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LISTEN: This Game of Thrones Cover Brings Winterfell to the Bayou

Hold theā€¦ banjo?

Winter may be coming, but it doesn’t feel so cold when listening to the New Orleans traditional jazz band The Swamp Donkeys play a cover of the Game of Thrones theme at BB King’s in New York City.

The signature, dramatic opening notes are picked out on a banjo, but when the rest of the instruments kick in, it’s more boogie than bleak. It’s like Game of Thrones traveled to the world and era of Boardwalk Empire, which, now that we think about it, Boardwalk Empire kind of is the Game of Thrones of the 1930s?

The Swamp Donkeys’ cover should fit nicely in with the rest of the pantheon of Game of Thrones covers, including this rendition of the theme played with floppy disk drives and The Hold Steady’s rock version of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.” Too bad we still have to wait forever until the new season.

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Dave Chappelle Describes the First Time He Met Kanye West and It’s Amazing

Kanye, never change

In advance of a string of shows at Radio City Music Hall, Dave Chappelle has been hitting the late night talk show circuit – and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

During a stop-over on The Tonight Show, Chappelle recounted that time he was mistaken for member of The Roots, the show’s house band and let Jimmy Fallon thank him for abruptly departing for South Africa and leaving a gaping hole in the comedy scene: “In the meantime I got famous. So thank you for that,” Fallon quipped. “That helped.”

But the best story to emerge from the appearance was the first time Chappelle met a then-unknown rapper named Kanye West. Chappelle gave West his first appearance on television as a musical guest on The Dave Chappelle Show back in 2003. “You could tell that he was going to be a star,” the comedian said on Fallon. “I didn’t know him until he did the show.”

While making the show, Chappelle, West, Jay Z, Common and Talib Kweli were listening to Jay Z’s just-released Black Album at Chappelle’s studio. On track 12 of the album (“Lucifer”), Jay says, “Kanyeezy, you’s a genius. You did it again!” Chappelle said that at that point, “Kanye stood up. First time he spoke all day, and he goes, ‘Stop the record! And rewind that.’ ”

Later, West took a phone call during which he announced, “‘Hello? No, I can’t. Because I’m at the edit for the Dave Chappelle Show, watching sketches that no one’s seen before.’ ” West paused for a moment before declaring, “‘Cause my life is dope and I do dope s–t,” before hanging up the phone.

Time may pass, but Kanye remains the same.

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It’s a Good Day When Ice Cube Says Nice Things Angrily

Jimmy Kimmel strikes again

Does lavender body wash make you really, really angry? Do you hate a good book and a warm blanket on a gloomy day? Does the mere thought of a love like the one in The Notebook fill you with rage? Then Ice Cube is the man for you.

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 22 Jump Street star showed off his impressive skill at making even the most innocuous ad copy or Charles Schulz-ian anecdote sound like the prelude to a punch in the face. Ice Cube is so good at sounding angry all the time, he can even make parenting advice come off as threatening. It’s surprising that Jimmy Kimmel didn’t crawl under his desk to hide.

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VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Takes The Game To Wonderland In New “Pills N Potions”

Off with his head!

When Alice spots the White Rabbit running late for his appointment, she followed him down the hole and stumbled into Wonderland. It’s a similar effect to hitting play on Nicki Minaj’s new video for “Pills N Potions,” complete with bewilderment and bunnies, metallic tears and rolling heads.

In the clip, Minaj plays all the parts in her hip-hop take on the classic children’s tale: She’s Alice lost in a strange and baffling world, the Red Queen holding The Game’s disembodied head, the drugged up caterpillar, and a very sultry White Rabbit.

It’s a fitting video for “Pills N Potions” — and not just because the title is reminiscent of the fact that Alice transforms whenever she eats or drinks anything — but because lyrically the song tells the story of someone stumbling forward. On the track, Minaj sings: “Pills and potions / We’re overdosing / I’m angry but I still love you.” It’s a haunting and vulnerable refrain, filled with loss and longing and absent the hooks and jaw-dropping rhymes that marked her last full-length LP, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. “It sounds like betrayal. It sounds like running. It sounds like fainting. It sounds like love. It sounds like… *gasp!,” Minaj said about the Dr. Luke-produced ballad to Billboard. While that sounds like she’s been partaking of some pills or potions, Minaj is on to something with that description. The song and the accompanying video are filled with images of love and lust juxtaposed with anger and ire —Minaj is topless and alone, or clothed and holding The Game’s disembodied head. While it’s not clear what The Game did to earn such a punishment —perhaps the answer lies within his tattoos? — her point is clear: she’s hurt, but can’t let go. (That said, if you were accused of “wig plagiarism” you might let a few heads roll, too. )

The video offers an intriguing peek into whatever Minaj has in store for fans on her next album, The Pinkprint, which is expected to be out by the end of the year.

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Cute Break: Watch This Baby Goat Give It All It’s Got

It's The Best

If you need a little inspiration to get you to the weekend, look no further than this baby goat.

It’s only a six-second clip, courtesy of YouTube user madebysam, but within those six seconds lies the cutest motivational video you will probably ever see. It’s like a Successory, but as anyone with an MBA knows, a baby goat with the drive to succeed is far more inspirational than a mug with a slogan on it.

In the video, the baby goat and her off-camera coach show that sometimes you just need some encouragement to push yourself to the limit, someone to inspire you to reach deep down inside of you and bring out your best.

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