Chance the Rapper Gives a Glimpse of a Day on Tour With SoXDay Mini Doc
Chance the Rapper wants to put you in his shoes for a day. So the Chicago rapper has chronicled a slice of his life in a mini documentary called SoXDay. The 11-minute short was shot, directed and edited by Austin Vesely and captures Chance and his Social Experiment band on tour—playing football, riding the bus, kicking it backstage and doing soundcheck. It’s a fun observation of one of hip-hop’s most promising stars, but we’re ready for some new music! Back in October, the 21-year-old MC announced a Social Experiment album, Surf, set to drop before the end of 2014. A second project, SOX, was also revealed, with no timetable for release.
Iggy Azalea Accused of Black Apathy and Appropriation Amidst Eric Garner Injustice
Maybe it’s the Harlem in her, but Azealia Banks only knows how to call things the way she sees them. It’s a tendency that all of her 500,000-plus Twitter followers know too well, and one that revealed itself last night in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Staten Island NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner with a chokehold in July. Banks used the opportunity to point out rival rapper Iggy Azalea’s initial silence during a demoralizing moment for the Black people whose culture she’s conveniently appropriated for stardom. Referring to her “Fancy” adversary as “Igloo Australia,” the 23-year-old singing MC tweeted: “[It’s] funny to see people like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black culture is cool, but Black issues sure aren’t, huh?” following up with, “If you’re down to ride with us bitch you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY.”
While Iggy didn’t reply directly to Banks’s subtweets, she did respond to journalist Britni Danielle, who took up the same grievance after the Australian rapper tweeted about an upcoming tour stop. “The world is too hung up on what is or isn’t said on Twitter. There’s an actual world out there and multiple ways you can promote change,” she tweeted, following with a link to story on productive ways to protest Mike Brown’s murder. “Try not to judge another’s support or ‘lack thereof’ solely on if they have ranted on Twitter about it. That’s not right or helpful.”
Yesterday might’ve been a bit too real for Iggy, who was also targeted on a trending song from J. Cole’s upcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. On the leaked track “Fire Squad,” Cole, who marched in the NYC protests last night (December 3), pointed out the history of White artists seizing the sounds of Black music. “This year I’ll be probably go to the awards dappered down/Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile,” he raps cheekily (but truthfully). Iggy hasn’t publicly addressed the mention.
Bill Cosby Breaks Silence on Rape Allegations By Thanking His Supporters
Who is working Bill Cosby’s PR team? Public opinion hasn’t been kind to the comedy icon, as 20 women have accused him of sexually assaulting them. But his silence—literally going mute when NPR’s Scott Simon asked about the allegations during a recent interview—hasn’t helped his case at all. Well, Cosby has finally addressed the charges yesterday (December 3). Or rather thanked his supporters, Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott, who have publicly defended the head of the Huxtable household. “Thank you @MissJillScott, from the Cosby Family,” the 77-year-old tarnished legend posted on Twitter, where apparently all news happens these days. He added: “Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg.” The tweets came just hours before a press conference where three new accounts of rape were revealed by Helen Hayes, Beth Ferrier and “Chelan.” Cosby’s lawyer Marty Singer hasn’t addressed the press conference, yet according to a previous statement obtained by NBC News, he said: “We’ve reached a point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous.”