Category Archives: Entertainment

THEY lAUGH IN THE FACE OF DEATH

Rappers making songs admitting to crimes they’ve committed, even murder is nothing new. Social media however, has taken these darker elements of the hip hop industry and amplified them. With the recent murder of King Von, adding to the growing list of rappers killed and shot in 2020, I can see a pattern of horrific behaviour within the industry which is largely ignored by the media. That’s the ridiculing of the murder victims. It’s one thing to tell a story about death and violence but the mockery is an added vicious element to the heinous crimes being committed. When violence happens and people die, it’s a sad thing, but the cyclical nature of the violence is what makes it even worse. The world is filled with underprivileged kids, lacking confidence, growing up in poor environments where crime is rife. The ‘hood’ gives an artistic way out to these kids through rap, which captures the depraved lifestyle many were growing up in.

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Riding waves

(Movie 2019)

This movie has been described as having an anti-narrative perspective which s a new concept I’ve recently learned about. Waves deliberately avoids the typical conventions, a movie centred around the dynamic of a black family, with a crime centred core which avoids the generic black prison crime movie experience. The family are well off, the Dad has a good job, the son, Tyler, is  in a living relationship and is a wrestler. A wrestler. A sport which is renowned for being high pressured and intense. In a parallel universe Tyler is Rasheed and plays basketball at high school, which is what we come to usually expect. This movie is a rare breed. I myself, feel like I’m not a stereotypical black person, and this is a luxury I’ve enjoyed since I was young. Art, film, writing, meditation & history are all things I love, but aren’t things which people typically associate with the generic black experience. Element’s of Tyler’s experience can be related to by almost anyone, outside of race, religion or any other distinguishing human feature. We see from Hollywood time and time again, the attempt to bridge the gap of inequality by holding up a mirror to societal pasts but, this, this is what really makes a difference in our overall understanding of the black experience. Other shows I think do this are. Fence, Sorry to bother you & Atlanta.

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Big money fights only

Coming off the back of the recent Al Iaquinta Vs Donald Cerrone fight in the UFC, one of the things I’ve noticed about the fight culture now is the explicit focus on money. I understand that money is important to entertainers who showcase a craft, and MMA fighters have to make a living,  however the constant calling out of Connor McGregor in the UFC is verging on sickening. Connor McGregor hasn’t fought since October 2018 when he lost to unbeaten grappling monster Khabib. McGregor has hinted at coming back time and time again, toying with the emotions of fighters and fans, but never committing to a fight amidst the rumours flying around online. Continue reading Big money fights only

The Affair – review (Spoilers)

An affair isn’t just an affair according to the show affair. I’ve weirdly enjoyed this dark romantic tv series with Dominic West (Noah) and Ruth Wilson (Alison) as the central characters, juggling infidelity with self identity crisis’s . West’s character is married with four kids and meets Wilsons character on a family holiday break. Wilson’s character struggles with self doubt and tragedy. He’s a writer, she’s a waitress and they fell in love. Continue reading The Affair – review (Spoilers)

The Handmaids Tale – Review and Spoilers

An ode to the misogynistic past of global society. How we have treated women in the past is abhorrent, and the handmaids tail is a unrelenting reminder of the gender split mindset of our world which is displayed in this amazing dystopian tv series. The show explores a world where fertility rates drop significantly across America resulting in babies and fertile women becoming a precious commodity. As this happens a deeply disturbing ideology sets in which gains political traction where all the fertile women are to be rounded up for breeding purposes.  Continue reading The Handmaids Tale – Review and Spoilers

It’s more than just music

I recently listened to a video on the Vox channel on Youtube called ‘rappers deconstructed: the best rhymers of all time’. It was interesting to see such a mechanical approach to the analysis of hip hop music. The narrator described her appreciation for the artist MF Doom and started  breaking down the lyrics of his songs. I was impressed by the intellectual acuity showcased in his rhymes as I’ve tried to listen to his music a couple of times and I’ve never liked it.

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Manhunt the unabomber – Review and slight spoilers

Ted Kacynski was a math professor who moved to a remote cabin in Montana where he lived as a recluse and carried out a bombing campaign which lasted from 1978 to 1995, killing three people and injuring twenty three. I have recently been watching the TV series on Netflix and even though it was a slow start it turned out to be really intriguing. Continue reading Manhunt the unabomber – Review and slight spoilers

Stairway to heaven has led us to a bullet train to hell

I listened to Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway to heaven’ around 6 weeks ago when I got mixed up with the fungi crowd and completely understood what the definition of what a musical masterpiece is. The song starts out deliberately slow with delicately played chords on the guitar and keyboard. Then comes the vocals which begins to add volume to the song and over the course of the next ten and a half minutes intensifies with the purpose of synchronicity. The second part of the song sees the inclusion of gradual bass and the sparked vocals lead to the drums where the song begins to fill out. The arrangement of music here is genius because heaven is personified in the song as the guitar solo which comes soon after and is absolutely magnificent. Continue reading Stairway to heaven has led us to a bullet train to hell

Be mindful of what music you listen to

Music conveys emotion and communicates feelings sonically to induce further emotion into the consumer. This could be sadness, anger, happiness or any emotion the artist is feeling at the time. Hip hop as an art form offers a direct depiction of how an artist may be feeling or what they’ve gone through, and often this comes across as conceited, boasty and in some cases glorifies negativity. Continue reading Be mindful of what music you listen to