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DUTY FREE CRITIC is a blog site about a
lady's love of music, fashion and style. Who is
Duty Free, might you ask? She is unfettered,
sarcastic and loves life. And let me tell you,
she is one hell of a firecracker.

August 30 2014, 11:44 PM

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Breathtaking.

August 30 2014, 07:10 PM

thejovyhart: Are you ever going to do reviews of classic albums again? I'd really like to see what you think of non-modern stuff.

theneedledrop:

yeah. it happens at the end of every year. 

Ah, Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop is a great music blogger/vlogger. I’m excited to see his classic reviews at the end of the year.

August 27 2014, 01:55 PM

Lady Gaga for Harper’s Bazaar

As I’ve said before, landing the September cover is a big deal. Compare it to getting a head start in the Fashion Olympics. This sounds like an exagerration, but that is exactly how great it is to land this particular month’s issue.

Lady Gaga recently sat down with Harper’s Bazaar for an editorial spread and interview and it’s interesting spread to say the least. I like that each shot had her in a different pose. It kept the photos fresh and interesting. Lady Gaga is a short lady, and being a petite woman myself, I know how important it is to get more creative when being shot in photos. Some of her facial expressions are bizarre, but in a very Lady Gaga way. And somehow, it just sort of works.

If you read the piece online, you’ll see that Karl Lagerfeld asks her several “hard hitting” questions. I thought it was hilarious.

August 26 2014, 01:00 PM

Tune of the Day: ‘Goodbye’ by Spazzkid

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There are hardly any vocals on this and I don’t care. 

Filipino born, LA based producer, Spazzkid, gives us steel percussion sounds to deliver an almost sprightly track from his EP, Promise. You love it? Because I do and I can’t stop hitting that play button.

You can download the entire album here

August 26 2014, 11:00 AM

Now Listening: ‘Pretend’ by Tinashe feat. A$AP Rocky

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I’ve been contemplating how to reintroduce more traditional and long form reviews into my blog again, after taking a short hiatus from it. And now, that contemplation is coming to a close. Or maybe, it’s not. Who knows. I have 100 ideas in my brain at any given moment, so for all you know, you can come back to my blog tomorrow and be redirected to a sports website. I jest. Actually, I don’t know why I said that because I really like sports. What’s my point again?

I will tag the posts that are mixtapes and albums in this tag and I will also include singles that don’t quite make it to my ‘Tune of the Day’ as a ‘Now Listening’ post. Because I, am in fact, currently listening to it.

To start the tag off is newcomer, Tinashe, featuring the lovely A$AP Rocky on the track ‘Pretend.’ The latest single from her upcoming album, Aquarius, Tinashe opens the song with her soft, yet seemingly knowing voice and shows us that she is more than a one-hit wonder. I always wonder why soft female vocalists seem to be a crowd-pleaser. Is it because it gives off the impression that women are soft and docile creatures? Most likely. I recently struck up a ‘favorite music’ conversation with a guy in an airport and he told me that he loves the female vocalist from Die Antwood (who is in her thirties, mind you) because her voice and visual look reminds him of a young teenager. Did I hear that correctly? There are people who prefer the sexualized teenager look? Oh, ok.

I would love if Tinashe sometimes, tightened her voice and didn’t always have that feathery tone in every track. In songs like ‘2 On,’ it works perfectly and really carries the song, but ‘Pretend’ doesn’t quite pack the punch that ‘2 On’ does and I wonder if a sharper tone would’ve done the trick. Still, the lyrics are genuine and worth a careful listen.

When you delve deeper into the song, you will find the beat to be beautiful, with hypnotic riffs playing there in the background only to lull you into another dimension. Tracks like that are true RnB gems, which are becoming fewer and farther between as electronic music is becoming more the norm. I only hope that more beats like this are made where the essence of RnB isn’t lost, while still embracing the new age of music. Created by producer Detail, ‘Pretend’ showcases the man’s sound engineering chops once again and reminds us that  his work on ‘Drunk in Love’ was no accident.

Check out the track below and let me know how long you will ‘pretend’ to not like this song. 

August 26 2014, 08:04 AM

Sometimes, you don’t even need to say a word.

Sometimes, you don’t even need to say a word.

August 24 2014, 03:42 PM

A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman to appear in Vogue

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This is a power beauty couple right here, so I’m not even surprised. They released some photos through Instagram to announce the collaboration and blogs went nuts. And A$AP tied his hair back for once, so this is going to be a good one.

Photos Courtesy of Necole Bitchie

August 24 2014, 03:08 PM

Rita Ora for DKNY

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I didn’t get a chance to post these before, but Rita is landing some great editorial campaigns lately. Besides being very fashion-forward, she must also be a great person to work with, otherwise she wouldn’t be landing deals like Adidas, Cavalli and now DKNY. 

These photos were shot in promotion of the Fall 2014 DKNY campaign. In addition to that, DKNY launched a perfume with Rita back in July called MKNY. Although I enjoyed the Roberto Cavalli spread, Rita seems more herself in this DKNY spread; or at the very least we are just seeing a different side, rather than a completely different person ( as was my qualm with the Cavalli spread).

With each subsequent editorial Rita gets better and better. Look closely, and you will notice that she strikes a different stance and poses a different facial expression in each photo. That’s what great modeling is about.

Photos Courtesy Of Daily Mail UK

August 23 2014, 11:00 PM

theblacklittlemermaid:

this is so important

The latest rapper on the scene, Dominique Young Unique, just looks so full of life here in her latest music video, ‘Throw It Down.’ Actually, the whole video is crazy, cool, weird, vibrant and colorful. She spits faster than most emcees I listen to and that’s really saying something. Watch the video in its entirety,&#160here.

August 22 2014, 12:00 PM

'All About That Bass' Cover by Duty Free

 

This is the latest cover song on my YouTube Channel. I thought since I loved Meghan Trainor’s video so much, I would cover it! Don’t worry, I did my own spin on it so that’s it more ‘Duty Free’ appropriate.

Enjoy.