DProsper’s vision for music is layered. The symbolism of his album’s cover art subliminally addresses the truth about America’s view of Muslims and violence. His new video for “Children of ATOM” pushes the envelope further. Seeing the young black kid with a gun in his waistband adds onto another reality of firearms in the hands of our babies, ironically conjuring up the memory of Kimani Gray (RIP).
I like this guy Joakim (Tigersushi). Listening to his piano playing, I think of Beck and Chilly Gonzales. Hearing how melodic and moody two of his tracks come across, I see why he’ll be playing tonight at Sway. Pebbles put me on about his performance last week. Simply because he’s playing at Sway, I co-sign him on the strength of their musical taste (*cough Smiths night*). Peep your man Joakim’s video for for “Find A Way” and “Wrong Blood” below. Prepare to be mezmorized. Eye contact is ESSENTIAL for both.
FIND A WAY
Say word if these words paint a pretty picture.
It’s becoming a bit of tradition for me to pick up a copy of a RATKING zine whenever I go to their shows. First it was a handful of The Letter Racer, back when they were pocket-sized pages of black and white collages stapled together. Last night, at their album release party my latest purchase from their merch stand was a $10 copy of their new zine photographed by Ari Marcopoulos. He was nice enough to sign a copy for me. This would have been my window to ask him about his new zine for Dashwood Books with Carmelo Anthony on the cover, but I was kind of speechless in between taking this photo and reflecting on my good deed of returning the extra $20 given to me by the kid who sold me the RATKING book. Oh well…
If I met Ari Marcopoulos, my first question to him would be, was directing RATKING’s “Piece of Shit” by accident or design? Listening to RATKING’s album Wiki93, it feels like it has Marcopoulos’ fingerprints in some of the most key areas. Was this on purpose or simply a coincidence by circumstance of a group of New Yorkers sharing interests?
The smell of St. Paddy’s Day has me feeling festive. I’ll add Koncept’s video directed by Pace Rivers as the latest reason to
turn up up turn the mood. “Malt Disney,” the title track from Koncept and DeeJay Element’s EP takes you home to where Koncept and his crew—Brown Bag Allstars, Sene, and friends—are waving their drinks in the air, amongst other things. Pace Rivers keeps it simple this time around watching the good times roll with a house party as the scene for Koncept’s visual. Oh, speaking of rolling, one of Koncept’s previous videos for “Watch the Sky Fall” re-imagined his reality raps through two ladies who jacked J57′s wheels for a ride. Pace’s imaginative formula and super-slick editing is on steroids especially when he works with director AaronIsNotCool like in videos for Sene, and the rest of BBAS. Get up on his résumé. Cheers Pace.
Iggy Azalea is officially a star. Watch her new video for “Work” and tell me Iggy isn’t going to crush it in 2013. French director extraordinaire Jonas Euvremer & François Rousselet (see: Kanye West’s “The Good Life”, Madonna’s “4 Minutes”) film the most stunning portraits of Iggy in every scene. Their ability to tap into her confidence stems from having a great song to work with. On her new single, Iggy is honest as she was when she appeared on the cover of ACCLAIM magazine last year. In her interview with Alex Weiland, Iggy Azalea was up front about her struggle to seek fame in the U.S. The pressure of proving herself to be more than just a pretty face with more curves than an F1 race track propelled her to keep it 100 on “Work.” Talking about a struggle never looked so beautiful in retrospect. “People got a lot to say but don’t know shit where I was made, or how many floors I had to scrub just to make it past where I am from,” she says.
If the bedroom is always synonymous with “where the magic happens,” then this is music video wizardry. Peace to Denitia and Sene.
You could’ve had a V8. But you don’t really want V8. You want V&A, better known as Vodka and Ayahuasca. Hey Jackie Chan, this-shit-right-here?! Sha-boom!
Tuesday V&A hit the streets and you were welcome to break the seal on the audio/visual manifestation of the potent elixir. Vodka & Ayahuasca is the latest project from Gangrene, who is the triumvirate of The Alchemist, Oh No and Jason Goldwatch. Their sophomore album on Decon Records is 15 tracks (on iTunes) of a mind trip into a realm more twisted than The Twilight Zone. Read more about V&A on Okayplayer.com. Through talking to director Jason Goldwatch about the concept of the album, there were some valid points that were left on the cutting room floor. MESSAGE!
Most spoofs of Nike commercials aren’t good. This promo for a Playboy feature on the 23 Greatest Air Jordans of all time takes the cake. Hit the jump for the video.