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EDITORIAL: WHY MEN LIKE WIZ ARE "WINNING" WITH THE LADIES

A lot of people have been getting on Wiz Khalifa for being so open about his relationship with Amber Rose but what is the real issue here? Oh wow, he’s actually claiming his girlfriend in front of the whole world; what a damn tragedy. Men are saying that he’s sprung or just plain doing too much but personally, I think it’s great.

Of course, I’m a girl and we like that kind of shit but everybody should be commending him for doing all this. In a society where men downplay the importance of a woman’s role in their lives, it’s refreshing to see a guy be genuinely excited to be with his significant other. Men could learn a thing or two from this guy.

As for the “Amber is Kanye’s leftovers; he shouldn’t be flaunting her around like that” speech…please spare the fuck outta me with that! Everybody is someone’s ex; the shit is inevitable. Wiz just so happened to fall for one of the greatest producers of all time’s ex. Stranger shit has happened. I kinda think that people fail to remember how sprung ‘Ye was off Amber throughout their courtship. Hell, maybe she has a magic pum-pum that is getting rave reviews. She was in a relationship that was highly publicized and the same is happening now; Only now, Amber seems more like herself. I think that Kanye’s aim was to upgrade her in the process of getting the love and affection he was looking for while Wiz’s aim is to let her be herself and love her accordingly.

All in all, Wiz is having his Tom Cruise jumping on the couch moment right now and we should stop ragging him for basking in the afterglow of love. Hell, at least somebody out there is happy and in love. I hear the couple is engaged and if this is true, I wish them the best.

To all the men out there who are giving Wiz such a hard time about being open about his affinity for Miss Rose, you could learn a thing or two from him. While you’re hassling him on his shit, he’s seemingly satisfied about his situation but YOUR girl is side-eyeing the shit out of your ass because you haven’t paid her the proper amount of attention and in about two seconds, you’ll be alone and wondering why. I mean, what if women went around not claiming their man? I can hear it now:

Woman #1: Hey girl, I heard you was datin’ Darryl now.

Woman #2: Girl, what now? I don’t even know that boy. I sure do wish people would stop lyin’ on me and mine!

Now, if this went down and the boyfriend in question caught wind of this, we all know that ALL hell would break loose but this would lowkey be accepted to the public. Stop the bullshit and let Wiz live.

Bow Chicka Remix | www.karencivil.com
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  • Mike Posner ft Lil Wayne
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[LISTEN: “BOW CHICKA WOW WOW (REMIX)” - MIKE POSNER FEAT. LIL’ WAYNE]

Off of his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, here is Mike Posner’s third single blessed with a verse from Young Money’s CEO Lil’ Wayne, “Bow Chica Wow Wow”. Word is that the video was filmed last week, so expect us to have that for you once it drops.

Gracias to Miss Karen Civil for the track. Check it out!

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[PEEP: “UP TO YOU” (SNIPPET) - CHRIS BROWN]

Mechanical Dummy just posted a video of a snippet of “Up To You”, a single off Chris Brown’s upcoming album F.A.M.E., available March 22nd. Sounds like something epic is brewing. Stay tuned folks!

QUICK NEWS: BIG SEAN x TI$A GOLD EDITION COMING SOON!

Big Sean has been synonymous with fashion line TI$A since the beginning of his career, so it was only right that the Detroit rapper partake in the design of a new product. In his latest “Weekend Recap” video posted on YouTube today, Big Sean showed off a prototype for his line of snapbacks. They will only feature Detroit teams and should be available for purchase by the beginning of summer.

I’m looking forward to seeing what that Red Wings is hittin’ for! Stay tuned as I’ll have details available to you as they surface.

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EDITORIAL: MADEA'S COOL AND ALL BUT...WHERE'S THE ALTERNATIVE?

This really is like beating a dead horse but once I heard that “A Madea Christmas” was set for production, I had to really sit and think things over. Tyler Perry made it; yes, we all know of him being homeless and whatnot before gaining fame on the gospel play circuit off Madea, the pistol whipping, no-nonsense grandmother who references the Bible but refuses to associate herself with the church because ALL of her family members do that enough for her.

I understand that as black people, we should embrace filmmakers who look like us because it’s hard enough for us to get movies made, television shows produced, and actos/actresses important roles. I get that, I do, but I feel like integrity is being sacrificed for the sake of seeing ourselves on the big screen.

The best thing about this Tyler Perry success story is that he’s got his own studio, meaning he can put other artists of color on. The way I see it, the black community needs more of “our own” (I really hate using that) behind the scenes: in studios where film are greenlighted and we need more writers and directors.

A broader range of vision should be employed in black filmmaking. I feel like I know of more Madea projects than I can keep track of yet I hardly know of anything else black directors/writers are doing. I KNOW there are so many people of color out there making films and such because I’ve come across a few, thanks to the wonderful world of social networking, and their projects seem profound.

People like Tyler Perry have the power to put such radical projects that could blow our community away yet at the same time put out fun movies that balances out the seriousness. I think my generation and those younger than me are either accepting what Hollywood is feeding us because they don’t know any better or are fighting hard to bring back the days when people looked forward to films produced, written, and directed by our community because we have such a variety of stories to tell.

New stories aren’t being told because studios are settling for reruns for the sake of knowing it’ll be accepted. And of course the black people who speak out about this and say “hey I don’t like those Madea movies because I don’t think that is an accurate depiction of what I feel my people are about” get looked at funny and are accused of “taking themselves too seriously”. 

They’re right, though. My grandmother was ratchet but she was nothing like Madea. I don’t know of any family members that act like her. If anything, the supporting characters in the movies are more accurate than she is but Madea’s what gets people in the door. I guess that’s the marketing strategy and that’ll be what people use as an excuse, but I feel like there is some subject matter that is being left out when it comes to filmmaking.

Where are the movies about young black women in college trying to make a name for ourselves? Where’s our “The Devil Wears Prada”? I want a “What Happens in Vegas”, negro-style. I know we should strive to be different but we don’t have a different stock of problems because of our color.

We have additional trials because of our ethnicity but as a human race, we all face the same trials and tribulations. Our movies don’t always have to be loud and ratchet. Madea’s first movie and every movie since has sold us the same cup of Kool-Aid every time. It’s time for a fresh batch, people.

EDITORIAL: EVERYONE CAN'T RIDE THE HOV LANE - A NEW ARTIST'S STRUGGLE FOR SENSE OF SELF

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I have a co-worker that is a true hip hop head and is strongly against anything WIZ KHALIFA, BIG SEAN, KID CUDI, and pretty much anyone signed to G.O.O.D. Music with the exception of MOS DEF and PUSHA T (COMMON was just signed to Warner Bros. Records); he’s into deep rap and listens to a lot of underground stuff, which is cool. I’m all for that because I like to hear something different more often than not.

I ask him what he has against the artists I listed off above and he says they have no lyrical skill or content whatsoever. He has a right to his opinion, so I respect it. I strongly disagree with it and we debate every day but I respect his opinion. Yesterday, we were getting ready to leave work when the intro to JAY-Z’s Blueprint 3 album began to play from our iPod dock. He says:

So you mean to tell me that all these new cats are messin’ with this guy right here?

I immediately yelled out NO! “When did I ever say that they were better than Jay-Z?” I asked him and he couldn’t give me an answer. I continued to say, “Nobody will ever be able to touch Jay-Z’s legacy because it’s his. If there were a bunch of Jay-Zs running around the industry, shit would be lackluster as shit.” People think that every rapper needs to be Jay-Z: have punchlines for days, good content, stellar beats, etc.,etc. That’s not the case.

Every rapper/singer/whatever needs to be the best at what THEY do. Cudi isn’t a punchline rapper, everybody knows that and he doesn’t claim himself to be one, so that’s not his lane. His lane is storytelling rapping; he tells his story the best way he knows how, which is with synthesizers and outrageous beats that nobody would ever think of. He sings his hooks with no shame and is uncensored with what he’s gone through.

THAT’S what makes him a dope rapper.

Big Sean is all about being a blue-collar rapper: he came by his deal somewhat easily but the real work came in proving himself to both Kanye and the executives at Def Jam by doing shows, releasing mixtapes, and grabbing every interview he could to promote himself. People caught on and saw this young man’s hustle and respected it; in turn, his rhymes got better to the point where other MCs openly bit his style (only DRAKE admitted he borrowed the flow on Sean’s ‘net track “Super Duper Lemonade” and gave him his props). His album is set to drop on Tuesday because of his hard work and unwavering love for the life he’s always wanted. He’s humble and that’s part of his appeal, but it isn’t an act. He has extreme potential to be a commercial success in hip-hop because he’s so marketable: he’s young, attractive and has a great sense of style.

Versatility is what makes him a dope rapper.

I could go on and on but my point is, not everyone can be identical to the biggest in their genre. I think the newer artists are doing their best to stay in their lane and do their own thing. Imitating your hero is cute but it’ll only get you dogged in the end for being a biter.

Jay-Z’s empire is one that a person could only dream of building for themselves but continuously comparing an artist to a legend’s standard is like beating a dead horse. We know he isn’t like him but who’s to say that he’ll never be on his level? Give these artists time to make this a possibility. Some artists don’t even want to get that big; they’re in it for the love of the art and do it to make themselves happy.

What’s so wrong with that?

It’s funny because this debate literally only happens in hip-hop and R&B; rock artists don’t go through this nearly as much nor do country artists. Pop may experience this a little more but the difference is the industry makes wiggle room, so everybody can eat. Hip-hop and R&B always pits artists against each other, forcing everything to be a competition so the fans do it as well. No one can coexist anymore, I suppose. It sucks because not everybody wants to be Jay-Z but no one understands how that can ever be true.

I personally don’t want a bunch of Jay-Zs in my iTunes, fuck that. God made one, so there can only be one.

My Last (Clean) ft. Chris Brown
  • My Last (Clean) ft. Chris Brown
  • Big Sean feat. Chris Brown
  • Finally Famous
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[LISTEN: BIG SEAN DROPS FIRST SINGLE, “MY LAST” FEAT. CHRIS BROWN VIA FACEBOOK + DOWNLOAD HERE!]

We finally get the first single off Big Sean’s HIGHLY anticipated debut album, Finally Famous, and it’s dope that CB was on deck to lend his vocals. “My Last” dropped on HOT 97 just minutes ago and is exclusively available as a stream on his Facebook fan page!

Download it here and request it on your local radio stations today.

FOLLOW UP: FASHION LINE CHAD KOOLINGTON LAUNCHES WEB SITE

Here is the new website for Atlanta-based clothing line Chad Koolington which launched this afternoon. You are now able to read up on the brand, its creator Cornell La'Flare, and of course cop yourself some KOOL ass gear!

Click here to visit their site and become part of a movement that is sure to take the world by storm, one unique individual at a time.

You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor)
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  • Ben Folds
  • Way to Normal
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[MP3 OF THE DAY: “YOU DON’T KNOW ME” - BEN FOLDS FEAT. REGINA SPEKTOR]

I’m on my alternative kick today, guys. I’ve been a Ben Folds fan since “Brick” back in the ‘90s (thanks to MTV) and this is one of those songs that constantly plays on my co-worker’s iPod and I knew the voice but I could never place it until now. Here’s “You Don’t Know Me” featuring the awesome Regina Spektor off 2008’s Way to Normal LP.

Get out there and discover some new music!

YOU SHOULD WEAR: iLTHY

This Cleveland-based clothing line represents their city HARD and are the next big thing in clothing in the Mid-West. iLTHY can be seen on the backs of rising hip hop stars like Machine Gun Kelly, Chip Tha Ripper, and many more! They can also been seen on my back; I copped a couple shirts a month ago and was TOO satisfied with my purchase. The graphics are mad dope; I love cartoony shit, especially when it translates well onto cotton.

Their Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook just dropped and iLTHY is premiering new pieces in their store from their line every Friday via their Twitter account and Facebook page. I highly recommend you order your favorites sooner than later because they sell out MAD fast.

Head over to their store today because you should be wearing iLTHY.

[COOL NEWS: CHRIS BROWN TO MAKE SNL DEBUT FEB. 12TH, F.A.M.E. SET TO DROP MARCH 22ND]

Aww smile, Chris! He’s got plenty reason to do so: his mixtape tracks “Deuces” and “No Bullshit” took over 2010, topping the Urban/Mainstream chart, his pop hit “Yeah 3X” is quickly becoming a favorite of people all over the country, and his fifth studio album F.A.M.E. has an official release date of March 22nd.

On February 12th, though, he can now add an appearance on the acclaimed sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, to his list of achievements. After years of tearin’ up the charts, Chris finally has the opportunity to perform on the same stage that legends such as Jay-Z, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and others have blessed over the show’s 36 year stint.

This is a major milestone for the 21 year old, so be sure to tune into NBC February 12th at 11:30PM/10:30 CST. Who knows, maybe we’ll get an awesome digital short with him and The Lonely Island…

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[HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AALIYAH: The One I Gave My Heart To]

It’s that time of year again; Aaliyah would have been 32 today and my eyes are welling as I see everyone reblogging pictures and video clips of her. I’m such a freakin’ baby but I loved this girl like a sister though I never knew her. It’s crazy to think that this year marks ten since she’s been gone. Whew. Welp, here is probably my favorite song by her “The One I Gave My Heart To”.

I always wanted those white windbreakers she wore in the rain; she made them look so fly! Happy birthday babygirl =)

ANNOUNCEMENT: ABERRANT MAGAZINE COMING THIS FALL!

I’ve always loved writing; it’s something I’ve had a knack for since I was young and it’s the only thing I enjoy with the same enthusiasm as I do music. I always wanted to write for Vibe or some other publication. However, after going through grade school as a bookworm, the prospect of becoming a journalism major is rather daunting which nipped my love for writing in the bud for a while.

Today, the media is more known for stirring up trouble and reporting false information than it is for credible information. I refuse to become a part of that movement, so I decided to create my own.

Aberrant Magazine will be a place where I can speak freely on the happenings of the music industry - as I do on itstheCOOL currently - as well as profiling great independent or undiscovered talent and those who are on the rise in fashion and other arenas I see fit to showcase.

That’s the beauty of Aberrant; it’s whatever I want it to be and I don’t have to be subject to write about miscellaneous news that may confuse people or just have nothing to do with my vision of this is. I’m tired of seeing magazines and their websites endorsing these troubled celebrities and such by joining in on the jokes and all that.

I’m not for tearing down celebrities and becoming just another writer out here. I just want to help educate my readers about how the music industry works, so that they’re not so quick to take things at face value and showcase some true talent who deserves some love - be it undiscovered, independent, or mainstream artists.

As for this tumblr, the great news is when the magazine drops, this will officially become Aberrant’s site for various video and music clips, so you can hear and see our awesome featured artists in action!

I’m prepping you all for a takeover of massive proportions, so get ready and hey if this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, hit me at sheiscool@me.com and let me know how you’d like to contribute.

I have a feeling I’ll need all the help I can get =)

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[PEEP: “LONER DAZE” - SORE LOSERS @ NUVOLA (SXSW)]

I’ve been covering all things FreeLoaders since December of ‘09 and I’ve always wanted to see Blue and Brown do their thing live. I was finally able to fulfill this during SXSW and had the bomb ass time I figured I would have at one of their shows.

As their band, helloeARThlive, set up, Blue gets on stage to feel out the crowd, which was chockfull of folks from their hometown of Dallas, then suddenly Brown appears on the bar and starts breakin’ it down. Hilarious. Blue starts us off with “The Deadly Intro” showing off his hip hop swag then Brown runs up on stage to finish out the song and the show goes from 0 to 60.

Going through their catalog including a couple songs from their forthcoming project, “Get A Life”, the SXSW audience is treated to a hip hop show unlike any they’d ever seen previously. As they performed, both George Young and Brian Blue (of UnkommonKolor fame) were spontaneously pulled onstage to perform (“Favorite” and “Cooler Than Coach K”, respectively). Dope shit, I love stuff like that! During their last song, “8587 (Birthday)” - which is my favorite song and I went IN as soon as the beat kicked up - Blue jumps off stage and gets hype with the people…and shoulder bumps me in the process. HARD. My glasses were crooked on my face but I was still goin’ in then me and Blue rock for a second as he helped me keep my balance. I’m little, so I will fly across the room if I’m bumped too hard. It was all love, though.

Our encore came in the form of fellow Dallas natives ADd+ jumping up onstage to perform “LikeAMug” and they got LOOSE. Ol’ boy’s heel got my left leg somethin’ serious and it still kinda aches…but I’m a G so I didn’t cry or anything like that. I’ve come a long way since my crybaby childhood.

When it was all said and done, the Sore Losers show became the highlight of my stay in Austin and I was appreciative of having the opportunity to support my guys in the flesh for once. They’ll be headed your way soon enough, so be on the lookout and get swagged out when they come around.

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[PEEP: 12 STRANDS: MATRIX - CHRIS BROWN]

Mechanical Dummy just posted the video for Chris Brown’s 12 Strands: Matrix project which was filmed last year and offered for viewing via a small fee, the proceeds going to a charity of Chris’ choice. Now, it’s available for all to view anytime! It’s dope; I love the concept and the acting (minimal as it was) wasn’t horrible. “Matrix”, the song Chris is performing throughout the clip, is an outtake that leaked online during the Exclusive era. I’ve always liked the song but this made me love it even more.

Enjoy!

  • Motivation (Remix)
  • Kelly Rowland feat. Tripzy
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[THIS IS THE REMIX: “MOTIVATION” (REMIX) - KELLY ROWLAND FEAT. TRIPZ]

It’s time for yet another track laced with Tripz’s lyrical prowess and this time, Kelly Rowland’s latest hit “Motivation” is the lucky candidate. I’m not a Kelly Rowland fan myself, so I never listened to the song before now but Tripz makes it bearable.

Take this as an alternative gift for Mother’s Day; from what I hear on this, Tripz could make ANY mother a happy one today. Enjoy!

[VOTE: VIBE VIXEN’S “ULTIMATE BLOGGER” CONTEST - VOTE FOR theCOOL!]

Pretty snazzy clip, eh? I just took the plunge and entered a contest where I could win a weekly blog on Vibe Vixen’s website! If you know me, you know that I have stanned for Vibe Magazine since the beginning of time, so this would be such a great opportunity for me to spread the COOL gospel across the Internet!

I need you guys to vote like crazy (by clicking the photo above and selecting ’LIKE ME!’) until April 16th then it’s in God’s (and the judge panel’s) hands. Let’s take over, shall we?

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lovecrimes
  • lovecrimes
  • Frank Ocean
  • Nostalgia/Ultra
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[MP3 OF THE DAY: “LOVECRIMES” - FRANK OCEAN]

Yes, the Frank Ocean bug has finally bit me and there is no turning back. His mixtape Nostalgia/Ultra has been taking the industry by storm since its February release and ruling the playlists of appreciative listeners across the world. Here is one of my favorite songs off the mixtape, “lovecrimes” for your listening pleasure.

Cop that if you STILL haven’t yet. Tsk tsk.

QUICK NEWS: JULY DATE SET FOR DRAKE'S OVO FEST

Now, didn’t I JUST mention the OVO Fest earlier today? Karla of ATF must have known I was wondering about it because she just tweeted that the second annual OVO Fest will take place in Toronto on July 31st! No word on when tickets will go on sale but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Anybody know of a bomb hotel in T-Dot? =)