In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.
Summertime blockbusters are here! Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot, comes out today and I couldn't be more excited. A major memory from my childhood is watching Superman II on the VCR over and over again. (Imagine my surprise upon learning years later that Terence Stamp was a "real" actor.) At the same time Kanye West, arguably the Superman of the music biz, is preparing to release his new record Yeezus in the most dramatic way possible. In this week's Five 'n' Five I pair some of the best Superman characters with their Kanye-penned theme songs.
General Zod: "Jesus Walks"
"We eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast."
If a leather and velour tracksuit is good enough for the head of the Kryptonian military, it should be good enough for you. Zod is a megalomaniacal warlord in all-black errythang who can walk on water. Kinda like Yeezy, minus the "walk on water" part. I live for him.
Lois Lane: "Love Lockdown"
"I can't keep myself and still keep you too."
This relationship has been shrouded in lies and secrecy from the start. How can it ever possibly work between Clark Kent and Lois Lane? Take a note from Jay and Bey - superheroes need to date superheroes.
Lex Luthor: "Touch the Sky"
"I gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly."
A mad scientist of high intelligence and technological prowess, Luthor was best portrayed by Gene Hackman in the original Superman film. His seventies fashions were impeccable: wide-collared polyester shirts, large gold medallions and a bald head. Key line: MISS TESCHMACHER!
"Everybody know I'm a motherfuckin monster!"
A bald, green-skinned humanoid who would straight up shrink yo' city, Brainiac was one of the baddest mofo's in Superman comics history. Basically counting the seconds until we can see him on the big screen in full CGI glory.
"I guess every superhero needs his theme music."
Christopher Reeve's Superman was wholesome and socially awkward. Dean Cain's was a dorky family man. Brandon Routh's was a snooze, Tom Welling's was hot and George Reeves was just, well, doughy. By contrast, Henry Cavill's Man of Steel is said to be dark and angry.