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Bernie Mac R.I.P.

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A sad day in comedy, with the passing of Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, aka, Bernie Mac, from pneumonia complications.  The actor and comic had previously suffered from sarcoidosis, although this had been in remission since 2005. Here’s a sample of what made the man funny.

For a guy who was a proficient stand up comedian, Bernie Mac had also shown the ability to transverse into the world of films, with notable showings in Oceans Eleven and Transformers, and TV with The Bernie Mac Show. But without doubt, his opus for me was the headlining act of the Kings Of Comedy show. If you haven’t seen it, do so! it’s a comedy fest worthy of comparison with Eddie Murphy’s Raw and Chris Rock HBO specials.

His unique vernacular and accent made him so identifiable that his passing will make him more conspicuous by his absence. R.I.P. Bernie Mac, one of the best stand ups of our generation, and here’s hoping he gets the recognition he deserves.

Posted by Hip-Hop Singh

Luda Vs. Obama

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Fresh off his Gangsta Grillz mixtape comes this Luda freestyle “Politics as Usual”, which heavily supports Obama in his presidential campaign. Trouble is, the lines where Luda takes swipes at Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson, while predictably slamming Bush and McCain (who doesn’t?) have garnered him some hate from the Obama camp. They have termed the song “greatly offensive” to all targeted and have distanced themselves from the rappers acclaim. Luda is apparently preparing a statement for rebuttal.

Check out the song here over a third party video.

Luda is apparently preparing a statement for rebuttal.

Listen, Luda has been the subject of much media tarnishing over his appearance on Oprah and when targeted by the Bill O’Reilly show. He reacts best in his music, as he has very well shown here. His disses are sharp and well placed, besides, I’ve got a feeling that the camp probably like the song, but can’t publicly show that.

Thanks to MTV.com for the source.  Posted by Hip-Hop Singh.

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered: Review of Jay-Z at Glastonbury

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Jay headlined Glastonbury, and in his own words he’s “pretty fu–ing awesome”.

Hova took the stage during the evening of June 28th 2008, and gave a total performance in front of a very receptive crowd. The supposed opposition to him being the headline act, like Noel Gallagher P.h.D, were no where to be seen [link]. Hova gave a total master class on how to give a show, combined with research to find out how to customise the hour long performance for a UK festival crowd.

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UK browsers can view the full performance on BBC’s iPlayer here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b00ccd12.shtml?src=ip_mp

He dropped extra songs, remixes and even some rhymes accapella, letting people truly hear the depth behind his lyrics. Beyonce was side-stage partying uncontrollably, the Oasis diss was incredible and American Boy…whoa. Magic.

The Anti-bush moment was incredibly enjoyable, and the tempo pick up into ‘P.S.A‘ was masterfully done.

It has really made me want to consider going to the festival, and put up with all the mud, just to see a show like this.

Posted by Hip-Hop Singh

Review of Busta Rhymes at Oceana in Birmingham

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Disorganised. That one word pretty much defined the night at Oceana.

Even though the doors had opened at 10pm, and people were being allowed in, the main room was still being set up until nearly 12.30am, and there was no real music being played for the duration either. So by the time people were FINALLY allowed in, a party mood was the last thing on their minds.

Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star at Oceana in Birmingham Review for lovesoul.tv

It’s times like these where real DJ’s earn their cash, and on that night DJ Fricktion did exactly that. Having already heard him perform in numerous venues previously, I knew what to expect once we got in the main room at 12.30, he again delivered. He cut up numerous crowd-pleasing tracks and beats, ensuring the party got started. Fricktion was able to show a diverse choice of music, ranging from rnb, to bhangra, garage, bashment and, of course, hip hop. I have to admit I did get a buzz from hearing him drop Big L “Ebonics” as well.

At 2.30 am Busta’s tour DJ, DJ Scratch came out and delivered a Westwood like set to get the crowd amped for the main man himself. On walked Spliff Star and Busta and immediately the show started. The on stage chemistry and timing between Busta and Spliff was something that had been truly well versed and formed over countless shows. They moved in sync with each other and Spliff did exactly what a hype man should do, blend in the performance of the main star with mic work that was perfectly flawless.

The same could not be said for the microphone levels for the first few songs, a problem that was highlighted most when Busta and Spliff performed over the Ying Yang Twinz beat “whisper song”. Hearing these issues, like a true professional, he addressed and corrected this, ensuring it was a blight no longer.

Busta’s energy was high all night, and to ensure the crowd stayed up there with him, he regularly sprayed the crowd with bottled water, soaking the first few rows and creating a water fight onstage. Indeed, it was actually quite a sight to see bouncers running around on stage, trying to soak all the excess water with towels! Health and Safety would have had a field day.

The track listing performed by Busta greatly underlined how long he’d been doing this hip hop thing, with a full discography of all the big songs he’d had over the years, starting well back with “Woo-Hah! Got You In Check” and “Scenario (rmx)”; each one was well received by a crowd of true fans, not a bunch of people who had first heard the guy with the Pussycat Dolls.

Ensuring the crowd felt involved, he regularly conversed with them, slipping in patois and using plenty of “Blud Clots” and “rude bwoys”. The crowd loved every minute of it. When the topic of plugging his latest album came up, Bussa-buss did turn slightly preachy, but still spreading a positive message nonetheless.

The crowd tired, not due to the lack of effort on stage, but rather with how late it was getting. Busta started delivering more showmanship, clearly spitting more tongue-twisting verses at rapid-fire speed. Hearing him perform “Break Your Neck” at double speed was something to behold, but his delivery of “Turn it Up” was a definite highlight, performing at times acapella, and other times rowdy and raucous. Ending with true style he kept the crowd going with “Touch It” and “Pass the Courvoisier.” Yes, there was a bottle of Courvoisier on stage, but Busta wasn’t really going to be passing it!

The true shame of the night was the lack of ticket sales.  In a venue that could hold about 600-700; only 300 were present. Finally, ending the night at 4am, the people left with a smile on their face… a weary smile, but a smile all the same.

Posted by Hip-Hop Singh

Kanye West – Flashing Lights…Interpreted…

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(Raj Lovesoul note: So I didn’t post on this because I admittedly didn’t check the video enough or give it the time… plus Rita ”m-fing” G acting like a bad-ass all over the internet turned me off the whole thing, I’d much rather listen to the CD and enjoy the record (and this track is too good for bulls–t Limewire downloads, buy the CD, spend a few hundred on a decent stereo, then play the joint!). Luckily, our boy genius Hip-Hop Singh was able to break it down for us. Here he goes…)

Ye has finally decided to drop what I believe to be the best track off the album graduation, “Flashing Lights”. The Video is short, single cam shot and can leave a lot of people scratching their heads with what is going on.

Here’s my take, the song itself plays like a introduction into why the video is happening. Ye was out cheating, “She in the mirror dancin so sleazy” then gets a call from his missus, “I get a call like where are you Yeezy?” and then gets caught by the media, “Till I got flashed by the paparazzi/Damn, these n—-s got me”

And so the video is a result of a woman scorned. And incidentally the woman is Playboy model Rita G, who does look insanely hot too.

Posted By Hip-Hop Singh

H-HS on Jay-Z's New Video 'I Know' and 40/40 Club, Las Vegas

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After the short lived and poorly received video for “Pray”, which consisted solely of Jay-Z live performance clips, it seems that Young Hova has totally 180’d in his new video, and excluded himself fully from it. Instead the main lead is Zoe Kravitz, daughter of legend Lenny. The video is a homage to the roots of the song, a metaphor between falling in love and drug abuse, both of which are heavily hinted, and artistically shot. But do not expect there to be a final concluding scene at the end, since the video is aimed to be a “a three-and-a-half-minute head trip” or so claims the producer, Philip Andelman [source: MTV.com].


I Know

Nick Clemente | MySpace Video

It looks like an artistic attempt by all involved, and I feel it will be like marmite… people will either love it or hate it. But credit is due to Jay for making a video more artistically fitting to the song. And in today’s current stale climate of rap videos, this is a welcome breath of fresh air.

… and now a personal travel note as I just landed in the UK from Vegas.

I went to 40/40 club in vegas, unfortunately I just missed the legend himself as he came through the night before I attended. It is the ultimate total club/bar……great drinks menu, great food available, fully of comfy couches and free pool tables and arcade games…..oh yeah, and a gold titled dance floor! It’s got to be up there with one of the hottest venues in Vegas, and the DJ was under orders to play 97-2004 hip hop early on till midnight/one, to give it a more NY feel, and then play everything else with 4-5am….AWESOME!

Posted by Hip-Hop Singh

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