Thursday, March 30, 2017

KING KENDRICK

    Mr. Lamar made a bit of a comeback just last week with presumed diss track "The Heart pt. 4". In the style of his own "The Heart" saga, Kendrick is not holding back on this one, he infamously proclaims "Y'all got till April 7th to get your shit together". April 7th, next week Friday, must be when K. Dot will bless us with a new project, "The Heart pt. 4" was simply a warning.

     Tonight he unsuspectedly released a new single and video "HUMBLE". On which he demands "sit down, be humble". He opens the track saying "I remember syrup sandwiches and grandma allowances". Another diss track, maybe? Certainly a message to all who's head has gotten too big.




Visually this video is breathtaking, evoking nostalgia of Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes in their respective primes. The imagery and hubris is also quite reminiscent of Beyoncé's "Formation" video, released last January.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

GET OUT

     The highly anticipated horror film from the mind of Jordan Peele. Peele having gained some recognition over the past few years for his sketch comedy show Key & Peele, alongside Keegan-Micheal Key. The two specialized in obnoxious dry humor, that often offers social commentary. Upon finding out about a racially driven psychological thriller created by this particular comedian, viewers anticipated they were in for quite the roller coaster.



     The film is the combination of a romantic-comedy, a comedy, and a thriller, with a whole lot of social commentary. Basically all White people are racist and Jordan wants us to know. It is refreshing that Peele's humor is not lost in this film, there are sly remarks that will make you laugh and roll your eyes at the same time. The pacing was very easy to follow and the plot became predicable about halfway through, yet predicable in a comfortable way; there are only a few minor surprises and no real plot twist. The fact that every element represents racism in America today is remarkable. It is quite subtle and that might be the scary part. However, the film is not as "psychologically thrilling" as the trailer leads viewers to believe. There is not much to interpret, no mind-fucking here. The message is very direct and upfront, entertaining and easily digestible; very easy to reach all audiences. It is very difficult to argue with this film or find anything wrong, although people have already begun.

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