Best/Worst of the Week: Drake Kills the ESPYs, Adele’s Fake Album & More
Listen, it's Friday, we get it. Nobody really wants to do anything that involves using your brain. So "Best/Worst" will provide you with both the biggest Fails and the most awesome awesomeness, as well as some of the best (and worst) music of the week. It's a whole lot of everything.
Now let's get started...
Best Of The Week:
Old School College Dropout
Old white people doing hip-hoppy things, Rob Ford, and of course, vintage Kanye clips; he's the death and taxes of "Best Of". Seriously, I'm such a sucker for old Kanye clips. I don't know what it is about them, but I can never get enough of seeing a young Kanye. I guess it reminds me that deep down, when you get past all the crazy and all the Kardashian, at one time, he was just a starving rapper. It's the Kanye I identify best with, and I much prefer to see him in that light than what he is like now.
Even on a freestyle that was recorded with a potato, it's still so easy to be drawn in by him; he's magnetic. Nothing he says is that groundbreaking lyrically, but it's all about his energy and passion. I always feel like, in these throwback clips, there is nothing in the world he wants to be doing more than rapping. Also, props to the Samuel L. Jackson lookalike rocking the FILA basketball jersey in the background. Also, also, poor Tariq; I kind of wanted to hear him follow that up.
Drake's Award Show Tour
Drake is always an easy target. I feel like no matter what he does, people will always find a way to crack jokes. It's fine. I'm not above it either, but I also recognize that he's crazy talented in like every facet of entertainment. The latest case; Drizzy hosting the ESPYS. Now, I didn't watch because I don't need to see Lebron win every award, but if I was going by Twitter, I would have thought that Drake bombed--I saw hate being thrown every which way--but when I went back to do my own recap, I was actually pleasantly surprised.
"Side Pieces" was really funny; Drake just putting every pro athlete on blast. I can't imagine the awkward conversations after a few athletes had on the ride home. Hosting an award show is no easy task, it's live, it's barely scripted, and there is so much pressure on you to kill it, and yet, Drake did his thing. You can make fun of him all you want, I actually encourage it, as long as you realize that, you know, he's actually talented.
Best Music Of The Week:
This Bad Rabbits Dusted EP has been in rotation all week and I see no reason why that shouldn't continue. Y'all need to get on this right now.
Worst Of The Week:
Million Dollar Thugs
Look, I'm going to tread lightly here, because Bone Thugs are legends and I am a big fan. I even saw them live recently; fun ass show. Anyway, as any Bone Thugs fan will tell you, the last few years...well, decades have not been kind to the crew. It hasn't been an easy road. So why the hell do they think they can pull off the million dollar album idea? I didn't like it when Wu-Tang did it and they are fucking Wu-Tang, so I'm not going to like it now. Word to HipHopDX for the spot/interview:
“When I heard about what [Wu-Tang Clan] was doing—and I think it was you who told me about it—I just thought it was a brilliant and genius idea,” Krayzie Bone explained to HipHopDX in this exclusive conversation. “We talked about it for a while then we were coming up on this world tour. We said, ‘We need to do everything simultaneously. The idea for that is to make it the final group project. What better way to go out and to solidify the [Bone thugs-n-harmony] brand. I don’t see no other way. It has to be big. We have to make sure we reach everybody. So I think doing it like this will be huge, especially for our last group album.
If you want to to it big, and have it reach everybody, why are you starting the bidding at a million bucks? They haven't really made anything in forever, at least with RZA you know it's going to be dope. Who is going to drop a milli on a group of tumultuous emcees who haven't been together in a long, long time? Selling your album for an absurd price isn't "big" it's kind of pretentious. I'll have to wait until the first of the month.
Trolling In The Deep:
The other day I was just thinking, "Where in the Michael Sam hell has Adele been?!" and then boom, like a sign from a red-haired angel appears out of nowhere. Earlier in the week, The World Music Awards sent out this now-deleted tweet (you'll see why), "#adele confirms 2015 Tour After The Release Of Her New Album '25'!". DOPE! AWESOME! NEW ADELE COMING SOON! What's that (via Billboard)?
But not so fast: Aside from her initial "25" tease on Twitter, Adele has confirmed nothing of the sort. And Chairman Martin Mills of Beggars Group, the parent company to Adele's XL Recordings, tells Billboard there is "no truth in this."
Oh, okay cool. Just totally lie about shit, that's totally fine. I'll just go fuck myself then. Don't tease me when it comes to new music. I've learned from Dre and Jay Elec, to take any album news with a grain of salt, but I thought Adele was different. As soon as I let them in, they break my heart. And yes, I know I sound like Drake right now, but I don't care. Adele has a fucking incredible voice and it's been way to long since she's shared it with us. I don't want to hear "Rolling In The Deep" for the one zillionth time. Gimme something new so I won't have to get suckered in by shitty, half-assed tweets. I'll just settle for this for now, but I better get something new soon.
Worst Music Of The Week:
Y'all know how much I love me some Migos. When the go international, you know you are in for a treat. That hook is laughable.
Comment Of The Week:
When discussing Drake's album title, Nathan asked Booth Nation to come up with a better title; Booth Nation did not disappoint. There were plenty of good ones, and some balls crazy ones, but in the end, the award goes to Undadog who had this title,
Views of the Ex...perfect drizzy album title for reminiscing over the ones that got away!
Shit. That works pretty damn well. Drizzy should have gone to you for advice. A million points to you, sir. Have a good weekend DJBooth Nation! See you back here on Monday!
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net. His favorite album is “College Dropout,” but you can also tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @LucasDJBooth.]