Axl Rose writes a letter, Snoop Dogg raises the dead, and Kanye’s still a jackass

Let me start by saying, it’s not you. It’s me. Really.

I’ve been slacking like a sloth. Chillin’ like a villain. Sleeping like. . .  a sleepy person.

Anyway, I can’t believe that I haven’t written since our show – which was spectacular – and for that, I’m sorry.

But exciting things are coming your way (yeah, yeah, I say that a lot; but usually, I’m right.)

I decided to write today because there are a few things that have happened in the music world that just couldn’t be ignore.

Let us begin.

 

One

blog-16April2012-photo1Axl Rose declines induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday; Will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week.

Axl Rose – of Guns N’ Roses – wrote an open letter last week, asking not be excluded from the list of inductees in this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It was a pretty long letter. And it was really vague. But, if you know anything about Guns N’ Roses, you can pretty much guess at why he won’t be there.

Anyway, the Rock Hall announced that it will still induct Rose as a member of the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ band.

Rose still said he won’t be there.

In other news, HBO Signature will air a 24-hour marathon of the event, which took place on April 14 (other inductees included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who also performed, Donovan, Beastie Boys, Small Faces/The Faces, Laura Nyro, Freddie King, and a whole bunch more). The HBO special will air on May 5 at midnight.

 

Two

Obama’s on Team Jay-Z, still thinks Kanye’s a jackass, most of the world agrees

And really, who wouldn’t agree?

Just like no one can forget that Chris Brown beat up Rihanna, no one can forget that Kanye West stole Taylor Swift’s first ever Grammy speech.

And, no one can forget that President Obama called him a jackass for it.

Years later, Obama’s position hasn’t changed.

blog-16April2012-photo2In a recent interview published by The Atlantic, a reported asked Obama the question on everyone’s mind: Jay-Z or Kanye?

Obviously, Obama said Jay-Z, but he tried to do the president-y thing where he says, “I like Kanye… He’s talented…”

The reporter comes back with, “Even though you called him a jackass?”

And Obama drops this lovely bomb: “He is a jackass.”

If the leader of your country thinks you’re a dick, you must be a dick. Also, the sheer volume of hilarious memes dating back to that single Grammys incident just proves it.

Anyway, you can read the whole article here.

 

Three

Snoop Dogg brings Tupac back from the dead to perform at Coachella; No one can figure out if it’s creepy or cool

I had heard about the hologram. I had briefly seen pictures of the hologram. But I hadn’t quite seen the video of the hologram until my friend Dan posted it on my Facebook wall. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

From a technology stand point, this is insane. I mean, Tupac is performing again. His estate is bound to make a crap-load off of that, just like they made a big bunch off of the post-mortem movies that have been released. Changes, indeed!

From a friend’s viewpoint (not that I knew Tupac, but if I did…), this would have to be so surreal. In the video, you can almost feel Snoop’s heart ache for his fellow performer and friend.

But from an audience member’s POV, this is kinda creepy. It’s so life-like – it really could be Tupac – but it’s not.

A big part of me can’t decide how I feel about the Tupac hologram. But, my gut tells me it’s awesome for so many reasons.

And, speaking of holograms – over the weekend I attended the Music Video Program, part of the ReelWorld Film Festival (full recap coming VERY soon!)

This video (‘Gone’ by Justin Nozuka & RZA, featuring Kobra Khan and James Black) also uses a hologram.

And it’s also a great song.

 

Until next time, my loves!

– olivia –

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