With six days left to shop before Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa and whatever other holiday you happen to celebrate in late December, the majors are releasing one last batch of new releases to blow your money on.
Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool
Off the strength of his breakthrough hit “Kick, Push,” this young MC/Kanye West disciple went big - like a skater doing a switch 360 flip down twenty stairs. On his solid follow-up, The Cool, Fiasco retains his stamina, vocal delivery, and stylish beats that’ll have his peers broken and scarred in his wake.
See him next:
Friday, January 11 at Showbox at the Market
Kiss - Kissology Volume 3, 1992-2000 DVD
Musically, what has Kiss given to the world between 1992 and 2000? NOT A WHOLE LOT. Kiss, in my opinion, have never been a good band, but they have excelled at marketing themselves. They’ve been raking in on anything you can put your mind to - those kick ass Kiss action figures, Kiss T-shirts in every mall-based movie/CD/ “alternative” store, signature make-up, you name it. Only a diehard Kiss fan would buy this. But why? Do you get a free Kiss Army temporary tattoo with it?
See them next (via time machine): In 1977, when they were still somewhat relevant.
Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains
Mary J. Blige should change her middle name to Ophelia, so then she would be known as Mary O. Blige. Ah, that joke never gets old. Believe it or not, I actually have liked some stuff that this charismatic diva has done over the years. She’s got the pipes, a good story, and plenty of sass. I am curious to hear this one, for sure.
See her next:
Today on MTV and all over talk show circuit the rest of the week (no tour dates posted, check local listings)
Tone Loc - “Wild Thing (Peaches Remix)” single
Sure, this song came out when I was still in elementary school, but I absolutely loved it (I owned the cassette single). I wanted to lip sync it for the school lip sync contest, but when I played it for my dad in the car, he protested, due to its strong sexual content. Commence Sex Ed 101. Peaches gives this classic rump shaker a little piece of her bush and them some. Perfect for the person you want to find yourself under the mistletoe AND sheets this holiday.
See him next: Probably a celebreality TV show that either airs on VH1 or E!