Quick Commentary: Khalifa roasted on an open fire



Wiz Khalifa, left, and Chevy Woods perform during a show for Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers” tour at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in July 2011. (Jason Moore/Zuma Press/TNS)

By Matt Silich

Quick Commentary is a periodical critiquing of current events by the Daily Illini Opinions Section’s editors. Today’s topics include Kanye West, Facebook and the Duke Blue Devils.

“You have distracted from my creative process”

Alma Approved

Last Wednesday, after rapper Wiz Khalifa posted a couple tweets criticizing the name of Kanye West’s upcoming album, “Waves”, Kanye took to his own Twitter and roasted Khalifa in a long series of tweets. Though later deleted, the tweets contained criticisms of Khalifa’s music, his relationship with Amber Rose and that West is clearly superior to Khalifa in the rap world. A little advice for Wiz: If you’re going to go after a fellow musician, don’t swing so high. Frankly, Kanye has more musical talent in his left big toe than Wiz does in his entire body. The only thing Wiz has over Kanye is a leg up in the cool pants department.

You can’t count on your Facebook friends

DI Denied

An Oxford study released last week found that, out of an average 150 Facebook friends per person, only four friends could be reliably counted on in an emotional crisis. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given how frequently students seem to express distaste for the photos on their Facebook news feeds, but it’s still quite disappointing that only a select few people I know would feel obligated to help me in a time of need. 

Coach K takes one “L” too many

Alma Approved

This week, for the first time since the 2007 men’s college basketball season, the Duke Blue Devils will not be a part of the Associated Press Top 25. Duke was ranked 24th in the country last week before losing to the Miami Hurricanes in relatively convincing fashion, which cemented the team’s unranked fate. There’s no reason to expect any long-term damage to Duke’s basketball program from this event, nor is it “the end of an era” as many proclaimed when the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to Ole Miss for a second consecutive football season. The Tide would go on to win yet another national championship, and while I wouldn’t expect Duke to accomplish that in March Madness, one can expect Coach K’s squad to bounce back at some point this season or next. In the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with a little schadenfreude at the expense of one of the most storied programs in basketball history.