Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attended a glitzy gala in New York City on Monday night (16Jun14) to raise funds for The Trevor Project. The TrevorLive event brought together leading gay celebrities to raise awareness and bring in donations to support the charity's work with young members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community who are in crisis.
Star Trek actor Quinto and Juno star Ellen Page, who went public with her sexuality earlier this year (14), were among the speakers at the event, along with Harris, who attended with his partner David Burtka, and Modern Family star Ferguson, who was with his producer husband Justin Mikita. Other attendees included actor Cheyenne Jackson and his fiance Jason Landau.
After the bash, Harris took to Twitter.com to write, "Had such a wonderful time tonight at TrevorProject Live. So impressed by this organisation. Please support them, or at least learn more."
The event was hosted by comedienne Wanda Sykes, while The Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington was honoured with the Trevor Hero Award for her work in support of gay rights.
Rockers The Strokes returned to the festival stage in their native New York City this weekend (06-08Jun14) for the first time in three years to headline 2014's Governors Ball event. Frontman Julian Casablancas basked in the evening sunshine on Saturday (07Jun14), as he led the band through a hits-packed set, belting out tracks like Heart in a Cage, Reptilia and Last Nite, much to the delight of the group's hometown crowd.
It marked Casablancas' second set in as many days - he also hit the stage with his band The Voidz on Friday (06Jun14), when top acts OutKast, Damon Albarn and Bastille also performed. Bastille surprised fans with a reworked cover of TLC's R&B hit No Scrubs.
Jack White headlined Saturday night's festivities, while rapper Childish Gambino teamed up with Chance the Rapper to perform their latest collaboration, The Worst Guys, and British dance duo Disclosure introduced AlunaGeorge to the stage for a performance of White Noise that superfan Madonna enjoyed. The pop superstar shared an Instagram.com photo of herself backstage with Disclosure, and joked, "Been promoted to head of security for Disclosure!"
Sunday's line-up includes rappers Tyler, the Creator and J. Cole, Foster The People, Interpol, Vampire Weekend and former Swedish House Mafia stars Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso.
"I love Jennifer Lawrence. If you watching this, leave the n**ga you with!" Rapper Tyler, The Creator admits his crush with Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who is dating her X-Men: Days of Future Past co-star, Nicholas Hoult.
Tyler, The Creator is eager to move beyond the world of hip-hop after confessing he "hates rapping". The emcee first garnered attention on the music scene as the co-founder of alternative rap group Odd Future in 2010, but just a few years later, Tyler, real name Tyler Okonma, is ready to move on from his rap career.
In an interview with Larry King on his web series, Tyler admits, "I hate rapping. It puts you in this box... I'm talented enough to do other things. I don't know, I'm pretty bored with it. It's not interesting."
As for what he thinks he will do instead, Tyler is eyeing a career in movies, adding, "In the future, I want to do films. I want people to mention my name next to (directors) Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino. I don't want my name to be mentioned next to other rappers at all."
Actor Seth Rogen dressed in drag for a hilarious cameo appearance on rap group Odd Future's comedy sketch show on Thursday night (22May14). The latest episode of the hip-hop collective's programme Loiter Squad, which airs on America's Adult Swim network, features a bizarre clip in which Rogen, playing a six-year-old girl, becomes involved in a fight with three of the group's members.
The short scene opens with rappers Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and Jasper Dolphin skateboarding before spotting a 'little girl' who they notice looks like the This Is The End star. As the camera pans across, Rogen is seen wearing a pink dress and playing with an American football alone before Sweatshirt mocks his sporting ability and instigates a fight. The clip ends with Rogen cowering on the floor crying for help while the rappers surround the actor and jeer at him.
It needs to be said that hip-hop music has always been wildly innovative, but we've also suffered from a few lulls over the years. Particularly in the music video department, there's been a tendency towards repetition. Or, as the great 2Pac once eloquently pointed out, things can get a little boring when the same video vixens (we call them "vixens" now) are showing up in all of the videos. And The Roots and dead prez have both made satirical videos, pointing out the monotony in popular rap.
But we're here to celebrate those rappers who opted for a different route, which is partly why we enlisted the help of the one and only DJ Rosenberg. Co-host of Hot 97's “The Morning Show” and one-half of the brilliant Juan Epstein podcast duo (DJ Cypha Sounds represents the "Juan" portion), Rosenberg is more hip-hop than roughly 89 percent of the world's population. So when he spoke with us about the aesthetics of a truly trippy rap video — and gave us some suggestions — we listened. And for that we thank him, just as we thank the many stoner rappers, artsy rappers, underground rappers, backpack rappers (and plain, ol' regular rappers) on this list for going against the grain. Here are the 17 trippiest hip-hop videos ever. And yes, 17 is a pretty random number, but once you experience all of the epic randomness in these videos, you'll understand.
1. Busta Rhymes, "Gimme Some Mo"
Ah, yes. The great Busa Buss. One of the most brilliant, beloved rappers ever changed the game when he teamed up with Hype Williams (one of our favorite music video directors-turned filmmakers) and started making videos. Busta Rhymes really needs his own list — since pretty much all of his videos are the trippiest videos ever — but for now we're picking this Psycho-inspired awesomeness as our favorite. Also, can we please have Rah Digga back now?
2. *A Tribe Called Quest, "Jazz (We've Got) Buggin' Out"
Now, Busta's video is so much more interesting when you go back and watch this one. This 1991 track from A Tribe Called Quest got a seemingly simple video that suddenly turns trippy in the end. The bugged-out eyes are a great reminder of the fact that Busta had some powerful influences back in the day.
3. *Gravediggaz, "Diary of a Mad Man"
Back in 1994 the Gravediggaz album 6 Feet Deep became a seminal work in the "horrorcore" rap subgenre. The supergroup (comprised of Prince Paul, Frukwan, RZA, and Too Poetic) teamed up with Shabazz The Disciple and Killah Priest for "Diary of a Mad Man." Themes of religion, dark magic, and street life mesh together in the haunting, black and white visuals.
4. *Pharcyde, "Runnin'"
The beat is a classic, the song is infectious, but if you have a fear of clowns, this may not be the video for you. Still—clowns and all—there's an amazing, dream-like quality to the video that makes for an awesome visual experience.
5. Goodie Mob, "They Don't Dance No Mo"
No disrespect to Outkast, but Goodie Mob is the trippiest rap group to come out of Atlanta. Long before The Voice, Cee Lo Green was being weird and awesome, and rocking footy pajamas in rap videos (sort of).
6. *Psycho Realm, "Stone Garden"
Embraced by Cypress Hill in the early '90s, Psycho Realm came on the scene with a West Coast/gothic vibe that resulted in some pretty intense lyrics and videos. "Stone Garden" opens with some über-trippy hospital scenes (which may have gone on to have some influence on Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" video).
7. Geto Boys, "Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me"
We can't talk trippy rap videos without the Geto Boys. "Trippy" is really putting it lightly here—paranoia, fear, and intimations of suicide make this one a powerful, eerie video to experience.
8. Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, "The Rain"
If you're grown out here in these streets, you can probably remember the first time you saw this video. You didn't know what you were looking at, you didn't know why there was a garbage bag theme, but you knew you were in love. Like Busta Rhymes, Missy's video catalogue is worthy of its own list. She's the reigning queen of trippy rap visuals, and for that we thank her.
9. Eminem, "My Name Is"
When we first met Eminem back in 1999, some of us were skeptical... and weirded out beyond belief. But the Detroit rapper went on to become one of the biggest deals of all time. His contribution to the world of bizarre rap videos (which went along perfectly with his tripped-out lyrics) is immense, but it all started here.
10. Kid Cudi, "Day 'n' Night"
Mr. Solo Dolo came on the scene back in 2008, a Cleveland native living in Brooklyn who got the ultimate co-sign from Kanye West. The somber sounds of Day 'n' Nite might be attributed to the fact that the song was inspired by troubles he was having with a family member who passed away shortly after the song's release. Some of that darkness gets manifested in the visuals, but there's also a playfulness at work here that we really love.
11. Frank Ocean, "Pyramids"
Director Nabil really outdid himself with this unforgettable video. Frank Ocean's brilliant single from channel ORANGE was brought to life in the strip club of your nightmares, and it was epic. Demonized skrippers flipped the concept of the sexually-charged rap video on its head, and the visual experience for the audience mimics tripped-out Frank's own experiences in the video. John Mayer's cameo towards the end only made it weirder. And by "weirder," we obviously mean "cooler."
12. Kanye West, "Black Skinhead"
Another favorite for trippy video fans, Kanye came back on the scene last year with Yeezus and slayed all. Granted, everyone couldn't get into the new sound, but those of us that loved it, really loved it. The "Black Skinhead" (or "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD") video was dark, twisted, and intense—all while remaining somewhat minimalistic, with a computer-generated version of Yeezy at the center of it all. Yeezy also released an interactive version on his website.
Sidenote: every Yeezy fan should check out his incredible interview with the Juan Epstein podcast.
13. Iggy Azalea, "Pu**y"
Before the amazing, Clueless-inspired video for "Fancy," Iggy was just a young, underground rapper struggling to get some airplay. We can't imagine why radio didn't take to this record (ahem) but we will say that any video explicitly referencing the... uh... things she's referencing in this video—while featuring a bunch of kids — is pretty trippy, and even offensive depending on your feelings. But then again, maybe she's just talking about kitty cats.
14. *Tyler the Creator, "Yonkers"
Thanks to DMX, Yonkers has always seemed like a pretty scary place. But Tyler the Creator took our fears to new heights when he dropped these visuals. Prepare to be terrified... and weirdly intriqued. And for a slightly less dark — but equally trippy video — check out Tyler's video for "Tamale" (a song which also features one of the most powerful verses anyone's ever written about their father, probably).
15. Earl Sweatshirt, "WHOA"
Yes, the Odd Future fellas have got the trippy hip-hop video game on lock. Earl Sweatshirt's "WHOA" video almost feels like a tribute to what is probably the trippiest movie ever, Gummo. When he starts dancing with that 45 year-old-ish ballerina outside of his trailer, you just know things have gone too far. It's awesome.
16. Angel Haze, "Werkin Girls"
Creepy, stone-faced kids? Check. Frightening Freddy Krueger hand prop? Check. Weird kidnapper dude with an aluminum foil mask under his shades? Check. If you haven't been checking for Angel Haze, consider this your introduction. She's talented, trippy, and her latest video for Battle Cry is equally dope.
17. Flume & Ghostface Killah, "Space Cadet"
One way to make a dope rap video is to team up with an Australian electronic musician. Flume got Ghostface to feature on his new track, and the collaborative video is one of the coolest we've seen so far this year. Plus, don't you want a little cartoon Ghostface Killah of your own? Of course you do.
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Beyonce shocked crowds at the 2014 Coachella music festival in California by joining her sister Solange Knowles onstage.
The Irreplaceable singer appeared unannounced at the end of her younger sister's track Losing You to perform a choreographed dance routine with her. Beyonce's unexpected appearance at the Empire Solo Club in Indio on Saturday night (12Apr14) was very brief, and once the song finished, she hugged her sister and left the stage.
The second day of the festival was full of more surprise appearances. Happy singer Pharrell Williams brought out a number of famous friends during his set at the Outdoor Theatre. Rapper Nelly joined him for a rendition of his single Hot In Herre, Busta Rhymes rapped Pass The Courvoisier Part II and Snoop Dogg performed Drop It Like It's Hot and Beautiful. Rapper Tyler, The Creator and dance act Diplo also joined the show. However, the biggest surprise of his set was the introduction of Gwen Stefani, who performed her 2005 hit Hollaback Girl, which she co-wrote with Williams.
British band Muse closed the second night of the festival on the Coachella Stage with a 14-song set, which included a cover of Nirvana's Lithium, which they dedicated to the band's lead singer Kurt Cobain, who died 20 years ago. The second day of the festival also featured sets from rockers Queens of the Stone Age, pop star Lorde, electro act Pet Shop Boys and British DJ Fatboy Slim. Others due to perform on Sunday (13Apr14) include Arcade Fire, Motorhead, Lana Del Rey and Calvin Harris.
Tyler, The Creator's manager has spoken out in defence of the embattled rapper after he was arrested for allegedly inciting a riot at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, insisting the star is not the "bad guy". The Odd Future frontman was taken into custody in Austin, Texas on 15 March (14) and booked on the charge following his show in the city two nights earlier (13Mar14).
The 23 year old, real name Tyler Okonma, is accused of urging fans outside the venue to push past barriers and security to gain access to the gig, but his lawyer, Perry Q. Minton, issued a statement on Thursday (20Mar14) declaring video footage shot at the gig will prove his innocence.
Now his manager, Christian Clancy, has shared his take on the controversy in a lengthy post on his Tumblr.com blog.
In the message, Clancy reveals Tyler had a "punk rock moment", but claims, "the energy and intent of that show was not anger or aggression.. kumbaya (calm and spiritual)? of course not. but this simply isn't as its being portrayed. no one was hurt. u likely don't believe me (i get it..)...
"find the whole show on you tube.. just seeing an edited 7 seconds of kids running/walking in doesn't exactly sum it up... everyone was happy after the show. zero bad energy backstage. as his manager no one came up to me regarding the 'incident' (sic)."
Clancy goes on to clear up common misconceptions about Tyler, The Creator, adding, "i understand how easy it is to paint tyler as a bad guy.. i honestly do.. but as someone who has spent a whole lot of time around him i can only say dig deeper. ask his fans. ask his friends... this is a guy who has never had a drink or drug in his life. this is a guy who is building his own businesses and challenging the old ones (sic)."
He concludes, "im not here to defend every move tyler makes, but i will stand by him and defend his character because i know him, the context, and have witnessed the growth (sic)."
Tyler, The Creator was released on bail in the hours after his arrest and flew to Dallas for another gig.
Tyler, The Creator's lawyer has declared video footage shot during a concert at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival will clear the rapper of allegations he incited a riot. The Odd Future star was arrested in Austin, Texas on Saturday (15Mar14) and booked on a charge of inciting a riot following his show in the city on Thursday night (13Mar14).
The 23-year-old rapper, real name Tyler Okonma, is accused of urging fans outside the venue to push past barriers and security to gain access to the gig, and his lawyer, Perry Q. Minton, has now released a statement proclaiming the star's innocence.
He says, "At no time during the... concert did Tyler seek to incite or participate in riotous activity... It is clear from video clips and witness reports that the patrons and fans attending the show on that date were full of positive energy appropriate for this type of event and never exhibited any anger or aggression whatsoever... For law enforcement or the media to describe the rush of fans through the gate and the subsequent benign, boisterous activity as a riot is an unfortunate and inaccurate description of what occurred... Tyler is not a violent individual and would never deliberately engage in any activity that would put another person at risk of being hurt."
Tyler, The Creator was released on bail in the hours after his arrest and flew to Dallas for another gig.
A third person involved in the car crash tragedy before a Tyler The Creator gig at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas has died. Suspect Rashad Owens is charged with speeding into a crowd outside The Mohawk Club late on Wednesday night (12Mar14).
His actions cost two people their lives at the scene and left 23 others injured, some critically. One of those people has now died in hospital, according to Billboard.com.
The identity and sex of the latest victim have not yet been released. Dutch music executive Steven Craenmehr and 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West were identified as the two people who died at the scene last week. West's husband Evan was still recovering from his injuries in hospital on Friday (14Mar14).
Owens is currently being held on a $3 million (GBP1.9 million) bond in Texas' Travis County jail.
Meanwhile, SXSW organisers have set up a fund, SXSW Cares, to help the survivors of the tragedy cover medical bills.