The weekend of Kanye continues: after debuting "New Slaves" on various walls across the world Friday night, 'Ye hit Saturday Night Live to perform the first half of that song and another called "Black Skinhead." It was an … aggressive appearance. Kanye's mood did not suddenly improve after taping those promos — check his scowl during the show's goodbye — and he paid absolutely no attention to the TV censors. Angry dogs and slogans were projected behind him at a seizure-inducing speed. Then there was the actual music, scream-y and complicated ("I'd rather be a dick than a swallower" seems like a line that we'll all be debating in the weeks to come.) On the flipside, he name checked Bobby Boucher, who is Adam Sandler's character from The Waterboy.
As you may recall, Justin Bieber was forced to leave his monkey, Mally, in the care of German customs officials in late March, when he tried to bring the pet into the country without the proper paperwork. Bieber was given four weeks to put together the documents needed to claim the now 20-week-old capuchin, but it seems that he simply did not care to do so: The deadline expired at midnight last night. Mally is now property of the German state, and will likely be sent to live in some kind of primate rescue facility "because a zoo might publicize" the already traumatized creature. Meanwhile, Bieber still owes "several thousand euros for food, care and vet visits" provided to the monkey since it was seized. "You can bet we are going to ask for that money back," said a German customs official, who does not sound like much of a Belieber.
Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we gave you the lowdown on upfronts, a farewell to The Office, and as much as we can to feed your Arrested Development appetite. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.
Hologram enthusiasts the world over were delighted to learn that this year's Rock the Bells would feature two ghost rappers — Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard (in reunion with Bone Thugs and Wu-Tang). Except ODB's widow was apparently not consulted, and she has now filed a cease and desist. "I am looking forward to talking to Wu-Tang about this matter and coming up with a positive solution in order to bring my husband to the stage once again,” it reads. Okay, but does "positive solution" mean "hologram"?
The Smurfs sequel, smartly named The Smurfs 2, may star (the voices of) Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris, but it also will include a new, PG-rated track from Britney Spears. Recently departed from the set of The X Factor, Brit's got the likes of will.i.am on her side, and is reportedly back in the studio. Movie's out July 31 and "Ooh La La" is undeniably reminiscent of "I Wanna Go," with a little Ke$ha influence thrown in there. She raps! Well, actually, she speaks: "Turn it up till the speakers pop." Go ahead, do it.
Steve Buscemi — Vampire Weekend's spirit guide of late — said of the band's new album: “I’m listening to the lyrics and then you go ‘Peter Gabriel, too’ or, uh, ‘Louis Vuitton’ out of nowhere, and I’m lost.” Vampire Weekend uses a lot of references! And sometimes they require a little Googling. So in order to aid your listening experience, Vulture now presents a glossary of the many references on Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.
Kanye West was the fake-surprise performer at last night's Adult Swim upfront, and because he is Kanye, he had a lot to share. (He also brought a super-cool light pyramid to stand in, because why not.) On the new-music front: he performed "Awesome," his love song for Kim Kardashian (most of the videos have been pulled at this point, but here is a sample lyric: "I'd rather do nothing with you than something new with somebody new"). And then for the Kanye Rant portion of the evening, he went in on the paparazzi, probably because he is still mad about the street-sign incident. A highlight: "I ain't no motherfucking celebrity. I ain't running for office. I ain't kissing nobody's motherfucking babies. I drop your baby and you sue me and shit." Also, he will not be doing any "humanizing" skits on SNL this weekend. Full video below.
Four years in, Toronto's OVO Fest is as known for its cameos as it is for being a festival by Drake, for Drake, about Drake. This year will feature Frank Ocean and James Blake on Aug. 5, and DRIZZY HIMSELF plus secret special guests on Aug. 6. Past performers include Jay-Z, Eminem, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, and 2 Chainz, so that's where the expectations bar sits. Tickets will start at $50 and go on sale May 24.
Last week, the Lonely Island launched Wack Wednesdays, a promotion where they'll release a new video or song every Wednesday until their new album, The Wack Album, comes out on June 11. This week is the guys' reunion with T-Pain. The "I'm on a Boat" collaborators are slowing it down this time with "I Fucked My Aunt." It's about the politicization of Benghazi — just kidding, it's about aunt-fucking.
As you all know, Coachella marks the official start of Hologram Season, and so here is your 2013 ghost-rapper announcement: Eazy-E and ODB will be giving "original virtual performances" (with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Wu-Tang Clan, respectively) at Rock the Bells. Also on the lineup: Earl Sweatshirt; Tyler, the Creator; Danny Brown; Juicy J; Big K.R.I.T.; Hit-Boy; Common; and more. Welcome back, holograms!
Right after two super-sexy singles, Kelly Rowland's newest, "Dirty Laundry," certainly airs just that. Produced by The-Dream and laid over a sparse track, this confessional speaks of everything from a troubled relationship with former bandmate Beyoncé ("When my sister was on stage killin' it like a motherfucker / I was enraged, feelin' it like a motherfucker /Bird in a cage") to an abusive relationship with an ex ("He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered"). You probably won't hear this on the radio, but it's a good one.
It's that time of the year again: Eurovision! Held in Malmö, Sweden, this year (related: Sweden took the gold home last year with Loreen's "Euphoria"), the international song competition is not just about the music: It's a matter of national pride. However, we Americans usually just see the cheesy side, with the train wrecks sent our way via the World Wide Web. But isn't that the way all American singing competitions are? A mix of talent (or, rather, "talent") and absurdly deluded William Hung–esque weirdos? So why not tune in, even if you don't have a home country to root for? (You can watch the show live online; today's first semifinal starts at 21:00 CEST, or 3 p.m. EST.) Here are two tastes from each end of the viable-comical continuum to get you hooked.
Our friends should be your friends, especially when it comes to entertainment news. So what are Vulture's perferred partners (that's Web Speak for "friends") chatting about this week? The insanely entertaining script for the Hillary Clinton biopic, Rodham; the hopeful return of Ghostbusters 3 (minus Bill Murray, says Dan Aykroyd); which of his own films James Franco hates the most; and more than 30 reasons why you might just be Chandler Bing. Check yourself:
TMZ is reporting that the IRS has filed a lien against Mathew Knowles for $1.2 million in unpaid taxes from 2010 and 2011, when Knowles was still managing his daughter, Beyoncé. The situation looks similar to the one that just landed Lauryn Hill a three-month prison sentence and a $60,000 fine, despite Hill nearly settling her full bill prior to her court date. Beyoncé fired her father in 2011, amid serious allegations of theft. At the time, Beyoncé said, "I've only parted ways with my father on a business level. He is my father for life, and I love my dad dearly." Still, we doubt that she'll get in touch with the Obamas on his behalf.
If you guessed Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" video would open on a tiny girl in a big church, you've won something. Of course, the song is more contemplative and nuanced than its bitchin' title suggests, so Kendrick sitting in the pews and spitting in a field, dressed in all white, works well. The clip isn't set to to Lamar's recent remix with Jay-Z, but both versions are great — one's peanut butter, one's jelly. As a bonus, good kid, m.A.A.d city fans will finally learn exactly who was doing the vibe-killing all this time.
Post-punk warhorse the Fall releases its 30th record, Re-Mit, today. As per most great Fall albums, Re-Mit is equal parts brilliant and confounding. Up-tempo garage-rock stompers, like lead single “Sir William Wray,” are balanced by inchoate noodling (one of said tracks is aptly titled “Noise”). The group is led by Mark E. Smith, the outspoken and cantankerous visionary and sole constant member since the group’s formation in 1976. Smith still churns out scalpel-sharp lyrics, this time focusing his wit and zeal on such topics as a Hittite corpse rising from the grave and wreaking havoc and Italian laziness on Sundays. We spoke to him by phone from his home in Manchester about the new album, playing for 6,000 German lawyers, and H.P. Lovecraft.
If you were good at math, you'd know how to do the division that proves the next eight days are just a fraction of time — so close to zero! almost nothing! — compared to the eight years since the last Daft Punk album. We are almost there. It is so close. So yes, it seems silly to obsess over another mysterious video that features a spaceship and a quick snippet of new music, but also, what are you going to do for the next eight days? (P.S. That might actually be a time machine, if the music is any indication.)
The Y.N.RichKids, who created the immortal "Hot Cheetos & Takis" — "Snack! Snack! Snack! Crunch." — are back with not one, but two delightful videos. The first is called "My Bike," and it is about being an awesome child while riding around on a bike. Swerve.
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