The TWENTY: Hamilton

So there seem to be 3 camps of people when it comes to the Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical – Those who are obsessed with it, those who have friends who are obsessed – or they’ve kind of heard about it, but haven’t really checked it out, and those who are still in the dark. I’m Parker – I belong to that first group, and I’m here to clear up some of the mystery behind Hamilton’s popularity.

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Maybe you’re trying to figure out who this Lin-Manuel Miranda guy is – he’s been popping up on The Tonight Show, Drunk History, Carpool Karaoke, Inside Amy Schumer – and EVERYONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHO HE IS. Because never in the history of Broadway theater has a musical crossed into the mainstream in the way that Hamilton has! Not even Cats, although it probably came the closest.

So, let’s start at the beginning – literally. This is the first song Lin wrote after reading an Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow. He took it to an open mic night at the White House in 2009, where he debuted it for President Obama and the First Lady – and sang all the roles himself.

SO MUCH HAMILTON behind this link!

Marvel’s Hip Hop Comic Book Crossover Will Make Your Day.

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Source: Spin

Marvel took classic Hip Hop album covers and superheroes and made the sickest mashup since chocolate and peanut butter. Check out the artwork here

Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike did the introduction and it will only make you love him more:

I have two dads, both of whom played a significant role in raising me: my biological father—a conservative, pro-gun cop—and my mom’s husband—my “dad,” a liberal man of the arts with an amazing collection of records and comics. He was the one that introduced me to comics. I still remember when he gave me first copy of Uncanny X-Men. Seeing Storm for the first time—a beautiful, powerful, dark-skinned woman that looked like my mother with a Mohawk—I was instantly drawn to her.

Comics became that thing for my dad and I that was ours. Going to Atlanta’s West End Mall with him became the highlight of my week. We’d get donuts at the Krispy Kreme, chill at the comic book store next door for hours, then catch a movie at the dollar theater. So when I first got news of Marvel Comics’ Run The Jewels variant covers, my dad was the first person I thought of and the second person I told (wives, bruh). To go from sharing comics with your dad to seeing something you’re a part of actually on a comic, to seeing those covers lay the groundwork for something as big as Marvel’s Hip-Hop cover initiative is unreal. Two things I love combined? It doesn’t get any cooler.

Without question, Marvel’s Hip-Hop variants are cool because they show how far-reaching Hip-Hop’s influences has grown, but they’re even cooler when you how perfect the pairings for the covers are. Choosing Nas’ Illmatic cover for Miles Morales’ debut in the Marvel Universe proper couldn’t have been more on point. The two Wolverine covers that flip DMX’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood and Ice Cube’s Death Certificate—awesome! Kamala Khan taking cue from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill—fitting. Outkast’s Aquemini for the Inhumans—next level. I mean, think about that last one: In the Marvel Universe there used to be two basic players: traditional super heroes (Avengers, Spider-Man) and mutants (X-Men, Wolverine); in Rap, the conversation was originally dominated by East Coast and West Coast, then Outkast came along and cemented the South as a legitimate third force to be reckoned with. Just like the Inhumans are doing this year.

Another impressive thing about these covers is the range of artists/albums chosen. Lil B’s Blue Flame cover?! Says it all. The Sugar Hill Gang, Tupac, A$AP, Kendrick, ScHoolboy, De La, Wu Tang, Wiz, Public Enemy—hell, they even figured out how to use Vanilla Ice’s cover in a way that made perfect sense! The age of Internet lists has shows us how difficult it is to please everyone, but Marvel manages to represent Hip-Hop in every one of its various incarnations since its glorious inception. This was no small feat. This was clearly done with love and the type of responsibility we could only hope more people take cue from when representing such an influential art form in my life. Not to mention they look cool as $#!#!

Because you know Wonder Woman is pimpin’ in her invisible jet to “36” Chain” right now…

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And Now We Go To Waka Flocka, With The Weather.

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I cannot remember the last time I genuinely enjoyed a weather report that much by someone fully clothed…because you know weather girls. In fact moving fwd, Waka is going to be my #1 weather man and my #1 weather soundtrack.

Ps – BE AFRAID ROKER. BE VERY AFRAID.

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The Cultural Icons Kanye West HASN’T Compared Himself To….Not Yet Anyway.

NME compiled an impressive list of all the cultural icons Kanye resembles…according to him.

You name it, he’s said it.

Steve Jobs, Shakespeare, Beethoven, God and many more. Check out the full list here.

Even Vanellope Von Schweetz!

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In fact I’m thinkin’ it may have been easier to make a list of the icons Kanye hasn’t compared himself to…

Leaving:

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but the day is young! Stay tuned.

Fetty Wap Proves Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder.

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Source: MTV

Don’t you kind of hope you hear someone say “ew whats wrong with his eyyyye??” preferably in a valley girl accent just so you can shut them down?? Seriously, let me at ’em.

Fetty got into an accident when he was little and almost lost his eyesight because of congenital glaucoma. Fortunately he had a good doc who was able to save his sight in one eye.

I’m sure the questions get old but when you embrace your flaws instead of hide from them it gives you power. That’s why Beyonce is meh in my mind. Perfection is boring.

Click here for a taste of Fetty’s music and Check out his self-titled debut album. It’ll hit September 25th.

Is It Weird If You Want To Watch Drake And Serena Arm Wrestle? Asking For A Friend.

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TMZ reported Drake and Serena were spotted tongue-wrestling in Cincinnati.

I’m sure the rest of the world is like

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Not me! Whenever I see Serena all I can do is marvel at her muscles.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE THAT STRONG?! SHE’S A GLORIOUS MACHINE.

Maybe Serena would appreciate the fact that I don’t need to see them make out like everyone else?? That’s gotta be refreshing right?

I just want an arm-wrestling video. In fact, I’d settle for a thumb war.