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Music & film for the revolution... Since 2007



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Mix Master Mike-the intergalactic madman

2008-04-29T14:22:27.825-07:00

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You all know the Beastie Boys? Sure you do. Well, check this mix from the resident DJ, Mix Master Mike, taken directly from Doug Pray's Scratch, an awesome documentary about DJs. The song is amazing,, and the documentary even better. Shameless plug over, download this tune and pump up the volume.





Langhorne Slim-Jack Johnson meets Johnny Cash

2008-04-01T18:30:56.162-07:00

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So on the more indie side of things, I'd like to bring your attention to the "new kid on the block".


I'm not really into describing an artist as "______ " meets "______". Actually, I lie. It breaks it down and I always use it. And in this case, I think I'm right. Langhorne Slim has the laid-back side of Jack Johnson, with the biting country sounds of the "Man In Black", Mr. JR Cash.


Slim was brought to my attention by the almighty Bermuda powerhouse, Volcanic Productions. They produced a series called "Live In The Gardens", featuring artists like emerging NYC hip-hop duo Smash Mechanics, and Langhorne himself. Unfortunately, I missed the Brooklyn folk artist, but the first thing I did was check him out.


Wow! This guy knows how to do things. After featuring on Letterman Live (see the video on YouTube), he is sure to skyrocket. This chilled out, acoustic brand of country-folk just works well, and I really enjoy putting on one of his tunes after a long day. The backing of drums and double bass from his band, the War Eagles adds an extra layer to this stripped-down folk rock. I can't really describe it, but I urge you to listen to Langhorne's stuff. As for me, I just want to bring new talent to the forefront of the industry. Daytrotter got there first, though, and thankfully Langhorne teamed up with his band the War Eagles to produce his own version of the legendary Daytrotter session. Check it out, please, and download some tracks.


However, I'm gonna put some of Langhorne's work up on this site. "Sweet Olive Tree" is a simple country song, buoyed by the soaring vocals of Slim himself. It is truly beautiful. On "Rebel Side of Heaven" takes a route to more rock, with keyboards and horns, blended together seamlessly.

Just listen, enjoy, and spread the word. The eponymous full album drops on April 29th.









Roachekilla

2008-12-12T22:03:26.057-08:00

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Yes, I know. The name doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But this reggae crooner is the latest in a crop of Bermudian artists following in the steps of dancehall newbie Collie Buddz. And you may be surprised when I say this, but Roachekilla is better...


From the Harper Digital "Family", the collective surrounding Collie, Roache is on the verge of greatness. He is part of the up-and-coming movement of roots reggae/dancehall crossover artists, similar to artists like I Wayne, and Richie Spice. However, Roache is a little bit more old school, and emulates the likes of the late Garnett Silk (as mentioned on his MySpace).

So the new tune? Following the relative sucess of his massive tune "Sunrise", he has just released a new tune, "Roses". On first listen, you know this guy should be huge. His voice is smooth, soaring. Just give it a listen, and check out his MySpace. I'm gonna upload both "Sunrise" and "Roses" and I urge all of my faithful few fans to download and spread the roots greatness.

Roachekilla-Sunrise

Roachekilla-Roses



The Roots Rising Down

2008-03-07T07:12:18.151-08:00

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Well, this is the best music news of the year-The Roots are set to release their new album! Since their first album with arguably the most influential hip-hop record label Def Jam, 2006's Game Theory, The Roots' position in the music world as a whole has increased massively, from a small start.
Two new singles/leaks off the new album show the different direction the band is taking. This album is moving away from The Stetasonic-like sound, the direction the band originally envisioned, and instead shows The Roots truly finding their own sound.
With a mouth-watering list of featuring artists, from the frequent colaborators Peedi Peedi and Malik B to some unlikely choices, such as new-kid-on-the-block Saigon and Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump. I'm especially looking forward to Saigon and Wale, whom some will remember from the Mark Ronson-Amy Winehouse collab track Valerie (at least the video anyway).
To the new releases. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction) is the first track from this album I heard. If I'm honest, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. ?uestlove's drum intro boded well, as did Black Thought's flow, although the lyrics weren't up to Thought's normal standards. The synth-background sounds a little rough.
The second track Get Busy featuring Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi, and DJ Jazzy Jeff is brilliant. The lyrics by the three MC's are excellent, and the old-school scratches by Jazzy Jeff just add to the depth of this track. It fits in an unusual way, but it works. Check 'em both out...



Redesign

2007-12-05T10:30:42.689-08:00

Sorry for the "new" look of the blog, looking to change the template and redesign the entire thing. Problem is, I'm a definite newcomer to all this HTML stuff, and can't find a decent template/skin that works, so you're gonna have to bare with me until I find some time to redo the layout. If anyone knows of any good websites with templates, or has any advice, please post bellow.

For now, just posting a few tracks for you all to satisfy your cravings for new tunes. Just a little warning, these aren't new necessarily, just what I'm listening to at the moment.

Bobby Womack-Across 110th Street

An original soul classic, appearing in many films etc. Trust me, you'll recognise it. Recently brought to my attention after I bought the American Gangster Soundtrack. Just a great tune

Roachekilla-Sunrise (Dark Cloud Riddim)

A new dancehall classic outta Bermuda. Collie Buddz fans will remember Roache from Sensimillia, the laid-back ode to smokin' some high-grade. This is is first single, but as it's off a promo, it's not the full version. It does bode well, with some ridiculous vocals. Check it out and tell me what you think. Maybe a few comments will persuade me to upload the promo it came from, featuring other Bermudian artists such as Collie Buddz, Flookie and C'Daynger.

Stephen Marley-Mind Control

Yes, I know, this song came out in the summer. I only just bought Mind Control, and I can definately recommend it. The title track stands out for me, a nice blend of the old-school roots style and the new stuff.



What I'm listening to...

2007-11-30T08:55:04.917-08:00

Inspired by fellow Blogger Will H over at The Cold Cut, I've decided to post a little "mood mix" bout how I'm currently feeling about life in general. To be honest, it's gotten to a stage in term where everyone is fed up and ready to go home and sleep for 2 weeks. Seriously. Have a listen-tell me what you think


T.O.K-Live It Up

Another Confessions Riddim classic, and an anti-war anthem, by dancehall masters T.O.K. Amazing vocals, amazing tune.



Gentleman-Can't Hold Us Down ft. Barrington Levy & Daddy Rings

From his 2004 smash Confidence, an amazing track with one of the best intro's courtesy of legend Barrington Levy. Just got the album, and I suggest you do the same.



Smash Mechanics-Soul Wired

Remember the Smash Mechanics? Well, you probably have never heard of them, unless you read this blog-check out the older post about their album Canon Law. This tune is a banger, with a great beat. This is one tune you need to hear from their debut. Oh, and I really need to know what you think about this track, so COMMENT!



Chris Brown-Kiss Kiss ft. T-Pain

Another chart topper, featuring Southern rapper/producer T-Pain, from Chris Brown's new album Exclusive. The video is amazing as well



Moby-Guitar Flute & String

Chilled track from the master. Amazing guitar riffs, and one of the most relaxed songs I've ever heard. Beautiful.



Jay-Z-American Gangster

2007-11-30T05:47:29.277-08:00

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A concept album. Defined by many by the band Pink Floyd, in their release in 1973 of "Dark Side of The Moon". Since then, however, the idea of a concept album has fallen from grace in the modern music world. With the release of "American Gangster" by Jay-Z, the idea of a concept album has been given the proverbial "shot in the arm".





After the (relative) crap that was "Kingdom Come", Jay-Z needed a blockbuster, an album like "Blueprint" that would raise the bar for the rap game. He needed a hard-hitting album that saw a return to style, with crisp production and Jay-Z's trademark flow. Any artist that composes lyrics without a pen and a paper is nothing short of amazing, and if you don't believe me, watch the documentary Fade To Black. It'll humble you.





Well, back to the album. Jay has stated that every song fits a certain scene in the film American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The album does fit with the film, with the gritty nature of Jay's lyrics complementing perfectly the storyline of this crime drama.





Jay-Z has enlisted an all-star cast of The Neptunes, Diddy's Hitmen, DJ Toomp, Kanye West's mentor No I.D., and Just Blaze. Haven't heard the singles yet? Well Blue Magic was the first one released on September 20, 2007 and peaked at 52 on Billboard Hot 100. The second single Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)... was released on October 10, 2007, peaking at 64 on Billboard Hot 100. Check these tracks out, especially Blue Magic, produced by The Neptunes has one of the greatest beats on a Jay-Z album for a while-the rolling drum sounds amazing.

So see the film, and buy the album. Hell, buy 'em both if you want. It does mark a return to form of one of the best rappers in the world. You could get lost in this album, with the slick rhymes and fat rhythms. Posting two of the best tracks-so tell me what you think...and sorry for the delay in posting.

Jay-Z-No Hook

Jay-Z-American Dreamin'



Shaggy-Intoxication

2007-11-07T03:34:06.372-08:00

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We all remember Shaggy from his 2000 album Hot Shot, featuring the two massive singles "It Wasn't Me" and the crooning "Angel". This was the album for 2000, and eventually ended up in the number one position on Billboard Hot 100. It is also one of the best selling "reggae" albums of all time.


Hard-core fans will also remember his earlier hit "Boombastic" in 1995. But since Hot Shot, none of his other album releases have had the same sucess. I wish that I could say his new album was a bona-fide hit, with every track a sucess. But I can't.
The album does shine in a few places, but there aren't any songs that really grab me. A few are worth buying as singles , such as "Bonafide Girl" featuring Rik Rok and Tony Gold. It's catchy and Rik Rok, a frequent collaborator, shines. Shaggy's vocals on this track are catchy, and a return to his Shabba Ranks-like flow. Another sucessful track "Mad Mad World" features the unlikely collaboration of Collie Buddz and Sizzla Kalonji. It works, and shows Shaggy's lyrics at their best. The two guest artist are effective, and help to expand the track.
I can't really say much about this album. Shaggy is trying to mix his former ragga style (as found on Boombastic) with his more pop-orientated material (as found on Hot Shot), and it doesn't really work. It's not a bass-heavy dancehall, or a soft pop album. When I first listened to it, I found myself continously wishing it going to be the same relaxed style as found on Hot Shot.
In some places, like the rather abysmal "All About Love", Shaggy even tries to do a roots song, in the style of I-Wayne or Sizzla, but it just becomes repetitive. It falls through both the niches it is trying to fill, and is not the cross-over album it is trying to be. The production is too hectic, showing that Shaggy is trying to appeal to everyone, and failing miserably. It is too electic and is a waste of time and money.
I will upload the two sucessful tracks, and tell me what you think:



Gentleman-Another Intensity

2008-12-12T22:03:26.398-08:00

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Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto) is one of the more obscure stories in reggae today. Although originally born in Germany, he names Jamaica as his second home. However, it's more unusual that as a white man, he is a popular reggae artist in Jamaica itself, which is generally unheard of, as music there is very black-dominated.
Although he released his first album in 1999, it wasn't until this year that I seriously began listening to this German roots reggae artist. I was blown away. On the suggestion of a friend, I bought his excellent live album Gentleman And The Far East Band, a 2-Disc album recorded in Gentleman's hometown Cologne. Gentleman's vocals soar above the brilliant backing of The Far East Band, brilliantly demonstrated on tracks like "Jah Jah Never Fail" and "Love Chant", which I will upload, for your listening pleasure. Anyway, on this basis, I knew his newest album Another Intensity would at least be worth a listen.
And I was right. This, to me, is by far one of the best reggae albums of recent times. Although it is slightly more soft than some other releases, it marks a return to the popular "roots" reggae, based around live instrumentation rather than the current "riddim" based dancehall that is more popular. A few songs really grabbed me on this release especially "Lack of Love" featuring the prolific Sizzla Kalonji. This track is definately the best song on the album, and shines above the first single released "Different Places". I also enjoyed the track "Celebration" featuring Italian newcomer Alborosie, this track shows the up-and-coming European reggae scene, of which Italy is a big part due to the popularity of reggae there. Hopefully we will see more of this artist in the years to come.
So listen to the tracks, and buy the album.



I Sasha-Don't You Know

2007-10-28T10:38:27.485-07:00

Over the summer, in the slew of mixtapes that are forever present in Bermuda, I heard one tune that stood above all overs as what I have dubbed the "Song of Summer 2007", the one song that everyone wants to hear, and reminds you of good times.

For 2007, that tune was Trinidadian reggae rookie ISasha first hit "Don't You Know". The song is a true roots-reggae tune that could almost be classified as lover's rock, due to it being similar to an ode to a lost love. From the home of the steel pan drum, Isasha has a voice that carries above all, and along with his brother Million Voice have been tipped as Trinidad's next reggae superstars, following in the footsteps of artists like Shurwayne Winchester

Listen to the tune and tell me what you think

I Sasha-Don't You Know



Roots, Rock, Remixed

2007-10-17T04:37:10.431-07:00

To all the fans of the amazing Bob Marley remix album Chant Down Babylon, check out this article,

http://www.mybossa.com/blog/2007/07/bob_marley_roots_rock_remixed.html



Chamillionaire scores an Ulitmate Victory

2007-11-07T03:36:58.106-08:00

(image) These days, rap music, and pop music in general, has become pretty profane. So when a rapper stands up and says that his next album will include no profanity, or any instances of the "n-word", people should take notice. It is even more important when that rapper is Chamillionaire, Billboard #1 artist and winner of the Grammy Award for Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his hit Ridin' ft. Krayzie Bone. This was the first mainstream rap album not to receive the Parental Advisory Label.

With this much publicity, I had to get this album. The lead single, Hip Hop Police ft. Slick Rick, not only marked the return of the writer of one of the best rap songs ever Children's Story, Slick Rick, but also showed the way Cham feels about the "drama" in rap music today. So the album boaded well.

From the first track, clever The Morning News immediately showcases Chamillionaire's flow, which equals Ludacris's style. For me, Ludacris has the best flow in rap music today (see Southern Fried Skit (Intro) the intro for Chicken 'n' Beer) and Chamillionaire is up there. Some tracks, such as the reputed second single from the album The Bill Collecta ft. Krayzie Bone and the random Industry Groupie do disappoint slightly, due to their subject matter. Despite this, the production by Kane Beatz and J.R. Rotem is excellent. The Bill Collecta, however, is too similar to Ridin' Dirty and it seems as if Cham is trying to cash in on the same sucess.

This album also deals with more than the current "bling" and "rims" that alot of chart, popular rap is about. However, the best track from this album is the last and the title track Ultimate Victory. He thanks all of those who have come before him, and states his wish to put real music out. It is brilliant, with a smooth beat and clear flow, despite a few jabs at other rappers.

So, like a stuck record, I gotta say "buy it". It's well worth it, and step up from 2005's The Sound of Revenge. To all rap fans, pick it up. And no tracks to be posted, as Ultimate Victory is already up



New tracks...

2007-10-17T04:00:51.278-07:00

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Since I'm a bit bogged down with life in general, just gonna post some of the tracks I'm listening to at the moment


Good track, the first single from his new album Another Intensity

Just a classic, on the Confessions riddim, one of the best roots riddims in awhile

The standout, and final, track from Ultimate Victory, his new album

Also, just bought the new Shaggy album, Intoxication, so look for a review soon



New music

2007-10-16T01:49:20.425-07:00

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Just bought Gentleman's new album-Another Intensity, and the review will be here soon


Also, bought Chamillionaire's new album-Ultimate Victory and the review is coming




A link for the Blog Action Day


Just a taste of Chamillionaire







Blog Action day-do your part

2007-10-16T01:33:30.692-07:00

(image) So it's Blog Action day. On this special event, I would like to point out some of the more interesting products released that are considered "green". The picture above is the Toyota FT-HS Concept car. According to Wikipedia-

"The Toyota FT-HS is a hybrid sports car concept introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. FT-HS stands for Future Toyota Hybrid Sport.
The goal of the rear wheel drive hybrid powertrain is to produce 400 horsepower (300 kW) and achieve 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds. This is accomplished by combining a 3.5 L V6 and an electric motor in a manner similar to the Lexus GS450h . Unlike the GS (and virtually all other current hybrids), a production version of the FT-HS would make use of a capacitor system designed specifically for quick charging and increased performance. Since the debut of this concept, Toyota has exhibited such technology in the Supra HV-R race car.
The 2+2 vehicle features a unique retractable roof similar to a targa top. The rear seats appear to be unusable when the roof is retracted however.
In spite of the FT-HS being only a concept vehicle, Toyota's desired starting price for such a vehicle is stated to be in the mid $30,000 range.
According to Automobile Magazine, Toyota is planning to launch a production version of the vehicle in 2009. Toyota has yet to make an official announcement and no other major publication has made similar claims."

So will the next rap star be rolling in one of these? Hopefully. I just want to encourage people to take action against global warming, for the future generations.



Curtis-why it should go back on the shelf...

2007-10-14T11:01:00.644-07:00

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50 Cent and I. Not exactly a match made in heaven. Although its true to say that his first album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' took the music world by storm, it didn't quite win me over. Ok, there were the few tracks that everyone must have, if not just for playing at a party. Songs like 21 Questions, Wanksta, and the ubiquitous In Da Club were a least catchy, due to the hooks and the production work by the legendary Dr. Dre and Eminem. But the attraction, at least for me, ended there. The 6.5 million who bought it seem to disagree, as does the six weeks it spent on the Billboard 200 chart. It wasn't what I was looking for


However, after the song Hustler's Ambition was released along with the soundtrack to the film Get Rich or Die Tryin' (which was also the biggest mistake in Terrence Howard's career), I thought maybe "Fiddy" had changed his ways, and stopped rapping about his street cred, and moved on to a slightly different sound. I liked it.


In comes his new album Curtis. The first single Ayo Technology featuring production by Timbaland and vocals by Justin Timberlake was alright, set aside by its beat, which is amazing. However, this single is just about all the album has to offer. Songs like I'll Still Kill f(featuring the annoying Akon) just show that 50 thinks he is the best. Sadly, Mr. Cent, you are wrong. Your sameness has been your death, in my view. You choose to rhyme about the "hood" which I'm sure you haven't been back to since your first million. You are no longer a drug dealer of ill repute. This is just another album for the trashcan, despite the production work. All the songs speak on the same thing, either his wealth, or his street credit. It's not worth the money, but who knows, maybe I'll learn to like it. But still, no wonders how it was outsold by Graduation.
I'll put the albums best song on the blog, for your listening pleasure



Smash Mechanics-Canon Law

2007-10-12T03:10:17.705-07:00

Over the summer, whilst in Bermuda, a concert series known as "Live In The Gardens" was started to promote Bermudian artists. Headed by Volcanic Productions and Lava Graphic Design, these concerts featured the excellent ska/reggae band known as Home Grown from week to week.

However, whilst at the concert series, I got the opportunity to check out a duo of New York City MC's known as the Smash Mechanics. Although at first optimistic, I was quickly wowed by their performance. These two rappers, both white, called Phaze Future and Tru Pro, won over the crowd. A local DJ was backing them up, and they even performed an impromptu jam session over the rhythm for Collie Buddz's "Come Around".
These guys were great. Meeting the two was also pretty cool, and they were chilled and ready to answer any questions we had. They also performed a great freestyle about Bermuda, which the small (yet dedicated) crowd enjoyed.

After listening to a few tracks, myself and a friend rushed over and bought their album, worried that it would soon be snapped up by eager fans looking for new material. Upon first listen, their album Canon Law admittedly a bit rambling. After all, 19 tracks is one large rap album.

Despite that, I soon found that it was well put together, showcasing various talents from the group. My two favorite tracks, entitled Freshin' Up and Sugar will be posted for download. Also, I would recommend visting their website. They are another of the up and coming group outta myspace.com, trying to make their name on their own. Good luck boys. You deserve it.

Smash Mechanics-Freshin' Up

Smash Mechanics-Sugar



Superbad-Everything it promises and more...

2007-10-04T03:42:11.833-07:00

(image) On paper, this movie is a slam-dunk, a home run and touchdown. Whatever. It looks amazing. Featuring the hilarious Seth Rogan from The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Jonah Hill from Accepted and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and directed by another veteran of The 40-Year-Old Virgin Judd Apatow, it looks amazing.

Oddly enough it is. Most comedy films nowadays show their 2 minutes of A-list material on the trailer, meaning that the film itself is disappointingly unfunny. But with this cast, it blows you away, and you are laughing from beginning to end.

Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, along with newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse combine their different humour to complement each other; Fogell (Mintz-Plasse) and his more obvious "wigga" style ("Gangstaaaaaaaaaaasss... what's up guys?"), Cera's deadpan delivery, and Hill's timing and genius ("Well Jules, the funny thing about my back is that it's located on my cock") mean that this trio will be legendary for years to come.

Rogan, along with SNL collaborator Bill Hader, are the Supertrooper-esc cops, destroying cruisers and drinking on the job. They are arguably the best chracters of the film, with lines like "Prepare to be fucked by the long dick of the law!", they'll garner alot of laughs

So go see it. I guarantee you'll leave the theatre with the name McLovin pounding in your ears.



No longer a College Dropout, it's time for Kanye's Graduation

2007-10-05T03:10:39.348-07:00

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No doubt all of the readers of this blog have been graced with the dance-infused beats of the first single of the album Stronger. That is a given. However, if you haven't heard anything more than that ubiquitous single, BUY THE ALBUM.
Unlike his sophmore album Late Registration which used various tracks of his demo, Graduation is a return to his producer-rapper style. Let me put it this way-College Dropout is in my 10 best rap albums ever, if not my top 10 albums ever. Kanye is back.
However, he does detract from some of his original style. Tracks like Drunk And Hot Girls ft. Mos Def and Barry Bonds ft. Lil' Wayne do bring the album down slightly.
Standout tracks like Good Life ft. T-Pain, the second single from this album and of course the amazing Can't Tell Me Nothing are all evidence of Kanye's returning mojo, if you will. Despite this, he still tries to get more collaborations than needed on his album. Another Chris Martin appearance on a Roc-A-Fella album shows that rappers are trying to appeal to all, as opposed to their true fans. Chris Martin, Homecoming is rubbish-go back to Coldplay.

Kanye has finally realized that production is his strong point. Although his lyrics are good, some do let down (see Stronger, especially the odd "Me Likey"). He will never be as suave and hard hitting as his mentor Jay-Z, but he has moved on from his simple lyrical days.
So what more can I say? Well, as a taster, I'm posting two of his most standout songs. Enjoy, and spread the word that the blog is back.



The return...

2007-10-04T02:41:13.515-07:00

Yes, to my few readers, I have returned. In my absence, many events have transpired in the world of urban music, from 50 Cent's eminent "retirement" due to being outsold by the rather excellent Graduation by Mr. Kanye West Esq, to the release of various other important albums. I have also been introduced to some new artists, who I'm going to comment on. I may even post a few tracks if you're lucky...

So, what am I trying to say? Well, e-mail your friends, family and neighbours, because this blogger is back, with new music and movies for the masses.



Common's new single...

2008-12-12T22:03:26.688-08:00

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The first single has been released from Common's new album Finding Forever. Featuring Dwele, this single boads well for the new album, which was released on the 31st of July. In an interview Common added that "The People" "is really a declaration of who I am right now."


So folks, get the album, and listen

And download the single below





Nothing much so far...

2008-12-12T22:03:26.941-08:00

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To all my readers out there (well, all 4 of 'em),


Nothing much to say-I can recommend the new Mark Wahlberg flick Shooter. Its worth renting, if not buying, just because of the pure, undiluted action throughout the movie. Check it out, its well worth.


On a lighter note, I saw Ratatouille. Ok, I know its not exactly a "film of the revolution", and is the opposite of what this blog is pertaining to promote, check it out. Its good fun.


Heard some tracks off Collie Buddz's debut. I haven't got around to buying it, and none of my friends'll let me rip it as they want me to buy it to promote a local artist. Definately get around to it, as I haven't heard a bad review yet. Plus, I want to see a Bermudian artist in the Billboard Top 50!
Keep checking the blog out for updates-will do one on Uganda as I just visited



Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

2008-12-12T22:03:27.081-08:00

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So the (hopefully) final installment of this trilogy has appeared before salivating audiences acrosss the globe. Featuring an ensemble cast including Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun-Fat and in a cameo appearance Keith "I snorted my father's ashes" Richards. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film could have been amazing. Instead, it cashes in on the name of the previous two.

But, you cry, what did you expect? It was always going to be a limited in the plot department! And I accept that, but they could have dug deeper into the pot of creativity and written something that would have broken from the mold. But it does not. The visual effects, whilst good, do not whet my appetite. With the release of visual effects-rich films such as Spiderman 3, the current audience expects more. However, all this is even before I start on the acting.

With the addition of Chow Yun-Fat, the cast seemed, on paper at least, to have more depth. Alas! The acting skills are lacking. Although Johnny Depp is his usual, dependable and hilarious-self, with some brilliant one liners and an incredibly convincing performance, the entire film is let down by the woodeness of Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley. Bloom seems to have an emotional range of a brick, and is either distraught or angry, with little else inbetween. He is a true letdown, but, in all fairness, he never lives up to his hype, and it bothers me that he is in two of the highest-grossing films of all time, as opposed to a more talented actor.

Knightley is another story entirely. She is worse, if possible. Again, like Bloom, she is either angry, screaming, or sad. Thats it. This from an actress with an Academy Award nomination. The chemistry between the two is a re-hash of Knightley's performance in Pride & Prejudice-absolutely none at all. How are these two in love at all? It never shows. It seems that she is only in the film due to her looks.

Chow Yun-Fat plays a stereotypical Chinese pirate, who gets very little play. He is a brilliant actor, probably the best Chinese leading man. Here, he failed to shine.

The most disappointing film of 2007 thus far? I guess so. In fact, anything else will have to try pretty hard to beat it. The whole thing was just a massive dose of deja vu, and had nothing new to offer. Although it moves at breakneck speed, it is too difficult to follow the convaluted storyline, and the action sequences appear exactly the same of any in the first two films. From a promising start, in the first scene of the first film in which Depp steps off the mast and onto the dock, the series has just fizzled out.



5 Albums To Buy In 2007...

2007-06-09T10:11:53.317-07:00

Ok, so it may be a bit too late in the year to post a topic such as this, but I've heard some new artists and have decided THE list of which CDs/albums to buy this year.

1) Collie Buddz July 3, 2007

Why am I so obsessed with this artist? For me, most of the current crop of dancehall artists made their start long before I started listening to them. With Collie, its different as I've followed him since the first single Come Around dropped in Bermuda before it hit charts worldwide.

Thus far, remixes have featured Ray Cash, Cypress Hill, Shaggy, Aztek, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Beyonce. Production work by Tony Kelly

2) Saigon-The Greatest Story Never Told July 31, 2007

Every once in awhile, music genres get a new burst of enery, a Red Bull of creativity if you will. Well, for the New York rap scene, Saigon is that burst. With a flow that is unmatched, this young artist is sure to break the bank with his major label debut. This artist is sure to be the name on every rap fan's lips in 2007.

Production by Just Blaze, The Alchemist, Kanye West and DJ Cocoa Chanelle. Artists include Trey Songz, Cham, Fatman Scoop, Jay-Z and Tre Williams.



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2007-06-09T10:08:34.574-07:00

3) Common-Finding Forever July 31, 2007

With Kanye West revitalizing Common's career with Be in 2005, this album is sure to be incredible. 4 Grammy nominations, and 3 stunning singles and one of my favorite albums means that the follow-up can only be good. This socially-conscious, stylistic rapper is finally getting the credit he deserves, and I only hope that continues into 2007.

Production from Kanye West, the late J Dilla, will.i.am, and Devo Springsteen, and a possible appearance from Dr. Dre. Artists include will.i.am, Kanye West, Dwele, Lily Allen and Bilal.

4) Three6Mafia-Last 2 Walk July 3rd, 2007

Winning an Academy Award in 2006 was the single most important moment in the history of Memphis, Tennessee group Three6Mafia. With this win and the premiere of their reality Adventures in Hollyhood, the group has become hot property, and has since scored songs for various films, all showcasing their talent. The album should also be a true club-banger, especially with the ensemble of featuring artists.

Production comes from Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three6Mafia. Artists include Lyfe Jennings, Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Akon, Young Jeezy, Good Charlotte, Young Buck, Project Pat, Lil' Jon, Lil' Wayne, The Game.