Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Sometimes Dead Is Better! – Pet Sematary Movie Review” SPOILERS

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Pet Sematary

Release date: April 5, 2019

Main Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz and more.

Brief synopsis from online:

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the movie “Pet Sematary“. This film is a remake of the 1989 version under the same title and based on Stephen King’s novel. I am a huge fan of the original film! I was a bit skeptical when I heard it was being remade. Honestly this is one film I did not think needed to be remade. Yes it is a bit cheesy, but for its time the acting, practical effects and character development was on point. The movie was dark and touched on topics of death, life after death and ghosts from our pasts that sooner or later get you if you don’t deal with them.

For those who have never seen the original film or read the book here is a brief synopsis. The movie is about the Creed family who moves to a small town in Maine due to Louis Creed being a Doctor. His family consists of his wife Rachel, daughter Ellie, son Gage and their cat Church. Their daughter wanders off into the woods behind their new home and sees there is a pet cemetery. They have a neighbor named Jud Crandall who has lived in that town all his life and  befriends the Creed family. Early in the film Church gets ran over by a semi truck. To get to the point Jud shows Louis the Indian burial ground to bury Church. Unbeknownst to Louis the cat comes back from the dead, but he is not the same.

Then moving to the climax of the movie Gage is flying a kite. Louis is not paying attention and his son heads towards the road and is killed by a semi truck. Louis is filled with grief and ends up digging up his son’s body and buries him at the burial grounds that resurrected Church. Needless to say Gage comes back from the dead, but something far more sinister than his son comes back. I will leave it at that go watch the original film to know what happens next.

The remake switches up a few things. The actress who portrays Ellie in this film was not charismatic. The actor who played Gage in the original had more charisma! This remake also lacked character development. They focused more on the jump scares and eeriness of the movie. I could care less what happened to the Creed family in this film. Also Victor Pascow had more lines in the original film and served as a narrator to guide Louis. In the original film Victor also served as a warning to the demise of Louis’ family. In this remake he showed up, but barely had a purpose.

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A few spoilers where this movie differentiates from the original film is their daughter Ellie is the one who is killed by the semi truck. In this film Zelda who is Rachel’s older sister that suffered from spinal meningitis death scene is different. In the original Zelda starts having convulsions and chokes to death. That scene from the original film was far more creepy and haunting. Still one of the creepiest scenes in that film. In this remake her death is caused by Rachel sending up food through a dumbwaiter and Zelda tries to get the food and falls to her death inside the dumbwaiter with her body twisted up. I feel that death scene did not make any sense given Zelda was bed ridden and due to her current state would have not been able to drag herself to the dumbwaiter. Major loophole in my opinion. There were a few other changes, but those were the one’s that stood out the most.

Overall I was not too impressed with this film. As the tagline says, “Sometimes Dead Is Better” and this remake would have been better off dead (pun intended). Maybe I am just too close minded and clouded by the love I have for the original. The film was NOT horrible it just did not live up to the hype. The only cool thing that was different than the original was the mention of the Wendigo, the Native American legend. As well as the cat, he was my favorite character in that movie lol. I don’t recommend this movie to be seen in theaters. I would save my money and if you are bored on a rainy night stream it once it is released. I recommend viewing the original instead though. Stephen King has a cameo in it and it has a darker ending!

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!

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Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Journalist Ternt Rapper!- Rob Markman – Write To Dream EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Rob Markman (Features: Kirby Maurier)

Album: Write to Dream

Release Date: July 28, 2017

Buy/Purchase album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

In honor of Flashback Friday I will be reviewing Rob Markman’s EP, “Write to Dream”. It is no secret that Rob Markman is one of my favorite journalists. He inspired me to start doing this journalism thing! He stands out from his journalistic peers because he asks unique interview questions and is very knowledgeable about who he interviews. He truly shows he has love for rap and the Hip Hop culture. I hope one day to be a great journalist as he is! Rob is also the Head of Artist Relations at Genius. He has come a long way! In 2017 Rob Markman released his first EP, “Write to Dream”.

The EP consists of 8 tracks that are very introspective about him growing up in a violent neighborhood and having to survive it. Throughout the EP he shows how some people doubted his vision about releasing this project. Rob Markman holds his own in this project and proves he can spit! This project definitely earned him respect in the rap game. I had no doubt that he would put out a dope project!

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  1. Last Night – I love the guitar instrumental. It is a great way to start off the project. This is a deep track about him living in a neighborhood that is filled with violence and how he almost got shot, but he survived! He raps about how this incident made him realize he has a right to dream!
  2. I Don’t Wanna Wait – He continues the theme about living in a neighborhood where not everyone is lucky enough to make it out and live out their dreams. This is a very introspective track, he talks about what he saw growing up in the streets. From drug fiends, gang violence and PTSD.
  3. Fredo – This track pays homage to “The Godfather” where two brothers turn on each other. He also speaks on how sometimes the closest people and family turn on you!
  4. Khalifa’s Callin’– This a funny interlude where Wiz Khalifa is laughing that Rob wants to rap and even asks him if he knows what it takes to release a project.
  5. Benz For My Bday – This track is a banger! Rob talks about how he wanted a Benz for his birthday.
  6. Jason’s Lyric – I really loved the sound of the rain and thunder in this track! This track pays homage to Biggie’s Somebody’s Gotta Die. This track proves that Rob has the ability to tell a story lyrically!
  7. Writer – This is hands down my favorite track on the project! It is a very inspirational and motivational track. He speaks about going against the grain by following his dream and vision and believing in himself! He spits bars and earns his respect lyrically!
  8. This Mornin’ – This track loops back to the intro track. He explains how not getting shot allowed him to live out his dreams and be one of the successful stories/people to make it out of his hood by working hard and staying driven to achieve his dreams! Very emotional track where he spits about how some of his closest friends have died and didn’t get to reach their full potential. This song reminded me of the quote from my favorite movie, “The Saddest Thing In Life Is Wasted Talent!”

Rob put out a solid EP for his first round! He conveys a positive message throughout the project which is that we all have a right to dream! This project dropped about 2 years ago, since then Rob announced earlier this year that he is working on his next project,”It’s 2 Late At The Wake!” He mentioned in an interview earlier this year that this next project will be a continuation of the same concept from this EP. The main concept is that we have to follow our dreams before it is too late. By the time we die it is too late, so start doing things you want now!

I can’t wait to see what Rob brings next musically. I will continue to support both his career as a journalist, emcee and whatever he decides to dive in next creatively! Do yourself a favor and check out this project if you have not listened to it yet, you won’t regret!

Favorite Tracks/Verses:

1. I Don’t Wanna Wait:

“Couple shots close range, I think God intervened
Same corner I seen needles in arms of a fiend
Same corner I seen teens bear arms for the green
Same corner I seen kings die for a dream
Somethin’ like survivor’s remorse
So when I hit St. Paul’s, make the sign of the cross
Word to Wallace and the solace that I find in the lord
Found God ’round the time Al died in the Bronx”

2. Writer:

“This the warm up, the game ain’t even started
I’m just pennin’, I swear I could go harder
It’s just me, I swear I’m the only writer
I’m the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, my style ain’t got no father
I’m beggin’, father, it’s spirits with their lyricism
Couple Caspers in the game, we need an exorcism
If they sleep, get ’em out their bed then
Linda Blair with these verses, make their head spin”

3. This Mornin’:

“Wrong place, wrong time, anyone could get it
And this movie that I’m in, coulda ended like Menace
I thank God that he saved me in the edit
And stopped my baby from cryin’ at the credits
Woke up this mornin’, layin’ in bed
Thinkin’, “Shit, if I ain’t duck, man, I coulda been…”
Wouldn’t be here now, spittin’ this gospel
If you ain’t in a box, then everything’s possible
My man used to spin ‘fore they shot him to death
Coulda been Esco, he coulda been Flex
Know a crackhead who rap, coulda been X
And a dude with a handle who coulda been next
Fuck the shoulda, coulda, woulda, I’m gettin’ it now
Nightmares of my peers that’s dead in the ground
This is all I ever wanted, and everything I worked for
Penny for your thoughts, I just knew my words worth more
And I don’t even know what hurts more
To get it and to lose it, or don’t get it at all”

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 – “Storytelling Through Different Lenses – Soulé – Mental Substitution EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Soulé (Featuring: A.Wood, Jay.T, Itsonlyha, and Deano Miles)

Album: Mental Substitution

Release Date: March 31, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Soulé’s EP, “Mental Substitution”. Soulé is an emcee from Miami, Florida, but she is from Panama. I first came across Soulé’s music through Instagram she popped up in my feed and I clicked on her page. I heard a few clips of her spitting some bars and I was impressed. I always get super hyped when I see a dope female emcee who can rock the mic! In the era where the mainstream “female rappers” use their physical appearance to sale records (with exception of a few) it is a breath of fresh air to see Soulé use her lyricism and storytelling to stand out!

I saw an interview of her on YouTube where she explains a bit about this EP. She is soft spoken and I get a vibe she is a humble person. She explains the title of the project, “Mental Subsitution” was purposely chosen since she tells stories from different perspectives besides her own. I think that is a dope concept. Soulé is a talented lyricist and has a true gift with words. Also her cadence when she raps is completely different from what she conveyed in the interview. She seems shy, but once she is on the mic her confidence can be felt in her flow and lyrics are full of emotion.

The first track on this EP is, “Inequality Pt.1“. This is an amazing track about a black man going in for an interview and speaking on the stereotypes he has to deal with. As well as him facing struggles that the interviewer can’t even imagine or relate to because he is not black. The second track is, “Devine Edges” which use the same beat Joey Badass used for the song “Waves” in his 1999 album by Freddie Joachim. I love this instrumental and Soulé’s storytelling fits perfectly with it. This song is about a girl who is dealing with a guy who still has feelings for his ex. In the second verse it is a guys perspective about a girl who knows he is cheating. It is a really deep song!

The third track is, “You Know It” is a very soulful track. This track features A. Wood and he goes in as well! This track is filled with real wisdom I will just leave it that touches on different subjects. Another one of my favorite tracks off this project. The fourth track is, “Meditate” which has a mainstream type sound, with the bass that knocks! Honestly one of my favorite tracks because it shows off Soulé’s versatility that she can still spit wisdom with a trap soul type beat!

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The fifth track is, “Control” which has the recognizable sample of Embassy Row by Dominic Frontiere. This is an introspective track where we see a bit of Soulé’s mind state. It shows Soulé’s vulnerability about finding herself and purpose. As well as being cautious who she allows to be close given there are snakes who pretend to be friends. I really loved this track I can relate to it! The last track on this project is “Fatherless” which is a song that speaks on the perspective of a girl who grew up without a father and how it affected her life. Another really emotional and deep track!

This EP gave me the old school mixtape vibes where rappers would use their favorite rappers beats and rap over them. I mean it still happens, but it’s been awhile since I listened to a project like this and I enjoyed it! There will definitely be beats on here that you will recognize or internet Producers that you will be familiar with like P. Soul and B Young. Also the features were not overdone and Soulé still shined on the tracks where there were features!

This project will definitely be on rotation. It is dope to see an upcoming female emcee who has a lot to bring to the table. I can also tell she has respect for rap and the Hip Hop culture. The way she interprets a story through lyrics reminded me a bit of J. Cole, Nas and Kendrick Lamar. I do not like comparing artists, but she reminded me of them a bit.

I can see Soulé accomplishing great things! I think it is dope that she speaks on relatable topics that most of us can relate to. She is definitely making music that is timeless and that will bring her longevity in her career! Soulé has my full support! Keep representing for the ladies and the storytelling lyricists! Definitely check out this project you won’t regret it! Go stream it, buy it or share it on social media!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: (It was hard to narrow it down)

1. Devine Edges:
“You know what, when was the last time you seen your ex
Not what it seem to be, but the proof is all in the text
You know the one where you wishing that she was still here
So how you think I feel knowing that you still care
Why you couldn’t just tell me this on the day we met
Why you told me you over her but you never left
Why you tell me you love me when we be havin’ sex
Why you tell me to let it go but you won’t forget
Why you claiming I sneak around all the time but yet
All your messages deleted whenever I check
All this time I was sneaking maybe that shit? was true
Now I guess it hurt me now to see the real you!”

2. You Know It:
“Loyalty is divided between the world and god
So understand when we sinning for feelin’ fall apart
I wonder why we continue promoting living
With unforgiveness, internally broken
Degradin’ women
Rap lyrics get counterfeited
For attention and riches
Ni**as get to switchin’
Burning bridges
Eventually they lose ambition
Too many yearning for the fast life on television
All for the recognition
You spitting lies and they support you with love
I spit the truth and know I will get judged!”

3. Meditate:
“All of the time I would think about would I ever be what I choose
Absolutely what’s the use of me making up an excuse
She don’t understand, he don’t understand well enough like I do
No idea, iso, iso, plotting on the next move
On my own, I rather be alone
Away from all the noise and in my zone
Deep inside the thoughts of my drone?
Way beyond the ordinary dome”

4. Control:
“Writing verses, but a side of me was worthless
Trying to figure out my purpose
And be cautious who I worship
But we only view the surface
And praise who get the furthest
And stick around potential just in case they get some service
A few will be for certain
Even ones who go to churches
Pretend as if they perfect
Like the lord don’t know what dirt is
If you are Black American they clinching on they purses

The ignorance be hittin like the truth in scripture verses
But aside the universe is
Could clearly be concernin’

The ones you thought were closer turn to hate you over earnings
But it all be part of learnin’
And I heard it’s really worth it
One won’t? appreciate the best if you don’t know what the worst is!”

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 – “You Got The Juice Now! – Bubu The Prince – With A Splash of Joose EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Bubu The Prince (Features: Eto, Big Twins (of Infamous Mobb), Boxcutta Maxx and Hexx Luthor.)

Album: With A Splash of Joose

Release Date: March 22, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: Bandcamp/YouTube

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Bubu The Prince’s EP, “With A Splash of Joose”. Bubu the Prince’s bio and come up is a bit of a mystery to me. I recently heard of him through another dope emcee Smalls Uno who shared a post on instagram that Bubu was releasing an EP. I heard a few snippets and I was sold. The album consists of 9 tracks, that include an intro, “Juice” interlude and outro. Enjoyed the concept and the sprinkled clips of the Juice movie. It gives you that 90’s gritty rap vibe. As I researched a bit about Bubu I can really see Big L is a huge influence in his cadence and lyricism. As a Big L fan myself I enjoyed hearing this sound coming from an emcee from my city of San Diego!

The intro track, “Balboa” sets the tone!!! I am always proud to hear spanglish hardcore lyricism! The second track, “Murdaville” is pure dark lyricism! It is one of my favorite tracks. The production and beat is eerie and hook is dope! It is a braggadocio track, but Bubu proves that he is no one to fuck with lyrically! Also if I’m not mistaken Bubu includes a scene from Narcos at the end of the track.

The third track, “Negocio$” is another amazing track. It features Eto and Hexx Luthor. Eto shines as always on this track. His raspy voice stands out and his effortless flow fits the track perfectly. Bubu holds his own as well. Hexx joins in and lyrically assassinates the track. Another one of my fav tracks off this project.

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Another track is “Pull Up“, Bubu show off that he can really spit and the beat goes hard! He shows his gift and once again proves he is an ill emcee. In this track as many of the others on this project Bubu rhymes in Spanish and English!

I really fuck with this album! It is amazing to hear the old school 90’s New York gritty sound from a San Diego lyricist. The reason I really loved this project is the raw lyricism, the venomous and murderous rhymes. Of course I am a little biased the fact that he is from my city. He is reppin (858) Balboa Ave aka San Diego!

I am excited that the NY gritty/grimey sound is making a revival! Artists like Mobb Depp, Big L, Biggie, Wu-Tang and Gravediggaz were some of the pioneers. I am glad to see that their legacy continues to bleed into newer artists and younger generations! I am also Proud that Bubu is bringing that sound to San Diego! Other emcees playing a big part in the revival of this sound is Eto, Crimeapple, the Griselda crew of course just to name a few. They are bringing that raw lyrical and grimey rap!

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To finish up Bubu The Prince is a hypnotizing performer and engages the crowd! I got a chance to watch him perform this past weekend at a Hip Hop show at ‘Til Two’ in my city of Daygo where Eto was the headliner! It was a memorable show to say the least. He has this confidence about him that is infectious. I see him doing great things in San Diego and worldwide!

Bubu has razor sharp lyrics and his ability to rhyme in two languages is dope! Definitely got Bishop (Juice) vibes when listening to this EP! Proud to know this rapper is from San Diego, Clairemont 858 to be exact! Spooky season continues with another dope project! Check out his EP! Stream it, buy it, just show support to dope emcees so they can continue to bless us with dope music!

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 – “Native Rhymes and Wisdom – Indian K – Duality Album Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Artist: Indian K (One Feature: Ric Scales)

Album: Duality

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

Release Date: November 14, 2018

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

In honor of Throwback Thursday today I will be reviewing Indian K’s album, “Duality“. The album consists of 7 tracks and one track features San Diego based emcee Ric Scales. Most of the project was produced by Marcey Yates, except the track “Record It Up” that is produced by BillyNoJokes. From start to finish Indian K spits knowledge about life, the streets and his culture.

The first track, “Duality” is the introduction track that talks about living life and Indian tell us to just “GO LIVE!”. The hook is catchy and inspirational. This track features San Diego based emcee Ric Scales who also goes in. He drops some gems and personal anecdotes! The second track is “D.O.D.N.“, which has a dope music video that show off my beautiful city of San Diego! This is one of my favorite tracks off this project. The beat is mellow with a vinyl sound to it. Indian K is spitting lyrical knowledge about surviving the streets, being himself and being appreciative about living another day!

The third track “Record It Up” has a blues vibe to it! The beat is fire, was waiting to hear some Muddy Waters! The sample if I’m not mistaken is Howlin’ Wolf – Evil (Is Going On). In this track Indian K touches on people who are not “real”. He says he is here to bring that back and show that he is really genuine! As he rhymes, “Death before dishonor!” He talks about the duality about good vs. evil and how we all have a choice on which side we take! The ironic thing is this is one of the shortest track on the album that I wished could have been longer since the beat is addicting and the lyrics were on point!

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The following track is “Lil Indian Boy” that has a Native type beat that is accompanied by a flute. Indian K talks about his heritage and culture. It is an inspirational track where he is rapping to another “Indian boy”. He is telling him to keep going even though his people are constantly being marginalized and have the odds against them. He also mentions how being native and not living on the reservations is frowned upon. Like I like to say “ni de aqui, ni de alla” aka “not being Native enough for his people and being too Native for the Americans. It is a catch 22 situation, but he is saying to follow his path, keep his culture alive and to just thrive! This is a very dope and introspective track! The chorus is also captivating.

The track “OverStand” is another track where Indian K gets introspective and talks about having to leave his “home” to find himself . The duality of being Native (Indian), but also in a sense being American and adapting to both cultures. He also raps how this should not make him less of a native. I can really relate to this track because being Mexican (native), but being born in the U.S. we learn two different cultures. Sadly if we speak good English, listen to hip hop music and dress a certain way we are too American for our people. Then on the other hand I’m too brown if I speak Spanish, listen to musica regional. I’m to “Mexican” for the Americans. Either way you are never going to please “them”. The truth is it doesn’t matter what anyone says as long as you take pride in who you are, your culture, have morals and values!

The last track is the “Earth Caves In“, Indian K recites he is still finding his way in this thing we call life! He just wants to inspire his people and the youth. He also wants to be great and leave a mark! He definitely inspired me! I love that his music has a positive message! Music like this is timeless!

This album touches on finding your own identity and being happy with being you! Self love and loving your own imperfections! This project is also about the duality we all have within ourselves. We all go through that journey where we all have self hate and just gotta live life, seek knowledge of self and learn to love ourselves! This album is really relatable to those who have had an identity crisis or just living life! Very motivational album! Indian K created a dope piece of art that breaks thru all the cultural barriers! Go stream, buy, support this project! San Diego has dope talent and Indian K is one of them!

Favorite Tracks:
1. D.O.D.N

2. Record It Up

3. Lil Indian Boy

4. Earth Caves In

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 – “Keep Moving Forward! – Ocalypse – The Earth Will Provide EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Artist: Ocalypse (One Feature: Lolo)

Album: The Earth Will Provide

Rating: 4.5/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Ocalypse EP titled, “The Earth Will Provide“. I first came across Ocalypse on Superior’s album “1989” where he was featured on a track called “Excellence”. I thought it was a dope song and an overall amazing album! Check out my review I did on that album as well. I  then began following Ocalypse on social media and that is how I found out he was dropping an EP. I had to show love to a San Diego based emcee!

I reached out to him on social media to get my facts right and share with you all a glimpse of who Ocalypse is! He was kind enough to respond to me and provided me a detailed response as to how this EP was inspired. I was amazed by his story and how of a down to earth individual he is!

Ocalypse is his artistic name, but his actual name is Nate. Nate was born in Duarte, CA, but grew up in Fontana. He then moved to San Diego in 2008. This project is his first full length project under that moniker. He has been actively involved in the San Diego hip hop scene for a little under two years.

In his own word he says, “This album is where I feel I’ve finally found my footing. The title “The Earth Will Provide” stems from a mantra I had when traveling across the country back in 2014. I walked from Chino, CA to Washington DC in order to raise awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with behavioral health issues (I myself was in the marines from 2007-2012). It took about 8 month to walk 3200 miles and whenever I felt lost or hopeless I would remind myself that as long as I was moving in a positive direction forward with a goal that is beneficial to more than myself, the Earth Will Provide and help me achieve that. The album is a culmination of everything that’s happened to me since then, and how after something as monumental as that you still have to keep moving forward.

He also mentioned that when he was out on the road, he had an IPod filled with 64GB’s of music. He said he spent 8+ hours everyday freestyling and rapping along to beats and other people’s music. He describes this experience as a “rap boot camp” that helped shape his style.

Ocalypse has a unique sound, voice and cadence that I would compare to P.O.D and Rage Against the Machine. He has one of those melodic flows where he can rap and sing. I love it because that makes him stand out from his peers and competition! He definitely has rock influence that bleeds into his music. He did mention Rage is definitely a group that has influenced him. Ocalypse also mentioned that he listened to bands like The Blood Brothers, The Locust, and Daughters. He also has his hip hop influences.

This EP consists of 7 tracks. Seems like 7 is the lucky number! Ocalypse touches on several topics from instant gratification, inspiration to keep going, self medication/drugs to deal with pain, to the search of self and even self doubt! It is a dope album that speaks on many relatable subjects.

The first track on the EP is a catchy song called, “Cut Me Off“. The hook is melodic! This track shows Ocalypse’s versatility. Their is a short singing part around the 2:45 min mark that gave me chills! The second track is, “Instant Gratification”. This song is about instant gratification and how this has  caused him failed relationships in the past. He blames himself and also his ex/exes for each others childish actions. This song also touches on this generations obsession with not wanting to put effort in building real relationships. He raps, “Knowing this is just a part of hook up culture“. Definitely my favorite track on this EP! It is so relatable to me as a single girl in this era lol. This song gave me Linkin Park vibes.

Another track is, “Peace/War” that speaks about self medication and drug use to numb the pain. Very introspective track about drug addiction. Then the song, “Holiday” speaks on his guilt and regret for neglecting his partner in a past relationship. Another standout track is “Wwyd“. The track stands for, “What would you do”. The song is about finding himself and also how far will it take for him to reach happiness or is it unattainable to the point that it consumes him?! That is how I interpreted the song. The spoken word at the end was the icing on the cake, it was amazingly beautiful! Poetic to the core! I was not expecting that track to end on that high note, I was very blown away in a positive way!

The last track is “Another Day” it is a song about self doubt, negative thoughts and the constant battle we have with our own minds. Loved the piano on this track. I really connected with this track since most of us have had at one time or another a mid life crisis aka mental breakdown. You begin to question yourself and ask what the fuck are you doing with your life?! If I had to make an anthem for that feeling it would be this beautifully composed song!

The Production is dope as well. I really enjoyed the mixture of rock and rap melodies. Loved the guitar and snares. This EP stands out from what I have heard lately which is a great thing. I think Ocalypse has created his own sound and lane successfully. I can’t wait to see what he puts out next! I see great things in the horizon for this dude! Even though he is not a San Diego native I welcome him as one of our own! Daygo stand up! Go check out his EP. Buy, stream it, post it on social media. Just show love and support.This a dope EP!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: (Lyrics provided courtesy of Ocalypse himself)

1. Instant Gratification:

“I want instant gratification
Especially in my relationships 
Blame it on commitment
Or lack of effort put in to it
Yeah we can fuck, but what happens after that moment is over and I’m wondering how long I get to hold ya
Knowing this is just a part of hook up culture 
Anything more you berate my ass on social 
Media got ya thinking you a bad bitch 
Your heads held high up you a savage
Run around town thinking that you slang dick
Tell the truth I just see it as pathetic 
Catch 22 cause I do the same shit
Probably why I drink enough to stay complacent
Ona budget but I went and spent a couple hundred just to see if I still had a taste for it

I swear this generations sick”

2. Peace/War:

A moment of silence for everything that we gave up
For our dreams 
And this fake love
It’s time to wake up
Handled my anxiety
Through isolation 
While society required
Daily medication
Raised on
The illusion
I could fix myself
With nobodies help
Well at least that’s how I think right now
So I’m stuck in this hell 
Fighting just to keep my head strong
And my nose clean
Watching people I held close
Disappear Around me. 
From dope fiend 
To coasting around the states invoking
Passion in the form of a product you find revolting
I am just a servant of man
Trying to find a woke queen

3. Wwyd:

“Endlessly provided for
Green maternal wasteland
Purveyor of a constant flood
Hounded through darkness and scarred for your atrium 
We abide by no rules 
Furthering our grief stricken resistance 
We break free from our self imposed exile all while retaining what we’ve learned 
In hopes of showing off how far we’ve gone to attain our freedom
But yet we still need you
To facilitate our growth 
You push us forward towards our goals
In hopes of a positive exchange of values
The potential for greatness is there
But when is enough enough. 
Will the omnipotent surface and remind us of our fragility
Or allow us to consume until we are all that is left. 
A fate worse than death. “

4. Another Day:

“Another day passes
We’re still getting older
How are things with you and your dreams
Further or closer
I’ve been Mulling over how it should be
How it’s supposed to end up for me
Will I finally ever feel free
Will I ever give my mind the satisfaction it desires
Or return to the earth
Unfulfilled when I expire
Will I burn in Hell Fire
Undeserving of mercy or
Did my efforts shed a light on ways to keep on improving”

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 – “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!

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