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Darren’s latest lament is up…

Last summer, I watched perhaps one the best films I’ve seen a long while in ‘Looper’, it reminding me of Michael Mann’s 1995 Masterpiece ‘Heat’.

Even, after six months the themes of ‘Looper’ still come to my attention just like that of ‘Heat’ did some seventeen years earlier, in that BOTH Motion Pictures attempt to explain the motivations of why people decide to become Professional Criminals.
Not for the needs of attention & power over others, just that the rewards are normally worth the risks. This being a theme that isn’t shown in Hollywood Cinema as it’s still the ‘Goodie vs. Baddie’ format with the Baddie losing at the end.

Yet, as we know life isn’t like this but it’s possible the reason that this simplistic format still exists is simply because it delivers fantasy; and isn’t this a major reason why people attend the Cinema? Another connection and the reason you are reading this article is a main theme within ‘Looper’. Set in 2044 (32 years in the future), it goes out to showcase that creativity has stalled across the Globe, therefore creating a major obsession in 20th Century Music & Fashion (1945 – 1999) within the Youth of that period.

It seems everything that could be created in terms of art at this point has young people looking towards the past instead of the future. It’s hinted in ‘Looper’ that Technology was the central factor in the end of creativity/imagination. Being creative & having some originality, I decided to look for a villain that is making the lowering of standards acceptable yet also making vast amounts of money doing so. Their are many contenders but really ONLY one whopper worthy of such an accolade…

Can anybody, even Lady Gaga fans or ‘Monsters’ as she calls them (Humans have intellect), inform me why she is worthy of such coveted attention? The Music seems secondary, with more focus placed on whatever item of clothing she is wearing. I’ve expressed more concerns on her Ladyship in a previous article, that’s an original read: All aboard the #BornBraveBus ?

Will the prophecy of ‘Looper’ occur? It’s possible when the UK’s & possibly the World’s Leading Music but Over-Hyped Festival – Glastonbury™ allows the following example of utter s**t to perform. Warning: If you find this performance impressive, congratulations you’re a proper Double Whopper with the Cheese…!!.

For all the corporate endorsement deals of the current Global Pop Music ‘Elite’, they don’t surprise or say anything interesting. It’s all about living in the V.I.P & maintaining that status, so the code of Wall St. has been transferred into Music. I’ll leave you with the below live performance all the way from 1976, whilst 37 years old contains more energy than Lady Gaga, a Woman who’s entire act is basically impersonating a Gay Male Drag Artist which is about replicating a Woman. If you re-read along with ponder on this point, you’ll realize it’s correct.

Unlike Lady Gaga this is entertaining as the Stage Set & Clothes whilst extravagant can’t complete with the music & THAT’S what it’s always been about…

Happy Birthday 2Pac

Today marks what would of been the 41st birthday for Tupac Shakur. As an actor, rapper and, originally with Digital Underground, a dancer, 2Pac as he later became known, was one of, if not the loudest, voices in hip-hop in the early to mid nineties. Everything he did, from arguably one of the greatest hip-hop based performances on celluloid of all time in Juice, up until his untimely death in 1996, screamed for attention. For better or worse he was an icon of the times, constantly provoking discussion and debate, love and hatred. He live, and died, by what he stood for.

Now now. We know his music has been overdone since his death. We know he wasn’t one of the most quotable emcees of his time. But I’m gonna stick my neck out here and say 2Pac was mad underrated. He’s done a few albums that stand up well, Makaveli, Thug Life and especially Me Against the World. Even the magnum opus on Death Row, All Eyez on Me, counts as something of a classic if you shredded it down a little bit. But becuase teengae fanboys revered him after he died (I’m gonna admit I was one circa 1997-2000) hiphop heads never give him his dues. So I’m gonna plead the case for his legacy to be re-appraised slightly. Through the power of five songs…

Seriously, is it possible to dislike this record? Shakur is just straight up clownin with the Digital Underground and singing about shagging loads of birds. But it’s playful misoygny (by Hip-Hop standards at least) and just loads of fun. Love, love, love it.

Yowzers. This is probably the most distilled record of hate ever made. It even trumps Bob Dylan. It’s venomous bile of a different kind, and pretty uncomfortable listening at times. It’s not the most skilful or important diss record ever (KRS stand up), but it is one of the best. Sadly indicative of a man about to be engulfed by the themes he rapped about, it’s nevertheless a fascinating piece of music.

“Before the BDP conflict with MC Shan, Around the time when Shante dissed the Real Roxxane”. So begins Nas on the final verse of his iller than ill ‘Represent’ track, painting a picture that is pure homage to the old school pioneers. One year later though and Pac went one further and delivered this classic tribute to the forefathers of hip-hop. Shakur knew his onions, and this is reverential to a point that his west coast partner Snoop never quite managed with Lodi Dodi and Vapors.

Pete Rock & Cl Smooth’s ‘TROY’ is the quintessential ‘dead homie’ record in hip-hop, but this languid effort from 2Pac’s Thug Life group is a worthy addition to the canon. Such was Shakur’s conviction to his cause that his body was the ultimate outlet for his branding of his ideas, quite literally, with his tattoos. Body art in music was certainly no new thing, but Shakur gave hip-hop it’s first real beyond the wax militant, worthy in dedication if not necessarily in cause to his Black Panther ancestry. Also if not in name but definitely in spirit, ‘Pain’ by 2Pac and Big Stretch, is probably the other timeless Thug Life record, lifted off the Above the Rim Soundtrack.

Still an absolute anthem! This is all about Dre in the last stand of g-funk, the final apocalyptic record he gave Suge and Death Row, but Shakur came out banging heads with a brutal call to arms verse that would characterise his violent, combustible and musically hit and miss stay on Death Row. This song and this video, which featured cameos from Chris Tucker and George Clinton with a brilliant nod to both The Warriors and Mad Max, should of started what was Death Row’s second golden age. Things sadly didn’t work out that way, but this is the sound of hip-hop taking over the world. That it didn’t quite happen for another four years is irrelevant, because this was the sonic boom bap that announced the music was going to top the charts across the planet.

That opening slavo, ‘Out on bail fresh out of jail, california dreamin’ is still up there in hip-=hop entrances. And one of the first records I truly, truly loved in the genre; if it had been a Soundgarden or Smashing Pumpkins song that had made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as a thirteen year old I might not be writing this blog today. And he did get that bomb beat from Dre and serenade the streets of LA.

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