Top 5 Showstoppers in the Rap Game

In the hip hop and rap genres of music I honestly believe performing live is a key aspect as an artist. I expect you to put on a lively and fun show as you perform hit after hit to your fans making sure they are getting their dollars worth and more. Love it or hate it these are my favorite rap performers in the game.

  1. Drake
    The 6 God starts this list off representing Canada while displaying the ability to sell out shows constantly in the United States. Drake has a huge song library ranging from his own music or guest verses and majority of them being hits. Drake displays a great ability to exude energy and a presence even when he is performing his soft love songs. He would be much higher on the list but Drake lacks the on stage movements come off corny, yet because it is Drake he makes it work.

  1. Tyler the Creator
    Many are probably wondering why Tyler the Creator on the list. Even  if you are not a fan of his music, his live shows are wild blasts of energy and swagger.Tyler The Creator shows look like a rock show Both in the way he is able to just give the crowd energy with his great choice of instrumentals in his music and the way he interacts with audience. No rapper willingly just throws himself in the crowd and crowd surf’s while still rapping.A unique reason why I enjoy Tyler the Creator’s shows. Tyler may not have a strong assortment of hits and singles like Drake, but his fans know his music and those who don’t can easily catch on or just vibe with the crowd. Regardless he is a great performer especially with Odd Future on stage with him.

  1. Lil Wayne
    Lil Wayne playlist from 2003 to 2009 alone are full of hits, half of which are not on albums or mixtapes. So whether you are a hardcore fan or not you will hear something you like. Wayne has a swagger and presence that can easily get the crowd going no matter tempo of the song beating out Tyler the Creator and giving him the jump over Drake. What really sets Wayne apart from the above rappers though is his presence. Never will i forget watching TV and seeing him perform gossip. I literally still get chills of excitement like i was there. Lil Wayne easily goes down as one of the better MCs in the studio and live

  1. Jay-Z
    I don’t recall ever seeing a bad Jay-Z performance. HE has the playlist, the swagger, presence, and energy. Jay-Z has an insane ability to perform any song he recorded and perform it live start to finish.  Hov now a often performs with a live band. Honestly his best shows are done with a live band and it’s something not many hip hop artist can do. Jay-Z does it best.

  1. Kanye West
    Yes  crucify me for putting Kanye over Jay-Z. Kanye knows how to bring attention to himself and that works for him performing live. Yeezy doesn’t give you a live show, he gives you an experience which involves his personality swagger, endless musical playlist (despite him being stingy) and his random acts of “Oh its just Ye being Ye”. Just like Jay-Z I don’t recall him ever having bad performance, even when he performed his trash Yeezus album. And final reason why Ye gets the number one spot is because he outperformed Jay-Z during the Watch The Throne tour thus giving him the advantage.

Gwyneth Paltrow kidnaps local comic; offers life advice

Academy award-winning actress and all around model X/Y humanoid Gwyneth Paltrow was in the Windy City this past weekend. However rather than hit the Magnificent Mile for tarte de pomme and posturing as originally planned, the actress instead found herself in a bizarre stand-off/motherly intervention with the local comedy scene after Paltrow kidnapped a local comic, hijacked his Facebook account and began offering life advice.

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Chicago comedian Tyler Jackson just before the abduction occurred.

What began as a chance meeting and friendly handshake between Paltrow and comedian Tyler Jackson, 26, who co-produces the monthly comedy showcase Late Late Breakfast, escalated quickly sources said. Witnesses claimed the abduction took place in a matter of seconds – in plain view of police officers – outside the NFL draft on Michigan Avenue.

Worried friends were shocked to see Jackson pop up on Facebook shortly after. “We thought he was a goner,”said Liz Maupin spouse of Danny Maupin, who together make up the rest of the Late Late Breakfast team. Their relief was short-lived however as the clearly unapologetic and brazen Paltrow began offering her services as a life-coach-food-blogger to Jackson’s social media network.

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“I thought she was taunting us,” said a dumbfounded Liz Maupin, “But she answered all the questions.” Topics ranged from advice about pets, child rearing, and even celebrity dating. Liz and Danny Maupin say they became suspicious when Jackson began randomly quoting Paltrow on social media. “When I saw he was awake at 8:30am, I knew something was up,” Danny Maupin said.

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 11.37.38 PMThe following day police had still not been able to locate the actress. Although unable to comment officially, an officer who asked to remain anonymous suggested a possible motive. “Ever since Facebook started requiring real names we’ve seen a ton of celebrities kidnapping normal people to use their profiles.” The officer claimed, “When you name your kid ‘Basket’ or ‘Dreidle’, Facebook thinks you’re making a fake profile so [they’re] doing it for their kids.” We reached out to Facebook for comment but did not receive a response prior to press time. Many believe that Jackson is still in Paltrow’s custody.

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Police have asked that anyone with information contact local authorities.

To stay up to date on all the silliness going on in the Chicago comedy scene, tune in to Backstage Chatter – Wednesdays’s @ 8pm on WCRX 88.1FM 

In the meantime, here are more highlight’s from Tyler Jackson’s day as Gwyneth, SCROLL ON!

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Critique Blog

Most people say The Mayweather Pacquiao fight was boring but I think it was a huge success. The champ showed his profound skill using knowledge of the game strategically defeating his challenger in an entertaining way. I was very intrigued with the way Floyd manipulated Manny’s mind forcing Manny to fight the way Floyd wanted him to.

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Floyd did a great job shuffling his feet and avoiding Manny’s punches leaving him confused and frustrated. Floyd remained calm despite Manny’s aggravation and crowd hype. Floyd Mayweather did a great job playing chess against his Manny who played a perfect game of checkers. Manny was stomped because he couldn’t fight the way he wanted, Floyd strategically controlled the entire fight showing knowledge of the game and versatility. Floyd is a true champion and I believe he will actually give Manny a rematch, in this fight Floyd will probably fight for the KO. We’ll see.




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