While other musical aspects of your day may be potentially tumultuous, here’s something we can all agree on: It’s officially been 25 years to the day (after) Philadelphians Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff released the seminal “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper,” including none other than The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme Song. You know, the one that makes all the Brits freak out, and which is so relevant to our daily live in wwwwWWEST Philadelphia?
That song is 25 years old, and we all feel ancient. Soo take a minute out of your Saturday to hear this story all about how/ his life got flipped/turned upside down…
Oh yes, that’s right. Your eyes do not deceive you. This on-again-off-again feature’s back. (Just like Chris Brown and Rihanna.) And if you’re the type of person who’s taking full advantage of autumn’s “sweater weather” to show off your extensive scarf collection, then it’s back just for you, ya big diva.
Here’s this week’s round of uncanny celeb similarities.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Grammy award winning artist and actor, will pull up [with a million trucks] to Penn on April 3rd as part of the Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series, the same series that brought Andre Agassi last year.
Ludacris will be discussing fancy cars, women and caviar his “life, career and paying it forward.” The event, open to the Penn community, is free but requires pre-registration (’cause you know it’d be sold out). Roll out or act a fool.
From frat-rappers to video game musicians, Penn’s had some pretty epic musical moments over the past year. We’ve picked 11 of our favorite memories to share with you. In no particular order, we proudly present our best Penn music flashbacks from 2011:
Fire Burning (Harnwell Remix)by 2403 Productions When you mix club music with the wonderful lullaby of college house fire alarms, you come out with a tune that offers a ton of functionality. Scaring away an annoying hallmate is definitely maybe an option.
Rock It Outby Rossman This is the hit that started it all! Produced and performed by Penn students, this music video features Philly landmarks and clips from a party in the Quad, and by a party in the Quad we actually mean Fling.
Adrenalineby Nick Mishkin We are awarding 2011 UTB bucks for a music video filmed at Smoke’s but subtracting 2012 because it’s not the only video filmed at Smoke’s that made it to our list.
With no in-house vending machine or Mark’s Café, it’s really easy to starve in Fisher. It’s also really easy to drive your fellow study slaves into a serious state of unrest by making the wrong meal choice. Suspect you’re guilty of food misconduct? Read on.
Offender: Bag of potato chips Reasons people will glare at you: No sooner have you gotten through the 15 second bag opening process (“Ah I’m so embarrassed!”) when your counterparts remember that they have to listen to you crunch all 300 calories with your mouth open. Alternative: A nice, quiet chocolate bar
Seems like that cold gust of wind that grazed your exposed left nip Saturday night blew us into November. Imagine that! We only have six weeks of class left? Sh, it’s not true! To help deal with the pain, we’re (once again) presenting you with the best events happening around campus this week. Happy (official) Halloween!
Occupy Wharton Who: Penn students When and where: Monday, 1 p.m.; Huntsman Hall Why: Whatever your stance on the Occupy movement, it’s kind of a hugedeal. Got love for the protesters? Then go support the movement in front of Huntsman! It’s so close– you don’t even have to go to Center City. Don’t like the protesters? Don’t be a dick.
SPEC Jazz and Grooves has just announced the lineup for its inaugural NSO concert, scheduled for September 4th (starting at 9 p.m.). For the low, low price of nothing, Penn students will have access to a show featuring Gang Gang Dance, a Manhattan-based experimental rock group, and Madlib, an instrumentalist and rapper from L.A. We can’t even begin to process how rad this is– SPEC Jazz and Grooves for President! But wait, where would that leave Amy Gutmann? SPEC Jazz and Grooves for Assistant President! But what about Leah Popowich? SPEC Jazz and Grooves for Assistant to the President!
Brandon Martz, a College junior, and his twin brother, Jesse, form the newest group on the “I’m in a frat so that means I can rap, right? Don’t answer that” scene, and sources say that their duo, Fairytale, has been picked up by a major record label. They are pretty talented, and it’s clear that a lot of time and effort went into this, but we feel like we’ve seen these frattyrapper-types (Frappers? Make that word happen.) before. Well, whatever, but some musicaldiversity would be nice!
DJ, producer, songwriter and Twitter celebrity Diplo will be joining rapper J Cole in Irvine this Friday as part of SPEC-trum’s spring show. Known for hits with Major Lazer and managing Mad Decent, he’s sure to delight. Or at least shit will get weird.*
*See tweets such as: “Jus finished djin for like 300 million puerto ricans. What do I do now? Sleep in this trailor or go 2 the culebra and barehand catch a gator,” “yo these aliens in jerusalem are fuckin with my brain son #based” or “Ohshit fell asleep on a seaturtle now I’m sunburned like a mutherfracker.”
Finally, a Penn alum doing something with his life! Appearing on hit internet sensation Jake and Amir is rapperHoodie Allen (W ’10). We’re not going to say anything about how weird it is that half this video is about aardvarks, um, ejaculating, because we’re sticking to the larger point here. Penn alums are being famous.
This is so much better than last time we got a Hoodie shoutout on Jake and Amir! Get it? Because Jake was wearing a Penn hoodie? Okay fine it was a crew neck, but whatever, we weren’t going to let that pun go to waste.