Marvel unleashed a handful of new hip hop Variants today, with Wale and Wiz being my favorite adaptations of the new ones below. I also included some more of the very dope album covers with DMX x Wolverine probably being my favorite of ’em all. Enjoy!
Wiz keeps it going after his quick tour bus freestyle the other day with a new video also shot on tour. This one’s for a full song called “Say So” which has some addicting harmonizing and rap on the verses. Go behind the scenes with Wiz this summer, as he is certainly prepping for something bigger come fall/winter.
I’m with a broad that be trying to be innocent / I roll a joint she could probably hit it / Y’all’a go broke in an amount of minutes / Ain’t about the love it’s about the digits.
Here’s Wiz with a fast new 45 second freestyle as he steps out the tour bus and kicks a pretty slick flow. I appreciate these, and usually it’s a sign of more Wiz releases to come… Feels like the right time as his summer tour with Fall Out Boy nears its end.
Jimmy Kimmel Live was a star-studded affair last night… as well as before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Wiz & 50 didn’t perform together, rather, it was the former as the late night musical guest with Charlie Puth, performing the country’s (still) #1 song “See You Again” (also “We Dem Boyz”). The latter, Fiddy, joined Kimmel for an entertaining interview on Jimmy Kimmel Game Night an hour before the start of The Finals.
These NBA themed half hour shows are always great and the highlight of it was an all-new edition of Mean Tweets, featuring a variety of stars in the league: from Steph Curry & Draymond Green to Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and even our own Jimmy Butler. All these mean tweets in particular were pretty great.
The Entourage Movie fanatics, like I, were also probably interested in Emannuelle Chriqui’s appearance too. Below, she explains why her breasts were rather large for the movie. Ha, as simple as that. It’s a reasonable explanation as you’ll see…
Continuing the Entourage buzz this week is another cool feature from Complex as they interviewed Doug Ellin on 8 must-see episodes (1 from each season) that you should re-watch before you see the movie on Thursday.
Among them was Eminem’s memorable cameo in the Season 7 finale when he punched a drugged out Vinny Chase during the latter’s rock bottom freefall. How did that all come about? Here it is from Doug himself:
“I got some flack for this season, but I enjoyed it. It was a thrill to have [Eminem] on the show, he actually put some lyrics about the show in one of his songs about Entourage and Johnny Drama. Paul Rosenberg called me and said Eminem would love to be on the show, you just need to give him an idea that he likes. You get a little nervous when you have to get on the phone with [someone like] Eminem, I don’t know what he is or isn’t going to like. So I said, ‘What if Vince gets drunk and says something to you that you don’t like and you punch him in the face?’ And he goes, ‘I love that.'”
Welp… that was all sorts of confusing and disappointing.
Kanye West just concluded tonight’s Billboard Music Awards and for most of us hip hop heads, we kept it on in the background for 3 hours to see ‘Ye shut it down with flames.
Unfortunately, the censors shut him down amidst Kanye’s now customary flames.
‘Ye began with “All Day” and ABC’s censors overreacted to the lyrics with silence for quite literally more than half of the song. It continued as Kanye went into “Black Skinhead” and to top it off, ‘Ye seemingly purposefully stood with the flames and behind some pyrotechnics to only project a silhouette. It didn’t quite work given the smoke and camera’s distance (in fact, the better effect is from Theophilus London’s IG video below… very cool.) Naturally though, Twitter was ablaze (no pun intended) with a high amount of WTF memes. I’m with the masses here — upset at the censors.
But it does beg a couple questions: 1. With the high volume of ‘n’ words, should Ye really be pushing “All Day” to non hip hop dominated audiences (like a telecast for pop music on ABC or even a Bulls game where the percentage is not as much as a Yeezus concert.) And 2. Why go back to “Black Skinhead”? Yeezus is a month shy of 2 years now.
Stay tuned for the silver lining to come of this performance: the next Kanye stream of consciousness.
Elsewhere in the night, the only other performance you have to see is Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” which featured viral violinist Lindsey Stirling to add a fresh touch to the melody. I dug her addition and the Paul Walker tribute video in the back at the very end. Why did Wiz have to turn up like that at the end? I would have preferred a classic pose it out moment.
I grasp for straws for more must-see highlights from the BBMAs. There’s really only J. Lo & Rita Ora left, ha!