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411 Music Fact or Fiction 07.12.13: Jay-Z And The Magna Carta Holy Grail
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.12.2013

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Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have Mark Radulich against Sean Garmer.

Round 1
1) You enjoyed the music video to Kanye West's "Black Skinhead".
Mark Radulich: FICTION.

I try to be as objective as I can when answering these questions but I was just bored to tears watching this. I find nothing interesting about a guy dancing around in the dark for over 3 minutes. I don't know what the point of all of this was but I know what I like. I don't like this.

Sean Garmer: FICTION.

I've only gotten to see the SNL version and perhaps that isn't the full video. However, it seems like Kanye went for a very dark tone on this album. It was hard for me to get past the screaming and at times you can understand what he says and at other times not. So, I'll give this one a pass.

Score Card: 1 for 1

Round 2
2) You approve of the recent trend of nudity in music videos.
Mark Radulich: FICTION.

Nudity for the sake of nudity doesn't do anything for me. If used to make a point or add value in some way then I'm fine with it but to just do it because you can strikes me as meaningless. I mean, if you want to look at naked folks all you have to do is type "naked" whatever into a Google search and viola! You've got all the nudity you could ask for so why would I care if its in a music video?

Sean GarmerFACT.

I don't understand the problem with this? Haven't hip hop videos shown everything but the actual naked breast for years? Even being more vulgar about sexuality than in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Justin Timberlake took the artistic approach in his video, almost as if he is painting the silhouettes of the naked women that appear on screen. I don't have a problem with either because I don't see either video still being as bad as Nelly sliding a credit card down a chick's ass or the constant sex dancing we see in videos today. Didn't MTV ban videos in the 80's for less than this? Let's move on shall we.

Score Card: 1 for 2

Round 3
3) You're interested in a new album from fun.
Mark Radulich: FICTION.

I have no idea who or what "fun" is. OK so I just checked them out on Spotify and apparently they are the band that wrote the song we heard a million times when the Rock took on John Cena. Nope, I still I hate'em.
Sean Garmer: FACT.

I really enjoyed their last album and also several of the tracks off their more indie type albums as well. I wonder if they are going to try to explore other avenues in their music or if they are going to just try to outdo the success of all the hits they got on their current album. I guess they will decide on that, but more fun. is not a bad thing in my view.
Score Card: 1 for 3


Round 4
4) You'll buy the new Michael Jackson song collections on iTunes.
Sean Garmer: FICTION.

I dislike I-Tunes actually, I'd rather use Spotify or Rhapsody for my music listening and buying honestly. But aside from that, Michael Jackson is one of the greatest artists ever to grace us with his abilities and I love pretty much all of his music. This new collection deal is great and gives you all his hits in one package along with another collection full of extras. Right now though, I don't have the money for stuff like this. But maybe some day I might think about it.

Mark Radulich: FICTION.

I'll listen to it on Spotify if I feel like but I don't buy any music on Itunes anymore. The last time I bought anything on Itunes it was children's movies for my daughter to watch on the Ipad while we drove up to North Carolina. As for Michael Jackson, I like his music. It's nice to know they'll be a collection to check out.

Score Card: 2 for 4

Round 5
5) You'd like to see Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart get back together as The Faces.
Sean Garmer: FICTION.

I've never been a Rod Stewart fan at all so I could honestly care less if they reunite or not.

Mark Radulich: FACT.

So I knew nothing of this band. I put Ooh La La on to check them out and immediately my wife said, "I love this song!" That's a pretty good endorsement. I'd be interested in checking out a The Faces reunion.

Score Card: 2 for 5

Round 6
6) Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail should rank highly among his best albums.
Sean Garmer FICTION.

Lord No. Jay-Z talks about how rich he is for half the album, while also trying to make a zillion pop culture references because it seems he has ran out of ideas. Not to mention, he made some deal with Samsung so his album could be platinum before it even released, which is pretty sorry if you ask me. It seems like somebody was worried Kanye would steal his thunder. I don't know I just couldn't get into any song on this album and that's just not the Jay-Z I remember. Seems like the King is stuck in his castle and can't think of anything new to do.

Mark Radulich: FACT.

I don't think Jay-Z has ever put out a bad album so I have no reason to think this one won't be just as good as anything else he's done.

Score Card: 2 for 6

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