March 6, 2015

Murals of Greek Gods Rendered Against A Chaotic Backdrop

Since first collaborating in 2007, Spanish street art duo Pichi & Avo (previously) have created an intriguing blend of traditonal graffiti and renderings of mythological figures influenced by ancient Greek sculpture. The precision, shading, and use of color is all that more impressive considering each piece is painted only with spray paint. Pichi & Avo open their first exhibition in Italy titled Urban IconoMythology later this week at Basement Project Room. You can see more of their work here.
Via TIC

Weapons of Mass Instruction

A 1979 Ford Falcon Converted Inside A Tank Armored With 900 Books.

February 25, 2015

A 12-Minute Kanye West Story Told By A Fat Jew

Nothing and everything happens when The Fat Jew, from instagram fame, meets up with Kanye West at the Mercer Hotel in New York.

The audio above was taken from the Juan Epstein podcast, which also featured a crazy story about a well known hip hop icon who was "spooning" a well known house DJ at a party in Miami. It's worth a listen: The Fat Jew on Juan Epstein

February 18, 2015

February 9, 2015

That Was a Thing: Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’

Montell Jordan is the first artist I was ever disappointed in, and that’s maybe a bizarre way to remember someone. But maybe it’s not.




When “This Is How We Do It” came out, it was just so unbelievable and catchy and perfect and undeniable. I could barely stand it. Barely anybody could. Montell was tall and handsome, so that helped, because that always helps. And the name “Montell Jordan” is just a great name. But the song, which sort of fell over itself to be cool, but in the best way possible, was instantly likable. The only single that had a longer stay at no. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart in 1995 was Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy,”1 and that should be an indicator of just how unstoppable “This Is How We Do It” was. More important than that, though: It was a true marker in history.



“This Is How We Do It” was a flawlessly executed new jack swing song, and it came at the perfect new jack swing moment, which is to say right as it became 100 percent OK for new jack swing and rap to commingle. Before then, back near the end of the ’80s when new jack swing became a thing, it stayed on the opposite side of the street from rap, derided by rappers as corny and pandering. But in the early ’90s, Andre Harrell, an ambitious and accomplished record executive, helped to blur the edges with Teddy Riley, who’d fathered the genre. “This Is How We Do It” was the tilt. In 1996, Dr. Dre guest-featured on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” — that was the next step in the coalescence. And then by 1997, Puff Daddy, who’d served under Andre Harrell at Uptown Records, mutated them into one single entity and obliterated everything; over a four-month stretch that year he had his sticky little fingers on the no. 1 song in the country 25 out of the 28 weeks. So “This Is How We Do It” was obviously the most fun song of 1995, but it was also (maybe) the most important too.


Live Performances From The 2015 Grammy Awards. Yawn.


Mrs Carter

Paul, Riri & Kanye.

Kanye West

Pharrell

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