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Last night I was doing some studying while my friend living in Canada asks me, since he considers me a rap enthusiast, to check out this freestyle.

I’m not a big fan of Wiz Khalifa, although the tune of “Black and Yellow” is tempting, but when I heard this freestyle, it seemed pretty cool. Maybe because it’s the same music.

So, this is D-WHY, he has his own Facebook page, a Twitter handle, and his YouTube page. It’s must see/listen. He looks Middle Eastern, but I have no idea about his origins or any bio or anything since his official page doesn’t say anything (or I couldn’t see it).

Anyway, here it is:


[Important Note: If you're of the conservative or sensitive type and still haven't heard the song (good for you!), I wouldn't suggest you watch the video at the end of this post.]

Rihanna and Chris Brown concert. Brisbane Ente...

Rihanna in Concert (Image via Wikipedia)

One day after Rihanna took her Twitter to announce that she would collaborate with non-other than pop princess,  Britney Spears, a remix of RiRi’s international hit S&M popped up on YouTube, and I’m sure many people’s fantasies just came true (especially considering how Spears has perfected the art of moaning through most of her songs).

The tune, an ode to everything sadomasochism, is not for the faint-hearted or the conservative. The original version has been playing on the radio for a while, even though in the UK the title had to be changed to the refrain “Come On” to make it less shocking.

Though named as a “remix,” there isn’t much change in this edition. The opening beats and synths are slightly changed and the the “na na na come on”s are stronger and more forceful because there’s two voices getting them out there. The alternation of which performer sings what part is definitely very-well thought out and just adds to the intensity of the whole thing.

The second verse of the song though gets the most significant update as the lyrics are changed to “just one night full of sin, feel the pain on your skin, to promise me mercy, it’s your turn to hurt me. If I’m bad, tie my down, shut me up, [...] cause the pain is my pleasure, nothing comes better.” This is most probably because Britney does the singing here and her vocals are not as high as Rihanna, or they just felt like changing things for this new release.

I am not going to comment on the overall lyrics and message because I don’t find this song to be representative of what music should be nor do I like Rihanna, especially after she went all pixie-cut and transformed her R&B style to pure club-pop. It’s a pure exploration of fantasies but should not be as commercially spread as it is right now because it caters to a small population. Plus, imagine your little sister singing that song while she doesn’t understand the lyrics!

But do I like Britney and Rihanna duetting?

Of course I do!

It’s a match made in pop music heaven!  Spears is certainly a hot commodity right now with two new singles and an album, Femme Fattale, topping the charts and receiving much critical acclaim. Rihanna, on the other hand, has been riding out the success of 2010’s smash collaboration with Eminem, though her album Loud has not been up to par.

So this music fan right here is hoping that the two get together really soon and make something from scratch because if they were individually able to take the music world by storm, there’s no end to what they could do together!


I understand that Rebecca Black has been getting a lot of heat lately for what has come to be known as the most-hated song on YouTube and probably in the entire recording industry. But focusing all our energy on her is just a waste because music is constantly evolving (or not) and there’s always something new. I am by no means saying that Friday is a good song-that’s far from it, but rather, let’s focus our energy on things that matter. Like Katy Perry.

Katy Perry has been on a roll as of late. Since she came onto the scene with the epically-controversial I Kissed  A Boy, her career has only been going upwards.  2010 saw the release of her hit-album Teenage Dream with songs like California Girl,  Firework and the title track going on to top the charts and feature prominently on the famous TV musical dramadey Glee.

Black-and-white head and upper body side shot of a woman, with straight bangs and cat-like eye make-up, looking to her right. She holds her hands close to her face in a prayer-like manner and wears a shiny sleveless top and multiple finger rings. The word "E.T." appears centered near the bottom, with "Katy Perry" above and "Ft. Kanye West" below, all in majuscule pink dashed font.

Single Cover for Katy Perry's E.T. (Image via Wikipedia)

Her first venture in 2011 is a collaboration with Kanye West, who seems to be everywhere lately, named E.T. Yes, that E.T.

Apparently, the whole song is about being in love with a foreigner- something  that is true in Perry’s case, as she married British comedian Russel Brand late last year. But if you happen to hear this song on the radio without consulting Wikipedia, you’re just going to think the song is about alien sex- and West does nothing to dispel that notion with his few rap verses.

I’ll admit, the beat is very catchy, especially at the breakdown verse  where she says ” You’re  from a whole other world, a different dimension, You open my eyes, And I’m ready to go, Lead me into the light” but the rest of the song is very shallow (hence the reason why I brought up Friday in the opening paragraph).  I’m very disappointed because one of the writers of this track is Max Martin , whose almost legendary in the world of good pop music.

But if vocal-enhancers are being used, it doesn’t show, because the 26 year-old singer is actually able to carry a note (and a very high one).

The video also just recently came out, and features the two collaborators in, what else, an extra terrestrial setting. Though I really don’t want to get this video, especially since this seems to be the craze  (see Gaga’s Born this Way video for further proof), I am going to applaud the hard work that went into making Perry into an alien. She’s not strikingly pretty but she’s not ugly either and I really loved her look in Teenage Dream. Anyways, this excess does serve a purpose here and I like it.

Everything else? No just no, no, no! Kanye looks like a fish out of water, the whole robot coming to life in the end sequence is creepy, and I really don’t understand the very obvious sunglasses product placement and the walking into the sunlight thing. Maybe I just don’t want to…  Maybe Perry should just focus her next projects on more Earthly things (and stop banishing Adele from the top of the charts)

Here’s the video for your viewing enjoyment. What do you think?


This video was created by a Cleveland filmmaker yesterday.

LeBron said that “they could do better.”

What do you think?


American University of Beirut

That They May Have Life and Have It More Abundantly

After spending the best two years of my life at the American Univeristy of Beirut, majoring in Environmental Health and being involved in so many extracirculars, I will be graduating in June- something I’m having a lot of mixed feelings about. I recently wrote an Op-Ed for Outlook, AUB‘s Official Student Newspaper about my experiences and this post is based on that piece. I’m certain that in the coming months, I’ll have more to add as my undergraduate years come to a close. Here they are in no particular order.

You will:

  • Overnight on projects that will only count for 10% of your final grade
  • study at Jafet, no matter how much you try to resist the idea.
  • Take some classes that are going to very interesting. Others will just make you wonder what the hell you’re doing there.
  • Drink coffee, chew gum, text, BBM, and fall asleep sitting up in class.
  • Pronounce Bathish in the most American accent only to find out its Lebanese.
  • Join some clubs even if they don’t appeal to your interests.
  • Go to events just because there’s a reception afterwards.
  • Run from upper to lower campus under the pouring rain, carrying two bags, an ineffective umbrella, and wearing the wrong shoes for the season.
  • Take advice from random strangers and dispense it on others.
  • Make friends that you will never see anymore.
  • Meet people in the weirdest of ways.
  • Have trouble with registration. (more…)

 

 

It is this time of the year in AUB, where all the clubs (and some societies) put their booths outside West Hall in order to attract the AUB newbies and some of the old AUBites in an effort to bring as much members as possible so that the clubs can gain more fame and boast about their popularity.

There are several types of clubs, most famously the Lebanese political clubs that attract all new AUB students on the spot. Then you got the societies that are related to their faculties and departments, and those usually automatically attract the students majoring in such fields. Then you have the clubs that are based on heritage and different Arab nationalities, since AUB is not just made of Lebanese students after all.

Finally, you got the clubs that are created based on a common interest. And that’s where AUB’s Online Collaborative (AUBOC) comes into this blogpost.

What is the AUBOC?

The AUBOC is a fresh new club, something other than the ordinary that you have not seen in AUB and is a first of its kind. As you all know, social media nowadays is taking over our daily lives and many of us cannot live without it. Rarely is there someone that uses Internet that can go a day, even a few hours without checking his/her Facebook. Or people that can’t go 2 minutes without Tweeting a link or new events that take place and check what their favorite celebrities are up to. How about the millions and millions that use YouTube every second to check out videos on the ‘Net? Or those that have to blog about everything that comes on their mind and yet find a lot of readers that take interest in reading about such stuff?  This is what the AUBOC is all about, to bring awareness about online social media to those who don’t use it or aren’t that familiar with it.

There are a lot of bloggers in AUB that are unknown to us and could be blogging about excellent content but do not have the right support or are unable to reach the right audience. This is where AUBOC steps in and hopes to bring all the bloggers to one place so they can share their common interest somewhere.

Hopefully, AUBOC will be able to host the long awaited Bloggers’ Convention that was supposed to take place a few months back. There will be several Tweetups taking place in addition to exhibitions of digital media and workshops on the basics of social media usage.

If you are a blogger in AUB, this is the club you want to join.

If you are a huge fan of online social media and want to learn more stuff, this is where you should be.

If you have no idea how these things work and want to develop interest, this is DEFINITELY where you should sign up tomorrow.

Come to our stand at West Hall tomorrow and the day after (October 5 & 6) and sign up for this one-of-a-kind collaborative and be the first of something special.

Note: This is the official blog and this is the Facebook page.


http://media.threadless.com/product/1397/zoom.gifI found this image while using Stumbleupon and I couldn’t but share it with you, especially that I have been thinking about writing a post on the “death” of cassettes and CDs thanks to the widespread popularity of iPods and mp3 players for a while now.

I remember about 10 years ago, I used to be the proud owner of a pink-red Sony Walkman on which I used to play all my Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and other pop group cassettes on. Though it was bulky in comparison to my current choice of music player (an iPod nano 3rd generation), I used to carry it everywhere I went, with a spare tape in tow, just in case I got bored of listening to the same thing over and over again.

And even though, in my early teenage years, I transitioned to the CD player, I still obsessively made mix tapes. It was always a matter of waiting for Radio One to play the latest song stuck in my head and rushing to record it, then playing then over and over again. The last time I made a mix-tape, it was in 2004, meaning I was 13 years old, and I only abandoned the practice because I started ordering custom-made mix CDs from a nearby shop. That would soon be followed by buying a first generation iPod shuffle, discovering downloading, replacing the shuffle with a 2nd generation iPod nano, then having to replace it with the current one I have when it would no longer function.That was a sad day, because I had not backed up the 500 or so songs I had, and had to download everything all over again. (more…)