#NP - Jhené Aiko feat. Childish Gambino - “Bed Peace” - At this point, can she really do any wrong? Can’t wait for the album.
ANYTHING FOR SELENAS
theees is the bumper that came off while trying to help out the bus of Sahleenaaas.
Anything for Selenas….. Y Los Dinos.
He looks around to make sure nobody is watching before holding out a slip of paper cupped in his right hand. It is a bank slip, and Floyd is watching me watch it as my eyes attempt to focus on the balance. I look at the numbers spread out across the thermal paper. I had heard that Floyd does his banking the old-fashioned way: going inside, talking to a real-life teller. He is also known to be a big proponent of maximum liquidity. Still, the amount of digits spread across the bottom-right corner doesn’t seem possible.
I look up to see Floyd smiling. He begins to laugh. I say something unintelligible about too many numbers. I’m not sure what prompted this. Perhaps he mistook my look of fatigue for disapproval? Given his spending habits, is he concerned with pre-empting the inevitable talk that he will end up broke? Or is it simply one more example of the man’s hubris? I look down one more time to make sure I got it right. And yes, it’s right there, 11 numbers long.
There is more than $123 million in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s bank account.
He nods, folds the slip and says, “One account, baby.”
#NW - DJ Shove It - “Reggae Mix 2013” - In Panama, reggae is still the hottest music in the streets. This is a dope VIDEO mix of all the latest hits in Panama. Check it out…
Lyric videos »» video trailers. #NW - Kenna - “Relations (And Ode to Me and You)” Lyric Video…
Another recent review of mine…
DuckTales Remastered review: A Disney classic is back for all you old 8-bit fogeys
I’m not really a sucker for nostalgia.
While it is fun to reminisce about how great it was to experience some music, movies or video games at some special point in your life, I don’t dwell on it and I never try to recreate that experience. And I usually shun anything that tries to do it all the time (Hi, Nintendo). I like new ideas, new stories and new technology as opposed to remakes, remixes and remasters.
Which brings us to DuckTales: Remastered.
My latest game review…
With the success and positive reviews of last year’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the folks at 2K Games decided to continue the franchise with a spinoff/prequel to the XCOM story. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified takes us back to the 1960s at the beginning of the alien invasion and the formation of the organization that battles them.
The other day I was listening to KDAY in Los Angeles and SWV’s “Anything” remix with Wu-Tang Clan came on. The song only features ODB, Method Man and U-God, but still, it was Wu-Tang. This dropped 1994, right when the Wu burst onto the scene and “C.R.E.A.M.” was being played all over.
But it got me thinking about when R&B songs started featuring rappers with hopes that it would push the single farther. It’s obvious that SWV called Wu-Tang because they were hot at the moment. They had no rappers on their debut album.
The first time I heard a rapper on a hit single was when Rakim spit a verse on Jody Watley’s “Friends.” This was 1989 and at the time, Jody Watley already blew up with “Looking for a New Love” and “Real Love.” Her move to include Rakim on “Friends,” seemed like an artistic one. The song was a hit with or without him but as an artist it seemed like she wanted to do something different and shine a light on the hip-hop movement. I think this is what pretty much set off the desire to have rappers on R&B/Pop songs.
It’s not the first time it happened though. Of course Melle Mel rapped on Chaka Khan’s “Feel For You” in 1984. Full Force featured UTFO and The Real Roxanne on their debut album in 1985 and featured them, specifically UTFO, on later albums. Prince also had singer/dancer Cat Glover rapping on “Alphabet St.” in 1988, but the rap wasn’t featured in the video. Rick James and Roxanne Shante collaborated on “Loosey Rap” in 1988 too. Midnight Star actually featured Ecstasy of Whodini on the song and video for “Rock the Boat” in 1988. Which is probably the first time a rapper appeared in a video for an R&B track. But those songs didn’t have the impact on the music spectrum “Friends” did. “Friends” was a top 10 hit in the U.S. and a top 20 hit in Europe.
#NW - Prince - “She’s Always in My Hair (Live)” - Calling all Prince stans. He’s uploading his own live videos. I’m still mad I’ve missed out on his current tour.
#NP - Melanie Fiona - “Cold Piece” - Song is fire…
#NP - AlunaGeorge - “Bad Idea” - So looking forward to this album. My favorite soul artist of the past year.
My latest review, The Last of Us, one of the best video games I have ever played.
Naughty Dog, the game development studio behind the Uncharted series for PlayStation 3, had a lot to live up to. They had just finished the successful and critically acclaimed Uncharted trilogy and were introducing a new franchise at the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards. Expectations were high, to say the least. Thus began hype machine surrounding The Last of Us, a new zombie horror-survival game. The excitement leading up to its release last month was immense in the gaming world, but would it live up to it?
Oh yes, it does.
My preview of Batman: Arkham Origins:
Live from E3: Meet the new Batman: Arkham Origins, same as the old Batman
The Batman Arkham series has been a success the past few years and, like any franchise owner, Warner Bros. is milking it as much as they can. While Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City were both developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Origins is developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal. This had some fans concerned (especially since Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy wasn’t in the game either), but don’t fret Bat-fans, it’s not too bad.
I got my hands on the game at E3 last week and it sticks with the formula that made the series a success. The game takes place about five years before Arkham Asylum and features a younger Batman. The gameplay is almost exactly the same as in previous games, as well as the gritty, dark look of the city and the characters.