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Jun
18

Kanye West-Black Skinhead review by John M. Ellison IV

Hey folks! Want hear the result of a Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails bender written by an egomaniac? Me too!
At first listen to Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” I kept waiting to hear Dave Gahan go “REACH OUT AND TOUCH FAITH!” At first listen, “Black Skinhead” felt like a sideways remake of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” With I guess for lack of better word “Industrial-tinges?” The first thing I cringed about was the song’s title. I’m like “Black Skinhead? If anything it should’ve been called “Black Rivet Head.” Trust me, anybody that knows their proverbial shit about rap or industrial should know that this isn’t anything new at all. Off of the top of my head, I can think of previous industrial/hip-hop incarnations that include Marilyn Manson’s The Way I Am (Danny Lohner mix), Puff Daddy’s Victory (Nine Inch Nails mix) Saul Williams “The Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust”, Tackhead, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and pretty much everything the Bomb Squad produced for Public Enemy.

Depeche Mode-Personal Jesus

Actually, the more I listen to “Personal Jesus” and “Black Skinhead” back to back…it became more apparent that it’s pretty much a lift concept-wise. The difference between the two is that Kanye includes references to interracial relationships and the movie based off the graphic novel “300″ to allude to sexual prowess. For that, the song goes into a self-centered direction in comparison to the Depeche Mode song “Personal Jesus” which was more or less about being somebody’s personal savior. This incarnation of Kanye is kind of like a smoothed out/materialstic version of Saul Williams…even though some would call Saul materialistic for licensing out his song “List of Demands” to Nike. I’m not really surprised that Kanye West would go in a heavier direction. This is the same dude that sample Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster Stronger…which Daft Punk actually sampled “Cola Bottle Baby” by Edwin Birdsong.

In conclusion, it took a second to grow on me but I’m feeling Kanye West’s “Black Rivet–Uh Skinhead.”

Oh yeah, for anybody calling what Kanye West does “white boy music” Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is half black…so yeah.



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Apr
19

Cat Scratch Fever Symptoms Include Diarrhea of the Mouth Right? by John M Ellison IV

I Done Goofed!

Here are the facts of life. Grass is green, dog shit is brown and Ted Nugent will say something stupid before the year’s through. For those who don’t know rocker/conservative radio host Ted Nugent was at the 2012 National Rifle Association Convention in St. Louis in support for republican candidate Mitt Romney. During an interview, he told a crowd of NRA convention attendees “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Later on, Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign stated “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.” Or in other words, “Think before you speak, Nuge…but on the other hand you wouldn’t be Ted Nugent.”

When first hearing about this, I wasn’t that surprised because this isn’t the first time Nugent has made similar comments regarding the Obama administration.

Ted Nugent Rant in California back in ‘08
Ted Nugent in Concert Rant

…Yeah.

When I first heard about this, it reminded me of a similar incident with another controversial artist from Detroit. Who’s the artist? It was Eminem. The incident regarding Eminem was in 2003 on the track “We As Americans” that had a lyric that was construed as a threat to President Bush and was called in by the Secret Service for questioning. The song has been back masked but you can find an unedited one here.

“We As Americans”

Later on Eminem was deemed not a threat.

In closing, I’m not surprised that Ted Nugent would slip up. In fact, this proves a big mouth and a small mind are never a good combination.

photo courtesy of Eonline



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Mar
19

Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne Walk into a Studio…No, I’m Serious by John M. Ellison IV

On Februrary 24th 2012, DeWayne Carter better known Lil Wayne signed rap rock group Limp Bizkit to Cash Money Records. A “collabo” track between Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne titled “Ready to Go” is set to be released next week. Don’t get me wrong, Limp Bizkit was great…but so was America Online. I don’t hate Limp Bizkit, in fact I’m still fond of their albums “Chocolate Starfish and Hot Dog Flavored Water”, “Three Dollar Bill, Y’all” and “Significant Other” was cool too. In fact, I respect how Fred Durst supported file sharing program Napster when the music industry was against file sharing.

This all started earlier on 3/1/2012 where I tweeted out “Limp Bizkit with Lil Wayne…talk about mixing “shit” and “vomit.” The response was varied, from “Say what you mean” to people agreeing with me. To clarify, I also stated “Don’t get me wrong, Limp Bizkit was cool…until you discovered Bio-Hazard, Orange 9mm etc.”

Honestly, my inner 16 year old is hoping that this will be something great. But I can think of five good reasons why it shouldn’t be done.

Those reasons being…

“Red Light Green Light” feat. Snoop Dogg


Turn Me Loose feat. Eminem

Rollin (Urban Assault Vehicle remix) feat. Method Man, Redman, DMX and Swizz Beatz on production.

Getcha Groove On Feat. Xzibit

N 2 Gether Now feat. Method Man

Lil Wayne…where do I start with the only dude off of Cash Money that actually made something of himself? Okay, it’s a known fact that Wayne’sa Nirvana fan…well he likes that song Smells Like Teen Spirit…well he liked the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That’s all well and good but Jason Aldean admitted to liking some Snoop Dogg growing up, that doesn’t exactly make him a hip-hopper.

With proclaiming his fondness for Nirvana for the sake of rocker credibility, notice that Lil Wayne has rapped over rock tinged or rock tracks in the past.

Knockout feat. Nicki Minaj.

Prom Queen

Best Rapper Alive

I’m Not a Human Being

In closing, maybe both acts can have enough chemistry to create something that I and others would find noteworthy…but it’s up for you to decide.

photo courtesy of Prefix magazine


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Feb
14

Suck My Big Black Ass, Charlie Brown!

Hey folks, The Most Offensive Video Crew is at it again with this internet gem. Oh yeah, I wouldn’t recommend you watching this at work or anywhere in the proximity of anyone who’s easily offended.



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Feb
13

My Thoughts on the Grammys…*shrugs* by John M. Ellison IV

This year’s Grammys had a somber tone due to the passing of now R&B legend Whitney Houston. I’m not going to act like I was a humongous fan of hers but a true talent was lost. In fact, my dad interviewed her back in ‘85. My thoughts are with her family. A common theme throughout the show was recognizing the loss of musical icons such as Jimmy Castor, Don Cornelius, Etta James and countless others.

The performances were okay…here a few that stick out in my mind at the moment. These aren’t in sequential order, just what stuck out memory wise

Bruno Mars attempt at a 60’s soul pastiche had him looking like the illegitimate love child of GWAR character Sleazy P. Martini and James Brown. From the reaction of the crowd, it went over okay. At this point, you have to take what you get.

Chris Brown and his backup dancers performance looked like a great homage to the classic arcade game Q*bert.

Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt performing a tribute to Etta James by playing “Sunday Kind of Love” was dignified. I noticed Bonnie Raitt got a bigger reaction than Alicia Keys though.

A vignette with Jack Black outside of the Grammys with a crowd where he touted up indie cred was an amusing lead in to The Foo Fighters playing in an outside tent. Oddly enough The Foo Fighters consists of former members of Scream, The Germs and Sunny Day Real Estate. It was cool to see Dave Grohl for wearing a “Slayer” band tee during his performance.

Rihanna and Coldplay performed together…it wasn’t bad. Rihanna reminds me of a digital Donna Summers nowadays.

Bon Iver (real name Justin Vernon) won for best new artist over Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, J. Cole and Skrillex. I’m not really a fan of Bon Iver, in fact I’m more of a Skrillex guy but honestly, it was like choosing between how can I put this eloquently…garbage, bile and feces. Actually I’ve been mispronouncing Bon Iver’s name, I’ve been referring to him as Bon eye-ver… my mistake.

Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston was well done and respectful. You could feel the emotion in the room.

Naturally Adele cleaned up award-wise winning Best Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance, Best Pop Vocal album. Also who doesn’t like a great comeback story and soulful vocals?

The Beach Boys homage was okay. The lead dude from Foster the People looked nervous but pulled it off. That’s no disrespect intended, honestly if I had to do a tribute to Funkadelic, Alice in Chains or any band I’d admired I’d probably be in the bathroom blasting Nestle Quik!

The Glen Campbell homage was great, knowing that he’s fighting Alzheimer’s (not All Timer’s) and performing that well is something to respect.

The moment of attempted controversy was Nicki Minaj live exorcism bit. Some were shocked, some were offended I just felt it’s been done. Sorry folks I grew up on Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Three Six Mafia, Robert Johnson, The Misfits and the rap subgenre horrorcore. I’ve seen it done better.

Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl playing guitar at the same time was…well reminiscent of too many guys trying to rap onstage. It sounded like a cluster of badly played stock licks played over a backing vamp that you would hear in a car commercial.

Honestly, I can’t really act like I was that excited or really hyped up over the Grammys this year.

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http://idolator.com/6097162/2012-grammy-nominations

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Feb
2

It’s Been a Long Time…by John M. Ellison IV

Hey folks,

I know the updates on the site have been scarce to almost nonexistent. I’ve been busy as of late and kind of in the midst of well pretty much being burnt out writing wise. Seriously, you have any idea how difficult it is to write out a well thought out article on a daily basis for almost three years? It’s exhausting! I’m not trying to complain but I just needed a break. I’m in the midst of trying experiment with this podcast thing and also a few other projects that I’ll keep you guys posted on. Anyway, thanks for checking out my articles even when I’m on break.

-John M. Ellison IV

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Dec
14

A Charlie Brown Moshpit video feature by John M. Ellison IV

Let’s face it folks, it just isn’t Christmas without a Charlie Brown special…and it just isn’t punk rock without Bad Brains. We live in an era where we can bring the best of both worlds and create something unique…or total garbage. In this case, it’s the former and not the latter. This isn’t the first time somebody has mashed up the dance sequence from A Charlie Brown Christmas to a song though. For example, the scene has been mashed up with “Hey Ya” by Outkast, “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake and also there has been a heavy metal version by Torniquet that used their song “Good Night for a Hanging.” But in this case, you have somebody using “Pay to Cum” by Bad Brains. So, enjoy what I call “A Charlie Brown Moshpit.” Peace!



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Dec
12

A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa Director’s Cut feature by John M. Ellison IV

Well folks, it’s that time of year… since November 1st The holiday seasons mean two things. An exercise in patience and increased sales in alcohol over the next 8 weeks…but it’s not all bad though. You get Christmas specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”…okay two out of three aren’t bad. Well, I have a treat for you. Remember rummaging through your dad or uncle’s old CD collection and finding a copy of “This Ain’t No White Christmas?” by Rudy Ray Moore *cricket noise* okay just me? *Scoffs*…liars. Well, years ago I stumbled across this series of videos called “Most Offensive Videos.”

I think I ran across it on Youtube after looking up “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guraldi. I stumbled across something that said “A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa” I watched it and instead of the voice of then child actor Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown it was this overdub of somebody mimicking a cliché urban dialect. I was shocked, caught off guard and was trying to catch my breath from laughing so hard. The series is a mash up of inappropriate nostalgia. From dialogue that references to Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, Dolemite, Lee Hazelwood and blaxploitation flicks over the original Vince Guraldi score.

Notice though, this parody follows the storyline of the original “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In this case, “Charlie Brown” is a hapless jive talking kid who’s searching for the meaning of the season. So he gets roped into directing Lucy’s Kwanzaa play at church. Now nearing 2012, it’s been almost 10 years since the original was released, the creator released a 10 year anniversary edit of the original “A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa.” Included is more offensive dialogue that got dropped from the original. So, if you’re a fan of Rudy Ray Moore, Blaxploitation flicks and quick jokes that you might have to catch again after repeated viewings, this is definitely something to view. Also, I wouldn’t recommend you watching this at work on full blast.

Most Offensive Videos



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Nov
29

Darko-For Better or Worse


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Sep
8

Pardon the lack of updates

Pardon the lack of updates, between the storms hitting the east coast and computer issues, productivity has slowed down. To everyone who checks out the site, I deeply thank all of you.


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