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:
Miracle In The Whip (No Mayonnaise Benz):
I'm almost not sure I want to admit this, but I think about meeting Kanye far more than what might be considered "normal." It's gotten tot he point where I have debated printing off my articles on Kanye and carrying them around with me in the off chance I ever see him anywhere on some "if I could just get one beat on Hov" type-ish. In reality it'll never happen, but a girl can dream right? Now, for me, getting to shake his hand and awkwardly jumble my words and probably throw up everywhere would complete my life, but when you are Seth Rogen, who gets paid to smoke weed and film shit with your friends, your life is absurd and you do absurd shit. What kind of absurd shit? How about say, getting a personal concert from Kanye in a van where he raps his entire new album? Via RollingStone
Shortly after his and James Franco's parody of the rapper's "Bound 2" video – "Bound 3," in which the actor played the role of topless Kim Kardashian – West cornered Rogen at a New York hotel and invited him to his limo van for a listening session with a twist. "There's no lyrics, only beats," Rogen said. "So he raps the whole album, and after each song, he stops it, like, 'So what do you think?' We were in the van for two hours!"
“Now I realize the next person he sees that he knows is getting pulled into that van,” he said. “But I learned a lesson from it, which is that Kanye is seeking input at all times. Process wise, it showed an openness and a fearlessness. We started screening our movies more and in rougher versions for our friends because of that.”
Yo. That shit would make my life. Imagine getting to have a listening session with Kanye about his new album. Imagine him asking you for feedback! I know Kanye might not be the most loved emcee out there but I imagine everyone from the haters to the stans wouldn kill to be in that position. This gets the rap nerd in me so horny....yeah I said it...horny.
P.S.- "Bound 3" is still hilarious
Thanks to guys like Logic, Tech N9ne, Run the Jewels, Logic, and of course Kendrick, it has been an incredible year for live television performances. I thought Kendrick had the best performance of the year on SNL, but then, this week, J Cole took to Letterman and blew every other performance away. Not only was his stripped-down performance great, but it was so meaningful, so powerful. Check it out below:
Incredible! I had the pleasure of watching it live and was amazed. The passion, the pain, the heart. Cole literally left it all on stage; and that extra verse was so powerful. More than any note or bar, it's the fact that he produced "Be Free." Most of the time these TV gigs are great for pushing your album, but here, Cole takes a loosie, not on the album, and makes a statement. Considering all that's going on, and the talk of artists not doing enough socially, Cole uses his chance for something more important than a new album. I've never been 100% in on Cole, but my respect and admiration for him just skyrocketed. This guy is everything an emcee should be and more. Even Letterman knew he killed it. I watch a lot of these performances and I've only seem him react like that one other time. As a hip-hop lover to see Cole do something like this has to cleanse your soul.
Best Music Of The Week:
We did Cole last week, so now I'm picking PRhyme. Royce is a fucking god on this one; his descriptions are so ball-punchingly eloquent. Oh also Jay Elec's verse is awesome (so much for that ban huh?).
Worst of The Week:
100 to 0 Real Quick:
Ugh. Gross. No gif or movie clip can accurately reflect my disapproval for the following story. At DJ Khaled's birthday (it's already the worst story ever), Drake and Diddy got into a little spat over the "0-100" beat. We all know Drake is soft, but I always thought Diddy was pretty high up on the Charmin scale too. I know he knocked someone out with a bottle of bubbly and hung out with Biggie, but he always struck me as someone who would overcompensate because in realty he was the OG Drake; I never really respected him. So when these two guys, two bunny rabbits, get in a fight, at DJ Khaled's birthday (over "0 to 100" no less) it;s the worst fail in fail history. Unfortunately, TMZ has the scoop.
Producer Boi-1da had given both Diddy and Drake a song to record more than 8 months ago. We're told Diddy sat on the song, which frustrated Drake because he wanted to record it. So recently Drake recorded the song on his own and it did well, which pissed Diddy off. Diddy saw Drake at LIV Monday for the first time since the song was released. Sources close to Diddy say he confronted Drake, who just blew him off, and that's when Diddy said, "You'll never disrespect me again," and then punched him.
We're told Drake ended up at an ER because in the ruckus he hit his shoulder and exacerbated an old injury.
My first question is why is Diddy so mad? The guy hasn't rapped in ages, what was he going to do with "0 -100"? Give it to Danity Kane? Create a song that is just him loudly yelling things over the beat? Kind of rude to take it from Drake who could, actually you know make a dope song. Also, "You'll never disrespect me again" is the lamest fucking line. Sounds like some shit the Green Goblin would say right before trying to throw Peter Parker in a vat of acid or something. I also love Drake going to the ER for hurting his shoulder; so Drake it hurts. I guess when you are carrying the careers of P. Reign, Makkonen and OB on your shoulders they might hurt a little.
It's not all bad. At least this proves my theory that nothing good every comes from DJ Khaled ever.
No mo' CoCo:
You might think a NBA player's life is definitely better than yours and mine - money, fame, getting to see Lebron a few times a year - but at least we can sing rap songs about cocaine whenever we want.
That right there is "CoCo" the latest popular song that you can't believe is an actual song but will have you singing along. Hey, it's fucking catchy as shit! So catchy, in fact, that the entire Golden State Warriors team started a tradition of singing it after wins.
How cool! A team bonding on the plane. Some weird dolphin noises. Looks like fun right?
Seriously?! These are grown men, being paid millions of dollars and you are going to tell them they can't sing a song if they want to after a win? I kind of hope they go on like a 15 game losing streak just so the Warriors front office has no choice but to let them sing it again. It's so dumb; is Donald Sterling the owner? Nobody cares, it's a fucking rap song! Nobody thinks that Steph Curry is doing lines off Harrison Barnes at halftime, so why can't they fucking sing it? How out of touch and downright lame can they be? They are more worried about athletes singing about drugs han actually using them or say driving drunk (Marreese himself can attest to that).
Worst Music Of The Week:
Making a high-budget, crazy video for this song is further proof that you can't polish a turd. The song still sucks, but at least it's not about Nazis. Baby steps.
Comment of The Week:
This whole week, I'm been debating Cadillactica or Under Pressure with myself. Looks like I'm not the only one. On the Best Emcee of 2014 article, Ryan Buell, a pillar of the Booth Nation community, presented an awesome analogy that helped me solve my internal debate and for that I am eternally grateful.
You know how the NFL gives out the Offensive Player of the Year award, but then gives the MVP to a different offensive player? I'm gonna do that here, with Logic/Under Pressure being my Offensive POY, but KRIT being my MVP.
Have a great weekend, Booth nation! Go listen to J. Cole!
[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.]