Biggie, blues and fresh brew

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.

Frankie Carlson, Arts and Entertainment Reporter

The sun is back, and there’s fun to be had. Enjoy some of A&E’s pop culture recommendations for your next day off.

Something to watch:

“Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell”: Capturing the life and legacy of the King of New York, the latest documentary from Netflix takes us through the life of hip-hop legend Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. Including never before seen footage taken by Wallace’s best friend, this film highlights the early life, rise to stardom and untimely murder of rap music’s most beloved icon. Inspiring and moving, Wallace’s friends and loved ones honor him in every possible way with “Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell.”

“Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal”: This film, part-documentary and part-dramatic retelling, dives into the college admissions bribery scandal headed by Rick Singer from 2011 to 2019. The film shows how Singer, played by Matthew Modine, accepted millions of dollars from parents of college applicants in exchange for him raising college entrance exams and illegally bribing colleges and institutions. Chris Smith, who is responsible for other documentary hits like “Tiger King” and “Fyre,” directed the film and created a captivating viewing experience for this already compelling story.

Something to tap your foot to:

”The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers” by Valerie June: June taps into true emotion and personal struggles across her latest record. Blending everything from folk and soul to blues, this Memphis singer-songwriter captures a somber and vulnerable tone as she graces each ballad with her captivating vocal work. With bouncing drums, slippery guitars and gorgeous folk strings, this project creates a sweet sound that’s impossible to ignore. Though not as upbeat as some of her previous work, this album feels genuine and real.

”Pick a Day to Die” by Sunburned Hand Of The Man: The first studio release from the genre-bending psychedelic experimental group, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, in nearly a decade, “Pick a Day to Die” is an endlessly interesting ride of off-kilter grooves, killer breaks and obscure jams. Having released primarily live material in the past several years, the Boston-based band takes this project in a more polished and refreshing direction with studio-quality recording and mixing. As we move into week 10 of the semester, consider this project for your late-night study soundtrack, as the driving drums and haunting ambient synthesizers create an atmosphere sure to get you focused and in the zone.

Something to try:

7 Corners Coffee: Take a trip away from your usual study spot and head over to West Bank for some quality food and coffee. With an open atmosphere and friendly environment, 7 Corners is a great place for a break or to catch up on homework. With the needed return of sunny weather, their iced latte or spiced chai tea is sure to hit the spot. Located on Washington Avenue, 7 Corners is open daily from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.