- Created on 26 March 2013
Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II" album opens with a familiar sound — someone's flicking a lighter. It's Weezy's sonic signature, a long-running nod to the weed, women, booze and bravado that has shaped so many of his musical releases, including his latest.
Now on his 10th album, singles like "No Worries" and the Mike WiLL Made It-produced "(Expletives) Love Me" suggest that Wayne's priorities haven't changed. Luckily for fans, he covers familiar territory with fresh, tweet-worthy punchlines. But if you're looking for storytelling, look elsewhere. Wayne's expertise is in lyrical zingers.
He unleashes a dazzling array on the 2 Chainz-assisted "Rich as (Expletive)," which features a standout, swaggering beat from producer T-Minus. "AK on my night stand, right next to that Bible/But I swear with these 50 shots, I'll shoot it out with 5-0/Pockets gettin' too fat, no Weight Watchers, no lipo," Wayne raps.
His performance on the song may very well convince on-the-fence fans that the YMCMB captain still has passion for his craft. He's entertaining on "Trippy," one of two tracks produced by Juicy J and Crazy Mike. "I got high, and fell asleep loaded/I woke up and got high again/OK, I'm reloaded," Wayne raps, making no apologies for his recreational activities.
He's a sinister presence over the equally sinister beat of the production duo's "Trigger Finger," and seems to laugh about his 2010 eight-month jail stint on "Gunwalk" featuring Gudda Gudda.
The songs are reminders of a more focused Wayne — a version of the rapper that seems to be absent from tracks like "Curtains," where he phones in lines like "I'm getting cake like I'm Jewish/my (expletive) Drake, he Jewish." He rages through the heavy metal-influenced "Hello," but crossing genres doesn't change the same tired content. And while the hook on "God Bless Amerika" promises a more thoughtful Wayne, his verses don't measure up — a disappointment considering his still-revered status as the best rapper in the game.
Overall, Wayne meets expectations for Wayne these days — not saying much (of substance), but giving listeners plenty to talk about.
- Created on 26 March 2013
An uncomfortable blend of comedic gold and blatant homophobia.
After getting word that Hart allowed Shaquille O’Neal to “hump” him in the season finale of Real Husbands of Hollywood, Epps went in about how Hollywood attempts to emasculate Black men and accused Hart of selling out to make a buck.
This has long been a criticism levied at Tinsel Town; but Hart, like Tyler Perry and Jamie Foxx, have no problem slipping on a bra and panties to simultaneously make fun of Black women and curry favor in Hollywood. Conversely, White men have often been known to dress like women for a laugh — Robin Williams and Adam Sandler to name a couple — but it doesn’t spark the same outcry.
Equally disturbing is that BET is a repeat offender when it comes to rape “humor,” as shown in this picture and in at least one episode of “The Game”.
But the Twitter beef didn’t stop at homophobic “jokes,” such as referring to Epps as a...
- Created on 18 March 2013
Check out Beyonce’s website and you’ll notice a new picture of lil’ Bey in a pink “princess” gown surrounded by trophies. The title of the photo: “Bow Down”.
“Bow Dow/I Been On” is the latest release from Beyonce. No doubt her hubby’s swag has been injecting itself into her sound since the beginning. “Bow Down” was produced by Hit-Boy (who produced N—s in Paris for Jay-Z and Kanye West) In the song, she says:...
- Created on 18 March 2013
AUSTIN, Texas — How did Prince close out South by Southwest Music Festival's weeklong showcase of rock n' roll?
By naturally throwing a totally different kind of party: a grooving, brass band-backed funk fest that stretched to 3 a.m. and outlasted many fans lucky enough to get inside the exclusive show that also featured A Tribe Called Quest.
As Justin Timberlake and the Smashing Pumpkins headlined other SXSW wrap-ups nearby, Prince prevailed as the toughest ticket Saturday night by performing for only 300 people in his first appearance at the annual music festival that drew 2,200 bands and artists this year.
Prince towered over them all — but his concert at the tiny La Zona Rosa club that sits on the fringe of the SXSW mayhem was no grandiose spectacle. He performed for 2½ hours on a spartan stage behind a giant video board. He contentedly played bandleader instead of superstar, often disappearing backstage for stretches as the band jammed.
"They called our people and said they wanted some funk in Austin," said Prince, before belting out the last bars of a gentle rendition of "Purple Rain."
A 12-piece brass band joined the latest incarnation of Prince's New Power Generation for a run of hits like "1999" and "Cool" that jammed with a soulful backbone. The show began with the band making a Mardi Gras-style march onto the stage, only to have their horn blasts drowned out by shrieks upon fans sighting Prince in a magenta, high-collared shirt and snug black blazer.
Organizers warned the crowd three times before the show that taking pictures was forbidden. Fans who flouted the rule were scolded by security or told to scram. Even simply using a cellphone was banned at the concert thrown by phone-maker Samsung, though promoters worked the crowd beforehand, offering customers fresh phone batteries or device test-drives.
Prince never played guitar during the set. Nor did he perform his new single "Screwdriver" that debuted earlier this year, opting instead for funk covers: Curtis Mayfield's "We're a Winner" and Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Until You Get Enough" among them as the night dragged on and weary fans made their way to the exits early.
"Don't make me hurt you. You know how many hits I got?" Prince said during the first of several pseudo-set closers, before launching into another encore.
Green Day, Dave Grohl, Vampire Weekend, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks also starred at SXSW this week.
- Created on 15 March 2013
David Otunga is celebrating his first major big screen role with his fellow Chicagoans. The WWE pro-wrestler, Harvard Law educated attorney who is engaged to actress, singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson plays Officer Jake Devans in the film “The Call” starring Halle Berry. The movies opens in theaters Friday, March 15.
Otunga will host a special viewing of the film Friday night at the AMC River East theater, 322 E. Illinois St. The event will kick off with a 7 p.m. red carpet arrival, followed by the film viewing. Afterwards, Otunga will hold court with the media and fans in a special Q&A session.
When veteran 911 operator, Jordan (Halle Berry), takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
The 96-minute film also stars Morris Chestnut and is directed by Brad Anderson.