Producers behind cult animated series Archer are changing the name of the show's fictional spy agency to distance itself from terrorist group ISIS. The adult TV series centres on the adventures of the title character and his fellow colleagues at ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service), but creator Adam Reed reveals he will be tweaking the title of the global espionage organisation for the upcoming season six in light of the recent hostage beheadings and other violent actions of the real-life militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS.
Executive producer Matt Thompson tells TheDailyBeast.com, "(ISIS is) just the most awful thing, and we didn't want to have anything to do with it."
The name change will be incorporated into the storyline of the season six premiere, which airs in the U.S. in January (15).
Archer features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler and Judy Greer, among others.
Irish rockers U2 wanted to annoy the record-buying public with their Apple-managed album release, according to frontman Bono. The singer admits he knew making new record Songs of Innocence available for free download to half a billion Apple users earlier this month (Sep14) would cause controversy.
Many recipients were annoyed because the album had been made available to their 'cloud' storage system and appeared on their devices without their permission, and Odd Future rapper Tyler, The Creator was among those who hit out, comparing the release to a sexually transmitted disease.
However, Bono is adamant the stunt was a success, telling BBC Radio 2, "Well that's kind of our job isn't it? To stir things up a bit, that's why we wanted to be in a rock and roll band in the first place... That's always been the way, it was the same with our first album. It's kind of why you got into a band - to stir things up and annoy people, that was the whole punk rock thing. If you weren't doing that, you weren't doing anything.
"So I'm very excited that we got so many people annoyed and just being discussed. The only thing that could have gone wrong is being ignored which is perfectly understandable after all these years of being around."
Sharon Osbourne has voiced her disdain at receiving U2's new album for free via Apple's iTunes downloading service, insisting the automatic addition of Songs Of Innocence to her music library is an "invasion" of her privacy. The Irish rockers accepted a deal worth a reported $100 million (£62.5 million) from Apple bosses to offer up their new release for free to its half a billion iTunes customers around the world last week (ends12Sep14), as part of the marketing campaign for the tech giant's new iPhone 6 and iWatch devices.
However, not everyone appreciated the U2 giveaway - rapper Tyler, The Creator recently compared waking up with Songs of Innocence on his phone to contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and on Monday night (15Sep14), Osbourne took aim at the band for selling out to get its music heard.
Taking to Twitter.com, Osbourne ranted, "U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it... PS, btw (by the way) you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies... (sic)".
On Tuesday (16Sep14), Osbourne opened up further about the reason for her tirade during an episode of her U.S. daytime show The Talk, explaining she would have liked the option of accepting the download instead of having it added to her music library without her knowledge.
She said, "(They) give it away for free, whether you want it or not... It fills up space on your iPhone... This is an invasion of my private space, my entertainment space...!"
The rock matriarch went on to insist that U2's decision to give away their new material only causes more problems for the music industry, which is already struggling with falling sales figures, making it harder for new artists to survive.
She continued, "They set a precedent that music is disposable, it's just another piece of software and it's nothing, you should give it away for free.
"Sorry guys... there's a whole new breed of artist coming up that need that money to survive to be able to continue to create. We're not all billionaires, we're not all in your world. So stop with you're 'doing us a favour by giving it away for free'. Keep it to yourselves!"
Apple executives have since responded to the backlash from some iTunes users by sharing instructions on how to delete Songs of Innocence from their devices.
Rapper Tyler, The Creator has blasted rockers U2 over their free album download, comparing the stunt to waking up with a sexually transmitted disease. The Odd Future star was furious after discovering the band's new record, Songs of Innocence, had been automatically added to his Apple storage device without his consent.
The technology giant linked up with the Irish rockers to provide a free download of the album to half a billion customers around the world this week (beg08Sep14) but the rapper is angry he was 'given' the record without asking for it.
In a series of messages on Twitter.com, he writes, "Get off my f**king phone. You couldn't come up with an actual marketing idea? F**k @U2 I don't want you. F**k Bono. I didn't ask for you, I'm mad...
"I did not (know) you were on my phone. Its legit like waking up with a pimple or like a herpe idk I did know (sic) you were on my phone. What the f**k."
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.
*Rosenberg's Top Trippy Picks
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