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After Going Viral Last Year, Brooklyn Rapper Prince Harvey Is Back With “Sorry”

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From the Apple Store to the recording studio

We first heard about the enigmatic Prince Harvey after he went viral for spending months recording and producing his album PHATASS at the Apple Store in Manhattan's SoHo location. The rapper, whose computer was seized when he unknowingly crashed at an evicted friend’s apartment, was quickly busted by Apple staffers for recording on the store’s computers instead of buying his own. But after Apple employees finally approved of his stunt, Harvey’s visits would sometimes turn into low-key performances for customers, generating buzz around the rapper’s cheeky exploitation of the tech titan’s free in-store trials.

Now, after a year out of the spotlight, Harvey finally has his own computer and is back with "Sorry," the first single, off of his upcoming album, Golden Child, which, yes, was recorded in an actual studio and was produced by JX Cannon. We recently caught up with Prince Harvey over the phone to talk about the breakup that inspired his new single, internet fame, and why his mom is his biggest inspiration. 

Tell me about Golden Child.
I made it with Holly, he’s a producer from Lisbon, I’m going to be premiering it there during the first stop on my European tour. My last album was a very solo process, so I kind of was in the mood to collaborate with people. I snuck into 9th Wonder’s class, and I got a new appreciation for sampled music. So, when Holly sent me all these beats, I was like, "Let’s do something."

What inspired "Sorry"?
I broke up with my ex, and she just stopped talking to me, and I was feeling really alienated. I was really busy, and I didn’t have time to talk to anyone. I really wanted to talk to her mom because I felt like she was one of the driving forces of our breakup. She was always really suspicious of me. I couldn’t talk to her, so I wrote this song with the "Sorry, Ms. Jackson" sample.

How do you feel about the media and your career in the aftermath of going viral? Are you worried people are going to stop caring about what you’re doing?
I think people are going to care about me long after I'm dead. I don't know how long the internet is going to last or how long anything is going to last. It just organically happened, people just heard about what I was doing and were like, "Yo, you’re dope and you’re doing dope stuff." I think that’s beautiful.

What was the message behind PHATASS (Prince Harvey at the Apple Store SoHo)?
It’s about the will to get things done and make things happen for yourself, no matter what. Being non-complacent and non-complaining, making things happen. With that project, I feel like I made people feel like they could do whatever it is that they wanted to do. I feel like it made people stronger.

And your latest album?
The new album I’m about to put out is called Golden Child. It’s about this idea of the chosen one. My mom just always made me feel like I was special. That feeling just kind of stuck with me throughout my life. Your parents are like God, so when they look at you like you can do anything, you believe it.

 

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."

Her Smell | OFFICIAL TRAILER HD www.youtube.com

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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."