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21 Work From Home Jobs Hiring Right Now

Thanks to the miracle of the internet, there are so many remote job opportunities in fields across the board that can earn you some serious bank from your living room (now known as your “home office,” of course). Whether you need to supplement your full-time income, or just have some extra time for a few side gigs, peruse the list below to discover quality work-from-home jobs suitable for various skill levels, professional backgrounds, and expertise. You probably didn’t even know some of these existed!

1. Writer

Why not start with the job you’re seeing in action right now: online writing! With digital publications, blogs, and websites catering to just about every niche subject you can think of, there’s bound to be a site for you to write about a topic you’re knowledgeable or passionate about, so click around and inquire.

Looking for a place to start?

2. Copywriter

If you’re not quite the blogging type but take pride in your ability to put a good sentence together, you’re in luck! This is the ideal remote option for people with strong communication skills, a great grip on the English language, and an interest in business and marketing.

Start here:

3. Social Media Manager

You know how to bring in the likes on Instagram, engage with followers, and curate the perfect feed, so turn that passion for social media into a lucrative career. Since platforms like Instagram and Facebook have become essential tools for brands to grow their digital footprint, social media managers are in demand.

Start here:

  • From wine companies to startups to dog influencers (seriously), there are social media roles in just about every industry you could think of. Ability to come up with witty captions probably required.
4. Video Editor

Another digital media role that’s blowing up? Video editors! Film, media, and production pros who can rock programs like Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop are needed to produce and edit video content for YouTube and more.

For all you sports fans out there, psst:

  • DraftKings is hiring a creative video and graphics editor to play an integral role in their live programming schedule. Responsibilities include editing multiple fantasy analysis and news videos per day and generating graphics to support content.
5. Marketing Strategist

Already have a background in marketing? Flex those skills as a marketing strategist for a range of clients.

Start here:

  • Companies like SmartBug Media are always hiring remote strategists to work with teams of consultants, copywriters, designers, and developers to deliver “strategy and vision” to clients seeking to outsource marketing professionals in order to grow their brands and web presence.
  • There are also openings in the fields of real estate and social media. This role usually requires expertise in things like SEO and Google AdWords, so brush up!
6. SEO Specialist

Speaking of SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimization, for those who obviously know if they’re reading this), Brainjolt Media, a disruptive digital engagement agency and viral media network, is currently looking for a fully remote SEO Specialist. The core mission of this data-driven role is to identify and execute opportunities to drive direct traffic to Brainjolt’s sites and improve their brands’ search rankings. While you should be proficient in Google Analytics and G-Suite, according to their job listing, “formal education doesn’t matter as much as your results.”

Think you have what it takes?

7. Cryptocurrency Content Developer

This sounds like a dream job for anyone who is obsessed with developments in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Start here:

  • Energi is a “self-funded cryptocurrency project with over 60 contributors across 17 time zones” and they’re in search of a knowledgeable content developer to produce communication material like blog posts, website content, and slide decks that cater to both technical and non-technical audiences alike. The role will have you working alongside Energi leaders, project contributors, and external stakeholders to help move the crypto economy forward.
@CassMcD via Twenty20

8. Front End Web Developer

If you’re fluent in HTML and JavaScript, and can build a website with your eyes closed, let’s just say all those late nights poking around with code are about to pay off – big time. Web developers are always in high demand, and with more people living online these days, they’re needed now more than ever.

Start here:

  • Companies across industries, including creative talent agency Vitamin T, are seeking lead front end developers to manually code, test, and debug their sites.
  • Check out FlexJobs for a bunch of similar listings.
9. Financial Analyst

Want to work for one of the biggest companies in the world…without leaving your couch? Now’s your chance.

Amazon is hiring a senior financial analyst for its Kindle service to contribute to strategies, create financial models, support reviews of global business, and optimize current programs. According to the job listing, this role requires “keen attention to detail, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, skills in business intelligence, and the ability to clearly communicate complex subjects to multiple teams.” If you’re proficient in Microsoft Excel and know your numbers, you could be the next Jeff Bezos. ​​​​​

10. Customer Service Representative

Working as a customer service representative is the perfect way to pivot your experience in the service industry which has been disrupted at this time. If you’ve ever worked at a bar or restaurant, you already know how to make customers feel special and address their concerns, and now you can do all that by phone or live chat.

Start here:

  • Various companies are now hiring representatives to easily work from home, including Sitel, NexRep, Sutherland, Wrrk, and The Chat Shop. Solve problems, improve customer experience, and help people out!
11. Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Well, this certainly isn’t your typical job opening. Valiant Labs, Nike’s new business incubator, is building a team of thought leaders to push boundaries, think innovatively, and “serve consumers in new and unimagined ways.” Sounds fun.

If you’re an adaptable and scrappy founder who can identify new problems and envision solutions in complex and volatile environments, have major vision, and fancy yourself the next Richard Branson or GaryVee, this seriously unique opportunity is for you. Who wouldn’t want to be Nike’s own Entrepreneur-in-Residence?

Apply HERE!

12. Virtual Assistant

Turns out you don’t actually have to be in an office to perform necessary administrative and assistant duties while developing relationships with high-powered entrepreneurs and clients.

Start here:

  • Companies like Belay and Time Etc. hire virtual assistants who can telecommute and often work flexible hours during the week.
  • Profit Factory is another go-to resource that connects successful CEOs and entrepreneurs with the support they need. If you’re extremely organized, have some administrative experience, and want to get to work, becoming a virtual assistant is a great way to network on the job and make your resume stand out in the future. ​​​​​​
13. Law Enforcement Transcriber

Calling all True Crime enthusiasts! Why settle for a podcast when you can listen to real deal police investigations and get paid while doing it? Sure, you also have to type it all out, but still, who knew this dream job even existed?!

Start here:

  • Apply to work as a law enforcement transcriber through Net Transcripts. If you’re a fast typer and even better listener, you’ll be responsible for transcribing the audio content of criminal investigations, internal affairs, and various other law enforcement audio files. Thrilling stuff.
14. Bookkeeper

If you know your way around Quickbooks and are great with numbers, apply to become a remote bookkeeper for one of the many companies in search of one right now.

Start here:

  • Staffing agency Accounting Principals places freelance accountants and bookkeepers for both temporary and permanent positions, while plenty of other businesses are independently searching for bookkeepers to bring on staff.
  • Just graduated with a degree in accounting? There are even some entry-level positions available, like this associate bookkeeper job with CFO Services, a company based in D.C.
@rebekah via Twenty20

15. Data Researcher

If you often find yourself in Wikipedia click-holes and love to do deep dives into obscure topics, put your curious mind to good (and profitable!) use. Internet data researchers are being sought to investigate a range of subjects to help explain market trends, fact check, determine competitive markets, and gather statistics.

Start here:

  • Wonder is a great research service that works with everyone from individuals to Fortune 500 companies in need of fact-finding analysts and they’re always bringing on new team members.
  • And for those interested in the booming cannabis industry, Cannabiz Media is also hiring!
16. Account Manager

Top-ranked branding agency Evolve Branding is currently looking for part-time, full-time, and contracted account managers who want to lead a sales team, help their clients achieve huge amounts of growth, work on proposals, and manage client relationships. Evolve has a 100% virtual office and values flexibility, plus the pay isn’t half bad: you could make up to $125,000 a year!

Remote account manager positions are also available right now at companies like Cogito Corporation and K2. This role allows you to hone your leadership skills and provide key support to high-powered clients.

17. Online Tutor

Schools across the country have moved to virtual classrooms, so many positions have opened for online educators and tutors.

Start here:

  • iTutor, for example, hires certified teachers for online classes, tutoring, and test prep, but there are instructor jobs available for anyone who has teachable expertise in, well, anything.
  • TheONE is a platform that connects experts via video chat with people looking to learn. If you have a skill, from fixing a bike to training for a marathon, TheONE wants to bring you onboard to earn money by the minute.
18. Translator

Who would have guessed that your mom yelling at you in her native tongue growing up could one day earn you some dough? If you’re one of the 60 million Americans who are bi- or multilingual, use your language skills to work as a remote translator.

Start here:

  • SDL, a company that provides language and content management solutions for businesses in all sectors, hires freelance translators who have experience in everything from tech and finance to travel and life sciences.
  • Lionbridge works with some of the biggest companies in the world to provide content and website localization (i.e. translating content into international languages).
19. Website Tester

Since you are probably spending your days browsing the internet anyway, you might as well start charging someone for it.

Services like Respondent and User Testing pay you to test websites and give honest and direct feedback about your user experience. This valuable information is used by website developers to make sites easier to navigate, fix bugs, and improve overall usability.

If you’ve ever yelled, “Where the hell is the login button?!” while clicking around an unfamiliar webpage, this job is for you – no other experience necessary.

20. Call Center Agent

Named one of the top 100 companies with remote employment opportunities of 2019, Liveops connects you to customer service work as an at-home virtual call center agent in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, retail, insurance, and more. The company employs over 20,000 independent contractors, describing itself as one of the world’s largest cloud contact centers. Liveops also takes pride in providing flexible schedules that anyone could fit into their life, along with opportunities for major career growth.

Learn more HERE.

21. Telesales Professional

Do you consider yourself an outgoing person with amazing communication skills? You might want to look into a work-from-home career in telemarketing. I know, I know, but before you jump to judgment, this isn’t the type of telemarketing that calls individuals at dinnertime.

Start here:

  • At iRC (Interactive Research Communications) and similar companies, telesales professionals deal solely in B2B, a.k.a. Business to Business, communications. iRC works with A-list firms in the IT industry and is looking for a candidate to cold-call IT Managers and other mid-level executives in order to generate surveys regarding their technology plans for the next 12 months.
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Culture Movies/TV

The 20 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime to Stream Right Now

Work your way through the best documentary available right now on Amazon Prime, some of it being original content you can only find streaming here. From murder mysteries to investigative reporting and observational narratives, filmmakers have documented myriad topics across genres to keep you flipping from one move to the next.

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‘The Act of Killing’

A terrifying look at death squad leaders from Indonesia reenacting the ways in which they committed mass murders via the medium of cinema. When the government was overthrown by the military in the 60s, these death squad leaders helped the army execute millions in less than a year. This documentary covers one of them while he is filming his version of what occurred and how. Does he have the stomach to recreate and watch what he did? 

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‘Gleason’

Former NFL player Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, at the age of 34, and given five years at most to live. He began journaling his experience for his then-unborn and that is included in this close-up look at his condition deteriorating, the medical advancements that enable him to live a full life and his work to ensure others suffering from the same predicament can be helped. 

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‘Human Flow’

A stunner from Ai Weiwei, the global refugee crisis across several countries is documented, exploring individual stories of migration across land and sea, personal tragedies and an ongoing search for that basic need – shelter. Whether displaced by natural conditions or war, this is a deep dive into the massive displacement of people since World War II, the reasons they become refugees and how their conditions can be addressed. 

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‘Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills’

In the early 90s, the horrific murder of three eight-year-old boys by three teenagers in what was reportedly a satanic ritual took over the newsrooms everywhere. This documentary looks at the behind the scenes scenario of a real courtroom drama and the workings of the justice system in small-town Americana. Part of a trilogy, with sequels in 2000 and 2001 (also available on Amazon) following the rest of the case, the shocking twists and turns will keep you riveted.  

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‘Bill Cunningham New York’

Covering the life and work of The New York Times photographer, enjoy a humorous review of the talented gentleman that is now in front of the lens as the subject here. Known for his street and fashion shots, Cunningham documented the life of the city through his takes that were often candid yet detailed. For many, it was an honor to be his subject. His work is considered a study of culture and society, and him, the epitome of humility. 

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‘One Child Nation’

Remember when China enforced a nationwide one-child policy in the ‘80s as an answer to their mounting population crisis? This film explores how that strict law affected families and the social structure with long-lasting repercussions and brought a series of human rights violations with it, such as forced abortions and abductions, sterilizations and abandoning of newborns. Includes the reports of victims, the filmmaker’s own family, authorities and others.

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‘Ken Burns: The Central Park Five’

The wrongful imprisonment of five African American and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park is the subject of this spotlight on a failing justice system and the young lives it swallowed in the hurry to point fingers at someone. After years in prison, their convictions were overturned when a serial rapist confessed that he committed the crime. Hear expert analysis, interviews and other documented evidence behind the case.

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‘Long Strange Trip’

Fans of the Grateful Dead? This is your pick. The rock ‘n’ roll legends ruled the world for three decades with their music and unique brand of individualism, refusing to ‘play by the book’ and giving their fans performances onstage and off that only had them coming back for more. This is as behind-the-scenes as it gets with interviews from band members, crew, family and an intimate look their life and work. This is their untold story. 

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‘Cartel Land’

A different take on the drug problems along the American and Mexican borders, this is an on-the-ground insider view of the work of two vigilante groups on each side that is fighting the notorious drug cartels in their own way. El Doctor and Nailer take you into an unseen world in this Sundance winner, where the lines between right and wrong blur as each group delivers its own version of justice in an ongoing battle.

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‘Dear Zachary’

What began as a tribute to a murdered childhood friend eventually ends up a story of loss and tragedy in more ways than one. In just a little more than an hour, this documentary packs a punch with a child custody battle and murder-suicide that exposes the shortcomings of the Canadian legal system at the time. This true-life saga resulted in Zachary’s bill being signed into law–you’ll have to watch it to see why.

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’

This BAFTA winner narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson takes you on a deep dive into race relations in America, connecting black history from the times of the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. The filmmaker takes American novelist James Baldwin’s incomplete work to apply it to present-day societal dynamics in a manner that is informational yet equally enticing and thought-provoking. 

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‘Lorena’

Remember when this was all the news was about way back in the ‘90s? The case of Lorena and John Bobbitt was fodder for television for years after, going by this 2019 documentary that features interviews with the couple and reexamines how the scandal was reported. Lorena’s move to dismember her then husband’s penis as revenge for the years of sexual abuse suffered in her marriage brought the topic of domestic and marital sexual abuse into the mainstream. 

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‘Sriracha’

For lovers of this spicy addition to any dinner table, and sometimes, every dish here’s a peek into the origins of the condiment and a global journey on the love affair all foodies can relate to. A product with its own cult following and pop culture references to boot, sriracha sauce has been a staple of the American kitchen screen for ages so consider this a visual treat and homage to the single ingredient that brings people from all over the world, together.

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‘Art and Craft’

Watch a master at work. A master forger, that is. For years, expert forger Mark Landis used his impeccable skills to make replicas of some of the most renowned masterpieces in the world, donating them to art galleries, museums and other institutions before one man discovered his game and decided to go after him. Add to this Landis’ schizophrenia and you’ll be questioning yourself as to which art and/or craft you are rooting for.

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‘Unseen’

When a serial killer operates in plain sight and goes unnoticed long enough to result in eleven uncovered murders, it puts the legal and social justice system in a quandary. This happened as recent as 2009 in Cleveland, and the film includes interviews with some of the survivors that escaped the clutches of a sex offender living amongst them. A spotlight on how a marginalized society is failing its women.

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‘Sound City’

Another special interest documentary on rock ‘n’ roll but this time with a focus on a legendary venue where the magic was created by names such as Nirvana, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Metallica. The studio in California held a special place for many a rock music lover and the film brings together some of the stars that recorded here. A walk down memory lane spotlighting this mecca of music and the unique analog console that everyone recording here holds sacred

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‘Fight for Space’

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye are among the experts featured on this inquiry into the why of space exploration and how public interest in the subject declined after a few highs in the ‘60s. Learn from astronauts, scientists and NASA officials as they shine light on space programs, their importance to the world and future benefits of continuing to focus on space exploration. If planetary science is your interest, this is your ticket to a closer look.

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‘The Invisible War’

How do you fight what you cannot see? This investigative report drills right into the secret of the U.S. military – the many rape cases that are systematically hushed and female soldiers standing up against the injustice. Why is there a history of sexual assault against women in the armed forces and what is being done to better the situation forms the crux of a powerful inquisition into the shameful truth that is known to all yet remains unaddressed. 

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‘Free Solo’

Adrenaline rush guaranteed as you follow every breath and blink of solo free climber Alex Hannold as he makes his way up the 3,200-foot El Capitan Rock in Yosemite National Park – without any rope to break his fall. The documentary works its way to the final climb from ahead of time as he prepares for the feat, and the crew gears up to join him for the climb, fully aware of the possibility that one wrong move could mean the worst.

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‘Safety to Nome’

Every year, a select group of athletes are invited to participate in crossing a 1,000-mile journey through Alaska, in what is considered one of the toughest races to be attempted. The ultra-marathon is held in some of the most remote territory and the terrain is unforgiving as racers bike, walk or ski across the Tundra for days on end, trying to beat competitors amidst harsh weather and surrendering to the elements. Join them for the thrill, won’t you? 

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Culture Movies/TV

The 11 Best Weed Documentaries

Marijuana may seem more prominent now than ever in pop culture, but the truth is a lot of people still don’t know much about the substance. Classic propaganda films like Reefer Madness are clearly a relic of the past, but the War on Drugs is still on-going and disinformation still exists about the side-effects of using marijuana. As more states in the U.S. and countries around the world shift towards allowing medicinal and recreational usage, it’s time for non-believers to recognize that marijuana is clearly a more complex and potentially beneficial topic than they once thought. Things have come a long way from Cheech and Chong with even suburban mothers being advertising targets in the new market. 

Filmmakers have known this for years though, as there are numerous informative documentaries about weed that cover various angles of the cannabis world. It’s time to put the bong down and actually learn something this quarantine by diving into these weed documentaries. Whether you want to learn how to make pot brownies or more about the racial inequities in the burgeoning industry, this list has you covered.

1. ‘Weediqute’ (2017)
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A documentary series for Vice that eventually became a full-blown Viceland television series, Weediqute is a classic example of gonzo journalism. Featuring episodes on complex topics like veterans with PTSD who use cannabis to Uruguay’s fully legal market, host Krishna Andavolu dives into some of the most interesting angles of the cannabis world. Every entry is incredibly insightful and educational, but Andavolu’s presence and charisma make it easy to fall in love with this series. With most episodes available on YouTube, this series is incredibly binge-able.

2. ‘Super High Me’ (2007)
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Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary Super Size Me, a look inside the physical effects of eating nothing but fast food and the industry’s corporate power, was so popular that even mega-stoner Doug Benson noticed. Tweaking the idea a bit, Benson and director Michael Blieden made Super High Me, a film that examines the effects of smoking large amounts of cannabis for 30-days straight. With comedian Benson at the lead, the entire film is rather entertaining and funny, but it also features effective interviews with people at various levels of the industry and the political world. Check it out on Amazon Prime if you’re in the mood for a giggle-inducing, educational documentary.   

3. ‘The Culture High’ (2014)
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Director Brett Harvey pulls no punches in his follow-up to The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. A structural look at the War on Drugs, stretching all the way back from President Nixon to President Obama, The Culture High is a scathing indictment against those in power who continually clamp down on people’s ability to access marijuana and practice personal freedom. While marijuana still isn’t federally legal in the United States, this documentary serves as an interesting time-capsule as it is a desperate call for change right before the country’s first recreationally legal markets were opened in Colorado. Currently streaming on Amazon, The Culture High features interviews with guests ranging from Wiz Khalifa to Sir Richard Branson as it breaks apart the myths underpinning the nation’s crazed War on Drugs.

4. ‘Dimebags to Dispensaries: Street-Dealers to Multi-Million Dollar Weed Startups’ (2016)
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The shortest entry on this list, this Vice special is somewhat of an epilogue to a specific Weediquete episode. Dimebags to Dispensaries covers two individuals, Felix—a club owner— and Kingston—a former black-market grower from Atlanta—as they transition to running a legitimate business in California’s legal recreational market. Not only does the special do a thorough job examining the stress points of maintaining and operating a company in a newly established industry, but it also explores how the two business owners work to create brand recognition within such a crowded space. The special also steps away from the two leads and talks about the racial inequities in the new industries and the need for more non-white entrepreneurs to step into the game.  

5. ‘Bong Appétit’ (2019)
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Programs like Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay make cooking so exciting that even people who don’t normally step into a kitchen can be excited to try something new. Vice decided to take the classic cooking show formula and flip it on its head when they launched Bong Appétit, a culinary competition where individuals create scrumptious cannabis-infused meals. The drama of watching the chefs prepare their dishes and the judges banter amongst themselves obscures the fact that each episode contains educational nuggets about weed that make it informative as well as entertaining.

6. ‘Grass is Greener’ (2019)
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This Netflix original documentary follows Fred Brathwaite, a.k.a. hip hop legend Fab Five Freddy, as he explores the history of illegal cannabis usage, especially its relationship with the music industry, in the United States. Starting all the way back in the jazz era with an eye on icons like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, the film tracks the racialized evolution of the war on drugs up to the modern-day. Featuring interviews with musicians like Damian Marley and Snoop Dogg, the film’s focus on the constant inequities in the cannabis industry, even as it booms into a big business, makes this one a must-watch.

7. ‘Breaking Habits’ (2019)
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Being betrayed and cheated by her old husband didn’t stop Christine Meeusen from creating a good life for her family. The former business executive turned to the world of cannabis and developed the Sisters of the Valley, a cannabis nunnery full of individuals who try to use marijuana to help people. The editing is somewhat sloppy, but the rushed nature fits the whirlwind urgency of Meeusen’s story. With one of the most unique lead characters of any documentary on this list, Breaking Habits is as much a character study as it is a look at the need for cannabis to be looked at more seriously as a medicine. Streaming on Amazon Prime, the 87-minute film is compelling and full of numerous uplifting moments.   ​​​

8. ‘Weed the People’ (2018)
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Stoners and 4/20 may be the first thing many non-users think about when they hear the word cannabis, but Weed the People shows a much more important side to the fight for legalization. Director Abby Epstein takes people inside the struggles of individuals and families who use cannabis to aid them in their fights against cancer. Not only does the documentary do a great job putting a face on a large, structural issue but it is entertaining and sweet despite the serious tone. Currently available on Netflix, Weed the People is a touching story that shows the value of cannabis as a medicine and the malicious arguments of people trying to restrict access.

9. ‘Rolling Papers’ (2015)
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When recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado back in 2015, there was a brand new industry created overnight. To cover everything effectively, The Denver Post brought on a new weed editor who would oversee the new desk’s coverage. Mitch Dickman’s documentary is an entertaining look inside how The Denver Post covered the state’s earliest days of legalization and how consumers responded to the changes. A smorgasbord of random stories and experiences, Rolling Papers, available on Netflix, brings up a lot of interesting aspects of the new legal cannabis market and digs into them just enough for audiences to want to explore more material on their own.

10. ‘The Future of Weed: High Country’ (2013)
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A Motherboard/Vice original documentary, The Future of Weed: High Country also takes viewers inside Colorado’s legal market. An engrossing look inside the newly established market mechanisms that were taking shape at the time, the documentary also digs into the cutting edge cannabis technology being developed and utilized in the state. At the time this documentary came out, there were more dispensaries than liquor stores in Denver, and the special examines what the future of the burgeoning industry could look like. Incredibly sleek and entertaining, The Future of Weed may be a few years old, but it is still incredibly relevant as more states develop recreational cannabis markets.

11. ‘The Profit: Marijuana Millions’ (2017)
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The Profit is a television series that follows Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World, as he goes around the country and invests in and advises small businesses. In a one-off episode, specifically episode 20 of season four, Lemonis visits California and interacts with several cannabis businesses, touching on everything from cultivation to edible manufacturers, and provides his own analysis on the future of the industry. While the show and the host have a pro-venture capital philosophy that ignores numerous issues, it is also the perfect way to get your conservative dad on board with legal marijuana. The special is brief, but it is also a comprehensive and entertaining look at the various aspects of the business and how the industry is changing in California.

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King Carter Talks Managing DaBaby and His Commitment to the Fans

On this week’s episode of our podcast Monday to Monday, host Mike Boyd chats with manager King Carter. Carter was originally an artist turned manager and represents superstar DaBaby as well as some other huge talent (Toosii and Blacc Zacc, to name a few). Carter’s position as an artist who has since become an immensely successful manager gives him unique insight into the game. In this episode, they discuss Carter’s transition into becoming a manager, his methods for getting his artists heard and some overall advice for emerging talent.

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Carter began developing connections during his time as an artist in Charlotte, NC. “I started realizing like I had a knack of just like keeping relationships and being able to utilize them not just for me but for others,” he says. Carter wanted to start a label, and with his partner Arnold Taylor, they began SouthCoastMusicGroup. But to start, they really wanted good talent to launch. “It’s right in front of my face already. I got Baby right here,” Carter reminisces. 

One of the things that makes Carter’s managerial process unique is his commitment to real-life interactions. In the early days of building DaBaby’s career, Carter was all about connecting with fans. “Our biggest thing was like we don’t want to use the internet, and that’s it. We want to go out, create real fans, get a real fan base,” he says. He is deeply committed to his craft and emphasizes how his work ethic led to his success. “Our whole thing was you do the work, God gonna do the magic. And that’s exactly what happened.” Throughout it all, his focus on people is exceedingly evident. “With music, it’s all about people. So it’s all about touching fans and creating and making yourself like a form of social currency,” he says.

Carter didn’t just stop with SouthCoastMusicGroup. He recently started another label that is more focused on developing up and coming talent. “It’s a label geared towards developing,” he says of his new project, Social Currency Enterprises. Between this label and DaBaby’s project, Blame it on Baby, Carter is keeping busy.

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The manager’s advice in this episode is pretty unparalleled. When Mike asks him for his best advice for emerging artists and managers, he only drops dimes. “Take it serious. Because you only gonna get out of it what you put into it,” he quickly responds. “You might see something that nobody else around you sees. Don’t let that deter you. If it’s your vision, it’s your vision. Nobody else is gonna be able to see it until you make that vision a vision for the world,” he says, before finally adding some of the best advice of all: “Beliefs can be broken but knowledge can’t. So do what you know. Know how to do it and know that you know what you doing and know you gonna make it. And you will.”


If you loved this episode and want to hear Boyd chop it up with more managers and rappers, make sure to check out last week’s episode, when he chatted with Guapdad 4000. And also make sure to stream DaBaby’s new project, Blame it on Baby, available now on all major streaming platforms.

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The 15 Best Psychological Thrillers on Netflix

Now’s a great time to become reacquainted with some of the amazing, psychological thrillers streamable available at the push of a button on Netflix. Comedies and other light-hearted genres may be some viewers first choice in certain situations, but sometimes it feels good to be immersed in some dread and existential anxiety. Come learn about some of the best psychological thriller movies and TV series currently on Netflix.

1. ‘Enemy’
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From Donnie Darko to Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhal clearly loves a good psychological thriller. While he’s lent his talents to numerous dark projects, it’s Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film Enemy that stands out as the creepiest and most thought-provoking of the bunch. Without diving too much into spoilers, because this movie definitely hits harder when going in blind, Gyllenhal does an outstanding job bringing two distinct, yet physically identical characters to life. It’s hard to know how someone would react after discovering and meeting their exact doppelganger, scars included, and this film methodically picks at the sense of paranoia and confusion that a self-shattering discovery like this could have on someone.

2. ‘Inception’
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Most psychological thrillers are an examination of someone’s mental state and how they react to certain situations, but Inception takes that concept and ramps things up to 11. Rather than use metaphors to describe someone’s mind, director Christopher Nolan takes audiences directly inside someone’s heads- specifically their dreams- with Inception. 


A twist on the heist genre- Leonardo Dicaprio’s Dominick Cobb spends a solid chunk of time assembling the perfect crew for an invasive job- Inception sees its cast of characters invade a businessman’s mind in an attempt to influence his thinking at the behest of one of his corporate rivals. Underneath the film’s glossy, blockbuster exterior is a sharp, profound look at how far someone is willing to go to erase their personal pain. The detailed design and tricky fights elevate Inception, but the most memorable aspect of the movie is the sense of confusion and uncertainty that slowly distorts everything the viewer is seeing. 

3. ‘Good Time’
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The Safdie brother’s newest flick, Uncut Gems, turned the duo into some of the most talked-about directors of the 2019/2020 award cycle, but it’s their 2017 thriller Good Time that cemented them as two of the most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers currently working. Directed by brothers Josh and Benny, from a script by Josh and Ronald Bronstein, Good Time is a balls-to-the-wall thriller that delves into the paranoia and increasingly desperate decisions of Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson), a shady, narcissistic criminal, after a bank job with his autistic brother goes south.


Good Time has a lot of dramatic, action-y moments and crazy set-pieces- one of the film’s most intense sequences includes liquid LSD and a closed amusement park- but at its core, it is a thorough examination of a flawed individual whose self-destructive tendencies bring down everyone around him. 

4. ‘Ex Machina’
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Alex Garland’s 2015 sci-fi thriller Ex Machina asks its audience a lot of tough questions. If someone visually recognized something as a robot, could they still form a connection with it? Is it ethical to create and then contain something if it vocalizes that it doesn’t want to be trapped? Are the feelings of artificial beings just as valid as the feelings of organic lifeforms? 

After winning a contest, Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is flown out to meet mysterious tech CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Issac). What seems like a pleasant time between two tech-minded individuals slowly transforms into a tense situation after Caleb is asked to help Nathan with a thought experiment regarding his newest robotic creation. Ava (Alicia Vikander) has a metallic, clearly robotic body, but it also has a human face, making it easier for Caleb to connect with and empathize with it. The real-life Turing Test slowly turns dark as Ava’s conversations with Caleb become more personal and make him uncertain about his own reality and the twisted motivations of his employer. 

5. ‘The Lobster’
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The closest thing to a romantic comedy on the list, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is a bizarre, dystopian look at how much self-contortion people are willing to do to find love. The film’s simple, silly premise- distressed individuals stay at a hotel and are told they will be turned into an animal of their choice if they fail to find a life partner in 45 days- obscures a dark truth: people are willing to physically harm and lie to themselves and others to obtain something that resembles a healthy relationship. With Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz leading an extremely talented ensemble, The Lobster is a painful, constantly escalating examination of just how willing people are to sacrifice their own wellbeing and happiness in their pursuit of superficial love.

6. ‘Rosemary’s Baby’
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Few things in life are more challenging and upsetting than expecting parents to learn their child has a physical or mental ailment of some kind. Children are deserving of love regardless of their health status, but what should an expecting mother do when she suspects there’s something truly dark and off about her child? Without crossing into violent or gory territory, Rosemary’s Baby constantly keeps viewers uncomfortable and glued to the screen as Rosemary (Mia Farrow) tries to find some sense of comfort amidst her suspicious neighbors. 


The occult angle certainly gives the movie a sharper, more frightening edge, but the real fear driving Rosemary’s Baby forward is a completely relatable and realistic one for parents or caregivers of any age. No matter how trustworthy the people around you may seem, you never truly know what someone’s intentions are with you or your child.   

7. ‘Zodiac’
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You didn’t think Jake Gyllenhal was only going to appear on this list once, right? He may not be the star of David Fincher’s ensemble film about the San Francisco-based investigations into one of the United State’s most infamous and anonymous serial killers, but he has a meaty, emotive role that solidifies him as one of this generation’s finest actors.


Zodiac takes a classic cold case, one that detectives still take off the shelves occasionally, and turns it into a chilling tale that feels like it could end in any way. Even though the killer’s identity is still unknown and there are numerous biographies and articles pointing to the wellbeing of the various investigators featured in the movie, Fincher effectively focuses on and drags out uncomfortable moments to ensure the audience is immersed in the same fear the investigators felt every step of the way.

8. ‘Raging Bull’
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Director Martin Scorcesse and Robert DeNiro hit the Oscar circuit together this year for the Netflix original The Irishman, but the iconic New Yorkers have been working side-by-side for decades. Another collaboration between the famous duo, Taxi Driver, is included on numerous “Best Psychological Thriller” lists, but sports biography Raging Bull is an equally effective look inside the mind of a mentally unstable, dangerous individual who has no problem harming himself and those around him in order to succeed.


Starring Robert DeNiro as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull tracks the mafia-linked fighter’s career from his early days up to his late-life career as a club manager. An intimately shot film that helps the core characters’ vulnerabilities and fears shine through, Raging Bull explores just how alienating and explosive someone can become on the path towards accomplishing their dreams.    

9. ‘Twin Peaks’
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he mystery around Laura Palmer’s (Sheryl Lee) death engrossed television audiences when it first came out and has continued to entertain and confuse subsequent generations of David Lynch fans ever since. A moody yet comical series, Twin Peaks tracks how the death of one high school girl impacts her small hometown and its inhabitants. FBI Special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is on the case, but once clues start popping up he uncovers dark secrets about the seemingly innocent girl and the serene town.  


A series that puts as much emphasis on creating an interesting atmosphere and stretching out the characters’ quirky traits as it does the overarching plot, Twin Peaks lingers on panicked moments to create a constant sense of dismay. Parts of the show feel incredibly soap opera-ish, but the cult classic has an anxious, hyperbolic energy that pushes the audience to question everyone and everything they see as the coffee-loving Agent Cooper barrels closer to the truth.  

10. ‘Breaking Bad’
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At first glance, the psychological thriller label may seem odd for the rags-to-riches drug epic that is Breaking Bad, but examining the series as a whole makes it clear it is applicable. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) was a normal chemistry teacher coasting through a traditional suburban existence until a cancer diagnosis throws everything into whack. Using chemistry terms, this catalyst changes everything for Walter and sets him down a dark, desperate path that sees him happily use and discard anyone, even former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to further his own selfish goals. Even at the series’ biggest and most action-packed moments, Breaking Bad remains calculatingly cold as audiences discover alongside Walter just how low he’s willing to sink to “protect” his family and the empire he’s built for himself

11. ‘Black Mirror’
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Few shows have the ability to instill a sense of horror and personal angst quite like Black Mirror. A bleak anthology series that examines the impacts of technology and social media on the world, the stories are all grounded in personal pain and people’s desire to fill the emptiness in their lives with something. Each episode has a brand new ensemble, but every performer masterfully displays the fear and paranoia each story needs. A deliberate and careful look at human behavior that questions whether or not we know what’s best for us, the series is deeply reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, a clear influence on show creator Charlie Brooker.


Certain episodes hit harder than others, but the anthology series is consistent in its prodding of the corrosive effects of technology. No matter how loud the show screams at viewers about how detrimental their device dependency may be, our world keeps inching closer to the eery one presented on screen every day.

12. ‘Bloodline’ (Season 1)
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The sudden return of Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn) at a celebratory event sends distressing shockwaves throughout the entire Rayburn family. The uncomfortable reunion leads to numerous hostile confrontations and brings an old, dark secret to light that threatens the connective tissue of the entire Rayburn family and the professional lives of Danny’s three siblings. Set in the Florida Keys, the series’ beautiful and haunting cinematography adds to the sense of isolation and fear that every Rayburn family member feels as they confront their past. Unfortunately, the series kind of drags in subsequent seasons, but Bloodline’s first season is one of Netflix’s original gems and one of the best examinations of familial distrust and grief ever put on television.

13. ‘Hannibal’
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Jack the Ripper. Ted Bundy. Hannibal Lecter. 


The deliciously evil, cannibalistic serial killer may be a fictional character, but his name is just as notorious as his murderous, real-life counterparts. Anthony Hopkins’ menacing performance in Silence of the Lambs and its subsequent sequels turned the hungry maniac into a household name, but Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen brings his own chilling energy to the role in Hannibal that makes this version even more sly and menacing. A surprisingly dark show for home-network NBC, the series followed a still-in-the-serial-killer-closet Dr. Lecter as he slowly manipulates empathetic FBI profiler William Graham to determine if he can push this principled man into becoming a killer.

14. ‘Mindhunter’
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David Fincher doesn’t just excel at making tense movies based on real-life serial killers, he also shines at making excellent TV programs about serial killers. A Netflix original series, Mindhunter follows the FBI’s first investigations into and conversations with serial killers like Ed Kemper and Jerry Brudos.


Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench’s (Holt McCallany) unconventional interview sequences with various killers and trips into the field lend the show a sense that anything can happen to our key characters at any time. Despite this, Mindhunter is at its best when teasing out the protagonist’s personal lives and how their dark, invasive work impacts how they communicate and relate with others. Interviewing serial killers isn’t exactly the material someone wants to bring home from the office, and the show is framed in such a concise, penetrating way that even some of the most low-stakes scenes feel incredibly explosive and dangerous as a result of the dangerous people our protagonists are now interacting with. 

15. ‘Maniac’
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A dystopian story about two individuals in a magical realist society with a touch of medical malpractice from Cary Fukunaga, the director of every episode of True Detective’s first season? Sign me up.


The Netflix original mini-series starring Emma Frost and Jonah Hill has a lot going for it, but the sense of confusion and hysteria truly never disappears even when things are at their most tranquil. Set around a group of drug trial participants who are trying to cure their mental and social disorders, the show has a magical realist sense that constantly incorporates zany and obscure images to explore uncomfortable feelings of loneliness and isolation. With a story that crisscrosses various timelines and brings viewers inside the key character’s self-consciousness, Maniac is a fast-paced, complex show that constantly makes viewers pause and reconsider what just happened on screen.  

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Culture News

Go ‘Down the Hatch’ with Barry Flavors and 6 Types of Yogurt

It’s Flavors Friday and Barry’s still home, so you know what that means. That’s right folks, it’s another Work From Home edition of Down the Hatch, with Barry taking on some more snacks accessible from home. This week, yogurt is on the tasting table, with the king of flavor trying six different varieties, ranging from deluxe options like Noosa to candy-yogurt duos like YoCrunch.

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The first item on the tasting table is Siggi’s Key Lime flavor, which is a variety of Icelandic yogurt. Barry isn’t crazy about Key Lime, but he’s a good sport for the show and sends the tart treat down the hatch. He follows the sour Icelandic yogurt with something a little more straightforward: Noosa’s Vanilla Bean yogurt. On Noosa, Barry says, “This is the fucking Cadillac of yogurts.”

The Cadillac of yogurts is quickly followed by Brown Cow’s coffee-flavored yogurt. This is the least thick of the bunch, fortifying the fact that yogurts come in all shapes and sizes. Barry gets a little off track here, noting: “I don’t really think there’s anything that funny about yogurt actually. Why are we even doing this episode?” He pauses and then adds, “Because there’s nothing else to do,” before laughing.

Next on the table is a classic, Fage’s honey greek yogurt. The honey comes in its own little attached cup, allowing the yogurt-user to choose their own flavor adventure. Barry loves Fage’s choice of honey, invoking David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play (and movie) Glengarry Glen Ross: “That’s the Glengarry of honeys.”

He follows the Greek yogurt with a french yogurt, Yoplait’s Oui blueberry-flavored edition. This option comes in a convenient glass jar, ready to reuse for whatever your heart desires. He fires the Oui down the hatch before moving onto the final yogurt, YoCrunch Strawberry Yogurt with M&Ms. This is the most dessert-centric yogurt on the tasting table, and Barry is sure to note some of the product’s more cryptic ingredients.

If you loved this episode and want to watch Barry try some more treats from home, check out last week’s episode, when he took on a slew of breakfast cereals. 

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Consoles Gaming

The 20 Best-Selling Nintendo Switch Games

It seems like everything that lands on the Nintendo Switch gets welcomed with open arms. Ports of first-party and third-party games from previous generations have transitioned over to the mega-successful home/console gaming system and have been gifted with a new fanbase to entertain.

As of December 2019, the Nintendo Switch has sold a total of 52.48 million units. This all means that the console’s install base is massive and willing to play anything and everything that the platform offers. The following lineup of games listed below rank the highest when it comes to the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch. And to the surprise of no one, they all just happen to be titles exclusive to Nintendo’s home/portable gaming device.

20. ‘ARMS’ – 2.1 million copies sold
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This first-party fighting game was released alongside the Nintendo Switch as a launch title that set itself apart from its genre competitors. Its willy cast of long-limbed combatants squared off in wide arenas and threw devastating punches across the screen in a knockdown, drag-out brawl. Switch owners needed a good brawler on day one and ARMS was the best option to go with.

19. ‘Ring Fit Adventure’ – 2.17 million copies sold
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Nintendo has gone out of its way to develop games and peripherals that emphasize staying in tip-top condition. Ring Fit Adventure is the latest venture in the company’s exercising agenda as it offers a Ring-Con device that helps users track their movements. The use of turn-based RPG mechanics that call upon you to perform battle movements via fitness routines is genius and rewarding.

18. ‘Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’ – 2.25 million copies sold
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Retro Studios is masterful when it comes to producing amazing platformers. This port of the development studio’s Wii U Donkey Kong Country adventure keeps everything that made the original such a sought-after classic. In addition, the Switch version brought along with it new control schemes and a playable version of Funky Kong via the game’s “Funky Mode.” Anyone who has a Switch is obligated to have this as a part of his or her gaming library.

17. ‘Kirby Star Allies’ – 2.56 million copies sold
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The pink ball of destruction that’s known for sucking up everything in its path got to enjoy a new lease on life on the Switch. Kirby Star Allies may not have gotten a lot of positive reviews, but its fanbase still ran out to get a copy of it. The addictive co-op gameplay gave way to special attacks, which led to a lot of character mixing and matching between 4-player teams. Add in the overwhelming cute factor for this game and you have all the fuel you need to push this title even further up the Switch games sales chart.

16. ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ – 2.58 million copies sold
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The wait for a traditional Fire Emblem game on the Switch was long but so worth it by the time it finally arrived. Fire Emblem: Three Houses offered strategy RPG enthusiasts a lengthy, worthwhile journey filled with political strife and climactic battles. The clever school system introduced a new method towards building relationships with your allies and acquiring Combat Arms learned from everyday studies. The response to Three Houses was extremely positive and it’s a well-warranted one.

15. ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ – 2.6 million copies sold
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Creating an all-new entry in the more casual gamer friendly Animal Crossing series for the Switch was a no-brainer for Nintendo. The cutesy life simulator works great as a portable time waster – Animal Crossing: New Horizons proves that fact as undisputed. The improved visuals, local/co-op options, and new concept of having players inhabit their own island have made New Horizons into a bonafide hit with fans and newcomers alike.

14. ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ – 2.75 million copies sold
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Whenever the lovable denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom get together to play some sports, a ton of Nintendo fanatics always seem to take notice. Mario Tennis Aces brought back the fun of pitting several Super Mario characters against each other in fast-paced tennis matches. New characters joined the proceedings, motion controls were added in and the trick shot ability gave way to some pretty exciting turnarounds during each game.

13. ‘1-2-Switch’ – 3.01 million copies sold
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Here’s another Switch launch game that curious gamers flocked to in droves. It was clearly a sort of tech demo for the amazing capabilities the Joy-Con controllers are capable of. The minigames on hand here were clever and provided some hilarious hijinks for Switch owners in a party setting. 1-2-Switch’s relevance to the current Switch lineup has fallen incredibly low, but it still managed to sell boatloads of copies.

12. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening’ – 4.19 million copies sold
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As far as remakes go, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is one of the best. It successfully breathed new life into a Game Boy original by throwing a fresh coat of paint onto its visuals. The gameplay remained unchanged, which is actually a good thing considering how great the original version was. The customizable dungeon mechanic gave this remake some extra shelf life beyond its main campaign and kept Zelda fans quite pleased with their purchase.

11. ‘Super Mario Maker 2’ – 5.04 million copies sold
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Super Mario Maker 2 is one of those games that has unlimited replay value. On top of the developer curated campaign this sequel offers, creative stage designers across the globe kept Super Mario fans busy with their creations. The newly added Super Mario series aesthetics and retooled course design mechanics did a commendable job of making this entry an easily recommendable buy.

10. ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ – 5.37 million copies sold
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Mario’s brother has struck out on his own via the Luigi’s Mansion franchise. The third entry in the series easily took top honors as the best game in the series. The haunted hotel setting gave way to ever-changing environments full of wily ghosts to capture and clever puzzles to solve. Plus the game’s unmistakable charm and addictive multiplayer modes pushed Luigi’s Mansion 3 even further to greatness.

9. ‘New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe’ – 5.85 million copies sold
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The old school 2D platforming feel of this former Wii U exclusive thankfully got the Switch port treatment. With a total of 164 courses on deck and the inclusion of the New Super Luigi U expansion, this classic platformer arrived as a jam-packed love letter to Super Mario enthusiasts. The huge array of power-ups and playable characters also lent itself well to filling out New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe’s content suite quite nicely.

8. ‘Super Mario Party’ – 9.12 million copies sold
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The announcement of a brand-new Mario Party elicited plenty of excitement amongst its player base. Once it released, that excitement transitioned into high sales. New minigames were thrown into the fold along with online multiplayer, plus the unique Partner Party mode offered a nice callback to Mario Party: Star Rush. Super Mario Party is another multiplayer treat included among a huge lineup of comparable titles in the Switch library.

7. ‘Splatoon 2’ – 9.81 million copies sold
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Nintendo gave rise to a brand-spanking-new IP on the Wii U with the first Splatoon. Once the sequel arrived, its player base expanded since the Switch install base was significantly larger than the Wii U’s. Splatoon 2 improved upon its predecessor’s third-person shooter mechanics, added a wealth of new weapons, threw in a surprisingly great single-player campaign and filled out its package with the tough but fun Salmon Run mode.

6. ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go: Eevee!’ – 11.76 million copies sold
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Before Pokémon Sword and Shield landed on the Switch, Game Freak decided to whet players’ appetites with dual remakes of 1998’s Pokémon Yellow. To the surprise of no one, a console rendition of the traditional pocket monster capturing/battling formula sold like hotcakes. This combined Pokémon juggernaut was the perfect appetizer for the next batch of Game Freak goodness.

5. ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ – 16.06 million copies sold
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Once the Pokémon franchise graduated to the Switch with an all-new adventure, fans flocked to it in droves. Pokémon Sword and Shield brought with it 81 new creatures to capture, train and fall in love with. 13 regional variants of past monsters also made the game’s collectible roster even more interesting than past iterations. The Galar region provided a fresh new setting and provided longtime fans with a UK inspired region to catch ‘em all in.

4. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ – 16.34 million copies sold
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When Link returns for another round of Master Sword swinging and rupee collecting in a massive open-world, a whole lot of gamers take notice. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launching alongside it, the Switch became a day one success. And it’s easy to see why – The Breath of the Wild’s gorgeous art style, open-ended approach to mission completion and phenomenal open-world design made the system it launched on a destination for many.

3. ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ – 16.59 million copies sold
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Mario’s latest foray into open-world 3D platforming captured plenty of gamers’ imaginations and kept the world’s most famous plumber in the limelight. Super Mario Odyssey’s top-notch platforming, catchy soundtrack and unique implementation of an anthropomorphic hat named Cappy quickly pushed it to the top of the Switch sales charts when it first launched.

2. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ – 17.68 million copies sold
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Nintendo’s all-star brawler has earned its status as one of the best-selling fighting games of all time. Every Nintendo console since the N64 has featured an entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise for good reason – its formula of “beat down gaming’s greatest icons with your friends” has never faltered. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the pinnacle of the series and is still pulling in big sales thanks to extra DLC characters and constant updates.

1. ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ – 22.96 million copies sold
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You can’t own a Nintendo console without a Mario Kart game. It’s just unfathomable at this point. This former Wii U exclusive got the upgraded port treatment and became the one game that every Switch owner has to own. New racers, expanded Battle Mode options, and retooled item-carrying mechanics made this kart racer better than ever. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty much a required purchase for every potential Switch owner.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

6 Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes to Motivate You

Gary Vaynerchuk has established himself as a thought leader and pioneer in digital marketing. After expanding his family’s wine business in New Jersey for years (which spawned the popular YouTube channel WineLibraryTV and a subsequent wine brand called Empathy Wines), Vaynerchuk is now a lauded public speaker, author, entrepreneur and investor.

Vaynerchuk is also the chairman of VaynerX, a communications company that holds media properties—one being ONE37pm!— and a social-media agency for major brands.

In addition to his commercial successes, Vaynerchuk also spits genuine wisdom via a massive Instagram account and numerous other platforms. Here, his beloved team behind the machinations of his personal brand and content share their favorite Vaynerchuk quote of all time. From Sinan DeriÅŸ, the Paid Media and Project Manager on Team GaryVee to Siddharth Astir, the Brand Manager for Vaynerchuk, these quotes are truly the top pearls to know, remember and revisit during your entrepreneurial career. Take a look.

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line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\”><a href=\”https://www.instagram.com/p/B-pwB4igcCW/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\” style=\” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\” target=\”_blank\”>A post shared by Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk (@garyvee)</a> on <time style=\” font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;\” datetime=\”2020-04-06T20:11:14+00:00\”>Apr 6, 2020 at 1:11pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src=\”//www.instagram.com/embed.js\”></script>”, “hed”: “”, “subhed”: “”, “buttonText”: “”, “buttonUrl”: “”, “dropCase”: false, “mediaId”: null, “jwplayer”: “”</div>

1. “Doing the right thing is always the right thing.”

Everyone knows what’s “good” for them and what’s the “right thing” to do for the world. Especially in these times, if everyone has the moral compass to do the right thing we’ll be in a great place. Effort matters, and we have to match our actions and effort with doing the right thing for ourselves and for others around us. —Sinan DeriÅŸ, Paid Media and Project Manager on Team GaryVee

2. “99 percent of the things don’t matter.”

This is the thesis of most of the things we go through in life. Family first—their good health and well-being are what we should be grateful for. Everything else is just part of the journey called life, and especially in times like these, where most of us are able to spend so much quality time with our loved ones, we still see so much complaining and unhappiness. It’s so important to get this perspective and focus on things you can control, first and foremost—your mindset.  —Siddharth Astir, Brand Manager for Gary Vaynerchuk

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border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg)\”></div></div><div style=\”margin-left: auto;\”> <div style=\” width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\”></div> <div style=\” background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\”></div> <div style=\” width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\”></div></div></div> <div style=\”display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\”> <div style=\” background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\”></div> <div style=\” background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\”></div></div></a><p style=\” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\”><a href=\”https://www.instagram.com/p/B-lMOkXgc48/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\” style=\” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\” target=\”_blank\”>A post shared by Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk (@garyvee)</a> on <time style=\” font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;\” datetime=\”2020-04-05T01:41:26+00:00\”>Apr 4, 2020 at 6:41pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src=\”//www.instagram.com/embed.js\”></script>”, “hed”: “”, “subhed”: “”, “buttonText”: “”, “buttonUrl”: “”, “dropCase”: false, “mediaId”: null, “jwplayer”: “”</div>

3. “How can you beat me when I’m playing inside my own head?”

This funny thing we call life can be boiled down to our experiences in the world and our reactions to those experiences. If you can manage to shut out the rest of the world and all of the external pressures that come as a first-class citizen of modern society— to play your own game—things start to get really fun. Really good reflections in one of my favorite quotes from the great Mahatma Gandhi. “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our bodies. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”  —Sam Craig, Lead Developer for Gary Vaynerchuk

4. “You have to do. It’s how you learn, it’s how you start.”

Gary’s always preaching, do. I run before I walk. I do. This resonates with me because it’s all I got. My wife and I live by the phrase, “your intent will be your authenticity.” For us and our family, it’s about your intent and that speaks to your character. —Justin Novello, Community & Influencer Relationships Manager for Team Gary Vee

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5. “My advice to everyone is patience. Your lack of patience is killing you. Things take longer than you think. Deploy patience.”

Often, we want success or results without putting in the work and having a long-term view. The more patient you are with your process, the more it is likely to stick and grow and have true meaning (leading to the results you want).—Maha Abouelenein, Chief Value Officer for Gary Vaynerchuk

6. “You should’ve gone to VaynerMedia and rose like the phoenix. But then, you had to go to Virginia on business and got hit by a car and you died at 31. That’s life.”

Decisions are scary, but what’s scarier is regret. You’ll never know what life can throw at you, so squeezing every second you have because you don’t know when your death sentence is it what really drives me to be the best version of myself, and what keeps things in perspective. —May Niu, Strategist on TeamGaryVee

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Rapper Guapdad 4000 on Creating Content During Quarantine

On this week’s episode of our podcast Monday to Monday, host Mike Boyd chats with rapper/artist/polymath Guapdad 4000. This episode is formatted differently from some of the past ones, as Mike and Guapdad speak over FaceTime. Guapdad famously attended the Grammys in February in one of the most iconic fits of the year (the 10-foot long silvery durag), but the artist’s expertise far exceeds merely getting off sick looks. From rapping to songwriting to singing to visual art, Guapdad is a man of many skills, and he has been hard at work on all of them during the quarantine.

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He opens the interview with sage advice for everyone while locked at home. Boyd asks him how he’s doing, to which he responds: “I’m holding up. Drinking a lot of water, eating granola and shit.” The rapper has been releasing a song every Friday during the quarantine, in addition to a series he’s been doing on IG called #RonaRaps. Previous features on the RonaRaps series have included Lil Yachty, Denzel Curry and Wiz Khalifa.

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They discuss his incredibly prolific music career (during and before the quarantine) while also addressing Guapdad’s widely under-the-radar expertise as a visual artist. His schedule contains far more than just his musical exploits. “Bruh, and that’s not even—I’m not even stopping there. I’m doing like a whole cooking thing, a whole workout thing and a, like, paint and sip,” he says. 


In typical Monday to Monday fashion, they also discuss the rapper’s relationship with his manager Sam Lancaster and what valuable lessons he’s learned from him. “Shit I learned a lot. When it comes to business, Sam like my mentor in this shit,” he says, before going on to elaborate on the most important lessons he’s learned. “What I learned from him really is how to utilize time to the fullest. If I’m doing absolutely nothing, we could be taking… this is photoshoot time, this is content time, this is art time, this is recording time. Like all time.”

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Aside from Sam’s advice on making the most of your time, Guapdad also feels that his work with his manager has helped him learn what is important in a manager-artist relationship. “The main thing I learned, is how to fold. I fold to Sam a lot, purposely,” he says, and adds, “It’s cool to fold. A lot of people got too much pride in this shit.” 

“Sam’s the boss on a lot of things and I allow him that power because, as a free spirit creative, I kind of need that structure. Somebody to be like, ‘alright, nah we doing this.’ Or we not doing this,” he adds. Guapdad repeatedly stresses the importance of trusting your manager’s insight. “If you an emerging artist or an upcoming artist and you got somebody who believes in you, at that time, listen to what they got to say,” he says. It’s also important to let your manager handle some of the difficult aspects of networking. “Let your manager be the bad guy,” he says. But despite his symbiotic relationship with Sam, Guapdad is able to maintain his independence as well: “It’s my ship, he’ll let me sail it the way I want to.”

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Guapdad has recently become much more comfortable in his identity as a songwriter. He wrote the titular song to the recent Sonic the Hedgehog film and feels that his process of songwriting has given him a new insight into making music. “Because now I look at songs as like the bigger picture other than just having a hard ass verse. You know, you try to paint a whole landscape, then apply yourself to that landscape. Or make it so anybody can fit in that picture if you’re writing for other people,” he says. It’s no longer a selfish exercise about making the best piece of work for himself. It’s about making the best music possible. “What is the best hook we can put on this beat, period. Not for me […] What was the best for the music?” he says. There’s now one question driving his music production: “How can I make the tightest song?”

If you loved this episode and want to listen to Boyd chop it up with other artists, rappers, managers and more, make sure to check out last week’s episode, when he chatted with rapper Lil Keed. 

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The 24 Best ’90s Wrestlers, Ranked

The ’90s were a golden age for professional wrestling and while much of the talent spanned generations, this list puts together some of the best from the millennial era.

Many of the fighters would jump between different leagues such as WWE, WCW, and ECW before their bodies needed a break, or they moved on to another career. However, with each decade, some wrestlers were able to maintain their popularity while others faded into history. 

There were also those that had been in the business for a long time and ground through the changes that came with industry to finally make their mark. After the time where “saying your prayers and taking your vitamins” like Hulk Hogan often said as one of the hero wrestlers from the previous decade, bringing some anti-establishment attitude was a welcome gimmick in the 90s.

With the ’90s being the bulk of The Attitude Era and the “Monday Night Wars” between WCW and the WWE, here are 25 wrestlers that stood out.

24. Sean Waltman
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X-Pac, Syxx, and the 1-2-3 Kid were all aliases of Sean Waltman during his professional wrestling career. Waltman had matches with others on this list like Jericho, Bret Hart, and Benoit. He was also part of the biggest groups to come out during the ‘90s including the nWo and D-Generation X.

23. Rikishi
WWE

Rikishi cycled through a lot of different “gimmicks” during the ‘90s. He went from using his Samoan background, teaming him with wrestlers of a similar build, and eventually singles matches where he was just being himself. His “stink face” finisher made for a lot of memorable matches that had him suffocate opponents with his buttocks.

22. Chyna
WWE

Chyna was a D-Generation X founding member and the only female to hold the WWE intercontinental championship title. Chyna did for women’s pro-wrestling what Ronda Rousey did for women in MMA. Chyna was unique in that she wasn’t just another pretty face that happened to have a few matches, she brought a lot of wrestling talent and intensity to help raise the bar and profile of women in wrestling. She was certainly a pioneer in the sport. 

21. Mark Henry
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Mark Henry was a lot of things. A competitive powerlifter, weightlifter and all-around strong man. Henry debuted in the WWE during the mid-90s, after he competed in the 1996 Olympics. His strength and size caused the league to market him as the “world’s strongest man” and later, he would become a ladies man, calling himself “sexual chocolate.”

20. Yokozuna
WWE

Yokozuna was managed by Mr. Fuji, another popular wrestler and represented the art of sumo wrestling from Japan. Yokozuna made a big impression on wrestling culture in the ’90s. With a billed weight of over 500 pounds, he made for a tough match for any wrestler that was smaller than him, including heavyweights. He won the heavyweight WWE title twice as well as a tag team championship with Owen Hart.

19. Tazz
WWE

Tazz was another staple wrestler from the ECW. He held multiple titles from ECW, which was known as the underground rival to the WWE. Before Brock Lesnar made “suplex city” a popular phrase, Taz was known as a “the human suplex machine” because of the multiple ways that he could pull off the move in matches.

18. Owen Hart
WWE

Owen Hart was a legendary WWE wrestler, many wrestling enthusiasts consider him one of the “best in-ring performers.” Hart was a decorated champion and brought home many titles across so many categories. Along with brother Brett, the Hart’s came from a decorated wrestling family. In fact, according to World of Sport, “Hart was trained in his father’s Hart Dungeon and worked for his father’s federation, Stampede Wrestling and in England for Max Crabtree’s Joint Promotions in matches that got broadcast on ITV’s World of Sport.” Hart met his untimely demise doing what he loved, during a televised Pay Per View match in 1999.

17. Rob Van Dam
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Rob Van Dam aka RVD was another great talent to emerge from Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) before it was acquired by the WWE. RVD had gained popularity by headlining a ton of pay-per-view events over three decades between the 1990s and 2010s, including the 1998 edition of November to Remember (ECW flagship event). He had a lot of athletic talent and was able to do a full split like another popular martial artist with a similar last name.

16. Bret Hart
WWE

According to his official bio, “Hart emerged from Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling, coming to WWE as a tag team with his brother-in-law, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Together, The Hart Foundation won the World Tag Team Titles twice and became one of the most popular pairings in WWE.” Hart’s story is unique, not only because he was a fantastic wrestler that came from a pedigree wrestling family. But also because he would also present another look at the business from the inside. Wrestling With Shadows (1998) was Hart’s way of giving fans an inside look at how dirty the business can be.

15. Kane
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Kane was originally known as the scarred, half brother of The Undertaker. But after some time he was able to grow into his own. Kane came into the attitude era feuding with The Undertaker, which would later lead to them teaming up. According to his official bio, “At 7 feet tall and weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Kane is a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares.”

14. Mick Foley
WWE

Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, no matter what you call him, Foley is one of the most popular wrestlers from the ’90s. Foley is probably best known for taking a lot of damage and laughing in the face of pain. One of the most in-depth looks at Foley came at the end of the ’90s when Beyond the Mat (1999) a wrestling documentary took fans behind the curtain of pro-wrestling to show how Foley and other pro wrestlers sacrificed their bodies for their careers.

13. Jeff Hardy
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Jeff along with brother Matt Hardy was a part of one of the most entertaining tag teams in WWE history. During the 90s, the duo prioritized high risk and high flying moves, which were their modus operandi. The Swanton bomb and “Twist of Fate” were usually the precursors to being pinned. Tag teams can’t last forever but the characteristics that made these two great certainly carried into Jeff and Matt’s singles competition.

12. Matt Hardy
WWE

Coincidentally, Matt Hardy follows his brother Jeff on this list. The Hardy Boyz worked as “enhancement talents” for what was known at the time as the WWF from 1994-1997 and were signed to full-time contracts in 1998. They gained notoriety in the tag team division, partly due to their participation in Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches. With the addition of Lita, the team became known as Team Xtreme and continued to rise in popularity. Alongside Jeff, Matt has held twelve world tag team championships between WWE, TNA and ROH.

11. Chris Jericho
WWE

Chris Jericho is arguably one of the most skilled and technical wrestlers of all time, and because of this, he’s still competing today. During the ’90s his top-notch in-ring abilities won him titles in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), WCW, and WWE; he also brought a lot of charismatic wit with him. Whether he is a face (good guy) or heel (bad guy), wrestling is Jericho. 

In 2001, he became the first Undisputed WWF Champion, and thus the final holder of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (then referred to as the World Championship), having won and unified the WWF and World titles by defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night. Jericho headlined multiple pay-per-view (PPV) events during his time with the WWF/WWE, including WrestleMania X8 and the inaugural TLC and Elimination Chamber shows.

10. Gangrel
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If anything, Gangrel deserves credit for helping make the aforementioned Edge and Christian duo. Of the three Brood members, Gangrel probably represented more of a vampire than he did the goth themed trio. Either way, were it not for Gangrel feuding with Edge, the tag team of Edge and Christian would not have happened.

9. Christian
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According to his WWE bio, “Christian proved his worth in WWE from day one. In his first official bout in 1998 as a member of The Brood, the Toronto native set the bar rather high for himself by winning the Light Heavyweight Championship from Taka Michinoku. And he raised it every year since.” Christian’s knack for wowing the WWE Universe by executing innovative and high-impact maneuvers cemented his rep as a top-tier Superstar and led to some pretty epic victories alongside lifelong friend Edge during the Attitude Era.

Christian, one of Edge’s stablemates in The Brood, was also best known as Edge’s tag team partner. The two worked well as a team, winning the tag title multiple times and Christian on his own would win the light heavyweight championship. He and Edge would also be one of the first TLC match competitors in the WWE.

8. Edge
WWE

Despite being one of three members of The Brood group—which was a goth themed trio of wrestlers including Christian and Gangrel, from the late ‘90s—Edge became the most popular. His personality and skills in the ring captivated fans and built out his own face base. In the late ‘90, a feud with one of his stablemates would eventually lead him to solo competition and an intercontinental title in the WWE.

7. Big Show
WWE.com

Big men are fairly common in professional wrestling, so being bigger than even the “big men” is always significant. Big Show was seven feet tall, and someone that big doesn’t necessarily need to be a very good or skilled wrestler. He began his career in 1994. In 1995, he signed with WCW, where he was known by the ring name The Giant, initially introduced as “the son of André the Giant”. In 1999, he signed a contract with WWF. Between WWF/WWE and WCW, he is a seven-time world champion, having held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/WWE Championship twice, WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship twice and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once (he is the only man to have held all four of those particular titles).

6. Triple H
YouTube

Hunter Hearst Helmsley, best known as “Triple H” made his claim to fame in the Attitude Era’s D-Generation X stable, which he founded with Shawn Michaels, his then-girlfriend, Chyna, and Rick Rude. The sledgehammer wielding powerhouse’s signature move known as the pedigree spelled doom for his opponents and a win for him. While he is currently a WWE executive, his path to power came in the ring.

5. Shawn Michaels
WWE

Michaels is a wrestling legend. Also known as “The Heartbreak Kid”, had his best moments in the 90s and many of them at Wrestlemania. While the “Heartbreak” nickname is the one he is mostly known for, his Wrestlemania appearances also earned him the title of “Mr. Wrestlemania” having appeared five-times. One of his most memorable matches was against Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 24.

4. The Rock
WWE.com

There are a few wrestling families in the business and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson comes from one of them. Starting out as Rocky Maivia, then becoming known to fans around the world as “The Rock”, Johnson was another key wrestler from the 90s associated with the Attitude Era. He is in the movie business now, but he does return to the ring from time to time because wrestling is in his blood.

3. The Undertaker
YouTube

If goth and horror had a representative in professional wrestling, The Undertaker was it. He was always dressed in all black and seemed invincible to everyone. The Undertaker brought a new way of storytelling to the WWE that would help all of professional wrestling evolve and change with the times. His tombstone piledriver, followed by a pin made him one of the most dangerous men in wrestling at the time.

2. Goldberg
WWE

Goldberg was a product of WCW and the biggest name to come from the WCW’s Power Plant. Goldberg was arguably the most intense figure to enter the squared circle in the ‘90s. His matches were fast and he had an undefeated streak for almost an entire year. He continues to wrestle this day with an open challenge that was recently accepted by Roman Reigns for Wrestlemania 36.

1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
WWE

Steve Austin was wrestling for WCW as “Stunning” Steve Austin before coming to the WWE in the mid-90s and becoming the pro-wrestler that made “Austin 3:16” unforgettable with fans today. Austin joined WWE in January 1996 as Ted DiBiase’s “Million Dollar Champion.” Debuting as “The Ringmaster,” he defeated Savio Vega in a forgettable WrestleMania contest. Soon after, “Stone Cold” was born. He is arguably the best wrestler to define the Attitude Era from his time in the WWE with massively unforgettable and popular storylines with rivals Vince McMahon and Triple H. And who could forget his careless consumption of many beers.