Busy times…

Dear readers,
I haven’t been able to post much stuff lately. It is due to an incredibly busy schedule. Doesn’t mean I’m not interested in writing, though. My passion for writing and the music in general are pretty much alive! I’m just asking you for a little bit patience, I will post some new articles as soon as I can:)

Eminem announces new Relapse album ( The Guardian)

Read the original article here.
Like Jay-Z before him, Eminem clearly couldn’t handle the quiet life. Three years after “retiring” from music, he has announced the release of a new studio album, called Relapse.
The announcement was made on Eminem’s satellite radio station, Shade 45, during the on-air “release party” for his new book, The Way I Am. “There are a lot of fake album titles floating out there – a lot of bullshit titles,” he said. “The real title of my album that’s coming out is … Relapse.” He also played a cut from the album, called I ‘m Having a Relapse. “Guess who’s back?” it begins, with Slim Shady’s familiar vim.
Relapse will be the rapper’s first release since 2005’s not-so-aptly named greatest hits compilation, Curtain Call. Eminem’s last original album was Encore, in 2004.
Though no release date has been announced, 50 Cent and G-Unit member Tony Yayo have both spoken of a trifecta of Interscope/Aftermath hip-hop releases this winter. “First 50 Cent, then Eminem, then Dr Dre,” Yayo told MTV News. “Or 50, then Dr Dre, then Eminem.” Dr Dre’s forthcoming Detox is one of the most-anticipated hip-hop albums in years, understood to have been in production since 2004. “They’ll both do a million, first week, behind the anticipation,” Yayo boasted.
50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct is due on December 9.
Last month, 50 Cent talked about Eminem with the BBC. “Even though he tries to relax and stay home, it’s impossible for him to stay in,” he said. “A lot of material he wrote prior to this is being scrapped. He’s got to feel like it’s just happened, it’s new and it’s current. That’s just how he is creatively as an artist.”
Yayo was even more enthusiastic. “Eminem, he’s like Jesus overseas,” he said. “He’s like Elvis overseas.”

Le Diner De Cons ( movie review)

Rating: 5 stars
Le Diner De Cons is certainly one of the best, most hilarious French comedies. Whether you want to be entertained or you’re feeling on the low, Francis Veber’s film will make you laugh from the beginning to the end.
Pierre Brochant, ( brilliantly interpreted by Thierry L’Hermite), who works as an editor in Paris, has one of the weirdest hobbies you could find: during his sparetime, he and his snobbish friends organize dinners during which a bunch of chosen stupid people expose their passions. Of course, the chosen “idiots” have no idea about what is going on. At the end of the dinner, the king of the morons gets ” crowned” by Brochant and his friends.
This is how Francois Pignon ( remarkably played by Jacques Villeret), an accountant of the finance ministry enters into Pierre Brochant’s life. He is the perfect ” king of the morons to be”, at least in Pierre Brochant’s eyes. His passions for matchstick models is supposed to entertain Pierre and his rich friends at an organized dinner, along with a whole bunch of other ” idiots”. But things don’t work out as expected…and Francois Pignon is causing more chaos than expected.
Enjoy the freshness of the comedy, the clever play of actors such as Francis Huster and Daniel Prevost, the touch of human drama with Alexandra Vandernoot and Catherine Frot, laugh out loud at Francois Pignon’s stupidity.
Don’t rely on the English translation ( it is full of mistakes), rather catch the comedy’s funny French spirit. My advice: watch the movie in French, you won’t regret it!
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Avarice: tight music from the mind of a generous emcee

Avarice hails from Danbury, USA. Inspired by hip hop’s greatest such as Nas, Rakim, Big Pun and many more, the young emcee has developped a rich, original style of his own.
In his Strive song, his chords are hammering, introducing the listener, into a tense, heartbeat interrupted atmosphere that describes a dangerous living mode. Rough times, men trying to make fast money, the dirt of the city, each element perfectly fits with the musical background in which bass and violins work together to increase the tension. You gotta like this sharp worded style!
Bad decision is built on soft salsa sounding vocals. A vague of nostalgic words are about to invade the listener’s ear, but Avarice’s vocal strength forces it to vanish like a weak cloud trying to hide the sun for a second. His remarkable flow, his energetic delivery, his rage in spitting his words make Avarice stand out amoung the infinite crowd of underground emcees.
Character Assassination opens up in a very dynamic and swinging way. Powerful piano notes are combined with Avarice’s mighty words that recall centuries of slavery. Politically incorrect on purpose, the song raises some insightful past historical and political issues. It also points an angry fist at contemporary hypocritical politicians. Maybe not approved nor endorsed by Barack Obama, the song nevertheless represents the voice of the hood.
Keyboard and soft vocals start Don’t Understand. Again, Avarice’s strong flow delivery comes to shine.
Discover hip hop passionate emcee Avarice here.
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