Friday Fixat10ns: Christmas Rap Essentials

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Merry merry finals everyone! We hope you’re all feeling jolly as ever. I know I am. This year I’m grateful to be sitting on cozy Lau 4 instead of dealing with drunk Santas on the LIRR.

Here at 4E we know that many of you are getting through the finals slog by hitting up your trusty Christmas playlist. We have a new one to help you spice things up: The Essential Christmas Rap Playlist. Enjoy and have a very Ludachristmas.

1. Ludachristmas Ludacris

We’ve never been happier to hear Luda’s jolly laugh. He just wants to spread a little cheer with his Christmas tree decked with toilet paper and some Jolly Ranchers and candy canes.

2. Sleigh Ride TLC

They don’t want scrubs for Christmas, so Prancer better not be hanging out of the passenger side of Santa’s ride trying to holler at them. T-Boz wants headphone sets and a fly dress for Christmas. And they all want love and joy and happiness and lots of good cheer.

3. Christmas in Harlem  Kanye West ft. Featuring Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor and Big Sean

This may be the greatest Christmas song I’ve ever heard. Would you expect anything less from a self-proclaimed God?

4. Jingle Bells  Trey Songz ft. Flo Rida

This music video is so wholesome, it makes us uncomfortable. Where is the Trey Songz we know and love? What is the point of the scarf? Trey Songz asked Santa for jewels this year and Flo Rida asked for this song to end.

5. Christmas in Hollis Run DMC

Run wants an ill reindeer for Christmas. He also wants a million dollars to buy a boat and a matching car but he doesn’t want it bad enough to steal a million dollars from Santa’s wallet.

6. Deck Da Club  Ying Yang Twins

The Ying Yang Twins want the club to be decked in boughs of money this Christmas. I will be in search of the Ying Yang Twins this holiday season. I would like a bough of money.

7. A Christmas F*cking Miracle Run The Jewels

This song is not as fun as you would expect. In fact it’s not fun at all. We don’t really know why we included it, but it has Christmas in the title and the music video is great. El-P wants to learn to look both ways both ways before he crosses the street for Christmas.

8. A Jehovah’s Christmas  Troy and Abed

Your favorite characters from Community devise a plan to allow a Jehovah’s Witness, Troy, to celebrate Christmas and participate in the Glee’s Club’s Christmas pageant. Troy wants to finally earn Kendrick Lamar’s respect this year (don’t we all?).

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Friday Fixat10ns: 90’s Power Playlist

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Aside from dial-up internet, there is a lot we miss about the 90’s. Those were the days when we used to love pushing a slinky repeatedly down the stairs, when we couldn’t wait to pop our favorite tape into the family VCR and when we actually liked Mary Kate and Ashley. But the truth is, the best part of the 90’s was the music. Sure, there are the obvious 90’s classics like Aaron Carter, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, but the true powerhouse hits of the 90’s are often ignored. So, 4E has put together the Friday Fixat10ns for those true 90’s music fans out there. Here are the tracks:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana – The obvious choice for this playlist, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” packs a punch for all of those angsty teens out there looking to get out some aggression. Also, how can you not like a song that has an almost completely unintelligible chorus?
  2. Hold On by En Vogue – Before there was Destiny’s Child, there was En Vogue. “Hold On” samples Jackson 5’s hit “Who’s Lovin’ You” as an introduction, and you can’t help but belt out a few lyrics. After the powerhouse intro, the song breaks into the quintessential 90’s girl group hit.
  3. Hold On by Wilson Phillips – You may be thinking, “Another ‘Hold On’, are you kidding?” No, I am not kidding. If it’s good enough for Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph to jam out to in “Bridesmaids“, then it’s good enough to make this playlist.
  4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers – Although this song was actually released in 1988, it only went big after its re-release in 1993. This is the jam. Sure, does anyone know what accents The Proclaimers have? No. Does anyone know what “havering” means? No. But trust me, if this power-packed song comes on at a party, you can bet everyone will be going wild to the chorus and intermittent “da-lat-das”.
  5. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston – It almost pains me to think that I even have to explain why this song makes the cut. Disregard the historical fame and chart-topping numbers, and it would still make this playlist because of how this inspired every shower singer to try and belt notes like Whitney and unfortunately fail. (Yes, that kid that sings in the communal shower of his freshman dorm, we’ve all heard you.)
  6. Baby Got Back by Sir-Mix-A-Lot – Before there was “Anaconda,” there was “Baby Got Back.” This song is one of the greatest songs of all time. Starting out with a hilarious intro and lyrics that made any kid who knew them the most popular kid in school, this song is truly one for the ages.
  7. Wannabe by Spice Girls – I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really really want: this 90’s jam on the playlist! “Wannabe” is a classic that makes any Georgetown girl drop her Pumpkin Spice Latte and dance like no one is watching.
  8. I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts – You may have never heard of The Rembrandts, but you’ve definitely heard of “I’ll Be There For You.” This song was the theme song for the greatest television show of all time, “Friends”, and packs a powerful message about friendship. I dare you not to do the quadruple clap after “So no one told you life was gonna be this way…”
  9. No Scrubs by TLC – This song is the perfect anthem to keep the “scrubs” away. Covered by contemporary artists like Bastille and Foxes, the lasting power of this song is unbelievably strong. But still, no one could rock it like TLC.
  10. Wonderwall by Oasis – Trust me, you’ve heard this song. We all have that one friend who can “play” guitar, but really can only play “Wonderwall.” Despite the weird fascination amateur guitar players everywhere have with his song, this is a 90’s classic that always has everyone singing along.

So to all the 4E readers out there, when you eventually begin studying for your finals, blast this playlist to pump yourself up. 90’s music will always be there for you.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Midnight Madness

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Midnight Madness is tonight! Taking place in McDonough Gymnasium, there will be performances by a bunch of different performing groups (GU Jawani, Groove Theory and the GU Step Team, to name a few). Marking the beginning of the basketball season, Midnight Madness is also bringing a performance from Trey Songz! In honor of both the special musical guest and the overall pumped-up atmosphere, this week’s Friday Fixat10ns has both the amped-up tracks and the jammin’ R&B that Trey (we’re on a first-name basis) has perfected.

“Na Na” – Trey Songz

From his latest album, Trigga, “Na Na” is super catchy and is a great showcase for Trey Songz’s buttery voice. Seriously, it’s so beautiful.

“Who Gon Stop Me” – Kanye West & Jay-Z

A perfect song to give you that extra ego boost, whether you’re finishing up a paper or you’re in a packed room cheering on our Hoyas.

“Remember the Name” – Fort Minor

The throwback pump-up song. Who else remembers sitting in high school pep rallies and mixing up which percentage was with which reason to remember the name?

“Can’t Hold Us (ft. Ray Dalton)” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

No matter whether you’re the athlete or the spectator, listening to this makes you feel like nothing can bring you down.

“Wild for the Night (ft. Skrillex)” – A$AP Rocky

Really puts the NIGHT in Midnight Madness.

“Can’t Be Friends” – Trey Songz

And another hit from our featured performer, Trey! The low-key crooning/finger-snapping combination is a quick and welcome break from any Midnight Madness-induced adrenaline rush.

“All Me (ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean)” – Drake

While this title isn’t really suggestive of “being a team player,” whether you’re on the court or off, sometimes you just have to take a quick second to appreciate your own accomplishments.

“Pony” – Ginuwine

Ginuwine, a close musical cousin to Trey Songz, also has a killer voice. This song could go on forever and I’d never notice because Ginuwine’s singing is distracting me.

“Stronger” – Kanye West 

Cuh-lassic.

“I Believe I Can Fly” – R. Kelly

Okay, this might be coming out of left field, but bear with me. If this isn’t the ultimate pump-up track AND slow jam, I don’t know what is. With lyrics like, “If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it”, if you don’t believe you can fly after listening to this then you are cold and dead inside. No offense.

After getting pumped up with and simultaneously getting down to this playlist, make sure you head to Midnight Madness tonight! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event ends at 10.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Sing Along Songs

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As my friends and I were reminiscing over our first year at Georgetown we realized some of our favorite weekend nights ended in song. We noticed that our favorite way to end a night of revelry was to circle around and belt out a series of songs that we all knew and loved: Sing Along Songs.

I’ve learned from country music that summer parties are all about gettin’ your boys together talkin’ about girls and trucks and maybe goin’ down to the river to take a little dip. These songs seem perfectly suited to singing together on summer nights. So grab a partner, throw your arm over her shoulder, sway a little, and get ready to sing like you never have before.

And no I won’t include “Don’t Stop Believing” or “Sweet Caroline” or “Last Danc because they remind me too much of bat mitzvahs rather than college parties and I just don’t want to go back to seventh grade.

Just a Friend – Biz Markie Every since I saw heard this song on an adorable Heineken commercial that discouraged sadness, inhibitions and drunk driving, I decided it was the perfect song to sing after toward the end of a  long night with friends

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen This song, as well as every P!nk song known to man, has been astoundingly overplayed on Long Island radio stations. I never got sick of it. You know all of the words, so sing them, even if they don’t make sense.

Too Little, Too Late – JoJo Everyone loves JoJo. So sassy.

Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne Sing Along songs are almost always throwbacks to a simpler time. Be an over-confident high schooler for a few minutes and if there is a girl named Stacy with you don’t miss the chance to annoy the hell out of her.

Ordinary Day – Vanessa Carlton Ordinary day was released when I was six years old. At six, I probably never expected to be singing this song twelve years later in a Village B apartment at Georgetown with a bunch of people from across the country, but I didn’t expect much at all at six years old. For some reason I still love this song and you should too.

Mean – Taylor Swift I was recently lambasted for not knowing every word to this song, so I promptly committed it to memory. This song is perfect to sing if someone was mean to you earlier or if you ran out of Cheez-Its and you’re not sure how to go on.

Royals – Lorde Don’t tell me you’re sick of this song — you’re not. Just give it a few seconds and you’ll be chanting “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece” with the rest of ’em.

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus You may not be a dirtbag. You may not even be a teenager anymore. But sometimes it just feels good to be a part of a group, especially a group that sticking it to the man.

22 – Taylor Swift Now that we all feel like rebels it’s time to take ourselves down a notch and rock out to some more T-Swift.

Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC Okay so I don’t know the words to this song but I imagine it would be really cool if I did.

Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show or Darius Rucker Both suffice. This is the quintessential college sing along song. In fact, if you haven’t sung Wagon Wheel like your life depended on it yet you’re probably not trying hard enough to have fun.

So get out there with your besties and show the world your singing skillage, it’ll be the most “college” thing you’ve done in a while.

 

Friday Fixat10ns: Is It Summer Yet?

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The best time of year calls for the best kind of music. Nothing says summer like the best mix of ’90s, ’00s and today that you have ever heard:

1. “Santeria” by Sublime The perfect, chill summer song. But actually, what is “santeria”?

2. “Where the Wind Goes” by Coco O. While the other Great Gatsby hits might be on the outs, this classic will always be in. Other than the perfection of Coco’s voice (and the fact that we have the same name), the melody of this song is one of the catchiest and most beautiful things I have ever heard.

3. “Daylight” by Matt and Kim There was an entire summer when I would only listen to this song when I drove my car. It perfectly captures the “whatever” mood of summer and makes me want to hitchhike to Maine.

4. “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean I will admit, I am not a diehard country fan. But I have been told that this is the quintessential summer song. You tell me. I really liked the music video.

5. “Team” by Lorde There is no song from Lorde that I do not love. This song literally gives me chills when I listen to it. Aren’t we all on Team Summer?

6. “Hotel California” by The Eagles This song is like a saga — I get so invested whenever I listen to it. Also, there are so many perfect lines to quote! I’m currently picturing myself driving down a Californian highway in a convertible with the cool breeze in my hair.

7. “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé Flawless. The best part is that it is both the perfect dance song and the perfect song lyrically.

8. “Toes” by Zac Brown Band Once again, I am a total country novice. But this song is really happy. Also, they speak Spanish in it … one of my favorite things.

9. “Summer Girls” by LFO This is such a fun song. I would never actually let anyone know that I’m obsessed (until now), but it is such a guilty pleasure. TBT to the younger days.

10. “Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted Of course we needed one really dance-y track. It is summer after all! Personally, I’ll chase the sun all the way to Turks and Caicos.

You might hate my picks, but you can’t hate summer. So keep an open mind and get excited for the best time of the year. Remember though, wherever you are, 4E is a necessity.

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Friday Fixat10ns: One and Done

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March Madness is in full swing, and while I know it’s a touchy subject on this campus, at least we can be assured of one thing: Georgetown will never be considered a “one-hit wonder” of the NCAA Tournament.  However, in honor of the schools that you will never hear of again once March is over (what’s up, Mercer), here is a compilation of some of the greatest one-hit wonders of all-time.

Take On Me- A ha! One of the more reputable karaoke songs ever, it’s a shame A ha! couldn’t find success beyond Take On Me.  It’s such an upbeat song!

No Rain- Blind Melon I wish we didn’t have any rain.  Lucky you, Blind Melon.

Come On Eileen- Dexy’s Midnight Runners Another song that just about everyone can sing along too.  They’re like a prototypical March Madness Cinderella team: everyone remembers the song that they sang (or the games they played), but no one can ever remember their name.

Here In Your Arms- Hellogoodbye There is something oddly catchy about this 2000’s one-hit wonder.  And there definitely an emphasis on “odd”.

Out Of My Head- Fastball Short, sweet, and to the point, Fastball’s moment in the sun lasts just over two minutes, but the chorus is instantly recognizable.

Stacy’s Mom- Fountains of Wayne Show me someone who claims to not like this song, and I’ll show you a liar.  Fountains of Wayne gets extra points for the music video for this one.

Bittersweet Symphony- The Verve The success of this song was overshadowed somewhat by legal issues, but there are some KILLER strings in here.

Walking in Memphis- Marc Cohen I don’t know if walking in Memphis is as awesome as Marc Cohen makes it seem, but this song really makes me want to visit.

Dancing in the Moonlight- King Harvest Looking for a great song to dance to at a party, but don’t want to listen to rap or hip-hop? I’d like to try and see you sit still with this song on.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Deep Blue Something While I didn’t see the movie, I certainly can sing along to this song.  So what about breakfast at Tiffany’s?

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Friday Fixat10ns: Spring Concert Edition

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By now, some of you may know that the headliners for the Spring Kick-Off Concert are official. In less than a month, McDonough Gymnasium will be the venue for Big Sean and the White Panda.

For those of you who don’t know, Big Sean is a hip-hop artist/rapper from Detroit, signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music record label. The White Panda are two childhood friends who make crazy good mashups for a living. With the two acts performing, this concert will definitely be a good time. Here at 4E, we’ve compiled a quick playlist of a few of both artists’ songs. Listen to it when you’re stuck in Lau, at Yates or doing something else that’s not as fun as a concert.

1. Control (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica) – Big Sean Yes, this is the song where Kendrick drops truth bombs everywhere. But Big Sean kills his verse too, making it a great track overall.

2. Animals (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – The White Panda Mashing up Kendrick, Tiesto and others, this song definitely won’t kill your vibe.

3. Clique (ft. Big Sean, Jay-Z) – Kanye West Technically not Big Sean’s song, but a great track nevertheless. Besides his verse, Big Sean gets a couple of his signature “Oh GAWD’s” in there.

4. Dance (A$$) Remix (ft. Nicki Minaj) – Big Sean A classic.

5. Midnight Life – The White Panda A mashup of M83’s “Midnight City” and Kanye’s “Good Life,” this song is a prime example of when a mashup sounds ludicrous but actually works.

6. Beware (ft. Jheno Aiko, Lil Wayne)  – Big Sean A single from last year’s Hall of Fame, this “cautionary love song” comes with a great music video.

7. Stereo Hands – The White Panda Mixing “Stereo Love”, Waka Flaka and Wale sounds ridiculous until you hear this song.

8. What You Know About Little Secrets – The White Panda So T.I. and Passion Pit sound pretty good together!

9. Ashley (ft. Miguel) – Big Sean Besides having a great hook (courtesy of Miguel – when is he coming to Georgetown?), this song shows Big Sean’s emotional side without sacrificing his great rapping.

10. Deep In the Levels – The White Panda Adele + Avicii = concert bliss. The moral of the story is that The White Panda can do no wrong, and they, along with Big Sean, are going to kill it at the Spring Concert.

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Friday Fixat10ns: D.C.’s Weather Bender

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The weather these past few weeks has been ridiculous. Cold, warm, snow, ice and back to warm again … that stupid groundhog from Pennsylvania (not even gonna take a crack at how to spell his name) had no idea what he was doing this year. The only good to come from this crazy weather has been the one day of classes off and the joy of seeing snowmen spring to life all over campus – albeit only to be melted a few days later. Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, because come the start of next week, it’ll be back to coats, boots and scarves.

As we enter the final week of February, here’s some music you can jam out to while staying inside, because you can be certain it’s the only place that has any semblance of climate control.

1. I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace While the recent change of weather is much appreciated, it’s not going to last. The cold weather’s insistence on remaining in D.C. is really starting to get to me.

2. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard Who knows, maybe this is what’ll be coming next.

3. Hot N’ Cold – Katy Perry The sudden changes in weather are just too much for me. My closet is a mess.

4. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers While we all enjoyed the relatively significant amount of snow we got, let’s hope that was the end of it and that we’re slowly transitioning to spring.

5. Skyfall – Adele The perfect way to describe how the clouds have been treating us these past few weeks.

6. Lights and Thunder – Krewella Thankfully, the recent bout of rain that just swept through D.C. didn’t include this, but there are no promises for the near future.

7. Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes Only two more weeks until you get to return home to (hopefully) the weather you love!

8. Paradise – Tiësto Give it a little more time, and soon we’ll be in that perfect high 60’s/low 70’s range that’s impossible not to love.

9. Sleep All Day – Jason Mraz I mean, it’s the only viable option right now, isn’t it?

10. Sunshine – David Guetta It’s coming. Just be patient.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Throwback Valentine’s Day

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They just don’t make love songs like they used to.  After vigorously planning a Valentine’s Day date, you don’t want to risk killing the mood by pulling up some Justin Bieber on your iPod.  Don’t worry, 4E has you covered, with our Valentine’s Day Fixat10ns (I know, we’re a week early).

Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money Kick off a night of romance with this 80’s classic.  Eddie Money just helps you tell it how it is.

I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner Start to slow things down with Foreigner’s big hit.  After all, isn’t the reason we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day because of this age-old quest for love?

When a Man Loves a Woman- Michael Bolton Ah, Michael Bolton.  Continue to set the mood with the sweet, soulful sounds of love emanating from this track.

Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen Bruce shows his soft side with this 90’s classic.  The saxophone part might actually bring you to tears.

Your Song- Elton John Let’s be honest, what is more romantic than someone writing a song for you?  Bonus points if you can actually perform this one for your date.

Burning Love- Elvis Presley By this point in the playlist, we’ve come at you with a lot of heart-melting ballads, so change things up with this little number from The King.

I Think We’re Alone Now- Tommy James & the Shondells Take a trip WAY back in the time machine with this hit about forbidden love as we get to the real meat of the playlist.

Baby, I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton Can’t find the words to tell your special someone how you really feel? Let Peter Frampton do the talking.

Bump N’ Grind- R. Kelly While he may not exactly qualify as a “hopeless romantic,” R. Kelly certainly knows how to set the mood.

Let’s Get It On- Marvin Gaye The seminal “slow jam,” there’s no song better suited to capping off a romantic playlist than Marvin Gaye’s big hit.

 

Friday Fixat10ns: The Best of Leo’s

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Lately, our dear dining hall Leo’s has been playing some seriously sporadic tunes. From Ciara to Motown to ladies of the ’80s, the dining hall’s Pandora station has confused many hungry Georgetown students. Here at 4E, we have taken it upon ourselves to survey the earth and determine the top 10 songs that you Leo’s munchers love. Bear with us – we know this list is all over the place and back again.

1, 2 Step – Ciara A classic from the preteen years. Many students have been seen doing their own 1,2 step on the wok, home and burrito station lines.

The Way I Are – Timbaland I have deemed this the best song to walk in to. Walk into Leo’s like: What up? Where’s the guac? Or is that just me?

Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake Life would be incomplete without this song. However, is Leo’s really bringing sexy back? I mean, I know that those new options are hot, but really?

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond Throwback to those eighth grade dances where everyone only knew half the words. Sweet Leo’s … so good, so good?

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus Of course one of the biggest songs of last year would be making an appearance at Leo’s. We can’t stop … waiting in the pasta line? We won’t stop … complaining about the missing forks?

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga The queen of pop and the king of food … the perfect combination? Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah, want Chicken Finger Thursday.

Bye Bye Bye – ‘N Sync This ain’t no lie. What would Leo’s be without the classic boy band song? When this song comes on, I just wanna shriek like a fan girl. Come on, it is ‘N Sync. Who doesn’t love boys singing pointless songs while doing synchronized dance steps? SWOON.

Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners Once again, a classic. Many Georgetown students have been seen singing “come on, Leo’s” to the tune of this song. If only Leo’s could hear us!

Stronger – Kanye West Leo’s goes hardcore? Leo’s may not play Kanye’s other songs but at least we get this gem. (Side note: I can and have rapped this entire song. You’re welcome.)

Body Language – Jesse McCartney I may feel uncomfortable when this song comes on, but for some reason I can’t stop myself from moving along with it. Thank you, Leo’s, for getting it suck in my head.

How do you Leo’s? See you on the dance floor. Uh, I mean the panini line.