Kanye’s VMA Speech Could’ve Used A Good Editor

So rumor has it, MTV gave Kanye West license to do whatever he wanted with his 4 minutes onstage last night. And in typical ‘Ye style, he used it to make what was supposed to be an inspirational speech.


Exceeeeeeeept… something got lost in translation. While Kanye started to tell a few stories, or seemed to have a good point to make, he never actually completed those thoughts. He seems to be referencing his Famous video – although he never tells us that’s what he’s doing – and his ill-fated call to Taylor Swift.

Check out the full transcript, courtesy of Time Magazine:

I am Kanye West, and that feels especially great to say this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I’mma talk. Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win, so.

But for people to understand just how blessed we are… It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. You know, just to put… the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Drumpf. I mean, like, I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G. Not a lot of peoples’ wives would let them say that right there. We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats, but uh.

But if you think about last week, there were 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ But bro, like, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.

So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year, and a kid came up to me and said ‘Three of my friends died, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be the next.’ And it has to, you know you have to think, like, when you’re a senior and it’s the last month and you just don’t feel like doing any more work. If you feel like you seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like, what’s the point? You know like life could be like, starting to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, like, like, rich people. You know, a.k.a. white, you know. And they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney,’ and my friend Zekiah[sp?] told me… they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to these people, right.’ My friend Zekiah[sp?] told me there’s three keys to keeping people impoverished: that’s taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models. My role models are artists, merchants. There’s less than ten that I can name in history. Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West.

Bro. Bro! Tonight, we here to have fun. I’m standing in front of my idol, Puff Daddy. I’m standing in front of my wife, Kim Kardashian West. I’m standing in front of the future: Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith. Bro, we are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders. I’m gonna play y’all a piece of my art, and I just hope y’all have a good time. Play that.

Honestly, I see what he’s going for here – especially when he starts to tell the story about the kids in Chicago – but he keeps getting lost along the way. I’m sure this was an amazing speech in his head, but if he really wants to inspire us, he needs to give us complete thoughts, not just an outline.

Of course, right after that he premiered the new video for Fade, which basically wiped all of our memories anyway.

LOL wut?

But maybe I’m wrong! Maybe you WERE inspired by Kanye’s speech! Tell me how you feel below, and get your Yeezy fix with Slacker’s Kanye West: DNA station!

Taylor Swift Plays Wedding Singer Post-Break Up. Refrains From Awkward Rendition Of ‘Love Stinks’ ala Sandler.

Taylor’s break up with Calvin Harris didn’t stop her from celebrating the joy of another couple’s everlasting love and the backstory is equally as heart-warming.

According to MTV, the groom is the ‘Swiftie’ in this situation. Max Singer’s sister had reached out to Taylor, telling her how their mom passed away recently, how Max danced with his mom to “Blank Space” in her hospital room and asked if Taylor would come to the wedding.

Not only did Taylor perform…

Source: Gage Simmons/Twitter

She MADE them a handmade wedding card with ‘Blank Space’ lyrics and FRAMED it.

Source: Gage Simmons/Twitter

Mazel Mazel Max and Kenya!!

Congratulations Max and Kenya!!

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

and as lovely/kind/perfect as all of this is, how great would it have been if Taylor did this…

The Met Gala – A Chance For Celebs To Double Down On Weird Fashion

Ah, the Met Gala. Your favorite stars hold back their weirdness all year in preparation for this one event, the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. Previous years brought us Rihanna‘s crazy yellow fur trimmed blanket, Kim Kardashian’s wallpaper dress, and Solange’s… what was that thing she wore last year?

This year’s theme was “Manus vs. Machina” and you know what that means… robots. Kind of.

Unfortunately, this Tamagotchi was the closest thing Katy Perry could find to a robot.

Her date, Orlando Bloom, also rocked a Tamagotchi – but his was caught doing something totally inappropriate.


(In case the memory of things that happened in 1998 is failing you, that tiny digital creature is pooping.)

MOVING ON… I’m not sure what Beyoncé‘s dress signified, but it slayed.


Zayn… did this.

And Kanye impressed at least one person with his colored contacts… even if that person is married to him.

Everyone else mostly stuck to metallics.

And finally, although it didn’t really go with the theme, Rita Ora just wants us to remember one important thing.

Hear all the most fashionable songs now on Today’s Hits!

Makes You Wonder If Taylor Swift Will Trademark “New Lady” too.

Source: Uproxx

This is an interesting turn of events…remember how Calvin Harris was seen leaving a massage parlor not too long ago? Well now it appears Taylor is moonlighting as a masseuse in Dubai.

or at least that’s what this promo card would have you believe.

Although it’s not cool to use a celebrity image especially for a handsy service, I actually feel kinda sorry for Magic Touch…anyone oblivious enough to use a celebrity image for a business probably doesn’t realize the legal wrath of Taylor’s legal squad.

Something tells me this won’t have a happy ending.

HeyO. Get it? Massage parlor? Happy “ending”??….forget it :/


Will Taylor Swift Trademark Her Trademark Facial Expression?

Today I begin my 26th year of freaking out over stuff.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Source: SomeEcards.com

With Taylor expanding her ever-growing list of trademarked words/phrases ie:

* This Sick Beat
* Swiftmas
* 1989
* Blank Space

One has to wonder if she will start owning facial expressions too?

She could own this one for sure, as anyone can see she has been doing it longer and way more often than you.


Kendrick Lamar May Want To Bring A Wheelbarrow To The 2016 Grammys.

grammys 2016

Source: E Online

Kendrick Lamar could sweep The 2016 Grammys thanks to 11 nominations! Taylor Swift and The Weeknd have 7 nods each (not too shabby). I’m pullin’ for Kendrick and The Weeknd…I think we can agree Taylor has enough.

However I’ll be watching on February 15th for one category and only one.

Best R&B Album…and all I can say is Leon Bridges better win or ELSE.


Here are the nominees:

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Record of the Year
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Really Love”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel my Face”

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + The Machine, ” Ship to Wreck”
Maroon 5, “Sugar”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night
Josh Groban, Stages
Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow (& Various Artists), My Dream Duets

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording
Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston, :We’re All We Need”
The Chemical Brothers, “Go:
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me”
Galantis, “Runaway (U & I)”
Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Florence + The Machine,”What Kind Of Man”
Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”
Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
Wolf Alice, “Moaning Lisa Smile”

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

Click here for a full list and watch the show on February 15th.

He’s Back, And I Bet You Didn’t Even Know You Missed Him

I’m talking about Psy, of course – the K-Pop artist who brought us Gangnam Style in 2012. His new song, Daddy, isn’t quite as catchy, but the video is hard to look away from. Mainly because nearly every character in it has Psy’s face.

Who knew he was such a big Will.i.am fan?

By the way, Gangnam Style is STILL the most viewed video ever on youtube. As of today, it has over 2.4 BILLION views – that’s over a billion more views than the #2 video, Taylor Swift‘s Blank Space.

Let’s see if we can bump it up to 2.5 billion by watching it a few more times today, for old times’ sake.

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Where The Hell Was Taylor Swift?

The 3+ hour spectacle that is the American Music Awards just wrapped up without a single Taylor Swift sighting – she wasn’t even in the audience for a reaction shot when One Direction sang that song that Harry Styles wrote about her. She clearly wasn’t in the building. So where was she?

Best guess? New Zealand. And I only know this thanks to some intrepid twitter reporters.

So it seems like she was spotted in Auckland this morning. Could be she’s just taking a well-deserved vacation after wrapping up her 1989 World Tour. She might also be hanging out with one of her innumerable BFFs, Lorde.

Luckily, Hailee Steinfeld was on hand to dance in the audience all night, Taylor style.

Good job, squad. Review the AMAs with me this week on Today’s Hits!

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