Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again” (video) (prod. by Pharrell Williams) Apr14

Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again” (video) (prod. by Pharrell Williams)...

Katy Perry tries with “Roar” and fails. Shakira tries with “Empire” and makes barely a ripple. Alicia Keys attempts with “It’s On Again” and ensures her indelible mark by enlisting the hottest Black rapper in the game and the hottest producer in the game today. Granted Alicia has made a career belting out torch songs straddling pop and R&B crossover sensibilities for over a decade. So when she made “Girl On Fire” a couple years ago, making a pop theme for a movie franchise seemed like a natural step. Here we are with Alicia’s 80s-influenced anthem featuring a needlessly aggressive 16 bars from Kendrick Lamar....

Drake on Macklemore’s apology to Kendrick Lamar: “Wack as F–k” Feb12

Drake on Macklemore’s apology to Kendrick Lamar: “Wack as F–k”...

After Macklemore (and Ryan Lewis) won Best Rap Album and Album of the Year, news circulated that Macklemore texted Kendrick Lamar to apologize for winning and how Kendrick’s album should’ve won. The text screenshots were from Macklemore’s phone, so people did doubt the sincerity of his apology but tepidly applauded the gesture. Well, the quiet majority is speaking up starting with Drake, a fellow Best Rap album nominee. In an upcoming Rolling Stone interview, Drake posited, “that shit was wack as fuck.” “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,'” he tells us. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?” Thank you, Drake, for saying what I’ve been saying since the Grammys. Good luck getting your own text message from Macklemore. (Rolling...