This is clever. Illustrator Ali Graham has illustrated one of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" each day with a new post on his tumblr page linked above — all inspired by lyrics from Hov's whole career, through his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
I picked out 15 of my favorites above, with 42 total released so far. I hit the Follow button so I don't miss any future "problem", which I assume will keep going til #99 (and I assume a "b*tch" will not be a problem, ha). Love the characters and cameos from everyone from Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Rick Rubin to Superman and Ronald McDonald. More magnificent, minimalist design. Props, Ali Graham!
More LeBron James hip hop-related comedy today! First, a hilarious tidbit that Kanye West fell asleep, then left, at LeBron's 'Decision' three years ago, and now, TMZ obtains a 30 second snippet of LeBron spittin' hot fire over "N****s In Paris". The intro is laden with shoutouts from "the kid King James" before Bron actually gets a flow going. Have at it, folks!
Jay-Z giving LeBron dap for the raps over his song, while the bow-tied onlooker represents everyone else
Issue No. 2 happened about 30 minutes before the show started. Most of the guests were seated, comprised of high-level execs primarily from Disney and the Boys and Girls Club. I didn’t know most of the people present, but one of the higher-level faces I did recognize approached me concerned. He asked me about which seats were taken and if we could get more. Nervous about shutting down someone that could get me fired, I played it safe and tried to dodge the awkward responsibility of assigning seats. He whispered softly, “Kanye West is here and I don’t know where to seat him.” [...]
So Kanye walks in with no entourage, just a couple of people, and now I’m thinking he’s either here because he was at the wedding rehearsal for Carmelo Anthony and LaLa, or he was the Chicago representative picked to show out when LeBron chose the Bulls. To this day, I’m still not sure why he was in the building.
I spend the first 15 minutes or so honed in on ‘Ye’s every move. He seems chill, he’s wearing his glasses indoors, and he’s not making sudden moves. I forget he’s there until one of the camera operators says, “I think Kanye West fell asleep.”
At the biggest non-sporting sports event in a while, Kanye West fell asleep before anyone announced anything. He was doing the church/school head nod and everything. Wake up, Mr. West.
He would eventually wake up and leave well before The Decision ended.
'Ye must've got an advanced headsup that LeBron wasn't comin' to Chicago. 'Ye living up to 'The College Dropout', huh?
Another Funny Moment in Hip Hop today comes courtesy of the always hilarious Jimmy Kimmel Live. For a new segment called "Words From Your Mother", Big Sean's mom reads the chorus for "A$$ (Dance)", which... as you all know how the song goes... is quite hilarious when read in a monotone voice from Big Sean's mother. I too always wonder what rappers' moms think about their son or daughter's lyrics.
I need to see more of this. Up next I vote Drake's mom reads the lyrics to his hook on "No Lie".
At a pickup game at Jamie Foxx's house at 5am after the BET Awards the other night, no less. I know this is a lot of awesomeness to digest, but once you're able to, you'll very much enjoy it. R. Kelly with the range! Hah, wow. Who needs the NBA this summer? More R. Kelly vs. Jamie Foxx pickup games, please!
R. Kelly reps the Chi in his moment of basketball triumph as Jamie Foxx can only giggle
Who says Vine is dead? Instagram video can't repeat like a GIF and that eliminates a lot of creative laughs like this fun change of pace above that I saw in my Facebook feed tonight (shouts Rhymestyle). Drake fans and non-Drake fans alike will likely find this amusing. A few buddies and I couldn't stop laughing at this, ha!
Yeezus and Arrested Development fans, this post is for you. Courtesy of the creatives over at Entertainment Weekly comes a fun quiz that sounds ridiculous on the surface, but is actually quite funny once you dive into the questions below. Is it a Yeezus lyric by Kanye West OR a quote from Lucille Bluth? Ha! Can't wait to finish up the new season of Arrested, it's been hilarious so far. Anyway, here are the questions:
1. “They ordered champagne, but still look thirsty.”
2. “I’ll be out on parole by the time you work up a tear.”
3. “That coat cost more than your house!”
4. “You remember where we first met? Okay, I don’t remember where we first met.”
5. “Everybody wants to live at the top of the mountain.”
6. “If I don’t get run out by Catholics, here come some conservative Baptists.”
7. “Where’s my maid? ROBOT!”
8. “You love me when I’m hungover.”
9. “Who let that black [bleep] in?”
10. “A sea of waiters, and no one will take a drink order.”
11. “Go and grab the reporters so I can smash their recorders.”
12. “I’d rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona.”
Drake had a "Mama we made it!!!" moment when he saw the iconic lyric to "Started From The Bottom" on a pack of Taco Bell Fire Sauce. Love those quotes on the sauce packet and it strangely but accurately gives the lyric yet another meaning, ha!
But that's not all: today's #FunnyMomentsInHipHop post includes a funny Vine I also saw while surfing the social medias... "Bitch Don't Kill My Vine" featuring Bill Cosby. Hahaha. If you didn't think Vine is awesome already, now you should.
...Sorta. The staff at Jimmy Fallon had a lot of time on their hands as they mashed up lots of news reports from NBC anchor Brian Williams to rap the first verse of one of the most fun rap songs ever "Nuthin' But A G Thing". B-Will's gotta improve that flow a little! #FunnyMomentsInHipHop