July 24, 2015

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

Johann Hari has seen the current methods on how we deal with addition fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do - and if there might be a better way. Hari's questions took him around the world where he unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

July 22, 2015

A Brief History Of High Fashion Sneakers

Has any garment enjoyed a more impressive rise than the once-humble sneaker? From fitness shoe to high-fashion staple, the sneaker's ascent reflects some of the most significant pop-culture developments of the last few decades -- from the impact of advertising and mass production, to the influence of hip-hop and the NBA.

From July 10, visitors will be able to trace this history at The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a traveling exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum exploring its history and cultural significance.

But Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the originating exhibition at Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum and author of the accompanying book from Rizzoli, says that its history is more complex than we might think. "When the first sneakers debuted [in the 1800's], they were themselves luxury items," she says, citing the high price of rubber and the working class's lack of leisure time. "We're kind of coming full circle in a weird way."

So, how exactly have we ended up in an age of die-hard Nike addicts and Parisian designer kicks?

July 13, 2015

A Transparent House Filled With LED Lights

This pretty ha-mazing installation titled 'Insideout', was recently displayed at the Triennale der Photographie exhibition in Hamburg. The interactive 360-degree display put viewers inside the house and subjected them to more than three minutes of inclement weather in a dazzling light show that pretty closely resembles what it's like to experience of a real storms. The accompanying sounds were created by musician Andi Toma, one of the founding members of the electronic-music group Mouse on Mars.

July 5, 2015

Look At These Very Impractical Comic Book Cups And Saucers

Swedish artist Cecilia Levy creates cups, saucers, bowls, plates and saucers out of paper. Although she often uses books from the beginning of the last century, she has recently branched out into Spiderman comics for an entire series.

To create each work, she takes apart the comics, tearing the pages and pasting small pieces of them back together. Levy explains her works are, “eggshell thin, yet remarkably steady. The story lives on, but in a different shape.”

June 18, 2015

The First Time Snoop Met 2Pac, Told By A High-Energy Eyewitness Jew.

The first meeting of the two rap icons takes up minute 1 to 7 of this weeks episode of the GNN web series. From there Snoop and Michael 'personal space invader' Rapaport shoot the breeze about songs Dr Dre hates, the Tribe documentary, old ball movies and some eastcoast-westcoast hoops chat with some tig ol' bitties in the middle...and it's fucking amazing. Hit that triangle.

June 14, 2015

June 10, 2015

Garbage Pail Kids - Where Are They Now

Garbage Pail Kids (aka The Garbage Gang), those lovably crass band of misfits from your childhood have been brought to life by Art director Jake Houvenagle and photographer Brandon Voges.  The two have combined their creative talents to construct a fictional photo series portraying specific Garbage Pail Kids characters as real human beings, thirty years later.

June 6, 2015

Third World Hip Hop Doco

Nas recently teamed up with The Guardian to produce a short six minute doc highlighting how Hip-Hop (specifically breakdancing) has had a deep effect on the youth in countries like Uganda, Colombia and Yemen

The clip serves as a trailer of sorts for Nas’ upcoming full-length documentary entitled Shake The Dust, which you can read more about at ShakeTheDust.

June 1, 2015

Ghostface Killah - Cocaine Lexicon Flow (1997-2001)

After releasing his debut album Ironman in 1996, Ghostface switched up his flow. From 1997 through to 2001 he perfected his style of high-pitched, emotional stream-of-consciousness narratives, containing cryptic coked-out slang and non-sequiturs. During this 5-year run, Ghost's nonsensical spaghetti raps outshone all Wu members on Forever (1997) and The W (2000), peaked during his magnum opus in 2000 with Supreme Clientele, then began to teeter during Bullet Proof Wallets (2001). In 2003 he signed with Def Jam and made the decision to quit drugs completely while recording the Pretty Tony album. And with that his rap style (sadly IMO) changed to what we hear today.

He's been consistently putting out great albums since his debut (maybe only the Roots are more consistently good), but he was most defiantly at his greatest from from '97 to '01 - a period where he was in the conversation as the best rapper to ever live. Below is a tribute to that time.

01 - Nutmeg ft. RZA
02 - One
03 - Saturday Nite
04 - Ghost Deini (unreleased version)
05 - Apollo Kids ft. Raekwon
06 - The Grain ft. RZA
07 - Older Gods (abridged) ft. Raekwon
08 - Hellz Wind Staff (abridged) ft. Streetlife
09 - The Projects ft. Raekwon, Method Man
10 - Mighty Healthy
11 - We Made It ft. Superb, Chip Banks, Hell Razah
12 - Visionz (abridged) ft. Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck
13 - Flowers ft. Raekwon, Method Man, Superb
14 - Theodore ft. Trife, Twiz
15 - Jump Off (abridged) ft. Deck, Rae, Meth, Masta, RZA
16 - Gravel Pit (abridged) ft. Method Man
17 - It's Yourz (abridged)
18 - Cobra Clutch
19 - Careful ft. RZA, Masta, Cappa, U-God, Deck
20 - Triumph (abridged) ft. Raekwon
21 - Impossible (abridged) ft Raekwon
22 - Bells of War (abridged) ft. RZA

DOWNLOAD: Ghostface Killah - Cocaine Lexicon Flow (1997-2001)

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May 25, 2015

Paddle Board Murals

Riding atop a paddle board, artist Sean Yoro (aka Hula), paints murals while floating on the waves, placing his works just above sea level. The murals, all portraits of women, have a hyperrealistic quality that appear as if each is existing just above the tide. Due to the works’ position above the water they reflect perfectly into the waves, the image extending out far from the painted surface.

Wine Is Stupid

And the people who spend dollars on it are even dumber.