October 31, 2013
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 22:10
Eminem, "Rap God"
“Rap God” is one of 2013’s best rap songs, and perhaps one of the best in Eminem’s career. Unlike Kanye’s “I Am a God,” it doesn’t use experimental beats or lazily delivered lines as a substitute for meaningful verses. Instead, it relies on extensive practice and reverent lyricism—combining light-speed rhymes and controlled passion to create a break from cookie-cutter rap.
One Direction, "Story of My Life"
I’d love to cut One Direction a break. But those artificially enhanced bastards just can’t move beyond exerting strenuous amounts of energy and attention on girls only to have their hearts broken (as if that has ever been the case for any member of the group). The song so homogenously blends in with all of 1D’s other wishy-washy lovesick ballads that it’s insulting.
In evaluating modern pop, it seems necessary to ignore content and judge purely on “feeling” for the next here-and-gone party anthem. “Y.A.L.A.” (“You Always Live Again”), however, pushes the limits of patience for painfully trite pop. The 38-year-old’s return to the electro-pop sphere will please the masses, but will do so safely, not deviating from Drake or Ke$ha-inspired pop.