Archive for February, 2009

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Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain – “Blame It” Music Video

February 26, 2009

Dammit, Jamie! I guess I’m gonna have to revise my list of  “Celebrities You’ll Never See In A Hip-Hop/R&B Video”. Ron Howard was #2 on that list (The Pope is #1)! In any event, Foxx pulled out all the stops, wrangling an impressive list of well-known faces to appear in this video. The list includes Forest Whitaker, Samual L. Jackson, Bill Bellamy, Morris Chestnutt, Tatiana Ali, Quincy Jones, and Jack Gyllenhaal lookin’ cool as a muthafucka, steppin’ outta the whip in the beginning! Since when Bubble Boy have swag like that?!?

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True To The Game – Cover Art And Tracklist

February 25, 2009

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1. Knock It Out Da’ Park – Yung Joc
2. Flyaway – Raiyn and Talib Kweli
3. Beam Me Up – Tay Dizm, T-Pain and Rick Ross
4. Still Hurts – Macy Gray and Marsha Ambrosius
5. The Big Screen – G.L.C. (Gangsta L. Crisis) and Kanye West
6. These Past Days – Sam Chris and Big Boi of OutKast
7. Pretty Girl – Jarvis and Ludacris
8. Make Your Way To The Dance Floor – Ziggy Nina and Chingy
9. Sweetest Taboo – Mikkey Halsted and Klass
10. If I Told U – Porta Prince and Ray J
11. The Bigg League – The Hustle Boyz and Snoop Dogg
12. Ghetto Love – Mario
13. Don’t Know How 2 Act – DJ Pharris, Shawna, Paul Wall and Lil Scrappy
14. I Don’t Wanna – Brandon Hines

TRUE TO THE GAME – March 24
Stadium Entertainment
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Candy Girls: E!’s Newest Reality Show (That Probably Should Have Been On MTV Or VH1)

February 25, 2009

I probably wouldn’t mind most of the reality shows that are MTV if that had some, even a remote, relation to music or the music industry! We’ve long since given up on MTV actually devoting time and energy to showcasing MUSIC, but must they continue to bombard us with reality shows that have virtually NOTHING to do with music? Their current Sunday Night lineup, for example. I’m tired of “Extreme Sports Stars Doing Dumb Shit: Version 5.7”!!!

Meanwhile, the E! Channel seems to get more music related reality shows than MTV and VH1! And make no mistake, employing video vixens is a major factor in music! I’m just being honest!

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“Candy Girls” (working title) follows Danielle, who has built her company “Bella” into one of the premiere talent agencies for the music industry’s casting needs. Every woman who wants to break into this industry knows Danielle is the best in the business and holds the key to the biggest jobs. She is armed with two women in her inner circle who help keep her organized and on task: Kysha and April. Kysha is her best friend and assistant, whose newness to the industry often leads her to getting played by the game. Danielle has taken her under her wing and works overtime to teach her the system, but Kysha’s new romantic relationship is starting to affect her performance at work and create problems between her and her boss. April is a professional celebrity stylist who has hustled her way to the top during her ten years in the industry, styling over 100 music videos for such big names as Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Bow-Wow. She is a single mother, raising a son she had with model Tyson Beckford and must juggle that role with her successful job in the industry. As the self-proclaimed “token white girl,” she is Danielle’s eyes and ears when Danielle can’t be on set and keeps a close eye on the talent.

The series tracks Danielle’s efforts to manage some of the most sought-after women in the industry as they navigate a harsh and highly-competitive landscape. Her talent has formed a tight crew – they are all friends first, but at the end of the day it’s about getting paid and these women must balance their friendships when competing for the same opportunities. Adding to the pressure is that these women know full well that they have limited time to make a big splash in this industry before times take its toll on their looks and bodies.

 
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Currently Listening To. . . K’Naan – Troubadour

February 25, 2009

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Watch for the review, early next week.

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Jamaica Banning Sex, Drugs, And Violence From The Radio. Now What They Gon’ Play?!?

February 24, 2009

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You better handle that bear mountain!

Associated Press:

Jamaican regulators say they are forbidding all explicit references to sex and violence over the airwaves.
The new rules from the island’s broadcast commission ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson.

The Saturday announcement follows a Feb. 6 ban that specifically targeted dancehall tunes and videos depicting “daggering” — a dance style popular among Jamaican youth that features pelvic grinding simulating sex.

The beat-driven fusion of reggae and rap known as “dancehall” is hugely popular in Jamaica despite recurrent controversy over its lyrics and the dance style.

Does this news illicit a “huh?” from anyone else? Even for fans of reggae and danchall not born into West Indian culture like yours truly, isn’t this remarkably baffling? Just for the fact that people seem to be treating this as if the content and subject matter are recent. The music has been like this pretty much from the beginning, even if one could argue that it’s more aggressive now. As for the dancing, it’s not like I haven’t grown up around similar styles of dance all my life! It was going on long before most of us were even born.

Now, do I agree with all of the subject matter in some of these songs, no. But I accept that it’s part of a wider culture, and I don’t think a radio ban will solve any perceived problems the Jamaican government is trying to fix. Besides, what the hell else are they gonna play on the radio now?!?

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Regarding The Rihanna Police Photo Leaked By TMZ

February 20, 2009

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I haven’t really wanted to talk about the whole Chris Brown/Rihanna thing. I may joke with friends about females giving you a reason to slap ’em in certain extreme situations, but in all honesty, anything involving a man beating on a women doesn’t really fly with me. If you have to restrain a woman if she’s trying to beat on you, that’s one thing. But the moment you get into striking a woman, and doing it repeatedly until she’s visibly bruised and/or bloody, that’s a problem! That’s a “fucking” problem!!!

What I do want to talk about is all the bloggers who are posting the alleged police photo that TMZ has leaked. I don’t want to judge anyone, but I just feel like it’s in poor taste to continue circulating that photo. It definitely does look like the real deal, moreso than the  one that came out right after the incident, which kind of offended me as someone with a somewhat casual knowledge of photomanipulation. In any event, if TMZ wants to post the pic online, fine. In my opinion, they’re no better than the National Enquirer, and are just in it for the sensationalism. It’s one thing when we as bloggers and web journailist showcase celebrities in embarrassing moments, or things they can get over rather quickly. It’s a whole other ball of wax when we’re dealing with something like domestic abuse. You see pictures like this, and you don’t just see the physical cuts and bruises, you see intense emotional pain. You see a woman who can’t believe someone she loved and trusted would do this to her. It isn’t really something we should be distributing to as many people as possible. Barring that, it’s technically evidence in an ongoing investigation. We still have no real idea of what went down between Rihanna and Chris Brown, and things like this threaten said investigation.  Even once Brown’s fate is decided, we may never know the whole truth.

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My Love/Hate Kanye Post For The Day

February 19, 2009

I’m gonna get the “Hate” out of the way first, ’cause I fear I may forget about it if I start with the “Love”. In any event. . . . amber-rose-2

. . . Where in blue perfect hell does Kanye gett off trollin’ around town with MY future ex-wife!?!?! Goin’ to fashion shows an’ shit!!! Deckin’ her out all that futuristic shit! How you gon’ have my girl lookin’ like Doc Brown at the end of Back to the Future?!?! What did Hall & Oates say back in the day? “I can’t go for that! No-can-do!!!” For a hot minute, I wasn’t sure if I could forgive Kanye, then he drops this on us:


“Welcome To Heartbreak” Music Video ft. Kid Cudi

Don’t worry, I’m not about to go into some “Kayne is a genius” rant that would only fuel his already hyper-inflated ego, but dammit if this isn’t a tight video! It’s imaginative, visually arresting, and I like the contrast between the presentation of all these vibrant images and the song, which at its core, is quite the emotional downer. To be fair, this probably isn’t the kind of video you’d want to watch if you have a pre-existing neurological disorder, but you think Kanye gives a good goddamn about your epilepsy?! I don’t think so!