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
Run The Jewels Rap game
I won't lie, there is a lot wrong with hip-hop (Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" for one). Sifting through the endless cycle of rap fecal matter can be daunting and make you a bit jaded. However, every once and a while, seemingly when we need it the most, something happens which restores all my faith in hip-hop. Something that is just so "right" that it melts your hip-hop loving heart. This week, it came in the form of Run The Jewels. Yes, the twosome who won hip-hop and pretty much the whole world last year are back with a new single.
But wait, there's more. The duo also inked a deal with Nas' Mass Appeal record label. So the guys who made arguably the best album of 2013 are now teaming up with a guy who made arguably the best hip-hop album ever. This just feels right. I can feel it right in my soul....and my plums.
Hungry For Bronson
Think back to ten years ago, I'm sure there is some shit that will embarrass you. Like, "How could I ever have loved that band?" or "Why would anyone wear that?!?!" For me, thinking back to about six months ago I get that same feeling. There was a long period of time where I was sleeping on Action Bronson. I couldn't ever get into his music and I never knew what all the hype was about. Now? Now, I am a huge fan. I want to kick my own ass for ever doubting the bearded one. Nathan calls him a carrot cake rapper--you either love him or he isn't for you--but I disagree. Bronson is by far one of the most creative, unique, and funniest emcees in the game and his new video proves it.
This could have been the "New Music of the Week," but that just wouldn't do Actions Bronson's latest set of visuals justice.
Rittz' "White Rapper" is doper than dope. I'm not just saying that because I interviewed him, either.
Worst Of The Week:
Excuse My French
Well, the world is officially over. I have no more faith left in humanity. Society is sure to plummet into some "Blade Runner" type shit. And it's all because French Montana teamed up with the Kardashians to make me legitimately angry. I fucking hate reality TV; it's all fake, everyone is a miserable person, and it is the most mind numbing shit on TV (this coming from a guy who watches "Loiter Squad"). There are few things I hate more than reality TV, two of them are the Kardashians and French Montana. So when they all appear together, I legitimately want to never watch TV again.
I can see it now...French marries Khloe and then Kanye is roped into to producing his next album as a wedding gift and I am eternally sad.
Ice, Ice Baby:
I don't want to seem like a dick since it's for charity, but can we stop with all the ice bucket challenges? Please, by all means, keep donating--I repeat... PLEASE KEEP DONATING!--but for the love of god stop dumping water on your heard and posting it for the world to see instead of donating. I guarantee if even half the people who flooded your news feed actually donated, the ALS fund would skyrocket. I'm all for people showing their support, but most of the time it seems like more of an attempt to get fleeting internet fame than to actually make a difference. You pouring water on your head doesn't help anyone, but money does. It doesn't have to be a hundred bucks, either. Instead of buying that cup of coffee or Chipotle burrito, donate five bucks instead. You won't look like an ass on Facebook and you will actually be helping.
Now cue the ice bucket fails!
Worst Music Of The Week:
"Anaconda"... there is no amount of booty or twerking that could make this song not awul.
Comment Of The Week:
This week's comment of the week comes from Frankly Wright on the Drake vs. Wayne piece. He presented a great question and this is a friendly reminder to myself to get on it.
What about the one song that you had to play to people to prove that that artist could rap, and was really fucking good at it. It's not necessarily their best song but the one that show-cased their rapping skill the best.
For instance would Lil Wayne's be 'A Milli'? I don't even no what Drake's song would be?
Maybe this needs an article
Maybe just maybe it does. Thanks for doing my job for me, Frank!
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.]