Listen, it's Friday, we get it. Nobody really wants to do anything that involves using their 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
Crazy Kanye Is Back:
By the end of last year, I thought I had had enough ranting from Kanye to last me a life time. But 2014 is a new year and for the past eight months, Kanye has been relatively quiet. Who knew that marrying Kim Kardashian would actually make him less crazy? Anyway, remember last year when he "attacked" and tried to wrestle/hug that paparazzi?
Well, naturally, the "photographer," being the scum of the earth and a bottom feeder, sued Kanye, and this week it was Kanye deposition time! You know he had to bring his A game. Of course, TMZ is never one to miss a chance to capitalize on traffic, released a few excerpts from the deposition. Here is the link, but I included the best quotes so you don't have to support them.
"I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears."
"You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me." Adding, "It offends me because you're a white person saying 'ni**a.'"
"When Goldberg asks where he lives, Kanye replies, "Earth."
And my personal favorite...
"I'm in the business of trying to make dope s**t for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."
Sure, the civil rights leader comparisons were too much, but on the whole I'm putting this in the "Best" category. The only thing more sleazy than the paparazzi are the lawyers who defend them; fuck 'em up, Ye!
Wu-Tang's Daily Show Triumph:
When I heard Wu-Tang was going to be on The Daily Show, I was excited, but skeptical. Wu-Tang is one of, if not the greatest rap group of all-time, but their history is marred with controversy, fights, and concerts that never were. I mean, even this new album barely happened; remember that time Raekwon went on strike? This DS appearance could have been catastrophic. Nope! In true Wu-Tang form, it was absolutely amazing! To me, the best part was Raekwon addressing the falling out with unflinching honesty. They might not always be the most functional family, but they are always 100% real.
Oh, by the way, they also performed a new single, Ron O'Neal, which is phenomenal; I'm really excited for this album.
Best Music Of The Week:
Sam Lachow's "Huckleberry" is the best album nobody's talking about. Absolutely phenomenal from start to finish. We've got more coming on this album (because it's too good to not cover), but for now just enjoy the dopeness. This album is a blast to listen to.
Bonus Best of the Week:
Did you see this new Joey Bada$$ short film? And I don't mean short film like how Rick Ross says short film (aka a music video with an extra scene that shows him in a car), I mean a real actual short film scored by Statik Selektah and directed by Rik Cordero. Grab some popcorn and enjoy.
Worst Of The Week
Jay Z's Hundredth Problem:
Literally everybody in the world loves Jay Z and Beyonce. They are, without a doubt, the most popular, beloved couple on the face of the earth. You know what else people love? Outkast. If you try to make your career off of ruining Jay and Bey's marriage by rapping over an Outkast beat, everybody in the whole entire world will fucking hate you. But that didn't stop some no name hack by the name of LIV. Here she is rapping about her and Jay's "intimate" relationship over Ms. Jackson.
I'm sure Beyonce is really going to be losing sleep over this. After each 5 million dollar leg of their On The Run tour, where she performs hit after hit, I'm sure she's lying awake thinking about the girl who can barely rap over an instrumental that isn't even hers. You have one low-budget video; Beyonce dropped a surprise album with a video for every track. Stop.
I hate Wiz Khalifa. Easily one of my personal "most hated" emcees right now. Normally, if someone were to take a shot at him, it would most likely end up right next to Wu-Tang performing on The Daily Show, but when it's Vanilla Ice throwing the shade like a palm tree, I have to protest. Word to HipHopDX.
"With respect to all of the artists, the song doesn't really do it for me,” Vanilla Ice says during an interview with GQ. "It feels a little artificial. What I mean by that is that it sounds like a bunch of executives in the corporate world put it together. It really does not fit the theme of the Ninja Turtles legend. I think you have to understand, and be a true Ninja, to possess the Magic to really pull off the secret sound.”
The theme song for a summer blockbuster was developed by a bunch of suits? Color me shocked! Also, how does Ice know what kind of song a bunch of executives would make? Dude hasn't been in a meeting (that wasn't AA related) since the Gulf War. I didn't know he was the expert on real hip-hop. I'm not saying "Shell Shocked" is any good, but I'm not trying to hear Vanilla talk about sell-out rap. It's like that friend who you kind of hate and always make fun of. Sure, you don't really care or like him or her, but you still won't let some outsider come in and make fun of said friend; only you get to do that. I'll give it to Ice though, "Go Ninja Go" is a banger.
Worst Music Of The Week:
A late entry, but this new Lil Wayne "Grindin" is doo doo on a stick. Maybe not the "worst" per se, but definitely the most disappointing.
Comment of The Week:
Usually the comment of the week is something that makes me laugh, but every once in a while one of y'all writes something dope that, while not exactly funny, is well-thought out and smart and it makes me think, "Fuck. I should have written that." Amidst the sea of dopeness that was the comment section on the Is Chance Overrated piece, TruChainz (pun) wrote some truth, further proving that DJBooth Nation has some educated hip-hop heads.
Probably off topic, but I thought this would make interesting discussion: I think the reason a lot of people are struggling with Chano right now lies in how 'strange' he actually is. I think people want to see a 'normal' sounding artist that is indie succeed, like a Drake before Young Money signed him. I think what people want is a Drake that never signs, makes dope music AND gets play on the blogs. People are probably hating on chance, because they just cant be as weird as him in an authentic way. In my eyes he is not the beacon of hope for the majority of struggling artists in their rooms recording music, but is rather the beacon of hope for artists who can't get signed to a label because they get told they're 'too weird'.
Have a great weekend, DJBooth Nation!
[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.]