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3-o-clock-highThere is a film that is currently in the cinemas that stars Ice Cube (Ride Along) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) called Fist Fight that just reminded me too much of a film from the 80’s. That film that I am talking about is called Three O’Clock High which has the same premise, but reversed as far as it’s the students who get into a fight. Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko), a model student at Weaver High School who works at the school store and also writes for the school newspaper is about to have the worst day of his life on the first day of school. All Jerry wants to do is just get through the day, but he is soon assigned to write an article about the new kid in school Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson) who carries around quite the reputation. After meeting Buddy, Jerry is challenged to a fight after school and he has to man up and fight or find a way out. The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Mr. Rice, John P. Ryan (Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm) as Mr. O’Rourke, Philip Baker Hall (Bruce Almighty) as Detective Mulvahill, Liza Morrow (Dynasty) as Karen Clarke, Annie Ryan (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Frannie Perrins, Jonathan Wise (Soul Man) as Vincent Costello, and the film was directed by Phil Joanou (U2: Rattle And Hum).  

siemaszko-vs-tysonIt had a huge fight feel as both guys made their way to the school parking lot, Jerry had a lot of guts going out there. Before the fight could start, Mr. O’Rourke tried to stop the fight, but he made the mistake of touching Jerry and he was knocked out. Buddy started the fight by charging right at Jerry and he hit with a right to the shoulder that sent Jerry right to the ground. After a distraction by Frannie, he tried to charge Buddy, but he got punched right in the chest. Then all of a sudden, it looked like he found a way to attack Buddy when he took out his knee and then jumped on his back, but Buddy would slam him on top of a car. The local school security guard then tried to step in, but he got knocked out for his troubles. Things looked kind of hopeless for poor Jerry, but I have to give him a lot of credit because he never gave up. He got right back up from the hood and told Jerry, “You’re not finished over here Pu**y.”

siemaszko-vs-tyson-2Then as both were standing in the center of the parking lot waiting to make the move, Jerry hit Buddy with a jab that bloodied his nose and actually shocked Buddy. The only problem is that Buddy returned the favor with a huge right hook that sent Jerry to the concrete. Then Buddy decided to resort to dirty tactics as he pulled out the brass knuckles, but thanks to Vincent (Jerrys friend) jumping on Buddy out of nowhere, the brass knuckles flew off his hand and hit the ground. That is when Jerry’s sister noticed, grabbed them, and threw them to Jerry. Then as soon as both men were in the center again, Buddy went for a right cross, but missed and Jerry returned with a hook of his own with the brass knuckles that knocked out Buddy Revell. After 6:30 minutes, Jerry Mitchell was the winner of the fight and he gets the girl he wants at the end. Now of course, I have to check out Fist Fight to see where the similarities begin and end.

rideOne of my favorite comedies back in 2014 was the dysfunctional buddy cop movie Ride Along. that featured Ice Cube (Barbershop) as rough loner cop James and Kevin Hart (Get Hard) as his annoying soon to be brother in law Ben. We all know what happens in the first film and the dysfunctional duo return for Ride Along 2. This time around, Ben is a beat cop that is still in his probational term while James has a new partner. James discovers that a potential key to solving a case lies in Miami and despite not wanting him there, the duo heads to Miami. While in Miami and in search of a hacker named AJ (Ken Jeong), they stumble open something that may be bigger than they thought that involves a very well off tycoon of sorts. Not it’s up to the brothers in law to solve the case before Ben has to get back for his wedding. The film also stars Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Maya, Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) as Angela, Benjamin Bratt (Demolition Man) as Antonio Pope, Michael Rose (Unthinkable) as the Hitter, Sherri Shepherd (Precious) as Cori, Glen Powell (The Expendables III) as Troy, and the film was directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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ridealongSo as far as the stats are concerned, I split them into two because this is the dysfunctional duo here and each deserves their own stats. We will start with the original gangster Ice Cube who had about 8 kills/knockouts in the film. He doesn’t have an origin story that we know of other than what we know and he sort of has a love interest. You’ll see it develop over time and it’s obvious. He has no one close to him get hurt in the film and the big boss is defeated. Kevin Hart has about 6 kills in the film with four of them coming in a very bad ass way I’ll describe later. He has no origin story, you know he’s getting married, but no one close gets hurt. Now one of my favorite segments in the film comes when Kevin takes over the driving duties during a high speed chase. They all of a sudden go into video game mode during the film and it’s like they are in a video game. I thought that was very different than what we are used to. Now is the film better than the first one, well not exactly in my opinion only because the first had a magic to it, but this was a decent sequel. It had it’s funny moments, but not nearly enough as the first film. There were a couple of times during the film that I remember thinking that Olivia Munn looked a little awkward  or maybe that was the look she was going for the whole time. Benjamin Bratt played a very good villain in the film and  was pleased with his performance. It’s a film that is worth watching at least a couple of times. So with that being said, I am going to give the film 4 fists out of five for a final grade.

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?

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.