Archive for April, 2009

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The Rundown On May 19th’s Major Hip-Hop Releases

April 29, 2009

So I was logged on Facebook the other day, and one of my friends brought up an interesting point; We’ve got three major hip-hop releases, all coming out on the same date. May 19th will see the release of Busta Rhyme’s eighth album B.O.M.B. (Back On My Bullsh**), Relapse from Eminem, and Method Man and Redman’s Blackout! 2. Now, I’m a fan of all three acts, but I’ll admit that the levels of anticipation for each vary from one another. So what’s a top priority for me? What can wait a while until I get as much feedback from others as possible? Let’s see!

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Eminem – Relapse
I’ve already expressed my thoughts on the singles that have been released, and I’m still remaining cautiously optimistic. Encore was just such a disappointment in general that I can’t help but wonder if Em’s just kinda lost it. I think he stretches his sense of humor a little too far, and a lot of it just isn’t as clever as it used to be. Not to mention any song he’s ever done that was tailor made to be a club joint. Eminem’s best when he’s playing off his emotions, and if that makes up the core of the tracks on Relapse, he can probably redeem himself.

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Busta Rhymes – B.O.M.B. (Back On My Bullsh**)
I WANT this to be a good album, just because Busta is still one of my favorite all-time MCs, and The Coming and Extinction Level Event are not only two of my favorite hip-hop albums, but just two of my favorite albums period. The issue I’m having is the fact that he’s had some great verses on other people’s stuff recently, but dammit if his current singles haven’t been rather underwhelming. I sure as hell couldn’t get with “Arab Money”, and the fact that Busta was trying to have a dance to go with it just made it more infuriating. Clearly, he can still spit when he’s really motivated, but I just don’t know what to think.

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Method Man/Redman – Blackout! 2
To quote Jeremy Piven in Grosse Pointe Blank, “TEN YEARS!!! TEN FUCKIN’ YEARS?!?!? TEN, TEN!!!! TEN. . . . .YEEEEEEAARSSSS!!!” I remember reading a review of their first collab album, and it said something along the lines of it being unfair to other rappers when Method Man and Redman get together, and you’ll get no argument from me. As slept on as it is, Blackout! put a few cats on notice back in ’99, in my opinion. Some of the best verses of either rappers’ careers can be found on this album, and I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything that’s been released from the new album. The tracks are either solid or downright tight as hell, especially “Dangerous MCs”. But let’s be honest, this album isn’t going to get the promotion or hype it probably deserves. Outside of bloggers, are any major music press outlets doing ANYTHING to let people know about this album? It’s Red & Meth, for cryin’ out loud! Do I need to get Obama on the phone about this?!

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My Awkward Break-Up With Heroes

April 28, 2009

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**BEWARE, SEASON THREE FINALE SPOILERS!!!**

Hey, I’m glad you came, ’cause we really need to talk. So, I’ve been really thinking about this, and. . . .well, after your season three finale last night, well. . . . .I just don’t think things are gonna work out between us anymore. No, please don’t start crying, you have to understand, I didn’t want this. From the moment on saw you on NBC’s Fall 2006 schedule, I knew I had to watch you. You were the kind of show a comic fan like me would love. I didn’t even care that USA’s 4400 had a somewhat similar take on normal people with abilities in the real world, and in retrospect, did it a lot better. But you, Heroes, you seemed to shoot for something far more epic and profound.

But now I’m beginning to wonder . . . . . what’s the point? What are you ultimately trying to share with me, because quite frankly, you’ve seemed rather aimless and distant since the end of season one. To say nothing of your characters, so many of them making the dumbest decisions ever in television history. For a show called Heroes, you’ve shown very little heroism from them. For the most part, everyone has a self-serving agenda that more often than not, blows up in their faces by the end of every season. Even the people trying to be heroic are merely indulging themselves because they like the idea of being a hero. They put so much emphasis on it that they miss the point of heroism altogether. Characters you insist on trying to make us care about die purely for shock value, with little attention paid to how their deaths would serve a larger story. Killing off Nathan Petrelli was one thing, but the idea of replacing him with a brainwashed, shapeshifting Sylar? It’s not a matter of “if” this blows up in Angela, Noah, and Matt’s faces, but “WHEN”. I can only imagine Peter will finally do us all a favor and kill Angela once and for all, as this kind of betrayl cannot be forgiven under any circumstances. To say nothing of Claire, who’s already been thoroughly mind-fucked by Sylar AND her adoptive father. Basically, we’ll have yet another roller-coaster drop, as Claire and Peter will return to hating their parents, and then go off to do more stupid shit than they’ve already done every other time they were mad at their families! The vicious cycle of whining and “woe is me”-ing will continue, and I’ll be frustrated from having to endure this, instead of seeing these characters live up to the name of the freakin’ show!

Is this how you are with all the other guys, Heroes? Are you really nothing more than a vindictive cocktease? What did we ever do to you? What did we do to deserve this punishment? I guess it doesn’t matter now. ‘Cause I think it’s time we went our separate ways. Maybe only catch up with season four online. Or maybe rent the DVD on Netflix after the episodes finish running on TV. Even NBC might be ready to break up with you, too. I heard they cut back on your episodes. That’s gotta be rough, I’m sure. Besides, there’s another show. It’s been there for me, even if we had to take a long break ’cause of the writers’s strike. Maybe you’ve heard of 24?

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Redman & Method Man – Dangerous MCs

April 28, 2009

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I really need to stop spoiling myself before Blackout! 2 comes out! One thing’s for sure, this joint will probably be one of my faves.

Download – Dangerous MCs

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Friday Afternoon Videos: Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy

April 24, 2009

These guys are wearing 80s hearts on their sleeves proudly with this one. What I love is how simply the imagery is, but it’s still incredibly imaginative. The energy created is such a perfect fit for the song, the idea of what we see building up to a certain point, in sync with the music. Proof positive that big budgets don’t mean jack shit if you don’t have any imagination.

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Eminem – 3 A.M.

April 24, 2009

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A relentless late-night killing spree fueled by a veritble Chex Mix of pharmaceuticals? Must be an Eminem song.

Honestly, even before “We Made You” came out, I wasn’t terribly excited for Relapse. I love the man, but in the four years since Encore, an album he pretty much sleepwalked through, I’ve kind of moved on. And the music landscape, especially mainstream hip-hop, has changed considerably (you can thank Kanye and Lil’ Wayne for the most part). As it stands, I expect more from Em. I certainly thought he’d have stopped with the tired formula of releasing a grab bag of corny pop culture snipes as the first single, and actually remind people why he was (and is still by many) considered one of the best rappers of his time.

This new track is merely “okay”. Em’s voice when he rhymes has become far too cartoonish, and I’ve long since grown tired of it. It actually makes me miss his guttaral “I’m gonna eat a baby!” voice from The Marshal Mathers LP.

Download – 3 A.M.

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Usher – Radar

April 23, 2009

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Dear Usher,

No.  .  . no.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  no.

Sincerely,

That Damn Canadian

Download – Radar

 

Oh yeah, and uh .  .  .  .  .  no

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My Future Ex-Wife Of The Week: Michelle Rodriguez

April 23, 2009

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Whether men like to admit it or not, every now and then, “crazy” can equal “sexy as hell”! And few celebs do crazy quite  like Michelle Rodriguez. Known to go from “girlie-girl” to “psycho butch” in less than four seconds, Michelle’s most recent “act the fool” moment came during her friend and manager’s wedding weekend in the Dominican Republic. Antics included pushing dinner guests into the hotel pool, and berating the stripper at the bachelorette party, before leaving and declaring, “This is the kind of stuff that brings out the bisexual in me!” How can you not go for that?! How can you not want to be swept up in that force of nature?! Then again, step outta line, and I might not live to see the divorce proceedings.

 

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