One of the many spectacles on Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t (out, finally, this week) is a song called “Diced Pineapples,” which turns out to be not so much about canned fruit as it is about sex. Still, the song’s title is part of the long, time-honored tradition that is Rozay rapping about food. Lobster bisque, SpaghettiOs, chocolate milk — entire restaurants could be run from his musical food diary. And truly, the man can turn any food stuff into a synonym for money. It is a gift. So, in honor of the Boss’s culinary enthusiasm, here, now, is a list of pretty much every single vaguely edible item ever mentioned in a Rick Ross song or verse. (Yes, metaphors count.)
Today, Spike Lee releases Red Hook Summer, his 21st theatrical film and one that returns him to the low-budget filmmaking of his early career. Lee has been making films for a quarter century, and while he’s had both misfires and masterpieces, the one thing you can say about his films is that they are never, ever boring. We went through the Lee canon and ruthlessly ranked his films, from worst to best. We included only his theatrical releases (Lee has made several television documentaries and even a TV pilot) with one notable exception, because it’s one of his masterworks. Read on to see our choices, and then weigh in with your own rankings below. (Read Will Leitch’s interview with Spike Lee here.)
“Music is always a part of my characters’ make-up,” explains Michael K. Williams as he scrolls through his iPhone. “All my characters have playlists.” While talking to Williams for a New York Magazine feature, we learned that in order to maintain a given character’s temperament, he crafts playlists. “Sometimes it could be twenty songs, sometimes it’s just two or three.” Each playlist takes quite a bit of time to assemble. He rarely recalls song titles, so he spends hours going through the entirety of his music library, listening for qualities (usually lyrics) that might strike the right mood for a given character or scene. There are some consistencies, though: “There’s a 90 percent chance Nas will be on all my characters’ playlists.” [Read More…]
Jay-Z is writing part of the score to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby, and what a perfect fit it is. Hova’s lyrics and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic have so much in common: Both describe struggle and dejection, gender roles and social ills, the glamour and trappings of wealth, and the allure of the American dream. Plus parties and cars and fashion! Take our quiz and see if can tell your West Eggs from your Hello, Brooklyns.