Monday, September 28, 2009

KiD CuDi

Man on the Moon: The End of Day= classic Hip Hop. Kid Cudi is a lyrical genius with no regard for any particular genre, hence the alternative/pop feel of his sound. A different type of Hip Hop indeed.

Cudi pours out his soul on each track, shedding light on personal events that helped shape his style and ability. Man on the Moon: The End of Day is a true presentation of self-expression. Kid Cudi's smooth delivery makes him pleasing to listen to and easy to understand.

The Cleveland, Ohio native pulls from his environmental experiences, concocting a mature, melodic flow with a creative mixture of riffs.

My personal favorite tracks are "Pursuit of Happiness" and "Soundtrack 2 My Life" but the CD is a definite no-skipper. Go cop it!

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mama Whit

Whitney Houston has returned with a new album, new attitude and a new look (please, pretty please... don't call it a comeback). She insists!

Her latest studio album I Look To You was released on August 31, 2009 and contains 11 breathtaking, Whitney-still-has-it tracks. "Million Dollar Bill" is the second single and also my favorite song on the album (track #1 if you're wondering).

Whitney's vocals are noticeably conditioned, causing her to sound tremendously better than ever. She has shaken all the negative controversy surrounding her personal life and is ready for a new start. Go Whitney! Welcome back (not that she ever went anywhere)!

Winter storms have come
and darkened my sun
After all that I've been through
Who on earth can I turn to
I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to you

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Friday, September 18, 2009

2009 VMAs

Oh, Kanye.

The 2009 VMAs were quite er um ah... surprising, to say the least. Definitely some shocking moments. I must say I was extremely impressed with the opening MJ tribute, totally blew BET out of the water. Then again, MTV did have more time to prepare so I digress. The HD quality seemed to be heightened during the live performances, very enticing... felt like I was there live in the middle of all the action. However, there were one too many mishaps. Security must have been asleep all night, allowing two perpetrators to bombard the stage at the beginning and end of the show (i.e. Kanye West and Lil Mama). Hilarious, but despicable. Get it together MTV! You've already replaced your music programs with an excessively abundant amount of reality shows. This is strike two! I'm just sayin...

Let's take a look back at some of the OMG and WTF moments:
Performance Highlights.



Russell Brand = The worst host ever!

Oh my, Katy Perry.

Pink = gutsy

Lady Gaga = No words.

Hip hip hooray, Beyonce saves the day!

SMH @ Lil Mama. The look on Jay's face = priceless
*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Despite what some might say, Tyler Perry is a cinematic genius! However, critics are quick to downgrade and at times overlook the messages within his films.

Perry has grown to become a very influential figure in the African American community and movie-goers (black and white) respect his effort. A wise person once said, "men lie, women lie... numbers don't." His 7th feature film, I Can Do Bad All By Myself shot straight to #1 its opening weekend. Tada!

Tyler Perry continues to ignore the negativity surrounding his work while focusing on touching and entertaining those who actually appreciate the sentiments portrayed on screen. I Can Do Bad All By Myself mimics Perry's obsession with pain as Taraji P. Henson explicates the effects of agonizing events that occurred throughout her life.

I Can Do All By Myself is a true story of triumph. Perry utilizes the power of music, love and religion combined to deliver each main character to a peaceful conclusion.

Grade: A-

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*