Quick Hit

September 27, 2010 at 1:16 am (Uncategorized)

Vaguely interesting comics comics post shed this gem of an interview. Gary Kuntz, the producer and sound editor behind American Graffiti, Star Wars: A New Hope, and Empire Strikes Back talks about his contributions to the Star Wars movies, emphasizes a collective approach to making a movie, and reveals that George Lucas is a money-grubbing pig. Lots of great film-making anecdotes throughout.

Keep reading down to the bottom of the comments thread for Tom Scioli’s exhaustive run-down of Lucas and Kirby influences, if you’re into pop culture conspiracy theories.

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Mo’ Ye!

September 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm (Kanye West, Music)

Unless you’ve been following Kanye WEst every friday, you’ve been missing a treasure trove of new material. Already ten new songs have surfaced, whether through his weekly downloads on twitter

The latest one is pretty big. Five guest stars, and almost seven minutes of on-point flows from a bottomless pit of guest stars.

Thematically, the song hits one of the most annoying notes in hip hop: self loathing over one’s own extravagance. It’s the kind of quality Lil Wayne reaches for when he wants to get poignant, in the form of: rappers repeating “fucking ridiculous” disapprovingly after cataloging their expensive nights. The beat is appropriately downtempo and tragic to almost lure you into their tragedy. The accompanying picture even manages to make a gorgeous supermodel look trashy and unappealing:

Thankfully, the flows in the song more than shore up any weaknesses it might have. From Jay-Z’s one line diatribe against critics (“Would you rather be underpaid or overrated?”) he recalls battle rap days of yore. More than that, every MC sounds hungry, like it’s a heated freestyle night when five people are competing for their voices to be heard. It’s the kind of lively, extended jam that rap doesn’t get enough of since Kanye West’s remix of Talib Kweli’s Get By. Its the kind of hungry flows that makes you think they’re more¬†appalled¬†by the decadence in their rap verse instead of their hotel room. And this is their penance.

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