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The balancing rock

The aptly named balancing rock can be found in St.Mary’s Bay on Long Island in Nova Scotia. This 9 meter high basalt column appears to balance precariously at the edge of the rock below. The column is actually attached by two small sections with a small gap between that you can even look through.

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The Next Episode: Interview with Bryson Tiller

Curated by Apple Music’s Hip-Hop/R&B Editor

Hed: Bryson Tiller on Writing for Chris Brown & Kylie Jenner Being a Fan

A year ago, Bryson Tiller was one of countless up-and-coming artists looking to make a mark in an oversaturated market. Twelve months later, he’s Apple Music’s Best New Artist of 2015. The Louisville, Ky. native, 22, independently released his breakthrough hit, “Don’t,” in October 2014 and eventually managed to garner millions of plays with little to no blog support. Drake took notice early. The Toronto rapper reached out to Tiller via Twitter at the top of 2015 and offered him a deal with his OVO imprint in the spring. It wasn’t until an Instagram photo of Drizzy and Tiller partying at popular West Hollywood nightclub Hooray Henry’s surfaced in June that the hip-hop blogosphere finally began tracking the singer-rapper. 

Tiller quietly signed to RCA Records in April and released his second mixtape, TRaPSOUL, on October 2—the project was exclusively issued a week early on Apple Music. The ‘tape was well received by famous fans ranging from Tiller influence Trey Songz to socialite royalty Kylie Jenner and actress/model Karrueche Tran—both attended Tiller’s second sold-out show at The Roxy in Los Angeles in October 2015. 

Tiller—aka Pen Griffey (a clever play on legendary baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.)—appears to be the latest in a string of artists from the Internet era who shot to stardom on the heels of a single project; The Weeknd (House of Balloons), Frank Ocean (nostalgia, ULTRA), Chance The Rapper (Acid Rap), and of course, Drake (So Far Gone) come to mind. With the exception of Acid Rap, the aforementioned projects were freebies, promotional tools issued to cultivate a fan base that would eventually spend money on a commercial release. Tiller’s moving units out of the gate. TRaPSOUL’s sold over 180, 000 in pure sales in roughly three months and with “Don’t” nearing its peak on terrestrial radio—the song was in heavy rotation on Apple Music radio in February and Zane Lowe made it a World Record on Beats 1 on July 1—the mixtape is poised to keep selling well into 2016. Our hip-hop/R&B editor spoke to Tiller to discuss life after TRaPSOUL.

You recently started performing live. First, as an opener for Travis Scott and then for your TRaPSOUL series. How did you prepare for your first solo shows?

Honestly, those Travis Scott shows were like the best preparation for those shows because if I never did those Travis Scott shows, boy, I would have been so nervous out there. I was just telling my boy. Me and [Kejuan] Swan used to talk about this actually. We used to be turning up backstage, kinda like in a football huddle, “Yea, you ‘bout to do this, boy. You out here killing it.“ I used to be all nervous and I’d go out there and it’d be crazy. It’d be adrenaline just pumping.  Now I’m excited to get back out there. I hate when it takes me too long to get back on the stage.  

You announced the TRaPSOUL Tour with THEY. as openers. What can we expect from the tour?

It’s gonna be a longer set because all the shows I’ve been doing… originally we just rehearsed a 30-minute set just to open for Travis and for the TRaPSOUL experience. When we do our tour we’re gonna do the full project and then some other songs too.

Fans are really living with TRaPSOUL. It’s giving you the luxury of taking your time because people are really enjoying the mixtape as a body of work. You just released “Self Righteous” in December. What made you want to put new music out?

The main reason I wanted to put that song out is because that song was actually from TRaPSOUL. It was supposed to be on TRaPSOUL but we couldn’t get it cleared. I was listening to it in my car. I think I was gonna give it to somebody at first. I was gonna give it to another artist. I think Chris Brown wanted to use it but he ended up taking another song from me so I just said, “f*** it.” And I just put it out. I’m actually headed to Miami tomorrow morning to record some more music. 

You mentioned Chris Brown. He ended up taking “Proof” from you and putting it on his album, Royalty. Is that a song you already had recorded?

Yea. That was also a song that I was gonna put on TRaPSOUL. It’s crazy! It was like the last song I got. I was like, “TRaPSOUL is done, blah, blah, blah. We gotta turn it in Friday.” They sent me the beat and I was like, “This gotta go on TRaPSOUL. This gotta go on TRaPSOUL.” Then the more and more I listened to it I was like, “It’s too R&B for me.” Of course all my songs are mostly R&B-driven but if it just sounds like… Killer Instinct days. I don’t know if you heard that mixtape. Chris Brown likes it. He took it. I was excited about that. Somebody actually told me that before my SOB’s show. Mark Pitts came. Mark Pitts and Tunji [Balogun] came downstairs and he’s like, “Yo! I just wanna let you know that ‘Proof’ is on the album.” I was like, “What? Are You Serious?“

How did Chris Brown hear the songs?

Mark Pitts and  Tunji. Tunji hit up Mark Pitts I think. He ended up showing him the songs and then Mark Pitts showed it to Chris and Chris was f***ing with it. 

It seems like every other day Kylie Jenner is posting a video on Instagram featuring one of your songs. 

For real? That’s crazy. I’ve only seen [the video] from a long time ago. Then I’ve seen some blogs saying that she was listening to it. When I first heard [about] it… I ain’t even gonna lie it was another one of those surreal things. It’s like when my favorite artists are just reaching out or my favorite artists talk to me on Twitter.  Something crazy happens every week I swear, something just out of this world, like some great news. My manager Neil [Dominique] always hits me up. He’s like, “Yo, this happens. Yo, Wayne’s rapping on your beat.” I’m just like, “What?” It seems like something is happening every week. I’m not numb to it all the way yet but it’s still crazy.  

A photo posted by pen griffey (@brysontiller) on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:13am PST

You recently connected with The Weeknd. How did that happen?

My manager Neil, he’s really good friends with Abel’s manager. They’ve just been talking and he was like, “Yo, Abel’s really liking Bryson’s music. He’s been bumping TRaPSOUL. He was like, “Y’all should come to the show and vibe" so we went to the show in D.C. We were just vibing. I knew he was the coolest dude ever when he said, “Yo! You wanna play Call of Duty?” I was like, “Of course.” That was my first time playing Black Ops 3 so I got to experience that with him. 

Has there been talk of you guys working together? 

Man, I don’t even wanna say. Hopefully, one day.

Turkish student detained for carving name into 1,800-year-old column

A Turkish Erasmus student in Rome has been detained for carving his name into one of the 1,800-year-old columns in the historical Imperial Fora on Dec. 20.

According to a report by the daily Corriere della Sera, Turkish student Aziz Multu wrote his name with a coin on the ancient column. He was released after paying a punitive fine of 200 euros.

Accused of causing “severe damage” to the artifact located on Palatine Hill, Multu is set to pay 2,000 euros in an additional indemnity.

“I saw other carved names, and I wanted to write mine. I didn’t know it wasn’t allowed,” said Mutlu in his testimony after tourists in the area notified Italian police about the incident. Read more.

Kegon Falls

This spectacular landscape began forming about 7000 years ago during the last known activity of the nearby Nantai stratovolcano on Japan’s Honshu Island. An Andesite lava flow from that volcano dammed the nearby Daiya River, creating a natural lake behind the dam today known as Lake Chūzenji. Cooling of the lava flow in the dam created a classic pattern of columnar jointing that survives to this day. Once the lake filled enough, it began spilling over the dam, forming the spectacular Kegon Falls.

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Reading with Rowan: Chameleon Moon

Chameleon Moon
By
: RoAnna Sylver
CW (Highlight to view): Misgendering, Self harm mention, Body Horror, Gore, Death, Suicide
Length: 318pgs
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Published: 2014

Chameleon Moon, unlike most books that include trans people, doesn’t focus solely on their gender and transition. It is a well written imaginative journey in a hopeful dystopian society where most everyone is trans/queer, and are chronically ill or disabled. 

The majority of the characters living in this world have super powers and they must come together to survive in this police state. It was also really exciting to see all kinds of relationships being viewed as important, including a polyamarous family center stage, with the narrative overall focusing on love more than a single romantic or sexual tension. The author, RoAnna Sylver, is disabled, nonbinary, ace and an active social justice blogger. You can find their blog hereBe aware, the reading ahead contains spoilers and mention of the content warned for above.

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