420 High-Five: Snoop Dogg Drops It Like It’s Hot Again

Common — I Want You (Kaytranada Edition)
Kaytranada takes on Common’s “I Want You,” a track from his 2009 album Finding Forever. The Canadian producer ads electronic beats and various dance elements for this quality remix.

Snoop Dogg — Drop It Like It’s Hot (Kartell Remix)
Who could forget this one? Snoop’s voice flows smoothly over fat synths and house beats for this updated version of the classic.

Odesza — Sun Models (Feat. Madelyn Grant)
Perfect for the weekend and a reminder that the summer is just a hop, skip and jump away. Check out emerging Seattle Producer ODESZA, as well as another remix here.


Vindata — All I Really Need (Regulators Remix)
Apparently, all I need is to listen to this song on repeat.

Morning Links: Courtney Love Avoids Eviction, President Obama Sings Al Green

● She may have papered over the hand-painted walls and set the curtains on fire, but a judge has determined that Courtney Love is up on her rent and not to be evicted. [Page Six]

● The President gave his most charming Al Green impression a go last night at a campaign event at the Apollo in Harlem, where he sang the opening line to "Let’s Stay Together" in front of Al Green himself. [The Daily What]

● Kristen Wiig, who is still not interested in that Bridesmaids sequel, is currently in talks to join Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which he will also direct. [THR]

● Fingers and toes crossed that this Spice Girls reunion at the Summer Olympics in London actually happens. [Radar]

● Singing a new tune, Common told Rolling Stone that he thinks Drake "makes good music." And of their recent beefing, he says, “Now, if something else happens, then I’ll just have to act accordingly. But right now, I feel like, man, I said what I needed to say about this situation on record.” [Rap-Up]

The City alum Whitney Port is expanding her Whitney Eve fashion line to include wall art, so that your bold, aztec print clothes might match your bold, aztec print apartment! Dreams do come true. [Us]

● Adele’s "Rolling in the Deep" has been covered some 350,000 times on YouTube, and someone has cut the 70 best into one video. [Jezebel]

Maya Angelou Is Disappointed With Common

Maya Angelou might have been pretty excited when rapper Common asked her to contribute a poem to his new album, The Dreamer, The Believer. "I’ve still got it," she probably boasted, excited that a new generation of poetry fans would hear her smooth, sultry voice spittin’ some rhymes on a hot new track. But after hearing the "The Dreamer," the song on which her verses are featured, Angelou wasn’t too happy with Common’s liberal use of a certain racial epithet. 

The New York Post reports:

It urges people to follow their dreams, with such lines as “From Africa they lay in the bilge of slave ships / And stood half naked on auction blocks /. . . and still they dreamed.” Common’s lyrics, however, include such lines as “Told my n—a [Kanye West] I’m ’bout to win the Grammys now” and the boast “N—as with no heart, I’m the pacemaker.”

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet was petrified when she heard the lyrics.

“I had no idea that Common was using the piece we had done together on [a track] in which he also used the ‘N’ word numerous times,” Angelou said.

Angelou said she never knew Common used the “N” bomb at all, calling it “vulgar and dangerous” to the black community.

Considering that the pair are BFFs, Common was a bit shocked at Angelou’s comments, claiming that she knew how often he dropped the word. You’d think that she would be pretty familiar with his oeuvre, after all, as they’ve been "tight" (the Post‘s term, not mine) for the last two years. "Since then, the two have grown tight. He has rapped at her birthday bash, and she once said he could be her son." 

Common seems to be taking the poet’s remarks in stride, ultimately admitting that the song has a positive message about accomplishing one’s dreams. Can Angelou really find fault in that? Of course, she has yet to comment on Common’s dreams, which include, per the song’s lyrics, "living in Miami with ‘exquisite thick bitches.’" 

Jeremy Scott’s Illmatic SS12 After-Party Featuring Jay-Z, Misshapes

Only Jeremy Scott could host drag queens and hip-hop heads under one roof and call it a party. Last night’s banger for the designer’s hillbilly-chic SS12 collection was unmissable, featuring a diverse mélange of fashion designers, celebrities, musicians, and – of course – NYC’s finest club kids. The event took place at Catch, a new seafood restaurant and lounge from EMM Group and Chef Hung Huynh that’s set to open in Meatpacking this fall. While actual food wasn’t on the night’s menu, a variety of delectable beats were served up by the Misshapes and impromptu performances by Common, Eric B, Jay-Z, and Mr. Illmatic himself, Nas, who was also celebrating a birthday. It was all a fantastic blur, but I did manage to take a few snaps before the security lockdown.

image You know your fashion party’s a success when kingpins like Nicola Formichetti and Alexander Wang show up. Here they are pre freak-dance session.

image Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes on the decks wearing the “Milk Kills” cropped tee from Scott’s FW11 collection.

image Scott’s fit model Tash wearing a metal studded number from Scott’s ongoing collaboration with Adidas. “I love it – but it’s extremely heavy,” she said. “Airport security was freaked out – they thought I was wearing a bomb!” (Why she chose to wear this to the airport is beyond me.)

image Tash’s awesome, yet-to-be-released Jeremy Scott for Adidas sneaker platforms.

image The crowd before Nas hit the mic. Security was crazy-strict and only let the rapper’s close friends and family near his table. Once the live acts started, the room became so packed that it was pretty much impossible to snap a pic of the performances.

Jon Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly on Common’s White House Visit

Last night, Jon Stewart took on Bill O’Reilly in what is hopefully the final chapter of this ongoing Common at the White House “controversy.” To sum up O’Reilly’s argument: the President welcomed someone who wrote about a convicted murderer in an 11-year-old track and that just doesn’t fly. To sum up Jon Stewart’s argument: The White House has hosted many musicians who have written tracks about convicted murderers, including Bono, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan—and that was totally cool.

O’Reilly harped on the fact that the rapper once visited a “cop killer”—Assata Shakur— in Cuba, while The Daily Show host explained that Common’s interest in Shakur’s case stemmed from his belief that she was unjustly accused. He also listed the aforementioned musicians, such as Bono, who have penned tracks about convicted murderers, and have retained visiting rights to the White House.

Still, O’Reilly was not appeased, which lead Stewart to make two indisputable points:

“There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox, that pettifogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them,” and also, “You know songs are not all literal, right? When The Weather Girls sing, “It’s Raining Men” it’s not really precipitation of males. It’s a metaphor.”

Watch below.

Common’s White House Performance Went Off Without a Hitch

Remember when Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, and their Fox News comrades got all worked up over the thought of rapper Common attending Michelle Obama’s Poetry Night? Well, Common did make it to the White House last night, he did perform a beautiful poem, and guess what? No former Presidents, police officers, kids, or conservative Republicans were harmed in the process. Imagine that.

Still, Sarah “I can’t pick my battles” Palin granted an in-depth interview to Fox News last night to further prove that this entire fiasco was a complete waste of time. On her decision to escalate the severity of the non-situation, she said, “It’s just too easy.”

Queue the communal sigh.

She also went on to say that, “The White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during police memorial week, of all times, the judgment is so lacking of class and decency and all that is good about America with an invite like this.”

We must ask, what does Sarah Palin know about good judgment?

Watch a clip of Common’s performance below.

Sean Hannity Joins the Campaign Against Common’s White House Visit

Sarah Palin and Fox News have based their latest quarrel with the Obamas on the most absurd of topics—Michelle Obama’s White House “Poetry Night.” The First Lady’s decision to invite rapper Common to the semi-annual event really irritated Sarah Palin and her merry band of conservative followers, who displayed their knack for clever wordplay by calling him a “common thug.” Yesterday Fox News threw out the word “vile,” and last night Sean Hannity chimed in on the blindly narrow-minded debate.

“This is not the guy that you invite to the White House for a poetry reading. This is not the guy we want our kids to listen to,” Hannity said during the two segments he devoted to the “issue,” adding that President Obama, “goes back to his radical roots again and again and again: Ayers, Wright, Pflager.”

The basis of this attack against the Chicago emcee—a noted poet, humanitarian, and “conscious” rapper, if you will—was falsely interpreting a 2007 rhyme into a literal threat to “burn” President Bush and kill the police. With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?/Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction/How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one.”

A quick scan of the line, in context, pretty much sums up the silliness of the attack on Common, who’s easily one of the most peaceful and forward-thinking rappers around. No mention was made of his progressive lyrics on tracks like “The People” or of his recent, successful poetry series for HBO.

What you can respect is Common’s calm reaction to it all: image

Morning Links: Tyler, The Creator Arrested, Dov Charney’s Laptop Has Porn Bookmarks

● Feeding fire to the engine, the LAPD had Tyler, the Creator in cuffs yesterday for reasons we can’t even begin to imagine. [RapRadar] ● “Oh lovely, White House,” Sarah Palin mocked when she heard that the rapper Common (“as in, common thug, I suppose”) had been invited to the White House for a poetry reading. Needless to say, Common’s never felt tougher. [NBC] ● You’re going to have to put in work if you want to be the first to hear Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Virtual work. On FarmVille. Three strawberry trees for that next single? Don’t mind if I do! [DailyGaga]

● Is Will Smith’s double-decker Men In Black trailer, complete with a 100-inch television and marble bathrooms, too big? Residents of the Soho neighborhood he’s parked it in while filming think it might be: “How would Will Smith feel if I parked that thing out in front of his house?” they ask. [NYP] ● Of course Dov Charney keeps a “good hookers” bookmark. You know, for efficiency’s sake. [Gawker] ● Next season on Bravo: Osama Bin Laden’s Matchmaker: Real Housewives of Abbottabad! Oh wait.[ABC]