The Roger Ebert Of Rap: We sat through all the broadsheet journalist fat-chewing over Watch The Thrown's braggadocio and income-gap rap, but all along we just wondered how Ghostface Killah felt about the whole thing. [Big Ghost Chronicles]
The P.Diddy Of Prep: Ralph Lauren goes for a name change. Drops the Polo prefix. [Selectism]
What You're Watching This Weekend: With the arrival of 30 Minutes or Less, Vulture declares this the summer of raunch-com and conducts an empirical study on the seven raunchiest of 2011. [Vulture]
Your Weekly Dose Of Tie Porn: Courtesy of Mr. Mort. [Mr. Mort]
Kanye’s having a good month. Between an awesome video, a career-peak album and a surprisingly lively beef with a former president, he’s crushing just about everything in his path. In the midst of the hitting streak, the chaps at Esquire are rolling out a full-throated endorsement of all things ‘Ye. To hear them tell it, he’s the fashion icon of our times, restlessly sifting through the styles of the day and making it all his own, one look at a time.
It’s a good case…but we’re not buying it. And not just because of his mullet period.
Trivia and geekery have flourished on the internet since the DARPA days, but one species of obsessive may be finally getting his flash-enabled due: the cratedigger.
WhoSampled (hat tip) is a site specializing in tracing rap samples to their original sources. So if you type in “D’Evils,” and you get pointed back to the Allen Toussaint song where the piano riff began life. And if you were wondering exactly how many producers had taken cuts from Isaac Hayes, this would be the best place to find out.
It’s trivia, and not obviously useful, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a few 90s rap fans were accidentally converted to the gospel of 70s soul.
It looks like Pittsburgh’s finest loop digger is back again.
After making a smash two summers back with his first album *Night Ripper*, Girl Talk has released another semi-legal collection of pasted-together hooks and old school beats. And for this one, titled *Feed the Animals*, he’s decided to pull a Radiohead, making it available online for whatever his fans want to pay.
Style Points: This seasonal scorecard of surviving menswear designers is probably the best digest of critiques we've seen all year... except our own, of course. [NYTimes]
Shock Teese: Our favorite burlesque star, Frau Dita Von Teese, once - surprise, surprise - filmed some kinky girl-on-girl porn, some of it hot, some of (particularly the bit with the shoes) not so much. Not to worry, we still file her under "classy broad." [Fleshbot, soooo NSFW]
Budget Kawakubo: H+M will borrow the outré edge of Comme des Garçons for a limited line this November. [Vogue UK]
Spelunking: Share your mancave with the world. [CNN iReport]
Guy Liner: Pete Wentz creates a make-up line for men, you know, because buying women's make up is kinda gay. [Styledash]