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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.10.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 10, 2012.


Mac Miller, “One Last Thing”

Lest we forget, there’s another white rapper whose stage name begins with “Mac” and who, at the end of the day, is a pretty talented dude. Mac Miller got the drop on Macklemore in terms of the whole, “debut album” thing by about a year, and he has spent many of the past 365 days trying to make sure that we don’t forget that piece of info.

“One Last Thing,” the closing track from Blue Slide Park, is the last of Miller’s singles from the album to get a video treatment. This clip reprises the earlier clips from the LP, then goes on to maintain their ironic juxtaposition of diminutive white rappers and voluptuous female dancers.


Jay-Z, “99 Problems (Barack Obama remix)”

Following on the success of “My President is Black,” Jay-Z headed to Ohio last week to try and pull in some last-minute votes for the 44th president. The plan apparently worked, as Obama has been named to a second term, helped along in no small part by 93% support amongst African American voters.

By changing up the lyrics of his iconic hit to read, “I’ve got 99 problems, but Mitt ain’t one,” Jay-Z has probably provided the Romney clan with the closest thing it will ever have to hip-hop stardom.


Plies, “Obama Forward”

And with that, the remainder of this week’s “Mixtape” was sacrificed to the lionization of Obama-related hip-hop.

With “Obama Forward,” Plies might have created the first ever presidential hip-hop track that sounds like it might have just as easily wound up as one of Nicki Minaj’s more sentimental joints. In less than four minutes, Plies has grown exponentially in my estimation. Anyone who can growl with equal enthusiasm about tax policy and putting diamonds in his mouth is all right in my book.


Barack Obama (sort of), “Can’t Touch This”

It’s nice to know that given access to an incredible overabundance of technology and the resources of higher education, this is the kind of stuff that the human race comes up with.

This clip cuts up a series of Obama quotes to form a decent rendition of MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.” In case you’re wondering, the answer is, “yes,” this is the best Weekly Mixtape ever.

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About the Author


Shane Danaher's affection for pop music has peppered his adult life with a variety of aesthetically rewarding and financially disastrous decisions. After moving to Portland, Oregon for college (because that's where he heard Modest Mouse was from) Shane has wound up participating in the music world in roles ranging from 'drummer' to 'promoter' to 'bathroom floor scrubber.' He has toured without money, written about almost every band ever to have come out of the Pacific Northwest, and one time traveled all the way to Los Angeles just to see a catch hip-hop show. He currently resides in Portland, where he writes about hip-hop, pop and rock music for a variety of publications. He still plays drums. He wants to meet Kanye West.

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