YOU’LL BE BACK (from ‘HAMILTON’) a cover by chasertheprince

 

“You’ll Be Back” – King George III’s unnerved retort to America’s independence, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, performed by chasertheprince.

Film by: chasertheprince & Kennady Ritter

Song produced by Ciara Brooke

 Listen NOW on all platformz {bc I get it, 3:30 is a long time to look @ my face} [i mean not for me, but…]

 

-chasertheprince

2019 VMA REALNESS

It’s the hottest part of the summer so you know what that means!!! It’s Video Music Awards TIME and you know what that also means!!!! It’s LIVE TWEET SZN!!!

 

First of all, I think it necessary to inform you all that i have absolutely no idea who the host is. His name is allegedly Sebastian Maniscalo and apparently he is a comedian……so, ……we’ll see. We all know nothing will top Miley’s 2015 hosting  , tho.

FIRST OF ALL, THE PERFORMERS

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Missy Elliott VIDEO VANGUARD HONOREE

Missy Elliott is the 2019 MTV VMA Video Vanguard Honoree so she’ll get to do a mashup of her greatest hits and honestly, we are all here for that so hard. The other performers are as follows:

Shall we take bets on whether or not Shawn will find it necessary to make out with Camila on stage during “Senorita”????

Second of all, NOMINEES: 

So, to be so honest, I was kind of out of the loop on a LOT of the music videos this year. However, I did do the due diligence of watching all of these so that I can come to an informed conclusion on my picks for the year which are in italics, bolded, starred, AND I’ve included the video so you can watch easily!!

SIDE NOTE: I AM SO PISSED that Miley and Mark Ronson’s masterpiece “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” is suspiciously not ANYWHERE on any OF THESE LISTS.

brb calling MTV’s management. 

Okay anyway, here we go!!!!!

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
-21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot”
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
-Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”**********

-Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
-Cardi B
-Billie Eilish ******
-Ariana Grande
-Halsey
-Jonas Brothers
-Shawn Mendes

SONG OF THE YEAR
-Drake – “In My Feelings”
-Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”*************
-Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
-Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”

BEST NEW ARTIST
-Ava Max
-Billie Eilish********
-H.E.R.***********
-Lil Nas X
-Lizzo

BEST COLLABORATION
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”******* (SIDE NOTE: i watched this video and listened to this song all the way through for the very first time whilst doing research for this post. It’s not my favorite but it’s a pop culture phenomenon and I’m a fan of anything that bucks the norm and involves a Cyrus so fuqq it)

-Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”
-A Snake ft. Brendon Urie – “ME!”
-Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

PUSH (BREAKTHROUGH) ARTIST OF THE YEAR
-Bazzi
-CNCO
-Billie Eilish
-H.E.R.
-Lauv
-Lizzo******** (note: I chose LIZZO for this because 2019 was the year she broke through. She’s no new artist; she’s been in the game for a while now ok)

BEST POP
-5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier”
-Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me”
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”***************

-Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
-Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”
-Khalid- “Talk”

BEST HIP HOP
-2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – “Rule the World”
-21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot”
-Cardi B – “Money”***********

-DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
-Travis Scott ft. Drake – “SICKO MODE”

BEST R&B
-Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – “Make It Better”
-Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”*************

-H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been”
-Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man”
-Ella Mai – “Trip”
-Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves”

BEST K-POP
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”
-BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”*************************

-Monsta X ft. French Montana – “Who Do You Love”
-TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog”
-NCT 127 – “Regular”
-EXO – “Tempo”

BEST LATIN
-Anuel AA, Karol G – “Secreto”
-Bad Bunny ft. Drake – “MIA”
-benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough”
-Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – “Con Calma”
-Maluma – “Mala Mía”
-ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”************

BEST DANCE
-The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”
-Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – “Solo”
-DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – “Taki Taki”
-David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – “Say My Name”
-Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier”
-Silk City & Dua Lipa – “Electricity”****************

BEST ROCK
-The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”******************

-Fall Out Boy – “Bishops Knife Trick”
-Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
-Lenny Kravitz – “Low”
-Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes”
-twenty one pilots – “My Blood”

VIDEO FOR GOOD
-Halsey – “Nightmare”
-The Killers – “Land of the Free”
-Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train”
-John Legend – “Preach”
-Lil Dicky – “Earth”****************************************************

(possibly my favorite music video of the year)

-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”

BEST DIRECTION
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Directed by Dave Meyers)
-FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang)
-Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” (Directed by Hannah Lux Davis)*********

-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Directed by Calmatic)
-LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” (Directed by Dano Cerny)
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down” (Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
-Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” (Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)
-FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)
-Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” (Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina -Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)
-DJ Khaled ft. SZA – “Just Us” (Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi)
-LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” (Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer)**

**I’ll vote for anything with Maddie in it…but also this srs visual effect territory so it was a no-brainer in both ways.*******
-A Snakeft. Brendon Urie – “ME!” (Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)

BEST EDITING
-Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” (Editing by Elias Talbot)
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Editing by Calmatic)
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Editing by Billie Eilish)
-Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)
-Solange – “Almeda” (Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)*

-A Snake– “You Need to Calm Down” (Editing by Jarrett Fijal)

BEST ART DIRECTION
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” (Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))
-Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (Art Direction by John Richoux)
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas)**************
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” (Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter)
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down” (Art Direction by Brittany Porter)
-Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – “I Love It” (Art Direction by Tino Schaedler)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
-FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Choreography by Kelly Yvonne)*************

-ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” (Choreography by Charm La’Donna)
-LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” (Choreography by Ryan Heffington)
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” (Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)
-Solange – “Almeda”(Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” (Choreography by Rie Hata)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
-Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” (Cinematography by Elias Talbot)

-Billie Eilish – “hostage” (Cinematography by Pau Castejon) {{Honestly this should be nominated for best direction, best choreography… and I’m kind of mad it isn’t?}}
-Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” (Cinematography by Christopher Probst)
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” (Cinematography by Scott Cunningham)
-Solange – “Almeda” (Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)
-A Snake ft. Brendon Urie – “ME!” (Cinematography by Starr Whitesides)

BUT THE REAL AND RIGHTFUL WINNER OF ALL THE 2019 VMAs:

Tune in to the 2019 VMAs Monday, August 26th @ 7:00 CST!!

—OR–

Tune into my twitter for LiVE TWEETING through the entirety of the show. See you there, ok?!

 

 

-chasertheprince

 

 

*****I do not own the above images or videos or songs and dude i am chill about it****

TWO DAYS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

I just got back from a lil jaunt up the coast to the Monterey Peninsula and let me tell you, I. was. mesmerized. By everything. There is so much to see it’s crazy so I have compiled a lil list of some things you simply have to do when you visit this magical place, okay?!

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Of course, the first stop one needs to make on the journey around the peninsula is Bixby Bridge:

From there you can drive south to Big Sur (highly recommend–it’s nuts beautiful) or back around the peninsula, but no matter where you are, everything is beautiful, like literally everything:

For the purposes of this post, we are starting at the bridge and working our way north around the peninsula.

GOING NORTH: CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

Downtown Carmel-By-The-Sea –

Hang out in downtown Carmel-By-The-Sea for a few hours: walk up and down really, seriously charming streets with lil shops and restaurants of all kinds:

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((A fun game is taking a hit off of your vape pen every time you see a picture of or reference to Clint Eastwood throughout downtown Carmel)) (((He is kind of like a town elder?))) ((((remember his ex-wife’s show on E! a few years ago? It was based here….they ate at Forge in the Forest on the show and you can eat there in real life!!))))

ANYWAY

At the top of the series of hills that is Downtown Carmel, you may notice the police station where  {SPOILER ALERT} The Monterey Five go to purge themselves of the lie:

Stop by Carmel Bakery for something delicious to snack on while perusing downtown. Founded in 1899, it’s the oldest running retail business in Carmel and the cookies are excellent, ok.

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Carmel City Beach –

Walk all the way down to Carmel City Beach at the bottom of downtown and chill out as you watch the waves crash on the white sands of Carmel-By-The-Sea:

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GOING NORTH: PEBBLE BEACH

If you’re a golfer, chances are Pebble Beach has been in a few of your more suggestive dreams. There are plenty of golf courses laid out around the north-western part of the peninsula. The best way to see it all? The 17-Mile Scenic Drive:

****bonus points if you roll the windows down, open the sunroof, and que up “No Bad Days”  it’ll cure your blues!! ******but also bonus points if you’d like to wallow in some blues but also pretend like you’re a recent widow closing one chapter of your life and about to open a new one and blare “Ride” –or really Lana Del Rey’s entire discography–it’s powerful*********

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From there, head around to–

GOING AROUND: LOVER’S POINT

Technically in Pacific Grove (“PG”), Lovers Point Park has walking/biking trails, park benches to chill and take in the scenery, coastal access, easy parking–I mean, what more can you ask for?!

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MONTEREY:

Cannery Row –

It’s a little too touristy for my taste, but it’s an easy 20 minute walk around and see it all, check it off the list type of stop. Honestly, the hotels on the Row are the best part–they’re mostly all very pretty and have great dining.

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City Hall –

It’s a nice stroll!

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Friendly Plaza –

The corner of the block that city hall is on has been made into a little park commemorating the relationship between the Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans in the town since the 1800s. Plus, it has this tree that went to the moon once:

Downtown Monterey –

It’s your cute little by-the-bay kind of downtown. There are a bunch of shops and restaurants and a theatre and all the things, you know? Head from Downtown toward the Fisherman’s Wharf, and you’ll pass State Historic Landmark #1, the Custom House. Built around 1827 by the Mexican government to preside over their port on the Alta California coast, it’s the oldest government building in California.

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Commodore John Drake Sloat of the US Navy came along a lil later and raised the American flag over the Custom House in 1846, claiming over 600,000 square miles of territory including what is now California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

so that’s kind of interesting! You can go in it but I did not, so you know. Walking through Custom House Plaza does it justice though I think.

Fisherman’s wharf –

If you like clam chowder you are in for a treat! Nearly 79% of the restaurants on the pier specialize in clam chowder which seems weird to me but I am not a clam chowder fan and also how can you eat something named clam chowder don’t you get grossed out when you hear the name? It sounds like Plankton served it at the Chum Bucket. But anyway, it’s pretty AND has a bunch of italian restaurants because Monterey was a hub for those Roman Reelers (there are bunches of statues commemorating them as well–the backbone of the community if you will):

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There’s a great path that runs all along here connecting it all, so if you have some time and just want to stroll by the harbor I highly recommend it!! The views are so, so good.

But really, the views are so, so good everywhere on the peninsula so just hop in the car and find a scenic spot to pull over and stare in barefaced awe of the majesty of mother nature and the upscale elegance of the cities that dot this ridiculously pretty part of the California coast.

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There’s so much more to do and see but this will get you started, ok?!

What are you waiting for?! Drop everything and head to the Monterey Peninsula today, ok?!?!

-chasertheprince

 

 

NO BAD DAYS X CHASERTHEPRINCE

NO BAD DAYS is officially out on ALL platforms!

I wrote this song a few years ago because I was so fed up where I was with life at the time. Everything seemed so mundane, routine, and every morning felt like a carbon copy of the one previous–coffee, shower, work, class, home. I was having a succession of bad days until one day I decided that the concept of a “bad day” was complete and utter bullshit.

There is absolutely NO such thing as a “bad day”. There are bad moments, for fuqqing sure, but those are fleeting. That’s what’s important to remember. There were moments in that day that were really good–when you saw the sunshine, the taste of coffee, that funny moment in your head, that funny moment you shared with someone you came into contact with, hearing music, seeing and/or talking to a loved one, that exceptionally good avocado toast, etc.

Those moments add up, people! How can you have had a bad day if the bad part was really only a small percentage of the day? Those bad moments, they really fuqqin sucked but it’s up to you to ensure your day isn’t completely ruined by some shitty slivers of your time. Now, I’m not saying you can’t acknowledge the fact that whatever just happened was total shit and sucks, but after you’ve acknowledged it, release it.

Just let those fleeting bad moments fly right on by.

Below are some links to “No Bad Days”, click it, save it, play it, and kiss all those bad vibes goodbye.

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Give it a listen, tell me what you think! Create a “good vibes” playlist and add this baby to it and listen every time some shit goes down in your life and remember, there are no bad days, only bad moments.

 

-chasertheprince

 

 

******I own some of the images above and I don’t own the other ones, just FYI******

LIZZO x SISTER ACT 2 & HOW THEY KILLED ME

FIRST OF ALL, WATCH THIS:

Was that not one of the greatest award show performances you’ve ever watched ever in the entirety your life?

Let me tell you something, when the producer came through and said “Lizzo says take off your robes” my wig consequently flew off as well. I was like “gO OFF bitch!!”

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Now, I’m a relatively brand new Lizzo fan…like within the last month. This is the first video I’ve ever watched of her performing live and the fact that she perfectly referenced my most favorite movie of all time throughout “Juice”…Like I have no words, are you serious?!?!

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AND she did it so well. It was subtle enough that it wasn’t overkill (though if she literally reenacted the entire movie on stage I probably wouldn’t think that was overkill either). She got the “La”s! She got the dancers! She got the chorus! She got the Holi Spirit!

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To be honest, I’m not a big movie fan in general and since I a) don’t have cable and b) forgot my parent’s AT&T Uverse password so I couldn’t tune in live on the app and c) didn’t explore another option bc I wasn’t that concerned, I wasn’t planning on tuning in. Then, this random girl I met once named Raina texted me about it bc she knows my undying love for Sister Act 2 and award shows, so I went to Twitter, found the video and all I could literally do was smile so hard from ear to ear.

That’s my favorite part about live award show performances–they have a chance like no other to get viewers to have an experience through the screen, to connect with not only the song but also the artist.

Praise Lizzo. Praise Whoopi.

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This one goes into the archives along with Florence + The Machine’s 2010 VMA “Dog Days Are Over” performance, Lady Gaga’s 2009 “Paparazzi” performance, Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 (?) Grammys performance, and so many more.

Whoopi approves, I heard.

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-chasertheprince, Lizzo fan, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit stan

PRE-SAVE ‘NO BAD DAYS’ TODAY!

Click HERE to pre-save my newest single, “No Bad Days”, out everywhere June 24th!

(which is coincidentally my 9-month birthday) so it’s going to really be a very good day.

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(or you can also click here) (or HeRe ) (or hErE)

Wherever you click, just click HERE and pre-save “NO BAD DAYS”–you won’t regret it.

 

 

-chasertheprince

who the f@#$ was Leo Baekeland?

I reference this old genius in my hit, “Plastic”: 

“Leo Baekeland you were too good

‘cuz your product’s way better than wood”

and in fact, it’s true. Mr. Baekeland is often referred to as the “father of the modern plastics industry” largely because of his invention of bakelite, which is dope bc i would fuqqin totally name some shit i invented after myself like are you kidding.

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anyway, bakelite was the first thermosetting plastic, a plastic that does not melt or soften when heated. this new invention literally paved the way for every plastic we use today.

needless to say, Baekeland was smart as fuqq. born in Ghent, he stayed there until 1889 when he came to the United States to join a photographic firm. there he realized his pioneering talent and was like “ayyy i’m going to start my own business and develop this shit further for me & not some boss,” and he did.

out on his own, he manufactured his invention, Velox, which was the first commercially successful photographic paper which could develop under artificial light. he later sold the company and the rights to the paper for a mere milli.

in 1905 he was just putzin around and was like (to no one in particular) “you know what would be bitchin? a synthetic substitute for shellac!” the quest for such a substitute led him to discover bakelite around 1907. though it had technically been discovered before, no one had been able to find a way to form it into thermosetting plastic–but Leo, he could do anything.

& he did!

and that, kiddos, is why he’s known as the father of the modern plastics industry.

interesting, huh?

 

-chasertheprince

 

****this may come as a surprise, but this info did not come from my brain. I found it on many sites, but specifically https://www.britannica.com/biography/Leo-Baekeland***

*****gifs courtesy of giphy.com*****

My favorite MET GALA 2019 Looks

Today was the 2019 #MetGala & I lived!!! I was aktually heartbroken by the absence of Rihanna but you know, even a fashion empress like rih needs a break i guess.

Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Alessandro Michele hosted the star-studded photo fest. The theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, urging designers to capture an utterly eccentric aesthetic and for the most part, they fuqqin delivered.

Below, in no particular order, are my favorite lewks of the evening.

ANNA WINTOUR in Chanel: 

HARRY fuqin STYLES in this iconic sheer Gucci:

LADY GAGA in a Brandon Maxwell russian doll dress situation: 

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ALESSANDRO MICHELE:

SERENA WILLIAMS in Versace & Nikes:

GABRIELLE UNION & DWAYNE WADE in Dundas:

CIARA in Dundas:

JOE JONAS & SOPHIE TURNER in Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière: 

ZENDAYA in an amazing light up Tommy Hilfiger Cinderella gown:

EZRA MILLER in Burberry with TRIPPY ass glam by Mimi Choi: 

GEMMA CHAN in Tom Ford:

BILLY PORTER in The Blonds: 

CELINE DION in Oscar de la Renta (& a her own LEGS OMG): 

FLORENCE WELCH in Gucci: 

NAOMI CAMPBELL in Valentino: 

LILI REINHART & COLE SPROUSE in Salvatore Ferragamo: 

MARY KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN in vintage Chanel (i have a serious thing for mary kate & ashley):

JARED LETO in Gucci: 

HAILEY BIEBER in Alexander Wang: 

MICHAEL URIE:

GIGI HADID in Michael Kors:  

HAMISH BOWLES:

 ZOË KRAVITZ: 

ELLE FANNING in Miu Miu (maybe slightly casual for the event but idk i just love it): 

 BELLA HADID in Moschino by Jeremy Scott: 

NICK JONAS & PRIYANKA CHOPRA: 

JANELLE MONÁE in Christian Siriano:

DARREN CRISS:

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS in Moschino:

SAOIRSE RONAN in Gucci: 

I was so so so disappointed in the entire Kardashian clan’s looks & bored to absolute tears with Shawn Mendes’ look, just so everyone knows.

So there it is, people. There are many more I’m sure but my eyes are tired from being glued to screens so hard for the last five hours.

Which was your fave?

 

-chasertheprince

 

****i do not own any of these images, okurrr?!****

“Plastic”–Stream my L8ezt single

My newest single, “Plastic” takes a look @ our dependence on one of the most versatile and important inventions of all time–plastic. It’s just too fuqqin good, you know?

Dial this hit up on any of these streaming platforms (& many others) and reconsider some of that single-use planet-murdering plastic that we just can’t seem to live without.

Enjoy!

 

 

-chasertheprince