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Week in Review

Hotline Bling Music Video


Last week, Drake dropped the music video for his wildly popular tune, “Hotline Bling,” which currently sits in second place on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. And to be blunt, the video, well, more specifically Drake’s dancing in the video is absolutely ridiculous. It seems as if the Toronto native was influenced by Carlton’s dance routines from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and/or by 99% of dads out there. Either way, the video has sparked some hilarious memes and vines which you really need to check out. In the end, Drake (well, most likely his management) knew what they were doing and wanted to create a music video that would get everyone talking. They succeeded.


Whether you’re a rap fan or not you’ve heard the news about the ongoing feud between rappers Drake and Meek Mill, which started when Meek called Drake out on Twitter for not writing his own lyrics. Late last week, Drake came out of the rap feud victorious with the release of the diss tracks “Charged Up” and “Back To Back.” His W was solidified with the release of Meek Mill’s heavily criticized retaliation track, “Wanna Know.” But that wasn't good enough for the Toronto native, who felt obligated to pour salt in the wounds inflicted on Meek Mill. On Monday, Drake used his performance at his annual OVO Festival in his home city to finish Meek Mill off once and for all.


Norm Kelly is an International Treasure

Not everyone spends as much time on The Twitter Machine (as I like to call it) as I. 'Tis part of my job, and therefore I spend copious hours wading through the odd, the mundane, and the inane tweets that come out of every corner of the globe, scouring for relevant and delightful tidbits that might further my cause. And that is how I became familiar with the Twitter Genius that is Norm Kelly.

Norm Kelly (@norm) is a City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 40, and, according to his Twitter bio, "Mrs. Kelly's Favourite Son." And with good reason. @norm first pinged onto my radar with his ingenious lampooning of what became known as The Great Raccoon Memorial of 2015. The story goes that a Torontonian spotted a deceased raccoon on the sidewalk early one morning, and thoughtfully alerted the city's contact centre. And while the City responded that they were on the ball... that was apparently not the case. The poor procyonid had reached rigor and a bizarre memorial began to spring up around his fluffy corpse. When photos of the memorial began to pop up, @norm got involved:


The Long Road from Actor to Rapper

It happens more than you might think: actors or actresses who decide they want to make a name for themselves in music - some successful, others not so much. Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, and Justin Timberlake are a few who made it. However, there’s another actor-turned-successful-musician who stands out. His name is Aubrey Graham, known to most of us as Drake. Why didn’t I mention him in the same breath as the others? The answer is simple, Drake’s work as an actor didn’t directly lead to a record contract, like his previous mentioned counterparts.



10 Awesome and Surprising Musician Cameos

Mastodon On the Set

We all love a good cameo. With Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones we got to see heavy metal super stars Mastodon [SPOILER ALERT] act as Wildlings, and then die, and then come back as ice zombie Wildlings. Since the band are self-professed GoT fans, they seemed positively tickled pink by the personal invitation from show runner Dan Weiss to don the costumes and personae of Westeros's neighbors to the North, particularly as they contributed to the Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne Vol. 2. Mastodon's joyous (just look at those grins) guest spot was hard to pick out in the utter melee of the episode, so this still is credited to HBO and Helen Sloan, and now we are looking back at other fantastic (or fantastically bad) musician cameos in film and television.

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