As you should know by now, my favorite book of all-time is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s a classic tale of status, wealth, ambition, and (most of all) love. The 70s film version starring Robert Redford will always be cool, but now Baz Luhrmann has decided to give the jazz age story a new 3D sheen. Will it work? Who knows. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carroway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Check out the trailer above. Continue reading
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Tagged Adrian Grenier, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, entourage, Jay-Z, kanye west, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Moulin Rouge, Movie Trailer, Robert Redford, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire, Watch The Throne, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
I imagine most of you are enjoying the day and preparing for a night of raucous debauchery. If that’s the case, hit pause on Watch the Throne (you’ll be hearing cuts from it all night anyway) and get crunk to this classic kick ass tune from Elton John.
Let’s talk for a minute about hype. Public Enemy once famously implored us not to believe it. After all, hype is used to cover up shortcomings in that which is being hyped. There should be no pomp and circumstance—the work should speak for itself, right? Ultimately, children, hype breeds disappointment.
At least, that’s what most dissenters would say. In my opinion, however, the purpose of hype is to get people excited about a project. And that’s exactly what happened with Watch The Throne, the new album from Jay-Z and Kanye West. (The duo have dubbed themselves The Throne, a moniker I refuse to use.)
But the hype also brought a ton of criticism. In fact, people criticized the entire album before listening to it, mind you, saying it would only be a purely materialistic affair, a slap in the face to people who, in this economy, have virtually nothing. It was also said that the album wasn’t being done for the love of hip-hop, it was done so that Kanye and Jay could “win.” And I loved that such sentiments were usually backed up with qualifiers like, “I love these niggas and have supported them their whole careers but …” Fuck outta heah with that noise. Please just listen to the goddamned music.
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Tagged Beanie Sigel, Beyonce Knowles, Frank Ocean, hip-hop, Jay-Z, kanye west, Lex Luger, Otis Redding, Public Enemy, RZA, Swizz Beats, Watch The Throne
Jay Fingers and Hype Williams, on the set of “Big Pimpin’,” 1999.
Cuz I’m movin’ in slow motion, slow motion …
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Tagged Big Pimpin', GPOY, hip-hop, Hype Williams, Jay Fingers, Jay-Z, kanye west, Little X, Miami, Murder Inc., Pimp C, Veuve Clicquot, Watch The Throne
By this point you’ve already seen the video. But as today has been a Throne-worthy day on the blog, I figured I’d post it, too. Directed by Spike Jonze, the video for Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s “Otis” is as fun and arrogant as the song for which it was created. I approve 100% of the Maybach’s mauling so that it could become the now-infamous Throne-mobile (which, according to Minya, will be auctioned off for famine relief).
You know what really stands out to me? Jay just looks like he’s having a lot of motherfucking fun. For once, he dropped his cool and just let loose. Having fun LIKE A BOSS! Look at Kanye whipping the Throne-mobile around LIKE A BOSS! Plus, they got hella cute ethnically ambiguous broads in the back! BOSS! (I know that last statement’s gonna ruffle some feathers—ha!)
And just for the record, Aziz Ansari steals the show.