Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crank 2: High Voltage Trailer (Video)


This trailer to the upcoming Crank 2: High Voltage, starring Jason Statham, is kinda different, but worth the viewing. Hope your computer's up for it. Click here

Crank 2: High Voltage in theaters April 14.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Drake feat. Trey Songz - "Replacement Girl" (Video)


Drake - Replacement Girl feat. Trey Songz from STIRLING™ on Vimeo.

Now unless you watch Teen Nick (like my daughter does) there's a good chance you missed the visuals for this jawn, off of Drake's 1st mixtape/album Comeback Season.

Get used to seeing this dude, cause I have a feeling he's gonna get heavy burn on the video outlets when he starts dropping singles.

The Blogger's Cycle

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Amplified Grammar Reviews....


Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign
(E1/Columbia, 2009)

You gotta admire the grind of Jim Jones. From his humble beginnings as Cam'ron's hypeman, to becoming the third MC in the Harlem rap collective, The Diplomats, to establishing his own label & becoming a successful solo artist in his own right, peaking with his last release "Hustler's P.O.M.E.(Product of My Environment)" which spawned one of the biggest songs of the '06, "We Fly High". Jones has spent the interim churning out various "official" mixtapes & pushing his Byrd Gang brand, but has finally returned to cash in on his newfound stature with his major label debut, the aptly titled Pray IV Reign.

From the outset, it's obvious that this is a major label affair. The production quality has been ramped up a couple of notches, with the No I.D. produced "Album Intro" setting the theatrical tone for the rest of the LP. Songs like "Rain", "Let It Out", "This Is The Life" & the tribute to murdered Byrd Gang member, Stack Bundles, "My My My", are introspective tomes, where Jones gives us a look behind the ego & bravado. I'd imagine these songs were at the heart of Jim's off-Broadway production "The Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones".

The song I was expecting to be a standout is "Frenemies", where Jim was supposed to delve into his fall outs with former friend Cam'ron & his former protege, Max B. The beat (a re-working of Jay-Z's "A Week Ago") should've provided the perfect backdrop for Jones to air out his issues. Instead, Jones comes off extremely vauge & bitter, especially considering how Jim could've really used either of them to help out on this album.

Now, no one has ever accused Jim Jones of being a lyricist & while he has stepped his game up, his rhyme schemes & flow still leave much to be desired. He gets outshined on the Ludacris assisted "How To Be A Boss" as well as by his Byrd Gang cohorts on the street banger, "Pop Off". Jones' attempts to cater to both the streets & the clubs on Pray IV Reign & the results are a mixed bag at best. While Jim excels over a Ron Browz track on the party starter "Pop Champagne", he manages to butcher the Ryan Leslie produced "Precious", rapping BS come on's to some unseen female. The album's other mainstream offerings ("Na Na Nana Na", "Medicine", "Blow the Bank", "This Is For My Bitches", "Girlfriends", etc.) are equally hit or miss.

Ultimately, Pray IV Reign is a celebration of Jim Jones' success as well as a glimpse at the paranoia one faces once you achieve his level of celebrity. It's also the most balanced album in Jones' catalog. Even though there is nothing on here that matches "We Fly High" ("Pop Champagne" comes pretty close), Jim Jones has shown growth with each new project & these days, that's really all you can ask of an artist. While this album might not bring the "Reign" Jim's been praying for, it's not exactly the flop his detractors have been praying for either. Face it, Capo's not going anywhere.

Bonus: The video for the 3rd single...

Blow The Bank (Feat. Oshy & Starr)

Young Jeezy - "Don't Do It" (Video)


Yet another visual from Jeezy's The Recession. So how many videos is that? I think this one makes it six, with #'s 8 & 9 (“Get Allot Remix” and “Don’t You Know”) already in the can. I ain't mad at all. Just shows that Jeezy has the Def Jam building on smash lol.

PS - Hella random DJ Red Alert cameo @ 3:38

The Batman Logo - Then & Now (Video)


The evolution of the Batman logo. Strictly for the fan boys.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

OJ Da Juiceman feat. Gucci Mane - "Make Da Trap Say Ay" (Video)


Gucci's been on his grind since he's been home. For those not in the know, this jawn has the South on fire!

Now Playing...


Rappers are liars. They exaggerate their lives & exploits all in an effort to entertain & I definitely appreciate it, but sometimes I need a little honesty in my Hip-Hop. Just a little reality, something I can really relate too. Thank God for groups like Little Brother. This is one of my fave's off of the groups third album (sans former group producer, 9th Wonder), GetBack. This one takes a real look at the club scene & all the BS involved. Grown up Hip-Hop @ it's finest.

"After The Party" feat. Carlitta Durand

Friday, March 27, 2009

GLC ft. Kanye West - "Big Screen" (Video)



I won't even act like I'm a huge fan of GLC, but dope is dope & this song & vid fit that description to a tee. Audio below...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (Video)

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows
Paul Jay, 1998, 93 min 36 s
In this feature-length documentary, director Paul Jay was given unprecedented access to the world of Bret Hart and pro wrestling as his camera followed Bret "the Hitman" Hart for one year. Going behind the tightly guarded walls of wrestling's spectacle and theatre, the film explores the meaning of today's wrestling morality plays. As fantasy crosses into real life, the true story of Bret Hart's struggle with Vince McMahon, the legendary owner of the WWF, is revealed. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows climaxes with the tale of the biggest double-cross in pro wrestling.

I copped this on DVD a while back. It's a great wrestling documentary on one of the best to ever lace em up. If you've ever been a fan of wrestling, it's worth a viewing.

BTW-It kinda sucks that Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith aren't around anymore.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Words From P



Prodigy drops some gems in his latest blog from prison.
Hold ya head, dunny.

WHAT’S UP PEOPLE? I MISS YOU ALL.

I MISS THE LOVE AND THE HATE, BUT NO WORRIES I’M ALMOST HOME. LET ME START OFF BY SAYING, GOD DAMN! IT SEEMS LIKE 40 GLOCC PUT A 40 GLOCC VIRUS IN MY WEBSITE. THAT NIGGA IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. THAT’S MY COMRAD AND I ASKED HIM TO KEEP HNIC2.COM INTERESTING WHILE I’M AWAY, BUT GOD DAMN! BUT, IT’S ALL-GOOD. I LOVE MY NIGGA FOR REAL. 40 IS A LOT LIKE ME CAUSE WE ARE TWO VERY OUTSPOKEN INDIVIDUALS. WE SPEAK OUR MINDS AND RARELY EVER HOLD BACK. THAT SCARES A LOT OF PEOPLE CAUSE PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF CONFRONTATION. THEY’RE SCARED THAT THEY WILL OFFEND SOMEBODY AND THEN HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. IT’S STRANGE TO ME. SINCE WHEN DID THIS HIP-HOP THING OF OURS BECOME FILLED WITH SO MUCH FEAR? HIP-HOP, JUST LIKE ROCK’N’ ROLL, WAS CREATED IN THE POVERTY STRICKEN BLACK COMMUNITIES AS A WAY TO EXPRESS OURSELVES THREW MUSIC. A WAY TO REBEL AGAINST THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO KEEP US DOWN AND OUT.

HIP-HOP AND ROCK’N’ROLL IS REBEL MUSIC. NO MATTER WHERE IT IS NOW OR THE CHANGES IT’S GONE THREW, IT WILL ALWAYS BE REBEL MUSIC CREATED BY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN THREW HELL, SO THEY HAD NOTHING ELL’S TO FEAR.

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF LAND THEFT, SLAVERY, MURDER, GENOCIDE, LYNCHING, RAPE, RACISIM, AND SEGRAGATION BACK IN THE DAYS TO THE LAND THEFT, MENTAL SLAVERY, MURDER, GENOCIDE, RACISIM AND SEGRAGATION OF THIS VERY DAY. (AND DON’T TELL ME RACISIM OR SEGRAGATION IS OVER. JUST LOOK AT MOST OF THE T.V. SHOWS, MOVIES, ADVERTISEMENTS, “TOP MODELS” OR THE COVERS OF MOST “MAJOR” MAGAZINES. NOT TO MENTION THE 9 TO 5 CORPORATE WORLD RACISIM AND SEGRAGATION IS ALIVE AND KICKING BLACKS IN THE ASS.)

AFTER, ALL THESE YEARS OF DELIVERING PURE EVIL TO THIS PLANET. YOU PEOPLE HAVE THE NERVE TO ACT LIKE IT’S ALL IN THE PAST AND REBELS LIKE PRODIGY SHOULDN’T ADDRESS THESE ISSUES? I SHOULD JUST PUT ON A TIGHT (EUROPEAN CUT) OUTFIT, WAVE A GUCCI SCARF, LEARN TO USE THE WORD “SWAGGER,” AND MAKE “SAFE NIGGA” MUSIC INSTEAD OF MY REBEL, REALITY RAP THAT MADE MOBB DEEP SO POPULAR FROM 1993 TO 2000 AND NOW. I SHOULDN’T ROCK THE BOAT AND GET “MASSA” ANGRY. NO SIR, DON’T WANT TO GET MASSA ANGRY CAUSE THEN MY CAREER WILL GET “BLACK” BALLED AND I’LL BE “BLACK” LISTED. (YOU KNOW I’M BOUT TO SPAZZ, RIGHT?)

LISTEN UP, FUCK THE TIGHT EUROPEAN CUT (THEY SELL THAT SAME EXACT OUTFIT IN A XXL OR XXXL), FUCK MASSA, FUCK A BLACKBALL AND A BLACKLIST, FUCK GUCCI, FUCK “SWAGGER,” FUCK ALL YOU SAFE FLAMINGO ASS NIGGAS THAT’S SCARED TO ROCK THE BOAT AND FUCK THAT BOAT TOO. I’LL FLIP THAT BITCH OVER. SOME PEOPLE ARE VERY UPSET WITH PRODIGY RIGHT NOW CAUSE I REMIND THEM OF THE TRUTH. THEY DON’T WANT TRUTH–THEY WANT FANTASY. THEY WANT TO STAY IN THEIR LITTLE EUROPEAN CUT WORLD WHERE THEY FEEL SAFE AND FAR REMOVED FROM THE REBELS WHO ROCK THE BOAT. REBELS LIKE; MALCOLM X, TUPAC, DR. YORK, CHUCK-D, FARRAKHAN, PROFESSOR GRIFF, SISTA SOULJAH, MARTIN LUTHER KING, DAVE CHAPPELLE, PAUL MOONEY, SPIKE LEE, MOS DEF, TALIB, DEAD PREZ, AND ANDRE 3000—JUST TO NAME A FEW. YOU GOT A LOT OF FRADULENT REBELS AND REVOLUTIONARIES WHO ARE REALLY FALSE PROPHETS. THEY ARE OPPORTUNIST WHO PUT ON A REBEL/REVOLUTIONARY CLOAK FOR SOME SHORT TERM GOAL LIKE AN ALBUM PROMOTION, OR IT’S THE LATEST TREND THEY WANT TO FOLLOW AND APPEAR INTELLIGENT AND “IN THE KNOW,” OR THEY WANT TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THEY WANT TO CREATE CHANGE WHEN ALL THEY REALLY WANT TO CREATE IS SOME GOOD PUBLICITY AND CHANGE IN THEIR POCKETS. WHEN THEY GET CONFRONTED AND CALLED OUT BY PEOPLE LIKE ME, THEY SAY THINGS LIKE-“PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO THINK, THEY WANT TO HAVE FUN AND PARTY.” AND A NUMBER OF OTHER LAME EXCUSES THEY USE TO SLIDE THEIR WAY OUT OF THE DEBATE OR CONVERSATION. THEY REALLY JUST DON’T GIVE A FUCK BUT ARE SCARED TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS AND SAY “LISTEN, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT ALL THAT SHIT. I JUST MAKE MONEY.” I CAN RESPECT THAT MORE THAN TRYING TO ACT LIKE PRODIGY IS WRONG OR CRAZY.

LOOK, I CAN UNDERSTAND IF YOU’RE SCARED TO ROCK THE BOAT AND SPEAK THE TRUTH THAT WILL HELP SET ENSLAVED YOUNG BLACK MINDS FREE. YOU WANNA GET RICH AND FEED YOUR FAMILY. I UNDERSTAND—COMPLETELY. BUT, AT WHAT POINT DO WE CELEBRITIES, WHO CAN INFLUENCE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, SAY, “OKAY, I GOT MONEY UP, MY FAMILY IS GOOD, I’M FAMOUS, I MADE IT.” OH, I GET IT! FIRST YOU WERE SCARED TO SPEAK THE TRUTH AND HELP FREE YOUNG BLACK MINDS CAUSE YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD STOP YOU FROM BEING A BIG SUCCESS, AND NOW THAT YOU’VE MADE IT “BIG,” YOU’RE SCARED OF REVEALING THE TRUTH CAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOUR “STAR POWER,” YOUR ACCESS INTO THE EUROPEAN CUT CLUB. PEOPLE ARE SO FULL OF SHIT!!!

THEY DON’T WANT NO PARTS OF THIS REVOLUTION AND THAT’S OKAY, IT’S NOT FOR SAFE FLAMINGO ASS NIGGAS. I WANT TO END THIS BLOG WITH ANOTHER SUBJECT REAL QUICK.

WHEN I SAY THAT THIS PRISON TIME ALLOWED ME TO REPAIR MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOST HIGH, I’M NOT REFERRING TO MY VERSE ON “PEARLY GATES.” MY VERSE ON THAT SONG IS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN “GOD” IN THE EUROPEAN BIBLE, AND THE EUROPEAN “JESUS” WHICH IS REALLY ZEUS (JE-ZUES). IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NUBIAN MOST HIGH AND TAMMUZ WHERE THE EUROPEANS TOLE THEIR “GOD” AND JUESUS STORY FROM. AND, YES, I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE MALCOLM X. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I AM MALCOLM X!!! YOU AIN’T GET MAD AT SPIKE LEE FOR SAYING THAT IN HIS MOVIE, SO WHY YOU SO UPSET WITH PRODIGY? PEOPLE ARE SO FULL OF SHHIT….

PEACE
PRODIGY….HNIC2.COM

Where The Wild Things Are (Trailer)


Based on the popular children's book of the same name, Where the Wild Things Are is a literary classic which has finally been adapted for film. Directed by Spike Jones (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), the visuals look top of the line. As a fan of the book as a kid & now as a parent, I'm not ashamed to say I'm eagerly anticipating this one, right along with my daughter. Peep the trailer below...

UGK ft. Sleepy Brown - Swishas & Urb



This is some vintage UGK. As one of my favorite rap duo's, this new album from Pimp & Bun is a bittersweet pill. On one hand, it's great that we get some new country rap tunes from the Kingz, but on the other hand, this is probably the last time we'll hear new music from these legends.

R.I.P. Chad Butler

Off that UGK 4 Life album, in stores next Tuesday.

Swishas & Urb

The Kid Daytona - "Fly Shit" (Video)


New shit from Cipha Sounds artist, The Kid Daytona. I've been checkin for dude's music ever since I heard him on the Juan Epstien (Ciph & Peter Rosenberg) podcast, which is one of the best Hip-Hop podcasts around (when they bother to record a new one). Daytona got flow & I think he's a genuinely cool cat. Plus he's reppin' the BX. I'm rooting for him.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Now Playing...


L.A.U.S.D. is a rap/production duo (Polyester The Saint & Lazy Lou on The Beat) based out of L.A.. I had the "iFeel" jawn for a minute & just recently got around to listening to it. I was blown away by the track, a groovy duet featuring Blu & Miss Black J*Davey.

The album, L.A.U.S.D. Presents Curly Tops and Nautica Jackets, features a collection of Cali artists, like Blu, U-N-I, Dom Kennedy, Diz Gibran, Pac Div, El Prez, TiRon & more. Here's the tracklisting...


A couple of samples off of L.A.U.S.D. Presents Curly Tops and Nautica Jackets...

iFeel ft. Miss Jack Davey & Blu


It's Not Right ft. Smooth, Diz Gibran, El Prez, Polyester, Dnez & L.IV

Ryan Leslie - The Making Of Precious (Video)


Ryan Leslie Making of Jim Jones Precious from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.
Session footage from R-Les, featuring Jim Jones & "Dancin'" Dame Dash.
Like I said before, I need the Jones-less version of this joint.

How To Become A Famous Blogger

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Rick Ross Finally Comes Clean


RICK ROSS TALKS ABOUT BEING A C.O. (BIG BOYS NEIGHBORHOOD) from qdeezy on Vimeo.


RICK ROSS PART 1 (BIG BOYS NEIGHBORHOOD) from qdeezy on Vimeo.

Ryan Leslie - Precious (Video)


Another out of pocket treatment for an R-Les song. The difference this time, it's song he gave to another artist.

Personally, I dig this version 10x better then the "official" version with Jim Jones bogarting the spotlight. Oh well, Pray IV Sales in stores Tuesday.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Charles Hamilton Breaks Down The Hamiltization Process


Clipped from MTV.com.

Amplified Grammar Reviews....


Saigon & Statik Selektah - All In A Days Work
(Amalgm Digital, 2009)

Probably the most anticipated Hip-Hop album next to Detox, Saigon has promised that the Just Blaze helmed, The Greatest Story Never Told, will be a Hip-Hop classic. That's if it ever comes out. To tide us over in the meanwhile, Sai hooked up with Boston based producer, Statik Selektah for a project that was (allegedly) completed in one day. All In A Day's Work.

Even though Sai & Statik are standing by their story, I don't believe the entire album was created in 26 hours. Recorded? Sure. But written, produced & recorded in a day? Nah, brotha. You need more people. What more then likely happened, was Sai came to the studio with a composition book full of unused rhymes from The Greatest Story Never Told & the Warning Shots 2 sessions & Statik had a buncha leftover tracks from all of his assorted projects & they sat down & put A with B. Pretty simple, ain't it?

I guess the whole "All In A Day's Work" theme makes up for the fact that it's barely a half an hour in length & there is really no discernable flow to this "album" which is really more like a mixtape with original beats. It sounds as if Sai picked the beats that best suited his lyrics, threw in a couple of allusions to Statik & the album title, and BOOM! You got yourself an "album" (mixtape).

That being said, with two lesser parties involved, you'd prolly end up with the sonic equivalent of a shit sammich, but Saigon & Statik Selektah (try saying that five times fast) are tenured vets & their expertise in their respective fields is evident upon actually hearing the "album" (mixtape).

The duo serve up a steaming hot plate of Hip-Hop...East Coast style. The 11 songs run the gamut from indictments of Hip-Hop's current state (The Reason)to issues with females (Lose Her), Sai's prowess on the mic (Spit, So Cruel) & his war stories, from the pen to the streets (basically, everything else). The gem of the project is "The Rules", a verbal manifesto from Sai that embodies his whole style, one part pro-black socially conscious MC, one part bust ya shit open, crook from the Brook.

"New New Yitty, is back in full effect
We the kind that don't throw gang signs or claim sets
We one of the few left that ain't ridin' the West
Ain't dick suckin' the South, you stilla get punched in your mouth
You ever fuck around, Luck, buck 'em down
I like the way that sound, Luck, buck 'em down
I'm buckin' the fuck outta this duck nigga now
I uppercut the sucka, the fucka gon' touch the ground
Since two thou, I came wit another style
My shit was Sharp-ton, just like Brother Al
But I was never rockin' a perm, if I was,
Anything I try to teach, the people not gonna learn
I could try to take the popular turn
Rapping bout a buncha bullshit, it's not really, not my concern
Or I can do some ol' dumb shit & come wit a melody
Nigga, I know the game, what the fuck is you tellin' me?
I love this Hip-Hop shit, nigga you smellin' me?
How else could a nigga get rich with two felonies
?"

The beat kinda comes off like Evidence/Alchemist-lite, but it serves it's purpose & the Busta Rhymes/Soulja Boy sample on the hook makes it pure Hip-Hop.

All in all, with the time constraints considered, All In A Day's Work is a pretty good "album" (mixtape). A lil' disjointed, but you can live with it because for the most part, Sai & Statik deliver some vintage East Coast Hip-Hop. Now there's talk of the duo going in for a sequel to this project, Another Day's Work. My suggestion? Take a couple of weeks and put together a real album. The potential is there for Sai & Statik to make a great album...if they'd just spend more then a day doing it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Charles Hamilton - "Loser" (Video)


Another video from The Pink Lavalamp. Never paid the song much mind but the vid has forced me to pay attention.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Cam'ron - "I Got It For Cheap" (Video)


What the game's been missing. Featuring President Obama.

88-Keys ft. Kanye West - "Stay Up (Viagra)" (Video)


A great song from one of my favorite albums of 2008, The Death Of Adam. Kinda late to be releasing this, but at least there's finally a visual out there. Cool take on the song, but I just wish the video tied in with the overall concept behind the album.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Boo BooTV Presents: Rick Ross's BM's Sex Tape


Now, I usually wouldn't post any kind of porn in this shack of mine called Amplified Grammar™. Not that I have anything against porn. Far from it. But porn just doesn't fit into what I'm trying to do here (and as soon as I figure out exactly what I'm trying to do here, you guys will be the 1st to know).

Besides, there's plenty of spots to check out porn on the net, so if you're thirsty enough, a lil' Google surfing & you'll eventually come up with something to your liking. But this clip? No, this is no ordinary fuck flick. This is the infamous sex tape starring Rick Ross's baby mom's, Brooke, brought to us by everybody's favorite bad guy, 50 Cent.

Like I mentioned a couple posts back in the preview for this tape, I viewed this tape for "journalistic purposes" (c) DJ Vlad. The things one endures to bring my loyal readers (Thanks Mom!) the most in depth coverage...literally. The actual footage is d-grade amateur stuff. I don't know who should be more embarrased, Ross or dude in the tape. The reason to watch the tape is Pimpin' Curly's blow-by-blow commentary. Classic.

I doubt this'll effect record sales on either side. The music is the music & so far, Rick's been hitting em' out the park. But this is still another crack in the mirror for Ross. I'm not even sure what he can do about Curtis at this point. Once dude focuses in, he doesn't let up. I wonder what other skeletons Officer Ricky has in the closet?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Joe Budden - "In My Sleep" (Video)


As much as I rag on Padded Room, I'm still a fan of Joe Budden's music & I still enjoyed a few of the cuts on the album, this being one of em. Rik Cordero behind the lens.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Now Playing...


Off that new Channel 10.

Capone & Noreaga - Follow The Dollar

Reminder To Self...Never Get Into Beef With 50 Cent (Extremely NSFW)


Damn, Rick.

I'll expound on that after I actually see the full vid...purely for journalistic purposes, of course.

Officer Ricky - In To Deep (Hey Baby)


CUUURRTTIISS!!!
More fuckery from the Officer. I'm kinda ashamed of myself, cause I laugh harder & harder with each new video lol.
Featuring appearences from everybody.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Torrent Theater - Madea Goes To Jail


Producer/writer/director/actor Tyler Perry has established himself as a creative force in the entertainment industry with a succession of hit films and television shows. Perry's critics often say the comedy in his films play on racial stereotypes and I've even heard words like "cooning" thrown around, but there's obviously a segment of African American moviegoers that feel neglected by mainstream Hollywood and Perry has filled a niche with his brand of cinema, as seen with the success of his previous films ("Diary Of A Mad Black Woman", "Madea's Family Reunion", "Meet The Browns").

At this point, anyone who has seen one of his films, knows exactly what to expect. A slaptick African American comedy mixed with a moralistic melodrama. In his latest, Madea Goes To Jail, Perry once again dons the wig and dress as the over the top, quick tempred, granny with an attitude, Mable “Madea” Simmons.

The film is loosely adapted from a play of the same name, emphasis on loosely. If you went to see Perry and Co. perform Madea Goes To Jail on the "chitlin circuit" or managed to come up on one of the bootlegged dvd's of the original, don't expect this to be a theatrical version of the same. Madea does eventually end up in jail, but that's about the only plot thread the play and the film share.

The film bounces back and forth between two stories. One being Madea's family's (her daughter, her bong toking brother & her son, both played by Perry) & attempts to the story of Candace (Keshia Knight-Pullam) a woman who has spent years being used & abused by men, finding herself as an addict and a prostitute. Josh (Derek Luke), a childhood friend who also happens to be assistant District Attorney, feels some obligation to help her out, against the wishes of his overbearing fiance, another lawyer in the D.A.'s office.

Madea's antics, while more malicious then in previous films, are at least entertaining, as with the courtroom faceoff with Judge Mathis and a hilarious scene where Madea is court ordered to take anger management classes and engages in a war of wits with Dr. Phil. There were some scenes that weren't believable but would slide if this movie were purely a comedy. It's the lawyer/prostitute subplot that stalls. The situations were so overwrought and purposely heart wrenching, I found myself having a hard time caring for either character.

The main problem I have with the movie is that the two seperate plotlines never really mesh. It's as if Perry took the whole "Madea goes to jail" premise from his play and tacked a completely different film on to it. A film with it's own structure and sensabilities. There are two decent flicks here, but the emotional center becomes muddled when they're combined.

Judging by Madea Goes To Jail's $41.1 million opening weekend and Madea's Class Reunion being greenlit for a 2010 release, Tyler Perry is criticproof, with a hardcore fanbase that overlooks the flaws in his films because he's one of the few people in Hollywood making films for them. Movies like this aren't going to gain him any new fans, but they certainly won't cost him any either.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Keri Hilson - "Make Love"


The 3rd single off of Ms. Keri Hilson's long overdue debut, In A Perfect World, allegedly due in stores March 24th, but this is her millionth release date. I'll believe it when I see it. Okay song & Ms. Hilson is fine as usual (Call me!), but peep Martin Louis Vuitton King's cameo as Keri's love interest. It's kinda strange seeing 'Ye act like a normal human being for once. I kept waiting for him to transform into a teddy bear or for Keri to murk him with an icepick or some shit.

Max B. On FADER TV

FADER TV catches up with Max in his home studio & talks about his home recording techniques, his new mixtape & the status of his official album. Of course, wavyness ensues.



Bonus: Max B. - Oh Nine Banger

Now Playing...


This one is a gem from N.O.R.E.'s shelved Roc-A-Fella album, One Fan A Day.
Mariah on the hook, DJ Green Lantern on the beat & a posthumous verse from Pun? I don't see how they managed to botch this one.

N.O.R.E. - Friends Ft. Mariah Carey & Big Pun

Pimpin' Curly Ep. 5.5


More fuckery from Pimpin' Curly.
LOL @ "She Used To Be My Girl" playing in the background.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The-Dream ft. Mariah Carey - "My Love" (Video)

The second single from The-Dream's Love Vs. Money, in stores tomorrow. I can dig it. A straight Pop song that should fare well on both Top 40 & Urban radio. If this is any sign of what Dream & MC are cooking up for Mariah's next album, expect her to bounce back from MC²'s lackluster showing.

Amplified Grammar Reviews....



The-Dream's 1997 offering, Love/Hate, was arguably the best R&B album of 2008. After making waves in the music industry, crafting hit records for Rihanna ("Umbrella"), Chris Brown ("You") & newcomer J. Holiday ("Bed", "Suffocate"), The-Dream's first project was a ultra modern R&B album & became a critical darling, solidifiying Dream's standing not only as a talented songwriter but now as a bonafide artist in his own right. As with any successful debut, there eventually comes the question of the sophmore jinx. Can he do it again? The-Dream sets out to answer all doubters with his stellar follow up, Love Vs. Money.

The album starts off strong with the infectious 1st single, "Rocking That Thing", & slides right into the 80's New Wave styled "Walking On The Moon" featuring a post 808's & Heartbreak appearence from Kanye West. The-Dream's singing seems improved, though still not as refined as the classic R&B archetype, his stylized high pitched vocals seem stronger this time around, sounding more confident & comfortable. The theme of love versus money is carried throughout the album but take centerstage on the album's two part title track & on the sprawling 6 minute ballad "Fancy". If Love/Hate channeled early Prince & Michael Jackson, on this latest effort, The-Dream adds R. Kelly to the repertoire, with sex fueled romps like "Put It Down" & Sweat It Out", even going so far as paying homage to the man on the album's closer, the slinky nightcap soundtrack, "Kelly's 12Play".

Never straying too far from the formula used on it's predecessor, Love Vs. Money is an exhibition in modern production techniques with Tricky Stewart & L.O.S. Da Maestro reprising their roles as the album's sole producers. Imagine the stuttery synth infused R&B tracks of the day & merge them with the mechanical, white noise laden sounds of Industrial music, sprinkling the finished product with soaring strings & pulsing syncopated drums. These high production values combined with nearly flawless sequencing lend the album a cohesiveness that few projects attain. Songs literaly bleed into each other, creating a seamless transition from one track to the next.

Love Vs. Money is a cleverly raunchy, Hip-Hop influenced R&B album with keen Pop sensabilities. I know, a mouthful, but there's no other way to describe it. The-Dream has managed to create a sexually charged epic, playfully crude without losing it's charm. Even though the cresendo's aren't as obvious this go around, repeated listens will reveal an album just as textured & colorful as the one that preceeded it. Babymaking music for the new millenium.

Bonus...Rocking That Thing (Remix) Feat. Fab, Juelz, Officer Ricky & Ludacris.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Now Playing...


New Max & French off of French's The Laundry Man mixtape.

Battlefield


Friends


Buisness

Ryan Leslie Rehearsing Zodiac


Rehearsing "Zodiac" (New) from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.
This is a clip of R-Les rehearsing a new song that's not on the album. Dude stays working. Props to SPZSHIP for the audio...

Zodiac (Snippet)

Max B. - Blow Me A Dub '09 - Video


Filmed right before a trial hearing, where the courts could've held Max in jail until the trial started. As carefee as Max comes across in his usual WorldStar videos, this clip is a sobering glimpse into Max's real life, with a murder trial & a potential 30 year sentence hanging over his head. Stay up, Max.
Props to Jordan Tower & WorldStarHipHop

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wolverine Theatrical Trailer


Another fan boy fave. 2009 is looking to be a great year for comic book flicks.

Friday, March 6, 2009

I'm On My New York Shit...


An old Smack DVD video from the boy Newz, outta Brooklyn. I remember him starting out with DJ Envy & Blok Gang but he's been running with Irv Gotti & Murder Inc. for a while now. He was even featured on the Irv Gotti produced "Nice", a track for The Game's "L.A.X." that didn't make the cut. Newz & the Murder Inc. of 2001-2002? At least you'd get a verse on Ja's album. The Murder Inc. of 2009? You're lucky to get a red bandana.

Bonus: Peep the cat in the wheelchair @ 3:15.
Who said gangstas don't wear pink? lol

Pimpin' Curly : The Fast Lane


More hilarity from the Interscope's favorite fictional pimp. Fif's money's so long, he can do these videos forever. Bad for Rick Ross & Pimpin' Ken, but great for me lol.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Torrent Theater

I've been slacking. I haven't made a new Torrent Theater post since I reviewed The Wrestler (which got shafted at the Oscar's by the way) so this instalment will be a couple of short reviews of some recent films & a couple of movies that have just come out on DVD.



Taken

We've seen this story before. Liam Neeson stars as an estranged father (who just happens to be a retired CIA operative) tries to reconcile his relationship with his teenaged daughter (Maggie Grace) & his bitchy ex wife (Famke Janssen), daughter takes a trip to France & gets kidnapped by an underground sex slave ring, father goes to Paris to rescue daughter, yadda yadda yadda. The action is well done & Neeson does a good job in what's otherwise a paint by numbers action flick, deftly handling a role more suited for a much younger actor. A nice piece of escapist fluff in the vein of "Dirty Harry" & "Death Wish". Worth a rental.



RockNRolla
After a couple of Box Office duds, English director, Guy Ritchie ("Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels", "Snatch") returns with his latest crime comedy set in London's underworld & the results are hit & miss. Well, really more miss then hit. With an eclectic cast of Hollywood B-Lister's (Leonitus, Stringer Bell, Thandie Newton, Ludacris, Ari from Entourage) & bunch of homegrown talent, RockNRolla might as well be called "Snatch 2" or "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 3". Yeah, there's a colorful cast of characters but as nuanced as they appear, they're all pretty one note. I've seen cartoon characters with more depth. Ritchie's latest has the same frenetic pacing & hyperkinetic camerawork as his first two films but lacks the cleverness that made them successful. RockNRolla isn't horrible but it's not really good either. Wait till it comes on Showtime.



The Day The Earth Stood Still
For a remake of a Science Fiction movie from the 50's, you'd think there'd be a considerable improvement in what the filmakers were able to with the material. This film disproves that theory. Keanu Reeves, the master of detatchment, plays Klaatu, an alien sent to Earth to kill off the human race in order to protect the planet from...? Umm, yeah. It's not really clear exactly why the aliens wanna kill us. That'd make too much sense. The Day The Earth Stood Still tops it's predecessor in the special effects department, re-imagining Klaatu's robot guardian GORT as a 28 foot tall monolith & trading in the flying saucer for a glowing CGI enhanced orb, but that's only to distract from the fact the story is thin & the aliens motives & actions aren't plausable. Rent the original & watch this when it comes on cable.

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans
Serving as a prequel to the previous films, this latest installment in the Underworld series helps to flesh out the vampire/werewolf conflict & provides a deeper backstory for franchise. Only Bill Nighy & Michael Sheen return from the previous movies & put on strong performances as well as help give the film some credibility. The film deals with the Lycans (that's werewolf for people with lives) & their rise from slavery under the vampires, hence the snappy title. Not the best movie in the Underworld series but if you own the first two movies then you'll probably want this one & if you haven't seen them, then renting Underworld: Rise Of the Lycans is a perfect starting point.

Terminator Salvation Trailer #2


Get your tissues ready. This one is an instant nerdgasm....

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Air - "Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi" from Premiers SymptĂ´mes

Monday, March 2, 2009

Young Steff - Slow Jukin

Young Steff - "Slow Jukin"

Another victim of the Roc-A-Fella break-up, Young Steff was discovered on Amateur Night At The Apollo & signed to the Roc at 12 years old. Stumbled on this song on the internet & even though I didn't like it initially, my girl latched onto it & after hearing it a few hundred times, it grew on me lol. Dude has the talent & with Chris Brown's recent troubles, it seems there's a lane opening up.

Slow Jukin

Amanda Diva - Devils (Produced By Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids)


Amanda Diva's stuff is cool. Not really my thing, but I can't knock it. I usually just pass over her material when I see it, but something jumped out at me with this one. "Produced By Chuck Inglish"? Say no more. It's actually kinda dope.

"Devil" off Amanda's upcoming Spandex, Rhymes, Soul mixtape.

The Flip: KP & Envyi - Shorty Swing My Way & Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girl

The Flip: a standard in Hip-Hop, taking something that was already dope & freaking it just enough to where it becomes something new while still maintaining what made it dope in the first place.


KP & Envyi's "Shorty Swing My Way" was a minor hit back in 97 when it dropped & it's definitely inspired by the whole Miami Bass sound & the whole So So Def Bass All-Stars movement that had popped up in Atlanta at the time. Wasn't that huge here in New Yok City, but BET helped it get plenty of shine. Flash forward 11 years later & New York upstart MC, Charles Hamilton releases his first official video for his self-produced single & one of my favorite songs of 2008, "Brooklyn Girl".

Notice any similarities? Here's the audio, for all you collectors/stockpilers/completists/packrats

Kp & Envyi - Shorty Swing My Way


Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girl


Bonus: Brooklyn Girl (Instrumental)

Easter Egg: Look for cameos from Sleepy Brown & a young Polow Da Don in that KP & Envyi clip. Polow's supposed to be playing KP's "love interest" in the clip, but given his self proclimation as the "King Of White Girls", I'm pretty sure he was really checking out Envyi lol.

New BOs: The Rise Of America's New Black Overclass


This special aired on CNN last week. It's focus is on America's New Black Overclass or as the piece names them, the New BO's. Insightful piece with interviews from Lebron James, Lil' Wayne, Baby & Slim from Cash Money, Terrell Owens, etc. Definitely worth a viewing.

Tracy Morgan - Behind Closed Doors


A hilarious look inside the mind of one of the funniest comics out there. And if you think these clips are funny, see the man in person. It's an experience to say the least.



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"Trunk Pop Music" off of Dub MD & Illmind Presents Blaps, Rhymes & Life Vol. II(Produced by Illmind)