🧺 Pao de queijo, 🎵 Xaviersobased, 🎥 Martine Syms, and more.
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Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked Jaboukie to share a taste of his taste on Perfectly Imperfect.
Jaboukie Young-White is an Illinois-born, Brooklyn-based comedian, actor, and writer. He began doing standup at 19 and quickly developed an online fanbase after consistently going viral, often impersonating verified accounts like Cats the Musical and Joe Biden. He’s been temporarily banned from Twitter on multiple occasions and even wound up on the FBI watchlist. He’s written for Big Mouth and American Vandal, spent four years as a correspondent on the Daily Show, and acted in the hit tv shows Rap Sh!t, Only Murders in the Building, Black Mirror, and C’Mon C’Mon. In 2023, he released his debut album, an overlap between pop, r&b, and experimental hip-hop titled all who can’t hear must feel through Interscope Records. You can find him doing stand-up around New York City. Lucky for us, Jaboukie is here to tell us what he’s been into.
Without further ado
🧺 Pao de queijo
Pao de queijo is the most satisfying baked good I’ve ever had. Nothing comes close.
Some of his songs are so atonal and chaotic you kind of have to just give up and experience it. First listen, I remember hearing a wall of autotune, blown-out 808s & distorted hi-hats until a clear-as-day 2011 Chief Keef reference emerged like the sun breaking through storm clouds. Some of his music sounds like he’s pulling from every microgenre of rap from 2007 until now, at once. It’s so overwhelming it’s palette cleansing. I listen to his music the same way perfume shops keep a cup of coffee beans.
🎥 Martine Syms
I found her work on Mubi and was immediately obsessed. I love anyone making funny shit with an elevated visual language.
👂 Exploration Live with Natalie Rothman & Charlie Bardey
Natalie and Charlie can excavate the funny yet human truth out of literally anything. For a lack of better words: Seinfeldian. I’ve done the pod (twice!) and did their live show at the Bellhouse not too long ago. Had a blast. They’re both very smart & very silly people, and the audience they’ve cultivated reflects that.
🖋️ Journaling with different pens
I’m weaning myself off the immediate gratification that comes with sharing thoughts online the moment I have them, but I still find it hard to shut the fuck up. Journaling satisfies my urge to never shut the fuck up and also is supposed to be good for you or whatever. I love the Pigma Micron .005 Pen. These pens are so fine point it's borderline erotic. So scratchy and satisfying. I look at my entries like fuck that's not even handwriting, that's calligraphy. Uniball Jetstream Stick Pen 1.0mm is when I am in the thick of it and I need to get the ideas off QUICK. Smooth and glide-y and wet feeling.
🥣 Nha Minh
A vietnamese spot of the Halsey J that I’m obsessed with. They make sauces from scratch that are a little different everyday. Their pho will fix you no Coldplay. Good music, too.
📹 Chorizoball on Tik Tok
This guy just walks around Home Depot or Walmart and uses cheesy pick up lines to hit on middle aged to eldery men. It’s just character study after character study for like 10 seconds at time. It’s heartbreaking but hilarious how foreign getting a compliment is to some of these guys. This is their first time being the object of someone’s desire in decades, if ever. Some are immediately angry, some are like “Well gee, I guess I am kinda handsome huh”. It’s top tier sweet prank content imo.
Bonus recommendation for paid subs from Jaboukie below! ⛓️💥???