$150 Dipset socks.
It’s getting chilly out in NYC. The temperature dropped below freezing for the first time the other day, and on my walk to work I stepped over a crusted-over puddle. It’s almost flu season. Noses are red and dripping, and on the subway you can feel the sick heavy in the air, each inhalation feels like a low-stakes game of Russian roulette. But it’s ok, because DJ Paul rounded up some of his Three 6 friends, a few buddies from Bone Thugs and a few other heavyweights (8Ball & MJG, Yalwolf) and put out 6ix Commandments. It’s great timing, too, because Memphis stomp rap is the best medicine of all.
Found a pretty major typo in this week’s New York Magazine—pretty sure that’s supposed to read “#TYBG.”
But the reasons for buying a beeper are not all pragmatic, and its appeal follows the tradition of yo-yos and Air Jordans as one of the latest in a series of teen-agers’ status symbols. For some teen-age boys, it is the final addition to the baseball cap, earrings, dark jeans, white shirt and tie that are the signature dress of rap musicians and drug dealers. Hidden McBeeper
"A lot of guys think that girls will think they’re hot because they have a beeper," said Sheila Gamble, a 20-year-old senior at the Bronx Outreach School. "If there’s a girl next to them, they’ll flick it off and on, making it beep." Some have even taken to wearing them even if they cannot be reached by a telephone, and others reportedly wear small plastic boxes that look like beepers but are not.
Because both teen-agers and adults are using beepers in increasing numbers and because of the number of second telephone lines in homes New York Telephone is running out of telephone numbers and plans to switch all cellular and paging connections in area code 212 to a new area code — 917 — starting in November.”
Teen-Agers’ Beepers: Communications as Fashion , 1991, The New York Times
1991 was weird.
Ste Curran, The Queen
Video game fan or not, Ste Curran’s Dwarf Fortress expose ‘The Queen’ is an affecting piece of journalism-cum-storytelling well worth the 16 minute listen (and £1 download if you’re into that sort of thing).
Growing up on Nintendo Power reviews before falling into critical theory, it’s still amazing to watch video game writing mature and become something “grownup.”
Music styles that, like hip-hop, are connected to some kind of grass roots, are fluid, with constant incremental changes building into epochal ones. When they move from their base audience, it’s often because a particular conjuncture of sounds resonates with a new crowd. But here is where a kind of misrecognition occurs: for the neophytes, the style is this one way, frozen in time … When a genre develops a signature sound, it’s ripe for the plucking by interlopers. Instead of having any real connection to the communities that develop musical styles through the dialectical movement between music makers and their core audiences, an outside producer just has to have a decent set of ears and a computer, and can start cranking out reasonable facsimiles …
The answer to “Damn, son, where’d you find this?” is always the same: you downloaded it off the internet.”