video review : Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood

video review : Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood

Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood; a parody of Menace To Society, South Central, Juice and Boyz N The Hood; is as ridiculous as its title, but that’s the point. It’s more of a ninety-minute In Living Color skit than a real movie, but, unlike most comedies, it’s actually funny most of the time and occasionally hilarious. It helps to have watched the flicks it spoofs to be fully amused.

my rating : 4 of 5

1996

Lionel Richie’s Hello or Billy Ocean’s Suddenly : Which song is better?

Lionel Richie's Hello or Billy Ocean's Suddenly : Which song is better? Lionel Richie's Hello or Billy Ocean's Suddenly : Which song is better?

These two “love” songs, released about a year apart, are quite similar in soundscape. Lionel Richie and Billy Ocean both croon sweet nothings to an anonymous “you” over a tender backdrop. The main difference, other than the fact that Ocean makes sure to let us know he’s referring to a girl, is that he’s been with his for a long time while Richie admires his stranger from afar.

Both songs represent the singers at their best, meaning these are among their best songs. Both soar with melody. Listen to the way Billy Ocean stretches out the word “of” at the end. He also has the better voice. Lionel Richie has the better song though. His vocals (melodies) are just impeccable. Forget the person; I hope it’s a girl; he’s singing to. He had me at Hello.

my vote : Hello

audio review : With You I’m Born Again ( song ) … Billy Preston + Syreeta Wright

This is a traditional duet on which a man and a woman sing sweet nothings to each other if not under moonlight then the streetlights shining in thru the bedroom windows. It’s Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright, but it may as well be Nat King Cole and Lena Horne as their melodies embrace over a graceful orchestral score.

my rating : 4 of 5

1979