Kanye West & Jay-Z
Watch The Throne Tour
Palace at Auburn Hills
Who Gon' Stop Me haah?
Two days after Thanksgiving, Austin and I strapped on our gold watches and chains and headed up to Motown to see the two biggest acts (egos) in hip hop today, Kanye West and Jay-Z, join together to put on one massive show. As the marquee would suggest, the show was quite simply two and a half hours of unadulterated Jay and Ye, meaning no opening act, no guests, and an almost non-existent backing band, though there was plenty of flash and flair in the duo’s stage show.
Here & Now
I’m not sure that any “artist” has consistently drawn my ire to the extent of Nickelback over the years. Sure, Dashboard Confessional and a number of pop-punk acts have temporarily brought about fits of deep apathy. But, Nickelback is maybe my first love (of bands I love to hate, that is), and I always seem to come back to them. In fact, my first foray into blogging revolved around hating on really terrible lyrics accompanied by terrible music, and you can find my entry on Nickelback here (warning: adult content). The content of this post was ripping on the song “Photograph”, but not nearly as well as the guys in the video below. Alas, this experiment with blogging was not to last. Law school got in the way, or maybe I should say, blogging got in the way of law school (maybe should consider that to have been my first priority, even if that wasn’t always exactly the case). And now, I have the illustrious opportunity to review a new Nickelback album, and present to you the tepidly-titled Here and Now.
As up-to-date as I stay on music, I’m not always an early adopter when it comes to the latest music technologies. When everything went digital, I had a hard time giving away the tangible feel of CDs, which now I would never waste time buying, but at the time seemed like a huge thing to sacrifice. Now that everything is going to the cloud, I am again having a hard time of giving away the possession of an MP3 file.
Still Crazy Good After All These Years
Catching a music legend past their prime can be a mixed bag. The sheer presence of someone who has played such an important role in music history can be awe-inspiring, but often the performances fall quite flat and it can even be borderline sad seeing them as just a shell of who they used to be. Some legends seem to almost get better with age (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young), while other’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles have gotten the best of them over time (Bob Dylan, The Who).
A$AP Rocky Review
This may be the only time I ever review a mixtape. Some hip-hop artists are so prolific with the amount of mixtapes they release (e.g., Gucci Mane), it is often hard to keep up. So, I often just stick to studio releases, and the occasional mixtape that gets a lot of good publicity. Well, I can’t recall a mixtape that has gotten as much hype as A$AP Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP, and the alleged 3 million dollar deal he received from RCA/Sony. I was skeptical of the hype Rocky has been receiving, but let me tell you that this self-proclaimed “pretty motherf****r” has delivered not just the best mixtape of the year, but possibly the best hip-hop album in general.