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Blogger's Circle: The Internets Vote On Whether Jay or Kanye Killed "Otis" The Best

We attempted to meet a consensus on which braggadocious king killed "Otis" the best and came up with this. Now here from a few of our favorite Internet heads...

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD (POWER 105.1's BREAKFAST CLUB):
I think "Otis" is incredible. That's the best use of a sample I've heard in a long time. I don't think there was a best verse. Jay Z and Kanye complimented each other quite well. My favorite bars are when Jay Z says "I got 5 passports, I'm never going to jail" then Kanye comes in and says "I made Jesus Walks I'm never going to hell." Then Ye comes and says "I'm bout to make you tuck your whole summer in." Matter fact now that I think about Kanye might have the better verse that Sophistacted ignorance I write my curses in cursive line was mean. Otis is lyrical exercise at it's finest.....

SHAHEEM REID (PORTRAIT OF MY LIFE):
What more can I say? Instant euphoria. My iPod is blood stained. Jay-Z and Kanye West finally unleashed the kind of track from their Watch Their Throne recording sessions the world has been waiting for; an undeniable tag team romp that strikes with the potent precision of an Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard spike piledriver. The title, simplistic. “Otis” (West who produced the track samples Otis Redding’s classic “Try Some Tenderness.”) The beat, straight Blueprint soul knock. The rhymes… gotdamn, the rhymes are everything they are supposed to be from a duo that have been making timeless records together for ten years. They find Hov and Yeezy at the height of blissful arrogance, remorselessly going for throat like the Road Warriors performing their finishing maneuver, the Doomsday Device, in a championship match.

The track starts with Jay boldly declaring “I invented swag.” What? Press the stop button on the iTunes immediately. That nigga has audacity! But damn, that’s Hov, he can say that. This is going to be a fucking wild ride. Take it back to the beginning, Hov totally levels everything in sight with his first verse (check in nod to the Blueprint’s “All I Need” when he says “I guess I got my swagger back”) and Kanye just comes in unannounced (the two use the in-and-out flow) even more ferociously than his big brother with the song’s most quotable bars:

“Niggas talking real reckless. Stuntmen. /I adopted these niggas, Philip Drummond and them./ Now I’m about to make them tuck their whole summer in…”

The track and probably all competition, bodied.

Kanye comes back to shoot up the funeral when he says “I made ‘Jesus Walks’ I’m never going to hell.”

The summer just got better. Watch The Throne just ensured a million first week sales and a million MCs are inspired to come up with better verses.

It's really close, photo finish close as to who had the beTter verses. Both came to the plate, determined to hit a home run in every line. You haven't really seen Jay go back forth with many people since "Brooklyn's Finest" and certainly not too many MCs period can hang with Hov on a record. I'll give Kanye a slight edge with the "Tuck Your Summer" line. That's gonna be quoted from now to infinity. They should put that shit on tee-shirts.

ERIC ROSENTHAL (IT'S THE REAL)
Jay-Z and Kanye sound like they're having the time of their lives, rapping on their first song off Watch The Throne, "Otis." That in itself is amazing and refreshing in this day in age, when every artist and label wants to recycle everything that hasn't worked for the last ten years. Honestly, Jay-Z is rich enough, with a catalog amazing enough, to not care about putting another album out. And after the last two years of Kanye's insane life (not to mention his incredible first five albums), he'd certainly be forgiven if he devoted all of his days and nights to designing his women's clothing line. But instead, they chose to record a joint album. This is what you get when you put two huge superstars together, with the highest standards and the biggest of egos... and in the end, it's not just what we wanted, it's better than expected.

And when you have two MCs of this caliber, it's only natural to wonder who outdid who, but damn if they don't make that decision truly difficult. Kanye may barely top Jay, if only for his whole second verse, specifically: "Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive." That's just not fair.

They're so far ahead of the curve, it's not even funny. Their stunting is pristine, their aggressive talk is beautiful, their boasts are wonderfully honest. It's as if they've traveling the world without a care, thinking of lines in exotic locales, and recording in the finest of hotels, you know, cause studios are beyond yesterday. Oh wait, that's exactly what happened. How could you not have fun living life like that? Kanye even sounds great sonning Drake. They sound like they can't wait for everyone to hear what they're gonna say. What a feeling for them! And what a feeling for the listener!

Hey record industry: wanna sell records? Put something of quality out. Not only do I have my pre-order for Watch The Throne in, but after hearing Otis, I might pre-order a second. 

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Wendy Williams is promising to get back to The Wendy Williams Show by the end of January, after delaying her return two previous times.

Williams announced another extended hiatus from her talk show as she continues recovering from a shoulder injury and recent “complications” brought on by Graves' disease, according to a statement posted to the show’s Instagram account Friday (Jan. 18).

“Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” reads the statement. “Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.

“Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time.”

The statement included a message of support from Debmar-Mercury, the company that syndicates The Wendy Williams Show. “We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready.”

Williams will return with new episodes the week of Jan. 28.

 

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A Note from The Hunter Family As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time. Statement from Debmar-Mercury For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family. We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready. The Wendy Williams Show will air repeat episodes the week of January 21st and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of January 28th.

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Former Chicago Cop Jason Van Dyke Sentenced For Killing Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, could end up serving just over three years in prison for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months Friday (Jan. 18), and according to the Chicago Tribune , the former officer is eligible to receive credit for good behavior.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan had to decide between sentencing Van Dyke for second-degree murder or aggravated battery, the latter of which carried a mandatory minimum of six years in prison, the Tribune reports. Gaughan decided that it made more sense to sentence Van Dyke for murder, which makes him eligible for early release.

McDonald was shot to death in 2014. At the time, authorities claimed that the teen was behaving erratically while carrying a small knife. The police department waited 13 months to release video of the shooting. In the footage, McDonald is seen walking away from the cops as Van Dyke opens fire, shooting him 16 times. Van Dyke, a 14-year veteran of the CPD, was arrested and quickly released on bond the day that the video was made public. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and more than a dozen charges of aggravated battery last October.

Darren O'Brien, Van Dyke’s lawyer, pushed for sentencing “leniency,” due in part to his client’s clean criminal record. Depicting O’Brien as the victim, Van Dyke stated that his client feared for his life when he killed McDonald.

“He didn’t start the confrontation,” O’Brien said. “He reacted to what Mr. McDonald did..Everything that happened was set in motion by Mr. McDonald.”

Gaughan called the court case a tragedy for families from both parties. “It’s just so senseless that these acts occur because you can see the pain on both sides. This is a tragedy for both sides."

Van Dyke's sentence came a day after a Cook County judge acquitted three CPD officers charged with covering up the shooting.

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Rep. Maxine Waters meets with CBS Vice President of News and Executive Director of Staff Development and Diversity, Kim Goodwin, and CBS Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, Christopher Isham, on Capitol Hill. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Waters Office)

Maxine Waters Meets With CBS To Discuss Media Diversity And Inclusion

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Their meeting steemed from the network's recent release of their predominately clear  team for the coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Comprised of 4 white producers, 5 white-passing reporters and 3 journalists of color, though the 2020 campaigns reporting staff does not have any black anchors.

It's Official: The @CBSNews 2020 Election Team has assembled! https://t.co/0GBCw4mj7s pic.twitter.com/E0rUDAkzf7

— Ben Mitchell (@bfmitchell) January 11, 2019

Waters, like other prominent speakers in the black community, have discussed their reluctance to embrace the staff citing issues with who will tackle the roles that racism will play in elections and the role racism has been playing in the United States. Taking the issues directly to the source, the congresswomen had a discussion with the higher up's to talk redirection.

“The CBS representatives accepted full responsibility and understood the troubling optics-- and subsequent public backlash -- that occurred as a result of the rollout of their 2020 presidential election team. CBS admitted that the initial 2020 campaign team did not reflect the diversity that the company had committed to; assured me that it will not happen again; and revealed that in the coming months they will unveil a more diverse and inclusive slate of African American journalists and journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences,"  Waters said in a press statement.

"They also identified key individuals in Washington, D.C. and New York City, NY whom they have brought onto their team to fulfill this mission and ensure their news organization reflects the diversity of the country and the communities who will most certainly be engaged in the 2020 elections."

The 43rd district representative has vowed to hold CBS accountable for their diversity issues and is dedicated to working alongside her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus.

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