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Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Love/Hate of Pop Art

So I guess I should explain what exactly Pop Art is for those not in the know. Pop Art is art that uses things in media & pop culture to make art out of. For example, the infamous Campbells Soup paintings by Andy Warhol are considered pop art. Today, being influenced by pop culture, a lot of Pop Art has been intertwined with music. Takashi Murakami, japanese artist, who also done famous collaborations w/ Louis Vuitton, did almost all of the promotional art for Kanye West's 2007 Gradation album (That's why the album cover looked so trippy). NY artist KAWS, who is known for his "Original Fake" clothing line, as well as his "art" is doing similar work with rap duo, The Clipse. Then, there is So-Me, who does all of the art for Ed Banger Records artists like French Electronica duo, Justice. I think it's cool that the lines of art & music are intertwinning, but a lot of what I see doesn't really strike me as impressive. In my opinion, *brases self for hate of the uber-hipster art crowd* all KAWS does is find famous cartoons and crosses out their eyes, then waits for the boatload of money someone will eventually fork over. The work I've seen from So-Me reminds me of a collage made from the '70's "School House Rock" ,except it costs 700$ to buy. Judge for yourself below:

So-Me's Complex cover shot w/ Keri Hilson, which inspired this post. I love looking at Keri Hilson in general, but I dont need the creepy '70's animals looking back at me in judgement:

Or take a look at KAWS's "original":

I am not an artist, nor do I claim to be, but c'mon. If this is what makes money, I should quit trying to be a therapist right now, google image the Geico Gecko, clip art some wings & a pimp hat on him, and I could porbably make enough money to last 2 months. No hate intended, I'm just saying...

*the spaceman says everybody look down, it's all in your mind*

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of the Day Album Snippets

*shouts to http://amajanese.blogspot.com/ for the heads up

Via german amazon.com, here's the 30 sec snippets of the Kid Cudi debut album. From what I can hear, it sounds like the opposite of 808's & Heartbreak, topic wise. While 808's wallows in sadness, MOTM goes full circle and has moments of low and high. My personal favorite's from the sampler are the upbeat ones, "Heart of a Lion" and "Hyyerr", as well as an altered version of "Sky Might Fall", with new drums and what sounds like more synths on the hook. Songs like "Mr. Solo Dolo" and "My World" sound a little too minimalistic, but it's only a sampler. Here's to the full retail. Oh yeah, the last 4 songs wont be on the US release, they're from the Kid Named Cudi Mixtape, except the "Day N Nite" remix, which has been around forever, you can find that yourself.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wale & UCB will be VMA 2009 house band

I don't even know why I bother watching the VMA's, because it always is boring. It really is a POP show for the POP audience, which I happen not to be a part of. However, this year, I may actually have a reason to watch. As the title says, Wale & UCB will be there the whole night as the house band. I had no idea how much power Mark Ronson had. It's not surprising, since Wale can be very POP when he needs to be(Chillin', W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E., and freestyles over pretty much every UK #1 hit since 07). Tune in to MTV on Sept. 13 to watch. You know Ms. Lohan will if the picture above's an indication.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Jay-Z x Drake (aka Wheel Chair Jimmy) - Off That

The song really is just Canadian Maple Syrup flavored mediocrity. Timbaland has produced better songs, Drake's hook could have been done by anyone else, so it's obvious Jay just wanted to feed off the buzz, and Jay's bars were forgettable. However, since this is Jay-Z and Drake, people will say its the best song ever (this week). Listen to it at your own risk, hell if you're a fan of bubblegum, this may be up your alley. Spaceman doesn't mess with this.

*Born to lose, Built to Win*

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wale - My Sweetie


Above is the z-share. I really like this song, even though I don't dance. It definitely took me a lot less time to like this song than Chillin (Feat. Lady Gaga - you know that chick with the song about poking some other girl's face...however that goes). This song's really a good representation of Wale's style in general, being from DC, where they're huge on Go-Go. The song's supposed to be unfinished, so expect it to be different on the album: "Attention: Deficit"

I Know I'm Super Late, but Justice is Killing it

Parisian-Electronica duo Justice live in Paris

I liked D.A.N.C.E., when it came out, but it took me 2 years to actually limewire the cd "Cross" (it's a crucifix yes...I'm just judging the music, I try not to involve their religious motivations). By all means I'm not a fan of electronica (as well as glowsticks, ecstasy, or anything else that relates to Europe raves), but this cd is crazy. I've been listening to it for 3 days now. I just felt I needed to post live visuals so everyone can hear the beautiful abuse my ears have been going through.


Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of the Day tracklisting

*standard cover on the left, deluxe on the right*


1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)
2. Soundtrack 2 My Life
3. Simple As…


4. Mr. Solo Dolo (Nightmare)
5. Heart of a Lion (KiD CuDi Theme Music)
6. My World ft. Billy Cravens


7. Day N Nite (Nightmare)
8. Sky Might Fall
9. Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part 1)


10. Alive (Nightmare) ft. RATATAT
11. CuDi Zone
12. Make Her Say ft. Kanye West & Common
13. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) ft. MGMT & RATATAT


14. Hyyerrr ft. Chip Tha Ripper
15. Up, Up & Away (The Wake & Bake Song)

Though Cudzilla can't really rap or sing, he knows how to make a catchy hook, which in 2009 equals a good song. I'll definitely be buying the cd and you all should too. Think of him as the emo Akon/T-Pain...Sept. 15 kiddies!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cam'ron & DJ Drama - Boss of all Bosses mixtape review

Cam'ron and DJ Drama link together to bring yet another Gangsta Grillz mixtape that is sure to "set the streets on fire". A plus to the mixtpae is that everything is new, not counting the leaks,. Especially with how lackluster Crime Pays sounded, I was definitely looking foward to new Cam. Unfortunately, like Public Enemy #1 in 2007, he uses the mixtape to showcase his new "artists"; Vado, Byrd Lady, Darnell, and Charlie Clips. Sidebar: Whatever happened to that Penz dude who was all over Public Enemy? Anyway, musically, this makes Crime Pays sound like a Rick Ross cd, yes the production is that bland, but it is a free mixtape so what do you expect. There are a nice amount of good moments though. The songs with Mase and Rick Ross are good, not to mention Cam's rhymes are consistent through the whole cd. Even Vado, who is pretty much on every song does not embarrass himself. It's just the production really was bland, a lot of the time. Honestly, the best beat was on the Charlie Clips solo "Stop", which was supposed to be a preview on the sequel to the tape. Hopefully it will be a more interesting listen.

5.9/10 Listen to: "Get It", "Drama", "Can't Say Goodbye" & "Stop"
Avoid: "We In This Thing" (really the songs did not stand out enough not to like)

Mr. Hudson - Time

I really like this song, the beat is like on an endless loop in my mind. Too bad the cd comes out in the UK before here. Oh and sorry for not updating in like forever.

*the spaceman says everybody look down, its all in your mind*

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday playlist: Allegedly Jay-Z - Blueprint 3 tracklisting & cover art

via hiphopdx.com

1. What We Talking About (Produced by Kanye West)
2. D.O.A. (Produced by No I.D.)
3. Weigh Me Down Feat. Kid Cudi (Produced by Kanye West)
4. Unforgiven (Produced by Kanye West, Additional Production: MGMT)
5. Run This Town Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (Produced by Kanye West)
6. Empire State Of Mind Feat. Nas (Produced by Kanye West & No I.D.)
7. When It Comes To This (Produced by Timbaland)
8. Always Feat. Drake (Produced by Kanye West)
9. Scenes From The Past (Produced by No I.D., Co-produced by Kanye West)
10. Everyday A Star Is Born Feat. Mr. Hudson (Produced by Kanye West)
11. Already Home (Produced by Kanye West)
12. Forever Young (Feat. Mr. Hudson, Produced by Kanye West)
13. Thank You (Produced by No I.D.)
Bonus Tracks:
14. Sound Of The 70s (Produced by Kanye West)
15. We Made History (Produced by Kanye West)

Okay, so I love me some hipster music (not the culture), but I don't want a Jay-Z cd w/ Kid Cudi, Mr. Hudson or Rihanna. Frankly, I think Old Man Carter needs to give it a rest, but if not, he should stick to what he does. Rap music is the only genre where a person's speaking voice can make a song sound fake. Usually a "soft" voice shouldn't be rapping about selling nose candy & flipping packs. On the same token, it'll sound odd to hear Jay-Z with hooks from hipster/pop artists. The cd will be sonically pleasing, but ultimately, he is too hard to be making songs like what I am assuming it will sound like.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

WTF Moment: Felony Franks Hot Dogs

Apparently, since this video, the hot dog stand, Felony Franks opened up a couple of weeks ago. In my opinion, not only is it clearly exploitive, but it's pretty much 21st century slavery. Grabbing ex-cons who no-one wants, who are probably working for next to nothing, then exploiting their history with tasteless names like "misdemeanor weiners" is simply shameless. The sad part is, the workers probably have little else to turn to. When Al Sharpton's done dancing on Michael Jackson's grave he should really look into this.

*rule number one keep your fazers on stun*