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

BTW Drake Just Released a New Album

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Good news, Drake fans! The former Degrassi star and current crooner/rapper/October’s Very Own hasn’t released an album since 2013, the well-received Nothing Was the Same.

UNTIL NOW!

He literally just dropped his mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on iTunes, a la Beyoncé.

She was surprised, too.

Track names range from the short but sweet (“Legend”, “Energy”) to the mysterious (“Star67”, “You & The 6”). Guests include PARTYNEXTDOOR (a fellow Canadian) and Lil Wayne. The closing track, “6PM In New York” might be a callback to “5AM In Toronto”?

Either way, clearly Drake is making moves by dropping a surprise album right before Valentine’s Day. And it looks like he’s been dropping hints for a while, including references to song titles via Twitter and Instagram.

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Started from the bottom now he’s on iTunes for $1.29 a track or $12.99 for the entire album! Get Listening!

“Happy Valentine’s Day, world. XOXO Aubrey.”

P.S. Full review coming to the The Guide soon.

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Apps & New Releases — Oct. 31, 2014

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B4_InkboardAppInkboard
Free

Have you ever had trouble expressing yourself through the limited characters of a text message? Have you ever wanted to prove that a picture is worth a thousand words? A new app called Inkboard allows iPhone users to draw pictures on their screens. It includes a rainbow of colors and uses an array of tools that replicate crayons, markers, ballpoint pens and highlighters, as well as four different pencil tips and an eraser function. The pictures are then sent as a linked image instead of directly within a text message, but they still add an artistic touch to your conversations.

 

B4_ExposureAppExposure
Free

In the era of semi-professional iPhone photographers, Exposure is another app that allows people to express their artistry through creative photo modifications. The effects this app offers are not very different from the many other photo-editing apps, but what warrants its $1.99 price is that users get to choose a specific area of the photo to apply a given effect. Therefore, Exposure users can mix and match different effects, filters, and even isolate color in black-and-white photos to create highly personalized images that are perfect for sharing.

 

B4_DelectableWinesAppDelectable Wines
Free

This app allows users to take a photo of a wine label, which the app will then instantly recognize and generate a list of reviews and tasting notes from other users within the Delectable Wines community. One can scan an unlimited number of wines for free, add reviews and share their own wine recommendations with friends. Through the extensive database of wines, Delectable users can also follow sommeliers and winemakers to discover new wine choices. Finally, the app allows users to buy wine directly, which then gets delivered right to their doors.

New Releases

B7_BegForIt_VirginEMIRecords‘Beg For It’
Iggy Azalea
★★★☆☆

,While prepping fans for the release of her upcoming studio album “Reclassified,” Iggy has decided to have fun with her latest single without straying too far from her distinctive sound. In the song, she pays tribute to Notorious B.I.G., mirroring his famous “Biggie Biggie Biggie can’t you see” verse lyrics at the end of her second verse. The song combines rhythmic-rap sections with a feminine, high-pitched chorus and a smooth synthesizer to produce a slow-paced whole reminiscent of her earlier hit “Fancy.” It ends with an alluring voice that captures Iggy’s sassy spark. It may not break any revolutionary ground, as Iggy doesn’t seem intent on experimenting with her successful music style.

 

B7_ThePartyLine_MatadorRecords‘The Party Line’
Belle and Sebastian
★★★★★

Coming in strong after five years of low-key living, the indie pop band is back with a new single in anticipation of its new album to be released in January. The male vocals and whispered female accompaniment is similar to Gotye’s indie rock sound, and the song somehow remains upbeat yet pleasurably mellow throughout. This can be attributed to the electric hum of the bass and the single’s bouncing mix of disco-techno ambiance. With playfully alternating combinations of notes and rhythms, the single is sure to attract new fans in the ever more popular indie-pop genre

B7_IBetMyLife_InterscopeRecords‘I Bet My Life’
Imagine Dragons
★★☆☆☆

Two years ago, the indie-rock band made a splash with its debut studio album “Night Visions.” Following a spree of multiple hits and then a brief hiatus from the spotlight, the group had a lot to live up to. This single is a formulaic version of the band’s earlier songs. It starts with a harmonized chorus that immediately switches to an almost country vibe with clapping, heavy percussion and a prominent guitar part. The chorus comes early and suddenly, picking up the speed with lead singer Dan Reynold’s unique voice. The single mimics the form of songs like “On Top of the World.” Overall, it is not a very catchy or melodious tune, leaving one uncertain about the future success of Imagine Dragons’ second album.

B7_6God_OVOSound‘6 God’
Drake
★★☆☆☆

After three of the songs from his upcoming album “Views from the 6” were leaked online, Drake officially released them over the weekend via SoundCloud. “6 God” features a strong drum and bass with a short, melodic background riff that pairs with Drake’s usual rapping style. His pace is led by this clipped, repeating beat for a minute or two before the drums fade and a subtle synthesizer builds up the anticipation. This section never really reaches a peak, as it simply falls back into the original rhythm of the song. Current Drake fans will be content with his unfaltering voice, lyrics and instrumentals, yet he offers nothing new to draw in other potential audiences.