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Hollywood can’t get out of its own way.
This week’s news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will add a most popular movie Oscar not only sent civilian social media into conniptions, but also the Hollywood press and Oscar voters. Reaction was immediate and one-sided, mostly variations on, “what the heck were they thinking?”
Getting less attention, but as important, is the decision that, in the interest of keeping the broadcast to a viewer-friendly three hours, some awards will be presented during commercials, with winners getting their few seconds of fame via edited snippets as at the Tony Awards. That move speaks to an identity dilemma: Is the Oscars’ primary function the acknowledgment of achievement or entertainment? In a perfect world, the two would beautifully coexist, but the world is far from perfect, and Hollywood is hardly a nonprofit enterprise.
An Oscar statue.
Still, it takes a village to make a movie. It’s sad that the organizers of this mega event, supposedly creative thinkers, can’t conjure a better way to reverse the ratings bleed (down 19 percent last year), than to de-emphasize the essential contributions of off-the-radar types. Before the new Popular Oscar gets added, there are 24 awards, which sound
© ℗ © 2009 Glyn Hughes
© ℗ © 2009 Glyn Hughes
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In a sit down with one of Brooklyn’s finest, Maino explains how he has a second life on his new mixtape King of Brooklyn 3 and breaks down the need that he had to do violent things to feed his daughter who is now 3 years old. Check the interview below, it gets real in the streets and nobody knows like Maino having got a chance to turn things around for the better.
Think what you will, but an argument can be made that Wacka Flocka and Rick Ross started the whole “dad bod” trend because these dudes don’t wiggle it just a little bit in their visuals, and still enjoy life. Shirts be damned!
Wacka continues his trendy ways on the kid-friendly, Good Charlotte assisted “Game On” off the soundtrack of Adam Sandler’s forthcoming film, Pixels, and lets adolescent kids know that you don’t need muscles to hold weight.
And don’t get caught sleeping on “Withdrawal” as it features Chicago rap vets Twista and Do or Die teaming up and spitting more tongue twisters than Freddy Kruger in Nightmare On Elm Street 3.
Check out the rest of today’s releases which include work from Freeway, Rejjie Snow, and more.
WACKA FLOCKA FT. GOOD CHARLOTTE – “GAME ON”
TWISTA & DO OR DIE – “WITHDRAWAL”
FREEWAY – “USED TO”
REJJIE SNOW – “ALL AROUND THE WORLD”
FATHER – “CHEAP THRILLS”
YAWA GO DEY FT. ROBBIE CELESTE – “ICE PRINCE”
TYRESE FT. JENNIFER HUDSON – “SHAME”
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Fabolous also reacts to people calling him the “King Of New York."
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It has seemed like an eternity since a young native of Compton, CA took the world by storm a maelstrom that culminated on October 22, 2012 with the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city.
And it has not stopped.
Kendrick is the proverbial paradigm shift of his generation and the 28-year-old has now released his most recent opus, To Pimp A Butterfly. Kendrick stretches his creative legs all the way out on this one, an indication that a new beginning is here.
To Pimp a Butterfly starts as an old school singer melodically croons “Every ni**a is a star,” right into “Wesley’s Theme,” a funk-filled jam that features George Clinton and Dr. Dre. The song, dedicated to Wesley Snipes, is a cautionary tale of the African American entertainer – the butterfly and the financial pitfalls that ensnare many as they rise to the top.
On “These Walls,” Kendrick weaves a vivid story of sex, rage, and revenge, accompanied by jazzy production by Terrace Martin (a mainstay on the album), and Larrance Dopson. On a lighter note “Alright,” is a potential radio banger on the album that is sure to have people chanting the rousing contagious chorus nationwide. On this track Pharrell and TDE’s own Sounwave compose a great instrumentation that Kendrick rides effortlessly.
“How Much A Dollar Cost?” is Kendrick at his most potent and may be the best song on To Pimp A Butterfly. Kendrick ‘s storytelling is a lyrical clinic as he spits a conversation with God, a critic of the young rapper’s lack of empathy and humility. “Complexion (A Zulu Love),” which features 9 Wonder’s protegee Rapsody, combats the archaic concept of colorism in the Black community. The legendary Pete Rock also contributes vocals on the hook on this Terrace Martin-produced track.
The bold, brash, and proud “The Blacker The Berry” is certainly the heavy hitter of To Pimp a Butterfly, which is wrought with thick themes of Black Nationism. “Blacker than the heart of an Aryan”? Kendrick said that. On this track, he takes the Black community to task. On “u” he turns the castigation inward in a most scathing way, screaming “loving you is complicated!”
One of the many distinctive, understated elements of this To Pimp a Butterfly are the interludes. “For Sale? (Interlude)” is a odd psychedelic adventure, where as “For Free?” is an abusive, frenetic jazz session that foreshadows a pending internal struggle. The most interesting moment of this album takes place in the outro, when Kendrick casually converses about industry troubles and the ills of the world with the legendary Tupac Shakur. The dialogue is a bridge between generations.
Overall this is an excellent album. Whether it is a classic in the truest sense of the word will be determined in the annals of time. Nevertheless, in an era of social media critics and groupthink, the album is already being lauded as a candidate for album of the year. There is no question, it takes several listens (and maybe reference materials) to properly digest To Pimp a Butterfly.
As evidenced by To Pimp a Butterfly, there are more important matters surrounding this work of art created in a time when most rap albums are in a vacuum apart from real life. Kendrick’s latest stands on the shoulders of great audio works like Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Nas’ Illmatic, NWA’s Straight Out Of Compton and others like OutKast’s Aquemini. The question: How will To Pimp a Butterfly affect its millions and millions of listeners with their varied backgrounds in these times that feel like we are on the verge of worldwide cataclysm?
Replay Value: 9/10
Standout Tracks: “These Walls”, “Alright”, “How Much A Dollar Cost”, “Complexion(A Zulu Love)”, “The Blacker The Berry”
Kanye West has offered up his take on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly.’
Countdown to Kendrick is here as the Compton rapper is set to unveil To Pimp A Butterfly. The track listing of TPAB has finally been revealed and the album is offers a diverse collection of guest features. Expect Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Ronald Isley, Rapsody, Thundercat, James Fauntleroy, Bilal, and Anna Wise on the March 23rd release. See the whole listing below.
1. Wesley’s Theory ft. George Clinton & Thundercat
2. For Free? (Interlude)
3. King Kunta
4. Institutionalized ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg
5. These Walls ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
8. For Sale? (Interlude)
10. Hood Politics
11. How Much A Dollar Cost ft. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley
12. Complexion (A Zulu Love) ft. Rapsody
13. The Blacker The Berry
14. You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
16. Mortal Man