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Insane Clown Posse, Kohinoorgasm and Big Baby D.R.A.M.: 7 Things We’re Into This Week

Named after the glorious, if negligibly inaccurate Miley Cyrus song, The Sympathizer HQ delivers to your computer and phone screens (or iPad–if you’re that guy) a spanking new column. A weekly round-up, “7 Things” presents you with 7 things we’ve been into this week–songs, records, books, podcasts, both old and new. You’ll never be left not knowing what to do with your weekend again.

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Thing 1: Insane Clown Posse’s “Bitches”

Super late to the party on this one, but I’ve been working my way through the Wu Tang Clan’s vast dynasty of group and solo albums, these last couple of weeks. It’s amazing to listen to ODB’s first album, with its non-rapping, rhyming “welfare” with “welfare,” etc., and think back to my first love in rap music, Insane Clown Posse. My first exposure to Dirty was through ICP’s 1999 classic, “Bitches.” Built around twenty or so minutes of ODB doing his best crazed ranting, ICP managed to edit together a verse and a few choice samples. Before he died, BZA said he wished he’d put a little more effort into the track. What strikes me is that Dirt’s performance on “Bitches” is more or less right in line with the rest of his catalog: as listeners, we are more or less laughing along with ODB’s insanity. Like a Wesley Willis of the rap world, our continued interest would be exploitative, if Big Baby Jesus didn’t seem to be having so much fun doing it. – Brook Pridemore

Thing 2: Chad Michael Murray

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I was watching A Cinderella Story the other day and I realized that Chad Michael Murray is the greatest. He was in Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, AND Dawson’s Creek. Like, how can one be so prolific? I’m pretty sure he’s made out with every famous teen from our childhood. And I’m also pretty sure 10/10 would still make out. I wonder if it’s possible to break a Guinness World Record for most hearts broken just by existing? – Reina Shinohara

Thing 3: Vivek Shanbagh’s Ghachar Ghochar

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Bloated idleness. Clench-fisted leisure. The ruinous entanglement of ritualized privilege: “But who can admit to doing something for no reason in times like these, in a city as busy as this one?” Shanbhag reminds us that middle-class India (i.e. “whole family stuck together, walking like a single body across the tightrope of circumstances”) embodied the right to family money long before the millennium’s post-grad liberal arts twenty-somethings. And that, of course, money changes everything. – Gauraa Shekhar

Thing 4: Porcupine Tree

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I’m currently experiencing a moderate resurgence in my obsession with ~classic~ prog rock act Porcupine Tree. Whether it be “Trains” getting me through cold showers as a freshman in college or “Way Out Of Here” making me forget about the overwhelming scent of stale urine on the train ride to work, Steven Wilson and gang always got me. – Krista Caproni

Thing 5: Adele’s “Million Years Ago”

Ever heard a song that sounds so familiar to something that you end up convincing yourself that you must have heard this exact brand new song years ago? “Million Years Ago” is just like that, with its nostalgic Spanish guitar and Latin undertones, making you envision standing in a meadow wearing a long, gossamer red dress while your Latin Lover strums his guitar and croons to you. I think the chorus sounds similar to the vocals in the titular song from Phantom Of The Opera, but it could also be my brain warping both songs to fit to each other. Anyways, it’s a stand out from 25, and I like this loads better than “Hello.” – Keerthana Batchu

Thing 6: D.R.A.M.’s Big Baby D.R.A.M.

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Another thing I like this week is D.R.A.M.’s album Big Baby D.R.A.M. First of all, how freaking cute is the album cover?? His has such a nice smile and everyone knows that a good smile and a dog is a recipe for success. In the past week, I’ve listened to “Broccoli” more times than I am willing to admit. There’s something I love about a good piano riff used in a rap song and this album is full of songs like that (See “Cash Machine” and “Misunderstood”). If you liked Chance’s album at all, you’ll probably like this too. (I hope). – Reina Shinohara

Thing 7: Kohinoorgasm’s “Self Love Isn’t Lonely”

Kohinoorgasm is a sick singer, artist, and activist who spends lots of time in LA and the Bay Area. Her track, “Self Love Isn’t Lonely” is a melodious track that sounds like poetry. It is a very very good thing. – Siya Bahal

The Thing After Miley Loses Count But Still Miraculously Adds Up To 7: PUP’s “Sleep In The Heat” Music Video

Yet another thing I like this week is PUP’s new video for “Sleep In The Heat”. Finn Wolfhard is such a freaking lil cutie!! I can’t handle it. Based on “Stranger Things” and this video and how adorable he is in interviews, he seems like a good kid. I can’t tell if I would rather be his older sister or his mother, but either way, this video makes me want to lie down with my dog all weekend and make sure she knows I love her a lot. – Reina Shinohara

 

November 18, 2016

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