Don’t Try To Put Phony Ppl In A Box


They defy genre

Each week, we’re bringing you a new video by one of 300 Entertainment’s best up-and-coming artists, as part of the BRKRS series. Each musician was placed in the same 10x10 room, with the assignment to make the space their own and tell their audience who they really are. They’re the next big names in the music industry, we’re just letting you know first.

Phony Ppl has been a band for almost a decade but started making real noise in 2015 when their then-new single “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” shot up Billboard’s Trending 140 chart, seemingly out of nowhere. Now, with the band’s video collaboration with 300 Entertainment for its BRKRS series, they’re ready to make new waves.

The video for “Something About Your Love” sees the five members of Phony Ppl taking turns in the spotlight, each vibing out to the catchy tune in their own way. When all the members appear together, the video becomes a party—balloons and killer dance moves included. And if you couldn’t tell from the video, the members are real-life friends: They started their band when they were in grade school in New York City. Aja Grant, Phony Ppl’s composer, told Shanté Cosme, “We started making music as friends. I didn’t imagine this to be something where I’m 26 years old and still doing it; I just thought it was something fun, and it was fly as a young kid in high school.”

As a whole, the last thing on this band’s mind is the genre of music that they play. “We don’t want to put ourselves in a box,” Grant noted. “It’s just, we make music. That’s what it is.” Bari Bass, the band’s bassist says this could be due to the rise of streaming: “I think it also stems from the changing theme of the music industry and how people get music. People don’t really only listen to one genre of music, and I think, in turn, the artists are changing into not only making one type of music.” Their rejection of genre labels gives more attention to the music itself, and what they are allowed to do as a band. And their main focus is the music.

Elbee Thrie, the band’s vocalist, said that this was one of the first times that the band had put as much thought into the video as they had with the song. “We have been a band for 10 years, but we have been so focused on the music,” he said. “Now it is the beginning of us actually  [putting] that much detail into the videos as we put into the music.” The care that was taken for the production of this video, he said, was unparalleled. 

When it comes to their goals for themselves, Bass says that he doesn’t know when it will feel like the band has “made it,” because when you do what you love, it can always feel like you’re striving for more. “I think in music and in any career, if you’re really passionate about what you do, it can always feel like you’re on the rise.”

Watch the video for “Something About Your Love,” above.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.