Since there are so many linkworthy videos on Youtube.com nowadays, I decided to start a separate blog so I can try to keep track of them all. Or a few of them at least. And I figure the best way to inaugurate any blog is with a little Homer :
(via screenhead, who already do this better than I will.)
Andrew Bynum is an 18 year old rookie center drafted by the Lakers this year, who told reporters he was a lot like a young Shaquille O'Neal, except that he knows how to make free throws. Shaq Fu was displeased, and shot back: "Tell him Shaq doesn't respond to juvenile delinquents without a college degree, Tell him to get his degree and we can talk. In the meantime, he should call me 'Dr. Shaq' because I'm working on my PhD."
This week they had their first confrontation on the court, and it more than lived up to the pregame yapping:
From the same fine fellow who brought us this classic P-Funk clip, here's a vintage funk freakout from the Mothers of Invention. This 1974 clip features my favorite incarnation of the Mothers, with heavy-hitters like George Duke, Ruth Underwood and Napoleon Brock Murphy on sax/vocals:
Jim Carrey's "Vanilla Ice" Skit on In Living Color
On his DVD commentary, Director Michel Gondry said he picked Jim Carrey for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" because he was watching "In Living Color," and at the end when the hip-hop comes on and everyone starts dancing, Carrey was the only one just standing there, looking all uncomfortable cuz he couldn't dance to the music. Seeing how lonely and out of place Carrey looked, Gondry knew that was just what he needed for the movie.
I dunno though, Jim's moves were pretty slick right here!
Man, looking at old clips of Michael makes me want to cry, and i'm not saying that to be funny. Seeing that beautiful young kid, knowing how tortured he must have already been by himself and his life. I think Michael is the ultimate American tragedy, for our fast-food celebrity age.. we chewed him up and spit him out, and laughed at his pain all the way down.
And now that I've ruined your enjoyment the clip, here he goes doing Rockin Robin:
You may know I collect HK movies, and I'm pretty sure I have the documentary this clip comes from, in the closet somewhere.. it's named "Abbot Hai-Teng of Shaolin" and also has cool footage of Jet Li back when he was a kid (the same footage from the "Dragons of the Orient" documentary?).
And yeah, this clip does look suspect.. but Hai Deng was a real-life Shaolin master, and consensus among experts is that it may be faked in this instance, but Hai Deng really could perform the one-finger handstand for real, at least in his younger days.
Nowadays almost every TV show you ever watched is available on DVD.. but there are a few exceptions. The problem is that if you had a lot of music mixed into your show, you have to negotiate new licensing fees for every song you used, and for a lot of shows that's just way too expensive.
One of my all-time favorites, "Freaks and Geeks," didn't get a DVD treatment for years cuz of these rules, and when it finally did come out the price had to be crazy high to offset all that licensing. And Beavis and Butthead has still never been released in its original form.. the DVDs edit out most of their music video commentary, which was of course the best part of the show.
So until they figure out a licensing system that doesn't suck, the only way to find the original B&B shows is to catch them online, like you can with this vintage episode:
Hmm, this one doesn't quite do it for me. Helps me appreciate how well the Narnia boys pull it off. In fact it should serve as a warning to you all: fake rapping is not as easy as it looks! Best to leave it to the professionals.
Main Source "Fakin the Funk" (and 9 More Classic Hip-Hop Videos)
There's just so much classic hip-hop to choose from on youtube, there's no way I can make a separate post for each one anymore... gonna try knocking them out 10 at a time. These are all courtesy of the youtube all-star Young Af:
A rare glimpse at one of Prince's best side projects on Paisley Park, with "St. Paul" Peterson and Susannah Melvoin on vocals, Jerome and Jellybean from The Time, and Eric Leeds.. is that Eric playing bass in the video?
James Lipton Reciting K-Fed's "Popozao" on Conan O'Brien
We had previously determined that double fake rap (taking an already fake rap and doing a fake version of it) was a bad idea, but in this case it works. Maybe it only works if you start with someone like Kevin Federline, a fake rapper who doesn't know he's fake.
A sort of electronic press kit from 86 or so.. lots of footage of Def Jam's old office on Elizabeth Street, for my industry peoples who go back that far. I guess Rick or Russell told everyone that the day's talking point was "rap is like rock and roll"?
Jet Li says Fearless will be his last martial arts movie, and it looks like a hot one.. directed by Ronnie Yu with action by Yuen Woo-Ping. Seems to be a remake of Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury" aka The Chinese Connection (the same one Jet and Yuen Woo Ping drew from in "Fist of Legend"). Here's the trailer that's screening in Asia right now:
It's hard being the most badass martial arts movie star in the world, because everywhere you go people want to test you. Like here, Ong Bak's Tony Jaa is minding his own business trying to promote his new film "Tom Yum Goong", and suddenly a movie soundtrack is playing and all these random dudes dressed in black just can't resist jumping up to get beat down: