Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Music: Top Five 2016 Bouyon Releases

Today is officially Bouyon Day in my beloved Dominica. Congratulations to all the artist past and present that have contributed to this sound!

You smell that in the air? That my friends is the smell of Carnival season taking over all the new year blues. And in my beloved Dominica this is when the residents are flooded via the airwaves with music. Now it would be nice if more music was released throughout the year, but I'll leave that for another post. 

After the natural disaster which was hurricane Erica that caused many festivities for Independence Day cancelled, this carnival is going to be well deserved and needed for the island. And with that comes the Bouyon releases that have been created to potentially be the anthem of the roads and the season. So here are my five jams for Dominica carnival 2016.

5. Carlyn XP - Bouyon Wuk
First of all I think Carlyn is a little hottie, and it just so happens she can rock a stage and make good music aswell. From being with Fanatik band to adding the female touch with Original Bouyon Pioneers, Miss Carlyn XP is known as the queen of Bouyon. And now it's official she is the first and the newly crowned Bouyon Monarch winner. It's no surprise this banger contributed to her winning that title, this has all the ingredients needed to make a Bouyon track that pumps. 

4. Asa Bantan - Take It Anywhere 
Asa Bantan always comes with a song that you can rock too. Strictly Local was one of my favourite releases of last year and overall Bouyon releases. This one right here my only qualm I have with it is it's too damn short, other than that Asa trust me I can relate to this one personally!!

3. Benz - Circle

"Nothing nah change, I'm still same big up my friends, me and my crew we still rolling"........ This jam is produced by the kid DJ Bryce (who makes some banging beats, but plays tight sharing them for promo damn shame). Big up Benz on this one as this is no joke and should be pumping throughout Carnival and beyond.

2. Original Bouyon Pioneers ft Kurt Allen - Jamin'

This one is just straight throwback not just Thursday but years. The OBP have crafted something that will long out last this carnival and will continue to be rocking in the future. It's got everything that made Bouyon have it's own lane and what we all love about the genre, the bridge on this song is so smooth, sick and cultural. With these guys hitting the road this carnival, I hope the new generation appreciate what they're about to witness.

1. WCK - Jus Do

We've had four releases from CK this year "Colossal (Biggest Fete)", "Bouyon To The World", "Rolling Like A Boss" and this one "Jus Do"lead by Mr.Delly. This song is just a straight monster, which is making it even harder to miss this year's val as I would behaving the worst when this comes on. But then I guys that's God's way of protecting the ladies bumpers and I have to respect that...

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Movies: My Ten Favourite Movies of 2015 (5-1)

So here we go the top 5 of my 10 list for 2015 it wasn't as hard as I thought would be to create the list. There was a late addition which is no flipping surprise there haha, so let's get this thing rolling and get to numero uno!! And there is a movie on the list that has a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.
5. Inside Out

When it comes to movie trilogies if you look past Star Wars 4,5 and 6, it's fair to say Pixar gave us one of the best collection of movies in Toy Story. Fast forward to 2015 and Pixar are still knocking it out of the park by making animated movies that still entertain adults and children alike. This movie was all about the emotions we as humans experience but this all takes place with a child. I always check out Pixar movies and this one as bright and colourful and funny it is, there are moments which are really sad and really pulls on those emotional strings. So if you're a superthug don't watch this in front of your boys because they will question your manhood at certain scenes.  
4. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron/Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2012's The Avengers for me is the best superhero movie ever made. Yes I know it was a super team movie so it's kind of un-fair but to have Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk all in one movie is no easy feat. So the anticipation for the sequel was high to see how they could top such a near perfect movie. No they didn't top the first and they really couldn't to be fair but this movie was pretty bad ass. It was fun seeing the gang back together again while learning how to control Hulk's rage. There was a ridiculous action scene which took place in Africa where Iron Man and Hulk bump heads, while trying to defeat the blood thirsty A.I. Ultron which Tony made to allow the Avengers to work less but goes total pear shape.

We have a new Star Wars movie that will help erase the prequels from your memory. So to keep it short and sweet thank you George Lucas, JJ Abrams and Disney for giving us the opportunity to have all the things that we love about SW returned to us in 2015. This movie is smashing box office records left right and centre. And is understandable because this is a return to form for the franchise many of us love. Holy fuck a brother is one of the leading actors in this cult classic franchise, what is the world coming to? Oh yeah that's right the boy can act and deserves to be part of this world and I'm due to go watch this movie again o satisfy my enjoyment of the movie. The Force Awakens episode VII is easily an 8 out of 10 movie even with THAT moment.
3. Kingsman: The Secret Service

Bond didn't become Bond just like that, he had to have some training from young to make him the slick smooth spy we all know. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Kingsman, it's like a movie showing how a young diamond in the dirt kid was trained to become Bond. Colin Firth who plays the Obi-Wan Kenobi to Taron Egerton's Anakin but just doesn't turn into a little shit like Anakin did. Takes him under his guidance to turn him into the agent he believes him to be. While training this kid from the estate also has to deal with this tech maniac played by uncle Samuel Mutherfucking L. Jackson. Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation and The Avengers:Age Of Ultron are the only movies I can think of that give The Kingsman a run for it's money for the best action sequence this year. All I will say is "The Church"..........
2. Straight Outta Compton

Ok I went to this movie twice which means I liked it a whole lot. Straight Outta Compton is everything it says on the tin, it's a biopic about the world's most dangerous crew. This movie gives alot of insight into what made this crew so immortal in the world of hip hop culture and music. Due to the huge success of this movie we may get more hip hop biopics with Tupac next one on the way. My main problem with this movie which I enjoyed alot was that Dr.Dre came across as a damn superhero, but the stars of this movie are Eazy E and Ice Cube. Jason Mitchell who plays the role of Eazy E deserves to get an Oscar nomination for his performance which was just classic.
1. Dope

I thought this was going to be some stereotypical urban movie just so the hip hop culture can say "oh we had two this year". But this movie was so much more than I expected and couldn't have enjoyed it more. This shit was super funny but had heart and also shows that the most fun you can have is being you. Three neighbourhood friends trapped in the 90's era of hip hop enjoy playing in their band and being cool nerds. They get caught up in a situation which keeps them on their feet while running into more and more obstacles while trying to resolve the original problem. It's got a sick selection of music throughout the movie and the way it ends is a nice twist to the normal played out movie formula.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Movies: My Ten Favourite Movies of 2015

2015 comes to a close and it's fair to say this year has seen many quality and enjoyable movies hit the screens, which was good news for us movie goers (yes yes and you downloaders aswell I see you). This year has had everything for everyone from the summer blockbusters to animated fun, all boxes have been ticked this year. Despite all the remakes and sequels etc..... there has been more original movies being made in the last 18 months than ever before. So Hollywood is still bringing ideas to the table but obviously the bigger know franchises are still grabbing all the attention.
Next year we have an onslaught (what's up Doom Man?) of highly anticipated movies such as The Junglebook, Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War just to name a few that will be hitting a screen near you. So I'm going to list my favourite  movies I've seen this year, I have to give honourable mentions to Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mad Mad:Fury Road, Trainwreck, Spy and Focus to name a few. These were really really good movies that came out this year fun to watch and most definitely have the replay factor on lock, which is an important factor in my eyes when deciding if a movie is good or not.
While I wrote this I was watching Naked Gun which is one of my favourite movies for jokes, and an advert came on for Fantastic Four DVD which reminded me of some movies that just didn't live up to the expectation or hope I had for them. Though Ted 2 had it's moments it fell way short of Ted, the latest attempt of the Terminator Franchise was just ok. Get Hard with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was fun, but haven't rushed to watch it again considering features two comedic heavyweights. So let's get into it my top ten movies of 2015, if you disagree that's cool I ain't hard to find.
10. Furious 7

Seven movies in and this franchise should be either slowing down or no longer being fun. F&F sticks two fingers up at tradition and still manages to cause interest while bringing everything we love to the table. Tyrese aka Roman Pierce owned this movie for me with the hilarious timing and one liners, with the plane scene confirming all of this. This was the highest grossing one of the franchise so far which is bitter sweet considering one of the founding members the late Paul Walker, was unable to see the movie as a finished product. Furious 7 arguably gave the best possible send off to a family member ever on screen.
9. Ex Machina

I saw this movie advertised a few times while waiting to watch other movies at the cinema but never really paid it any attention to be fair. While at the office big movie discussion started and CEO of the company mentioned this movie to me and was confident I would like it as it's a very good movie. One Sunday decided to watch it and was pleasantly surprised at how good of a movie it was. It's an independent movie but can still hang with the big boys. It has a huge twist that really kicks you in the chest like a fireman to a burning door. The actor who plays the A.I. is going to appear in many movies as she is really good and makes you invest in her character alot.
8. Cinderella

We've all seen Cinderella before the Disney classic (one of many MM has over there), if you haven't seen Cinderella the animated classic I don't care if you're male or female your parents have failed you as a child. This live adaptation of the animated classic was directed by the same guy who brought us 2011's Thor (badman movie). The movie is respectful of the animated classic but just imagine that in live action with a few alterations that help make this movie real fun and warm. It was bad seeing Cinderella mistreated in the animate version, but in this version you see how hard she had it. Rob Stark makes an appearance as the knight in shining armour, don't worry it's a white and not red wedding affair.
7. Ant-Man

A movie about a guy who is a superhero and his thing is to wear a suit and shrink to the size of an Ant, oh and he calls himself....... wait for it........ Ant-Man. It shouldn't really work even though it's a great comic book character who was an original founding member of The Avengers (take that clueless look of your face and do your research). But props to Marvel president Kevin Fiege for having faith in bringing this character to the MCU. This movie stars Paul Rudd aka Scott Lang aka Brian Fantana, who is known as funny guy but balances that within the movie really well. T.I. also stars in this movie as part of Scott's crew and should hopefully be back for the sequel. For a lesser known Avenger this movie was different to other Marvel movies and had you rooting for the underdog.
6. Misson Impossible: Rogue Nation/John Wick

Who knew we'd get six and soon to be seven M.I. movies? Ethan Hunt has made it through six movies and many different team members to give us Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but this one is arguably one of the best in the spy franchise. I've had more fun with this franchise than the Bond one if I'm being honest. With London as the backdrop Ethan has to work out WTF is the Rogue Nation and what they're reasons for doing what they do, while trying to remain off the books. This movie easily has one of the best opening sequences for 2015 or any year for that matter.
Mr. Reeves is no longer Neo to me anymore he is now going to be referred to as John Wick. Keanu has his way of acting which isn't really appealing, however good gracious this movie blows the hinges off the damn door. Playing the character of John Wick he brings it to the table and this movie is 100mph all the way. It's not a cheesy straight to DVD movie like a few of his that have made it to the big screen which clearly shouldn't have. This movie is a return to form for Keanu and being arguably the surprise movie of 2015. And I'm extra happy that this movie is getting a sequel as too many source material in the first to not have a sequel.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Music: Triple Kay - Nice Time

Triple Kay out of Dominica have given us the first release of many to come for 2016 which may become an anthem for Dominica's carnival. 

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Trailer: Deadpool

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

That's what the official studio says but this is all you need to know, Deadpool is one of if not the coolest superhero ever created. Superman would have a hard time understanding how this guy represents the good fight, plus he would take the absolute piss out of Clark Kent. He talks that shit and kicks ass while making a joke about it, go watch the merc with the mouth in February.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Sports: Open Letter To Manchester United Board

Dear Manchester United Heirachy,

I love my club like I love Pineapple juice while dreaming that Audrey Littie saying she loves my freckles (google her you're welcome). I know as a viewer of football for two plus decades that Football goes in cycles. And I can accept that and have done so in the past with my club, but I must say this current cycle my club finds itself in feels self inflicted. I don't know how to run a football club but I've been schooled by Championship Manager, Pro Evo and FIFA, however I do know mistakes when I see them and Stevie Wonder can see alot is wrong at the club. It's got to the point that me being one of the best at banter relating to Football, I've just been listening, watching and taking it on the chin with very little to respond back. I refuse to bring up as part of my response all the things we've done in the past because that's what many Liverpool fans are qualified at doing.
 But at the moment I can only say we could be Chelsea, however that won't last for too long.

Jamie Redknapp says "this is the worst Manchester United side I've seen". Yes we're not playing to our full potential Jamie but let's be honest you're chatting shit! Anyway I'm not going to cry over our recent injury list as this happens and Arsenal are dealing with the same thing. Why can't we play with the players that are still healthy and strong in positions that will allow them to exploit the opposition? Why can't the person who's in charge of the team see that playing Martial and Depay up front as a duo will allow the build up of attack so much quicker and more potent. 

Because Rooney is captain doesn't warrant being played every game when out of form, if anything help the guy and put him in the number ten role behind the two young bucks? What's the reason for Ander Herrera not getting game time, when he is one of the best technical players in the league? Why cant we play a 4-1-3-2 formation with Morgan Schneiderlin in the holding role with a strong 5 going forward?
Why did we look past this world beater to be captain of our club? Yes he is young but some of the best captains in the world were/are goalkeepers. The guy sees the whole game he speaks English at ease now and is a world class player. The problem with giving it to Wayne is now showing, because it will make un-wanted news if you drop him due to the way he's been playing. It's not helping him that he's a captain who's out of form and the team ain't playing to their full potential. 

Where is the faith to play the same line-up of players so they get to gel together and get an understanding until one player gets injured and someone fills that void? It's the simplest tactic in Football but making sure to get the balance right is essential, which maybe is the reason Chelsea are struggling this year because they didn't find the right balance to rest players when possible, but it allowed them to be a team that was flipping hard to break down and defeat. 
I understand LVG is abit (all the way up) stubborn and that must've contributed to being classed a world-class coach. I wasn't mad that you sold RVP because I've got a feeling he wasn't willing to fight to be in the team so that makes sense. You cleared out many players which the writings were on the wall for before LVG got to the club, but why in the blue hell did we sell Hernandez? What did he do that warranted him being sold just before the transfer window closed? This is a guy who only wanted to play Football and have the chance to show his talents which the team in the past have reaped the benefits from. 

The guy is a new age poacher and should've been on the team sheet when we sold RVP. What galaxy were you smoking with Han Solo to tell Hernandez he only had a "one percent chance" of playing in the team? You shipped him out on loan to Real without given chance, this season should've been the season management took a close look at what he brings to the team. Because right now those who agreed to sell him have not just egg but an omelette on their face. 12 goals in 17 games in the Bundesliga and being named player of the month. He's out performing many strikers not just in my team but in the league. And on the subject of strikers.......
In an era where you can count the amount of natural goalscorers on one hand, why after we gave him a new contract and rightly so have we sent Wilson on loan? I owe MUTV so I watch the reserve team play and this boy is a Manchester United player who can become the next superstar to come through our famous youth system. We're struggling for goals at the moment due to the way our play is. Why are we being denied a Wilson Martial and Depay forward line of energy skill pace and creativity? Wilson has scored two goals since being sent on loan to Brighton. 

Now don't get me wrong I believe if clubs in the premier league have highly talented youngsters who are unable to bring into a free flowing winning team, then the player should be sent to the Championship BUT only to the 8 teams that are going to be fighting for Premier League promotion. My reason behind this is simple it's a better learning experience for the the youngers, the manager will need to use his full squad to gain promotion. When they're sent to lower ambitious teams fighting to stay in the league if all goes wrong and the manager's making decisions to keep his/her job, they won't be putting faith into a player who's on loan. The terms of the Wilson loan is we can call him back at any time, so what are we waiting for?
We all love a fairy tale ending and myself and fellow United supporters would love for Giggsy to get the role. I'm not going to kid myself and think "well Barca done it with Pep, so if we do it then it will turn out the same". He may not win us something straight away but one thing for sure is he'd have the talent players we have at the club playing the type of Football they're capable of. On the other hand you guys would be foolish to over look Pep, a world class coach who if he really is as good as we are made to believe should take the challenge of Manchester United. Oh yeah that guy named Jose Mourinho is now available and it hurts me to say this, although I don't want him due to his baggage can't argue he does focus on getting trophies.

To wrap this up please let the players express themselves as we have too many ballers (that's right Jamie Redknapp) in the team to be playing how we are at the moment. Plus I know January is a few weeks ago which means transfer window time, let's not be throwing money left right and centre just because we have it. Let's not get over priced players just because we have the financial clout that some others envy. We have a few players on the books in the reserve team that can step up and become stars with the right amount of time and guidance. 

The decision makers of my beloved club, let's not stand for this type of play anyone more as shackling players is not what we've grown our reputation on. Now we're out of the Champions League tournament, we should be aiming for top 4 position and FA Cup trophy realistically moving forward to fix a season that has started bad performance wise. Shit I'll even take the Europa League trophy just to piss off Liverpool fans ha ha.

I'm out from a Bruce Willis (Die Hard) fan.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

#TBT: The Streets ft D Double E x Bruza x Kano x Demon - Get Out Of My House (remix)

I'm a big fan of The Streets and had to take it back with this one. When you look back on it Mike Skinner done alot for the Grime scene which felt natural due to his love for the scene. I said that because they were getting to become a super force in the music scene but did alot of remixes and features with Grime artists. So I'm rocking with this one today Get Out Of My House featuring some of the biggest names all in their own rights of the Grime scene.