Posts tagged Amy Winehouse
A video has leaked online of Amy Winehouse and her friend singing a racist chant. It was distastefully sung to the melody of ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, a popular childrens rhyme. A low res YouTube rip can be seen below [some readers may take offence]. For a higher res version, you can click here.
And now the commentary…
In this video, we see all out racism, homophobia, and paraphanlia that suggests drug usage. But she makes great music, and as a DJ, that’s really the currency for us. However, when do we have to assess the source of the music, and if that person have gone to far? For example, what if Hitler came up with ‘Rehab’? Now I know that’s a stupid example and the extent to which Amy Winehouse may choose to ridicule or offend other races and lifestyles is vastly different, but there’s got to be a cut off point. Amy Winehouse obviously does not make decisions based what may/may not forward her career. Her performances have gone downhill, she physically damaging herself and she is stupid enough to perform like this in-front of a camera lens (but hey, who wouldn’t trust their crack-smoking boyfriend if he swore on your life?).
So let’s look at taking a stand. Anyone in showbusiness will tell you that blacks, south-asians, orientals and gays have long contributed to the backbone of this industry, as well as spending billions of pounds supporting artists through music purchases, show tickets and merchandise. She has since told Fox News “I don’t want to play anything down, but I’m the least racist person going.” BUT let’s just try this…let’s stop going to her shows, buying her records and supporting her. THEN when she chooses to die at the end of a needle singing racist chants for her crack-head boyfriend, no-one will care, no-one will report on it and I won’t have to wake up to this sh-t. Now back to the music.
Mixtape Name: Man in the Mirror
Created By: Mark Ronson and Rhymefest
Overall Rating: 10 out of 10
Reviewed by: G.D
In 2006 Danger Mouse had production credits on some of the most popular albums of the year including Gnarls Barkley’s St Elsewhere and Gorillaz Demon Days, quite rightly earning himself the plaudit of producer of the year. In 2007 however that title belonged to Mark Ronson, an honour that was confirmed at the Grammy’s earlier this year where he triumphed over heavyweight producer (no pun intended) Timbaland. Ronson’s critical acclaim stems from his double platinum sophomore album Version and the majority of production credits on the multi-Grammy award winning record Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. How though does this darling of the music industry follow up these commercial successes? By teaming up with semi-conscious Chicago emcee Rhymefest to produce an underground mixtape tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, that’s how! Never let it be said that the man sold out and forgot his affiliation with hip-hop.
Man in the Mirror is clearly a labour of love for both the emcee and producer, given Ronson’s admission to having shared a bedroom with Jackson at the age of nine and with Rhymefest openly admitting that he is the ‘the number one Michael Jackson fan in the world’. This affection is quite apparent in the skits that appear at regular intervals throughout the tape. These ingeniously allow Rhymefest through archived audio interviews to converse, seek advice and just plain chill with Jackson. The genuine nature of this tribute is also evident in the choice of samples, covers and remixes that make up the remainder of this mixtape. None of these apart from the final track ‘Man in the Mirror’ utilise any songs from the more ‘recent’ commercially successful Jackson albums such as Thriller, Bad or Dangerous. Instead Ronson focuses on the early catalogue, ensuring tracks by the Jackson 5 and from debut solo album Off the Wall feature heavily.
Lyrically Rhymefest continues to prove that he is one Chicago’s finest and confirms this writer’s belief that Chi-Town emcees are by far superior when it comes to conscious style hip-hop. Rhymefest’s ability to clearly annunciate every word and not compromise on his smooth flow whether the track is a banger such as ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ or a mellow cautionary tale such as ‘No Sunshine’ makes him a captivating emcee that can sustain an audiences’ attention. The high quality of lyricism is continued into the collaborations, with Talib Kweli on the aforementioned ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ which samples the Jackson 5 song of the same name and upcoming DC emcee Wale on ‘Get Up’. There is also a brief surprise cameo from Dres of Black Sheep on the Mark Ronson produced ‘Foolin’ Around’ which sees Rhymefest recounting his tales of cheating over a sample of the Jackson 5’s ‘Don’t Let Your Baby Catch You’. Despite all this it is producer Best Kept Secret that steals the show with two brilliant beats, the previously mentioned ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and the opening track ‘Can’t Make It’ in which Rhymefest spits over a horn intro and into a drum beat reminiscent of Rich Harrison that affirms Best Kept Secret lives up to his name.
Whilst the mixtape is packed full of high quality skits, tracks, and lyricism, Ronson and Rhymefest ensure that the object of their tribute has his time to shine. Jackson’s ‘I Can’t Help It’ acts as the introduction to the track that utilises it as a sample, ‘Breakadawn’, whilst ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ showcases the talent of the child star. In doing this the chief protagonists succeed in creating more that just a mixtape, Mark Ronson and Rhymefest have produced a fitting dedication to a once great artist whose influence on the music industry as a whole cannot be underestimated. Producer of the year? Ask the man in the mirror, one thinks the answer will come back a resounding yes
Download the tape here
Check out Amy Winehouse’s new hair. Looking forward to hearing her at The Grammy’s with Kanye West, she will shine (because she’s damn near reflective in this picture)
Also, BIG shout to our modern day Godfather of British Soul, Grammy Award Winner, Mr Jazzie B from Soul II Soul. We heard you we’re getting an OBE (Order of the British Empire)! If you don’t know about Soul II Soul, Keep on Movin’ until you’ve learnt everything…your first link should be here!
Firstly HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the lovesoul.TV readers, thank you for helping us run up well over 4500 hits in no time…we have new writers on the site and more content every week. Also big shout to all those who came out to see us DJ over Xmas and NYE in London.
Every year, Jazzy Jeff’s tour MC and all round underground legend, Skillz, does an end of year rap-up. He basically raps about stories that made the urban news in 2007 and it’s always good for a laugh. This year he mentions Akon dry humping kids on stage, Jay-Z sale of Roc-A-Wear, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce falling on stage, 50 and Kanye’s Album sales battle, Lil Wayne being on every record, Usher getting married, DJ Drama getting raided, Camron generally being ass, ringtone rappers like Soulja Boy, Amy Winehouse, Bobby Brown and Whitney, Rihanna (looking NASTY crossdressed), iPhone, Foxy Brown, T-Pain (getting his ass handed to him) and a whole bunch of other crazyness.
He’s got a couple of the clowns from Wild ‘N’ Out in there who make it MUCH funnier than just the song, and the clips help a lot, hopefully he’ll get some TV from it (take note MTV Base and Channel U). Still it’s not as funny as previous years, the beat is too boring and simple, and too many multiple references to 50, Akon, etc… I think he should invite rappers on some official remixes. Still if you’ve been listening for years, this is no reason to stop…you like?
Big shout to HipHopDx for putting together the interesting categories
Nominees for Album Of The Year are:
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — Foo Fighters
These Days — Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters — Herbie Hancock
Graduation — Kanye West
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse
Nominees for Record Of The Year are:
“Irreplaceable” — Beyoncé
“The Pretender” — Foo Fighters
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“What Goes Around…Comes Around” — Justin Timberlake
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse
Nominees for Song Of The Year are:
“Before He Cheats” — John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
“Hey There Delilah” — Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
“Like A Star” — Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
“Umbrella” — Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)
Best Urban/Alternative Performance nods go to:
“Make A Baby” — Vikter Duplaix
“That’s The Way Of The World” — Dwele
“Daydreamin'” — Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
“Fantasy” — Meshell Ndegeocello
“Dream” — Alice Smith
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration nods go to:
“I Wanna Love You” — Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
“Kiss, Kiss” — Chris Brown & T-Pain
“Let It Go” — Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“Good Life” — Kanye West Featuring T-Pain
Nominees for Best Rap Song are:
“Ayo Technology” — N. Hills, Curtis Jackson, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (50 Cent Featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
“Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)” — Clifford Harris & Byron Thomas, songwriters (T.I.)
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” — A. Davis & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West)
“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” — Soulja Boy Tell’Em, songwriter (Soulja Boy Tell’Em)
“Good Life” — A. Davis, F. Najm & K. West, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)
For Best Rap Album, the nominees are:
Finding Forever — Common
Kingdom Come — Jay-Z
Hip Hop Is Dead — Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P. — T.I.
Graduation — Kanye West
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