Eugene Marie’s Song Made Up Of Catcalls Is All Too Relatable

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Listen to “Nice Smell” here

When you live in New York City and the weather goes above 60, a couple things happen: The boots come off, the hemlines hike up, and, inevitably, the creepy men of the Big Apple and their unsolicited comments come out of hibernation. Yes, catcall season is upon us.

Let's get this straight: Catcalling is harassment, plain and simple. It's not okay. And Lucy Horton of Brooklyn, New York, band Eugene Marie has attempted to turn this frequent problem into song.

“I've never experienced catcalling on the West Coast, so after moving to Brooklyn, it was this strange thing I didn't know how to react to,” she tells us. “A guy once stepped on the train behind me and sang-whispered into my ear, ‘Hey, what do you say, baby, wanna take those lips and turn this frog into a prince? Yeah, that's what I said, see you later princess.’ Well, I had to start writing them down after that.”

And so she did just that. “Nice Smell,” Eugene Marie’s new single, is made up of actual lines men have said to Horton. The concept sounds kitschy, and it could be if not done right, but both Horton’s vocals and her bandmate Spencer Stewart’s soundscape additions manage to turn otherwise creepy lines into a folksy pop bop.  

Horton reflects more on the street harassment she’s experienced, stating: “Uninvited attention is uncomfortable, and uncomfortable makes for interesting songs. I've gone through cycles of feeling threatened, flattered, defiant, powerless... it's a confusing thing, and I definitely don't have any answers. Heck, that's why the entire song is made up quotes from other people instead of me.”

Listen to “Nice Smell” below. Eugene Marie’s self-titled EP drops June 9.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.