Sunday, 27 June 2010

Imperfect Hollywood

As we all know, we don’t live in a perfect world. No one’s perfect it doesn’t exist, even if you’re a multiplatinum musician or a Hollywood icon. Many celebrities we’ve come to know and love actually have learning, and non-visible disabilities. Did you know, that Earl Simmons, better known as DMX a successful rapper, and actor was bi polar during his teenage years? Bipolar is best described as manic depression. DMX made his name within the hip-hop/rap industry with numerous albums, including ‘Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood, and Then There Was X. Simmons addressed his struggles with bipolar in his 2000 album. ‘It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot’. Fans of the X, don’t be disappointed though, the outstanding rapper released his latest self titled album in March this year. Let’s not only talk about DMX to be the only celebrity who’s diagnosed with this disorder. Russell Brand, the British comedian is included in this list. In an interview with TimeOut magazine, Brand was asked;

“You were bulimic and into self harm as a teenager, have you ever been diagnosed with any mental illnesses?”

Brand replied; "Yes, depression and manic depression and more latterly, bipolar attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity. It's difficult to know which of those diagnoses are correct, because most of the time I was very young and on drugs.”

This hasn’t stopped Brand from being the comedic genius he is today, as he recently appeared in ‘Get Him To The Greek alongside Jonah Hill and Sean P.Diddy Combs.

Who’s next? Well, what about the incredible Hulk? Yes, I’m talking about Lou Ferrigno, who is 60% deaf from infections he caught during childhood. In an interview with, Ferrigno says “I believe I had fairly bad ear infections very soon after birth, and in that time I lost some 75 to 80% of my hearing. He goes onto say, I think my hearing loss helped create a determination within me to be all that I can be, and gave me certain strength of character too. Anytime I do a movie or a TV show, I make them aware of my hearing loss at the beginning, and that makes it much easier for all of us to communicate and get the job done".

The body builder also doesn’t forget to mention, while working out at the gym, he wears a set of hearing aids. This means he, like the other celebrities, I have mentioned are able to successfully manage their disabilities with positive thinking, drugs, enhanced technology, and willpower.

Despite having a disability, these celebrities have still managed to get on with their lives, and overcome the boundaries that face them. In Ferrigno’s case, he doesn’t see his disability, as a negative impact on his career or life. Ferrigno sees his condition as motivation. So, what’s the moral of this story, well, you can do anything you set your mind to, keep your head up and you’ll pull through!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Fully Recovered - The Return Of A King: Recovery Reviewed

Fully recovered, and returned as the king. Who am I talking about? Eminem dropped his highly anticipated album Recovery on June 21st of this year. In my opinion, he has reclaimed his rightful position back on the throne. This outstanding album, describes his struggle, not only with drugs, but also opens the doors, to his personal life. Em shares his feelings over the loss of his long term best friend, and member of D12, Proof, who passed in April of 2006. With ‘Your Never Over,’ Em clearly shows he is still grieving three years later. He raps,

"Homie I know I’m, never gonna be the same with you
I woulda never came in this game, I’m going insane without you
Matter of fact it was just the other night, had another dream about you
You told me to get up, I got up and spread my wings and I flew
You gave me a reason to fight, I was on my way to see you
You told me nah Doodi you’re not layin’ on that table I knew
I was gonna make it, soon as you said think of Hailie, I knew
There wasn’t no way that I was gonna ever leave them babies, and Proof not many are lucky enough to have a guardian angel like you
Lord I’m so thankful, please don’t think I don’t feel grateful, I do
Just grant me the strength that I need, for one more day to get through
So homie this is your song, I dedicate this to you
I love you Doodi"

In an interview with Angela Yee on Shade45, the rapper's official Internet radio station. Em claimed that Recovery is going to be another level, totally different to his 2009 album release ‘Relapse’. Boy is it different, Recovery features a number of unexpected collaborations, from rock/pop chick with an attitude Pink, to R&B singer Rihanna, let’s not forget, Lil Wayne and Kobe too. These collaborations create a whole new vibe, making this album unique in its own right. But wait, there’s more, Em also introduces a selection of producers, from Just Blaze, Boi-1da, DJ Khalil, alongside many others, including Dr Dre and Eminem himself.

On several occasions, the multi-platinum selling rapper takes the time to address his thoughts on his previous albums. Encore, which released in 2004, and Relapse, his 2009 release. In songs ‘Talkin 2 Myself,’ and the new single ‘Not Afraid’, he states that he wasn’t entirely happy with these two projects.

“The last two albums don’t count, Encore I was on drugs and Relapse I was flushing em out, I’ve come to make it up to ya no more f**king around, I’ve got something to prove to fans cuz I feel like I let em down so please accept my apology, I finally feel I’m back to normal, I’m me again.”

Recovery has everything for everyone from sick love songs, to the rebirth of a hip-hop/rap icon. The album is an announcement, to Em’s official return to the game. The sensational rapper we’ve all been waiting for is back. Don’t expect this project to have the funny accents, which many fans found annoying. The accents first appeared in 2004 with Encore, and continued with Relapse in 2009. Well, not anymore, because it no longer exists.

Take a second, to rewind back to 2000, and 2002 when the ‘Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show was released. Put Recovery on playback, and it’ll be like da ja vu. The sick, and twisted persona of Slim Shady, with the struggle of Marshall Mathers, and the sense of humour of Eminem, still exists today. Experience the struggle, with ‘Talkin’ 2 Myself’, ‘Going Through Changes’, ‘25 to Life’, and ‘Not Afraid’. Enjoy the twisted mind of Slim Shady, with ‘Love The Way You Lie, and Space Bound.

Fall to the floor laughing, with Eminem in the company of WTP (White Trash Party), So Bad, and Cold Wind Blows.

The Recovery album packaging is simple, but unique at the same time, fans have the choice to choose between two cover designs. You can have your cake and eat it too. Amazing beats, and outstanding lyrical flow, what more can a fan ask for?

Let's welcome Em back to the game, and add this sensational album to your collection. Buy the album, at a store near you or buy Recovery on iTunes. Get two exclusive bonus tracks with the Deluxe edition, start your Recovery process today.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

IPhone/IPod Touch - The Sparkling World Of The App Store - Music Edition Reviewed

I’m going to do something a little different today, what do you say we go a little techmanic? before we get started, I want to ask you a question. Do you own an IPhone\IPod Touch? Yes? Then, there’s no doubt it’s filled with 100s of apps designed to make your life just a little bit that easier. Yeah, well that’s what this remarkable device is made for right? I’m sure you all know, there are apps out there in the App Store to satisfy your music and entertainment needs. I just came across five today. Oh, and if you're wondering, they’re all FREE in the App store so download like a maniac. So, here it is:

Pink – Developer Aurnhammer LLC: The rock\pop chick with an attitude, this app has everything fans of Pink could ever ask for. It’s packed with news, latest tour dates, and images including album photo shoots, live performances, and mini Pink. But wait, that’s not all, because this app also has the successful artist’s music videos which directly link to Youtube, allowing the user to watch the music videos to their most loved songs. Songs from her latest album, ‘Funhouse’ released in October 2008. This fun packed app, also includes previews of Pink’s discography. The user has the freedom to buy albums straight from their iPhone\iPod Touch. Let’s not forget the user friendly UI, there is so much going on in this app that it’s impossible for me to talk about them individually. If you want everything P!nk, then this is the app for you. Overall I give this app 4/5.

Madonna – Developer Mobile Rodie brings you Madonna. This official iPhone\iPod Touch app which celebrates the life, career, and contribution to music. When you first load this app, you’re pleasantly surprised with a photo of the legendary singer along with a Madonna track. Everything Madonna is right on your iPhone/iPod Touch at your fingertips. Users can preview her music, and stay up to date with the latest news, photos, books and career. However, if I was to compare this to Pink’s app, I would say Madonna offers a lot more, as it not only allows users to be added to the official Madonna mailing list, but gives users insight on her past shows. Users can interact with the app more by having the option to connect with Facebook, and Twitter accounts. So, because of the added features, I would like to give this app an overall rating of 5/5.

Ritz Rock The Block With Wyclef Jean - If you’ve played Tapulous’s Tap Tap Revenge, then this might seem familiar to you, as the concept is pretty much the same. However, I don’t know if it’s just me, but I found it really difficult to use this app, purely because I didn’t think it was responsive enough. The aim of the game is to hit the Ritz cracker tokens as soon as they reach the hit zone in time with the music. One other thing I’ve noticed, the app doesn’t provide information on the artist at all. It's purely designed for gaming purposes, putting all this into consideration, I give this app an overall rating of 1\5.

Dizzie Rascal– Developer Music Network App brings you the app dedicated to British rapper Dizzie Rascal that’s sure to make you ‘bonkers’. This app is filled with everything that’s Dizzie Rascal, from song, and video snippets to artist biography, and photos, the only thing this app is missing is a news section, which makes it pretty basic and limited. For that reason I give this app an overall rating of 3/5.

Justin Bieber Channel – Developer Aigoo launches the Justin Bieber Channel. An app dedicated to the young pop singer of the new generation, this app offers so much to Bieber lovers. Users have a chance to view photos, and get the latest news on Justin. That’s not all, because you also get extras where you can see live concert footage, links to Bieber’s Twitter, his official website, and Youtube channel. It’s interactive, and fun. If you’re a Justin Bieber super fan then download this app, and enter the world of Justin Bieber, you won’t regret it. Oh yeah, before I forget this app gets 5/5.

Go ahead, why not add one or more of these apps to your app catalogue, and give yourself one more reason NOT to put your iPhone/iPod Touch down.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Are You Ready For The MTV Movie Awards 2010?

The time has come once again, who will take home the most popcorn at this year’s MTV Movie awards? It’s certainly going to be the Hollywood movie event to look forward to. It’s what you would expect from an award show, but with a little twist. For the first time ever on the MTV Movie awards, movie lovers will be able to vote for an award. There will be a category where international viewers of MTV, and it’s growing online community will have the chance to decide the winner of ‘the Global superstar’.

So, the ball is in your court, who will be your favourite global superstar? Here are the nominees; Twilight’s heart-throb Robert Pattinson or his female co-star Kirsten Stewart, maybe not? OK, how do you feel about Oscar winner and star of The Blind Side Sandra Bullock no? Wait, I’m not done yet what about Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter and Hollywood hunk Johnny Depp? And the winner is...?? Oh yeah, I almost forgot that’s where you come in!

But that’s not all, let’s not forget that ‘Funny People’ star Aziz Ansari will be hosting this spectacular movie event. The MTV Movie awards just wouldn’t be complete without a musical line up, the artists scheduled to take the stage are Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, and Snoop Dogg, who recently was confirmed to perform at this year’s movie awards.

Hold on, let me just introduce you to a list of presenters that are giving away awards to the winners, MTV have confirmed the following celebrities;

Adam Sandler
Chris Rock
Kevin James
Rob Schneider
David Spade

And many more, tune into MTV to find out who else will be included in this A* list. There is so much to look forward to, the show will feature exclusive sneak peeks of not one, but two upcoming movies, Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows.

This year’s movie awards will take place in the movie capital, better known as Los Angeles California, on Sunday June 6th at 9pm EST. Be sure to catch this unforgettable movie event of the year, and get ready for the MTV Movie Awards 2010.