Man, was The Matrix disappointing.

May 19, 2003 in Uncategorized

Man, was The Matrix disappointing. They cleaned up this weekend, but I doubt much of that revenue was from people seeing in twice. The first one was imaginative. This one was gimmicky. I won’t say anything more–I don’t know if the two people who actually read this site have seen it yet.

My new movie crush is The Italian Job. Let’s check out the cast: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Ed Norton, Seth Green, and Donald Sutherland just to name a few. The name I’m most excited about though is Mos Def.

Who is Mos Def you ask? Yeah, well, that’s the problem. A fellow Brooklynite, he’s one of the best rap/hip-hop artists of our time. Yeah, I’m gonna say that again. One of the best. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been “shot” nine times, or pandered to the white male suburban dollar that runs modern day rap and hip-hop. Instead, he has starred on the small screen and on Broadway, worked with everyone from Method Man to the Charlie Hunter Quintet, and been called the Zack de la Rocha of hip-hop.

As I’m reading this post over though, I’m now wondering if it’s a bad thing that no one has heard of him. Well, I guess not no one, but my frustration lies in the fact that he will never be as big as a 50 Cent or Eminem (the same formula just a different amount of pigment–they’re both produced by Dr. Dre), despite dwarfing them in talent. The problem is the owners of the dollars that drive hip-hop and rap today, don’t love the music, they love the culture and the “lifestyle”, and that’s exactly what big time record companies have been working like crazy to churn out ever since “Gangsta Rap” started. I guess the true lovers of hip-hop already know about Mos Def.

So what am I complaining about?

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