Rap squats Aziz
Every week, the Noisey editors come together as a unit to compile everything they've been listening to lately, much like the members of the Wu-Tang Clan turned into killah bees and morphed together to form RZA and busted through the prison wall. You know what we're talking about. Anyway, here's what the Noisey editors and also BFF Aziz Ansari were listening to this week. The saga continues. Noisey.com, Noisey.com.
I got the Arcade Fire album. I like it. I’m a big LCD Soundsystem fan, so you hear a song like “Reflektor,” and it’s like, “Oh man, this is really good.” It’s a good blend of LCD and Arcade Fire. I’ve been listening to a lot of METZ lately. I listen to a lot of vinyl, so when I travel, I go around to record shops and buy a lot of weird stuff. I found these two compilations of French pop music, like France Gall and Franciose Hardy. Those are really cool. I found them in Michigan.
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The Cranberries - "Linger"
True story: last night, at 2am, I cruised across the bridge back to BK shouting along to this 1993 smash with my three other car companions. And. It. Felt. So. Right. #DontJudge.
Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise (Remix) ft. Nelly"
The Country Music Awards were on Wednesday night. During this show, a lot of bullshit happened—mainly, a fucking oldass white dude named George Strait, a guy so beyond important in popular music and culture right now that the most relevant thing he’s managed to do in the past three years is get mentioned by Drake in a lyric on "Take Care," beat out Taylor Swift, the biggest god damn pop star in the world, for Entertainer of the Year—but the one thing these guys did get correct is award “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line as Single of the Year. This song is such a jam; I don’t even want to think about how many times I’ve drunkenly belted this with friends over the past six months. So, yeah, that’s what I’m listening to this week. Yep. Pop country. I’m from the Midwest. I like country music. Fuck you.
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
So yeah, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turns 20 tomorrow, so every single blog, Tumblr, and Pinterest (including us) is going to post about how important the album is, how much it changed everything, how Wu-Tang is forever. But what's real and true is the feeling you get by pressing "play" on the record; that's what every retrospective piece tries to capture. And it's a testament to Wu-Tang's objective greatness that not a goddamn one of them can fill your heart with the same rugged sense of joy that listening to "Bring da Ruckus" can. With a record so perfect, Wu-Tang could have been one and done and still been hip-hop legends.
Busta Rhymes featuring Q-Tip - "Thank You"
My Internet went out Wednesday night, which was actually fine because a Busta Rhymes x Q-Tip x Kanye West x Lil Wayne song dropped and I got to avoid all of the Twitter fuckery of opinions and listen to it in the shower yesterday morning. It's great. Besides the irrelevant fact that it's HOSTED on Stunna Life's Soundcloud (GOD BLESS YOU, Birdman), Lil Wayne and Kanye do nothing on the track at all except talk, which is fine. Maybe there's a remix. But Busta and Tip trading off bars over this beat makes me feel happy, and Tip sounds so smooth. Between this and "Twerk It," Busta's having a great year on YMCMB. YMCMB/GOOD Fridays? One can only hope.