Review: “Spotlight”

Spotlight is the newest film from director Tom McCarthy that follows the “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists from the Boston Globe, which exposed the Archdiocese of Boston’s cover up of pedophiliac priests from the last 70’s until the early 2000’s. The film stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo as the main investigators into the church and follows the actual investigation launched by the team at the Boston Globe.

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F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) by Raekwon

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There are certain rappers whose legacy is debatable… Raekwon The Chef is not one of them.  Rae’s spot in the hip hop mural has been etched in stone since 36 Chambers and his unforgettable verse on “C.R.E.A.M.”  After the buzz of Wu-Tang’s debut album, Rza stuck Rae 3rd in the line-up behind Method Man’s “Tical” and Gza’s “Liquid Swords.”  In 1995, when it was Raekwon’s turn to release his debut solo album, he unleashed arguably the best Wu-Tang solo album to date (in my opinion), “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.”  That shit right there is in the exclusive, penthouse, luxury suite of classic albums.  Rae’s been trying to capture that critical acclaim and commercial success ever since.  “Fly International Luxurious Art” is Raekwon’s latest offering.

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Mr. Wonderful by Action Bronson

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For some time now hip hop has surfaced as the overwhelming voice of the youth.  Corporations that once shuddered at the thought of this genre representing their products, now throw millions at artists for endorsement deals in hopes to of capitalizing on this wave that seems permanent.  What has been lost during the rise of popularity and paychecks however, has been the art of the music.  Albums specifically.  More and more the search for the radio hit takes precedent over the constructing of an actual body of work.  With so much competition nowadays, a rapper has a small window from getting your attention, to producing quality verses, to actually graduating to an artist that can carry their own project.  The Flushing Queens MC has had the attention of hip hop fans for a minute, Mr. Wonderful is the attempt to make you a permanent fan.

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