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mack10

The weekend is here!

Getting things done, so one song this weekend.  It’s getting super beautiful, super quickly in Cali right now, so this feels right.

Have a good one folks!

 

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‘Andre the Giant’

 

andre-the-giant

‘Andre the Giant’ is not one of the all time great sport docs (that’s become an increasingly hard club to break into the past ten years), but it’s a necessary watch for wrestling fans.

Featuring a ton of new footage and the approval of the WWE, the doc does well telling the story of one of the cornerstones of the pro wrestling industry as we know it.  Born in a small village in France, the film (wisely) parallels Andre’s story with the evolution of ‘the Business’.  The territory, video tape swapping days were perfect for an act to work for a few months before moving on to be a new attraction somewhere else.

That all changed of course when Vince McMahon came through with his plans for national domination.  Along with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Andre’s traveling partner Tim White, we get plenty of funny and not so funny stories that fill out the grey areas of what we didn’t know about the man behind the character.

Sad to hear it said he passed on treatment that would extend his life because he thought it would hurt his wrestling career.  There’s surely a very interesting thread there about the frequently short life spans of professional wrestlers.  But I also understand there’s no chance in hell WWE is going to co-produce that movie.

Still, worth checking out on HBO if you’re interested.

 

 

chingy

La weekend!

Been perfect cruising weather in LA the past couple of weekends so a summer tune to take us out of the week.

One of the great hooks in the ‘hip hop love song’ pantheon list as well.

Have a good weekend gang!

 

 

wutang

How about some music?

I already had this one earmarked for today, then a few more answers/solutions I have been seeking turned in my favor, and now it’s officially a mood.

Enjoy!

 

 

prt

Ramadan 2018 is within range.

I have a lot to say, but still a month to go, so for today, patience…

And we party walk…

Enjoy!

 

llcoolj

Spinning a lot of plates right now; let me get this music in while I’m thinking about it.

Wouldn’t think a sample of ‘Lady In My Life’ would work so well, especially when I didn’t recognize it when this first came out.   But there you go…

Enjoy!

 

 

first-match

Do not let it be said we’re anywhere close to running out of fresh angles for genre stories…

At its core, ‘First Match’ is a coming of age story.  But here are just a few of the ‘not worn out’ touches…

a) the protagonist is a young black girl

b) she tries to bond with her father by joining her high school wrestling team

c) the potential ‘dark side’ angle has her going into female street fighting (not quite MMA but close…)

We all gravitate toward hero stories of course, but, especially in this (teenage) phase of life, it’s very compelling to watch someone set themselves up for a ‘good’ future, and potentially blow it because their emotions override their logic.

Well acted and directed. Definite recommend.

Now streaming on Netflix.

 

 

pharoah

La weekend!

Instead of deferring to the current jam I’m listening to, a little comedy.

Been a fan of this brother as long as he’s been on my radar.  In general, I’m not crazy about the ‘nano impression’, but hey, if you’re going to do it, get the best.

Enjoy!

 

 

erykah

Today’s song is one of the better ‘intros to the national scene’ of my generation.  Everyone I knew loved this song and these lyrics and this lady when it first hit us.

Enjoy!

 

 

Jungle-Brothers

I have no earthly idea why this song is so hard to track down…

But for whatever reason it was on my mind (guess I’m in a Golden Age mood this week,) and I looked for a video link, and I’ve been party walking all day to one of my all time favorite hip hop beats.

Enjoy!