Bourgeois Brief: The Eagles to Show Support for Meek Mill at the Super Bowl, 2 Dope Queens Debuts, & More
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Philadelphia Eagles Will Run Out to Meek Mill Song at Super Bowl
We may not see players taking a knee during the anthem at this Sunday’s Super Bowl, but we’ll still see a form of activism. The players will show their support for rapper Meek Mill, who received a harsh prison sentence for a probation violation, by running out to his “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)”. Get the full details at Pitchfork, and revisit JAY-Z’s New York Times op-ed about Meek Mill’s sentencing here. Listen to the song below.
2 Dope Queens Show Debuts on HBO This Weekend
2 Dope Queens, the hit podcast from Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, hits the small screen in a series of HBO specials starting this Friday night. The show features some big-name guests like Jon Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker, and it shines a big-budget spotlight on Williams’ and Robinson’s original brand of comedy and banter. The show also confirms the power of podcasts, which are fast-becoming a preferred entertainment medium. Watch the trailer below:
Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, and Kelly Rowland Team Up for New Song
“Get It”, the new song from Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, and Kelly Rowland, hit streaming services Friday. The song features many of the signatures of a Busta single—his rapid-fire, raucous flow, a throbbing bass drum, and an off-kilter vocal sample. It’s a fun way to soundtrack Super Bowl weekend and heat up the winter. Listen below.
Tiffany Haddish Shrugs Off Oscars Snub
Tiffany Haddish made last month’s Oscar nominations special a pop culture moment. But many were disappointed her name wasn’t among the honorees. Haddish, however, isn’t worried. “I’m not that concerned about awards like that. I’m not really into that, I’m more into the job. What’s the next job? If the award comes with a check, then I want that award. But if it doesn’t come with a check, then I’m not that interested.” Read more of her interview at EW.
Kanye West and Solange Sued for Copyright Infringement by Same Artist
Kanye West and Solange might run in the same circles, but now, both are being sued for copyright infringement by Prince Phillip Mitchell. Mitchell alleges Solange’s “Fuck the Industry” and West’s “Everything I Am” both interpret his song, “If We Can’t Be Lovers”, without permission or credit. However, Mitchell is actually credited as a songwriter on BOTH tracks. Get more details and listen to all three songs here.
Food for thought
Reactions to Justin Timberlake’s new music have been tepid at best. The Man of the Woods singer, who's slated as this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime performer, seems to have trouble adjusting to this period of socially conscious and daring pop music. Lindsay Zoladz from The Ringer does a great job addressing this:
“On Man of the Woods the once-future-minded Timberlake seems to be yearning not only for his home but the good old days, when a man could wrap a woman in his flannel jacket and claim her as “his,” a pop star’s album could do blockbuster, industry-saving numbers without really trying, and we didn’t have to reckon with all these annoying and complicated conversations. When we didn’t have to talk at all and could just keep dancing from midnight until the sun comes up, if we were the kind of people who had nothing to fear in the dark.”
Read the full essay here.
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