BLOGS
HOW-TO
Chill Out With Summer "Poptails" - Cocktail Popsicles That Is

There’s no shame in packing some alcohol when you’re going on a picnic, right? Of course not! That being said, it’s much more fun to mix-up the booze and turn it into a sweet treat for your next summer outing. Say hello to spiked popsicles, the trendy dessert which satisfies your sweet tooth with a playful kick of alcohol. The next time you’re going out in the summer heat, pack these refreshers in a cooler to take with you, and indulge in some outdoor fun coupled with “adult” sweets.

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DAILY BITES
Cuba Brings Old Havana to the West Village

Story by Rachel Montella

Photography by Shiri Lara

It’s summertime in the city, and let’s be honest…we’re all secretly longing for an escape to some faraway paradise where we can relax with a mojito in our hand. And while we may not be able to jet down to Havana for the weekend, we can definitely experience its cuisine, culture, and music at Cuba in the heart of the West Village.

From the moment we stepped through the door, we were instantly amazed by the vibrant atmosphere. The rhythmic beats of salsa music filled the air, and at a small table in the front, there was a man hand-rolling cigars. The aromas of traditional Cuban cuisine wafted through the dining room. It felt like we had been transported, and Thompson Street had somehow become a street in Old Havana.

EARGASMIC thesixersense.com
Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign Hops On New Track For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Video

Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and, Ty Dolla $ign collaborate with producers, Kill The Noise and Madsonik on "Shell Shocked," a new single enlisted on the soundtrack for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film set to be debut in movie theaters, August 8th via Paramount Pictures and Nickolodeon Movies. On the track, Khalifa, J and Dolla $ign, who are all huge fans of TMNT, drop solid bars about the brotherhood shared by the anthropomorphic turtles, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, as well as a warning to enemies that they are not to be messed with. The colorful lyric visual which commensurates with the timing of the lyrical flow delivered by Khalifa and his Taylor Gang crew, is directed by internet guru, Pizzaslime. The video, also illustrated by Baka and designed by John Hwang, displays animated illustrations of soaring pepperoni pizzas, turtles versus the world, orange Lamborghinis that embodies the personality of Michelangelo, and every other type of Ninja Turtle memorabilia that exudes turtle power. The single "Shell Shock," is currently available on iTunes for purchase. Check out the visual for "Shell Shocked" below.


EARGASMIC M.I.A.
M.I.A. Joins The Partysquad for 'Gold'

M.I.A. fans have gotten a summer treat, as a collaboration between the rapper and frequent collaborators, The Partysquad, has hit the web. The song entitled, "Gold," is a short, but hyper energetic tune, which carries the same sound that made M.I.A.'s latest album, Matangi, a fan favorite.

The Dutch Duo behind the production that helped craft the sound of M.I.A.'s latest, continues to bolster their résumé with the release of their new 'Summer Mixtape,' and with the help of 'Gold' they are making their mark on the summer of 2014.

Stream 'Summer Mixtape' here, and check out "Gold" below.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Cosmic Gate Soon to Embark on North American Tour


For an electrical music experience, headlines by an array of musical talent, the Start to Feel tour is perfect. Cosmic Gate’s Nic and Bossi are coming to a city near you (maybe) to present their newly released album.

Cosmic Gate plans to entrance the crowd with their German irresistability and trance style music. As there music has evolved since their debut in 1999, this tour will be the perfect chance for the group to display their range of music.

The duo will not only be showcasing their talents, but they will also be presenting the audience with a variety of musical guests. Andrew Rayel, Eric Lumiere, who provides the enthralling vocals for “Falling Back” and “Run Away” and Kristina Antuna will all be joining Nic and Bossi on their nationwide tour. Lumiere and Antuna will only be joining Cosmic Gate in LA, Oakland, Chicago, Toronto, and Washington DC.

The tour promises to be a euphoric experience for fans who make the wise choice to attend. With over 15 stops on their tour, the duo is sure to leave their mark across the nation.

RAPPER'S DELIGHT sycegame.com
Chance The Rapper Premieres Promotional Video For “Very, Very Lonely”

Chance The Rapper gives us just a little more insight on his lovesick dilemma with the promotional visual for the single, “Very, Very Lonely,” released back in May. The video, which shows a silhouette of a man and woman grinding against each other, celebrates the one year anniversary of Chance's Acid Rap mixed taped, released on April 30th, 2013 with a backdrop that resembles the same backdrop on the mixed tape. The visual closes with the message “I’m coming over, August 3,” which may be a reference to the Chicago rapper’s upcoming set at the Lalapalooza Fest along with leading acts including, Eminem, Outkast and, Calvin Harris. However, we’re all ears if the message happens to be a heads up for his next mixed taped as well.


DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Instant Cupcakes…From a Spray Can


We’ve all heard of the sinfully delicious ‘Microwave Mug Cake,’ or ‘5-minute cake’…but what about Spray Cake? This cake-batter-in-a-can fad is taking instant cake to an entire new level. When you’re in the mood for a freshly baked cupcake…expect it ASAP. An innovative way to prepare cupcakes and cakes by simply adding heat, Spray Cake utilizes ‘on-demand organic’ batter in an aerosolized can.

When using Spray Cake, your cupcakes will be popping out of the oven in less than a minute. And as far as freshness goes, this instant batter stays fresh for weeks (so you can splurge whenever you'd like)!

TV TALK
Chris Pratt French Braids During Interview

Chris Pratt is everything we look for in a man: he's handsome, he's funny, he's charming and for bonus points he does a killer French braid! Yes, you read correctly!

Three months ago, Pratt shared a picture to Instagram of a French braid. He captioned it, "This is a weird thing to brag about but I did that glorious French braid. #Baller #man #ManBraid #RealMenBraid #isItBrade? #SpellingQuestion #StillBallerTho #WhyIsItFrench #ICallItAFreedomBraid #GoUsa"


FUTURE EXES
Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey

We didn't see this one coming! Naya Rivera reportedly married actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on July 19th.

The newlyweds revealed the news to People saying, "We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife. Out special day was fated and everything we could have asked for."

Rivera and Dorsey have been friends for four years and their relationship sparked shortly she and rapper Big Sean broke off their engagement just three months ago.

BLIND FATE
Zoe Saldana Expecting Twins

Recently, Zoe Saldana has been promoting her new movie Gaurdians of the Galaxy. Zoe walked one of the red carpet events in Louis Vuitton gown with what seemed to be a baby bump which left everyone speculating if she was pregnant.

And the rumor is true! Zoe Saldana is pregnant! But she's not only expecting one bundle of joy, she’s expecting twins with her husband of one year, Marco Perego!

"Zoe is about three months pregnant," an insider revealed to Us Weekly. "But she will only announce the news when she's ready."

RAPPER'S DELIGHT npr.org
Revisiting Eminem's Freestyle Show Mixtape


Joonbug.com celebrates Detroit’s 313th birthday on this throwback Thursday by revisiting Eminem’s rare Freestyle Show mixtape. The 43-minute compilation of classic Slim Shady flows recorded around the time between the release of his sophomore album, The Slim Shady LP album, his first major release and, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), is an impressive nostalgic trip on a formal introduction to one of the most lyrically gifted emcees to emerge from the Motown city. The mixtape is also followed the release of his debut album, Infinite (1996) which met generally negative reviews as well as criticism surrounding accusations of Eminem emulating the sound of Brooklyn rapper, AZ. The creation of Eminem’s alter ego, Slim Shady, a complex character, who is driven by violence and drug use, acted as a catalyst that catapulted the Detroit rapper’s career into superstardom. Although, public opinion has confirmed that Shady’s explicit lyrics, riddled with profanities, is quite disturbing, one can also debate that Eminem’s imaginative capability along with intricate metaphors and similes deemed the Slim Shady series to be a genius effort.