Any international airline because they actually treat you like you’ve paid for a service. They even give you pajamas to wear. One time I flew to Abu Dhabi to be part of that short film Kanye did. Everyone from G.O.O.D. Music was there, and Pusha T was on my flight back. I changed into my jammies right away—in life, in general, I like being comfy—and then I saw Push. So I walked by him and was like, “Push, you going to change into your jammies?” And he just goes, “No.”
Which I totally understand. My image is not really getting fucked up by me slipping into some jammies. If anything, you'd expect me to be in jammies. But if Pusha T got into jammies, I would've been shaking my head: "You can't do that man, you're Pusha T! My Name Is My Name? What about that time you were in jammies? Your Jammies Are Your Jammies."
And as another hip hop related bonus, Aziz names his favorite music video ever, and the reasoning is great. I can only imagine him telling this to Kanye and saying something like, "Kanye, YOU never parachuted into a party!"
Jagged Edge's "Where the Party At" because it starts with them parachuting into the party.
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Oh, and here's Kevin Durant and Aziz Ansari last nite. KD says, "Can't get no more free randy... instant bros!"
Don't start asking questions just yet! Aziz's pitch says it all:
“You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with. These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.”
- Aziz Ansari
Hah! Love that premise. I only hope it also contains tangents into how modern courtship works in the hip hop world in 2013. After all, you got Wiz & Amber, Diddy & Cassie, Big Sean & Naya, and even Kanye revealing today that he met Kim when she was Brandy's assistant. We need to know how hip hop stars interact with each other with these new technologies and Aziz Ansari is the man for the job!
For those of us hoping for an R.Kelly-esque story (see: below) from Aziz Ansari about working in the studio with Drake for his new song "All Me", it looks like we'll be disappointed. Same time though, this tweet of how it came together not only sums it up completely, but is also pretty hilarious. Ha!
Last night Jimmy Fallon had a fun lineup that not only featured J. Cole, but a GWHH-fav. Aziz Ansari as the lead guest. I ended up catching the whole show to see both and to kick it off, I must say I was impressed by Cole's performance of Born Sinner's lead single "Power Trip". He delivered the rhymes with the same pace and clarity as in the studio and I'd imagine it was an easy-to-follow first listen for anyone who turned on Fallon and is not up on J. Cole's latest. Plus, did you catch his little acknowledgement to the late Chris Kelly in his Kris Kross reference? Job well-done with The Roots playing the music behind him and a recording of Miguel in place for the hook (shouts to yardie on the rip).
In other J. Cole news, he delivered an interesting quote to Billboard yesterday regarding the reasoning behind moving up his album to June 18th. The answer, as you correctly assumed, was to compete with Kanye. Very logical reasoning. He won't win #1, but he will get a lot of extra looks when Yeezus is next to Born Sinner on the shelves. How bout that for contrasting album title names? Ha!
“Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date’. I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”
“It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have.”
- J. Cole
Here's the aforementioned Aziz getting over NYC late nights and telling relatable texting stories, hah!
Tonight, moments ago in fact, Kendrick Lamar performed live on Conan on the day of the release of his new album, good kid, m.a.a.d. city. Check out "Swimming Pools (Drank)" if you missed it above, and check back a little later as I'll likely add a rip of Aziz Ansari's interview with Conan #TonightsConanIsGreat
Drop a comment with your favorite track on the album!
Owned by famed chef David Chang, Momofuku is a group of restaurants all over the world. The name Momofuku, Japanese for lucky peach, indirectly pays homage to Momofuku Ando, the creator of instant ramen. Also, a cheeky mispronunciation of mother f*cker. David Changs famed asian bun/wraps called Bo ssam have a cult following of their own. A pack led by on Aziz Ansari. Check out his battle with hunger and the time consuming recipe here.
"Then slow cooked that beast in the oven for 6 hours. Basting it every hour in its own tasty juices. Round hour 5 we made up our sides. I even shucked oysters! (Not pictured, but gotta say shucking oysters is FUN (and scary and hard))."
"Oh damn. This was good. Kimchi puree? Ginger scallion sauce? Forget about it sahn."
The new tumblr Emceez Ansari has been on fire this month, photoshopping amazing Aziz Ansari facial expressions onto iconic rap albums. It doesn't take much explaining for you to see how hilarious the end result is. Enjoy the slideshow above, drop a comment with your favorite cover, and to top it all off, a RANDOM GIF SMASH!