Monday, 30 April 2012

New Audio: Add 2 - "Ain't Shit Change" . . .


An LRG sponsorship and another project from the Windy City emcee, but Add-2 comes right back to remind y’all that “Ain’t Shit Change.” As a thank you to the fans for the support, Add drops this Rightz produced jam, set to appear on The Hip Hop Project’s best of Add-2 mixtape, City of Salvation.
"3 of my favorite rappers are dead resting in heaven And your favorite rapper wearing leopard print leggings" – haha word. Listen to the track below. New visuals off of Save.Our.Souls coming soon. Previous post and mixtape here.

New Audio: Alicia Keys - "Not Even A King" . . .


Alicia Keys debuted a new song recently at MTV’s Upfront preview of their new 2012 shows. Unveiling a little premiere of her own, Ms. Keys (AKA Missus Swizz) gave the world a first look at a new composition entitled “Not Even The King,” introducing the new composition the way an Alicia Keys song should be heard–just herself and a grand piano. Watch above–the video is not the best quality but the audio is certainly sufficient to demonstrate that this tune was written for the ages, not for this week’s club/radio playlist. So nice to hear something new from my old time fave.

Guilty Confessions: lost count, rambles . . .

I like spending time alone. A lot. Or with Charlie (when he is quiet). People have too much to say about nothing and nothing to say about something.
I like chocolate soy milk.
Love scares me but it's the only thing I really need. Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, Coach, J Crew, etc although quite the opposite of scary, will not fill that void.
I value my few true real friends more than they know.
Pb and J = my comfort food. It reminds me of my Dad.
I've had a girl crush on Penelope Cruz since forever. Beautiful, natural, original, sexy and classy.
My heart wants to love many but only one actually resides there.
Cotton panties are my new favorite. One word. Breathable.
My poetry has been shit ever since we parted (you know who you are).
I really want those fuchsia Oxford flats. But I can't be ridiculous. Can I?
How would we live our life differently if we knew we were going to die tomorrow? I would buy the Oxford suede flats that are screaming my name.
My car is filthy. Needs an oil change and another check up, and it's summer tires. Poor bastard.
FML.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Graffiti Zone Photo Shoot + Project . . .

As I mentioned in previous posts (here) - while I was in Etown I planned to mix a little bit of business with pleasure and locate some local graffiti. In hopes to capture it photog style for an upcoming idea which has been brewing in my mysterious mind. With a bit of research, navigating, and luck I managed to do just that. I found out about a "graffiti zone", a spot designated for graffiti by the city to try and contain it and "clean up the city" . . . which I think it ludicrous for a multitude of reasons. The city needs to work on a lot of other aspects of it's cleanliness, and if they think street art and social expression is the first problem to be solved, they are in trouble.
For one, after investigating the arts and cultures of the city of Edmonton I came to the complete conclusion that they don't have any. Two, graffiti is a way for the people to voice/express themselves, it's like a cry from an ignored child. In this case it seems once again society is the neglected child, and the government the ill fitted parent. Three, the artistry and creativity of street art is highly complex, layered and undervalued. It is not recognized as an art form, because it is so misunderstood (often like the people). It fascinates me.
So the project that is brewing bubbles in my brain, is the idea of documenting these street works in a way that will bring them into a different light and focus. My plan is to photograph graffiti all over Canada and even the United States (if all goes as planned). From all different locations, viewpoints, compositions, styles, and present them in a gallery setting. Bringing them into a formal setting, will change the perception of graffiti as and art form and as a voice.
My journey for this project begins with this first shoot, enjoy and comments are welcome . . .

























Some close up shots for you to see the layers, and potential of abstracts - beautiful colors. A few comical characters you might recognize - pop influences. The detail and ability of some of these artists = amazing. More to come :)

Today's Tune: Classic Erykah Jam . . .


Wedding song? :) Be a good wedding if so.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Akua Naru - ``The Block`` . . .




etc . . .

``Seeing Her Naked`` - Mar . . .

Make room Miguel, Frank Ocean and a certain Mr. Abel Tesfaye. With his debut EP `Seeing Her Naked`, Mar has officially declared his candidacy for president of this next wave of R&B music - and the boy has me convinced. Almost. Franky has my heart, but he`s defs worth checking out. Stream is EP from below . . .

New Video: Jill Scott - Blessed . . .

This track, video, and artist brings me joy . . .

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Home . . .

Touched down. I'm home. Lots on my mind. These quotes are an abstract summary of its swarming content . . .

Friday, 20 April 2012

New Favorite: Fly Union . . .

My good friend sent me these fella's awhile ago and I've been meaning to post them ever since. They had be at hello, or in this case once the first beat dropped, the vocals streamed out, and the lyrics hit home. From their "The Greater Than Club" project . . .






. . . and more recently from the upcoming sequel to "The Greater Than Club" . . .



. . . Kendriiicckk Lamar in studio - oh snap . . .



Good stuff right here. Hit up Fly Union on twitter @FlyDotU.

Fashion Scene: Coachella . . .


That is it. I am going next year. The Dr. Dre and Snoop performance that brought out too many greats to fathom, including hologram Tupac, Rihanna in true rebel rock-star hussy mode rollin' up joints on her bodyguards head, funky fashion, every other blogger/cool human but me being there . . .Damn. It is a must - I owe it to myself. ha! If you made it this year let me know how it was?! :) 

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Art: The Wondrous World of Chris Millar . . .

Yesterday I finally got my chance to check out the local  Art Gallery of Alberta. Although the gallery was small, a direct reflection of the arts and culture of this town - it was a nice taste or creativity, old and new. An exhibition entitled, The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem by local wunderkind Chris Millar was worth the visit alone. I have never seen anything like it, nor witnessed creativity, precision, innovative skill and imagination combined in such an artistic way. How someone can even fathom producing this type of work is baffling to me. He takes the use of paints to a whole new level, structurally and technically to create a strange miniature world of sculptured comical genius. 

"Although the works look psychedelic and look totally wacky, I don't use any sort of drugs at all" ~ Chris Millar. This answered my first question after viewing his work. 

Curator Nancy Tousley writes:
"A natural born storyteller, Millar sprinkles his sculptures, which are made almost entirely of paint, with visual clues to the questions of who and what, and even what might happen next, if their frozen moment in time were to melt. His paintings, on the other hand, are dense mixtures of images and words in which everything happens at once."

His pieces are difficult to see in pictures, as in person the assistance of magnifying glasses are recommended to take in the detail. Regardless, here are some of his works . . .


 This Piece - "Connect Four" includes a mini rendition of the game, a helicopter created out of Doritos, a ladder made out of Haysticks (I think that's what the snack is called), and a pyramid made of Potato Chips (either Lays or Old Dutch). My fave piece - probably because my simple brain can creatively comprehend it. 

 Most pieces tell a multitude of stories.

This piece features human finger sushi sculpted out of paint. Yummm. 

At the Art Gallery of Alberta the works are mounted on dark walls surrounded by painted twinkles.



 This piece has tiny birdhouses sculpted out of paint. Madness.


The whole experience was other worldly, the photographs don't do it justice. If you are in the area definitely go check it out. I am sure you could spend hours looking at every piece, it's different parts, stories, characters, etc. Check out -- interview/opening -- with the artist for more info. It sheds a lot of light. 

I also managed to track down some graffiti yesterday! The so called "graffiti zone" located between two LRT stations. I met a few curious characters, but more importantly snapped a shitload of pictures for an upcoming project that I have brewing. More on that coming (pictures included) in a soon to be post - keep your eyes peeled. :)