Brown & White, hailing from Atlanta GA, is the most exciting rap duo to emerge out of the south since the likes of OutKast and UGK!!!Brown & White is comprised of Dilemma Onassis and Tha Real MG, both Atlanta natives that received their upbringing on the South and West Side of Atlanta. Through rap, these two talented individuals push the boundaries of music with infectious melodies and tactical wordplay that produces an eclectic sound rarely imagined in today's musical arena.

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Real MG aka The Southside Shark, is known for his undeniably catchy hooks, the kind that get stuck in your head and make you want to party like its the weekend, even at 7am on a Monday morning! He then immerses you into his descriptive and vivid storylines that weave tales of life on the southside. From cruisin through the streets of Atlanta, to getting dances and advances from exotic vixens, The Real MG will have you seeing movies in your head.

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Onassis is a force to be reckoned with, delivering wordplay and rhyme schemes that will make you rewind the track over and over in an attempt to memorize each verse, line for line! Dilemma prides himself on being able to "adapt" to any beat or melody, allowing him to span across genres in an effort to expand his musical repertoire.Brown & White is the group to keep your eyes on for years to come if you are a true fan of Hip Hop, and want to experience great music from two of the most talented writers making their way independently.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The rise and rise of The Rock

Middlebrow
By Lauren Duca

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is probably our biggest movie star right now. He was Hercules in "Hercules," the dad in "Taken" with earthquakes (otherwise known as "San Andreas") and now he's going to fight a gorilla and other stuff in "Rampage." Between "Furious 7" becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, the possible remake of "Big Trouble in Little China" and his HBO show, "Ballers," he's seemingly become ubiquitous in a matter of months. The movies are getting bigger and bigger, and The Rock is rising in tandem with the ever-bloating megahits, crushing each blockbuster like its Triple H in this YouTube video of a WWE fight. He is a hero of the Internet, a tanned and ripped metaphor for American consumerism.

To really look at the rise of The Rock, we need to go back to the days when he was Dewey Johnson, a newly signed University of Miami Football player, raising his eyebrow at the camera (and probably thinking: "Just wait until I am Hollywood's biggest star approximately 25 years from now!") He branded it as "The People's Eyebrow" once he moved on to WWE, but we're getting ahead of ourselves. Before his football career ended with ruptured disks and he moved onto wrestling, the man who would become our Rock always knew how to command an audience.

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It wasn't until 1996 that Johnson made his WWE debut. Then he was known as Rocky Maivia and, as he had put it, those early days were an "epic failure." What he needed to find his success was a rebranding.

He reinvented his character with a self-awareness that let fans immerse themselves in the theater of wrestling while also having a keen sense of its inherent camp. Being able to keep a pro-wrestling figure grounded is also what makes "Taken"-plus-earthquakes Dad and Hercules work. There's a glimmer of sarcasm always flitting in his eyes. "It's all going to be alright," he seems to comfort us. "I know it's absurd that I am battling a weather disaster/mythical creature/gorilla right now."

Then came "The Mummy Returns." His time onscreen as The Scorpion King back in 2001 laid the groundwork for his ascent to the Blockbuster King he has become a decade and a half later. It was clear then that he had the kind of magnetism we require of our movie stars, that charisma you can't make up or learn. And instead of trying to move into a new Serious Actor space with that role, he was doing it in tandem with the job that awarded him fame in the first place, embracing his presence as an oily body in belted underwear rather than dispelling it.

At some point, between "The Other Guys" and "Fast & Furious 6," The Rock's aggressively simplistic readings gave way to an onscreen presence that is (likely unintentionally) a commentary on itself. In the age of the disposable action hero, The Rock is a breath of unserious fresh air. It's as if by being onscreen, he's poking a constant elbow at the genre most accurately identified as Bigger & Better Action Crap. He's evolved into the perfect combination of intensity and absurdity, making us feel like we're in on the joke. His gift to us is just enough self-awareness to genuinely enjoy films with less intellectual value than a box of Yodels.

The state of movies right now is some combination of daunting and this picture of a dumpster. It is a massive heap of garbage nonsense, engineered seemingly in a lab. And yet, as The Rock smiles at the camera and raises The People's Eyebrow, he makes us feel like, if only for approximately two hours and seven minutes, that's okay. He may not be the hero we need right now, but he's definitely the one we deserve.

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