Shoot For Teams: Behind The Music

Shoot For Teams: Behind The Music

This article is co-authored by Carlos Williams, Mike Myslinski, and Steven Widman.

Introduction:

It started out as an idea. We had all known each other for a while. Carlos and I met back in 2012 when he did a show at The Rock. I met Myz when he asked Los and I to open for him at The Ember in 2013. I met Steven when we both found out we liked Andy Mineo in choir class and went to his St. Paul concert in 2016. After C-Los finished produced Steven’s mixtape in November, he had the idea of the four of us coming together to do a single (which would later become “Tuesday”) and that expanded into forming a group and making an album. After three months of recording, writing, mixing, and getting the project mastered and marketed, The Forks released our debut album Shoot For Teams on February 16, 2018. We’ve been blessed with this opportunity and we felt it would be a fun experience to write a commentary piece about the album. Without further ado, The Forks presents…

Shoot For Teams: Behind The Music

1. In The Presence (ft. MyzBeatz & C-Los)

This song was written to be hype for getting into God’s presence! Time with Him is essential and irreplaceable in the life of a follower. Living water will flow through us and effect others; we engage when we spend time with Him. We have Him leading from our quiet place together. That’s what this song is about! – M

This song evolved from an idea from another song. “Coram Deo” is the key phrase in this one. It simply means “to be in the presence of God.” Myz and I wanted to communicate the importance of being in God’s presence. For me, my decisions should flow from that place. Favorite Line: “You’ll never be in His presence if you just come for presents, but if came to feel his presence, you might get a present.” If you anticipate God’s presence and not just the benefits it brings, you get all those things. But we worship God, because He’s God. – C

2. The G.O.A.T. (Ft. SW & 2K)

I think this song was just for fun, just to get into the studio and show what God has given us and knowing that we do it all through him. Nothing that I have is from my own power or my own strength. – S

Steven and I each took a song to come with conceptually. Steven took the other song, and I came up with this one. From the moment we heard Los’s beat, I was hooked. It was big and bold and fast and I knew we needed to write material to match that. And then the idea came: if our God is for us, than who can stop us. We took that premise and built the concept of the God of All Time. Steven and I each wrote our verses and would meet once a week to touch base, and then break off and keep improving, which is resulted in an escalation of us wanting to bring our best and the best out of each other. I’m very honored by and proud of this song. – K

3. Let Me Go (ft. C-Los & MyzBeatz)

I’d just got back from Guam. I spent a few months out there for work, and I had a pretty nice vibe out there while I was making music. The song itself sounds like you’re on the beach or poolside hanging out! But truth be told, I had a moment where God just started speaking to me through the hook I wrote for the song. I think we all have a moment in life where you question God and whether or not he cares for me, because a lot of the things that were going on in the world around me, happening to people who looked like me. I’m also always thinking about making sure my family is being taken care of to the best of my abilities and how I can insure their future. God told me not to worry about it. So I’m trying to do that! – C

This track is about the battle of mind games and defeating doubt. Instead of letting the enemy defeat us in our mind, we need to remember the truth in Christ and His promises for us about who we are! It’s a real battle at times, but He never let’s us go. – M

4. Nomads (ft. SW, 2K & MyzBeatz)

Nomads was more of an encouragement song for our fellow brothers and sisters who are sharing the Gospel and sometimes may be unmotivated to do so, or sometimes have a hard time sharing. We’re just giving some encouragement for that. – S

Myz, Steven, and I were brainstorming over at Myz’s apartment and he had the idea of it sounding like being in a desert and the idea of wandering like the Israelites. We each came to that with a different perspective. I came with the viewpoint of modern day Christians feeling like they’re wandering and lost because of ridicule or discouragement that they might be feeling for their faith. My favorite part of this song is absolutely Myz’s vocals when he sings “This for the Nomads/Never going back.” – K

This song is about continuing to share Jesus even though it is difficult at times. We can feel like wanderers or drifters in our lives and feel like we are the only ones carrying out the faith! But Moses and other biblical characters were faithful. This track is built to encourage those to keep sharing their faith no matter how many rejections you’ve faced or how difficult it can be. – M

5. Stuck in a Trap (ft. SW & C-Los)

Stuck in a Trap was just a message that I wanted to share. I’ve had a few people in life that aren’t saved that have told me that they feel too tainted for God’s love and God’s grace, and it’s something that hurts to hear. But also, Jesus can give them the hope of what the Gospel actually says about this situation. With this song, even in the process, there was a time where I was going through a difficult time with my own walk and I listened to this song and it actually spoke to me in that time. I truly hope and pray this song changes somebody’s way of thinking. God will do the work. – S

I’m starting to like trap music. Not the lyrics that most rappers rap over it, but the style of hip-hop itself. I think SW and I did an exceptional job of making sure there was substance in our lyrics for this one. This may be the more important message I want people to hear from this album. Falling into temptation often seems like repeatedly falling into a trap. It’s a lot harder to see God in dark places, but He is in fact there and ready to pull you out of the trap you can’t seem to break free of. – C

6. Step Yo Game Up (ft. SW & 2K)

“Step Yo Game Up” was more of a competitive song as well as a message of what I’ve been seeing lately as far as people worshipping things that are worthless. But there’s definitely a competitive aspect that says “I have this God-given talent, and I have what it takes to be good at this.” I just need to prove it, and I do it through music. – S

Steven took point on this one. We approached it as a sort of sequel to his song “The Reason” from his Reminiscent mixtape. I always thought of it being like us saying “look what God has given us and what we can do through him”. It’s also us talking about the idea of false idols and that we need to step our game up in recognizing them and helping others find the truth. – K

7. Tuesday

When Los brought up the idea of doing a song with all four of us, I was excited. It was going to be a cypher of sorts, a way to get in and out fast and show off skills. So I approached the first verse of Tuesday as an opportunity to introduced myself and the group at the end of the album and I wrote just that, an introduction for the finale. – K

“Tuesday” was just a blessing to be a part of. It was originally C-Los and Myz’s song, but they allowed us to be on it. I just wanted to contribute the best I could! The message was just more of a “don’t sleep on ‘The Forks’ crew because we have God-given talent and we’re gonna use it for Him.” – S

This track is just fun and rapping for Jesus. Before SFT, Carlos and I did most of our studio time on Tuesday nights as we worked on music! This is a banner to come together as a group and competitively slay this beat with one another. – M

When we were recording Myz’s mixtape, Phenom4Eons, a lot of times, Tuesday was the only day of the week that he could come over to record. So when we did get together, we had to make the most of it, getting as many quality recordings for as many songs as we could. As believers, we are instructed to give our best at everything we do. For us and the process of creating music, that was a Tuesday. – C

 

Shoot For Teams is available on all digital stores and streamers or right here. You can also find The Forks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TheForksRap.

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M A N I A: A Review

M A N I A: A Review

Introduction:

Fall Out Boy is one of the most popular punk rock bands of all time. Founded in 2001 by lead vocalist Patrick Stump, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, bassist Pete Wentz, drummer Ben Rose, and rhythm guitarist T.J. Kunasch. Rose left the group very early and was replaced by Mike Pareskuwicz in 2001. In 2002, Kunasch exited the group and was replaced briefly by Brandon Hamm, who served as rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist before relinquishing the role to Stump and exiting the band. The band released their debut album, Take This to Your Grave, in 2003. That same year, Mike Pareskuwicz left the band was replaced by current drummer Andy Hurley. In 2005, the band released their hugely successful sophomore album, From Under the Cork Tree. This was followed by Infinity On High in 2007, and Folie á Deux in 2008. In 2009, the band took a hiatus, which proved threatening to the mental healths and the careers of the members of the band. In 2013, Fall Out Boy made their triumphant return with Save Rock and Roll. They followed that up with American Beauty/American Psycho in 2015. Now comes their latest release, M A N I A. 

1. Young and Menace

The opening song sets a tone that differentiates it from previous FOB efforts. The production is bold and electric in nature, but overall, it’s a new style for the band. It’s hard to really grasp what they’re going for. It’s not a bad song, but it’s very different.

Track Rating: 6/10

Grade: C-

2. Champion

This sounds more like Fall Out Boy. Stump’s vocals are solid. It’s their signature anthem song that they have on every album now. The arrangements of vocals and instruments are good. It’s a good song and really works for what they want it to be. The production is very complimentary of the songwriting. It’s not their best song of all time, but it’s the best of the album so far.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

3. Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea

The vocals and songwriting are on it from the start. It’s actually a pretty good song and feels like an anger-driven, modern rock song. The production is sleek again, but it’s also really solid. This is a good song all around with the more upbeat pacing and “get after it” atmosphere.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

4. HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T

The whistles and fun tropical production sets the tone for a great song from the start. Stump’s vocals are really strong here. The songwriting is solid, but it’s the production and vocals that truly shine in this song.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

5. The Last of the Real Ones

The pianos set up something cool here. The production is really good. The songwriting is actually really good. This one feels like an AB/AP song and it’s great. What could be a hidden allegory for them being the last of the “real ones”, as in the punk rock era is also a really solid story song. This one is the true gem of the album. This is the best song on the album.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

6. Wilson (Expensive Mistake)

Stump turns in a solid performance with this one. The songwriting is solid but it’s not their best. It’s a good song that really delves into the subject of regrets. It’s actually a solid entry for what’s been a disappointing album so far.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

7. Church

The use of choir vocals elevates the song. Stump’s vocals are great. The production and arrangement is actually really good. The songwriting is catchy and good. Overall, it’s another solid entry.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

8. Heaven’s Gate

Stump’s vocals and performance are stellar. He gets a chance to really croon over some drums and light pianos and funky guitars. The songwriting is really good. This album has picked up on the second half especially with this soulful R&B song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

9. Sunshine Riptide (ft. Burna Boy)

The trap beat backed tune is supposed to be a laid back fun one, but the songwriting doesn’t reflect the production. Burna Boy knows what he’s making but he doesn’t full mesh. Stump’s vocals are on point and the production is really good. Overall, it feels muddled.

Track Rating: 6/10

Grade: C

10. Bishops Knife Trick

The production suggest a jovial, laid back finale. Stump presents a final R&B-style sendoff. It’s not great song from a writing perspective, but the production is fantastic. Stump is pretty good in this last song. Sadly, I think this finale doesn’t really make too much more of an impression than the premier song.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: C

Conclusion:

What once was one of the best punk rock bands of all time has slowly deteriorated into Alternative Pop. Their last album was fantastic and following it up was no small feat, but this project just doesn’t stack up. While there are a few gems in it, it’s just too muddled and half-baked to be considered any good as a whole.

Album Rating: 6/10

Grade: C-

SonRize: A Review

SonRize: A Review

Introduction:

C-Los is a CHH rapper who has been around since 2011. Debuting with SonRize in 2012, which he released in partnership with former band member Echo II, Carlos Williams followed it up with his singles Come in 2014, Show N’ Tell Remix (ft. Empty Vessel, Reschad Oliver, and MyzBeatz) in 2015, Give Me a Chance (ft. Benjah) in 2016, the award-winning Together (ft. MyzBeatz) in 2016, and New Me Knew Me in 2017. He also works as a producer under the name Beats By C-Los and has produced many projects including Phenom4Eons by MyzBeatz, Onomatopoeia by Kaleb Koho, and Reminiscent by SW. To conclude the series of reviewing members of The Forks’ solo projects, here is SonRize, plus some mini bonus reviews of the individual singles that he released subsequently in this special edition of #MusicMonday, releasing exclusively to you on the Thursday prior to the release of The Forks’ debut album Shoot For Teams.

1. Catch Tha’ Vision (Intro)

C-Los flows well on this techno style beat. His urgency is felt and hypes up what we’re about to hear throughout the album. It’s a marching anthem to move us to action while also setting the tone of the entire project. It’s an effective intro.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

2. Live for Christ (ft. Empty Vessel)

This synth-style pop beat is really cool and different from what we hear in rap traditionally. The song is a mission call to allow your life to represent the ideals of Christ. The song is very well produced and the feature from Empty Vessel is nice addition. It’s a little cheesy, but overall it’s a solid second song.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

3. Bass Pound

The bass on this song is the highlight, but the production is really groovy. C-Los’s performance is on point and his lyricism is great. The hook is very catchy and infectious. This is best track so far on the project.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

4. Walk It Out

This song has a higher energy to it, from the busy production to the urgent lyricism. The call to live out what you say in public is captured in a three word hook that infects the listener with a need to dance.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

5. Faithful

Another pop-style beat that is truly smooth and synthetic. Echo II raps in Japanese and English. Despite the different languages, the sentiments and emotion carry and present an amazing song. The hook is great with stellar vocals. C-Los takes verses two and three and kills it. The lyricism is fantastic throughout. This is the best song so far on the album.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

6. Purpose (ft. Nancy Williams)

The intro is a little long but it shows off the sleek production and sets a mood. C-Los spends the song contemplating about his purpose and relationships. We are introduced to his wife Nancy in this song and her vocals are absolutely splendid. They contribute to the mourning and introspective atmosphere greatly. This is my new favorite so far.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

7. Breathe (ft. Bleef, Katsu, and Jim Dostal)

The production changes enough to distinguish it’s a new song, but it flows directly from the last song. The production is amazing. Bleef goes first and delivers a verse with amazing lyricism and performance. Hope Church worship pastor Jim Dostal sings the hook and his voice is haunting and an incredible addition. C-Los goes second and continues to salvation themes of the album, presenting the idea of reading and obeying the Bible as being as important as breathing. Katsu raps in almost exclusively Japanese, but he delivers his sentiments and emotions well. It’s a great sequel to last song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

8. Dead to Sin

Things pick up a bit with this track. Things get intense and epic in the production as the brass horns and strings signal a war song. C-Los’s performance is great. His vocals are on point. Echo II delivers an equally solid performance. It’s not a song I’ll revise a lot, but it’s a solid track.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: B+

9. Fire (ft. Reschad Oliver)

The synths in this song are on point. The production is electric and groovy. C-Los rides the beat like it’s nothing. His lyricism is absolutely stellar. Reschad also delivers a solid voice. Overall, this song lives up to its name: straight fire.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

10. This Is a War

Sampling a very intense speech, the song is a war song. It’s very loud and amped up to eleven. The song really backs up the title. It’s urgent and the production is really great and backs it up. The lyricism is good. Overall, it feels like it’s a trying a little too hard, but it’s still a good song.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: B+

11. My Song (ft. Yashi and Nancy Williams)

Yashi’s vocals are unbelievably good. It’s a very well produced song, giving off sunny and fun vibes. Nancy’s vocals are great too, very complimentary of the piece. C-Los’s lyricism is absolutely on point. It’s a really fun song and is easily one of the best of the album.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

12. Nothing Without Him

The synthetic and groovy production, led by pianos and strings, is what really sets this song apart, along with C-Los’s performance and vocals. His lyricism is absolutely stellar. The song captures his story and his reliance on God in a really honest and organic way.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

13. Heat It Up

The production throughout the album has been phenomenal and this one is no exception. It’s C-Los and Echo II’s lyricism and performances that really set this one apart as one of the best of the album.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

14. Show N’ Tell

The song is long, but it eats up every second of playtime. The production reaches an all-time high, along with the lyricism and performances of both C-Los and Echo II. This is easily the best song of the album, if not of C-Los’s catalog.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

15. Go

This song is a solid follow-up to what we just heard. It’s a really hype and well made. The performances and lyricism are straight fire. There is a lot going in the production which becomes my only issue with the song.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: B+

16. Sonrize (ft. Da’ Light and Nancy Williams)

This techno finale drives the point of the album home hard. Nancy’s performance is absolutely great and her vocals add a ton. Da’ Light delivers a really solid verse with a performance similar to that of Kendrick Lamar. Echo II rounds out the album and the group drives it all home. It’s a solid mission song and a good finale.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

17. Hold On (ft. Nancy Williams) [Bonus]

This beautiful epilogue serves as an anthem of hope to the people of Japan after the hurricane that rocked the nation. Nancy’s vocals are great and Sonrize’s performances are emotional and genuine. It’s a very human song.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

Conclusion:

The album is full of really great ideas and some really fantastic songs. C-Los really stands out as a great producer and rapper. His lyricism and performances are consistently really good. The only real issue I have with the album is that it’s very long, but it makes up its length by having a ton of really good songs. Overall, it’s a high ranking album for me and a really impressive debut album.

Album Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

Bonus Reviews: The Singles

1. Come

This song is so well crafted. From the production to the lyricism to the performance, C-Los paints a picture of a broken heart that needs Jesus and his conversation to save him.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

2. Show N’ Tell (Remix) [ft. Empty Vessel, Reschad Oliver, and MyzBeatz]

Any reason to revisit this song is a good one. The song changes just a little bit production wise, but C-Los and friends go in and have fun with it. Myz & Los deliver knockout verses. The overall lyricism is great. The performances are solid. While it isn’t better than the original, it’s a worthy sequel.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

3. Give Me a Chance (ft. Benjah)

This song is an emotional plea against abortion and man does C-Los paint a realistic and emotional picture. He even brings in hip-hop vocal legend Benjah! It’s a really emotional piece that lands just right.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

4. Together (ft. MyzBeatz)

This important song is an earnest call for peace and healing in a race war that’s been permeating the police vs citizens battle. Each offers an honest perspective of the situation and work together to tell the story. The production is fantastic. The lyricism and performances are what really shine.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

5. New Me Knew Me

The most recent solo release from C-Los is very groovy and fun, with great production and solid lyricism. The premise is solid, but it feels just a little flat to me. It’s not my favorite of his catalog, but it’s certainly not a bad song by any stretch of the imagination.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

 

 

The Oscars 2018: My Predictions

The Oscars 2018: My Predictions

Bold signifies who I think will win. Underlined signifies who I want to win. I will be updating the winners and tallying my score live with the Oscars THIS SUNDAY!

I. Best Picture:

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: The Shape of Water

II. Best Actor:

  • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kalyuua, Get Out
  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Winner: Gary Oldman

III. Best Actress:

  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saiorse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Meryl Streep, The Post

Winner: Frances McDormand

**I am also okay with McDormand or Hawkins winning.

IV. Best Supporting Actor:

  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
  • Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Winner: Sam Rockwell

V. Best Supporting Actress:

  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Winner: Allison Janney

VI. Best Director:

  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Winner: Guillermo del Toro

VII. Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Scott Frank, Michael Green, & James Mangold, Logan
  • James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
  • Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
  • Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, Mudbound

Winner: Call Me By Your Name

VIII. Best Original Screenplay:

  • Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
  • Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Winner: Get Out

*I want either Big Sick or Lady Bird.

IX. Best Animated Feature

  • Coco
  • Loving Vincent
  • Ferdinand
  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner

Winner: Coco

X. Best Cinematography:

  • Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
  • Bruno Delbonnel, Darkest Hour
  • Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
  • Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
  • Hoyte Van Hoytema, Dunkirk

Winner: Blade Runner 2049

XI. Best Film Editing:

  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Baby Driver
  • I, Tonya

Winner: Dunkirk

XII. Best Production Design:

  • The Shape of Water
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • Darkest Hour
  • Beauty and the Beast

Winner: The Shape of Water

XIII. Best Original Score:

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
  • Johnny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: The Shape of Water

XIV. Best Original Song:

  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
  • “Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
  • “Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
  • “Mighty River,” Mudbound

Winner: Remember Me

XV. Best Costume Design:

  • Phantom Thread
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Shape of Water
  • Darkest Hour
  • Victoria & Abdul

Winner: Phantom Thread

XVI. Best Hair and Makeup

  • Darkest Hour
  • Wonder
  • Victoria & Abdul

Winner: Darkest Hour

XVII. Best Sound Editing

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • Baby Driver
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Shape of Water

Winner: Dunkirk

XVIII. Best Sound Mixing

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • Baby Driver
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Winner: Dunkirk

XIX. Best Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island

Winner: Blade Runner 2049

XX. Best Foreign Language

  • Lovesless
  • On Body and Soul
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • The Square
  • The Insult

Winner: A Fantastic Woman

XX1I. Best Documentary Feature

  • Faces Places
  • Icarus
  • Abacus: Small Enough To Jail
  • Last Man in Aleppo
  • Strong Island

Winner: Icarus

XXII. Best Animated Short

  • Lou
  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Winner: Dear Basketball

XXIII. Best Documentary Short

  • Edith+Eddie
  • Heroin(e)
  • Knife Skills
  • Traffic Stop
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Winner: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

XXIV. Best Live Action Short

  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Silent Child
  • The Eleven O’Clock
  • Watu Wote/All of Us
  • My Nephew Emmitt

Winner: The Silent Child

SCORE: 19/24 (19-5)

Time Out for Sports IV: Bring It Home

Time Out for Sports IV: Bring It Home

Let’s Just Relive This For A Moment

 

Okay now with that out of the way, it’s time to talk about the Championship round!

 

AFC Championship:

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the obvious choice here. They had a nice showing last week against the Titans. Now, here’s the kicker. The Jacksonville Jaguars are their opponents this week. The Jags are an unstoppable force of nature on defense, absolutely stunning the Steelers last week. It’s the Jags year to play in the Super Bowl and they’re gunning for Tom Brady. Brady is easy to fluster if you can stay in his face and that’s exactly what the Jags will do. I see Sacksonville bringing it and dethroning the reigning AFC champions. The Jags will win, 50-35.

NFC Championship:

The world is on the side of the Vikings now. Case Keenum and the Vikings pulled of a miracle last week (see above video). They are on a collision course with the Lombardi trophy and nothing is stopping them. The Philadelphia Eagles have a good defense, I just don’t think they will be able to shut down this incredible offense. The Vikings defense is also going to ruin Nick Foles and the offense’s day. It’s a Minnesota victory, 28-14.

My Super Bowl prediction remains in tact, so until next week, when we have the official Super Bowl LII lineup, this is Kaleb signing off.

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The First Annual KohOscars: Streamies

The First Annual KohOscars: Streamies

This is a KohOscar ceremony structured the same as the regular KohOscars, but is set aside for the films that I saw for the first time this calendar year through a streaming service.

Best Picture:

  • The Prestige
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Heathers
  • Fargo
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Quiz Show
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Fright Night
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Death Note
  • Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
  • Django Unchained

Best Actor:

  • Hugh Jackman, The Prestige*
  • Robert Downey Jr, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein
  • Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind
  • Ralph Fiennes, Quiz Show
  • Hugo Weaving, V for Vendetta
  • Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • George Clooney, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Taron Egerton, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Judd Nelson, The Breakfast Club*
  • Kurt Russell, The Hateful Eight
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)*
  • John Travolta, Pulp Fiction
  • Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
  • Ryan Gosling, The Nice Guys

*denotes tie

Best Actress:

  • Winona Ryder, Heathers
  • Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Frances McDormand, Fargo
  • Michelle Monaghan, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Kiera Knightley, Begin Again
  • Allison Williams, Get Out
  • Mélanie Laurent, Inglorious Bastards 
  • Imogen Poots, Fright Night
  • Seychelle Gabriel, Sleight
  • Margaret Qualley, Death Note
  • Molly Ringwald, The Breakfast Club

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Val Kilmer, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Christian Bale, The Prestige
  • David Haskell, Godspell
  • Michael Angarano, The Stanford Prison Experiment 
  • Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Mark Ruffalo, Begin Again
  • Steve Buscemi, Fargo
  • Christian Slater, Heathers
  • Paul Bettany, A Beautiful Mind
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Walton Goggins, The Hateful Eight*
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
  • David Tennant, Fright Night
  • Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
  • Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower*
  • Russell Crowe, The Nice Guys

*Denotes tie

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Scarlett Johannson, The Prestige
  • Madeline Kahn, Young Frankenstein
  • Jennifer Connolly, A Beautiful Mind
  • Hailee Steinfeld, Begin Again
  • Sofia Boutella, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Holly Hunter, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Diane Kruger, Inglorious Bastards
  • Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
  • Robin Lamont, Godspell
  • Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club

Best Director:

  • Christopher Nolan, The Prestige
  • Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Joel and Ethan Coen, Fargo
  • Robert Redford, Quiz Show
  • Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • John Carney, Begin Again
  • David Fincher, Zodiac
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
  • Craig Gillsepie, Fright Night
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • David Greene, Godspell
  • John Hughes, The Breakfast Club

Best Cameo:

  • Mark Hamill, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Jack Davenport, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Michael Caine, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Adam Levine, Begin Again
  • James Corden, Begin Again
  • John Goodman, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Michael Madsen, The Hateful Eight
  • Jon Schnepp, The ABCs of Death
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained

Best Comic Book Movie:

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • V for Vendetta
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters
  • Batman and Harley Quinn

Best Sequel:

Best Remake/Reboot:

  • Fright Night
  • Death Note

Best Animated Feature:

  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters
  • Batman and Harley Quinn

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • James Vanderbilt, Zodiac
  • Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, The Prestige
  • Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein
  • Akiva Goldsman, A Beautiful Mind
  • Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Joel and Ethan Coen, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Paul Attanasio, Quiz Show
  • Tim Talbott, The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • The Wachowskis, V for Vendetta
  • Marti Nixon, Fright Night
  • James Krieg and Bruce Timm, Batman and Harley Quinn
  • Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, and Jeremy Slater, Death Note
  • Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • David Greene and John Michael-Telebak, Godspell

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Daniel Waters, Heathers
  • Joel and Ethan Coen, Fargo
  • John Carney, Begin Again
  • Gerald Di Pego, Phenomenon
  • Joel and Ethan Coen, Barton Fink
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
  • Robert D. Seigel, The Founder
  • J.D. Dillard and Alex Theurer, Sleight
  • James Gunn, The Belko Experiment
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Shane Black and Anthony BagarozziThe Nice Guys
  • Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
  • John Hughes, The Breakfast Club
  • Max Landis, Chronicle

Best Cinematography:

  • Get Out
  • The Prestige
  • Fargo
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Quiz Show
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Zodiac
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • The Founder
  • Fright Night
  • Death Note
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Django Unchained
  • The Nice Guys
  • Pulp Fiction

Best Film Editing:

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • The Prestige
  • Fargo
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Phenomenon
  • Fright Night
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Django Unchained
  • Godspell

Best Production Design:

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • The Prestige
  • Fargo
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Zodiac
  • The Founder
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Django Unchained
  • The Nice Guys
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Breakfast Club

Best Original Score:

  • Get Out
  • The Prestige
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Fargo
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Fright Night
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Django Unchained
  • The Nice Guys
  • Godspell

Best Original Song:

  • “Like A Fool,” Begin Again
  • “Lost Stars,” Begin Again
  • “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein
  • “Man of Constant Sorrow,” O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • “Pennies from Heaven,” The Founder
  • “Don’t Pull Your Love,” Batman and Harley Quinn
  • “Django Theme Song,” Django Unchained 
  • “Prepare Ye,” Godspell
  • “Beautiful City,” Godspell
  • “All for the Best,” Godspell
  • “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” The Breakfast Club

Best Costume Design:

  • The Prestige
  • Heathers
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • V for Vendetta
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Fright Night
  • Sleight
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Nice Guys
  • Godspell

Best Hair and Makeup:

  • Young Frankenstein
  • Fargo
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Barton Fink
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Fright Night
  • The Nice Guys
  • Godspell

Best Sound Editing:

  • Get Out
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Zodiac
  • The Prestige
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Fright Night

Best Sound Mixing:

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Zodiac
  • The Prestige
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Fargo

Best Visual Effects:

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Young Frankenstein
  • V for Vendetta
  • Get Out
  • Phenomenon
  • Fright Night
  • Sleight
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Death Note
  • Chronicle 

Best Stunts:

  • Fright Night
  • V for Vendetta
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Django Unchained
  • The Prestige

Best Ensemble:

  • The Hateful Eight
  • Django Unchained
  • The Prestige
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Death Note
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Godspell
  • The Breakfast Club

Best Soundtrack:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Django Unchained
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Godspell

Special Achievement Award:

  • Tommy Wiseau, The Room

The First Annual KohGrammys

The First Annual KohGrammys

The KohGrammys is the first official music awards on this blog. We decided we’d adopt the same categories as the Grammys and accept all music released between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, with the addition of music from October-December 2016, seeing as they will also be included in the Grammy season.

Record of the Year:

  • “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
  • “It Ain’t Me,” Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • “Waiving Through A Window,” Ben Platt
  • “Feels,” Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
  • “Give Love,” Andy Grammer featuring LunchMoney Lewis
  • “Gorgeous,” Taylor Swift
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “I’ll Find You,” Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
  • “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Artist of the Year:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • NF
  • Demi Lovato
  • Lecrae
  • Bruno Mars

Album of the Year:

  • ÷, Ed Sheeran
  • Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Soundtrack)
  • All Things Work Together, Lecrae
  • Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato
  • Evolve, Imagine Dragons

Song of the Year:

  • “This Town,” Niall Horan
  • “Castle on the Hill,” Ed Sheeran
  • “Give Love,” Andy Grammer featuring LunchMoney Lewis
  • “Boy,” Lee Brice
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur
  • “Cry Baby,” Demi Lovato
  • “Praying,” Kesha

Best New Artist:

  • Niall Horan
  • Magic & Bird
  • Wordsplayed
  • James Arthur
  • Ben Platt
  • Aha Gazelle
  • 1K Phew

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • “New Man,” Ed Sheeran
  • “This Town,” Niall Horan
  • “What About Us,” P!nk
  • “Words Fail,” Ben Platt
  • “Praying,” Kesha
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” Taylor Swift
  • “Pray,” Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Give Love,” Andy Grammer featuring LunchMoney Lewis
  • “It Ain’t Me,” Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • “You Will Be Found,” The Cast of Dear Evan Hansen
  • “It’s Not Like I Like You,” Static-P
  • “Instruction,” Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don
  • “No Promises,” Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
  • “Play That Song,” Train
  • “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran featuring Beyoncé

Best Pop Vocal Album:

  • ÷, Ed Sheeran
  • Places, Lea Michele
  • Reputation, Taylor Swift
  • Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato
  • 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

Best Alternative Album:

  • Nemesis, Bridget Mendler
  • Back from the Edge, James Arthur
  • Rainbow, Kesha
  • a girl a bottle a boat, Train

Best Alternative Song:

  • “Atlantis,” Bridget Mendler
  • “Praying,” Kesha
  • “Do You Miss Me At All,” Bridget Mendler
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur
  • “Writer in the Dark,” Lorde
  • “Slow Hands,” Niall Horan
  • “Lights Down Low,” MAX
  • “Why,” Sabrina Carpenter
  • “Play That Song,” Train

Best Dance Recording:

  • “Feels,” Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
  • “Paris,” The Chainsmokers
  • “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay
  • “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
  • “Rockabye,” Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paula and Anne-Marie
  • “It Ain’t Me,” Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • “Instruction,” Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don
  • “No Promises,” Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

Best Dance Album:

  • Memories…Do Not Open, The Chainsmokers
  • We Belong, GAWVI
  • AVICI (01), Avicii
  • Funky Wav Bounce Vol. 1, Calvin Harris
  • Dance of Times, Eliane Elias

Best Rock Performance:

  • “Believer,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Take It All Back,” Judah & the Lion
  • “Feed The Machine,” Nickelback
  • “One More Light,” Linkin Park
  • “Ophelia,” The Lumineers

Best Rock Song:

  • “Believer,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Take It All Back,” Judah & the Lion
  • “Walk on Water,” Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • “Feed The Machine,” Nickelback
  • “Song on Fire,” Nickelback
  • “One More Light,” Linkin Park
  • “Champion,” Fall Out Boy

Best Rock Album:

  • One More Light, Linkin Park
  • Cleopatra, The Lumineers
  • Evolve, Imagine Dragons
  • Feed The Machine, Nickelback

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Nickelback
  • Imagine Dragons
  • The Lumineers
  • Linkin Park
  • Judah & the Lion

Best Rap Performance:

  • “LEGEND,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed (Magic & Bird)
  • “Intro III,” NF
  • “R.U.T.S.,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed
  • “Come & Get Me,” Lecrae
  • “Art of Drifting,” KB
  • “Everybody,” Logic
  • “DNA.” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Arose,” Eminem

Rap Artist of the Year:

  • Andy Mineo
  • Lecrae
  • NF
  • Eminem
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Logic
  • KB

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

  • “I’m The One,” DJ Khalid feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, & Lil Wayne
  • “JUDO,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed featuring Judo
  • “1-800-273-8255,” Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
  • “I’ll Find You,” Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
  • “Cry For You,” Lecrae featuring Taylor Hill
  • “Let You Down,” NF
  • “Sing to You,” KB featuring Casey J.
  • “Walk On Water,” Eminem featuring Beyoncé
  • “River,” Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran
  • “End Game,” Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future

Best Rap Song:

  • “DNA,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “KIDZ,” Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed
  • “Take It Back,” Logic
  • “Bounce Back,” Big Sean
  • “Remember This,” NF
  • “Tempo,” KB
  • “Facts,” Lecrae
  • “Forever,” Trip Lee

Best Rap Album:

  • Magic & Bird, Andy Mineo & Wordsplayed
  • I Decided, Big Sean
  • Everbody, Logic
  • All Things Work Together, Lecrae
  • Perception, NF
  • Today We Rebel, KB
  • Revival, Eminem

Best Country Performance:

  • “Something I’m Good At,” Brett Eldridge
  • “Ask Me How I Know,” Garth Brooks
  • “Unforgettable,” Thomas Rhett
  • “Boy,” Lee Brice
  • “My Old Man,” Zach Brown Band

Best Country Song:

  • “Something I’m Good At,” Brett Eldridge
  • “Boy,” Lee Brice
  • “A Girl Like You,” Easton Corbin
  • “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” Jon Pardi
  • “Unforgettable,” Thomas Rhett

Best Country Album:

  • Brett Eldridge, Brett Eldridge
  • From A Room, Vol. 1, Chris Stapleton
  • Welcome Home, Zach Brown Band
  • Love and War, Brad Paisley
  • Heart Break, Lady Antebellum

Best Contemporary Christian Song:

  • “O God Forgive Us,” for KING & COUNTRY featuring KB
  • “I’ll Find You,” Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
  • “Hills and Valleys,” Tauren Wells
  • “Rise,” Danny Gokey
  • “Old Church Choir,” Zach Williams

Best Contemporary Christian Album:

  • Jonah, KJ-52
  • Magic & Bird, Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed (Magic & Bird)
  • All Things Work Together, Lecrae
  • One-Way Conversations, Hollyn
  • Echoes, Matt Maher
  • Truly Madly Deeply, Relient K

Best Musical Theatre Album:

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Bandstand
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Baby Driver
  • The Greatest Showman
  • La La Land

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

  • “Evermore,” Beauty and the Beast
  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “Rewrite the Stars,” The Greatest Showman
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land
  • “Another Day of Sun,” La La Land