‘What is Graphic Design’, ‘The History of UK Reggae’. Those are just the BBC features we can remember right now. If we had a BBC stateside, we’d probably be alot better off. The funny thing is, they do better than we do on our own documovies. And this, maybe the best one we’ve seen, Goes a little something like this…. “The Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk” – How the squalid streets of ’70s New York gave birth to music that would go on to conquer the world – punk, disco and hip hop. [Read more...]
When a significant hip hop artist passes 1.5 million tribute mixtapes flood the innanets. For Gil Scott Heron, one of the architects of hip hop, we only got one. At least one that we know of. It’s all good though, because frequent Don Cannon and DJ Drama collaborators, Cookin’Soul put one down for everybody. A quintessential collection of Gil Scott Heron tunes. For the seasoned listener or the Gil Scott beginners, this is a primo listening experience. Enjoy. [Read more...]
A few weeks ago we ran drop on â€œQuentin vs. Coenâ€â€“ An art show tribute to the ï¬lms of Tarantino and the Brothers. Presented by Spoke Art NYC, its one of those shows that you would fly in just for the weekend to check out the opening nite. Then you hang out with your people, get wasted the whole time, and on the flight back Sunday afternoon feel insanley guilty for blowing too much loot and having such a good time. [Read more...]
Spoke Art presents â€œQuentin vs. Coen” â€“ An art show tribute to the ï¬lms of Tarantino and the Brothersâ€, a followup to last yearÊ¼s highly successful â€œBad Dads â€“ a tribute to Wes Anderson.â€ For â€œQuentin vs. Coenâ€, Spoke Art has arranged a battle-royal style art show featuring over 100 world class artists from the new contemporary art scene. Painters, screen printers and digital artists were invited to reinterpret their favorite scenes, characters and ï¬lms from the heralded directors, resulting in an eclectic showing of inspirational ï¬ne art. No restrictions were placed on content or subject matter, allowing each artist to chose their personal favorite scenes, ï¬lms and characters. With over 100 artists, â€œQuentin vs. Coenâ€ offers a broad range of affordable prints and also ï¬ne art works.
Show opens on Thursday, April 7 at Bold Hype Gallery in New York City and will be on view until Saturday.
Bold Hype Gallery
547 W 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
Our favorite read of the the year thus far is Frank151′s Chapter 43: Bug Out! hosted by none other thanÂ NYC’sÂ legendaryÂ Ricky Powell. Filled with all fresh everything and everyone from Andy Warhol to Eazy E The Bug Out, will bug you out every time you pick it up (we mean that in a good). When we introduced it however we forgot to mention the companion soundtrack that was suppose to follow up. [Read more...]
Previously featured installation artist Jakob Dwight dropped us a line regarding a new addition to the world international of publishing. Based in New York City,Â POP’AFRICANA bi-annual fashion and art publication dedicated to delivering proper view of contemporary Africa and quelling all misconceptions. Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, the magsÂ Nigerian-born communications director, explains “it is our opportunity to share the inclusive vision we have for Africa and Africans wherever they may be,” adding “a vision that we hope will continue to engage and inspire.”
We’re waiting on our copy, so a full rundown of the magazine isn’t possible. But from what we’ve seen of the covers and interior specimens POP’AFRICANA is ultimate win status. Large up our good friend Jakob Dwight. You can catch him in the first installment of a 2 part interview here, with part 2 to be continued in the next issue of POP’AFRICANA. [popafricana.com / @popafricana] More images of the magazine’s visual aesthetic after the jump.