If you haven’t already heard of BROCKHAMPTON, a collective of singers, rappers, producers, and designers, that’s okay, because I’m going to do my best to describe them and how they rose to popularity in 2017. Originally forming in Texas through the public online forum “KanyeToThe”(a public message board for fans of Kanye West). The group came together in 2015 and features a variety of multi talented artists, including the group’s “leader,” Kevin Abstract. Abstract had released 2 full length albums before putting all of his energy into the boyband’s music. In 2016, they released a free to download mixtape titled ALL AMERICAN TRASH. The mixtape was mostly well received, and listeners drew similarities between brockhampton and rap collective Odd Future. However, they were definitely more diverse and more versatile than Odd Future, boasting multiple singers and instrumentalists as opposed to just a group of rappers and a few producers. They gained a bit more traction but overall had a pretty low key 2016 year. This was just the beginning, though. Not too long into 2017, the group began to release singles for their newly announced album, Saturation. The singles were met with positive reception, and websites such as Pigeons and Planes and Complex began to recognize and promote their content with positive feedback. The summer of 2017, The album released to much acclaim, drawing influences from MIA, Kanye West, and others. This wasn’t the end. In August, the group released Saturation II, to even more recognition and positive reception. With two albums and a North American tour, they really started to go places. Fans tweeted out their songs and albums, and they really began to gain traction. Then, in December, they released a third album, Saturation III, which ended the trilogy and story of the last two albums. The third record peaked at number 38 on the Billboard charts, and it was easily the most popular album they’d released. As of now, they’re on another tour, and have yet to announce a release date for their 4th album, Team Effort. They’re certainly a force to be reckoned with.
On Sunday night, Leonardo Dicaprio finally won an Oscar. Yes, that’s right, after years of being nominated for the same category and never wining, he finally got his chance. Dicaprio won Best Actor for his role he played in The Revenant. During his speech he took time to thank important people, then went on to discuss what he felt a large issue was; climate change. Dicaprio tells us that climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our world today. This award was a long time coming and certainly well deserved. Dicaprio is one of my favorite actors today and his talent is undeniable. He can play just about any role and every time you will be blown away.
I have to mention the other big part of the night, not only did Dicaprio win an Oscar, but we had the pleasure of seeing him and Kate Winslet walk the red carpet together. The chemistry between the two is definitely still there and I think most fans are still convinced their love is in fact very real. Especially after everyone saw the reactions of the two when they waited in anticipation to see if the other had won the category they were nominated for. Unfortunately, Winslet did not win, but the look on her face when Dicaprio did was priceless. It has been almost a week since the Oscars and social media is still buzzing with pictures and tweets about the two of them. Normally, this would be considered yesterday’s news by now. Everything about the Oscars was great at usual, but I think the reunion of Winslet and Dicaprio and his Oscar were certainly the highlight of the evening.
Last week was New York Fashion Week. One of the most prestigious and glamorous events of the year. Every A-list celebrity can be found sitting front row at fashion shows for some of the biggest designers in the world. However, the front row has changed a little over the years. It’s gone from actresses and world famous recording artists, to internet personalities. The front row was lined with Youtube stars and well known bloggers. We truly are living in a digital world.
As for the actual fashion, it was nothing short of spectacular. Spring fashion has always been my favorite because I find that’s when designers really let loose and try things no one has ever seen. Mixing vibrant color with unique patterns. During fall and winter, the trend had been nudes and black, I think we can thank the it couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for that; between Kim’s risky fashion choices and Kanye’s clothing line taking off many people look to them for inspiration. I am definitely one to find myself playing it safe and wearing mostly black because it’s classic and matches everything, but the show definitely inspired me to add some more color to my wardrobe.
While the clothes we see on a runway are often clothes we will never actually get to see in our closets, these designers inspire the trends for the year. Personally, I have never been a fan of orange, but seeing the way that the designers brought it all together definitely changed my opinion. Designers like Calvin Klein, Rebecca Minkoff and Ralph Lauren and so many more help shape the fashion world and have such a large impact on the way we dress today.
The name Lamar Odom may ring a bell for a couple different reasons. One may be because you know him for his career in the NBA, another more likely reason is because he is married to Khloe Kardashian. While they did decide to part ways they are still legally married and now they appear to be closer than ever. Lamar was found unconscious on October 13th and had to have two emergency surgeries.
Currently, Lamar is in critical condition and Keeping Up With the Kardashian star Khloe Kardashian is staying with him and has not left his side. The whole Kardashian family is asking that everyone keep Lamar in their prayers. No one is really sure how things will end up, but we can only hope for the best. Lamar’s family said his speech is slowly improving and he is more responsive.
As for the relationship between Khloe and Lamar, at one point in time they were considered to be the “it” couple, but they ended up splitting in 2013. They had filed for divorce, but just recently decided to stay together. They can however file for divorce at a later time, but for now Khloe and her family are not going anywhere as Lamar continues to try and recover.
Hopefully, with some time Lamar will get better and work on getting back to his old self. It will take a while and he has a lot of recovery time ahead, but he has a lot of support and seems to be doing better.
One of the most popular rappers right now would have to be Drake. From his song Back to Back to Hotline Bling he is taking over. Drake has always been popular, but ever since he dropped his album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” earlier this year without any warning or the usual promotional stunts artists use he has been on everyone’s mind.
His music he uploads to Soundcloud, a music sharing website where people can listen to songs for free get millions of likes and he has sold over five million albums. The song I mentioned before Back to Back went viral on the Internet. The song is about another rapper Meek Mill that had called Drake out for having somebody else write his songs. Meek Mill tried to retaliate, but was unsuccessful when everyone sided with Drake.
Drake may be an extremely famous rapper now, but before that he actually got his start acting on a popular television show called “Degrassi.” He was on the show from 2001 to 2005. He played a character named Jimmy Brooks who was a basketball star, but then he was shot by a classmate and he was put in a wheelchair. Not many of Drake’s fans today know about his role on the show, but it is what jump started his career. Ten years later Drake is one of this biggest names in music and everyone sits and awaits for his next song to be released or even better his next album.
In my opinion one of the best parts about Seattle is the music scene. One of the best places to go to see it firsthand is at Seattle’s annual music festival called Bumbershoot. In the Seattle center there are several stages with performers from all over and all different genres of music. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of people go every year and the crowds get bigger and bigger each year.
I got to experience it for the first time this year and was lucky enough to go all three days. Unfortunately, I was extremely sick the entire weekend after sitting through the pouring rain on day one, but I pushed through and did not let it stop me. I danced my heart out and sang at the top of my lungs.
A few of my favorite artists were there, Kehlani, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper. Sadly, I did not get to see Chance the Rapper, but hopefully he comes back to Seattle soon. The Weeknd preformed at the main stage and I could not believe just how many people showed up. I got to the show about an hour before it started and only about a quarter of the arena was full and by the time he walked out on stage the it was completely packed. Now considering this stage is normally used as a football stadium and there are giant bleachers on both sides and the entire floor was packed I would say that is pretty incredible. My favorite performance would have to be Kehlani’s, she was at the smaller stage, but the stage was right in front of the Space Needle so when it got dark it was pretty amazing. She has an incredible voice and it was truly and unforgettable performance.
All in all I would say besides getting sick Bumbershoot was a success and I cannot wait to go back next year. I’m sure the acts will be just as good, if not better and there will be even more to see next year.
Hi everyone, I go by the name of PopCultureQueen and this year I will be giving you weekly updates on all of the new and exciting things going on in the world. From music to politics, the list is endless.
I cannot wait to share all the new exciting news with you, but first let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a junior and this is my second year in journalism. I love writing and it’s so great that not only do I get to write for the school’s magazine, but I also get to blog every week. Last year I blogged about local attractions and that was great, but I think that I am ready to change it up and blog about something else. This is completely different, but just as interesting if not more in my opinion. So far I think my second year in journalism might be even better then the first and there are so many new people, which means a lot more bloggers, which is great.
This year is going to be great and the best part about Pop Culture is that things are always changing and there is something new going on everyday so I’ll always have something to share with all of the readers. So if you are one who enjoys staying involved and likes to know what is going on in the world around you be sure to check out my blog posts every week. Well that’s all for now, see you next week!