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Best Hotline Bling parodies


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“Drake shocked his fans by whipping out his best “White dad at a party of teengers” dance moves.”

The internet exploded last week when hip hop sensation, Drake’s music video for his new track “Hotline Bling” dropped. Most people expected the music video to be the typical hip hop video- sexy with a bit of an edge. However, Drake shocked his fans by whipping out his best “White dad at a party of teengers” dance moves.

Of course, because the internet is what it is, people wasted absolutely no time creating hilarious parodies of the borderline ridiculous video. Here are a few of the best:

1) Degrassi parody

For those of you who don’t know, Drake broke into fame on the hit Canadian teen show, Degrassi. While on the show his character, Jimmy, was shot and left paralyzed by an angry classmate (Rick) who decided to shoot up the high school in order to get revenge on those who bullied him.

While the episode was very dramatic and emotional, someone decided to splice the footage of Rick raising his gun to shoot Jimmy and Drake dancing in his new video to illustrate how Drake’s moves could have saved his character all those years ago in the hallowed halls of Degrassi.

2) Drake dancing to pretty much everything

Put anything from television theme songs to hits from your favorite artists in the background of Drake’s dancing and then laugh. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

3) Drake catching them all

Drake’s funky dancing aids him in his journey to catch all the Pokémon.

4) Drake makes a pizza

This is how Drake makes pizza, apparently.

5) Drake plays Wii Tennis

Drake slays at Wii Tennis.

6) Drake kills a spider

Drake shows us the best way to annihilate spiders.

7) Drake gets his fiesta on

If you thought Drake’s dad dance moves were bad before, wait till you see them with salsa music.

8) Drake gets a strike in bowling

Dorky dancing before taking your turn at the bowling alley may pay off.

9) Drake does the Carlton

Drake gets down with the cheesiest dance of all time.

10) Drake does the Cha Cha Slide

In case you were missing high school dances, Drake takes you back by dancing the Cha Cha Slide.

There are thousands of vines out right now parodying the “Hotline Bling” music video. As long as you’re done with your homework and don’t mind getting sucked into hours worth of compilation videos, I strongly recommend you check them out if you need a laugh.


Five Song covers that are better than the original

Covers are often given a bad name. People see artists who cover others’ work as “unoriginal” and “copycats”. While I, too, grew tired of seeing endless covers of Anna Kendrick’s (originally Lulu and the Lampshades’) “Cups” popping up on my news feed every day, not all covers are irritating.

In fact, some are absolutely fantastic and give the original song a run for its money. Although it’s common to hear, “I like it, but the original was better,” when a cover of a song comes on, there are times when this statement is completely false. Here are five times that the cover completely annihilated the original:

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“In addition to her heartbreaking lyrics, JoJo’s sultry R&B vocals make the cover infinitely better than the original.”

1) “Marvin’s Room” cover by JoJo (original song by Drake)

While the original song by Drake was great, JoJo’s cover was absolutely phenomenal. The female singer/ songwriter completely rewrote the lyrics so to present them from a girl’s perspective that perfectly captures the pain of going through a breakup and seeing your ex with someone else. In addition to her heartbreaking lyrics, JoJo’s sultry R&B vocals make the cover infinitely better than the original.

2) “Tainted Love” cover by Hannah Peel (original song by Soft Cell)

Featured on American Horror Story, Hannah Peel’s version of the 1980’s hit song is pleasantly creepy. Peel’s rendition replaces the backup instruments with an electric sound that sounds eerily like a music box. The song not only works perfectly with the theme of the show, but also makes Soft Cell’s original track irrelevant.

3) “House of the Rising Sun” cover by Lauren O’Connell (original song by The Animals)

This song has been covered a million times by a plethora of extremely talented artists, however, Lauren O’Connell’s take on the classic song is so haunting that you can’t get it out of your head for days. The chilling cover was featured in the season three promo for American Horror Story and since then has become one of the most popular covers of the 1960’s hit.

4) “Hotline Bling” cover by Sam Smith & Dispatch (original song by Drake)

Let me start this by saying that I love Drake. He’s extremely talented. But you just can’t beat Sam Smith’s vocals with anything. Sam Smith could sing an album of children’s songs and I’d buy it. That being said, this cover is amazing and Sam Smith was born to cover this song. Sorry, not sorry, Drake.

5) “Sally’s Song” cover by Amy Lee (original song by Catherine O’Hara as part of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”)

Amy Lee, the lead singer of the gothic rock band, Evanescence, was asked to cover the iconic song from the Disney movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” for a special edition of the soundtrack featuring covers from a bunch of talented musicians. Everyone knew that Lee could sing, but I don’t think anyone expected how brilliant this cover would turn out. While the original song will always have its allure for the fans of the movie, Amy Lee’s version completely blows it out of the water.

I definitely recommend checking out all of these awesome covers and don’t be so quick to dismiss a song in the future just because it’s not an original- it may surprise you.

Radcentric: Matthew Bagley, Radford’s hip-hop star

Today on Radcentric we talk with Radford University sophomore Matthew Bagley.

Bagley, known on stage as Alexander Mack, is an up-and-coming rapper whose music can be found on soundcloud. He sat down with us to discuss his influences and his opinion on the music industry.

Hear the full podcast here.

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Hip-hop: A dying culture

What is hip-hop? To different people, it can mean a wide variety of things, from rap music to graffiti. Princeton Wordnet calls it “an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city,” while a hip-hop advocacy website calls it “the constantly evolving spirit and consciousness of urban youth that keeps recreating itself in a never-ending cycle.” Continue reading Hip-hop: A dying culture