Network 2016

A minimal recap of the noise.

Jay Electronica - The Curse of Mayweather

The mysterious Electronica arrives again. But when will he release his long awaited album? Feels like a myth now.

5 Unreleased Song/Demos From The Life of Pablo

A few different outtakes and demos from The Life Of Pablo have recently surfaced. Some of these songs may have been planned for upcoming GOOD Fridays anyway but below we have a few of these outtakes.

A very odd release from Kanye. From the uncertainty on names, track list, emotions and rants leading up to it, and now these 5 demos for the album—I find it interesting how rough this release has been.

Lupe Fiasco - Bone

First song off of Drogas, Lupe’s new album. Drogas is one of three albums he’s releasing this year, before retiring.

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city’ Short Film (YouTube)

Future - Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)

http://youtu.be/K\_9tX4eHztY

Was just talking about this song not even an hour ago, and now the video drops.

The Ezra Klein Show: Ben Thompson on how to make it in media in 2016

Ezra Klein:

Since launching Stratechery in 2013 from his home in Taiwan, Ben Thompson has established himself as one of the smartest and most thoughtful analysts at the intersection of media, business, and technology.

I really enjoyed listening to this this morning. If you’re interested in building a business, a blog, or establishing a readership, this podcast episode is for you.

Ben Thompson:

The most important article you write on your blog is the second article someone reads … If that next article is also really good, then you’ve established something meaningful with that reader. You have the inkling of a relationship.

Source: Vox

Netflix’s Death Note Adaption Begins Filming

Great news. I absolutely loved the anime.

Joe Budden - Drake Diss: Making A Murderer (Part 1)

Joe’s the kind of artist that is better when he’s pissed off. This should be interesting.

Here  is the lyrics and breakdown of the song.

Stranger Things (Netflix Original Series)

I’m fascinated by the evolution of Netflix. There’s no other company coming close to them with original content. They are completely dedicated on constantly rolling out new shows and movies, making their a service a must-have.

iO9:

The debut of Netflix’s Stranger Things is just a few weeks away, and while this new trailer gives us a glimpse of its biggest-name star, Winona Ryder, it focuses on the four boys and mysterious girl who are the real focus of this E.T.-meets-Close Encounters of the Third Kind-meets-”basically everything Steven Spielberg was thinking about in the 1980s” story.

Stranger Things seems like something I’ll watch in its entirety the day it comes out, July 15th.

The Fight For Timeless Music: and the argument for why I appreciate Jay Electronica taking almost a decade to release his album.

You have to consistently release new music every 1-2 years to be considered great.

I believe this statement is incredibly wrong an is one of the main problems with the industry today. People should be praising the silence from Jay Elect, not hating it. Movie directors and rock bands can go MANY years without releasing new material and that isn’t looked down upon. It’s expected. There’s a reason that most rap albums are hollow and lack any depth to last longer than the few months or weeks of its release. It’s only job is to satisfy the crowd that is looking for the next new album. I much rather someone sit on something for years and perfect it. Treat it like it’s everything, rather than treating the buzz like it’s everything. One day, you’ll understand this concept.

The Get Down (Part 1): A Netflix Original Series

Just finished watching this. You have to watch this. Grandmaster Flash, Nas, Kool Hurt—what more do you need to hear?

This show is about the essence of hip-hip and DJing. It teaches you about style, and respect, and about maturing. It teaches you about love, and being competitive, and about being fearless. Part 1 is only 6 episodes long, but all 6 are classics.

Radiohead: The Secrets of Daydreaming

A video essay exploring the many hidden secrets in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new Radiohead music video: Daydreaming.”

A fascinating 14 minute video. I love Radiohead so much.

Kendrick Lamar Performs Untitled 2’ on The Tonight Show

http://youtu.be/iZJXvjeWlVA

The new Hitman game will be released as a series of episodes

Andrew Webster:

Agent 47′s next adventure will be released in multiple parts. Today publisher Square Enix announced that the next Hitman game will be a fully episodic” release, with the first episode of the game, which takes place in Paris, due to launch on March 11th.

Love this. Breaking games up has many benefits:

Rolling Stone: Kanye wrestles with his biggest enemy — himself — on a complex, conflicted masterpiece

Rob Sheffield:

West is a genius who worries the world only likes him for being a clown. (St. Paul felt that way, too.) When he wears his clown hat on Pablo, as in his misogynistic jokes in Famous,” it’s embarrassing — he’s just aiming for cheap laughs, and not even getting those. (When he boasts about his wild and crazy antics at award shows nobody else remembers, he sounds like the dork at a high-school reunion who thinks that spring-break kegger was the peak of his life.) But that’s part of what West is trying to figure out on Pablo — a grown man, not to mention a pioneering artist, wondering why he has to keep playing the 38-year-old 8-year old.” Pablo doesn’t go for any grand musical and emotional statements on the level of Bound 2” or Runaway” or Hey Mama.” West just drops broken pieces of his psyche all over the album and challenges you to fit them together.

Rihanna - Work feat. Drake (Music Video)

Two videos in one. The first one is the commercial version, the second is the explicit, more seductive version, hidden behind the first. Cool idea.

My Thoughts On Kanye’s Album

Kanye is self-imploding. That’s what comes to mind when I hear the album, and when I see his marketing that led up to its release.

His ego has always been there, but now it’s a mixture of an ego, combined with being vulnerable and things falling apart around him.

The album was brilliant from production, concepts, hooks, etc. The ironic/sad thing about the Kanye album is that the album appears perfect, and then Kanye opens his mouth, and my entire perception of the song changes.

He’s never been a lyricist, but he’s witty and clever and has catchy one liners. But on this album, there’s lines that I cringe at. The lines appear forced, obnoxious, and corny. It’s a handful of lines that ruin the entire song for me.

As much as I love the album, the parts of the album I hate, outweigh the parts I enjoy.

Eminem’s Handwritten Lyrics to Lose Yourself

Lose Yourself

Pitchfork Reviews Kanye’s The Life of Pablo

Jayson Greene:

His devotion to the craft of album-making remains his greatest talent. Albums are his legacy, what he knows, deep down, will endure after the circus of attention he maintains around him subsides. His ability to package hundreds of stray threads into a whole that feels not just thrilling, but inevitable—at this, he is better than everyone, and he throws all of his best tricks into The Life of Pablo to remind us.

Bob Dylan at 20 on Freaks Show

This interview originally aired on WBAI FM in New York City in February of 1962. Dylan was 20 at the time and it was his first appearance on the Folksingers Choice radio show.

Bryson Tiller - Exchange (Video)

A Few Chill Albums for Road Trips

I don’t even think these have to be for just road trips. If you’re looking for some chill albums, these are some nice selections. Especially Monument Valley and Room for Squares.

Netflix details Perfect Bones’ original anime series

Brittany Roston:

Netflix calls this a groundbreaking deal,” in that its the first original anime to have a global launch, and describes the show as revolving round a futuristic world where scientists are pining to develop the perfect human.

The scientists’ goals are universal peace, but the plan goes awry when the special humans are kidnapped by what is described as an Evil organization.” The humans will instead be used as components for a new world order of sort, which by the sound of things won’t be all rosy and peaceful.

Radiohead - Burn the Witch

Uncrate:

After sending fans cryptic messages and slowly erasing their internet presence over the weekend, Thom Yorke & Co. are back with their first new song in five years — and a stopmotion video to accompany it. Radiohead’s ninth album, following 2011′s The King of Limbs, is expected this summer.

The Night Of’ Is Not a Mystery Show

Chris Ryan, writing for The Ringer:

Every time we get a fix on what this show is about, the certainty fades away, or delightfully bleeds into a dozen other things. The post-9/11 immigrant experience? Sure, but not only. A study of how the systems that are supposed to keep us safe can easily be turned against us, or destroy us? Yes, and more. Something about the malleability of personal narratives, and how our protagonist can be both a good son and helpful tutor to others, but also a disaffected youth prone to violent outbursts? How about some noir chestnuts like nothing is what it seems”? Yes, but more. So much more.

The Ringer: Pinpointing When Jay Z Fell Off

Justin Charity:

It’s tough to pinpoint when, or even whether, Jay Z fell off. Some would say he lost all his bricks in 2006, the year of Kingdom Come, an album so ill-advised that Hov admits it’s the barrel bottom of his discography. Or you could argue that Jay Z fell off in 2009, when he released Death of Autotune,” a reactionary single that’s aged rather poorly, along with the rest of The Blueprint 3. Or maybe it was in 2013, when Jay Z released the 16-track Samsung advertisement known as Magna Carta … Holy Grail. Let’s at least agree that the release of Magna Carta in 2013 is when Jay Z became massively uncool, like U2. And then he bought a streaming service.

I agree with this paragraph more than I expected to.

DEADPOOL Destroys the Box Office and Breaks All Kinds of Records

Joey Paur:

Over the weekend, Deadpool pulled in over $260 million worldwide. It made around $125 million internationally and $135 million domestically. That makes it one the biggest R-rated openings ever, surpassing The Matrix Reloaded‘s $91.7 million. It also now claims the record for largest R-rated comic book movie opening ever, previously held by Zack Snyder’s 300, which made $70.8 million on its opening weekend. Deadpool also takes the top spot for the 20th Century Fox’s biggest opening, beating Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which made $108.4 million.

Last night we had tickets to watch The Choice, a Nicholas Sparks romance movie. When we got to the window to pick them up, we decided to switch the tickets to Deadpool. Best Valentines movie ever.

Big Hero 6’ TV Series Set for Disney XD

Big Hero 6

Bryn Elise Sandberg:

Disney’s Oscar-winning film, which is based on the Marvel comics of the same name, is being adapted into an animated series on Disney XD. The show hails from Kim Possible creator Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, and has started production for a 2017 premiere.

Looking forward to this.

The Dark Knight — Creating The Ultimate Antagonist

Batman and The Joker aren’t competing for the survival of humanity. They’re competing for the soul of Gotham. The stakes are personal.

10 minutes of in-depth analyst, exploring why Heath Ledger’s Joker is the ultimate antagonist.

Stanley Kubrick : A Life In Sounds / Candice Drouet

Stanley Kubrick - The Cinematic Experience

Stanley Kubrick:

The most important parts of a film are the mysterious parts - beyond the reach of reason and language.

Isaiah Rashad - Wat’s Wrong ft Zacari & Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick: verse of the year?

I knew Isaiah Rashad was on TDE, but I never gave him a chance. After hearing this, and knowing that his album just came out tonight, I’ll give his album a spin in the morning. Might have a review to go along with it.

Kanye Deconstructed: the human voice as the ultimate instrument

I wish he wouldn’t be so outspoken outside of music. It takes away from his brilliance. If you only knew him from his albums, you’d see him differently. You’d see him how I see him. It’s unfortunate that his personality diminishes the things that makes him special.

Reviewing The Sun’s Tirade, Isaiah Rashad’s New Album

Wikipedia:

The Sun’s Tirade is the debut studio album from American hip hop recording artist Isaiah Rashad. It was released on September 2, 2016, and is his second release with Top Dawg Entertainment, following 2014′s critically-acclaimed Cilvia Demo. The album features guest appearances from SiR, Zacari, Kendrick Lamar, Deacon Blues, Kari Faux, Syd tha Kyd, Hugh Augustine, Jay Rock and SZA. The album’s production was handled by several producers including Mike Will Made It, D. Sanders, Cam O’bi, J. LBS, The Antydote and Chris Calor. The Sun’s Tirade was supported by the single, Free Lunch”.

The Sun’s Tirade is a very laid back album, with nothing but good vibes all the way through. I could see myself listening to it many more times. But other than Kendrick’s verse, I didn’t hear anything special on this album. That’s not a bad thing, because there’s so many good moments on here. It’s not a lyrical album, and it doesn’t try to be. Most songs are very chill, something I’d put on as I ride around to while running errands.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Atlanta: Episode 1

https://youtu.be/Qaqwio0bbG4

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Donald Glover’s new show on FX. Smart of them to put the first episode up for free.

DJ Khaled ft. Nas - Nas Album Done (Video)

9 minute video. These are becoming popular. The actual song from Nas is in between other video clips from Khaled. I like this trend though and hope it continues.

Jay Z: The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’ - (New York Times Short Film)

Asha Bandele:

This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement.

Kevin Gates - Time For That (Video)

34 Creative Cuts From Stranger Things

Mafia 3: Twelve Minutes of Developer-Narrated Gameplay

Really looking forward to this one.

NBA 2K17: Momentous (Trailer)

This gave me chills. These animations, their emotions, it all feels so real.

NBA 2K17 Gameplay Blog with Gameplay Director, Mike Wang

Mike Wang:

NBA 2K17 is a game of skill. Our goal was to make the gameplay experience compelling in every aspect of on-court play and I’m proud of what the team was able to accomplish. I’ve had multiple people come up to me throughout development praising gameplay and telling me just how fun it is to play defense, how cool it feels to be able to master the game and show off their stick skills, and how accurate to real life the basketball looks. The game is much smarter, feels better in just about every way and moves/animates silky smooth in the process thanks to some very cool new tech.

Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, bringing in $280K a week

Survey Monkey:

Monetization has also increased steadily and we estimate that the game is now making $40,000 combined per day across iOS and Android. Roughly 80% of the revenue is from iOS with Android only contributing 20%.

(via Loop Insight)

Cornfox & Bros Announce Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

If you haven’t played the first Oceanhorn, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s like playing Zelda, but on the iPhone (and now it’s on PS4 and Xbox). This was the first game on iOS that changed things for me. This is where I knew mobile gaming is right there with the consoles, if the developer changes the way they think, and not just build a dummed-down game for smartphones, and instead aims to build a great experience, no matter the platform, that’s when something special starts happening. That’s how we got Oceanhorn. And now the second one is on the way. That’s exciting.

Radiohead - Present Tense

Better In Tune With The Infinite

In a time where albums are less relevant than they’ve ever been, I could appreciate the fact that Jay Electronica hasn’t released his debut album yet—even though it’s complete. What’s the rush? Once it’s out, it’s out, so why not let the mystery of his first album linger on. The hype of an artist continues to grow tremendously, while the music is nonexistent. Something like this—from what I can remember—hasn’t been done before in Hip-Hop1.

The Mockingjay Part 2

Loved the books, but these movies are far from being good. Each one seemed to get worse, and at the times when we were supposed to care (the same times in the book that are important to me), those moments left me feeling empty. It’s sad to know how complex and deep these movies could’ve been. It’s as if the director took a classic song and made a cheesy pop version of it.

★★☆☆☆

Point Break

Even though it was remake of the original, it felt like a brand new movie. They didn’t try to make the story identical.

★★★☆☆

Ip Man 3

Donnie Yen was great in this film. I love his style of fighting. After watching, I immediately went look for more movies he starred in.

★★★★☆

Flaked: Season 1

I enjoy this original series from Netflix. From the location, to the characters, to problems they’re trying to solve, it all felt right, and it was a pleasure to watch season 1. I look forward to many more seasons of this.

★★★☆☆

House of Cards: Season 3

I’m not as invested in this show as I once was, but it still kept me interested. Seems to be coming to an end though.

★★☆☆☆

Love (Season 1): A Netflix Review

Judd Apatow, the man behind Step Brothers, Superbad, and countless other comedies, brings his own original series to Netflix.

★★★★☆

Geez Louise

That moment when the music comes on, and you’re listening to it in the background—someone’s trying to talk to you, but the music that you’re hearing from a distance has your attention more than the person right in front of you. I asked my friend, who is that?” I didn’t expect him to reply with, Us”.

Even as a demo, this feels special.

J. Cole - Black Friday (Alright Remix)

Radiohead - Spectre

The Weeknd - Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)

The return of The Weeknd, and this time with Daft Punk. I like the electronic sound to this. I like how unpolished the vocals are. This is a faster pace than usual for him, a nice transition and progression into the next album. The album, which is also titled Starboy, has a release date of November 25th.

Star Wars I-III: The Phantom Edit

http://youtu.be/y9LEhOZZbuk

A condensed version of the prequels cutting away all the fluff and focusing on the narrative of how Anakin becomes Darth Vader.

The Mockingjay Part 2

Loved the books, but these movies are far from being good. Each one seemed to get worse, and at the times when we were supposed to care (the same times in the book that are important to me), those moments left me feeling empty. It’s sad to know how complex and deep these movies could’ve been. It’s as if the director took a classic song and made a cheesy pop version of it.

★★☆☆☆

Point Break

Even though it was remake of the original, it felt like a brand new movie. They didn’t try to make the story identical.

★★★☆☆

Stanley Kubrick : A Life In Sounds / Candice Drouet

Stanley Kubrick - The Cinematic Experience

Stanley Kubrick:

The most important parts of a film are the mysterious parts - beyond the reach of reason and language.

The Dark Knight — Creating The Ultimate Antagonist

Batman and The Joker aren’t competing for the survival of humanity. They’re competing for the soul of Gotham. The stakes are personal.

10 minutes of in-depth analyst, exploring why Heath Ledger’s Joker is the ultimate antagonist.

DEADPOOL Destroys the Box Office and Breaks All Kinds of Records

Joey Paur:

Over the weekend, Deadpool pulled in over $260 million worldwide. It made around $125 million internationally and $135 million domestically. That makes it one the biggest R-rated openings ever, surpassing The Matrix Reloaded‘s $91.7 million. It also now claims the record for largest R-rated comic book movie opening ever, previously held by Zack Snyder’s 300, which made $70.8 million on its opening weekend. Deadpool also takes the top spot for the 20th Century Fox’s biggest opening, beating Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which made $108.4 million.

Last night we had tickets to watch The Choice, a Nicholas Sparks romance movie. When we got to the window to pick them up, we decided to switch the tickets to Deadpool. Best Valentines movie ever.

Death Note: Light Up the New World (Trailer)

The story continues.

First Trailer For Assassin’s Creed Movie Is Here

Goliath (Trailer)

https://youtu.be/k5_1LKLtLro

Billy Bob Thornton stars in this new Amazon series.

Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now burned out and washed up, spending more time in a bar than a courtroom. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest client of Cooperman & McBride, the massive law firm he helped create, Billy and his ragtag team uncover a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting them all in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath.

Mr. Robot - Season 2 (Trailer)

https://youtu.be/YibylhkLwGo

Mark your calendar. July 13th.

Preacher: First 4 Minutes of Episode 1

Westworld Dreams” Trailer

Almost here. Just a few weeks away.

100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time | Rolling Stone

Rob Sheffield:

There’s never been a creative boom for TV like the one we are living through right now. Ever since The Sopranos changed the game at the turn of the century, we’ve been in a gold rush that gives no signs of slowing down. What better moment to look back and celebrate the greatest shows in the history of the art form?

Jakku: First Wave, a Star Wars short film

Ethan Anderton:

Jakku: First Wave is a simple but affective short film put together by Benjamin Eck focusing on a small group of Stormtroopers who have a few moments to themselves inside an Imperial walker just before a door opens and sends them right into the battle of Jakku.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Trailer)

Iverson: A Netflix Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Tribeca Film Festival:

Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized icon of his sport. Off the court, his audacious rejection of conservative NBA convention and unapologetic embrace of hip hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league and influenced an entire generation. Told largely in Iverson’s own words, the film charts the career highs and lows of one of the most distinctive and accomplished figures the sport of basketball has ever seen.

Growing up, Iverson was my favorite athlete. He was a person that defined the odds. I saw him and I saw myself. A shorter athlete, and who had to overcome many obstacles in life as well as on the court.

In this documentary, we get to see his life off the court. It shows us the many struggles he had to deal with, from an early age, all the way up to his retirement. The end of his career was messy: he bounced around to several teams, struggling to find work or even come off the bench. He didn’t retire gracefully like an athletes wants to, but I believe that ending signifies who Iverson is and what he went through his entire career—fight. He’s a fighter. He’s an inspiration to any underdog out there. And now he’s in the Hall of Fame.

Here’s a the Netflix link to watch Iverson.

Fences (Trailer)

A former professional baseball player (Denzel Washington) creates tension in his family when he denies his teenage son’s dream of playing college football and comes home with the baby he had through an affair.

Wow.

Luke Cage: Street Level Hero Harlem

A few days away from another Netflix original. Rewatching Daredevil Season 2 now, and I loved Jessica Jones, the other two Marvel/Netflix series. Luke Cage looks to be my favorite out the three.

The Weeknd - False Alarm

A week later, The Weeknd releases False Alarm”, the second song to his new album Starboy”, that comes out November 25th. I have this theory now, after another song dropping exactly a week later, that he’ll be releasing a new song a week, until the album is released. His Wikipedia page shows that there is 18 songs on the album, and False Alarm is number three on there, so it won’t be in the correct order. Hopefully my theory is correct.

Childish Gambino - Storytelling Through Hip-Hop

Me and Childish Gambino have a similar approach to music: it doesn’t define us. It’s only a layer of our creativity (Now I just need some of his success). This video breaks down why Gambino is one of the most important Hip-hop artists of our generation.

The Weeknd - Starboy featuring Daft Punk (Music Video)

Austin Boykins:

After revealing a new album title and cover, a Daft Punk assisted track, and a shorter hair cut, The Weeknd has returned with a new music video to visually accompany the recently released single, Starboy.” It begins with the singer saying goodbye to his hairstyle just before destroying his past accolades with an illuminated pink cross. The Weeknd then hits the road in his sportscar alongside a ferocious feline companion.

The video makes this song so much better.

Arrival Trailer

Can’t wait to watch this.

The Weeknd Performs Starboy” and False Alarm” on SNL

NBA 2K17 - Opening Intro

This song and this gameplay! What an introduction. Played about 10 games this morning. Look forward to playing 10 more when I get home later. Haven’t played any games in over a month. Feels good to relax again, at least for a day.

War For The Planet Of The Apes (Teaser Trailer)

The return of Caesar.

Black Mirror: Season Three (Trailer)

The New Yorker:

The Twilight Zone for the digital age.

The new season will be on Netflix October 21st. Here’s a link to watch the first two seasons now.

Planet Earth II (Trailer)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Trailer 2)

Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz: 168: Kevin Hart

He starts talking to Kevin at around the 20 minute mark. Halfway in though is when it really gets good, when Kevin starts breaking down how he figured it out (1:25:00 is when I decided to share this, when he reflects on Dane Cook paving the way with building a website and a following online, unlike anyone before).

Kid Cudi - Frequency (Music Video)

The Weeknd - False Alarm (Music Video)

Netflix’s big bet on original shows finally seen paying off

Tenzin Pema:

Netflix Inc’s shares jumped as much as 20 percent on Tuesday, after the company added 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter. The video streaming company also said it was getting ready to spend $6 billion on content next year, up $1 billion from 2016.

The growth of Netflix and it’s original continent continues to be what I’m most fascinated in.

Eminem - Campaign Speech

Logan (Trailer)

Nintendo Switch

Coming March 2017.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Trailer)

Kendrick Lamar Meets Rick Rubin and They Have an Epic Conversation | GQ

A 50-minute conversation between Kendrick and Rubin.

Out West: Westworld Fan Theories, Dissected: 1: The Multiple Theresas Theory

The Outline, a new website that’s about to launch, just released a podcast about Westworld.

Donald Glover on Ellen: talks about landing the Lando Calrissian role in the Han Solo film

Mick Jenkins - Drowning (Music Video)

How is this guy not more popular? His album is incredible.

Life (Trailer)

Before the Flood from National Geography (Full Movie)

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90CkXVF-Q8M

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! (Album Stream)

This isn’t a rap album. It’s labeled as R&B/Soul, I would label it as funk. It’s a brilliant album that I’ll be listening to for years to come. There’s not many rappers that have the capability of transitioning to a different genre this effortlessly, but since it’s Donald Glover, I’m not surprised. This guys seems to have no ceiling when it comes to creativity (See: Atlanta TV series).

J. Cole - Eyez (40-Minute Documentary)

Seth Kelley:

Cole dropped the 40-minute, non-narrated documentary Eyez” ahead of the album to give a look at Cole’s musical process and his life over the past two years. It starts with an opening scene in New York’s Electric Lady Studios where a violinist is working out a lick. Later the footages shows Cole having a conversation about music theory in which he expresses frustration that there are rules in place to label every musical decision

Here’s a Dropbox link to the documentary.

Mick Jenkins - Spread Love (Music Video)

The OA: A Netflix Original Series

The OA retraces the dramatic twists and turns in her life after a childhood accident, leading up to a fateful encounter far from home many years later.

I’ll be watching this all weekend. All 8 episodes are available now on Netflix. Here’s the link to watch.

Rogue One - K-2SO Featurette

Joey Paur:

Lucasfilm has released a new featurette for the film that focuses on K-2SO and some of the magic that went into bringing this wonderful character to life. There’s a good amount of cool behind-the-scenes footage showing Tudyk running around in his motion capture suit and talking about the character saying that he’s the anti C-3PO. Tudyk looks like he was having the time of his life while shooting Rogue One.

This featurette doesn’t do this droid justice. He was, without a doubt, the best part of the movie. His lines were spot on and timely. I didn’t think I could like a droid more than R2 and BB-8, until now.


  1. Though many labels have prevented artist from releasing their albums, I can’t recall an artist intentionally keeping their music from their fans.


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