Gotta Catch’Em All!

Pikachu

Pikachu, I choose you!

With the age of the gamer being more prominent in our society, I though it would be fitting for me to speak on the game that  had me addicted to it since it came out on the 8-Bit Gameboy back in 1998. Iif you haven’t already guessed by the title, that game is Pokemon.

I first played Pokemon in my 5th Grade class and was IMMEDIATELY hooked. I begged and begged my parents to death to get a Gameboy so I can buy the game or even borrow it but that never happened and a year later, my parents bought me a Gameboy Color with Pokemon Yellow but there was something about the game that hooked you in. Was it the role playing aspects of the game? Was it the 151 (at the time) different kinds of Pokemon you could catch? Was it the game’s storyline?

Whatever it was, it had me going. To this day, I own a Nintendo DS with the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Black. I remember back when we were kids my brother and I would think life would’ve been so much easier if, instead of going to school, you would start your Pokemon journey to catch Pokemon and get badges from different city’s gym leaders. Now that we’re old enough to know the world is not exactly a cheerful place, it seem strange parents would let their 10 year olds roam from city to city by his or her self with a Pokemon as  their only means of protecting themselves.

Pokemon games

Pokemania!!

A lot of people I know that grew up with Pokemon are tired of or just outgrew it and some are even saying that the game’s structure and story hasn’t changed since 1998 but do we really need to change it? If something isn’t broke then it doesn’t need fixing right? I really hope they keep making these games because its the last ounce of childhood that I have. It also kept me going through the years and to me, its more nostalgia than a game. And if you really wanted to know, I have defeated the Elite Four and have clocked in about 285 hours with 586 out of 649 Pokemon. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’

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Soul Sessions

I was hoping I could post the Soul Session shows in their audio format but it seems that I have to upgrade my space and that costs money that I don’t really have right now. As wack as it is, I will try to get that space upgraded so I can post them up because its my favorite show that I’m a part of this year. In the meantime, you can always tune in every Mondays at 10 pm on CKDJ 107.9 FM or just stream it live on http://www.ckdj.net. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’

The Crow Remake

Brandon Lee as Eric Draven Bust Limited to only 500 Pieces

There are a few films that I hold in high regard and one of them happens to be the 1994 Alex Proyas movie The Crow. The movie starred Brandon Lee (son of the late Bruce Lee if you didn’t know) fresh off his second film Rapid Fire playing a rock guitarist in an underground band that’s about to marry the love of his life.

A couple of days before their wedding, a gang bust through their door and and end up brutally murdering them. One year later he is resurrected in order to set things right and bring those who caused his death to justice. It’s a basic revenge plot but it has its emotional moments.

So you may or may not know, The Crow is one of many franchises that are being rebooted, like Star Trek and Nightmare on Elm Street. Set for release in 2013, not much is really known about the film at this time except that it is rumoured The Hang Over star Bradley Cooper is set to play the main character Eric Draven.

Now, I think this whole reboot is a big mistake and a big slap to the face of Brendon Lee who died playing the role of Eric. I believe he portrayed the character really well and Alex Proyas was the ideal director for the film, basically, both of which can not be replaced.

I understand wanting to bring the story to a younger generation but at the same time we all know how god awful Hollywood remakes have been up to this point. For example, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The A Team, Black Christmas, and the list goes on and on and on. This will in fact only push the younger generation away from the franchise if the film happens to turn out bad and why Eric Draven?!

This scene was featured in the movie

Hollywood could even make a new Crow film based around a new character seeing how the story’s mythology leaves a very large opportunity for that to be done. By doing so, it still would be brought to a new audience while being respectful to the deceased Brendon Lee. They could even get creative and have the story set in a different time period or giving us a different set of circumstances that leads to the inevitable death and rebirth of the main character.

The basic story is very open for exploration and I think it should be done rather than rehashing the original. Have we really gotten that uncreative Hollywood? In one of Brandon’s last interviews for the movie he said that the original concept was to shoot the whole movie in black and white, aside from when Eric reminisces about his fiancee Shelly and the good times they had together. Those sequences were to be the only scenes in bright vibrant color to offset the gritty, colourless scenes. If that’s the case, they should just release a 20th Anniversary Edition Director’s Cut Blu-Ray or DVD with that idea and just load it up with a lot of bonus features! This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’.

Crow Collection

Greatest Movie Merchandise of All Time

The Roots Ft Big K.R.I.T.- Make My

The first leak off The Roots’ new album Undun coming out December 6th. As a big Roots fan I’m very excited for this release, especially since this is probably one of the best verses I’ve ever heard from Black Thought. It’s heavy on metaphor and imagery that really sucks you in to his concept. Sorry Big K.R.I.T. but you can’t out do a legend.

Introducing Apollo the Child

Now if you know me you know that I’m very passionate about music and that I’m currently taking radio broadcasting, however, talent seems to run in my family.  Apollo the Child a.k.a. Khaleefa Hamdan is a poet and rapper performing at Slams and local schools.

Apollo just recently signed a deal with McGraw- Hill in order to use his poetry to teach students taking English in High schools. He also has a blog website where he posts his poems and you could check them out at http://www.apollothechild.blogspot.com

As stated above, Apollo is a rapper doing his Hip- Hop thing with a high school friend Curtis Nyarko a.k.a. Masai. Together they formed the duo Poetic Elements Represented Always (Or Poetic E.R.A. for short) and have been recording together ever since.

Right now Apollo is working on a solo mixtape called The Love Veteran And the Musical Style Gunnin’ (or LVAMSG for short) with Masai handling over 80% of the production. Above is one of few leaks off the upcoming project. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’

Bone, Bone, Bone, Bone, Bone

Some good news if your a fan of the 5 True Thugs Straight from the Double~Glock or just REAL Hip Hop

If you haven’t already, check out Layzie Bone’s new mixtape The Law of Attraction free to download at http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/15058/layzie_bone_the_law_of_attraction.html

UPDATE (NOV. 30th): If you’ve downloaded Layzie Bone’s Law of Attraction mixtape and your digging the tunes, Layzie Bone has a numbered hard copy that is on sale for a limited time only and is also autographed, includes a foldout poster that you can use to get VIP access into ANY Layzie Bone concert and songs that weren’t available on the free downloadable mixtape for only $20 on his website http://www.harmonyhowseent.com. Now if that deal isn’t considered a STEAL I don’t know what is!

Justice Anyone?

I know this is old, but at the time, I didn’t have a blog website so I want to address this situation because it has been bothering me ever since the news broke out that Muammar Gaddafi was killed.

Now I’m not going to lie, I’m all for governments that help their citizens by giving them what is rightfully theirs like affordable, if not, free healthcare, jobs, salaries that one can live on and financial assistance, especially when it’s a country in the Middle East where their country’s resources, like Gasoline, is depended on in our way of life.

With that being said, when you have the opposite of what’s expected by your government because you have a power hungry dictator as your Prime Minister, then it’s common to think that the citizens of that country are poor, starving and wish to end the Prime Ministers regime one way or the other.

Libya had been under Muammar Gaddafi’s rule since the end of the 60’s but he wasn’t at all the blood thirsty tyrant you saw on TV. As a matter of fact, when Gaddafi overthrew the King of Libya, he was just an army Colonel that led a bloodless coup by waiting until the king was in Turkey being treated medically. Now, I know what you’re going to say, “It was bloodless because the king wasn’t there,” well the Prince, who was next in line, was in Libya.

The King’s nephew, Prince Sayyid Hasan, was put under house arrest and from then on the Libyan Arab Republic was born. Under Gaddafi’s rule, he ordered Western Officials to increase Libya’s share in the Oil market revenue from 50% to 79% and if they didn’t agree, he’d shut down their companies in Libya’s oil fields. Western officials agreed to Libya’s demands and made the Libyan people richer. The country’s literacy rate also rose from 10% to 90%, life expectancy rose from 57 years of age to 77 and Libya’s black population and women’s rights have been made to establish their equality.

So how in the name of Allah can a man that was considered a hero back in his prime deserve the death he received by his own people? Well when you let the power and the money get to you, your judgment gets clouded like a natural high on Cloud 9. He ordered the deaths of Libyans that have left his state for other countries, even if they’ve left Libya for other countries in the Middle East. He even brought the deaths of Libya’s Berber nation and said that the Berber Tribe in Libya is a myth.

I used to think that he deserved the death he got, just because of the way he was ruling the country and making

Saddamn Before & After

Saddam Before & After

Libyans suffer through many atrocities and injustices, but then it got me thinking. Remember Iraq’s President by the name of Saddam Hussain? Both Saddam and Gaddafi almost shared the same history in their respective governments. However, where Gaddafi was killed, Saddam was caught and put to trail. But if you ask me, I think that Muammar, as bad as he was, should’ve been arrested and put to trial just like Saddam. I mean every man deserves a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty right?

Well one thing’s for sure though, Gaddafi said he would never surrender and the only way they will take his leadership is over his dead body and that’s how it all went down in the end. If that’s not hardcore, I don’t know what is. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’.