Posts Tagged ‘Drake’

Last Thursday night you were either embracing your inner nerd while watching the DNC or you were doing the complete opposite and watching MTV. For those smarties who picked the former and decided to watch the DNC, you must be having major FOMO! Stop crying, grab a tissue, and be thankful you have me in your life, for I am about to give you the low down on the good and the bad shenanigans that occurred during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. Between the famous attendance, awkward moments, bizarre fashion, boy bands, and bad jokes, the VMAS are always unforgettable. Here is a list of what you’re going to want to remember from Thursday night.

Best speech: Forget Romney and Obama, MTV is temporarily endorsing Hart for President. Surrounded by his entourage of little people secret service agents, the high-larious host Kevin Hart kicked off the show with a traditional star-bashing monologue. He wasted no time on stage and “went there” by immediately targeting Drake, Chris Brown, and K-stew. Oddly enough, the key element within his act was forgiveness stating, “if you’ve made a mistake, so what?” That’s what I like to hear, Kevin! If you want to see how the stars reacted, see Hart’s monologue here.

Best Hair: From Chris Brown’s newly bleached mop, to both Miley and Pink’s platinum sky-high pompadours (awkward), the night seemed to be less about music videos and more about hair. In addition to Brown and Miles, Nicki Minaj made a splash with her yellow locks, and Rihanna even sported a new pixie-cut do.

Best performance: Like past VMA’s, the show is always full of star-studded, boundary shattering performances. This year Taylor Swift, One Direction (swoon), Lil Wayne & Two Chainz, Pink, and Green Day (Seriously, how old are they?!) all graced viewers with their good looks and angelic voices. However, the performance that left me speechless came from up and coming R&B artist, Frank Ocean. He goes to show that there is actually more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking. Without any distracting dancers and props, Ocean serenaded the audience with his ballad “Thinking Bout You” and he left me wanting to download the rest of his album (I did and you should, too).

Biggest Surprise: These days, Rihanna is all over the place with her men. Regarding her relationships, she is constantly leaving her fans on their toes. One day she is seen with her ex-flame Chris Brown, then the next day she is spotted on a date with her “Take Care” buddy Drake. And recently, rumors have been flying around that she’s dating the one and only, Robert Kardashian. On Thursday, however, Rihanna left little to our imaginations after she gave Brown a congratulatory kiss following his VMA win for Best Male Video. Was it just a friendly kiss? Was it more? WTF?!

Are you done crying? Have you turned your frown upside down? You’re welcome.

– Tess Kornfeld

Wheelchair Jimmy from “Degrassi” is all grown up. On Nov. 15, Drake released his highly anticipated sophomore album “Take Care.” After postponing the album from its original Oct. 24 release date, it has finally become available for all the world to hear.

The tone of the album reflects Drake’s debut release, “Thank me Later.” The majority of the tracks are very R&B oriented and many of the songs are about his relationships with women. However, when Drake does rap, it is extremely well-executed and shows great progress from the already extraordinary “Thank Me Later.” The album’s weakest qualities are the extraneous artists that have features on Drake’s songs. Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj add nothing to the album, and all of the songs that they are featured on could have benefited from an additional Drake verse.

A perfect example of an unnecessary feature is “HYFR” with Lil’ Wayne. Lil’ Wayne is so prominent on this track that the song may have been better off on “Tha Carter IV.” “Weezy’s wheezy voice does nothing but take away from the album’s previously established tranquility.

On the contrary, “Look What You’ve Done” is the album’s most emotionally driven song. It focuses on Drake’s love-hate relationship with his mother and the problems that they have endured. The piano complements his voice perfectly and sets the mood for the song as one that is both reminiscent and celebratory.
Listen to this album, and I guarantee that it will become a staple for any late-night car ride.

-A.J. Allen

While technically Drake’s sophomore album “Take Care” isn’t set for release until tomorrow, the album leaked in its entirety last week. Hidden amidst all the self-loathing and The Weeknd features is this peculiar track. For the title track, Drake teamed up with his favorite fuck buddy and unrequited love, Rihanna, for a cover of the late, great Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You.”

If you’re wondering where the inspiration for this electro-synth infused track came from, look no further than Jamie xx. Over the last two years, Jamie xx of the British band the xx has made a name for himself as a producer remixing both popular and obscure songs. He has gained particular notoriety for his remixes of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album “I’m New Here.”

Interestingly, Rihanna’s latest effort “Talk That Talk,” which also leaked over the weekend, contains a track called “Drunk On Love” featuring a sample of the xx’s “Intro.” I’m sensing a trend.

-Dee Lockett

These days, when you’re linked to a music video on YouTube, it can oftentimes be hard to distinguish whether the video is to be taken seriously or as a joke. It seems as though the general market for music videos has become very easily amused. Weird Al Yankovic picked up on the simplicity of pop music back in 1984, when he began his career. On October 4, the veteran satirist plans to release, “Weird Al Yankovic Live!–The Alpocalypse Tour.” As a precursor to his live album, Yankovic released a music video for “Polka Face” last Monday.

It’s only proper that we pay tribute to one of the funniest parodists of all time by looking at five of the funniest music videos to ever reach the web.