Lana Del Rey uploaded a short spoken word video to her social media channels late Saturday night. The piece, entitled “Salamander,” is a selection from her just-released album Violet Bent Backward over the Grass, in which Del Rey reads her poems over music beds created with Jack Antonoff. The hardcover book will be released in late September after some delays.
The moody video, which features a chewed-up VHS filter, shows Del Rey reading from large manuscript pages, wearing an unbuttoned plaid shirt over what appears to be a bathing suit in a backyard.
The short recitation begins with the “Young and Beautiful” singer ordering a salamander to get out of her blood, lest she soul-cycle it to death. “I’m a real poet. My life is my poetry,” she continues.
Be forewarned that if you listen to this over headphones there is a loud grey noise at the end that will hurt your ears if the volume is too high.
A second spoken-word project, Behind the Iron Gates – Insights From an Institution, is also in the works for this autumn, as is a new album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
A critic writing for The Observer said her first album of poetry was “great on place specifics and internal assonance, less so as [Del Rey] wafts on about her own gentle nature.”
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Here Are The Hype House Members Who Have Dated Sway House Members
Social media can get messy, just take the drama of Hype House and Sway House for example. In 2020, the rise of TikTok was practically all anyone could talk about, and that also meant figuring out which collective “house” was superior in fans’ eyes. While there is some competition between members of the different collectives, there are also a lot of friendships — and romances. But those romances often begin and end in the blink of an eye. We know it can get confusing, so we put together this comprehensive list of Hype House Members who have dated Sway House members for easy reference.
Just like many relationships, with the happy times also comes drama, drama, drama. TikTok fans fell in love with Charli D’Amelio and Chase “Lil Huddy” Hudson’s relationship, but that seemed to make sense to stans since they were both, at one point, members of the Hype House. Couples like Addison Rae Easterling and Bryce Hall have been known to post adorable videos on YouTube despite being from rival houses, while Avani Gregg and Anthony Reeves have kept their romance more low-key. No matter what Hype House/Sway House couple you stan most, there’s a lot to know about them all.
1. Griffin Johnson and Dixie D’Amelio
For months, Dixie and Johnson had fans wondering if they were more than friends, with much of that speculation stemming from when the two costarred on the May 2020 YouTube series Attaway General. The two would often post super cute TikToks and selfies together despite being members of separate houses, but it wasn’t until June that they *finally* confirmed they were actually dating.
While, to some, it seemed like there was nothing but love in the air for Dixie and Johnson, things quickly turned sour when Chase Hudson accused Johnson of cheating on Dixie in a July 6 Twitter rant.
Luckily, it didn’t take long for Dixie to address the rumors. She shot down the cheating gossip in a July 20 YouTube interview with Vlog Squad member Jeff Wittek. “No cheating,” Dixie replied when asked about the situation. She also clarified that, at the time of the interview, she and Johnson were still dating. Check it out at the 6:16 timestamp.
But things change pretty quickly when it comes to TikTok relationships. On Aug. 3, D’Amelio confirmed that she and Johnson had split, but didn’t specify exactly why.
2. Addison Rae Easterling & Bryce Hall
Easterling and Hall have been toying with fans’ hearts ever since they made their first TikTok appearance together in October 2019. When it comes to their relationship, things things are never straight-forward, which leaves their fans in a constant state of confusion.
While Easterling remains a core member of the Hype House, Hall is an OG Sway House member, making things a little more complicated than normal. Because of her loyalty to Hall, fans started to notice in July 2020 that Easterling seemed to distance herself from other members of the Hype House. Many assume a breakaway from the Hype House could come sooner than later for Easterling after Hall addressed the speculation in May, saying: “Addison doesn’t really associate with the Hype House, so they really kind of just—I don’t know what they’re doing exactly.”
Easterling and Hall have been super sly when it comes to not giving too much away. They’ve both avoided confirming they’re together, but they’re never shy about hanging out together publicly. When recently asked about their relationship in a July 27 interview, Addison said she would say yes if Bryce asked her out.
3. Avani Gregg & Anthony Reeves
Different collectives didn’t stop Hype House’s Gregg and Sway House’s Reeves from falling for each other. The couple confirmed their relationship in matching IG posts in April after months of teasing adorable photos together.
So far, the two have dodged the drama that normally follows TikTok stars’ relationships, and seem to try and keep their romance pretty low-key. Fans are hoping it’ll stay that way, because they’re cute AF.
Cardi B is now on OnlyFans
Following the release of her most recent track, “WAP,” a collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B announced that she created an OnlyFans to share exclusive content with her fans.
In an Instagram video, she told her fans that her OnlyFans page was now live with behind-the-scenes footage from the music video shoot. The 27-year-old rapper tells her fans she will not be posting “my titties, or my pussy, or my ass,” but rather “straight up real-life content shit” because fans are “mad nosey when it comes to my life.”
There is, however, a $4.99 paywall to access the new, exclusive content. When the page first went live, Cardi was charging $10 but brought the price down. “Ummm I did not know my onlyfans was charging ten dollars, she tweeted, “I’m bringing it down to 4.99. Ya spend too much on vinyls and my merch coming next week.”
Card’s fans are also excited the superstar rapper launched her own page on the platform. “Cardi B’s onlyfans is only $4.99? I thought it be way more lol,” a fan tweeted.
“Cardi B made an onlyfans. My good sis is smart,” another fan said.
Cardi is not the first celebrity to join OnlyFans, but she is one of the biggest. Rapper Rico Nasty also announced on Wednesday that she created an OnlyFans with a sneak peek for her new song, “iPhone,” which is set to be released tomorrow.
“To see a very exclusive sneak [peek] to [iPhone] you can watch it on my onlyfans,” Rico tweeted earlier today, “Where you will always get to experience content early before it drops everywhere else.”
Rico and Cardi join Blac Chyna, Safaree Samuels and Erica Mena, The-Dream, and YouTuber Tana Mongeau, among others, to be a celebrity with an OnlyFans account.
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Moises Mendez II
Moises Mendez II is a recent graduate from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He is a freelance journalist based in New York City writing about everything from music to LGBTQ issues.
Mac Miller’s ‘K.I.D.S.’ Mixtape Gets Two New Songs For Its 10th Anniversary
Long before the fame and critically acclaimed albums, Mac Miller was an unknown rapper from Pittsburgh set on breaking out to the hip-hop scene. This moment would arrive in 2010 with the release of his K.I.D.S. mixtape shortly after he signed a deal with Rostrum Records. Thanks to a growing social media following and persistent touring, Miller’s spotlight would grow following his XXL Freshman Class inclusion in 2011. While the rapper is unfortunately no longer with us, his estate looks to celebrate him and the project that brought him success with a new deluxe version a decade after its release.
Uploaded to streaming services back in April, the availability of Miller’s K.I.D.S. mixtape on streaming services has allowed fans to reminisce and enjoy some of Miller’s early cuts which include “Nikes On My Feet” and “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” Returning with the deluxe version of the mixtape, Miller’s old label has graced fans with two new songs: “Ayye” and “Back In The Day.”
The updated take of K.I.D.S. arrives almost seven months after his estate debuted his first posthuhmous album, Circles, with help from producer Jon Brion who Miller was working with on the album prior to his death. Similar to K.I.D.S., Circles would also receive a deluxe re-issue nearly two months after its initial release.
The addition of “Ayye” and “Back In The Day” to K.I.D.S. arrives shortly after Miller’s estate asked fans to help contribute to a new project aimed at celebrating the late rapper’s life. A toll-free number was set up to collect fans’ stories, thoughts, and well wishes for the upcoming project.
Press play on the new songs in the videos above.
Mac Miller is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.
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