Anyway this is coming because I’ve slipped back into listening to real words be delivered through the power of poetry. There is way too much mind numbing bullshit that is being pumped through speakers all over the world. People rapping lyrics that make no sense what so ever but are yet making more money than they know what to do with.
People who have a dope ass beat and proceed to ruin it with a flow that is monotone and lyrics that have no real meaning. They just rhyme.
And so I bring you to my point. Def Poetry Jam is one of the greatest shows to never exist. When you YouTube it you will find a goldmine of poems that will motivate you, make you laugh, make you cry and most importantly make you think. Gemineye has one of my favourite poems entitled penny for your thoughts. In which he changes the way sexual innuendoes are used to not only make sense but opens up how most men look at women.
The poems are powerful. They represent the lost verses of thought. While there are some conscious rappers out there, poetry captures your ears in a net of verbal ecstasy. Every poem spoken on Def Poetry Jam has given me goosebumps and made me think more than any rap has ever done.
Lets jump straight into this. Commons new album is turning out to be the best album of this year. Bar for bar this dude puts other rappers to shame (yes i’m talking to you Wheezy). Dude spits true bars all the time and his music makes you feel good as well as bumps hard. I’ve always been a big fan of common. He rhymes with sense and his flow/delivery is ALWAYS on point. Proof is in the pudding aka the BET G.O.O.D Music Cypher.
I mean Ghetto Dreams is a banger, Sweet makes you wanna tell the world your worth and now hearing his new track with John Legend - The Believer makes you see that the album is gonna be so dope!! I’m not too sure why he’s not signed to G.O.O.D Music but I’m glad he still is affiliated with them. Their album will also be hot fire. And Jay has apparently hinted at a Watch The Throne 2…Interesting… Hopefully it won’t be overhyped…
Now this is how to make a suspenseful film that other wise could have been extremely boring. Spike Lee takes the classic story of a bank robbery and turns it upside down. He delves into the characteristics of what makes a man (or in this case) group of people want to risk everything they have to rob a bank.
The story is very compelling with a very neat twist. It also shows the darker side of being extremely rich, the ways to get there and the help that is available to you in any situation. A lot of people don’t really rate Clive Owen as an actor but this is one film he excels in. The rest of the crew are quite forgettable. This ends up becoming a mind game between Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. Which isn’t a bad thing.
But like most Spike Lee films this keeps you involved, keeps you within the story. This is how a bank robbery should be made. And also the film confuses the shit out of you by starting with an Indian song. I can’t help but think my man Waris Ahluwalia was behind that one.
"I’m no martyr. I did it for the money. But it’s not worth much if you can’t face yourself in the mirror. Respect is the ultimate currency. I was stealing from a man who traded his away for a few dollars. And then he tried to wash away his guilt. Drown it in a lifetime of good deeds and a sea of respectability. It almost worked too. But inevitably, the further you run from your sins, the more exhausted you are when they catch up with you. And they do. Certain. It will not fail…"
This week can be summed up in one word; EPIC! Firstly shooting with the big homie Mandeep Sethi (whom I have previously blogged about) and then shooting my first birthday party. It’s been an incredible week! Some very funny and random conversations have happened as well as squat-jogging through Kingston, London…. Don’t ask…
But this has been a mental week. It’s just the beginning. If you want some work done then get at me asap because I will be getting busy very soon.
Massive shouts to all those who have supported me and pushed me to do the best I can. Too many to name but you know who you are ;)
And remember, its not the adult that cries that matters, its the child who laughs…