Flashback Friday Flop: “Blood Money”

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Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time. 

This week: Mobb Deep’s Blood Money (2006)

Hip-Hop was experiencing another golden age in the mid-1990s. Classic albums were coming from all over the map. The south had Scarface, UGK, Goodie Mob, and Outkast. The west had Death Row, Ras Kass, and DJ Quik. And in New York, there was The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, and Mobb Deep.

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Ranking All 34 John Grisham Books

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John Grisham has released thirty-four books — thirty-two novels, one collection of short stories and one work of non-fiction. Since I have loved his work (to varying degrees) for years — flaws and all — I decided to rank them.

(This list excludes the Theodore Boone series and Kindle singles.)

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Is That Really a Marvel Movie? On the Confusing State of Comic Book Films and Shared Universes

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Deadpool is a monster hit. It has shattered records and proven that an R-rated superhero film can not only work, but be a massive success. In everything I’ve read and heard, it keeps getting repeated that Deadpool is a Marvel film.

And that’s true…but it’s also false.

Huh?

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In Appreciation of: “Once Upon a Time in America” – The Best De Niro Gangster Film You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

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This was a murdered movie.

So begins Roger Ebert’s home video review of Once Upon a Time in America, the final film from legendary director Sergio Leone.

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Flashback Friday Flop: “Welcome to: Our House”

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Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time. 

This week: Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to: Our House (2012)

I’m a Slaughterhouse fanatic. I really, really like Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I as individual artists, but I love them as a group. Unfortunately, their aggressive, super lyrical content would be more at home in the late ’80s or early ’90s, so I’m one of about 29 people that went out and purchased their debut self-titled album in 2009.

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Photo Essay: Magic & Bird Through the Years

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I put together a collection of photos of Magic Johnson & Larry Bird since 1978. Head on over to Tumblr to check it out.


Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

The NBA & Hip-Hop: Til Death Do They Part

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The NBA has a complicated history with hip-hop, but the sooner it embraces the fact that the two are forever entwined, the better it will be. My latest for The Musical Outcast.

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Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.