As I walked into the movie theater, I tweeted:
“Watching a scary movie at a sketchy movie theater is double the paranoia.”
Besides the fact that this theater was located in the middle of nowhere, my mind was polluted with bad reviews and all the negative comments I had just read. Despite anyone’s opinions, I had to see it for myself. I remember watching the trailer a month ago and feeling genuinely excited to see a refreshing storyline instead of a predictable twist from yet another remake. New age America takes place in 2022, where crime is no longer an issue since one night a year Americans are given the liberty of committing horrific crimes to anyone or anything they please (excluding important political figures).
The Purge wastes no time in getting straight to the point, and now as I look back, there are certain hints thrown in the beginning that warn you of what’s to come. Within 5 minutes, you realize the father (played by Ethan Hawke) isn’t exactly a lovable character. After 15 minutes, you notice there’s something not so perfect about this wealthy “idealistic” family. Once the bad guys come in the picture, the movie reaches it’s climax and you’re actually left with a deep feeling of appreciation for how well the villain plays his role.
Although the father does everything in his power to do what’s best for his family, you find yourself rooting for the homeless man that the masked freaks are after. I wouldn’t so much call this a scary movie in the sense of gore or hidden suspense. What’s terrifying is the idea that this can happen. The idea of hopelessness in a situation where survival is your only instinct and you are the only person that can help your entire family. Again, the unnamed villain was played brilliantly. I was constantly caught off guard which is the surprise-factor we all look for in suspenseful movies. The ending wasn’t exactly incredible, but you do leave satisfied with the assurance that the characters you were rooting for.. prevailed.
I’ll get straight to the point. At first glance, we all thought the same thing: “What the hell was Apple thinking? This looks just like Windows.” Oh my god I couldn’t have been more wrong. I went on a mini Twitter rant last night when I first saw photos of iOS 7, and today (after watching the WWDC keynote) I officially take back every ignorant word I said. The new iOS might have a slight resemblance to the IDEA of Windows or Android, but what Apple has created is exactly what those other companies simply have not been able to achieve.
That magic we felt was diminishing from Apple products, has completely resparked in a whole new light. They have created a design that incorporates everything we’ve been asking for and things we didn’t even know we were missing. My words mean nothing if you don’t check it out for yourself. For those of us who didn’t have a chance to watch the keynote live, all you need to watch is the introduction video to catch up.
I’ll leave you with this last thought: Just when I was becoming hopeless in the absence of Steve Jobs, I’ve fallen in love with Apple all over again..
Darth Vader by far. I think his story is the most intricate and heartfelt of them all. If you can honestly watch episode 3 and not feel his agony or understand why he became what he is now, then I’m speechless. He’s brilliant, he’s beautiful, he’s a lost soul with too much power. And he will always win.
In exactly two weeks, our beloved Orlando MC, SKYXXX, will be debuting his long-awaited solo effort titled SouthSide EP. I’ve been keeping you guys up to date with the latest from Swamp Posse so I took a few minutes to reunite with SKYXXX and catch up on what’s to come. Check it out…
We’re reuniting after our one on one, with some exciting news. Tell us what we can expect from SKYXX in these next few weeks.
“Expect nothing but dopetry. 062313 is the date ! SOUTHSIDE ! Swampy Summer”
I reviewed your upcoming album last week and it made me that much more eager for the release. Give us an insight on the making of SouthSide.
“SouthSide came about after a conversation with a local producer and friend of mine Serious Sound. I already liked his style of production so I told him it would be a dope idea to work on a collaboration EP instead of just me recording to a beat of his and putting it on a different project. We came to an agreement that it would be more meaningful and exclusive for the both of us. Also being the fact that no one really knew who he was or ever tried to do that sort of gig with him I figured it would be an honor to be the first and actually make his name shine as much as I could with the EP. As you already know I was on house arrest during the time being so Serious Sound would come to my pad and we would both sit in my room and I would watch / help him produce and format beats to my liking. I literally came up with the name and artwork design after the first beat he made which is the first track on the EP “$outh$ide”. Next thing you know, about 5-6 days later the entire EP was complete. We all agreed that BANGK was the dopest “First Peek” of the South Side EP so we shot the video and my homie Flash at Blow Hip Hop TV said he wanted to premier it on his channel. It did better than we thought it would.”
You also have a clothing line you designed and created, called Kushclub. What’s your vision behind the brand and how does yours differ from other up and comers?
“Haha yeah…. KUSHCLUB. That’s my shit yo. KUSHCLUB started about 4 years ago. It was something I used to always say because I always had a lot of weed and was known for turning everybody into a stoner. Shortly I realized it was a catchy name so I started making tees that said Break Up. Roll Up. Spark Up on them. I also just wanted to wear my own dope shit but I didn’t know how big it was going to be until the entire Orlando started asking where to get them at. I figured it would also be a dope way to market myself and my music without having people wearing shirts that said “SKY” on them on some groupie shit. I used it to my advantage, gorilla hustle. KUSHCLUB ended up converting into a big family, in some way everyone who wears KUSHCLUB knows each other or someone else who knows the brand and it just grows. I haven’t dropped anything new since 2012 and KUSCLUB is still banging heads all over in a low key type of way just how I like it. As far as further plans I don’t even know what I’m doing haha. It’s kind of like an adventure and shit for me. I have a bunch of sub brands under KUSHCLUB like “RAW”, PURO, LOCALTRASH and UMERIKA that would only consist of a few pieces. Very dope fcuking pieces actually. KUSHCLUB is basically the foundation and a way to express me and my friends lifestyle.”
You turn all of your ideas into reality, from a simple t-shirt to an entire EP. Serious did an incredible production job on that album, the world has no idea what they’re about to hear!
“Yeah I feel the same way. SouthSide fits current music today but it’s still OG to the core. Swampy Summer, mark those words.” ▐
SouthSide EP will drop here on June 23rd. Stay tuned! #BANGK