The buzz that’s spinning around my head this month is Andre 3000 playing the legendary Jimi Hendrix in a future feature length biopic of the singer during the periods of 1966 and 1967; they could not have chosen the perfect candidate to play this role as Andre has shown complete and utter dedication to this part.
NME.com reveals no surprise on Andre and his hard work which amounted to about six hours a day on the guitar to pick up any kind of mirroring image that Hendrix once embodied as a left handed guitarist; and in order to do this the producer Danny Bronson requested that Andre should practice with a teacher and stick to a regime that could be followed and learnt.
Andre would sit up in his Los Angeles studio and practice rigorously for hours on end (as I noted 6 hours for the most part) because the idea was to capture the magic and bring it forth on camera. Jimi: All Is by My Side was directed and scripted by John Ridley and if you’ve seen 12 years a Slave then you’ll be familiar with his type of work although I do not know what to expect from this as I didn’t like 12 years a slave at all: the script and language they used in that film was ridiculous!
1966-1967 was the creation of the Hendrix experience a – psychedelic, acid rock, soulful rendition of Hendrix and his bubbling expansion of sound-waves within his trippy 60’s vibe music, Andre will be taking us throughout that and more with the movie ending at the Monterey pop festival that was via California.
Slash believes that Andre 3000 has,” the swagger necessary to play” whilst I believe that anticipation only knows that die-hard fans will want the best that they can get. All in all Andre is having a miraculous time of late with Outkast reuniting and touring alongside a movie which is in the pipe-line; I’m praying for this movie to be a sure-fire hit!!!
(A quick preview)
Let me bring back some old news from
Miss Eryhak Badu who feels pop music is turning into hip hop music, or is that hip hop music turning into pop music? Justin Bieber with low batties and working with Chance the Rapper and others like Chris Brown, Ludacris, and Tyga, may well be a point to be taken.
Realtalkny.com dishes the dirt out on what she has to say and this may well be old news but in all corners of the genres music isn’t what it used to be. There is a clear reason why vintage tastes so fine, like fine wine and good food when you want it to be there. If you take steps back to my vintage under-grads you’ll find why I like my music fine and well developed.
I’m always having a moan about the state of music today and history makes me recall a tune that practically changed my life by Immortal Technique: “Dance with the Devil” which was no cutesy affair involving Lil Wayne or Drake but embodies markings of Eminem’s scars and conflictions. Whether true or not this story is a disturbing altercation of a boy who chose the life of crime involving rape, gang rape, the brutalities of a guy who never fits in but chooses to please his so called “Niggas” who in the end shoot the woman that they raped; it’s a traumatic listen.
I’m not saying that this rapper has actually committed the crimes he speaks of but he mentions being a-part of this crime and seeing Billy jump to his death nearing the end of the track. I mean it’s this kind of share brutality that seeps through the ideal message of what Eryhka Badu is preaching on hip hop when she mentions
“How y’all gone stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music. We don’t own our music no more. Come to think of it, did we EVER own it? When I say own our music, I’m not talking bout the artist I’m talkin bout the people … let me be quiet” [catch the rest of that rant on realtalkny.com if you haven’t already]
To round up my buzz-fest Eminem and Benzino’s
Ice T adds fire to my flame by stating on the Reddit’s ask me anything session that Hip hop is not as dangerous anymore but is merely pop music to the ears of the once stated “COP KILLA” and even Nas had put two and two together and address the lack of emcees who speak up against social issues during his 90 minute rendezvous at the Georgetown university ft; Eric Dyson which had Nas claiming:
“I don’t see enough emcees who are brave enough to be honest. I would like to see more of that. There’s a lot of good stuff, and there’s a lot of bad in rap. The socially conscious stuff can come off sometime as preachy, so a lot of people tend to stay away from it. It ain’t their bag. That’s not what they do. But still they kind of have some artistic responsibility to do more than what’s the latest trend.”
(Nas and Dyson conversation on hip hop)