Shaheem Reid's 7 Entertainment Picks For The First Half Of Summer (Pg. 2)
Best TV Show → Curb Your Enthusiasm
Yeah, yeah, only a few episodes in, but dammit, Larry David is the King. When it comes to being the world’s most hilarious A-Hole, the middle aged Brooklyn genius has his slot on lock. Just three shows in, Larry has already used a Tampon to stop a bloody nose, scolded a friend for “verbal texting,” cost his buddies a golf tournament, slept with an sexy anti-Semite, used his breast vision and antagonized Girl Scouts and women at a safe house. Eight seasons and LD is just getting better… I definitely have to give a honorable mention shout out to Louis CK and his “Seinfeld”-esque 30 minute romper “Louie.” The levels of inappropriateness are off the scales with LCK sleeping with Joan Rivers, visiting a “nigger” hating aunt and doing stand-up comedy about not killing his five year-old daughter and eating a friend’s booty hole. Too much!
Best Album → MMG Presents Self Made Volume 1
Top to bottom solid. Rick Ross continues to aim for that brass ring, becoming hip-hop’s biggest boss. Not only do we find a rejuvenated Wale rapping better than he has in his career, but Pill and Meek Mill officially have graduated from the underground. The masses know their names now. While the compilation LP may not have been mammoth on the charts, bangers like “Tupac Back,” “600 Benz,” and “I’m A Boss” have been shutting down the blogs, clubs and streets for several weeks.
Hardest Hustler → Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese has been getting to where the action is and raking in the money. The multi-talented Watts native hustled his way into co-starring roles in the best two movies of the summer, “Fast Five” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Rese was hilarious as the slick driving, even slicker talking Roman Pearce in “FF” and who could forget Ty’s turn as balls-to-the-wall U.S. soldier Epps in the Transformers show stealing skyscraper action sequence in a fire fight with the Decepticons? Gibson’s first book, “How To Get Out of Your Own Way” recently became a New York Times best seller and he just dropped the single “I Gotta Chick” (with Rick Ross and R. Kelly) from his upcoming Open Invitation LP.
Sleeper Star → Ace Hood
After taking a year off, The Broward county viper literally resurrected his career with street anthems and a brand new airwave favorite. Ace Hood tapped into everyday man sensibilities with his hard edged blue collar inspirationals “Hustle Hard,” it’s remix and “Go and Get It.” Now right before his Blood, Sweat and Tears album comes out on August 9, DJ Khaled’s protégé has dropped a no brainer radio winner with the Chris Brown featured “Body 2 Body.”