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Just when we thought we’d seen the last performance of the late Paul Walker, it gives me great pleasure to tell you we were wrong. The trailer for Walker’s final film ‘Brick Mansions’ has arrived and ladies and gentleman this is Paul Walker doing what we all loved him for. When you combine guns, cars, explosions and fast-paced chase sequences with Paul Walker, the RZA, and David Belle (the creator of parkour) you’ve got the perfect formula for a finely tuned action film. So on April 25th, let’s make it happen. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang. [IMDB.com]

Brick Mansions

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Greetings, Earthlings. It is I, the No-Fi King with another “This Week in Hip-Hop.” This week, we will focus on the following: Kanye’s At It Again(?), Lupe’s Story Time, and Paul Walker’s death (yes, Paul Walker has hip-hop connections aside from just appearing with Ludacris).

Now, I know that you’ve all seen Kanye’s dissertations/rants/fails at escaping anti-blackness over the past few days/weeks. Most of which, while funny, have kind of painted a potentially tainted picture of what Kanye West represents and who he is as a person. Kanye has, to a degree, come to represent the angry black male who thinks they know about “The Problem,” but when questioned on their beliefs, they’d rather “revolt” (take note of the quotes on that word) than answer the question and facilitate actual growth. You tend to see this with some pro-black groups these days. But, that’s not what this post is about.

Yesterday, Kanye West put himself in the shoes of one of the Original Rap God(s), Christopher Wallace, by saying that Biggie probably would’ve disliked the beats for “Juicy” and “Big Poppa” as much as Yeezus Khristdashian does. Now, call me the Devil’s Advocate, but I don’t think that Biggie would’ve signed off on a track if he didn’t mess with it even remotely. We know the “story” that Puff pushed Big into making more mainstream songs. But I’m pretty sure that Big was just as cool with it once he saw the money and the buzz it got him for his non-“Juicy” songs. And regarding the beat selection? ‘Ye indicates that he personally disliked them because of their non-ATCQ sound. Now, I like jazz rap as much as the next guy. I’m kind of a backpacker. But, you can’t really dislike those beats and call yourself “hip-hop,” solely off the strength that they’re simplistic enough to get everyone intrigued with what you’re saying. That’s the criteria of a classic song. A decent beat, amazing lyrics, and a relatable situation/story. If that’s not hip-hop, Arteest, I think I should just leave here or change this post to “This Week in Chicken and Waffles” because I don’t know what’s wrong with the world.

Next, rapper/preacher/activist/potentially gifted (no Wale) person Lupe Fiasco announced that he was dropping a new project on Twitter. That project is…a novel…on Twitter, that’s some sort of neo-noire meets otaku meets hip-hop project. Essentially, Samurai Champloo without (pardon the pun) The Cool and more LASERS. When I read the words “robotic Kevlar jellyfish” in reference to faux female anatomy, I knew I was stepping into something…not good and potentially conceived from a scattered brain. Now, I applaud Lupe on trying something different. But, at least make it good. This seems like something that I would’ve written in high school and thought was genius, then got to college and trashed five times over.

But that’s just me.

It's this guy again...

It’s this guy again. Can you just get back to (good) music.

And, finally, on a sadder note (as I’m sure you all are aware), actor Paul Walker and his friend/business partner Roger Rodas were killed this past Saturday when the Ferrari they were driving in crashed and burst into flames. Walker was 40 and Rodas was 38. My condolences go out to those directly effected by this tragedy. On a more music side, the Fast and the Furious series has put a lot of people on to hip-hop in a sense. For instance, before the second installment, I would have never thought I’d see Ludacris in a movie. And then, he appeared in Crash and blew me away. I think his casting had something to do with the fact that he’d shown some potential in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Furthermore, the franchise and its use of hip-hop has allowed for a gateway into the culture. May you both rest in peace. The below video was taken from Tyrese’s Instagram on Walker’s 40th birthday.

And this concludes another week in hip-hop. In light of the whole Paul Walker thing (and some other personal concerns), I want to leave you all with one thought. Live every day as if it’s your last. Yeah, I know that we hear “YOLO” every day, but many don’t.

I realize this movie trailer probably gives away eighty-five percent of the movies action scenes. Yet, for some reason I simply don’t care and I am still very excited to see this movie. Since Fast & The Furious burst on the scene in with an almost teenaged looking Paul Walker and a budding superstar Vin Diesel, I have been captivated by its winning formula of fast cars, beautiful women, and high stakes. While some argue that the sequels are nothing like the original, I sit back, laugh and say, “why would you want to watch the same movie six times?” As time moves forward and our lives develop and transform so did the exotic car chase franchise and this is actually what I love about it. It seems that after Tokyo Drift, the series just got better and better. It was definitely refreshing to see the plots evolve into a cat and mouse Ocean’s Eleven heist on Nitrous Oxide. I especially love the return of some of the most integral characters in the franchise and watching their interactions with the newbies like Tyrese and Ludacris. I believe the producers and directors got it right with the change of direction they decided to take in the absence of Vin Diesel in the second film. And by almost completely overshadowing the lackluster and quite forgettable third installment with the plot of 4, they were able to revive what looked like a Trilogy on its last leg. I am overly excited to see the four original cast members – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez – reunited for the first time since the original film and I am even more excited about Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson’s return after his great performance in Fast Five. With Fast & Furious 6, I think we all know what to expect at this point. But, the beauty of it all is watching it unfold and connecting the dots between the various installments. Check out the final trailer below and let me know your thoughts on Fast & Furious 6.

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