Nicki Minaj – Pound The Alarm Video Screen Shots – Vevo


Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

When someone asked me what I thought about the latest cabinet reshuffle my mind drew a few blanks. That is when I realized that I never posted a blog about our almost-very-own Nicki Minaj. Nicki Minaj was born Onika Nicki Maraj in the year 1982 in the tiny, bustling town of St. James,Trinidad and Tobago. However she, along with her parents, miraculously escaped alive from Trinidad and Tobago when she was just five years old. After the daring escape she grew up in a safer city in the USA called New York. An obviously talented girl, she changed her name to Nicki Minaj as she entered the world of celebrities who can make money. Currently she is 30 years old and also a  very successful ” rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality.”

In 2012, Nicki flew to Trinidad and shot the music video to her then latest single, Pound the Alarm. In the video some of the exceptional women of Trinidad and Tobago were featured resulting in Trinidad and Tobago being promoted as a must-see tourist destination with women.

In Pound the Alarm Nicki Minaj says:

Yo, what I gotta do to show these girls that I own them
Some call me nicki, and some call me roman
Skeeza, pleez, I’m in Ibiza
Giuseppe Zanotti, my own sneaker
Sexy, sexy that’s all I do
If you need a bad b-tch
Let me call a few

Here are some screen shots that I captured from the Vevo HD video of Pound the Alarm – enjoy.

Nicki Minaj

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PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V


Pronounce : O Pan Gang Nam Style
Translation : I (have my own style.. It’s) Gangnam style

PSY

Gangnam Style  is a viral video turned viral dance and now officially the most popular YouTube video ever with over  294,763,576 views and climbing. Gangnam Style is sung by South Korean sensation  and rapper, PSY.  Gangnam Style is also currently #1 on iTunes and Amazon. South Korea, a peaceful and productive country with a hostile neighbor and 46% of the population having no religion, has now added PSY to the string of successes which include Samsung, Hyundai, LG, Kia and Seoul food.

“Gangnam” means “south(nam) of the river(gang)” in Korean. “Gangnam” is being regarded as the place where people are rich, girls are pretty and everything is supposed to be cool. ~www.urbandictionary.com

Original      : 오빤 강남스타일
Pronounce : O Pan Gang Nam Style
Translation : I (have my own style.. It’s) Gangnam style

Pretty South Korean Girl – Gangnam Style

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Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth (Gotye – Cover)


The video and song is extremely addictive and is being performed by Walk off the Earth which is a Canadian indie band formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario. Five people (including one bearded guy), three main voices, one steel-string guitar and tonnes of talent gave rise to this viral video.

The name of the song is Somebody That I Used to Know which was originally sung by Gotye – Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980), also known professionally by his stage name Gotye (pronounced /ˈɡɒti.eɪ/ GOT-tee-ay) is a BelgianAustralianmulti-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. The name “Gotye” is derived from “Gaultier” (or “Gautier” or “Gauthier”,) the French equivalent of “Wouter” (“Walter” in English.) Gotye’s voice has been compared to Sting and Peter Gabriel, some fans even going to the extent of mixing Gotye’s vocals with tracks by The Police – Wikipedia

As amazing as the Walk Off The Earth video is, Gotye steals the show every time. The song is made nearly perfect with the help of Kimbra Kimbra Johnson (born 27 March 1990), known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand singer/songwriter from Hamilton, New Zealand. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

“Somebody That I Used To Know”
(feat. Kimbra)

[Gotye:]
Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember

You can be addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

[Kimbra:]
Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I’d done
But I don’t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

[Gotye:]
But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
And you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

[x2]
Somebody
(I used to know)
Somebody
(Now you’re just somebody that I used to know)

(I used to know)
(That I used to know)
(I used to know)
Somebody

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Rihanna Loves Vita Coco


Rihanna in Vita Coco ad

The St. Michael, Barbados-born, super-successful pop singer Rihanna’s latest exploit is the popular American-owned, but made from Brazilian coconuts, Vita Coco coconut water.  Vita Coco is advertised as 100% pure and made from only green, handpicked coconuts as opposed to those dry up ones that our iconic coconut vendors sometimes have no choice in selling to a coconut-friendly but agriculturally challenged nation like Trinidad and Tobago.

Rihanna sporting a Vita Coco in Tetra Pak

Apparently the Vita Coco Company has been around for about 4 or 5 years and I like the concept of Vita Coco coconut water having a shelf life of 8 months without refrigeration. The company has sales of around US$ 12 million per year and is said to be worth over US$100 million. The company has been able to attract celebrities like Madonna and Demi Moore to invest in it because they love to hydrate naturally with Vita Coco. Vita Coco comes in that familiar, Swedish Tetra Pak which is also a symbol for clogged drains in Trinidad and Tobago.  Rihanna’s controversial Man Down video has Vita Coco strategically placed for a fee.

Vita Coco is advertised as a way to “Hydrate naturally,” “So good for you it’s nuts,” and “Nuts for life.” Sexy Rihanna says “I love Vita Coco! It’s real coconut water from hand-picked coconuts.” I predict when Rihanna’s Vita Coco ad campaign is formally launched, the ads might say “Rihanna loves her Vita Coco,” or “So goood you will want to suck on it all day” or even “It’s better than two bananas.”

Rockefeller Plaza on May 27, 2011 in New York City

I don’t think Vita Coco is available in Trinidad and Tobago and I never tasted is so I can’t say how good or bad Vita Coco is. What I do know is that I once tasted canned coconut water from Thailand and nearly puked as it tasted more like boiled coconut husk than coconut water.Coconut water in Trinidad and Tobago is available fresh from the nut from many vendors brandishing razor-sharp cutlasses at equally hazardous prices. Recent trends suggest that waiting by coconut vendors with jug in hand is not too fashionable in our wannabe first world country so many have instead opted to fork out large amounts of their disposable incomes for those refrigerated, short-shelf-life bottles of coconut water in the supermarkets. I can’t say if the coconut water sold in supermarkets has no added ingredients or that it is 100% pure or that the nuts are green and handpicked like Vita Coco. What I do know is that the quality of coconuts in Trinidad and Tobago is as inconsistent as the color of WASA’s water or the charges Customs Officers at the courier bonds drop on unsuspecting taxpayers.

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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”


I haven’t had the time to blog recently being occupied with everything my brain can lay its neurons on, from downloading movies, books and music to learning the ins and outs of Lightroom 3x. From planning a vacation to liking my Pentax K-7 even more but unhappy with my Tamrac camera bag. With my mind all over the place, and some good places at that,  I stumbled on Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (aka Iz),whose medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” I remembered from the movie Meet Joe Black, one of my favorites. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole was born in 1959 in Honolulu and became a famous musician and singer. Sadly, he died at a young age in 1997. The official Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s “What A Wonderful World” video on YouTube has so far received over 7.5 million plays but this blog is not allowed to embed that version. The popularity of this video is an indication of how good music can be timeless. This is one of my favorite songs and I am constantly on the lookout for songs which I feel and hope will live forever. Recently I discovered R.E.M‘s new Everyday is Yours to Win but only time will tell how long it will live.

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