Author: Azlyrics

Haunted – Attention Lyrics

It comes crashing in
As if there’s never been anything like it
I keep finding myself repeating the same mistakes
I never did see the irony

I’m drowning in sound
It’s wearing me out
I tumble and turn with no direction
I fall and I fold
It’s wearing me down
To what this all amount

Hey! You got my attention
What more do you want?
You’re not special
No matter how hard you try!
I’m just like you

Here we go
Might as well just make the best of it
And you know
They’ll never understand what you see
This is more than I can hold

It comes crashing in
As if there’s never been anything like it

I keep finding myself repeating the same mistakes
I never did see the irony

What am I supposed to do?
Ask life for a break
Am I to medicate it?
Adapt and subjugate it?
If you would only just
Shut you’re…

What people never understand is how I ever get it right the first time
The stumble and stumble
What’s wrong with you!

And do you really wanna know
What it’s like to live a lifetime answering to fools
You ain’t got a f*cking clue

But I won’t let ‘em break me
I won’t let ‘em take me
I won’t let ‘em do it
I won’t let ‘em break me down

Seatrain – Creepin’ Midnight Lyrics

Everything is known
There’s only clothes upon my bone
My skin’s so thin that anybody can look in
If he wants to see me

Temptation is a game
And sin, it is much the same
I can’t leave my need
And it’s safe to say that
My need just won’t leave me

Way over town the back road takes you down
It’s such a tired dream
But the sheets are cool and clean
And all the ladies come from New Orleans

I’m just a patient man
Receiving what he can

I go to sleep at dawn
Wake up and write a song
And who could blame me

Way over town the back road takes you down
It’s such a tired dream
But the sheets are cool and clean
And all the ladies taste like New Orleans

Everything is known
There’s only clothes upon my bone
My skin’s so thin that anybody (anybody) can look in
If they want to see me
If they want to see me
If they want to see me

Post Malone – Motley Crew Lyrics

[Intro]
(d.a. got that dope)

[Chorus]
Count up the bands, stickin’ out
No rubber band is big enough
Chain is so heavy, can’t pick it up
Came with the gang, a myriad
I see your whip, hilarious
Where is my roof? Mysterious
My whip from Fast & Furious
Curtains with yellow interior
I get the commas, period
Covered in ice, Siberia
I’m at the top of the pyramid
Bitch, I’m a star, I’m Sirius
We came to play, it’s serious
Came with the gang, a myriad
Came with the gang, a myriad
Came with the motley crew

[Verse 1]
Sit-up, pour, I just forgot where I was
Pour it up, throw it up, sit up, what?
Get up, bitch, get up, bitch, get up
Came with a wig splitter
I got John Wick hitters (Ooh)
I’ma go get, get up (Wow, uh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Camе with the army, army, army, yeah
The pеople ’round me still the same
We just wanna party, party, party, yeah
We rowdy and we’ll never chill

[Chorus]
Count up the bands, stickin’ out
No rubber band is big enough
Chain is so heavy, can’t pick it up
Came with the gang, a myriad
I see your whip, hilarious
Where is my roof? Mysterious
My whip from Fast & Furious
Curtains with yellow interior
I get the commas, period
Covered in ice, Siberia

I’m at the top of the pyramid
Bitch, I’m a star, I’m Sirius
We came to play, it’s serious
Came with the gang, a myriad
Came with the gang, a myriad
Came with the motley crew

[Verse 2]
What you gon’ do? I’ma pull up with the crew
When I’m off the juice, I like to hang out the roof
I’m rockin’ jewels, I like when the diamonds, they move
I just go through, I do not wait in a queue
Baby, baby, pick it, Brady, Brady
AP navy, navy, chain like two Mercedes
I’ll come when they pay me, come with Katy, Amy
Crew go crazy, crazy, kick it down daily (Uh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Came with the army, army, army, yeah
The people ’round me still the same
We just wanna party, party, party, yeah
We rowdy and we’ll never chill

[Chorus]
Count up the bands, stickin’ out
No rubber band is big enough
Chain is so heavy, can’t pick it up
Came with the gang, a myriad
I see your whip, hilarious
Where is my roof? Mysterious
My whip from Fast & Furious
Curtains with yellow interior
I get the commas, period
Covered in ice, Siberia
I’m at the top of the pyramid
Bitch, I’m a star, I’m Sirius
We came to play, it’s serious
Came with the gang, a myriad
Came with the gang, a myriad
Came with the motley crew

Illusion – Wind Of Change Lyrics

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close,like brothers
The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Chorus:
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever

I fallow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment

On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

The wind of change blows straight
Into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring
The freedom bell for peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

SpotemGottem Shot Multiple Times Expected To Make Full Recovery

SpotemGottem is currently hospitalized after being shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Miami this morning.

According to multiple reports, the “Beat Box” rapper was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle on I-95 when another car pulled up and started shooting at his vehicle with an automatic weapon. SpotemGottem‘s vehicle was reportedly shot at least 22 times. TMZ reported that the driver was shot in his hip, and the rapper was shot in both of his legs.

Both SpotemGottem and his driver were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Despite earlier reportings suggest that the South Florida rapper was admitted in critical condition, his manager, Dee Phatboy, is now saying that he is expected to make a full recovery. Dee Phatboy revealed that the 19-year-old rapper was being driven from a recording studio at around 9 AM on Friday when the shooting incident happened.

Police have yet to make an arrest or ascertain a motive for the shooting.

SpotemGottem quickly shot to stardom this year thanks to his viral hit song “Beat Box” with DaBaby, Polo G, Pooh Shiesty, and NLE Choppa. The song has been a fan favorite, with several artists remixing it, including dancehall hottie Shenseea. In May of this year, he released his Most Wanted mixtape, with DaBaby making a guest appearance.

Despite having a hugely successful year, SpotemGottem has had a series of legal troubles on his hands, including an arrest in July at a hotel in Aventura, Florida, for Felony gun possession. Police say they found the rapper lying in bed next to an AK-47 weapon. That arrest came after cops obtained a warrant for his arrest for allegedly pulling a gun on a parking garage attendant in Miami Beach.

In a separate incident earlier this month, SpotemGottem was accused by the Dallas Police Department of being involved in a crime. His attorney subsequently put out a strong statement accusing the Dallas Police Department of putting out false information while threatening to file a lawsuit.

“The libelous statements made by Det. Belew originated from her misunderstanding about a YouTube’ rap video’ (in fact, a livestream) that Det. Belew claimed was about the death of Reginald Agnew, Jr and taunted the Dallas Police Department,” the statement from the rapper’s attorney reads.

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Spice Clears Up Misconceptions About Her ‘Graci Noir’ Clothing Brand

Spice makes it clear her that her clothing brand, Graci Noir, is for everyone.

On Thursday (September 16th), Spice took to Instagram to post a screenshot of an exchange between her and one of her supporters, which took place via the comment section on one of her previous posts. The fan seemed to be debating whether or not she should purchase clothes from Spice’s clothing line, Graci Noir, as she is caucasian and believed the line was strictly for black women.

The fan questioned, “Spice, your collection is for white people [too]? I want to buy it but my friends say [it’s] not for white people and I [can’t] wear it.”

She added a very discouraged, remorseful emoji displaying her sadness over the situation. She continued, “some people can [feel] not good when white people will wear Graci Noir collection,” adding quotations as she quoted her friends. “[Is] that true? For me, outfit is an outfit but maybe I don’t know something about your collection,” the fan concluded.

Spice sweetly responded to the fan clearing up any misconceptions about her dilemma of whether to buy the outfits from the clothing line or not. Spice frequently gushes over her fans and supporters and constantly expresses gratitude towards them, so fans were not surprised that she took the time to address the concerns.

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“Wow, this is not true. My collection (@gracinoir) was made to be represented by all ethnic [groups],” Spice began, adding the emoji of a smiling face with hearts around it.

“In fact, even tho the word “Noir” means black, a Caucasian wearing it would only show support to the black community. Make sure you tag me in your picture so I can show our unity #TogetherWeareStronger #supportblackownedbusinesses. Love always,” the artiste ended her statement with three accompanying blue hearts and a black fist.

Spice had disclosed before that her passion for fashion was born when she had to continuously come up with creative ideas for her costumes, hair, and performances, and it was throughout this experience that she had the urge to venture into the world of fashion as an entrepreneur and designer.

The Queen of Dancehall’s eye-catching, over-the-top outfits would naturally make her stand out at any stage show or live performance that she had. Thus, fans were elated yet seemingly unsurprised when she launched her clothing line, “Graci Noir,” back in 2020 when the Black Lives Matter Movement was a prominent issue in the U.S, which is where she currently resides.

Spice also revealed that through this brand, she wanted to start something new that would also carry on her black roots. She wanted to represent her complexion in her line, which is why she went with “Noir”, which is French for black. “Graci” means thankful, and she is so thankful for the support that she has been getting from her fans and followers throughout the years.

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In the caption section of the post, Spice took the time to share how much the exchange meant to her.

“I feel like posting this because she asked an important question about my brand. Even tho the word “Noir” signify my race, it doesn’t mean that it was only made to be worn by black people. (@gracinoir) can be worn by any ethnicity #supportblackownedbusinesses,” she expressed.

Many international fans were happy to hear this and thanked the fan for asking the question instead of going off of what her friends said. The comment section of the post beamed positivity as fans stood united, declaring the mantra, “divided they fall but united we stand!”

You can shop the collection at gracinoir.com.

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Dancehall Artist Skeng’s Road Manager Supports Punishing Cops In “Gvnman Shift” Tik Tok Video

Skeng’s road manager says he supports cops getting punished for viral Tik Tok video using his song, “Gvnman Shift.”

Jamaican cops singing and performing to chilling lyrics promoting murder and gang war on a Tik Tok video are to be punished after the video came to the attention of the Jamaica Constabulary Force high command.

The Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson on Thursday said that the officers will have to undergo remedial training to remain in the police force. The disgraced officers have not been named, and the Commissioner has not said how many officers did the Tik Tok challenge aside from the two who in the video that went viral.

“When you listen to the lyrics of the songs being played in the background of the video, it wasn’t consistent with what we would expect or anyone would expect from our police officers. We also saw that in the videos the police officers had weapons on them, and that’s certainly not the image we would expect of our officers,” Anderson said.

Among those showing support for the decision to sanction the police officers are the road manager for Skeng, who goes by the name Di Truth says that they should face consequences for breaking the law.

“A just the natural love weh di two female dem have fi di song dem a display. But, if the law set a certain rule for you to carry out as an officer, yuh affi do that, worst dem inna dem uniform. I think for them to be in their uniform and breaking the rules, it is fair for them to face disciplinary action,” he said

The lyrics of the song the officers sang comes from the first verse, which talks about murdering people with a lot of guns, with one verse talking about the artist being eager to kill a man. The verse also namedrops the Ratty Gang, which the artist says is his.

“Intellectual murda people edition / Kakam fyah full a gun like Remington / (Kakam fire, filled with guns like Remington) / Fully charge up eager fi kill a man / (Fully charged up, eager to kill a man) / Ratty gang fimi gang psy run up if yuh bad / (Ratty Gang, my gang, psy run up if you’re bad),”

The other verses tell a chilling tale about the operations of the gang, which sounds very similar to the previous reports by police in investigations. The gang which operates in St. James parish were said to be the ones behind the 2017 murders off mother Ann-Marie Johnson, 44, and her 24-year-old daughter Shantoy McKenzie who allegedly angered gangsters when they complained about their goats and chickens being stolen by the gang members and used to provide food at a party. Police reports said that members of the same gang reportedly shot up several police vehicles on three separate occasions, and they also openly patrolled streets in which they operate (some of which are named in the song) with rifles and rob and extorted people passing along the roads.

Jamaica: *18 murders in 48 hours*
The police: pic.twitter.com/cpCRnxXJYA

— Cooper ?? (@joncooperworks) September 13, 2021

It is obvious that the song would be unacceptable for police officers to mimic or even sing. However, Skeng’s manager says the cops being on duty with the government issued weapons was the issue, and the officers should face all penalties.

“If dem did off duty, mi nuh think dem woulda have the Government tool (the guns) like that so dem fully wrong. They are not just representing the law in uniform, but also the country, so dem must face the necessary action the law set fi dem face.”

“Gvnman Shift” has more than two million views on YouTube and has been on rotation in the country. Despite the content of the song, the road manager defended the song and his artist. He said that while the song is hardcore, it’s just painting a picture of what’s happening in the society on a daily basis.

In recent times, many dancehall artists have had run-ins with the law with a number who have faced jail time, including Tommy Lee Sparta, who is presently behind bars for gun charges.

Several artists have also been vilified for their violent lyrics, which they have defended as just art.

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Lil Nas X Was Trying To Get Drake & Nicki Minaj On “Montero”

Lil Nas X tried to get Nicki Minaj and Drake on his album Montero but had no such luck.

It’s rare to see a stan-turn-major artist get the opportunity to collaborate with their former idol. Lil Nas X who was once a devout Barb tried to make it happen a few weeks ago when he asked Nicki Minaj to be a part of his new album Montero but the rapper’s dreams were not realized. The project that is slated to drop at midnight has guest stars like Jack Harlow who features on the popular track “Industry Baby,” Elton John, Miley Cyrus and Megan Thee Stallion who is featured on the title “Dolla Sign Slime.”

Lil Nas X originally wanted Drake to feature on the latter but the rapper wasn’t available for the project. In a new interview on The Breakfast Club, the “Montero” rapper revealed that he hit up Young Money stars Drake and Nicki Minaj to be on his album but it was an unsuccessful attempt. While he says Drake responded explaining that he was focused on his own album Certified Lover Boy at the time and wasn’t able to collaborate with him right now, Nicki Minaj simply sent no response.

“He [Drake] said he’s down to do something, but it’s just not the right time,” Lil Nas X explained. As for Nicki ghosting him, fans are speculating that she left him hanging as a way of returning the favor for when he did the same to her. Though it’s well known now that Nas X was a huge Nicki Minaj stan and even managed a fan account that repped the Young Money queen on Twitter, he denied it until his breakout hit “Old Town Road” went big and changed the game for him.

Nicki had addressed it in a statement on Twitter hinting that she wasn’t pleased about his denial but gave him props for eventually coming clean.  “It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand,” she wrote. “Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth. @LilNasX.” Since Nicki didn’t respond to Lil Nas X’s request to be a part of Montero at all, it leaves fans to make their best guess about what they think happened, and many seem to be taking into account the fact that her name is Mrs. Petty after all.

the generous queen, i love u. and i’m sorry i did that in a time where u were already getting so much bandwagon hate. i felt so bad, hoping u wouldn’t see my denial. i was just so afraid of people finding out about me and losing everything before i even got a chance. pic.twitter.com/3kgJctDJt1

— MONTERO ? (@LilNasX) June 17, 2020

As for Drake who Lil Nas X says is willing to make a joint track happened, should we expect them to make that happen anytime soon?

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Boosie Badazz Bought His Mother A New Cadilac Escalade

Lil Boosie gifted his mom a brand new Cadillac truck.

The Baton Rouge rapper is known for going all out for his family, whether it’s his kids or mom. So it came as no surprise when Boosie Badazz splurged on a lavish 2021 cherry red Cadillac Escalade for his mother a week ago. The rapper shared the moment he handed his mom her new car keys in an Instagram post today (Sept 16). “LOVE YA MOMA @standingongodsword NEW LAC 2021 #7daysago #justposting lmao,” he wrote in the caption.

The rapper’s mother beamed with excitement as she saw the brand new SUV for the first time. “Hold my cigarette ’cause I don’t smoke in my truck,” she said as she handed it off to someone off-camera. Boosie and his mom then exchanged hugs and kisses moments before she hopped into her new Cadillac and started exploring. The rapper could also be heard responding to his mom’s question of whether she has a car note telling her, “No you ain’t got no f***ing car note,” causing laughter to erupt among everyone present.

Fans on social media, particularly on the Shade Room post that shared the video, weighed in on the lavish gift, pointing out how humble and funny the rapper’s mom was after her smoke comment. One hilariously outlined the disparity in size between Mama Boosie and the Cadillac truck, writing, “That car is huge and she’s so tiny.” Another commenter said, “Lol old black women love driving big ass trucks.” Over on Boosie’s original post, fans were inspired by the video telling the rapper, “This bout real as it get” and “That’s what the f**c I’m talking about!!”

Boosie Badazz may be known for his bluntness in the media and for being a straight shooter, but he also has a reputation for always taking care of his family and giving them lavish gifts. “Mom Nd The kids straight.. Dad gone have a good day,” a fan commented. Just last month, the rapper posted another video of himself and family celebrating his son Ray Ray’s birthday. Boosie handed the 13-year-old $5k in cash to commemorate the occasion, an iced-out chain, and a new Rolex. “Happy 13th @rayray_damodel LOVE U SON,” the rapper wrote.

It’s just another day in the life of Lil Boosie.

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Tyga Responds To Nikita Dragun Exposing DM, “Ladies and gentlemen clout kills”

Tyga has broken his silence after model Nikita Dragun exposed alleged DMs.

Social media users are dragging transwoman Nikita Dragun after she released a new Instagram video which insinuated that she influences female fashion and posted a photo of Asian Doll, formerly called Asian Da Brat, wearing a designer dress similar to what she wore and also a curious screenshot of Tyga in her DMs.

Asian Doll was not pleased with being included in the video, which had a line-up of men dressed in female garb followed by female artists wearing similar clothing even though most of the clothes all of them wore came from the same designer.

Asian was upset about her image being used in the video, which had the word ‘D*CK’ written in bold over it.

“Nikita will get dragged by his bald head,” Asian said in one tweet. She added in another tweet: “What they call boys that pick on girls? Bullying.”

She further reacted to fans of Dragun calling her out for referring to Dragun with male-gendered pronouns.

“I’m wide awoke. I love transgenders & they love me that boy seem like a angry racist cause a transgender has never came for me ever…it’s a difference,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nikita Dragun took the time to reply to Asian Doll to claim that she was using her an example in her video to show that cis women copy transwomen fashion.

“Respectfully @Asiandabrat___this statement was to show that Trans women set THE trneds for cis gender females. Yet never get the credit. This was not meant to be shady towards u. u just happened to be an example.”

She then shouted out her designer for her 2019 birthday outfit, which is similar to an outfit that Asian Doll recently wore.

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Meanwhile, fans on social media were quick to check Dragun as many opined that transwomen take inspiration from women for everything, including fashion.

“Girl stop black girls gave trans women and gay people culture quit playing on our name.”

Others asked about Dragun’s surgically-enhanced curves to look like a curvy woman.

“So the lips, big a**, darker skin tone, that’s not the features of a black woman? When I go to the page it seems That you are trying to look JUST LIKE THAT? Y’all always glorify the black communities beauty but then we say we have No influence? Nah we ARE THE INFLUENCE in every community! H*e sit down and bow down! BYE,” one person commented about the drama.

Meanwhile, Tyga has reacted to the screenshot of an Instagram DM showing him asking Dragun to text him with his phone number blocked out.

“My company shot and directed a music video for her a while back that never dropped .Not sure why she added my likeness to this,” Tyga said. “Ladies and gentlemen clout kills.”

My company shot and directed a music video for her a while back that never dropped .Not sure why she added my likeness to this. https://t.co/lMbI6SPTeZ

— T-Raww (@Tyga) September 16, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen clout kills

— T-Raww (@Tyga) September 16, 2021

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Nicki Minaj Says She’s Speaking Out For Family In Trinidad, “I have to be their voice and I will”

Nicki Minaj says she will continue to speak out on behalf of her family in Trinidad due to their inadequate access to the internet.

Nicki Minaj is continuing down her path of misinformation and dragging the small twin-island republic of her once native home, Trinidad and Tobago, into the mix. The influential rapper took to Instagram yesterday to explain why she was hesitant about the coronavirus vaccine and clear up her ‘invitation’ to the White House. In her explanation, she alleged that being able to access Instagram in T&T was difficult, which is why she has to be the voice of her family back home.

However, the country has several internet providers, and there are no bans on the use of social media. According to her video, her family members do not have access to the social media site, and so she intends to be a champion for their cause and other people like them as well.

“Could you imagine being in a country where it is not that easy to get on Instagram? My family members in Trinidad don’t even have Instagram so if I have to be their voice and I will! I was born in Trinidad, I am a self-made woman so at the heart of who I am I will always root for the f***ing underdog,” she said.

Probably an even more spurious claim that she alleged was that people in Trinidad and Tobago are being denied employment based on their vaccination status. This is also completely false as the current government has made no attempt to mandate vaccines and is still going the route of encouragement rather than enforcement. Some private companies have put their own rules in place, but none have forced workers to vaccinate so far.

“I might have seen my family struggle and I will ensure my son doesn’t have to live that life but how can you forget it, how can you negate how these people feel? They are being told if they don’t have the vaccine they can’t work so if I want to ask questions about the vaccine, what’s wrong?” she asked.

She also sought to clarify her statement about being invited to the White House to speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci and the US surgeon general.

Yesterday, September 15, Nicki Minaj claimed that she was invited by the White House to speak about her issues with the vaccine, but after several media outlets sought clarification on the matter, it was revealed by White House officials that she was actually scheduled for a phone call.

“The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction. Yes, I’m going. I‘ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3,” she posted on Twitter.

The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction. Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3 https://t.co/PSa3WcEjH3

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 15, 2021

The “Starships” singer explained to her fans that she told the White House that she would prefer not to travel.

“I told them it would not feel genuine if it was something I discuss with them only because it would come off disingenuous to my fans because it would feel that I am selling them the vaccine and they agreed,” she said.

Nicki Minaj, in her new role as champion of the underdog, said she also asked her fans on Twitter to submit questions to ask the medical experts at the White House. Something she said is necessary so that those who are afraid don’t get laughed at.

“You can’t do that to me, you can’t just laugh me up out of here. No boo boo I would have been gone. I have been targeted and bullied my whole career, I don’t get on the Internet and cry about it,” she said.

Nicki Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, left T&T when she was five years old to live in the United States. Her recent comments have drawn the ire of many in the country as some question her incredulous claims. However, as evidenced by the comments under the post, her Barbz are soaking up all the misinformation and praising her for speaking out.

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Popcaan Wasn’t Feeling Kanye West’s Yeezy Kicks While Sneaker Shopping In The UK

Popcaan stays loyal to Drake and not even Kanye West famous Yeezy kicks he will not support.

Along with his numerous hit songs and charismatic personality, Popcaan is known for being brutally honest about his feelings. The Dancehall Deejay has been having a good time in London, giving fans a little more insight into his taste in sneakers.

Popcaan visited UK’s luxurious sneaker retailer, Kick Game, and was featured on the store’s YouTube page, capturing his private shopping spree without filtering the “Level Up” deejay’s likes and dislikes.

The YouTube page usually features other celebrities who give details on their preferences as they provide sneaker reviews. Popcaan was reportedly exclusively invited, and while there were no fans present (possibly due to the Covid-19 pandemic), Popcaan definitely uplifted the mood of staff members with his jokes and antics.

Of course, the deejay, who was accompanied by his older brother, would not hold back on what his preferences are and what he really is not fond of.

The “Firm and Strong” deejay praised England-based Jamaican footballer Raheem Sterling’s Clarks collection and demanded the brand.

Popcaan at Kick Game

“Show mi di Raheem Sterling shoes dem. Get mi di Raheem Sterling shoes in dis place. Get dem inside here. That’s my bro!” he exclaimed.

However, Kanye West’s Yeezy did not get such positive feedback. The Unruly Boss did not hide his contempt for the brand.

“What the f**k is a Yeezy’s bro? Mi nuh know bout dat! Mi nuh know dem shoes deh. Dem shoes deh look like some alien shoes. I don’t feel those bro,” he said.

However, the deejay did hail a pair of slides as something he could wear, but to the river, and emphasized that he is not too fond of the name.

“I don’t do slide, fam. Mi love go river and dem ting deh mi can use dem yah…choose one a dem yah as one river shows. We can easy wid some Yeezy’s still but we nuh deal wid sliding,” he explained.

He was contented with a pair of Travis Scott X Air Force One Low Cactus Jack sneakers, Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shadow 2.0, Union LA X Air Jordan 4 Retros in Guava Ice, among other cool sneakers.

Popcaan also insisted on buying fits for his “family” back home, and he fetched a pair of shoes for Jorja Smith, a British singer he had collaborated with on the track “Come Over.”

The 33-year-old also honored Buju Banton by selecting a T-Shirt flaunting the “Untold Stories” deejay’s face, and declaring him a “legend.”

“Buju mean music, he’s a symbol of the Jamaican industry. He’s family bro,” he said.

Popcaan also selected a sweatsuit and a TrapStar jacket from Drake and Nike’s NOCTA Apparel Collection.

At the end of the shopping spree, Popcaan paid a bill of £9,154.85.

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NIcki Minaj Gets Support From Spice & Macka Diamond After Vax Fallout

Nicki Minaj gets is getting an outpouring amount of support from fans and colleagues in the music industry including Spice and Macka Diamond.

Nicki Minaj believes that she is being persecuted for speaking out about the coronavirus vaccine even though many of her claims have already been debunked. She went live on Instagram yesterday, September 15, to express her sentiments.

Nicki also said that she believed there was an attempt to assassinate her character because she has chosen to speak up for those who do not have a voice.

She’s already received support for her comments from two female dancehall deejays. Spice said, “Onika you are under attack because you’re “black and intelligent” when we are too educated we become a problem to society . May God watch over you and cover every step you take.”

Macka Diamond wrote, “United we stand divided we fall most black people still don’t get you are a strong minded black woman and you are blessed God is in control blessed love stay focus and prayed up.”

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Nicki Minaj also took the opportunity to respond to the severe backlash she’s received following her comments on Twitter where she alleged that a family friend suffered an unusual side effect of the vaccine which made him impotent. Several popular talk show hosts in the US like Trevor Noah and Joy Reid addressed the issue.

“The first attack was from a black woman. This thing to assassinate me is from an Uncle Tomiana when 80 per cent of the artistes y’all are following right now feel the same way about the vaccine and are too afraid to speak on it,” she said.

Nicki Minaj added “And guess what they are doing right now? If they assassinate me and my character and make me look crazy or stupid, guess what? No one else will ever ask questions again. Don’t you see what’s happening?”

Before ending the video, she added that she was disgusted by the fact that people are being laughed at and aren’t being allowed to ask questions.

“Disgusting that a person can’t speak about questions or thoughts about something they have to put in their body. You see they have to get people who can just get on there and make women of colour look f***ing dumb, they can’t deal with smart women, whenever a smart woman challenges anything they get called a bitch or crazy, pick one or pick both,” she said.

The rapper also recently claimed that she had been banned from Twitter for her views but that was also debunked by a representative of the social media site. That person confirmed that her account was not being looked at for any breach of policy at the moment.

As is commonplace, her Barz were in full support even though many of the things she claimed in the video were untrue.

“Stand your ground Nick! Don’t get something just cuz everyone else is doing it! The Bible say study to should yourself approved! Let ppl study and decide for themselves! Obviously is more too it cuz they pushing it so hard and is really upset that only 22 percent of black ppl got it. Ppl was dying from the flu in the hundreds of thousands and they didn’t make it mandatory to get the flu shoot! Leave ppl alone and you do what’s best for you! P.S me getting the shoot ain’t making sh*t safe if you can still get it and spread it being Vaxx so give it a rest or give me a real reason to get it tf!” this fan said which summed up how most of her fans reacted to the video.

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ZillaKami – Lemon Juice Lyrics

[Intro]
(Yung Germ)

[Verse 1]
Niggas talkin’ ’bout the kid, why don’t you get your life together? (Okay)
Talking to them pigs, snitches always hang together (Okay)
And it gets me pissed, hoes up in your Christmas sweater (Yeah)
Shot him in his shit, bitch, I shot him in his chest, chitty-chitty bang
My disagreements always come to blows (Okay)
I fist-fight my friends every day ’cause we bros (Okay)
I don’t fuck with niggas ’cause they all do the most
I be movin’ hella packs, rain, sleet, hail, snow, yeah

[Chorus]
There’s always niggas in the function (Okay)
Clutchin’, kick the fucking clutch in (Okay)
Bitch, I fight, I don’t need no discussion (Okay)
I’m punchin’ niggas at the luncheon (Haha)
I’ll push your lemon back, I’ll push your lemon back
I’ll push your lemon back, four-hundred degrees, I’m talkin’
I’ll push your lemon back, I’ll push your lemon back
I’ll push your lemon back, four-hundred degrees, I’m talkin’

[Verse 2]
Homie got indicted sellin’ crack (Yeah), free my nigga Max (Yeah)
Used to bump Atilla in his max (Okay)
Homie got indicted sellin’ chops (Okay), free my nigga Truey (Yeah)
When he get out, I’ll buy him a new Glock (Okay)
Came up from the bottom, crackin’ Dracs and drivin’ stoleys (Huh?)
I don’t got no plates on, nigga, watch out for the police (Huh?)
Hit him six blocks away (Okay, okay), Kobe
Lefty on the sniper shootin’ like Ginóbili (Yeah)

[Chorus]
There’s always niggas in the function (Okay)
Clutchin’, kick the fucking clutch in (Okay)
Bitch, I fight, I don’t need no discussion (Okay)
I’m punchin’ niggas at the luncheon (Haha)
I’ll push your lemon back, I’ll push your lemon back
I’ll push your lemon back, four-hundred degrees, I’m talkin’
I’ll push your lemon back, I’ll push your lemon back
I’ll push your lemon back, four-hundred degrees, I’m talkin’

[Outro]
Homie got indicted sellin’ crack
Homie—, homie—, homie got indicted sellin’ crack
Homie—, homie—, homie got indicted sellin’ crack
Free my nigga Max
Used to bump Atilla in his max

SR – Snap It (Remix) Lyrics

[Intro]
DT5 on the beat
Senseii

[Chorus: SR]
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)

[Verse 1: Loski]
Beat this mash like I beat down ****
Real rider, let me ring like Lyca (Glee)
Love skii, deep to the death
Yes, really a fucking striker (Striker)
Drop over 60 racks on my chain
I’d do another 50 to watch, insane (Brr)
It’s hot, but in UK, make it rain
So shh got bunned, he ain’t been the same (Ha)
We done man in the chest and heads
Suwoo, leave it red
Jump off bikes, drill confirmed (Nah)
Switch location, burn that ped (Muh)
She wanna fuck ‘cah my diamond’s buss
Tell her “Don’t buss it,” I only want neck (Brr)
Remember when I bucked a 3-2 from Tottenham?
But never once has the kid met rich
Do him up nicely, gang too shiesty
Cool kid, bankroll, everything pricy
Bring a smoke out, heatwave like Wiley
Ay, Dej Loaf, fuck boy, come try me
Tryna do man like bro done Sav
Who’s that? Ay, spin it, shoot (Muh)
Yo, yo, B, ay, bro, she cute
If I don’t jeet, I’ma give it to you

[Chorus: SR]
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)

[Verse 2: Suspect]
How many got floored on board?
My eyes seen too much blood on goal (Ching, ching)
You know the procedure, pop them doors
Swing souls, and send my man to the Lord (Gang)
Them man just sheep like Shawning
Runnin’ the flock, we back that swing on (Bow)
No free fight, man grippin’ him a mash
‘Cah if you throw P’s, we’ll throw back corn
Just back my shank and get cheffy
Broad day, kweffy, been verified
I wet both deadlies (That’s right)
Drilled on them, and them, and them
Man stay, ain’t been touched, come get me (Come get me)
I got habibty givin’ out madda (Woo)
Got my white ting givin’ out necky
He got done in his neck, neck, neck
And he got some in the belly (Ah)
Look at my streakies, head, head
Thinkin’ I was Wayne how I love it, Headies (Ching)
Got nuttin’ but dick for a jezzy
Doggy her up, and get back to the readies
He got done in his head, neck, chest
Then he got put in a telly
Two packs up on Macavelly
Who’s next? Come test me (Gang)

[Verse 3: SD]
Two in a dots, I’m steady (Ready)
Close one eye like Fetty
I slap one yute, tryna get some brekky
Got chest shot, his friend done leggy
Free ****, put his friend on telly (Haha)
Now, he can’t put dick in a jezzy
Three dot-dots and a freestyle ride
Let me call them “Ed, Edd n’ Eddy”
Always beena slide on, never been a hide on
‘Cause ****, showed him what my knife does
Saw ****, he didn’t even sight us
Hyperus splashed him, he left his sliders
Back to the car, can’t say you’re drivin’
Just know it was perfect timing (Woo)
Like DG when he got his fryin’
Free Grandad, he was already on violence
Mask on, it’s Shiesty season (Shiesty)
Trust me, I wouldn’t wanna be him
Took a 20 off **** ‘cah his brother upset
Get back in blood you idiot
I won’t lie, don’t know the feelin’
When you’re warin’ and your friend just leavin’
But Peeler must know the feelin’
‘Cause he tried snake me, but got left bleedin’ (Ching)

[Verse 4: Trap]
I got my black ting givin’ out necky
She want a Siraq SG for brekky (Brekky)
Take them bricks how we take them lives
Ain’t dug no points, but the opps done plenty (Plenty, plenty)
Chest shot gang can’t go for a leggy
But free R1, still put him on telly (Free him up)
Heard a young boy’s wearin’ vest right now
So Sav just aim for a headie (Head)
We really makin’ opp boys famous
How many face we put in telly? (How many?)
Shorty come long like Gorz
Snap it, stuff it, slap it, and baffin’ plenty (Bap)
15 racks can’t fit in no pockets
Strix on the glizzy, no pocket rocket
He got done in his neck, chest, back
Civilians screamin’ “Stop it!”

[Chorus: SR]
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)

Dutchavelli – Hold on Lyrics

[Intro]
Yo
Ratchet so you move and get Ratchet
Yeah, It’s Niko on this beat

[Chorus]
Posted on the corner, like a low-life
I don’t know which way to go
I feel like [?] with these problems
I’m in the corner and this drippin’ slow
I don’t write down bars for these beats
I bill up my weed, let it take control (Uh-huh)
Wrong way down the one-way, I might not make it home

[Verse 1]
Well, I might not make it back
It hurt when the whole world turnt on the kid
It felt like my heart got painted black (Trust)
Last year I told ’em I love ’em, but this year I might just takе it back (I’d take that back)
Don’t tell me you lovе me, you only say that til’ I turn my back
You, (You, you, you), you, you needed me
Not the other way around, I waited on you in the A in me (Facts)
Step back while they drag me down, that’s mad
Where was you in my time with me (Uh-huh)
Let me get these things off my chest
Same place where you fall asleep
We’re fallin’ from grace, but not that high though
Watch in the Range, drops fall from the side of my window, got me feelin’ like Didoe
With all these lies, I might just go psycho
My feelings run dry though, in the dark room with my eyes wide shut
There ain’t no need for a lightbulb
I’m drowning in darkness, then when there was light
There was no peace, they want me back
They want more tracks, they want me put my pain on beats
They want my side of my story, but check me
That side’s deep, I’m at the deep end at my cut
A few more shots made these memories leave, ‘Velli

[Chorus]
Posted on the corner, like a low-life
I don’t know which way to go
I feel like [?] with these problems
I’m in the corner and this drippin’ slow
I don’t write down bars for these beats
I bill up my weed, let it take control (Uh-huh)
Wrong way down the one-way, I might not make it home

[Verse 2]
Well, I don’t feel like I’m human no more (Facts)
I’m from a alien nation where normal not’s normal (Hah)
I see the judge give broski 25 years
His mum broke down in the court hall
Still wishing that I could turn the time back
Man that feeling’s so awful
You (You), you, you needed me
Not the other way around, on gang, just wait and see
Step back while they drag me down, that’s mad
Where was you in my time of need
Let me get these things off my back
We ain’t going, look, don’t turn your back on me
Look, look, look, can we go back to peace?
You wanna go back to beefin’?
Think that it’s best that you let me be
It’s blessed, the jokes on me (Jokes on me)
I watched the whole world makin’ memes (Uh-huh)
I slapped back and just smoked my weed
I can’t argue with the whole damn world
Guess being famous ain’t cheap
Yo, said it would of different if it wasn’t a lie
At first I was gonna reply, felt like I was wasting time (I was wasting time)
I been puttin’ my heart in this music ‘ting
I told my story, it changed my life (Changed my life)
Yo, I’m still out with the dargs, they’re just━

[Chorus]
Posted on the corner, like a low-life
I don’t know which way to go
I feel like [?] with these problems
I’m in the corner and this drippin’ slow
I don’t write down bars for these beats
I bill up my weed, let it take control (Uh-huh)
Wrong way down the one-way, I might not make it home

[Outro]
Well

Jon Bellion – I FEEL IT Lyrics

[Chorus: Jon Bellion]
I feel it
You ain’t got to say one word to me, one word
Because I feel it, I feel it
I f-f-f-f-feel it

[Verse 1: Jon Bellion]
I feel it in your energy
When did my close friend just become an enemy?
Oh-oh, oh-oh
I feel it
I feel the heavy all around
If you feel it right there, maybe you should air it out
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

[Pre-Chorus: Jon Bellion]
We were young, now bliss doesn’t come around
This is a way I feel and my heart, it can’t take no more
‘Cause all that I know is

[Chorus: Jon Bellion]
I feel it
You ain’t got to say one word to me, one word
Because I feel it, I feel it
I f-f-f-f-feel it
You ain’t got to say one word to me, one word
Because I feel it, I feel it
I feel it

[Post-Chorus: Jon Bellion]
I feel it
I feel it

[Verse 2: Burna Boy & Jon Bellion]
I feel the change in your energy
I see you got a lot of feelings that you’rе never tellin’ mе
Oh-oh, oh-oh
I feel it
So I guess it’s silly me
I really thought we could be somethin’ we could never ever be
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

[Pre-Chorus: Burna Boy & Jon Bellion, Burna Boy & Jon Bellion]
We were young, now bliss doesn’t come around
This is a way I feel and my heart, it can’t take no more
‘Cause all that I know is

[Chorus: Jon Bellion]
I feel it
You ain’t got to say one word to me, one word
Because I feel it, I feel it
I f-f-f-f-feel it
You ain’t got to say one word to me, one word
Because I feel it, I feel it
I feel it

[Post-Chorus: Jon Bellion]
I feel it
I feel it
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I feel it
Oh, oh, oh
I feel it

[Bridge: Jon Bellion]
I feel it
Ooh, I feel it, ooh, I feel it
Ooh, I feel it, ooh, I feel it (I feel it)
Oh, I feel it

[Outro: Jon Bellion]
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I feel it
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, I feel it (I feel it)
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I feel it (I feel it)
Oh, oh, oh
I feel it

Lil Nas X – DOLLA SIGN SLIME Lyrics

[Intro: Nessly]
D-D-Daytrip took it to ten (Hey)

[Chorus: Lil Nas X]
Y’all take a rumor then ya’ll go and wear it out
Fuck all that talkin’ ’bout who’s and the whereabouts
I walk in Neiman’s and Marcus I’m buried out
Walk in the bank and say, “Fuck it, let’s clear it out”
I’m the same dollar sign slime, they gon’ hear me
I’m the same dollar sign slime, they gon’ feel me
I’m the same dollar sign slime, yeah
I’m the same dollar sign slime, yeah

[Verse 1: Lil Nas X]
Yeah, album gone hit like it’s ’82
Got a new whip and it’s navy blue (Navy blue)
Top of the game, only twenty-two
Look at me, nigga, thеn look at you (Look at you)
You just an opp and a flop of a nigga
I’m sorry that I gotta say the truth
Thought I went pop but I popped on you niggas
Now I’m with thе hits like I’m Babe Ruth (Ah)

[Pre-Chorus: Lil Nas X]
Bitch, I do not do labor (Uh-huh)
You know I done got too major (Ah)
Bought a new house, few acres (Uh-huh)
I done went and got new neighbours
So fuck all that, “Nas, be considerate”
I’m really that nigga that’s killin’ it
Man, all of y’all niggas equivalent
I’m really that nigga that’s different

[Chorus: Lil Nas X]
Y’all take a rumor then ya’ll go and wear it out
Fuck all that talkin’ ’bout who’s and the whereabouts
I walk in Neiman’s and Marcus I’m buried out
Walk in the bank and say, “Fuck it, let’s clear it out”
I’m the same dollar sign slime, they gon’ hear me
I’m the same dollar sign slime, they gon’ feel me
I’m the same dollar sign slime, yeah
I’m the same dollar sign slime (Real hot girl shit, ayy)

[Verse 2: Megan Thee Stallion]
They can’t stop me
They can’t do it, bitch, watch me (Watch me)
All you lame hoes turn hate into a hobby
Damn, watchin’ me gotta turn you on (Turn you on)
I should have my own category in porn
Ooh, I’m just such an obsession
Tea about me, your IG suggestions
Thick, no add-on prosthetics
Everything ’bout me came from genetics
Yeah, I been gettin’ money, I ain’t new to this
Miss one, catch one, I ain’t new to fish
But if he throwin’ that rod (That rod)
And I get hooked, then you doin’ your job
Baby, all these hoes imitate me
You gon’ fuck a Stan or the real Slim Shady?
Toxic, suck it so live, then block him
Got more cream than a sundae topping, ah

[Chorus: Lil Nas X & Megan Thee Stallion]
I’m the same dollar sign slime (Same slime), they gon’ hear me
I’m the same dollar sign slime (Same slime), they gon’ feel me
I’m the same dollar sign slime, yeah
I’m the same dollar sign slime, yeah, yeah, yeah

Lil Nas X – LOST IN THE CITADEL Lyrics

[Refrain]
Tell me, are you feeling down?
Are you happy, do your dreams still seem inbound?
Tell me, are we finished now?
‘Cause every time you leave you find a way to come back around

[Chorus]
I need time to get up and get off the floor
I need time to realize that I can’t be yours
I need time to give up just like before
I love it how you knew I’d only come right back for more

[Verse 1]
My God, you’re an angel
I only see you in your halo
I was hoping we could stay close
But we no longer sing the same notеs

[Pre-Chorus]
I remember whеn I met you
Thought the universe sent you
Thought you were someone I could vent to
So I hit your line, what you getting into?

[Chorus]
I need time to get up and get off the floor
I need time to realize that I can’t be yours
I need time to give up just like before
I love it how you know I’d only come right back for more

[Verse 2]
Why I thought it was forever?
I only see you maybe never
Why I thought we’d be together?
When you treat it like whatever? (Yeah, yeah yeah)
My love for falling down
Playing the victim when all my envisionings come slowly tumbling down
Putting me back on the ground

[Pre-Chorus]
I remember when I met you
Thought the universe sent you
Thought you were someone I could vent to
So I hit your line, what you getting into?

[Chorus]
I need time to get up and get off the floor
I need time to realize that I can’t be yours
I need time to give up just like before
I love it how you know I’d only come right back for more

[Refrain]
Tell me, are you feeling down?
Are you happy, do your dreams still seem inbound?
Tell me, are we finished now?
‘Cause every time you leave you find a way to come back around

Lil Nas X – THATS WHAT I WANT Lyrics

[Intro]
One, two, three, four

[Verse 1]
Need a boy who can cuddle with me all night
Keep me warm, love me long, be my sunlight
Tell me lies, we can argue, we can fight
Yeah, we did it before, but we’ll do it tonight
That afro black boy with the gold teeth
He dark skin, lookin’ at me like he know me
I wonder if he got the G or the B
Let me find out and see, he comin’ over to me, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
These days, I’m way too lonely
I’m missin’ out, I know
These days, I’m way too alone
And I’m known for givin’ love away but

[Chorus]
I want, someonе to love me
I need, someonе who needs me
‘Cause it don’t feel right when it’s late at night
And it’s just me in my dreams
So I want, someone to love
That’s what I fuckin’ want

[Verse 2]
Look, you know it’s harder to find in these times
But I got nothin’ but love on my mind (My mind)
I need a baby while I’m in my prime
Need an adversary to my down and weary
Like, tell me there’s life when I’m stressin’ at night
Be like, “You’ll be okay” and, “Everything is alright,” uh
Love me or nothin’ ’cause I’m not wanting anything
But your loving, your body, and a little bit of your brain

[Pre-Chorus]
These days, I’m way too lonely
I’m missin’ out, I know
These days, I’m way too alone
And I’m known for givin’ love away but

[Chorus]
I want, someone to love me
I need, someone who needs me
‘Cause it don’t feel right when it’s late at night
And it’s just me in my dreams
So I want, someone to love
That’s what I fuckin’ want
I want, someone to love me
I need, someone who needs me
‘Cause it don’t feel right when it’s late at night
And it’s just me in my dreams
So I want, someone to love
That’s what I fuckin’ want

Lil Nas X – VOID Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Hello old friend from the road
I wanted to write a note
To let you know that all in all it ain’t all what it seems
I feel like I’ve hit a low
One I’ve never hit before
Lately, I’ve been feeling small as the salt in the sea
Oh, it’s so much to do in so little of time
I feel like I fell a little behind
Hodo, Hodo, Hodo
It seems so much out of reach
The place I want to be
Whoever thought I’d get there anyway
Hodo, Hodo, Hodo

[Pre-Chorus]
I find it hard to get
Way too hard to live
Tell me what you know
Now before I go

[Chorus]
Oh Blue, I wrote for you
To say I’m gonna run away from home
Oh Blue, I love you too
But, today I’m gonna run away from home

[Verse 2]
Oh, I weep through the night
Can’t find a love who loves me the same
Or as much as you do
Hodo, Hodo, Hodo
Oh, I reach out my hand hoping that they’ll see
I’m more than what everyone tells me
Hodo, Hodo, Hodo
See I’m getting tired of the way I’ve been living
I’d rather die than to live with these feelings
Stuck in this world where there’s so much to prove
Every win gives you more room to lose
It’s too many ups and downs on the ride
I spent inordinate mounts’ of time
Trapped in a lonely, loner life
Looking for love where I’m denied

[Pre-Chorus]
I find it hard to get
Way too hard to live
Tell me what you know
Now before I go

[Chorus]
Oh Blue, I wrote for you
To say I’m gonna run away from home
Oh Blue, I love you too
But, today I’m gonna run away from home

[Outro]
Away from home
Oh, oh
Today, I’m gonna run away
Today, I’m gonna run away

Zac Locke, Former Blumhouse Exec, Starts Own Micro-Studio ‘Rotting Press’

September 17 2021, 4:00 PM

Zac Locke, Former Blumhouse Exec, Starts Own Micro-Studio ‘Rotting Press’

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A new micro-studio, Rotting Press, has emerged from the TIFF Market this week. Launched by Zac Locke, formerly part of the gang at Blumhouse, his company already has three films on its slate. One is heading into post and the others to start shooting soon and into next year. Boiled down it means more horror films for horror fans everywhere. 

 

The first film out of the gate will be Locke's feature film debut, Float, a story of "… a vlogger and her crew embarking on a river float where they are plunged into a life and death battle with a mysterious local, a sinister paranormal force, and their own fears".

 

The second feature, Frogman, will also be a debut feature film for its director Anthony Cousins. The only other details we have on that project in the press release below is that our friend, Peter Kuplowsky, TIFF's Midnight Madness programmer and all around nice guy will be an executive producer on the flick. 

 

The complete press release follows.  

 

Zac Locke, former Head of Business Affairs at Blumhouse and partner with Divide/Conquer, has launched Rotting Press out of the TIFF Market, a new micro-studio dedicated to uncovering, supporting, and promoting the unheard voices of horror.

 

 

The new operation, headed by Locke and backed by Silicon Valley funding and proprietary marketing/distribution algorithms, focuses on film production, financing, acquisition, distribution, and marketing, using Locke’s years of experience in both the independent and studio film sectors to guide the company’s strategy.

 

 

Rotting Press’ initial slate of titles include Locke’s feature directorial debut FLOAT, which just wrapped principal photography on the Russian River, and FROGMAN, the feature directorial debut from award-winning filmmaker Anthony Cousins currently ramping up production. A third film, a contained creature-feature, is in pre-production and slated to begin shooting at the beginning of 2022. 

 

 

"Having been on all sides of the filmmaking process myself, I'm excited to be in a position to help empower independent genre filmmakers” says Zac Locke, “Rotting Press' resources, along with our ability to leverage new distribution and marketing platforms, will hopefully result in some fresh new voices and wild original films reaching horror fanatics and general audiences alike."

 

 

While with Blumhouse, Locke’s Biz Affairs credits included the Academy Award-winning feature GET OUT as well as installments of the popular INSIDIOUS, PURGE, SINISTER, and OUIJA franchises. Highlights from his time at Divide/Conquer include serving as an Executive Producer on Universal’s BLACK CHRISTMAS, Amazon’s THE VOYEURS, Emma Tammi’s TIFF 2018 selection THE WIND, released by IFC Midnight, and Kelly Oxford’s 2020 AFI selection PINK SKIES AHEAD, released by MTV Entertainment Studios. 

 

 

FLOAT, written and directed by Locke, stars Scarlett Sperduto and Grant Morningstar, who both also star in Robert Rippberger’s upcoming feature THOSE WHO WALK AWAY, as well as actress and model Kaya Coleman and newcomers Kate Mayhew and Miguel Muñoz. The horror-thriller follows a vlogger and her crew embarking on a river float where they are plunged into a life and death battle with a mysterious local, a sinister paranormal force, and their own fears.

 

 

Minnesota-based filmmaker Anthony Cousins, who contributed to the 2020 horror anthology SCARE PACKAGE, makes his feature debut with FROGMAN following over a decade of work directing and shooting celebrated and singular genre short films. TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky will executive produce. 

Now Streaming: COME FROM AWAY, THE DONUT KING, THE RABBI’S CAT

September 17 2021, 12:02 PM

Now Streaming: COME FROM AWAY, THE DONUT KING, THE RABBI’S CAT

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O Canada!

Come From Away
Now streaming on Apple TV+.

We are a site that focuses on (mainly) genre films and television shows, but we are also a site that was founded by a Canadian (Todd Brown) and is edited, in part, by Canadians (Andrew Mack and Shelagh Rowan-Legg) and written, in part, by Canadians (including Kurt Halfyard). So sometimes, in my own head, I feel like an honorary Canadian, even though I live in Dallas, Texas.

In that spirit, I watched Come From Away, a musical which we would not ordinarily cover here at the site, since it features mainstream pop songs and is a musical!, which may tend to cause sneering and/or dismissal. Add to that the subject matter — 9/11 and its immediate aftermath — which I had every intention in the world of not dwelling upon this year.

The stage musical was, however, written and developed in Canada by Canadians, and, though I have assiduously avoided similar projects out of my personal choice and my delicate emotional condition, it turns out to be quite Canadian. Again, I am an outsider, and I have no right to describe anything as “quite Canadian,” so I should say that it fits this outsider’s common perception of Canada as a very, very nice country, filled with very, very nice people.

All that being said, the mainstream-pop nature of the musical started to fray at my nerves, though the emotions felt authentically depicted and honesty portrayed. It’s all based on real life, about a small town in Newfoundland (Gander) that played host to thousands of strangers when 38 airplanes were grounded at their airport in the immediate aftermath of the strange and terrifying days that followed 9/11. As it happens, I ended up very moved and touched and happy that people can see the brighter side of any situation, no matter how horrible.

Your mileage may vary.

The Donut King
Now streaming on Hulu .

We are more naturally inclined around this site toward films from or about Asia, especially the ones that kick butts in an entertaining fashion.

Directed by Alice Gu, The Donut King examines how a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia fled to California, worked hard, learned how to make doughnuts, learned how to run a doughnut shop, bought a doughnut shop, built an empire of independent doughnut shops, became rich beyond his dreams, helped more than 100 families emigrate from Cambodia, empowered all of them to learn how to make doughnuts and run their own shops, and then ran afoul of his own success and personal demons.

It’s a great story that filmmaker Gu constructs around archival footage and many, many new interviews. She puts it all together artfully, and, like doughnuts themselves, it’s hard to stop eating — er, watching — once you start. It’s also a great history lesson, for those of us who don’t know enough about Cambodia, beyond The Killing Fields. Highly recommended.

The Rabbi’s Cat (Le chat du rabbin)
Now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

French comic book artist Joann Sfar is the son of Jewish parents; his father is from Ukraine and his mother is from Algeria. With that background in mind, his initial foray into feature animation, The Rabbi’s Cat, co-directed by Antoine Delesvaux, is remarkably open and nimble.

Set in Algeria in the late 1920s/30s, the film is told largely from the perspective of a widowed rabbi, who dotes on his only daughter, who, in turn, dotes on her beloved cat. (Ok, the film is largely told from the cat’s perspective.) One day, the cat becomes tired of the rabbi’s parrot talking all the time, and gulps him down. Suddenly, the cat can talk!

The surprises continue, as the talk gets into deep, meaningful questions about God and god and religion and its place in the world, then moves onto other equally meaningful questions about national and world politics. I couldn’t guess where the plot was leading, but I enjoyed each and every twist and turn.

The animation is delightfully perky and the film itself is filled with genuine wit. The running time was perfect to watch over a leisurely weekend meal, and I enjoyed myself immensely. Highly recommended.

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Friday One Sheet: SALOUM

September 17 2021, 11:30 AM

Friday One Sheet: SALOUM

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Forget the old Godardian nugget that all you need is a Girl and a Gun.  How about just a big ass gun? The poster for Senegalese supernatural revenge thriller, Saloum, goes for that Sergio Leone western vibe, with a modern, pan-African bent. 

The deal maker here on French artist, Julien Lemoine's design is the hammer and the tagline, which foreground the continent, and LACME Studio's designs on exporting some new genre flavours globally.  The cultural back and forth that comes with the "Once Upon A Time In…" moniker. It is bold and black, on a slightly textured white field, to stand out as much as possible.

The red glove, a key costume design for the lead character of the film, also provides a great space to drop the title, and credit block.

Clean, simple, familiar, but communicating intent.  

Review: LADY OF THE MANOR, A Slack Modern-Day Stoner/Ghost Story

September 17 2021, 11:02 AM

Review: LADY OF THE MANOR, A Slack Modern-Day Stoner/Ghost Story

Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long and Ryan Phillipe star in a ghostly comedy, directed by Christian Long and Justin Long.

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In Justin and Christian Long’s sporadically amusing, ultimately disposable Lady of the Manor, Melanie Lynskey’s stoner-slacker character, Hannah, has 99 problems and a ghost played by Judy Greer is one.

Hannah isn’t afraid of the title character, Lady Wadsworth, a Reconstruction-Era ghost who died under mysterious circumstances (her husband and a staircase were involved). Lady Wadsworth is more corporeal than most, actually, wandering through the mansion or night like a forlorn cosplayer without a convention to attend.

As such, the supernatural element in Lady of the Manor is just that, an element, used not to generate scares of any kind, but as the source of minor tension, suspense, and on occasion conflict between the well-bred, pre-feminist title character and Lynskey’s perpetually disheveled, unkempt, unemployed (and unemployable) Hannah.

When we first meet Hannah, though, she’s living down to her own, incredibly low expectations for herself, binging true-crime shows, getting mildly stoned, and making drug deliveries to pay for her half of the expenses in the apartment she shares with her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend, Todd (Alex Klein). After  an inadvertent drop-off at the wrong location leaves her temporarily in jail, Todd kicks her out, leading, somewhat inexplicably, to Hannah meeting Tanner (Ryan Phillippe), the smug, entitled, utterly selfish heir to the Wadsworth manor and, apparently, fortune. Like meeting like, Tanner invites Hannah to live in work at the manor in exchange for leading daily tours as his long-dead ancestor.

That ill-fitting set-up finally gets Lady of the Manor where it truly shines: Lynskey and Greer’s characters crossing paths at the manor, taking an instant dislike to each other before the inevitable 180 where they learn to appreciate each other’s strengths. (Lady Wadsworth needs to learn to chill, Hannah to grow up before it’s too late and actually take responsibility for her life). The easy charm and chemistry between Lynskey and Greer (playing it fairly straight here) and the charged friction between the two characters, especially after Hannah gives in and attempts to learn the ways of 19th-century women, gives Lady of the Manor a much-needed lift and/or kick.

Unfortunately, just about everything surrounding Lynskey and Greer doesn’t live up to their respective talents. Justin and Christian Long’s script leans too heavily on low humor (a recurring joke about farting as one example) that isn’t anywhere near as funny as they think it is. The second half’s overly convoluted plot where Hannah, until then defined by inaction and inertia, decides to become an amateur sleuth with her ghostly best friend as company, attempts to touch on the South’s complicated history with race, segregation, and income inequality, but never goes beyond a surface-deep exploration, instead using two other characters, Nia (Tamara Austin) and her brother, Marcus (Wallace Jean), as figurative props for Hannah’s belated journey into adulthood.

It’s almost enough to leave the equivalent of a sour taste to an otherwise light, lightweight supernatural comedy, one that leans far too heavily on Lynskey and Greer to get through rough patches in a script that should have received two or four more passes before it went before the cameras. Lady of the Manor isn’t helped by the Long Brothers’ obvious inexperience behind the camera, either.

Shot flatly with even lighting throughout (a budget-saving measure no doubt), Lady of the Manor has little to recommend it on a visual level, though a blooper reel running through the end credits suggests the better, more engaging, funnier film viewers should have received but didn’t.

Lady of the Manor is now playing in select theaters and is also available to watch via various Video On Demand providers.

Lady of the Manor

Director(s)

  • Christian Long
  • Justin Long

Writer(s)

  • Christian Long
  • Justin Long

Cast

  • Melanie Lynskey
  • Judy Greer
  • Justin Long

Dark Star Pictures Acquires Barbara Crampton Starrer ALONE WITH YOU

September 17 2021, 10:30 AM

Dark Star Pictures Acquires Barbara Crampton Starrer ALONE WITH YOU

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A young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend. As she goes about this her apartment begins to feel more and more like a tomb as voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face.

 

Dark Star Pictures announced this week that they have acquired the North American rights for the thriller Alone With You. It is the debut feature film from writing and directing duo Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks and it is having its world premiere at Fantastic Fest. Not too shabby. 

 

Bennett also stars in the film along with genre icon Barbara Crampton. They are joined by Dora Madison and Emma Myles. 

 

Dark Star Pictures is planning to do a theatrical run in early 2022. 

 

Los Angeles-based Dark Star Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to intense paranoia thriller ALONE WITH YOU ahead of its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2021. Dark Star is planning an early 2022 theatrical release for ALONE WITH YOU in New York City, Los Angeles and additional markets across the country, with the on demand and digital release to follow.

 

Written and directed by Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks as their feature debut, the film also stars Bennett, alongside horror favorite Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Jakob’s Wife), Dora Madison (‘Friday Night Lights,’ VFW, ‘Chicago Fire), and Emma Myles (‘Orange is the New Black’). ALONE WITH YOU was produced by Andrew Corkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene, A Vigilante, The Beach House) and Theo James (Divergent) under their Untapped banner.

 

"We couldn't be more excited to partner with Dark Star for the release of our debut feature ALONE WITH YOU. We share in their independent spirit and interest in challenging the status quo,” said Bennet and Brooks. They continued, “They truly understand the value of character driven story telling which has always been at the heart of our work. We cannot wait to unleash this twisted vision into the world with them.”

 

In ALONE WITH YOU, we follow a young woman (Bennett) as she painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend. As she goes about this her apartment begins to feel more and more like a tomb as voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face.

 

“Emily and Justin have crafted a truly unique horror film that utilizes atmosphere and human emotion to drive a narrative of terror that will hit closer to home than most of us would like to admit. This is a horror film that is much more than horror, spotlighting incredible female performances, diversity and a feeling of claustrophobia that could not be more relevant in our current society” said Michael Repsch, Dark Star Pictures. 

 

Dark Star Pictures President Michael Repsch negotiated the deal with Producer Andrew Corkin on behalf of the filmmakers. 

Sitges 2021: Sitges Online Pitchbox Announces Selected Projects

September 17 2021, 10:00 AM

Sitges 2021: Sitges Online Pitchbox Announces Selected Projects

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One of the more exclusive co-production markets on the circuit is Sitges' Pitchbox. Exclusive in the sense that only a very small number of projects, six, are invited to participate in the feature film program. Pitchbox runs during Sitges and will take place online from October 8th through 15th. 

 

With the growth of scripted series content and its global access among premium streamers there is also a brand new section for European scripted series. Only five projects were invited to participate in new Showrunners LAB. 

 

Apart from the creme de la creme being invited to participate each project will face a jury of our peers from other esteemed co-production markets. Our friends Javier Fernández (Blood Window), Annick Mahnert (Frontières) and Jongsuk Thomas Nam (NAFF-BIFAN) are all very well versed in the ways of co-production. I've seen Thomas in action at Blood Window a couple years ago. Be prepared.  

 

Projects will participate in the online market and have meetings with companies the likes of XYZ Films and Yellow Veil Pictures. 

 

For minute details about each project we suggest heading on over to Variety and read up on each project; Jamie Lang has the inside scoop on all participants. And keep these names in the back of your minds because in the next year or two you may see their films on the festival circuit. 

 

Selected projects at Sitges Online Pitchbox 2021 announced

 

The Filmarket Hub platform and the Sitges Film Festival have announced the selected projects at the new edition of Sitges Pitchbox – an international pitch event dedicated to horror, sci-fi and fantasy films and series in development.

 

The event will take place online on the 8th and the 15th of October as part of the industry activity of the Sitges Film Festival. Representatives from the selected projects will have the opportunity to pitch and meet executives from companies such as Elle Driver, Exile Content Studio, Globalgate, Particular Crowd, Red Arrow Studios, Showrunner Films, The Mediapro Studio, The Project, Wild Bunch, XYZ Films and Yellow Veil Pictures.

 

The projects will also have the chance to win one of the four cash awards to support development expenses. The best feature film will be awarded with 5.000€, while the two runner up feature films will receive 1.000€ each. An award of 2.500€ will be granted to the best scripted series. The jury consists of Javier Fernández (Blood Window), Annick Mahnert (Frontières) and Jongsuk Thomas Nam (NAFF-BIFAN) for films; Ana Diez (Movistar+), Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (Vesturport) and Candela Izquierdo (Federation Spain) for series.

 

Additionally, the five series projects will be invited to participate at the brand new Showrunners LAB and offered 1to1 advisory sessions with the three confirmed mentors – Nick Antosca, Teresa Fernández-Valdés and Jannik Tai Mosholt. The lab will also host masterclasses exploring the main characteristics of the American, the Spanish and the Scandinavian model of showrunning, as well a presentation of case studies. The Showrunners LAB is supported and co-organised by Europa Creativa Desk – MEDIA Catalunya.

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION OF INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS

 

ANIMA

Colombia – United States

Written and directed by Andres Beltran

Produced by Natalia Echeverri (Dynamo) and Luisa Fernanda Velosa

 

JANE

Spain

Written by Javier Calvo and Mara Lethem

Directed by Aram Garriga

Produced by Aram Garriga (Visualsuspects S.L.) and Carles Torras

(Zabriskie Films S.L.)

 

LA VIRGEN DE LA TOSQUERA

Argentina – México

Written by Benjamin Naishtat (based on 2 stories by Mariana Enríquez)

Directed by Laura Casabé

Produced by Valeria Bistagnino and Tomás Eloy Muñoz (Mostra Cine),

Alejandro Israel (Ajimolido Films) and Diego Martínez Ulanosky

(Caponeto)

 

MOTHER OF PIGS

Australia

Written by Jennifer van Gessel

 

THE HISTORY OF MONSTERS

United States

Written and directed by Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz

 

TORMENTA DE ABRIL

Spain

Written by Norma Vila and Ana Hormaetxea

Directed by Norma Vila

Produced by Alexandre Bass (NewCo Audiovisual), Cristina Urgel and Eva

Moreno (Not Alone Productions)

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION OF EUROPEAN SCRIPTED SERIES

 

DARK ROAD

Ireland

Created and written by Paul FitzSimons

 

IN YOUR SKIN

Germany

Created and written by Tina Steffan

 

MADRIZ

Spain

Created and written by Dani Reina and Iker Aizpuru

 

NEXUS

Spain

Created and written by Sergio Campo

Produced by Fernanda Tabarés (Voz Audiovisual)

 

BAD TEETH (STRIGOI)

Romania – United Kingdom

Created and written by Sînziana Cojocrescu

Sitges 2021: Sitges Online Pitchbox Announces Selected Projects

September 17 2021, 10:00 AM

Sitges 2021: Sitges Online Pitchbox Announces Selected Projects

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One of the more exclusive co-production markets on the circuit is Sitges' Pitchbox. Exclusive in the sense that only a very small number of projects, six, are invited to participate in the feature film program. Pitchbox runs during Sitges and will take place online from October 8th through 15th. 

 

With the growth of scripted series content and its global access among premium streamers there is also a brand new section for European scripted series. Only five projects were invited to participate in new Showrunners LAB. 

 

Apart from the creme de la creme being invited to participate each project will face a jury of our peers from other esteemed co-production markets. Our friends Javier Fernández (Blood Window), Annick Mahnert (Frontières) and Jongsuk Thomas Nam (NAFF-BIFAN) are all very well versed in the ways of co-production. I've seen Thomas in action at Blood Window a couple years ago. Be prepared.  

 

Projects will participate in the online market and have meetings with companies the likes of XYZ Films and Yellow Veil Pictures. 

 

For minute details about each project we suggest heading on over to Variety and read up on each project; Jamie Lang has the inside scoop on all participants. And keep these names in the back of your minds because in the next year or two you may see their films on the festival circuit. 

 

Selected projects at Sitges Online Pitchbox 2021 announced

 

The Filmarket Hub platform and the Sitges Film Festival have announced the selected projects at the new edition of Sitges Pitchbox – an international pitch event dedicated to horror, sci-fi and fantasy films and series in development.

 

The event will take place online on the 8th and the 15th of October as part of the industry activity of the Sitges Film Festival. Representatives from the selected projects will have the opportunity to pitch and meet executives from companies such as Elle Driver, Exile Content Studio, Globalgate, Particular Crowd, Red Arrow Studios, Showrunner Films, The Mediapro Studio, The Project, Wild Bunch, XYZ Films and Yellow Veil Pictures.

 

The projects will also have the chance to win one of the four cash awards to support development expenses. The best feature film will be awarded with 5.000€, while the two runner up feature films will receive 1.000€ each. An award of 2.500€ will be granted to the best scripted series. The jury consists of Javier Fernández (Blood Window), Annick Mahnert (Frontières) and Jongsuk Thomas Nam (NAFF-BIFAN) for films; Ana Diez (Movistar+), Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (Vesturport) and Candela Izquierdo (Federation Spain) for series.

 

Additionally, the five series projects will be invited to participate at the brand new Showrunners LAB and offered 1to1 advisory sessions with the three confirmed mentors – Nick Antosca, Teresa Fernández-Valdés and Jannik Tai Mosholt. The lab will also host masterclasses exploring the main characteristics of the American, the Spanish and the Scandinavian model of showrunning, as well a presentation of case studies. The Showrunners LAB is supported and co-organised by Europa Creativa Desk – MEDIA Catalunya.

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION OF INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS

 

ANIMA

Colombia – United States

Written and directed by Andres Beltran

Produced by Natalia Echeverri (Dynamo) and Luisa Fernanda Velosa

 

JANE

Spain

Written by Javier Calvo and Mara Lethem

Directed by Aram Garriga

Produced by Aram Garriga (Visualsuspects S.L.) and Carles Torras

(Zabriskie Films S.L.)

 

LA VIRGEN DE LA TOSQUERA

Argentina – México

Written by Benjamin Naishtat (based on 2 stories by Mariana Enríquez)

Directed by Laura Casabé

Produced by Valeria Bistagnino and Tomás Eloy Muñoz (Mostra Cine),

Alejandro Israel (Ajimolido Films) and Diego Martínez Ulanosky

(Caponeto)

 

MOTHER OF PIGS

Australia

Written by Jennifer van Gessel

 

THE HISTORY OF MONSTERS

United States

Written and directed by Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz

 

TORMENTA DE ABRIL

Spain

Written by Norma Vila and Ana Hormaetxea

Directed by Norma Vila

Produced by Alexandre Bass (NewCo Audiovisual), Cristina Urgel and Eva

Moreno (Not Alone Productions)

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION OF EUROPEAN SCRIPTED SERIES

 

DARK ROAD

Ireland

Created and written by Paul FitzSimons

 

IN YOUR SKIN

Germany

Created and written by Tina Steffan

 

MADRIZ

Spain

Created and written by Dani Reina and Iker Aizpuru

 

NEXUS

Spain

Created and written by Sergio Campo

Produced by Fernanda Tabarés (Voz Audiovisual)

 

BAD TEETH (STRIGOI)

Romania – United Kingdom

Created and written by Sînziana Cojocrescu

Celluloid Screams 2021: ANTLERS and TITANE Bookend Sheffield UK Genre Fest

September 17 2021, 9:00 AM

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Genre festival season is in full swing over in England! Today, Celluloid Screams is announcing their programme for this year's edition and it is packed with all sorts of great titles from the circuit. 

 

The festival has chosen Scott Cooper's Antlers, produced by none other than Guillermo Del Toro, to open the festival on October 21st. On the final day, October 24th, Julia Ducournau's Cannes winning film, Titane, will close out an awesome weekend of genre cinema. 

 

Other highlights from the weekend long program include We Need to do Something, Hellbender, Ultrasound, Nocturna: Side A – The Great Old Man's Night and Lamb. The festival also has a couple of rep screenings from either end of the genre spectrum: Paul W.S. Anderson's cult horror Event Horizon and a 35th Anniversary screening for Frank Oz's cut of his musical Little Shop of Horrors.

 

So many good films in just one weekend. Festival passes are on sale on SATURDAY 18th SEPTEMBER at 1pm via showroomworkstation and in person at the Showroom Cinema box office! Don't dilly dally and sit on this one, Sheffield. 

 

 

CELLULOID SCREAMS ANNOUNCES 2021 PROGRAMME!

 

Guillermo del Toro-produced ANTLERS and Cannes award-winners TITANE and LAMB among the highlights at Celluloid Screams 2021, along with UK Premieres of WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING, TIN CAN and WHEN I CONSUME YOU plus a host of other terrifying treats.

                                              

Celluloid Screams Horror Film Festival has been delighting film fans since 2009, delivering shocks and scares with the very best in new and classic horror cinema from around the globe. Recently voted one of the best horror festivals in the world by Dread Central, the 13th edition of Celluloid Screams runs from 21st-24th October 2021 at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield and will present 17 feature films, each screening with a selection of short films. 

 

“After delivering one of the few in-person festivals in 2020, we’re thrilled to unveil the 2021 edition of Celluloid Screams.” says festival founder and co-director Rob Nevitt. “Once again, our programming team has scoured the earth to find the true gems of the horror genre for your viewing pleasure. With a whole host of premieres and previews, plus a couple of classics thrown in for good measure, Celluloid Screams 2021 could be our best programme to date.”

 

Here’s the full lineup of what’s in store for Celluloid Screams 2021…

 

 

OPENING GALA: ANTLERS

Director: Scott Cooper | USA/Mexico/Canada | 2021 | 108 mins

 

From the visionary world of acclaimed director Scott Cooper and horror maestro Guillermo del Toro comes ANTLERS. In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with her enigmatic student (Jeremy T. Thomas) whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.

 

The film releases in UK cinemas on October 29th.

 

 

CLOSING GALA: TITANE

Director: Julia Ducournau | France/Belgium | 2021 | 108 mins

 

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

 

 

THE ADVENT CALENDAR

Director: Patrick Ridremont | France/Belgium | 2021 | 104 mins

 

Eva is an ex-dancer, who is now unable to walk and uses a wheelchair. When her friend Sophie gives her an antique wooden advent calendar just before Christmas, she realizes each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life: some of them good, but most of them bad… 

 

 

BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION 

Director: Jacob Gentry | USA | 2021 | 104 mins

 

In the late 90s, a video archivist unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them.

 

 

CELLULOID SCREAMS SECRET FILM

Director: TBC | TBC | TBC | TBC mins

 

A Celluloid Screams tradition since our first edition in 2009, our secret film is kept under wraps and only revealed as it is about to begin.

 

 

THE DEEP HOUSE

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | France/Belgium | 2021 | 85 mins

 

A young couple travel to France to the site of a mysterious underwater house to film the ultimate urban exploration video for their YouTube channel, but they soon find themselves low on oxygen and submerged in a nightmare of supernatural terror.

 

 

EVENT HORIZON

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | USA/United Kingdom | 1997 | 96 mins

 

After picking up a distress signal from missing spaceship Event Horizon, a rescue ship is dispatched to investigate. Upon arrival, however, the rescue crew soon realise that the ship has been somewhere far beyond space, and has brought something unspeakable back with it.

 

 

HELLBENDER

Director: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser | USA | 2021 | 86 mins

 

Teenager Izzy is keen to experience life outside her remote woodland home, but due to her rare disease, her mother forbids her from leaving. However, after a glimpse of the outside world, Izzy will soon discover the dark family secrets that her mother has been fighting to conceal.

 

 

LAMB

Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson | Iceland/Sweden/Poland | 2021 | 106 mins

 

A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale, the striking debut feature from director Valdimar Jóhannsson.

 

 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (DIRECTOR’S CUT) – 35th Anniversary screening

Director: Frank Oz | USA | 1986 | 103 mins

 

 

“Feed Me, Seymour!” For its 35th anniversary, we bring Frank Oz’s director’s cut of the classic sci-fi horror musical to the big screen. 

 

 

MAD GOD (English Premiere)

Director: Phil Tippett | USA | 2021 | 83 mins

 

A dazzling experimental animated epic full of mad scientists and mutant creatures, from the mind of director and special effects maestro Phil Tippett, whose pioneering effects work featured in films such as Star Wars, Robocop, Starship Troopers and Jurassic Park.

 

 

NOCTURNA: SIDE A – THE GREAT OLD MAN’S NIGHT

Director: Gonzalo Calzada | Argentina | 2021 | 107 mins

 

Ulysses is 100 years old and is battling for redemption on his last night on earth. As he stares death in the face, he is forced to rethink his past, his present and his perception of reality in this emotionally-resonant and spellbinding feature from Argentina.

 

 

OFFSEASON

Director: Mickey Keating | USA | 2021 | 83 mins

 

After receiving a mysterious letter, a woman travels to a desolate island town and soon becomes trapped in a nightmare, in Mickey Keating’s Fulci-esque indie gem.

 

 

TIN CAN (UK PREMIERE)

Director: Seth A. Smith | Canada | 2020 | 104 mins

 

In the midst of a deadly pandemic, parasitologist Fret finds herself imprisoned in a life-suspension chamber. With no knowledge of why she was placed there or how much time has passed, Fret must fight to escape, and face the terrifying reality of the world that awaits her.

 

 

ULTRASOUND

Director: Rob Schroeder | USA | 2021 | 103 mins

 

After his car breaks down in the middle of a rainstorm, Glen spends one hell of an odd night with a married couple, setting into motion a chain of events that alter their lives plus those of several random strangers.

 

 

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING (UK PREMIERE)

Director: Sean King O’Grady | USA | 2021 | 97 mins

 

After Melissa and her family seek shelter from a freak storm, they become trapped in the family home’s bathroom. With no sign of rescue, Melissa comes to realize that she and her girlfriend Amy might have something to do with the horrors that threaten her family.

 

 

WHEN I CONSUME YOU (UK PREMIERE)

Director: Perry Blackshear | USA | 2021 | 92 mins

 

Adult siblings Wilson and Daphne are still suffering the effects of their troubled childhood, but when a mysterious presence threatens their future, they must work together to face off against their demons and fight for redemption.

 

 

Festival passes are on sale on SATURDAY 18th SEPTEMBER at 1pm via http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/ and in person at the Showroom Cinema box office.

 

For full details of the film programme (including our 2021 short film programme) and schedule please visit: www.celluloidscreams.com

Review: THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, Jessica Chastain, Year-End Awards Frontrunner

September 17 2021, 8:02 AM

Review: THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, Jessica Chastain, Year-End Awards Frontrunner

Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield star in a real-life drama, directed by Michael Showalter.

Lead Critic; San Francisco, California




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To her followers (“partners” in her preferred parlance), Tammy Faye Bakker was the Queen of Christian Televangelism, a compassionate, congenial face living her life’s dream and religious vocation: sharing the so-called “prosperity gospel” that placed — and continues to place — spiritual value on material wealth.

To her critics, Tammy Faye was something else altogether: the Queen of Christian Kitsch, a conservative grifter covered in brightly-colored clothing and raccoon-eyed makeup.

According to director Michael Showalter (The Lovebirds, The Big Sick, Wet Hot American Summer), the truth behind the public persona of Tammy Faye Bakker lies somewhere in between, sometimes closer to one extreme than another, but truth, his truth and the truth in producer-actor-star Jessica Chastain’s performance (here delivering an attention-grabbing, multi-faceted performance as the title character) nonetheless.

Working from an often reductive, simplistic screenplay written by Abe Sylvia (Dead to Me, Nurse Jackie) and drawn from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s 2000 documentary of the same title, Showalter centers Tammy Faye’s overriding, ultimately unquenchable compulsion for attention and approval, mostly, it seems from her unloving mother, Rachel (Cherry Jones), on the inflexible, patriarchal attitudes of 1950s America (Minnesota, to be exact) that put a young Tammy Faye (Chandler Head) literally on the outside looking in as her mother and step-father, Fred Grover (Fredric Lehne), participate in local church activities. Chastised by her mother and shunned by other parishioners, Tammy Faye prays for deliverance from the silent god she believes hovers over her bed at night.

That god — real or not, delusion or not — answers Tammy Faye, directing her first to the church, where she falls to the ground, speaking in tongues (attention achievement unlocked) and almost a decade later, a small bible college where she meets and becomes instantly besotted by her future husband, Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), as he preaches a crude form of the prosperity gospel to other students and a not quite approving pastor.

Like Tammy Faye, Jim has convinced himself that he’s destined for great things in the Christian world. He, like Tammy Faye, has the kind of self-belief, authentically derived or not, that gives him the inner strength to persevere through multiple setbacks, including the repossession of their shiny new car due to Jim’s deliberate or non-deliberate carelessness. Tammy Faye, of course, sides with the explanation that places Jim in the best possible light.

Self-delusion factors in significantly in Showalter and Chastain’s depiction of Tammy Faye. For their iteration of Tammy Faye, she’s as much victim as perpetrator, allowing her unqualified, unconditional love of her husband. It’s easy at first, especially after a chance meeting outside a motel leads them to a meeting with Pat Robertson (Gabriel Olds), a prominent evangelical leader at the time, and his small, but always growing, television empire centered around the “The 700 Club.” 

With Tammy Faye as co-presenter, singer, and puppeteer — she instinctively understands that gaining viewership and followers begins with children — Jim rises to the equivalent of a Christian-oriented talk-show host. Seeing the risk to his own power and status, however, Robertson engineers the Bakers removal.

Robertson’s power move only accelerated the Bakkers' ascension to televangelical royalty as the co-hosts of their own show, “The PTL (Praise the Lord) Hour,” and their own Christian broadcasting network. In Showalter’s depiction, Tammy Faye fully embraced all of the material and social perks of her position, living lavishly in a waterfront mansion from the contributions of their partners, while ignoring Jim’s financial improprieties. Moments of self- and other awareness, of Jim’s greed, ambition, and hubris, don’t last long, not when Tammy Faye’s own non-material needs for attention, approval, and love are constantly being fed through her status as televangelical royalty.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye follows a familiar rise, fall, and redemption narrative typical of Hollywood-made biopics. It’s there that The Eyes of Tammy Faye stumbles, becoming increasingly episodic and hitting common tropes and conventions. In the second half, Tammy Faye’s marriage to Jim frays and she becomes addicted to prescription pills, eventually pushing Tammy Faye into a measure of self-reflection and self-awareness that only rings true when Tammy Faye, at least embracing part of the Christian message, steps out on a virtual limb by calling for love and compassion of AIDS victims and, specifically, gay men.

It’s practically revolutionary, especially given the longtime, long-term homophobia embedded in Christian evangelism (some things, it seems, never change), though it’s difficult not to sense Showalter and Chastain focusing on Tammy Faye’s pro-LGBTQ stance as a defense or deflection for the financial improprieties that eventually sank the PTL Club and sent Jim to federal prison after intense media interest and a public trial. Having both unfold near simultaneously helps to absolve Tammy Faye of any complicity in the massive fraud that brought down Jim.

Oddly, Tammy Faye’s second husband, Roe Messner (Sam Jaeger), appears in in the second half, first as an easy mark for Jim’s investment pitch that Tammy Faye saves with a turn of phrase, but but primarily as an adoring, smiling background character mesmerized by Tammy Faye’s bigger-than-life personality and her blunt outspokenness. Jumping ahead in time repeatedly, Showalter all but skips Tammy Faye’s decade-long battle with cancer, Messner’s imprisonment on charges of fraud and conspiracy, or her last days.

Instead, Showalter chooses to end on an admittedly upbeat, if ultimately false note: Tammy Faye’s return to performing in front of Christian crowds after a decade in the metaphorical and literal wilderness. It’s undoubtedly a touching, poignant moment, one meant to move audiences on the other side of the screen and Academy members looking to fill out their nomination cards in a few months time. It might just work. Whether it’s deserved or not, however, will likely remain the subject of heated debate for the next five or six months.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye opens in North American theaters today (Friday, September 17), via Searchlight Pictures

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Director(s)

  • Michael Showalter

Writer(s)

  • Abe Sylvia

Cast

  • Jessica Chastain
  • Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Andrew Garfield