Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Kanye West - A beautiful dark twisted fantasy
New Album out November 22nd

I'm not going to mince my words, Kanye's new album: "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" bangs like bad breath GOTT DAAAAMN!!!!!

A man that simply doesn't know when he's beat, after scandal upon scandal, Ye's output of sturdy and stirring music has been consistent for the past 10 years.

His latest offering is no different, MBDTF is a return to Ye's College Dropout edgy and raw Hip-Hop sound, something many Hip-Hop fans will certainly celebrate after many heavily criticised Kanye's autotune-laden and melancholic 808s and Heartbreak.

From the first track MBDTF is monstrous,with the production provided by Wutang Legend RZA. Kanye seems to be fighting to reaffirm his credentials reminding everyone who said he'd be "black-balled" after his notorious MTV outburst against country sweetheart Taylor Swift,
"...the same people that tried to black ball me forgot about two things - my black balls."
With features from Rick Ross, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj (Obviously), Jay-Z, Swiss Beats, John Legend, Raekwon, KiD CuDi, comedian Chris Rock (That is not a typo) there's few criticisms I could lay against this album. Perhaps a few of the songs are too long, and there's still some fragments of 808s towards the end but on the whole this is the hottest release in Hip-Hop this year.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is scheduled for release next week November 22 with the deluxe edition releasing on 29 November 2010.

If I was you, I'd be making a purchase, but I already got me a copy, its nice to know people who know people ;P

- Mr Devo

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Lib Dem Counsillor says fees rise is not a burden

Photo: Liberal Democrat Councillor Duwayne Brooks

Lib Dem Councillor encourages dodging Student Finance repayments as a solution to the expected “crippling” hike in tuition fees.

Duwayne Brooks, Councillor for Lewisham urged young people from low income households and single parent families not to fear the prospect of increased student finance debt as it is “unlikely” they will ever have to pay it off.

Comparing the options some young people from poorer backgrounds face of staying in education or turning to a life of crime, Brooks revealed in an interview: “I can go to university and come out with a debt of £36,000, I’m never going to get bailiffs knocking on the door, I’m never going to have anyone chasing me down for the money.”

Suggesting that most graduates will never earn enough to pay back their tuition fees and loans, so therefore, they should stop complaining.

Challenging the mentality of some young people who would rather earn a living through illegal means instead of choosing higher education with the burden of inherent debt, Brooks added: “Do you want to continue selling drugs or do you want to show your children in the future that they can be successful [through legal means]?

“You’ll never get asked to pay the money back, how is it a burden?”

Coming from a Liberal Democrat party member, after the party turned shy on its pre-election promise to oppose tuition fees all together will be a cynical pill for the parents and the wider public to swallow.

Many share Brooks’ opinion however, as well the government who says that the lowest-earning 25 per cent of graduates will pay less than they currently do. Including half of all graduates who will not have paid off the full amount after 30 years, by which time the remaining debt is wiped out anyway.

Following the Browne report in October the government put forward proposals to remove the current cap on tuition fees at Universities across the country, which will see some intuitions charge up to £9,000 per year. These proposals will almost certainly come into effect in September 2012, and has already got some young people and their parents concerned.

A-level student Julia Victoria, 17, said: “I’ve got to consider seriously if it’s worth me still considering university or not, if I spend the next five years working my way up I’ll be in good pay anyway and without huge debt hanging over my head.”

The uproar from students and parents could however be hiding a far greater issue. If a large number of students are, as the Lib Dem Counsellor Duwayne Brooks believes, unlikely to ever pay it all back, how will raising the fees make any positive difference to the economy? If the money will “never” be paid back, leaving the state to foot the bill, why not raise fees to £20,000 or £100,000?

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's The World at One show, Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams, who spoke for his party on higher education before the election, told the programme last week that his party wanted to move away from Labours’ fees system to a fairer system – and that the new system is fairer.

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