Normally, I’d stay completely out of the buffoonery that is the MTV Video Music Awards, but this year, everyone in Seattle paid close attention since some of our homies were up for the night’s biggest awards. Congrats don’t even seem like enough, but perhaps all caps will help: CONGRATS to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Zach, Jon Jon, Ray Dalton, Mary Lambert, and the entire crew responsible for “Thrift Shop,” “Same Love,” and “Can’t Hold Us.” I know MTV wasn’t ready to let Justin lose after the N’Sync reunion, but let’s be honest, Mack & Ryan deserved the video of the year too. 3 out of 6 ain’t bad though. An amazing accomplishment and one Seattle will be proud of forever.
As for the rest of the VMA’s, well, it made me think of Amy’s famous opening line to the first verse of “Me and Mr. Jones“. I will say that of all the silly memes to spawn out of the debauchery, this one of Kanye’s had me in stitches (only 5% of readers will get it, but if you do…maaaaaaan). Other than that, this article from The Onion pretty much nailed it, and expertly laid out why every commercial media source is inherently flawed when presenting you with content.
This is part of the reason we enjoy doing SNSS as much as we do. We literally have no stake in any of this, so we aren’t required to do anything other than play great music we believe in. It could be from mega-stars (Jay-Z or Drake), local artists (Royce The Choice and GMK stopped by this week), longtime industry vets (Fat Joe or AZ), up and coming MC’s (Earl Sweatshirt or Vince Staples), or even artists outside hip-hop (Janelle Monae, Yuna, Miguel, and Jose James). Whatever we like, we play.
This week, we liked some damn good records. Check ’em out. And RIP to Aaliyah.
Show #428 (8-25-13)
- Jay-Z ft. Rick Ross – “F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”
- AZ – “I Excel”
- Fat Joe ft. Action Bronson – “Your Honor”
- Drake ft. 2 Chainz & Big Sean – “All Me”
- Shawn Chrystopher ft. Dom Kennedy & Ashly Breshe – “Situation”
- THURZ ft. Cali Martyr – “Got Damn, Got Damn”
- The Kid Daytona – “Hilary”
- Fice – “The Odyssey” (Local Music)
- Black Milk – “Perfected On Puritan Ave”
- Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica – “Control”
- Rapsody ft. Phonte & Jay Electronica – “Jedi Code”
- **INTERVIEW WITH ROYCE THE CHOICE & GMK, PT. 1**
- Royce The Choice ft. Peta Tosh – “Benihanas” (Local Music)
- Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies – “Hive”
- **INTERVIEW WITH ROYCE THE CHOICE & GMK, PT. 2**
- The Weeknd ft. Drake – “Live For”
- ST 2 Lettaz ft. Joi Tiffany – “Flashlight”
- Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – “Primetime”
- Mayer Hawthorne ft. Jessie Ware & Large Professor – “Her Favorite Song (Large Professor Remix)”
- Tope ft. Luck-One – “New Day” (Local Music)
- Tanya Morgan – “Pick It Up”
- Wu-Tang Clan – “Method Man” (Throwback of the Week)
- Yuna – “Falling”
- Jose James – “Come To My Door (Taylor McFerrin Remix)”
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