Bad news for rap fans, bad news for fans of surprise Bieber camoes: Chance the Rapper has canceled his Sunday Coachella performance after being hospitalized for unknown reasons. On Friday evening, the Chicago MC tweeted that he had been feeling sick but expected to be better in time for his set. Then earlier this morning, someone posted a photo to Chance's Instagram showing the rapper lying in a hospital bed hooked to IVs, with the caption "Pray for my boy chance." The photo has since been deleted, but Chance's management took to Twitter to announce the cancellation, explaining "Chance fell ill on Friday night & was admitted to the hospital today — Doctors & family are with him & he is expected to make a full recovery." Get well soon, Chance.
In 2011, Anne Marsen filmed a joyous 71-minute film called "Girl Walk // All Day," in which she danced all around New York to a Girl Talk mixtape. (It was fun; you should watch it.) In 2013, Pharrell filmed a joyous 24-hour-long video for his hit single "Happy," in which he danced all around everywhere while singing about rooms without roofs. If the concepts sound similar, it is because they are, and Marsen put together a side-by-side video to demonstrate how closely some of the "Happy" shots resemble "Girl Walk" shots. In a statement to Spin, Pharrell's camp said that neither he nor his creative team had seen "Girl Walk" before making "Happy." Marsen, for her part, told the magazine that "it's a great thing that dance is getting recognition as a long-form kind of thing." But: "At the same time, we feel like we're not getting the recognition for this."
Is One Direction totally ripping off The Craft in their new video for "You & I"? Either Manon is stepping in and all of a sudden giving the boys the power of glamour (that's the one where you can change your appearance), or a music video director needed some way to avoid the whole they-can't-dance thing. Compare and discuss below.
Here is the video for "I Won," the new Future track featuring Kanye West, from the rapper's forthcoming album Honest. The video, directed by Hype Williams, is mostly Future and some swimsuit models hanging out on a beach, but Kanye swings by briefly to wax lyrical about Kim Kardashian, the "Bound 2" video, and the rest of his sister-in-laws ("All your mama ever made was trophies"). Kim herself does not make an appearance, which is just as well, because it is not so easy to ride a motorcycle on sand.
Wu-Tang-Affiliated Rapper Tries to Commit Suicide by Cutting Off Penis, Jumping Off Building [UPDATE]By Gilbert Cruz
Yesterday, Andrew Johnson, a member of the West Coast–based rap group Northstar who goes by the name Christ Bearer, cut off his own penis and jumped off a second-story balcony. TMZ first reported the lurid story, calling Johnson a "rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan." Today, the Wu-Tang disavowed any association with the rapper, which is a pretty mean thing to do after a man has just tried to commit suicide by neutering himself. As Gawker writes:
But the Wu apparently no longer fucks with him. A now-deleted post on Wutangclan.com read, "Parental Advisory : Don't Believe The HYPE. This Mother Fucker Ain't Got Shit to do with The WUTANG Brand."
The post is gone, but the Wu-Tang blog is now running a TMZ story about Johnson's tragic, possibly suicidal episode. All mentions of Wu-Tang have been removed from the post and replaced with ellipses.
Still, Johnson was once a part of the group Black Knights of the North Star, which recorded two tracks on the Wu-Tang-affiliate album The Swarm. So basically, it's a tangled Wu they've Wu'd.
Update: According to XXL, which spoke exclusively with RZA, an incorrect name was initially circulated, leading Wu-Tang to believe it had been someone else that had tried to cut off his own penis and jump off a second-story balcony. "Christ Bearer is a part of the West Coast Killa Beez, a bunch of young guys that was signed to our company 10 years ago. Wu-Tang, we’re from the East Coast. But we did invest in some young guys to try and help any hood. He was a guy from the hood that we gave a shot. I don’t make music with him nowadays. But the story—what he did—is incredible."
Uh-oh. Things seemed to be going too well for Wu-Tang. The collective's first new album since 2007's 8 Diagrams is due out in July and they had another "secret" album — one copy only — selling for a boatload. But now, sad news of Wu-Tang-attached rapper Christ Bearer attempting suicide and a rift between RZA and Raekwon. In an interview with VladTV, RZA said, "I haven’t had a chance to really talk to him about why [he's not involved with the album]. But I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths." When Rolling Stone called up Raekwon to ask him about those pretty harsh allegations, here's what he had to say:
Here we go! As promised, our first-ever live music webcast has arrived. Hamilton Leithauser — front man for beloved indie rockers the Walkmen — is doing a live show at Joe's Pub, and you can watch it right here, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Enjoy.
The soundtrack to Frozen is No. 1 again this week, with 133,000 albums sold (presumably because all the children have already worn out their first copy). Meanwhile, it only took 29,000 albums — of Pharrell's eminently listenable G I R L — to land the second spot on this week's Billboard "200." That's the lowest No. 2 sales figure in the Soundscan era. So ... prepare for an album of "Let It Go" remixes, coming soon to minivans near you.
In case the whole "Pharrell is everywhere" cliché somehow rang untrue to you, here he is on the Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack — singing what feels like a '70 power ballad alongside Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr. He conquered pop radio, now he's heading for the top of easy listening: "Was there a glitch in my method? / Isn’t it clear we’re here again? / Let’s get new GPSs." Yes, GPS can now be pluralized, and here's how.
No one really cared much about Young Money's Rise of an Empire LP, did they? No matter! We've got Nicki's next album, The Pink Print, to look forward to, and the video accompaniment to "Senile" — where Tyga hangs with the Jabbawockeez, Wayne hangs inside a creepy sitcom, and Nicki hangs on an old-school playground.
This past weekend, noted British singer-songwriter and FOTS (friend of Taylor Swift) Ed Sheeran performed on Saturday Night Live. It was a coming-out of sorts for Sheeran, a niche teen heartthrob who is attempting a crossover with his upcoming album, x (out June 23). It was also possibly confusing for the many adults who watched and thought, “this is what the teens are into?” To explain his appeal, resident teen-ologists Lindsey Weber and Amanda Dobbins held a Sheeran Symposium, complete with videos and real life Sheeran stories. Their findings, below.
Kelis has a new album out this week and it's streaming over at NPR. Food is not only where she's at musically, but it's where she's at professionally, too — she's got a sauce line called Feast and a show on the Cooking Channel. The New York Times Magazine recently asked her about how those things relate and it went a little like this:
A few weeks ago, we heard "Fever," the first single off the Black Keys upcoming new album, Turn Blue, which comes out on May 13. We remarked it sounded more like the moody Attack & Release than the rocking El Camino. The album's title track, which the band released today, doubles down on that. Listen below and just try not imagining it being played by a band of anthropomorphized lit cigarettes.
Mix some "Edge of Seventeen" ("Ooh baby, ooh baby) with an outtake from a Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack, layer a signature lyrical style over that ("Their golden cars and rock-n-roll groupies"), and you've got Lana Del Rey's new single, "West Coast." Lana Del Rey's second album Ultraviolence is as long-awaited as spring this year, so it's good to know she's not veering too far away from that "Summertime Sadness." *cues up remix*
Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we discussed Stephen Colbert's ascension into prime-time late night, endlessly dissected the Game of Thrones premiere, and read Rob Lowe's second memoir. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.
Each week, through my Somewhere in Time column, I hop in my DeLorean GIF and travel back to a moment in our pop-culture past to reevaluate just what we as a nation thought was good. This time out, we use Kevin Costner’s Draft Day as an excuse to take a jaunt back to July 28, 1995 to survey the landscape circa the project that you and I both know was his creative peak. (Talk to me when you have your own stunt spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood, Dances With Wolves.) Let's count down the top ten music videos of Waterworld premiere week, according to VH1. Why VH1? Because you just know Costner was a VH1 kind of guy.
To call Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello a fan of the arena-rock band Kiss is like referring to the Titanic as a ship. Tom Morello is the biggest fan of Kiss ever, something he made quite clear last night during his wonderful speech about the legendary face-painting, sex-obsessed band at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Commenting on the relentlessly dismissive coverage that Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, et al., have received from critics over the years and the group's long-overdue induction into the Valhalla of rock, despite having written one of the genre's de facto anthems with "Rock and Roll All Nite," Morello said, "What Elvis and the Beatles were to previous generations, Kiss were to us. They propelled millions of young people to pick up instruments.” After the ceremony, Vulture spoke with Morello about the speech and wearing his fandom on his sleeve — and read on to see the full transcript of his speech below.
This redheaded Brit will be someone you'll be hearing from more often, like it or not, especially thanks to his cover of Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" on "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show." It's Ed Sheeran, and while hearing him sing Beyoncé's signature "surfbort" is cringe-worthy, you can't hate on that "1+1" add-in at the end, and the fact that he skips the Jay Z rap. Can't hate on that at all.