Archive | May, 2010

WIZ KHALIFA – Kush and Orange Juice

6 May

I just finished listening to the Kush and Orange Juice mixtape by Wiz Khalifa. A-MAZE-ING!

The mixtape opens with a refreshing beat. “Up Above the Clouds” echoes in the midst of a thrilling flow.

I enjoyed The Kid Frankie track. Reminded me of an old school record. The transition to “Up” was flawless. My favorite phrase on “Up” was “Every thing’s better when ya high.” Simple but funny.

My favorite track is hands down Still Blazin. Usually, I am offended when artists think they have achieved some sort of success as a rap artist on a reggae vibe. I just say, stick to rap; however, Wiz Khalifa rocked the beat and bars. The beat wasn’t even a solid reggae beat, but I liked the fusion. It worked. [“Ain’t nobody in my business, nobody gotta know…blow it by the O”]

I could do without the beat on “Never Been.” It started out cool and was rocking until the clinging in the background got annoying. It reminded me of a recycling plant or something. Cling Cling Clang Clang. I kept asking myself, “Where the milk man at?” Get rid of that milk bottle sample Wiz Khalifa.

To sum it up as I live vicariously through these tracks: Getting high apparently rocks!
KUSH AND ORANGE JUICE

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Thought-Provoking Media? From Window Seat to Born Free

3 May

Apparently, thought-provoking music videos are the new thing. This is a breath of fresh air for all of us. Despite the rants of obscenity and inappropriateness, I am a firm believer of making a point.

Window Seat speaks avidly against Group-think (aligning oneself with the norms of society).

Born Free speaks out against discrimination.

GROUP-THINK? Not so cool. We need to rise above the BET Top 10 countdown and let our artists know we appreciate MORE. Less is not more in this case. And I don’t mean less clothes, as is often the case in these videos (with no purpose, because clearly Erykah Badu had purpose).

We need more thought, more effect, more said. Enough said.

Check them out here:

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

If the youtube video below does not work, click the link above to Vimeo.