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Looking Back On, And Forward To Nikita

June 3, 2010

While I’ll probably never be able to choose between The Professional (or “Léon” for all you anal-retentive purists!) and The Fifth Element, as to which is my favorite Luc Besson movie, it seems his most enduring contribution to the world of pop culture will forever be his sexy spy thriller, La Femme Nikita (or just “Nikita” for all you anal-retentive purists!). Twenty years later, there’s still a demand for beautiful, highly trained women who refuse to be pawns in international spy games. Even J.J. Abrams’ Alias owes a good deal of credit to Nikita. Not only are we getting a new series based on the Besson film, but even ABC wants to remake the series that put Jennifer Garner on the map. So if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take a look back at Nikita in all her forms and iterations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Five RJD2 Songs That Convince Me He Should Do Music For Film

June 2, 2010

If there’s one thing I’ve loved about RJD2 over the years, it’s that he rarely does the same thing twice. He could have easily stayed within the realm of hip-hop, and most fans would have been satisfied. And while many of them considered his third album, The Third Hand, a major misstep, I thought it was a bold departure that ultimately paid off. Listening to his latest effort, The Colossus, I realize how much of a natural progression there is to his music from his first album to his latest. Whether he’s chopping up and reconstructing samples or offering up original compositions, instrumentals or including vocals, there’s always that need to tell a story with his music. There’s always a distinct narrative, or at least the seeds of inspiration for listeners to come up with a narrative in their own minds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Currently Listening To . . . Major Lazer And La Roux Present: Lazerproof

June 1, 2010

Tracklisting:

1. Bulletproof (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein)
2. Colourless Artibella
3. I’m Not Your Lemonade + Heroes ‘N‘ Villains Remix ft. Gucci Mane
4. Independent Kill ft. Candi Redd
5. Keep It Fascinating
6. Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub)
7. In 4 The Kill Pon De Skream
8. Houstatlantavegas Pains ft Drake
9. Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend) ft. Rusko
10. Can’t Stop Now (Armor Love Remix)
11. Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub) ft. Amanda Blank
12. Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)
13. I Said It (Major Lazer Dubplate) ft. Opal
14. Hold Yuh (Double Dubplate) ft. Gyptian

Listen and download for free here.

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CASRAM: Cakes & Kisses w/ Invincible @ Asylum On June 3rd

May 26, 2010

Just one of the many events going on as part of the Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Festival.

For more information, check out the festival website, and join the Facebook Group.

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The USB (Emcee Edition) This Sunday At Velvet Lounge

May 26, 2010

It’s a long weekend, what with Memorial Day, so y’all have no excuse for coming through this Sunday night. Come check out some good hip-hop, and if you’re early enough, you can get a USB drive packed with free music.

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Not Sure How I Feel About This One

May 24, 2010

Hitman may not have been the greatest film, but dammit if it wasn’t without its charms. It certainly wasn’t about no pussified PG-13 rating, like a lot of recent action flicks, what with its abundance of splattery headshots, and a pretty sweet katana fight in a train car. Oh yeah, and Olga Kurylenko sure did love being nekkid as a jaybird whenever possible!

But I can honestly say that I never thought it would warrant a sequel. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that one will start shooting in the fall, and it may not be one of those straight-to-DVD dealies! Especially if FOX manages to pull off the miracle of convincing Timothy Olyphant to return to the role of Agent 47. I don’t know, I think he’s enjoying that TV money from Justified, right about now. He shoots the mess outta people all he wants, and doesn’t even have to shave his head! That sounds like a win-win to me!

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Oh, This Has Got To Stop!!!

May 18, 2010

It’s getting to the point where KidzBop is eventually gonna become irrelevant. As it stands, it’s only a matter of time before one of these pre-pubescent YouTube discoveries comes out with a song featuring Nikki Minaj. It’s time to raise the terror alert level, ’cause this kid is a threat to all the beautiful freedoms we enjoy in this country. Look at those eyes! There’s no soul behind them! He might as well be a ginger! And having Flo-Rida on a track just makes the threat that much greater. Justin Beiber may look like the lesbian you tried to hit on in art class in high school, but at least he doesn’t try to burn out your essence with a death-gaze!

Listen (at your own risk): Cody Simpson feat. Flo-Rida – “iYiYi”