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“I’ll always be that girl”

“I feel like I’ve been given the opportunity to redevelop as an artist,” Ms. Boogie, the Brooklyn-based rapper, told NYLON over burgers in downtown Manhattan in late July. “Many people are stuck with their paths when they try to reinvent themselves, but now I feel like I get to call myself an artist again from scratch.” And now, in the studio teasing out her new sound, having made an appearance on the remix to Kelela’s single “LMK” with Princess Nokia, CupcakKe, and Junglepussy, Brooklyn’s prettiest princess is doing just that, with a renewed vigor and slightly altered outlook on her artistry.

Having come to the forefront of culture back in 2014 with the track and visual for “Body,” off her debut album Allure (“that was really a record about body ownership; I was saying just because I surrendered my body to you for whatever length of time because we’re having sex doesn’t mean that you own it”), Boogie has logged over half a decade in the entertainment industry. And while that archive includes other acclaimed projects like the 2015-released mixtape My H.O.E. and the 2017-released Jesus Loves Me Too, after releasing a statement in May publicly coming out as a trans woman, Boogie has, for the most part, parted ways with her past work.

“It’s on the internet,” she says of her discography while eating a fry. “Whoever downloaded it in its prime… it means to them whatever it means to them, but for me, clearly, it’s a part of my life that I’ve moved on from.”

That moving on was first evidenced in her track, “Morphin Time,” which she has described as being about stepping into her comfort zone. “I’m very aware of my responsibilities as a person of my nature on this Earth. So it’s always been important for me to redefine rules and common phrases along the way,” the Dominican performer said. “Casually speaking, it’s always been stepping out of your comfort zone in order to pass a plateau or something, but, for me, I feel that it's about stepping into my comfort zone which is my womanhood or my femme queen antics.”

Ballroom culture, a community Boogie has been a part of since at least age 15 (she recently appeared at a mini-ball in Brooklyn and walked face), plays a large part in Boogie’s influences—including calling herself a “femme queen,” which is ballroom parlance for being a trans woman. Boogie says, “I see myself on that screen” when conversation turns to shows like Pose and My House. That influence is most clear on “Morphin Time” when she uses the community's verbiage: “Last time it was butch queen performance, now it’s femme queen performance,” referencing her transition from a feminine gay man to a trans woman. Elsewhere she raps “female figure with that finger on the trigger,” a nod to the ballroom concept of a  “female figure,” an all-encompassing category for those who identify as female in some way.

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But the ballroom influence also turns up in Boogie’s desire to be upfront and direct about topics others might skirt around or talk about metaphorically. “Being literal has always been a big part of my work because I want to make sure that people don’t get it twisted or aren’t any more confused about our walk of life,” Boogie said, referring to the community from which she came. “So I need to be very blunt about things: Like, yes, we craft, or we used to craft, though we may not craft anymore because we’re in positions of power. Yes, we are trying our best to break through stigmas of sex work, and also raw sex in a safe way, but that shit just feels good. Yes, I’m a woman, and I use my dick; all of those things, I need to be really real about because these are things that are [happening], but we still haven’t found the cadence to project those points of view into mainstream.”

This kind of straight-talking, categorized as vulgar or inappropriate by some, also falls within the no-holds-barred, reportage-style history of rap as a genre. If hip-hop is “CNN for black people,” then the black queer community’s discourse is a part of this canon as well. Boogie has no issues with beating that path for trans women and educating the masses along the way.

“Part of my mission statement has always been my transparency so I can sort of educate people along my way and create this revolving door of inspiration and knowledge,” Boogie explained. Recently that has included educating fans and press about how to refer to her; it has also meant challenging producers she’s worked with before, who are more sonically married to her archive than helping her find her new sound.

“Quite frankly, I don’t know anyone who has transitioned publicly (a) in hip-hop or (b) in entertainment. It’s very sensitive and a very fragile experience because you want to hold on to what you’ve garnered, but you also want to gain a new experience, a new moment. So I’m learning as I go and am bringing people along the way.”

Even still, certain things will never change: “With my lyrical content, I’ll always be that girl.”

Welcome to Ms. Boogie’s comfort zone.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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