YTube Vid of the Week: I Luh God (Trap Gospel Song) by Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell

Would you change the way you get a message across to someone if you felt you weren’t being heard?

Seems like that’s a question religious communities often ask when it comes to getting their message heard by a younger audience. There’s a constant debate between conservative and liberal believers about changing their delivery to reach youth. But while they’re changing their delivery, could it be possible they could be altering their most important messages?

I wonder what Erica Campbell was thinking when she created her latest gospel hit “I Luh God,” which video was released this week.

Gospel hit singer of “God in Me” has taken it up a notch by introducing her listeners to a new style of gospel we haven’t heard her do before. I’ll even say it makes me raise an eyebrow. I never thought the infamous MaryMary would result to “keeping up” with the ages. I often wonder about what’s happening in this current era of gospel music.

What in the world is “Trap Gospel?”

There’s only one video I’ve seen that could come close to my idea of what Trap Gospel might be and it was found while scrolling my Facebook time line. (Click here to listen to I’m In Love with The Cocoa Gospel Version). No one can top the I’m In Love with the Cocoa hit!

The instrumental for “I Luh God” and its repetitive phrase “I Luh God” lost me as I forgot why I love God while I heard the song!! (I really didn’t forget. I’m just over exaggerating.) It’s annoying to hear. The only good that came from the song was the beat. I could have stole it and rapped or sung on it myself.

There’s so much more to be said about the creator of the universe. Wouldn’t you even say that’s the least? The word “gospel” alone stands for Jesus’ story, which we heard nothing about in this song. I wouldn’t choose to name this gospel music at all. But is it trap music? No, it’s just Ms. Campbell singing over a trap beat.

I have a question, too. What’s luh? “Luh” isn’t a word, though.

I get the point but I always think of what could God be thinking when he hears people singing this song? Does he say “I luh you, too?” or does he ask why the actual word love wasn’t used? Does he think that using luh verses love changes the message he hopes to convey?

There’s nothing wrong with creating a new genre referred to as “Trap gospel.” There’s nothing wrong with creating a new genre of music at all. But gospel music is used to uplift and deliver an important message, and when it’s purpose isn’t met, how can it be used to change lives around them? Gospel music without the gospel in it is simply music; words on a beat.

What are your thoughts? Has gospel music turned for the better or worse? Leave your comments below.

Baltimore’s own Young Moose made Ytube Vid of the Week. Watch “No SunShine” featuring Martina Lynch on Doc’s Castle Media.

Life As A Black Baltimorean After The 2015 Baltimore Riots

Waking up on April 28, 2015 was the most surreal feeling I’ve experienced in my 23 years of living. To open up my eyes at the crack of dawn after tossing and turning caused by the Baltimore riots happening blocks away from where I laid my head that night, how could anyone feel any other way?

Two days prior to probably one of the most shocking riots to ever happen in history, I spent 7 hours writing about my frustrations towards the riots in Downtown Baltimore. In opinion essay on Doc’s Castle Media, “The ‘Real’ Revolution Will Not Be Televised. #ILoveBaltimore,” I speak from an emotional standpoint on the ways I believe Blacks should move forward after the major breakthrough of riots on Saturday, April 25th. I’d hope it’d be a message to calm people down from seeking to destroy more of our city as my blog reached over its average viewership.

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My words may have reach quite a bit of individuals but as this week started, I see that my efforts may have not made much of an impact. Monday morning at Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore, only 5 minutes away from my job, was rioted by a huge group of young people immediately when dismissed from school and lasted for hours that day.

Rioting eventually turned into looting and destroying of historical neighborhoods. People who once had jobs along North Avenue and Mondawmin Mall are now without employment, and as riots made it across East Baltimore later that night, near Monument Street, again around the corner from where I stayed that evening, a senior center was burned down, leaving older people who were anticipating to move into a new home suddenly without one. To top it off, our mayor grounded the entire city. So we have to be in our homes by our 10 o’clock curfew.

Baltimore is a mess. The city I’ve known all my life is scorned from which the world believes is because of police brutality against 25 year old African American man Freddie Gray. But our story is deeper than the surface. It is now that we use everyone’s cameras as a tool to let you in on the scoop.

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Words cannot express how I feel about what happened in my city. I’m not a fan of the media like I once was before, especially as I’ve watched events that day come to pass. There’s a media circus in my backyard reporting from Penn-North subway station, now internationally famous for our CVS that burned down on its corner.

Come on, now! Just the other day I bought a chocolate Snickers bar out of there. I’ll never be able to do that again.

We’re never getting some of those shops back. It’s hard to have hope for the restoration of CVS or any of those other buildings due to the the reputation of reconstruction in Baltimore. We’ve waited YEARS for our government to rebuild the hundreds of vacant buildings and shops damaged from the Martin Luther King Jr. riots in 1968. The only reconstruction we’ve ever seen has been to our pothole infested streets, and I swear, we can’t improve the pavement on Charles Street anymore than it is.

Geeze! Does all our tax money go to that street?!

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In the minds and hearts of many people here, it’s second nature for citizens to want to walk outside to see what’s happening for themselves, rather than to watch the news nowadays. The world’s painted picture on television is far from what we’re experiencing. A trust barrier is broken for many who relied on national news stations to give us the 4-1-1 on events occurring during the week. So the local news and social media is our only best friend during this time.

The media from outside of Baltimore lacks an understand of the type of people who live in Baltimore and the lifestyle that we see on a day to day basis. It’s like the media’s way of looking at us is similar to viewing through a microscope. They’re looking to find where all these horrid problems and rioting behavior could be stimming from. But the people who experience the lifestyle of living in here will always have a better understanding and a better way of explaining what’s going on.

Poverty is one of the hardest struggles a person can try to shake in Baltimore City. With a phrase like “The struggle is real,” which is often recited in Baltimore’s Black communities, it models the hard knock situations we see as being seriously rough to live through. When we say this phrase, almost everyday nonchalantly, we as black Baltimoreans adopt an “It is what it is” attitude, learning to also desensitize and quiet ourselves from what’s really happening. Well, Baltimore’s tired of being quiet now.

People who are publicly judging my city worldwide are failing to understand. Even I feel uneasy each time I come into the realization of what’s happening to us sometimes. Tuesday evening, I walked passed a reporter from Russia and another from London. Like whaaa?! These people don’t even know that just 2 weeks ago I was frustrated from fighting to be heard because of Baltimore’s crab in a barrel reputation.

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Our youth isn’t afraid to make a change. I think of how some of those kids who were rioting were doing so to scream out they were fed up. Some of those kids had no home before they rioted. Some of them go to school everyday to get away from their daily worries of not having something to eat once they leave school. Some of them were angered because they were stranded without transportation to get home due to the police shutting down the bus lines and subways before school let out. (But that’s another mystery in itself I won’t get into.) And I admit, some of them were just following the crowd. But to see our kids act this way, hurts the most because they are innocent. They’re the one’s we’re trying to protect from “the struggle.” But we can’t.

Baltimore needs change and everyone knows now. I’m so proud of us. We made a stand for so many things this week. We’re fighting police brutality, racial profiling & systematic racism, bad publicity and corrupted governmental policies not only for us, but for our entire country, we’re making a statement. My feet are suffering from it and I don’t mind it all. I have a bigger hope for my city, though I may doubt our government’s follow-up as an African American woman who’s part of the working force striving for success and a better Baltimore. But I’m glad to have seen a better side, finally! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Rest In Peace, Freddie Gray. You’re gone, but you are not forgotten. Your name will be in history books along with our city. Change will surely come for us and our country.

Ytube Vid of the Week: Real Booty Music

With all this twerking we’re doing to these bass savy beats, creators might as well let the booty do all the talking for a chance. That’s exactly what Lisbon, Portugal producer Branko took on as a project given from AIAIAI headphone company. “We [AIAIAI] wanted to do this in an unusual way, which brought about music made by the booty – for the booty.”

The YTube Vid of the Week is AIAIAI’s unique advertisement for their new headphones.

It’s amazing that someone could make a song by shaking their booty. But I would like to hear more from this “amazing ass” because I’m not a fan of this actual beat, per say. Maybe they didn’t make another beat because they allotted time for Denmark’s leading booty shaker Louise Kjølsen to rest after all that rump shaking. In my opinion, if they threw in the phenomenal American bumpin booty duo, famously known as the twerk team, we’d have a full-blown instrumental tape ready for millions of people to get their hands on.

Imagine the songs you’d hear produced by rappers from their butts. Wowee haha.

Let’s hope I don’t spend all day today trying to make songs with my butt because of this video. Listen to the full track here on Doc’s Castle Media.

What do you think about real booty music? Leave your those below.

Have you watched the last Ytube Vid of the Week? Read YTube Vid of The Week: Little Girl From Missy Elliott Videos Makes A Tribute on Doc’s Castle Media.

YTube Vid of The Week: Little Girl From Missy Elliott Videos Makes A Tribute

It was a shock to see Missy Elliott resurface during this year’s Super Bowl with Katy Perry. That was really something unexpected. I believe we should have more pop cultural surprises like it in the future. As I’ve kept up with the news about this neat act of wonder, we can all agree that there was someone missing from performance that we’d sure to see in any of Missy Elliott’s performances.

Where’s the little girl who dances in all her music videos?

Well, that little girl’s name is Alyson Stoner, and she was handling some business of her own, which is why she missed out on the performance. Stoner is pursuing her very own music career. Who knew?

I’ve always known Stoner for her many Disney appearances in films like Cheaper By The Dozen, and as Mike’s little sister Sally in Disney Channel Original Mini Series Mike Super Short Show. So it’s funny and kind of weird to see the hip-hop community discrediting and simply labeling her for her part in being that awesome dancing kid from Missy’s music videos.

Come on, guys! She’s so much more than that.

Here’s a list of Things I’ve known her to deserve credit for:

  • Cheaper By the Dozen (1 and 2)
  • Isabella from Phinese and Ferb
  • Sally from Mike’s Super Short Show
  • Wendy from Drake and Josh
  • Barbara Gordon from Young Justice
  • Connie from The Batman
  • Caitlyn from Camp Rock
  • Camille from Step Up (1, 3. and 4)
  • Kairi from Kingdom Hearts video game series
  • Background Dancer for Eminem, Outkast and Will Smith

She’s definitely more than just that dancing little girl. No wonder she missed the performance. Haha.

To make up for her absence, Stoner released a tribute video for the well-respected Missy Elliott via YouTube and that is why it’s Doc’s Castle Media’s YTube Vid of the Week.

She also has a music video out of her own. Check out her official music video for “Dragon.”

Did you see any of Alyson Stoner’s cameos throughout the years? Leave you comments below.

Are you a fan of the new Drone craze happening across the world? You’ll like the last YTube Vid of the Week then. Watch “Saving the Drone” on Doc’s Castle Media.

 

Get Hard: Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Film Sure To Be Funny

While watching the Super Bowl Sunday game, I couldn’t help but notice Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart enjoying watching the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battle for title of the 49th Super Bowl champions.Two of this country’s most popular comedians partaking in such a celebration together shouldn’t be odd at all. But I couldn’t help but question were these two expecting to release a movie together soon.

*My PR thoughts obviously kicked in thinking ‘I know they sitting together for promotional reasons. Woop-de-doo was I right?*

Get Hard, the next major comedy film featuring both Hart and Ferrell, is hitting theaters this spring.

The film looks like it’s sure to make me experience some body complications from laughing too hard. They’re too funny. I’m going to watch, indeed.

After the Super Bowl…

These funny two joined another funny man, Jimmy Fallon, on the Tonight Show in promotion of their film. I couldn’t help but share these men being goofy. They should have thrown Fallon in the movie too. Maybe that’s something that’ll be put into consideration later.

Baltimore Lip Syncing Contests is something I can definitely see myself investing time if someone chose to bring it to Baltimore. Can someone please throw an event like this?

What’s you’re favorite Will Ferrell or Kevin Hart movie? Leave your comments below.

YTube Vid of the Week: Saving the Drone

Well, it’s not too hard to notice that there’s a craving for a new form of technology lately. Over the holidays, we were shown there was an increase in the demand of a new electronic gadget. I’m talking about those fascinating Drones. Drones swept the US by storm this year as lots of American kids received them as gifts for Christmas.

Thousands of Drones were sold to the average household making it one of the worlds most sought after “toy” in 2014, and possible, the most sought after toy for decades to come. “Worldwide, drone spending is projected to double over the next decade from $6.4 billion annually to $11.5 billion each year, according to research firm the Teal Group.

I wonder what all the hype is about? Maybe I should get one.

Hearing about the hype of these drones has resulting in me finding this video of a man recording his first experience flying his drone. Midway through his flight, the drone begins to lose battery life and begins plummeting at high speeds to the ground. He must rush to save it before it collides to earth and leaving him dreading a short-lived adventure with his new toy.

Original Video:

The original video is quite funny but not as funny as websites like Huffington Post make it out to be. I’m more intrigued with remixes found on YouTube, like the one that follows.

The Whitney Houston addition:

It makes the Drone falling seem more dramatic doesn’t it?

Are you one of the many people who got a Drone for Christmas? Would you like one? Leave you comments below.

Did you see the last YTube Vid of the Week? Watch Louisa Wendorff’s Blank Space // Style (Taylor Swift Mash-Up) on Doc’s Castle Media.

Midnight’s Kiss by Jason Fotso (@Voice) / 2015 Cinderella

This was a lovely poem I found today scrolling my twitter timeline. I thought I’d share it for some of my daring readers who can’t resist the thought of sweet love during the holidays. Are you bringing in the new years with someone special?

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This poem was written by a boy, who’s tweet caught my attention because of the amounts of reposts he received. He goes by the name of Jason Fotso and has a very simple twitter name, @Voice.

I wish I would have thought of a name that simple.

I’m unsure what the name of his viral poem might be so I named it based off what it’s about. It’s about kissing someone special at the struck of 12 midnight on New Years Day.

I came across his poem this morning and thought to myself how lovely. It was simple, sweet, and something that a person could memorize if they should recite it in their heads while kissing their loved tonight. Then I thought to myself, ‘why did I think about something so corny to do? Do people really do that or did I just think of a scene from a movie?’

Whatever…

This poem was also shared with this photograph of the 1950 Disney’s version of Cinderella to, I guess, mark relation to the line in the poem “Cinderella’s Ball, stops. Kiss her as the ball, drops.” The picture implies how the poem relates to Cinderella’s frisky night out with a prince and how she needed to be home by 12, too.

Well, look at that…

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If you guys don’t already know, Disney’s releasing a new Cinderella film this year. Only this time, it’s not a cartoon. You know how they’re turning all of our Disney classics into movies with “real” people?  I thought they’d leave Cinderella alone since we’ve gotten multiple versions of the story since the cartoon came out! Anyway, this is the perfect time to share the trailer.

I have the suspicion they’ll make this into a film where the woman doesn’t end up with the man, like Disney films Frozen and Maleficent. What do you think? Leave your comments below.