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This ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ EDM mix is worth hearing

The-Wolf-of-Wall-Street-Matthew-McConaugheyBY TROY PHILLIPS

If The Wolf of Wall Street has taught us anything, it’s that any true rhythm comes from beating on one’s chest. Matthew McConaughey’s legendary tutelage of Leonardo DiCaprio won’t soon be forgotten, and from the moment McConaughey laid down his impromptu beat, it seemed destined for bigger things.

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Video Breakdown: John Parr’s ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ videos are great


One of the best things about television’s marriage to music is seeing live performances of songs. This is especially true of the ’80s and in this case, John Parr.

“St. Elmo’s Fire” is probably a better song than it was a movie and when you watch these videos of John Parr completely crush it with his trademark American guitar, the song becomes even better. The movie is still mediocre, though.

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LeBron and Michael Beasley karaoke Juvenile’s ‘Back That Azz Up’ [VIDEO]


We’ve seen it a million times before: Athletes wanna be rappers and rappers wanna be athletes. Me, personally, I’d be cool with being in either category, but most of the time these crossovers — myself included — turn out with disastrous results.

This was not the case at Shane Battier’s annual karaoke event, however, as Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Michael Beasley did a duet to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” that is simply fantastic.

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Jay Z and Beyonce performing at the Grammys?

jay-z-e1358205955901BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

It would appear that Jay Z and Beyonce are performing on Sunday at the Grammys, according to a report from multiple sources including AllHipHop.com and US WeeklyAt Poor Scholars, we only cite the finest of publications, I tell you!

This would count as great news for a stagnant awards show that needs something! This year looks a bit more promising.

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My brief and memorable encounter with Ghostface Killah


Today I celebrate the 43rd birthday of one of my favorite rappers of all-time: Ghostface Killah. If you’re unfamiliar with GFK — otherwise known as Tony Starks, Ironman, Pretty Toney, Ghost Deini and many other aliases — you might know him as one of the members of the rap supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan. If you don’t know the Wu-Tang Clan, I’m not sure why you’re reading Poor Scholars, but I’ll let it slide since this is a celebration.

Anyways, Ghostface is one of my favorite emcees because he’s a vivid storyteller that gets incredibly animated during his verses. In a nutshell: It’s just fun to listen to this dude spin hood narratives with the energy he brings to the table.

So in honor of GFK’s birthday, here is the story of a college-aged me — Scott Phillips — meeting Ghostface Killah during a meet-and-greet at DePaul University prior to the release of his fifth album, FishScale.

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Yawnapalooza: Lolla’s underwhelming line-up


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


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’


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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VMAs at Barclays


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


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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