Rocket Juice and the Moon feat. Erykah Badu, “Hey Shooter”
So you're maybe thinking, “Hey, Grantland, didn't you just warn me that Damon Albarn's new Flea-and-Tony Allen-featuring band Rocket Juice and the Moon was escalating the oddball musical-collaboration arms race to dangerous heights? Now you're offering me one of their tracks for my listening pleasure? What is happening here, Grantland?” First, stop calling me Grantland. I have a real name. Second: What is happening here? Erykah Badu is happening here.
Schoolboy Q feat. Ab-Soul, “Druggy With Hoes Again”
Speaking of people who should have maybe probably been on the XXL 2012 Freshman Class cover, no love for my dude Schoolboy Q? As soon he shakes off his latest Provigil-and-Purp haze and is therefore once again able to process new information, Q is gonna be pissed.
The best thing about this video is that it was clearly done guerrilla-style, no permits. The one shot where the dude accidentally gets in the way of the camera and Grimes waves him through anyway? Awesome. And just think of how many security guards she must have comically sprinted away from during the making-of process.
Arcade Fire, “Abraham's Daughter”
This one's off the Hunger Games soundtrack, but let's let Win Butler explain the rest: “Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film. There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for Katniss.” WIN BUTLER IS TALKING ABOUT KATNISS EVERDEEN, THAT'S ALL, YOU CAN GO ON WITH YOUR DAY NOW.
Robin Thicke feat. Lil Wayne, “Pretty Lil' Heart”
Just gonna say one thing: I am increasingly concerned about Lil Wayne's wardrobe choices. Like, at this rate, isn't he eventually gonna run out of wacky shit to put on his body? Trust that we are perilously close to this man walking out in public dressed like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo feat. Rick Ross, “Think Like a Man”
So Steve Harvey wrote an advice book called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, that book was adapted into an ensemble rom-com that's in theaters soon, and now you are listening to a song off that movie's soundtrack that (actually, not that awkwardly?) co-opts Harvey's original title. And the only question is: What in the hell is going on in this intro? Is Jennifer Hudson ... yodeling?!
Gunplay, “Jump Out”
Hey, look who's back? It's Rick Ross's pal Gunplay! A few weeks ago I was mocking his obscurity; now he is a repeat Songs of the Week honoree. You guys: Life moves pretty fast.
John Mayer, “Shadow Days”
“I'm a good man / with a good heart / had a tough time / got a rough start / but I finally learned to let it go” – John “I have a fuckin' David Duke cock” Mayer.
Big Baby Ghandi feat. Das Racist, “Blue Magic”
Seeing as I am spiritually obligated to support and respect any rapper whose name is a riff on Glenn “Big Baby” Davis, I don't even need to listen to this to know I like it.
Team Spirit, “Fuck the Beach”
This guy doesn't like the beach, OK? Don't fucking take him to the beach. Also: weirdly sexual animation alert!