Monday Music Update! (Week of 12/4/17)

Congrats, guys. We’ve made it to the last week of classes. Good luck with finals after this week! Enjoy this week’s vibes on 4E’s latest playlist:

  1. WinSiempre – Boge and a Backpack – Kaji Gray (prod. WinSiempre)
    https://soundcloud.com/smi53/boge-and-a-backpack-kaji-gray-prod-winsiempre
  2. Rajitheone – #WhiteGirlVoice
    https://open.spotify.com/track/4TkGhMYlkcbxCMj3pny9mU
  3. 6LACK – Learn Ya
    https://open.spotify.com/track/2V8OJ8i3WBh4Los9wG6OKQ
  4. Roy Woods – Say Less
    https://open.spotify.com/track/5sOW5hiIFFjtS51KMlWwt1
  5. slenderbodies – amnesia
    https://open.spotify.com/track/0JWhOjXZvKRtD6n1H6CRVV
  6. blackbear – gucci linen (feat. 2 Chainz)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/02DGz57a3TK3jNiibbnxaK
  7. blackbear – g2g ttyl (feat. THEY.)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/5peXF38os4UT1lsfdoKMt5
  8. Mansionz – nobody knows – Soren Bryce
    https://open.spotify.com/track/79Ho3Dq9Go7gS30tMJROzT
  9. Mike Stud – Lost Me
    https://open.spotify.com/track/5LG63eRhfNFYyCGU1QZXCo
  10. D-Why – One Day
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6lRfpMTNgkOnxkVKhnGd4R

Enjoy your last week!

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, spotify.com, giphy.com

Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/27/17)

Short and sweet. Just like the past break. Enjoy this week’s 4E Monday Music Update!

  1. Flume – Free (Luude x Creepa Flip Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/luude-2-0/flume-free-luude-x-creepa-flip
  2. RL Grime – Reims (Enschway & Luude Flip Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/luude-2-0/rl-grime-reims-enschway-luude-flip
  3. MGMT – Kids (Aux Paris Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/auxparis/kids
  4. Loud Luxury feat. Brandy – Body
    https://soundcloud.com/loudluxury/loud-luxury-feat-brando-body
  5. NGHTMRE & SLANDER – GUD VIBRATIONS
    https://soundcloud.com/nghtmre/nghtmre-slander-gud-vibrations

Knock those finals dead. Good luck, everyone!

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, giphy.com

Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/13/17)

We are all so ready to go home. Eat turkey. Catch up on sleep. Finally binge-watch Stranger Things 2. But until then, enjoy the latest 4E-approved tunes!

  1. 070 Shake – Honey
    https://open.spotify.com/track/0PoMoPqIJxe6H0rDMnpGP8
  2. Roy Woods – Instinct (ft. MadeinTYO)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/49VzL5oBsUICN7U34T98b9
  3. Big Sean – No More Interviews
    https://open.spotify.com/track/3IRloeDfPgi7bH5OwXfwkN
  4. Pham – Movements (ft. Yung Fusion)
    https://soundcloud.com/xxx/pham-movements-ft-yung-fusion 
  5. Kygo – Nothing Left ft. Will Heard (Trinix Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/stayseemusic/kygo-nothing-left-ft-will-heard-trinix-remix
  6. Kygo – This Town
    https://open.spotify.com/track/4aSfgWmRa9KsISD4Jmx7QB
  7. Shura – Touch
    https://soundcloud.com/shura/shura-touch
  8. Louis The Child – Phone Died (ft. Blaise Railey)
    https://soundcloud.com/louisthechild/phonedied
  9. Darci – Two Up
    https://soundcloud.com/darksidedarci/darci-two-up
  10. Childish Gambino – Terrified (Zikomo Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/zikomo/childish-gambino-terrified-zikomo-remix

Thanks for reading! Time to get listening!

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, spotify.com, giphy.com

Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/6/17)

Midterms should be over. So relax and listen to some music!

Here is 4E’s latest ~Music Monday~ playlist to help you de-stress:

  1. Brent Faiyaz – Gang Over Luv
    https://soundcloud.com/brentfaiyaz/gang-over-luv?in=brentfaiyaz/sets/sonder-son
  2. Brent Faiyaz – First World Problemz / Nobody Carez
    https://soundcloud.com/brentfaiyaz/first-world-problemz-nobody
  3. Russ – Cherry Hill
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6qcuRcbz8DCLG6nG4or8Uo
  4. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Wus Good/Curious (NVR Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/therealdonnyvega/party-next-door-wus-good
  5. LLD – All That Matters (LiveMix)
    https://soundcloud.com/livelikedavis/livelikedavis-all-that-matters
  6. The Sun King – I Wrote This Song For An Ex (ft. Abbn0rmal)
    https://soundcloud.com/the-sun-king-ny/i-wrote-this-song-for-an-ex-remix-ft-abbn0rmal
  7. Roy Woods – What Are You On?
    https://open.spotify.com/track/4467C0jkad7vMVD8kOhFxW
  8. dsvn – Don’t Choose
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6OVDdIF1LyY36sXL5xGCSR
  9. H.E.R – Jungle
    https://open.spotify.com/track/3C23UChONVCL0A3U9uWO5u
  10. Russ – Losin’ Control (Silver Waves Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/silverwaves/losin-control-remix-1

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, spotify.com, giphy.com

Monday Music Update! (Week of 10/30)

Hope your Halloweekend was everything you hoped and dreamed for it to be! Homecoming is next, so get your bodies ready.

Here is 4E’s latest Music Monday Playlist:

  1. Nurko ft. Misdom – With You
    https://soundcloud.com/nurkomusic/nurko-with-you-feat-misdom-extended
  2. Tove Lo & Branchez & Madeintyo Remix
    https://soundcloud.com/steedyroyce/tove-lo-branchez-madeintyo
  3. Shawn Harris – Uptown
    https://soundcloud.com/shawnharrisblk/shawn-harris-uptown-prince-tribute
  4. Amir Obe – Cigarettes
    https://soundcloud.com/amirobe/cigarettes
  5. Ty Austin – “Come Over”
    https://soundcloud.com/tyaustin101/come-over
  6. Jaden Smith – PCH
    https://soundcloud.com/artsydreamboy/pch-jaden-smith
  7. JACK U & Post Malone – Where R U Now [Flosstradamus Remix]
    https://soundcloud.com/flosstradamus/jack-u-x-post-malone-where-r-u-now-allen-iverson-flosstradamus-remix
  8. Frank Ocean – Wiseman [Portrait Remix]
    https://soundcloud.com/portraitsounds/frank-ocean-wiseman
  9. Russ – The Game
    https://soundcloud.com/russ/the-game-prod-russ
  10. Flume & Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools/You & Me [NOVABAD Remix]
    https://soundcloud.com/barannobari/flume-kendrick-lamar-swimming-pools-you-and-me-from-youtube

See everyone on the weekend!

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, giphy.com

Monday Music Update! (Week of 10/23)

Halloweekend is coming upppp! Get pumped. For those still taking midterms, I’m sorry. Here’s your weekly update!

  1. Marvin Dolo – 3:23AM https://soundcloud.com/marvindolo/323am
  2. SAFE – Feel https://soundcloud.com/bougiebrito/safe-feel
  3. Amir Obe – WISH YOU WELL https://soundcloud.com/amirobe/wish-you-well-1
  4. Thutmose – WuWu https://soundcloud.com/thutmose/wuwu
  5. Flume/Galantis Remix – U/You and I/Me https://soundcloud.com/midwestcoast2/uyou-and-ime-flumegalantis
  6. Jeremih – F*ck U All the Time [Shlohmo Remix] https://soundcloud.com/shlohmo/jeremih-fuck-u-all-the-time
  7. Just A Gent – Limelight ft. R O Z E S [NGHTMRE Remix] https://soundcloud.com/nghtmre/just-a-gent-limelight-ft-r-o-z-e-s-nghtmre-remix
  8. Emma Jensen – Closer https://soundcloud.com/emmasjensen/closer-emma-jensen
  9. Frank Ocean – Swim Good [Mills Remix] https://soundcloud.com/millymakesmusic/frank-ocean-swim-good-mills
  10. Drake & Flume – Best I Ever Had You & Me https://soundcloud.com/ckuehmeier/best-i-ever-had-you-me-drake

Stay in the grind, and ~good luck~ with the midterms seizin’. Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, giphy.com, tumblr.com

Monday Music Update!

Here are some tracks you should hit up during the week! Keep holding on: The weekend will be here before you know it. You got this.

  1. Jori Vague (ft. Ave Often)  – Focus
    https://soundcloud.com/jorivague/focus
  2. Dua Lipa – New Rules (Alison Wonderland Remix)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/5Fx2UrcQobzM1h2ihdhsmm?fo=1&utm_medium=share&utm_source=desktop&success=1#_=_
  3. MO – Nights with You (Nonsens Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/momomoyouth/nights-with-you-nonsens-remix-free-download
  4. Musæus – Redbone + Tupac Mashup
    https://soundcloud.com/simen-musaeus/redbone-tupac
  5. Digital Farm Animals – True (Jay Pryor Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/thefallingappleremixes/digital-farm-animals-true-jay-pryor-remix
  6. PLS&TY – Run Wild
    https://soundcloud.com/pls-ty/plsty-run-wild
  7. Kill Them With Colour – Always Somethin
    https://soundcloud.com/killthemwithcolour/alwayssomethin
  8. GUAP BEATS – Bad And Boujee X Super Freak Full Mashup
    https://soundcloud.com/guapbeats/bad-and-boujee-x-super-freak-full-mashup
  9. Drake – Sweeter Man
    https://soundcloud.com/1800_n_yo_mamas_crib/drake-sweeter-man
  10. Party Next Door – Break from Toronto (Old, but still #vibes)
    https://soundcloud.com/eloseeoh/party-next-door-break-from

Happy Monday from 4E!!

Music/GIF Source: soundcloud.com, spotify.com, giphy.com

Summer 2017: Important News Updates

While it seems like just yesterday we were gracing the floors of Lau with our last-minute study guides and caffeine-fueled tears, Summer 2017 is  officially in full swing nevertheless. We know it can be hard to keep up with the headlines when you’re away from the Hilltop, so we here at 4E have compiled a convenient list of the most important things to happen this summer (so far). Take a break from lying in bed binge-watching Netflix working hard at your prestigious internship and enjoy!

Taylor Swift Put Her Music Back on Spotify Like many of you, I endured the #struggle of having to actually purchase songs on iTunes after Taylor took all her music off of Spotify back in 2014 (full disclosure: “Shake It Off” is my anthem. I will likely walk down the aisle at my wedding to this song.) But a few weeks ago, T-Swift fans across the globe rejoiced as her songs suddenly reappeared on the music-streaming platform. Adding to the drama, this move not-so-coincidentally came on the same day as the album release of her famous frenemy, Katy Perry. In other words, Taylor Swift has taken the definition of “petty” to a whole new level this summer.

Beyoncé Had Twins As expected, Beyoncé gave birth to twins and continued her reign of ruling the universe that began way back in 1999 upon the release of “Say My Name.” While pictures of her twins have not yet been released at the time of this publication, we can confirm that they will undoubtedly be cooler and more stylish than I could ever hope to be, as evidenced by the fact that their older sister Blue Ivy is already way ahead of me in terms of both coolness and style.

With genes like this, the rest of us don’t stand a chance

“The Floor Is” Became the Hottest Meme Like many of you, our primary form of communication here at 4E is tagging one another in memes on various social media platforms. Based on our own personal experience, we can definitively say that “The Floor Is” is the hottest meme of the summer so far. For those of you who are over the age of 23 and/or those of you who somehow don’t spend every waking moment staring at your phone, here is Knowyourmeme.com’s official definition to help you better understand: “The Floor Is… refers to an exploitable two-panel photo series featuring  a person avoiding the floor, as they would in The Floor is Lava/Hot Lava Game. It has been used to make image macros about actions that one person will try their best to avoid doing.” See visual examples below.

The Trump Administration Left the Paris Climate Agreement This pretty much sums it up…

Josh Peck Didn’t Invite Drake Bell to His Wedding This one is by far the saddest moment of the summer and possibly even the saddest thing to happen to anyone ever. Josh did not invite the other half of “Drake and Josh: to his wedding. Across the world, millennials wept and wondered: how could this happen? Where did it all go wrong? Did we do something to cause this? Was Megan somehow involved? We may never know what exactly spurred the saddest breakup since the Jonas Brothers disbanded, but we can only hope that these two “brothas” will eventually move beyond this tragedy and hug it out.

Also, do we know if Amanda Bynes was invited? Asking for a friend.

So there you have it: the most important things to happen this summer…so far. Stay tuned for our next edition, and in the meantime, enjoy your summers!

Photos/Gifs/Sources: giphy.com, knowyourmeme.com, ryanair.com/blog, tumblr.com

Drake vs. Meek Mill: What You Need To Know

Daniel's PostOkay, what’s the deal with Meek Mill and Drake?

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the beef from a distance, heard Drake’s hit diss record or read Meek Mill’s infamous tweets. But let’s get you guys informed about the events of Summer 2k15 so we can all get up to speed with the latest in the hip hop saga.

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This July, Drake received criticism from Meek Mill, Rick Ross’ protégé, who claimed Drake was employing a ghostwriter for his most recent hit songs. A ghostwriter is a songwriter who receives under the table compensation for their contributions to a song or album, and employing them is a cardinal sin in hip hop. In reality, Meek was upset that Drake didn’t tweet about Mill’s latest project and claimed that the lack of support was the result of his discovery that the Toronto rapper used a ghostwriter on their joint single, R.I.C.O.

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While most claims of inauthenticity in hip hop go unnoticed, Mill actually provided the name of the alleged ghostwriter, Quentin Miller, and his early recordings of popular would-be Drake songs. Unfortunately for Meek, Drake responded to the drama in the most hip hop way he knew how: he dropped two diss records in the same week. The latter of which, “Back to Back”, was a scathing hit that flooded the internet and was even nominated for a Grammy.

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Meek’s “Twitter Fingers” continued long before his weak response record dropped the following week, and at this point, most people concluded that Drake had won regardless of the truth behind Meek’s initial claims.

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Meek Mill took countless more L’s over the following months as several subliminal disses were fired from Drake and Atlanta rapper, Future, as well as more direct jabs from the ever-feuding 50 Cent. Some believed Mill’s career to be over and mocked his hip hop instincts as most of his responses came from Twitter instead of his music. However, things took an interesting turn this past week.

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Last weekend, Drake released a new track, “Summer Sixteen”, officially launching his campaign for his upcoming album Views from the 6. The single appeared to be another diss record aimed at Meek Mill, referencing being in the hotel room above Meek at the Four Seasons the night of Back to Back dropping and his own dance moves from the Hotline Bling music video. Meek Mill responded immediately, posting a new track just 15 minutes later referencing those same two things and claiming Quentin Miller had informed him of what Drake would be talking about in “Summer Sixteen”. In an interesting turn of events, the overwhelming internet response was positive for Meek.

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And so now we have to ask, who is really winning this seemingly endless beef? While Drake’s first response record this summer, “Charged Up” was viewed as a weak diss, the commercial success and quotability of “Back to Back” rendered the Toronto rapper victorious. Meek’s overall credibility took a hit through the process, but here we are half a year later wondering how Meek actually managed to respond so quickly to “Summer Sixteen”. Did he really find out from Quentin Miller? Does Drake really write any of his songs?

I guess all we can do is wait and see. Next week on hip hop beefs, Iggy Azalea vs the world. Just kidding.

 

Photos/Gifs: entertainthis.usatoday.com, memegenerator.com, reddit.com, hotnewhiphop.com

So, Drake and Future Dropped a Mixtape

future-drake-performing-e1441985249807Haven’t listened to the new Drake mixtape yet? Don’t fret.

We’re all busy here at the Hilltop. Sometimes, too busy to keep up with all the pop culture happenings. But we all still want to seem cool in front of that hottie in our Intermediate 1 Spanish class. Freshman boys, I‘m looking at you.

4E is here for you. We’ve listened to and analyzed the new Drake and Future mixtape, so you don’t have to.

Quick Facts:

Title: What a Time to be Alive

Release date: Sept. 20

When you should say you first heard about it: Literally forever ago

Album art:

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Social Media connection: All of Meek Mill’s Instagram photos have been getting spammed in the comments by diamond emoji, in reference to his feud with Drake.

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WARNING: Don’t go too far into this if you don’t actually know about the Drake and Meek Mill feud.

How many times you should play it at your New South pregame this weekend: On a loop. There should be nothing on else on your Spotify playlist.

At some point someone might ask you, “Is this the new Drake mixtape?” Score, they took the bait! Now, when discussing the mix tape, make sure to describe it as “fire” at least six times. Anything else and they’ll know you’re faking it.

WARNING: Don’t mention the 6. We all know you don’t know what the 6 is.

Now if you want to really get into the album, but still don’t have time to listen to it, we’ve provided a track list with our insights into the meaning of the songs, to give you something to discuss.

  1. Digital Dash: This is a tricky one, but after exhaustive research, we at 4E have concluded that the title is in reference to the classic 2004 Sonic the Hedgehog video game.
  1. Big Rings: About Saturn. Trust us on this. Drake is really into astronomy.
  1. Live from the Gutter: In late 2006, Drake did a benefit concert for homelessness in Toronto, in preparation for which he spent 6 months living on the streets. This song is about that.
  1. Diamonds Dancing: About being an astronaut in space with stars. See above re: Drake and astronomy.
  1. Scholarships: Honestly, we’re kind of stumped by this one. When discussing this one, take a pause in the conversation to mention how either: a. You didn’t need a scholarship to come here, or b. How much money other schools offered you that you turned down because you couldn’t imagine going somewhere that didn’t have the ugliest library in the entire country.
  1. Plastic Bag: Remember Katy Perry’s Firework? Drake does. He feels like a plastic bag, and wants us to know it!
  1. I’m the Plug: Drake is a sensitive man, and he’s not afraid to show it. One time, Nicki mentioned that she could never find outlets in his apartment, but he couldn’t find the words to tell her that HE’S the plug, and he doesn’t feel like she’s accepting his emotional energy.
  1. Change Locations: Drake’s tour manager is very underqualified. Drake is not happy about this.
  1. Jumpman: Self-explanatory.
  1. Jersey: A tribute to Jackie Robinson, an inspiration to us all and true American hero.
  1. 30 for 30 Freestyle: There was a sale on mini hand sanitizers at the Bath and Body Works once.  Drake bought 30 of them for $30, so, as we all know, he loves a good sale.

From all of us at 4E, you’re welcome.

Now go out and pull some betches with your newfound Drake knowledge.

And when pulling those betches, don’t forget to ask yourself, “WWDD” (what would Drake do?). Respect and treasure those betches.

Photos/Gifs: www.leakedearly.co, instagram.com, tumblr.com