Review: Some From Nothing The Art Of Rap

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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

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If you have any inclination to hip hop then you will love this movie, its about the art of hip hop & rap over the past 40 years with an inside view from Ice T. Going from the East Coast to the West Coast, you get a taste of all the talent and what they did to get where they are, and what they believe in and what is there process for their art form. Honestly it was amazing watching some of them freestyle like that, watching Q-Tip, Run DMC, Eminem, Dr Dre, Red Man, and so many other talented people in this documentary doing their thing is inspiring and a must watch for anyone who loves music.

Link: IMDB
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Grendizer & Mazinger Z

It should be noted that I can’t leave an Anime store, especially one that brings back memories like The Animation Station, so I ended up buying the heads of Grendizer & Mazinger Z. Both would look very good on my desk and honestly these are very well made version, and to my surprise they turned out to be Coin Banks. I don’t think I will be using them for coins any time soon since I really like the way they look and they fit very nicely on my shelf. They are made from nice soft/hardened vinyl so they feel good when you hold them, high quality items and it just reminds me of the cartoons when looking at them.

While I was unboxing these I started playing the Grenzider opening, the original Japanese one, you can watch it here (YouTube). Honestly Duke Fleed was very cool, so when I saw these two I just had to have them. There were a few more things that I wanted to pick up but thats for a later visit, for now these satisfied me very much and it feels good seeing them on my desk.


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Animation Station Collectibles

I’m always interested about new Anime & Comic stores opening up in Kuwait, this one concentrates on a lot of old school shows like Grendizer, Getter Robo, Sanshiro, and a lot of other cool stuff. Its like an open Kiosk/Shop on the first floor in Discovery Mall, just behind you on the right as you go up the escalator.

Whats very cool is you can tell these guys are passionate about it, there was a lot of cool Grendizer stuff, and I had to pick up something while I was there, also I have to keep in mind that I don’t have much space to put stuff on any more, still they had a Ken Resin Statue which I haven’t seen in a while. They also had the Fewture Sanshiro – Jamaro model that I have which you don’t see often and I’m assuming it will fly off their shelves soon enough. If you have a chance its very much worth it to pass by the store, the pictures don’t do it justice, lots of fun stuff.


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Senshiro Jumaro – Model

The kids of the 80s will know who this is instantly, Senshiro and Jumaro from the robotic wrestling show of the 1980s. This is when KTV was at its finest, they had amazing animated cartoons from Japan even before Europe and North America did, we were ahead of the curve with so much types of media. And I remember it so fondly this was one of the shows that I cherished, who wouldn’t have wanted a robot as they were a kid that can kick ass. Usually I prefer watching anime in Japanese but I saw a few episodes of Jumaro a while back and watched them in both Japanese and Arabic, and by far the Arabic was much better. Surprisingly the anime had a few risque drawings in the Anime from back in the 80s, it shows that we were more open back then.

Thanks to Fewture models I was able to find the Jumaro model, and whats great about their models is that they are made from metal and molded to the perfect form. The model is fully moveable joints while made out of metal, and Jumaro looks everything like the animated series, if not better then the series. Didn’t take long to unbox and put together, I placed next to the other Japanese & Fewture models on my shelf. The only thing left to make this the perfect model is for him to have A.I. and move based on my telepathic commands.

Check out this YouTube for the intro video to Senshiro.


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Art

Seeing this art work got me to remember the 90s and when I used to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to think that Shredder was one of the coolest bad guys out there, and I always used to think of cheese when I thought shredder. Who could forget April O’Neal, she used to be friends with four very cool turtles, and I always used to think that Splinter didn’t kick enough ass. But this art work by Dave Rapoza is pretty amazing and I hope to see some more TMNT in the future.

Artist Dave Rapoza has updated the TMNT, and given them all a brand new real-life look. Even the creepy little fly villain, Baxter, from the cartoon got a makeover! Each new piece is both gorgeous and horrifying at the same time. It definitely makes us yearn for the old days of the Foot Clan.

Link: GeekTyrant


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Dinosaurs – Not The Mamma

This was one of the coolest shows from back in the 90s and I was reminded of it when I saw the article by TV Squad. It was really a show that was unexpected in its time and so well done. I remember buying the videos from the Video Club in Salmiya to watch each and every episode that I could. Earl Sinclair was the head of the family, and I loved that baby, he would do the funniest things and always hitting Earl with the frying pan. Then there is the grandmother who was slightly evil but I loved her sarcasm. I always wondered how they made the characters, and I love how they made them seem so normal. I wish they would refresh this show and bring it back.

Link: TVSquad

Hackers In Movies – Hacker Typer

Back in the day I remember movies like Hackers, Swordfish, and The Matrix where people just slam on their keyboards and they break through the Government & Defense Department Computers within minutes. All of them just typing away at black screens then transfering secret documents or a ton of money like Swordfish or Hackers.

Now thanks to the website Hacker Typer, you too can hack like they do at the multiplex! Just pound away on your keyboard and, presto, hacking! Put on some BlackStreet and pretend it’s 1997! Explorer is for sissies!

Link: HackerTyper

Fun Retro Cartoons

Duck Tales

The story of Scrooge McDuck, The Richest Duck in the World, with the biggest safe that you can dive into a pool of money. I remember obssessively watching this show as a kid, I loved it, I loved the theme song, it just made me feel good. He was a nut ball and his nephews were normal, so many great adventures, it was the good old days of Disney cartoons.

Gargoyles

This was something for the older kids, I remember from 94 and it ended around 97, a fantastic cartoon, deep and dark. I loved Goliath, the most honorable Gargoyle and most probably the strongest. I watched this show nonstop every time I got back from school, I just couldn’t get enough of it. Gargoyles was a great show and I got pulled into it whenever I was watching, never could get enough of it.

Talespin

Now this is one of the fun bunch, I loved Baloo, always getting into trouble and some how getting out it. The idea of going from Island to Island with Merchandise and work as if its the 1950s with Monkeys as bartenders was funny. Some of the characters were based on Jungle book and that is what got me watching it, I just remember that it was from the early 1990s, and you know you sing the theme song every time, “TALESPIN” lol.
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College Humor – Originals (NSFW)

Let’s Talk About Sext

Aside from being an educational video from college humor I think the video is fantastic. Who said they didn’t have taste in the 90s, reminded me of the dance of Will & Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. They are even wearing the same colorful clothing. After that song I want to start playing some Naughty By Nature.

Half-Birthday Sex

This really got me laughing, listen to the lyrics the guy is singing. And his facial expressions were priceless, I knew that some people were copying T-Pain’s voice but this one is the best I have seen and over the top.

These aren’t even the worst, head over to college humor originals to check out the other ones. Seems like a skit from SNL rather then just College Humor.

Melrose Place Coming Back

Due to the huge success of the 90210 remake it seems the studios are now thinking about bringing back some other shows, and one which has been green lighted is Melrose Place! I remember watching this show on and off when I was a kid, it was a complex story of relationships which I didn’t get but even as a kid I knew that some of these women were hot. This is when I remember falling for Heather Locklear even though I’m not a blonde type of guy. There were a lot of hot women in this show and nobody realized it back then, things have really changed for the TV industry for the past decade and half. Who even remembers Alyssa Milano on that show, and she was hot back then and ridiculously hot now. Who even knew that Kristin Davis from Sex & The City was originally from Melrose Place. That show had a number of hot women, and the men were only tools of those women, I keep reiterating the fact that they are hot but it still isn’t enough. I wonder which cast they would pick for the remake, because they have to be very mean and scheming as well as good looking just like the original women. 

Link: Complex


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