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Greetings on this blessed Friday. We're gonna cover diverse topics today. You know the routine. Buckle up. Put one in flight if you feel the need. Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy. We aim to please.
Time Is Illmatic, the documentary chronicling the twentieth anniversary of Nas' magnum opus Illmatic, has opened to rave reviews. Two decades after he altered the very course of the entire genre of rap music, Nas sat before the camera to speak on not only the album, but also on life events that led to the creation of arguably rap's greatest single piece of work. The cast includes Nas' father, blues legend Olu Dara, fellow artists Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell Williams, Illlmatic's production team of super producers (Large Professor, LES, Primo, Q-Tip, Pete Rock), and most importantly his brother Jabari "Jungle" Jones, the most vital mouthpiece for the documentary, Nas included. As Nas' kid bro, Jungle has been a part of greatness literally from day one, serving as Nas' first critic, right hand man, and perhaps closest friend. It was Jungle who was with Nas' best friend Ill Will the night he was murdered in Queensbridge Houses. Jungle's candid and stoic recollection of the events that led to the birth of Illmatic (including Will's death) set the tone for the entire project. Even if Nas isn't your favorite MC, you'll love the documentary. Director One9 did an amazing job, in my completely non objective yet completely biased opinion. Salute to the GOAT Nasir, my favorite MC for the past 21 years.
If you love Batman but haven't tuned into Gotham yet, I should check your pulse to see if there is one. A perfectly cast show, it's poised to be the breakout new show of 2014. Set in Gotham City beginning the night the Waynes are murdered before young Bruce's eyes, it chronicles the widespread crime and corruption that threatens to consume Gotham City about twenty years before the Batman takes to the streets. It focuses around a young James Gordon, new detective for GCPD. Bright eyed and straight laced, he's partnered with the corrupt Detective Harvey Bullock. We are introduced to a young Edward Nigma (Ridler), GCPD forensic scientist and resident asshole at the time, as well as a young Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) who begins the series as a flunky for vixen crime boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), a specially created character for the show, Queen of both seduction and terror. Throw in Don Falcone and all types of unknown villains who help make Gotham City a waste basket for corruption. We even meet a teenage Catwoman. Everything is A-1 with this show. Tune in to Fox on Mondays at 8 pm to enjoy greatness.
Law and Order: SVU has returned for Season 16, and just when I personally figured it was gasping for its last breath, it has exploded back onto Wednesday nights at 9 pm. Four episodes in, we've already seen more bodies than some places see in a year. Olivia is back running the show, literally, while being an adopted parent in her off time. Detective Amaro is back from purgatory to rejoin the SVU team. And Ice is still Ice. 16 seasons in, SVU is still must see tv.
I'm notoriously late to everything, but I just jumped on board for FX's fourth season of American Horror Story. This season, titled Freak Show, is equally amazing and frightening. Set in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, it chronicles a collective traveling freak show (one of America's last at that time) and its struggle to be accepted by "mainstream" America. There is plenty of star power, including Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Michael Chiklis. And oh yeah, there's a creepy ass, brolic serial killer clown. Watch this one with the lights on; it's creepy AF.
PS: The League on FXX is easily the funniest show on television. If you haven't peeped game, I just threw you the alley. I'm done.
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