Ed Sheeran Covers The Lion King….On His Chest.

Halfway and ouch

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Source: NME

5 things to consider before you judge Ed Sheeran’s new tattoo:

1. Ed is no stranger to weird tattoos. He already has a teddy bear and a ketchup bottle.

2. He thinks you might be overreacting and when you think about it, he might be right.

3. What if its an homage to Cecil?

4. If you have a butterfly, peace sign, any sort of kanji/hanzi on your person, you’re disqualified from judging…and by my calculations, that leaves 3 of you.

6. It can always be worse.

Thanks To China’s Music Ban, I’ve Spent The Last Half Hour Trying To Find “Fart” And MC HotDog.

Oh the irony of  banning a song about gas emissions given this…

pollution china

According to Billboard, China’s Ministry Of Culture has banned “Fart” by Chang Csun Yuk and 119 other songs, including Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, and a lot of Owl City (who knew?) because they “harm public morality.” Here’s the full list.

Do they really not know when something is banned it only makes you want that something more?? or maybe it’s a fantastic marketing scheme?? because now I’ve got to hear “Fart”!  If you find it, email me, red@slacker.com

PS – MC Hotdog is actually slick. Seriously give him a chance…Someone ought to be listening since China can’t. :(


Is It Weird If You’re Kinda Crushing On Carly Rae Jepson? Asking For A Friend.

Source: Spin

I dismissed Carly initially thinking she was just another popstar whose voice could only be appreciated by tweeners and dogs because of the high frequency usually associated with a saccharin sweet voice but I was wrong. Either that or I’ve totally misjudged tweeners, dogs and saccharin.

Slowly but surely I’ve become a fan…then today, thx to Billboard, I see that she really is great and she might be totally underrated.

Check out her new track, Making The Most Of The Night (it’s written by Sia) and let me know what you think.

New album E•MO•TION hits on Aug 21st AND I CAN’T WAIT.

I realize this sounds completely creepy.




Who Should Be More Embarrassed Right Now, Lenny Kravitz Or Macklemore?


Source: The Stranger

You may have thought Lenny Kravitz’ #PenisGate would be the most humbling moment of the week but that was before Macklemore released his new song Growing Up. In it he references Langston Hughes, A Raisin In The Sun but Langston didn’t write it, Lorraine Hansberry did. This may not be the biggest faux pas to you but it’s the principal.

Firstly, wouldn’t you know who wrote it if you did read it? Wouldn’t you check? Especially out of respect given the sensitivity of cultural appropriation vs cultural appreciation?

I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t read it, I didn’t know who wrote it, I make mistakes and humiliate myself constantly…but I’d rather have my pants split on stage for all the world to see than pretend to be something I’m not…especially in a song everyone is going to hear.

Listen to the song and talk amongst yourselves.

Ps – I do love the cover art, mainly because when you first see it you can’t tell who has the bigger hand and I want to believe the baby is wearing those rings. 

Slacker 20: NSFW.


I’m Red, your Slacker 20: NSFW host and proud fellow voyeur!

Grab a pair of protective gloves and join me as we examine some of the most salacious stories in music history.

Like the classical artist who wrote booty songs 250 years before 2 Live Crew?? Or the time two music video co-stars from completely different walks of life, hit it off so well during the shoot, they went ahead and finished what they started AFTER they got caught!

Granted there are probably going to be some stories you already know but I’m going to try to present them using a completely different lens…take an incestual marriage for example, have you ever thought about how awkward it must be trying to introduce your wife when she’s your cousin??

That’s what I’m saying….You might walk away with a whole new opinion.



Drake, Kanye and Will Smith Collab On A Diss Laugh.

Is Drake assembling his “Diss Army” for a proper battle with Meek Mills? As you can see, they were yukkin’ it up over Meek Memes backstage at Ovofest.

Now Drizzy might have Kanye and Will but Meek has Nicki Minaj as his Minister of Defense and that might be more than enough. As the saying goes, “men are maybe natural warriors but a woman in battle is truly bloodthirsty.”

Your move Meek…if he can lock in on Carlton, this is anyone’s game.

Maybe Brittany Howard Should Retire Now Before Things Start To Suck.

Source: Rollingstone

If you had to pick ONE person to sing into the same microphone as Paul McCartney, besides yourself, I feel pretty good about Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. What a voice! The first time I saw her live I just kept saying, “THIS IS CHURCH!” over and over. Even though the people around me were annoyed, I think they felt the same way.

Paul brought her out as a surprise during his Lolla headlining set and I’d be willing to bet, she has been doing this victory dance since Friday night.

You have to wonder if it’s even worth her going on after this?? What else is there to do??

Sing while riding a Great White Shark? or maybe put on a show at Atlantis?? (btw the REAL fictional island Atlantis, not the resort…)

Other than that, I got nuthin’.

An Indian Rapper Covers Nicki Minaj To Uncover Unilever’s Toxic Mess.

Source: Huffington Post

Indian rapper Sofia Ashraf put a new twist on “Anaconda” to draw your attention to a mercury spill at a Unilever thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India.

Sofia says that is the reason so many people in Kodaikanal are sick and the company refuses to take accountability. You can read about it here.

Whether or not you agree with the accusations I think we can agree that Sofia’s rap skillz are pretty impressive and if western rappers were smart, they would hire her backup dancers. ADORABLE.

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