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Let’s Talk About Lil Wayne

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I don’t know about you guys, but I thought the 2010 mixtape, I Am Not A Human Being, was totally awesome. The thing about Lil Wayne is that he’s kind of a joke and yet Tha Carter IV, from two years ago, was the biggest selling hip-hop album of the year. His notoriety’s come, gone and come back again with various guest spots, videos, stunts, tour antics and moments in the news. Naturally, you’ve heard all about his check-in at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles for seizures. Mad people speculated that it was too much sizzurp (you know, that cough syrup/codeine/juice shit), but naturally, he and his people say he’s just been working too hard. Well, mere hours after making headlines, his newest piece of work is ready for consumption; download it on DatPiff or stream it on Spotify.

Now, let’s get down to the real question – Is it any good? As the mixtape nearly comes to an end, the garbage track “Hello” is a bit of a red herring. This record isn’t full of poorly-conceived genre mashups. The guests spots are pretty austere and none of the tracks where guests show up are entirely based on their feature spot (the way it often happens). Thing is, Lil Wayne’s not reinventing the wheel or himself here. None of these tracks are exceptionally surprising or leaps forward toward elevated artistry. In fact, it kind of reduces him to a little bit of a one-trick pony. However, that one trick is just so much damn fun.

How many songs can you take that are entirely based on sex and swagger? MANY if they’re good. It’s hilarious to hear song after song about beating up a pussy with your big fat dick. And yet that’s what he does simply with variety and humor. He’s gotta know the joke’s on him, or at least, he clearly knows that he should probably stick to what he knows best; rapping about pussy, weed and “pussy-ass n*ggas.” I use those quotes because it doesn’t look okay when I write it but it’s a phrase he uses probably 25 times in this collection of tracks. Who are these “pussy-ass n*ggas” that he’s so concerned with? Or, not necessarily concerned with, but, feels the need to separate himself from.

Some of the most absurd moments come from raps on “Days and Days” (”She swallow so many nuts / You fuckin’ round find a squirrel in her throat / I go tapeworm in that ho / Let my snake squirm in that ho”), “Beat The Shit” and the stunning Trina-guested “Wowzerz” (”My tongue is a oozy / My dick is a AK / My tongue brrrrrrrr / My dick go bah! / Bitch, lay on that bed / Open that twat / I french kiss that pussy / Like mwah / Sit on my face / M U A H / Before I eat that pussy / I say my grace”).

Lil Wayne enjoys the idea of him being an alien: a huge dick-having, pussy-eating expert, dank weed-consuming and tough as nails real-ass n*gga (in direct opposition to a pussy-ass n*gga). And he just may be from a different world, but his talents in the hip-hop arena lie mainly in pushing the envelope on how ridiculous raps about heterosexual desire can be before we stop taking you seriously.

UPDATE: Pitchfork reviewed it today and gave it a 3.9.



2013 Grammy Awards: Best & Worst Dressed

Damn, was this hard. With Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj inexplicably absent from the Grammy festivities last night, we didn’t get the same sorta drama on the red carpet. For the most part, everyone looked sane, yet stylish. So stylish, in fact, that I couldn’t even rank my best dressed.

BEST

Janelle Monae

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Matador-chic? Is that a thing? Guess it is now. And I like it!

Kelly Rowland

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Apparently she and Beyonce switched roles for a night. And with this daring Georges Chakra Couture number—accessorized with her chiseled arms—Kelly made Beyonce look like a chump.

Kimbra

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I’m probably alone in my adoration for this dress, but how do you fight something so Pretty Pretty Princess meets the Ice Capades? You don’t, that’s how.

Adele

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It’s not black! Hooray!!

Katy Perry

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Even though she’d look a lot better with her hair up and boobs in, I’m obsessed with this sea-foam green Gucci gown. And the slightly tacky embellishments make it very Grammy appropriate.

Rihanna

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Wasn’t sure how she was going to top the incredibly sexy and simple goddess gown that she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards, but I definitely didn’t expect she’d do it with an equally sexy and simple dress.

WORST

Pauley Perrette

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The Grammy’s were almost as boring as this outfit.

Lisa D’Amato

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Uhhhh…ummm…like, the fuck is this?



So What’s The 10 Biggest Hits of 2012?

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Last year, before peeking at Billboard’s annual end-of-the-year Top 100 Songs list, I decided to see if I could guess the top ten songs of the year myself, based solely on a combination of a.) what I’ve heard on the radio b.) common sense c.) instinct.

And I came pretty damn close. So to ensure it wasn’t just a fluke, I decided to see if I could do it again this year. I should note that Billboard’s official list takes into account radio rotation, listener impressions, downloads and sales. They also don’t exclude songs from the previous year. This explains why I included Rihanna’s “We Found Love” (#69 last year) as well as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” (the #1 song of 2011), which remains one of the 200 most popular songs on iTunes.

Apparently I really underestimated one of the most obnoxious singles I’ve had the misfortune of hearing incessantly this year: “Glad You Came” by some band called The Wanted. I think my brain just wanted to block it out.

Still, I’m not that far off.

My Guesses

1. Goyte feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

2. Carly Rae Jepson, “Call Me Maybe”

3. fun., “We Are Young”

4. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

5. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

6. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”

7. Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”

8. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

9. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

10. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

Billboard Top 10 Singles of 2012

1. Goyte feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

2. Carly Rae Jepson, “Call Me Maybe”

3. fun., “We Are Young”

4. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

5. Ellie Goulding, “Lights”

6. The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

7. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

8. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”

9. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

10. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

The moral of this post: the video didn’t kill the radio star. Nor did the Internet. At the end of the day, the songs that radio DJs decide to play during you daily commute are still likely to be what you will later go home and download.

Long live Top 40 radio!



Add A Little S&M To Your Wardrobe

I’ve always been a big lover of nods to counter-culture in fashion. I love anything black, mesh, leather, studded, fringed, or ripped enough that I might get a look of disapproval from my grandmother. And I adore harnesses – they add a little danger to a sweet summer dress and a little edge to a solid tee shirt or oxford. While I might not wear them on their own like Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj, I love the irony they add to an otherwise innocent outfit.

Kristin Gallegos for Stylecaster

Kristen Gallegos for Stylecaster in Zana Bayne Necklace Harness,$185

Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetic in Zana Bayne

Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetic in Zana Bayne Orion Harness (N/A) and Petite Harness, $130

Lady Gaga Custom Zana Bayne Harness

Lady Gaga in a custom Zana Bayne harness

Chromat Shoulder Cage

Chromat Shoulder Cage from Olive Shoppe

Chromat Kimono Harness and Underwire Bralette

Chromat Kimono Harness, $150 and Underwire Bralette, $190



Nicki Minaj & Ricky Martin Get Glam For M.A.C

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Nicki Minaj is usually a woman of a thousand faces, shadowed by a thousand different personas. However, she puts them all aside to show off just one fierce look for MAC’s 2012 Viva Glam cosmetic line.

Posing next to long lost Ricky Martin, Nicki looks like a life-size Haraiuku Barbie rockin’ the line’s blue and green eye shadows and the plush, pink, Barbie-esque lipstick. Although it’s hard to tell if Ricky is sporting a smoky eye or any of the glowing pink blushes, he sure came back into the scene lookin’ damn good.

Viva Glam consists of a line full of lipsticks, eye shadows, and foundations that can take anyone from humdrum to over-the-top electric. And the fact that Nicki is sporting the eclectic, new line bent over a hot motorcycle with her boobs pouring out makes it that much more desirable. Some of the other glamorous ladies who have gotten their own Glam line: Lady Gaga, Eve, Fergie and Dita von Teese.

Viva Glam is also donating lipstick proceeds to the MAC Aids Fund – so, all you lipstick lovers, get glossy and help the fight against AIDS.

Nicky and Ricky will debut the hot, new line in February 2012 – just in time to look fabulously fierce for Valentine’s Day.



VMA 2011: The Most Memorable Look?

As always, last night’s MTV Video Music Awards delivered some pretty epic moments and performances.  However, with Lady Gaga sporting only the same, normal men’s attire all night, the award for “Craziest Red Carpet Look” was actually up for grabs for a change.

Not surprising, it came down to Katy Perry vs. Nicki Minaj. Somewhere between Candyland and Barbie’s Dream House, these two ladies shined in the sea of rather unusually boring, predominantly black, red carpet fashion.

But there can only be one winner.

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I actually really adore Katy’s geisha-esque dress and give her credit for changing into two other wacky outfits during the show. Yet, covered in craziness from head to toe, Nicki’s look had more going on then all three of Katy’s looks combined. Add a straightjacket and it would have been complete. Hell, she already had a mask.

In fact, I find Nicki’s elaborate ensemble so bewildering and visually stimulating that I would like to officially declare her my pick for overall best dressed.

That’s right, BEST DRESSED. If she had rocked this at any other award show, I might feel differently. But if you can’t come to the VMAs with stuffed animals hanging off you, then where can you? I’m not even sure how she managed to sit down.

As for my pick for the worst dressed individual of the evening, well, I would have to go with Dina from The Jersey Shore. It’s Rainbow Bright meets 80s coke-whore and just absolutely horrendous. Is this chick for real? I don’t know whether to barf or carve my eyes out with an ice pick and send them to Nicki Minaj to wear as earrings next year.

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All photos courtesy of vma.mtv.com

So, what do you think? Do tell.



Top 5 Best Dressed at the 2011 Grammy Awards

The Grammys are always an interesting carpet to watch because, much like the MTV award shows, anything goes.  From the elegant to the extreme, you can pretty much count on seeing fashion across all spectrums.  So without further ado, here’s our picks for who pulled it off the best last night, in no particular order:

1. Jennifer Hudson in Versace

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2. Nicole Kidman in Jean Paul Gaultier

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3. Nicki Minaj in Givenchy

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4. Selma Blair in Lanvin

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5. Ciara in Pucci

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–Kat Blazowski

All photos via FabSugar.com