Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “We All Have A Shadow – Us Movie Review” SPOILERS

BY: GABY MORENO

Movie: Us

Review By: Gaby Moreno

Release date: March 22, 2019

Main Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop

Brief synopsis from online:

A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them.

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Jordan Peele’s film, “Us“, that he directed, produced and wrote! I went to see this movie the Friday night that it came out! I left the theater with so many different interpretations, and I was left to process. Watching the film in theaters was definitely an adventure. What I love about Peele’s films is they grab the viewer and make us willing participants. I felt fully immersed in the film. He knows how to develop the characters to the point you care what happens to each of them. This was the case with the Wilson family. There are scenes where I wanted to laugh, cry, be frightened, wanted to yell and cheer for them.

This film is a horror masterpiece! Jordan Peele did it again! He once again created an original concept and story. I loved that he created a new doppelgänger mythology and added to the lore. As well as continued his trend with giving black actors the protagonist and lead roles. It is amazing the representation Peele has continued to bring to the forefront of the horror genre. It is refreshing to see a black family as the main characters in a horror movie! Peele also did a hell of a job in blending horror with comedy.  As always he inserts satire and social commentary.

The film’s main premise is about the Wilson family who goes on a family vacation to Santa Cruz, CA. I do not want to give out too much, but in the opening scene the main character and mom of the family Adelaide has suffered a traumatic experience that still seems to haunt her on this trip with her family. She finally opens up to her husband that when she was a kid she saw her doppelgänger and she thinks that her double is still out to get her! Her doppleganger, “Red” indeed comes back for a vengeance, but it is much deeper than the surface I leave it at that.

What I took from the movie is that Adelaide and Red both came from two different worlds (above ground) and (underground). Yet each one chose their own fate. One led to success another to self-pity, but became angry that it finally drove her to form the “tethered” rebellion.

This film comes at the time of the Post Trump era. Where we are continuously being fed ignorance from the news to spread fear that “the outsiders” aka “immigrants” are coming in waves to cross the border illegally. When in reality we should be looking at ourselves! We are privileged here as Americans and sometimes we fail to see this when we are making ourselves out to be the victims. We all have our demons and sins we carry and some of us pass it onto our children. For instance the twist ending that the true doppelgänger was Adelaide all along and the only one who now knows this is her son “Jason” who witnesses “Adelaide” murder “Red” in the underground. Now Jason carries this secret or burden.

The film can also be said to connect with the following topics: immigration (migration), homelessness, and classism. Also the fact that the United States keeps repeating history and not owning up to the violence and damage they have caused in the past. They write out certain oppressed groups out of the history books. They tend to forget the fact this country was built on Native American genocide, slavery, and now mass incarceration geared to oppress minorities. Which brings me back to the film the way Adelaide repressed the memory of being the true doppelganger and now her actions have a direct connection as to why the “tethered” decided to rise up!

The U.S. also has its duality, we have better living situations than other countries, technology, and we are a melting pot. This film was created to spark conversation, start a dialogue of how each of us can change within in a positive way and work with each other. As corny as it sounds together we can achieve more than divided. This means all social status, creed, gender, sexual preference, race, etc. It does not come easy, but we gotta start with ourselves.

I know it might not be the time with Michael Jackson’s past being brought back, but his song “Man in the Mirror” fits perfectly with the theme of this movie. The line I am referring to is: “If you want to make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself, and then make a change!” You can see Michael Jackson’s influence in this film. More specifically the “Thriller” music video that has certain homages throughout the film. Even in an interview Peele said Michael is the patron saint of duality. I believe his duality is due to his music and philanthropist side, but also the allegations. I always wanted a sequel to the Thriller music video since at the end we see Michael Jackson’s evil smile and his iconic yellow eyes showing the viewer he was the “werewolf/monster” the whole time. But his girl is made to believe it was all a nightmare! The final scene where Adelaide smirks at her son Jason is a direct homage to Thriller. She is confirming our suspicion that she was the doppelgänger the whole time!

Lupita’s performance as both Adelaide and Red was phenomenal she deserves another Oscar!!! Playing two totally opposing characters or are they? Don’t we all have a darker and lighter side and it forms only one of Us! Regardless Lupita showed off her versatility as an actress. Can’t wait to see what role she plays next!

The music or should I say score was once again composed by Michael Abels! The score was amazingly haunting! I love that Jordan Peele is all about originality and decided to have Abels compose a brand new score. The opening shot of the bunnies was made creepier with the score that is a mix of opera and eeriness. I loved the choice of songs chosen to be in the movie, I Got 5 On It, Janelle Monae’s I like That, Fuck the Police and Why You Treat Me So Bad. I am really glad Peele has opened up the lane for rap and r&b songs to be in horror movies!

As a twin this movie hit me even deeper. It reminded me of the stereotype that there is an evil and good twin. That is one of the most common questions people always ask my twin or I. I have always disliked that question. The truth is we all have this obsession with good vs. evil. The reality is we all have a good and bad side that lives within us! We are our worst enemy and all have a shadow self!

Peele has created his own lane and sub genre for horror and given us new heroes and heroines, as well as villains! He has started a new universe of monsters that can even lead to potential sequels. I love how he drops easter eggs, foreshadows and horror references. He has easily become a master of horror. He knows that our primal fear is about our day to day reality. That is what makes a film scary when they get in touch with things we deal with on a daily basis.

This review can go on for hours, but I will cut it short (pun intended). I will most likely continue having new interpretations as I continue to process this horror masterpiece! I have heard so many interpretations of this film and it goes to show how of a genius Peele is. I love that this film has sparked conversation. This film forces you to self reflect and ask yourself who are we to judge others when we ourselves are not perfect! He has created films that make you think and search within yourself and I think that is beautiful!

In the meantime if you have not seen the film go see it! It is worth every single penny and the experience is like no other! Haven’t felt this thrill from a horror movie since “Get Out” lol! Jordan Peele has proved himself to be a high contender in the horror genre! I can’t wait what his complex mind comes up with next!

Horror Influences/Homages/Easter Eggs:

C.H.U.D.: Tunnels & homeless

Jaws t-shirt: suspense and takes place at the beach

Goonies: Adventure / underground

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The primal scream/moan the tethered use to communicate with each other

Hands Across America: 1986 benefit campaign to do a human chain to raise money for homelessness, hunger and people in poverty. This is what Red used to inspire her rebellion.

Jeremiah 11:11 Bible Verse: Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

Werewolf Mask: Jason (son) wears this throughout the film. The werewolf is still a human who transforms into a monster. Duality!

Thriller: mentioned above in my blog

Night of the Living Dead: The “tethered” takeover just like the zombies.

Nightmare on Elm Street: Jason’s doppleganger is burned and the gloves the tethered wear.

The Lost Boys: in film takes place at the Santa Cruz Pier and beach where the film was filmed. As well as in the opening scene Adelaide’s mom mentions they are filming a movie at the boardwalk.

The Invitation: I might be far off, but when Gabe and his doppelgänger are fighting on the boat and his doppelgänger screams and seems to be communicating with other doppelgängers reminded me at the end of this film where the main character realizes the cult is taking over Los Angeles and his friends aren’t the only casualties.

Bunnies: Peele mentions he finds bunnies creepy since they look cuddly but have a scary smirk on their faces and seem to look past you.

Scissors: I took this as a weapon that normally scared me as a kid. I remember in elementary school when the teacher teaches you how to properly pass scissors so you do not accidentally cut your classmate. Peele states that scissors are created by two parts to them which they have a duality to them.

Trauma: Repressing memory after a traumatic experience

Fuck the Police: Police never save the day for black people or minorities get there too late! Peele NEVER makes them out to be the heroes and they never arrive!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Ese Flow Puro – NabyBaby – Tiempo Con H Album Review”

By: GABY MORENO

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Artist: NabyBaby (featuring Vandalic, DreathS4, DJ Lee, Dr. Idea, Dogma Gala, La Bebe’s, Xlek, RDT, Target, Ankor Gc, Yorsh, Lobo AC and Skop)

Album: Tiempo con H

Rating: 4/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: September 2018

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing NabyBaby’s album, “Tiempo Con H”. This review will be in Spanglish lol. Given NabyBaby es un rapero Mexicano que nacio en la Ciudad de Coahuila que esta ubicada en El Valle de Mexicali, la capital de Baja California!

NabyBaby started break dancing at a young age which developed his love for Hip Hop. He also is an avid skateboarder and used graffiti art to express himself. From what I researched, he started rapping/writing in 2006. His rapping career was on and off. But he dropped a dope album last year that I am going to be reviewing today.

I am a little late to the party on checking this album out, but I am glad I did! A brief background of how I came across this talented artist. I have to shout out mi amigo Jose me recomendo escuchar la musica de un rapero llamado NabyBaby. I went on Youtube and watched his music video, “Tiempo Con H aka 34 Kilates”. Con este video quede impresionada! His lyrics are dope, pure lyricism at its best. El video contiene y menciona los 4 elementos de Hip Hop. He is seen break dancing and of course Emceeing in the video.

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NabyBaby’s music is a mix of Spanish rap, lyricism, boom bap and banger beats. I can tell he has a true passion and love for the Hip Hop culture! His sound brings me back to that 90s and early 2000s era of Hip Hop.

This album is an ode to Hip Hop and the culture that has influenced him and all of us hip hop heads! Each song he uses his lyrical abilities and literally causing fatalities (como la cancion). His cadence and aggressiveness in how he spits his verses cut you like swords! You can hear his passion in every word. This album perfectly encapsulates Hip Hop’s essence to the core! Even the album cover paints a picture of what Hip Hop is!

NabyBaby is a humble dude. He even says it in his rhymes that he does this for the love of the culture not for the money or the fame. I also had the pleasure of speaking to him briefly on social media. The conversation all started with me being mesmerized by his songs and music videos. I immediately began following him on social media. He messaged me and briefly introduced himself. He was kind enough to share his album with me for free!

When I see lyricists that are dope and on top of that down to earth it is an amazing thing to witness! It proves to me that Hip Hop brings people together! I love musicians/artists that are still grounded it says a lot about their character and longevity in their career. It also demonstrates they care about their core fans and supporters.

I highly recommend this project! The only downside to the project its a bit long with 17 tracks. The only reason I mention that is that in the era of short albums and short attention span that is the only thing that works against this project. I didn’t mind it tho I enjoy long albums as long as they have dope and cohesive content.

To conclude this review go support dope and humble local artists!!! Y pues NabyBaby es de mi raza Mexicana y un talentoso rapero! Recomiendo este proyecto a los que aprecian rap y que tienen amor por la cultura de Hip Hop. Este album es el perfecto ejemplo que la musica y Hip Hop en especifico is a universal language and has no borders!

#HipHop #HipHopMexicano #SpanishRap #NabyBaby #PuroArriba

Favorite Tracks/ Canciones Favoritas: (The whole album is dope only mentioned a few)

1.  Tiempo Con H:

“El sello es 34k, entiende somos los perros que no se venden

 

Moviendo cuellos y con spray pintando Fat Caps, representando la cultura que nunca muere

 

Haciendo diferencia con frecuencia la esencia en letras mi secta no cesa Demuestra resistencia deseando mucha fuerza para que esto crezca y permanezca

 

El Hip Hop Mexicano levanto con puño en alto

 

Orgulloso y lleno de gozo de lo que se ha logrado

 

Gracias al Control, Cypress, Psychon, SPM, MexaKings, Delinquent Habits y otros vatos

 

Que escuchaba cuando empezaba y en la grabeta sonaban mientras tanto en el piso con la cabeza vueltas daba, o patinaba rodaba en mi tabla, a diario en el barrio fumando rama”

2. Fatality:

“Hey bitch, querías un diss, te dejo en rip

 

Rest in peace

 

Directo a la yugular, atresia descomunal, caes en shock, fatality

 

Quality me sobra, con barras que doblan, de regreso haciéndolo más heavy

 

Acabando con su sello y su tropa, no soportan cuando les dejo caer el flow crazy

 

Se consumen con el fuego, su material queda fuera del juego

 

De este lado se escupe puro veneno que acaba con su hándicap y su ego!”

3. Nadie que Pare la C y la H:

 

“Hey, no somos del Rojo ni del Azul.

Solo somos Bboys in the Hood.

A la Old school es como este vato la suelta.

Aveces tinta en la libreta, otras en el piso dando vueltas.

El sacudir las memas y representar la cultura.

Es el objetivo principal que llevaremos hasta la tumba.

Así que no habrá ninguna moda que a esto frene.

Desde los 90´s a sonado fuerte.

Boom chachalaca, ruido para los rapas.

Suena el placa-placa cuando a la pluma le jala.

Don-diri-dondon-diri-dondon, esto es Hip Hop de la ciudad del sol.

Don-diri-dondon-diri-dondon, a lo Cypress vamos representando al Hood.

Don-diri-dondon-diri-dondon, esto es Hip Hop directo de Black Soul.

Vamos dándole macizo al Microphone, 34 Kilates sonando so Good.”

4. Lo Llevamos por Ley:

“De vuelta a los días como en los old the time.

Le sigo siendo fiel al break, skate, consola y Mic.

Brown pride homie por la Street.

Distribuyendo real rap como Pac & Biggie.

Esto lo llevo desde hace tiempo, la cultura con sus 4 elementos.

Así yo he plasmado parte de mi vida, derramando tinta en cada texto.

No hay de otra en esto solo ser honesto.

Si no solo suenas hueco y eso no es aceptado en el movimiento”

4. Esos Momentos:

Un día más con el cual me dejo llevar.

Como las olas del mar libres por donde van.

Sin pensar en lo que vendrá.

Solo disfruto cada segundo por que no habrá otro igual.

Respiro hondo y profundo, paso lento llevo sin pensar en el tiempo, capturo momentos.

Como pequeños detalles tan importantes, que le dan sentido a la vida, como son los. sentimientos tan internos, no tienen precio.

No los cambio por nada del mundo para ser honesto.

5. 34 Demonios

“Llámame asesino en serie, en serio cuando en la intemperie, en el cementerio quedaras por jugártela al vergas.

 

Soy ese virus que no se detiene, el daño es serio, metástasis en tu interior, todo se infecta.

Voy con finta discreta, mi sustancia penetra, como el ébola no voy a parar de devorarlos.

Con un objetivo en línea directa, no existe receta que pueda detener la necrosis que infecta y para el miocardio.

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “All I Have Is One Mic! Most Anticipated Rap & R&B albums of 2019!!!”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans!!!

In this post I will mention the most anticipated Rap and R&B albums of 2019!!! It is purely subjective so some projects that I might mention might not be on your list, but that is okay. Feel free to comment below or follow me on social media @7octoberz and let me know which projects you are looking forward to see drop this year!

First I will list my top rap albums that I am most excited to see drop. Then I will list my top R&B albums. Also I will share my list of Rap and R&B artists that I believe will rule 2019! Finally I will cover singles that have dropped in the last few weeks of January.

This year just started and we are starting to see that trend again of artists beginning to drop new singles, projects or begin recording in the 1st quarter.

As mentioned in my other post, with the era of streaming and people’s attention span being so short, artists seem to drop projects or singles back to back to remain relevant. This has worked for some artists, but not all. Some artists are better at taking their time with their craft to release a great body of work. Other artists have a formula or great team where they can drop songs/albums back to back and still produce amazing projects! With that being said, I am excited to see what the hip hop culture has to offer this year!!!

Most Anticipated Rap Albums for 2019:

There is more albums that might be announced later in the year, but for now this is my list!

  1. Canibus – Full Spectrum Dominance 3 – Dropped Jan 11fsd3
  2. WS Boogie – Everything’s for Sale – Jan 25https___images.genius.com_c8fec481549332112e883f8e4b16a996.946x946x1.jpg
  3. Childish Gambino – Don’t know if it will be a rap album or another soul/funk/r&b album. He also hasn’t given us a release date or name.images.jpg
  4. A-F-R-O – TBDb1ea4bb9e1ad3dbe21ddda74c004c69f.1000x1000x1
  5. Schoolboy Q -TBD022814-shows-106-park-exclusive-access-schoolboy-q-31.jpg
  6. Q-Tip – The Last Zulu -TBDfeature_11142016_gonzalez_tribequest1_gavin_bond.jpg
  7. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Bandana if it’s ever released, but I will keep waiting! lol -TBD1395162478_freddiegibbs_madlib_600_22-e1462715115472.jpg
  8. Immortal Technique -TBD – been waiting too long, but I know it will be worth it!Immortal_Technique-Election-hhdx.jpg
  9. Black Star – TBD663f6c1619b88636b92432f5c4365ea3.png
  10. Joyner Lucas – ADHD – TBDhttps___images.genius.com_d0eb2b80d212b93b097d604c4c6af62e.680x680x1.jpg
  11. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 4 – TBD94c83514d5589ff98ec3194ba5a694d1.1000x1000x1.jpg
  12. Big Sean – TBDdownload.jpg
  13. Joey Badass -TBDjoey.jpg
  14. Pro Era Album – TBD09d265d0fced40713664d95f7f20f23c.900x900x1.jpg
  15. Czarface and Ghostface Killah – Feb 15C86DBD34-419A-416D-8A48-22297A489C69.jpg
  16. Saba, Smino & Noname – possible collabo album?DizeLFpVQAADrh5.jpg
  17. R.A. the Rugged Man – Drops in AprilA-82702-1414491093-7114.jpeg.jpg
  18. Earthgang – Mirrorland -TBD

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  19. Cyhi the Prynce – Black Histori Project 3 – Feb 2019cyhi.jpg
  20. The Underachievers – Lords of Flatbush 3 – TBDDvhZKtCVsAUnr5j.jpg
  21. Griselda crew will be dropping projects once again! They are bringing back that gritty/gutter street rap back!DPCSa3HWkAMtNZH.jpg

Most Anticipated R&B Albums for 2019:

  1. SZA -TBD
  2. The Weeknd – Chapter 6 – TBD
  3. Chris Brown – Indigo -TBD
  4. Kehlani – TBD since she dropped a single their might be an album in the works!

January singles of 2019 so far:

  1. Noname – Song 31: Noname is bringing a new sound to the rap game. Her sound is a mix of storytelling and spoken word. Also her choice for beats is unique love the live instrumentation and jazzy vibe. I am excited to see her grow this year. Really diggin that she is creating a new lane for spoken word rap and that is also representing for the ladies!
  2. Chris Brown – Undecided: The choreography to the music video is amazing! The song and music video show how MJ had and has played a huge influence in Chris’ music specifically in this song. It sonically sounds like a melody MJ would have chosen. Also the music video is like a movie similar to how MJ’s music videos were so elaborate. Chris Brown is one of the few artists who still cares enough to have dope visuals that tell a story.
  3. Benny Blanco ft Calvin Harris & Miguel – I Found You/Nilda’s Story: Miguel’s vocals are always on point def one of my fav R&B artists that has been consistent. He is versatile and it shows it even in this song his voice shines and its a vibe!
  4. WS Boogie – Silent Ride: I’m glad I got put onto WS Boogie about a year ago. His music videos are dope with unique concepts. His music is so melodic and catchy. You can hear his songs just once, memorize his lyrics and instantly have them playing in your head. He has a formula that works. His mixtapes are amazing! I can’t wait for his debut album!
  5. Halsey ft. Juice Wrld -Without Me RMX: Didn’t see this collabo coming. I am a fan of Halsey because she has a unique voice, poetic lyrics and her sound is a mix of pop and rap. Juice Wrld is one of the new generation of rappers that I like due to his melody selection and the kid can rap too! Seen his freestyles and he has a lot of potential and talent. This song is good, but I’m not gonna lie I like the original better. But it is awesome to see two artists I like from different genres collab.
  6. Kehlani ft Ty Dolla Sign: Nights like this: Loving this song the lyrics are simple, but melodic. As always Ty Dolla provides a dope feature as always.
  7. Pharaohe Monch – Yayo – Pharaohe is back!! Hope this means a new album?!
  8. Canibus ft. Pyrit – Pen Game – Canibus always bringing that dope lyricism! I will be reviewing his album that just dropped on Jan 11th!
  9. More than That – Lauren Jauregui
  10. Deadass- Kemba
  11. I’m Alright – R.Lum.R & Brasstracks

2019 Predictions of Rap and R&B artists that will be killing the game!

  1. YBN Cordae – Should be dropping an album soon too this year!
  2. Joyner Lucas
  3. WS Boogie
  4. DaniLeigh
  5. Melii
  6. Freddie Gibbs
  7. JID
  8. Noname
  9. Saba
  10. Smino
  11. J. Cole and his Dreamville crew (dropping Dreamville compilation album “Revenge of the Dreamers” and his solo album)
  12. Brent Faiyaz (one of my favorite new R&B artist out right now)
  13. DVSN (best R&B duo out right now in my opinion. The duo is composed of Producer Nineteen85 and Singer Daniel Daley. Saw them live last year and they were amazing!! Daniel can sang!! They need more recognition. Their album, “Morning After” that dropped in 2017 has been my fav R&B project that has dropped in the last few years. They will be at Coachella this year so I believe people are gonna see their potential and finally blow up like they deserve!
  14. Daniel Caeser
  15. Rapsody
  16. H.E.R.
  17. Griselda Crew (Conway/Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher)
  18. Denzel Curry
  19. 6lack
  20. Big K.R.I.T

Honorable Mentions of artists that will get more recognition in 2019:

  1. IDK
  2. Buddy
  3. Locksmith
  4. Phony Ppl
  5. Terrace Martin
  6. Masego
  7. Kemba
  8. Asiahn
  9. R.Lum.R
  10. Summer Walker
  11. Mahalia
  12. Reason
  13. 070 Shake

I am probably forgetting some other artists. There are so many dope new artists that have a lot of potential and talent. As well as OG’s in the game that still have stayed relevant due to their skills and being able to reinvent themselves to not only please their loyal fans, but even the younger generation!

Don’t think I forgot about my Horror fans! I will be dropping another post of my most anticipated horror movies to be released this year so stay tuned!!!

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