Welcome to the new week everyone. I actually took it easy this past weekend. Every once in a while that's a good idea, and when it's disgustingly hot and humid out, and the option to pass out in front of an air conditioner is available, I say go for it! Some other things I'm hoping you'll go for include this week's Pop Shots, which is an extended version because there was a ton of news this past week. This week's update also has an interview with the team behind the musicals Bayside! The UnMusical! and JonBenet Ramsey Murder Mystery Theater!!!, as well as a photo album from the most recent Enter The Cypher, and a great Vid Pick from longtime B-Listers Cavalier and Spills.
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Pop Shots - Long Strange Trips
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Beyonce’s major ego trip, to Cee Lo Green moving up a company’s corporate ladder, to Snoop Dogg not booking any flights to Norway anytime soon, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Medium Face - Going From Bayside High to JonBenet Ramsey
Collectively, the New York City comedy trio of Bob and Tobly McSmith, and Mary Crosbie (pictured R to L), go by the name Medium Face, but thanks to their offbeat, pop culture-centric, musicals most of the faces they’ve seen as of late have been smiling ones. Earlier this year they put on Bayside! The UnMusical!, which was a send up of Saved By The Bell that included a pregnant Kelly, and homosexual Slater, and last week they debuted their latest work, JonBenet Ramsey: Murder Mystery Theater!!!
With topics and storylines such as those it’s no surprise that when it comes to comedy, Bob McSmith says “everything has to be on the table.”
Having seen successful initial runs of both their shows, and Bayside! The UnMusical! getting a second run in 2012 starting September 18th, the Medium Face trio are a comedy team on the rise. This week I sat down with them to find out about the intricacies of working with pop culture related topics, where their inspiration comes from, and what kind of jokes don’t go over well. The team also revealed the worst idea they’ve ever had, and what Queen Latifah has to do with it.
August 06, 2012 -- Just Like Compton, a must read indie-urban novel, gives readers a strikingly real portrayal of gang life in Los Angeles, California. Nothing is off limits or too graphic when it comes to telling it like it is for this first time author, who admits that for his first novel he drew a lot from his own personal life for readers to experience.
According to the L.A. Sentinel, Just Like Compton is..."A fictional novel, based on true events, where the names have been changed to protect the guilty. Just Like Compton has the grit of Monster Cody's Monster, the intrigue and mystery of a James Patterson novel, complete with the kind of sex scenes that rival acclaimed author Zane."
For those who have ever wondered about what goes on in the head of those who "bang," or what it's like to do time in a California prison as a Black man today, Just Like Compton does an incredible job of breaking down the inexplicable violence, revenge, betrayal, racism, love and loyalty to color, neighborhood block and gang family, that many have a hard time understanding. Just Like Compton is the perfect blend of real life, straight up with no chaser, complete with baby mama drama, a chick on the side drama, hood drama and the drama behind the walls.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #185 is called Itzabanga!! Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon brings you hot tracks from Matt Black & MC Friendly, Tha Connection, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, Mega Ran and more! Send feedback to @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
Tracks featured this week:
* Matt Black & MC Friendly f/ Tree City - Itzabanga * Tha Connection - Story Tellin' (Side Effekt Remix) * Stu Bangas & Vanderslice f/ Planet Asia - No More Mr. Nice Guy * Random (Mega Ran) - Dr. Wily * Dark Time Sunshine - A Walk in the Park
Video: Iggy Azalea on the "Impossible Dream" of Making it in the U.S.
http://VladTV.com - The Australian rapstress speaks on how she's perceived in America versus Australia or Europe, being a white female artist making waves in hip-hop. Iggy also reveals how she deals with negative feedback she receives and how it propels her to move forward in her career.
Video - Mariah Carey: More R&B Singers Need a Chance
http://VladTV.com - The legendary entertainer shared her thoughts on the current state of R&B and revealed that she thinks more artists in the genre should get the chance they deserve. Mariah also explains her love of collaborating with new artists and reveals whether she would ever work with Frank Ocean or Drake.
Producer JButtah, Edley Shine of Born Jamericans, Team With Mark Morrison For Ja50 Tribute, "I Am What I Am" Dancehall Refix
Core DJ Producer JButtah, and Edley Shine formerly of Born Jamericans, have teamed with British R&B singer Mark Morrison to deliver a hot Dancehall remix for the summer of 2012, of Mark Morrison's upcoming new single "I Am What I Am". The refix pays tribute to Jamaica's 50th year of independence.
Mark Morrison, born in Germany, to Bajan parents, released hits such as "Return of the Mack", and "Moan & Groan". He is currently finishing his third studio album, also titled "I Am What I Am". Last month Morrison featured on Trae Tha Truth's "I'm On 2.0", which landed MTV's Jam of the Week on the day of it's release. Edley Shine, formerly of hip-hop/reggae duo Born Jamericans, who were among the first to transcend the barrier that conventional dancehall music now enjoys, by creating a hybrid of hip-hop and dancehall music, has also worked with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder ("Tomorrow Robins Will Sing"), and KRS-One. VA native, DJ JButtah has garnered recognition with production credits including Trey Songz, Swizz Beatz, Red Café, and Cassidy. Recently producing Fat Joe "Blackout", Jadakiss "Hold You Down". His refixes of Beyonce "Party" and Michael Jackson "Butterflies" have also created reactions at Radio worldwide.
Video - Iggy Azalea: "I Don't Want to Make the Same Thing, That's Boring!"
http://VladTV.com - The Grand Hustle spitter explains why she thinks people are saying she's changing her music style, but she doesn't let it bother her because she's just evolving as an artist. Iggy also compares her evolution to the revolutionary painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who explained that people judge your art more critically when your famous and it gives you little room to experiment with out being criticized.