Jean Grae Picks Christmas Sweaters For Talib Kweli, Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch

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Jean Grae

Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

Jean Grae is one of the world's most talented twitterers. When not lighting up her timeline with talk about Christmas sweaters, the Great Yam Debacle and the folly of the many impending apocalypses, she's readying up her assault on 2013: January should see the release of her Gotham Down album, Cake Or Death should follow later in the year, and she's also filming the Life With Jeannie sitcom. Over early evening libations at Mission Dolores bar, we asked her to explain away her timeline, including the truth behind the very important Legend of CatBoar.

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Beyond Kreayshawn: The Women In Hip-Hop Who The Internet Should Freak Out About Next

Last week, the birth of rap's newest star-to-be happened suddenly. Kreayshawn, a California rapper with Amy Winehouse's tattooes and piercings, Queen Latifah's earrings, and a modified version of Michelle Williams' pixie bob, dropped her video for "Gucci Gucci," and every person who was tweeting about Odd Future after their appearance on Fallon in February had a new curio to investigate.

That makes some sense, because the "Gucci Gucci" clip is a "Look at the fun stuff I do!" video backed by a snotty song that lives and dies by its brand-heavy sing-song hook ("Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada!") and the potency of dismissing "basic bitches" who probably care about those status markers. Odd Future members Left Brain and Jasper show up in the brightly hued clip, but Kreayshawn's style is very much a sprinkling of new-school Los Angeles and dollops of the color of the Bay Area, where she was raised by her mother, Eight-Ball Scratch and Trashwomen guitarist Elka Zolot, and attended Berkeley Film School. And the presence of the cooking dance popularized by swag messiah Lil B is another tip that her approach more closely approximates B's "based" free-for-all than Odd Future's dark, lurching fare.

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