Kevin Hart, Fabolous, & Nelly on First Take

Today’s NBA themed First Take took place at All-Star Weekend and a trio of guests came thru the debate desk. Kevin Hart is back and it’s always a good time. He has some real nice burns on Stephen A. so watch above and below for that.

Fab and Nelly also came through and offered some serious insight on the NBA. This was one episode I went out of my way to tune into live so with that said, press play ICYMI.

Kanye almost Taylor Swifts Beck

Kanye being Kanye.

/I love how ‘Taylor Swifts’ is the appropriate verb here.

/The backstory: Beck beat out Beyonce, amongst others, for Album of the Year.

/Who else lost it? Hahahaha.

Also… Hov & Bey went from 0 to 100 real quick…

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UPDATE: Kanye reveals in a post-show interview with E! that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce. Seriously. So it wasn’t a total playful joke, but still a great moment. Let Ye make his point in the full video below. I get where he’s coming from but I don’t know much about Beck personally, but apparently he’s not the best example of what Kanye is talking about. Irregardless, I would just love to hear more from ‘Ye on the topic of the Grammys and respecting artistry.

Other highlights from this interview: Kanye upset at the design and taste level across networks (like the E! boxes), his genuine respect for Sam Smith, and calling Jay Z’s reaction above the ‘Meme of the Year’. Ha! No one can argue with him on that at least.

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When you keep on diminishing art, and disrespecting art, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.

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UPDATE 2: Here’s Beck’s response to everything, via US Weekly. And Kanye shedding some clarity when he landed in NYC, via TMZ.

“I was just so excited he was coming up. [West] deserves to be onstage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?” The alt-rock icon also confirmed he wasn’t offended by the rapper’s post-Grammy comments: “I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyonce! . . . You can’t please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”

After being asked by a reporter if he intended to imply that Beck wasn’t an “artist,” the rapper said, “I wasn’t saying Beck; I said the Grammys. Beck knows that Beyoncé should have won; you know that.” When asked if he had even heard of Beck “before yesterday,” West added, “Come on, man. I love Beck! But he didn’t have the Album of the Year.”

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Did we just become best friends? YUP!

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ICYMI on the red-carpet, Kanye sonned Ryan Seacrest…

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Pharrell on The Simpsons

Depending on who opens the Grammys, there are a lot of other good TV options. One of them being Pharrell’s guest spot on The Simpsons as he’ll appear, as seen above with Mayor Quimby.

He also, behind the scenes, penned the song performed by Springfield Elementary below. Only The Simpsons can be this hilarious and endearing at the same time, in this way…

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Will Smith & Jimmy Fallon “It Takes Two”

Jimmy Fallon’s on fire lately and his latest, sure to be viral spectacle with a celebrity is with none other than Will Smith.

As you can see from the headline, Will Smith & Jimmy Fallon perform Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s classic “It Takes Two”, but not from the start… rather from scratch.

Jimmy pulls out an iPad app called Loopy and he and Will beat box a few layers each and end up recreating the beat. Some impromptu raps later (with Will cleverly shouting out The Roots and their hometown) and they got the crowd on their feet. Very cool.

And a 2015 technological way to create some raw, organic hip hop. Hah, how bout that?

Sidebar: Will Smith’s new movie, Focus, looks pretty dope.

Questlove cameos on Parks & Rec

Let’s begin our Thursday with some humor — hip hop related of course.

Questlove appeared on this week’s Parks & Rec, making a cameo as Donna’s estranged brother. Wow, this sounds awesome and I’m now even more mad at myself that I haven’t started the season yet. Changing that today. ICYMI as well, here’s the clip up above.