By Bert Connelly
ART5 & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
How was your thanksgiving break? Really? That’s f*cking interesting.
B.o.B – EPIC (Every Play Is Crucial) Mixtape
The thing about B.o.B is that he is an awesome rapper whose debut album was not at all a reflection of his skills or the music he made up until that point. You probably remember his three popular, awful songs “Nothin’ on You,” “Airplanes,” and “Magic.” But listen to this mixtape for a better look at what Bobby Ray is really all about. He is a talented rapper and this tape has solid production and a bunch of guest contributions including Lil’ Wayne, T.I., Mos Def, Meek Mill, Big KRIT, Bun B, Eminem, 2 Chainz and more. Seriously, this is a good tape and B.o.B and T.I. are coming out with an album that you should keep your eyes peeled for. Also, this is super unrelated, but how funny would it be if there was a “Hey Arnold!” spin- off called “Yo, Gerald!” Think about it.
Lupe Fiasco – Friend of the People Mixtape
Is Lupe Fiasco still relevant? His first two albums were awesome in my opinion, but then he became preachy and obvious. On his last album he spouted a lot of faux-political verses and called Bill O’Reilly a racist, which isn’t exactly enlightening. This tape, which Lupe released on Thanksgiving Day, opens with a snippet from a speech by Howard Zinn and then enters a War of the Worlds-ish sketch about reprogramming robots or something. Lupe continues his stance against record labels, American foreign policy and other stuff. To be honest, I really like this tape and it kind of made me reevaluate Lupe. You should check out “Joaquin Phoenix,” “SLR,” and “Life, Death & Love From San Francisco.” I just got really into this mixtape while writing this review. Kudos to Lupe for riding some dubstep beats and making them work. SPEAKING OF DUBSTEP…
Preview: Korn’s dubstep album – The Path of Totality
The prophecy has been fulfilled! Praise Yahweh and sacrifice your first born, the Korn dubstep album is (almost) here. You, the reader, should know that neither ‘Korn’ nor ‘dubstep’ are recognized by Microsoft Word as real things, but thank G-d they are. All that has been released to the plebs thus far is a seven minute album preview that plays roughly 45 seconds of every song. I’m going to break that down.
0:00-0:32 – Chaos Lives in Everything (Feat. Skrillex) – Scared! Just scared for 30 straight seconds. Also, either I’m insane or he is singing about “What Not To Wear.”
0:33-1:07 – Narcissistic Cannibal (Feat. Shrillex & Kill The Noise) – Kinda feeling this song. It’s about how hard it is to get a date when you are a Narcissistic Cannibal, which isn’t super relatable, but they are having fun and so are we (the royal we).
1:08-2:05 – Burn the Obedient – What Korn lacks in lyrical clarity, they more than make up for in song title concision. They just don’t want people to follow the leader, ya know? LoL at the Korn faithful.
2:06-2:45 – Let’s Go – I think YouTube commentator takenlalo said it best when he wrote, “THIS IS NOT BAD OR UGLY, IT´S JUST DIFERENT, AND YES THIS_ IS A EFFECT OF DRUGS AND I HAVE A CUESTION…WHO LIKE DRUGS???? ¡¡¡¡¡¡EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!”
2:46-3:20 – Get Up (Feat. Skrillex) – In this song, Korn educates the youth on the benefits of using words to solve your problems. The refrain (as in refrain from purchasing this album) goes, “Shut the f*ck up. Get up.” And the music reminds you of a hundred million angry robotic cicadas that did a lot of meth and rented a Buick. And by that I mean it’s incomprehensible and I can’t even finish this video. Basically, Korn is still very much on the cutting edge of music that no one likes.