Photo: Victoria’s Secret
We damn sure know we weren’t the only ones hyptnotized at everything happening on the screen when TV was turned into CBS’ 2013 Victoria’s Secret Show special. Thousands of women lost just a little bit more of that already low self-esteem, questioning their appearance, while the men of the world drooled uncontrollably.
The likes of Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Karlie Kloss, and Doutzen Kroes, all hit the stage while the likes of Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift and Neon Jungle performed some of their latest singles.
If you missed the special for whatever reason, we got you covered with some pics from the show and videos that played throughout the show. Thank us later.
OS REWIND: Victoria’s Secret “Very Sexy 2013″
OS REWIND: A Preview of Victoria’s Secret “Very Sexy” Holiday Commercial In Paris
It’s that time of year again, folks. Let the end of year lists begin! What a year it’s been. Jay Z forcefully changing the music industry and Eminem dropping a new album in the same calendar year is almost unheard of. Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake’s return to center stage had the Internets in a frenzy. J. Cole going head-to-head with Kanye West with release dates brought back some reminiscent memories in hip-hop. Kendrick’s “Control” verse has been the talk of the town ever since that eventful night, and dare we say had a few rappers feeling some type of way (no pun).
We here at OnSMASH have quite the eclectic and opinionated taste in music, and we thought we would share our favorites from the year. Now, these are not lists to create a frenzy on Twitter or reach for reactions. These are not what we think the “top” albums of the year are. They’re simply each member’s FAVORITES from the year. The albums and songs we simply could not force out of rotation, even if we tried. It’s interesting to point out that there was no CLEAR CUT unanimous pick across the board, so that should tell you how different everyone’s tastes on the team are.
Be sure to hit the comments section and let us know what you think of each list, what we may have missed, or what some of your favorites from 2013 were!
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It’s been 6 years to the day since the unfortunate timely demise of the late great Chad “Pimp C” Butler. While he was only able to provide us with one proper solo album in the streets (among them classic UGK tapes we grew up listening to), Pimp C was one of the most underrated artists we’ve come across in rap. From producing, mixing and mastering cuts for the UGK team where Bun’s only task was to provide an elite 16; which is why the Pimp was ahead of time musically and proved cats are still catching up on game years after he left us.
During the South’s peak years, Bun B played the backseat in the early stages; but when Pimp touched the streets it was UGK season for the next two years taking over the hip-hop game. There’s still Pimp C material in the archives, as Juicy J has confirmed he’ll be producing and partaking part in when it finally touches our airs. Whether that happens next year remains to be seen, but we still have them timeless classics and modern features to listen to always.
Speaking of which, we took time to pay homage to Sweet James Jones with a tribute playlist for 2013 with some of our favorite tracks past and present from the Port Arthur Texas native. After the jump, you can listen to playlist filled with Pimp C and UGK classics.
December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007 | #UGKForever #RIPPimpC #TRILL
It seems like just yesterday we were telling you about the most slept on videos of October, probably because the month of November shot by so fast. Now we’re back with this month’s list of videos we caught you napping on. There were a lot of videos we showed love for with our Top 10 Videos of The Week posts throughout the month and of course some got hit with the snub or overlooked as usual. So of course, we use this post to gives those videos some shine. In the list we’ll put you on to some people you may have never heard of or have and just wasn’t hip to how dope they are.
Wake yo punk ass up! and get put on to some new music by some of our favorites and hopefully soon to be yours too.
OS REWIND: #WhileYouWereSleeping (October)
What’s the second best thing to look forward to during Thanksgiving? The Black Friday sales, of course. This year is no different than others, except for the fact that doorbuster sales might be starting sooner than we’ve seen in previous years.
As we type this, people are probably already lining up at your favorite stores, in hopes to be the first to land that incredible deal right after Thanksgiving.
To help you and give people a little better knowledge of what to buy and where, we have prepared a buyer’s guide of some Black Friday deals we saw, and some of the products the stores are offering so you can fight your way through crowds and score yourself some good bargains. You better believe we’ll be out there as well, so being prepared might be your best tool besides knowing how to deebo folks in public.
If you’ve caught any good deals that we missed, please feel free to share in the comments section so we can swoop up on them at our local stores.
Following the usual festivities that occur on Thanksgiving such as eating, playing games and watching football, there’s a chance you might need to take a break from it all by paying a visit to your local theater. As always, this weekend is packed with some of 2013′s hottest movie releases, meeting tastes for all ages in a number of key genres. Whether you’re looking to step into more of an action-packed adventure or an insight into the most inspiring true stories, there’s certainly something for everyone to enjoy.
We picked out a few of the must-see films to watch this weekend.
Fall TV is one of entertainments biggest discussions every year with multiple new shows fighting to have a spot among the elite established series from years past. Some may argue this might be the worst lineup in the history of modern day TV, but we’ve still enjoyed some new television series from drama’s, action-themed shows and surprisingly even more Twilight rip-offs for vampire-ism. We’ve still managed to enjoy this year’s fall schedule from across all Networks surprisingly offering something different than their competition. If you’ve been depressed with the lack of new series to watch, we have a list of what we’re currently watching on DVR and Hulu Plus every day.
After the jump, you can view what’s in our entertainment rotation every week.
Earlier last week, we threw Eminem‘s Marshall Mathers LP 2 in our playlist and let his music rock on shuffle. After a few spins, we realized Dr. Dre was nowhere to be found on the production side of the album (he mixed one or two of the tracks), so we decided to go back and listen to a few Dre joints from the past. It seemed like the more we listened, the more it upset us as to why Dre didn’t make the cut this time around. Plus, we found a gang of dope collaborations they did in the past in the process.
Of course, Dr. Dre was the one to discover Eminem and launch his career, so it’s expected that they would have a bulk of songs throughout the catalog, but between the two, certified classics have been cooked up. Just not recently.
So we dug up some of the best collaborations between the two, whether that meant Dre only on production or both of them on the record.
One time for the dynamic duo.
OS REWIND: Our Own Version Of Eminem’s “MMLP2″
OS REWIND: What’s The Last Eminem Album You Bought?
Although it may be hard to believe, the first season of HBO’s thriving television series Hello Ladies has finally come to an end, not long after its initial premiere in the late stages of September. Directed by and starring popular UK face Stephen Merchant (co-creator of The Office), the show portrays the life of a British male searching for love in the heart of Los Angeles, situated in the Hollywood Hills. Based on common experiences from Merchant himself, it turns out that the US city isn’t at its best when faced with a 6 ft 7 man with a dorky personality.
Are we hoping for a second series? We’re not so sure. As much as we thoroughly enjoyed the comedy, it seemed to end just how we hoped it would. Even though we did expect the finale to end somewhat with Stuart and Jessica together, we were anticipating a little more than watching a movie, which was further prevented by their dance scene during the penultimate episode.
We decided to select a few of our favorite moments and bring them together as a reminder of how the successfully awkward storyline unraveled.
In a few days from now, Microsoft’s next installment for the Xbox video game series will be releasing worldwide on November 22nd. Unlike the last generation of consoles where Xbox 360 hit the market first to get an early lead on Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, the Xbox One releases last and will have initial ground to easily gain this year having the strongest launch lineup; along with some exclusive timed-DLC this winter.
The console’s been heavily upgraded from 8-year old technology (maybe 12-years in some cases), and will be what original Xbox 360 owners hoped for a console jump in technology back in 2005. The Xbox 360’s had some of the best gaming experience we’ve ever had, and with hardware finally being stable, we expect that trend to continue for its life-cycle.
When the console launches, there will be a few top-tier titles exclusive on the console; but we’re wondering if the Microsoft can keep up with Sony’s big lineup of 2014 in the coming months. With a day-one cloud service implemented into all games, gamers will find out what the next-generation is all about this Friday. After the jump, you can view our buyer’s guide similar to the PlayStation 4 and find out whether we’ll be purchasing day one or waiting for the 2nd wave of games out this spring and summer.
OS REWIND: The 2013 OnSMASH Holiday Gaming Buyers Guide
OS REWIND: South Park Parodies The Xbox One & PlayStation 4 Console War
OS REWIND: PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: A Look Into Next Generation’s Console Wars
We battled with the thought of copping Playstation 4 or not all week, and it all reared it’s ugly head last night, when our compulsive shopping habits kicked in during crunch time and we set out to make the midnight mission to cop PlayStation 4. After seeing the red ring of death plague our XBOX 360 not too long ago, it was either redeem our pre-order like real G’s or go dry with videos games until Spring of 2014.
We didn’t need to drown in that holiday struggle.
Hitting Wal-Mart at about 11:45, there was already a small line for those wanting to purchase the next-generation console (and even bigger one at Gamestop, up the street) without a pre-order. Luckily for us, our pre-order had been chilling in the cut for about a month and a half and we were guaranteed a system at launch.
We waited in line for about 30 seconds before someone asked if we had a pre-order, in which time they instructed us to go to a separate line with absolutely nobody there.
OS REWIND: PlayStation “#4ThePlayers Since 1995” Trailer
OS REWIND: Target Offering “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” During PlayStation 4 Launch Week
This week, we saw someone tweet a picture of Hillary Banks aka Karyn Parsons, looking like she was 63 years old when she’s really in her 40′s. It was the first time seeing her since the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion show and we were disgusted at how bad she aged. No shots, but it was a truly disappointing site. How could this be Hillary?
But it’s all good because Ashley Banks was the real bad one anyway. Lord knows how much we were crushing on Tatyana Ali before she moved to New York and Will Smith turned the lights off of that Bel-Air home in the series finale.
So we took a trip back at some of our favorite episodes from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that involved our girl Ashley Banks. After taking a trip down memory lane, it really made us want to run through entire series and reminisce.
If you still remember the show, walk with our tribute to Ashley.
Christopher Lee Rios aka the Big Punisher would’ve turned 42 years of age today. Although he only left us with only one album in his lifetime (non-posthumous), Big Pun is still considered by most hip-hop heads to be one of the greatest emcees that ever graced a booth. The Bronx native was always one of your favorite rappers, favorite rappers until they stepped in the booth with him and would have to come correct with some of their best bars as well. Along with some of our favorite hits and classics of the past with Pun, we’ve included some of our favorite features that he delivered when he was here with us.
After the jump, enjoy some of our favorite Big Pun tracks over the years featuring the Terror Squad’s Fat Joe, Cuban Link, Armageddon, Triple Seis, Prospect, Tony Sunshine and of course (FREE) Remy Martin.
OS Flashback: Big Pun – You Came Up (feat. Noreaga)
OS Flashback: Big Punisher – I’m Not A Player
OS REWIND: Big Pun “Throwback At Noon” Tribute Set, by Mister Cee
Are you ready to step into the next generation of video gaming? The PlayStation 4 releases next Friday on November 15th in North America and will get a one up on the competition. With a special Target Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on all games, gamers should really have incentive to purchase the console. We obviously expect our credit cards to be maxed out heading into the holiday season, with new consoles and Black Friday on the horizon thanks to Sony and other companies within the PS4’s launch.
In 7 days from now we’ll all be playing the new console, which we took time to give a breakdown of what to look for leading into your decision whether you want to make the new purchase or not. All of the consoles features and games among other important factors have been given an in-depth look as well. This will be without a doubt the most powerful video game machine on the market; but you can join the conversation after the jump, and see whether you will want to purchase the PlayStation 4 on Friday.
OS REWIND: PlayStation “#4ThePlayers Since 1995” Trailer
OS REWIND: PlayStation 4 “Perfect Day” Commercial
OS REWIND: PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller Is Compatible With Apple Mac & Windows PC
Every season of Boardwalk Empire has focused on one or two characters and for season four, it seems like Richard Harrow has taken a bit of a backseat. Being so prominent in previous seasons, it seems like the writers have focused on his revealing his past more this time around, to foreshadow what is to come for the future.
And the way he approached Nucky Thompson in last week’s episode makes us think that he’ll have a huge role in what happens during the last episodes of the season.
Considering he’s one of our favorite characters, we’ve grown to appreciate Richard, for more than just being a killer. There are a lot of sides to this wounded veteran. Some that are overshadowed by the fact he would gut and skin a foe without hesitation. But deep down, he still has a good heart and just wants to be happy like the rest of us.
Walk with us as we break down the many aspects of Richard Harrow.