It’s March 9, 1997. Rapper Notorious B.I.G was leaving a music industry party in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old was seated in the passenger side of a Suburban when a car pulled up alongside of it and shot several times. It was the second drive by murder of a rapper in six months, the first being Tupac, who was a known rival of Biggie. It has been speculated that both their deaths were a result of the bicoastal feud.
Weeks later, Biggie’s second album, Life After Death, was released.
Most people my age were about 3 years old at the time of his death and probably had never heard his music at that point. But ask almost any teenager today who he is and they’ll know. His music has continued to entertain fans and inspire musicians.
Sean, Diddy, Combs, who worked with Biggie in the 90’s, reflected on his passing back in December, “Words can’t really describe it,” Diddy said. “You know? He’s really the foundation of like almost everything I’ve done musically. He made me believe in the impossible. Cause hearing him rap it was just—I was hearing something that I couldn’t believe I was hearing. So, it made me push the limits of what I was doing musically and as a producer. You know, he’s constantly a muse of what I strive to be and he’s the definition of greatness.”
Despite being killed on a busy street, as was Tupac, no official arrests have been made and both cases remain unsolved.
Biggie may have rapped the words “You’re nobody ’til somebody kills you” but he was somebody before his untimely murder and will remain one of the biggest names in hip hop for years to come. Forever notorious.
So this morning I heard the story of “Belle Knox”, the Duke freshman women’s studies major who started doing porn in order to pay for her college tuition. I have incredibly mixed feelings about this entire situation and would really like to hear from you guys what you think.
I do agree with what she said during her CNN interview that America loves to watch porn but we shame the people in them. It’s true. We, especially women, are taught to not have sex, to hide our bodies, to be ashamed that we want it. But we all know that sex is a part of life and there is no harm in enjoying it. And I have to give these women props for being confident enough to take their clothes off so millions of people can watch them have sex. So in that respect, it would seem that I would be on her side. However, it’s very hard for me to do that.
She said that when she wants to be in a relationship, her job description will not be an issue. I mean, lets get real. How many guys want to seriously date a porn star? I’m sure thousands of them would like to take you out, but who wants to be romantic with someone who gets paid to be railed by men all day. Obviously, relationships aren’t everything but I think one day she will see that her choice will affect her forever.
I also think she should stop saying that she did it so she can pay for college. Yeah, college is expensive. Not only is my school charging almost 60 grand a year, but the student loans I am taking out to pay for it have an incredibly high interest rate. I’ll be left with about $300,000 to pay back when I’m 22 years old. But the first thought I had was not to do porn to afford it. I’m getting a college degree so that I can have a career that will allow me to pay it back and be happy. What is a women’s studies major gonna get you? Honestly, skip college and just do porn.
Like I said, I’m so on the fence about it. In one hand, good for her. Women should be proud of their sexuality but on the other…you get paid to get fucked.
I would normally never post a negative review about a company without actually trying their product. However, I feel that people should hear just how difficult Proactiv’s costumer service was to deal with before they decide to give them a try.
After years of struggling with temperamental skin and trying everything under the sun, I finally decided to take the chance and call and order Proactiv +. After being hassled about ordering a million add-ons, which I declined, I finally was told I would be getting the $29.95 first time costumer price. The next day, I open an email confirmation from the company and was shocked to see the bill came out to $89.85.
After calling costumer service 4 times, I was FINALLY able to get someone to help. When you place an order with them, your account doesn’t become “active” for about 24 hours. So they can’t see anything or make any changes until that time. However, by then the item is already shipped and the charge is placed. I literally had to yell at a costumer service agent who tried to tell me I would eventually be credited some of the money instead of fulling refunded.
Eventually, he tells me when I get the product and a return shipping label, I have to send it back and then I can be refunded. That is IF it all can happen within their 60 day money back guarantee. Which by the way the guy made it seem, it probably wont. Since I need the return label sent to my school and not my house (the billing address) it can take way longer to get to me. Why? Who the hell knows.
It is really unfortunate that a company that supposedly has such a great product are assholes to deal with. They will never get a dime of my money.
Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s introduction to the world with his major label debut, The Slim Shady LP. Since 1999, the album earned him a Grammy, was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has been included in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Eminem became the first rapper to reach number 1 on MTV’s Total Request Live for the album’s first single, My Name Is, the song that made him a household name.
The no holds barred rapper changed the hip hop genre forever with his explicit lyrics about everything under the sun from celebrity parodies to drug use to rape and murder. He attained thousands of fans at the end of 90’s and early 2000’s and managed to piss a lot of people off in the process. And still does. Over the last 15 years, his lyrics have sparked several debates as recently as 2013, when he continued to spew homophobic slurs on his sequel to the Marshall Mathers LP.
An MTV News article about the anniversary said that his “nothing-to-loose attitude on the Slim Shady LP is a kind of magic that could never really be duplicated in 2014, or beyond.” In a day and age where celebrities have to publically apologize for every minuscule lapse of judgment they make, it would seem like it would be a hard for an in your face rapper to manage to stay relevant. However, Eminem, who was crowned the “King of Hip-Hop” by Rolling Stone in 2011, is never going away and he is never going to apologize.
“I rap to get a reaction, “Shady told MTV News in November. “A bad reaction is better than no reaction. If my music sparks debates and conversations or whatever — be it right, be it wrong or whatever — I would rather have it get a reaction — a bad reaction — than no reaction. ‘Cause no reaction sucks.”
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I am currently looking into applying for a BuzzFeed internship in their animal office and one of the requirements is to have a few animal related articles to show them. So, I made my first BuzzFeed article and it’s about my cat, obviously.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am an avid White Castle fan. The closest to my hometown being almost two hours away, I don’t get the opportunity to enjoy it that often. Even since moving to Long Island for school, the little burgers are only a treat every once in a while. So when my roommates and myself decided to go on Valentine’s Day, I was excited. We decided we would wear dresses because it was V-Day and we’re poor, so this would be our “date.” We thought we were being funny because who the hell dresses up to go to White Castle?
So we get there, right in the heart of West Hempstead, and all the tables were reserved! Reservations at White Castle? Excuse me? There were tablecloths and fake candles, menus, and the employees were actually waitressing. One couple even had a bottle of wine. I could not believe it. We thought we were being funny and it turned out that we were the assholes who didn’t make a reservation.
Apparently the chain does this every Valentine’s Day as to allow their loyal costumers a cute date. (However, the dates were interrupted by someone off the street coming in to beg for money, in true Hempstead fashion.) How had I never heard of this before? How far ahead should you make reservations? I wasn’t sure if I should envy the couples who don’t put feel the pressure of the holiday or feel sorry for them. All in all it turned out to be quite entertaining, and of course delicious.