Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Lemme take this time out to say that I'm really happy that this song was mad into a video. Ima big fan of Big Sean (been rockin w/ him since his first Finally Famous Mixtape) and this is one of my overall famous songs of his. It's a great song for motivation and the beat on it is sick. For those that don't know this is off of his most recent mixtape UKNOWBIGSEAN which u should definitely check it out. Can't wait for his album to drop hopefully in mid 2010. Rock on from Krypton
Friday, December 25, 2009
I know this video's been out for a minute now but since i don't watch music videos on television anymore this is my first time seeing it. UGH! THIS VIDEO IS DOPE!! This is one of Snoop's best recent songs to me and the best out of the Malice in Wonderland videos. Everytime i hear the beat to this song I just have to start dancing. Speaking of dancing i love the cypher feel of the whole video. Quest Crew KILLED it and for once I even respect Jerkers. Only thing I'm curious about is what in the hell is that on Snoop's hand lol. Is he trying to be Iron Man? Well anyways check out the video if you haven't already. Merry Christmas from Krypton!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Just saw this trailer on Blazing Swarm (big ups to them on the dope site) and I gotta say that this looks dope as hell. Big fan or both Forest Whitaker and Jude Law so i will be seeing this. Now alot of people are upset with the movie because it draws a heavy resemblane to Repo! The Genetic Opera. Now I saw the preview for that movie as well and while I can see the resemblence I look at it as not a rip off but more of the same movie in a different vein. Repo! is more of like Edward Scissorhands meets Dark City meets Rocky Horror Show, where as Repo Men! looks like a straight up action movie. Repo! looks mad interesting though so Ima check both movies out. I'll leave the other trailer down below for you all to draw your own conclusions. Rock on from Krypton
Ah Amerie, loved this girl since Why Don't We Fall In Love and been pullin for her. She's a talented and beautiful girl but for some reason can't seem to get mass success. I think it may be because she doesn't have a distinct style or sound that seperates her from everyone else like Beyonce or Rihanna. Nonetheless I really like this video for her song "More Than Love" w/ Fabolous. The beat is dope and a lot of people seem to be using that sample recently (First Dr. Dre and then Wale). Even though the concept in the video has been used before many times, Fabolous and Amerie have a really good on screen chemistry so you were really engaged in their story. I knew from the beginning the Fab wasn't creepin *shakes head* you ladies need to stop jumpin to conclusions i swear!! lol. Well anyways, peep the video when ya have the time. Rock on from Krypton.
P.S. I just had to comment on this bullshit. All the Kanye West "selling his soul to the devil" rumors based off of a line he used in a recent verse are stupid. He was clearly using it as a figure of speech for how he lost himself to his own fame and nothing more. I swear, people always need some kind of ammo to shot down someone talented.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
-I'm thinking that once I have kids ima name em Aiden and Isabella. I always thought Aiden was a cool ass name and Isabella i like. plus i can nickname her Izzy =). Who know's what can change between then and now though.
-Lil Wayne + Ludacris + Trina + Boobs = Nicki Minaj
-Though I still definitely wanna direct in the future, my main focus for a while now will be acting. I fell in love with acting this semester at school and so I think I'm gonna stick with it and see where it takes me.
-I'm considering taking up rapping. As silly as that sounds I just wanna try my hand at it. As much hip-hop that I listen to I constantly find myself having random punchlines and song ideas pop into my head so I wanna see if i'd be any good at it.
-I'm still not over my ex, probably never will be, but I am strong enough now where I can stand on my own two feet and keep it moving. I'm always gonna love that girl though, sadly she probably doesn't get that.
-For all you fellow wrestling fans, I think wrestling has been pretty dope lately. They've really been uping the ante with all this fresh new talent such as Sheamus and Drew Mcyintre, plus they've been pushing the younger talent like Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler and others to new heights. 2010 should be an interesting year for WWE.
-Shock Value II is one fun album to listen to, I like it more than the first one.
-Miley Cyrus gave me a new reason to hate her guts by dissing Jay-Z in an interview recently and claiming that she's "never heard a Jay-Z song before in her life". Even the interviewer was taken back. This bitch needs to get off her high horse and learn some respect asap.
-Heard and loved both Rihanna and Chris Brown's newest albums. Rated R is kinda like Rihanna's Dangerous where Graffiti is Chris' Invincible. Rated R shows off a new, darker side of Rihanna that I honestly feel suits her. Never really liked any of her albums until this one. Graffiti on the other hand is much more high energy but at the same time shows a more mature and at times remorseful side of Chris. A lot of people at praising Rihanna's album and bashing Chris' album which of course is less about the music and more about the domestic violence incident which to me is ridiculous but hey that's society for you. Both delivered their best albums yet to me and I wish them both nothing but the best in the future.
-I'm real blown that Lupe cancelled his christmas mixtape but I can understand why he did. One thing that has always pissed me off about him though is the grand promises that he makes but sometimes doesn't follow through on (a remixed version of The Cool by Justice, The Cool Graphic Novel, Lasers being due out in 2009 and now this). Even though I love the guy I think he should really think alittle more before he makes these plans so that he can actually see if he can pull things things off and not get his fans hopes up. I'm hoping 2010 is a great year for him though because Enemy of the State definitely put him on people's radar.
-I'm really proud of and happy for Drake. He's definitely done a great job at taking advantage of his buzz and it shows. He dropped one of the most complete mixtapes to drop in a while and he could've very well just sat back and rode on that wagon till 2010 but instead he's capitalized on that hype and rode a huge tsunami sized wave all over 2009. Being featured on everyone from close friend Trey Songz to R&B Legend Mary J Blige's album and even holding his own against the likes of Eminem and Kanye West on Forever, this kid has defintely impressed me. The dude's also got a real genuine air about him which makes u feel like he is truly greatful to be in this position and doesn't take it for granted. I'm definitely looking forward to his debut album Thank Me Later. I know it'll be a sick album.
-Anyone heard about this gay Asher Roth rumors? smh, the media is running out of things to make up seriously.
-Follow me on twitter, i actually use it now lol. www.twitter.com/KidProdigy07
-Something about Charles Hamilton really irks me. I always knew the guy seemed a little off but I kinda overlooked it because he was droppin some dope stuff but now that he's coming back he's just a little TOO cocky. He's still a rookie in the game with no real kind of guidance so to me Charles Hamiton is the equivalent to a little kid you left at home with a box of crayons and a big white wall. He's a talented dude but he's just immature and speaks out of his ass alot. He needs to calm that down or else he's gonna end up fuckin his chances at superstardom up.
-I miss Kanye West -_-. Hope the time off is workin out for him so he can come back and channel all that confusion, pain and controversy into a sick ass comeback album.
-One thing I hate about winter time (besides it completely sucking ass) is that there's almost nothing on television. When winter comes around most good TV shows take a break and go into production for more episodes so all we're left with are reality TV shows and re-runs, bleh. I miss White Collar, Smallville, Heroes, Vampire Diaries (yea i said it) and Supernatural. Thank god from Scrubs, Community and Better off Ted.
-2010 is gonna be a DOPE year for movies, I have so much that I want to see and I can't wait >.<.
-In retrospect, 2009 felt kind of like freshman year of high school for me. Started off hopeful and bright, then things start to get kind of rough and you realize that you're not as mature as you thought you were. Find out some new things about yourself and then by the end of the year you go into the next year not exactly knowing what to expect, but have a newfound understanding of things. To put it shortly, 2009 was a transitional year.
-With all the deaths of big celebrities this year (R.I.P. to all of them) do you think this is also a part of that transition in a new decade? A part of me feels like its almost making way for new faces and talent to rise up into the spotlight and shine as 2010 starts off a new era. I could be wrong though but I just get that feeling.
-I love my PS3, I named her Sweetest Taboo XD. if you got one and wanna add me, my PSN name is Kid Prodigy.
-I have my eyes on girls but I'm not looking for them anymore. Every attempt that I've made recently has been turned away so now ima just do my thing until someone comes to me....unless I wait 10 years and nothing happens then i'm taking drastic measures! lol.
-Because of my work schedule I'm gonna miss going down to SC with the fam for Christmas so I pretty much have the house to myself for the week...Any ladies wanna come keep me company? lol.
Ok i need to stop bullshittin and get back to work before my dumbass gets in trouble lol. Hope everyone out there has a great day, Happy Birthday to any birthdays out there and if I'm not back on Christmas, Happy Holidays to you and yours. Rock on from Krypton
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This is one of my top 5 favorite Jay-Z videos of all time and one of my fave videos of the year. I'm glad Jay went the route of simplicity for the video because it's really effective. The clips of youth around the country just enjoying life just helps enhance the message in this song so well. I won't lie I almost teared up a little bit. I almost feel like Jay is in his prime right now because he's so on top of things that everything just seems effortless for him. Big ups to Mr Hudson on the chorus too. If you haven't heard his album Straight No Chaser yet you need to check it out asap. It's a good listen. I hope yall enjoy the video and until next time I say, Rock on from Krypton.
ahhhh Corrine Bailey Rae...I love this woman with a passion. I admire her strength to be able to come back and make music after the tragic death of her husband. I hope she's found peace and the strength to move forward. Be on the look out for her new album, The Sea, due out in Feburary of 2010. Anyway check out the video, chill tune. Rock on from Krypton
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Lmao these videos made my day. Nike stay's comin with the sickest commercials. So we finally get to hear Lupe on a diss track and it's against the one and only KRS-One...well kinda. Lupe and KRS-One have joined puppet Kobe and Lebron for some christmas themed commercials for their ongoing MVPuppets ads. I find it hilarious that Lupe's joke verse on this is sicker than most full length songs from some rappers today *shakes head*. Lupe recently cancelled his christmas mixtape, Friend of the People, due to his commitment to his training for his climb of Mt Kilamonjaro and while I'm disappointed, I'm also looking forward to hearing what he's got in store for us in the 010'. Till next time ladies n gents, Rock on from Krypton
Friday, December 18, 2009
There are some movies that entertain us, there are some movies that move us emotionally, and then there are those rare occasions where a movie does both of those things and changes the way we view films and at times even life itself. Avatar is one of those movies. Honestly when i first saw the previews I admitted that it was a beautiful looking film but it didn't draw me in. I sit here right now telling you that I'm SO glad that I didn't let that stop me from seeing it. Avatar is the best movie I've seen all year (and that's saying something) and I'll go on a limb and say that it'll go down in history as one of the greatest movies ever made. Let me start off by saying that this movie is fucking GORGEOUS. The colors were vibrant and rich and the CGI was so clean that you almost forget that the alien race in the film aren't actors themselves. It apparantly took James Cameron 4 years to complete this film and I can see why. There aren't enough words for me to describe how visually intoxicating the movie was. The film's story was also really well done. There were no plot holes, slow moments or questions left unanswered, everything was very complete. Usually during a 3 hour long movie, no matter how great it is, my mind begins to wander. But this is the first time that I've been engrossed for the entire 3 hours without thinking of anything else. The overlaying message (Preserving the Planet) in the movie has been touched on before in other films in different ways, but unlike other films the message isn't thrown in your face. One of my biggest worries once i saw the trailer is that it was just going to be a giant PSA about the rain forest, but the story grabs you so well that you'll end up leaving the theater wanting to hug a tree lol. Another great thing about the film were the performances from the actors. I'd seen Sam Worthington in other films (most notably Terminator Salvation) but it wasn't until now that I saw him as truly amazing. He was very strong in this and did a great job at showing his character's growth from being just a former soldier to the a leader. Other human roles that really stuck with me were Stephen Lang, who served as the movie's antagonist, and frequent collaborator with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver. To me though the strongest performances in the movie were from the people of Pandora. The story does such a great job developing them and drawing you into their world that you end up feeling like you know them and wanting them to succeed. I honestly teared up at a few parts and it's hard to make me do that. For the Na'vi (the alien race), James Cameron seemed to have drawn inspiration from Native American and Aztec culture, because the way they are represented in the film reminds me of one of those tribes. They were a beautiful species. Zoe Saldana blew me away in this movie and I think this is the best performance she's had to date. Because she isn't a human you only see her as a Na'vi and she plays the part SO well. Everything from speaking the alien language and the accent to her sometimes animalistic instincts (hissing, growling, etc) was completely believable. Without giving to much away her passion in the role is also something to see. She had me hooked the entire film. The scale of this movie is so ridiculous that I found myself lost in this new world that was presented to me and I didn't want to be found. There is so much more that I want to say about the film but I'll end up taking up an entire page and spoiling the entire movie for those of you who still would like to see it. This movie is the perfect way to end a year of some great cinema and venture into a new year of very promising new films. It's things like this the constantly remind me why I want to be apart of this business more than anything. I want to thank James Cameron and everyone else involved for bringing me this amazing piece of cinema. Till next time ladies n gents, Rock on from Krypton
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Rap...Rock. Usually when you hear those two words next to each other people are usually referring to a mash up (ala Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course) or Nu-Metal (ala Rage Against The Machine and sadly...Limp Bizkit -_-), But in Lil Wayne's case it's literally Rap and Rock infused into one style. It's kind of hard to explain but I guess you could say that Wayne used approaches the songs on this album as a rocker but maintains his swag as a rapper. Now I won't lie, the moment I heard about Lil Wayne making a "rock album" I laughed the idea to scorn sure that it would be a train wreck. Then Prom Queen dropped and I became interested in hearing how the rest of the project would sound. After countless delays my anticipation for the album began to dwindle substantially and by the time he set a real release date I honestly no longer cared. So the other day I was on Blazing Swarm (check em out, dope music site) and I saw that the album had leaked so I downloaded it and gave it a listen. Now I'm not the biggest Wayne fan in the world but I can honestly say that I'm really impressed with how well done this album actually is. You can tell that either Wayne listened to a lot of rock during the recording process or was already a fan or rock music before hand because it's not just him rapping over beats with guitars in them. Each song on the album sounds like a different subcategory of rock. One song may have a grunge/alternative feel to it, the next will sound like metal and then the next will sound like pop/rock, so on and so forth. Reportedly Wayne did some of the guitar work on the album and if this is true not only might that explain all the delays (due to him training) but also makes me gain respect for Wayne's work ethic. As expected Wayne whips out the ole Auto-tune for all of the vocals on the album but to me it's less of a distraction and more of a way to creatively enhance the distortion in his already raspy voice and give the songs more umph. Lyrically this album is surprisingly diverse. While it's no masterpiece, Wayne definitely stepped his songwriting skills up for the album to make the song lyrics actually sound like something you'd hear in a rock song (with the occasional rapper slang thrown in for good measure). On songs such as Prom Queen, Paradice (a play on the words Paradise and Pair of Dice), Runnin and Drop The World (which features a passionate verse from Eminem that sounds like something off of the Eminem Show) you see Wayne showcase his storytelling ability as he crafts some of his best songs thus far. I know a lot of people are going to be really confused by this album and probably even more will shun it without actually giving it a try (and i can't say I blame em) but for those of you that decide to give it a listen I think you'll be in for a pleasant surprise. Ballsy attempt Mr. Carter, I applaud you for not being safe and taking a risk. I give the album a 3.5 out of 5. Rock on from Krypton
This looks like the most epic drug trip ever and it's comin out on my birthday! best believe ima be in the theaters freakin out lol.
Ridley Scott? Russell Crowe? Robin Hood? I'm sold lol. I'll always be down with the Disney Robin Hood though, that fox was the shit!
This movie looks too sick for words. I'm just hoping that it's just as badass as the trailer, but it's Sam Worthington so I don't think I have to worry about that.
2010 is gonna be one HELL of a year for movies, I just hope i'll have the money for them all lol. Rock on from Krypton
wass good world? Been a long 3 months but i can proudly say that slowly but surely i'm makin my way back into the blog game lol. In between school and work I've had almost no time to do anything but with my semester ending as of two days ago, I'm freed up (kinda lol). I'm actually at work right now so i can't really get into a whole lot but I will tell you that something's have changed and I'm goin into 2010 rejuvenated and ready for action. I'll tell more soon. Till then earthlings, Rock on from Krypton (felt good to do that lol).
P.S. Frankie where u at babe!?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Is true love really letting go of something and hoping it falls into the right hands later? Or is true love a much more selfish feeling? Maybe TRUE love is chasing after that one thing even for an eternity until it’s in your hands again. Maybe that love is true because you know in you’re heart that there’s no one on the planet that would do the things you do for that person…
…but then again maybe true love is just letting go…
Who am I to decide?
I’m just a joker on the stage singing the blues.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
"Don't believe the lies, look me in my eyes, please don't be scared of me..."
This in my view is Drake's realest song since The Calm. The thing that makes me love Drake, Cudi and several other new rappers is because they have so much to lose but they decide to be real with their emotions anyway and put themselveso out there in their music. I think alot of artists out there forgot how to do that and this new wave of rappers is bringing the raw emotion back into the game. Check it out. Rock on from Krypton
P.S. Kid Cudi's album is ridiculous, I'll review it soon.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I promised myself that I'd wait till Sept 11th to cop this but once I heard that it leaked I caved under the pressure of my own anticipation and downloaded it (Sorry Jay!). Did it live up to the hype on the first listen? For me no but that's only because of the epic proportions that I had envisioned for this album so it was almost impossible to live up to them. But upon a second playthrough I fell in love with the album. Like I just said it takes a little getting used to but I think that's just what Jay wanted. He wanted to make us REALLY listen to it and then have it inject into our systems like a drug. Ima go out on a limb and say that I enjoyed this album almost as much as I enjoyed The Black Album and American Gangster (my favorite Jay-Z albums) which will probably get me a lot of flack from people but then again i don't give a fuck lol. Instead of give a straight out review ima go track by track.
1. What We Talkin About feat Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun: 5/5
This is one of the many productions by Kanye on the album and definitely one of my favorite beats on his in recent memory. As soon as the song starts you get attacked by this powerful synth and the trademark Kanye drum kit. Jay-Z talks about how he's not gonna cater to everyone's expectations on this album and just gonna be coming from where he's at mentally throughout the album. Kanye's continuing to grow as a producer and continues to experiment with different sounds and obscure/odd samples to give tracks his signature feel and this is no different. This song serves as an perfect album opener and gets you excited for what the rest of the album has to offer.
2. Thank You: 5/5
This may just be one of my favorite Jay-Z songs ever mostly because of his flow on the track. He attacks this song with the swag and bravado that only he can to show the naysayers that he hasn't lost a step. He kind of gives a nod to Encore in the chorus by saying "Thank you thank you thank you, You're far to kind, Hold your applause, this is your song not mine" almost signifying that he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Jay sounds like the president of the rap game addressing the masses at the inaguration party on this track and Kanye's fun production on the track which consists mostly of loud horns and J Dilla-esque drums makes this song a fun listen. So far so good!
3. D.O.A.: 4.5/5
We've all heard it and there are no changes so I don't think I even need to critique this song lol. I won't lie though I think I overplayed it so I'm a little tired of it. The live band feel of the song is still ill though. I could see him playing this live with the roots.
4. Run This Town feat Rihanna & Kanye: 5/5
Once again another song that everyone's heard so there's no need for me to critique it but I will say that this is one of my faves on the album. A re-occurring theme on the album is Jay-Z's resurgence as the King of the rap game and the album almost feels like a giant campaign. A lot of people have criticized Rihanna on the chorus but I personally think that she's perfect on the track. I think that if someone with a really powerful voice would kind of ruin the somewhat dark and militant feel of the song and Rihanna's voice has a sort of rockstar quality that makes it effective on the chorus. This song also does a good job of highlighting Kanye's lyrical prowess and passion. He's done a really good job this year of silencing anyone who thought that he'd lost his ability to rap once he dropped 808's and Heartbreak. If anything this song makes me really excited to hear his next album.
5. Empire State of Mind feat Alicia Keys: 5/5
This song is another one of my favorite songs on the album and will definitely go on to be one of Jay's classic years down the line. The production is done by someone named Al Shux who I've never heard of but whoever he is he kills this beat. Probably the closest thing we get to the old Jay-Z on the album the beat takes you back to Jay's Blueprint 1 and 2 days. This song is a love letter to his home state New York and how it made him who he is which is something that he's done before on other songs but I believe it's more effective now because he's more experienced and mature now. Alicia Keys (who I'm really glad to hear from) KILLS the chorus on this song and really projects it to anthem status. I know that New York natives will eat this song up because it definitely makes me wish I was from there lol.
6. Real As It Gets feat Young Jeezy: 3.5/5
I think this may be my least favorite song on the album and that's only because it kind feels like it's "just there". In no way is it a bad song but I feel like it would've fit better on Jeezy's album because it sounds like a song made for his style. Nothing really spectacular here but it's also not an earsore so I guess I'm cool with it.
7. On To The Next One feat Swizz Beatz: 5/5
This is my favorite Swizz Beatz production EVER! I think this is most infectious song on the album because I've listened to it more than all of the other songs because of how fun it is to listen to. It's been a long time since I've heard Swizz kill it on the boards and he sure picked a good album to bring the hotness. Taking D.A.N.C.E. by Justice (one of my favorite songs) and doing something really interesting with it to make it sound like a chant, this song is the first club-banger I've heard from Jay in a good while. To some people the sample will probably get annoying if you're just listening to it for leisure but I guarantee you if you hear this shit in the club with some heavy bass you'll go nuts. Jay also enhances the song with some really clever wordplay. It pretty much talks about the same thing that Off That does but in a more slick way. One of my fave tracks from the album.
8. Off That feat Drake: 4/5
One of the 3 Timbo productions on the album and definitely the most upbeat of them. It took me a little while to get into this song I won't lie. Wasn't feeling it on the first listen and then as time went by I started to like it. For some reason Jay's voice annoys me on this a little bit (probably the adlibs) and the fact that Drake is only on the chorus disappoints me because I think he could've really gotten clever on this song. Hopefully they make a remix where Drake spits on it because I think it'd be dope. This is far from the best track on the album but it serves it's purpose. The instrumental gets really dope at the end when Tim starts messing with it a little. Catchy song.
9. A Star Is Born feat J. Cole: 4/5
Another Yeezy production (you can tell because of the echo noise that he uses on a number of songs) and a solid song. On the song Jay gives props to a lot of other artists such as Jeezy, Wayne, T.I. and Em to name a few and talks about how the game will never die because there will always be a star brought into the game to keep it going. Now I'm not sure if J. Cole is on the chorus or not but I know he provides a short verse at the very end of the song which i think was a little misplaced but it was solid. I liked his wordplay and am interested in what he'll bring in the future.
10. Venus vs Mars: 5/5
The second of the 3 Timbo productions and my favorite of the 3. Backed by a dark and somewhat sinister beat by Timbo, Jay tells the story of his relationship with a girl who he believed was his perfect match only to find out they were complete opposites. This song really showcases how clever of a wordsmith Jay-Z really is because there are alot of dope parallel lines in the song. I really like how the song starts off with Jay and his girl being essential one in the same and as the song progresses we start to see the differences show up until by the end they're complete opposites. The "Takeover/Ether" line is one of my favorite lines on the entire album. Even though it probably won't happen, I'd really like to see a video for this song.
11. Already Home feat Kid Cudi: 4/5
Now this is one of those songs that I got disappointed in when I heard it because I was expecting something completely different. I'm used to Kid Cudi's very spacy and eccentric style and whenever Kanye and Cudi hook up (with the exception of Make Her Say) it's always a darker song so I was expecting the same for this one but it's not like that at all. Much like Drake on Off That I wish Cudi or Ye would've gotten a verse on this song because the beat suited their styles (especially Ye's) but Cudi does a good enough job on the chorus to make me ok with it. Kanye's production on this song kind of reminds me of The Glory off of Graduation. I could see this song being the album closer.
12. Hate feat Kanye West: 4.5/5
This is probably the most experimental song on the entire album and I already know that a lot of people aren't gonna like this song but I love it. It's a very risky kind of song. The beat is probably the weirdest beat that I ever remember hearing from Kanye and there for it makes it really easy to not pay attention to what Kanye and Jay are saying. Jay and Kanye trade off verses on this song but it's clear that Kanye feels more at home on the beat because Jay starts to bite his flow a little. It would be in my top 5 songs on the album if it wasn't so damn short! It's my firm believe that you should leave songs that are 2:30 and under for mixtapes because it's too short to truly appreciate on an album for me. I feel like if the song were longer not only would it give people more time to get into the beat but they could've even added another rapper onto the song to get some shine (I'm thinking Big Sean or Lupe could've killed this track). Dope song nonetheless.
13. Reminder: 4.75/5
This is probably the "toughest" song on the album which has Jay addressing rappers who talk down his presence and legacy in the rap game (The Game?, Joe Budden?). I was suprised to hear that this was a Timbo production because it seems kind of Dr. Dre-esque. They don't let you know who's on the chorus but it sounds kind of like Rihanna. Jay's style on this song is reminiscent of "Justify My Thug" off of the Black Album. Definitely a song I could see myself riding down the street too lookin mean lol. I wouldn't be suprised if this was made into a single.
14. So Ambitious feat Pharrell: 4/5
This is another song that I'm a little disappointed with because every collab I've heard from the Neptunes and Jay has been fire and this one is just kind...meh. This is my least favorite Neptunes/Jay-Z collab. It's an okay song but i think it should've been made into a bonus track and replaced with Jockin Jay-Z or something. This probably would've been a better song if it was a lesser artist on the track but I expect better from Jay.
15. Young Forever feat Mr. Hudson: 4/5
I'm still not exactly sure how to feel about this song. I wanna really like it but I can't get past the fact that It sounds like it should be a Mr Hudson song feature Jay-Z. The production has Mr. Hudson's name ALL over it and so I enjoy him singing on the chorus more than Jay's verses. This is one of those songs that I'd probably appreciate more if saw it live in concert than in CDQ. It's an okay album closer but I think they could've done better.
So after going through all 15 tracks on this album I realize that it suffers from something that alot of albums suffer from these days. A strong first half that begins to cool down over time and by the time you get to the end of the album your left wanting a little more. Once again I great enjoy this album and I believe that in time it'll be considered a classic but It'll take some getting used to. It's not up to par with some of Jay's other albums but it's a solid effort and a good showing for Hov. Rock on from Krypton
Replay Value: 4/5
1. Empire State of Mind
2. What We Talkin About
3. Thank You
4. Run This Town
5. On To The Next One
6. Venus vs Mars
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I've been rockin with My Way Entertainment since the Juggernaut Bitch and once again they've come with a dope ass video. It's an ode to the game Left 4 Dead and they use the classic Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) video as the base for their parody song. Not only is the shit funny but some of the verse are pretty ill ESPECIALLY Randy's who KILLS his verse as Busta Rhymes lol. I love these guys cuz they remind me of my friends and I. This video may not be for everyone but if you've played Left 4 Dead then you'll definitely laugh your ass off while watching this video. Rock on from Krypton
Fame beckons/click click flash
That’s right that’s right/Dance nigga dance
You asked for this so now here’s your chance
Let’s see what you’ll do for your weekly advance
Drug scandals, Double lives, Sextapes for purchase
Gaining status just to spread lies, what’s the purpose?
Wolves walking in the guise of a role model
Kids’ll lead by the example that you say to follow
Premires one day/TMZ tomorrow
Rumors begin to surface as the soul becomes hollow
Damn, This is what It’s coming to?
A bunch of arkham patients running ‘round in the public view?
To be famous just how much is the toll on you?
Hollywood/Hell shrouded in a golden hue
Hope you enjoyed it, more to come in the future. Till then, Rock on from Krypton
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I got a lil math problem for yall, ok what do you get when you put a young rapper with the biggest hype in recent memory on a track with a troubled white rapper with psychotic split personality, an outspoken and controversial rapper/producer and the self proclaimed "best rapper alive"? Record of the year? Catastrophic disaster? Don't know the answer? well listen to the track and find out. I honestly NEVER thought i'd see this line up on a track together but then again that's the same thing i said when Swagger Like Us came out. Everyone with the exception of Wayne (who's seen better days) KILLED this track but ima go ahead and say that Eminem DESTROYED EVERYONE. He introduces a new flow on the track and his delivery is RIDICULOUS, his verse will definitely silence any doubters that didn't exactly appreciate Relapse and gives us a lil taste of what Em is gonna hit us with once Relapse 2 drops. The end of 09 looks like it's ready to give us a much needed musical kick in the pants. Rock on from Krypton
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I was looking at this at work and had to post this because it's that damn good. Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and Reckoner is my favorite song of there's. Sometimes on youtube I like to check out covers of my fave songs just see if there are any good ones and Radiohead seldom has good covers so when I saw that Reckoner got covered by Gnarls Barkley (another one of my fave bands) then I jumped on it immediately. Cee-lo's voice is a complete contrast to Thom Yorke's, where Thom's is kinda small and weak, Cee-lo's is big and powerful. Cee-lo brought a different feel to the song giving it more life where as the original version is more cold and stark. I definitely recommend that you check out the cover.
Here's the original version:
Enjoy, Rock on from Krypton.
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Cuz you can't bring the future back"
Seems like with the Blueprint 3 Jay-Z is on a quest to destroy all trends and fads in hip-hop (D.O.A.) and state his claim as the king of the rap game (Run This Town). This song does more of the same with him pretty much saying that everything that's cool now, he's already "off that" and that rappers need to get on his level. Like D.O.A. I wasn't really feelin this song on my first listen. Mostly because of the fact that with Drake on the song, and Timbo on the beat i was expecting something EPIC and epic wasn't what I heard. After repeated listens though I grew to really like it. It's definitely far from Jay's lyrical best and Drake is reserved to the chorus but it's still a dope track. Plus Timbo's beat on it is dope (not as good as Dirt Off Your Shoulders though). So far my ranking of the tracks off of BP3 are Run This Town, Off That and then D.O.A. I'm still very excited about this project and definitely looking forward to hearing what Jay has in store (especially looking for the the Yeezy beats and the Neptunes collabo). Rock on from Krypton
Friday, August 21, 2009
My favorite up and coming DMV rapper and a good friend of mine Hassani Kwess recently dropped his new EP today and trust me when I say this, this dude is something special. Please be sure to d/l it and give it a listen. Hit me up with some feedback on it. Rock on from Krypton
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"You flail around try to sound with no control
Its like obsession a possession right to the soul"
Now for those of yall that've been following my blog for a while know that I'm a huge fan of manga/anime (japanese comics and cartoons for those of yall that don't know). And lately I've been hooked on this show called Mongolian Chop Squad Beck. Beck follows a group of friends in high school who start up a band and chronicles their slow rise to superstardom. What I love so much about this anime is that it's a legit band story. You see rehersals, music videos and live concerts perfomed by them and the music is damn good. The best way for me to describe the band's style is like Nirvana mixed with Rage Against the Machine. I haven't finished it yet but from what I've seen so far it's already become one of my favorite animes of all time. You should definitely check it out if your an anime fan or a fan of rock music. Also check out the video I posted which is a my favorite song of theirs. Rock on from Krypton
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"Life's a game but it's not fair/I break the rules cuz I don't care"
This is officially knocked Welcome to Heartbreak out of the top spot as my favorite video of 2009. There's so many things that I like about the video that I'm just not gonna waste my breath and I'm just gonna tell you to watch it asap. No one could've done this better than these 3. Blueprint 3 in stores Sept 11, go check out the official tracklist if you haven't already, looks mighty impressive. Rock on from Krypton.
P.S. In my humble opinion i think Kanye's verse KILLS Jay's 2 verses =P
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"sometimes the best way to see someone is by not looking at them"
This is one of my favorite songs off of Fab's new album so I'm real happy that they mad a video for it. It's a good look for both Jay and Fab. Check it out. Rock on from Krypton
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I have newfound respect for this dude. This right here was truly impressive. I'm really hoping that he keeps rapping like this and continues to grow and mature because if he does he'll definitely end up being a fave of mine, real talk. Rock on from Krypton
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wass good blog world? Up above are two HILARIOUS spoofs that should get your day started with some laughs. First is a spoof by Alphacat (famous for his Obama impressions during the campaign) of Drake's Best I Ever Had. Now I personally enjoyed the video (though I do agree it coulda been a lil better but hey it's his first big video) but Alphacat plays Drake to a TEE! Poor guy, worst thing about being the next big thing that people think can do no wrong is when you do mess up it's THAT much more noticable. He'll be aight though, just give him a lil time. After that is this old skit from the show Short Circuitz featuring Nick Cannon and Affion Crockett back during Nas' Hip Hop is Dead movement. The video shows Nick and Affion rapping about watermelon in blackface. It might be offensive to some *cough*peoplewithnosenseofhumor*coug* but I was laughing my ass off! Hopefully these two videos help ya start ya day off in good spirits. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here's the song I was listening to that put me in the zone to do this post. Good stuff.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
This is the debut video of the first single from one of my favorite up and coming rappers, Big Sean's, debut album Finally Famous. I've been rockin with Big Sean ever since I first heard this song about a year and a half ago (the song's been on both of his mixtapes) and I'm so glad that they finally released a video for it because it's fuckin RIDICULOUS. I go ahead and say it right now, Big Sean has officially just SMASHED Drake and Kid Cudi when it comes to debut videos because this video looks like a video from a veteran in the game. Big Sean hooked up with Hype Williams, Kanye West and a japanese director who I forgot the name of (i think it was Yoshi) to craft this visual masterpiece of a video which does a great job of letting Big Sean shine (there are no video girls or anything in the video). People are gonna eat this song up when it's officially dropped and I'm happy because I'm a big fan of the guy. Kanye sure knows how to pick talent. Until next time, Rock on from Krypton.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
If i was floating around in space I wonder if this ong would be playing in the background....
I posted the song Mr Solo Dolo a while back and apparantly that was the unmastered version. Recently Kid Cudi performed this song live in NY and man does it sound amazing. The eeiry fairytale-esque instrumental backed by a majestic and omnious sounding orchestra combined with Cudi's stoner-like delivery cause this song to become a dream in itself every time I listen to it. If this is what Cudi's album is gonna sound like then I think I know what I'm gonna be listening to for the rest of the year. Check out the video guys, even if ur not a Cudi fan you may appreciate this performance. Rock on from Krypton.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Pi Kappa Alpha - Anchorsplash 2009 (Virginia Tech)
This is so dope! It's things like this that make me wish i went to a university.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sorry for the overhaul of videos lately but I've just been seeing a lot of things that I like recently that I thought I'd share w/ yall cuz i love yall lol. This is the video for Remember Me feat Mary J Blige (who i'm actually not a huge fan of for some reason) which is the first single off of the re-release of T.I.'s most recent album called Paper Chase: Case Closed. I like the song and the video does a really good job of broadening the message of the song. I really like how they showed different stories and perspectives in the video and i liked the kind of raw and gritty editing (I'm a sucker for gritty and raw cinematography). I hope that his time in prison is productive and that once Tip gets out he can keep moving and keep setting a good example for young ones out there. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton
"Sex and Drugs and Dirty money/on the race to rule the world"
I fuckin LOVE this song and the video breathes some more life into it to make me love it even more. I wish i knew who it was that sang the chorus because it sounds like a sample but it says that there was no sample used. Oh well w/e the case may be, this song is dope as all hell and the video does it full justice. Rock on from Krypton
I been slackin on my blog game lately but seeing as ppl ain't really been hittin it up I thought i'd take a little break lol. Soon I'm gonna be hitting up this anime convention in Baltimore called Otakon so expect MAD pictures soon of the event. For now i just wanted to drop this dope fan video mashup for Lust for Life and HoustonAtlantaVegas (which i think shoulda been a single) off of Drake's So Far Gone mixtape. It takes scenes from an really good asian movie called 2046 (check it out) and sets the mood of the tracks really well. Till I return to my former blogger glory (lol), Rock on from Krypton
P.S. oh yea and before I forget check out this new track from my boy Hassani Kwess called Kwess Is Frm Olympian (http://www.imeem.com/people/rIf-VKK/) and tell me watchu think. Drop by his blog (http://kwessjinzmark.tumblr.com/) sometime as well for updates
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I'm really feelin this video for Put Me On which is a track off of Bobby Ray's, B.o.B. vs Bobby Ray mixtape (which is dope as all hell for those of yall who haven't heard it yet). It's a real chill video that invokes a very 90s feel (as it should since he's rapping over Bonita Applebaum) and you can tell that it's affiliated with Rebook because the Classics are all over the video. Check it out if a got nothing else to do lol. Rock on from Krypton
Monday, July 6, 2009
Oh has Bow Wow stepped his game the FUCK up! I've honestly been a fan of this dude for a minute (I'm not ashamed to say it) but I feel like he's never really reached his full potential. But with the recent tracks he's been puttin out this dude is showin that he's really stepping his game up lyrically and showin that he's hungry to be one of the best. I'm proud of this dude, it's long overdue. Rock on from Krypton
Sunday, July 5, 2009
With all the negativity in the media going on I just wanted to post my all time favorite video by MJ which also happens to be his HARDEST (in my opinion) song that he's ever made. I think it's fitting for how the media will always try and find dirt on people to bring out the worst in them. Enjoy. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton
Oh yea and I hope everyone had a great July 4th!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
"Take that D like the champions that you are!!!"
So probably the most widely anticipated video in recent memory is finally here and do I think it lived up to the hype? No, but for some reason I'm glad that it didn't. Now I won't lie, when I heard this song was gonna be made into a video, I was expecting a Hype Williams level epic video filled with epic movie camera pans, beautiful exotic locations and stuff like that. But this video is NOTHING like that which makes me kinda glad because they didn't go the tradional eye candy w/ no substance route. Drake plays the coach of an all female basketball team (and all of em look DAMN good, had me droolin!) that isn't very good but Drake always encourages them by telling them that they're the best. Now I like this concept because I've been on a basketball team before and the job of a coach is not only to lead the team to victory but to encourage them and build up their spirits and Kanye cleverly used that element of coaching to put an interesting spin on female empowerment (hats off to you Mr West). The video is very enjoyabale to watch and it's filled with a lot of slick humor that may go over a few peoples heads. You can definately tell that Yeezy has a thing for exotic, big breasted women because this video is full of them which I have absolutely NO problem with lol. There were some cameos in there as well and I'm glad that they just stayed as cameos (i'm kinda blown Nikki Minaj wasn't on the team...*sigh* a man can dream...). I was a little confused by the ending though because it kinda left you hanging but it doesn't take that much away from the video. Overall though, while to a lot of people this video might not live up to their expectations, I was very pleased with it and it'll serve as a great opener to Drake's album and should tie people over until his next single which I'm guessing will be more grandoise. Hope yall enjoy it. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I am a HUGE fan of old school cartoons and so when i saw this on Boomerang I knew that I HAD to find it on youtube and share it with yall. This is Magical Maestro, one of the most famous and funniest cartoon shorts made by Tex Avery. That dude was the man. Hope yall enjoy it. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"I think it's Chris Brown's, I know it's mine because it keeps kickin me!"
I saw this on during the BET Awards and I thought it was fuckin hilarity. I usually don't like things like this but for some reason i found this really really amusing XD. If this was bein made into a movie i'd definately download that joint lol. Jamie Foxx and Martin are FOOLS lol.
Here's the video for Supernova, the first single off of one of Kanye's new artists, Mr Hudson's, album Straight No Chaser featuring Yeezy himself. I heard the song a while back and I've been rockin with it for a while now. The video itself is pretty dope, I really like the "Supernova" effect that they use in the video and I think it serves as a good introduction of Mr Hudson to American audiences (He's been around for awhile in the British music scene). Hope ya enjoy it. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton
Monday, June 29, 2009
"Ye told me to kill em just to keep it 100"
Indeed you did Jay, indeed you did. The video is bananas, I love everything about it. It's Jay-Z at his best complete with Michael Bay-esque explosions, Godfather-like swag and epic pan shots of Jay overlooking the city. Welcome back Hov. Rock on from Krypton
Sunday, June 28, 2009
So I'm a huge fan of asian cinema, especially movies about the fuedal warring period and so when i saw this movie was available on Netflix I had to get it. I got it a little while ago but had been to busy to watch it so I finally sat down today and watched it in it's entirety (it's a 2 and a half hour long movie) and I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite war movies period. The story follows a Korean envoy who travel to China to meet with the Ming Emperor in order to deliver a message to him but end up getting mistaken for spies and exiled. While they are exiled they end up at the encampment where they have a run-in with the Mongols (a barbaric clan of warriors) who have captured the Ming princess. From then on they go to massive and brutal war over the princess which ultimately ends with no real winner. The movie itself is actually quite dark and depressing because at the end of the movie you never quite know if things were truly solved. There was a lot of deaths and each one was painful to watch because the movie does a really good job of using it's 2 and a half hour running span to develop the characters and so seeing them die is heartwrenching. My favorite characters in the movie by far were the "main character" Yesol, a slave with an amazing talent with a staff and a genius in battle, and Jin-lip, a veteran archer who served as the sergant of the Korean army. The war scenes in the movie weren't as massive and epic as say a Lord of the Rings but they were emotional and passionate. The actors in the film did a great job of really putting a lot of emotion into their performances to make you really want them to succeed in the end. My only real complaints with the movie were that at times it seemed that some of the battles would have a lot of unnessecary back and forth moments (it's hard to explain) and also the ending really didn't give you any kind of real conclusion so your left feeling kinda jipped. Overall though, the film was a really great war story and I definately recommend it to anyone who's into asian cinema or war movies. 4/5.
So since we're almost half way through 2009 and I'm a huge movie person, I just wanted to list my top 10 movies of the year so far. You guys should do the same i'd be interested in seeing you guys lists.
2. Star Trek
3. The Hangover
4. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
5. Terminator Salvation
6. I Love You, Man
9. Fast & Furious
10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I'll probably be back at the end of the year to do this again (if I don't forget) and we'll see how much of this list has changed. Till then I leave yall with this DOPE trailer that I saw in the beginning of Transformers 2 for 2012. I will DEFINITELY be seeing this movie in a big ass movie theater lol. Rock on from Krypton!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
So lately I haven't had much to blog about so I decided to do a post on this dope ass manga (japanese comic) that I've been reading lately called Shamo (which directly translates to Fighting Cock). Shamo follows a promising you man named Ryo Narushima who one day snaps and murders his parents without reason. This causes him to be sent to a juvenile delinquit center because he's not 18 yet where he stays for a year. During his stay there he faces a lot of things that change him, one of those things being a man named Kenji Kuroshima who teaches him Banryukai Karate which gives him a new reason for living. When he gets out of the facility he gets sucked into the world of Lethal Fight, a popular televised boxing/mixed martial arts event that pits fighters of different styles against each other in the ring. It's here where Ryo begins to find himself not only as a fighter but as a person. Ryo isn't exactly someone that you would call a hero in any sense of the word. He's a murderer, cocky, paranoid and a sex offender but for some reason I find myself rooting for him as he continues to find himself and strives to be the best. I haven't finished it but from what I've read so far it's truly an amazing read. It's not your typical fighting manga, It explores parts of the human psyche that some books/manga never even try to delve into and challanges the readers to think and really get behind it's characters. This is definately not a manga for everyone, it's very gruesome, dark and heavy so some people wouldn't be able to handle it but if you believe that you can handle it definitely check it out at onemanga.com. Till next time Rock on from Krypton.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"Human Nature" on of my favorite songs by him...
I'm beyond speechless...I don't know why but there's just those people that you never envision dying and he's one of them...Makes me truly realize that no one is exempt...It's gonna be one funky dance party in heaven with him and James Brown...You will DEFINITELY be missed. My Prayers go out to the Jackson family in this grim time...It's a dark day in the fortress so I'm just gonna leave it like this...
Fade to Black...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there who are TRULY holding it down for the families out there. Since true fathers are such a hard thing to come by these days its hard to realize just how important that they are to us all. Just go check out the statistics of how bad things tend to be for families without a father. I'm fortunate enough to have both parents and I never take it for granted. I've noticed that there aren't many songs out there giving props to the fathers (and i refuse to put up Dance with my Father by Luther Vandross because EVERRRYYYONE does that) So I'm putting up two songs that I love that display fathers in a positive light. Once again to all the fathers out there and to my own. Thanks for everything, I don't know where I'd be without you. Rock on from Krypton.
This is one of the funniest and most genius Star Wars spoofs/parodies that I've ever seen. Even if your not a fan of the movies you'll still probably find this funny. Not much to blog about right now so i'll leave it at this. Hope everyone's doin well and Happy Father's Day to all the TRUE father's out there. Rock on From Krypton.