I didn’t quite grow up listening to NWA in their peak, however I do remember their image and being told “they are bad men, don’t listen to them, they are gangsters who hurt people” etc. Along with the Simpsons they were in the “No-No pile”.
It wasn’t until my late teens when I was heavy into Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap and RnB that I discovered them and learnt about their influence to the music in general (and that they didn’t really hurt anyone).
I like their poetry and team work, each one brings a different element to the group.
I like how 2 of their members became cornerstones of the entertainment industry, broke many barriers and are still influencing (and funding) many artists today.
I enjoyed the movie “Straight Outta Compton” their story is a typical tragedy where it ends too soon for one and in turn all. What could have been? What would be now?
All good things come to an end. The good die young.
They sure don’t make them like this anymore, nowadays all rap songs sound the same! they brag about money and ‘bitches’. Their names are ridiculous and their fan bases are internet fed misguided sheep. They are all emulators.
Can’t believe that when I am an old man I will be saying to my grand kids
“YOU CALL THAT RAP!!! BACK IN MY DAY….”
PWA – Pixelmania With Attitude
Without Zorro there would be no Batman.
The inspiration that sparked Bob Kane’s imagination started out with the man behind the Zorro mask.
The shared similarities are evident, to name a few:
Don Diego De La Vega is a wealthy diplomat, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy.
Zorro travels horseback on his trusty jet black Tornado, Batman rides the state of the art dark Batmobile.
Their base of operations are secret lairs (or caves) hidden underneath their mansions.
They are inventors, scientists and detectives. They have sidekicks who they also call family.
Bob Kane was considerate enough to make it clear on his comic book that Zorro was significant, even to Bruce Wayne personally for the creation of Batman.
If you pay close attention to the comics (and even some films and animations) it was the movie “The Mark of Zorro” that Bruce and his parents went to see together at the theater before Bruce’s parents were murdered, originating his motive and main purpose as the Dark Knight.
As a kid growing up in Latin America, Zorro was a staple to our culture and our after school TV bingeing. Although the story was created by Johnston McCulley an American gentlemen, it had tremendous influence in Mexican and Hispanic culture. McCulley really did cater and took advantage of the latino demographic in a time where that wasn’t the norm.
Since the 1920’s and up to recently 2005, movies and televisions shows have been produced depicting Zorro and his adventures.
He is not like any other superhero, as a matter of fact he doesn’t even have any super powers, that’s what attracts me to this story, his heroic qualities include brilliant brain and brave brawn. That is another reason (in my opinion) that Zorro became so popular, because it was plausible that such hero could exist (or had existed).
Perhaps one day I will ride into the night as well.
To learn more about this pulp fiction legend visit Zorro.com