Monthly Archives: July 2011
Drake has finally released his first official single from his new album Take Care. Produced by Boi-1da, download and listen to the new track below.
Strong enough to be a first single? Eh, not really. I don’t even think this single is worth multiple listens. Your thoughts?
Last week’s True Blood (which I watched, but was unable to recap) left us with Pam rotting away, Sookie lying to Bill about Eric’s whereabouts, Jessica (and Hoyt) rescuing a bloodied and beaten Jason, terrible Tommy being tricked by his equally terrible parents and lastly, Arlene and Terry’s possessed infant. When things picked back up in “Me and the Devil”, we saw more of the same, with a few minor connections being drawn between the ongoing story lines.
Lafayette, Tara and Jesus leave Marnie in the woods, but not before realizing how she screwed them by pissing of not one, but two powerful vampires. Except, they don’t realize they are the farthest things from both vampires minds, with Eric focused on Sookie and Pam on her continuing state of decomposition. They (mostly Jesus) decide to flee to Mexico for a magical solution. I wasn’t keen on this plan before Jesus told the story of his goat killing, knife licking and wiccan grandfather. Tara is planning to go back to her girlfriend (I feel like they hit us with that in the first episode and gave us time to see the other things that have changed in Tara before diving right back into it with the upcoming episodes) and leave Bon Temps for good…not likely.
Tommy killing his parents made sense from a plot perspective. They had already done the necessary damage to both of their son’s lives. Sam and Tommy worked well together to dispose of the bodies, and it’s doubtful anyone will notice they’re missing, so the repercussions (if any) from the murder will probably be more emotional than anything else.
Arlene and Terry now think the ghost of Rene is visiting them? And they called the Reverend and his wife (aka Tara’s mom who proved to be the exception to the rule that the mistress never gets the man)? Seriously? This haunted baby plot has gone far enough. Either shock me with something or put this storyline (and my patience for it) out of its misery. Please.
Watching Eric deduced to those disgusting blood tears made me realize how tough it’s going to be for Sookie when he inevitably turns back into the cold, asshole we all know and love. Between Godric telling him how evil he truly is and Tara doing a recap of all the messed up shit he had done to Sookie, Eric was convinced he was bad. This tenderhearted, Care Bear-esque version of Eric sees light in Sookie, a light that he equates with life and goodness, which makes her appealing on a romantic and spiritual level, as well as capable of saving him.
Hoyt, Jessica and Jason are in some kind of V-induced threesome, which doesn’t add up. The sex dreams are par for the course in TB, but it doesn’t explain why Hoyt was there. Is it because Jason is part were-panther now? Have Jessica and Hoyt exchanged that much blood? Was Hoyt just a projection of Jason’s guilt? Or was the dream symbolic of an actual love triangle that will develop between them? Either way, it has potential and works well with the brewing issues between Hoyt and Jessica.
Bill was a busy man: dodging “romantic” propositions from his great (a few times over) granddaughter Portia, putting a glamour on Marnie and trying to find a non-killing answer for the witch situation. All of these were good filler, but it appears that Bill doesn’t really get interesting until next week, so we’ll save his discussion until then. Based on the previews for next week, it also looks like he will interrupt Eric and Sookie, which was mostly Pam’s fault but does not bode well for me enjoying his character this season.
Outside of the major happenings on TB, there were also a few minor things that stood out:
- Jason made his rape sound almost humorous and it reminded me of the Jason from seasons past, before he became Mr. Responsible.
- Style-wise, Lafayette can usually pull of any look, but last night he (unforgivably) looked like an adult member of Kriss Kross.
- Pam turned on Eric too quick, but due to my love for her, I’m going to assume there’s a reason behind this.
- Alcide’s interaction with the Shreveport pack master, revealed that he’s a freelancer and all supes on TB have governing laws and systems that humans aren’t privy to.
- There is no way Holly and Marnie were both unaware that Sookie can read minds.
- Alligators really do love marshmallows.
- Sookie calls for Eric, followed by a tender embrace…light kisses….and then actual kisses. Call it girly, but I experienced hardcore swooning.
- Arlene is kind of racist.
All in all, not a particularly good or bad episode considering how (relatively) early it is in the season. I’m most looking forward to the continued Eric/Sookie dealings, Jason turning into a werepanther, Pam’s face returning to its alabaster glory and a decent sex scene (once again, Arlene and Terry prove to be not good enough). Lafayette started early with the best quote(s) of the night, but there were a few other TB goodies as well.
Lafayette: “Hookah, you pissed off a vampire and then took a goddamned nap.” AND “That’s some catchy shit for your headstone.”
Sookie: “You know when I was a kid, and I was home sick from school, my two favorite TV shows were Sabrina and Charmed.”
Bill: “Oh good, the world needs more beekeepers.”
Jason: “Jason Stackhouse, you have f—d too many hot women, now let’s see how you like it.”
It’s rare that we are exposed to a true artist. It is even more rare that we get two such artists on one track. Few albums have been as hotly anticipated as the Jay-Z x Kanye West collabo Watch The Throne. It isn’t clear if they’re going the traditional route of having lead singles and videos or if their just presenting their art as a complete piece. Regardless, we’ve all been treated with a leak of “Otis.” Listen and download below.
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Eeeeeeeeee! I can’t be the only person salivating at the thought of Watch the Throne. Word on the street, it will be available digitally August 1st and the physical copy can be copped August 5. Preorder on the official website.
They’ve done it again! Justin Timberlake appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to do round two of their wildly viral “Hip Hop History” performance from last year. If you missed it, check that HERE. Then, watch Part 2 below.
Justin Timberlake has excellent comedic timing with Saturday Night Live appearances as further proof of this. I can’t wait to see him in more movies and whatnot.
It’s late, but it’s still Tuesday right? Excuse my brief absence as I was busy setting up another venture that will actually provide me with added income *crossing fingers*. Diva Delectables has been my pet project for a week, but I haven’t forgot about my loyal readers. So I’m back, another Tuesday and bringing back TAKE IT BACK TUESDAYS!!
Today, I dedicate this post to Ja Rule. Poor Ja Rule. If any one person could’ve been more effected by a couple 50 Cent diss records… Jeffrey Atkins is currently in prison serving time for unlawful possession of a weapon. As of yesterday, his already two year sentence was given another two years added on for tax evasion. He just can’t catch a break. So in honor of Ja Rule once ruling the airwaves, I present to you a quick video collection of his hits.
Keep ya head up Ja and don’t drop the soap. Everyone knows you small in there.
With 2Pac‘s recent inclusion into the Diamond Club of Best-Selling Rap Albums, I’ve decided to dedicate a post to the other rap albums that have also sold more than 10 million copies. They are…
Outkast’s double-solo album, Speakerboxxx/TheLove Below. Check out one of my favorite videos from the album.
Next up, Life After Death from the big homie Notorious B.I.G. has also sold more than 10K.
Eminem is lucky enough to have two entries in the Diamond Selling Club. One for The Marshal Mathers LP (a personal favorite) and the other for The Eminem Show. Check two videos from him below.
The surprise, to some, of the group is the inclusion of MC Hammer‘s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em album. But it certainly earned it’s place on the list.
And of course, I had to include a feature from 2Pac‘s Greatest Hits album. One of my personal favorite 2Pac videos, don’t judge me:
Despite rumors, Nelly has not sold more than 1oK albums domestically, though he has far surpassed 10K internationally.
Editor’s Note: Though this post is about rappers, it is still interesting to note a few other entries into the Diamond + status of the RIAA: Michael Jackson’s Thriller; TLC’s crazysexycool; Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard Soundtrack & her debut album Whitney Houston; Boyz II Men’s II & Usher’s Confessions
It’s becoming more official people! Earlier today, Jay-Z and Kanye West released the tracklist for their highly anticipated collaboration album, Watch the Throne. Check the full listing below.
1. No Church in The Wild (Feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)
3. Niggas in Paris
4. Otis (Feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have It
6. New Day
7. Prime Time
8. Who Gon Stop Me
9. Murder to Excellence
10. Welcome to The Jungle
11. Sweet Baby Jesus (Feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Love You So (Feat. Mr Hudson)
13. Illest Motherfucker Alive
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15. That’s My Bitch
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16. The Joy (Feat. Curtis Mayfield)
“The Joy” may or may not be the offering previously heard. But, as reported, the features include Beyonce and Frank Ocean with a guest appearance from Jay’s homie Mr. Hudson and what appears to be some samples from Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding. When is the album dropping though? Still no word, but you can pre-order with an ETA of August 2nd on the Watch The Throne website.