Tupac Shakur’s career was cut far too short, but the mark he left on hip-hop was massive. 21 years after his death in an unsolved Las Vegas drive-by shooting, Tupac still casts a long shadow over a genre he helped bring to the masses. All Eyez on Me tells the story of Tupac’s life, from his early childhood in New York, his breakout solo record Me Against the World, and his legendary feud with fellow rap great Notorious B.I.G. All Eyez on Me comes to theaters June 16, 2017.
We’re a few hours away from Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album. There has been very little information about it so far: no album name or cover, and there’s even speculation on whether it’ll actually come out on April 7th, since there hasn’t been much press for it, but I’m very confident that it’ll be here tomorrow. All signs are pointing to a quiet, but strategic and aggressive release for his fourth album.
The Heart 4 was a song released recently, as his first song in over a year. It won’t be on the album, but it was his way of preparing the fans for the upcoming release (that’s where he announced the date)—and soon afterwards, the first single/video from the album was released, titled Humble. It’s not one of my favorite songs from him, but it could easily be my favorite video. The song has a catchy beat and hook, but the lyrics are too simple for my taste.
I predict that this song has very little to do with the album as a whole, and could even be hidden behind another song somewheres on the album. Looking at the last two albums, the first song released for those albums were “Swimming Pools” and “i”, and even though both songs are better than Humble, neither of those songs had a huge impact on the album (two ambivalent songs). With that being said, I’m not judging what the album will be based simply off of the first song released. It’s just a small piece to the overall puzzle, and if this album is anything like the previous ones, there will dozens and dozens of puzzle pieces.
The calm before the storm is happening. There’s silence around the world right now. Not many people are talking about the upcoming release that’s just a few hours away—but after it’s released, it’ll take over the news cycle, social media, and message boards. I find that fascinating.
I’ve heard that theme of the album will be “about God”, and if that’s the case, and it’s executed properly, the weight of that concept can be huge. We’ll find out soon.
Update: only pre-orders went up today, unfortunately. The official release date is a week from now, April 14th.
If you want to make one of the best television shows ever, you need to start with a pilot. The characters, the setting, the plot — all this needs to be established in a way that makes viewers want to tune in for the next episode. Lessons from the Screenplay breaks down Vince Gilligan’s script for the pilot of Breaking Bad, and how it set up one of the best shows of television’s Golden Age.
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It’s been three years since I released this little project. One innocent picture of us as kids, and only three songs. The last song out of the three is one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever done, and that’s the one I’ll add to this blog post (the other two are much darker).