December 25, 2015

The Mix Up vol. 10 [download]

*does not feature Madonna, Sting or 2pac.

01. Mac Miller – 100 Grandkids
02. Ransom – Jade
03. To Be Continued – One On One
04. Drake – Hotline Bling
05. MED, Blu, Madlib – Knock Knock ft. MF Doom
06. Kanye West – Eyes Closed
07. A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhyme
08. L'Orange – God Complex [instrumental]
09. Skyzoo – Luxury ft. Westside Gunn
10. Hus Kingpin – Pyramid Points [remix]
11. Angel Dust [instrumental]
12. Natural Resource – I Love This World
13. Oddisee – Flight Delays
14. Oddisee – Belong To The World
15. Apathy – How To Breathe Underwater
16. Mobb Deep – Back At You
17. Harry Fraud – Deal Breaker ft. Marty James
18. Ras Kass – Jesus Pressed Mute
19. Pusha T – F.I.F.A.
20. Kalyanji Anandji – Dharmatma Theme Music [instrumental]

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December 24, 2015

The Two Escobars

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellín Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably and fatally intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the US, that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life.

The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics. For Colombians, soccer was far more than a game: their entire national identity rode on the success or failure of their team. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's fast and furious documentary plays out on an ever-expanding canvas, painting a fascinating portrait of Pablo, Andres, and a country in the grips of a violent, escalating civil war.

If the video above doesn't work, go here: The Two Escobars

What Makes A Great Logo

 Joe Posner, and Michael Bierut explain how a simple mark ends up meaning something big.

For more from Michael Bierut on graphic design, check out his book "How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, cry, and (every once in a while) change the world: How To

The Black Exorcist

Kid twists his neck 180 degrees and hugs person behind him, just because he can.

What You Know About Skarping?

The hillbilly redneck sport that combines water-skiing, basketball and jumping Asian Carp fish.

December 2, 2015

Bastards of the Party (2010)

Raised in the Athens Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Cle “Bone” Sloan was four years old when his father died, and 12 when he became a member of the Bloods. Now an inactive member of the notorious gang, Sloan looks back at the history of black gangs in his city and makes a powerful call for change in modern gang culture with his insightful documentary, Bastards of the Party.

Bastards of the Party draws its title from this passage in “City of Quartz”: “The Crips and the Bloods are the bastard offspring of the political parties of the ’60s. Most of the gangs were born out of the demise of those parties. Out of the ashes of the Black Panther Party came the Crips and the Bloods and the other gangs.” Bastards of the Party traces the timeline from that “great migration” to the rise and demise of both the Black Panther Party and the US Organization in the mid- 1960s, to the formation of what is currently the culture of gangs in Los Angeles and around the world.

The documentary also chronicles the role of the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI in the evolution of gang culture. During his tenure from 1950 to 1966, Chief Robert Parker bolstered the ranks of the LAPD with white recruits from the south, who brought their racist attitudes with them. Parker’s racist sympathies laid the groundwork for the volatile relationship between the black community and the LAPD that persists today.

November 24, 2015

November 13, 2015

Aliens Are Real Says African School Children

Twenty-something years ago a bunch of kids form Ariel School in Zimbabwe encountered some "scary" aliens. Watch as they recall that day with professor of psychiatry, Dr John Mack.

Goosebumps.

November 1, 2015

Studying Dead Rotting Meat Is Both Amazing And Gross

"Do you guys want to go and see a dead body?". Because you can if you hit play on the above video which showcases the largest body farm in the world, where researchers study human decomposition in order to help law enforcement.

FYI, it's quite graphic.

Fly My Pretties. Almost.

Alexis Noriega gives you what Red Bull has be falsely claiming for years, by designing and building this amazing pair of pneumatic (gas or pressurized air) articulating wings that spring to action at the press of a button.

She also reckons she'll have a video online soon on how to build you own. Keep and eye on The Crooked Feather for instructions.

Q-Tip Talks to Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock & That Guy Who Hasn't Won An Oscar

I'll save you some time. Skip through some terrible music of today until you get to around 17 minutes when Q-Tip, aka The Abstract, gets his chat on with Dave, Chris and Leo. Topics include boxing, music, comedy and other tidbits. It's weird.

September 19, 2015

12 Minutes of Fuck Philadelphia

The background to this. Back in 2006 a bunch of comedians were performing in Philadelphia, a city that's notorious for acting up at live events, booing performers and generally just being assholes for the sake of it. After watching a handful of comedians perform the crowd began to grow restless and booed the next two performers off the stage. Step up Bill Burr, who a couple of minutes into his set begins to get the same treatment. But instead of calling it a night he decides to unload a fury of insults like no other human has ever unloaded on a crowd. The result is fucking legendary and needs to be seen if you have not already. Amazing.

September 14, 2015

Listen To Juan Epstein

If you need some nerdy, hip hop, comedy podcasts in your life while you cook, workout or waste away your life sitting on public transport, then listen to the gold that is Juan Epstein. It's the best shit-talking time-waster the internet has to offer.

Hosts Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg have interviewed everyone from Ice Cube and MCA of the Beastie Boys to heavy-chested porn stars and Rhys fuckin' Darby. In their words it's 'the place to go if you want to hear stories you have never heard, hear people react to and answer questions you can't believe anyone would have the nerve to ask. These are some of the most unique interviews you ever will hear.'

Below is a list of some of the better episodes I've enjoyed while drying dishes and lifting weights off my chest:

Jay-Z (2010)
Questlove & Chris Rock (2014)
A-Trak (2015)
Salaam Remi (2015) 
Bill Burr (2010)
Kanye West (2013)
Fat Joe (2008)
Aziz (2011)
Aziz (2012)

September 4, 2015

Stop Scrolling And Watch This

Thank you to the person who has too much time on their hands, and no girlfriend, for making this.
Shot Phila

August 28, 2015

Nirvana - Lithium (Live 1992)

This is Nirvana teasing 'Rape Me' then performing 'Lithium' at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as accepting the award for Best New Artist.

A little background to the performance from Seattle journalist, Krist Novoselic;

“Kurt wanted to play the tune ‘Rape Me’ and was adamant about it. The MTV people were upset. We were being asked from all corners not to. I thought we should play something off Nevermind, do the gig, and leave. Easy, right? No. Kurt was very stubborn and refused to play another tune. There was quite a swirl around this issue.

I went back to the trailer and had a still-warm beer. Yuk, but I drank it anyway. To resolve the song controversy, we said we were going to do “Lithium,” but we decided among the band to pull a prank and play a few chords of “Rape Me” at the beginning. Even though the issue was resolved, the back and forth between their people, our people, us and them, or whoever—it was draining.”

PREVIOUS: Nirvana - Outtakes, Demos, Rarities and Personal Favorites

Dustin Yellin's 3D Art

Dustin Yellin’s mesmerizing glass sculptures explode collage into three dimensional forms, and have won him accolades from all over the art world. From early works of layered resin, Yellin’s sculptures increased in size (and weight), culminating in the 12-ton, three-paneled The Triptych.

But Yellin’s most ambitious project may be Pioneer Works, a colossal, 27,000-square-foot artist’s complex and foundation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. With its residencies, workshops and on-site science lab, Pioneer Works cultivates cross-disciplinary experimentation regardless of profit potential.

August 13, 2015

Timelike Is The Short Film You Should Watch Now

The above video follows Madeline and her boyfriend at home enjoying a quiet evening when they are interrupted by a visit from a stranger bearing a message from Madeline’s future self. It uses 90s handy cam footage with great editing and sound design to create quite a buzzy and unnerving peice of film.

If you want to make sense of what you just saw you can hit the jump for one possible explanation.

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
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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.

That Time Dave Letterman Quizzed Paris Hilton About Jail

This might be Dave's best interview.

May 20, 2015

Classical Paintings Dropped Into Today

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov has been getting his photoshop on - placing Bouguereau’s Song of the Angels on an empty subway car and transporting a pair of men from Holbein’s famous The Ambassadors are to the table of a seedy bar. Much like Etienne Lavie’s billboard series and Julien de Casabianca’s recent Outings Project, the series creates an interesting and playful new context for artworks usually only encountered in museums and art history books. You can see more over on his Facebook.

May 18, 2015

Jay-Z B-Sides Concert

Dynasty Intro
Young Gifted & Black
Pump It Up Freestyle
Streets Is Watching
Friend or Foe
Where I’m From
Say Hello
Tidal Freestyle
Politics As Usual
Guess Who’s Back
Show You How
Jigga My Nigga
Hovi Baby
22 Twos
U Don’t Know
A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More
So Ghetto
D’Evils
Marcyville
This Can’t Be Life
Party Life
Success
Ignorant Shit
Grammy Family Freestyle
Takeover
You, Me, Him & Her ft. State Property
What We Do ft. State Property
Clique
We Made It Freestyle ft. Jay Electronica
Jay Electronica — Exhibit C
Jeezy — Go Crazy
Jeezy – Who Dat
Can I Live?
In My Lifetime (Remix)
Feelin' It
Imaginary Player
Dead Presidents (Part 1)
It’s Like That
Never Change
Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)
Allure
National Anthem
Public Service Announcement


April 27, 2015

L.A.'s Best Tattoos Are Done By One Man

First-timers and ink-addicts alike have caught the fever for Brian Woo's intricate, fine-line, single-needle-style pieces. So much so that when you finally slide into his chair at Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip, chances are you'll be sandwiched between superfans who discovered Woo's work on Instagram and his celeb devotees. Yep, we're talking about stars like Drake (now sporting a rad mini portrait of his dad courtesy of Woo) and Cara Delevingne (whose side ribs recently received a proper, tiny coat of arms from the artist). Looking through the pics, it's pretty easy to see why there's a six month waiting list to get some ink etched into your body by the man they call "Dr. Woo".

April 26, 2015

Rare Rehearsal Footage From Friday (1995)

The movie that I've seen over a hundred times is celebrating its 20 year anniversary, and that makes me feel old. Above is a short clip showing the actors rehearse/workshop some of the more scenes. Via Complex

April 22, 2015

30 For 30 Sole Man


Sonny Vaccaro is one of the sports world's most charismatic, polarizing and influential figures. Now 75, he is still a fast-talking maverick whose zeal for basketball, advocacy for underprivileged kids, and instinct for sales forged an era of unprecedented growth for two pillars of pop culture: basketball and sneakers.

It was Vaccaro who advised agents during the ABA-NBA wars of the 1970s, who launched Nike's "Air Jordan" empire in the 1980s, and who ushered in the professionalization of youth basketball in the 1990s, when players such as Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady, both of whom signed shoe deals brokered by Vaccaro, turned high school games into auditions for the NBA.

"Sole Man" is a definitive, first-hand and unflinching account of how Vaccaro rose from humble Pennsylvania steel town roots to become the most valuable marketing asset in the $13 billion athletic shoe industry. Vaccaro's personal arc mirrors the narrative of basketball's ascent over the last 40 years. It is an era in which James Naismith's creation morphed from a regional game tainted by segregation and gambling into a global enterprise that stretches from Brooklyn to Beijing. And to a staggering degree, the basketball community is really just Six Degrees of Sonny.

April 14, 2015

Pilots Explain When To Actually Worry During A Flight

If you've been on a flight and its hit "bad turbulence", or the engine started making a "funny noise" and you think you're going to die, but then you don't, and you act like it was a near death experience, then this article is for you.





When a recent flight smacked into heavy turbulence last week, my four-year-old daughter grabbed my right hand.

“Don’t worry, Daddy,” she said. “It’s gonna be OK. It’s just a little bumpy.”

I withdrew my hand and continued flying the plane with my armrests. After landing, I sought a better authority on what to worry about in the air than someone who believes the moon is made of cheese.

Three pilots were happy to take me through the most common things that worry antsy airplane passengers, helping us to distinguish between “this is normal” and “I wonder if I remembered to make those changes to my will.”

1. Turbulence and Quick ‘Drops’

“It’s annoying, but it’s very rarely dangerous,” says Patrick Smith, pilot and author of the book Cockpit Confidential. “Even in very bumpy air, a plane is seldom displaced in altitude by more than 10 or 20 feet, and usually less.”

He adds: “Passengers will describe the plane as falling or diving by hundreds or even thousands of feet, when in fact it’s hardly moving.”

Only one airplane in history has crashed due directly to turbulence—a BOAC flight in 1966.

“That was a guy who buzzed Mt. Fuji with a 707 full of passengers just for a thrill,” says Ron Nielsen, retired pilot and author of Real Life Fearful Flier Stories. “We learned not to do that anymore.”

Complications brought on by stormy weather, especially wind shear, have brought down planes in the past. But Doppler radar now prevents pilots from flying through anything worse than extremely choppy air, Nielsen says.

2. Engines Cutting Out

It doesn't mean anything, since an airplane’s engine does not correspond to its speed like a car’s engine does.

“It’s more like a bicycle,” says retired airline pilot Tom Bunn, founder of the Soar fear-of-flying course. “You can be on your bicycle and stop pedaling and still coast for a while.”

Even shaking means nothing—unless it’s accompanied by a low-frequency rumble. Then you contemplate those changes to your will.

“That means you’re approaching a stall,” Bunn says, “but that doesn’t happen in normal operations, because there’s warning systems that go off before pilots approach anything close to stall speed.

“People would have to worry about that 100 million times for it to happen once.”

3. Smoke in the Cabin

Where there’s smoke on an airplane, there’s probably not fire. Yes, something is burning, but you’re sitting only a few dozen feet away from 100 tons of fuel combusting at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit.

The overwhelming likelihood, according to Nielsen, is either a broken seal that keeps engine exhaust out of the air-conditioning system, or oil seeping into one of the pressurization turbines that cools the air.

“It won’t be a favorite fragrance,” says Nielsen, “but it’s rarely anything dangerous.”

4. Engine on Fire

During ignition, it’s probably pooled-up fuel that caught fire before being quickly extinguished by the jet blast from the now running engine.

A similar brief flash during flight probably results from a rare encounter with one of the most inedible rotisserie birds you will ever observe. Neither situation is dangerous, despite the worry stirred by Capt. Sully’s “Miracle on the Hudson” crash.

“Birds can lead to circumstances that will reduce the amount of thrust available to fly, but you’re talking about big birds—not sparrows or pigeons, or even a couple of large geese down one engine,” says Nielsen. “Every day, airplanes hit birds.”

Neilsen says that Sully’s birds were not the 10-lb. kind fired into engines during bird-ingestion testing. “These were huge frickin’ geese,” he says. “And they weren’t ingested in just one engine—but both. Try and find another case where bothengines failed due to bird ingestion.”

5) Oxygen Masks Deploying

A loss of cabin pressure either means the pressurization system has failed or a leak is causing air loss. Worst-case, it’s a broken window, door, or crack in the fuselage.

“These are all bad for business but normal abnormals that we practice regularly in the simulator.” Nielsen says. “All pilots are trained to descend rapidly enough to an altitude where breathing the outside air won’t cause anyone to pass out.”

6. The Ground, Ocean, or French Alps Spiraling Toward You

This incredibly unlikely view in your window is pretty much the only way—barring any emergency-landing crew announcements—for a passenger to definitively ascertain whether something is going significantly less than well in the cockpit.

And, at this point, what good is worrying going to do?

Taken from MensHealth

April 5, 2015

The Mix Up Vol. 9 [download]

Number 9. Enjoy.

01. Hello Fat Beats Intro
02. Easy Rider - Action Bronson
03. Microphone Preem - Slaughterhouse
04. Machine Gun Funk [Notorious White remix] - The Notorious BIG
05. Clutch Shot [instrumental] - Oddisee
06. Everyday Was - Black Milk
07. Try Me - Def Loaf
08. Disparate Youth - Santigold
09. Mr West - IAMNOBODI
10. Quiet Dog Bite Hard [remix] - Mos Def
11. Just Another Case ft. Slick Rick - Cru
12. Victoria Harbour - David Dallas
13. Final Hour - Lauryn Hill
14. Claire Got Played [instrumental] - Gadget/J Dilla
15. Sober - Childish Gambino
16. Concieted Bastard - Skillz
17. Road To Perdition - Jay Electronica
18. Writer's Block - Brother Ali
19. The Boomin' System - LL Cool J
20. Biggie's Last Ever Freestyle (March 1997) ft. Lil Cease - The Notorious BIG

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April 1, 2015

Roast of Justin Bieber

Featuring Snoop, Ludacris, Shaq, Martha Stewart, Hannibal Burgess, Kevin Hart and some lesser know comedians.

March 31, 2015

Look At These Waves

This dingo coal-miner turned man-bun photographer has a short film about waves, and it's great. Much like his instagram featuring more of the same.

March 29, 2015

Fuck That's Hilarious

Fuck That's Delicious is the best cooking show since cooking shows were invented. A big part of that is because of Bronson's hilarious sidekick, Big Body Bes aka Mr smack the shit outta you then slap your son five. The above video serves as a highlight reel of Body.

March 25, 2015

Ghostrider Paint

Graffiti writers Cyclists rejoice at this amazing new product from Volvo. It's called LifePaint - a reflective spray paint that's invisible in daylight but shines brightly in the glare of car headlights.


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

A C fucking D C

January 21, 2015

Being In Right Place At The Right Time

Tao Liu is a water meter reader who carries a camera with him on the job, snapping moments of people just going about their day. He has no formal training in photography. The only reason he does it is to pass the time in his unrewarding day job as he moves between meter readers. Shot Tao.