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Mike Tompkins is blowing up

This young Canadian dude is blowing up all over YouTube these days.  His gimmick is his acapella covers of famous pop songs.  Not that crazy in and of itself, but he does it very very well.  His videos have a combined total of over 12 million views.  That’s nothing to shake a stick at for anyone not named Bieber.

More importantly, our boy Shad has come to love this dude, and decided to jump in for a feature on Tompkin’s cover of Rihanna’s Only Girl.  Check it out below.



4080 weighs in on the Chris Brown fiasco

chris-brown-jv25I guarantee most of you readers have heard about the whole Chris Brown beating Rihanna situation.  It’s been all over the news for a while and frankly I think it’s incredibly absurd that this could happen.  I’m definitely with the crowd that’s reacting strongly to violence against women.  It’s unacceptable and genuinely makes me angry to hear about.

Still, I think my outrage pales in comparison to that of the black community.  This is an interesting phenomenon that has been popping up.  Besides Terrance Howard being a doofus and supporting Chris, most people seem to recognize the offensiveness of his actions.  The black community (if you think that there is one identifiable community) has reacted strongly and condemned Brown for what he allegedly did.

This ABC News article seems to do the best job so far of describing this reaction.  It especially seems to focus on this concept of violence as being a silent problem in the past.  Basically, the author suggests that the black community has tended to be more silent about victimizing women.  Now I’m not sure I agree with this as an idea, but it’s an interesting perspective.

Now, I want to make sure to be clear that we here at 4080 strongly condemn Brown’s actions.  The police should complete their investigation and he should be charged and prosecuted accordingly.

But, as that ABC article points out, there is a big impact on the kids who, at one point, idolized Brown.  He was a safer, cleaner entry into hip hop.  A guy who, at the very least, seemed to play nice.  Taking away this positive role model needs to be done carefully.  And, then again, there should be hope for reforming him as well.  Perhaps we really can turn this into something positive by demonstrating how acting this way will get you punished.  Brown just must do his best to gain forgiveness.


Everyone and their mother covers M.I.A’s “Paper Planes”

Seriously, it’s a phenomena I didn’t even really see coming unti this post by SepiaMutiny.  All of a sudden I could see it everywhere.  Honestly, M.I.A’s supposedly social-commentary-laced track Paper Planes has been really getting a lot of attention lately.

First up there’s a Lil Wayne remix, which is just awful.

Then there’s Rihanna:

There’s even a bunch of acoustic versions released by no-name Youtube comedians. Here’s one such example:

Oh, and there’s more.

50 Cent’s remix is even less impressive than the ones above.  [Courtesy of 2DopeBoyz]

And for you indie kids out there, I haven’t forgotten about you.  Indie darlings Holy Fuck have also managed to record a little remix, and you can listen to that one here

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I’ll be the first to say that I do like this song a lot.  The original’s catchy, makes some interesting comments and really as a whole is not bad to listen to.  The gunshots and ka-chings are not really my style, but looking beyond that reveals a decent piece of music.  So I guess it’s no surprise everyone wants to try and cover her track.  Give ’em a listen and let us know what you think.