2015 was an interesting year in pop culture to say the least. From the slayage that is the 'Feeling Myself' music video starring Onika Maraj and Queen Bey, the folks who couldn't get enough of Kylie Jenner and her boyfriend Tyga *rolls eyes*, the disappearance of Iggy Australia and the most recent news of Rita Whora filing a law suit against Roc Nation, we were forever entertained by the foolishness that was brought to us via The Shade Room and the Internet.
However, this post isn't about the ladies, it's about the men. I thought about people who had a good ass year, and here are some of the first who came to mind.
Cam. *drools* So listen here. Not only is the man BEAUTIFUL, but he's had a good ass 2015. In June, reports stated that Newton signed a five-year, $103 million with the Carolina Panthers, becoming one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. With big money comes even bigger responsibility. Cam also has endorsement deals with Belk, Drakkar Essence, Beats By Dre UnderArmour, Dannon, and he most recently introduced "dabbing" to a number of football fanatics. Not to mention, he's leading his undefeated team
(13-0 to be exact) to a Super Bowl championship. I'm calling it.
This man inspired me to buy Gucci flip flops and he's inspired millions to let their inner trap goddess flow freely. It all started with '56 Nights,' a mixtape that was inspired by his DJ's (DJ Esco) insane 'Locked Up Abroad' account in Dubai. A few months later, Dirty Sprite 2 was released and had God blessin' all the trap ninjas. Lastly, he along with Drake released 'What A Time To Be Alive,' which is one of my favorite albums of the year. He had a sensational 2015.
*fans self* Aubrey Drake Graham has had a good ass year. He pulled a Beyonce and released his mixtape If You're Reading This Its Too Late in February, which was an absolute hit. Over the summer, Meek Mill had the public speculating whether or not Drake wrote his own raps. Needless to say we know how that ended. Not only did he release two diss tracks aimed at Meek, but one of them was nominated for a Grammy. A MF GRAMMY. Not to mention, he closed off the year with one of the biggest albums, WATTBA. Also, his physical transformation. Listen. Drake was always cute, but he definitely leveled up like Mario when he ate a mushroom in Super Mario.
Charlamagne Tha God
Either you love him, you hate him or you love to hate him. Mr. Pinkett-Smith-Winfrey-Knowles-Carter's popularity has risen over the past year and has become one of the most (in)famous radio personalities in hip-hop. His 'don't give a f**k' attitude has made for some great interviews, and he isn't afraid to ask your fave anything. His podcast Brilliant Idiots with 'Guy Code' commentator and comedian Andrew Schultz has become extremely popular. Charlamagne has made the transition from radio to television, as his show 'Uncommon Sense' debuted on MTV2 and has made an appearance on FOX's 'Empire."
Michael B. Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan has always had a spot in my heart. From his days in 'The Wire' with my other bae Mack Wilds, I always knew this young man would shoot to stardom. The year wasn't so promising for him when 'Fantastic Four' came out. MBJ played Johnny Storm in the flick, which no one had high hopes for but I went anyway to see for myself. I should have saved my money because it was trash. Any who, fast forward to November and low and behold, Michael redeems himself with 'Creed.' This movie was so well put together. The soundtrack, the actors, the storyline. I fell in love with it and I instantly erased all traces of 'Fantastic Four' from my memory.
These fine young men couldn't go unnoticed.
Travi$ Scott: His debut album was a hit and apparently he's with Rihanna. That's all I really have to say.
Kendrick Lamar: As expected, To Pimp A Butterfly was nothing short of amazing, and he ended the year with 11 Grammy nominations.
Russell Wilson: Despite losing the Super Bowl earlier this year to the Patriots, he seemed to have picked up a win in the romance department with Ciara.
Trevor Noah: I've always been a fan of 'The Daily Show' and was so sad when Jon Stewart announced his departure. I've seen his previous work and had no doubt that he'd do great as the new host.