On this week’s Scottscope podcast, the roundtable discusses G.O.O.D Music’s compilation album Cruel Summer. Does it live up to the hype, or is it less than the sum of its parts? Is the G.O.O.D music collective a Hip-Hop force to be reckoned with, or just another overblown vanity project? Did the GOOD Fridays series of music giveaways spoil the best songs on the album? Who had the single best verse on the album? Who emerges as the MVP of the G.O.O.D music collective? Should Kanye rebuild the G.O.O.D music roster from the ground up?
We also take a look at the new and improved Robocop. Is the design better or worse than the original? Is it too derivative? Does it look too much like the Batman costumes from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy? Should the filmmakers have been more faithful to Rob Bottin’s original design? Does this design bode well for the film itself? Are detractors being too reactionary? What does this say about the state of design in Hollywood? Has it become a lost art?
The roundtable also talks about the limited edition re-release of Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… in its fabled “Purple Tape” format. Get On Down Records has teamed up with Sony to re-release the classic album in cassette format as part of an amazing boxset that retails for $44.95. Does this boxset show proper respect to a classic of the genre, or is it just a shameless attempt to cash-in on nostalgia? Does the cassette tape format have any advantages over digital? Is it more satisfying to buy a physical copy of an album, or to simply download that same album in MP3 format? Should those who grew up in the 90’s stop holding on to the past and get on with their lives? We discuss.
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