Best Things I Found This Week: Kanye vs. Bob Ezrin

The biggest name in the news this week was Bob Ezrin. This previously-unheard-of producer (I assume some people have heard of him as he is apparently a high-profile rock producer but that’s not important) was obliterated on Twitter by the one and only Yeezus Christ after posting mean (and incidentally, simply incorrect) things about Kanye’s work on some blog.* I won’t get into the specifics of all the ways in which Bob Ezrin’s comments were ill-informed and idiotic, but I will get into the specifics of the reactions that ensued.

First, we all had to find out who this mysterious Bob Ezrin villain was:

Shortly after the rant, “Bob Ezrin” was trending on twitter because inquiring minds want to know.

The aftermath was extensive. People immediately hopped on Bob Ezrin’s wikipedia page to record his death and do general trolling. Pigeons and Planes recorded the updates chronologically.

We also learned of a new way to get our hands on some Yeezys:

These tweets naturally led to many folks begging Bob Ezrin to adopt them and making false claims that they were his children. Hey, it’s worth a shot. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, someone claiming to be Bob Ezrin’s actual child chimed in:

Genius also chimed in with an annotated version of Bob Ezrin’s article, highlighting the fact that Bob Ezrin actually admitted that he hasn’t even listened to “The Life of Pablo” yet.

In short, Bob Ezrin just proved to everyone (as if we didn’t already know), that you can try to take down Kanye, but just like Beyonce, he is beyond criticism.

And of course, let’s not forget that Kanye also included some excellent shade on she-who-shall-not-be-named in the rant as well:

Here’s to Bob Ezrin and Taylor Swift being chosen for that Mars expedition and never returning to earth.




*After exploring said blog a bit more and finding a post defending noted sexual abuser Dr. Luke, I have dismissed it as utter fallacy and obviously severely mis-informed in all ways.


Turn Up Tuesday: The Life of Pablo (duh)

Yeezy dropped his album over the weekend and – no surprise here – it’s fantastic. My favorite track is “Famous,” which is the diss track to end all diss tracks (sorry, Drake). Another notable track is “I Love Kanye” which is poised to become the greatest self-esteem anthem of our generation.

Pitchfork gave the album 9/10 and Kanye himself gave it 30/10, so that averages out to 19.5/10 – not too shabby!

Unfortunately the album is currently only available on Tidal, but fortunately you can sign up for a free trial which gives you 90 days to figure out another way to acquire the album (as of yesterday, Kanye claimed the album will only ever be available on Tidal and never for sale on iTunes).

Best Things I Found This Week

This week was the Week of Yeezy. Kanye was causing a ruckus everywhere. Read on for my favorite Kanye-related things I found on the internet this week and a few other randos for good measure.

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2015: The Year in Music

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Most reputable publications put out some sort of year-end list relating to music, and this reputable publication is no exception. Below I have chronicled the Best Songs of 2015, the Worst Songs of 2015, and one decidedly Meh Song of 2015, compiled using a very sophisticated algorithm based solely on my personal opinions.

The Best Songs of 2015, in the order I thought of them:

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

I don’t think this one really needs much commentary. Just google “Hotline Bling Memes” and you’ll be entertained for hours. To this day I can’t tell if I like the song because it’s actually a good song or if I just like the humor associated with it. Drake definitely put out better songs musically and lyrically this year (which I’ll get to below), but “Hotline Bling” is my most-listened-to Drake song of 2015 by far.

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Hot Trend Alert: Hip-Hop Holiday Sweaters

By now everyone has heard of the amazing2 Chainz Dabbing Santa Christmas sweaters, but did you know this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to holiday apparel influenced (and in some cases created) by our favorite hip-hop artists? Enjoy, and feel free to use this as a guide if you want to get me a Christmas (or belated Hanukkah) present this year.

Hotline Bling

Wu-Tang Clan

Free Gucci

via Ear Drummers

No Flex Zone

via Ear Drummers

Run the Yules

Via Run The Jewels

O Come All Ye Faithful

via Fresh Brewed Tees

And the classic, Dabbing Santa

via 2 Chainz

Best Things I Found This Week

Happy Friday! Here are the best things I found on the internet this week.

A while back, a small monkey made headlines when he cavorted around an Ikea in Canada wearing a tiny shearling coat. If you’re like me, you often re-watch the magnificent video and ponder what may have happened to this amazing creature. Ponder no more – Vice, America’s best news source (that’s not sarcasm), brings us the story.

via Vice

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The Best Things I Found This Week

I’m known in some circles for my ability to find and share incredible things on the Internet. I’m also a big fan of strengths-based leadership. In that spirit, I am happy to introduce a new feature on Turn Down For Clare, where I will use my #1 strength to compile some of the best things I find online each week. This might also serve as my application to become CEO of Buzzfeed. Enjoy. (The above links are a few of my all-time favorite internet finds; read on for the things I found this week.)

The big news on the Internet this week is Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video featuring a chunky turtleneck sweater and killer dance moves. Like all things Drake does, it is magnificent and lends itself to infinite memes, gifs, and vines. Spin compiled all the best gifs from the video here, and I highly suggest you download all of them for future use as I did.

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