If you listen closely to Ke$ha's songs (and is there any other way to listen to Ke$ha?), you already know quite a bit about her. She wakes up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. She uses a bottle of Jack to brush her teeth (which sounds dangerous). Etc. Etc. So on. So forth. ANYWAY, to learn more, we had an army of interns thumb through her new book, Ke$ha My Crazy Beautiful Life, and told them to find 100 fascinating facts about everyone's favorite glitter addicted C U Next Tuesday. They found 30. We listed them below. Because that's how these things work.
Last week, the birth of rap's newest star-to-be happened suddenly. Kreayshawn, a California rapper with Amy Winehouse's tattooes and piercings, Queen Latifah's earrings, and a modified version of Michelle Williams' pixie bob, dropped her video for "Gucci Gucci," and every person who was tweeting about Odd Future after their appearance on Fallon in February had a new curio to investigate.
That makes some sense, because the "Gucci Gucci" clip is a "Look at the fun stuff I do!" video backed by a snotty song that lives and dies by its brand-heavy sing-song hook ("Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada!") and the potency of dismissing "basic bitches" who probably care about those status markers. Odd Future members Left Brain and Jasper show up in the brightly hued clip, but Kreayshawn's style is very much a sprinkling of new-school Los Angeles and dollops of the color of the Bay Area, where she was raised by her mother, Eight-Ball Scratch and Trashwomen guitarist Elka Zolot, and attended Berkeley Film School. And the presence of the cooking dance popularized by swag messiah Lil B is another tip that her approach more closely approximates B's "based" free-for-all than Odd Future's dark, lurching fare.
With the Rihanna/Ke$ha bill already announced for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater this summer, a pop-superheroine double-threat that Nicki Minaj sadly abandoned, there was a momentary glimmer of possibility that the Lon Guyland outdoor amphitheater's other bookings would give metropolitan lollygaggers another reason to voyage to the land of camera sponsorships and alcohol-free concerts. Take in the spectacle, breathe fresh air, not smell decaying rats, etc. Not exactly.
So, um, Uffie's back. Four years later her album, Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans, has a release date and in an interesting twist of events, her new song "ADD SUV" features Pharrell Williams, in what seems like a mainstream reward, or at least consolation prize, for partially pioneering the style that made Lady Gaga and Ke$ha millions. Now, Uffie sounds like the rip-off and M.I.A. sounds a little bit like a hater, but it might yet land one or both of them on Saturday Night Live.
It worked for Ke$ha, did you hear? Or it "worked," depending on who you listen to. See, her weekend versions of "Tik Tok" (above) and third single "Your Love is My Drug" are taking a lot of heat on the snippier corners of the internet. People seem embarrassed to admit that the performances are sort of endearing.