“For R. Kelly, comparing pussy to a cookie (on, well, ‘Cookie’) is not a one-bar metaphor. It is instead an entire song in which he sings about ‘lick[ing] the middle like an Oreo.’ This is the power of R. Kelly: It will be impossible to eat an Oreo for a while without thinking of cunnilingus. He has fundamentally altered your existence.”—Jordan Sargentreviews R. Kelly’s latest album, Black Panties.
“As far as entertainment goes, [2Pac] is the first deceased artist that we brought back like that publicly. But we’ve been doing this for years. We do a lot of things for corporate—private events where the CEO that started the company comes back and talks to the sales team about where things are going today.”—Nick Smith, co-founder of the company behind 2Pac’s 2012 Coachella “performance,” talks to Lindsay Zoladz about the current (sort of disturbing) state of holographic technology in the latest installment of Ordinary Machines.
“It’s remarkable how outsiders have treated [twerk]—seeing a four-year-old twerking is not an uncommon thing in New Orleans. These kids grow up in a community where there’s no innuendo; it’s acrobatics, it’s expression, it’s part of music culture. People see a female ass move and think it’s only good for one thing: provoking or providing sex. The controversy speaks to the level of sexual maturity in pop; that they don’t see the world, or movement, as a complex tapestry.”—Bounce queen Big Freedia's long-time DJ Rusty Lazer on the rise of twerking in Puja Patel's "Bouncing Back", a piece about bounce culture and the first all-female brass band to win New Orleans’ Street Kings competition.
“I so admire Grimes. I’m probably around 20 years older than her, and it’s cool to have someone so much younger than me who, in a way, I look up to. The fact that she produces her own music and is proud of it is really cool. I’m glad she calls herself a feminist. With Le Tigre, we considered ourselves a feminist punk band, and we really wanted one of those dividers at the record store—that said ‘Classic Rock’ or ‘Punk’ or whatever—to say ‘Feminist Electronic Punk.’ It would be like us and Peaches. Now Grimes would be there.”—Riot grrrl originator Kathleen Hanna on Grimes, from Jenn Pelly's 5-10-15-20 interview.