8 items from 2014
Just look at this face!!! Drake's normally all smiles, but he appears to be especially thrilled to perform alongside Lauryn Hill at Toronto's Ovo Fest. Lauryn started her set with "Doo Wop (That Thing)," which turned into a medley with Drake's "Draft Day," which samples "Doo Wop" itself. And that's just one set: Ovo also had Usher, 50 Cent, and Outkast.But really, here's more Lauryn: »
- Lindsey Weber
The Grammy Awards governing body, the Recording Academy, has never been one to make rash decisions when it comes to modifying the awards procedure, so here, in 2014, they have made a major decision regarding sampling: Starting with the Feb. 8, 2015 Grammy Awards, songs that include samples or interpolations of previously written songs will be allowed in all songwriting categories, including the coveted Song of the Year. Is this a good decision? I’m not so sure. In some ways, the Grammys are so cautious in making changes that they miss the cultural significance of that musical moment (and that is partially the Grammys’ point: they aren’t meant to bow to trends or fads). On the plus side, this is simply an acknowledgement that a new, creative work that stands on its own that uses a sample to add some zing or to salute an influence, shouldn’t be exempt because of the sample. »
- Melinda Newman
Glee, Season 5, Episode 18, “Back-Up Plan”
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Ian Brennan
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Et on Fox
Glee season five has been all about Rachel bouncing back and forth between legitimately nice and completely intolerable. Finally, after years of scrapping for solos in Glee Club, her lifelong goal has come true. She starts on Broadway while just barely in college at her dream school, playing the lead role in an iconic revival. Oh and did we mention it’s the lead role, the title role, Fanny Brice, the Funny Girl herself? The character who is essentially Rachel Berry’s spirit animal? You guessed it, she gets bored after a month and attempts to throw the whole production under a giant bus.
The cinematography during “Wake Me Up”, originally by One Republic, works well. Particularly memorable are the camera angles shot through the flowers, showing the passage of »
- Rachel Brandt
When we last saw Rachel Berry, she was basking in the glow of her triumphant New York Times review. She’s been a roll ever since. She’s being treated like a real star, with adoring fans waiting by the standing by the stage door, her face plastered on busses and benches, and there are even whispers of a Tony nomination. It’s everything Rachel has ever wanted. You know, what she’s been dreaming of since we met her four years ago. All we eeeeeever heard about. Well, today is a new day. She signs with the Ica talent agency, but the agent, who doesn’t think she’s got the look for television or film, quickly douses her ego. Brace yourselves; you are about to enter, The Meta Zone.
Kurt and Blaine are walking the mean street of Chelsea or something, while Kurt gives his fiancé the lowdown on one Ms. »
- Dana Piccoli
Glee returned on Tuesday with the apparent intention of flipping everything from last week – or the last several few seasons of Glee – of its head. For one thing, Rachel no longer thinks that being a Broadway star is all its cracked up to be.
Signing autographs following a performance, Rachel (Lea Michele) glides down the streets of New York City. Her starring performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl has earned her rave reviews and chatter that the starlet could be on her way to her first Tony nomination. However, her joy is cut short during a meeting with her agent. Rachel thinks that she could parlay her Broadway career into one on the big or small screen. The agent doesn’t believe she has the look to be in front of the cameras, but assures her she can have a lengthy tenure as Fanny Brice.
Suddenly, Rachel »
Drake's 'Draft Day'
"Draft Day" starts out with a reference to Johnny Manziel – who’s sandwiched between two girls on the background for the SoundCloud track – and goes on to mention NBA prospect Andrew Wiggins. Drake then raps about himself, his money and his general success before he gets into name-dropping some fellow rappers and actors – and making some less-than subtle digs.
“And if I left s--t to chance I would've picked a name like Chance the Rapper/ No offense cause I don't know that ni--a,” raps Drake about the Chicago hip-hop artist.
Making a dig ostensibly about the married Jay-z and the engaged Kanye West, he goes on, “I'm focused on makin' records and gettin' bigger/Just hits, no misses, »
Get in line, Drake! The rapper just released his latest single, "Draft Day," and gave a shout-out to the Oscar winner who's stolen the hearts of many. "On some Hunger Games s--t, I would die for my district/ Jennifer Lawrence you could really get it/ I mean, for real girl, you know I had to do it for ya," he says on the song. Hmm…we wonder what Drake's inseparable pal Rihanna thinks of his latest girl crush! But J.Law wasn't the only famous face that the Toronto rapper calls out during the track. The almost five-minute track, which samples Lauryn Hill's 1998 hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)," is filled with disses at other artists like Jay Z and »
Drake’s new freestyle, “Draft Day,” is full of boasts about some of his favorite people, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Listen below. Over a sample of Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing),” Drake compares his own rise to fame with the NFL Draft. He also addresses some of his competition, like Chance the Rapper. "And if I left this shit to chance, I would've picked a name like Chance the Rapper," Drake raps. "No offense 'cause I don't know that n---a / I focus on making records and getting bigger." About J Law he spits: “On some Hunger Games shit / I would die for my district / Jennifer Lawrence / You could really get it / I mean, for real girl, you know I had to do it for ya." What do you think of Drake's "Draft Day?" »
- Whitney Phaneuf
8 items from 2014
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