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The Biggest Clashes Between The Old School And The New School In Hip-Hop

Most readers probably weren’t familiar with the name Lord Finesse until recently. Finesse, an emcee and a producer in his own right, is probably best known as a beat maker, having contributed to albums by the likes of Big L, Capone-n-Noreaga, and Notorious B.I.G., among others. So it’s not hard to imagine many a young spitta wanting to use his tracks as a foundation for their rhymes. Enter Mac Miller. Miller, young upstart with a good ear for beats that he is, came across Lord Finesse’s instrumental for his 1995 track “Hip 2 Da Game.” And like many other rappers, Miller went in over the beat and liked the results so much that he initially included the result, “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza,” in his free 2010 mixtape Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Thom Yorke tackles all the hits

Thom Yorke isn’t exactly known for his blithe, insouciant demeanor. So seeing his herky-jerky freestyle dancing on Radiohead’s video for Lotus Flower off their new record, King of Limbs, sparked the imagination of some clever fans. Now the Internet is abuzz with Thom Yorke memes dancing to anything from Single Ladies to Welcome to the Jungle. Behold the original video and our personal favorite below.

Rufus Wainwright has daughter with Leonard Cohen’s daughter

Rufus Wainwright announced the birth of his daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, this week on his Web site. Baby mama is no other than Lorca Cohen, daughter of the venerable Leonard Cohen. Between the Wainwright and Cohen songwriting DNA, this kid has no choice but to rebel and become an accountant.

The Bad

Coke strips the hip away from Daft Punk

Coca-Cola, through some sort of deal with Satan, has convinced Daft Punk to team up with them on a limited edition run of Daft Coke. Look at it. It’s supposed to resemble the French duo’s helmets. This promotion is about as cool as your mom putting on plastic shoulder horns and telling people she’s Lady Gaga.

Hold It Against Me finally gets a video release

It’s here, and it’s queer. Britney Spear’s anticipated video for Hold It Against Me is a bizarre and befuddling montage of eyeless dancers, fighting Britneys and paint gun splatter. It’s not really edgy or sexy”and for that reason, it’s kind of perfect for the song. Watch it below and see if you agree.

The Ugly

Lil’ Kim puts the “dis” in discussion of Nicki Minaj


Lil’ Kim minced no words in a recent interview with Rap-Up about her rival, Nicki Minaj. I just think that people give her more credit than she actually deserves, she gripes. The rapper went on to discuss her inability to listen to Pink Friday in its entirety, and how her beautiful fans told her to put a decapitated Minaj on the cover of her new mixtape, Black Friday. Now all we need is for one of them to make a video for it featuring a dancing Thom Yorke.

Justin Bieber gets himself kilt on CSI

If you heard what sounded like the collective caterwaul of millions of teenage girls last Thursday, it was because of this:

Miscellany