Everything I strive to be.
How I’m spending my weekend.
Real nice, Aziz.
By appearing in the “Otis” video, Zizzy has cemented his position as my role model.
Bracelets by Burkman Bros worn by Kanye at Coachella.
M.I.A, Kanye West, Aziz Ansari & Zoe Kravitz.
I can’t describe how badly I wish I was a part of this picture.
So many people I love in the same room.
Kanye was amazing. Totally worth putting up with horrible hotel wifi.
Also, I know I’m not the only person who was anxiously waiting for Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj to step out during “Monster.”
“Monster" was one of the most celebrated hip hop songs to come out in 2010, combining the talents of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Bon Iver. In addition to this impressive collaboration between these heavyweights of the industry, I found the song really infectious and catchy. I was initially shocked by the intensely violent and misogynistic lyrics in Kanye and Jay-Z’s verses, which are fairly shocking, even within mainstream hip-hop. At one point, Jay-Z raps:
Murder murder in black convertibles
I kill a block I murder avenues
Rape and pillage a village, women and children
Everybody wanna know what my achilles heel is
However, while the song is disturbing, I don’t believe the song is about celebrating and condoning violence as much as it is a parody of the way that hip hop is understood and criticized. The artists present their violence and misogyny in such a hyperbolic fashion that it is hard to take it at face value. Still, the song and its recently leaked music video remain problematic.