Mika at the Movies: Night School Review

Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee that co-stars Lee and Packer’s Girls Trip’ breakout star Tiffany Haddish.

In Night School, the movie follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. Hart plays Teddy Walker, a successful salesman who, after losing his job when he accidentally destroys his workplace, is forced to attend night school at his former almost-alma mater, Piedmont High School, to get his GED. If he passes, Teddy will once again be gainfully employed and continue to impress his successful girlfriend, Lisa.

The movie was all around funny as not only Hart steals the movie, but the class as a whole. Former jock Mackenzie (Rob Riggle), who is only getting his GED to force his ungrateful son to get his diploma; Jaylen (Romany Malco), who lost his job to a robot and is now distrusting of the technical age; Luis (Al Madrigal), a waiter and wannabe singer who gets fired after a run-in with Teddy; Theresa (Mary Lynn Rajskub) , a homemaker returning to night school to help her family—or maybe to just get out of the house for some peace and quiet; Mila (Anne Winters), the disinterested millennial who knows more than she lets on; and last but not least, Bobby (Fat Joe), the student who attends school while locked up.

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish performances were great, but Rob Riggle and Mary Lynn Rajskub’s performances made Night School a hilarious mess to enjoy, as it contained some memorable moments that was comically cringe worthy.

This is the first movie from Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions and it gets a good 7 gold stars from me. It’s a must see and I enjoyed it a lot.

Night School premieres tomorrow, September 28th.

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King Noire – “Radiator (Steel & Stilettos)” | @KingNoire

We all (well, most of us) have heard of some adult movie stars crossing into the hip hop world, especially back in the 90s, when adult film legend heather Hunter, came out with “I Want It All Night Long”, spitting some racy lyrics on wax. It was too much for my young, virgin ears back then, but now that I got grey hairs and a blown-out knee, I appreciate the track now more than ever.

In the millennial age, this genre of adult themed music still continues, especially with the (in Jeff Goldblum’s words) “criminally seductive” rapper known as King Noire as he brings his Royal Fetish Experience to the hip hop world with his new video, “Radiator (Steel & Stilettos)”.

Along with his leading lady, Jet Setting Jasmine, the song and video explores into a world where inhibitions is a non-factor, and the rules are…well…there are no rules. It has all the fixings: Bondage, candle wax and menage-a-trois, with a side of fries. So if you are of the faint of heart, this visual is not for you.

Oh, yeah, did I mention King Noire is super easy on the eyes, as well?


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Bishop Apex – “Listen Dis” | @TheClergy

Youngstown hip hop collective, The Clergy, is putting Ohio on the map with their gritty style of hip hop. Up at bat is Clergy member Bishop Apex, taking out his aggression with his latest track, “Listen Dis”, accompanied by inhouse producer DaBopman, the track includes a catchy hook with some head nodding and deep thinking beats, along for the ride with Bishop includes his squad members Kev Bless and DeviceTrax to assist the madness.

Check out the tune now below.


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King Cezar – “Say Something” | @KingCezar414

“Man, I put myself on. Did it all with a cellphone. You haters ain’t help none. How the fuck you gon’ say something?”

“Say Something” is the first single release from King Cezar’s recently released EP, It’s Better This Way. The single is produced by Toronto’s own, Big Joe.

The single opens with Cezar proclaiming he put himself on and that his haters have no place to “say something” about his come up. For the Milwaukee bred artist, utilizing music to turn his life around was one of the best decisions he’s made in life. Following his release from prison in 2009, Cezar began putting work in at local music labels’ studios until he was able to build his own. This eventually lead him to starting his own company, Kingz Circle Music Group – which has been in full operation since 2016.

Today, Cezar offers up a new single to kick Q4 off. On “Say Something,” produced by Toronto’s Big Joe, Cezar shares his experience with haters throughout his journey.


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Pearl Harba feat. Breana Marin – “Don’t Be Mad” | @pearlharba

Brooklyn’s Pearl Harba has been giving the listeners quality hip hop since his Natural High album and he gives to us more boom bap candy for the ears (and the streets) with his new release “Don’t Be Mad,” a follow up from mid-summer banger, and now #1 college radio chart topper, “Overtime.”

Making another collaborative joint with vocalist and songwriter Breana Marin, “Don’t Be Mad” speaks about his humble beginnings, making his way to the top….and stopping at nothing to win. Pearl spits victorious lyrics over another sweet beat created by Dream Life Beats, followed by Breana’s lovely vocals, making it a super crisp track.

Stay tuned from more of this Brooklyn lyricist as he continues to give the true hip hop heads what they want. “Don’t Be Mad” is out now on all digital music platforms.


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J. Cobb – “Bag” | @thisisjcobb

Director Jon J, known for his work with the likes of Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Flo-Rida and more, takes on Detroit rapper J. Cobb’s treatment for “Bag” in Miami. Keeping it low key, J. Cobb makes a small cameo in this all too-adorable visual, as child stars Uriah and Shantal turn up and enjoy a sunny life of shopping and luxurious adventures.

“Bag” features and was produced by Lil Ronnie aka Ronnie Jackon, who has worked with the likes of Ne-Yo, 2Chainz and Musiq Soulchild. The song appears on J. Cobb’s No Filter album, which is out now on all digital platforms worldwide.


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BigBob feat. Hangman – “Why Cry” | @BigBobPattison @OPIUMPF

Pottersfield rapper, Hangman delivers a 0.45 caliber prose, heavily charged, dangerous and accurate on the new track “Why Cry”, from the ESI studio. The song paints an apocalyptic vision of a looming technocracy with spirited and awakened lyricism.

Hangman has gained a reputation linguistically, though scathing at times it is clear that his semantics are a force to be reckoned with. Music producer BigBob continues to stimulate and satisfy history buffs and music lovers alike with calculated and intentional samplings coupled with his knack for working with poignant and lyrically proficient artists.

@BigBobPattison | @OPIUMPF

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Mark Steele – “Imaginary Player Freestyle” | @whoismarksteele

Best known for his ESPN Sports Center anthem “Greatness,” North Carolina emcee Mark Steele imbues a gritty, fervid sound that has been long lost since the late ’90s, early 2000’s. Bred into the culture since the tender age of 15, he has already collaborated with some of hip hop’s top names, including his mentor and former college professor 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Raheem Devaughn, Big Pooh (of Little Brother), YMCMB artist Cory Gunz, and more.

Steele’s 2014 debut album Sumthin For The Wait boasted his hit “Not Like Y’all,” which was featured on ESPN’s morning debate show First Take and played throughout the month of March 2014 in celebration of March Madness. Soon after Steele’s ESPN hit “Greatness” (from his History Repeats EP) ran its course, Steele released the highly anticipated album, Almost Time (2016), which proved to be the most important album of his rising career thus far.

With production from Grammy award winning producers Carvin and Ivan, the project’s lead single “Big Dreams” was featured on Ebro’s Beats 1 #DiscoveredOnAppleMusic segment, and the album’s Rapper Big Pooh-assisted single “Ain’t Real” aired on Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy (Beats 1).

Steele continues to build anticipation for his next album today with the visual clip of his braggadocious freestyle over Jay-Z’s Volume 1 classic, “Imaginary Player,” one of ten razor sharp, minute-long freestyles on Steele’s new mixtape, Before A Minute. Hosted by DJ Wade Banner, Before A Minute serves as a prelude to Mark Steele’s forthcoming album It’s Been A Minute, available October 12th.

It’s Been A Minute will serve as the full-length follow-up to Steele’s stellar 2016 sophomore album Almost Time, and features No Malice (of Clipse) and production by Khrysis (of The Soul Council).

Look for Steele’s refreshing sound to push the culture forward, on his way to becoming a leader of hip hop’s new generation.  Pre-order It’s Been A Minute here.


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Ki – “Frank Lukas” | @ThatTattedKidd

Claiming Los Angeles after migrating up from Mississippi, the man known as Ki is somewhat of a mystery in these streets. But with a knack for street talk, good smoke and melodic tunes, “The Tatted Kid,” as he calls himself, is looking to make a name for himself in the music world.

Ki releases his new video for the next single “Frank Lukas,” shot by @LewisYouNasty, who is known for shooting videos for Trippie Redd and Rich the Kid.

Ki’s “Frank Lukas” is the latest single off of his 912 album, out now on Spotify. Ki is looking to hit the spotlight sooner than later!


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Conan – “Cold Summer Freestyle” | @conan42fly

YNVS’ Energy God of the Boogie Down Bronx and now, new Para Music Group signee, Conan, is back with “Cold Summer,” a freestyle about the dog days of Summer…and the racial injustice that came along with it.

The video also features a cameo from rapper and activist Mysonne, who spoke outside of Brooklyn’s Happy Red Apple Nail salon, where a fight broke out between some of the workers and a customer on August 3, 2018. One of the workers and a customer there were charged with assault, menacing, harassment and weapon possession. More of the story to follow.

Grab Conan’s mixtape, Energrized, out now on datPiff.


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