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How We All Killed Amy
When Amy Winehouse's music blew up in 2007 everyone took notice. Her soulful voice, unique retro-look and enigmatic presense caught the eyes of music lovers and gossip columnists alike. Ordinary people love extrordinary "messes". The sick desperation to follow the downfalls of others makes Amy's story that much more gut wrenching. People slow down on the highway to look at car-crashes all the time. Why? Because it gives them the hope and the comfort that it wasn't them. I didn't know Amy Winehouse, and I don't claim to, but I know what it's like to be gawked at. To be noticed only when things are falling down, to be ignored for the true, beautiful things you have to offer the world, and to be praised for the bad. Tabloid phenomenon is something that we all engage in to some effect. We like sensational things, it's just human. When someone high-profile fucks up, we take solace in it because it appears that they have faults like us. Or they're even worse than we are. When someone like Amy Winehouse comes along, with so many gifts to offer the world, and the one thing people focus on is her alcoholism, or her partying or whatever, it gets frustrating. Everything is art v. commerce. The child-like beauty of her music and spirit was ultimately shattered by the notoriety of being a "party-girl" or whatever bullshit excuse people tell themselves. Amy struggled with eating disorders and addiction, in the same way that over 17.6 million people do. So what set her apart? Well, she was famous. She got good enough at music to become famous, and was then punished for it. The reason why people are so fascinated by her is that her talent was untouchable, and people probably constantly speculate on what she could have become if the media or whoever didn't hound her to death. Speculation aside, the most tragic thing about her and the saga that surrounded her, is that she walked away from alcohol and was on the path to recovery when she passed. People didn't care about that though. They only cared about the darkness, because they couldn't help but watch the car crash. Nobody cared about Amy Winehouse until she started to decay. Whatever beautiful music could have been made, whatever amazing human lied underneath, people would never know. The papers got a great story at her expense. The reason why I'm writing about this, is because I stumbled upon a video called "Amy Winehouse Has Crazy Night in London"(which you can watch above), and I clicked on it, because I was curious about what "crazy" actually meant. I clicked on it because sometimes you just cant resist. The video was literally of her and Pete Doherty (whose had some issues of his own with the press and unfair treatment) walking into a convenience store to buy chips and some water. Something we all do on a daily basis, hardly worth press coverage. Doherty bought an NME magazine with his own face on the cover to shield himself from the paparazzi. Amy's face looked empty, sad, and irritated that she couldn't be left to go into a simple shop to buy some water. There is an indescribable emptiness that comes with success, and I could tell that she felt it. I watched this at work while trying to find the new Libertines song to listen to. And I almost started crying. It was just so insensitive, so inhuman. One of the photographers actually yelled to Pete, "Hey give us a show!" He was simply trying to mind his own business, as Amy's small frame tried to navigate through the crowd of oppressive lenses and microphones. It's nobody's fault and it's everyone's fault really. We as a society are flawed. We love a good story, we love car-crash journalism. We love watching people fall down. We love a good fight, a good victim and we love to say, "I told you so." How do you avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy if everyone is just willing you there anyway? People love to set each other up for disaster. We don't recognize a talent like Amy's until her funeral is front page news. It's sad. It makes me sad, for her, for us, for everyone. If we take the time to appreciate those we see as front page news, and realize that they're humans too, then we may just enter into a more beautiful society. Everyone's guilty of loving a crash, but things are different when you're the one crashing, so the next time you pick up a gossip magazine, or make fun of someone for being different, just remember that you may never understand their true struggle, and to engage in kindness when you can. By: @TessStevens
Joey Bada$$ 対 Troy Aveに進展!Joeyがフリースタイルで反撃
注目ビーフに進展があったので報告 & 解説をしようと思う。2人のビーフの経緯を知らない人は是非前回の記事を一度読んで欲しい。 Joey Bada$$ V.S. Troy Aveのビーフの経緯 Troy AveのDisトラックに対してJoey Bada$$がどのような対処をするのかが注目されていたが、人気ヒップホップラジオ番組「Sway in the Morning」にてTroy Aveに向けたフリースタイルを披露した。(フリースタイルと言っているが準備していると言っているのでアドリブではない) この中で特別に強いパンチラインがいくつかあったので紹介したいと思う。 Name another Brooklyn cat major without a deal I Des”Troy” “Ave”rage rappers, it’s just practice ブルックリン出身のインディーズでメジャー級のやつを言ってみろ 俺は平均的なラッパーをただの練習で破壊する このラインの凄いところは「Destroy」と「Average」の”troy”と”ave”を隣り合わせにすることにビーフ相手のTroy Aveの名前を出し、Troy Aveが平均的なラッパーであり、Joeyの練習の足元にも及ぼないという意味になっていることだ。 Destroy Average rappers(平均的なラッパーを破壊)という普通のラインに聞こえがちであるが、その中に実は相手の名前が入っているという高度な言葉遊びになっている。さらには… Over 250,000 albums sold worldwide and this aint event half of the potential I possess 世界で25万枚売ったけどこれはまだポテンシャルの半分にも満たない I got the whole beast coast coming for your skull, the karma will catch up but the album sales wont ビーストコースト(Joeyがやっている東海岸のブームバップ集団)の全員がお前の頭を狙ってる。カルマ(自殺で亡くなったJoeyの盟友をDisったことによる結果としての天罰)はお前に追いつくけどお前のアルバム売上は追いつかない He did more dead then you ever did alive. お前がDisった俺の盟友「Capital Steez」は死んでからもなお、生きているお前よりも色々成し遂げている。 Difference betweens you and him is that he lives forever, You be the first to die who nobody remembers, cuz the city never needed you ever, you committed career suicide and made New York better お前と彼(Capital Steez)の違いは彼は永遠に生き続ける。お前は最初に死んでも誰の心にも残らない、この街(NY)はお前を必要としていないし、お前はラップキャリア自殺をしてニューヨークを(ラップ的に)もっと良い場所にした。 これらのパンチラインはもう言うまでもなくTroy Aveに向けられたものである。Troy Aveもここまでハードに返されると思ってはいなかったであろう。やはりビーフにはしないと言っていたジョーイも自分の親友であり、自殺で亡くなったCapital SteezをDisられたことにより戦うことを決めたのであろう。 特にJoeyもTroyもヒップホップの競争が激しいブルックリン出身というのもあり、Joey的にはTroyのようなポップラッパーがブルックリンをレペゼンしているのが許せないとの解釈も出来る。 ラッパーのスキルとしては完全Joeyの勝ちであろうが、実際このまま収束に向かうのか気になるところだ。今後も目を話せない。
What is the best wine glass set of 2020
When the time comes to open a bottle of wine there are always thoughts about the perfect glass for your drink. What kind of wine glass to chose to remember the moment? There is a hand-made selection of vacuum cast wine glasses to choose from. The top of the glass made of Crystal glass and the stem is the true art of vacuum casting made of bronze or brass. Handmade Crystal Champagne Glass “Flower Fantasy” Don’t let your sparkling wine run out of breath. The champagne will keep sparkling in this delicate flute glass made of Bohemia Crystal placed in an engraved brass holder of a fairy world design with the airy butterflies fluttering among the fragrant flowers in a flourishing garden. One can hardly resist possessing such beauty. The glass comes in a gift leather case with rich fabric inside and makes a perfect gift to the loving couple or family. Handmade Crystal Wine glass “Angel from Heaven” The champagne will keep sparkling in this beautiful flute glass made of Bohemia Crystal placed in an engraved brass holder with a tiny angel figurine and serpent Tempter climbing the vine. The glass comes in a gift leather case with rich fabric inside and makes a perfect gift to the loving couple or family. Handmade Crystal Wine Glass “Blossom” Don’t let your wine run out of breath. The drink will keep its aroma in this beautiful glass made of Bohemia Crystal placed in an engravstalksed brass holder with a lively golden blossom which stalk forms the glass stem and grows from the wine glass base. Every detail of this piece is carefully crafted by a master inspired by the beauty of the blooming bud. The glass comes in a gift leather case with rich fabric inside and makes a perfect gift to the loving couple or family. Handmade Crystal Wine Glass “Flower Fantasy” It is a handmade brass champagne glass with an elegant pattern. It has flower fantasy, includes a bright red box with a red cloth inside. The wine glass is made of Bohemia Crystallite crystal. Handmade Crystal Wine glass “Phoenix” The champagne will keep sparkling in this beautiful flute glass made of Bohemia Crystal placed in an engraved brass holder with a lively Phoenix bird entwining the sprawling tree trunk growing in dense flowered bushes. The glass comes in a gift leather case with rich fabric inside and makes a perfect gift to the loving couple or family. Handmade Wine Glass “Silver Blossom” Don’t let your wine run out of breath. The drink will keep its aroma in this beautiful glass made of Bohemia Crystal placed in an engraved silver-plated brass holder with a lively silver blossom which stalk forms the glass stem and grows from the wine glass base. Every detail of this piece is carefully crafted by a master inspired by the beauty of the blooming bud. The glass comes in a gift leather case with rich fabric inside and makes a perfect gift to the loving couple or family.
Madonna to Drop New Album in March
What do Nicki, Nas, and Mike Tyson (yes, that Mike Tyson) have in common? They're all being featured on Madonna's upcoming album 'Rebel Heart.' Thanks to a massive music leak earlier this year, six of Madonna's songs are already out. The other 13 songs will be coming out on Mar. 10! As if 19 tracks wasn't enough already, M was actually planning a double album, so we'll see what else she has in store for us in the rest of 2015. According to Madge, "I have an overabundance of songs, and actually, the reason I wanted to call the record Rebel Heart was because I felt like it explored two very distinct sides of my personality," said Madonna. "The rebellious, renegade side of me, and the romantic side of me. In my mind, it was almost like I wanted to do a two-record set. So you get this chunk of songs, and that chunk of songs. That was my original goal. But then all the demos leaked and I can't really go down that road anymore, so I put out (the six songs) first and then, I think a few more songs are going to come out during the time of the Grammys. Then the rest of the album will just come out together (in March), and they'll just get my rebellious and romantic side all mixed in together." Check out the full Rebel Heart track list below: 01. Living For Love 02. Devil Pray 03. Ghosttown 04. Unapologetic Bitch 05. Illuminati 06. Bitch I'm Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) 07. Hold Tight 08. Joan of Arc 09. Iconic (feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson) 10. HeartBreakCity 11. Body Shop 12. Holy Water 13. Inside Out 14. Wash All Over Me 15. Best Night 16. Veni Vedi Vici (feat. Nas) 17. S.E.X. 18. Messiah 19. Rebel Heart