Sunday, January 5, 2014

Who watched the Royal Variety Performance on New Year's Eve...?

I won't rant too much here (or maybe I will), but if you know me or my blog even a little, then you will know that one of my hugest gripes is that of "sampling" in music - i.e. the act of taking an existing track (composed by another artist), and then adding different lyrics to it.

The end result, unfortunately, is a track that is considered to be completely new and original, especially if the track that was sampled is from decades ago.
So you end up with youngsters jamming to some "cool" new track that they skeem is lekker kief (sorry guys, had to throw in some South African slang there...), not realising that the so-called artist basically just stole someone else's song and made millions off of it.

One such track that caught my attention was showcased on New Year's Eve 2013, on the Royal Variety Performance.
I usually enjoy most of the performances on the show, however this one just made me wanna be sick.
And I wasn't even drunk.

This act call themselves "Rizzle Kicks", and they are an English hip hop duo who basically pretend to be talented. And they pretty much suck at that as well.
Granted, I have not heard or seen any of their other work, but let me paint a brief outline of their performance (which was put on in front of Prince Charles no less...):

- They performed a track called "Skip to the Good bit", which unfortunately only had bad bits in it.
The real kicker is that they sample (almost entirely) from the hugely successful 90's EMF track "Unbelievable", and they do a fantastic job of destroying the original track.

- Not only was their track terrible, but even the lip-syncing they were doing was odd. One of the duo looked like he was watching what the other was lip-syncing, and then trying to keep up with vague movements of his lips. Awesome.

- Finally, when the track ended (and the audience rejoiced in relief), the duo couldn't even finish their performance gracefully and nearly fell over when the music stopped. Top notch professionals these guys.

Remind me again why plagiarists people like this make millions?
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