“All Eyez on Me”
Though Tupac’s biographical film brought a good amount of revenue to box offices across the country, “All Eyez on Me” was heavily criticized by the mainstream media for a number of historical flaws included in the film. Along with more obvious inaccuracies—such as the use of an iPhone 7 in a time where the technology did not yet exist—Tupac’s close friend who was portrayed in the film, Jada Pinkett Smith, spoke out on Twitter pointing out more inaccuracies. In a series of tweets, Smith claimed, “Pac never read me that poem. I didn't know that poem existed until it was printed in his book,” “Pac never said goodbye to me before leaving for LA. He had to leave abruptly and it wasn't to pursue his career,” and, lastly, “The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful." While the known friend of Tupac was deeply disturbed by the film and its faults, 50 Cent criticised the overall quality of the film, calling it “trash” and a “Lifetime TV movie.” Despite the faulty inaccuracies, other sources claim that there is something interesting to take away from the film—the environment that Tupac Shakur lived in: a space that craved pride, control, and power. Overall, the film is described as messy and inaccurate, yet captivating. See Smith's series of tweets below.
Jay-Z, TIDAL, 4:44
Since last week’s pop culture review, new developments have surfaced regarding TIDAL’s partnership with Sprint and their joint efforts in advertising “4:44.” Initially, the 4:44 campaign, featuring billboards across NYC and a movie-like trailer, strongly alluded to a film featuring Mahershala Ali, Danny Glover, and Lupia Nyong’o. However, on Monday, Jay-Z announced his new upcoming album will be released on June 30th: 4:44. According to a statement from TIDAL, Jay-Z’s new album will be available solely to Sprint and TIDAL customers. As of now, the connection between the movie trailer and Jay-Z’s album remains unclear. While most people anxiously await the release of the new album, some have began to question the exclusivity of the release and the potential decline of TIDAL. As Jay-Z holds a significant share of TIDAL, it is evident that he is supporting his streaming service by releasing his album exclusively on the music platform. Additionally, according to TIDAL’s last figures in March 2016, the streaming service was reported to have only three million subscribers while competition such as Spotify has over 50 million paying subscribers. These two insights have led followers to wonder if Jay-Z’s exclusive release is an attempt to save his own streaming service from failure.
With the hype surrounding the release and acclaim of The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in 2016, O.J. Simpson’s name and story became a topic of conversation once again. Back in 2007, O.J. Simpson—the murder suspect and football superstar—was found guilty on 12 accounts, including assault, kidnapping, and armed robbery. At the time, Simpson was prepared to spend his life in prison; however, on Tuesday, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners confirmed that the rumored parole hearing for O.J. Simpson will be taking place on July 20th. According to a source from the Los Angeles Times, Simpson has been consistently showing good behavior in prison, which subsequently helps his case for parole. Many people believe that Simpson’s chances of being released from prison are very high, but ultimately the decision is up to the parole board. If four out of seven members on the parole board vote for his release, Simpson can be released from prison as early as October. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a 10-episode series that received 22 Emmy nominations in the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards; the show also won a Golden Globe for Best Television Film in 2016. The praised series is available to watch now on Netflix.
Louis Vuitton & Drake
On Thursday, June 22nd, Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2018 collection hit the runway during Paris Fashion week, and a new song “Signs” from Drake came with it. Though most of the focus has been on Drake’s new song, Kim Jones—Louis Vuitton’s artistic director—stated that the song was inspired by the Spring-Summer collection. Jones posted on instagram the day before with the caption reading, “We are very proud to announce that Drake @champagnepapi will be premiering a brand new song inspired by our #louisvuitton #pfwSS18 collection.” In his new song, Drake uses similar influences to project a mellow, melodic, and rhythmic vibe which in many ways reflects Louis Vuitton’s 2018 collection. Along with Drake’s new song, the fashion show’s entire soundtrack was composed of all new music from OVO. You can watch the runway video below, with Drake’s new song commencing at 5:54.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman” hit the movie theaters as the first female-led superhero film since “Catwoman” was released in 2004. Unlike most blockbuster movies, “Wonder Woman” conveys a compelling story that isn’t extremely predictable. The New York Times highlights its unique, fresh nature in their review of the movie, “Its earnest insouciance recalls the ‘Superman’ movies of the ’70s and ’80s more than the mock-Wagnerian spectacles of our own day, and like those predigital Man of Steel adventures, it gestures knowingly but reverently back to the jaunty, truth-and-justice spirit of an even older Hollywood tradition.” Another factor that set the newly released film apart is the emphasis and praise of the superhero’s feminine characteristics. Her greatest trait isn’t her armour, fighting skills, or superpowers, but her ability to feel for others. In this, her overarching goal isn’t to solve some internal conflict of her own, but instead to have the freedom to help others and be respected for it. Overall, the feature film generated a number of positive responses from consumers, describing the movie as “fun” and “a gloriously badass breath of fresh air.”
By Sabrina Ghantous