Just when I thought the east vs west coast hip hop battle was coming to an end, Johnny Cupcakes adds more flour to the batter with the release of the East vs. West: Battle of the Big Kid Emcees T-Shirts. Johnny Cupcakes’ mascot, Big Kid, is transformed into iconic rappers Biggie, who reps the East, and Tupac, who reps the West. Seeing these rap legends as the rosy-cheeked, pot-bellied mascot simmers the beef and makes peace of the situation. You can pre-order your t-shirts here.
Spotted at HighSnob
Solange looks incredible in her feature in COMPLEX Magazine’s June/July 2013 issue. Wearing chic summer-ready outfits, she flaunts her smooth, shapely legs in some mean red pumps. Here are the gorgeous photos from the feature story along with quotes:
“I wanted to make all of the creative artistic decisions but I wasn’t the one paying for it. And they didn’t fully trust me to make them,” she says. “Every decision was a battle. It was exhausting. I wanted to be in a position where not only was the music fully my body of work, but everything thereafter was also my body of work. I knew that meant I had to leave and that I had to struggle.”
“I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits,” Solange says. “She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees. I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point. So it’s really in my bloodline when it comes to having an idea and making it happen.”
“When I’m home, I’m just straight mommin’ it,” Solange says of life in Brooklyn, which revolves around 8-year-old Juelz. “School runs, play dates, soccer games, etc. You have to constantly fight for that balance and now I kinda got it under control.” After a hectic few weeks on tour, she’s looking forward to leaving town with Juelz later today for a two-week vacation—a week in L.A. and a week in New Orleans, where she feels very, very at home. “I go to crazy bounce clubs,” she says. “I eat crazy po’ boys, drink daiquiris. I ride my bike a lot.”
Read the entire interview on COMPLEX.com.
Plus, she connects with Kendrick Lamar for the remix of “Looks Good With Trouble” from her True EP:
If you love listening to music on the go, Beats By Dre has just released the cutest little music device that’s chic, portable and syncs with your phone. Beats have teamed up with Nicki Minaj to create the Pink Pill wireless speaker which is available for purchase exclusively at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at att.com.The Pink Pill has features you can use such as:
•Big sound – This wireless and cord-free device produces powerful sound. You can hear soaring highs and deep booming bass in every room of the house.
•Change tracks from your phone – Or your laptop, or any other Bluetooth®-enabled device from up to 30-feet away. You can roam, and always have high-quality sound near or far.
•Portable – You can set up anywhere since it’s lightweight, and small enough to fit in whatever you’re carrying out the door.
•Bluetooth conferencing – The Bluetooth capability and internal microphone allows you to take calls.
Price: $199. Also available in Red, Black and White.
YouTube Vlogger, Maya Washington aka Shameless Maya, created an anthem for the curly-haired girls around the world called “I Don’t Care (Frizzy Hair)”. She grabbed a few friends of all hair types to celebrate their varied textures of kinks and curls.
This video comes at a great time for Maya who just shaved off all of her hair to show that beauty is beyond one’s hair.
The collaboration between Alicia Keys and Reebok continues to rock with the release of the Freestyle Hi Wedges. Alicia made sure to keep the design of the original Freestyle Hi, but the wedged heel allows you to wear them with your favorite rugged pair of jeans or that cute little mini skirt. Personally, the red wedges are top pick but the blue and pink are just as chic.
Get more information at Reebok.com.
Images from Sneaker Freaker
Beginning May 1st, Essie will release a DJ Party-inspired nail polish collection for the ladies who love looking glamorous while enjoying a night out. Rid those pretty little fingers of that dull winter hue and spice them up with some vivid blue. The collection comes in six sassy shades:
+ Bouncer, it’s me! – vivid blue velvet
+ Bottle service – scorching neon fuchsia
+ Dj play that song – jam-iest neon plum
+ Shake your $$ maker – ambitious electric green
+ Saturday disco fever – superhot fire coral
+ Boom boom boom – ultra-bright party pink
And good news, Essie’s products are DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free.
Now the bonus! We are giving away TWO Essie Neon Spring/Sumer 2013 Collections. All you have to do is 1. follow us on Twitter. 2. Like our Facebook page, and 3. Share your favorite party song of all time in the comment section below. Here is ours, Zhané “Hey Mr. DJ.”
The giveaway ends April 30th. United States residents only.
Disclaimer: We were not paid to promote Essie’s products. We hosted this giveaway simply for the love of our supporters. This is our way of giving you a big hug and simply saying thank you.
Images by Beauty Almanac
We came across these cute summer-ready looks of attendees at the Coachella Music Festival. Take a good look; you may see someone you know. You can’t go wrong with a little flash mixed with comfort.
Did you go to Coachella? Feel free to share your look with us, we’d like to feature it on The Pearl Mic.
Spotted at Who What Wear and The YBF
When Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte, revealed his American flag Grillz to the world during the 2012 summer Olympics, this not only sent reporters and photographers into a frenzy, but it solidified that Grillz, till this day, is making a huge chatter in popular culture. Once upon a time, say from the 1980s to the early 2000s, Grillz or fronts, was strictly a hip-hop fashion accessory. Now, that’s all beginning to change. Men and women from diverse backgrounds can be found sporting a piece. Look at how the awesome folks over at Interview magazine put a fun high fashion spin on the famous fronts.
Who says you can’t have it all? Yuna, Folk/R&B singer, and now fashion entrepreneur, gives fans a glimpse of her boutique based in Malaysia, IAMJETFUEL.
Spotted at FADERLabel
Longplate is a series of cleverly designed dishes that mimic vinyl records. Stylish illustrations are splashed across the plate’s center with sayings like “Nice to Meat You” and “My Bloody Entrecote.” More info at Lost At E Minor.