Listed 002: What Was "For The Culture" This Week

By Jaylin Paschal

"Listed" is a series where I (very) briefly discuss cultural happenings that caught my eye throughout the week. Each Friday, expect to find a list giving you a rundown of what's been on my radar.

Baduizm's 20th Anniversary

Vanessa DeLuca (EIC of Essence), Erykah Badu and Solange Knowles

As Baduizm turned twenty years old, Solange was able to pay homage to Erykah Badu. Badu was an honoree at Essence's 2017 Black Women in Music event.

Below are photos Solo posted of her speech.

The Notorious B.I.G. Upcoming Documentary

In collaboration with the late great's mother, Violetta Wallace, filmmakers are working on Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance.

Cam'ron + Jim Jones

Yeah. They had a lot going on this week. I'll let XXL tell you.

Roc Nation Brunch

Jay Z's Roc Nation brunch was a highlight of Grammy's week. Everyone from DJ Khaled to Pusha T to Twenty88 showed up. Everyone looking like money, of course.


Chance the Rapper Wins

Chance the Rapper won BIG at the Grammy's, walking away with three awards. This was also a massive stride for independent artists in the music industry.

A Tribe Called Quest + Anderson .Paak + Busta Rhymes

Per usual, Hip Hop changed the tone of the night by shifting into a political atmosphere. ATCQ, joined by Anderson .Paak, Consequence and Busta Rhymes performed "We the People" from Thank You For Your Service... We Got It From Here. Bust elevated the political level when he shouted out President "Agent Orange's" failed attempt at the Muslim ban. Watch the performance.

Beyonce Snub

Bey put on the best performance of her career to punctuate the best artistic endeavor of her career, Lemonade, only to lose the Album of the Year award to Adele's 25. Adele expressed that she thought Beyonce should have won, saying she "could not possibly accept" the award. [She still walked off with the award.] Beyonce was nominated for nine awards, more than anyone, and left the award show with two.

Myles Johnson wrote an excellent piece on the loss for The New York Times.

Responses from K. Dot and Solo

Terrence "Punch" Henderson of Top Dawg Entertainment, tweeted Sunday evening that Kendrick Lamar was "really upset" that Beyoncé's album Lemonade didn't win Album of the Year at the 2017 Grammys. Kendrick Lamar's own To Pimp A Butterfly was snubbed in favor of 1989.

Solange Knowles, grammy winner for Cranes in the Sky, spoke out on Twitter regarding her sister's snub. She tweeted a link to Frank Ocean's statement condemning the Grammy's and went on to tweet "there have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for album of the year
there have been over 200 black artist who have performed" and "create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold my g's🌹."

Frank Ocean's Anti-Grammy Statement

Frank Ocean shared his thoughts on the Grammy's, and they were as harsh as you think. Valid, though.

Nike's Equality Commercial

If you see white people posting about a boycott against Nike, it probably has something to do with their "Equality" campaign which aired during the Grammy's.

Interesting to consider this commercial in terms of other political statements by Nike. Read my piece on sneak politics here.

Vogue, Karlie Kloss + Appropriation


Vogue is still casting white models to play people of color. Still. As all the "Truly Sorry," Kloss posted a statement on Instagram apologizing for the tasteless shoot.

Target Campaign features Lil Yachty

Target has a long history of using Hip Hop in its commercials, so their most recent campaign covering "It Takes Two" featuring Lil Yachty and Carlie Rae Jepsen--although a strange pairing--did not come as a surprise to many of us. Watch the campaign.

Supreme + Barack Obama

Supreme takes a page from Joefreshgoods' "Thank You Obama" collection and it's... tacky.

NxWxrries on The Tonight Show

Anderson .Paak on his performance set on The Tonight Show

Tuesday night, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, also known as the dynamic duo "NxWxrries" performed "What More Can I Say?" from their album Yes Lawd! on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. Watch the performance here.

Common and Black Thought Rap Battle on Fallon

This is just cool for the old heads, really.

Chance the Rapper is Touring

Our favorite friendly musician, Chance the Rapper, has released dates for a spring tour. Buy tickets at

SiR's Her TOO

SiR's first project since joining TDE, featuring Anderson .Paak and Masego, dropped last Friday, February 10.

Solange's Saint Heron Hosts "Homecoming"

"All Star weekend is approaching and Saint Heron, BMike and Nike have collaborated to kick the weekend off with a special celebration of New Orleans culture this Thursday, February 16th. In our first ever pep rally-style event, Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” band and Dancing Dolls will be joining us for the spirited nightcap. Nike’s theme for the weekend is “Equality” and we’re certain that the south’s baddest collegiate marching band and their leading ladies are the most fitting live act for such a night." - Saint Heron Excerpt


Future's Future

Future dropped Future on Friday, February 17. Which is either self-titled or prophetic.

More Fashion Week

Brandon Maxwell

The capitalistic art frenzy that is New York Fashion Week concluded this week.

That's all I got. We'll chat next week.

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