Twin Sister Rap Duo Cam & China Team With Barclay Crenshaw for “The Baddest”

23-year-old twins Cam & China are making some of the best rap music in Los Angeles. Coming from Inglewood, they released a self-titled EP last year, packed with beats that slap and lyrics that don't hold back on anything, whether its their disdain for the fakes or their own self-confidence They have more music, videos, and shows in the works for 2018, but first comes this booming collaboration with Barclay Crenshaw, which is the alter ego of successful dance music producer/label head Claude VonStroke. Watch the video for “The Baddest,” featuring a vintage Rolls Royce and some wild tattoos, above. Learn more about how the track came together below.

“Last year I released an album under Barclay Crenshaw of all alternative hip-hop futuristic type stuff,” Crenshaw tells us. “This is the next step in that project. I want to continue on this path and see where it takes me. My first love is hip-hop. Even though I got really into house and techno I always knew I would come back to old school hip-hop and weird beat music.”

He adds, “I really like the energy of Cam and China. They were amazing to work with. They are fun and they have great skill on the mic. The whole session in the studio was easy going and very creative. It really was a collaboration of ideas to make this track.”

Cam adds, “We want women to feel confident when they hear this, despite any negativity thrown your way on a day to day basis whether it’s being compared, bashed, talked about, bullied, unappreciated, disrespected, slept on, or looked down on. Always walk with dignity and move with grace. I hope this motivates women from all ages to work hard, never settle, and more importantly never remove your crown for no one. Show them who’s the baddest. What this track symbolizes to us is that women are powerful when we stick together.”

“I also think it’s a great time for black women, women in general are making history and setting trends,” she continues. “For example Cardi B, Issa Rae, Rihanna, Gabby Douglas, Tiffany Haddish, Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Loretta Lynch to name a few. I think the time is now and time is up.”

Barclay Crenshaw Tour Dates:

4/12 The Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI
4/13 Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY 
4/15 Coachella Weekend
4/18 Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver Co 
4/22 Coachella Weekend
4/24 The Independent, San Francisco CA

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Gus Dapperton: Reimagining the Rock Star

When Gus Dapperton's Yellow and Such EP dropped last month, much was made of two things: his dancing and his fashion. 

In one sense, it was to be expected. Dapperton's bowl cut and glittering eyeshadow are sure to turn heads, and his dance moves are a focal point of both videos he's recently shared (“I'm Just Snacking” and “Prune, You Talk Funny”). What the fashion editorials often missed, however, is the quality of the music. 

Since moving to Philadelphia, Dapperton has, in his words, “honed in.” The 20-year-old is committing himself to music full-time for the first time, fronting a band that includes his little sister. He's the oldest member and de facto leader of the group, which is currently on its first international tour.

The last couple of years have moved quickly—it wasn't too long ago that Dapperton was still growing up in Warwick, New York, a farm town that provided Gus with all the back roads and talent shows he needed to get creative. After gaining some local notoriety, he started school in Philadelphia, studying music technology until the play counts started to skyrocket last year. Gus decided to focus on music full-time shortly thereafter. 

The focus hasn't wavered. When we caught up with him, Gus wanted to practice. So we booked some time in a dance studio, he called up a professional, and in between, we talked about what it means to be a rock star in 2018. Watch our latest Music Life above, and get familiar with Gus' music here

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Who Is Billie Eilish?

Over the course of 2017, Billie Eilish went from a precocious high-schooler who wouldn't stop singing to one of mainstream music's most exciting new voices. Her dontsmileatme EP was a crack of lightning against our musical landscape, eight tracks of dark, scrappy pop that revealed Billie's talents as a songwriter—and her fascination with morbidity. But the EP was also a family affair: Billie's brother Fineas provided most of the production, and the songs were largely written in their parents' roomy Craftsman home in Los Angeles' Highland Park. 

The 16-year-old singer was homeschooled by equally creative parents, both of them actors that encouraged Billie's early interest in dance and horseback riding. She's always been a singer, but it wasn't she and Fineas uploaded “Ocean Eyes” that the musical aspirations started to come to life. That was in November of 2015, and the success that has followed swept the whole family up in its current.

Luckily, they were prepared—Billie has the right people around her, and since signing to Interscope, she's become one of the label's most sought-after acts. By the time we visited the family's house in L.A., Billie had paired with Vince Staples on the “watch” remix and cooked up some unreleased heat with IDK and Denzel Curry

For now, however, Billie Eilish's creative base remains in Highland Park. It's somewhere between the treehouse built by her dad (he made this ladder, too), the aerial trapeze in the backyard (her mom teaches circus lessons on the side), and the hidden wall of her bedroom, where Billie scrawls ideas in black marker. It's home, but it's also headquarters.

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Jalen Rose Calls Paul Pierce ‘Petty’ Over Celtics Remarks, Pierce Fires Back With ’81’ Joke

The NBA is taking #PettyWarz to a whole new level in 2018.

First, a little in-game wrassling between the Rockets and Clippers spilled into a locker room confrontation that had Twitter aflame with things like secret tunnels, diversions, Austin Rivers being arrogant, and LAPD takeovers. The following night, Orlando guard Arron Afflalo threw a reckless haymaker at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica. Then, after Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier became the NBA's eighth and ninth ejections over the past three days, Wizards coach Scott Brooks dialed it up yet another notch by inviting Dwight Howard back onto the court to shoot the technical free throws, only to see Howard make both, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance, and blow a kiss to the Washington coach.

Incredible.

But perhaps the juiciest story of all revolves around Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. Most of you know the details by now: Celtics announce celebration for Thomas during Feb. 11 Cleveland-Boston matchup; Pierce gets angry, wants own night for his jersey retirement; former Celtics sit down beside campfire, gush about how amazing they were; media/Twitter (ahem, Shannon Sharpe) remind Pierce he's no Kobe; Thomas posts veiled “hating hours” Instagram message. It could be the plot for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Yesterday on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Jalen Rose summed up the whole thing when he called Pierce “petty” to his face, and the resulting back and forth had Pierce looking like he was ready to risk his job. (Thomas, for his part, liked the clip on social media.)

I mean, is Jalen Rose not correct? The Celtics honoring Isaiah during the game does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward. The Celtics honoring Isaiah for not just his play on the court but for what he inspired in their fans and the Boston community does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward.

Of course, being that petty is the theme of the month, Pierce wouldn't let it go, coming back at Rose with yet another “81” joke. The former Toronto Raptors guard will probably never live these down, but at least he can take it and keep it moving.

And the critics say the NBA isn't entertaining anymore because the Cavs and Warriors always win. 

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This Clip of Pistons Player Boban Marjanović Dancing Is Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day

Blue Monday, which is widely regarded as the most depressing day of the entire year, is only a few days away, and unfortunately, there is plenty for people to be depressed about right now. Between the stacks of holiday-related bills that are starting to show up in mailboxes all across the country to the awful comments the so-called Commander-in-Chief reportedly made regarding “shithole countries,” there are lots of long faces throughout America at the moment.

So how about something to turn those frowns all the way upside down? Behold, a video of Pistons player Boban Marjanović learning how to dance to “Chicken Noodle Soup”! Marjanović’s teammate Tobias Harris posted it on the ‘gram on Thursday night, and it’s pretty much the best video that we’ve seen so far this week month year. See for yourself.

 

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This is not the first dance video starring Harris and Marjanović. Just last week, Harris tried to teach Marjanović to Milly Rock to mixed results.

But this latest clip is the ray of sunshine that we didn’t even know we needed from Marjanović, and it’s bringing a lot of joy to everyone who has seen it. Just look at these responses.

We don’t know how much more dancing Marjanović is going to do in 2018. But if a 7-foot-3 center from Serbia who is currently playing in Detroit can find a sliver of happiness in spite of the everything that’s going on out there in the world, then so can we. Keep dancing, Boban.

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Dame Dash on Allegedly Slapping Harvey Weinstein: ‘Somebody Definitely Got Smacked’

Dame Dash is coyly pumping the brakes on a borderline urban myth that he put hands on exiled executive Harvey Weinstein for some allegedly sexist behavior. In the midst of November’s seemingly never-ending stream of Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Cam’ron took to the booth and claimed Dash slapped Weinstein for his allegedly foul behavior. The statement came in the form of one of Cam’s bars on the Diplomats track “Once Upon a Time.”

“No disrespecting the ladies word from my team/That’s the reason Dame smacked Harvey Weinstein/On the set of Paid in Full y’all gave him hell about it/Some foul shit happened once Capo tell ’em ’bout it…” Cam rapped.

When TMZ asked Dash if he indeed “smacked Harvey Weinstein,” he didn’t directly deny putting the proverbial paws on Weinstein. Dash seemed to dance around the answer like someone who was acutely aware of New York’s laws about physical assault and battery.

“I could say that somebody definitely got smacked on the set of Paid in Full,” Dash said. “I’ve never really liked the way Harvey treated my culture. I didn’t like the way he talked to people. I ain’t like the way he was treating my film. I’ve owned clubs with him, and a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on.”

Dame offered more, and if you can get past the casual shade he throws at Just Blaze and Wood Harris, the statement that “a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on” is particularly disturbing. 

Paid in Full was released in 2002, so there were at least a good 15 years of “everybody knew what was going on” before Weinstein had to face any consequences for decades of alleged sexual assaults. 

If you can read between the lines, Dash’s refusal to outright say he didn’t slap Weinstein combined with him claiming he got sued over the smacking (without mentioning the involved parties) leaves more questions than answers.

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André 3000: ‘When I Pass Away, People Will Find Hours and Hours of Files’

André 3000 interviews are few and far between, so whenever the celebrated rapper steps into the limelight for a convo on his latest happenings, it always feels like an event of sorts. His new Q&A with GQ Style is no different.

André sat down with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Will Welch, for a lengthy talk about where he’s at musically, what he has in the vault, and why his longtime Outkast partner Big Boi is a better rapper than him.

The discussion also touched on a pretty entertaining topic: André, inspired by buying a bootleg Anita Baker shirt, wants to spearhead her official merch line.

On a more personal note, the ATLien revealed the one regret he would have if he died today. “Here’s the only thing that I would regret: Man, you know, there is still that album that you wanted to do.”

André previously told Complex he would be at peace if Outkast never dropped another album, and also compared rap to boxing. Here, he used Floyd Mayweather’s career as an analogy for his own.

Check out some choice excerpts below, and head over to GQ Style (the Holiday issue is available on newsstands now) where André also talks about his parents (both have passed) and his partnership with Tretorn.

On being at the end of his music career

It’s Mayweather. He knows. He’s like, yeah, I can fight maybe three more of ’em. But I’m slowing down, and I see these young kids coming up and I was them. And at a certain point, no matter how Mayweather you are, I think it’s classy to be like, you know what? [brushes off hands].

I think I have, like, maybe two more Mayweather fights… Or maybe one.

On what he’s got in his music vault

When I pass away, people will find hours and hours of files…hard drives and shit. It’s hard drives of me just in the house alone playing horrible guitar. Me playing piano. Me playing a little sax. I was trying to find out: What can I be excited about? Because I never was, to me, a great producer or a great writer or a great rapper. I always felt that I was less than everybody else, so I fought harder.

On why he believes Big Boi is the better rapper

When you watch early Outkast videos, Big Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. Big Boi can rap better than me—I always said that. If somebody said, “Pick who you want from Outkast to go to battle with you,” it wouldn’t be me. ’Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a shit about that.

On feeling out of the loop with the current sound of rap

I hate going to the studio. So what’s got me going once again is me being excited about other artists. I’ve been working on producing a few artists. A couple projects. But here’s the crazy thing: I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance. So the only thing I can do is this kind of novelty, off thing for them.

For me, hip-hop is about freshness. You can always hop, but you won’t always be hip.

On his plans to start an Anita Baker T-shirt line

I’m an artist, and I’m buying bootleg shirts of another artist, so I felt bad. So I was like, maybe, so my conscience feels good, let me try to find an address for Anita and send her a little check. And it’ll be a joke, like, “Anita, I just bought these shirts, I feel bad about it, here’s $50.” Then I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great to design a line of Anita Baker tees and present the line to Anita? Maybe she needs some merch.

If she says no, hey, it’s fine. It was just an idea. There’s no way to lose here.

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Kaytranada: How His Music Went From His Basement to Dance Floors Around the World | The Culture

Kaytranada—the Haitian-born, Quebec-raised DJ and producer—started out messing with music on the family computer in his basement. Using production software, and posting his music online, Kaytra's use of technology helped him bring his unique sound into the real world. Years later the high school dropout's music can be heard on dance floors around the globe.

In our new episode of The Blueprint, Jinx visits Kaytranada at his parent’s home in Montreal to get the backstory on how he used a DIY approach to turn his dream into a reality, and the importance of his debut album 99.9%.

If you dive into Kaytranada’s catalog, you get the sense that he’s always pushing the boundaries for what his sound is, and it’s something that comes natural. “I don’t think about doing new, I just do it,” he says. “I keep on doing me, so that’s what the signature is.”

Kaytranada also shares advice for those looking for motivation to do something special, whether it’s in music or another passion. “It’s pretty much about doing what you love and following your dreams. It sounds really corny, but it’s so real. Deep down you know what you want, and you should go for it.”

Check out the full episode of The Culture with Kaytranada above, and if you’re still sleeping on 99.9% grab it here.

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Marshawn Lynch Made Several Jets Players Mad by Dancing on Sideline During Blowout

Marshawn Lynch played in his first home regular-season game for the Raiders on Sunday afternoon, and he made the most of it by running for 45 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries during a 45-20 win over the Jets. He also put together a memorable dance celebration on the sideline at the beginning of the fourth quarter that endeared him to the hometown crowd and showed off his love for Oakland.

Not everyone loved the dancing that Lynch did, though. After the game, a handful of Jets players spoke with the media and admitted that they were angry about seeing Lynch go full Beast Mode as “Oakland,” a song by Vell and DJ Mustard, played inside of Oakland Alameda Coliseum. They weren’t necessarily angry with Lynch himself, but several players revealed that they were angry with the situation that led to Lynch dancing with so much time left on the clock.

 

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“It irks my ever-living nerves,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of Lynch's dancing, which came with the Raiders leading 35-13. “When I saw it happening, it was infuriating…That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy. I don’t like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that and having Marshawn dance like that. Great player, but seeing it happen, that should infuriate the whole team. It should infuriate everybody and we should have a good response coming into next Sunday.”

Jenkins later stopped short of referring to what Lynch did as “unsportsmanlike,” despite how angry it made him. “Guys dancing around, you can get mad at them—you’re supposed to. That’s football. You don’t blame it on unsportsmanlike,” he said. “He fights. He earned every bit of what he did today. I’m not going to take that away from him. Of course, I’m going to be pissed off at him for dancing like that, but that’s sports. That’s not unsportsmanlike at all.”

Nose tackle Steve McLendon added: “We’re upset because it seems like he was rubbing it in our face. But he’s winning, man. He can do whatever he wants to do.”

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And linebacker Darron Lee went as far as to label Lynch’s dancing “demoralizing.” But like many of his other teammates, he stopped just short of criticizing Lynch and admitted that it was the circumstances surrounding the game that frustrated him the most. “It’s their house—they can do whatever they want—but as a competitor, as a defender, you don’t like to see that type of stuff,” he said. “It’s demoralizing, but we have to bow up and keep fighting.”

After the game, Lynch didn’t have much to say about his dancing or the win that the Raiders earned to move them to 2-0 on the season. But he did state the obvious when he was asked what it was like to get the crowd going during the game. “It felt good,” he said.

Raiders fans are hoping for more of it in the coming weeks. They’ll hit the road for two games—including a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Redskins next Sunday—before returning to Oakland in Week 5 for a game against the Ravens.

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A Recap of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018

After a week of some of the biggest brands, designers, and celebrities all showing out for New York Fashion Week Spring 2018, it's now time to take a look back at some highlights. During a time when many people are questioning the importance of New York Fashion Week in comparison to its European counterparts, designers delivered some signature moments to lighten the discrediting of the festivities, even if only briefly. Brands like Helmut Lang, Opening Ceremony, Kith, Fenty Puma by Rihanna, and Alexander Wang all brought their own signature aesthetic to their respective shows. Here is a recap of some of the most entertaining shows from New York Fashion Week.

Some of the biggest celebrity cameos of the week came at Ronnie Fieg's Kith Sport show. The designer's second fashion show took place on Thursday night at the Classic Car Club Manhattan, where he showed off upcoming collections with brands like Moncler, Adidas Soccer, Champion, Iceberg, and Nike. Virgil Abloh, Scott Disick, and Carmelo Anthony were among the crowd, but two of the most memorable guests appeared on the runway. First, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen walked down the catwalk sporting pieces from Fieg's upcoming Nike collaboration. If that wasn't enough, Fieg decided to close out the show by putting a spotlight (literally) onto arguably the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James, who lip-synched the lyrics to Kanye West and Jay Z's “H.A.M.” 

Kith Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Kith's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

This past Saturday night, Alexander Wang took to Brooklyn to celebrate #WangFest. The mobile show included the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner stepping out of an Alexander Wang tour bus before strutting down the Brooklyn streets. Their looks, complete with party style hats that read “WangFest,” further alluded to the show's party atmosphere. Notable attendants included Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner, amongst others. Of course, the after party that Wang has become known for did not disappoint either. Cardi B and Ja Rule hit the stage to perform, and Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, and Budweiser took care of the food and drinks for the affair. 

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Gotham/GC Images)

Sunday night brought about even more festivities with Rihanna showing off her motocross and surf-inspired Spring 2018 Fenty line at the Park Avenue Armory. This was Rihanna's return to New York after her last two collections were debuted in Paris. Staying true to the theme, dirt bike riders tricked off of ramps over pink sand mountains to start the show. RiRi also took her bow on the back of a motorbike. The show boasted a star-studded front row that included Cardi B, Offset, Big Sean, and Jhené Aiko, to name a few.

Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show
Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Opening Ceremony decided to show off its Spring 2018 collection a little differently as well. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim debuted their collection using a dance performance titled “Changers,” which was written and directed by Spike Jonze. The collection itself featured plays on the collegiate wardrobe like varsity jackets, club T-shirts, sweatpants, and flannel shirts.

On Monday, Shane Oliver debuted his first collection for Helmut Lang at Pearl River Mart. The collection heavily referenced Lang's archive with a lot of pieces featuring fetish design, and leather accents as an added twist from Oliver. The former Hood By Air designer also included memorable head-turners—like an oversized bra that converts into a bag—in his collection. The ready-to-wear featured a line of Helmut Lang tour merch that featured red and white “HELMUT” branding throughout. ASAP Ferg, Ian Connor, Lil Yachty, Jerry Lorenzo, and more were among those who sat front row. 

Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Helmut Lang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Catwalking)

 

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