What My World's Like

Sly FOX: Big Brother, propaganda and nonsense

Jul
12

Faux Fox News

It seems as though the next group of hardcore FOX critics will be Nas fans now that he’s releasing “Sly Fox” as a single off of his upcoming Untitled album. In the song, he touches on FOX’s tendency to distort the truth as well as the rest of Rupert Mudoch’s media empire that acts as a sort of Big Brother.

George Orwell’s 1984 explains the concept of Big Brother. If you haven’t read it, download it here; it’s a great read. If you want to learn more about FOX’s “fair and balanced” news platform, check out Brave New Film’s Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism here. If you haven’t heard “Sly Fox” or seen the video, watch below.

So we look at what’s going on — this as an EXTREME aggression, um
I’m also hearing about it from EVERYWHERE!
It’s-it’s on the islands, it’s on the continent, it’s here: it’s everywhere!
And this is, if you will, a WAR — An all out assault by…

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What My World Sounds Like: “It Never Entered My Mind”

Jul
12

Miles Davis “Workin’” cover

Miles Davis…such a profound talent. The musical highlight of 2007 was my acquisition of 101 Miles Davis albums. Of course, this included a mix of live and studio recordings so there were many duplicates, but there were no worries on my end. I can appreciate the differences and benefits of a live song over a recording and vice versa. In fact, being such a strong concert proponent, it’s no wonder I’m attracted to jazz and the its era. (Furthermore, given my appreciation for jazz, it’s no wonder I’m attracted to blues and hip-hop.)

One of the songs by Davis that instantly struck me is “It Never Entered My Mind” recorded in 1956 and released in 1959 on Workin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet. Really good stuff.

Miles Davis Quintet – “It Never Entered My Mind”

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Words to remember

Jul
08

“Over the past years, I have learned that life should be lived
in pursuit of understanding and not perfection.”

– Anonymous

Will Smith

Jul
07

Hancock…disappoints.

This man is the SOLE reason Hancock is considered a successful film, despite being a terribly unsuccessful and disappointing story. International opening weekend figures–thanks to a Tuesday night opening and a 3-day weekend–are $185 million.

WHAT?

Up there in the highest grossing openings ever. Ridiculous considering that it really was a trashy film that’s really only enjoyed because of its star.

Kudos on the figures, but I do expect better next time. I really do.

Variety’s “Hancock a holiday box office hero” and Variety’s “Hancock exerts its Will overseas”.


UPDATE: July 14, 2008

Upon reading about Hancock at The Think Movement, someone left a pretty insightful analysis of the movie in the comments that I think was generally missed by most.

I for one thought Hancock was an excellent film. Original and unpredictable the movie had me after I fully understood the symbolic eagle throughout the film.

Hancock symbolized America itself in the film, and I’m surprised many have not caught on to it.

The omnipresent eagle, the bum who has superpower and the name itself John Hancock. US is a superpower, the eagle is one of it’s most symbolic figures and John Hancock is known for his confident flamboyant signature that was first to be written on the Declaration of Independence.

So we have Hancock a superpower who feels it is his responsibility, because of his ability, to intervene in times of terror, but is perceived as arrogant, selfish and destructive, with no regard to anyone or anything. Huh….that sounds very familiar to the perception of the world on the U.S. and their foreign affairs.

Now visa versa, Hancock can be looked at as a big brother. Looking out for the lesser privileged and keeping order in LA. If done right, this could be the perception of the U.S. on a global level.

When I view the movie through this lens, I find myself appreciating it more. However, I still think that the execution was weak, especially if Hancock was a metaphor for the US.

ICON: Muhammad Ali

Jul
05

Ali on the couch in ZaireI love this man. I do. It’s easy to see why his opponents wouldn’t like him since he talked so much trash…but he backed it up. Part of his process to prepare himself mentally was to talk about his strengths and his opponents weaknesses. I noticed this while watching When We Were Kings. He kept saying that George Foreman was scared and slow, that he was the greatest, and rejoiced in hearing and chanting “Ali, bomaye!” meaning “Ali, kill him!”

The background story to this fight is pretty interesting: In 1964, Ali beats Sonny Liston to become the heavyweight boxing champion at 22. In 1967, after refusing to be drafted in the Vietnam war, Ali is stripped of his title. After three and a half years, he is reinstated and at 29 must fight Joe Frazier in order to regain his title. Ali loses to Frazier in 1971 after 15 rounds. In 1972, relative unknown, Kenny Norton, breaks Ali’s jaw and defeats him after 15 rounds. Ali is considered to be finished. Frazier loses his title to George Foreman in 1973. Then, in order to become the champ again, Ali must contend with Foreman, who is undefeated and ten years younger. At the time, Ali’s record was 44-2 and Foreman was 40-0 with 37 KOs. Talk about a formidable opponent. It’s a good chance that the only person who thought Ali could beat Foreman was Ali himself. Really, that was all that mattered.

When We Were Kings documents the six weeks the fighters spent in Kinshasa. (Don’t waste your time looking for Zaire on the map because that name was abandoned for a return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.) It’s lots of fun to watch and makes you wish for a time travel machine. A must-see documentary that won an Academy Award in 1997.

Ali training in Zaire

Foreman goes down!
Foreman falls…

Watch out for that fist.

When We Were Kings movie
Watch it! Buy it here.

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Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali
Heavyweights

Aside from his skill as a boxer, Ali is respected for his fearlessness and his “do for self” attitude. According to Wikipedia, even as late as 2007, he traveled about 200 days out of the year, lending his name and presence to causes he supports. The more I learn about this tactician, the more I like him. Good…I’m inspired.

Now…does anyone have a video or information leading to a video of Ali on the Mike Douglas show with Sly Stone on July 14, 1974? If so, email me.

The Cool…

Jul
05

Muhammad Ali

Barack Obama

Marvin Gaye

Denzel Washington

Jay-Z

Hats off to Ebony on the August covers. I hope the quality of the articles match that of the pictures.  Good…I’m inspired.

Shouldn’t Miles Davis have a cover?

The visual: Ron “Rondiggy” Ackins

Jul
05

Rondiggy’s “Hula Girl”

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Rondiggy’s “Nicky” from The Beauty Series

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Rondiggy’s “Storm”

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What’s ridiculously popular yet under-respected at the same time?

Comics.

Reading them will give you a brand new appreciation for illustrators. I can draw basic shapes…expecting anything outside of that is probably going too far. Still, I’ve always wanted to be able to draw well. See…anybody who can hold a pencil can draw, but to do it well is an entirely different story.

One who does it very well is none other than freelance artist Ron Ackins, whose work has been featured in Kicks and XXL magazines, as well as on Nike (soon!) and UndrCrwn tees. Chances are if it was a UndrCrwn shirt you really liked, he did it.

For more of his work and contact information, visit Behance.net/RonAckins. Good…I’m inspired. Not to draw, but to do what I’m good at.

Spotlight: Little Dragon

Jul
05

I’ve been meaning to write about this group for approximately two months. Better late than never because chances are you don’t know who they are anyway, meaning I’m still ahead of the curve. 😉

Little Dragon album cover

The morning of May 4th was a good one. I heard Little Dragon‘s “Test” and was convinced to locate and secure a copy of the album. Shortly thereafter, that goal was met and I was captivated. How could I just be finding out about them? (Well…because I don’t cruise the music circuit in search of new talent like I used to.) They’re really that good.

This Swedish group has perfected a union of jazz, pop, electronica, and hip-hop. Listening to this music, you just know that they take their craft seriously. Note to musicians: make good albums and people will like them. Then, you won’t have to trick your fans or sell your soul. Pretty sweet deal to me.

Below are videos to some of my favorite songs on the ablum. (Yes, I like every song.)


“Test”


“Constant Surprises”


“Twice”

For more music and info, head to their MySpace page.

What My World Sounds Like: Wale

Jul
05

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A surprising find while cruising through the ‘net (on Guerrilla Intellectualism):

For more about WALE, check out his MySpace page or blog.

What, to a slave, is the 4th of July?

Jul
04

What did you do today?   Me…nothing much.  Played some tunes, watched a movie, wrote, read.  Read a great blog that answers the question in the subject on Guerrilla Intellectualism.

“what, to the american slave, is your 4th of july?  i answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.  to him, you celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.  there is not a nation on earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the united states, at this very hour”  to read the speech in its entirety click here

To read the blog in full, click here.