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Introducing the Deerprints Picks of the Week! Everyday our newsroom is filled with our staff sharing their bountiful opinions on a wide range of pop culture. So we decided to stop letting those takes go to waste in our room and publish them for you all to read! Every Friday a few members of the Deerprints staff will write about their favorite thing from the past week in pop culture, including film, music, television, celebrity, writing, and anything else that they have love for. Feel free to share your picks of the week in the comments. 

“Slide (feat. Frank Ocean and Migos)” by Calvin Harris 

This track was teased several times as an all-star collaboration, but the inclusion of Calvin Harris as the conduit who would bring Frank Ocean and the Migos together made me skeptical at first. I am happy to eat my words now, because this track BANGS. My only complaint is that this song was released in February, because Offset’s verse deserves to be blasted out of car windows on the drive to Great America with too many people for the amount of seats in the car. Also, this single is confirmation that Frank Ocean isn’t completely allergic to radio friendly beats, so long as he gets to croon and sing about an obscure Picasso painting. Quavo once again flexes his melodic muscles on a bridge that sounds like autotune silk. The track has
 been named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork and is a surefire Billboard Top 100 charter, all of which the song wholly deserves. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go turn my air conditioning really high in my car and drive around pretending that it’s Summer ‘17 and play this as loudly as possible. Listen here, via iTunes/Apple Music. – Andrew Toban, Staff Editor

 

Gang Signs and Prayer by Stormzy

The full length, 16 track debut album of UK rapper Stormzy (AKA Wicked Skengman AKA Big Mike AKA Stiff Chocolate) dings, slaps, pulls the heartstrings, and is chocked full of verified bangers. Songs like “Bad Boys (feat. J Hus and Ghetts)” and “Big for your Boots”, which was released in February as a single, showcase the typically hardcore themes of the British grime genre, while smooth and jazzy tracks like “Cigarettes and Cush (feat. Kehlani)” and “Don’t Cry For Me (feat. Raleigh Ritchie)” extend Stormzy’s range to an emotional place unseen before. One moment you’ll be with the squad rolling up to the spot with the volume blasting and the bass on max, the next you’ll be cuddling up with that special someone around a cozy fire sipping hot cocoa under the warmest blankets you own. Receiving a rare 5 stars out 5 on NME.com and a guest appearance onstage with Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards, Stormzy is sure to make it from the streets of South London to your playlists soon. Listen here, via iTunes/Apple Music.- Uri Uziel, Staff Reporter

 

Last Week Tonight on Obamacare

This clip from this past week’s Last Week Tonight follows the same formula of every other episode: highly informative and left-leaning with tons of humor mixed in. What was so great about this episode, though, like all episodes this season (this Sunday will be its fourth episode) is that it’s incredibly timely. In previous seasons, Oliver would bring more unknown stories into the limelight to promote awareness and activism., but this season he’s turned it all on its head. The main story of every episode thus far has been directly connected to President Trump, with each more biting than the last. It’s culminated in this episode, which attacks not only Trump’s inaction, but the entire Republican Party’s. This is definitely worth a watch no matter where you are on the political spectrum; I learned a lot about Obamacare by watching it. – Jon Becker, Staff Editor

 

Hailee Steinfeld’s Oscar Dress

For the 2017 89th Oscars, Hailee Steinfeld graced the red carpet wearing a sheer gown by Ralph & Russo. The stunning dress was a hand-painted silk gown with strategically-placed iridescent, crystal and floral embellishments. According to E News’ Giuliana Rancic during the Fashion Police Oscar special, as soon as Hailee decided she would be wearing this dress, the designers had a artist flown in right away to paint on the strategic placements of art on the dress custom made for Hailee. It was important to have the artist paint on the dress to hit Hailee in all the right places in order to avoid any costume malfunctions that are always a concern with any sheer gown. The fact that her dress had been custom painted demonstrates to me how glamorous the Oscars really are. With the halter neckline the dress had, her hairstyle choice could make or break the look, however, Hailee mastered this task with putting her chestnut hair in a perfect sleek updo, that didn’t distract from the dress that already was making quite the statement. Her makeup was a fresh look with a nice smokey eye and a baby pink lip color that complimented the dress perfectly. This whole look was perfect for Hailee’s age, fresh and sweet, and perfect for the event. – Josephine McLaughlin, Staff Reporter

 

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