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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 56): The Word of the Week is "Twerk" | Takin' Mines
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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 56): The Word of the Week is “Twerk”
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A real villain indeed; there’s no escaping the sensation. You go to the club and a pack of average looking bar stars attempt to shake their behinds in attempt emulate the current trend. You turn on the TV and can’t hide from the news of Miley Cyrus performing at the Video Music Awards. Normally I wouldn’t have such animosity towards such a ludicrous, flavour-of-the-week bandwagon movement, but when the Oxford Dictionary decides to add it to our growing list of vernacular, we can call out “twerking” for what it actually is: the worst thing to happen to happen to society since auto-tune.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love women; I’m a big fan of them. But there’s a fine line between dancing in a provocative nature and twerking. It’s criminal to label something that isn’t truthfully so and the general public’s perception of the term is saturated in hype and confusion. What twerking really is and how the uneducated public responds to twerking are two different realms of thought; it only makes sense that many of us are furious when we witness the term come up.

 

But alas, hope came to us in the form of Charlamagne Tha God. In the midst of a sea of unnecessary noise, the radio personality’s interview on VladTV (though recorded a few months ago, speaks volumes in regards to what’s going on) parted the seas and led us to salvation, speaking the truth on the wackness that’s going on with some of today’s mainstream artists.

 

This week, we bring you 5 tracks that 100% twerk free, plus the first of a fantastic Hip Hop series:

 

1) Common – “The 6th Sense” (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)

 

 
 

2) Gliffics – “We Take the Night”

 

 
 

3) Nas – “Life’s a Bitch” (DJ Sidereal Remix)
 

 
 

4) Willie The Kid – “Glasses of Water”

 

 
 

5) TwoineyLo – “Not Guilty”

 

 

**Bonus Video: The Heroes of Hip Hop (Episode 1):

 

Directed by Nimi Hendrix
 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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