Category Archives: Music

Presented without comment: Brad Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’

Song lyrics after the jump.

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Yawnapalooza: Lolla’s underwhelming line-up

lollaBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Since most of the Poor Scholars staff calls Chicago home, Lollapalooza is usually kind of a big deal. With the announcement of the lineup for this year’s three-day music festival in Grant Park, Poor Scholars staffer and grizzled Lollapalooza veteran Scott Phillips shared some thoughts on this year’s lineup.

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Dubspot crushes April Fools’ Day

ContraptionBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

The Internet is a dangerous place, especially on April Fools’ Day. Every person with social media and a funny bone tries to draw some cheap laughs and this year some Facebook friends even took the plunge off the deep end of April Fools’ jokes by becoming “born-again Christians.” One “friend” went even further, declaring that she was no longer homosexual and back into the opposite sex.

Cruel and personal social media “jokes” aside, I didn’t enjoy another April Fools’ Day joke as much as the video produced by Dubstop.

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Word is Bond: ‘Paul Revere’

beastiesBY ELI KABERON

I’ll admit it – there was some writers block this week.

Some weeks, the verses I want to cover for Word is Bond come naturally to me. Other weeks, like when we covered the Notorious B.I.G. on the anniversary of his death, there is an obvious tie-in.

This week, there’s nothing. For a variety of reasons, I haven’t had time to listen to much new music lately. And no classic verses jumped out to me as ones I had to cover. I tried to scour the iTunes top songs list, but it was filled with tired acts like Lil’ Wayne and something called Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. So that didn’t help.

Finally, as I was just about to leave the computer to clear my head and try and think of a song, it hit me – this week is the Jewish holiday of Passover, which honors the end of slavery thousands of years ago and the exodus from Egypt. No better time to honor the greatest-ever rapping Members of the Tribe, the Beastie Boys.

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Limp Bizkit – Ready To Go?

lbBY RAMBO NOMOLOS

I’ve always operated under the theory that there is one way to tell if someone is trustworthy; does said person like Limp Bizkit? If their answer is anything other than yes, you definitely can’t trust them. This person is a liar. See this is a trick question, everyone likes Limp Bizkit.

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VMAs at Barclays

 vmaBY TROY PHILLIPS

It seems like all roads are headed to Brooklyn these days.

Next month’s can’t miss sports drama 42 takes place in New York’s most popular borough and Jay Z, omnipresent as always, has more reason than ever to stay near home while his Brooklyn Nets battle for homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now the Video Music Awards can be added to the list after choosing Barclays Center as their venue of choice to hand out Moonmen.

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Avicii changes genres mid-set at Ultra Music Festival

aviciiBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Avicii is one of the biggest names in the growing EDM craze sweeping America; if you haven’t heard “Levels” you’ve probably not watched television, attended a sporting event, or gone to a social function featuring people under the age of 35 in the last year. It’s okay if you don’t know the 23-year old Swedish house music phenomenon, because he might have just cut his own career short with a head-scratching performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

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One-hit wonder extended career: Bryce Drew

bryce-drew-thumbBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Each week, Poor Scholars digs a little bit deeper into the catalog of an infamous “one-hit wonder” by listening to their other “top hits” on Spotify to explore what exactly went wrong. This week, since March Madness has taken over his brain, Poor Scholars’ Scott Phillips breaks down the career of famous NCAA Tournament one-hit wonder Bryce Drew.

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Word is Bond: ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)’

bitch-dont-kill-my-vibe-remixBY ELI KABERON

Last week, MTV named Kendrick Lamar the “Hottest MC in the Game” for 2013.

Though I know what it means to be a “hot” MC, I was left confused as to what MTV meant by calling Kendrick the “hottest” rapper in the game right now. Kendrick had the best album from start-to-finish in recent memory; does that really make him the best overall? Is that the same as someone calling Joe Flacco the “best” quarterback in the NFL right now, since he just led the Ravens to the Super Bowl?

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Dangeruss: An inspiration to James Franco

mgid-uma-content-mtvBY RAMBO NOMOLOS

“Dangeruss, the most talented unsigned rappers [sic] in the game, and has a doctrine in skurrt skurrt with a fork.” This of course is if off of the Twitter of unsigned, underground rapper Dangeruss.

Who is Dangeruss you ask and why am I writing about an unsigned rapper from St. Petersburg, Florida?

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