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Kiss vs nwaIt has been quite a long time since the last time we did a When Metal Bands Fight: A Rock And Metal News Special Report and we have a unique one for all of you. Whether you have npticed it or not, there has been a battle that has been waged since the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame allowed it’s first rap/hip hop group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five into it back in 2007. The hall has since inducted Run DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and now N.W.A.. Should there be a line drawn in the sand when it comes to who is inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and what makes someone rock and roll anyways? What is the criteria for someone to be considered rock and roll since you have Metal bands, punk rock bands, Southern Rock, blues, R&B, alternative, and so many more in the hall of fame right now. Should hip hop groups even be allowed into the hall of fame? Well, if you ask Gene Simmons of Kiss what he thinks about it, he’ll tell you, “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody. Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.” Those were the words that usher the next phrase in, “shots fired.”

nwaN.W.A., the most notorious group that single handledly created the genre Gangsta Rap seemed to disagree about that this past Friday during the rock and roll hall of fame induction ceremony. MC Ren was the first member of the group to fire a shot back at Gene Simmons when he said, “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever — get used to it.” Ice Cube would come up to the mic next and after thanking who he had to thank addressed the crowd about what makes something rock and roll. He said, “The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’ and I say ‘You g–damn right we rock ‘n’ roll!’ Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument — rock ‘n’ roll is not even a style of music. Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit! A spirit that’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal, punk rock, and, yes, hip-hop!” He continues, “And what connects us all is that spirit — that’s what connects us all is that spirit. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming, rock ‘n’ roll is outside the box and rock ‘n’ roll is N.W.A.

kissIt didn’t take long for the always controversial and opinionated Gene Simmons to fire a shot back at N.W.A. when he took to Twitter saying, “Respectfully– let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point. @icecube.” You can’t deny that Ice Cube makes a great point as far as what he is saying, but I kind of disagree with him a little on the idea that rock and roll is not a style because it actually is. It died the day the music died because no one in this world has been rock and roll since then in my opinion. Everyone has been a form of it in one way or another (just my opinion). With that being said, I disagree with Gene Simmons on the notion of who should be in and who shouldn’t. If you’re going to have a hall that includes the likes of ABBA, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols. Guns N Roses, Madonna, Albert King, and Parliament-Funkadelic to name a few then why not N.W.A. and the others? You guys decide if they should be in or not and what makes them rock and roll or not?

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monster entertainment awards 5Ever since the start of the Monster Entertainment Awards, I have always loved leaving the votes up to the people because you end up getting surprised at some of the winners. Obviously, there are those films or albums that you expect to win and they end up winning, but that is expected (also applies to the music side). One of the biggest surprises in my opinion came in the album of the year category, Rock album of the year, and remake of the year to name a few. I really expected Star Wars: The Force Awakens to take movie of the year, but again you always get surprised when the people vote. I want to send a shout out to all the fans of rock band Bobaflex for banding together and getting Anything That Moves as the Rock Album Of The Year because that is what it’s all about when we say fan participation. I also want to send a shout out to anyone that took the time to visit the blog and vote as well. As usual, I am going to review all of the winners on the music side for the album of the week category, but there will only be two (we have already reviewed two of the winners). So, without further ado, here are all the winners:

Now is your time to make your voices heard as I open the voting for the 5TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. This particular post is for the movie side and the rest of the awards we are giving out like Superhero TV Show Of The Year (1st Time), Male Wrestler Of The Year, Female Wrestler Of The Year, etc. Some of the awards you can expect from the movie side are some of the usual’s like Movie Of The Year, Bad ass Movie Of The Year, Horror film of the year, Cameo Of The Year, and more. We have some surprises in some of the categories that may throw you off, but we felt that they were the best of the year. Take your time, look over the categories, cast your vote (it’s your civic duty as fans), and share the hell out of this post. You have until January 31ST at 11:59 PM ET to cast your vote

Now is your time to make your voices heard as I open the voting for the 5TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. This particular post is for the music side of the awards as we present the awards for categories like Album Of The Year, Rock Album Of The Year, etc. We have some surprises in some of the categories that may throw you off, but we felt that they were the best of the year. Take your time, look over the categories, cast your vote (it’s your civic duty as fans), and share the hell out of this post. You have until January 31ST at 11:59 PM ET to cast your vote

 

 

monster entertainment awards 5I want to welcome everyone to a special time here as we announce the categories and the nominees for each on the Fifth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Every year as usual, we award the best in music, TV, and film by nominating the films that we feel kicked ass in 2015. We are doing things a little different this year as we are no longer doing the #FriskyFriday Babe Of The Year Award, but we are still teaming up with MRXPunchOut.Wordpress.com for the Male and Female Wrestlers of the year awards. I hope everyone is excited as another year is behind us and we can celebrate it with the 5TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. It’s the award post that celebrates everything in music and movies with wrestling as well cause it’s sports entertainment after all.

The Music Side

Album Of The Year

  1. 25 by Adele
  2. To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  3. The Pale Emperor by Marilyn Manson
  4. That’s The Spirit by Bring Me The Horizon
  5. Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons
  6. Rock Or Bust by AC/DC

Rock Album Of The Year

  1. The Pale Emperor by Marilyn Manson
  2. Psychic Warfare by Clutch
  3. Into The Wildlife by Halestorm
  4. Anything That Moves by Bobaflex
  5. Rock Or Bust by AC/DC
  6. Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal

Metal Album Of The Year

  1. Meliora by Ghost
  2. The Book Of Souls by Iron Maiden
  3. VII: Sturm Und Drans by Lamb Of God
  4. Condition Human by Queensryche
  5. Bad Magic by Motorhead
  6. Luminiferous by High On Fire

Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year

  1. Apex Predator by Napalm Death
  2. In Times by Enslaved
  3. Repentless by Slayer
  4. Hammer Of The Witches by Cradle Of Filth
  5. Scar Sighted by Leviathan
  6. The Anthropocene Exctinction by Cattle Decapitation

Rap Album Of The Year

  1. To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  2. DS2 by Future
  3. At Long. Last. by A$AP Rocky
  4. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake
  5. When It’s Dark Out by G Eazy
  6. Compton by Dr. Dre

The Movie Side

Movie Of The Year

  1. Straight Outta Compton
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  5. Jurassic World
  6. The Martian

Comedy Of The Year

  1. Ted 2
  2. The Night Before
  3. Spy
  4. Trainwreck
  5. Sisters
  6. Get Hard

Animated Film Of The Year

  1. The Good Dinosaur
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Inside Out
  4. The Minions
  5. Home
  6. The Peanuts Movie

Horror Film Of The Year

  1. Krampus
  2. Crimson Peak
  3. Sinister 2
  4. Insidious: Chapter 3
  5. The Gallows
  6. Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse

Bad Ass Film Of The Year

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Furious 7
  3. Jurassic World
  4. Spectre
  5. American Ultra
  6. Terminator Genisys

Remake Of The Year

  1. Poltergeist
  2. The Loft
  3. Hitman: Agent 47
  4. Secret In Their Eyes
  5. Point Break

Cameo Of The Year

  1. Eminem (The Interview)
  2. David Beckham (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)
  3. Mark Hamil (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
  4. Liam Neeson (Entourage)
  5. John Cena (Daddy’s Home)
  6. Matthew Broderick (Trainwreck)

Superhero (Comic Book) Movie Of The Year

  1. Fantastic Four
  2. Ant Man
  3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  4. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
  5. Batman Vs Robin

Superhero TV Series Of The Year

  1. The Flash
  2. Gotham
  3. Jessica Jones
  4. Agent Carter
  5. Daredevil
  6. Arrow

Stand Up Comedy Special Of The Year

  1. I’m Brent Morin by Brent Morin
  2. Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo
  3. John Mulaney: The Comedback Kid
  4. Chris Tucker Live
  5. Chris D’Elia Incorrigible
  6. Ralphie May: Unruly

Male Wrestler Of The Year

  1. Roman Reigns
  2. Seth Rollins
  3. Dean Ambrose
  4. Kevin Owens
  5. Finn Balor
  6. AJ Styles
  7. Jay Lethal

Female Wrestler Of The Year

  1. Nikki Bella
  2. Paige
  3. Becky Lynch
  4. Charlotte Flair
  5. Velvet Sky
  6. Madison Rayne
  7. Bayley

 

straight-outta-compton--Long-Sleeve-ShirtsYesterday I ventured to the movie theaters to see a film that I had been waiting for someone to make for a very long time. It had been a while since I did a Based On A Truesday (play on the words True and Tuesday) Story post and I figured Straight Outta Compton was the perfect piece to return with. The film is about the rise and fall of one of the greatest hip groups in the world in N.W.A. It was the group that featured the greatest rappers Compton had to offer at the time in Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played by O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), and MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge). The group changed the way rap was done back int he late 80’s to ealry 90’s and the film chronicles their struggle to put Compton on the map to their rise to fame and eventual downfall. The film also stars Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) as Jerry Heller, Marlon Yates Jr. as The Doc, R. Marcos Taylor (Dead Man Down) as Suge Knight, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg, Carra Patterson (Why Did I Get Married Too) as Tomica Wright, Marcc Rose as Tupac, Mark Sherman as Jimmy Iovine, and the film was directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday).

watch-straight-outta-compton-n-w-a-biopic-movie-red-band-trailer-videoThis has to be by far the movie of the year or at least one of the greatest biopics ever made on the history of this earth. I literally had goosebumps while I was watching the film remembering the rise of rap.Hip Hop and what a beautiful thing it was to watch. I think every guy did a good job playing the role they were given especially Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. who was given the role of a lifetime. The only complaint that I have about the film is the fact that they diminished MC Ren’s role in all of this like he wasn’t that important of a person in the group. I feel like MC Ren had more of a role in the beginnings of the group, but his role in the film is minimal at best. I get it hat the most important ones out of all of them were Dre, Eazy, and Ice Cube who all enjoyed major success in life. The one thing the film reminds you is how sad it was that we never had the N.W.A. reunion that we all deserved as it was about to be set up until Eazy-E passed away. Everyone from top to bottom did an amazing job in this film as it felt so real and you almost felt like you wee there at the exact moment in time that it was happening. I did want to also mention that R. Marcos Taylor did an amazing job capturing who Suge Knight was and I don’t know who Marcc Rose is, but will someone sign him up for a Tupac biopic already cause it was scary how much he looked like Tupac. This film deserves to be an Oscar contender and if it’s not then we all know the Academy had no idea what there jobs are. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade because it kicked so much butt it kicked ass.

o-STRAIGHT-OUTTA-COMPTON-facebookYou shouldn’t be surprised that I decided to cover a rap album for the album of the week since I have already covered ones from Eazy-E and Eminem before. On Friday August 14TH, the world will finally get to see a biopic on one of the world’s most dangerous groups in N.W.A. called Straight Outta Compton. It was the album that introduced the world to hip hop heavyweights Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as well as introduce us to Gangsta Rap. On August 9TH, 1988, the group made up of the aforementioned Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella who made up the group which stood for Niggaz Wit Attitudes. It was an album that would change the world forever as they group told gritty stories about growing up on the hard streets of Compton, CA and the album was released on Eazy-E’s own label Ruthless Records. The album literally would scare the crap out of kids from the suburbs who had no idea that things like this actually happened somewhere in America. The album’s lyrics raised so many eyebrows that Washington Post critic David Mills wrote, “The hard-core street rappers defend their violent lyrics as a reflection of ‘reality.’ But for all the gunshots they mix into their music, rappers rarely try to dramatize that reality — a young man flat on the ground, a knot of lead in his chest, pleading as death slowly takes him in. It’s easier for them to imagine themselves pulling the trigger.” The album to date is still the ban’s highest selling album as it sold over 3 million copies and went double platinum. The album also peaked at number 37 on the US Billboards Top LP’s chart.

NWA-Straight_Outta_Compton-Trasera1. Straight Outta Compton– That title track that kicks everything off teaching us about the horrors of being on the streets of Compton courtesy of Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E. The track itself features samples of Jame Brown, Funkadelic, Wilson Picket and more. 5/5

2. Fuck Tha Police– The track starts off with the group in court as Judge Dr. Dre gives each of them a chance to state their case against police brutality on this track that was said to incite the LA Riots. Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E once again rap on this record. 5/5

3. Gangsta Gangsta– The track that speaks about the dangers of the streets of South Central and Compton, but how appealing the Gangsta lifestyle is. The first three verses are delivered by Ice Cube with the final one by Eazy-E. 4/5

4. If It Ain’t Ruff– This was always one of my favorite tracks on the album because it was MC Ren’s solo chance on the album as he shows off his rapping skills. 5/5

5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised– The track features The Doc on the opening of the song before Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E take over the rest of the song. 4/5

nwa-e13256023452746. 8 Ball (Remix)– This is the solo Eazy-E track on the record written by Ice Cube and features a lot of samples from The Beastie Boys and is a remix of the track from N.W.A. and The Posse album. 4/5

7. Something Like That– This track features Dr. Dre and Mc Ren taking the mic as they introduce themselves to you on the record. 4/5

8. Express Yourself– This was the radio friendly track on the record that also saw the music video play on MTV in this Dr. Dre solo track about being free to fully express yourself/ They remix the Charles Wright & The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band’s track Express Yourself because Eazy-E was the nephew of Charles Wright. 4/5

9. Compton’s n the House (Remix)– Another remix from the N.W.A. and The Posse album that once again features Dr. Dre and MC Ren as they rep the City Of Compton. 4/5

10- I Ain’t tha 1– This is the solo Ice Cube track on the record that shows Ice Cube’s lyrical genius to the sample of Brass Construction’s The Message (The Inspiration) about the troubles of having a women, etc. 5/5

11. Dopeman (Remix)– Another remix of an N.W.A. and The Posse track with Ice Cube and Eazy-E handling this track about a drug dealer who gets pampered. 4/5

12. Quiet on tha Set– The other solo MC Ren track that samples everything from Straight Outta Compton to Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane. 4/5

13. Something 2 Dance 2– This is the last track on the record and features one time member Arabian Prince performing along with DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E. It has that old school 80’s hip hop feel to it that was sure to be a song played in the clubs. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Unfortunately, shortly after the release of the record, Ice Cube would take off during to a money dispute and the two sides would battle. This is still one of the most amazing debuts from a band that changed the culture and that is why I loved N.W.A. because they started something. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. B sure to check out the film Straight Outta Compton when it hits theaters everywhere Friday August 14TH and check out our Facebook page here and like the page.