a perfect one. From season 2, episode 7, it’s “D-Girl,” guest starring Alicia Witt as Amy Safir, which originally premiered February 27th, 2000.
This episode isn’t just one of the funniest episodes of The Sopranos so far, it’s incredibly relevant to both Brandie and Matt’s life, mired in the drab realities of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Whom amongst us hasn’t had the fate of our careers decided by a 20-something executive with no creative bone in their body and who name drops constantly? Very relatable.
With Anthony Jr.’s confirmation approaching, Tony and Carmela find their son’s growing apathy a cause for concern. Meanwhile, Christopher’s interest in show biz is reignited when he meets a well-known filmmaker through his cousin’s girlfriend.
BADA B STORIES
-Chris meets Amy Safir, his cousin Gregory’s fiancee
-AJ’s existential buffoonery
-Chris meets Jon Favraeu and llearns what it means to be used by Hollywood
-Big Pussy is forced to wear a wire to AJ’s confirmation
Hope this makes your quarantine a little bit more tolerable. Enjoy! Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and subscribe to bonus content at Patreon.
Apple TV+ may only have a handful of original series right now, but the rookie streaming platform knows it’s quality, not quantity, that really matters. That’s why Apple’s invested in some big-name stars headlining some award-worthy dramas, sci-fi series, and feel-good anthologies. From names like Witherspoon, Aniston, Carell, and Momoa to boundary-pushing storytelling centering on sci-fi dystopias, a #MeToo workplace fallout, and a modern re-telling of a historical icon, there’s something for everyone on Apple TV+ if you know where to look. And we’re here to help with that last part.
Here are the best shows streaming on Apple TV+ right now, ranked.
Perhaps the most-talked-about show on Apple’s original slate is this comedy series starring Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston that’s already racked in a ton of awards. Aniston plays Alex Levy, a veteran co-anchor of a popular morning show whose partner of 15-years, Mitch Kessler (Carell) is fired amidst sexual harassment accusations. Witherspoon’s younger, plucky field reporter is quickly picked to take Mitch’s place and Alex is forced to defend her job and find her new place ion the show.
Jason Momoa has built a resume playing the strong, rugged, silent types, and he’s channeling that Khal Drogo energy for this dystopian series that imagines what the world would look like if people couldn’t, well, see. Momoa plays a blind tribal leader who raises two able-sighted children. They’re hunted by a fanatical queen who sends an army to rid the world of sightseers, leading Momoa’s Baba Voss to venture beyond his borders and find a new promised land.
M. Night Shyamalan is the brains behind this psychological thriller, so… yeah, it’s total nightmare fuel. The show follows a young family who experiences an unimaginable loss. Lauren Ambrose plays Dorothy Turner, a TV news reporter whose newborn dies suddenly, leaving herself and her husband Sean (Toby Kebbell) devastated. To help cope with their grief, they adopt a creepily realistic reborn doll named Jericho and hire a mysterious young girl named Leanne to be his “nanny.” Hey, we warned you it was weird.
It’s Always Sunny star Rob McElhenney headlines this comedy series that’s basically The Office, but if Dunder Mifflin were a video game creator, not a paper company. McElhenney plays Ian, the creative director of the biggest MMORPG Mythic Quest, which is prepping to launch a new expansion pack, but some technical glitches and creative differences threaten to ruin the game’s debut.
Hailee Steinfeld plays the infamous authoress in this historical comedy series that reimagines Emily Dickinson as a rule-breaking feminist icon. She has lesbian love affairs and imagined meetings with Wiz Khalifa and hosts opium parties. It’s wild and bizarre and addicting to watch, especially because Steinfeld is just so damn good in it.
This drama starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul capitalizes on the universal obsession with true crime podcasts, tapping Spencer to play a dogged reporter named Poppy Parnell who, years earlier, helped paint Paul’s Warren Cave as a cold-blooded murderer. When Poppy uncovers new information about the case, she reconnects with Cave, who claims he was framed for the crime, forcing Poppy to reevaluate what she believed to be true, and how she used her platform to seek “justice.”
Ronald D. Moore knows how to craft a good sci-fi series — he’s been helming Starz’s breakout Outlander for years — but his latest Apple TV+ project takes the genre to new heights. As in, space. Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman leads this drama that reimagines the space race, playing a rebellious flight commander who leads the charge as America tries to stay one step ahead of the Soviets on the new frontier.
This docuseries taps some prominent queer creatives to narrate the long, hard-fought journey for inclusivity onscreen. Everyone from Margaret Cho to Lena Waithe and Neil Patrick Harris pops up to narrate and comment on TV’s LGBTQ revolution, chronicling Hollywood’s darker beginnings and the recent progress some shows and studios have been able to make.
Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily Gordon proved they’re pretty good at blending their personal and professional lives when they brought us The Big Sick, and they’re working together again for this anthology series that brings us the heartfelt, inspiring stories of immigrant and minority characters that better reflect our society. It’s the best kind of inclusive storytelling, and it perfectly pairs meaningful drama with much-needed laughs.
This sci-fi horror series produced by Steven Spielberg looks to be Apple’s answer to Netflix’s Stranger Things. The show, like Spielberg’s ’80s original, features a different story and cast of characters in each episode, and it’s got a more family-friendly-tone than its streaming counterpart.
It’s been a little over two months since Edge made a truly shocking unannounced return at the 2020 Royal Rumble, shocking the tens of thousands of fans in attendance and the millions watching at home. Since then, he’s been booked into a blood feud against Randy Orton that will culminate this weekend at WrestleMania 36. A return this surprising and a feud this hot deserves to peak at the Show Of Shows in front of 70,000 people, but unfortunately, that won’t happen: Due to COVID-19, WrestleMania was moved into the empty WWE Performance Center.
Edge recently spoke with ESPN to discuss his comeback, and when the topic of a crowd-free WrestleMania came up, he didn’t beat around the bush:
“For so long, I never thought this would happen again, right? What that taught me is to appreciate it all. And no matter what it is, you pull the positives. That’s all you can do. The positives are always there. … And it’s a strange time, but it’s also a time where we can hopefully help people for a few hours enjoy themselves. And for me, as a performer, that’s an honor and a privilege, and that’s not lost on me after not being able to do this particular form of entertainment for nine years.
“Is it disappointing that it’s not in front of an audience? Of course it is. I’m not going to lie. But at the same time, I look at the challenge, and I go, ‘OK, how do you tell a compelling story?’ And in my mind, I picture everyone at home and how they’re going to react and how they’re going to come out of their chairs and how they’re going to get angry and just get lost in it. And if we can do that, then that’s all we set out to do.”
All WrestleMania matches have been pre-taped already, with numerous matches on the card being shot on location in a more cinematic style. Will Edge/Orton be one of them? And more importantly, will it main event either night of WrestleMania? If you ask Drew McIntyre, it should.
The coronavirus has caused changes in lifestyles around the world in a way that few historical events in recent memory have. Almost everybody’s schedules have radically changed from what they were a month or two ago, so some folks are using their time in differently productive ways. Such is true of Migos, as the group is apparently not doing much beyond working on their upcoming album, Culture III.
In a new interview with Billboard, Quavo said that he and his fellow Migos members are keeping their lifestyles simple for the time being, as pretty much all they do is go to the studio to work on Culture III and then head back to their homes. He says ultimately, though, Migos’ operations have been hampered, saying, “Of course, the business has slowed down because we perform in front of masses of people. Dropping music and all that, it’s at a standstill right now with us because we need to go out there and touch the people to push our albums to make our music work.”
He also spoke of working with Justin Bieber on “Intentions” and their friendship, saying, “We come from two different backgrounds, but when we get in the studio, we got a lot of similarities. We’ve been friends for probably like five years now. […] We got some more records in the vault. We both respect each other and that’s my guy.”
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