Even though 808s and Heartbreaks was released back in 2008, that hasn’t stopped Kanye West from releasing another video off of the album. Directed by Nabil Elderkin, who also worked with West on “Paranoid” and “Welcome to Heartbreak”, the video is entirely CG and is a little reminiscent of the first Lord of The Rings film. I don’t know if that’s a good thing yet.
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Finally, Jay-Z has proven to us why he is still one of the best rappers in all of hip hop. Just when you thought he was becoming irrelevant and had forever yielded the spotlight to the likes of Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne, he delivers this aggressive track which has a underlying message of “I’m back and more mature than ever”. Kudos Mr. Carter, kudos.
Well, in case you’ve been under a rock for the past month, the heralded and highly anticipated return on pop-rapper Eminem, has been inundating the various forms of media . MTV, YouTube, and the ever-expanding blogosphere have publicized highly, his new album Relapse, which will officially mark the end his four year lull. In this current state of hip hop however, one must ask, (Is Eminem still relevant ?). Do we still care about what the guy has to say anymore? During his debut and subsequent success, Eminem represented an alternative side of hip hop which provided the impetus for his career. Now, with artists like Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, Gnarls Barkley and others taking the industry into newfound realms, and shows like VH1’s The White Rapper Show has shown that being a white MC just isnt that special as it was back in 1999. Eminem’s shock value has severely depreciated and like his hometown of Detroit; he will become a casuality of the changed economic and cultural attitudes in America.
Here is Kanye’s 3rd version for his song “Flashing Lights” off of his Graduation album. This one might be the most vague out of the three with the whole Clue x The Adams Family thing going. I likely the artistic direction but am left a little perplexed by its meaning.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Kanye continues to merge the boundaries of fashion, art & hip hop. In the second version of his “Flashing LIghts” video, he takes us back to the days of stop-motion filming with this one. He also decided to switch the main lady with one that looks less pornstar and more hauté couture.Vodpod videos no longer available.
As many of you already know, MTV released another list consisting on whom they believe to be the hottest MCs in the game right now. The list goes as follows:
1. Kanye West
3. Lil’ Wayne
4. Rick Ross
5. Snoop Dogg
6. 50 Cent
7. Lupe Fiasco
8. Young Jeezy
9. Andre 3000
I’d thought that I would never say this but, I think that the list is pretty accurate even though I am not a fan of most of the MCs on it. Now before all the backpackers and “true” hip hop heads shout blasphemy, hear me out. This list is compiled of the hottest MCs in the game, not the most talented. When you view it in this aspect then the list’s composition seems more and more precise. Think about the people you see on the music videos, hear on the radio (if you still listen), the ones that have been generally “hot” over the past year or two. If you factor all of those things into the decision making process, then you realize that the panelists at MTV have done a pretty respectable job. Sure, I would have loved for the list to have some of my favorites like Travis McCoy, Phonte, or MF DOOM, but the fact of the matter is, these MCs generate little to no buzz. What really surprises me however, is the inclusion of Andre 3000 and not Black Thought of The Legendary Roots Crew. Don’t get me wrong, Andre 3000 is a good rapper, but when did he become top tier in the game? He’s a part of one of the best duos in hip hop history and an amazing creative talent, but he virtually has no buzz and his lyrical ability is a little unexceptional. If people want to respond to that and say that Black Thought is a little too underground for the list, then what about Common, a highly talented MC who has risen to mainstream success and critical claim over the past couple of years and is about to release his next album this summer. I could dissect this list all day, but in the end, I have to commend MTV for compiling a seemingly impossible list that really reflects the current state (good or bad) of hip hop today.
Is it a teaser video? Is it Part 1 in a series (think Jesus walks) or is this all that Mr. West is going to leave us with? I can’t definitively answer any of those questions but if you searched the net recently, you’ve probably already found many “answers”. If you have read articles and posts related to this subject, take note that most of what you read will undoubtedly be hearsay and completely speculative. Reportedly, the rapper-producer co-directed the Flashing Lights video with director Spike Jonze however, it has not been confirmed that this is indeed that video. So, enjoy the video and peep the uber sexy model in the video. Her name is Rita G if you even care.