Jimmy Fallon likes Sunset Selections. Well, sort of… you have to watch the ultra cool trailer by our writer Eric to find out. The mixtape comes out tomorrow, which is just a trip ’cause I remember having the idea for it a few months ago. The experience of putting this mix together has been both really frustrating and super enjoyable. The entire #SunsetFam contributed to the making of the mixtape–whether it was through contacting artists, letting me “borrow” their artwork, or making this kick ass trailer. Also, the artists on the tape have been amazing and supportive of this idea. But shit, I guess I’ll talk more on that tomorrow.
Watch the video or hit the jump to (FINALLY) find out which artists are on tomorrow’s Sunset Selections mixtape.
Last night, Kanye took to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to close the show with his Yeezus-standout track “Bound 2,” and he even brought Charlie Wilson to perform with him! As much as I love the studio version (closest thing we’ve gotten to The College Dropout-Kanye in a long time), this live-version is awesome. The Roots’ live backing and the backup-vocals just do it for me, man. Shots at Ray J are also always welcome, as well.
Had enough of Justin Timberlake yet? No. The answer is NO. Never. First there was Suit & Tie, then there was Mirrors, then his full album stream of The 20/20 Experience, then there was History of Rap 4 with Jimmy Fallon, now a medley of JT’s biggest hits. This shit right here is my jam. Seeing the man himself playing the music, sing, and–the best part of it all–dance is inspirational. You can have great singers, but if they can’t dance or put on a performance on stage, they’re not going to make it far. That’s part of what has gotten Justin Timberlake so far. It’s what is helping Macklemore make it so big right now. The energy is contagious. I’m able to ignore the weird faces that JT makes when he sings because I’m awed by his dance moves. And the fact that he legitimately looks like he’s having fun. Add to that the addition of Kanye West and Jay-Z lines into this performance, and you’ve got the recipe for…another hit. This is too good.
After a full week of appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and host Jimmy Fallon finally performed the anticipated History of Rap 4. These things just never get old. Included in this year’s performance are Notorious BIG, Macklemore, Eminem, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Lil Bow Wow, Sir Mix-A-Lot, 50 Cent, Nelly, A Tribe Called Quest, Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad James, and more. I need to get drunk with these fellows…we’d have a fucking ball. Their Macklemore moves are my typical dance moves, I think.
Also, I’m not sure how many of these I’ve posted, but for kicks, here’s History of Rap 2 for your viewing pleasure.
There’s very little music I hear today that sounds legitimately different than most other songs on the market. One of the only bands I can name that can claim that their music is truly unique is Alabama Shakes. They’re a new(ish) band on the scene (they formed in 2009, but seemed to really rise to fame this year), and they have absolutely blown my mind. Here’s a video of them performing “Be Mine” on Jimmy Fallon last night. My good god, main singer Brittany Howard is just so damn good.
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are taking me on a trip down memory lane. This shit is hilarious. They killed it back in the day with Part 1, and now, lucky for us, they’re back with a Part 2 of their “History of Rap” series from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I’m not going to go into much detail so I don’t spoil it for yall, but a sneak preview of a few songs they picked: “The Breaks” – Kurtis Blow, “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice, “In Da Club” – 50 Cent … ya that’s enough for yall. Watch the video. Hilarious. (Shout out to my girl Mollie for the heads up on this one.)
Right now, Tyler, the Creator (@fucktyler), Hodgy Beats (@KILLHodgy), and Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (@ofwgkta) might be my favorite hip hop group. They’re outrageous, they’re unprecedented, they’re revolutionary. I really don’t know how else to put it. It has an effect on me like no other music has ever had.
Let me recant you with a story from this morning: I had Kid Cudi level night terrors, and slept terribly. Woke up, my ass was beyond tired. I threw on “Sandwitches” and “Yonkers.” By the middle of Sandwitches, I was literally jumping around my room punching invisible objects screaming “WOLF GANG WOLF GANG WOLF GANG,” like a possessed human being. Truly overtook me. Some of you may think I’m crazy for that, but I’m confident some of you out there will know exactly what I mean. And the thing is, so do so many other artists out there. HUGE artists. Kanye West himself tweeted this last night, linking to Tyler, the Creator’s video for “Yonkers.”
Just days after Kanye’s own “All of the Lights” video drops, and he’s calling a 19 year old’s video the “video of 2011?” That’s unprecedented for the egomaniac that is ‘Ye. That might be the realest support you can get. Truly, unprecedented. Esquire did a great little article explaining the madness that is OFWGKTA. Some of the most notable snippets:
Who the fk are Odd Future? The leader of the group is a 19 year-old named Tyler, or Tyler The Creator. The second-most prominent of the group is a rapper named Hodgy Beats. The rest of the group splinter off into sub-groups. The youngest member is Earl Sweatshirt, who was recently sent away to boarding school by his parents.
What the fk is the big deal about Odd Future? Imagine the most belligerent, psychotic, damaged, and mischievous teenagers you’ve never wanted to meet. Pair them with ounces of charisma, an SAT-ready vocabulary, and rap records. You end up with their mixtapes, which have involved raps about drugs, sex, rape, anarchy, Freudian damage, epic self-consciousness, and a purview of the world mostly involving nihilism, anarchy, and obscenities as vocally nutritious content.
They’re making all of this noise and one of their members is getting sent away to boarding school by his parents? Really? Damn. These kids have a whole lot of future in front of them if they’re making this much noise and they’re young enough to be sent away by their parents.
Anyway, this is a video of them performing on Fallon. ?uestlove’s on the drums, and he’s been all about Tyler and his group recently, tweeting about them seemingly everyday. Tyler, before the concert, said “I want to scare the fuck out of old white fucking people that live in Middle fucking America.” Well, mission accomplished I’m sure. By far the most entertaining late night performance I have ever seen in my entire life. They absolutely OWN the stage, own the show, and blow the crowd away. Look at Mos Def absolutely lose his shit at the end. “Swag! Swag! Afhosaihgiwegaighawigoiwehgiow!!!!”
To put it simply, OFWGKTA makes people lose their minds, and I love it.