Listed 005: What Was "For The Culture" This Week
By Jaylin Paschal
Happy Friday! "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.
"CHANEL" BY FRANK OCEAN
Frank Ocean released a new single, "Chanel," and it's perfect. It's engaging, dynamic and hypnotizing. I've listened to it at least four hundred times, and it's not old yet. Listen to it here.
CHANEL RETURNS RESPECT TO FRANK
Frank Ocean's "Chanel" references French fashion house Chanel's double-sided logo (“I see both sides like Chanel”).
Remember when Red Lobster's social media/PR team totally dropped the ball when Beyonce's "Formation" dropped? I'm glad Chanel didn't miss this opportunity like they did. Nice to see a luxury brand pay homage to a luxurious voice from the kid who wore Vans to the White House.
This week, a collection of super-cool exhibitions, panels, festivals, etc. covering everything from sustainability to tech to music--SXSW--took place in Austin, TX.
SNOOP DOGG AND T.I. vs. DONALD TRUMP
Chain of events: Snoop Dogg "shoots" a Donald Trump-looking clown in a music video. Your president took to Twitter to remind us that if things were his way, anyone who publicly opposes him would be in prison. T.I., with an usually mundane vocabulary, cussed out the president of the United States. Everything is fine.
DJ KHALED ON JIMMY KIMMEL
I loathe Jimmy Kimmel, but love DJ Khaled, so this segment is watchable. Plus, Khaled talks about ASAHD.
RICK ROSS DROPS RATHER YOU THAN ME
Rick Ross dropped his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me, which is generating buzz regarding a Birman diss and Nicki Minaj shade.
CHANCE THE RAPPER DEFENDS HIS INDEPENDENCE
Lil Chano from 79th took to Twitter to explain the details of his relationship with Apple in a thread of tweets, in order to defend his independence and remain "transparent."
RUSSELL SIMMONS PRODUCING NEW DOC SERIES: The Definitive History Of Hip-Hop
"The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form," Simmons told Deadline. "The series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas — and the people — that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world.”
That's all I got. We'll chat next week.