Shea Serrano, my personal King of Twitter and the leader of the FOH Army, did a Reddit AMA to promote his new book, “Basketball (And Other Things).” A Reddit user asked him if he could add additional years to his book, “The Rap Yearbook,” (it only went up to 2014) what songs he would choose from 2015-2017. His choices were:
2015: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”
2016: Desiinger’s “Panda” or Migos “Bad and Boujee”
2017: Possibly Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”
Interesting choices for most important song. I read the book, so I know its essential to have the argument to support the choices, and while I agree with 2015 and don’t have a decision on 2017 yet, I think I would pick Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” for most important song of 2016. Chance showed that an independent artist can exist and have mainstream opportunities without the backing of a label. Also, this song and artist did influence the Grammys to change the rules allowing streaming albums to qualify for nominations.
Insecure has been dropping Frank Ocean lyrics in every episode of Season 2, but this isn’t the first time that Frank Ocean has been featured on a TV show. Back in 2012, during the finale season of Gossip Girl and after the release of his debut album, Channel Orange, Frank Ocean’s music was featured on the popular show. This was the first and only time a Gossip Girl episode featured music from only one artist, and the first time Frank Ocean music was featured on television.
The songs that were featured were “Super Rich Kids,” “Lost,” “Sweet Life,” “Pyramids,” and “Thinkin ‘Bout You.”
Check out a playlist for this episode below:
What is your favorite Gossip Girl moment? What is your favorite song from Channel Orange.
As I guessed early in the season, Frank Ocean lyrics have been in each episode of Season 2 since Episode 2. Following the same structure as the Drake lyrics from last season, each lyric is subtly apart of each episode. Check out the lyrics for each episode, and click here for the Drake lyrics from last season.
As I stated in a previous post, Lawrence ask where the Frank Ocean pillow is, and Issa says she spilled something on it.
“She’s working at the Pyramid tonight.”-Pyramids
“I’ve got to tell you how much I vibe with you” -Solo
“My waves wouldn’t dip back then,” -Ivy
“Fuck me good, fuck me long, fuck me numb” -Novacane
“I’ve been thinking ’bout you,” -Thinkin Bout You
“Shut the fuck up, I don’t want your conversation” -Nights
“Lost in the heat of it all”-Lost
“Too many bottles of this wine we can’t pronounce”-Super Rich Kids
Red Bull SoundSelect is known for its monthly concerts highlighting both new and established artists, but in November it will host a 30 day concert series in Chicago.
I’m beyond excited about this. It like having an extra long music festival in the colder months.
The lineup is incredible too. Check out the lineup here, but some of my favorite include Khalid, Kehlani and Smino.
You need to be a Red Bull SoundSelect member to buy tickets, and according the Chicago Tribune tickets will be around $15 and will be a limit of 2 tickets per member.
Who are you most excited to see? While considering what shows you are buying tickets for, check out the this playlist for 30 Days In Chicago made by Red Bull.
At Sunday’s Video Music Awards, Chance wore the yellow hat of his signature ‘3,’ adding another color to the collection. It was previously featured in his Teen Vogue cover shoot, but this was the first time he wore it out in public.
Let’s take a look back at all the colorways of the hat so far.
Chance traded his Sox hat for the 3 hat around the time he announced he was releasing “Coloring Book” in early 2016. This color option is also featured on the mixtape cover. The hate is available online.
Chance premiered the khaki color around the time of the 2016 Video Music Awards, to match his khaki overalls. He has continued to wear the hat on many occasions.
Chance premiered the red hat during Beyonce’s 70s theme birthday party. This hat has been in his rotation since, including being in the “Same Drugs” video.
Chance wore the orange hat for the photo shoot for the “Thank You Obama” clothing collection. It hasn’t been apart of his hat rotation since.
May 2017-Light Blue
The light blue version premiered around the time of the “I’m The One” video. This hat has been worn frequently and is available online.
Chance wore the yellow hat for his Teen Vogue cover shoot. It made a reappearance at this year’s VMAs.
August 2017-Hunter Green
While announcing that he was giving out free State backpacks at the Bud Billiken parade, Chance wore this hunter green version for the shoot.
What is your favorite color of the hat so far?
Earlier this month, Chance The Rapper was Chance The Grand Marshal for the annual Bud Billiken Parade on the South Side. During the celebration, he wore this special edition Social Works shirt with a cartoon version of himself.
Now the shirt is available on the Social Works for $40. I love the cartoon version of Chance and think its really cute. I also like the 3 detail. The shirt also features the mission statement for Social Works on the back “To inspire creativity, to build dreams, to let you, be you.”
You can purchase the shirt here.
Chance wore a light grey Champion Heritage All Over Script shirt for his headlining Lollapalooza set. While that color way is not currently available, the olive version is currently available for pre-order here. You should snag it now, since some sizes are already sold out.
For a similar look, check out this Big C shirt.
Chance also wore his signature hat and Gucci belt.
UPDATE: Shirt now available in white here!
Chance The Rapper, Solange and Vince Staples will each have speaking engagements at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Pitchfork In Sight Out conversation series. Each artist will have a conversation where they discuss their work
Past participants include Run The Jewels and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein. You can listen to previous conversations here.
Tickets for these events will be $20. Solange’s tickets go on sell August 23 at noon and her event is on September 13, Vince Staples’ go on sell September 6 at noon and his October 13, and Chance The Rapper goes on sell October 11 at noon and his event is November 17.
I feel like each of these artists are a great choices for this talk. Each have prolific work that can definitely be dissected and talked about. I love when artist takes a step further than just existing and actually talk about the process and the meaning behind the message.
I’m definitely going to the Chance conversation but I would love to check out the other ones as well.
In the meantime, listen to each artist latest work below.
In the first episode of Insecure, Issa says that Drake “just gets us” when Daniel says that every college educated girl loves Drake. After that, every episode of Insecure that season featured a Drake lyric. You can find a comprehensive list here.
During the first episode of Season 2, Lawrence ask where the Frank Ocean pillow was, and Issa said it was missing. It was revealed that Issa spilled something on it, so it is no longer on the couch. On the second episode, Kelly says the lyric “working at the Pyramid tonight” from Frank Ocean’s “Pyramid” from the Channel Orange album. Issa also has a Frank Ocean phone case.
While there has only been two episodes so far, I’m guessing that Frank Ocean lyrics will be an Easter Egg to seek out every episode this season. It is also important to note that the commercial promoting the second season featured the Calvin Harris song “Slide” featuring Frank Ocean.
Update: Theory proven! Check out all the Frank Ocean quotes here.
Made In America released its lineup for this year’s festival, and I’m loving it. Jay Z and J. Cole are headlining, which is amazing. And while many dismiss the small print acts, artists like They. and Smino are playing and I am more than excited.
I created a playlist of one of my favorite songs of all the artists that I would love to see at this festival. Is anyone going?