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Princess Nokia’s New York

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New York City’s latest it-girl and hip hop’s newest darling, Princess Nokia (née Destiny Frasqueri) is back with another new release. With her double feature for “Bart Simpson” and “Green Line,” the rapper further pays homage to the Big Apple.

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Despite perhaps the messiest album rollout of all time, the queen is back. Rihanna’s first album in over three years – subject to countless delays – features none of the singles she released in 2015, rather all new material and an almost entirely new direction. And the album, which she finally dropped on January 28, might be Rih’s boldest move yet.

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AfroPunk 2015

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What M3LL155X Means

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In case you didn’t know by now, FKA twigs is an artist who does things her own way. That’s certainly the case with her latest audio-visual epic, M3LL155X (pronounced “Melissa”), an expression of her “personal female energy.” Entirely self-directed, the aesthetics are what initially stand out. Fashion muse Michèle Lamy is the first face we see, wearing her go-to heavy jewels, tattooed and dyed fingertips, gold teeth, and even a fluorescent lightbulb on her head. Lamy’s stunning cameo is subsequently followed by twigs as an inflatable sex doll, a solid amount of pregnancy, some hardcore vogueing, and of course, lots of killer fashion. And while viewers would certainly raise an eyebrow at just about all of the visuals in the short film, we should ask ourselves, what does it all mean?

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BBHMM

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Guys, can we talk about one of the most epic videos ever? Our favorite badgal is back, and she’s not fucking around. Just like every other single that the singer (apparently now trap artist?) puts out, we all fell in love with Rihanna’s bumping new track when it first debuted a couple months back. And now the infectious tune seems even better, bolstered by something of a short film directed by the star herself. It’s sexual, it’s violent, it’s over-the-top, and it’s kind of everything.

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Entertainment for the White Male

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Let’s take a step away from fashion for a moment to discuss some issues in the larger sphere of pop culture. With the Grammys still in our recent memory and the Oscars quickly approaching, there’s a lot to talk about.

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The Skins

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*Note: This story originally appears in the Fall 2014 issue of VRLX Mag. Find out more and get your copy here!


 

Sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in the sea of today’s music, and we could really use a breath of fresh air. Cue The Skins, the Brooklyn-based rock band that’s giving us some tunes to get hyped about.

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Chasing Time

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Music videos are essential elements for contemporary artists, helping to define an aesthetic and heighten a message. These clips can also serve as vehicles to connect the musician to the realm of style, which tends to be what we’re more focused on.

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Broke with Expensive Taste

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It was only a couple of years ago that Azealia Banks wowed the world with her painfully catchy, undeniably infectious hit, “212.” With witty lyrics and uncompromising sass, highlighted by “she really went there” expletives, Banks proved her potential as one of the most talented female rappers of all time. We all anxiously awaited the songstress’ full-length album, when she would ideally rise above social media spats and put her money where her mouth is. Well, that day has finally come. And Azealia’s doing more than just justifying her extra dose of confidence; she just about murdered any competition, while she blew critics out of the water.

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The New Musical Fashion Duo

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Madonna did it with Jean Paul Gaultier, Kanye collaborated with Margiela, and Rihanna got it in with everyone from Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Jeremy Scott, and Adam Selman. Let’s face it, a musician/fashion brand relationship is crucial for building an image.

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