audio review : Play Witcha Mama ( album ) … Willie D

audio review : Play Witcha Mama ( album ) ... Willie D

“Homie Don’t Play That”, Willie D warned on his last Geto Boys album. The sentiment continues on this, his third solo, project. “You need to go in there and Play Witcha Mama,” Ice Cube says on the title song, which, thanks to the guest’s lazy contributions, sounds more like a demo. The album’s biggest blunder though is how the following Rap Rehab break, which comes too early in the set, and Doin The Nasty skit interrupt the flow of songs, most of which “sound real fat”.

Creepin, Throat, Whatcha Know About That and Smoke’m all serve as highlights. Perhaps it’s no coincidence they all feature Wize Up labelmate Sho, whose poignant raps complement Willie D’s more humorous approach. He’s not hollering like he used to, despite claiming he Ain’t Changin Shit, but he’s still funny as he caps on Dionne Warwick’s “big-nose ugly ass” or tells his girlfriend he wants to have her Mama’s pussy “dripping like a wet Jheri curl”.

my rating : 4 of 5

1994

Park Inn Body Wash

Park Inn Body Wash

This small tube of Body Wash, which you can find not in retail stores but Radisson Hotel bathrooms, is notable for its simplicity. It’s made with “aloe barbadensis leaf extract”, a fancy way of saying aloe vera gel, and there are no paraben mineral oils or strong (headache-inducing) fragrances. It also produces a nice rich lather.

my rating : 4 of 5

video review : Anderson Silva versus Bruno Machado at The Showcase In The Skies Of Dubai

video review : Anderson Silva versus Bruno Machado at The Showcase In The Skies Of Dubai

The entertainment level of this exhibition boxing match, which is mostly middling, peaks at the end of Round 5 when Anderson Silva floors Bruno Machado with a “huge” right hook; an instant addition to his already lengthy fight highlight reel.

What’s frustrating as a fan is how he coasts the following round instead of trying to finish his opponent off à la Round 4 of his MMA fight with Michael Bisping, though here it’s more forgivable as he easily outboxes Bruno over the course of the bout.

my rating : 3 of 5

2022

video review : I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

video review : I'm Thinking Of Ending Things

You’ll do yourself a favor turning this movie off before the actual Ending; one of the worst I’ve ever seen. The plot, which starts normal enough with a girl on her way to meet her boyfriend’s parents for the first time, is coated in pretentious ambiguity from the start, but it gets worse the longer it goes. The final several minutes are jarringly off-putting; random and nonsensical; as if director Charlie Kaufman just abandoned the script and said “Fuck it.”

my rating : 1 of 5

2020

Celsius Heat : Inferno Punch

Celsius Heat : Inferno Punch

Comparing this drink to an Inferno is a bit ironic considering it tastes like fruit Punch doused with carbonated water. The flavor is more of a side note though. The concept here is all about “performance”. There’s even a symbol of a man running on the front of the can.

It’s an “energy drink for the fitness enthusiasts who want to take it to the next degree”, it reads. At a stunning 300 milligrams of caffeine per serving, you’ll be doing just that, though, with the exception of sucralose, the ingredients list looks impressively healthy.

my rating : 3 of 5

Outshine Fruit Bars [ No Sugar Added ] : Strawberry

Outshine Fruit Bars [ No Sugar Added ] : Strawberry

When it comes to taste, these Fruit Bars Outshine most others. Strawberry is one of my favorite flavors and, with real strawberries as the main ingredient after water, these are as strawberry as it gets.

Sorbitol; there’s No Sugar Added; helps make them exceptionally delicious. Their one big flaw is an inherent one; that they’re too damn cold, at least as far as my teeth are concerned, to fully enjoy.

my rating : 4 of 5

Rebel Ice Cream : Peanut Butter Fudge

Rebel Ice Cream : Peanut Butter Fudge

“For the creamiest ice cream,” the lid says, “let your pint soften for at least 15 minutes.” You’d do better melting it down over the stove, but, due to the absence of real milk, which makes it “lactose free”, it hardly melts. That’s a minor flaw for those of us who like our ice cream partially liquified.

The taste is smooth and creamy; cream is the main ingredient; but it doesn’t really taste like Peanut Butter. The flavor is more coffee Fudge to my buds, though there’s no coffee in it. There’s no sugar neither, which helps make the Rebel brand one of the healthiest ice creams on (in) the market.

my rating : 4 of 5