The third (and final) piece I wrote for Rolling Stone to accompany the launch of their Kim Kardashian cover (July 2015) was this list of references to the Kardashians in hip hop, co-written with Brittany Spanos and Nick Murray. Below are the pieces I wrote from the list, which you can read in full here.
It's often said that Kim Kardashian and her family are famous for doing nothing. Not so! In fact, any regular viewer of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its satellite series can attest that the Kardashians have built up their empire (and their résumés) by working innumerable useful, diverting, or otherwise odd jobs while the cameras roll. From Kris and Khloé's real-life stints as TV hosts, to Kim's experience as a wig model, to that time one of the gang became an alligator hunter, we rank 25 of the Kardashians' most compelling career moves.
Kanye West has never resisted the opportunity to communicate his pride, adoration and love for spouse Kim Kardashian in interviews, on social media and through his lyrics. With a new album on the horizon, it's more important now than ever to understand the effect their relationship has had on his outlook and output. To better appreciate West's transition from "there's a thousand yous and only one of me" to "one good girl is worth a thousand bitches," Rolling Stone spoke with Stephen Niday, Genius.com's top-ranked expert on Kanye West, who spent three years painstakingly annotating West's lyrics on the site under the moniker "streetlights" before being hired by Genius as a transcription staffer last year.
The theme for tonight is ‘little-known or slightly embarrassing passions for unexpected things’, but I don’t think anything I’m into would come as a surprise to anyone who’s glanced at my Twitter or read any of my writing or spoken to me for more than a few minutes. So, instead of something new or surprising, I’m going to talk about something that’s related to what I kind of wrote about in the latest issue of Kill Your Darlings.
For the past five years, I have loved and been obsessed with the Kardashians. Specifically, the E! reality series that made them famous. And that’s ‘series’, plural. If you’re one of the millions of Kardashian-deniers in the world, you might not know that the family’s reality TV empire extends beyond the flagship show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which is in its 10th season right now.