okay honestly hit up your nearest plato’s closet
always say thank you to the bus driver and the crossing guard and the cashier this is crucial
Architects CMA and SeARCH were focusing on the question if it would be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building when planing the Villa Vals. They decided to build a central patio into the steep incline to create a large facade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving a dramatic view of the beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.
All images © Iwan Baan
Nicki Minaj refuses to suffer the fate of other female rappers. She’s made this abundantly clear a number of ways, but none so explicitly as in a press conference she thought pertinent enough to include as a track on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’s bonus edition. “These other bitches that only did rap and now they’re washed and they’re living in low-income housing—is that winning?” she snaps. “Just so that a nigga in the street can give me a fucking dap? … Get the fuck outta here.”
It’s a harsh, and accurate, assessment, and she’s chosen two evasion strategies: In one, she avoids being pigeonholed as “just a rapper” by also going out of her way to be pigeonholed as “just another pop singer” with songs like “Starships” and “Turn Me On”. In the second, and infinitely more successful, strategy, she flips all the furniture upside down while remaining inside rap.
On “Beez in the Trap”, Minaj shows just how far she can take this strategy. The beat recalls nothing so much as Clipse’s “Grindin’”, a collection of echoing rain drops in a basement having a conversation with a photocopier. It’s a dope song, a trap song, the lyrics full of references to connects and state-to-state routes and bricks. But Nicki is switching roles here, playing a pimp, pulling up to women on the corner, and taunting male rappers: “Niggas move weight in the South, but live in Hoboken,” she sneers, in what is easily the greatest Hoboken-based insult of the decade. The video—which mixes platinum-blond hair and pink jumpsuits with four-finger rings, barbed wire with disco balls and glitter, seapunk green wigs with Birdman—finger-paints over the borders even further.
Nicki Minaj by Jeff Bark
Styled by Robbie Spencer
tbh my aesthetic rn
y’all actually slept on this photoset??? ITS AMAZIN