LORDS OF CHAOS Film Review by Gabrielle Lamontagne

Lords of Chaos Film Review
By Bri Lamontagne (DJ Bri)

This film seems like a very honest, autobiographical retelling of the life and times of the band Mayem – the first Norwegian Black Metal band. It was filmed in a documentary style, for the most part, though there’s a nice mix between voice over narration and scenes with dialogue.

Violence is a main theme, including suicide, arson, and torturous murder by multiple stabbings. As the physical violence escalates, the music aspect of the band and label’s inception seems to devolve, which makes sense since the leader and narrator seems uncomfortable with these acts, but still encourages them because they fit the brand he’s been creating. It started because he didn’t want to admit that the concept of people committing suicide due to love of his music was for the image of the band, but claimed it was truly what they wanted. As others began to show what violent crimes they were inspired to commit based on that original concept, he seems to become more uncomfortable, but doesn’t want to seem weak or attention-seeking, and so he continues to encourage the acts – though after the murder he did try to regain control by telling his “black circle” to “lay low”. Even so, he felt like he’d lost control of his group, his life, and his mission.

The film is extremely psychologically dark, though there’s a little friendship and romance tossed in (which I’m sure was accurate to the story, as well). The film even deals with different ways people handle grief. It’s an interesting – and extremely scary and gory – story, but it’s also extremely well told and well filmed.

SMGMT Lungz and Junior2Sav Release FEELINGS GET HURT prod. by JJRemix

After touching down in North West Arkansas (NWA,) Hafa Adai Media/ Signature Management music artist Lungz swiftly networked to find local creatives that would be interested in exploring opportunities with Lungz (aka HighwayDj JB Joogen the Mixtape Merc) in the independent music entertainment field.

Knowing that this region of Arkansas has major room for improvement in developing an actual Hip Hop scene only inspired Lungz even more, yet acquiring the talent and engineering skills of Junior2Sav from bEAtZwRAp Soundlab was an unforeseen blessing that caught Lungz by surprise.

“I knew I could find artists to develop but discovering Junior’s work on social media was a total win,” said Lungz, “…Junior already has a loyal following, talent and work ethic to back it.”

Lungz continued, “I had this concept custom beat by JJRemix with a Paul Wall sample that was banging like King Kong in the mother fu**in trunk. I knew Junior2Sav would be the perfect feature artist for the record and he had the most legit studio in the area as well. It was inevitable that we would create something NWA has never heard before locally.”

Experience what the hype is all about.

“FEELINGS GET HURT” will be available on all streaming platforms August 20, 2021. Be amongst the first to experience this highly enjoyable southern rap banger FIRST here on YT.

Visuals by MaxMillyArtworks

Swishahouse Artist Highway Yella Receives Award for 50K Views on “Da South” Video with Q-Bizz

Yesterday was a rewarding day for Highway Yella who appeared on Live with Q-Bizz. Highway Yella received an award for hitting 50,000 views on the blazing fire new record “Da South.” It was an amazing vibe as Q-Bizz and Highway Yella celebrated the victory with unforgettable freestyle performances.

“Besides the chains on my neck, the features and shows I’ve been blessed to do I’ve never been rewarded for anything. My dawg Q-Bizz presented me with this for our song “Da South” for it reaching 50K on YouTube. This might don’t mean anything to y’all but it means the world to me. Soon 100K. Next come a million and gold and platinum plaques. They gone stop sleeping on me” said Highway Yella.

Check Out Q-Bizz & Highway Yella “Da South” featuring Era and DJ Testarosa. Directed by ThatsMyVisuals

#SwishaHouse #HighwayGang #Kentucky #Texas #NewWave #NextToBlow

Experience Flirtation and Manipulation in Modern Film: AMERICAN HONEY

American Honey Film Review
By Bri Lamontagne (DJ Bri)

This film is a modern story of young people living a bohemian lifestyle while selling magazines door-to-door and how Star, played by Sasha Lane, joins and tries to fit in with the group after leaving her miserable life of responsibility and struggle to make and find her way in the world. She also has to determine whether or not she wants to fit in with the group, because while they have created their own miniature family and society, she doesn’t agree with all of their selling methods. They’ve got the Newsies style of selling magazines: make up whatever story about the magazine or about yourself that will get people to buy the product. The main male lead, played by Shia LeBeouf, manipulates her with mind games, flirtation, and petty thievery to get what he wants from her. There’s also drama that comes with living in such a tight community with a large number of people, which is authentically shown by the film in a documentary style.

When it comes to sex in films, I like how it’s represented here. It’s movies like this that show the realistic aspects of sex and the fact that asking for consent for all manner of things during sex won’t “ruin the mood”.

Though actress who plays Star is not white, and I’m not sure of Shia LeBeouf’s ancestry, this film doesn’t seem as diverse in race as I would expect for a movie set in the Southern USA. There is one scene with a group of people of color, but otherwise the cast – while diverse in personality-styles and sexuality – is pretty white-washed.

The film features a cameo or two from more well-known actors like Will Patton. It’s filled with irreverent humor and language. The soundtrack is also quite diverse, ranging through Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop, Country, Folk, and Rock music. The title derives from the Lady A song “American Honey” about women raised in the Southern USA, though the song itself doesn’t make an appearance in the film until close to the end.

American Honey shows an optimistic side of meeting strangers in the world, or at least a realistic one in that not all the strangers a young woman meets alone in the world will take advantage and treat her poorly, but some will try. She even has a passive encounter with a bear. It has some darker moments, though. This is a coming of age story: on her adventures, Star is able to figure out what she wants for her life, but she has to lose herself along the way to making her dreams come true. The film ends on an ambiguous note, not really showing where her path will take her next.