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[Black History Month]2パックとビギー、事件の全容に迫るTVドキュメンタリー・シリーズ

Unsolved : The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

20年以上たった今でも犯人不明、迷宮入りになっているのが、ヒップホップ界の二大ジャイアント、2パックとビギーの殺人事件です。

1996年9月、ラスベガスのMGMホテルでのマイク・タイソンの試合後に撃たれ、約一週間後に25歳で亡くなった2パック、半年後の1997年3月、ロサンゼルスのパーティー会場から車で帰宅途中、銃弾を浴びて即死した24歳のビギー……..、この二つの事件は、実は関連があるという推理にもとづいてドラマ化されたのが、2/27(火)から始まるTVミニ・シリーズ、「Unsolved: トゥパックとノートリアス・B.I.G. 殺害未解決事件」です。全10話。

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Chris Rock’s New Movie “Top Five”

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Writer-director Chris Rock is almost Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of “Top Five.” Rock manages to transcend the gimmick and his larger-than-life persona to create one of the most vibrant, self-aware comedies of the year.

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This is a story about Andre Allen who has become disconnected from his work and is looking for a change. He is engaged to reality TV star Erica Long (Gabriel Union) and is a recovering alcoholic. His fans are curious to know when he will do another Hammy movie, the stupid character he played or if he’ll do stand-up again and less interested in his new movie, “Uprize”, in which he portrays a prominent figure during the Haitian Revolution.

Chris Rock & Rosario DawsonThings really get going when Andre hooks up with Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), a quick-witted New York Times reporter who has gotten the tony assignment to follow him around for an entire day. He resists, since the paper’s movie critic James Neilson has historically eviscerated his movies, but his agent (Kevin Hart) convinces him to go anyway. Chelsea’s a fan, he thinks.

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Andre and Chelsea stop at the apartment of some of Andre’s old friends and his ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy. Chelsea interviews each of them individually, learning Andre’s ex regrets breaking up with him after seeing how famous he got. The other friends say Andre wasn’t really funny when he started off in stand-up and isn’t really that funny now. The group sits together and chats about their top five favorite rappers, though they include a 6th one in their line-ups as well.

The film’s title comes from Andre’s conversation-starter of asking friends and strangers alike who their top five rappers are.

While it centers on Allen’s desire to be taken seriously and get away from the work he has been known for, it’s simultaneously about Rock’s attempt to be taken seriously as a director and auteur who makes nuanced films that don’t conform to expectation.

The film was shot all in New York which captures the beauty and realness of Big Apple as a busy vision of that city at its best.

Jerry Sienfeld & Chris RockAndre asks Chelsea to use her phone to make a call since his phone died. As he goes through the phone, he sees Chelsea gets an e-mail from her editor, asking when she’ll send the next James Nielson review; revealing James Nielson is Chelsea herself. The truth devastates Andre. He gives Chelsea her phone and is angry with her for lying to him. He admits to her he felt he was never funny unless he was drunk or high, and now he’s transitioning, it scares him. He leaves Chelsea……

”Top Five” is super funny but it is not just a slapstick, a romantic comedy, a realistic psychological journey and an over-the top farce. This may be Chris Rock’s biggest and boldest film ever as a director and writer.

 

DJ June New York Club Chart ニューヨーク・クラブチャート – March 11, 2014

Знаменитый японский женщин-ди-джеем в Нью-Йорке

1          Nobody – Rick Ross feat. French Montana & Diddy

3月9日はBiggieの命日。そのビギーの名曲、”You’re Nobody” をリック・ロスとパフィーたちがリメイクしたのがこの曲。

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, The House HOVA Built

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, The House HOVA Built

As I was riding the subway to witness Jay-Z opening the freshly minted Barclays Center in Brooklyn, I immediately noticed the impact he’s made on the neighborhood even before I entered the arena. The name of the train station was changed from Atlantic Avenue to Barclays Center. Hova was the man who indirectly made this change. Very impressive.

The Bed-Stuy-born Jay-Z performed eight concerts from September 28-October 6 at New York City’s most high-tech venue. Barclays Centers holds 19,000 people for concerts, similar to the capacity of Madison Square Garden, however it feels larger than Manhattan’s landmark arena.

I attended the fourth night of Jay-Z’s Barclays Center Grand Opening Celebration on Monday October 1st. There was a frenzied atmosphere outside as excited fans holding the hottest tickets in town lined up to enter the brand-new, brightly lit entertainment center. Shortly after 9:30pm, the house lights began to dim and images of Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson and other Brooklyn greats flashed on the stage screen.

“Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of where I’m from,” Jigga told the crowd before launching into the hard-hitting “Where I’m From” from his 1997 album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Then he paid the tribute to another legend from Brooklyn, his high school friend the Notorious B.I.G., with Biggie’s first hit “Juicy.” Jay-Z told the crowd, “Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.” He also held a moment of silence for B.I.G. who was shot to death in 1997.

Of course, a concert in New York’s largest borough would not complete with Jigga asking, “Is Brooklyn in the house?” The sold out house responded in unison with a deafening roar, “Yeaaaaaaah!!!!” The magnitude of the event was felt both by the audience and by the performer. “I’ve been on stages all around the world – nothing feels like tonight,” Jay told the raucous crowd.

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He also revealed his first reaction to being involved in the Barclays Center. When the developer asked him if he would be interested in being part of the plan to build an arena in Brooklyn, his response was, “Hell yeah!”

“I want to thank you, Brooklyn, New York City, for making me the man I am today,” he said. “Like I said, everybody’s from Brooklyn tonight.” Hova proved he did not need an opening act or any guest appearances as he performed by himself with seven piece live band.

Brooklyn’s Finest MC tore through tracks “99 Problems” and “Empire State Of Mind.” His lyrics cut through knife-clean and the band’s bass lines kept their crucial bounce. Jay performed all his hits including “Big Pimpin’,”  “Dead Presidents,“ “I Just Wanna Love U,” “Can I Live,” “Encore,” “What More Can I Say” and 1999’s party anthem, “Do It Again.”

Many of the songs are autobiographical, filled with verses that assert his hard and improbable climb from selling drugs to hosting fundraisers for President Obama.  Beginning in poverty in the Marcy Projects living a “Hard Knock Life,” Jay-Z is now fulfilling his song, “We Run This Town.”

Shawn Carter has certainly come a long way.

(Reported by Yasuko Ito)