I don’t typically post music videos on the Hall but Ciara could easily have her own section on this site for being so excruciatingly hot. This is her video with Ludacris for the song “Ride” and if you can manage 4 minutes and 39 seconds of fire on your screen then go ahead and hit play and watch the princess dance. Now there are some of you who are probably going to see this and say “I don’t see the big deal”, well unless you can submit a video of yourself popping those gym-toned hips to a beat through several unique dance steps then I suggest you sit your hatin’ ass down and find something else to do. For those of you that can appreciate poetry in motion, witness Ride or as I like to call it “sex music”.
In case you missed it, Shakira (possibly the hottest performer ever) set South Africa on fire with her performance at the opening Ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2010. Sporting a bushy dress and throwing her hips to her popular song “Hips Don’t Lie”, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen for the full 7 minutes of awesomeness. While all the performances were amazing, Shakira’s easily stood out as the most memorable. This performance was the inaugural FIFA World Cup™ Kick-off Celebration Concert. Needless to say it was absolute fire, the colors, the hips and of course the music. If only NFL Halftime Shows could be this epic… Check out this video and images of the legendary hawte Shakira. Shakira’s Sexy Gallery Hips Don’t Lie – FIFA World Cup™ 2010 – Opening Ceremony
Once in awhile we get a brave, unique artist or two with a different sound break through the clones and deliver music that we either cheer or shun. Typically when it’s shunned, we pick it back up years after and lament our closed-minded disdain at the time and then dare to wonder “where are they now”. When David Bowie dropped Space Oddity, the world paid attention and it sent ripples throughout the music world that futuristic, space-aged sound has its place. Unfortunately there is only one Bowie but people such as Jason Kay of Jamiroquai have bravely taken the baton and continued to keep a groovy space-aged sound pumping… In the Hip Hop world Del Tha Funkee Homasapien, Kool Keith and Andre 3000 of Outkast have shown that even in the most closed-minded of music forms the space-age has its place. And now new artist (new to some of you) Janelle Monae is bringing her… [Read more]
10. Eric Mongrain You’ve probably never heard of Eric Mongrain, and he probably won’t go down as a guitar legend, but his sound is not typical guitar solo material. I’m not even sure it has a genre. The movie August Rush had a lot of guitar tapping in it, but I haven’t seen anyone do it as well as Mongrain. 9. Lynard Skynard – Freebird If you’re going to make a top ten guitar songs, you are legally obligated to include Freebird. Lynard Skynard will be remembered mostly for this song. It’s just groovy as hell and builds to a near metal fever. You can’t deny the power of FREEBIRD!! 8. Skwisgaar Skwigelf – Crush My Battle Opponent’s Balls What’s better than a blend of amazing metal and cartoons? Nothing. Skwisgaar Skwigelf’s solo “Crush My Battle Opponent’s Balls” is the most insane thing he’s put out to date. Yeah, ok Brendon Small is the real… [Read more]
Now all of us old hats can argue that Hip Hop died sometime between 1995 and 1996, while you younglings will say that the music is still going strong etc. Regardless of that old argument, we fans can agree that there are a collective of videos and songs that just make you cringe whenever you hear them. Others are just plain bad and it might have caused that person to be permanently placed on your “do not listen” list due to the wackness. Anyway, being that myself and Nia are Hip Hop heads through and through, we got together and came up with a few videos that we consider to be a black mark on Hip Hop history. Please do not get upset if these turds strike up bad memories for you, we do this in good fun… enjoy: 1. J-Lo and The Lox – Jenny From The Block As a listener and fan of… [Read more]
This video is very old, but the point still needs to be driven home so that those of you who absolutely don’t get it will. Rap music is entertainment, it’s entertainment that has grown out of the urban outcast streets to the popular mainstream media. With the growth and changes in Hip Hop from black conscious lyrics to money bragging, there has always been an argument of whether someone was real or not. While the mature people who love the art-form can easily separate the abstract from the reality, many impressionable people believe or want to believe that whatever is said is fact by these guys. We can accept that Sylvester Stallone is an actor who really hasn’t shot up hundreds of enemies but when we hear that Rick Ross isn’t the drug lord of Miami we cry foul. In the second video below, Malice of The Clipse showcases a nice home, a modest car… [Read more]
This review is late in coming but I cannot stop listening to Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry. Something about the samples and guest artists mixed in with Ghostface’s tales of hitting on pretty pregnant women makes this thing work. My favorite track of the 14 or so hits is a song called Paragraphs of Love featuring Vaughn Anthony (John Legend’s brother) and Estelle (of American Boy fame). In this particular song, Ghost runs into a pregnant woman and it is love at first sight, strange right? that’s what you think until you hear him pour his heart out to her as Vaughn and Estelle coo in the background. The album is pure magic and I find the title very appropriate based on this, Ghostdini the wiz knows how to pick his R&B and his formula for mixing hip hop into it is pure mastery. The standard formula for Hip Hop / R&B has been a horrible… [Read more]
Recently I was involved in an email discussion with some good friends in regards to two new albums being released: The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z and Only Built 4 Cuban Links 2 by Raekwon Da Chef and Ghostface Killa. What started out as a funny moment of reminiscing (being that we all at one time had been engrossed fully into the Hip Hop culture) degenerated into a bout of ageism and elitism. Some of them had apparently outgrown Hip Hop, here is a quote from one of my more successful, respected and intellectual friends: “I’d only share that the majority of hip hop music (both now and in the “golden age” too) rang empty to me once I personally matured to an extent. The musical celebration of themes like misogyny, substance abuse, drug trafficking, gunplay, misogyny, homophobia, pride in incarceration, satisfaction with poverty, misdirected territorialism (aka a stolen people reppin’ their stolen land to the… [Read more]