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The First 30 Minutes of ‘God Of War: Ascension’ is Beyond Epic!

God-of-war-Ascension-2At first I thought I was having a great day because of the new French Express mix, but then I watched the First 30 Minutes of God of War: Ascension, and now my day is a million times better!

GOW: Ascension is the forthcoming game in the God of War franchise, and it brings Kratos back in action with insane combos, incredibly (might I add disgusting) enemies, and all the ingredients of action, mythology, and advanced weaponry that make Kratos one of the best characters to ever hit PS3. 

In the new 30 minute gameplay, we get the chance to see the new title in action. The game starts off with this ugly chick with legs, one arm, and a minion of flies that can bring things to life. From the gist of the conversation, I’m assuming she might have dated Kratos or something, but he sure does plan on kicking her ass for what she puts him through.

Now of course, unless you want to be surprised when you first play the game, then I recommend you don’t watch this video (spoilers guaranteed.)But if you can’t wait and you’re curious what you will be getting your hands on, then grab some popcorn, push play, and enjoy Kratos kicking major ass! 

Riveting Surrealism + Socio-Political Commentary | Short Film ‘I, Pet Goat II’

I must officially declare that I, Pet Goat II is the best animated short film I’ve ever seen. Never in my life have I been so intellectually and emotionally drawn to an animated short film, but I, Pet Goat II is a film that beckons for your complete attention. Don’t even dare attempting to multi-task while watching this film, because you will miss out on some powerful symbols that evoke theoretical thought and the abstract reality of “the fire at the heart of suffering.”

As I aforementioned, the film takes a look at “the fire at the heart of suffering.”  I, Pet Goat II truly captures some of the defining moments that shape our history, as well as socio-political messages that deserve hours of intense intellectual conversation. I could try to breakdown every aspect of the film’s message, but I’ll leave that up to y’all.

Many folks out there are dissecting this video and breaking down each symbol, but Andrew S. Allen over at Short of the Week sums it up best. He said,

“I, Pet Goat II is a difficult film to dissect, but I’ll give it a try. First, the story is less of a narrative and more like an interpretive dance of modern travesties—America’s war on terror, religious fundamentalism, militarianism in Aftrica, totalitarianism in China, and exploitation all over the world (some of which may seem a little heavy-handed to us Americans). It’s packed with loaded symbols used to remix pop culture into a new mythology complete with surreal landscapes and zany characters.”

The short filmed is by a new Canadian animation studio Heliofant  and it just proves that surrealism isn’t dead, it’s alive…and packed with riveting socio-political commentary.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Sultry Soul | Jessie Boykins III – “B4 The Night Is Thru”

I can’t actually recall the last track I listened to by Jessie Boykins III, but I do remember that he always had this unique vibe about him. His style always reminded me of a timeless soul, and his hair is a unique work of art. But when you’re a sultry soul singer, you’re expected to bring a down to earth vibe to the table, so I don’t expect anything different from Jessie Boykins III.

His sultry vibe & soulful lyrics are surely coming back to mind thanks to his new song “B4 The Night is Thru.” I know remember why I used to listen to him a few years back; he’s got such a soulful voice that is essentially timeless. Not only does Jessie Boykins III have a nice sultry voice, but the music video directed by Dr.Woo is the epitome of soul…

Peep the visuals below for Jessie Boykins III “B4 The Night is Thru.” And how about that album artwork? Oh so soulfully chic.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Awesomesauce | An Epic Beard Punch

Whew, I’m so glad the weekend is finally here. This week has just been so hectic, and I only have one left week of vacation before classes start up. I have a lot on my plate this semester, but summer session should be a breeze. Hopefully it goes by quick so I can finally graduate college at the end of July and move on with my life.

I’ve just been chilling out trying to relax before classes start, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped my hunt for finding cool things.  Oh, before I forget. Tonight is a new episode of  Saturday Night Live with Charles Barkley, so be sure to tune in. If not, then as usual I will post the funny videos tomorrow morning. Just had to put that reminder in there.

Anyways, so the other day I was perusing a blog I like to read and ran across this video called Beard Punch. When I first saw the still image for the video, I was curious what exactly the video was going to entail. Of course I had an idea it was going to be about a beard and someone being punched, but I had no idea that someone would actually punch the beard off. Crazy, right?!

Its a short hilarious video about this girlfriend coming home and finding that her man still hasn’t shaved his beard. So they have this mini-epic battle, and in the end…well she punches his beard off. Maybe next time he’ll remember to shave. Haha, it’s a mess. His beard actually didn’t like too bad, and I don’t mind a beard on a guy, but I prefer a Rico suave mustache.

Ladies, perhaps you’ve had those moments where you wished your man would just shave his beard off. Well, hopefully you didn’t have to resort to drastic measures and enact an epic beard punch. But apparently sometimes you’ve just got to take matters in your own hands and knock all the hair follicles off someones face.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

A Life Lesson From Steve Jobs: Connect the Dots

I’ve never been big on memorizing quotes and devoting myself to any daily mantras, but there are some memorable quotes by Steve Jobs that are worth having as daily mantras. His above speech is one of his most iconic speeches ever given, and I’m sure the 2005 class of Stanford University would agree. Steve Jobs was truly a revolutionary figure in the history of technological innovation, and he did all that without even having a college degree. Even though I’m graduating in less than a year, his speech reminded me that college isn’t everything. For those of us who are in college, it shouldn’t be the only thing that we strive to excel in.

One thing I’ve done so far in my life, is to strive for my dreams and unleash my creative passion. I never take no for an answer, which is why I’ve accomplished a great deal of tasks in my writing career thus far. I’ve never been one to tread lightly on this journey of life. Each day I wake up with a desire to fulfill a creative task, and hopefully become closer to making my dream come true. But I do find myself sometimes worried/concerned about what the future holds and where I will end up once I graduate.

But after watching Steve Jobs’ commencement speech, I’m filled with an intoxicating sense of peace. He said a lot of beautiful sentences that spoke to everyone on a different level, but the quote that stood out to me the most was his theory on connecting the dots. Around 4:50 in the video, Steve discusses how dropping out of college, taking a calligraphy class, and finding what he truly loved would have never happened if he would have connected the dots looking forward. In his speech he said, “You can only connect the dots in your life by looking back—not forward…Connect the dots and find what you love.”

That is one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard in my life. It truly speaks to the essence of every moment of discovery we embark on as human beings; each day we are learning something new about ourselves and getting closer to finding a purpose. We may not know how everything is going to come together in the end, but you can at least keep doing what you love. When you’re lost and not sure which path to head down, then you can look back and connect the dots. I may not know where I’m going to end up once I graduate, but I know that I’ll keep writing and shooting for my dreams. As long as I keep pushing forward and doing what I love, one day I’ll look back and be able to connect all the dots. As long as I keep believing in my dreams, never stop moving, and doing anything I put my mind to, then I can look back and not have any regrets in my life.

If we can learn anything from Steve Jobs and his iconic journey as CEO of Apple, we can learn that you can truly do anything you put your mind to. No matter your level of education, background, or circumstance in life; you can be anybody you want to be. All you have to do is write the book, write the script, and make it a reality. So in the words of Steve Jobs, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

RIP Steve Jobs…..

Livin Joy – Don`t Stop Movin

Since it’s Friday and the weekend is about to begin, here is some classic 90s dance inspiration. Don’t stop movin and live your dreams!


©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Napoleon Da Legend “Quarantine”

I originally wrote about DMV rapper Napoleon Da Legend’s new song “Quarantine” on HipHopExtra, but I wanted to post a piece of it here as well. If you haven’t been keeping an eye on Napoleon Da Legend, then wake up! He’s been doing big things and his lyrical prowess continues to radiate on every track he graces. Here is my post below, which can be found on http://www.hiphopextra.com

Ruff Kut Videoz: Napoleon Da Legend “Quarantine”

Crazy Al Cayne’s anticipated project The Sugar Cayne Experiment Vol. 1: Napoleon Da Legend will hopefully be dropping soon. While fans of Crazy Al Cayne and Napoleon Da Legend are anxious to see what the two have in store, Napoleon Da Legend and Crazy Al Cayne have dropped yet another video to ease the anticipation.

Napoleon Da Legend’s “Quarantine” is a track with an old school vibe, which can be attributed to the fact Crazy Al Cayne made the beat in 1995. The track is yet another powerful and hard hitting song from DMV rapper Napoleon Da Legend. On the track NDL (Napoleon Da Legend) drops some conscious rhymes about the reality of life in the streets. His lyrical prowess shines on yet another fresh beat by Crazy Al Cayne and it reminds us why we love Napoleon Da Legend and Crazy Al Cayne so much.

The concept of life in the streets being equated with a “quarantine” is simply genius. Napoleon Da Legend always has a fresh spin on mainstream topics in hip-hop. He doesn’t bring forth the typical mainstream hip-hop swag, but rather a methodical approach to rhymes and his swag. The originality of Napoleon Da Legend is a perfect fit for the eccentric Crazy Al Cayne.

It’s nice to see yet another smooth video from Crazy Al Cayne and NDL. If this video is any indication of the direction in which The Sugar Cayne Experiment: Vol.1: Napoleon Da Legend is going, then true hip-hop fans will be even more anxious to cope their hands on this original mixtape.

©Jasmine McGee