January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s no secret that the Grammy Awards are becoming more bland and a political favoritism-fest, but last night’s 56th annual broadcast proved why award shows like this don’t really matter anymore. Mediocrity is praised, while deserving artists continue to be snubbed. There are many reasons why The Grammys are becoming such a joke in music, but here are 7 reasons why last night’s broadcast was a fail.
1. Kendrick Lamar Snubbed For “Best Rap Album”
On October 22, 2012, a young rapper from Compton single-handedley shifted the way we think about hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, Good Kid, m.A.A.d city told an insightful story about the harsh realities of growing up in the hood and Lamar’s struggles to get out. Supported by lush production, atmospheric rhythms and poetic lyrics, K. Dot took rap back to a time when it more about storytelling – and less about gimmicks.
Fast forward to 2014 at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and Kendrick Lamar (along with Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is nominated for Best Rap Album. Guess who takes it? The most gimmicky rapper out of the group – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Heist is so incomparable to Good City that it hurts to even think that it won against a future rap classic. Who is going to remember Macklemore in the next 2 years? Riddle me that…
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” Performance/Wedding Ceremony
People love to complain that the “sanctity” of marriage is becoming a stunt, yet no one seemed to have issues with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ major “Same Love” performance stunt. Shocker! Macklemore, the master of gimmicks, has taken something as serious as gay right and equality and turned it into a puppet show that was boosted by his cringe-worthy tune “Same Love.”
Queen Latifah came to ordain the weddings of 34 couples (both same-sex and heterosexual) while Madonna joined the crew onstage to sing the newlyweds off with “Open Your Heart.” Once again, Macklemore uses his popularity to exploit a cause that people have died for in order to be crowned the Ultimate Gay Supporter. There are many rappers who are gay and who support gay rights, but check their skin color and you’ll see why they don’t get recognized for their efforts. The entire ordeal was cheap, tacky and made a mockery out of a ceremony that some people actually take as sacred.
3. Beyonce’s Snooze-worthy Performance
For all of the people who truly believe in their hearts that Beyonce gave a performance of a lifetime last night, then you’re sadly lying to yourselves. Yes, it is true that she is one of the best entertainers of our time – but that does not make her exempt from giving a bad performance now and then. First off, she performed “Drunk In Love” – a club favorite but a trashy song for something as highly regarded as the Grammys. It just shows how brainwashed “stans” have become.
Who in their right mind made that decision to OPEN the show with a song like that? There were plenty of other songs from Beyonce that could have been performed, and she let that opportunity slide out of her fingers. The lighting was off, she looked sloppy and the entire vibe of the performance was lackluster. Not to mention that our very own King Bey who you all worship had the nerve to lip-sync about 75 percent of the song while doing ZERO choreography. It was simply mediocre, yet so many people continue to praise and create foils for her mistake – not believing that their queen or “Motha” can do any wrong. If Beyonce really wanted to wow us, she and Jay Z should have performed all their duets – showing us why they’ve become the power couple of music. Keep reading!
September 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
After what seemed to be an eternity, Kanye West is making a return to the stage for his first solo tour in five years! Called the Yeezus tour, Yeezy will be joined alongside opening act Kendrick Lamar for a 23-city tour – hitting up cities like New York (twice), his hometown of Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and more. The most interesting part of the tour is that the self-proclaimed “King Of New York” won’t be making an appearance on either NYC tour stop – is K. Dot not ready to face the crowd?
Other than that, the Yeezus tour will definitely be one to watch! Better cop your tickets ASAP when they go on sale Friday, September 13. This marks the first solo tour since 2008’s Glow In The Dark tour. Let’s not forget when the Fame Kills tour got canceled after the whole VMA debacle. After that, Yeezy teamed up with Jay Z for the incredible Watch The Throne Tour. So who knows what he has in store this time around! Is this epic or what?
Check out the tour dates after the jump! Keep reading…
May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
Kendrick Lamar gets his homies like Juicy J and Schoolboy Q to hang in his new video for “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”. A possible ode to Molly, the rapper unexpectedly attends a funeral and gets baptized in a pool full of liquor – naturally.
April 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
As promised yesterday, Jay-Z’s Made In America festival lineup is here! The ROC boy did not disappoint – this year’s lineup is one of the strongest of the festival bunch.
Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, the Black Hippy Crew (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock) are all set to headline. Other acts include A$AP Rocky, Solange, Phoenix, Miguel, Queens of the Stone Age, HAIM, 2 Chainz, Gaslight Anthem, Wiz Khalifa, Public Enemy, Jessie Ware and more!
Look out for the festival on Labor Day Weekend – August 31-September 1 at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
And the summer music festival lineups just keep on coming….
The latest one comes from Lollapalooza, whose promoters have confirmed the lineup that was leaked last week.
Friday’s headliners are Nine Inch Nails and The Killers. On Saturday, Mumford and Sons and The Postal Service will grace the stage. Closing out the festival will be legendary bands The Cure and Phoenix.
Other performers include Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Theophilus London, Jessie Ware, New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Cat Power, Wavves, Grizzly Bear, Beach House, The Lumineers, Azealia Banks and many, many more.
The 3-day festival will take place from August 2-4 at Chicago’s Grant Park.
March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
At SXSW, Young Guru played an unmixed version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix featuring Jay-Z. Now the official version is here, courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment.
Peep the classic Kobe-Michael artwork!
Jam out below: