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:
Diplo Does Rap:
As of late we have been making a bigger effort to get into EDM. Personally, it's not my thing, but it is too much of a thing to go on living like it doesn't exist. I've been doing ok, but haven't really tried that hard. I think I'll have to start rally stepping up my game because Diplo just gave hip-hop some major props. Word to Pitchfork.
This weekend on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show "Diplo and Friends", Diplo played a two-hour hip-hop mix, in celebration of the station's hip-hop month. It features the likes of Madvillain, Nas, Biggie, 2Pac, Mary J. Blige, EPMD, J Dilla, the Fugees, Beastie Boys, De La Soul, and more.
Honestly, I was expecting this mix to be all Iggy Azelea remixes, you know catchy pop stuff, but Diplo just straight rap nerded the shit out of this. Apparently he is a hip-hop head because only true fans of rap would pick some of the songs he did. Not only is his song selection great, but his scratches and transitions are stellar (as expected). This might sound dumb, but he is a real DJ. I'm never quite sure what EDM DJ's do, but here Diplo shows he really does have some chops; which helps someone like me (who is utterly clueless) want to know more. If he loves hip-hop surely, I can learn to love EDM. And as long as we're at it, Hudson Mohawk did a similairly dope mix lately.
King Prince Kendrick:
There's no artist hotter right now than Kendrick Lamar...except for Prince because, well, because Prince. I mean when Dave Chappelle plays you in a skit you have reached a whole new plateau of success and are forever a beloved cult figure. Plus he has some new music coming out, too, which is just great news. Anyway, Prince is the mother fucking man and so is Kendrick, so when the two get together, on stage, playing music, its nothing but dopeness. Pitchfork has the scoop.
Last night, Prince threw a Yahoo-sponsored record release party to celebrate his two new albums, Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum (the latter recorded with his band 3rdEyeGirl). During his performance, he brought out Kendrick Lamar to perform "What's My Name", a rarity from 1998's Crystal Ball box set
Okay. Prince and Kendrick. You are probably expecting some "Poetic Justice" type song; something with some R&B. WRONG! This song fucking goes! And it's a rock song! I saw Kendrick at Pitchfork Fest this year and he had a live band; it was one of the best shows I have ever been too. The man is a true emcee, he has the flow of a rapper but can still command the stage even with a epic band behind him; not every emcee has the chops to make a live band work, but Kendrick can...and that band has Prince in it no less. You can watch the full perfomance here (you'll have to wait for Kendrick's part) or check out a snippet below.
Best Music Of The Week:
Been bumping this Gambino nonstop for 24 hours now. "All Y'all" is a stand out in my humble opinion.
Moneybagg Yo, Mick Jenkins & Bktherula: Best of the Week
Moneybagg Yo, Mick Jenkins, and Bktherula had the best new songs on Audiomack this week.
Worst Of The Week:
Kobe vs. (The) LeBron (of Rhyme):
If it's not hip-hop, it's sports. Those two things make up about 90% of my life. Getting to meet and hang out with rappers is becoming more and more a reality, so it's not as cool as it used to be, but getting to play sports with my favorite athletes is still as cool as it was when I was ten. I mean how many of us can say, "I caught a pass from Peyton Manning" or "I played ball with Kobe"? Well, Kanye can say the latter, but from the looks of things, he doesn't seem to excited. If I got to meet Kobe I'd be pumped. If I got to play ball with him, I would be ecstatic! Not Kanye. After getting to play some ball with Bryant (because his life is dope and he does dope shit) Kanye could not be more ambivalent. Dude looks like a cyborg in this picture.
Did he just get done playing basketball with one of the best NBA players ever or did he just finish paying his taxes? Also, how many phonebooks is he standing on? Kanye's like 5 feet tall right? Also, also, who plays basketball in camo? Kanye managed to turn playing basketball with an NBA play into a giant fail. In the end though he still played ball with Kobe so points go to Kanye I guess.
Not So Fresh Prince:
Real question, does Jaden Smith do anything? I mean I know he's will Smith's son and all, but does he actually have a talent? Like he's been in movies, but I don't think of him as an actor. I guess he's one of those people who isn't really good at anything besides being born to someone famous; The JoJo Simmons factor. I know Willow is doing her thing, so I just kind of assumed Jaden was a singer too, but after hearing his new song (if you can even call it that) I'm wondering if he's ever heard music before.
What the fuck did I just listen to? Sounds like Frank Ocean if he recorded this from the hospital bed with a Talkboy from Home Alone in the middle of a hurricane after getting his tonsils out and had a sinus infection and was tripped out on pain killers. I'm a fan of weird, different music, but this doesn't really have any purpose. This is just weird and we're supposed to be amazed at how different it is and ignore the fact it's terrible. SO terrible in fact it needed more time than it would have gotten in the "Worst Music Of The Week" section. Speaking of which....
Worst Music Of The Week:
Warning, this video is NSFW. Not because of nudity but because if your boss sees you watching it, he will prbably think you are some sort of serial killer. I don't want to be stereotypical, but French people are really weird.
What did I just watch? This is what nightmares are made of...
Comment Of The Week:
On the Jay Electronica piece, Nathan declared Nez's comment the comment of the week; it was on Tuesday. Well, sure enough, Nez's poetic words survived the week. His spot on extended metaphor for being a Jay Elec fan was just that good. A million points for the "world Peace" line. Well done sir!
Being a Jay Electronica fan is like dating a lazy, good for nothing chick who's box is made of unicorns, sunshine, & world peace. She could possibly be a good partner, but she usually puts zero effort into the relationship and just expects you to stay. You wanna quit her, but every time you try to leave she reels you right back in with some bomb sex. Potential can only go so far though, eventually you just gotta let go no matter how much it sucks. *sighs*
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.]