Hugh Hefner lived a mighty long life, and after 91 years it’s come to a peaceful end. He was one of the greatest men in the world who accomplished a lot in his time, even if he did create Playboy which some people hate on, to this day. Regardless of any scandals or controversies in his life, his legacy will live on forever and he will continue to inspire people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. Here’s why.
He made polygamy cool.
Okay, we’re joking when we say that. Halfway. Hefner did what many men dream of – he made polygamy (even if he wasn’t actually married to them) cool to America. Look how long he survived, even as he was noted to be dating upwards of seven women at a time. He did it all with that trademark suave personality and smile that became his go to characteristics.
He came from nothing.
The standard rap narrative is that the artist usually comes from nothing, but Hefner shares this trait. He was born in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s to two teachers. He grew up during the Great Depression. If that’s not the bottom, then what is? He managed to become a copywriter for Esquire before getting help from his parents and launching what would become the iconic Playboy brand.
He sold his house…and still lived in it.
Hefner decided in 2016 that he would like to sell the Playboy Mansion for $200 million dollars. His condition? He gets to live in it still and work in it. So basically, he’d be making $200 million dollars for just about nothing. He ended up selling it for $100 million with his condition accepted.
He inspired tons of people.
From King Magazine to us, 4Sho Magazine, we’ve been inspired by the artistic way that he represented the female body. Without his work, many of the publications who offer similar styles of art would not exist in the way that they do today. A large part of our success is due to him.
Philanthropy was the name of his game.
With all of the money that Hefner brought in, it’s only right that he donated some to different areas. To people that he donated to are small names that you may not have ever heard of: Barack Obama and Dick Gregory. In addition to contributing to their causes, he donated to schools, animal organizations, and even to stop the development of a vista for the Hollywood sign.
Hefner will surely be missed with his untimely death. He lived a long, beautiful life and contributed to society in ways that will last forever. It’s up to us to continue his legacy by continuing to push the artistic envelope in new and exciting ways.
Lists: 4 Virginia Artists You Should Get Familiar With
Virginia’s a state that sits on the East Coast of the United States but draws inspiration from the best of the country’s current Hip Hop trends. D.R.A.M.’s the latest artist to break out of the state, but there’s a ton of talent that sits ready to unveil itself in due time. The influence of Virginia legends Pharrell, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and The Clipse is evident in the outlandish nature of many of its artists’ styles and has drawn a spotlight to the state as of late. Guessing who’s going to blow up next is anyone’s guess.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest artists in the state. Whether they’re actually good or not is up to your discretion – they’ve captured the interests of people at a national level, so go figure. But if you’re not up to date on what’s happening in the Commonwealth State, take a gander at who’s who below.
Back in 2013 when Crazy released “Get Dumb,” it quickly went viral because of its guttural look into life in Norfolk. Since then, Crazy has consistently released the type of music that his growing base of fans want to hear. He’s worked with legendary producer Timbaland as well as opened up for Young Thug at NSU, promoted to main act when Thugger never showed up. He also recently connected with 40 VAN for a performance in Texas.
He’s poised for a quick takeoff sooner than later. It’s important to know that his success didn’t happen overnight – he’s been about this for a while now. Take a listen to some of his music and become a fan.
Standouts: “Lessons” and “Painter Clique”
When you think of atmospheric trap music in Virginia, Treez should be the first name you think of. He’s been on the scene for years, acting as a mysterious force that drops acclaimed projects that seem to come out of nowhere. He recently connected with the A$AP Mob and has become a member of A$AP Rocky’s AWGE collective. The future is bright for young Treez.
Standouts: “Watch” and “Not At All”
There aren’t many rappers nowadays that play live instruments on stage. A defining part of Masego’s persona is that he’s a master saxophone player – and it’s not an act. The release of his breakout hit “Girls That Dance” made him an overnight celebrity, serving as a culmination of years of hard work in the college circuit. Now, he amongst relocating to Los Angeles to perfect his sound, he’s been spotted with DJ Jazzy Jeff and J Cole.
Standouts: “Navajo” and “Send Yo Rita”
Have you ever heard of “Galaxy Trap?” It’s a genre that Levi Carter has created and perfected. His artistry has gotten him a deal with Roc Nation and he continues to release music, albeit slowly. He’s a breath of fresh air in the rap scene, with hard-hitting bars that pave the way for some serious growth potential. We can’t wait to see where he goes.
Standouts: “You Not Gang” and “Dear Mama”
Best of Instagram: Katt Leya
Katt Leya’s pretty mysterious for a rising model. Although you can easily come across pictures of her and videos of her dancing on the internet, finding out who exactly she is is a little harder. Here’s what we do know: she’s beautiful, voluptuous, and she likes anime. She also keeps it real on her Twitter account.
She’s also watches anime so if you’re into Dragonball Z, Hunter x Hunter, or One Punch Man, you may have a shot.
There’s one oddity about her: she eats fries with mayonnaise. So maybe she’s more off kilter than she lets on.
Regardless of her questionable food tastes, she’s someone that we can’t wait to see rise in the modeling and entertainment world. Her Instagram account features more of her pictures, giving more insight into who she is as a person. We decided to peruse through the account and gather some of the best posts four our latest Best of Instagram list.
What looks better – her or that slice of cake?
The cup looks like it’s empty.
Yellow is definitely her color.
Shades of Pink
Pink hair, blonde hair, hell, maybe even blue hair. It can all work.
It seems like she’s a fan of animal print pillows.
Pink and Orange
Pink and orange are her colors as well.
Katt Leya for Baywatch 2.
Throwback Thursday: 15 Detroit Classics
A lot of beautiful music has come out of Detroit in the last two decades. Artists like Eminem, DoughBoyz CashOut, StreetLords, and much more have created a sound that the world has run with, on multiple occasions. Here, is where the essence of musical creativity and freedom resides. Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up some classics, from the new school and the old, that have come from the city so that you can be a judge for yourself.
Blade IceWood – Ride On Me
Rock Bottom – No
Trick Trick featuring Eminem – Welcome 2 Detroit
Eastside Chedda Boys – Oh Boy
K-Deezy – In My Hood
Blade IceWood – Boy Would You
Selfish by Slum Village featuring Kanye West and John Legend
Eastside Chedda Boyz – Chedda Boy Baby
DoughBoyz CashOut – Grind 2 Shine
Tone Tone – I Ain’t Playing wit cha
StreetLord Juan – So far gone
Team Eastside – Needy Bitch
Dusty McFly – I’m Out Here
IceWear Vezzo Feat. Team Eastside Peezy – Dancin