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Keeping Up With The Kardashians…and Caitlyn!

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Photo Credit: CNN.com Season 2 KUWTK 

There’s been some surprises popping out of the Kardashian/Jenner household lately! For starters, Bruce Jenner shocked the world with his recent news that he is transitioning into a woman! Yes, you read it right and it’s happened already.

About 2 days ago Bruce Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover was introduced to the world and the surprisingly beautiful photo shows Jenner finally sharing his true self in front of the cameras. In the article, he talks about his relationship with ex-wife, Kris Jenner and how she had no clue that he was transitioning but knew that he “liked to play dress up.”

Bruce Jenner feels like since the beginning of the Keepin’ Up With the Kardashians show, he’s always been kind of pushed to the side once the show became successful. Kris Jenner ran the whole show alone and without the need of Bruce financially  and that led him to feeling mistreated and completely useless. If you are an avid KUWTK fan, then you know how this is true. The family would leave him out of all the business and would not care to show their appreciation for him being around. Now, Caitlyn Jenner is finally…free.

Photo Credit: Vanityfair.com

Photo Credit: Vanityfair.com

Caitlyn tells Buzz Bissinger in the interview that he suffered a panic attack the day after undergoing a 10-hour facial-feminization surgery on March 15. Caitlyn confirms that he has not had genital surgery but that he can tell you that he asked questions and started to second guess his decision to change his entire identity. As for the Jenner children (Burt, 36, and Cassandra, 34, Brandon, 33, and Brody, 31) they were already aware of their dad’s transition. Caitlyn would throw small parties where he could dress up as a woman and not feel uncomfortable. Currently, the kids show no emotion toward their dad’s big news, in fact they didn’t want any parts in the docu-series for E! Network. Jenner was hurt by this but she is handling all the publicity with confidence and optimism.

Go behind-the-scenes for the Vanity Fair shoot here: 

In other Kardashian news, Kim K. put it out there for the whole world to know that she and Kanye are expecting baby # 2 but this time, it seems they needed some assistance making it! The 34-year-old reality star allegedly had a surgery back in December to prepare for her second child with Kanye West. According to USWeekly, Kim had to get scar tissue removed 12 weeks prior to the pregnancy.

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Photo credit: atlantablackstar.com Kim pregnant with first child in photo above.

Baby girl North turns 2 on June 15 and the couple was trying for the second child about 8 months ago and finally having success after about 3 surgeries on her uterus according to sources at PEOPLE magazine. Her baby boy or girl is due in December and is already showing off her little baby bump in latex dresses and red carpet appearances. There have been many rumors about the pregnancy saying that Kim used a surrogate and is also expecting twins. So, a grumpy, pregnant Kim decided to take to her Twitter account about the rumors by addressing a fan who believes she used a surrogate.

Kim responds: “Please! This is the type of stuff I will address. If I got a surrogate I would say I did! Thankfully I didn’t have 2” and “I just mean rumors or lies. People make up so much even people close who u think are legit. Truth time” Aww, poor Kim! But, I’m sure this will soon come to pass even though its hard to hear the world call you a liar. Whether she did or not, she’s a woman of age now and some people just shouldn’t make fun of the fact that not everything goes as planned when trying to conceive a child at a late age. Celebrities are real people and they are not exempt from Mother Nature’s plans either.

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Photo Credit: GettyImages

Seems like every Kardashian has had or is having a little drama going on in their little lives. Younger sister, Kylie Jenner has been busy lately trying to block out all shade from boyfriend Tyga’s ex-fiance Blac Chyna and the public for underage dating rumors. The beef between the two women have been an ongoing situation since Tyga and Blac Chyna split. Now, babymama of Tyga’s son, King Cairo wants full custody of her son when she learned that Jenner changed her ig name to “King Kylie.” Kylie has also been seen rocking a diamond ring on her ring finger which sources claim that the rapper had given to her as a gift or a friendship/promise ring. These two have been getting bad press about their relationship but I don’t see how their relationship is harming anybody. If they love each other, sometimes you just can’t help it! One thing I do know for sure is that when a Kardashian wants you, its hard to resist!

Photo credit: Hollywoodlife.com

Photo credit: Hollywoodlife.com

KAWS “Clean Slate”

New York artist, KAWS will be introducing the Clean Slate sculpture in Shanghai, China being displayed at Piazza of Shanghai Times Square from May 15 to May 31. The sculpture is one the Brooklyn artist’s largest works standing at 7 meters tall and was recently presented in Hong Kong. The collection includes the very famous “COMPANION” character and an exclusive merchandise collaboration launch with department store Lane Crawford and All Rights Reserved that will include canvas bags, white and gray t-shirts, and only 1,000 iconic KAWS mini plush dolls.

KAWS Sculpture in Harbour City, Hong Kong  Photo Credit: Supertouchart

KAWS Sculpture in Harbour City, Hong Kong
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Photo Credit: Supertouchart

The famed artist’s works have been displayed in art galleries and locations internationally. KAWS is most famous for designing toys and clothing that goes beyond his days as a New York City graffiti artist; taking his unique and youthful approach on modern day art to a more exclusive global market. KAWS studied Fine Arts and has worked at Disney as a freelance animator in the past.

KAWS became extremely popular in the late 90s and 2000s in the art toy collecting communities. In later years, he designed clothing with name brands like Comme des Garcons, A Bathing Ape and Original Fake.

In 2013, KAWS’ company redesigned MTV’s moon man statue for their 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. He’s also highly commended for his work on acrylic paintings and large sculptures. One of the more popular KAWS sculpture is a figure based on the Mickey Mouse whose face is obscured by both his hands.

KAWS museum exhibitions include solo shows at the High Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum, and more with displays in international galleries Galerie Perrotin and Honor Fraser Gallery. His work has been seen in international major cities.

This year’s biennial open-air sculpture event, ArtZuid 4th edition is set to unveil the 2015 International Sculpture Exhibition in Amsterdam featuring 73 monumental sculptures for the public to see, as well as 18 podia that will be hosting a number of participating artists, with appearances by Ai Weiwei, KAWS, Frank Stella and more. Be sure to catch the 2015 ArtZuid International Sculpture Exhibition in Berlage’s Art Deco district of Amsterdam South from May 22- September 22.

Flacko where ya been???

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Photo Credit: blog.nytimes.com

A$AP Rocky finally answers this question for HYPETRAK.

Although it’s been a minute since the world has heard from A$AP Rocky, it’s understandable why. The 26-­year­-old rapper, model and now actor has been busy. From recording A.L.L.A., the follow-up to his 2013 debut Long.Live.ASAP, which features guests FKA twigs, Lykke Li and long-time producer Clams Casino, to making his acting debut alongside Zoe Kravitz and Forest Whitaker, Rocky has been adding to his already impressive resume the past couple of years. He’s also recovering from the unfortunate death of mentor and friend A$AP Yams, who passed away due to a drug overdose in January of this year. During his performance at the SXSW Milk Music Lounge, hosted by Samsung, he was in much better spirits, going through notable tracks “Goldie,” “Pesos” and “Wild for the Night,” as well as rapping along to songs from the rest of the A$AP Mob.

After his set, Rocky took the time to speak with HYPETRAK about where he’s been, what he’s been up to, his acting debut and what would be his ideal role, and what he listens to when doing psychedelics.

During your performance tonight you mentioned psychedelics. What’s your playlist like when you do psychedelics? I listen to Animal Collective and Flying Lotus.

That’s very rare but I prefer to listen to Jefferson Airplane, obviously cliche s**t like the Beatles. You know that song [by Question Mark and the Mysterians] “96 Tears?” That’s one of my favorites. I love ’60s music.

Where have you been, man? You popped up with “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” and “Multiply,” but you’ve been under the radar musically.

Well, I just recorded this whole album in London. I secluded myself I ­–­ I was stressed but happy. I was stressed because I felt that people didn’t perceive our creation the way that now people are starting to stop talking s**t. It took us to put out s**t like “Multiply,” like say “Shut the f**k up,” you know what I’m saying? People try to test like we’re not the originators and we didn’t innovate a lot of this s**t. I pay respect all the time to motherf**kers. I’m just saying that I felt like it was time for me to give them something different, because I was fed up with hearing what everybody else was making. So I didn’t even want to be in the States. I cut my phone off, put my beeper on. ­­It was a crazy experience. That’s why on “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” I’m like “Trappin’ through the speaker, peep the beeper ringer, uh / Turnin’ off phones, just to reach ’em, gotta beep’em,” because I had beepers on while I was in the booth. I was just talking about my experiences that’s all.

I just feel people fabricate so much in life. For instance, all my brothers came down from New York to be out here, and while we’re chilling we got various people that know you from various times. Some may know you from 10, some may know you from 12, some may know you from 14. But point blank, they know you from a long time ago, and when you got everybody talking and telling stories you learn a lot about people. Because if I told you my own stories aside of what people already know about me growing up radical in shelters and s**t, if I told you my own stories you would think I’m fabricating, I’m lying. We don’t look like we sold drugs. That’s all we did together. We would help each other buy scales, help each other with connects. [Points to A$AP Illz] He bought a BMW when he was 19. I mean he crashed it two years later (laughs) but granted he had one. We’ve been us, so it’s not like this is some new s**t and I’m just like “Y’all think y’all know me, because obviously y’all don’t know me.” I got to show these motherf**kers Little Pretty Flacko Jodye stepped up in this piece.

Speaking of stepping up, acting, fashion… ­­

Yeah, man. Number one movie at Sundance, in theaters June 12. I’m blessed, thank God. Fashion s**t, I stay jiggy. But this new s**t is just me expressing myself. I really don’t give a f**k no more. I don’t give a f**k about 95 percent, the other five percent of me cares. I care about my people and stuff like that, and I know if I let a lot of s**t just go, it’s f**king it up for everybody. So other than that I’d probably be way more reckless, but I’m not out here trying to be the most reckless or macho dude. I just really wanna be myself.

I want to get into that, your role in Dope.

I was helping Chanel Iman read her lines, and I came across my character and I felt like a connection and I auditioned. At first when I auditioned I did a video audition because I was recording my album, and I did it on my phone and we sent them two videos, and they were going crazy. But I just thought it was a celebrity thing like, “Oh, this independent movie, we’ve got a celebrity, let’s just say he’s good because he’s good.” Then it came to the point where they wanted me to actually come in and audition, and I killed that s**t. After that, they called me up and was like, “You’re Dom.” I was swaggin’.

What would be the ideal role for you?

Have you ever seen the movie with Mos Def called Something The Lord Made?

No sir.

Check it out. It’s an old movie about the first African American surgeon. He didn’t have any education, he didn’t have any experience, but he was really good at it and was a protege of a white doctor who was world­renowned. But I guess the doctor would get more credit for s**t they did together. So the doctor, because he was black, he wasn’t even allowed to go into the ceremony. And basically other doctors and committees starting hating on the two so much that they were like, “Well he doesn’t have education and he doesn’t have diplomas.” And once he was about to become his own independent doctor they pulled that bulls**t on him. So then he had to wait years to get his diploma to become a doctor. That’s how crazy it is and he didn’t even have a school education. Do you know how inspiring that is? But Mos Def f**king killed it. I would love to do that.

How does it feel to be back doing music?

It feels f**king amazing. I’m happy to be back but they don’t know I’m back, man.

You even said you haven’t even toured for the past two years. You need to be on some Super Saiyan Goku s**t with your return.

Like, I feel weird I go onstage, hair f**ked up still. I might’ve f**ked around and worn this yesterday, but still came up there looking very handsome. I’m looking at myself in the mirror right now.

I feel like you just need to make a motivational video where you tell people how to look in the mirror.

Yo (laughs) you know we’re all like that low­key, but I’m probably the worst. I’m more verbal about it, I just admit it. I think I’m handsome.

Rocky told Billboard that the album name, At.Long.Last.A$AP. A-L-L-A. is like slang for ‘Allah.’ It’s the return of the god MC. He says “I’m named after Rakim, and I’m finally facing what it means: I was born to do this shit. And I hope I get to do it for a very long time.” FYI, the rap legend Rakim also goes by Rakim Allah, and Rocky’s real name is Rakim Meyers.

See the VIBE Interview below:

TOP 5! Hip-Hop Festivals to attend in 2015

1. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival  will take place in Indio, CA over two weekends, April 10-12 and April 17-19 and will include a lineup like Drake, The Weeknd, Action Bronson, Tyler the Creator and FKA Twigs. Past lineups rolled out big-name artists like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Prince and Jay- Z. This year, Coachella’s bringing in the heat with Drake and The Weeknd; two OVO artists that will hit the same stage bringing fans the sound they wanna hear for two days of the 2-weekend event. You don’t wanna miss this! Get tickets at www.coachella.com

2. The Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 lineup was announced recently and will go down at Chicago’s Union Park on July 17th-19th. The three-day event offers an exciting and diverse lineup. Chance The Rapper, A$AP Ferg, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Vic Mensa,iLoveMakonnen, and Vince Staples will be performing there just to name a few. Daily Passes are on sale now for $65 a night or $150 for a weekend pass.

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3. The 21st Annual Essence Music Festival will take place at the normal spot in New Orleans, La for July 2-5th at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. We all know that every year, superstars fill the streets and the many music events and seminars happening all around town on each day of the show. For the initial lineup, Superstar headliners and Grammy-winning artists Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Common will be performing at this year’s fest as well as Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Floetry and SZA. Tickets go on sale February 25th.

4. Governors’ Ball at Randall’s Island Park in NYC will pop off in a major way with this year’s official headliner, Drake! The singer/rapper will share the stage with newer artists, Lana Del Ray, Rae Sremmurd, Charli XCX, KAYTRANADA and Bishop Nehru.The event goes on June 5-7th. Visit site here to see lineup and purchase tickets.

5. BUKU Music Festival thrives on the art and culture that lives in New Orleans. Already a magical city, there’s not much you need to do to decorate it, but the one festival that helps bring together both art and music is the BUKU Fest! A$AP Rocky and ILoveMakonnen will headline this year’s event along with Boosie Badazz, G-Eazy and Flosstradamus.

Video: Drake “Jungle”

What does it all mean? What is he trying to say? Especially at the end when things get creepy as he stands around in a red swarm of dust which flies back into the haunted house and awakens the people that were once still. Then, the guys at the store that were dressed in camouflage jackets who at one point had life were paused and became as still as statues. What is the hidden meaning here? There’s more abstract imagery that we should just all dig into and figure it out ourselves.

Its a cool short film because you get to go inside Drake’s young child life and watch him rap and sing with his dad. Also, back in 2008 when he and a couple friends couldn’t get it in the club with no ID. In the video, you hear mostly natural, earthy sounds. Like the car engine as it starts, the mountain air whistling, the laughs Drake shares with his friends. It’s a pure depiction of what the rapper must be feeling at this point in his life. Maybe he never thought he’d be the one to make it out of Toronto and hit big! This could be him recognizing his worth Or his personal calling.

Maybe he feels a heavy weight on his chest to save himself from himself so that he’ll continue building for his family, his label mates and his city.

Gabrielle Union says she InstaStalks Blac Chyna, Crushes on Other Men and how She and Dwayne Keep a Good Relationship

Ultra-talented Gabrielle Union has a very interesting conversation with Angie Martinez at Power 105.1 this morning. The beautiful actress talks about Being Mary Jane and her marriage with Dwayne Wade. She also addresses some recent social media backlash about her husband following and then unfollowing Wiz Khalifa‘s ex-wife Amber Rose. Gabby says that she actually understands why he would follow MuvaRoseBud because she follows Blac Chyna and thinks that she’s pretty. When Angie asked her what male celebrities does she follow, she openly said Matt Kemp. See, Gabby’s pretty chill when it comes to trusting her man. She knows he’s in love with her and only her.

Gabrielle made her rounds to both the Today Show and Extra for interviews about Season 2 of Being Mary Jane and marriage with D. Wade. She looks classy and graceful as she shares her success with the world. In her Today Show interview, she concludes:

“It’s taken a lot of pressure off my accountant’s shoulders knowing that my mortgage is going to be paid.”

And

“In Hollywood we never have that luxury ever of knowing where our next check is coming from so it gives us the freedom to just work…. it’s a huge vote of confidence for us.”

She’s in a great place in life and there’s only more to come. So, keep getting those checks and we’ll keep believing in you!

Photographer Finn Taylor Speaks on Photographing Drake and A$ap Rocky

Finn Taylor was born in 1982 in Hong Kong. His early childhood was spent in London. Finn always had a camera close by growing up to document people around him that he felt was a fair and true representation of themselves.

Finn took his passion for photography and began documenting athletes leading up to the 2012 Olympics, India National Team cricket players and the Poland National football team for their hosting Euro 2012 campaign.

Finn has clients like HTC, Nike, EA Games, Sony and has also made portraits of Snoop, Drake, Kesha, John Legend and A$ap Rocky.

image imageFinn tells Lifeandtimes.com, “I caught up with Drake in Barcelona while snapping him for the FIFA 14 campaign. Being a huge fan, I was so excited. I spent days crafting a playlist for the studio, and used it as an excuse to go out and find a pair of gleaming new Air Jordans. Drake walked in, said “sick shoes” with his head bouncing to the tunes, gave me a hug and we got off to a flying start. We pulled tracks back, his crew left me to it, and we chatted as we snapped. He was a pleasure to hang with and even cooler than I’d hoped.”image

On shooting A$ap Rocky: “I didn’t know who A$AP Rocky was twenty minutes before he was due to arrive at Milk Studios in NYC. I sat in a corner with a coffee and quickly read up. I was blown away by his story, and wasn’t sure what to expect, having not come across too many rappers of this magnitude before. When he arrived, we laughed because we were dressed almost exactly the same, with matching shorts, white-Ts and denim shirts. We laughed lots and got along great. I wanted to snap his effortless cool, with no attitude or grills, almost like a school picture. He has so much to be so proud of. I felt proud for him.”

Visit http://www.finntaylor.com to see more portraits.

Yeezy on the cover of Billboard Magazine

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Its Yeezy Season and the winds are heavy! So,if you are one of those people that like to hold grudges on others it’s gonna be pretty hard to hold on to the Yeezy grudge. Hate to bring it back up,but after the Kanye x Taylor Swift altercation it seems as though “too real” Kanye’s lowered the bullshit and turned up the money making. In order to be the ultimate celebrity, you have to check your perception from time to time and it’s refreshing to see Kanye in such a positive light. He’s married now and has daughter Nori to look after so I’m more than sure that he puts extra thought into anything he does. Unlike Kim, who just recently posed naked for Love Magazine. 

Honestly, the spread looks like dirty, Italian fashion but there’s already enough talk about the photo shoot that saying anything bad about it would just be cliche’. Anyway, We’re excited for Mr. West right now! The photo above gives proof that Ye is indeed a successful businessman and whose works are inspiring and  legendary. Making it to the list of 100 powerful individuals is something to be proud of. Keep up the good work, man.