Kickback Playlist: The Later Tunes

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Earlier this week I made you a playlist inspired by the earlier artists of the day. This playlist was mostly rock, jazz, and funk artists. Today, I am bringing you another playlist, featuring the artists who will perform later in the day. They primarily fall into the genres of rock, alternative, and electronic.

Kickback Evening Playlist from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

This playlist includes:

  1. “Finally Moving” Pretty Lights
  2. “D’yer Mak’er” Led Zeppelin
  3. “Homecoming” Kanye West
  4. “Aurora” Cashmere Cat
  5. “All the Small Things” Blink182
  6. “Snow (Hey Oh)” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  7. “Touch the Sky” Kanye West
  8. “Reach Higher” Paul Basic (feat. Pretty Lights)
  9. “Californication” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  10. “She Looks So Perfect” 5 Seconds of Summer

Attendees should be especially excited about this set of artists because they mentioned sing-a-longs and tons of remixes that will make you want to dance. There has also been talk of artists wearing banana suits and possible stage dives. 4E can’t promise anything, but we will surely be there to see what happens!

Photos/Gifs: The Corp

President West Is in the Building

1406292260If you watched the VMA’s Sunday night, then you would know that a certain Kanye West announced his candidacy for president. Not for this cycle, of course, because that would be too mainstream. No, Kanye has taken the admirable track of announcing his presidential candidacy in 2020. You can never be too ahead of the game!

This blogger decided to spend her afternoon contemplating what a Yeezy 2020 presidential run would look like. Final conclusion: It will be awesome. Why, you ask?

  1. All his campaign songs are Kanye songs.

In recent years, there have been controversies in which artists denounce the candidates playing their songs at political rallies (for example, Tom Petty sending Michele Bachmann a cease-and-desist; Tom Scholz of Boston asking Mike Huckabee to stop using “More Than a Feeling” a t his events; etc.). Kanye would definitely not have this problem. Expect to hear “Touch the Sky” for that inspirational flair, “Homecoming” at the inevitable Chicago campaign rally and probably “I Am a God” at some point. Kanye is not subtle.

  1. Unreal debates.

It’s hard to speculate who Kanye will be competing with in 2020, but just imagine what he would be like in this cycle’s debates. “Imma let you finish Bernie, but New Hampshire is the best state in New England of all time!” “Donald Trump says he’s rich, but having money isn’t everything [but having it is].”

  1. Excellent (?) public speaker.

Kanye has had more than a little experience speaking to a wide audience, with mixed results. There was the classic Taylor Swift debacle of 2009 (6 years ago? How old do you feel right now?), his supremely awkward Today Show interview with Matt Lauer and, my personal favorite, “You ain’t got the answers Sway!” Look out for campaign speeches that mix non-sequiturs with Kanye’s dreams for America, and plenty of gif-able moments from news interviews.

  1. A breath of fresh air – sartorially-speaking.

Do you ever get bored of seeing the presidential candidates wearing their navy or black suits/pantsuits? Good news! There is a 99% chance that Kanye will show up to at least one campaign event in his crystal face mask.

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  1. An amazing running mate.

If he defies all logic and earns his party’s nomination, we’re in for a treat. Imagine a ‘Ye-Jay ticket (“Watch the Throne” is a political party, right?). Or ‘Ye-Bey. It’s too bad that Paul McCartney isn’t a US citizen because after the success of their recent musical collaborations. Who’s to say Kanye and Paul can’t make a great political team, too?

Political poster waiting to happen.

#Yeezy2020

Images/Gifs: theodysseyonline.com, Tumblr, telegraph.co.uk, vevo.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Turnt Up 2k13

School’s been in for less than a month but it’s already wearing us down. Although we might not have our summertime energy and the weather’s taken a turn for the worse, the summertime tunes endure. It’s easy to get back into the place where good feelings abound with the right music. Hoyas, it’s time to get turnt up:

New Slaves (DJ Snake Remix) – Kanye West “Yeezus” is considered by many as the best album of the summer, and “New Slaves” is one of the best tracks on it. This remix encourages more turnt up-ness than even the original.

Tom Ford – Jay Z If you haven’t heard yet, Mr. Carter has dropped the hyphen from his stage name. Don’t worry though – he still has the ability to come out with some of the catchiest beats out there. If you’re in search of a pump up song, this song or one of its many trap remixes will do nicely.

Versace – Migos ft. Drake Hip hop heads who follow the so-called “power rankings” of rappers will know that this summer was a dramatic one for the rap game. While Kendrick may claim the number one spot with his verse on Big Sean’s “Control”, Drake still makes a case for himself with this verse.

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus Real talk: this song is catchy and was one of the most popular tracks this summer. Say what you want about Miley and her controversial VMA performance; this girl made an alright song. Hey, at least I didn’t put Robin Thicke in here, right?

Blood on the Leaves – Kanye West I try not to repeat artists but if the theme is “turnt up”, I can’t deny this song. The drop in this song will be remembered for years to come.

The Way – Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller I promise I put this song on here for its musical merits and not because Ariana Grande is a goddess among mortals. But apparently she’s dating Mac Miller… so I guess it’s time to announce my debut in the rap game. (Call me Leezy?)

Power Trip – J.Cole ft. Miguel “Born Sinner” challenges “Yeezus” for the title of album of the summer. This song is a perfect combination of the lyricism that we have come to expect from J. Cole and the smooth voice of Miguel. The only thing that isn’t smooth about Miguel is this little stunt that was recorded in a live performance. (Scratch that. Did you see how he handled it? Still smooth.)

Numbers on the Boards – Pusha T This song is neither a summertime hit nor a typical pump up song. But if you know Pusha T, you know that he doesn’t need a conventional pump up beat to drop a great track.

Come As You Are – Nirvana An old school perspective on “turnt up”. Flashback Friday, anyone?

A1 Everything – Meek Mill ft. Kendrick Lamar And now a new school approach to “turnt up”. Meek Mill and Kendrick spit absolute fire in this song. So Hoyas, its the weekend; y’know what time it is…

“New Slaves” and Kanye Controversy

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If there are three things that Kanye West does best, they are the following:

1. Being provocative
2. Being dramatic
3. Being unintentionally hilarious

After making the entire musically-inclined corner of the internet explode by cryptically tweeting “June 18th,” which has since become the presumed release date of his new solo album, Kanye has been playing with us like a killer whale plays with a seal. (Deputy editor’s note: If you haven’t seen a killer whale playing with a seal, please watch this video. It is very graphic and disturbing, and it is very much like this moment where Kanye is the whale and Taylor Swift is the seal. Also, speaking of killer whales and Kanye West, this just speaks for itself.)

On the 17th, Kanye tweeted that his newest single would be premiering in a unique fashion – with installation art video performances at scheduled locations across the globe.

Why he always tweets in all caps is also a mystery
Why he always tweets in all caps is also a mystery

The song that premiered on the sides of buildings all over the world is the supposed first single off the new solo album – possibly titled “Yeezus” – and is called “New Slaves.”

Kanye has never been one to shy away from controversial statements about race in America or about life in general and this new track is certainly no exception. Juxtaposing the standards of life on the streets and life among the stars, “New Slaves” certainly follows West’s knack for stirring up polemic audience responses.

“New Slaves” is less personal than some of his other tracks have been, considering the fact that all of 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (one of my favorite albums ever) is essentially a musical therapy session over the loss of his mother and the fallout over the Taylor Swift incident but Yeezy’s characteristic self-awareness is still evident. He knows that he is firmly entrenched in the upper echelon he raps about, but he still sees the effects of racism even at the top.

But it’s Kanye, so it’s bursting with attitude and loud-mouthed swagger. I’m already obsessed with it. Kanye has mastered the art of using overwhelming narcissism and materialism to cope with self-loathing and it shows on this track.

I throw these Maybach keys / I wear my heart on my sleeve
I know that we the new slaves / I see the blood on the leaves

He performed the song again this past Saturday as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live along with another new song called “Black Skin Head.” There’s clearly a heavy racial element going on with his new tracks, which may make some fans uncomfortable if the theme continues on the rest of the new album, but I doubt Kanye really cares how you feel.
 

If you’re ever feeling down, y’all should really consider trying Kanye’s coping method. It’s hard to feel bad about yourself when you walk around acting like the sun shines for no one but you. In the meantime though, keep your eyes out for the latest music and antics from the ever-controversial Kanye.

Seven Questions With Tate Tucker

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Georgetown University is full of future CEOs, diplomats, senators and … famous rappers?

You may have seen Tate Tucker (COL ’14) perform at a Georgetown event, on YouTube or maybe just in the cubicle next to yours doing his homework. You may have caught him rapping for Lupe Fiasco in sociology class, or maybe you’ve seen his most recent success: his Harlem Shake video which hit one million views on Thursday and, since then, has received almost another 500,000 views in just two days. We at The Fourth Edition got the opportunity to sit down and talk with him about his life here at Georgetown, his musical inspiration and his upcoming ventures. Read on!

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Friday Fixat10ns: Getting Back Wit’ It

Whether or not you’ve actually back into the regular beat of things, you will be soon. This Friday Fixat10ns is a soundtrack for all of you warriors taking on the daily grind once again. You’re not alone. Mr. President is about to head into his second term, too, So bump this weekend’s fixat10ns, knowing that President Obama is about to jump right back into work with you.

2nd Period: Shoot Down The Stars – Gym Class Heroes Take Travie’s advice; it doesn’t matter how you doing when it all starts out. Everyone understands that you got some rust. It’s time to do it big now.

I’m God – Clams Casino This isn’t narcissism or egocentric. You have to have a little self-encouragement right? I think this song may be the one I appreciate the most musically, and that’s saying something — this playlist is stacked.

‘Till I Collapse Remix – Eminem, Nate Dogg, 50 Cent,Tupac Don’t stop pushing. You gotta grind through that work. The Fourth Edition is here for you ,though; hype yourself up with this jam. Make sure you check out the original, though — it’s worth listening to.

Swagga Luke Us – T.I. ft. Kanye West, Jay Z & Lil Wayne One of the plus sides of coming back and getting back with it? You got your crew again. Rule the weekend with your squad.

World Domination – Joey Bada$$ And what do you do with your crew? Run Georgetown! Okay, I understand this is a little contrived. I really wanted to put some Joey Bada$$ on this playlist; anyone who hasn’t heard 1999 needs to get on that ASAP.

Stay Schemin’ – Rick Ross ft. Drake and Frank Montana Don’t lose your first semester flavor tho. This song reminds  you to “stayyyy scheminnnn…”

Hol’ Up – Kendrick Lamar First semester, good kid , m.A.A.d. City was the soundtrack on campus. Don’t neglect his earlier work, though. Get second semester started with this song off of Section.80.

Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre ft. Eminem I needed a comeback song on this playlist, and this one is the classiest one I could think of. This isn’t some “I’m Back” track by a rapper you never knew was gone. This one is the return of a genius in his own right.

My President – Young Jeezy ft. Nas “My President is black/My lambo is blue/And I be goddamned if my rims ain’t too … ” Young Jeezy dropping some wisdom on you to celebrate inaugural weekend.

Young Forever – Jay Z This take on “Forever Young” is the anthem for those clinging to their youth. You’re in your Spring semester! It doesn’t seem like you’re getting old, but you are. Appreciate it. No matter how much you want to be forever young, you won’t. Do it big Spring 2013!

Guide Grooves: Ben Folds Five and G.O.O.D Music

This week’s Guide Grooves focuses in on the two new albums and three singles reviewed in last Friday’s issue of The Guide. The Sound of the Life of the Mind marks the ‘return’ of Ben Folds Five… or an attempt at a ‘return’, while Kanye West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music released Cruel Summer, a masterful compilation of some of the hip-hop industry’s most popular artists. And just to keep things more random, you will find a nice eclectic scattering of the Killers, some angry punk music and ska to compliment the already stark contrast between the two new albums of the week.

Erase Me — Ben Folds Five A dramatic opening of a song for a dramatic opening of an album. The beginning sounds like the Ben Folds Five I used to know but it soon progresses to what I imagine it’d sound like if Ben Folds covered a Panic at the Disco song…

Thank You for Breaking my Heart — Ben Folds Five Classic Ben Folds with the moving piano line, half-spoken half-sung lyrics, complete with dramatic pauses. J’aime bien.

Draw a Crowd — Ben Folds Five Opens with a fun and driving piano line and proceeds to some forcibly quirky lyrics. Absolutely a catchy song, but a little peculiar at a closer listen.

To the World — Kanye West ft R. Kelly Well it’s certainly no “Trapped in the Closet Chapter 2” but R. Kelly and Kanye put together what is sure to become the new anthem of dance parties across college campuses sometime soon. Needless to say, there will soon be a lot of middle fingers in the air.

Creepers — Kid Cudi It’s great to hear Cudi rapping again. “I’m just doing my thang, if you know what I mean”. Yes Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, I do know what you mean. I do.

Runaways — The Killers Oh goodness how I love The Killers. Great thriving beat, cannot wait to get home to my car so I can pop this on a playlist between a couple Springsteen songs and play it while driving around with my friends.

Push and Shove — No Doubt Mm…sorry Gwen, there’s a little doubt. This sounds like 4-5 songs in one very eclectic mix, doesn’t quite do it for me.

Secret Society — Title Fight Keep in mind that the girl reviewing this recently cried after hearing Mumford and Son’s ‘Reminder’: This was not exactly… my particular cup of tea. It was a very angry cup of tea.