Mary Ellen Ritter
With all of the great albums and fantastic flicks that dropped this week, it’s easy to get lost along the way. Fortunately, A&E is here to help you navigate this week’s pop culture dump.
Something to watch:
“Trial 4” (Netflix): Netflix is back again with another thrilling true crime docuseries. “Trial 4” tells the story of Sean Ellis, a Black man who, at the age of 19, was charged with and convicted of the execution-style killing of John Mulligan, a white Boston police officer. The docuseries follows Ellis along his journey through the criminal justice system, including four trials for the killing, highlighting issues of police corruption and systematic racism in the United States.
“I Am Greta” (Hulu): This brand new Hulu original documentary follows teenage climate change crusader Greta Thunberg on her journey across the world to warn the masses about the irreversible dangers of climate change. The documentary premiered on the streaming platform on Nov. 13 and is a must watch, not only for those interested in climate activism but also for anyone who loves their planet and wants to see it thrive for future generations.
Something to tap your foot to:
“Look Over Your Shoulder” by Busta Rhymes ft. Kendrick Lamar: Busta Rhymes brings everyone back to the mid/late 2000s with this wonderful nostalgia-inducing track from his new album “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God.” Featuring a soulful sample from The Jackson 5’s “I’ll be there” and a guest verse from TDE general Kendrick Lamar, “Look Over Your Shoulder” is a perfect track to bring a warm smile to your face on a cold November day.
“Plain” by BENEE ft. Lily Allen & Flo Milli: For the sixth track off her new album “Hey u x,” BENEE recruited two “pros at being sassy,” Lily Allen and Flo Milli, for this bitter track about an ex finding someone new. With an uncharacteristically low key verse from Milli and dreamy vocals from BENEE and Allen, this track is great for turning your brain off and letting your body flow to the music.
“Come Outside, We Not Gone Jump You” by Father: The title track for the Atlanta MC’s new project, “Come Outside We, Not Gone Jump You” sounds like T-Pain off barbiturates in the best kind of way. Father’s subdued, autotuned flows pair beautifully with the psychedelic trap beat, creating an ambiance perfect for sipping on your favorite cheap wine in front of the fire or getting down and dirty with your quarantine bae.
“Get in Dere” by Doe Boy & Southside ft. 42 Dugg & Babyface Ray: Doe Boy aka Doe Beezy recently dropped a chilling new project with producer Southside titled “Demons R Us.” Surprisingly enough with guest verses from hip-hop heavyweights like Future, Chief Keef and Lil Uzi Vert, it’s actually the song “Get in Dere” with Detroit rappers 42 Dugg and Babyface Ray that stands out on this project. With a mix of in-your-face flows over an aggressive trap beat, this is the “cruise with your windows down and music up even though it’s 30 degrees outside” song of the week.
Something to wear:
Universal Rejects: A fashion label, Universal Rejects, started by local photographer Mark Khan aims to “tell the stories of the underdog through elegant garments and accessories,” while combining influences from Khan’s Nigerian and Minnesotan upbringing. Universal Rejects’ online shop currently features a wide array of great products. From a couple chic button down shirts to a sexy faux leather skirt, a couple pieces from Universal Rejects, and you’ll be the flyest student attending “Zoom University.”