"Gemini Man" Reportedly Stands To Lose $75 Million Following Bust At Box Office

After showing up poorly at the box office, Will Smith and director Ang Lee's Gemini Man film is looking at losses of at least $75 million after earning just $20.5 million in its opening weekend and closing out this weekend with a global pull of $118.7 million. This weekend, analysts saw hope for the film as it opened up in the Chinese market. But even that wasn't enough to revive its sales, pulling in a less-than-expected figure of $21 million in the territory.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesIts revenue is stacked against a budget of $140 million and an additional $100 million marketing budget shared between four companies: David Ellison's Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the Chinese-based companies Fosun and Alibaba. The film, which stars Smith as an assasin who is tasked with killing the younger version of himself, was bolstered by Ang Lee's use of de-aging technology. However, dismal reviews ahead of the film's arrival were its ultimate demise. As it stands, the film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 25 percent, a career-worst for Lee.In 10 days, the film's domestic tally is only $36.5 million, dipping 59 percent in its second weekend, collecting just $8.5 million in North America this weekend in contrast to a weak overseas tally of $82.2 million whick pokes holes in the crutch that action-packed films often find in foreign performance. 

After showing up poorly at the box office, Will Smith and director Ang Lee’s Gemini Man film is looking at losses of at least $75 million after earning just $20.5 million in its opening weekend and closing out this weekend with a global pull of $118.7 million. 

This weekend, analysts saw hope for the film as it opened up in the Chinese market. But even that wasn’t enough to revive its sales, pulling in a less-than-expected figure of $21 million in the territory.

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Its revenue is stacked against a budget of $140 million and an additional $100 million marketing budget shared between four companies: David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the Chinese-based companies Fosun and Alibaba. 

The film, which stars Smith as an assasin who is tasked with killing the younger version of himself, was bolstered by Ang Lee’s use of de-aging technology. However, dismal reviews ahead of the film’s arrival were its ultimate demise. As it stands, the film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 25 percent, a career-worst for Lee.

In 10 days, the film’s domestic tally is only $36.5 million, dipping 59 percent in its second weekend, collecting just $8.5 million in North America this weekend in contrast to a weak overseas tally of $82.2 million whick pokes holes in the crutch that action-packed films often find in foreign performance. 

Branded Moore is back with Friends

By Chase March Word Is Bond
Branded Moore is back with a brand new project, and this time he has brought along a few friends. The Twins E.P. sees him teaming up with Megaphone of Soundminds.
The cover art is a hilarious flip of an old movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. And while Megaphone towers over most people, Moore is no midget. In fact, he’s the larger-than-life ambassador of the London, Ontario hip-hop scene with tons of releases under his belt. He is one of the biggest supporters of the local scene and has a contagious energy and enthusiasm that shines through every time he performs.
Megaphone is a veteran of the scene as well. It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Soundminds album so it’s great to see him on this release. His deep voice is reminiscent of Chali Tuna of Jurassic 5 and he definitely has an old-school mentality when it comes to beats and rhymes. You can hear it in this track.

Megaphone and Moore are not all that different as the characters they imitate on the cover art. It’s a perfect team-up that wouldn’t have been complete without an appearance from Moore’s partner-in-rhyme, Exit Only. 
It’s also great to see a project that has a DJ involved in every single track. DJ Over cuts it up nicely on every single track. He even produced all of the beats.
It’s a nice E.P. that is well worth your time. Support local, Support good music.
Find Branded Moore on Spotify, iTunes, and wherever you find your music.

By Chase March Word Is Bond

Branded Moore is back with a brand new project, and this time he has brought along a few friends. The Twins E.P. sees him teaming up with Megaphone of Soundminds.

The cover art is a hilarious flip of an old movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. And while Megaphone towers over most people, Moore is no midget. In fact, he’s the larger-than-life ambassador of the London, Ontario hip-hop scene with tons of releases under his belt. He is one of the biggest supporters of the local scene and has a contagious energy and enthusiasm that shines through every time he performs.

Megaphone is a veteran of the scene as well. It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Soundminds album so it’s great to see him on this release. His deep voice is reminiscent of Chali Tuna of Jurassic 5 and he definitely has an old-school mentality when it comes to beats and rhymes. You can hear it in this track.

Megaphone and Moore are not all that different as the characters they imitate on the cover art. It’s a perfect team-up that wouldn’t have been complete without an appearance from Moore’s partner-in-rhyme, Exit Only. 

It’s also great to see a project that has a DJ involved in every single track. DJ Over cuts it up nicely on every single track. He even produced all of the beats.

It’s a nice E.P. that is well worth your time. Support local, Support good music.

Find Branded Moore on Spotify, iTunes, and wherever you find your music.

NGeeYL Recruits Young Nudy & Valee On "Hiatus" Project

Buzzing Carolinas emcee NGeeYL has released his latest Hiatus project by way of his 300 Entertainment deal. Stretched across 12 total tracks, the new effort features guest appearances from Young Nudy and Valee.

Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, NGeeYL spawns from a background laced in vacillating between his experiences in the street with a pursuit of music, a balance that shines through on this newest effort.

Since emerging, the young emcee has gained acknowledgment from the likes of 21 Savage, Playboy Carti, and Zion Williamson among a host of others. Join in on the wave by giving Hiatus a full listen down below.

 

Homeboy Sandman – “Dusty” (Album)

If you have been sleeping on Homeboy Sandman, time to wake up.  “Dusty” is the new album by the rap via Mello Music Group solely produced by Mono En Stereo.  It’s a synthesized fusion of four elements hip-hop and Jamaican toasting, Nuyorican flavor and an experimental dead bent to expand the parameters of language. When you listen to Sandman, you hear the echoing boom of the South Bronx park jams of Kool Herc, the avant-garde wild style of Rammellzee, the technical perfection of Rakim and Big Daddy Kane, the infectious jazz hymnals of A Tribe Called Quest.
Dusty by Homeboy Sandman

If you have been sleeping on Homeboy Sandman, time to wake up.  “Dusty” is the new album by the rap via Mello Music Group solely produced by Mono En Stereo.  It’s a synthesized fusion of four elements hip-hop and Jamaican toasting, Nuyorican flavor and an experimental dead bent to expand the parameters of language. When you listen to Sandman, you hear the echoing boom of the South Bronx park jams of Kool Herc, the avant-garde wild style of Rammellzee, the technical perfection of Rakim and Big Daddy Kane, the infectious jazz hymnals of A Tribe Called Quest.

Dusty by Homeboy Sandman

Kanye West Officially Confirms New "Jesus Is King" Release Date

While we have been anticipating October 25th as the unofficial release date for Kanye West’s Jesus Is King album, he recently took to Twitter to officially confirm the speculation, revealing that the album will indeed arrive this Friday in tandem with the arrival of the official Jesus is King film in IMAX theaters.

“‘JESUS IS KING OCT. 25th,” he penned simply while uploading the album artwork once more.

You’ll recall that this effort was originally due out on September 27th, per Kim Kardashian. That date would later get pushed to September 29th, but no album was in sight. Since then, Kanye has continued to make the round with his Sunday Service and a few Jesus Is King Experience listening parties in select cities. It was at one of these events that he originally told the crowd that October 25th was the tentative new date.

Most recently, West’s pastor, Adam Tyson, revealed that the rapper nearly quit hip-hop as he referred to rap as “the devil’s music.” According to Tyson, he allegedly convinced ‘Ye to take his newfound faith and outlook on life and the industry and channel a different kind of message within the genre.

Lil Randy – “In Dat Order” (Video)

Lil Randy is on fire right now and there is nothing you can do about it. The music that he is creating is off the chain and really will set the tone for the next coming years in music across the world.
The name of the new video is “In Dat Order” and it’s featuring Prince Glo. Click the play button right here right now and watch this video. It is nothing short of fire. 
Watch.

Lil Randy is on fire right now and there is nothing you can do about it. The music that he is creating is off the chain and really will set the tone for the next coming years in music across the world.

The name of the new video is “In Dat Order” and it’s featuring Prince Glo. Click the play button right here right now and watch this video. It is nothing short of fire.

Watch.

Calig Kontra – “Simian Automatic” (Album Review)

This weekend Calig Kontra dropped his new album, “Simian Automatic“, a 16 track effort with a barrage of beats and bars and a supporting cast that includes the likes of Pacewon, Shabaam Sahdeeq and C-Rayz Walz.  This serves as his proper debut under his new moniker formally known as Caligula.  The album’s overarching theme focuses on the current state of our human existence, and how we’ve become a by product of both the media and self-consumption.  As soon as you stream this project starting with “Out The Body”, Calig wastes now time showcasing his personal favorite track on his album dropping one of a kind wordplay over a hard hitting beat produced by Prospek, who is all over the project.
Being a lifelong purist of the skill of rhyming being a blogger and student of Hip Hop from Los Angeles, I always have respect for emcees who “have it”.  Having it meaning being a master the art of lyricism which always keeps Hip Hop alive to a point it’s actually enjoyable to listen to again.  In these days of high pace music releases from all sort of new era type rappers who were jst born yesturday, being a underground hip hop head is dope and rewarding when you come across artists with projects that are fire front to back.  Being a fan the likes of AOTP, Project Blowed, Rhymesayers, Jehst out the UK, Calig Kontra is definitely in the same playing field as many greats.
Picking a highlight song is always difficult with projects like this, but “Cloverfield” featuring Skratchmo, produced by Kid Infamous is something you should definitly put on repeat.  I think this song encompasses what the whole album is about.  Deep meaningful lyrics and words over beats that paint pictures in your head while listening. “Suicidal Monolith” comes as a close runner up but not overshadowed since I love dark themed Hip Hop.  “Radiation” featuring C-Rayz Walz is also a refresher and head banger.
Rating this project will be easy, and I’m giving extra points since it literally has no short interludes or fillers.  All 16 tracks are actually full songs which makes this a complete album.  My score is 8/10, a number that I hardy give since it’s so difficult these days, lol.  “Simian Automatic“ will go down as one of my favorite albums we covered for 2019.
“I think people should check this album because it’s pretty intense from start to finish. I tried to make a cult film in audio format.”— Calig Kontra on his new album, ‘Simian Automatic’


This weekend Calig Kontra dropped his new album, “Simian Automatic“, a 16 track effort with a barrage of beats and bars and a supporting cast that includes the likes of Pacewon, Shabaam Sahdeeq and C-Rayz Walz.  This serves as his proper debut under his new moniker formally known as Caligula.  The album’s overarching theme focuses on the current state of our human existence, and how we’ve become a by product of both the media and self-consumption.  As soon as you stream this project starting with “Out The Body”, Calig wastes now time showcasing his personal favorite track on his album dropping one of a kind wordplay over a hard hitting beat produced by Prospek, who is all over the project.

Being a lifelong purist of the skill of rhyming being a blogger and student of Hip Hop from Los Angeles, I always have respect for emcees who “have it”.  Having it meaning being a master the art of lyricism which always keeps Hip Hop alive to a point it’s actually enjoyable to listen to again.  In these days of high pace music releases from all sort of new era type rappers who were jst born yesturday, being a underground hip hop head is dope and rewarding when you come across artists with projects that are fire front to back.  Being a fan the likes of AOTP, Project Blowed, Rhymesayers, Jehst out the UK, Calig Kontra is definitely in the same playing field as many greats.

Picking a highlight song is always difficult with projects like this, but “Cloverfield” featuring Skratchmo, produced by Kid Infamous is something you should definitly put on repeat.  I think this song encompasses what the whole album is about.  Deep meaningful lyrics and words over beats that paint pictures in your head while listening. “Suicidal Monolith” comes as a close runner up but not overshadowed since I love dark themed Hip Hop.  “Radiation” featuring C-Rayz Walz is also a refresher and head banger.

Rating this project will be easy, and I’m giving extra points since it literally has no short interludes or fillers.  All 16 tracks are actually full songs which makes this a complete album.  My score is 8/10, a number that I hardy give since it’s so difficult these days, lol.  Simian Automatic will go down as one of my favorite albums we covered for 2019.

“I think people should check this album because it’s pretty intense from start to finish. I tried to make a cult film in audio format.”— Calig Kontra on his new album, ‘Simian Automatic’



Calig Kontra – “Simian Automatic” (Album Review)

This weekend Calig Kontra dropped his new album, “Simian Automatic“, a 16 track effort with a barrage of beats and bars and a supporting cast that includes the likes of Pacewon, Shabaam Sahdeeq and C-Rayz Walz.  This serves as his proper debut under his new moniker formally known as Caligula.  The album’s overarching theme focuses on the current state of our human existence, and how we’ve become a by product of both the media and self-consumption.  As soon as you stream this project starting with “Out The Body”, Calig wastes now time showcasing his personal favorite track on his album dropping one of a kind wordplay over a hard hitting beat produced by Prospek, who is all over the project.

Being a lifelong purist of the skill of rhyming being a blogger and student of Hip Hop from Los Angeles, I always have respect for emcees who “have it”.  Having it meaning being a master the art of lyricism which always keeps Hip Hop alive to a point it’s actually enjoyable to listen to again.  In these days of high pace music releases from all sort of new era type rappers who were jst born yesturday, being a underground hip hop head is dope and rewarding when you come across artists with projects that are fire front to back.  Being a fan the likes of AOTP, Project Blowed, Rhymesayers, Jehst out the UK, Calig Kontra is definitely in the same playing field as many greats.

Picking a highlight song is always difficult with projects like this, but “Cloverfield” featuring Skratchmo, produced by Kid Infamous is something you should definitly put on repeat.  I think this song encompasses what the whole album is about.  Deep meaningful lyrics and words over beats that paint pictures in your head while listening. “Suicidal Monolith” comes as a close runner up but not overshadowed since I love dark themed Hip Hop.  “Radiation” featuring C-Rayz Walz is also a refresher and head banger.

Rating this project will be easy, and I’m giving extra points since it literally has no short interludes or fillers.  All 16 tracks are actually full songs which makes this a complete album.  My score is 8/10, a number that I hardy give since it’s so difficult these days, lol.  Simian Automatic will go down as one of my favorite albums we covered for 2019.

“I think people should check this album because it’s pretty intense from start to finish. I tried to make a cult film in audio format.”— Calig Kontra on his new album, ‘Simian Automatic’



Calig Kontra – “Simian Automatic” (Album Review)

This weekend Calig Kontra dropped his new album, “Simian Automatic“, a 16 track effort with a barrage of beats and bars and a supporting cast that includes the likes of Pacewon, Shabaam Sahdeeq and C-Rayz Walz.  This serves as his proper debut under his new moniker formally known as Caligula.  The album’s overarching theme focuses on the current state of our human existence, and how we’ve become a by product of both the media and self-consumption.  As soon as you stream this project starting with “Out The Body”, Calig wastes now time showcasing his personal favorite track on his album dropping one of a kind wordplay over a hard hitting beat produced by Prospek, who is all over the project.

Being a lifelong purist of the skill of rhyming being a blogger and student of Hip Hop from Los Angeles, I always have respect for emcees who “have it”.  Having it meaning being a master the art of lyricism which always keeps Hip Hop alive to a point it’s actually enjoyable to listen to again.  In these days of high pace music releases from all sort of new era type rappers who were jst born yesturday, being a underground hip hop head is dope and rewarding when you come across artists with projects that are fire front to back.  Being a fan the likes of AOTP, Project Blowed, Rhymesayers, Jehst out the UK, Calig Kontra is definitely in the same playing field as many greats.

Picking a highlight song is always difficult with projects like this, but “Cloverfield” featuring Skratchmo, produced by Kid Infamous is something you should definitly put on repeat.  I think this song encompasses what the whole album is about.  Deep meaningful lyrics and words over beats that paint pictures in your head while listening. “Suicidal Monolith” comes as a close runner up but not overshadowed since I love dark themed Hip Hop.  “Radiation” featuring C-Rayz Walz is also a refresher and head banger.

Rating this project will be easy, and I’m giving extra points since it literally has no short interludes or fillers.  All 16 tracks are actually full songs which makes this a complete album.  My score is 8/10, a number that I hardy give since it’s so difficult these days, lol.  Simian Automatic will go down as one of my favorite albums we covered for 2019.

“I think people should check this album because it’s pretty intense from start to finish. I tried to make a cult film in audio format.”— Calig Kontra on his new album, ‘Simian Automatic’



Kanye West Reportedly Called Rap "Devil's Music"; Almost Quit Hip-Hop

Kanye West’s pastor, Adam Tyson, is still making the media rounds, revealing more about the rapper’s recent journey in his faith.

Most recently, Tyson spoke with Apologia Studios and alleged that Kanye once referred to rap as “the devil’s music” and that he contemplated quitting the genre.

“One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson around the 23:30-mark. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘That’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.'”

West first began attending Tyson’s Placerita Bible Church back in May allegedly explaining to the preacher that he was beginning to feel the pressure and “guilt of sin” in the industry.

 “The guilt of sin brought him down low,” Tyson would say of West’s testimony. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”

It was last week that Kanye confirmed that he recently committed to Christianity while at a Jesus Is King event for the forthcoming effort.

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