Ay, baby you with me?

I’m not sure if you guys are aware, but Run the Jewels 2 was the best album of 2014. Killer Mike and El-P, a rap duo from Atlanta and Brooklyn, respectively, put out an album full of anger and hurt in a time when the country was (and still is) reeling from Ferguson and Eric Garner and a whole mess of other shit. They take on cops and politicians and the competition with checked rage and they remind us how little has truly changed. It’s beautifully depressing. If this is new to you, start with “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” [ft. Zack De La Rocha].

I’m not the only person who feels this way. Pretty much everyone agrees with me. And if you’ve talked to me within the last 3 months or have peeped my Spotify, you know that this album has been on repeat in my life. But that’s not what I’m here to tell you.

I’m here to tell you about Marvel and Deadpool and Howard the Duck. Because they also love RTJ. They love it so much that Howard the Duck #2 and Deadpool #45 will come with variant covers where Marvel characters are seen posing with RTJ’s gun-and-fist logo (above). Check ’em out:


Does everyone remember Brucie? I wrote about their Beyonce-themed Valentine’s Day menu in 2014 and this year they are featuring a Kimye menu that is both weird and clever. Brokelyn (which is one of my fave Brooklyn-based blogs) has been advocating for an El-P themed menu for years, and their hard work has finally paid off. They received the following email from Brucie owner and head chef Zahra Tangorra:

Thanks so much for featuring our Kim & Kanye Vday!! I noticed the proposal at the end to create a “Run the Jewels 2″ menu……… challenge excepted! I grew up on a healthy breakfast of Def Jux.  Know some of those cats pretty well. So consider it done, Brucie will be making a Run the Jewels 2 menu March 6th.  Think “Company Dough-nuts.” Ask and you shall receive!!!

Brokelyn then goes on to propose “Bisque In Her Mouth All Day” which is really just fantastic. I came up with “Lie, Cheat, Veal” and “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Duck).”

Also, you guys should read about “Meow the Jewels” because it is the internet at it’s best. Get it.


Billion dollars on an elevator.

I love everything about this. Bey saying “thot.” Bey saying “Onika.” Nicki calling out MJ’s doctor. Nicki starting to feel the flow when she speeds up and spits about “eat-the-cookie-face,” a perfect hat tip to Jay’s “Eat the cake, Anna Mae” line from “Drunk in Love.” Bey FINALLY addressing the elevator incident. Two strong talented black women declaring that they’re royalty and no one can disagree. Today is a great day.

Azealia, get over yourself.

“You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer.”

Complex Magazine released “The 25 Best Rap Verses of the Last 5 Years,” naming Nicki Minaj’s verse in Monster #1.

“It was clear, she did her thing alongside the best in the game—she stole the show, in fact, outshined them all.”

Her lines in that song are so incredibly written/performed. Ye comes in with lines like “I’m living the future so the presence is my past/my presence is a present kiss my ass,” and Jay is super breathy and kind of slowed down and a little creepy with stuf like “I smell a massacre/seems to be the only way to back you bastards up.” But then Nicki comes in and is insane.

“and I’m all up all up all up in the bank with the funny face
and if I’m fake I ain’t notice cause my money ain’t
let me get this straight wait I’m the rookie
but my features and my shows ten times your pay?
50k for a verse, no album out!
yeah my money’s so tall that my barbie’s gotta climb it”

and on and on and on. I love this track. Listen below.

Back to Black

More Gatsby, #sorrynotsorry.

But this was ripped from the radio, so I am sorry for the talking.

FYI, East Village Radio is Mark Ronson’s radio show. He liked the song so much that he premiered it on his show, which is pretty cool. Ronson co-wrote and produced the original.