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:
If I were going to make a list of rappers who took themselves too seriously, I think Wale would be at the top. Look I love him, I've seen him at a WWE event, at a Wizards game, we are both from the DMV - he's practically family - but the dude is known to go off the handle. If you ever mentioned the Complex call in an interview, I would kind of assume he would flip the fuck out, but on this Seinfeld back-and-forth Wale seems very likeable. I feel like that's rare. In fact he's more than likeable, he's down right awesome.
I dig this for a few reasons. First, Wale shows a different side of himself; he comes across as someone you could root for. Second, it's Jerry Fucking Seinfeld. I always assumed that their relationship was fabricated to give Wale street cred, Jerry is an OG, but they have a natural chemistry. They genuinely seem like people who enjoy each other's company and it's not forced at all. (You can check out more of their conversation here, here and here.) Also, as a lifelong Wale fan, it gives me hope that Album About Nothing might actually be a return to the Wale I fell in love with. I haven't been excited for a Wale project since Attention Deficit, but I have to say, I can feel the anticipation building in my plums. I swear if there is go-go on this new album I'll lose my shit.
P.S. - A million points to whoever gets the reference in the title...
Run The Jewels Treadmill:
In hip-hop, the bigger you are the cooler you are. Instead of fat shaming, obese men shaking their moobs to and fro is often celebrated in hip-hop. To quote Big Daddy, "Gotta respect a culture where the fatter you are the more the ladies love you." I feel like the trend ran thin (pun intended) for a few years, but big emcees seem to be making a comeback. Two of the most prominent, large and in charge emcees are Action Bronson and Killer Mike. Now, they could be all sensitive about their weight since rappers egos are as fragile as their image, or you know, the could have a little fun by rap battling while on treadmills. I prefer the latter.
Okay, so it wasn't exactly a rap battle per se, but still, it's funny as shit. Honestly, I expected a little better from Bronsolino. I mean the dude can do cartwheels. I thought he could handle 30 seconds on a treadmill, but my man was struggling; maybe it's because he had like three chicken parm subs before? It's beyond cool to see two guys who are ruthless on the mic be able to have so much fun off of it. I just wish this was longer; I really want to see them actually battle while on a treadmill. That sounds like good training technique for rappers; if you can rap on a treadmill, you can rap anywhere. The key is not doing an endless amount of drugs and eating all the fancy food.
Best Music Of The Week:
There was a Kim Kardashian sized butt load of new music this week. It's Chiquita bananas. Still, none of it was better than Kendrick on SNL; trans-fucking-cendent! I would love to see the faces of all those "i" haters after this.
5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week on Audiomack
Press play on new releases from Lakeyah, Larry June and Cardo, Cheque, Co Cash, and midwxst.
Worst of the Week:
Tyga Is a Creep:
Did you know Tyga was dating Kylie Jenner? Did you know Kylie Jenner is SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD?!?!?! From TMZ:
Tyga pulled a no-show for a club appearance when the place shot down his demands to get his underage GF Kylie Jenner into the West Hollywood hot spot.
Sources at Greystone Manor tell TMZ ... Tyga begged and pleaded with promoters to get 17-year-old Kylie admitted -- calling several times throughout the day. We're told he even pushed his arrival time to 1:30 AM while trying to negotiate Kylie's entry.
When the club wouldn't budge -- y'know, because of the law and stuff -- he bailed.
Hey Tyga, when your girlfriend can't get into the club, she's too young for you. Seriously, this is borderline weird. He's 25-years-old! I just turned 26 and couldn't imagine interacting with a 17-your-old in any context, let alone dating her; it's fucking creepy. You are a famous rapper, a shitty one, but famous, so why not date a girl who is, you know, of a decent age? What do they even talk about? What do they do on a date? I heard Big Hero Six is good.
Not only that, but what was he thinking brining her to a club? Did he just think they were going to be totally cool with an underage (as in under 18 not under 21) girl coming into the club? Sean should have put her in the car, handed her a juicebox and popped on Dora The Explorer, then played his show; don't skip out on a large chunk of money because you are shocked a club wouldn't let a teenager in. As if we needed another reason to dislike Tyga...
No Other Good Worst Options This Week...
So here's Rick Ross shouting out pears.
Worst Music Of The Week:
Man, this song would be really dope if it weren't for French. Why can I not understand a single word? Is he actually rapping in French or does he have a ton of peanut butter on the roof of his mouth?
Comment Of The Week:
I'm giving it to someone on the Madonna hip-hop article, not because of what they said - although that's funny too, the Sixers do suck - but because of their name. So congratulations to, "holy shit outta jesus' butt." Yes you read that right. "Holy shit outta jesus' butt." I died laughing because I'm a child.
Although, I still disagree that a Madonna rap album is more likely than the Sixers making the playoffs this year. Moving on...
Have a good weekend DJBooth Nation! Shout out to all the pears!
[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.]