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6 Classic American Songs That Would Sound 100x Better If Quavo Redid Them

posted by Alejandro Hernandez August 14, 2017

A few days ago, a petition to give the National Anthem a much needed facelift by getting Migos’ very own Quavo to redo it went viral, and garnered the attention from music blogs everywhere. What’s more (and is proof that God works in powerful, mysterious ways) is that the hook god himself cosigned this petition on twitter:

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SO THEY WANT HUNCHO TO BE FEATURED ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM LETS ROLL

— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) August 12, 2017
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What are some other traditionally American songs that could desperately use a trap remix featuring Quavo though? Inspired by this new (and truly revolutionary) petition, here is the list comprised of songs considered patriotic, classic, and/or culturally significant to the U.S. that would sound 100x better if Quavo redid them:

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

Before I start with this one, I want to make one thing clear: Neil Diamond is a music legend, and I am very grateful for his contributions. That being said, what could possibly be his most famous contribution, is easily his most overrated. “Sweet Caroline” is the Seinfield or Friends of music (depending on which show you think is more overhyped). “Sweet Caroline” is the white frat boy version of “Knuck If You Buck,” which means that, for one reason or another, it’s the one song that gets played at every Yakubian function , except it’s way less amazing than the Crime Mob classic in every sense. This track can definitely use a Quavo redo with Metro Boomin’ on the production side, and then maybe it can legitimately rival Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck” as the top turn-up song of our lifetime.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Any fan of baseball knows just how important this song is to our country’s history. It serves as the theme song of America’s pastime, with ballparks across the nation having their drunken audiences sing along to it as part of the 7th Inning Stretch. I don’t want to front though, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” depending on who the celebrity singer is, it’s pretty hit or miss (Will Ferrell’s is easily the best though), but imagine how fire the remix would be if he did it. The idea of him dropping “yeah, dat way” ad-libs in between lines is already giving me goosebumps. Plus, people will get a healthy double dose of Quavo with him doing the National Anthem as well as the 7th Inning Stretch, and honestly, I think we sholud double our daily intake of Quavo if we truly want to lead a happy and healthy life.

Sweet Home Alabama

Even though this song is about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s love for their home state of Alabama, it’s been adopted as an anthem for overall Southern pride (Confederate flag waving pride and all), and is considered a staple in the American music canon (it was even featured in Forrest Gump, which is like one of the 5 greatest and most American films ever), but that still doesn’t mean it’s need of an upgrade. I could see it now. Led by the omnipresent Quavo Stuntin’, the song will be rebranded as “Sweet Home Atlanta,” and it will be the ultimate trap anthem that South or any other region has yet to see. It can even feature fellow Migos members Offset and Takeoff, and other Atlanta rap legends like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Jeezy, while production can be handled by the likes of Southside, Mike WiLL– oh my God why are we not funding this to happen this could be the only thing that could bring back OutKast on wax, this will be hip-hop’s version of “We Are The World.”  We as a society need to make this happen if it’s the last thing we do.

Born In The USA

Bruce Springsteen’s classic song about a war vet coming back to his hometown only to grow disgruntled and disillusioned by the U.S. government is easily the best song on this list that can stand on it’s own. It’s also the only song I think doesn’t even need to be completely redone. By that, I mean Springsteen will stay on it, while Quavo would serve as the feature, which we all know is where he tends to excel best. It may sound crazy, but I think we all secretly would like to hear The Boss and The Huncho on the same track. After Springsteen is done talking about how fufu the U.S. government is, Quavo comes on rapping about about how due to the circumstances (created by said government) that he grew up in, he had to come up by trappin’, but it doesn’t mater now because he’s rich as hell and can stunt on everyone with his icy chains and designer clothes and it would instantly become the perfect song for the times we live in as a society

America, The Beautiful

I dare you to try and think of something more beautiful in this country than Quavo’s auto-tuned hooks. Exactly, you can’t. That’s why he needs to redo this song.

The Star-Spangled Banner

This is the song that inspired this whole post, so it obviously had to be on here. Quavo covering the national anthem isn’t what this country deserves, but it’s what the country needs right now. Let’s be real, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is like 200 hundred years old, and it’s pretty played out, mostly bland and outdated af. That’s why Quavo needs to be on it. If Quavo covered the Anthem at every major event I attended, I would proudly stand every time with the patriotic pride knowing that people like Quavious Keyate Marshall are what makes this country tolerable.

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Recap: Fat Tire Battle of The Bands

posted by Rosario Edwards July 10, 2017

Schuba’s hosted a magnificent Battle of the Bands, pitting 4 up and coming Chicago acts against each other for a chance to open up for legendary band, The Roots, all for a great cause. Proceeds for the event went to the alliance of the Great Lakes to help protect our wondrous Lakes.

White Mystery opened the show with their theatrical sibling rock and roll. Alex White commanded the crowd and Francis White made sure everyone got really weird.

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Drafting the Top 5 Ball Playing Rappers into the NBA

posted by Alejandro Hernandez June 22, 2017

Tonight was the NBA draft, which might be the most exciting day in the NBA off-season. It’s the night that essentially sets the tone for the upcoming year, with all types of franchise altering decisions happening, from once-in-a-generation talent being picked, to major trades that can completely make or break your team’s upcoming season (see: The Chicago Bulls).

Tonight was a showcase of a fairly talented draft class, with the top 5 pick being Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox. It got me thinking though. What would happen if we were drafting rappers instead of college athletes?

Hip-hop and basketball go almost hand in hand, from Kurtis Blow’s iconic ode to the game and Lil Bow Wow’s early 2000s interpolation, to popular hip-hop songs often serving as the soundtrack to the NBA season, with ‘Magnolia’ and ‘DNA.’ being the main songs used during this year’s NBA Finals promos, so it makes sense that many rappers partake in the game itself.

Many of today’s most popular rappers play during their free time, but who would be the ones dressed up for draft night had they decided to pursue basketball instead of music? This list attempts to answer that question. So without any further ado, here are your top 5 NBA draft picks if we were picking rappers:

1. Romeo

The consensus number 1, Romeo actually played D-I basketball at the University of South California where he was teammates with close friend and NBA All-Star DeMar Derozan, which automatically makes him the most overqualified prospect in this hypothetical draft. Romeo is also a regular at the Celebrity All-star game and he’s clearly sits in the top tier of celebrity players. Also, the fact that his father is rap legend and former NBA pro (for like 3 preseason games) Master P, the two would easily rival Lonzo and Lavar Ball has the most iconic father-son duo in today’s NBA.

 

2. 2 Chainz

Below is the only known footage of 2 Chainz playing in an organized game (numbered 21), and it shows him smacking a three and dunking like his name is Kevin Durant. The artist formerly known as Tity Boi was good enough to play basketball at a D-I school, albeit a smaller program in Alabama State University, but he left after his freshman year (like a true NBA prospect). He’s also 39, which is pretty old in basketball years, but despite his age, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest he has gas in the tank. From beating fellow Atlanta legend and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins in a game of ‘HORSE’ to babying former Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Champion Kevin Garnett in the post, it’s as clear as day that the College Park native can still ball.

 

3. Cam’ron

Killa Cam wasn’t just wrecking dudes in the rap game, but he was really outchea breaking ankles on the court too. The basketball career of Cameron Giles was short-lived, but it sure was accomplished. During his high school career, Cam’ron established himself as one of the best players in New York, and while teamed up with fellow rap legend, Ma$e, he actually led his high school squad to the Public Schools Athletic Class A championship. He was even tasked with shooting the final game-winning shot, but unfortunately, he just didn’t have that shooter’s touch. However, he not only beat Stephon Marbury’s squad to get to the title game, but according to the Diplomat rapper himself, he dominated the former NBA pro/Chinese basketball league legend, which is actually a really dope/wild thing to have on your resume. (Skip to 1:55 for highlights)

4. J. Cole

The Fayetteville rapper’s love of basketball is well documented. With each of his first three mixtape covers featuring an overt basketball theme and North Carolina Tar Heel games being one of the few public events he’s willing to go out of hiding for, it’s clear that the sport is more than a game to Cole. His basketball career is that of an underdog though. He got cut twice by his high school team, but like a true Rudy Ruettiger, he came back again and eventually made the team in his senior year, showing his commitment to the grind of refining one’s skills. He also played in the 2012 Celebrity All-Star game where he displayed his athleticism by dunking on national television, which is possibly the second most impressive accomplishment anyone on this list has (nothing will ever beat the image of Cam’ron breaking Stephon Marbury’s ankles).

5. Quavo

God bless and protect Quavious Keyate Marshall, for there is nothing he cannot do well. Not only is the Migos rapper one of the hottest names in all of hip-hop, but he might be the best athlete. Unlike the other names on this list, there is no known evidence of Quavo playing in any organized league, which is the reason he’s not number 1, but recent videos floating around the internet show that he is no stranger to the game by any means. He’s essentially the equivalent to that raw European player that no one in America knows about, but there’s hella highlight reels of him outmatching the hell of his competition (see: Kristaps Porzingis). Earlier this year, the hook god was seen outlasting fellow Migos member Offset, Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, and Chance The Rapper in a game of knockout, he embarrassed Tory Lanez in one-on-one, he’s showed off his handles in a team pickup game, and now just this past week, he was seen balling up with Arizona prospect and son of Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal. He might be the biggest risk since he does not necessarily have the same experience as everyone on this list, but I think it’s safe to say he has the most upside in this draft class.

 

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Best MLB Walk Up Rap Songs 2017 – American League Edition

posted by Luis Hernandez May 9, 2017

One of the most important aspects of an MLB player is not his batting average or his home run numbers, its his walk-up song to the plate. Choose the wrong song and you’re seen as an automatic out, pick the right one and the pitcher will think that you can hit it out of the park at anytime. In honor of this, here are the top walk-up rap songs from American League Players in 2017 (National League Edition coming soon):

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Fat Tiger Workshop via Des Money

posted by Allie Rowe May 1, 2017

I sat down and talked with the manager of Fat Tiger a local clothing shop in Chicago that is known for its original styles and streetwear. Here’s what he had to say about Fat Tiger and much more in the fashion industry.

So tell me your name:

Des: Alright my name is Des, some people call me Des Money.

How’d you get the name Des Money? 

Des: Uhhhh shit um, So I mean it started way when I was younger, my mom used to really go all out and dress me up and shit like that. Three piece suits or whatever. So when we would go out to family functions and my aunties and uncles used to just give me money. It was just a thing. My nickname was always like money man cuz I always had dollars on me. Continue Reading

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Gorillaz’ Humanz has arrived!

posted by Rosario Edwards April 28, 2017

New Gorillaz is album “Humanz” finally here! Take a listen to the new album with 26 features (!!)

This is Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s first album since 2010’s spectacular Plastic Beach, and it could not have com at a better time. Featuring Vince Staples, De La Soul, Popcaan, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M, and so many more, this album is sure to be on constant rotation as the weather slowly begins to improve.

With rumors of a possible Chicago version of their Demon Dayz Festival on the horizon, Gorillaz season is upon us.

Be on the lookout for a list of our top songs!

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POD Giveaway: Win A Pair of Tickets to Migo Jam at The Portage Theater

posted by Rosario Edwards February 1, 2017

On February 11th The Portage Theater is going to be hosting none other than Kap G, Chingo Bling, Baby Bash, and Eric Bambino, presented by We R Music and SPKRBX.

This is you chance to win a pair of tickets for this awesome lineup. All you have to do is follow POD, and let us know who you’re most excited to see!

Follow POD on Facebook.

Follow POD on Twitter.

Email us at editor@pursuitofdopeness.com, or comment below on who you’re most excited to see! Winners will be chosen at random.

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NFL Helmets Reimagined by Artists in Mexico

posted by Oscar November 21, 2016

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Mexico City is hosting the NFL tonight with the first Monday Night Football match played outside of the US. To set the mood for the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans’ bout at the iconic Azteca Stadium, local artists reimagined the helmets for each team in the league.

As with any piece of art, appreciating it really depends on the individual, but there were definitely some redesigned NFL team helmets that looked doper than others. My favorite? It was hard to choose between the Philadelphia Eagles (above), the Detroit Lions, and the Dallas Cowboys. One thing that was a little bit easier to assess was that, much like their performance on the field this season, the Chicago Bears is pretty much the worst. The rest of the helmets are pretty dope overall.

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Paul McCartney Does The #MannequinChallenge While “Black Beatles” is Playing

posted by Oscar November 10, 2016

This cannot be topped; #MannequinChallenge has reached its peak! Paul McCartney, former bassist and co-founder of legendary band The Beatles, is the latest to participate in #MannequinChallenge trend and his clip is dope-ly meta with its use of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.”

Like I said, this cannot be topped! Enjoy the clip above.

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Tune In On 11/12 To Our Latest Radio DePaul Takeover

posted by Oscar November 8, 2016

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And we back, and we back! Yes, you read that right, Pursuit Of Dopeness is taking over The 5th Element‘s Radio DePaul show once more on Saturday, November 12th.

During our show we will be playing some of our favorite new music from Chicago’s best artists along with tunes by acts from elsewhere. Just know it’s going to be dope so tune in! Check all the vital details below:

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Kanye West’s New Video Game Trailer Looks Epic

posted by Rosario Edwards June 13, 2016

Kanye, who has recently been vocal about his love for video games has apparently been working on one for the last year. According to the trailer it seems to be focused around an adaption of the song “Only One” and a woman’s ascension to the pearly gates of heaven.

Guests at the recent Life Of Pablo Event as well as this year’s E3 festival were treated to images and a preview video of the game.

Hopefully the game play is as majestic as this trailer.

 

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Watch the Trailer for “Since They Left Us” as The Avalanches Hint At New Album

posted by Rosario Edwards May 25, 2016

This is not a drill,

The Avalanches appear to be dropping hints at their first album release since 2000’s “Since I Left You”, their certified classic that helped lay the foundation of modern sample based music.

While no official release has been mentioned, the group has released a teaser for a documentary chronicling the time since their auspicious debut. The film is called “Since They Left Us: What Ever Happened to The Avalanches”, and seems to be hinting that their long awaited sophomore album may finally be released. However, along with the follow up to their first album, they are both still listed as “Coming Soon”.

Still no reason not to get excited though, right?

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