Unless you truly are unaware of pop culture, then you’d know that Justin Timberlake has been on a roll this past week! From debuting new songs off his upcoming album to last weekend’s appearance on SNL (which I still need to post,) he’s been making sure his name stays in the media circuits. And last night, he truly topped his stellar week off by stopping by Late Night With Jimmy Fallonfor the History of Rap Part 4 and a medley of his greatest hits.
Let me just tell you right now, turn up your speakers! Justin and Jimmy did justice to a lot of old rap hits and you’ll find yourself wondering how on earth do these guys do it? It’s quite creative and it’s a great trip down memory lane.
Then you’ve got the amazing jam session of Justin Timberlake and a big band (including back-up singers) going through JT history and playing his greatest hits. It will truly remind you how amazing and awesomely talented Justin Timberlake truly is.
To be honest, at first I really hated the song. I just couldn’t stand hearing it on the radio and I surely couldn’t stand the annoying simplicity of the lyrics. But then (perhaps invasion of the body-snatchers took place,) the song began to grow on me. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen somehow got stuck in my head and I realized that yes, even though it’s such a cheesy pop song, it’s actually kind of cute.
It’s cuteness (or perhaps annoying-ness) has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon. Dudes are making business cards and having it say “Call me, maybe.” It’s the new way of attempting to pick up girls. SMH. And oh, it’s so popular that heck, President Obama was even singing it. Then Jimmy Fallon and The Roots teamed up with Jepsen to do a version of the song using only kids musical instruments.
And now, The “Chocolate Rain” dude, Tay Zonday, did a cover of the song. Let’s just say that his version isn’t cute…more like awkwardly creepy, yet funny. I don’t anyone will be wanting to “call him” after watching him sing the song. Call him…maybe? Um, no. More like lose his number. lol. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Anyways, watch the covers below. Are y’all tired of this song yet? Or do you find yourself randomly singing it while waiting for your latte?
When it comes to late night talk shows the only show I’ll watch is Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His show has the best of comedy, great personable interviews, and awesome live music from the legendary Roots band. How much better can it get? Even if you don’t watch it for the interviews or the music, you can at least enjoy the awesome games & hilarious segments that bring the show to life.
Basically my stance when it comes to late night t.v. is that Jimmy Fallon is currently the boss (until further notice.) But it doesn’t mean that he’s the only late night talk show host on the air (even though I don’t dare bother to watch anyone else.) But I’ve passed by the Jimmy Kimmel show a few times, and every time I’ve turned to it I found myself coming in at the right moment; typically Jimmy Kimmel is the midst of showing some spoof that him & his crew put together. So the last few times I tuned into Kimmel’s show I ended up seeing a spoof, but his latest spoof Movie: The Movie I actually ran across on the Web.
You know how every movie has that epic cliche that makes it, well, a good or bad movie? Well, Jimmy Kimmel decided to put every single epic movie cliche into a movie spoof called Movie: The Movie. It’s got everything we’ve all seen throughout the history of cinema, and it reminds us why movies are simply awesome. The cliches work. We love them, we expect them, and sometimes we crave them. It’s totally awesome when a film is avant-garde and diverts from the cliches in order to evoke innovation, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to add in a cliche.
When all else fails, you can always get that jock in the members only jacket to tell the guy taking his ex, “Hey, take care of her man….” Seriously, “that guy” is in almost every single love story or teen flick. But we need that guy, or else the movie wouldn’t be the same! I’m telling y’all, cliches work, and Jimmy Kimmel totally makes it a hilarious compilation in his short movie, Movie: The Movie.
Ah, Christmas is only a few days away. It’s that time of year where people are frantically trying to get the right gift, but then hopelessly settle on buying a gift card and hoping that will suffice. I mean there’s nothing wrong with a gift card, but I do love when someone puts the effort in and tries to get something that has significance. I mean yeah, I’ve given gift cards before but that’s because I wasn’t in the mood to really show that person I cared. So eh, here’s a gift card.
Now if it’s a gift card for 100 bucks or more, then that’s quite alright with me. That makes up for the lack of a physical gift, but at the end of the day Xmas is just another day to me. It’s not a big deal. This year for Xmas we aren’t doing much because we’ve got bills and other stuff to pay, but I did splurge and buy myself an awesome spin bike off Amazon.com for a steal of $168. I figured it would be a nice present to myself since I’ve been losing weight and so focused on getting in shape. So that’s my Xmas present right there, and my parents are paying off my tuition from last semester…so yeah, that’s way more important than an actual gift.
Even though I may not be having a big Xmas celebration, it still doesn’t mean I’m this Scrooge over here hating on Christmas and all things related to the holiday season. I mean, ’tis the season to be jolly. Plus, I’m a sucker for Christmas movies, especially the ones on Lifetime. There is just something about holiday romance that also intrigues me, especially since I’m always single by choice around certain holidays. Whenever I’m in a relationship it always tends to be a summer thing, something during late spring, or early fall but never making it to thanksgiving or Christmas. I date at the wrong seasons I guess (but that’s surely a post for another day…)
So yeah, not going to lie, I’m a big junkie when it comes to holiday related things. I just love the movies, the atmosphere, and the vibe. However, I do hate some Christmas songs. Some of the traditional songs are good, but I prefer the unconventional songs. Till this day one of my favorite Christmas songs is “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Horatio, and Chris Kattan. That song is classic! It’s so funny, but then it’s so good that you can’t help but recite it and get in the holiday spirit.
“I Wish It Was Christmas Today” is surely unconventional when it comes to Christmas songs, but lets talk about rappers and the holiday season. I remember for awhile back in the 80s & 90s a lot of artists seemed to come out with holiday related songs & albums. I didn’t really get off into a lot of the holiday songs, but I did really like Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin.” That song worked in my opinion, and better yet, Seamus Haji’s house mix of the song is quite the holiday treat. Seamus Haji did an excellent job of infusing the sounds of house with Kurtis Blow’s holiday rhymes. You’ve got rap, house, and holiday joy coming together on one track. What more could you ask for?
Like I said, I’m not big on Christmas this year, but I do enjoy a good Xmas themed song, movie, or skit.
Seamus Haji vs. Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin” (Seamus Haji Bootleg)
Tracy Morgan’s dancing is so hilarious! It cracks me up every time! Watch both of the videos below. Different episodes and costuming, but the same hilarious dancing.
I still haven’t had the chance to pickup/download The Roots album Undun, but I’ve checked out a few tracks from the album and I’m loving the vibe. You can’t go wrong with The Roots, it’s simply good music.
The Roots has a timeless knack for taking the everyday struggle and methodically crafting music that eloquently expresses the struggle. Undun (from what I’ve heard so far) is an amazing album that shows off the eclectic vibe of the band, and as usual Black Thought, ?uestlove, and the rest of the gang create a grandeur fusion of true hip-hop, blues, and jazz. You’re most likely not going to find any extremely commercialized beats and tracks on this album because, well, that just isn’t The Roots; selling out monetary value hasn’t appeared to be the driving for their music.
The Roots will always be one of my favorite bands (my other favorite is Dave Matthews Band.) I enjoy seeing them every night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and I’m glad to see them providing us with these short music videos for tracks of their album Undun. The videos have been a nice black and white serving of conscious music and social commentary, but now The Roots have provided us with a 9 minute short film for the album.
I’ve noticed a growing trend of independent artists and some major artists creating short films for their music videos, which reminds me of the classic Michael Jackson music videos. All of his videos were beautifully crafted avant-garde films, not just 3-4 minute videos of butt shaking, bling, and swagged out guys. Michael Jackson knew how to do a music video (man, miss him so much….) I credit him for starting the trend of music videos being full stories instead of short videos, which is why I think it’s wonderful that more artists are starting to produce short films for their albums.
Undun is the latest edition to short films for music videos and it tells the story of a young kid who becomes a criminal, yet that was never his intended desire. He is the official video description from The Roots.
“undun is the story of this kid who becomes a criminal, but he wasn’t born a criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day isn’t that what we all do? – The Roots.”
If you happen to be a huge fan of electronic/dance music, then you probably heard that M83′s latest album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming hit position #1 on the US Dance/Electronica music charts. The French electronic band has been creating a lot of buzz with their sixth studio album, and their song “Midnight City” is proving to be the best track off the album.
The album has a lot of amazing tracks that are absolutely mindblowing, but “Midnight City” is such a timeless track. The song is honestly one of my favorite songs I’ve heard from M83, I can even say it’s up there with my love for “We Own the Sky.” The song is such a beautiful collection of stunning vocals, futuristic synths, and the live performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon includes this epic sax solo.
The music video for the song is so beautiful, but the live performance was just spectacular! I’d so love to see M83 in concert, man can you imagine how awesome that would be? It would probably be such an epic experience, especially if they bring out that Kenny G worthy sax player to amaze the crowd with such a flawless and unforgettable solo. The only thing he was missing was the long curly hair, and a glam fan to blow the curls in some type of romantic dance. Aye, you’ve got to admit, it’s pretty awesome watching Kenny G’s hair gently sway in the breeze while he kills it on the sax.
M83′s performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon doesn’t have any dramatic wind blowing during the sax player’s solo, but it’s got some awesome musicianship and cool dancing. It’s uber hard to watch M83 perform “Midnight City” on Late Night with Jimmy without fighting the urge to rock out and get lost in the dream-like sounds and surreal synths.
*Update* So NBC has taken the video off their website and other sites, so you’ll have to enjoy the music video.