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NextMovie is onto something with their Rapper Reviews series, a kind of Rotten Tomatoes 'n the hood in which various rappers critique movies selected for their appraisal based on a gimmicky connection they share. For instance, Immortal Technique reviewed Immortals, and Mc Hammer gave us "a piece of the game" on Thor, truly a match made in hammer-pun heaven. The latest installment comes to us courtesy of Brooklyn rappers M.O.P. (Mash Out Posse), straight outta Mike Tyson's old literal stomping grounds of Brownsville. M.O.P. reviewing The Muppets is like Wu Tang offering their two cents on Puss in Boots, for which we can still cross out fingers. So if you're still on the fence about seeing Jason Segel's resurrection of Jim Henson's brainchild, Billy Danze and Lil' Fame's breakdown of the "very dope" family film may [...] »
I've said it before: Next Movie's "Rappers Review Movies" video series is ingenious. The latest rhymer to play Ebert with Hollywood's new releases is NYC-based Immortal Technique, a lyricist who frequently uses his songs to draw attention to socio-economic and political disparities. Taking on Tarsem's Greek actioner Immortals, he drops some serious conscious commentary on even greater issues: Namely, how much Clash of the Titans and the next-gen Star Wars movies totally sucked. Preach! »
Sure, if you want to know if "Immortals" is worth checking out this weekend, you could head over to Rotten Tomatoes, where you'd find, as of Friday afternoon, the 3-D epic with just a 39-percent freshness rating. Or, hey, you could wait for a buddy to fork over his cash and then ask him if you, too, should pony up at the multiplex. Fine solutions, all.
But why do any of these things when you can simply turn to rapper-activist Immortal Technique for the lowdown on "Immortals"? It's all thanks to our friends over at NextMovie, who have previously invited Mc Hammer to review "Thor" and "Insane Clown Posse" to judge "Water for Elephants." So hit play on the video below for Immortal Technique's thoughts on why Mickey Rourke is the "illest bad guy" and his lamentation that the film's only sex scene is G rated.
- MTV Movies Team
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Since launching in Southern California in 2004, the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival has grown into a leading music showcase. After distinguishing itself in the past by recruiting acts such as Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest and Snoop Dogg to perform the albums that made them famous – notably from start to finish, in 2011 the festival continues its focus on headlining “classic” recordings, this year enlisting artists like Nas to perform his blockbuster debut, “Illmatic,” and Lauryn Hill to »
- Todd Gilchrist
Rage Against The Machine rehearse for the July 30 L.A. Rising Show on July 30. The show is huge: The L.A. Rising festival Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where Rage Against the Machine will headline a day of music and political activism, with performances by Muse, Rise Against, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique and El Gran Silencio. On site will be the festival's "Re-Education Camp," with activist groups on war, poverty, labor and immigration. Take an inside look at Rage Against The Machine rehearsing for the upcoming L.A. Rising show: Set for Saturday, July 30 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, L.A. Rising--is a multi-genre daylong music event that will feature full sets »
- April MacIntyre
5 items from 2011
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