VIBE has joined forces with NYC’s legendary LAVO NYC doorman/fashion designer, Richard Wheeler, to create a limited edition HOUS shirt that will be sold exclusively at our first-ever V-Mix concert starring A-Trak and A$AP Mob, this Thursday Nov 29. (TICKETS HERE). Wheeler sat down to give us the skinny of secrets to passing his coveted red rope, the 411 on the VIBE collabo and more.
Why is the Vibe V-Mix concert important? The answer is simple: VIBE nailed it, a leader in hip-hop youth culture that has created an event that solidifies what is happening today. Electronic Dance Music, becoming the most exciting genre of music today, literally exploding on the dance floors across the globe, top ten charts, TV and advertising. The truth is, within this explosion of EDM it was greatly helped by hip-hop and it’s collaboration with EDM. Today they dominate together. This event is a reflection of this. Let’s celebrate!
Name some of the most stylish celebs that have passed the red rope at LAVO: Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Leo DiCaprio, Steve Aoki, Ciara, Jay Sean, Lennox Lewis, to name a few. We have seen nearly Every Victoria’s Secret Model on many occasions – a preference, naturally. Justin Beiber has some style (surprisingly!). My Zenith was reached when I lifted the rope for Stevie Wonder.
Last night, the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and debuted his newest venture: a car company. Rap-Up brings our attention to Mr. i.am’s project, which he has dubbed “IAMAUTO.” In related news, fellow Black Eyed Peas band member Taboo just had his credit approved for a new lease on a Kia Optima.
The IAMAUTO looks like if a DeLorean and a blow dryer had sex. The car may be off aesthetically, but will.i.am’s heart is in the right place — he wants to produce the car in the rough East Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up. “I’m a big technology freak and a geek and I invested my money in building my own vehicle ’cause I want to bring jobs to the ghetto that I come from,” he told Leno. “I invested in making a demo to start the Black Eyed Peas, now I want to invest to have a car company in the neighborhood where I come from.”
The IAMAUTO uses Chrysler parts and has a Beats by Dr. Dre sound system. Unfortunately, that aforementioned sound system is capable of playing Black Eyed Peas songs.
Are you ready for some Kabbalah Ball!? According to the sports site SBNation, Madonna has agreed to perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. The game will be held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, and if the Madonna report is true, it will mark the first time she’s ever performed at the world’s single biggest sporting event. She came close to appearing at Super Bowl XXXV, but she backed out at the last minute. A source told TV Guide, “I don’t know who did what to anger her, but she is out.” Maybe they gave her hydrangeas?
After the Black Eyed Peas’ LED-lit, auto-tuned bowel movement of a performance last year, the organizers probably looked to the last truly great half time show, Prince, and tried to find an act from a similar era with wide appeal. Madonna is no stranger to huge performances, and many of her songs are timeless enough to make people watching forget that she was born during the Eisenhower era.
Super Bowl halftime performances are peculiar things. For one, they don’t really help ratings, as it’s the game itself (and the commercials) that make it the most-watched televised event every year.They’ve almost become self-parodies, with distracting set designs and hired crowds ushered onto the field to jump and wave when the crane camera swoops overhead. Players hate the shows because they have to wait for agonizingly long stretches of time during the biggest game of their lives for workers to build and strike those sets and for the phony fans to return to the bowels of the stadium.
Still, the planners try harder and harder to top themselves every year. Oddly enough, Madonna probably won’t have as much hype surrounding her as the Black Eyed Peas, who were seemingly created in a lab for Super Bowl half time shows, and their anemic performance with Usher and Slash did nothing but disappoint. People don’t think of Madonna as just a pop star anymore. To most, she’s an actress, director, tabloid fixture, and inspiration to Lady Gaga. If she can just remind people of what a great performer she can be, the half time show will be a success.
She shouldn’t have to worry. If there are three things football fans love, it’s smash mouth gridiron action, cold beer, and the Material Girl.
With Hollywood awards season reaching its crescendo, we’d forgive you for thinking movie folk have all the fun. But this Sunday, the Grammys will aim to remind you that the music industry is full of famous people, too, and that like their cinematic counterparts, they love a good party. Here are a few of the best events in Los Angeles leading up to Sunday’s big show.
Last night, Essence magazine hosted a salute to Janelle Monae at Playhouse for the second-annual “Black Women in Music” event, with Joy Bryant hosting. A private party, obviously, and still the organizers had to disinvite previously confirmed guests. Classy. But the Essence party was a blip on the radar compared to the usual lineup of heavyweights. On Saturday, we have Clive Davis’ annual bash at the Beverly Hilton, and the Jimmy Fallon-hosted Roots jam session at the Music Box. Then on Sunday, Sony takes over the Beverly Hills Hotel, EMI throws down at Milk Studios, and Warner Music hosts a bash at Soho House.
But what would a weekend of exclusive parties be without a week of exclusive parties leading up to them? Tonight, the annual Peapod event goes down. Fresh off their questionable half time show, The Black Eyed Peas headline the Bacardi-sponsored event at the Music Box. Playhouse has Jermaine Dupri’s annual bash tonight with DJ Vice, and on Friday, Beyonce will be in attendance. Also on Friday, the annual “Friends & Family” party will take place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where you can expect pop Svengali Dr. Luke. At Bardot and the connected larger club Avalon, Usher held a party Thursday night. Friday, Bruno Mars hosts a separate event in the same space.
On Saturday, expect less star-power but more actual good music, when Groove Armada toasts their fantastic Grammy nominated Black Light at Supper Club with Jason Bentley and Dirty Vegas. And Sunday, Jay-Z will brunch at a Gucci/Roc Nation event. The biggest parties, however, have yet to leak. Arcade Fire is expected to play somewhere, where a certain someone will probably not be attendance.
● Josh Brolin can officially rule out a role in Mission: Impossible 5, after telling The New Yorker that Scientology is “really fucking bizarre.” [The New Yorker] ● Watch B.o.B deliver a meta-performance of his hit “Airplane” on an airplane, giving new meaning to the term “in-flight entertainment.” Get it?! [YouTube] ● Lady Gaga tweeted that her new single, “Born This Way,” will be out this Friday. Then her boyfriend tweeted how proud of her he is. Then I sneezed. [Lady Gaga/Twitter]
● The Super Bowl was watched buy 111 million people, making it the most-watched television event of all time. [Reuters] ● On a similar note, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas has admitted their half time performance wasn’t perfect. We could have told you that. [THR] ● Michael Moore is suing Harvey Weinstein for stiffing him on Farenheit 9/11 profits, proving that you can never have enough money, or in Michael Moore’s case, doughnuts. [TMZ]
There’s a lot to think about with regard to the Black Eyed Peas’ Super Bowl halftime performance last night. A lot to unpack. The Tron getups, the box-head dancers, the question of whether or not Usher had been drugged and forcibly brought to Dallas to perform, and what remains of Slash. Twitter was up in arms at how ludicrous it all was. Justifiable, then, that at least BEP didn’t get paid.
Apparently, doing it pro bono is common practice for bands that perform during the halftime show, because it’s really all about exposure. Which BEP totally didn’t have enough of before? Anyway, the consensus right now is resoundingly negative. Twelve minutes of nonsense that was so 2008, as Fergie admitted herself. Come to think of it, though, I’m on Martha Stewart’s side here: “Love the half time show. Fergie looks great.the staging is really exciting,” she tweeted with a straight face, just as the rest of my Twitter feed was overrun with haters.
This is what halftime shows are for. We can’t expect a tasteful, intellectually pleasing affair featuring Alvin Ailey dancers cavorting as Joanna Newsom bangs away at the piano. The whole point is that the show in the middle of the biggest television event of the year must be massive and tawdry, for better or for worse. And it delivered on all counts. For those of us who watch the Super Bowl with the actual football on mute, it may have been the best thing about the broadcast besides Lil Wayne’s liveblogging the game for the Wall Street Journal. And for those of us who appreciate camp on top of that, it definitely was.
It’s not every day that you get to witness Fergie bleating “Sweet Child O’ Mine” as Slash presses the button that allows his fingers to still play that guitar lick and Axl Rose weeps quietly at home. It’s not every day that Usher is airlifted into a stadium, still in his pajamas, to sleepily perform the same dance routine he’s been hawking since “My Way” with the added bonus of a full split. And it’s certainly not every day that we have visual evidence indicating that Will.i.am is now mostly made out of polyurethane.
Were there elements that could have been done away with? Obviously. The best song from Dirty Dancing is now ruined for everyone forever. Most of the dancers were totally unnecessary, except for when they lit up bright neon green. There’s an argument to be made that Slash actually did way more harm than good, not just to the show but to the legacy of Guns n’ Roses; as the Village Voice‘s Rob Harvilla put it, “Slash is the Akon of hair metal, and that is no kind of thing to be.”
If a Martian came to Earth and saw that halftime show, you would never in a million years be able to explain it to them. It would probably traumatize them, actually. And in the future, historians may point to what happened last night as a symbol of our imminent cultural decline. But the key word is camp. Embrace it. The drag queens currently sewing their own version of Fergie’s costume definitely will.
● AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Huffinton Post’s Arianna Huffington jack-knifed post-Super Bowl talk last night by announcing AOL’s $315 million acquisition of the Huff Po. How about that Groupon commercial? [AllThingD’s] ● Lil Wayne helped the Wall Street Journal live blog last night’s game from the endzone, while Birdman made a milli. [WSJ/HipHopDX] ● LCD Soundsystem is bowing out, just like frontman James Murphy said they would, but not until they complete a three hour victory jam at Madison Square Garden. All guests are asked to wear white and/or black. Should be special. [Pitchfork]
● Martha Stewart thought Fergie looked great at last night’s halftime show. [Twitter] ● Meet Guy Pelly, the best friend of Prince William and Prince Harry, who’s been charged with organizing Prince William’s bachelor party. Exotic locales! Girls! Booze! Prying eyes await the scandalizing photos. [NYT] ● Looped three times, this video of Charlie Sheen dancing is almost art. [TMZ]
● Casey Affleck, the man behind the camera for the Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” I’m Still Here, has admitted to the New York Times that the whole thing was put-on, albeit elaborately and for two years. Bravo, boys. [NYT] ● Sacha Baron Cohen, the man behind Borat, is slated to play Queen’s Freddie Mercury in an upcoming film. Very nice! [Deadline] ● Susan Boyle sang for the Pope. Who is older? Who is closer to god? You decide. [AP]
● Your musical guests at the 2011 NFL Super Bowl — the first to feature a non-Old since we saw Janet Jackson’s boob — is America’s favorites: the Black Eyed Peas. Get ready for your mother to hum the Fergie part of “My Humps” in the living room. [Yahoo!] ● Though he says it’s not (yet) happening, Jon Hamm, better known as Don Draper, is rumored to be the next Superman. We all know the internet always gets what it wants. [TV Guide] ● Jay-Z is intimidated by big feet. [Observer]
● If Tom Cruise has a musical equivalent, it would doubtlessly be the Black Eyed Peas—inexplicably popular, semi-insane, widely loathed. This weekend, in real life, he joined the group on stage for “I Gotta Feeling.” [Hip Hop DX] ● Should the new Spider-Man be black? Fans of Community‘s Donald Glover, an ex-30 Rock writer, say yes. [The Playlist] ● You know what they say about “late” and “never”: this white rapper’s tribute to Heath Ledger shoots for timeless, falls short, but lands among the afternoon meme stars. [Videogum]
● The United Kingdom’s Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has a perfectly reasonable explanation for selling access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew (after getting caught on tape by a tabloid): she was smashed! [E!] ● Did Quit Facebook Day accomplish anything? 30,000 people wondered, “How do Facebook execs sleep?” Answer: on pillows made of money. [Guardian] ● Librarians doing Lady Gaga is all kinds of tickling, but not for the easily embarrassed or overly empathetic. [Vulture]