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HOW SHOULD NIGERIAN HIP-HOP VIEW KENDRICK LAMAR’S MOVE


Okay I know on this blog..I basically talk about movies and Tv shows,but today I want to talk about music. And since no one else in this part of the world seems to want to talk about it,maybe I will.
This week turned out to be pretty eventful in the American hip-hop scene. On a verse of Big Sean’s Control with Jay Electronica, Kendrick “K-dot” Lamar called out several of his fellow rappers.

I’m usually homeboys with the same n***as I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them n***as should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n***as

Harsh lyrics right? A rapper has got to have a lot of guts to call out most of the leaders of the new school this way. People have labelled Kendrick’s stunt a lot if things: a diss; a publicity stunt; a wake up call, all sorts of things. But the label I agree with is the wake up call.
Hip hop does need a wake up call. Don’t get me wrong,the game has improved a lot since Nas pronounced hip-hop dead, but a lot still needs to be done. The truth is that every generation has to be better than the one its leaving behind.
In the days of the originators, Mcees like Chuck D, Run DMC, KRS, Rakim were ripping vinyls hot like that. When the new era revealed young bloods like N.W.A, Black Sheep,LL and the Ghetto Boyz, it got better. Then came the era Biggie,Tupac,Nas,Jay-Z and Wu Tang Clan, and the game kept getting better and better. But the fact that I still look back to the older era with anything but nostalgia means the new school haven’t given us something that is dope enough to let the past remain in the past. So maybe Kendrick feels he’s dope but not dope enough to be one of the best (if not the best) lyricists today. He desperately needs some competition.
But how does all this affect hip-hop in Nigeria? Don’t get it twisted, “hip-hop’s the same, no matter where you came from.” So I’m not going to indulge all that nonsense about “Agro hip-hop” hip-hop is hip-hop! Now that its settled,who’s going to call out all our Nigerian hip-hop artistes who give us dope lyrics on their first record and fall asleep from the second? Our rappers who sell the purity of the game for commercialism. Our rappers who sacrifice creativity for crappy music.
The game in Nigeria is mad redundant; rappers like M.I,Naeto C and them aren’t what they used to be. There’s no competition. The “Big Dogs” are only big now in their pockets but those cats will get torn apart on the streets by some of the upcoming acts I hear these days. It’s a crazy thing when people like Ice Prince keep winning hip-hop awards. I’m not trying to be a hater people,I’m happy for his success and all, but is he really the best Nigeria has to offer? Will mediocre Mcees become our posterboys after we’ve come this far? Who will be as brave as Kendrick and call out M.I,Jesse Jagz, Naeto C, Ikechukwu,Modenine,Terry Tha Rapman etc.? Who’s going to ring the wake-up call so that cats like Vector won’t be called the “Best Rapper in Nigeria” or Davido won’t be called a hip-hop artiste? Hasn’t hip-hop in Nigeria suffered enough, where we can’t here intelligent lyrics in the mainstream anymore? You tell me.
Replies have started pouring in from rappers like Joell Ortiz,Mickey Factz and Astro to Kendrick Lamar, but after all said and done, everyone from Drake to Lupe Fiasco is going to ask themselves, “Does K-dot have a point?” Or “Are we really as good as we say we are?” No one really knows where this will end, all I know is in the Nigerian hip-hop scene and the industry as a whole, we need to wake up from our irritating slumber and improve on our lyrical content and allow the creativity flow in our music and stop demanding “whinning of waists” and “shaking of arses”,deceiving ourselves that Nigerians only love the beats and don’t care about the lyrics. Wake up guys! Just imagine a portion of Kendrick’s verse went like this.

I’m usually homeboys with the same n***as
I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them n***as should
know what time it is
And that goes for M.I Eldee,
Ice Prince
Sauce Kid, Vector, Skales, Jesse jaggz
Ikechukwu, Modenine, Terry tha rapman, Naeto C
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you
n***as

Well that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter. Wake up!

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GIVE ME A FUNNY COMEDY FILM PLEASE


I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of our film makers sometimes. Why do I ask? Well anytime I see another “Osuofia” or “Mama Gee” film, I ask myself that question: what is wrong with our film makers sometimes? Especially those in the comedy genre.
First time around Osuofia was kind of funny; yes, admittedly it managed to get some giggles out of me. But with each passing title that stated “Osuofia in this” or “Osuofia goes to where” it started getting irritating. As a filmmaker, surely you have to know when to call time on an already mediocre and boring comedy franchise. Sadly, Nigerian filmmakers do not.
Our brand of comedy fails to inspire any laughter in me, just  good ol’ fashioned irritation. Don’t mistake me for a nollywood hater though, its not as if Hollywood do not dole out their own brand of crap, but I have to talk about this. Any comedy film I see Nkem Owoh or/and John Okafor, I can already figure out the theme. They are probably going to play characters who are miscreants or trouble makers in a village or a village-like town. Same thing when you throw in the likes of Okey Bakassi, Victor Osuagwu or Charles Anwurum. So annoyingly predictable and boring.
Isn’t it asking too much to give us a decent, unstereotyped comedy that’ll actually fill us with the much desired laughter? No. I don’t think so. This is because I’ve seen it before. Once upon a time there was a Nollywood film (of course it wasn’t called Nollywood then) called PICCADILLY which starred the late Sam Loco Ere, Bob-Manuel Udokwu and Charles Ifediba. It was about a father-son robbery gang and their travails with the law. It was funny, it was fresh; it was funny. It didn’t have Aki and Pawpaw running around a village being silly; or the usual suspects earlier mentioned doing their stereotyped best.
We can do a whole lot better than we’re doing now. I didn’t find JENIFA funny; OSAS was a silly “Jenifa” knock-off. I still haven’t seen any funny comedy, all I’ve seen so far are well produced attempts. I do wish we would take progress seriously instead of deceived ourselves that we’ve arrived. We have a lot of work to do. Plus I’m really going to give a prize to any new Nigerian Comedy film that gives me a “Modern Family” styled laugh.

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BOX OFFICE RESULTS FOR JUNE 21ND- 23RD


10. IRON MAN
This week $2.2M Total $403.1M.

9. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
This week $3M Total $216.6M.

8. THE PURGE
This week $3.4M Total $59.4M.

7. THE INTERNSHIP
This week $3.4M Total $38.4M.

6. FAST AND FURIOUS 6
This week $4.7M Total $228.4M.

5. NOW YOU SEE ME
This week $7.9M Total $94.5M.

4. THIS IS THE END
This week $13M Total $57.8M.

3. MAN OF STEEL
This week $41.2M Total $210M.

2. WORLD WAR Z DEBUT
This week $66M Total $66M.

1. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY DEBUT
This week $82M Total $82M.

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BOX OFFICE RESULTS FOR JUNE 14TH-16TH


10. IRON MAN
This week $2.9M Total $399.6M.

9. AFTER EARTH
This week $3.8M Total $54.2M.

8. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
This week $5.7M  Total $210.5M.

7. EPIC
This week $6.0M Total $95.4M.

6. THE INTERNSHIP
This week $7M  Total $31M.

5. THE PURGE
This week $8.2M Total $51.8M.

4. FAST AND FURIOUS 6
This week $9.4M  Total $219.6M.

3. NOW YOU SEE ME
This week $10.3M  Total $80M.

2. THIS IS THE END
This week $20.5M Total $32.8M.

1. MAN OF STEEL
This week $113.1M Total $125.1M

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3 MOVIE SERIES HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO END


Have you ever wondered about some particular movie series and wondered to yourself, “Can’t they just give it a rest?” Yeah, I feel that way too right now. I mean aren’t you just thankful you never have to see another SAW movie? Anyways, these are some others movie series we wish that Hollywood would put out of our misery.

1. SCARY MOVIE.
It was totally fresh when we saw the first one. The Wayans had just done a huge favor by speaking our minds, dissing all those corny slasher flicks; so on earth did SCARY MOVIE get so corny too? Well the answer to that is “They allowed it progress past the 1st sequel.”
I mean SM 2 was watchable but parts 3,4, and 5 were just horrible. Movie fans shouldn’t be put through that kind of horror at all! There’s really no need to keep pouring out one boring movie after another which does more badly at the boxoffice with each release.

2. RESIDENT EVIL.
Our romance with this one on the big screen started well enough. We enjoyed seeing Alice kicking zombie butt all over the place; it was cool. The came RE: APOCALYPSE which featured Nemesis; it was cool. Then came the not so necessary RE: EXTINCTION which was not so cool in a way but I enjoyed all the action and the fact that it might be the last of the series. RE: AFTERLIFE proved me very wrong and this pile of crap called a movie turned our to be the worst one I saw that year. Pointless and unnecessary as it was, it surprisingly led to a 5th part RE: RETRIBUTION (it seems all the retribution was targeted to the viewers).
I’m going to make this short to the makers if this now abominable movie series: give it a rest! Your movie has turned to a pile of crap! And if you have crap in your hands, flush it down the toilet! Nuff said.

3. DIE HARD.
I’m sure we all love John Mclane. He’s that unlikely hero we can all relate to who wants to kill all the bad guys, save the day, and get on with his life. I really liked the DIE HARD TRILOGY; it was good action for the average Joe. When I heard about and saw LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, I wished the series could just die easy. Not that I thought the 4th installment was horrible, I just felt maybe its time for John Mclane to retire.
For a while I thought Mclane was done, and Hollywood does what they do best: surprise the jeebies out of us with A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. It wasn’t fair on us and Mclane (it didn’t do so great at the Office). This ‘comeback’ was ill-fated and totally unnecessary. We’re even hearing of a possible DIE HARD 6…its really living up to the name isn’t it?

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15 MOVIES YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS SUMMER


1 AFTER EARTH

Who’s in it? Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Furhman, Sophie Okonedo.

What’s it About? A crash landing leaves Katai Raige (Jaden) and his father Cypher (Will) stranded on Earth, 1000 years after events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Katai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

Who’s Directing? The unsinkable M. Night Shyamalan.

Why You Should See it: Well on a normal day, I really wouldn’t recommend any of these guy’s movies but I had to change my policy on this one. Why? Are you kidding? Is that a serious question? Like, Duh! The Smiths are in it; and the last time this father and son duo were together on the big screen, daddy got nominated for an Oscar and they made us cry. Need I say more? The man called ‘Night’ may have a winner in this one.

ETA: June 6

2 WORLD WAR Z

Who’s in it? Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse.

What’s it About? United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

Who’s directing it? Marc Foster.

Why should you see it: Well, to start with it looks super scary. I mean really the zombies here are super fast, super strong and well, super human. Think the zombies in RESIDENT EVIL EXTINCTION+28 DAYS LATER+DAWN OF THE DEAD. It looks exciting and with the boredom we feel with every RESIDENT EVIL film we see, we really need a great Zombie-ish movie.

ETA: June 20.

3 MAN OF STEEL

Who’s in it? Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Fishbourne.

What’s it about? A young journalist is forced to confront his secret extra-terrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

Who’s directing it? Zack “The CGI Man” Snyder.

Why you should see it: It’s one of the most anticipated movies of 2013, it’s got Michael Shannon is General Zod, Chris Nolan is producing it…what else do you want me to say? This is going to prove to be much better than the soap opera that was SUPERMAN RETURNS. We’re very hopeful with Steel fingers crossed on this one.

ETA: June 27.

4 EPIC

Who’s in it? Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell.

What’s it about? A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world and ours.

Who’s directing? Chris Wedge.

Why you should see it: Animated features have had a great start to the year, with THE CROODS doing good, this one from the makers of ICE AGE looks like a good one. It has a plot that works and some great performers in it. Last year, WRECK-IT RALPH caught my heart, can EPIC do it this year, I don’t know yet, but its definitely worth seeing.

ETA: July 27.

5 THE LONE RANGER

Who’s in it? Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner.

What’s it about? Native American warrior Tonto (Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Who’s directing? Gore Verbinski.

Why you should see it: Granted in Nigeria particularly, a lot of people have never heard of The Lone Ranger and not everything Captain Sparrow touches turns to gold; still THE LONE RANGER looks like a good one. Hammer impressed in J. EDGAR and MIRROR MIRROR, so we’re expecting big things in this one. And oh, did I mention Depp is playing a Native American, complete with war paint, accent and all? Oh yeah, I just did.

ETA: July 3.

6 WHITE HOUSE DOWN

Who’s in it? Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhall.

What’s it about? While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

Who’s directing it? Roland Emmerich.

Why you should see it: Well, it’s open season on the White House; and if you have already seen OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, you might as well check this one out and compare notes. Looks pretty much the same save for small differences, like the Obama-ish Jamie Foxx.

ETA: July 4.

7 DESPICABLE ME 2

Who’s in it? Steve Carrell, Al Pacino, Kirsten Wiig.

What’s it about? Gru is recruited by the Anti-villain league to deal with a powerful new super-villain.

Who’s directing it? Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.

Why you should see it: Simply put Gru is back and I’ve never heard Pacino’s voice in an animated feature, ever. So it should definitely be a good one. Sure STAND UP GUYS was a horrible one, but the Pacino-meister can pack a punch; perhaps it will be interesting to hear what a Carrell-Wiig collabo will sound like.

ETA: July 4.

8 THE HEAT

Who’s in it? Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Tony Hale.

What’s it about? Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter.

Who’s directing it? Paul Feig.

Why you should see it: From the guys that made THE BRIDESMAIDS, you’d wanna watch this one. McCarthy is so funny and great on screen, plus we haven’t seen Sandra in a while. It will be a curious thing to see how much on screen chemistry they can muster.

ETA: July 4.

9 R.I.P.D

Who’s in it?  Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon.                                                  
What’s it about? A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the Man who murdered him.

Who’s directing it? Robert Schwentke.

Why you should see it: Granted, THE GREEN LANTERN bombed, but that doesn’t mean Ryan isn’t great. There’s much to be seen from him in this one. And pairing up with old timer, Bridges is a good thing. So, expect action and some laughs from this one. Its another comic adaptation though, but don’t be skeptical, I’m sure the can pull this one off.

ETA: July 18.

10 PACIFIC RIM

Who’s in it? Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day.

What’s it about? When an alien attack threatens Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.

Who’s directing? Guillermo Del Toro.

Why you should see it: Del Toro has a way of endearing us with visual spectacles and frightening beasts, but what you’d really be interested in seeing is the humungus Robots and how they do battle with these ‘Aliens’. And ladies, Idris Elba is in it yelling stuff like “We will end this apocalypse!” Yeah, you should like that.

ETA: July 18.

11 THE WOLVERINE

Who’s in it? Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Famke Janssen.

What’s it about? Wolverine makes a voyage to modern day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future.

Who’s directing? James Mangold.
Why you should see it: Wolvie’s adamantium blades vs Samurai swords! Why shouldn’t you see it? Really, both blades have been famed for their sharpness; I for one would like to see which one wins the “I am sharper than you” contest. It been a while since we saw the old wolf, but he’s in good company in Japan. It looks low-key, but be not deceived, nothing in the Marvel universe is ever low-key.

ETA: July 25.

12 RED 2

Who’s in it? Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker,Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins.

What’s it about? Retired Black-ops CIA operative Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

Who’s directing? Dean Parisot.

Why you should see it: The first RED was a good one. It’s not everyday a bunch of retirees keep you at the edge of seat. Will RED 2 do the same or even better? Who knows (Though I’m sure some of you would secretly wish Morgan Freeman would be mysteriously resurrected). One thing is sure, with the addition of Anthony Hopkins, they’re pulling out all the stops on this one, Action, comedy, guns, explosions, and oh, did I forget to mention that the elegant Catherine Zeta-Jones is in it?

ETA: August 1.

13 ELYSIUM

Who’s in it? Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga.

What’s it about? Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population reside on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Who’s directing? Neill Blomkamp.

Why you should see: Because its from the guy who gave us DISTRICT 9. It promises to be great. It may not have ‘Blockbuster’ written all over it but it still looks good. So, why should you watch it? It’s from the guy who gave us DISTRICT 9…didn’t I already say that?

ETA: August 8.

14 KICK ASS 2

Who’s in it? Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carey.

What’s it about? The costumed high school hero Kickass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, The Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kickass knows.

Who’s directing? Jeff Wadlow.

Why you should see it: If not for anything else, see it because Jim Carey is in the mix. He looks crazy…sorry, he looks extremely crazy in this flick. It’s still got the usual dark humor from the first one,its still got Moretz,well, kicking ass and its got more average Joe heroes to fill up the Senate.

ETA: August 15.

15 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

Who’s in It? Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T Jackson.

What’s it about? In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical golden fleece and to stop an ancient evil from rising.

Who’s directing? Thor Freudanthal.

Why you should watch it: Me? I’d like to watch it just out of sheer curiosity to see what a guy named Thor can do. But seriously, I liked PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, its made me forget the tragedy of CLASH OF THE TITANS that year. SEA OF MONSTERS promises to be better than the first. Did it deserve a sequel? I don’t know, but let’s give this one a chance, it could be one of the best things that happened to you this summer.

ETA: August 15.

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THESE ROMANTIC COMEDIES


Romantic Comedy. It’s really a phenomenon in Hollywood. Boy meets girl and all, admidst a lot of laughs (or lack of it depending on which movie you’re watching).
Do I have a problem with Romantic Comedies, or Rom Coms as they are called? No, not really. I just have a huge problem with some really annoying cliches. My best part of Rom Coms is the beginning of the movie. You know why? Because that’s kind of the unpredictable part, because you can’t really tell how the boy meets the girl and what angle the story is coming from(badluck in JUST MY LUCK and movie star meets simple guy in NOTTING HILL).
Now on to the predictable parts. The We’re-getting-along-and-we-think-we’re-in-love part when everything is going just peachy. Then we get to the Conflict part; where the principal character probably gets caught in a lie like in  Coming To America where Lisa finds out Prince Hakeem is…well…a prince.
Then we get to the kiss-and-make-up part. Here the guy or girl chases their lover to the train station or airport or goes to another city to profess undying love and apologize. They kiss make up and live happily ever after. So now I pretty much know how every Rom Com is going to end.
Maybe its not such a bad thing for you, but I for one would like to get a few surprises now and then. Then again the worst thing is actually a Rom Com that hardly has any “Com” in it. I mean how are you supposed to call it a comedy when it inspires few laughs.

MY WORST ROM COM

Any Rom Com with Katherine Heigl in it would be the worst for me I’d have to pick KILLERS as the absolute worst.
Also I have to mention MADE OF HONOR.

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