This is a big tune. Alton Ellis displayed a more conscious style than what was popular around the time in Jamaican music. Clearly, a foundation for roots reggae was laid. Everything on this track is edgier on than the norm for Rocksteady. This makes for good music.
“In keeping with Nada’s formula, Moombahton is a cross between Dutch house music and reggaeton. Popular in 2009, Dutch house music clocks in at a relatively rapid 130 beats per minute, with a 4/4 structure and fat bass kicks on every beat of the measure. It’s a branch of house music that features notably large builds and drops and uses piercing electro stabs that rapidly glide up and down the sound spectrum.
Reggaeton, which became popular in Caribbean and Latin American communities in the middle of the past decade, is a slower 108 beats per minute. A blend of reggae, dance hall, and soca, it’s usually topped with Spanish-language rap. Nada took elements of each of these styles and worked them together.”
Yo, this is beautiful. It makes me want to dance like Spongebob.
Since it was born out of a party to entertain high schoolers, it’s simple. But it just might be something that reggaeton needed, considering that it’s progressed slowly, if at all, over the past decade. But it might only be more realistic for it to grow in underground scenes outside of reggaeton’s caribbean base since the raunchy lyrics are missing.
On another note, “genre” is getting over used to the point where it doesn’t mean anything any more. Which might be a good thing? Music should be labelled by it’s emotion. That way when I go through my iPod I can find the tracks with genres Bragadocious and Cooking
Very few documentaries have a story that develops as sincerely as Beautiful Losers’s. That could be because it is a film about street art, made by people within the street art community. The issues the group faced as teenagers bonded them together to form creative types of art. But the trials never really went away as they became adults, and neither did the drive to be creative.
Although I don’t particularly get street art (really, most forms of visual art other than surrealism doesn’t speak to me), the most intriguing characters tend to be associated with it. Watching Steve Powers get his hair cut into his version of the high top fade was magnificent. The artists were open with their thoughts, messages and methods. The last of which is important of course because every art documentary should show artists in their natural environment.
I expected some great scientific insight into nutrition and health since the documentary began with quotes from Linus Pauling and Hippocrates. Unfortunately, the suggestions presented in the film left me skeptical of some of the expert’s credentials and/or sanity.
Food Matters presented alternative viewpoints in treating physical and mental health problems. Its key point was critisizing the health care industry and government organizations for lack of emphasis and delegitimizing nutrition as a main form of treatment and prevention. One thing that triggers my skepticism is a very generalized claim of healing powers. For example, claiming something like the raw food movement can cure/heal/prevent nearly every one of the broad variety of health issues that is common in America is wishful thinking. To be fair, it was only mildly conspiracy theory laced, which kind of made it entertaining enough to watch.
I wanted to get something out of it. People need to consider what they intake and how it affects their health. It was just too hard to get past the pseudo-science that most of the featured commentators founded their opinions. The very singular perspective on a dynamic issue with complex factors including socio-economics and medical science just left me shaking my head throughout this film.
He’s been kickin’ it with some local Miami rappers in King of Diamonds. I went to school with two of thesedudes (but with all the random people on here, who doesn’t have a connection to at least one of them). Found this over at 2DBz.
And on another note, Miami does has a lot to offer outside of South Beach, but why do rappers all tend to hang out at a large warehouse in an industrial park?