Doin’ Angel Haze’s Coachella Hair + 91,000 Other Things

Angel Haze doing her hair in our house before performing with Bastille

This weekend ninety-one thousand people made the pilgrimage to the desert for Coachella. It’s almost too much to handle. On Thursday and Friday we hit every party we could, starting with Tillys x Dickies desert lounge at the Ace Hotel, then headed to the This Is A Love Song house for an after hours, woke up and chilled at HAIM’s house to meet up with our friend Angel Haze while she got ready for her debut Coachella performance with Bastille, saw emo favs AFI before going to soho house for the Elle party with Ireland Baldwin, then came back to see The Knife’s freaky performance art and Outkast’s return performance.  But whether you’re at a chic event, chilling at a pool, or seeing your fav bands, it’s all about who you’re with and who you love.

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May Kwok at the Ace Hotel Dickies party

The Kin performing at Dickies x Tilly’s desert lounge

Extreme selfie with the designers of This is a Love Song & Sydney Reising

After Party at This is a Love Song’s Palm Springs house


Angela Pham

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Angel Haze

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Ireland Baldwin and John Tuite sharing a ringpop on our way to the Elle party

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David-Simon Dayan and Ireland Baldwin at the
Elle party

Crowd at The Knife


Azealia Banks Calls Perez Hilton A Faggot, Janet Mock Jumps In, Shitshow Ensues

Last week the Internet rolled its eyes at rappers Azealia Banks and Angel Haze and their sparring diss tracks. Kids today! In short order, Perez Hilton interjected himself into the debate and Banks lashed out, calling the openly gay blogger a "faggot" and asking him "does your butthole whistle?"

It seems like Banks was simply provoked by some finger-wagging posts published on Perez Hilton which chastised the two women for their "bickering" and "beef." 

Banks responded with tweets — which looks like it has been deleted:

@PerezHilton does your butthole whistle? Like is your butthole so stretched and raggedy the air whistles when you move?"

And then:

"omg u should just kill yourself… Like for real. lol what a messy f–got you are."

When other Twitter users rightly freaked out on Banks for her use of gay slurs, she got defensive and bullshitty, claiming that "faggot" isn’t really a gay slur. It’s a slightly-more-okay-somehow sexist slur!  She tweeted:  

She eventually apologized … sort of … but not really:

That could have been the end of it, maybe, save for more tweets for Banks licking her wounds.

But then Janet Mock, a former editor at People and a trans woman, jumped in with her own critique which made really good points yet stirred the pot even more (for some Twitter users, at least):

Mock also retweeted a fellow black feminist who agreed with her:

But she got a lot of pushback on Twitter from users accusing her of condoning Banks’ homophobia and misogyny by seemingly defending her and blaming Hilton, the victim in this scenario:

That all happened this morning. Thankfully it’s died down for now, most likely because everyone’s agents are screaming "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE STOP." 

Alas, recapping the continued bigotry in our popular culture probably never will die down …

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Angel Haze Drops Azealia Banks Diss Track Following Twitter Spat

There are few turns of phrases that make me feel old than "Twitter beef," but it is so: hip-hop starlets Azealia Banks and Angel Haze were caught feuding online this week after Banks suggested that one cannot claim to be a New Yorker if one was not born in New York. I call myself a New Yorker, despite being born in Virginia, but I kept pretty quiet for fear of an all-caps response from Banks. I don’t want to be in a Twitter beef with Azealia Banks! Angel Haze, whose song "New York" includes the line "I run New York," despite her Michigan upbringing. Rappers are always on edge about these sorts of things. Naturally, the two of them spent the better part of Wednesday afternoon shit-talking each other.

Rather than letting this feud curtail her artistic endeavors, Angel Haze dropped a diss track called "On The Edge," which allows Haze room to spit enough insults ("Bitch put an album out / I think my album’s more done than yours and I just started a week ago" is a good sample) to keep me waiting for Banks’s response. Also, I should really figure out how to use GarageBand the next time someone pisses me offline, because making my own diss track sounds more fun than just blocking them.

[Via Pitchfork]

Update: Because the internet waits for no man, Azealia Banks has already released her rebuttal. This is what happens when you take your lunch break in between writing a post and actually scheduling it to publish online. Lesson learned, ladies! 

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BlackBook Tracks #8: Gift Raps

I originally made this for my friend’s mixtape club under the theme “gift raps.” It is exactly what it says it is.

Le1f – “Wut”

Underground rap’s summer anthem of 2012 has been on repeat for weeks.

Iggy Azalea – “Murda Bizness” (ft. T.I.)

The latest party anthem from the Australian upstart shows off her undeniable star power. It’s also accompanied by one of the year’s best music videos so far, a spoof of the child pageant world.

Kanye West – “Monster” (ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver)

Remember those days when Nicki Minaj was just doing guest verses and had yet to do anything that people considered disappointing?

Angel Haze – “Werkin’ Girls”

NYC rapper Angel Haze is Universal’s toughest new signee, and this cut from her latest release Reservation shows why.

Das Racist – “You Can Sell Anything”

#RappersThatSpitTheTruth isn’t trending on Twitter any more, but this is still my pick.

M.I.A. – “URAQT”

Have a throwback to 2005 to remember that this bad girl has always done it well.

A-Trak – “Ray Ban Vision” (ft. CyHi The Prynce)

This hilarious/infectious track was a favorite in fall 2010 and still sounds fresh, thanks to the ever-reliable A-Trak’s amped-up production.

Dominique Young Unique – “Gangster Whips”

This Florida-based rapper has remained fairly underground for years now, but she’s slowly but surely going to make her way out.

Yelawolf – “Lick The Cat” (ft. Diamond)

This song contains the line “White boys eat pussy like a sandwich.” That is all you need to know about it.

Azealia Banks – “Fuck Up The Fun”

If you haven’t already, listen to this track from Azealia Banks and Diplo and you’ll immediately know why our friends at Vibe put this dream team on their cover.

Kitty Pryde – “Orion’s Belt” (ft. RiFF RAFF)

Resistance is futile. Recent Mad Decent signee RiFF RAFF is one of the most bizarre, compelling figures in pop culture today, and Kitty Pryde’s honesty and self-awareness is inherently likeable.