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Darren on Beyonce – It’s ALL a Blag

There’s been a bit of hoo-hah about Beyonce singing at the Obama inauguration, particularly with her admitting now that she mimed. Darren sent me the below before the Knowles revelations and as always he had a twist on the relavence of it all…

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Photo: 2013 Publicity Photo of multi-millionaire Pop Singer Beyoncé Knowles announcing yet another promotional deal with Pepsi.

People often wonder what will become the next threat to the survival of Humanity. Here are a few of the main possibilities…

  • World War III, featuring the Heavyweight Title Fight: America vs. China for the opportunity to become undisputed champion of the world.
  • A mutated virus, either a product of nature or a biological weapon in the form of Influenza or, more worryingly, Ebola hemorrhagic fever.



Whilst these views should be taken seriously, I think it’s much more simpler and easier to understand when assessing this simple definition:

Hypocrisy.
n.
1. the condition of a individual pretending to be something they are not, especially in the area of morals; a false presentation of belief or feeling. — hypocrite, n. — hypocritic, hypocritical, adj
.

This reached ‘Mt. Everest’ levels at the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C (USA) on Monday 21st January 2013. Specifically, the invitation of Beyoncé to sign the national anthem as the climax of this historic event.

Now, Beyoncé has signed a $50million (£30million) deal to promote Pepsi but Michelle Obama, from the very offset of her role as ‘The First Lady’, has been busy promoting Healthy Living. Erm… let’s compare & contrast shall we…


THEN…

It get’s better as everybody watching, either those estimated 800,000 in Washington or Billions watching across the world, witnessed Beyoncé deliver big-time with a traditional yet unique interpretation of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Now wait for the comment from the presenter at the end of the below performance, as it nicely goes into the final section.

But, it seems the truth at times can expose the trickery played on the masses, the best explanation coming from the over-lords of American Hollywood Gossip: TMZ.

I like the reaction of Harvey Levin (wearing the Green Polo Shirt), who is completely stunned at the slyness and front to do such a thing at such an occasion. This being the same man that founded TMZ who knows full well the levels of deception that celebrities are willing to use in self-promotion. Watching it, it felt like Levin viewed it as a step-too far.

If, such an audacious blag (Liverpool [UK] slang term meaning ‘clever con’) can be played, then what else has OR will be pulled on millions or even billions of ordinary people..!!

As for Beyoncé Knowles, her blag has not only failed but backfired on her spectacularly, as she is going to be delivering the Half-Time Show at the NFL Superbowl in New Orleans on Sunday 3rd February 2013. You see, Pepsi have been, even for their standards, going into hyperbolic-overdrive around this fact since November 2012.

The game itself sees for the 1st time; rival coaches being Brothers:

John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco 49ers).

So, due to her endorsement deal alongside the clash of the Harbaugh Brothers, this Superbowl will be the most watched in history, as even those not into sports are likely to tune in.

As Half-Time Performer, Beyoncé under contract with the NFL, will have to do at least one Press Conference in front of the world’s media. I guess some questions around her ability to perform on the big-stage are going to be asked directly to her, which will in turn lead to some awkward karma moments.

So, reader what would you rather have celebrity or integrity? This is the question that will not only decide the outcome of the Twenty first Century but possibly Humanity itself.

Additional Reading:

‘In Beyoncé Deal, Pepsi Focuses on Collaboration’ – (The New York Times Newspaper [USA], Sunday 9th December 2012)

‘Laurie David Talks Beyonce’s Pepsi Deal On HuffPost Live (VIDEO)’ – (The Huffington Post, Thursday 17th January 2013)

‘Beauty brand L’Oreal accused of ‘whitewashing’ Beyonce’ – (The Daily Mail Newspaper [UK], Friday 8th August 2008)

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Nuff said.

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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