Killa Season vs. Flipmode 3

August 4th, 2006 | 3:39 am | Features & Interviews | No Comments

In what may very well be the toughest comparison in the history of the camera’s existance, the Quarter Snacks movement has taken it upon itself to compare which video may be more worth your time, sweat, money and blood.

Flipmode Tale of the Tape:
Creator: Peter Sifbhsdjfbremlagsbkus
Year: 2006
Genere(s): Skateboarding, Black Power
Cast: Billy Lynch, Xavier Veal, Leo Gutman aka Hollywood, Joseph Delgado, Kevin “Dirty Ass Motherfuckin’ Hands” Tierney, Ryan O’Donnel, Pedro Garboza, Derick Ziemkiewicz.
Filming Locations: New York, New Jersey, Crenshaw BLVD
Duration: 57 Minutes
Watch/Download The Video: Click Here

Killa Season Tale of the Tape:
Creator: Cameron Giles
Year: 2006
Genere(s): Crime, Idiocy, Pink, Purple, Drugs, Jewelry, Harlem, Sexual Intercourse with Crackheads.
Cast: Killa Mothafuckin’ Cam, Juelz Mothafuckin’ Santana, Hell Mothafuckin’ Rell, Funk Mothafuckin’ Flex, and a bunch of other people who have no place on either side of a camera.
Filming Locations: Harlemworld NYC
Duration: 128 Minutes
More Info: Status Ain’t Hood: Things I Learned From Killa Season, Review of Killa Season

Cam’ron’s advantages in this battle are located within his devout fanbase, both those who take him seriously, and neglect the fact that he probably never made it past the 7nd grade in addition to those doofuses who kill every potentially great thing that might come to light within this pop culture world of ours and worship Killa as much as they do their $900 Dunks they slept outside Recon for.

Flipmode seems to have their priorities in order. Their video is free, Rob Campbell is in it a couple of times, and their work doesn’t show scenes of girls shitting out packs of coke on the floor. Although it’s hard for them to deny the fact that they obviously swagger-jacked Cam’ron’s three-year-ago trademark of wearing pink, granted that at least three people in this video can be spotted with pink griptape, laces or wheels, they tend to be breaking away into a stylistic category of their own, building a school of style different than that handed down to them by Mr. Giles, and we shall see if the old principle of “a student not being able to fuck with a teacher” holds up in the battle of home-made video giants.

1. What is the “nigga” count in both of these videos?
KS: 980697858767984758 times.
FM: 5 times.

2. What is the body count?
KS: 27
FM: 0 (obviously Peter is a pacifist who could be spotted at Union Square Thursday through Sunday with a giant “Fuck Bush” sign and a tie-dye shirt, so this should come as no surprise to fans of the Flipmode franchise.)

3. How many times is Beer Bar in both productions?
KS: Being the highlight of the video altogether, Cam’ron chooses to stay at least 60 blocks away from Beer Bar through his entire film.
FM: Still unable to overcome the satanic grasp that this stupid marble platform has over every Flipmode member’s adolescence, the Flipmode video features Beer Bar about six times.

4. Does either video feature a Rob Campbell cameo?
KS: Cam’ron’s connections obviously are not elaborate enough to enable a cameo with the legend himself – the best he could do is get Funk Master Flex which is a pitiful substitute for a true legend of stories from the street and womanizing.
FM: In an act that could be defined as nothing but true dedication to the craft of video-making, Flipmode made it a priority to feature the man himself six times in their video.

5. What elements of shock value are employed in both of these productions to separate them from being just another face in the crowd?
KS: Cam’ron does several ridiculous things in his film to get the streets going wild. In the opening scene, he knocks a bottle of Sizurp over some guy’s head in the middle a dice-game and continues to piss on him in a typical R Kelly-esque fashion – but not before he says “No Homo” 5 times to insure that his dice-playing comrades don’t confuse his act as being done solely for the purpose of letting another male see his penis. Cam’ron also breaks his pattern of including only black and Hispanic actors in his film when he decides to kill somebody. Cam’ron calls up “some Italian niggas” he knows, and continues to utilize their evident violent nature in displaying a graphic scene of the two Italian gentlemen stabbing an already dead man and pulling out his organs, and ends it off with the two of them bickering over who is going to mop the floor. In a final and greatly unnecessary scene, Killa happens to graphically display several Hispanic women shitting on a newspaper covered floor, cut in between zoom-ins on their doo-doo and the packs of cocaine coming out of it.
FM: Flipmode doesn’t employ a large variety of shock tricks. Perhaps the most notable is that they had the decency to exclude any potential TF footage that could have possibly made it into the video. Otherwise, they resort to a typical, although effective method of shock value by having their featured parts be people who are better and probably younger than you.

6. “No Homo” Count…
KS: Probably towards the 40-50 range, but most notably, Cam’ron throws in a “No Homo” in the first sentence of his eulogy at his grandfather’s funeral.
FM: Flipmode is fairly comfortable with their sexualities and they come in with a “No Homo” count of zero. Either that, or they just figured it would be futile to try to fool audiences into thinking they were indeed “not homo,” yet made a video named “Suck My Flipmode.”

7. What is the art-ness level of both of these productions?
KS: Cam’ron really lacks the ability to be an artist (vocal artists withstanding), provided that art culture makes at least one year in art school a requirement for anybody over 21 who aspires to join their cult. And even if he did go to art school, there is hardly anything in his work that could be perceived as “art” in the traditional sense.
FM: Aside from an emoish intro song from DJ Shadow (which belongs in no self-respecting skate video attempting to differentiate itself from the other batch of bitch ass hoes out there, and sure as hell doesn’t belong in a video whose older brother used “G-Unit in the House” as its intro song), and a song from everyone’s least favorite band inferior to Three 6 Mafia (The Smiths), the Flipmode video contains little to no art tendencies.

8. How do both of these videos compare to past work in the field?
KS: Aside from Cam’ron actually being able to be in a decent movie (Paid in Full), he has no prior work in the field, so comparisons can’t really be drawn.
FM: Flipmode will forever be cursed with the inability to live up to their previous classic, I Woke Up Dead, which embodies everything skateboard videos could and should be. Comparison between the two works would be both foolish, and unfair, so we’ll leave the subject alone to prevent this video from embarrassing itself in that it was even mentioned in the same sentence.

9. What are the highlights of both productions?
KS: Cam’ron’s moment of truth in this movie shines at a tour de force performance in which his eight-year old niece is killed, The scene is set up like this: Killa walks into a Papa John’s with his niece to buy her some pizzas, and she begins to ask him to go outside, “Can I got outside?” “No.” “Can I got outside?” “No, it’s dark outside.” “Can I go outside?” “Ok fine, just stay by that window. It’s Dipset bitch!” As his niece exits the Papa John’s, a man (possibly Xavier) barges in with a gun and strips Cam’ron of his icy jewels while he pleads with them not to hurt his niece. As the robber exits, he exclaims to his comrade, “Yo! Leave that bitch!” [referring to Killa’s niece]. But his homie has other plans, which is why he exclaims, “Nah! Fuck that bitch!” and shoots her. Cam’ron quickly responds with an eruption of hysterical screams and gunfire.
FM: Flipmode’s highlight is the inclusion of the “I’m Black!” theme song from CB4. Plus the skating is all pretty good. Somebody switch flip back tails the Flushing grate.

10. Can anything be learned from either of these videos?
KS: Finish High School.
FM: People from Queens skate Flushing a lot. And Justin White is a player hater.

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