Jay-Z is back out with another album “The Blueprint 3″ dropping 9/11/2009. We over here at Zootpatrol got the cd sent to us early by Jay-Z himself to do an album review, or some kid named Kyle from Connecticut sent it to us over the internet, cue cops to go arrest him. Blueprint 3 isn’t referring to the back to basics definition, but more of an innovative way to move forward with crazy flow patterns, vintage samples, and futuristic synthesizers.
So how does one of the greatest emcees of all time fair in his latest attempt to wow critics? Jay-Z has finally nailed that “next level shit” sound. Jay-Z digs deeper inside himself to tell stories about the game and spits rhymes about how great he has been the past 14 years, which gets a little annoying after a while, but it’s true. The production on this album is far advanced than any of his previous cd’s with help from Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Neptunes, and Kanye West, who did the major chunk of the tracks. It’s heavy on bombastic synths and orchestras which makes it a great cd to bob your head to and let it run during a party. My only beef with the album is that he does rap about the same stuff on almost every track, and the hooks on the songs are pretty bad aside from Alicia Keys feature on “Empire State of Mind” and Mr. Hudson’s “Young Forever”. I also wish he didn’t feature so many trendy guest appearances on the album with Drake, Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi, and Pharrell, almost gives a sense of insecurity that he can’t hold a full cd down by himself.
I was going to summarize every track for you but instead of telling you how good every song is let me tell you which tracks to get excited for, and tracks to steer away from after listening to once.
“On To The Next One” is a straight club banger that needs to be played at high volume. Produced by Swizz Beatz he also sings the hook in a subtle way to let the beat shine.
“A Star is Born” is one of the best tracks on the album and has a fresh concept. Jay pays homage to all the best rappers in the game today and how great they were at some point.
“Young Forever”, perfect end to the trilogy with the sampled hook sung by Mr. Hudson.
Throw Away Tracks:
“Reminder”, O.K. we get is Jay your good, enough is enough though.
“Venus vs. Mars” is a track has that futuristic Kid Cudi/Lil Wayne martian vibe, and Jay-Z does not compliment this sound whatsoever.
Conclusion: This cd is very diverse with “Reasonable Doubt” smoke a blunt and bob your head type tracks, to slam a bottle of liquor and go crazy at the club type tracks. With only 2 sub-par songs, but not unbearable, the cd is able to play straight through with no complaints. Zootpatrol approves this cd and strongly encourages you to buy it when it drops 9/11/2009. xfm8y5szbk
1 What We Talkin’ About
2 Thank You
3 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
4 Run This Town ft. Kanye and Rihanna
5 Empire State of Mind ft. Alicia Keys
6 Real As It Gets ft Young Jeezy
7 On To the Next One ft. Swizz Beatz
8 Off That ft. Drake
9 A Star is Born ft. J. Cole
10 Venus VS. Mars
11 Already Home ft. Kid Cudi
12 Hate ft. Kanye West
14 So Ambitious ft. Pharrell
15 Young Forever ft. Mr. Hudson
A while back we did a post on the artist Banksy, see here, but he is back in the news. If you never heard of Banksy before then prepare to get zooted. Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist from England, and that’s all the information I can really give you about him, real informative I know. He has kept his identity a secret for years while tagging the streets of England as well as other parts of the world. It is said he got into street graffiti in the late 80′s during what was called in Bristol, England, the “Aerosal Boom”. He is mainly recognized for work that combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stenciling technique. Banksy’s stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects include rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. The cool thing about Banksy is that he does not sell or make a profit off of any of his work. He gives full access to his stencils and art work on his website where you can download the files and use them at your own leisure.
Recently Banksy has cracked into the mainstream of art and has been given access to the famous Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery to showcase his work. The exhibit was opened in June which featured more than 100 works of art, including animatronics and installations; it is his largest exhibition yet, featuring 78 new works. In true fashion the exhibit is free to check out and since Banksy doesn’t believe in copyrighting, the public is free to take pictures and video of the showcased art. A lot of his art shown breaks out of the graffiti mold and displays his progressiveness of originality. He uses animatronics to bring life to animals, food, and people very successfully with subliminal messages. A rabbit in front of a mirror files her nails, fishsticks swimming in a fishbowl, a hot dog chilling out cooling off, and chicken nuggets are hatched and feed on dipping sauce. These pieces are thought-provoking and really amazing to see come to life.
Some of Banksy’s work carries a clear message while others intend to make you think. Banksy takes advantages of the absurdity and ironies of life and the human existence and lets the viewer draw their own conclusions. Spread throughout the gallery he includes messages that war hurts everyone, your mom loves you no matter what, and that we should all strive for peace and happiness. You can check out his website here.
If you ask anyone in the design or advertising world, they will tell you that some clients are more fun to work with than others. Getting commisioned to work on a carpet cleaner is not nearly as fun as working on an ad for condoms or sex products. There’s so much potential to make easy, tasteless jokes, condom advertising requires a more delicate touch and great ads should make us think a little bit harder before rewarding us with the punch line. When it comes to this reward, no one really does it quite as well as Durex.
The Walt Disney Company has officially announced the deal to purchase comic giant, Marvel Entertainment Inc. The buying price was marked at $4 billion dollars to bring Spider-man and Iron Man into the same home as Aladdin and Goofy, real cool. Marvel has followed the same footsteps as DC Comics in surrendering to a large media conglomerate, DC was bought by Warner Brothers in 1969. Disney expects short term profit hits but is looking to bring back the male audience they have neglected in the past years. Disney focused more on the young female demographic signing the likes of Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers.
Disney won’t be seeing the benefits of their transaction anytime soon because all of the Marvel cash cows are currently under contract with other companies. For example, Spider-man is slated for three more sequels but Sony Corp.’s Columbia Pictures has exclusive rights to these movies (The next Spider-man is scheduled to hit theaters May 2011). So it will be a while for Spider-man money to start rolling in, it’s ok Disney can start making money on Iron Man right? Wrong, Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures has a five-picture distribution deal for Marvel-made movies, and guess what the first movie is out of that five-picture deal, yup you guessed it, Iron Man 2. So after Iron Man 2, four more Marvel movies that are set to be released will go to Paramount. Marvel plans to be releasing two massive blockbusters in “Thor” and “The First Avenger: Captain America”, but sorry Disney your too late on that one too. It’s alright Disney has other Marvel movies to make money off of, what about “X-Men,” “Fantastic Four,” “Silver Surfer” and “Daredevil” (Daredevil maybe being the worst movie ever made, but still have to throw it in there)? Ummmm yea, about that, sorry Disney News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox has the long-term movie rights to all of these movies as well. Disney said it will honor and re-examine Marvel’s licensing deals upon expiration and may extend the profitable ones. This is starting to sound pretty awful for Disney, lets step back and recap for a second. Out of the films that have been adapted by Marvel characters include Spider-Man, Blade, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Punisher, Daredevil, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, as well as the upcoming films Runaways, Iron Man II, Spider-Man 4, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers. Disney can make money right away off Hulk, Punisher, Elektra, and Ghost Rider which will probably be around 35 dollars a year, which at that rate would break even on their $4 billion dollar investment in 114,285,714.28 years, not bad actually. Of course I didn’t major in engineering economics and I didn’t major in business so I’m sure Disney will be fine as they hope to start seeing positive return by the year 2012, and not the year 114,287,723.
Millionaire Fail, Loser Deserved It
Awesome Fire Alarm Jam Session
Introducing Bro Franklin, haha
Trick Shot Mastery – B.Manley – WOW
Quick History of Weed, Interesting
I’m On A Boat A Capella
Psycho Forgets Boyfriend is in Europe
650 Million Years In 1:20 min
So you dig your ipod and you love your macbook. What if you could have the best of both worlds? Apple’s “Tablet” is the answer. The Tablet has been speculation for over a year now with little to zero information leaked. With Steve Jobs back in good health rumors are spreading that Apple will announce the Tablet in September with a launch date of November or early Q1. There are no real pics of the Tablet yet, just mock ups. 10 inch screen and sleek is what it’s expected to look like, with a touch screen of course.
This weekend the Zoot team traveled to Atlantic City in support of one of our best friends to cheer him on in the first annual SJ Sports Extravaganza at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This event was like nothing any of us had ever been to before. Karate, MMA, Arm Wrestling, Body Building, and Strong Man all crammed into one room, so we were amped up to say the least. Our good friend Zach has been training Strong Man for a while now, and this was his second taste of what to expect on his way to the pro level. The competition was broken down into two weight classes, and Zach of course stepped up and went toe to toe with the big dog heavy weights. He performed awesome, and came in 7th out of 13 strong men. Not bad for his second time out. Good job Zach!
In between watching Zach impersonate Super Man (which seemed like forever because they only were doing one event at a time) we wandered around and checked out the other events. Have you ever been to an arm wrestling match? It was awesome! Picture Over The Top minus Bull Hurley and all the baby mamma drama. These dudes were serious, and some were even sporting their state arm wrestling league polos. Official.
We watched that, and then decided we would give the women’s fitness competition a try. It was everything you would expect, some hot girls, some not so hot girls, a lot of toned bodies, and even more fake tanning oil. Once the mens body building began, we took that as our Q to go check out something else, so we took a front row seat at the Brazilian JuJitsu demonstration.
I wish we could have seen these guys really go at it. They were showing techniques and defense moves, which was informative, but not really what we had in mind. We expected this to be like the All Vally Tournament from Karate Kid. I wanted to see Daniel Son getting whooped on by some Cobra Kai members, only to totally redeem himself with the crane. We weren’t so lucky but it was still something cool to see. Along with all of the action, there were the usual vendors trying to sell every type of supplement in the world which wasn’t all that annoying because they had the hottest most fit girls working these tables. ESPN radio was even covering the event, and they were broadcasting live from the middle of the convention center.
It was a great day, and an even better experience. We we able to check out some sports that we hadn’t ever had the chance to see live, and our good friend Zach really performed well. We aren’t too sure when his next competition will be, but when we find out, we will be sure to let everyone know. Honestly, what can be better then watching some super strong dudes throw 350lbs weights through the floor? (That actually almost happened. Pictured here).
I don’t give a fuck if they remember me at all.
Sometimes saying less is more. I stumbled on some Frank Zappa quotes and thought I would share them. Frank Zappa was an American composer, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. He was hard at work rocking for more than 30 years, and during that time Zappa wrote rock, jazz, electronic and orchestral works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Yeah, you read that right, 60!
-”Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
-”A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it’s not open.”
-”Take the Kama Sutra. How many people died from the Kama Sutra, as opposed to the Bible? Who wins?”
-”For the record, folks; I never took a shit on stage and the closest I ever came to eating shit anywhere was at a Holiday Inn buffet in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973.”
-”The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else’s life”.
Bad Ass Movie Trailers:
Ong-Bak 2, second installment of a Thai boxer kicking ass
Thirst, finally a cool looking vampire movie.
Ninja Assassin, a ninja getting revenge, fair enough.
The Book of Eli, the new Denzel Washington movie.
Songs of the Day
The other day I was at work and I dropped a Dolomite reference (don’t ask me why, I just do stuff like that) and this older women had no clue who or what I was talking about. She is in her late 30′s, so I figured that she was joking around, but I soon realized she was completely in the dark as to how awesome a character Dolomite was. I felt the need to explain it to her. Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban black audience. The films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music and the genre frequently took place in an atmosphere of crime and drug-dealing. These films starred primarily black actors, and when set in the Northeast or West Coast of the U.S., took place in the ghetto, dealing with hit men, drug dealers and pimps. Ethnic slurs against whites, and negative white characters like corrupt cops, politicians, women with bad reps and easily fooled organized crime members were common. These films weren’t racist but they stereotyped black people as pimps, drug deals and criminals, and at the time, this was very counter productive to the equality that African Americans were looking for. Soon groups like the NAACP, The Souther Christian Leaders Conference, and the Urban League were calling for an end to the genre. The Blaxploitation era only lasted from 1970-around 1976, but it laid the foundation for future filmmakers to address racial controversies regarding inner city poverty, and in the early 1990s, a new wave of acclaimed black filmmakers focused on black urban life in their films, particularly Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood, among others. Call it what you will, but in my opinion, films like Dolomite and Shaft are entertaining classics, with some awesome characters, super hot women, and great one liners that never get old. Just make sure you are talking to someone who has seen the movies first, or you will end up like me with the awkward silence and the “Who’s Dolomite?” question.
I HAD to include this. DOLOMITE MOTHER FUCKKAA