Down-low Hype: Obscure Media & Entertainment to Look Out for in 2016
Doomstarks will be dropping an album this year. Who are Doomstarks, you may ask? None other than Metal Face Doom and Ghostface Killah; the two eccentric artists are set to work together once again. If you are unfamiliar with either artist, head to Lederman and take out the treatise on hip-hop—post haste!
Metal Face Doom or MF Doom is known for his supervillain persona perpetuated by his iconic metal mask. Doom’s rap MO is a steady stream of spontaneous rhymes that at first come across as strange or absurd, but upon reflection, it often reveals something deeper. Songs like Sofa King (Remix) present the listener with a rap cauldron, bubbling with a colourful narrative.
Ghostface Killah or uncommonly known as Tony Stark, is a major player from the Wu-Tang Clan. Ghostface’s rap style is loud and rough around the edges, much like his upbringing in Staten Island. Ghostface has maintained his lyrical prowess after all these years, compare Motherless Child released in 1996 to the 2015 track Sour Soul.
The two make for a good pair. They are both top-shelf artists who hail from the late 90’s golden-era rap scene. Moreover, they work well together because of their similarity in storytelling and subject-matter, whether its kung-fu, Marvel comic books or Science Fiction.
Check out a collaboration they did years ago (set to a weird fan-made video).
Here is a movie suggestion to look forward to this year, hopefully you’ll be able to take a break from the steadily approaching sea of work and actually watch it. A Monster Calls is set to be released in 2016. This is the third movie by director Juan Antonio Bayona. His first film was the horror flick The Orphanage, which was released in 2007 and earned him the recognition necessary for the budget and cast of his second film, The Impossible, which landed Naomi Watts an Oscar for best actress.
Considering Bayona’s tested, though still fresh, directorial skills, this next picture is something to look out for in 2016. A Monster Calls is an off-beat fantasy drama based on a children’s novel, which tells the story about a boy who has to contend with his mother’s terminal illness and school-yard bullies. The fantasy element emerges in the form of a supportive tree monster played by Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson is likely a parental figure for the boy in this movie, thus the bullies should be concerned.
Law school and gaming do not really mix; my Xbox had a thick film of dust prior to the break. That being said, maybe you’ll be fortunate enough to have time to dive into Cuphead. Cuphead is an indie game that first appears to be a side-scroller but in fact is a run-and-gun arcade style adventure. This game is worth checking out because it goes against the mainstream grain. Cuphead does not strive to create a photorealistic world. Instead, Cuphead is made up of cartoon illustrations that take on a retro 1950’s Walt Disney style—they did not even forget the grainy film filter. The released footage depicts a promising and polished game that is both visually stunning and also rich in creatively silly characters.
The above article is just a list of anticipated content for the new year. Junaid Malik has not previewed any of this content, and by choosing to check out any of the above suggestions you agree to not hold it against Junaid Malik if they happen to suck.
Junaid Malik is Culture Editor of Juris Diction. He is a 2L student.