The 19 Best Moments Of Drake’s “SNL”

Drake pulled double duty on SNL this week for the first time ever.

He last appeared on the late night NBC show in 2011, but only as the musical guest.

Basically, he gave J.T. a run for his money.

Because he was so on.

1. Like when he appeared in the cold open as a pitch-perfect A-Rod.

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Coiffed hair, lip-licks, denials and all.

2. When he got re-re-bar mitzvahed and it was basically everything we ever wanted.

3. I mean, his rap included these lyrics: “Chillin’ in Boca Raton with my mensch, Lenny Kravitz / The only purple drink we drink is purple Manischewitz!”

 

(Really though, you need to watch the whole thing.)

4. When he played Lil Wayne playing Steve Urkel and it was pure genius.

5. Even though we’ll never think of “Did I do thaaaaat?” the same way again.

6. When he perfectly emulated Jay Z’s signature chuckle.

“Ha-ha-ha! Brooklyn.”

7. THOSE. THIGHS.

 

Who wears short shorts? Drizzy Drake, of course. While doing a Legends of the Hidden Temple-meets-Disney World sketch. It. was. everything.

8. When he did the cutest dad dance ever and rocked a grandpa sweater, glasses, and ‘stache like no one else.

 

9. When we fantasized about starting every morning greeted by his sweet face.

10. Even when it looks like this:

11. When he gave a very Kanye-esque minimalist performance of “Started From The Bottom” and “Trophies.”

12. When he transformed into weed advocate Katt Williams…

13. Between the hair flipping and his spot-on voice work, we were assured that Drake hadn’t lost his touch since the Degrassi days.


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“You hear what I’m saying, boo boo?”

14. When he got us all hot and bothered playing a rather — *ahem* — forward bad boy student.

 

And he totally pulled off the nose ring.

15. WHEN HE LARPED AS A WIZARD IN A PURPLE ROBE.

16. When he serenaded America with an amazing piano-backed version of “Hold On We’re Going Home.”

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17. And then it transformed into “From Time” with Jhené Aiko.


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18. And we all wondered what was really going between these two.

Sooo, has Drake finally found love? (Also, awkward?)

19. And when he pulled the Drake-iest move of the night after all was said and done…

… when he went in for the hug with Jhené… and missed.

Oh, Drake. This is why we love you.

You did good, bb.

Watch your back, JT. Drizzy can do it all, too.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/azafar/drake-snl-best-moments

17 Rappers Who Had Surprising Past Lives

1. Tupac was a ballet dancer.

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‘Pac attended Baltimore School for the Arts, where he concentrated on dance and acting. His crowning achievement was his role as Mouse King in “The Nutcracker.”

2. Prodigy was also an itty bitty ballerina.

Proof: A young Prodigy in his adorable leotard.

3. Plies was a nurse.

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The “Please Excuse My Hands” star got his bachelors in nursing and worked as registered nurse. Apparently he made his patients uncomfortable when he donned heavy expensive jewelry.

4. Mike Jones was a phone assembly line operator.

Which explains a lot.

5. Lil Wayne played Tin Man in a middle school production of The Wiz.

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6. Rick Ross was a correctional officer.

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Kinda old news by now, but we can never really forget.

7. Kanye West sold clothing at The Gap.

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8. J.Cole was a bill collector.

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9. 50 Cent competed as a Junior Olympian.

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His sport? Boxing.

10. KRS-One was a Hare Krishna.

His influence, “Krishna” was shortened to “Kris,” which eventually transformed into his rap moniker “KRS-One.”

11. Nicki Minaj served at Red Lobster.

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Now close your eyes and imagine ordering unlimited shrimp from Nicki.

12. Ice-T was getting yelled at as an army ranger.

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He spent four years in the Armed Forces.

13. Ice Cube was an architect-in-training.

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Before all that N.W.A stuff, he attended the Phoenix Institute of Technology and studied architectural drafting

14. Big Sean was a Christian rapper.

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“Oh God!”

15. Jadakiss delivered you newspapers.

As a paperboy. Ahaaa!

16. B.o.B was a certified sandwich artist.

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AKA a Subway employee.

17. And Cappadonna was a taxi driver. Cabs rule everything around me.

Major props to Hot Hip Hop Detroit for some of these tidbits.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/rappers-who-had-surprising-day-jobs

Indie Fans Are Really Confused About The Twerk Team That Has Been Opening For The Postal Service

2. “The distance is awful, but yes, that is a twerk team opening for The Postal Service.”


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4. The Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard told The Seattle Times that the odd pairing was deliberate and meant to cause a reaction:

“The incongruous, provocative pairing was deliberate. Postal Service leader and Seattle music luminary Ben Gibbard told me in an interview last week, he chose the opener because, ‘I love Big Freedia’s music and I’m really excited to see how people react to it.’

In the normally neutral space of KeyArena, audience members were irritated, seemed to be uncomfortable with Freedia’s brand of sexual expression and questioned whether the performance was ‘real music.’

Men in the stands conspicuously proclaimed their own heterosexuality, and in general the response was uneasy.”

5. “The Twerk Team – Postal Service style”


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7. “There is literally ASS EVERYWHERE. #bigfreedia #postalservice #azzeverywhere #twerk (first time I’ve hashtagged twerk and not been ironic)”


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9. “Postal service twerk off?”


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11. “Opening for the postal service #twerk”


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13. “The most ghetto Postal Service you have ever been to. #twerk #hoodratshit”


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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/indie-fans-are-really-confused-about-the-twerk-team-that-has

33 Unbelievable Instagrams And Vines From Electric Zoo

1. Electric Zoo, one of the most popular electronic dance music festivals in the country, swarmed Randall’s Island in New York. With an expected 100,000 plus attendees again in 2013, it started off as an endless party.


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9. It featured top acts like David Guetta, Tiesto, Laidback Luke, as well as Alesso and Hardwell.

10. “#ezoo a place where you can #fly”


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The city of New York cancelled the last day of the event because there were two drug-related deaths and four hospitalizations.

Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.

During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly).

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25. The two concertgoers who died were identified as Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y. and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., according to the New York Times.


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26. Some made and shared memes about the incident, while others called them distasteful.


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Future’s Reps Confirm He Will Still Be Going On Tour With Drake

1. While Drake reportedly hastily kicked Future off his tour after the rapper’s comments about his new album, Future’s reps now confirm to BuzzFeed that Future is still set to go on the road with him.

2. Future’s label reps told BuzzFeed to expect a statement soon, and Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 DJ Beestroh also announced the news on his morning show, saying the two rappers had reached an agreement.

“[It was] a little misunderstanding, and my reliable sources told me they came to an agreement late last night,” Beestroh said. “Papers were signed, time to get that money again.”

Page Six had been previously reporting that Future was set to file a $1.5 million lawsuit for lost wages, so we’re glad the two could work out a deal!

4. Just keep it moving, right guys?

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/azafar/futures-reps-confirm-he-will-still-be-going-on-tour-with-dra

The 10 Most Hardcore Mariah Carey Covers And Remixes

1. Mariah sounds like an emo Disney prince when you lower her pitch (1:12).

2. Here is Fang Island’s punk bliss version of “Always Be My Baby.”

3. “Fantasy” sounds totally demonic when slowed down 4x.

4. You’re just gonna have to click this to find out what’s happening.

5. Owen Pallett’s baroque-pop cover of “Fantasy”…

6. Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s somber cover of “Can’t Take That Away”…

7. All I want for Christmas is the brains of my metal enemies.

8. This YouTube duo is actually very competent!

9. This catchy remix.

Thanks to Eduardo M for the suggestion.

10. And of course, this Ol Dirty Bastard remix of “Fantasy,” the odd pairing that set off the ’90s trend of rap breakdowns in pop songs.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/kevintang/the-10-most-hardcore-mariah-carey-covers-and-remixes

9 Signs Your Mom Is Your Biggest Musical Influence

1. You think this man has the perfect male voice.

There is something so incredibly powerful about Andrea Bocelli, and he’s totally the kind of chanteur who’s music you’ll share with your children one day.

2. And no woman will ever sound as heavenly as Aretha.

She’s a goddess sent from above and we are SO lucky to have her.

3. It wasn’t well until adulthood when you discovered Fleetwood Mac’s history with drug use.

Mom would never tell you that. But she sure has hell would play “Dreams” on repeat.

4. You’re delighted when surprising instruments appear in pop songs.

Guitar-drums-bass-saxophone, or something.

5. You remember the first time you sang “Hey Jude” together.

Or virtually any Beatles song. And it was amazing.

6. This guy was basically a member of your family.

Mr. Bennett, I love you.

7. The best music makes you weep.

And for the artist, there is literally nothing more complimentary than feeling all of the feelings.

8. Your taste is often accessible and timeless, not show off-y and loud.

“This new music isn’t rock ‘n’ roll.”

9. And most importantly, you know that the best songs empower women.

AND MOMS. MOMS FOREVER.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mariasherm/9-signs-your-mom-is-your-biggest-musical-influence

Does Taylor Swift Hate Other Women?

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Taylor Swift may be best known for writing songs that portray her as a wholesome, virginal sweetheart who is victimized by sexualized, boyfriend-stealing “other women.” Within this, there has been increasing critical discussion of the role gender-based stereotypes play in her music.

3. This Her Campus article sums up the issue neatly:

Part of Taylor Swift’s shtick is to slut-shame in her lyrics. In ‘Better Than Revenge’, she takes a swipe at a girl who apparently stole her boyfriend, ‘She’s an actress/But she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress.’ The Queen of Wholesome often employs guilt-mongering tactics to put down the mean girl/cheerleader types who, she assures us, are more sexual than her.”

4. Tumblr users have also noticed that Swift’s lyrics frequently villify the sexuality of other women, as in this post by Sherlocks:

“As shown through her songs that feature comments about ‘the other woman’ this other woman is always sexually available, dresses provocatively, and is DEFINITELY NOT A VIRGIN. Because obviously, a woman’s worth is based purely on the amount of sex she has had.”

5. Sady Doyle, for the feminist magazine Bitch, says Taylor Swift organizes the women in her music into two camps:

“Teen Girls of America, here are your choices: have sex and wind up broken and sad and feeling as if you’ve lost ‘everything you had,’ or wait until your untouched vagina accumulates enough charge to make you rich and famous. Because your sexuality should never be an end in and of itself; it should be something you strategically employ to get what you want.”

7. Here’s every song Taylor Swift has written about having a romantic rival:

“Teardrops on My Guitar”

I’ll bet she’s beautiful, that girl he talks about
And she’s got everything that I have to live without

She better hold him tight, give him all her love
Look in those beautiful eyes and know she’s lucky ‘cause

“Should’ve Said No”

I can’t resist
Before you go tell me this:
Was it worth it?
Was she worth this?

You should’ve known that word, with what you did with her
Get back to me… (get back to me)

“Invisible”

She can’t see the way your eyes
Light up when you smile.
She’ll never notice how you stop and stare
Whenever she walks by.

She don’t even know you,
She’s never gonna love you like I want to.

She’s never gonna see the light
No matter what you do.

She don’t even know you.
Baby, let me love you,

She can’t see the way your eyes
Light up when you smile.

“The Other Side of the Door”

And I broke down crying, was she worth this mess?
After everything and that little black dress

“You Belong with Me”

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend ‒ she’s upset,
She’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do.

I’m in the room ‒ it’s a typical Tuesday night.
I’m listening to the kind of music she doesn’t like.
She’ll never know your story like I do.

But she wears short skirts
I wear t-shirts
She’s cheer captain
And I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time.

“Speak Now”

I sneak in and see your friends
And her snotty little family all dressed in pastel
And she is yelling at a bridesmaid
Somewhere back inside a room
Wearing a gown shaped like a pastry

She floats down the aisle like a pageant queen
But I know you wish it was me,

“Better Than Revenge”

She came along, got him alone and let’s hear the applause
She took him faster than you could say “sabotage”

I never saw it coming, wouldn’t have suspected it
I underestimated just who I was dealing with
She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum
She underestimated just who she was stealing from

She’s not a saint
And she’s not what you think
She’s an actress, whoa
She’s better known
For the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa
Soon she’s gonna find
Stealing other people’s toys
On the playground won’t
Make you many friends
She should keep in mind
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge

She looks at life like it’s a party and she’s on the list
She looks at me like I’m a trend and she’s so over it
I think her ever-present frown is a little troubling
And she thinks I’m psycho ‘cause I like to rhyme her name with things

“I Knew You Were Trouble”

And the saddest fear comes creeping in
That you never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything, yeah

17. The “other woman”-as-enemy trope is visually represented in many of Swift’s music videos, as well. Tumblr user Sexistculture points out the recurrence of villains played by evil brunettes:

Taylor Swift the Product (who I’m sure varies a great deal from Taylor Swift the Person) strikes again with “Mine” which will no doubt be played 12 times an hour on every friggin’ station from now until the next time she comes out with another single about being pure and innocent while wanting a boy who is an angelic being filled with light and winning his heart from the evil girl who wears colors and probably fucks.

Seven out of 15 of Taylor Swift’s music videos feature brunette bad girls who use their feminine wiles to steal Taylor’s Prince Charming. And what’s even weirder is that sometimes, the “other woman” in a video isn’t even mentioned in the accompanying song’s lyrics.

19. “The Story of Us” — A brunette makes out with a guy in the library, unrelated to anything else in the video.

20. “Teardrops on My Guitar” — The boy Taylor likes makes out with a brunette in the hallway.

21. “Picture to Burn” — The boy Taylor likes is now dating an edgy-looking brunette.

22. “White Horse” — The woman who tells Taylor about her boyfriend cheating is a dark-haired girl who is later implied in the video to be the “other woman.”

23. “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor’s boyfriend is being groped by a brunette at a bar.

24. “You Belong With Me” — The mean, popular girl is played by Taylor Swift in a black wig.

25. “I Knew You Were Trouble” — There’s a montage of Taylor’s boyfriend making out with dark-haired girls in a nightclub.

It’s important to note that Swift doesn’t think of herself as a feminist. When asked whether she considers her music empowering to women in an interview with Ramin Setoodeh of The Daily Beast, she said this:

“When people say things about me empowering women, that’s an amazing compliment. It’s not necessarily what I thought I was doing, because I write songs about what I feel. I think there’s strength when you’re baring your emotions.”

In a follow-up question, Setoodeh asked whether Swift thought of herself as a feminist. This was her answer:

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.”

27. Swift might not think of her songs as “guys versus girls,” but many of her songs make much of “girls versus girls.” And that’s much of the source of the backlash against a singer who actively presents herself as a role model for young women.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/does-taylor-swift-hate-other-women

The 22 Most New Jersey Songs Of All Time

1. Tom Waits, “Jersey Girl”

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“Tonight I’m gonna take that ride across the river to the Jersey side, take my baby to the carnival and I’ll take her on all the rides.”

2. Alabama 3, “Woke Up This Morning,” AKA the theme song from “The Sopranos”

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3. Bon Jovi, “Livin’ On a Prayer”

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4. Real Estate, “Suburban Dogs”

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“Carry me back to sweet Jersey, back where I long to be, by the fumes of the yellow and green, next to my darling lady.”

5. The Promise Ring, “Jersey Shore”

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6. Yo La Tengo, “Night Falls On Hoboken (Part I)”

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7. Saves The Day, “You Vandal”

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“I woke up to my cold sheets and the smell of New Jersey. When do I get to wake up to you?”

8. Lauryn Hill, “Every Ghetto, Every City”

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“Every ghetto, every city and suburban place I’ve been make me recall my days in the New Jerusalem.”

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South Orange, NJ.

9. Bobby Rydell, “Wildwood Days”

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10. Lifetime, “Theme Song For a New Brunswick Basement Show”

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11. Titus Andronicus, “In a Big City”

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“I grew up on one side of the river. I was a disturbed dangerous drifter. Moved over to the other side of the river, now I’m a drop in a deluge of hipsters.”

12. John Gorka, “I’m From New Jersey”

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13. The Four Seasons, “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”

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14. World/Inferno Friendship Society, “My Ancestral Homeland, New Jersey”

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15. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, “Counting Down the Hours”

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“Wondering if I’ve got a soul and counting down the hours ‘til it goes, on a dark wet night in April, on a street in Jersey, where I went looking for some writing that I knew would not be there.”

Bruce Springsteen’s entire catalog, basically:

16. Bruce Springsteen, “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”

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17. Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”

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18. Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”

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19. Bouncing Souls, “So Jersey”

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20. Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”

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21. Senses Fail, “Garden State”

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22. Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly With Me”

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Hear them all on Rdio:

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Or listen on Spotify:

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