Category Archives: Popular Culture

This New Miley Cyrus


If you were to ask me ‘what is the first thing that comes to mind when I say “Miley Cyrus” back in 2012 I would have answered with comments about her perfect bun, her edgy music and her fabulous style. If If I were asked the same question today in 2015, I would say unicorns and lots and lots of glitter.

Over the years people’s views of Miley Cyrus have been all across the board. She may have taken the term ‘happy hippie’ to a whole new level, but we are still talking about her.

Our generation grew up during the time of the ‘Hannah Montana’ phenomenon but truth is, Miley is not the same person and we all have to move past that period of time.   But what people don’t notice is that Miley seems to be happier these days. She is still an amazing person, just a little odd and what she does best is making music.

This past month, she has released her new album ‘Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz’ for free on Soundcloud.  The album, pays tribute to her late pets that meant the world to her but some of the songs sound a bit rushed and tend to be all over the place. I took the time to sit down and listen to her new music even though I admit that I’m still partial to her “Breakout” album.

Even in her last album, ‘Bangerz’ which I loved, she still incorporated the traditional Miley Cyrus sound with the R&B/Hip-Hop influences from her mentors.  I think the main reason I have not been able to grasp the ‘Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz’ album is because of the quick transition she made from her rap influenced music to the happy hippie music.

The Disney-darling-turned-twerking-diva will always spark some controversy but you know what?  Folks can’t stop talking about.  She recently announced a short 7 date tour to promote her new album, with some specific shows selling out in less than two minutes.  She still has a strong following and she makes headlines where ever she goes.  She may be a bit misguided but I give Miley her props!

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Behind The Music: J. Cole


With a song or even just a verse, there is a message or story behind what the artist is singing or rapping about. J. Cole is one of the biggest names in the rap industry but his story to the top is like no other.

J. Cole began writing and rapping at a young age. By the age of 17, Cole had notebooks filled with lyrics, verses, rhymes and was posting self recorded videos on various social media sites under the name, Therapist. Shortly after, he released his first mixtape, “The Come Up.”  There was positive feedback but not exactly the feedback he wanted. He wanted to catch the ear of the right person– and that would be Jay Z.


He even stood outside of Jay Z’s studio and performed his songs hoping to catch a liking from his idol.  As time marched on, there was no word from Jay Z but that did not stop J. Cole from doing what he loves, music. In 2009, Cole released his second mixtape, “The Warm Up” which caught the attention of Jay Z.

J. Cole was in a car when he received the call from Jay Z saying he would be signing him to Roc Nation Records the next day. Moments later, Cole hears a police siren and subsequently he’s arrested. In the song, “Rise and Shine” off of his debut album, he talks about this arrest. He never told his mom he got arrested because they were struggling financially and she had enough to worry about. He knew come the next day, everything would change for them. In the ‘Interlude’ off the album, J. Cole tells the story of why he was arrested and the thoughts going through his head. He says, “That was the easiest night in jail someone could ever do.”

J. Cole conveys messages and tells a story through his lyrics.  He wrote a verse about the unrest in Ferguson  and social unrest in America and performed it on the David Letterman Show.

J. Cole performs “Be Free” on The David Letterman Show

Click the link to see the full performance.

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Gwyneth Paltrow kidnaps local comic; offers life advice

Academy award-winning actress and all around model X/Y humanoid Gwyneth Paltrow was in the Windy City this past weekend. However rather than hit the Magnificent Mile for tarte de pomme and posturing as originally planned, the actress instead found herself in a bizarre stand-off/motherly intervention with the local comedy scene after Paltrow kidnapped a local comic, hijacked his Facebook account and began offering life advice.

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Chicago comedian Tyler Jackson just before the abduction occurred.

What began as a chance meeting and friendly handshake between Paltrow and comedian Tyler Jackson, 26, who co-produces the monthly comedy showcase Late Late Breakfast, escalated quickly sources said. Witnesses claimed the abduction took place in a matter of seconds – in plain view of police officers – outside the NFL draft on Michigan Avenue.

Worried friends were shocked to see Jackson pop up on Facebook shortly after. “We thought he was a goner,”said Liz Maupin spouse of Danny Maupin, who together make up the rest of the Late Late Breakfast team. Their relief was short-lived however as the clearly unapologetic and brazen Paltrow began offering her services as a life-coach-food-blogger to Jackson’s social media network.

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“I thought she was taunting us,” said a dumbfounded Liz Maupin, “But she answered all the questions.” Topics ranged from advice about pets, child rearing, and even celebrity dating. Liz and Danny Maupin say they became suspicious when Jackson began randomly quoting Paltrow on social media. “When I saw he was awake at 8:30am, I knew something was up,” Danny Maupin said.

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 11.37.38 PMThe following day police had still not been able to locate the actress. Although unable to comment officially, an officer who asked to remain anonymous suggested a possible motive. “Ever since Facebook started requiring real names we’ve seen a ton of celebrities kidnapping normal people to use their profiles.” The officer claimed, “When you name your kid ‘Basket’ or ‘Dreidle’, Facebook thinks you’re making a fake profile so [they’re] doing it for their kids.” We reached out to Facebook for comment but did not receive a response prior to press time. Many believe that Jackson is still in Paltrow’s custody.

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Police have asked that anyone with information contact local authorities.

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In the meantime, here are more highlight’s from Tyler Jackson’s day as Gwyneth, SCROLL ON!

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