Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summertime

Dead Prez - Summertime



A bit of a different feel from "Hip Hop"... but a pretty good track nevertheless.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Strawberry Swing

The newest video by Coldplay is simply incredible. It is one of the most intricate stop motion pieces I have ever seen.

Novoclipe from stereopark on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Game, set, match...


The Game, a very good rapper in his own right came out swinging (all-the-while committing career suicide) when he released a couple Jay-Z diss tracks last week. Whether its silencing his critics at Glastonbury with Wonderwall or writing an entire album after having watched a movie... its undeniable that when it comes to hip hop, the pinnacle is Jay-Z.

Generally speaking, I ignore the "beefing" and whatnot in hip-hop. Though some good things can come of it (Jay-Z vs. Nas, 50 cent taking Ja Rule out of the game), it has done its share of damage to the genre (r.i.p. Biggie and 2pac).

Though the link seems obvious, its not until now that I've seen someone actually take the beefing of hip-hop and analyze it from an International Relations perspective. In sum, Marc Lynch at Foreign Policy asks:

"So what does Jay-Z do? If he hits back hard in public, the Game will gain in publicity even if he loses... the classic problem of a great power confronted by a smaller annoying challenger. And given his demonstrated skills and talent, and his track record against G-Unit, the Game may well score some points. At the least, it would bring Jay-Z down to his level -- bogging him down in an asymmetric war negating the hegemon's primary advantages. If Jay-Z tries to use his structural power to kill Game's career (block him from releasing albums or booking tour dates or appearing at the Grammy Awards), it could be seen as a wimpy and pathetic operation -- especially since it would be exposed on Twitter and the hip hop blogs.

The Realist advice? His best hope is probably to sit back and let the Game self-destruct, something of which he's quite capable (he's already backing away from the hit on Beyonce) -- while working behind the scenes to maintain his own alliance structure and to prevent any defections over to the Game's camp. And it seems that thus far, that's exactly what he's doing. We'll see if that's a winning strategy.... or if he's just biding his time getting ready for a counter-attack."

Read the whole article here.

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic goes further and ties in Obama, Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez for the purpose of analogy.

Mea Culpa

"In challenging the story of one witness who said he had been a prisoner at Tuol Sleng, Duch presented the curious defense that this could not be the person in question because, according to Duch’s records, he had already had him killed."

What is more-so a venue for national catharsis, the trial of Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch, the man in charge of Tuol Sleng Prison in Cambodia, continues in Phnom Penh with some interesting testimony.

It has become clear that despite the thorough documentation of the Khmer Rouge, many witnesses are unable to back up their testimony with proof. Further, the melange of law has been criticized, while failing to meet the standards of any particular legal system. However, despite the systemic chaos, I think that the primary aim of the trial is closure, to seek some form of pathos from Duch, and for the nation as whole to move on. As such, it seems almost secondary for testimony to be corroborated and for any international legal precedence to be set here.

Click here for a more detailed account of proceedings.

Jaydiohead Encore

Yes. More of that Jay-z mixed with Radiohead.

Click the picture to download.

Monday, July 13, 2009

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter



Aha! Cheeky.

Malice Vlog

Malice, 1/2 of the Clipse has a couple things to say about that rap game.

Dope.

Malice Video Blog 5 from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.