In keeping with the spirit of the 2012 Olympic Games, Rick Ross clearly goes for the gold with his fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t. Judging by the tracklist, he’s spared no expense. The album is bursting at the seams with high profile guest stars and top notch production. Though not quite the distinghuised gathering it’s host intended, it nonetheless manages to be a gala event.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Rick Ross shows no mercy while Bane takes Gotham by storm on this week’s edition of The Scottscope! First, the roundtable takes a look at Ricky Rozay’s fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t. How does it compare to his previous albums? Has he finally delivered the classic that his fans have long thought him capable of, or has his reach exceeded his grasp yet again? Is he truly capable of delivering a classic, or have his fans been overestimating him all this time? Is he this generation’s answer to the Notorious B.I.G?
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Dark Knight finally rises on this special edition of The Scottscope. The roundtable will place the epic capper to Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” under the proverbial microscope. Was it worth the wait? Is it a fitting end to the trilogy? Does it provide the proper sense of closure? What worked? What didn’t work? How does it measure up Batman Begins and The Dark Knight? Does the film take a political stance of any sort? How does the trilogy as a whole measure up?
Sunday, July 22, 2012
As Gotham City steps into a new era, the sins of the past continue to haunt Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne. Eight years ago, they engaged in a cover-up that required the Batman to become a fugitive from justice. The caped crusader hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Gotham is now a crime free utopia thanks to the Dent act, an aggressive crime bill named in honor of slain district attorney Harvey Dent. In the wake of its success, Gordon is now seen as a relic of the past, and Bruce Wayne has given into despair.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
One grey morning, on a lonely city street, a mysterious stranger emerges from a parked van after a rough night’s sleep. He grabs a basket of clothes and heads toward a nearby laundromat. As he approaches his destination, a violent street gang suddenly appears on the scene. They immediately terrorize everyone in the street. The stranger turns a blind eye to the chaos, opting to do his laundry instead. The situation reaches a boiling point when the thugs accost a young boy on his way to school. Upon seeing this, the stranger finally decides to get involved. After doing so, his true identity is revealed by a single piece of clothing.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Nas lives a good life while Black Dynamite whips animated ass on the latest edition of The Scottscope! This episode, the Scottscope roundtable talks about the new Nas album, Life Is Good. Was it worth the wait? Is it, as Nas promised, Hip-Hop’s answer to Marvin Gaye’s Here My Dear? Does it represent a new chapter in his career? How does it measure up to his other albums?
Sunday, July 15, 2012
While other aging rap stars willingly remain in a state of stunted growth, Nas bravely moves into the next phase of his career. That transition, in all of its complexity, is the subject of his tenth solo album, Life Is Good. It shows him trying to find a functional compromise between the artist he is and the artist he must become. The resulting struggle makes for the most compelling collection of Nas songs in quite some time.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The marketing for The Dark Knight Rises has been rather perplexing in one regard. The trailers and TV spots released thus far make it hard to get a real grasp on what the underlying themes will be, and how they will be tackled. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight addressed the war on terror. Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, one wonders how or if Nolan will continue down that path. One also wonders what else he’ll introduce into the fray. The riot scenes shown in the trailer seem to allude to the Occupy Movement, but it’s hard to tell how this will figure into the story. It’s also clear that Bane represents a substantial threat not only to Batman, but to Gotham City as well. That being said, who is he? Is he simply another terrorist, or is he something more? Two new featurettes have been released to help clear up the confusion.
Never let it be said that rap music never tackles truly mature subject matter. Nas manages to do just that with his latest, an ode to divorce entitled “Bye Baby.” The song describes the painful realities of love gone sour, and the sobering self-realization that occurs thereafter. It’s essentially an open note to his ex-wife, Kelis. Surprisingly, it’s not a letter of the poison pen, but a very open and honest correspondence his former spouse.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Spidey Swings through The City While Private Pyle Shows His War Face on This Week’s Scottscope Podcast!
What’s old is new again on this week’s Scottscope Podcast! First, the Scottscope roundtable takes a look at The Amazing Spider-Man. How does it compare to Sam Raimi’s trilogy? How does it measure up to other recent superhero reboots such as Batman Begins and X-Men: First Class? Is it too soon to restart a ten year old franchise? Will it get overshadowed by The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises?
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Robocop remake has yet to begin filming, yet the marketing blitz has already begun. A website for Omnicorp, a fictional megacorporation that features prominently in the films plot, has launched. It comes equipped with a faux commercial titled “Omnicorp Product Line.” The ad trots out three of the company’s latest innovations: The Enforcement Droid Series 209, the XT-908 Harrier Drone, and the RC2000. All three of these war machines have been programmed for, but aren’t limited to, urban pacification.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Peter Parker, a promising young student at Midtown Science High School, is about to undergo a drastic life change. A discovery in his Aunt and Uncle’s basement prompts him to seek out one of his father’s old colleagues, Dr. Curt Conners. After infiltrating the OsCorp facility under false pretenses, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider. The bite endows him the proportionate powers of the tiny creature.
Monday, July 2, 2012
With each successive single released from Life is Good, it becomes increasingly clear that Nas isn’t catering to popular tastes this time out. He’s doing what he feels, and these days he’s feeling the brand of gritty Big Apple rap that birthed him. His new single, “Loco-Motive,” finds him in a
decidedly New York state of mind.
About ten years ago, my tastes in rap music took a severe left turn. I became enamored with the “Undie” movement. It was around that time that I discovered Aesop Rock. After reading a favorable review of his album Labor Days in an issue of Entertainment Weekly, I went out and bought a copy. It ultimately proved too eccentric for my tastes. Though I eventually moved on to other things, I never totally turned my back on underground/independent Hip-Hop. That open mindedness has allowed Aesop’s new video, “ZZZ Top,” to show up on my radar.