Wednesday, September 24 2014
The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.
Sunday, August 3 2008
The solo debut from DMX's beatsmith ends up being messy rather than dirty.
Tuesday, July 18 2006
This has always been the thing about X, his capacity to feel, hugely, completely, publicly. He hardly needs reality tv to exploit that about him.
Monday, July 12 2004
'I look older in person than I come across on film,' observes DMX while watching himself in Never Die Alone.
Friday, March 26 2004
King's funeral opens Never Die Alone, but his throbbing self-consciousness drives it.
Thursday, November 20 2003
Friday, February 28 2003
Deemed 'The Next Tom Cruise' by 'GQ' magazine, the prolific, asthmatic, and charismatic Dark Man X continues to power his way into the movies.
Monday, October 22 2001
Sunday, January 1 1995
A car drives through a bridge and dark city streets, passing the freeway sign 'East Bay Bridge, Oakland' on the way. A blasting hip-hop soundtrack accompanies opening film credits in overlapping English and Chinese characters.
Andrzej Bartkowiak's current film Romeo Must Die, which features the incredible martial arts skills of Jet Li, left me a little depressed.