Google Autocomplete Is an Angry Music Critic

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We've all had surprising encounters with Google Autocomplete, the function that sheds light onto the humorous, twisted and/or ignorant ponderisms of others. So we thought we'd have a little fun with the feature to gauge how the masses feel about various musical genres.

Google explains how its Autocomplete predictions are created:

"...Each prediction shown in the drop-down list has been typed before by Google users or appears on the web..."; "Autocomplete predictions are algorithmically determined based on a number of factors, like popularity of search terms, without any human intervention."

Seems reasonable enough. Let's try this thing out.

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Cam'ron and Action Bronson Should Win Short Feature Oscars For Their Incredible Vines

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No disrespect to Riff Raff, whose Vine game is tight. But when it comes to expressing the cinematic mind in six second video loops, no one is holding it down quite like Cam'ron and Action Bronson. These two are doing some incredible things with the app. Cam is like a young Guy Ritchie the way he mixes guns and weed, using each Vine to advance the plot of shootout gone weird. And Action is just Action (read: magnetic/creative/hilarious/outrageous/unique). Let's take a look at some of the most interesting Vines from Cam and Bam Bam.

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World Star Hip-Hop's Founder Tells Us Which Videos Are Too Vulgar, Even For His Site

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Lee "Q" O'Denat
By Nate Jackson

Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star, is an unlikely figure in the canon of modern hip-hop success stories. The reserved, 40 year-old Hollis,Queens native of Haitian descent is probably one of the first and most controversial examples of hip-hop's ability to create moguls out of tech wizards. Funny thing is, his site--known mostly for it's glossy music videos, clips of violent street fights and ass-clapping strip tease entertainment--isn't really much to look at from a design perspective. It's all just kind of mushed together, an aggregate of videos that is supposed to shine a mirror on what's going on in hip-hop culture as a whole at any given time. It's rarely pretty. But the ability to create visceral reaction, stimulation and a large, cult-like following are what continue to keep World Star successful at a rate of 4-6 million users per day, O'Denat says.

Over the years, the site's founder has become well versed in the arguments defending World Star, including his assertion that even a site that thrives on objectionable material has standards for what they will and won't show to the public. "I get a lot of crazy videos, man, I turn stuff down all the time." In an effort to find out just what he means by that and get a bit more insight into how the site is operated day to day, we talked to O'Denat about just what direction World Star is headed, where it's been and where it refuses to go.

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#HashtagMusic: Are We Witnessing its Beginning or its End?

#Hashtags are probably the bane of your Twitter existence. You no doubt follow people who either use them too much or in the strangest possible ways. Chances are, you regularly do the same. #DGAF. Currently, there are two songs that begin with a #hashtag in the Top 20. it's the most 'sign o' the times' moment of #2013 so far. The concept of a song or album including the little symbol is so new that # is still one of the forbidden characters on Wikipedia, and's #willpower is an example of what Wiki does in the case of an article necessitating the character in its title.

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Sign the Petition to Change the National Anthem to R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)"

Have you been feeling that the National Anthem is getting a bit tired? Feel like you need to spice up your sense of patriotism? Well, then thank God for the internet and R. Kelly.

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We Interviewed the Guys Behind the Fresh Prince Google Translated Video

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Jeremie Harris as "The Fresh Prince"
By now you've no doubt seen the YouTube video wherein the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is pushed through 64 languages of Google Translate and back into English. The collective known as CDZA--who make experimental music videos--are responsible for the inventive clip. We spoke to CDZA co-founders Joe Sabia, Michael Thurber, and Matt McCorkle as well as actor and Will Smith-avatar Jeremie Harris about how the idea of a multi-lingual deconstruction of the classic theme came to be and why the word "apricot" makes so many appearances.

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Nickelback (And Paul Scheer) Try To Figure Out Why Everyone Hates Nickelback

Why do people hate Nickelback enough to craft petitions inveighing against their inclusion in the halftime entertainment of a regular-season NFL game? (Even the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl appearance didn't inspire such e-ire!) I tried to figure this out two weeks ago and maybe sorta did, at least a little, although the argument put forth also inspired more arguing. (On the bright side, one commenter who had been confusing them with Creed all this time got to have the scales fall from his eyes. Congratulations, dude!) In a video produced by Funny Or Die, the bandmembers themselves try to figure out why they're so despised, and they get an assist from a badly bewigged Paul Scheer (playing one of those slimy music-biz exec types who still exist as a credible archetype even though we're not exactly living in the go-go Phil Collins metavideo era anymore) and, eventually, a bunch of Detroit-themed costumes. Clip below.

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Will.I.Am Kickstarts The Perhaps-Inevitable Trend Of Naming Albums After Hashtags

The forthcoming album from, lead Black Eyed Pea and tireless trend-rider, is called #WILLPOWER, and yes, the pound sign is intentional; apparently he's so interested in willing (ha!) himself into the Internet-enabled public consciousness, he's named his album in the style of Twitter's "hashtags," which are used to either conveniently organize chatter about particular topics or to provide compressed metacommentary on one's tweeted sentiments. The practice of hashtagging also helped coin the name of the subgenre of "hashtag rap," which Kanye West (perhaps ill-advisedly) takes claim for spawning and which he once defined thusly: "The hashtag rap—that's what we call it when you take the 'like' or 'as' out of the metaphor. 'Flex, sweater red... FIRETRUCK.' Everybody raps like that, right? That's really spawned from like 'Barry Bonds': 'Here's another hit... BARRY BONDS.'" So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that "Hard," the album's first single, liberally uses the hashtag-rap trope, with one particularly excruciating verse culminating like this: "this beat is the shit/ feces." Hey, Ludacris, you should send a fruit basket or something!

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Rebecca Black Is In Need Of A Good Defense In "Person Of Interest"

For better or worse one of 2011's most notable music stars is Rebecca Black, the California tween whose warbling of the inanity-filled ode to weekends "Friday" lit up the Internet—and nearly resulted in a slight recalibration of the formula for a "successful" pop song. (Awkwardly pronouncing a common word over the simplest sing-song melody = a sorely underexploited recipe for brain glue. Watch out for this tactic to be used over and over again in 2012, probably over thudding Eurohouse beats.) Her new video "Person Of Interest" has weird crime-scene imagery, a romantic counterpart who resembles a mirror-image Black, and lots of skee-ball shots. But is it designed for the express purpose of profiting off the Internet's negative attention? Our mathematical analysis below.

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Rebecca Black Tries To Prove That She Is An American Who's Got Talent

If you get into work today and hear people chattering about a young singer named Rebecca Black, no, you haven't been time-warped back to March; the California teen made the jump to the big screen last night, performing an under-two-minute blend of "Friday" and her jab at her detractors "My Moment" on a YouTube-synergistic episode of the still-kicking freakshow America's Got Talent. Black is still in "take me seriously" mode, apparently, and she ditched the nasal, flat, Ke$ha-like affect that she displayed on the recorded version of "Friday" to actually sing the thing. Sigh. Why does nobody know how to have fun anymore?

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