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This Week In TikTok: 6LACK and Lil Tjay Take Over

This week was a quieter week compared to some of our previous round-ups, but still interesting if you are into quirky/cutesy trends. While some may have considered this week’s popular challenges to be a bit on the ‘boring’ side, it was actually nice to have a break from the choreography and see other trends dominate the platform. This week, the TikTok community explored relationship themes, glow-up videos, and an oddly satisfying ‘arm-crossing dance trend.’ Let’s take a closer look at what had TikTok buzzing as we closed out a great February.

1. ‘Calling My Phone’ – Lil Tjay and 6LACK

As you all know, cell phones are often a defining factor in a relationship. Sometimes you want your significant other calling you, and sometimes you just want them to leave you alone. The number one streamed song in the U.S., Lil Tjay linked up with 6Lack to create a banger, and it didn’t take long for TikTokers to get a challenge going. There were plenty of different takes on this trend, but by far the most heartwarming one was a duet video between LilTjay and his daughter. Over 130,000 people have participated in this trend, so if you have time, be sure to scroll through the ‘Calling My Phone’ hashtag. You won’t be disappointed!

2. ‘It’s Not The Same Anymore’ – Rex Orange County

Unless you are among the lucky few blessed to not go through an awkward phase, most of us will experience a ‘glow up’ at some point in our lives. While glow up challenges are not new to the app, this one is a little different because it is set to the tune of the 2019 alternative single ‘It’s Not The Same Anymore’ by Rex Orange County. Some people are taking old pictures and blending them in with newer photos to highlight their evolution, while others have made videos chronicling their respective weight loss journeys. If you are game to show off your personal glow up, then this is the challenge for you.

3. Моя голова винтом – kostromin

Russian artist kostromin has experienced a growing popularity in the last few months, and ‘Моя голова винтом’, has become a fast-rising challenge on the app with TikTok users creating an arm-crossing dance set to the lyrics. Now could you technically do dance by yourself? You can, but you might run the risk of looking a little crazy. Whether you grab a partner, or attack this one solo, you will have tons of fun.

That is going to do it for this week’s round-up, but we will be back next week with another list of trends.

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Esteemed ATL Producer Hoodrich Keem Is Now Looking To Conquer L.A.

Hoodrich Keem has established a reputation as one of ATL’s finest producers and DJs and is now looking to conquer the Los Angeles music scene. Having been around for years, Keem has worked with the best of the best when it comes to ATL musicians. With 21 Savage, Babyface Ray, the Migos, Peewee Longway, and plenty more on his resume so far, the producer has been a part of many memorable collaborative efforts on numerous rap albums and EPs. Checking in from the City of Angels, Keem goes in-depth with ONE37pm’s Mike Boyd to talk about his evolution as a producer, plans for 2021, and what he has been working on lately. Below is a glimpse from their conversation, and you can catch the full interview as a part of our ONE37fm series.

Boyd: I first met you when I put together the Young Thug  ‘Loaded’ music video, and you were there as Thug’s DJ. How was it, doing that?

Hoodrich Keem: The crazy thing is I wasn’t Thug’s DJ; I was Rich Home Quan’s DJ! Me and Thug were coolin on a daily basis because my homie was managing him at the time. So I was always there, and we would be riding around the city and then go off to record in the studio. I was on the road working with Rich Homie Quan and Peewee, so I was just connecting the dots. So that is how that came about.

Boyd: People still want the mixtapes from you!

Hoodrich Keem: People still ask me about that. Every week I get at least five or six people who come up to me asking me the same thing. I’ve actually got a new Bodeine Withdrawal mixtape on the way. It’s just for the people! I’ve got exclusives for it, and I also have a new EP, Slurred Words with Babyface Ray—so we are definitely bringing that back for 2021, and I am trying to bring that fun back again. I think everybody got sidetracked on what really got us here, so we are going to go back to the basics.

Boyd: Speaking of Babyface Ray and Slurred Words, talk to us about working with Babyface Ray and how you guys first met.

Hoodrich Keem: People are just seeing the ‘right now stage.’ We have been locked in for I’d say about three or four years. It was really the growing stages. You know how it is when it comes to dealing with an artist—sometimes they are going through their own issues. We came through problems, and now three or four years later everything is elevating and working. It’s really just a blessing from God because the Babyface Ray situation is from the ground up. Slurred Words was something I started in 2020, and I’m finishing it now. I just finished the Unfuckwitable tape and I’ve got two songs on there. It’s just going well!

Boyd: Being around Future, Rich Homie, Migos, etc., who taught you something that changed the way you move?

Hoodrich Keem: Peewee Longway. Longway taught me a lot—that is why I have so much respect and love for him. Now that I am older, I figured out that I was a kid during those times. I’m not from Atlanta, I’m from South Carolina and I ended up moving there (Atlanta). Peewee really played a role in helping me. I kind of always knew the Migos when I moved to Atlanta through text and convos, but it was never just a link-up. I finally met up with Peewee, and he would bring all these artists around. Longway showed me how to balance all of these artists with real life, and that you actually have to grip the game. He showed me how to go out there and get features and have a real hustle. I always had it but seeing someone way older than me still going after it was humbling.

Be sure to check out the full interview, and follow Hoodrich Keem on Instagram and Twitter

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TikTok’s ‘For You’ Podcast Featuring Special Guest Jason Rodelo

TikTok’s For You podcast series starring host Brittany Broski continues with Episode 5, featuring content creator Jason Rodelo. Considered one of the best dancers and comedians on the platform, Rodelo has built a strong following and talks to Broski about his TikTok rise, dancing background, and plans for the future.

The budding TikTok star currently has over 350,000 followers on the app, with 6.5 million likes and counting. As a trained professional, Rodelo will often make several videos in a row to fully break down his choreography to his audience. True to his style, he also rarely misses an opportunity to provide comedic relief, never straying too far away from his humorous roots. The dance/comedy combo has helped take Rodelo’s TikTok career to the next level as the Los Angeles native continues to be one of the most talked-about and re-posted comedians, turning the hashtag ‘Affirmations’ into a global trend on TikTok with his Motivational Warriors series.

Below is a snippet from Broski and Rodelo’s conversation. A new episode of For You will debut every Wednesday at 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST on TikTok LIVE. You can also catch it on all major podcast platforms such as Apple, Spotify, and Google.

Broski: “You have been dancing for a long time. When did that transition to ‘TikTok dance’ come about? When did you download the app and what kind of drew you to it?”

Rodelo: “My relationship with TikTok is so interesting! As a professional dancer, and this is the energy of a lot of dancers in the industry who have been training, taking classes have—when a thing like TikTok came around, a lot of us laughed. It was all of these simple dances and I was like ‘I’m working ten hours a day and doing music videos. I’m out here eating one meal a day!’ I honestly used to dislike the app, but that was me misjudging it. I started seeing it pop off after quarantine began, and that is where the transition happened. The dance world shut down, and all of my opportunities and income stopped. After that, I really started looking at TikTok.”

Broski: “I wanted to ask you about having a platform in general. Are there any issues that you feel pressured to speak about? Are you passionate about anything? Do you see yourself as a creator more or a choreographer?”

Rodelo: “I think I definitely see myself as a creator for sure. I have to pay respects to that because I did create, and people gave me a response, and that response has been doing wonders for myself and my life. I’m also showing different sides of what I have to offer as well. You see comedy—and a little bit of everything. There is one issue though, and I would say it’s a general thing. There is this weird incohesiveness with people and their expectations with this thing called viral. You have to find something deeper within your content in terms of what you really want to put out.”

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The 10 Most Powerful ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Characters

Yu-Gi-Oh! first appeared on our television screens in the late 90s and in the nearly two and a half decades since its first iteration, it has gone through nearly a dozen different forms and remains here to this day. Based on that alone, it deserves a hell of a lot of respect that it doesn’t always get amongst its peers in anime. Today, it remains one of the most well-known card game anime of all time.

Of course, you can’t have Duel Monsters without the monsters. Maybe you’re looking to get into Yu-Gi-Oh!, maybe you’re looking to spend some money to expand your deck, or maybe you’re just a fan and love reading about it. Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself in the right place here today.

Below is our list of the ten most powerful monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! Of course, power is relative. We’ve gone with a variety of cards that have been overpowered in tournaments, had the biggest impact in the series, and have a high amount of attack points. Let us know what you think and who makes your list.

1. Apoqliphort Towers
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This card is so powerful that it was actually banned from Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments. For it to be played, three Qliphort monsters must be sacrificed. It cannot be special summoned. Apoqliphort Towers is essentially immune to all spell and trap cards, as well as monsters that are a lower level than itself (10). Basically, it offers almost perfect protection.

2. Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy Of The End
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The original overpowered monster in Duel Monsters, you knew this one had to make our list. Not only does Chaos Emperor Dragon allow you to summon one DARK and one LIGHT monster from your graveyard, but if you pay 1,000 life points, you can send all cards on the field and in yours and your opponent’s hand to the graveyard, then do 300 damage for each card that was sent to the graveyard with that effect. It isn’t quite a one-turn kill, but it’s damn close, especially when used with Sangan and Yata-Garasu. Well, before it was banned anyway.

3. Dark Armed Dragon
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Requiring exactly three DARK monsters in your graveyard to be summoned, Dark Armed Dragon was so powerful that officially for tournaments, you were only allowed one in a deck. Once summoned, you could essentially destroy any three monsters on your opponent’s side. This was a meta for a while and was a main factor in a tier 0 deck. Only allowing players to have one at a time balanced it out a little.

4. Don Thousand / Monster C
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If you follow Yu-Gi-Oh! closely, then you know the name of this card and know exactly why it’s on this list. When it comes to attack points, anything in the 4,000 to 5,000 range was considered powerful for a while, and in the anime, 5,000 was pretty much the maximum any singular card could have without a special ability. Don Thousand / Monster C, however, boasts an unimaginable 10,000 attack and defense points, respectively.

5. Exodia, The Forbidden One
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One of the most famous Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters of all time, managing to draw all five pieces of Exodia, The Forbidden One ends the game instantly, so how could it not have made this list? Individually, the pieces are not worth much, but they’re certainly greater than the sum of their parts. You’ll need the heart of the cards for sure because Yugi himself only summoned Exodia once in the entire anime himself.

6. Master Peace, The True Dracoslaying King
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What makes Master Peace, The True Dracoslaying King unique is that it becomes immune to the type of card it was tributed by. So if you tributed a spell card and a trap card for it, it became immune to spell cards and trap cards. If you tributed a trap card a monster card for it, it became immune to trap cards and monster cards. You get the point. This made for an incredibly overpowered card that could often only be beaten with a monster with 3,000 attack points or more if someone got lucky. This resulted in its ban.

7. Obelisk The Tormentor
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Sure, in tournaments, the Egyptian God cards’ flaws start to show a little bit, and they’re hardly used. But their power and importance in the anime truly cannot be overstated. Obelisk is probably objectively the weakest of the three God cards, but it’s still more than deserving of a spot on this list. If the player tributes two other monsters on the field during their battle phase, Obelisk gains unlimited attack power. It can also attack a player directly and take away all of the opponent’s monsters.

8. Slifer The Sky Dragon
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The second most powerful of the Egyptian God cards, Slifer The Sky Dragon is known well because it’s a card Yugi goes to a lot after he wins it. Slifer is powerful because it gains 1,000 attack and defense points for every card the player has in their hands. It also becomes the target of all opponents’ effects despite being immune, takes away 2,000 attack points from monsters in the attack position, and destroys them if they’re at 0 attack points.

9. The Tyrant Neptune
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Don’t be fooled by the 0 attack and 0 defense on The Tyrant Neptune. For a certain amount of time in tournaments, this card was almost broken because of how overpowered it could be. When you used Instant Fusion to bring out Lyrical Luscinia – Independent Nightingale and then tributed it for this card, its special effects mean it would be unaffected by anything with 6,000 attack points and would inflict 5,000 burn damage per turn. That’s what resulted in its ban a few years ago.

10. The Winged Dragon Of Ra
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Considered to be the most powerful of all of the Egyptian God cards, The Winged Dragon Of Ra being summoned makes for some epic moments in the anime. The attack and defense points for it are made up of the total of the three cards you tribute for it. You also have the option of giving up all but one of your life points (so 7,999 out of your 8,000 starting points, for example) and making those all attack points for the monster.

If that were not enough, Ra’s God Phoenix ability allows for the player to pay 1,000 life points for it to attack and destroy all of the opponent’s monsters. Just like the other God cards, this one feels like an instant win.

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This Week In TikTok: Going ‘Up’ with Cardi B, DIYs, and More

We’re back with another week of viral TikTok challenges, and this edition is loaded with throwback jams, dance trends and DIYs. While creating dance routines are always a good source of fun, the majority of the top recent trends have been dominated by creators showcasing their choreography skills, making this week a bit refreshing from that standpoint. With the bulk of us still spending most of our time at home, these challenges are fun interesting concepts that you can do by yourself, or with a group of people. So let’s dive in!

1. ‘UP’ – Cardi B

Cardi B has been sparking trends ever since ‘Bodak Yellow,’ and her song ‘UP’ has inspired the latest challenge to take over the platform. The recently released single made history this past week by debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and fans didn’t waste any time creating a new challenge for Cardi’s latest hit. For this one, you can literally do anything you want! Some have created dance routines while others have used the song for makeup challenges. Use your imagination and have fun with it!

2. ‘How To Save A Life’ – The Fray

A major throwback to 2005, many had forgotten about this record—that is until TikTok brought it back. This challenge is for everyone who has been dying to let out their inner ‘weird’ side (and let’s face it—we all have one.)  Get creative with this challenge! One TikToker made a video about her boyfriend’s obsession with his hamster, and another creator recorded herself playing house with her favorite plushies. The options are limitless, but just remember to make it weird!

3. ‘Just Water’- Bryansanon

Even Chance The Rapper had to get in on this challenge! Another dance trend, the theme of this challenge is…water. Bryansanon just might have one of the most catchy TikTok trends of 2021 so far, and all you have to do is pretend like you are drinking a bottle of water as you bust out your dance moves. Simple right? 

4. ‘Born For This’- Foxxi

Ah the memories of 2018! Sometimes certain songs are so upbeat and positive that makes you dig deep  and tap into your talents, and that is exactly the case with the ‘Born For This’ challenge. A ‘DIY,’ TikTok creators are using the song to display their arts and crafts skills, showcase their recipes, and more. So if you have a special talent that you want the TikTok universe to know about, then this trend is right up your alley!

That’s going to do it for this week’s roundup, but as usual we will be back next week with the latest trends and challenges.

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Pokemon Day Is Coming: What’s Next, aDrive?

February 27th, 2021 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Pokémon franchise. With total revenue estimated at nearly $100 billion, Pokémon is the #1 ranked media franchise of all time, higher than other iconic franchises such as Hello Kitty ($86 billion), Mickey Mouse ($74 billion), Star Wars ($70 billion), Mario ($36 billion) and Batman ($28 billion).

After revealing their 25th Anniversary logo at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, rumors and leaks about what TPC (The Pokémon Company) plans on doing to celebrate their milestone have been all over social media. 

I recently had a chance to sit down with Dan “aDrive” Clap, one of the leading creators of Pokémon content on YouTube and Twitch, to get his insight into what we can expect to see in 2021. Rather than do a typical Q&A, I figured I would just let Dan tell us in his own words why he thinks the Pokémon hysteria has only just begun.

1. Pokemon Day Retail Promos
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The Pokemon franchise has been really focused on promoting their brand across a handful of different platforms ahead of “Pokemon Day.” They just announced a new Build-A-Bear, which they have done in the past. They did a Levi’s line and announced partnerships with an Original Stitch. There is a General Mills cereal promotion, and many people are going after those promo cards. Suppose you happen to stroll into a grocery store and see that. Generally speaking, the cards in there will be worth a lot more than the box of cereal. If I walked into my store and saw the cereal promotion, I’d definitely pick one up immediately because I think they are going to fly off the shelves.

They just released the McDonalds Happy Meal promo, which included a pack of Pokemon cards in each meal. It’s hard to say what the value of those cards is really going to be in the future, but the reality of it is that right now, the demand is so high for those things, and they flew off the shelves the second they hit the restaurants. 

2. Pokemon “Shining Fates”
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Pokemon is hitting on all cylinders and all different angles and parts of culture from a promotional standpoint. We are actually headed towards the most anticipated set in recent memory, “Shining Fates.” In fact, I don’t even know if there has ever been a set that people are this excited about that has had this much hype overall. It will be coming out right before Pokemon Day. I believe that the official release is on February 19th. That set is going to feature a handful of shiny cards, but the main card that people are going to be looking for is the shiny Charizard V-Max card, which is going to be pretty difficult to get and will be very valuable when people are going to be able to find that card and get it graded. People are going to hunt down that set, and we already see prices going wild. 

3. Pokemon “Battle Styles”
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There’s another set coming out in March to really keep this TCG hype alive called “Battle Styles,” and that’s a set that’s really more towards a competitive player, but there’s still some really cool stuff in there. At this point in where the TCG is, collectors are just looking for anything to open. Because the prices are rising so fast on some of the more recent sets, people are turning to whatever the most recent thing is just to be able to open cards. 

To give a little precedent, the set named “Vivid Voltage” was the most recent set that came out was originally selling for $100-120 per box, now 3 months later, they are $280 per box. This is a set that just came out. There are a lot of factors that are pulling this together. It’s the demand; a lot of people are into the TCG; we see a lot of celebrities and social media figures opening cards right now, and that’s driving the demand up. Also, because of the COVID pandemic, the supply has also dwindled because Pokemon isn’t printing as much as they used to print, so there is a little more scarcity when it comes to the quantities of these products. Because of that, people have to buy from resellers, and the prices just continue to climb. However, it’s interesting to note that Pokemon just announced they are increasing their print TCG products to respond to the demand:

I think that these next two months are going to be very interesting to watch from a TCG perspective. I never want to give financial advice to anyone because you just don’t know what’s going to happen with the market, but I think any time a new set comes out if you can get it at a reasonable price, you are probably going to get your return if you are holding on to it as sealed, just because the demand is so high right now. I, for one, prefer to open the product for fun and entertainment, but either way, I’ve learned quickly that getting products as soon as I can is definitely the best bet.

4. Pokemon Unite
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Outside of the TCG, there are a bunch of other things that Pokemon has in store for the 25th anniversary. We know there is a mobile game coming called Pokemon Unite, which is a MOBA, kind of like League of Legends, that will be on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. It will be free-to-play, and it seems as if their monetization strategy will be through skins, so they will have different costumes for these Pokemon that they can wear in the arenas. It is run by Tencent, which is obviously a giant Chinese conglomerate. They have all the backing to make this huge. Whether it will resonate with fans, I don’t know. The reality is that it is a free game with the Pokemon IP on it, so people will download and try it. I know from a content perspective, I am gearing up to be ready to handle “Pokemon Unite” content as soon as Pokemon Day happens either way!

5. Pokemon Snap
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We have a release date for Pokemon Snap; it’s April 30th, 2021. That game looks really good, and I think it’s going to capture a lot of long time old school Pokemon fans and give them another title on the Switch to kind of tide them over to what is inevitably going to be the next main series launch this year. There have been some whispers about another Detective Pikachu game after the success in the box office. There was a previous Detective Pikachu game, and it didn’t really do that well, but I think now that the movie did well, there is a lot bigger chance of success to drop a new game on the Switch, or maybe even IOS and Android. We don’t have a ton of information on that; it’s more speculative at this point. 

6. Pokemon SINNOH?
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There is a main series game release. There are a lot of people – including myself – that are on the SINNOH train right now. SINNOH is the generation 4 of Pokemon. Diamond, Pearl, and Pokemon Platinum being the first 3. Those came out 15 years ago, so the timing is perfect for them to release the remake of that game and all signs point to that. You are starting to see some of the merchandise come out for later this year. The merch launch usually gets teased and leaked months in advance and a lot of that is pointing towards some of the characters from SINNOH, and when you see all those generation 4 characters, all the signs start to point towards the SINNOH remake, and it is the most likely, logical conclusion in terms of chronological order and how they have done things in the past. They could always throw us a curveball and give us a brand new generation, but I don’t think that is going to happen. I don’t think they have had enough time from their previous generation, which was Sword and Shield, to really create a new generation of Pokemon, but they have done crazier things. 

Ultimately, it’s going to be wild. I think they have some bombshells. Pokemon is notorious for having some really cool secrets and some big drops. We have seen their partnerships so far and a lot of it is coming out to the light, but I won’t be surprised if they drop something big. 

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YSL Artist Unfoonk Is Ready For His Moment

Young Thug has a penchant for spotting and developing new talent, however, he didn’t have to look too far this time around when it came to one of his more recent signings. Meet Unfoonk, a talented young artist who just so happens to be Young Thug’s brother. While it is clear that talent runs in YSL bloodline, Unfoonk is very much his own artist, pulling major collabs with 24 Heavy and Slimelife Shawty on last year’s popular single Mob Ties, further earning respect from industry vets.

Since discovering hip-hop as a teenager, Unfoonk has done his due diligence, steadily writing and honing his craft. Despite the pandemic, the artist has continued releasing music and doing smaller performances setting himself up for a bright future. Checking in from ATL, Unfoonk caught up with ONE37pm’s Mike Boyd to give an update on what he has been working on.

Boyd: I see you working with Slimelife Shawty, B Slime, Lil Gotit, and Money Game Boo. I also saw where you were bowling with Lil Keed—tell us about the people you are around, and the people you are working with.

Unfoonk: They’re family! It’s cool to be working with these guys—I’m on ten! Everybody’s got good energy and it is all love when we get together. 

Boyd: Everyone is coming up at the same time. It’s a good gang of people because you are all building each other up.

Unfoonk: Yes! Everybody brings that type of energy to the table. It’s amazing working with them especially when Lil Keed gets into the studio—we all just hit and we go!

Boyd: I know this is going to be a big year for you, but for everyone who wants to check you out right now, what song should they start out with to get an intro to who you are?

Unfoonk: ‘Mob Ties!’ That is the hit single and the song is going crazy in Georgia. Everybody is requesting ‘Mob Ties!’ It’s trending right now and I am thankful for every moment!

Boyd: Talk to us about ‘Real.’ I’m excited to hear that song when it drops!

Unfoonk: That song right there is epic! I had already recorded the song, but when Thug came back from L.A., I told him that I had a song that I wanted him to hear. I let him listen to it and he was like “I want to hop on this song—this is your best one!” He took the second verse off, cut some of my verse down, and it came out perfectly. 

Boyd: When does it come out?

Unfoonk: It’s on Slime Language 2, so it is definitely going to drop.

Boyd: What is like being around Thug and working with him?

Unfoonk: It’s just a fresh moment. When we are in the studio together, we just vibe with each other! We catch up on life so that way when we do start recording, we know what has been going on. It’s been like that since we were young. We go in!

Boyd: Last question, outside of Slime Language 2, what should we expect from you this year? 

Unfoonk: I’m dropping my first album called My Pain. I named it that because of my past and what I have been through. I want to bring something different to the table. That is why I feel like I am going to be next! 

With My Pain dropping this year, you won’t want to miss out on all of Unfoonk’s latest releases. Be sure to keep up with him on Instagram.

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TikTok’s ‘For You’ Series Continues With Special Guest Loren Gray

TikTok’s For You podcast series, starring host Brittany Broski, continues with Episode 3 featuring musical artist and TikTok superstar Loren Gray. One of the most high-profile creators on the platform, Broski uses her charm and experience to connect with other prominent creators on the app to discuss their personal TikTok journeys. These conversations serve as a way for audiences to learn more about their favorite TikTok leaders, while also providing a learning board for inspiring creators.

This week’s episode highlights a very special conversation between Broski and Gray as they discuss her rapid rise to fame. Signed to Virgin and Capitol Records, Gray currently has over 51 million followers on TikTok, making her one of the most-followed individuals on the platform. With songs like ‘Queen’ and ‘Alone’ netting her millions of views on YouTube, Gray has quickly gained the respect of her industry peers, working with Captain Cuts, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Saweetie, and countless others.

Like many musicians, Gray uses TikTok not just to promote her latest releases, but also as a means to connect with fans and showcase her personality. Her latest video is a hilarious duet with fellow content creator Alana Clem, as Clem ‘rants’ about how ‘rude’ Gray is, while Gray nonchalantly goes about making her lunch. Other videos show the artist (who is also a beauty influencer) creating different ‘looks of the day,’ giving helpful makeup and hair tips to her viewers.

Below is a snippet from Broski and Gray’s conversation. A new episode of For You will debut every Wednesday at 5:30pm PST/ 8:30pm EST on TikTok LIVE. You can also catch it on all major podcast platforms such as AppleSpotifyGoogle.

Broski: It’s interesting that you touched on 2014-2015. The sense of social responsibility that creators had didn’t exist. It was very much a different time—it was so free, but it was still a form of escape. Do you find that was a reason why you started posting videos?

Gray: So right before I started social media I had gone through some of the hardest things that I have ever gone through in my life. I started posting on Musical.ly by accident, and began gaining all these followers on Instagram. I realized I had been featured, and it was really cool in the beginning—it still is. It was a form of escape because people watched my videos and cared about what I had to say. They didn’t know anything about me, but they were really nice to me and I guess I didn’t really have that. It definitely does mess with the brain a little bit. I was always live streaming because I was doing online school at that time and craving human interaction

Broski: Can we talk about this for a second? I feel this immense pressure to not only share what I like, but I think that we also have this responsibility put on us to educate. Sometimes I feel like, do we have to educate? Do you have any thoughts on the role of a creator?

Gray: I think it is really difficult to navigate because I do obviously feel a responsibility to educate as a person with a platform, but it is also tough because people put so much pressure on creators and forget that we are also people who are trying to learn as well and figure out what’s the best standpoint to take. I am an 18-year-old girl! I’m in college and trying to learn too! I feel that people have such high expectations, and it is dangerous waters because it’s either you say something and get attacked, or you don’t say anything and get attacked. It is really difficult to navigate, and people need to realize that we are a one-man show. We don’t have a big production team that can tell us what to say. We have to figure it out ourselves—sometimes we get these things wrong and we are not quick enough. We’re all just trying to learn!

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The 35 Best Jay-Z Lyrics of All-Time

Hov, Hova, Young Hov, Jigga Man, or Jay-Z, whatever you know him as, there is no denying that Shawn Carter is one of the most legendary and influential rappers of all-time.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jay-Z escaped a life of poverty, crime, and violence to become not just a leader in music but also culture, business, and more. He has cemented his place amongst the all-time greats in music and is responsible for some of the best songs in hip-hop history.

He has dropped 13 solo albums throughout his career, along with five collaborative albums, multiple live albums, and more. While it is nearly impossible to pick what his best lyrics are, we did our best. Here are our picks for Jay-Z’s 35 best lyrics.

1. I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell/I am a hustler, baby, I’ll sell water to a whale -‘U Don’t Know’
“U Don’t Know”

2. We used to fight for building blocks/Now we fight for blocks with buildings that make a killin’/The closest of friends when we first started/But grew apart as the money grew and soon grew black-hearted
“D’evils”

3. Momma ain’t raised no fool/Put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I’ll triple my worth.
“U Don’t Know”

4. Financial freedom my only hope/Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke/I bought some artwork for one million/Two years later, that shit worth two million/Few years later, that shit worth eight million/I can’t wait to give this shit to my children/Y’all think it’s bougie, I’m like, it’s fine/But I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of game for $9.99
“The Story of O.J.”

5. Look, if I shoot you, I’m brainless/But if you shoot me, then you’re famous
“Streets Is Watching”

6. Nine-to-five is how you survive, I ain’t tryna survive/I’m tryna live it to the limit and love it a lot/Life ills poisoned my body, I used to say fuck mic skills/I never prayed to God, I prayed to Gotti/That’s right, it’s wicked – that’s life, I live it/Ain’t askin’ for forgiveness for my sins, ends
“D’evils”

7. Allow me to re-introduce myself/My name is Hov, OH, H-to-the-O-V/I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z/I guess even back then you can call me/CEO of the R-O-C, Hov!/Fresh out the fryin’ pan into the fire/I be the music biz number one supplier/Flyer than a piece of paper bearin’ my name/Got the hottest chick in the game wearin’ my chain, that’s right, Hov
“Public Service Announcement”

8. Shit, I’m a man with pride, you don’t do shit like that/You don’t just pick up and leave and leave me sick like that/You don’t throw away what we had, just like that/I was just fuckin’ them girls, I was gon’ get right back/They say you can’t turn a bad girl good/But once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever/I’ll mourn forever/Shit, I’ve got to live with the fact I did you wrong forever
“Song Cry”

9. I’m so far ahead of my time, I’m ’bout to start another life/Look behind you, I’m ’bout to pass you twice
“Hovi Baby”

10. The year is ’94, in my trunk is raw/In my rearview mirror is the motherfuckin’ law/Got two choices, y’all: pull over the car or/Bounce on the devil, put the pedal to the floor/And I ain’t tryin’ to see no highway chase with Jake/Plus I got a few dollars, I can fight the case/So I pull over to the side of the road/I heard, “Son, do you know why I’m stopping you for?”/‘Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low?/Do I look like a mind reader, sir? I don’t know
“99 Problems”

11. I’m not a biter, I’m a writer for myself and others/I say a B.I.G. verse, I’m only biggin’ up my brother/Biggin’ up my borough, I’m big enough to do it
“What More Can I Say”

12. Today I got my thoroughest girl with me/I’m mashin’ the gas, she’s grabbin’ the wheel, it’s trippy/How hard she rides with me, the new Bobby and Whitney/Only time we don’t speak is during Sex and the City/She gets Carrie fever, but soon as the show’s over/She’s right back to being my soldier/‘Cause mami’s a rider and I’m a roller/Put us together, how they gon’ stop both us?
“’03 Bonnie and Clyde”

13. I’m wondering if a thug’s prayers reach/Is Pious pious ’cause God loves pious?/Socrates asked, whose bias do y’all seek?
“No Church In The Wild”

14. First of all, I wanna thank my connect/The most important person, with all due respect/Thanks to the duffle bag, the brown paper bag/The Nike shoe box for holding all this cash/Boys in blue who put greed before the badge/The first pusher who ever made the stash
“Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…)

15. Yea, yea I’m out that Brooklyn, now I’m down in Tribeca Right next to DeNiro, but I’ll be hood forever
-“Empire State of Mind”

16. At your wake as I peek in, look in your casket Feelin’ sarcastic, ‘Look at him, still sleepin’
“22 Twos”

17. He told 12, “Gimme 12” He told them to go to hell about me
“Drug Dealers Anonymous”

18. Nah, I’m a poster for what happened seein’ your moms Doin’ five dollars worth of work just to get a dime So pardon my disposition Why should I listen to a system that never listened to me?
“Get By (Remix)”

19. People lined up to see the Titanic sinkin’ Instead we rose up from the ash like a phoenix If you’re waitin’ for the end of the Dynasty sign It would seem like forever is a mighty long time
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)”

20. Look, I’m on my grind, cousin, ain’t got time for frontin’ Sensitive thugs, y’all all need hugs Damn, little mans, I’m just tryin’ do me If the record’s two mil I’m just tryin’ move three
“Heart of the City”

21. From frustrated youths stuck in they ways Just read a magazine that fucked up my day How you rate music that thugs with nothin relate to it? I helped them see they way through it—NOT YOU.
“Renegade”

22. I’d rather die enormous than live dormant, that’s how we on it.
“Can I Live?”

23. Word life, I dabbled in crazy weight Without rap, I was crazy straight Partner, I’m still spendin money from ’88
“Dead Presidents II”

24. And I got a question: Are you forgiving guys who live just like me? We’ll never know One day I prayed to you and said if I ever blow, I’d let ’em know The stakes, and exactly what takes place in the ghetto Promise fulfilled, still I feel my job ain’t done
“Where I’m From”

25. I got dreams of holding a nine milla to Bob’s killer Asking him “why?” as my eyes fill up These days I can’t wake up with a dry pillow Gone but not forgotten, homes I still feel ya So, curse the day that birthed the bastard Who caused your church mass, reverse the crash Reverse the blast then reverse the car Reverse the day and there you are, Bobalob Lord forgive him, we all have sinned But Bob’s a good dude, please let him in And if you feel in my heart that I long for revenge Please blame it on the son of the morning, thanks again
“Lucifer”

26. Strive for what you believe in, set goals and you can achieve them
“Anything”

27 Can’t be scared to fail, searching for perfection
“On to the Next One”

28. Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)”

29. In order to survive, gotta learn to live with regrets
“Regrets”

30. Nobody built like you, you design yourself
“A Dream”

31. A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson
“Smile”

32. Fuck perception, go with what makes sense
“Moment of Clarity”

33. Whoever said illegal was the easy way out / Couldn’t understand the mechanics and the workings of the underworld, granted
“D’evils”

34. I stepped it up another level, meditated like a Buddhist/Recruited lieutenants with ludicrous dreams of gettin’ cream/‘Let’s do this,’ it gets tedious/So I keep one eye open like CBS—you see me stressed, right?
“Can I Live”

35. “One day you’re up, next day you’re down / Long as you stay the same, it’ll come back around”
“Sweet”

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The Ten Best 90s Movies on Netflix Right Now

History has a way of repeating itself, and it seems like we always end up making our way back to the 90s. The 90s were a simpler decade—limited internet, no social media, no looking at our cell phones all day because, well, not many people had cell phones to look at, and more real-time experiences. The entertainment industry was at one of its peak heights during the 90s, with some of the best movies ever created in film history. Whether you fully experienced the decade or not, everybody has some form of cultural appreciation for the 1990s.

Since we are still stuck in  the house, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a list of ten movies from the 90s that you can watch during your spare time. Whether you are looking to inject your veins with a dose of nostalgia, or discover these films for the first time, Netflix has a library of must-watch vintage staples that you can binge-watch. So grab some popcorn, and get ready to go deep into the archives.

1. ‘Quigley Down Under’

Starring Tom Selleck as a rifleman cowboy traveling to Australia for a job, he quickly finds himself in trouble after turning down a job that involves killing Aborigines. A fantastic western film with great performances, action storylines, and unusual perspectives on romance, Quigley Down Under is an enjoyable movie for all audiences as it doesn’t involve any swearing or overtly explicit content.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60020977
2. ‘Double Jeopardy’

If you have never watched Double Jeopardy, then you have done yourself a great disservice. Starring Ashley Judd as Libby Parsons, the  film tells the story of a widow (Parsons) fighting for freedom after being framed for the murder of her husband. The movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones, and closed out the 90s with a bang. 

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https://www.netflix.com/title/455956#:~:text=1999%7CR%20%7C1h%2045m%7C,Jones%2C%20Ashley%20Judd%2C%20Bruce%20Greenwood
3. ‘Good Burger’

Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, may I take your order? Have you truly lived if you haven’t seen Good Burger? Kenan and Kel are their usual comical selves as they try to save Good Burger from their new competitor, Mondo Burger. The two suspect that a secret sauce might be the answer, but you’ll have to watch the movie to see whether or not it works.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60028097
4. ‘The Rugrats Movie’

Since we are on the topic of 1990s Nickelodeon, why not give The Rugrats Movie a watch? The arrival of a new sibling can be difficult for young children to adjust to, and the animated comedy finds ‘Tommy Pickles’ trying to return his brother, Dill, to the hospital after receiving a warning from ‘Angelica’ that his parents would no longer care about him once the baby arrived. The mission quickly goes awry, with Tommy and friends getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. This is a fun Friday night movie that you can watch with the whole family.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/18021979
5. ‘Basic Instinct’

Basic Instinct is another one of those 1990s staples that you absolutely have to watch at some point in your life. The film stars Sharon Stone as Catherine Tremell, a crime novelist linked to the murder of rock star who tries to use seduction as a tactic to win over homicide detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas). Full of mystery and ‘entanglements,’ Basic Instinct is an introduction to 90s movie culture as a whole.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/286139
6. ‘GoodFellas’

Directed by Martin Scorsese, GoodFellas centers around former mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he recalls his rise and fall in a New York crime family. Also starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, GoodFellas is the epitome of ‘gangster films,’ and of the best-directed movies of all-time with a brillant storyline, superb cinematography, and outstanding acting. GoodFellas stands out as yet another classic movie in Scorsese’s catalogue, proving his influence as one of the most prominent directors in film history.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70002022?source=35
7. ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

The mid to late 90s saw the rise of teen romantic comedies, and Can’t Hardly Wait was a box office success known for introducing many future movie stars including; Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose, and Peter Facinelli. The story focuses on a high school graduation party where the characters try to tie up loose ends before going away to college. Filled with love, humor, and revenge, Can’t Hardly Wait remains one of those movies that you have to revisit from time- to- time.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/15856715
8. ‘Hook’

I’m a sucker for Robin Williams’ movies. Hook has always been one of my favorite 1990s films with its heartwarming plot. Hook tells the story of Peter Banning (Williams), a middle-aged lawyer who returns to his magical origins as Peter Pan in order to save a group of children kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Hook is full of good moments and great fights making it another fun film that you can watch with the kiddies. 

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https://www.netflix.com/title/600346?source=35
9. ‘The Next Karate Kid’

A generational movie worth watching over and over again. Directed by Christopher Cains, the film is focused on Karate master Mr. Myagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita) as he travels to Boston for a military reunion. While there he visits the widow of his former commander, and develops a friendship with her young granddaughter Julie (Hilary Swank) who also has a passion for Karate. The storyline is awesome with a few comedic moments scattered here and there, the characters were likeable, and the acting was decent. Maybe not the best in the Karate Kid series, but still very much enjoyable and worth a watch.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70092283?source=35
10. ‘Total Recall’

I may be in the minority here, but the remake just didn’t do the original version justice. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker in the year 2084 with dreams of visiting Mars, Total Recall has an unexpected plot twist that will keep you on your toes the entire movie. A masterpiece of a film, Schwarzenegger stepped up his acting chops playing dual roles while still giving his infamous witty one-liners. Total Recall was a well acted and produced film across the board.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/1057618

Netflix has around 40 films from the 1990s at the moment, so by no means do you have to watch the ones I selected. Whether you do or don’t, I hope you enjoyed this article!