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:
Hate To Say We Told You So
Detox is kind of our thing. Remember that time we told you Detox wasn't ever going to drop? Well, WE FUCKING TOLD YOU SO! WE FUCKING TOLD YOU SO! Word to HipHopDX for proving us right:
Dr. Dre may release another album, but it won't be called Detox, according to Dawaun Parker, a producer who has worked with Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent, among others, over the course of his career. "The album he’s working on is not called Detox,” Parker says in an interview with Jeff Weiss and Nocando for the duo's Shot's Fired Podcast. "He scrapped Detox a couple of years ago and came up with another title. I won’t say what the title is 'cause I haven’t seen that online or anything yet.”
WE TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!! You called us crazy but WE TOLD YOU SO. Listen, I'm not happy about Detox never dropping (well maybe a little bit), but I'm happy we can finally close the chapter to that unfinished book. I'm also happy we were right. Now we can finally go on with our lives (but still buy a shirt). I'm sure there are people who still believe it will drop, but we can now officially classify those people as certifiably insane. It might be hard to let go, but you have to, Detox literally isn't even a thing anymore, he "scrapped" it, which means it will never ever be released; Detox is dead. Being right never felt so good. Now time to print those Act II Isn't Dropping shirts.
P.S. Did I mention WE TOLD YOU SO!!!!!
A Weekend With Jay & B:
As much as I love live music, watching concerts on TV or over the internetz is blah. It's cool, but there's just no substitute for being there. Still, I am legitimately pumped the fuck up for the Beyonce & Jay concert in France airing on HBO this weekend. Those are four of my favortie things in the world combined; Beyonce, Jay Z, live music and HBO. It has been on my calendar for months now and this short film makes me even more ready for a night of epicness.
Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch and soundtracked by an Ennio Morricone classic, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter that appeared throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank.
It's going to be a great weekend!
Best Music Of The Week:
Just FYI, whenever Black Milk releases a song, it's gong to be here. Dude is one of, if not the most underrated emcee in the game. Oh, did I mention Bun B? Yeah. Bun B.
Worst Of The Week:
Still The Motherfucker You Love To Hate:
Kanye haters had a terrible week...
Nathan alluded to it a few weeks ago, but it seems like the media has this vendetta against Kanye and so do a good chunk of rap fans. While it's expected when you have an ego bigger than Rick Ross' Krispy Kreme bill, the shade thrown Kanye's way lately has been overboard. First up, Kanye yelling at a kid in a wheelchair. Yeah, I know it sounds bad even for Kanye, but hold off judgment. Headlines like, Kanye West Stops In Middle Of Song To Yell At Kid In Wheelchair, “Stand Up!” were rampant, so too was the totally and completely unbiased reporting:
The acclaimed rapper, Kanye West (pictured) also known as “Yeezus,” who quite possibly thinks he is a reincarnation of our Savior, put his foot into his HUGE mouth at a concert on Friday night in Sydney, Australia when he rudely called out a couple of fans for not standing up during his show. Sadly, the pair of seated attendees, who were raked over the coals for not standing and grooving to West’ music, were unable to do so because one had a prosthetic and the other was wheelchair bound, according to Fox News.
I have to admit, it didn't look good for Kanye. Even a Stan like myself would have trouble defending him...until I actually saw the video.
Kanye didn't yell at a kid in a wheelchair, he yelled at a kid who happened to be in a wheelchair. It's not like he saw the kid in the wheelchair wasn't standing and yelled at him. He literally said, "Unless he's in a wheelchair," and when he found out he was, he kept performing. This shit is not a story and nobody there seemed outraged.
But wait there's more....
Props to The Daily Currant for creating a story about Kanye that they didn't try to pass off as a real one. In this day and age, people read the headline then make conclusions without actually, you know, reading the article. So when they published a fake story entitled, Kanye Scores 106 Points Against Wheelchair Basketball Team, people jumped at the chance to hate on Kanye (much like the "actual" wheelchair story above).
Did that person really suggest Kanye is autistic? What does that even mean? These are just three of the million plus Tweets shitting on Kanye for another thing he didn't do. Seriously, go type "Kanye 106 points" into Twitter and see for yourself. Look, Kanye is an egomaniac living in fantasy land, but this amount of hate is over the top. I get that he is polarizing, but you can't just make up stories about somebody. Free Kanye!
Not Musiq To My Ears:
I have a few different categories for artists, among them are current favorites, all-time favorites, rappers on my radar, rappers I hate, and rappers who I don't really actively listen to but I'm glad they are making music. Musiq Soulchild was one of those artists. Key word..."was," because now he's a rapper or something?
Which was a worse decision? Leaving behind a successful, well-respected career as a singer to become a rapper named The Husel, or wearing a rubber/leather crown over a leather hat? His hat game is so bad, I could barely focus on what he was saying. Unfortunately, I wasn't distracted enough to not hear him try to explain this baffling career decision. Why? Why god why?!
Worst Music Of The Week:
No amount of gyrating can distract me from "Booty", the truly awful J.Lo/Iggy song.
Comment Of The Week:
On the Rapper Government name quiz, I used Earl Stevens, basically because of that Kendrick line. I've just been saying it at random points over the last few days, because I'm a little insane. I'm glad Frankly White (who seems to be killing the comment game) is just as crazy as me.
7/10. Earl Stevens had me thinking rational.
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.]