Tag: Desi Music

RIP Nate Dog: 21 Questions and Anthems in Death

16Mar

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By: Reena Mumbai reenadotme@gmail.com

It’s kind of crazy that a lot of breaking news that I learn of is via Twitter. Tonight, for example, I learned that Nate Dogg died. Here’s the crazy in that- I thought it was a hoax because as soon as I saw the tweet I, of course, Googled it, and there were NO hits to corroborate. As it turns out, Twitter beat Google to the punch. Sadly, the world has lost another rapper from my formative intro-to-rap years. Twitter, in the meantime, is blowing up with “R.I.P” shouts and lyrics from famous Nate Dogg songs. When I hear Nate Dogg I immediately think of two songs, probably not unlike many others who grew up on his music. Obviously, one is “Regulate” by Warren G, but the other is probably one that is a less common conduit to Nate because it came later in his career, and that is “21 Questions” by 50 Cent. It has one of the cheesiest, smile-inducing lines in hip hop. The line that then became nauseatingly overused- “I love you like a fat kid love cake.” Granted, that wasn’t actually his line.

Do people ever say to you, “This song always reminds me of you”? I get that from friends and it’s usually either a 90’s song or some random hip-hop song. I was thinking, I wonder what song Nate Dogg would want people playing in his memory. Like, would he scoff if he knew I played “21 Questions” because it was actually a 50 Cent song that he was featured on? Actually, most of the popular songs Nate Dogg is remembered for were collabos with other artists. Then I thought, well, when I die, what song do I want my death to immediately trigger in the minds of my friends?

Hold, please. Time for a 3:40 am cookie…

As I was saying, what song would I want people playing? Yes, I realize this is a big assumption that, somehow, my death will spark a global “kumbaya”, but you never know, so it’s best to have a plan in place. The problem is there are so many great songs that put me in an out-of-body experience. I’m being totally serious- music does that to me, often. Some people use qualudes, some use videogames, I use music. Parenthetically speaking, did you know that quaaludes were first invented in India? It is one of those obscure, but important, facts to spew out to someone you want to impress, like, I dunno, a drugged-out hippie child of the Woodstock era, who maybe manages a famous band.

The problem with picking one song to be your anthem in death is that you want to make sure it’s a “timeless” song. This means most current popular music is out. Ke$ha’s ( I can’t believe I actually dollar-signed her) “Blow” may sound great now, but 30 years from now it’s just going to be eyebrow-raising when this song is trending on Twitter as #RIP Reena.Blow on girl. So, I’m trying very hard to scour my top 50 songs list and come up with the perfect anthem in death for myself. I have none as of yet. But I’d better find one fast. It’s best to be prepared.

Post script: I find Ke$ha distasteful and a big ear soar. However, I will go on the record and say I am totally feeling her new song “Blow” which, when listened to at cochlea-cracking decibels, really just makes you want to dance. Also, this video has unicorns (dammit, are unicorns trendy now??) and Dawson of “Dawson’s Creek” fame. What the?

And for the record, the cookie(s) I ate at 3:40 am were sugarless and homemade, though obviously not by me.

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It’s Raining Noobs in B-Town

26Feb

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By Neha “Bollywood” Gautam

It is not only a goal, but for many debut actors and actresses, a dream to gain accolades for their very first film. In recent times, there have been three major people to do so in Bollywood: Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, and Ranveer Singh. If these names don’t ring a bell, I’m sure the songs “Haule Haule,” “Munni Budnaam Hui,” and “Ainvayi Ainvayi” do!

First in line to win our hearts was Anushka Sharma way back when with RAB NE BANA DI JODI (December 2008). She was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan and directed by the one and only, Aditya Chopra, who is known for producing and writing plenty of movies, but directing only very few, including DDLJ and Mohabbatein. Not only is Aditya Chopra a gem of a director, but Shah Rukh Khan? The name alone is enough said.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of King Khan, but he does have his charm, and to be sharing the screen for an Aditya Chopra directorial with a newcomer is a HUGE burden for the newbie. To say the very least, Anushka Sharma, a 20-year-old (at the time) from Bangalore, stole the show! She was a complete natural and exceeded everyone’s expectations! Both the audience and critics loved her, as she was nominated for pretty much every Debut/Best Actress award for her role as Tani. She didn’t win due to a stiff competition that year, but did go on to deliver another hit with BADMAASH COMPANY (May 2010). Post RNBDJ, her next blockbuster came with BAND BAAJA BAARAT this past December 2010. This was, by far, the best Bolly movie I’ve seen in a while. I was obsessed with it after watching it once, so I went on to see it about five more times within two weeks; it really was THAT good! I highly recommend it to everyone!! Anushka’s next, PATIALA HOUSE, which released about two weeks ago, didn’t fare too well at the box office, but her performance was very much appreciated.

Following Anushka’s royal entrance with SRK was Sonakshi Sinha’s powerful debut with Sallu-bhai in DABANGG! Once again, a debutante was caste opposite one of the greats in the business. Expectations naturally increase in such situations. And once again, Sonakshi is no less than amazing! She impressed and mesmerized the audience with her unique charm. The dialogue, “Thappad se dar nahin lagta hai, Saab; pyaar se lagta hai” (“I’m not afraid of getting hit, Sir; I’m scared of love”), became a huge hit with the fans! Sonakshi spoke very little in the film, as she expressed so much through her eyes and her body… body language, that is! She has been signed on for about five more films. It has yet to be seen if she can live up to expectations. Salman Khan helped her win accolades with her dabangg (fearless) debut, but can she repeat the magic with her upcoming films??

Back to my obsession with BAND BAAJA BAARAT (December 2010) comes our final awesome debutante: Ranveer Singh. I have to admit, although Anushka Sharma did a great job as his co-actor and Maneesh Sharma did a kick-ass job directing it, I have to go on record to say that Ranveer Singh was the heart and soul of the film! Every dialogue, dance-move, smile, shirtless scene (definitely could’ve used some more), was just brilliant! Ranveer was on-point and beyond excellent in every single scene! A debut with Yash Raj Films, acting opposite Anushka, winning over 10 Best Debut Actor awards… what more could he have asked for?? He broke down in tears upon winning the prestigious Filmfare Award. I was almost in tears with him. Okay, yes, I am obsessed. You’ll understand why after watching it, too! So go for it! BAND BAAJA BAARAT is a winner, all the way!

His next will be once again with Anushka and directed by Maneesh: LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL. (btw, the Koffee with Karan episode with Ranveer and Anushka is hilarious! Give that a go, as well!)
The noobs have taken over, and rightfully so. Anushka, Sonakshi, and Ranveer have claimed their ground in Bollywood and will continue to deliver hits. All my money is on Ranveer Singh, though! 😀

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Desi B finds inspiration in Sikh Knowledge’s beats

22Jan

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Desi B (Bhavdeep Rehal) will be on The Junction’s “You got Mail” segment, we will be playing “Reel Queen No I Mean” produced by Desi B. You can feel the dancehall vibe, so for you dancehall fans you are in for a real treat! The instrumentals were “jacked” from Sikh Knowledge, who gave Desi B his blessing. We know how important it is to have someone to look up to, Desi B finds his inspiration and connects to music, especially the beats Sikh Knowledge puts out.

Desi B is proud of his Indian-African heritage, he was born in the UK and currently resides in Canada. He was brought up in a loving Sikh/Hindu household, which taught him no matter what you believe in, you should always show respect for other people. He considers himself an experimenter of Urban Themes, a dreamer, a Poet with something to say, something of a psychological Painter who wants to use every color on the emotional spectrum to make a lyric.

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DSB Music presents… Bhangra Dub Step vol. 1

8Nov

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I got a soft spot for Dubstep, when you combined it with one of my favorite genres (Bhangra) it’s always a hit or miss with me because I tend to be tune and not too impressed 90% of the time.  But DSB comprised this cool mix tape, we are currently playing Miss Pooja, Dr. Zeus (listeners really feeling this one) and Bikram Singh on UDR’s Junction show.

Imran Khan – Bewafa DSB REMIX

Miss Pooja – Boli DSB REMIX

Miss Pooja – Nachdi De Pairan Vich DSB REMIX

PropheC – Sohni DSB REMIX

Bikram Singh – Tere Nain Nashiley DSB REMIX

Dr. Zeus – Kangna DSB REMIX

Surinder Shinda – Mirza DSB REMIX

Late Kaka Bhaniawala – Kise Hor Banereh DSB REMIX

Jay Sean ditches the Grammy for an Oscar?

25Sep

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Not far from it, don’t worry Jay Sean fans, your boy is still going to be producing/singing, but the double platinum artist has been receiving a lot of offers from Hollywood and Bollywood. I could picture him as a gangster in a Bollywood film, what do you think? For Hollywood…hmmm. A con artist? He’s got that sexy british accent, which makes all you women go goo-goo eyes over him.

While he was in primary school, he won a lot of awards for his acting. Although he wants to be careful and not just “settle” for “any” role, it has to be a quality film, but he can easily picture himself transition from music to movies. But I believe his heart is devoted to his music.

“I think singers, especially in my genre of music, like everything around them to be really cool. They are afraid to look stupid or silly. But in my case, I’d love to do just that, to show my diverse personality. I’d love to be stupid or silly on screen, if given a chance!” says Jay.

Atif Aslam is alive and well!

29Aug

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The internet can be a real dirty place where a cesspool of rumors circulate left and right… the dirtiest rumor of the week? Someone put out an announcement that Atif Aslam died and get this… from throat cancer?! Who would say such a thing… a jealous rival? an angry fan? Your guess is as good as mine. But rest assure, Atif is alive and well, him and his brother are trying to track down the cause of the ugly rumor. But take my advice Atif, just focus on your music, no need to waste your time over petty rumors. Let’s see the collaboration between Guns “N” Roses kick off!