"MAMA" – An Andres Muschietti Film

I can hardly believe I’m writing a review of a scary movie.  Most movies in the “thriller/horror” genre either make me laugh all the way through or they manage to lull me to sleep.  Maybe it’s just the incredulity of it all but I usually just can’t get with it.

That being said, I went to see “Mama” because the television reviews were so tempting.  I could relate to the human factor of little children being raised outside of mainstream society and then being forced to acclimate.  More possible than incredible, I felt like I could relate to the story the entire time and so my interest was maintained through the whole movie.  Plus, who couldn’t fall in love with a face like this?

Lol, #imjustsayin…That’s the whole premise of the story.  This woman/creature/ghost/anorexic thing named “Mama” falls in love with two little girls and they love her right back.  And who could blame them?  Mama starts out the loving protagonist and doesn’t turn into the antagonist you wish would go away until much later in the movie.

So you must be asking why would a ghost get to be called “Mama”?  Where are the girls’ real parents?

Well their father is a spineless punk who completely has a mental flip out after undergoing financial crisis.  He kills the kids’ mom, crashes the family Mercedes into the woods, finds an old cabin, takes the girls inside and decides to off them too.  And this is when you get introduced to Mama.  You are so glad to see this tentacled, slimy, black thing jump out of the wall and break this nutcase’s neck before he could do any further damage.  Mama also takes an automatic liking to the girls simply because of their innocence.

For five years she raises them and makes herself known to them.  After being found, this was who the little girls called “Mama” whether the rest of the world could see her or not.

All real sentimental but where does the scary factor come in?  After all, you don’t go to a horror film for sentimental reasons, right?

Well the youngest learned all her social skills from Mama so she presents to the human world at age 5 or 6 walking on all fours, jumping from platform to post like a frog, sleeping on floors, growling at folks and barely speaking audible words.  Both girls had the kind of etiquette only a family could love and it just so happens that an uncle decides to take them in.  He just didn’t know that Mama took her role quite seriously and if you’ve ever tried to separate a small child from her mother without the mom’s permission, you would understand this connection.  Where the girls went she went.  She played with them, looked out for them and attacked anybody else that got too close.

Things got scary when we thought uncle would die in the hospital after his attack by Mama.  Next to drop was the social psychologist who was bold enough to go back to Mama’s cabin in the woods and take pictures of her for scientific evidence!  I got a good chuckle when Mama took out an annoying aunt who suspected child abuse.  And on top of all this, she made a home for herself in the kids’ bedroom closet where she sang loudly and eerily to them at night.  By that point it looked like she wasn’t going anywhere.

With all her shenanigans, it was getting hard to like Mama anymore but before the psychologist was killed, he did some research.  Mama had a baby before she died after a tragic fall and Mama missed her baby.  Awwww, okay then, poor murderous, witchy apparition, smh

I won’t tell you how it ends but for Mama to go on about her ghost business and leave human children alone, we got crazy flying through the air graphics above a steep mountain cliff with just the light of the moon to pierce a dark cloudy night.  Full on horror effects dealt a determined ghost mom, a skeleton baby, our two little dearies under attack and a step-aunt who was just as determined as Mama and luckily got a little sympathy from her.

If you like social upliftment stories with a blend of shadowy freakishness, go see “Mama”.  You’ll love it! 🙂

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A Review of “Identity Thief”, A Seth Gordon Film

A Review of T.V.T’s “La Resistance” the Mixtape, Long Live the Rap of the Gangsta

This is an initial music review.  Google these artists and you won’t find a review like this published anywhere to date.  The author saw these brothas on Facebook and listened to the album on Dat Piff.  I was honored when given the chance to introduce them to the literary world.

Without prejudice this review was offered based on my perception of “good” music.  Much like a haunting documentary or a thrilling piece of non-fiction, the DMV’s T.V.T tells their story along a line of truth that can send chills down your back.  Their lyrics will make a societal traditionalist shake his head after a million dismissive “oh hell nos” and soccer moms tend to protect their kids from this type of thing.  But like all “good” music, T.V.T’s album, serves its purpose.

After an elusive introduction in French, La Resistance’s, track # 2 “The Grain”, smacks you in the face with the focus of the group itself.  They on some G-shit and this mixtape goes hard from start to finish, a straight hot 16!  Are you looking for that piff that once upon a time in rap history didn’t sell in stores? This is it.  I remember catching the bus down to a hood street corner to get a bootleg version of something like this out of some hustler’s car trunk.  Way back when, gangstas bumped this underground issh in their cars.  Smokers elevated their highs to these kinds of bass lines and strippers used it to motivate their money-making missions.  I wouldn’t dare pigeon hole the sound like that anymore.  I know better and if you are looking for gangsta hits to listen to on your way home from the office or to keep you up on long drives down I-95, don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself.  Download  “La Resistance” The Mixtape from T.V.T

You must think I’m trippin’.  Did she just say “hits”?  Hits are on the radio, right?  WRONG.  Hits hit a nerve and get across a point.  Had a bad day?  Wish you could punch somebody in the face that wronged you?   T.V.T’s got your back.  Listen to track #2 to get your frustration out because “if they want you, best believe that them n…gas will hunt you, come up off it when dem guns is in front you, gangstas do whatever they want to so you don’t wanna go against the grain.”

Okay but I’m not a revenge mission right now so my ears didn’t lift until the melodic piano rifts on #3, “That Bagg”, started hypnotizing me.  I know they’re talking about a different kind of bag but all I kept seeing was that patent black Alma with the subtle LV on the bottom corner I been longing for.  The rift makes this easy to dance to as well as softening hard lyrics for the casual listener.

Well aware that you’ll be mad to have to sit down after 3 minutes, #4 will keep you dancing or at least moving your head side to side doing “The Handsome.” Nodding to these bounce beats almost made me forget that I didn’t hear a real D.C. accent until I got to track #6, “To the Top.”  Wondering who raps chorus #2 on this track?  This is T.V.T’s ToeskiLoC.  If you hear a gratuitous “ya know” that’s T.V.T’s TOC and that sound like you trying to keep some drink from dribbling on your shirt, “aye yurrp”, is Velly.

The production of “La Resistance” is genius.  Never boring, the songs are laid out strategically.  Right after you’re done grooving and decide to pour yourself a drink, track #7 “Get Low” keeps a monotone back beat instrumental to automatically redirect your ears to the lyrics and have you thinking exactly about where T.V.T’s coming from?  “What you gonna do when the funds get low?…Is you gon buss this shit or is you gonna choke?”  Done nodding in agreement with peach Ciroc floating through your brain?  Good.  “Get Low” finishes abruptly to jerk you out of your trance.

Lol, booty dropping time now.

I had to keep going back to #8, “Fast Cars”.  It’s hands down my favorite track on “La Resistance.”  More genius the hook is equally smooth and rough on your face just like the wind whipping through a downed car window speeding down the left lane on the highway.

After this, the tracks slow down dramatically paying undeniable homage to the Texas/Louisiana area brand of hip hop.  T.V.T admits to being influenced by UGK, Geto Boys, and Three Six Mafia.  I could totally imagine tracks #9-#11 on some chopped and screwed by D.J. Michael “5000” Watts or O.G. Ron C.

Yeah and just when I thought I could pinpoint the sound, track #12 “Ballin” surprised me again with an opening lyrical skill comparable to Twista.  Each member maintains the speed showcasing lyrical versatility and a kind of hip-hop that can sell to multiple audiences regardless of your area of the country.

Now, track #15 warns me that “whole time [they’ll] fu—k [me] up.”  I just wish I got this warning earlier on because people #14, “Straight Like Dat,” is just ridiculous!  First it was smart to include a song like this towards the end of the album.  You will completely forget to take the thing off repeat!  They give you a ghost talking over a building synthesized beat in the background kinda like a DJ Clue that just keeps you hype and waiting.  In a few seconds they casually drop in the hook, “All I Do Is Bang.”  Once the beat climaxes, I don’t know if it’s the ghost or who but they mix it out, not scared to drop the beat so you can hear the chorus clearly or in their words, “Straight Like Dat.”  This is what I call production mastery do you hear me?  In classic P. Diddy style, the ghost is still rambling on in the background as the group comes in and in full agreement with me don’t fail to mention “the world is [their] back yard.”

These dudes are nothing to play with and sleeping on them is your loss.  I still can’t believe my city is bringing heat like this.  Smh

I’m closing this review with T.V.T’s words.  Are you looking for an entertainment journalist from the DMV?  There are plenty of pretty faces that can sit in front of a camera, plenty of radio announcers that can ask some lame questions before they spin a record, and you can’t forget the industry “know it alls” that wait for a rapper to get some popularity before they even consider their music.  Just don’t forget that Doprah No Filtah finds the true fire in my city and brings it to you blazing in the palm of my hand.

“Man these n..gas ain’t me, it’s identity theft.

I’m something they could never be. I did it the best.

Even with my I.D. it’s identity theft.

But you can use my gun and n…ga kill yourself…

You really can’t do it like me so do yourself ho.

Tryna imitate my style, you need some help Holmes

I’mma tell u n..gas like dis before you get me pissed, our styles don’t coexist.

I’m the shit and you …”   LOL, hey, blame it on the music.

-Doprah No Filtah With the Pen

 AND DOWNLOAD  “La Resistance” The Mixtape from T.V.T

Playlist – A New Mixtape from Them Blue Flag 60 Rollers, T.V.T, “Bag Music”

A Reincarnation of Reggae History – A Review of the Tun Cornmeal Riddim from Platinum Franchize Records

Zimbabwe, China, Germany, Japan, Canada, Nicaragua each represents 5 of the 7 world continents.  Each country also shares a sub-culture of reggae lovers who according to music historian, Matthew Sherman, have used various Bob Marley songs as anthems to their liberation movements.  With this dominant seepage into international pop culture, reggae rhythms are consistently sought after and coveted by singers and artists around the world.

Entertainers who are unskilled in creating their own complex rhythms but insistent on using a sophisticated sound created by professionals in reggae’s country of origin contact Platinum Franchize Records.

Headquartered in the DMV is Platinum Franchize Records whose primary business is the authentic production, mastering and sale of these world rhythm sounds.  This is a review of their Tun Cornmeal rhythm.

The Tun Cornmeal rhythm can be most likened to a classic Studio One sound.  Studio One rhythms originated in Jamaica in the 1960s.  In fact, this is the music the author literally grew up on.  Doing this research reminded me of people I love and brought me to tears.

The sound is quite different from the more recently popularized dancehall beats that manage to mix out the use of other instrumentals to basically leave the listener with heavy drum and bass lines and a zealous lyricist.  As a matter of fact each instrument in a Studio One sound can be heard and appreciated quite distinctly by an aficionado.  The sound is classic and can’t be said to be making a comeback because not only is it a foundation of reggae but it is incomparable and cannot be perfected.  The sound stands its ground in music history like a Chanel suit in fashion history.

The Tun Cornmeal rhythm replicates the comfort of true soul music in this same way.  You can hear the piano and wind instruments while the percussion acts as a support to the artists as opposed to a competitive force.  I think this is why every song recorded over it sounds different.  I tried hard to find some original, comparable Studio One sounds to include here for your listening pleasure before clicking on the links to the Tun Cornmeal rhythm.

Now that you have a feel for the sound, I invite you to click the link to the Tun Cornmeal rhythm recorded over by reggae artists, Bugle, Deva Bratt and Dean Loyal.

Reference

The Rise of Reggae and the Influence of Toots and the Maytals.  Matthew Sherman. University of Vermont: The Dread Library

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Xyclone of Spragga Benz’s Red Square Camp Collabs with D.C.’s Platinum Franchize Records

Dancehall Reggae Artist Dean Loyal (Formerly Fyah Dean) Records "Draw Me Out" on Platinum Franchize Records’ Tun Cornmeal Riddim

This article contains music news received by the Gypsy directly from the executive producer of Platinum Franchize Records, Talbert Townsend A.K.A Taliban One Link.

Fast-rising dancehall artist Dean Loyal, formerly known as Fyah Dean, is preparing to take the world by storm with his new single “Draw Me Out” on the Tun Cornmeal Riddim.


The Tun Cornmeal rhythm was produced by Platinum Franchize Records and distributed by 21 Hapilos.

About the Artist: Fyah Dean originally gained popularity as a selector for the Firelinks Sound System. He also made numerous cameo appearances on other leading reggae artist song videos including Bugle’s “Pearly Gates” and “Friends”  and Demarco’s “Kingston City”.
[Click the links to see the videos.
Today Dean Loyal showcases his lyrical ability on his new single, “Draw Me Out.” This is sure to be a fan favorite for years to come.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FUTURE SONGS FROM DEAN LOYAL AND COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS WITH PLATINUM FRANCHIZE RECORDS.

Published – NY to the DMV to International Celebrity, My Interview with Dancehall Deejay Extraordinaire Trigga HalfKrazy

What they think is dead is thriving after 2 o’ clock in the morning.’

Click the link to read the interview, Trigga Half Krazy – NY to the DMV to International Celebrity

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