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Doctor Strange (Official Movie Trailer)

A new trailer for this fall’s Marvel action film was released today. This will introduce the origin of Stephen Strange and how he meets The Ancient One. Some elements in this trailer remind us of the movie Inception. Infinity war? Question reality.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Movie Trailer)

The sequel of The First Avenger is looking better in this new trailer previewing more of what we can expect with the fight scenes.  Cap’s got his hands full with this super-villain.  This one’s due out in theaters on April 4th.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Movie Trailer)

Marvel is at it again with the web-slinger’s latest installment.  Jamie Foxx will appear as Electro and Paul Giamatti as the Rhino.  Willem Dafoe’s version of the Green Goblin will be hard to top but Chris Cooper will re-enact the famed role.   What’s Aunt May keeping a secret from Peter?  Will Venom make an appearance?  What about Doctor Octopus and Vulture?  This film officially drops May 2, 2014.

ALBUM REVIEW – Kool G Rap & Necro (The Godfathers) – Once Upon A Crime

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When talking Hip Hop greats Kool G Rap gotta be mentioned near the top of your favorite rappers list.  The Juice Crew legend shook up the late 80’s and 90’s with street hits alongside producers Marley Marl, DJ Polo and others.  Necro came up rhyming with his brother Ill Bill, used the internet as his space to market and went on to carve his own lane by creating the Psycho+Logical Records label and tour most of the world.  Read the rest of this entry

Fresh Talent Spotlite – Blow Flyy & Seven Trill

Canada’s Blow Flyy lets loose visuals from off of his It’s Like I Got A Set of Wings album.  Read the rest of this entry

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Movie Trailer)

Marvel releases the first trailer from next spring’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie.  This time we see Steve Rogers in a new black suit and an era of a corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D.  Alexander Pierce played by Robert Redford seems to make this point clear.  We’re glad to see Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Scarlett Johansonn back as the red-headed Black Widow.  Judging by the ease in which he grabbed the Captain’s shield with his bare hand after it was aimed at his head, The Winter Soldier will be a problem.

 

ALBUM REVIEW – Marco Polo’s PA2: The Director’s Cut

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Marco Polo is definitely no slouch in the game.  He has worked with all the underground hip hop veterans that you would call great in any conversation.    His last two releases Newport Authority with Mick Boogie, and Newport Authority 2 are two classic pieces that should be sought out if you are one of those people who don’t like trap music and say current Hip Hop is trash. Read the rest of this entry

Fresh Talent Spotlite – J. Grey (Drunken Monk) & LTC

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What starts out as a typical trap music track makes a sharp turn toward the unusual.  James Grey spits rhymes with a light-hearted, rapid flow over a varying whistle, water-sprinkling hi-hat and clap snare.  The hypeman adlibs are hilarious with a reference to the “ha-dou-ken” Street Fighter yell.

James raps, “The reason I grind is I don’t settle for less/Just snap your neck/I’m a rock it hard/I don’t even get started till after dark.”

The third verse gets a little out of control with the singing chants sounding like karaoke on a Friday night.  That aside, with a bit of push we can easily see a song like this receiving some airplay on college and internet radio stations.

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Fresh Talent Spotlite – Man-u-iLL & Atman

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Man-u-iLL has got some issues with some of the images being shown on popular media.  Confident that he can make a change he puts forth a solid effort over the Jay Notez production.  He rhymes with charisma and explains his beef without sounding bitter.  He raps “I don’t care about your chain, watch, trucks or your Jag/F**k your swag, I don’t care about your shoes, purse or what’s in the bag.”

“F**k Your Swag” shows Man-u-iLL’s hunger and even a slight comedic touch with the social media references at the songs end.  It’ll be interesting to hear what other topics Man-u-iLL has on his mind.

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Django Unchained Movie Review

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Quentin Tarantino writes and directs an exploitation comedy Django Unchained that takes place a couple of years before the Civil War.  Django (Jamie Foxx) is sought after by former German dentist turned bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who buys his freedom.  The duo then ride horses throughout the snowy, Deep South.  Django’s in search of his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and Schultz needs help to capture the Brittle Brothers, who are wanted “Dead or Alive.”  Read the rest of this entry