Pop, Lock and Recap May 10 Edition: Jay Z The Frog

words and artwork by Badhaftu Kadir


In a new reoccurring column, each week Badhaftu Kadir will give an irreverent and insightful rundown of the past week's pop cultural happenings, music and reading recommendations, and more.


In the year 2016 of our lord and savior Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen is dabbing onstage, knowingly or unknowingly.  


This week was a busy one for fire releases. From JMSN to Kaytranada to James Blake. With all that music comes videos. Watch this lit video for Skeptas’ lead single Man.


I recently watched Space Jam for the first time as an adult, and honestly I wish I hadn't because it shattered all my great childhood memories of the film. That being said Space Jam 2 is in the works starring LeBron James and this time I’ll spare myself the disappointment.


 Beyonce's epic Lemonade release has many people were wondering if the work was autobiographical and if Jay Z cheated on the singer. Without any comment from the both, we’ve been left to speculate. That might soon change as Jay is reportedly in the studio making a response album to Lemonade. Let's really hope that isn't true, but if it is, I hope the cover is Jay Z head on the kermit tea meme.


Teen rapper and favorite of Kylie Jenner's Snapchat Lil Yachty released this gif friendly hilarious video for 1 night.  

With John Kasich and Ted Cruz dropping out of the Republican primary race, it leaves Donald Trump as the sole contender for the nomination. If you would have told me last a couple years ago this is where we would be in American politics I would probably laugh-cry at the situation described. Unfortunately we’re here and while Cruz and Kasich dropping out makes it an easier road, Trump still has to win enough delegates and make it through the convention. Trump doesn't seem too worried about his chances tweeting out a Happy Cinco De Mayo in where he references trump tower taco bowls and his love for hispanics. *rolls eyes to back of head until they are stuck*


While her legal battle is still under way some good news for Kesha is she’ll be part of Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party tour this year.

The Met Gala happened this past Monday, and with the theme being fashion and technology people were expecting some out of this world looks. Of course in traditional Kanye fashion, Mr. West had one of the most polarizing looks of the night rocking icy blue contacts, jeans and a custom bejeweled jean jacket made by Balmain's Olivier Rousteing.


Recently engaged couple Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian announce they are expecting a baby. Many people believed the relationship was a publicity stunt and/or a way for Blac Chyna to get back at Kylie Jenner who was allegedly seeing Chyna’s ex Tyga while the two were still together. While no one really knows the reality of the relationship except for e two people in it I find it hard to believe that Blac Chyna is so petty that she would try to create a whole new life with someone to get back at their sister. Regardless I can’t wait to see how this all plays out on Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Afeni Shakur activist and mother to the late Tupac Shakur has passed away at the age of 69.

Reading List

Is Britney Spears Ready to Stand on Her Own?

So, something interesting happens to weed after it’s legal

Nao: Imperfect Soul

Views From the ‘6 Dad’: Former Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly on Drake and Becoming Twitter Famous

Meet the First Superstars of the Beyoncé Generation

Cavs' new mascot isn't Kevin Love; it's Lil' Kev

Music Picks

24/7 - Kehlani

Eye for  Eye 2 - Swift

Don’t Stop - Klyne

Beautiful Day - Burberry Perry ft Lil Yachty Kylie Jenner Justine Skye Jordyn Woods

James Blake - I Need A Forest Fire


Take some calculated risks this week and here’s your individual weeks.