I love this time of year. The trailers are sick. Somehow amid the release of the Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth & Pacific Rim trailers, we missed the release of the longer and more informative Man of Steel Trailer. Lucky for you, I have it right here:
One of the most underrated voices in the game right now, Luke James, has dropped his new album online to commemorate Triple 12. I have it here for you to listen to in its entirety. Most of the tracks were produced by Danja. Check it out below:
So Massholes is this hilarious web series about some twenty-somethings from Boston. It's actually very well-done. For this episode, they were able to lock down fellow Boston superstar, Jojo. Hilarity ensues...
Jojo is almost as good an actress as she is a singer.
THIS. IS. EVERYTHING. Sherlock's (Benedict Cumberbatch) as the bad guy who, I'm assuming (hoping) is Khan based on the final shot of the trailer that classic trekkies (such as myself) will go nuts for.
Here's the plot:
In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes "Star Trek Into Darkness."
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an
unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has
detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a
state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a
war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death,
love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices
must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
During TIFF, I was lucky enough to see Spike Lee's Bad25, the chronicle of the creation of the follow-up to the best selling record of all time, Thriller. It was amazing, and the Q&A with Spike Lee afterwards was hilarious and completed the experience. The doc doesn't only deal with Bad, it showcases the work ethic of the number one entertainer in the world and the people who worked with him and loved him. It also deals with how those people dealt with his passing. YOU MUST WATCH THIS:
About a year ago, I introduced you to my friend, Colin C. Berry's short film "Prick" with an alluring, visually stunning trailer. Well this Hallowe'en, after a year of successful festival runs, Colin has been nice enough to allow all of us to see his Masterpiece in it's entirety. Please watch and enjoy this early Hallowe'en Haunt, "Prick":
It has recently been reported that Natina Reed, the rapper from the R&B group Blaque was killed last night in a hit and run in Atlanta. I was a fan of this group growing up. They were introduced to the world by Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez of TLC. At one point, Blaque was considered heiresses to the TLC throne.
Oddly enough, Left-Eye, who Natina idolized and modelled her performance style after, was also killed in a car accident in Honduras.
Like Left-Eye, Natina was the most memorable character of the group because of the way she attacked her lyrics and presented herself. She would've been 33 tomorrow and is survived by her 12 year old son and his father, Kurupt.
I was all up in Bobby Brown and Karyn White at the time, as they were two of R&B's most dynamic performers in the late 80s and early 90s, but who knew that they were actually together? Watch Bobby perform his best slow jam, "Rock Wit'Cha", amazingly all while exciting the exciter (Karyn White). This is a piece of history right here:
Marsha is a dope singer, in my opinion one of the best out there, but she is also known for her outstanding song-writing, and going places where others dare not go. Her new single is no exception. We have all been there. We can all relate to "F*ck N Get It Over With" once you realize you've come to the end of the road with someone you love, but can't be with for one reason or another. This song takes an honest look at the human emotion that many of us can relate to when we get to this point. Truth is, love makes us do some crazy things, and feel some crazy things. Marsha is just being honest about it. If you can get over the hook, listen to the words and feel the longing in this song. Also watch the video below to see Marsha looking the best we've seen her in a while and stay tuned til the end (trust me). Enjoy "F*ck N Get It Over With"
My mom owned two records that I listened to before I started collecting my own. One was George Benson's "In Your Eyes" album with his rendition of Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Making Love" and the other was Gladys Knight and the Pips "The Best Of" with "Midnight Train To Georgia", "The Way We Were" and "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me". I was like 7. And these were the songs that helped formulate my ideas of love and heartbreak. Yes, at that young age. The old cliche stands: They don't make them like this anymore. I made a tape of the best songs from these two albums, I still listen to it. It reminds me of 188 Ryerson Rd., in Lethbridge, Alberta, and the wood grain record player that we had in the family room. I remember feeling good about being alive and excited about a world that could produce such great talent and music. It was a good thing. Probably one of the best things that ever happened to me. Take a look through the window at my life, pretend you're hearing beauty like this for the first time... maybe you'll see what I see...
"If anyone should ever write my life story, for whatever reason there might be,
You'd be there 'tween every line of pain and glory, because you're the best thing that ever happened to me."
And now the trailer for one of the weirdest, funniest, amazing movies I've ever seen at the Toronto International Film Festival. The trailer is good, but it does not do this movie justice. When it comes out, wherever you are, go see John Dies At The End. You think you know what it's about, but you really don't.
Let me tell you why this works (I've figured it out). First of all it's a GREAT song, it just MOVES. Second, we love Solange BECAUSE we love Beyonce. Beyonce is an entity that is perfect, flawless, and a Supernova. We love Solange because she is like an unpolished Beyonce. She is raw. And "black-girl-lost-and-found". She is unapologetic and makes her music and her videos for just her while Beyonce makes them for the world. And in being this kind of 2nd hand Beyonce she has etched a special place in all of our hearts. Now, we WANT her to win, DESPERATELY. Because we always root for the underdog. That's why Frank Ocean is so huge. And WIN she does with her new song and video, "Loosing You". Solange may just eclipse her sister, even if it's just for a moment with this one. And yes, it is THAT good. See for yourself:
From one of the best albums of the summer, Elle Varner brings you the infectious "I Don't Care". Unfortunately, this record is extremely hard to find in Canada. So you have my permission to download it. But if it comes out here... cop it to keep good music alive. Enjoy:
Lupe continues to break ground with his new joint, "Bitch Bad". Essentially with stereotypical portrayals of the players in African-American urban life, the clever use of minstrel iconography, and lyrics that are more like a cultural commentary than a song, he cleverly makes the industry and some of us who use the word "bitch" to describe our women freely hold a mirror up to themselves so they can see the cause and effect, and the cycle of destruction around the mentality. Please watch closely:
This is apparently based on a true story, and will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year and opening in select cities on December 21. There are, apparently, some phenomenal scenes that put you right in the centre of the tsunami.
Ladies and Gentlemen, over the years, I have been blogging about one of my best friends, Nasri, who has achieved great things over the last few years. After helping to revive New Kids On The Block, he has won Grammys writing and producing for Chris Brown and Justin Bieber (along with his partner in crime, Adam Messinger). Not only is he responsible for Justin Bieber's current single, "As Long As You Love Me", and Chris Brown's new single, "Don't Judge Me", Nasri has finally blessed us with his own single, "You Deserve Better".
I know music. It's been my life. It always will be. When I met Nasri, 12 years ago, he was a crazy, young dude. We became fast friends with our common love of music, Monopoly, and the ladies, among other things. He is a genuine soul, a brilliant writer, and one of the best, most unique voices I've heard in years. Anyone who knows me, knows I have an extensive music collection, and lots of favourites. Not many people know that Nasri has at least two songs that are in my top 10 of lyrical masterpieces. If you think you know him from listening to his work with Bieber or Brown, please know that that work is the tip of a VERY deep iceberg. I've heard amazing songs that he's written for himself and others (like Jojo) over the years that were potent enough to evoke the deepest emotions on first listen.
That being said, I've had my hands on this for a few weeks, and have been dying to show you, but he told me I had to wait for the official release. Well that is today!!!! Everyone, I am so proud to present the first video release (since Nasri has gone stateside -- anyway) from Nasri's upcoming EP. Please enjoy "You Deserve Better".
My boy, Quddus, has evolved his ever-impressive blog into a weekly web show, and it is EXCELLENT!!!! In the premiere ep, check out interviews with Mateo, DA from Chester French, and Janina Gavankar from True Blood!
T-Dot represent. Dan-e-o goes solo this time with his new single "Serial Killer". Accompanied by dark visuals, Dan-e-o speeds up his flow to let other rappers know that they can be "corrected". Check it out:
I peeped this twinkling star while catching BET Awards highlights. It only took one verse and part of a chorus for me to realize that something REAL was happening. Click play and hear what I mean on "Hammer". Also check out her other joint, "No Matter What (A Mother's Song)". Jennah got next, remember who told you.
Here's some info:
At the young age of 23, Jennah Bell is already a titan of sound. She wields her power with a rare benevolence and just a touch of irreverence. Raised in Oakland, California, and sharpening her chops at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, skilled eclecticism is the hallmark of Jennah’s creed. Perhaps that’s why her music is ferocious, in a quirky, humble way. Her debut EP, Early Bird, deftly alternates influences derived from Bluegrass, Dub, Rock, Funk, and even a bit of Hip-Hop. Jennah’s a whiz with her acoustic guitar, and even unplugged, has the capacity to move audiences to tears.
And the winner is.... Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy managed to land Frank Ocean's first EVER TV performance of a moving ballad that had never been heard before last night called "Bad Religion". Since you missed it, SEXYBLACK hooked you up. Thank me later (this is MAJOR).
Frank decided to release his new album a week early exclusively on iTunes. Early reviews call it the album of the year. I'll let you know...
RZA pulled out all the stops for his first feature. Written with assistance from Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino, The Man with the Iron Fists also stars Russell Crowe (!), Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, and a host of others. I. Am. So. There.
When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to
retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the
middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn't going to be as
easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court
before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of
VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a
seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the
Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game
today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through
a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright
brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster
found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds
behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it
feel inventive and captivating once again.