Reflections On Black Panther’s Killmonger

In Black Panther Killmonger has similar verbiage as his father in his motivation for wanting the throne of Wakanda, empower the oppressed with the resources Wakandans freely enjoy.

Martin Freeman’s character confidently proclaims repeatedly that Killmonger’s action are a direct result of training even going as far as saying “he’s one of us”.

Killmonger had a MIT schooling and went into the Navy Seals and an even more remote sect of that silently destabilizing regimes.

 

This felt like the perfect training to me and though Killmonger didn’t respect the traditions of the land and continued with violent outbursts the plan of liberating the oppressed sounded appealing to me.

A Look a Hip Hop and Cinema – From Colors to Black Panther The Album

I truly believe Death Row though fraught with controversy laid the groundwork that TDE now walks on as a $100M company with iconic artists making legendary music.

Now in the era of #NewLegends along with Drake and J Cole, Kendrick has a chokehold on the hip hop world and this film’s trust with TDE has paid off with the soundtrack about to hit #1 on Billboard 200 album charts.

Hip Hop is now Pop culture surpassing Rock & Roll as the most popular genre in the States.

With Eminem and Three Six Mafia each winning Academy Awards for their songs in films 8 Mile and Hustle and Flow it shows hip hop is here to stay and also that our soundtracks are just as valid as the dominant society.

Document Don’t Create – The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones is a parallel look at Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre’s journey in the music business and how they got to where they are today.

 

There’s so many things I love about this episodic odyssey.

As a music lover there are interviews with those who created the soundtrack to so many people’s lives.

Jimmy Iovine worked at a studio and progressed to engineer then producer of such acts as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and U2.

In my generation a lot has been made of Dr. Dre who has been proclaimed by many as the greatest hip hop producer of all time but Iovine’s work with Lennon and Stevie Nicks is very special.

From The Stage to the Pulpit – The Parallels of MC Hammer & Ma$e

Each man’s legacy is readily solidified in the rap game.

MC Hammer’s lyrical references are mainly refereed to his loss of 30 million but also Fifth Harmony recently his Pumps and a Bump record.

Though criticized for his endorsements as selling out Hammer opened the door for rappers to see money promoting brands.

Hardcore reality rappers Ice Cube, Biggie and Tupac all benefited in turn endorsing St. Ides and even more with Sprite targeting rappers like Nas and Grand Puma for their Obey Your Thirst campaign.

 

Mase’s legacy is lyrical references to him being a rapper turned pastor.

Though he introduced Cam’ron to Biggie and taught Jim Jones how to rap his biggest impact was him inspiring artists.

Harlem’s own A$AP Mob from Rocky to Ferg has credited Mase as an influence and French Montana went as far as announcing Mase would executive produce his debut album.

He was recruited to MMG by Rick Ross and was featured on Wale’s Slight Work remix.

Drake and even his old rival Jay-Z has quoted his memorable lyrics from his guest verses.

Kanye has repeatedly said Mase was his favorite rapper and even produced the remix to Welcome Back and featured Mase on GOOD Music’s Cruel Summer album.

All Eyez On Me – The Film Beyond The Hype

I looked at All Eyez On Me as an opportunity to build a world. 

In the era of Marvel Cinematic Universe and DCEU with superheroes intertwining through various films I thought the Tupac movie as a way to bridge the gap.

Straight Outta Compton laid the groundwork on how to tell an engaging hip hop story that matched up with Ray and Walk The Line, surpassing both as the highest grossing musical biopic of all time.