Niko The Ikon is the best thing to happen to me this year. OK, so I only discovered him yesterday, after a colleague and devotee follower of this God-like talent put me on to him, but whatever. For starters, watch the cover video "Can We Talk" below, and you'll be all like "pfffft, nice facial hair idiot" but then you realize IT'S A FUCKING JAM, you've been watching to it on repeat for the past 36 hours and he's actually on a higher plane of genius than anyone else in music right now. Is he singing? WHO CARES?
...watched it? I KNOW RIGHT! Anyway, what I'm trying to get to is that he's got a brand new video out, a collaboration with duo Chester French, and yet again IT'S A FUCKING JAM. Naturally, Niko kills it with the visuals again, as he gets busy romancing a sexy senorita maid, in between getting topless and hanging out with a cockatoo in some ultra classy fake Greco surroundings. The lulz are of course what smack you in the face first, but if by 30 seconds in you're not slow-grinding in your seat singing "those panties gonna drop, drop, drop to the flooooor!" you don't deserve to be loved by anyone.
2013: The Year Nelly Was Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time
No other artist spent as much time so close to the Zeitgeist as Nelly this year without being even remotely close to being the Zeitgeist.
You Don’t Like Childish Gambino's 'Because the Internet' Because of the Internet
Don't allow the narrative surrounding Donald Glover's musical career define the way you think.
The Real Difference Between a Mixtape and an Album
Why do rappers still about sales when they could release a mixtape, gain exposure, and cash in later?
Are the Grammys Irrelevant or Did Yeezus Actually Suck?
Breaking down Yeezy's obsession with the awards.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
A year’s art starts on Day One of the new year. If we don’t quantify it somehow by December, who are we as a people and what is our worth?
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
Kitty Pryde reflects on her sort of shitty, sort of amazing 2013.