Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Enemy Radio, the DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy made up of Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws, release their debut album today, "Loud Is Not Enough." The album is led by the single, "Food As a Machine Gun," which features a special guest: Public Enemy (including both Chuck D and Flavor Flav), revealing their "War Of The Worlds" inspired hoax that began on March 1 when Chuck D announced Flav would no longer be a part of the iconic group following a public dispute.
"I had watched Orson Welles' 'War Of The Worlds' from 1938 when he pulled the wool over the public's eyes as they put 100% belief in the technology of radio," explains Chuck D. "Most people followed like a Pavlovic dog just like they do now. Flav doesn't do benefits and stays away from political events - we been cool and always agreed about that. Enemy Radio was built for that reason, to be a DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy, a no-slack homage tossback to DJ+MC roots. It is DJ Lord, myself and Jahi with the S1Ws. Hearing the confused mush of political talk while under the bowels of Trumpotus made me use a presidential stage as my platform. Out of this storm came a plan between Flav and me to remind people that what's important should have as much, if not more, value than just what's popular. Thus came the HOAX, our 'War Of The Worlds.' Believe half of what you hear and NONE of what you see." 
He also used the hoax to illustrate how the media disproportionately covers bad news over good news when it comes to hip hop. While Public Enemy has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and toured the world for over 30 years including performances at Coachella and Glastonbury, it was the conflict between the group's frontmen that made Chuck D a trending topic on social media and garnered global media attention.  Read Chuck D's full statement on the HOAX here
"So it's April 1, 2020 and as we hoard food and empty store shelves, Chuck D and Flavor Flav hijack it as April 'FlavChuck' Day to end the HOAX with Enemy Radio's new song, 'FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN.' 'Don't Believe The Hype' 2020 style" says Chuck D. "That's right, this is Enemy Radio featuring Public Enemy, with more around the corner: Enemy Radio's debut album, 'LOUD IS NOT ENOUGH,' is here. 'FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN' is the first taste, an attack on the food industrial machine that opens minds to the direct need, dependency and necessity - yet killer - of our current lives, taking inspiration from Kristin Lawless and her book, 'Formerly Known As Food.'" 
Enemy Radio's debut single sets their sights on the dangers of an industrial food system that adds chemicals and preservatives to grocery store products at the cost of nutrition, resulting in devastating changes to brains and bodies. The concept was inspired by advocate and author Kristin Lawless. "The industrial world food machine rolls like gangbangers in the 21st century of chaos. Who protects us from the weapon formerly known as food?" asks Chuck.
"The cracks in our food system have busted wide open," explains Lawless. "The way we produce our food has helped to create this pandemic and the poor-quality products we consume leave us vulnerable to infection. Radical change around food production is required now if we want to prevent future pandemics, protect our planet and save our lives."
"Does it take doing crazy shit or catastrophe to wake people up? Obviously so, even when paying attention is the cheapest price to pay," he continues. "So if you got that in your wallet, Enemy Radio is serving up 'FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN.'"
About Enemy Radio
Enemy Radio is the DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy, a no-slack homage tossback to the group's roots: a soundsystem of mics, turntables and the political essence of protest. They performed throughout Europe with Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul as part of the Gods of Rap Tour last May and at the Sanders rally on March 1. 


Monday, March 30, 2020

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Blu-ray + Digital Code: Multi-Screen Edition Review

Writer and Director J.J. Abrams had an unenviable task of trying to conclude what is now considered The Skywalker Saga after the divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi split the fans in half with some loving the eighth episode while others hated it. Despite Abrams’ sincere attempt to be true to the spirit of Star Wars, which has inspired generations and will continue to do so for as long as humanity walks the Earth and maybe beyond that too. So it appears he tried to please everyone, but in doing so he definitely seemed to distance himself from Ryan Johnson’s film while no negating it status as part of the Star Wars cannon or continuity. As a result we got a hastily written conclusion to one of the best space operas of all time. Despite whatever problems the prequel trilogy had, at least George Lucas got to tell the prequel trilogy his way and as a result the prequel and classic trilogies feel cohesive. However since they chose not to follow Lucas’ notes on what he originally envisioned the sequel trilogy to be and instead they went their own way. At least no one can blame George Lucas for see films since I do feel too many people have literally profited by bashing George Lucas so much that one wonders just how bitter he must feel about the way it turned out because these new films do not jell with the previous trilogies and at best feel like a sloppy epilogue. What I think would have made The Rise Of Skywalker a much better film is if they split the story into two films much like was done for the final installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy and the final novel adaptation in the Harry Potter movie series. 

That way the characters would have had more room to breathe and the character arcs developed so beautifully in The Force Awakens would have been fulfilled in a more satisfying way because what made Star Wars unique within the genre was the way Lucas mixed iconic character archetypes and added a spiritual touch to the first six movies that helped them to resonate with generations of fans. As it is everything feels rushed in this final installment and since Lucas’ ideas and roadmap he had for the sequels was completely derailed, I do not believe we got the full story as Lucas intended. Instead we got what Lucasfilm and Disney cobbled together as a sequel trilogy, but only a pale one at best.

Disney/Lucasfilms’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Blu-ray + Digital Code: Multi-Screen Edition   presents the ninth installment in a beautiful crystal 1080p full HD (2.38:1) widescreen aspect ratio and an enveloping English DTS-HD MA 7.1 Surround Soundtrack. An English Descriptive Audio Track is also provided for the visually impaired and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired too. French and Spanish Language Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Soundtracks are also encoded as listening options. There appear to be other language and subtitles encoded on the Blu-ray Disc that are not listed in this he packaging.

The second Blu-ray Disc includes a large apart of the extra value materials that include the excellent and informative documentary The Skywalker Legacy (2:06:11) and this is supported by several featurettes the Pasaana Pursuit speeder chase sequence (14:17), D-O: Key To The Past (5:33) Warrick  & Son (5:37) and a Cast Of Characters (7:46). In addition there is an insert with a limited time only Movies Anywhere Digital Copy Code that gives access to the exclusive Maestro’s Finale featurette focusing on John Williams final composition and conducting the soundtrack music for The Rise Of Skywalker (11:04). Also included are three extensive still galleries containing approximately 89 production photos, 22 posters photos and 70 concept are shots. The Blu-ray and Digital Copy menus on Apple TV are well rendered and easy to navigate.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Blu-ray + Digital Code: Multi-Screen Edition will debut at retailers on and offline on Tuesday March 30, 2020 courtesy of Lucasfilm and Disney. May The Force Be With You.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Interesting and timely documentary related to 12 Monkeys is available to watch for free on YouTube.

I have not watched it all yet, but I think this heavily goes into predictive programming, which I mentioned yesterday in my VLOG. Predictive programming is used to subconsciously prepare a target group or society and even an individual into accepting something before it happens through the media or another conduit for manipulative purposes, which can be moral, immoral or amoral in nature. You do not need it, but if you have it on Blu-ray or DVD, you might want to watch 12 Monkeys.