In a recent brief interview with ESPN reporter Chris Haynes, Dr. Dre confirmed that he is still working on new music. When asked if we would ever see Detox (the project that Dr. Dre supposedly dropped after the release of Compton: A Soundtrack), Dre responded with "I'm working on a couple songs right now. We'll see."
While we love to hear that Dr. Dre is back in the studio (it's been far too long since we hear a proper Dre drumbeat), it does bring into question whether or not he actually dropped the project at all, or if it's being pushed in a whole new direction.
Then again, reporting via Tweet's isn't exactly the most reputable way to distribute information (ahem. . .Trump. . .). We'll just have to wait and see if there's any validity to what Haynes heard from Dre. We just hope we don't have to wait 15 more years to hear it.
You can find a link to Chris Haynes tweet below, as well as a link to HBO's Defiant Ones, a documentary focusing on the relationship between Dr. Dre and Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine.
Steve Douglas, Tek Daily Editor
Sir Paul McCartney Seeks to Save UK Music Venues
Recently, Sir Paul McCartney has been campaigning to help enlighten parties about the recent wave of low-budget
On today's Episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, Joe Budden and his associates Rory, Mal and Parks directly reflect on recent assumptions that Eminem's "Chloraseptic Remix feat. 2Chainz and Phresher" was a lyrical diss towards Joe Budden (and associates) directly. Joe stands that he doesn't believe Eminem is targeting him at all, but rather the masses at large. He felt that the overall reaction to "Revival"'s release can be matched to Eminem's diss lyrics, and were not specifically meant for the "Pump It Up" retired MC.
Joe also addresses the supposed beef between himself and Bizarre. "I love Bizarre" Joe states fervently throughout the first 20 minutes or so of the podcast, and states "I'm not starting 2018 beefing with Bizarre". Budden then mentions how Bizarre hasn't spoken to Eminem in over a decade, and he idly dismisses 50 Cent's brief attack on the MC as well.
Currently Eminem hasn't released an official statement on whether the media-at-large accusations towards the lyrics are accurate (and honestly, we doubt he will in traditional Shady fashion). We'll wait for the follow-up track to see if there is any merit in the media's translation.
-Steve Douglas, Tek Daily Editor
When Will It Happen?
It's no longer a rumor that Nintendo frequent partner Game Freak is in heavy development on their upcoming Nintendo Switch Pokemon exclusive, but when exactly will the game premiere? Furthermore, when will it release?
Based on recent leaked details provided via sites like Kotaku and GamesRadar, we can assume that no announcement will be made at this years upcoming Nintendo Direct.
"OH NO! NO POKEMON THIS YEAR?" Well, maybe. Based on the surge of Switch sales during the holiday season, and a breadth of games in the works (we can assume based on the consoles success), we believe next holiday season will be primetime for a Pokemon Switch launch. It would see a surge in sales, and Nintendo would most likely also see a surge in consoles sold as 3DS users finally make the full migration to Switch. It makes sense to hold off at least this long, as sales for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are still somewhat steady following their November release.
What is far more likely is a Fall 2019 release, as we still have yet to hear about Virtual Console or another key facets of a Nintendo console catalog (ahem. . .Smash Bros where are you?).
Let us know what you think in the comments below! You're Awesome.
Shady Disses Critics
Yesterday Eminem released the remix to his song Chlorseptic from his recently released album, Revival. While the original maintained many of the continuous themes included through the long-form project, the Chloraseptic Remix feat. 2Chainz and Phresher feels more like an independent track entirely, acting more as a reponse to album's release response from critics. 2Chainz and his verse begin the track, although admittedly the mixing feels a bit off. At times the mix sounds as if 2Chainz' audio from Pro Tools was simply dragged and dropped without any proper mixing (however I've heard many of his songs that hold this property, so that may be a style choice), and Phresher's verse feels somewhat uninspired (although well delivered).
But what has everyone talking is Eminem's potential diss at critics. "Not as raw as I was, 'Walk on Water' sucks, Bitch, suck my dick, Y'all saw the tracklist and had a fit 'fore you heard it, So you formed your verdict, While you sat with your arms crossed, Did your little reaction videos and talked over songs (chill!), Nah, dog, y'all sayin' I lost it, your fuckin' marbles are gone,". Pretty in line with previous Shady disses, however most assume he is aiming at one critic in particular: Joe Budden.
Joe Budden Might Have Judged Revival Too Early
Joe Budden is no stranger to getting himself into hot water hip hop beefs. But recently on his podcast (The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal), Joe said that the track Untouchable was trash and that he in no way was siding with Eminem just because of his affiliation with Slaughterhouse. For those unfamiliar, Slaughterhouse is the hip-hop supergroup composed of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9", Joel Ortiz and Crooked I. The group has been inactive for a few years at this point.
However one should note that on a later episode of the podcast, Joe did provide more constructive criticism for the album and even noted a few tracks that he liked, including Believe.
But that hasn't been enough to start a firestorm following Em's recent release. D12 member Bizarre took to social media and even posted images of Budden's back-and-forth with, and more recently 50 Cent has indicated to Joe Budden "That was a bad idea, look you got a little ass whopping coming. It’s not a big deal, you will get over it." on 50's Instagram feed (link below).
Let us know in the comments below who you think is on the right side of things, or if this is all overblown and Em's words are not directed at Budden at all.
50's Words for Joe: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bduuw8sFXPI/
It finally happened! The sequel to Super Mario 64 that I've been waiting for since I was a child. Yes, I loved Super Mario: Sunshine and I thought Super Mario: Galaxy brought interesting ideas to the table (and perfected those in Super Mario: Galaxy 2). But to be honest, they never quite had the same amount of wonder, excitement and detail that Super Mario 64 did (at least for me).
But in Super Mario: Odyssey, that wonder and excitement is captured yet again. The worlds each feel unique, Mario's ad libs feel natural and unforced, and the sound design is spectacular. The music fades in and out in just the right intervals, and enemies feel varied and compliment each of their worlds in a manner that just feels right.
Now to quickly address some of the issues that I THOUGHT would be prevalent in the game but have instead proven my expectations completely wrong. First and foremost, the game lacks a central hub world as Super Mario 64, Super Mario: Sunshine, and even to a degree what Super Mario: Galaxy did. While at first I was worried this would remove some key sentimental gameplay element that previous games parlayed perfectly, it in fact did not. Actually, after playing the game without the hub world, I think having such an element would have removed some of the pacing and intensity of the game. Secondly, I was worried that the cap-throwing mechanic would detract from what makes a 3D Mario game a 3D Mario game. I was troubled and believed that we would spend more time running around as other creatures and figures rather than double-and-triple jumping our way to that final Bowser boss battle. Instead, the cap mechanic flows naturally and adds suttle bits of gameplay and strategy that are most welcome in the Mario universe (one of my favorite uses of this mechanic is becoming Bullet Bill and drifting through tight corners to get around obstacles).
From a technical standpoint, Odyssey holds up incredibly well. On the portable screen it runs smoothly at 720p (the highest possible) and at a high frame-rate with 1080p resolution when docked. In either case, the game looks absolutely beautiful. Button functionality makes sense and the doubling of buttons (some buttons perform the same functions) makes sense when you decide to drop into two-player mode or if you're someone who likes to switch up their play style from time to time.
The environments are well-modeled and the lighting dynamics make every texture the way you would expect in a Mario game (note the image above which takes place in the "real world" and how Mario just seems to fit right in despite his cartoonish appearance). It reminded me of Who Frame Roger Rabbit in a strange way.
To go any further would deem this an area full of spoilers, so for now I will reserve judgement (and as such I have yet to complete the full main game although I am steadily approaching the finish line with several hours of gameplay already logged).
For now, Super Mario: Odyssey nets a solid set of reviews from Tek5Music.com. Check the stats (and trailer) for the game below:
Teknical Score: 9.75/10 (An achievement in gaming)
Personal Score: 10/10 (I haven't been this addicted to a game since Fallout: New Vegas).
Fear is Powerful. Very Powerful.
These are some powerful words from an incredibly powerful (and influential) figure in music. Originally heard as a sound snippet on Dr. Dre's "Compton: A Soundtrack" over two years ago, the origin of this audio bit recently became clear when HBO debuted their docu-series The Defiant Ones on the dynamic duo that is Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
Throughout the documentary series, and throughout their legacy, both men have often let the concept of fear, oppression and hate work in their favor rather than directly against them. For Jimmy Iovine, this was constantly representing and pushing new music forward that others otherwise didn't believe in. For Dr. Dre, it was overcoming the traditionalism expected of rap music in the late 80's, which he triumphantly overcame with fellow group members from NWA. Of course, this is all before the duo came together to change the music industry entirely, and eventually go on to make one of the most lucrative deals in music history with Dr. Dre's sale of Beats Electronics to Apple for a whopping $3+ Billion (that's billion. . .BILLION).
But this column isn't about that history. That's something that I'll explore in due time. This post is meant moreso as a advance piece, something meant to re-invigorate any readers that may be facing downtimes (or a primer for those of you that are feeling well).
Don't Forget About Dre (or Yourself)
Often we as people (and especially those of us that fall under the category of artist) struggle with the fear of failure. Of non-acceptance. The fear of neglecting our responsibilities, families, loved ones. Hell, I've personally neglected the one person I once considered marrying for the sake of my art and craft. But it was out of fear that I did so, a fear that if I didn't dedicate all my time and passion to the craft, to the work I was completing, that ultimately I would fail. Now, years later, I realize this was far from the truth.
Instead, what I should have done (and what I implore each and every one of you reading this to do), was realize that the fear of failure I was experiencing was entirely normal. Rather than neglect my loved ones, I should have kept grinding while also making sure to take time for myself. I should have let fear drop to wayside, even if only momentarily. That way I could relax, enjoy her company and companionship while also taking my mind away from work.
"But Tek, how is that letting fear push you from behind?". What I've learned in the last few years is that by taking time away from the grind and away from the fear allows me to recharge so that when I'm back in the studio and back on the grind, I can hit it heavier than ever. Suddenly the fear of failing is stronger, and so my work is stronger. I can't fail myself, and I sure as hell can't fail those that support me. Much like Iovine says, "I always felt like I had to work twice as hard as the next guy, just to do as well as the next guy". Coming from a not-so-great financial background, I related with this on a level I can't even properly explain. So in order to work twice as hard, I've learned to relax and play twice as hard too.
And overall, it's let me put fear, love, hope and everything else that motivates me behind me, so that it can push me forward rather than hold me back. Chase that check, chase that dream, and kill it at whatever craft you're putting your nose to the grindstone for.
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In the 90's and early 2000's, music, particularly alternative rock and hip hop of the time, came under an incredible amount of fire from political parties nationwide. The far right claimed the works of artists, such as Marilyn Manson, were corrupting the youth of America. Some even argued that Manson may have been responsible for the events at Columbine High School. While ridiculous and absurd (and thankfully not something that is heard of much anymore), this attack on music and character assassination of Manson deeply impacted the selling success of his career. But, that doesn't mean that it impacted the quality of his music.
Over the years there has been a certain expectation of music by Manson, including deep gore infused guitar riffs and controversial statements about religion and the political machine, as well as direct references to guns and their variety of uses. But Manson has always stood that his music is simply that. . .music. While not everyone would agree, most psychologists would agree. For a little context, here is the video for one of Manson's most coveted works, "The Beautiful People".
With Manson's most recent album, "Heaven Upside Down", we get more classic Manson with an infusion of more modern production and what feels like a heavier 'cinematic' feel. Perhaps this is due to the recent re-emergence of popularity due to "Killing Strangers" being featured in John Wick, but that's another article entirely. Some of the highlights from the album include "Kill4Me", "SAY10", and "WE KNOW WHERE YOU F***ING LIVE". Each of these songs bring up Manson's own par. However, as a whole, the album doesn't stand nearly as strong as these three tracks. While there are a few solid, medium level tracks, most of the rest of the album feels like filler when compared. In a way, the rest of the album is the Manson we expect, with nothing new.
"SAY10" received a music video treatment, co-starring Johnny Depp, and features a abundance of nudity, obscenity and symbolism. Again, more of the Manson we expect. While the video isn't a standout in the pantheon of great music videos, it compliments the song quite well and offers a few different takes on the meaning of the lyrics (in one way of thinking, Manson plays Satan while Depp plays a disheveled God). While most of the video is shot using standard coverage, there are a few standout shots and scenes (i.e. the packets of blood scene).
Overall, "Heaven Upside Down" receives a 3 out of 5 rating from Tek5Music. A solid album, but not quite a blowout success.
Would We Recommend It? Yes.
Check out the video for "SAY10" below.
Author - Steve Douglas
Steve is a music producer, film editor and photographer who founded Tek5 Music in August of 2017. He currently works and resides in Roanoke, Virginia while preparing for the release of his next project "Roses Are Blue".