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Friday, October 9, 2015

This Week: Tupac's Thug Life, Kanye West's Magic Wife, and Tom Delonge's Book of Shame

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 9:26 AM

click image TUPAC / "ME AGAINST THE WORLD"
  • Tupac / "Me Against The World"

Yes, yes, we know. You all saw Justin Bieber's surprisingly large penis this week. We did too. And we'd put money on the fact that Lenny Kravitz is thanking Jesus right now for the attention shift away from his junk. Remarkably though, no musicians have said a word about the Bieber peen (probably because they fear similar paparazzi violations themselves). The world, however, did keep on spinning and musicians did keep on talking — even one of the dead ones. 

Here are the quotes of the week:

“When a normal man questions his existence, it begins with childhood, teenager, adult. However, when most black males examine their lives, especially those of us from the ghetto upbringing, realize this is not our development stages. Ours begins with a young dustkicker, a thug nigga, and finally a boss playa. Each stage has many obstacles and pleasure, but they are all lethal if not played properly."
A section from a just-released letter Tupac wrote in prison in 1995. (Rolling Stone)

"If it was a sad song, it'd make you cry. But there were a lot of different sides to him: fed-up, angry, militant, having a good time. His spirit spoke to me because it was like you knew everything that he was going through... You just felt every aspect of his pain, every emotion."
Eminem on Tupac's musical mastery. (Paper)

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit… Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up."
Somewhat astoundingly, Rihanna is a bit of a Rachel Dolezal fan. (Vanity Fair)

“We lost two Dream Walkers tonight in the Dark End. REM's soldiers are laying waste to the city there. We think REM might be there. Poet is our only chance to surprise him."
Oh, look, everybody! Tom Delonge’s written a novel! (Rolling Stone)

Run The Jewels demonstrating why every music video on earth should feature cats:

"My wife, she’s like MTV, NBC, all that combined. She’s number one Instagram… What we have is the highest level of communication that has ever happened in human existence."
Yes, Kanye West. You and Kim Kardashian communicate better than everyone that has ever existed... What about that time you announced you were running for President and hadn't bothered to tell her first though? (ShowStudio)

"They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them. I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over."
Nicki Minaj is not enjoying the beef between boyfriend Meek Mill and friend Drake. (New York Times)

"I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody, because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do — just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night?"
Turns out, Rihanna is not having as much sex as you think she is. (Vanity Fair)

"I'm amazed more people don't commit suicide, do you know what I mean?"
Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, on the inherent dangers of TV singing competitions. (NME)

And finally, in 20 years’ time, people will look back on this (Justin Bieber soundtracked) video, as we now look back on roller discos and extreme 1990s roller blading outfits (i.e. cringing):
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