Jay Z – The Blueprint 3 Review

September 28, 2009

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After being leaked last week, the new album from Jay-Z was released 3 days earlier than expected. The album was moved from September 11 to September 8 and is now available in stores and online. It’s safe to say that this is Jay-Z’s best work since the Black Album, possibly even better than that album. With collaborations from Drake, Kanye West, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, Pharell, and Mr. Hudson, The Blueprint 3 is the biggest rap album of the year.

The album takes a lot of inspiration from jazz, soul, r&b, and isnt nearly as rock friendly as some of the tracks were on the Black Album. Jay does a good job of mixing up a lot of musical styles while putting his own touch of style and flair. As a lyricist, Jay-Z is one of the best and every song on this track is perfectly well crafted includes rhymes from its many guests. This record coming out on the 8 year anniversary of September 11th is certainly rooted in New York City. Empire State of Mind is a tribute to all of NYC’s boroughs with an emphasis on Jay’s birthplace, Brooklyn. “A Star is Born” talks NYC and name checks Diddy, 50 Cent, Nas, and many other of NYC’s finest rappers.

Let’s face it, if you bought a Jay Z record in the past you know the level of quality to expect. The Blueprint 3 is a coming of age for Jay Z. He’s comfortable in his style and place in the rap game, his beats and collaborations are by some of the best in the industry, and the amount of singles on this record will keep in the American collection for quite some time. There’s literally something for everyone on this record, even some well crafted product placement to companies like BlackBerry and Apple. But Jay’s corporate image doesnt take away from his rough background. “Hate” responds to his critics and opposition, of course it would make sense that America’s #1 most hated Kanye West would contribute the beat and rap on the track.

The Blueprint 3 is quite possibly one of the best rap records of 2009 if not the best. After almost a two decade long career, Jay Z is still the king.

9/10

Key Tracks are, “On To The Next One” feat. Swizz Beatz, “Empire State of Mind” feat. Alicia Keys, “Run This Town” feat. Kanye West and Rihanna, D.O.A. (Death of Autotune), “Already Home” feat. Kid Cudi.

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Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer

September 28, 2009

They’re remaking Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger will be back in our lives. It’s like 1985 all over again, except this remake might hold some merit. Especially with Jackie Earle Haley donning the Freddy Krueger mask and patented fedora. The film hits theaters next spring:


Affordable Mackbooks Soon?

September 28, 2009

Cnet.com is reporting some rumors of an affordable line of macbooks. These would hopefully fall under the $1000 price range to attract people who have been holding out and would fundamentally change Apple’s business plan and market share. We’ll see if the rumors are indeed true, but it’s something to be hopeful for. Here’s the story from CNet:

While we’ve been hearing about a possible fall update to the iMac line, including Blu-ray options, for a couple of weeks now, the online rumor mill has now consigned itself to expecting new MacBook laptops as well. And not just any laptops, but the mythical, long-awaited, low-cost MacBooks that true believers hope will usher in a new age of Apple-based computing for those who find laptops over $1,000 to be out of reach.

AppleInsider says: “The new models, which appear as if they could make their debut alongside a family of more versatile iMacs in the coming weeks, are expected to arrive as the most affordable notebook offerings in the Mac maker’s history.” The site adds, “One person familiar with pre-production units indicated to AppleInsider several weeks ago that models awaiting certification were seen in white polycarbonate shells, consistent with the sole $999 model currently available.”

Other references around the Web make similar claims, saying a less-expensive version of the polycarbonate MacBook would pave the way for a low-cost touchscreen Apple tablet early next year – but each of these reports ultimately leads back to the original rumor posted by AppleInsider.

We’ve heard nothing from Apple about an upcoming press event to reveal new models, but that’s not unusual for the consistently secretive company. We have, however, been under the impression for some time that Apple prefers to stay out of the low-margin sub-$1,000 part of the laptop market, leaving the high-volume, but less profitable, cheap Core 2 Duo laptops and Atom-powered Netbooks to others.


Facebook: The Movie?

September 24, 2009

The blog ScriptShadow.com has released an unauthorized script for a film called The Social Network, which is basically a story about how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook. Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) is penning the script which is actually said to be pretty good. Justin Timberlake has just signed on to play Napster’s Sean Parker and Jesse Eisenberg is rumored to star as well.

Here’s Gawker’s story on “The Social Network”:

The blog ScriptShadow got hold of the first draft of Aaron Sorkin’s Facebook movie. The verdict? The movie reads oddly mesmerizing, and has an unexpected hero: Sean Parker, an early investor in the social network.

As the co-founder of Napster, Parker was overshadowed by Sean Fanning, who actually wrote the wildly-popular music-sharing software. Sorkin reportedly brings Parker to the fore, giving him credit for lighting a fire under Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and accelerating the company’s growth.

ScriptShadow’s Carson Reeves:

And don’t get me started on Sean Parker – a character that can become

iconic if the film is made. The brash techy rock star revels in his own

ego, and is a key player in why Facebook is on our computers today

(Parker ended up selling his portion of the company for – I believe – a

couple hundred million dollars).

Zuckerberg, meanwhile, looks comparatively pathetic. In what Reeves calls a “heartbreaking scene,” he sits alone (“not one true friend”) in a dark room and “friends” the girl who dumped him right before he started Facebook. The movie nevertheless bops along as something of a comedy, thanks to Sorkin’s “crazy unknown voodoo screenwriting tricks” and, apparently, jokes involving Facebook use.


A-Team Van Pictures Released

September 22, 2009

Pictures have surfaced from the set of the upcoming A-Team movie. The iconic van seems to be pretty much identical to what was featured in the show, something that I think is a good idea although I’m sure there will be some 21st century tech involved.

This movie has quite an interesting cast including MMA fighter Quentin Rampage Jackson as Mr. T’s B.A. Baraccus (sp?). Jessica Biel stars as well as a CIA agent attempting to track down the team.

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Umm where can I get these!??

September 22, 2009

Haven’t updated in a few days, been very busy with LSAT prep as I take the exam on Saturday. But I came across this pic on a friends facebook and began foaming at the mouth. This is an amazing combination and I need to get a bag or 20 of these asap!

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Spider Man 4 set for May 5, 2011

September 17, 2009

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The release date for the new Spider Man film was announced today opening in both IMAX and regular theaters. It will open 4 years after the last one and will presumably star Tobey Macguire reprising his role as Peter Parker. The 3rd movie was one of the worst comic book movie’s I’ve ever seen, so I’m certainly not sure if a 4th can be that great, but from the marketing it seems like Carnage may be involved in some way as a villain.