It’s the first Five at 5 for the week, and it’s a special Grammy edition. Tune in.
The Grammy’s just got over and done with a few hours ago. As usual, the RIAA missed out on a lot, so here’s a Five at 5 featuring five Grammy Award categories with songs that maybe should have won instead (or songs that were better off not winning, whichever way you think). Check it out.
1. Madeon – ‘Icarus’ - Best Dance Recording
I first heard of young Madeon through Pete Tong last year. Last I heard, he was on the Lolla 2013 in Brazil and Chile, after playing Coachella, the Electric Daisy, and other festivals last year. For me, this song blows away every other nominee in this category. It’s electro house. From France. There’s not much to dislike. Let’s dance.
2. Jack White – ‘Sixteen Saltines’ - Best Rock Song
Jack White’s Blundebuss didn’t win the award for Best Rock Album. This song, however, screams rock ‘n’ roll from the get go. ‘Lonely Boy’? Are you kidding me? Get laid already and stop crying about it.
3. Killer Mike – ‘Reagan’ – Best Rap Song
I won’t say ‘Niggas in Paris’ didn’t deserve the win. You take two of hip-hop’s biggest names and have them drop a joint like that, it doesn’t leave people with much room to complain. But ‘Reagan’ is better, and on many levels. Reagan (POTUS) made it possible for Jay and Yeezy to even have a throne. Money and power rule the world. Remember that. And shit, what a great video. Killer Mike FTW.
4. Hot Chip – ‘Look At Where We Are’ - Song Of The Year
This deserves Song Of The Year because… really, it’s in the title. It’s also one of the most beautiful love songs of 2012.
5. Kendrick Lamar – ‘m.A.A.d City’ – Record Of The Year
If Gotye could win Record Of The year for a song that pretty much came out in mid-2011, then this song (not in contention for the 2013 awards), is my pick. In fact, almost every song on K.Dot’s major label smash is an exercise in award-worthy storytelling and delivery. Listen to the story, wait for the change-up, listen to MC Eiht drop it down hard, and pay attention to K.Dot’s last verse. A major focal point of this short film/album is in the story of this song. Put it on blast. Hip-hop’s the education most of us missed out on.
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.