Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So after weeks and weeks of rumors, delays and controversy Lupe has officially dropped the video for I'm Beamin' which serves as the intro video into the Lasers Era of Lupe Fiasco. I've been bangin this song on a constant basis since it dropped earlier this year and I'm glad that we finally get to put a dope visual to the song. The video isn't nearly as extravagant as previous videos of his such as Superstar or Paris, Tokyo, but instead goes for more of a creative almost arts and crafty feel. The clip features Lupe rapping as various kids with various cardboard cut-outs and little visual laser effects accompany certain things Lupe says in his verses. It's a straightforward but visually appealing and somewhat cute concept lol. I think the inclusion of the kids fits the uplifting message in the song overall so I can see why the director and Lupe decided upon that. I don't think I'm Beamin is the first official single off the album so I wouldn't be surprised if we get another more extravagant video in the coming months to accompany the first official single (kinda like he did with Dumb It Down and Superstar). But until we find that out, enjoy the video for I'm Beamin because it's definitely deserves recognition. Till next post, Rock on from Krypton
P.S. Shouts to Kid Nice for the embed link for the vid
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
"So I grab my bags and go as far as I can go/Cuz everything ain't what I used to know"
This post if gonna be a little long because there's two things I wanna talk about so bare with me lol.
So recently The Adventures of Bobby Ray, one of my most anticipated albums for 2010, leaked and not having the money to actually go out and buy the CD when it drops in a few days I just decided to download the album and give it a listen. This has got to be one of the most diverse and musically sound hip-hop albums to drop in recent memory. In a way I can compare it to Kid Cudi's debut album in terms of being great lyrically and sonically. B.o.B. really doesn't sound like he's dropping his debut album because in his songs he shows no signs of being unsure in his talent. He really pushes the boundaries of what we expect to hear on a hip-hop album with the songs featured on Adventures, actually the only song that I can REALLY say is a legit RAP song would be Bet I which features T.I. and Playboy Tre. He really covers all the things that I feel you need to make a great album, he has some radio-friendly songs (Nothin On You, Magic feat Weezer, Lovelier Than You, Bet I), a few records that focus on things that go on in the world around us (Fame, The Kids feat Janelle Monae) and some more creative/introspective tracks that make you think (Airplanes pts 1 & 2, Ghost In The Machine, Letters From Vietnam, Satellite, Past My Shades feat Lupe Fiasco). My favorite song on the entire album is Ghost In The Machine which can be heard above. It's a song that I think a lot of people can relate to about how the world around us sometimes changes completely to the point that everything is no longer familiar and we feel like ghosts just kind of existing. I'd love to hear Kid Cudi, Lupe, Andre 3000 on a remix to that song. Based off of his debut I really think that he has a bright future ahead of him in this business. He produced a good amount of the songs himself, he sings, raps and has the right amount of charisma to make people want to remember him. If you haven't heard much from B.o.B. do yourself a favor and check him out.
Now on to the next thing I wanted to talk about, Kick Ass. Yesterday I went out to finally see Kick Ass with a group of my closest friends. From the trailer that I'd seen a long time ago I was really hoping that this movie was gonna be good and after seeing it my expectations we COMPLETELY blown out of the water. Man was that movie fun!! This movie is not your typical superhero movie but that's because the story it's based on isn't about you're typical hero. Kick Ass pretty much addresses 2 questions that I know a lot of people who read comic books have asked themselves at least once in their lives, "Why hasn't any one tried to be a superhero?" and "What would happen if there were actual costumed heroes living among us?". The movie's main character Dave Lizewski (who reminds me of Peter Parker without the book smarts) asks his friends, himself and the audience these questions and instead of just letting be a what if, he makes himself a costume, gets some tonfas and becomes Kick Ass. One of the things that is great about this story is the fact that they don't try and make Dave look like a complete badass when he's Kick Ass, he has no sort of combat training, no real athletic ability or anything that really makes him spectacular. All he really has is the desire to help people when no one else will and an unbelievable threshold for pain (which I won't reveal why, you'll just have to see the movie). Throughout the movie we're introduced to 2 other costumed characters: Hit Girl and Big Daddy, who interact with Kick Ass and sort of mold him into more of a legit hero in their own weird ways. Big Daddy and Hit Girl are a father/daughter crime fighting duo who have absolutely no problems with mortally wounding or killing the people that they're fighting against as long as they get the job done. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that those two are one of the best father/daughter pairings in movie history lol. Even though they're trained killers in some odd way they have a very sweet and loving relationship. Big Daddy (which is Nicolas Cage's best role since Face/Off) is a awesome but Hit Girl steals the entire movie from everyone. I forgot the young actresses name but I remember her from 500 Days of Summer (another great movie) and she is a completely different person in this movie. She curses like a sailor, she kills without hesitation and still finds a way to be absolutely adorable while doing it. Oh did i mention that she's only 11? Yea, this movie went there. That's my favorite thing about it is movie, it just didn't give a fuck. It wasn't afraid to shock and offend you and that's why the movie worked out so well. Oh and I forgot about Red Mist (who everyone will remember as McLovin from Superbad) who I won't say much about because it'd kind of ruin the movie if I did. There's so much more that I could say about this movie, the soundtrack was amazing and really matched with the rebellious nature of the movie, the characters were believable, the fighting was topnotch but in the end it's driving to the same point. Take your guards down, turn off your brain, expect the unexpected and GO SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!!!
Well I'm done talkin yall's ears off now, I won't be suprised if I don't get any comments cuz of how long this post is lol. Hope everybody had a good week and hope everyone has a dope weekend. Till next time, Rock on from Krypton
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ahhhh Ciara how I've missed you. Ciara has always been one of my favorite all time female singers because of how raw and sexy (she made me like tomboys) she was while being able to hang with the guys in terms of dancing. To me she's the closest thing we're gonna get to Aaliyah in this day in age. With her last album she was trying to go more of the pop route but finally on this album it seems like she's going back to her more gritty urban/R&B roots like on Goodies. In her video for her first single "Ride" we see a rejuvenated Ciara looking to reclaim her spot at the top of the female R&B game. I love the fact that it's only her (with the exception of Luda) in this video killin it with no back up dancers, it really helps you remember how dope she is. This video is overflowing with sexy (especially in the last 45 secs of the video) that I know the guys are gonna enjoy cuz I know i did. Overall this is a dope return for Ciara and I look forward to seeing and hearing more from her in the near future. Till next post, Rock on from Krypton
Friday, April 16, 2010
Been listening to nothing but Daft Punk all morning. If you haven't heard any of Daft Punk's albums your doing your ears a great unjustice. I recommend their Discovery album which is the best of the three but all of them are good. This song definitely describes my and a lot of other's lives right now. Keep workin till you reach that peak and then jump higher than that peak!!! As always till next post, Rock on from Krypton
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
"This what Ima do till it's over, but it's far from over..."
Like many other people I was greatly anticipating the video for this song, half to see how much he'd grown since the Best I Ever Had video and half to see what direction he was gonna go with the song. Ima go ahead and say that as of now this is tied with On To The Next One as my favorite video of 2010 so far and it has succeeded in making me even more excited for Thank Me Later. I already know that there are gonna be a lot of people who aren't gonna understand this video but that's the price you pay when you wanna try something different. Drake could've easily made this video what everyone would expect it to be with video girls, champagne spilling, money everywhere, etc; but instead he go Anthony Madler to help him take the video in the exact opposite direction. The video as a whole is very visually appealing with a lot of dope effects and transitions that keep you guessing what they're gonna do next to top the last visual. As for the story of the video you really have to pay attention to Drake's facial expressions and certain images in the video to get what he's trying to do. What I saw was Drake kind of torn between his past life and the life that fame has given him, especially when he says "What am I doing?" in the chorus. You also see a lot of growth in Drake when you compare this video to Best I Ever Had, He seems much more confident and sure of himself in this video. As we venture ever closer to June 15th when Thank Me Later drops, I'm very anxious to see what becomes of Drake because right now his star is only beginning to shine. Till next post, Rock on from Krypton.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The video above is for "The Broken" which is the first single off of Coheed & Cambria's most recent album "Year of the Black Rainbow" and godDAMN is it epic! I've been a fan of Coheed & Cambria since "Favor House Atlantic" so I was very excited to hear that they were coming out with a new album and once I heard how dynamic and powerful "The Broken" was it immediately made me think back to another one of my favorites from them "Welcome Home". One of my favorite things about Coheed is their penchant for epic storytelling and how cinematic their videos usually are. My all time favorite video of their's is Welcome Home and I must say after seeing the video for The Broken, that may just be tied for first place. This video depicts a post-apocalyptic war of epic proportions going on complete with dreary and grayscale color scheme and steampunk machinery. Things only proceed to get more chaotic at the climax of the video when some sort of pyramid is activated by an orb and rises up from underground. Now I'm not sure what the hell is supposed to be going on in the video story-wise (All of Coheed's albums follow the storyline of a comicbook series created by their lead singer Claudio) but what I do know is that whatever IS going on looks absolutely amazing. I would definitely like to see this story put out in movie format because with videos like this it's almost impossible to get curious about the story behind it all. Check out the video and tell me what you think. Till next post, Rock on from Krypton
Monday, April 5, 2010
Ok so I'm a HUGE fan of Boondocks, even b4 it became on of the best cartoon shows ever made, so when I heard there was gonna be a 3rd season I was uber-excited. They just released the trailer for the 3rd (and sadly final) season of Boondocks and DAMN is it epic! Exhibit A by Jay Electronica feels like the perfect backdrop for what looks like it'll be it's best and biggest season yet. From what I saw in the trailer we see the return of characters like Thugnificent and Gin & Rummy as well as a bevy of new characters (Sadly no Caesar v_v). Also I saw that as usual they'll be parodying a lot of current events the biggest and most obvious of these events being Obama's presidency. It also looks like there will be even more action this season which only makes since seeing as how this is the final season. There's alot more that I could say but I just want May 2nd to get here so I can sink my teeth into the controversially hilarious goodness that is The Boondocks. Till next post, Rock on from Krypton