This year’s ONE MusicFest was a blast! The day was jam packed with great live performances, food and awesome weather. The festival included three stages this year, which catered to both the old and new school crowds, but choosing which performances to catch was a tough decision. The headliner, Lauryn Hill, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae and Wondaland, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Raury plus more put on a stellar show. View some of the photo’s below and more via Respect-Mag.com.
STRAIGHT OUTTA SMASHING THE BOX OFFICE
Straight Outta Compton came straight out the gate with an estimated $24.5 million on it’s opening night (Friday August 14th) and is expected to reach at least $55 million by the end of the weekend. The F. Gary Grey directed film, which is produced by former N.WA members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, was undoubtedly a highly anticipated film with much push from the media. Despite the buzz created around the film and the companion ‘Compton’ soundtrack by Dr.Dre, most of the reviews didn’t quite mirror the 87% rating given by Rotten Tomatoes. Vanity Fair, however, composed the most reflective review, in that it captured the gist and the purest essence of the film. I happened to enjoy the movie in its entirety and was a great viewpoint of N.W.A and social issues in the 80s and 90s era. It was a far cry from the made for TV movies that we are accustomed to. Straight Outta Compton is definitely a must see. Continue reading
First things first; I rarely write music reviews. If I write a review, it’s because I feel strongly about a particular project. It has had to positively impact the way that I view and think about life. I also have to connect with it in some way. I often refrain from speaking in a negative tone, being careful not to sway another person’s opinion about an artists body of work, since music is solely based on the listener’s personal experience. In fact, my reviews aren’t reviews, but my own subjective evaluation.
Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is one of a handful of projects that I’ve managed to connect with. I don’t know Drake personally, but oddly enough, it feels as if I’m inadvertently involved in the conversations that he’s having through his music. His strong story telling abilities set the scene and paint a vivid portrait of the people he knows and the places in which he’s been. What really makes me connect, though, is how he describes what he’s feeling, which is often my sentiments exactly.