Future in Saint Laurent, Gucci Mane in Thom Browne
A$AP Rocky in C.E , Drake in Rick Owens
Kanye West in Damir Doma, Lil’B in Undercover & Dirty ass vans
Rap and fashion are increasingly interlinked to the point where it seems every other rap verse namedrops at least 2 designer names. I collaborated with English illustrator Rebel Youth on these sketches of various rappers in various gear from current SS14 and FW14 collections. Time will tell if any of these outfits will come to fruition in the real life but hope you find the idea of Guwop in TB or Lil’B wearing Undercover as amusing as we did.
Source: Jordan Nicholson Flickr
Kanye West embarked on the first show of his YEEZUS tour last night and from first-hand accounts the experience was pretty insane. The above photos are by Jordan Nicholson and really capture the scale of the show (How crazy does that manmade mountain look?). I’ve seen Kanye live 4 times now and I have to say his live show never disappoints. I’m happy to see that he re-invents his stage presence each tour and he really gives fans their month worth. I can’t wait to see what goes down when I see him at Barclay’s next month.
Andrei D. Popa made this incredible video for ‘New Slaves’ off of Yeezus. The video splices together old footage incorporating everything from news segments to commercials and film montages. The effect is an incredibly entertaining experience , with countless video ‘samples’ used. Andrei definetly has tons of talent and vision and even if you’re not a fan of the track, you’ll appreciate the pure visual assault here.
Thanks to Stefan Dotter over at White Lies Magazine for putting me onto this.
Last night was the opening reception for photographer Jonathan Mannion’s exhibition at Milk Studios ‘Rough around the Edges’. The photos from the show were all shot on the now discontinued Poloroid 665 Film and Poloroid 195 land camera. Printing with the Polaroid 665 film includes the a negative which gives off the the appearances of “rough edges” on each shot. This was aesthetic that Jonathan loved and the collection of street photography and portraits of some of the biggest names in hip-hop of the last twenty years.
RROUGH AROUND THE EDGES: the 665 Polaroid Work of Jonathan Mannion runs at Milk Studios Gallery through to July 7th.
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Ten years before Yeezus, the self-appointed Louis Vuitton Don was photographed for the cover of The Fader’s Inaugural ‘Now’ issue. These previously unreleased photos are outtakes from that shoot with Hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion (who famously photographed Jay-Z’s cover for Reasonable Doubt). Jonathan reflects on the experience of meeting and photographing Yeezy that day:
“At that point Kanye was already building his legacy. Already at that point all eyes were on him. Cause even before dropping that first album, he’d claimed it, he wasn’t accepting no for an answer. I think The FADER showed a lot of foresight by saying, Okay, you’re our guy, you’re on the cover, let’s go.
Kanye styled himself that day, there wasn’t a stylist. I remember he wanted props, things that represented his style. A Louis Vuitton bag showed up and he told a story, “I tried to get a bunch of Louis stuff and they wouldn’t send it to me, so I just bought it.” Whether it was that bag he bought or a big clump of Louis Vuitton luggage he wanted to stand on, he wanted it to be LV to show what he appreciated. I remember his “If I want it, I’m just gonna get it” attitude. The brick phone he’s holding in some of these dates the photos, but there’s nothing else about these to make them seem like they weren’t taken yesterday. I’m sure that phone, at that time, was the freshest, greatest, nobody had it. It was always about being ahead of the competition. His style then was impeccable and there’s nothing about it that wouldn’t apply today.”
New Yorkers can check out an exhibition of Mannion’s poloroid work entitled ‘Rough around the Edges’ at Milk Studios from Jun 18th to July 7th. The opening reception is tomorrow from 7PM-10PM.
Images via The Fader
Being a fan of kung-fu flicks and a Wu-Tang devotee I’m counting down the days until the release of Rza’s directorial debut, “The Man with the Iron Fists“.
To tide us over until then, this Rza-produced track ‘White Dress’ has been released with a slideshow-esque video. The song has’Ye spittin like it’s “Late Registration” era. It seems like its magic whenever “Yeezy and the Rza” connect. Let your opinions on the song be known in the comments below.
The Man with the Iron Fists opens in theaters on November 2.
Video is directed by Dan TheMan.
Coming off the release of Cruel Summer it seems that the G.O.O.D. Music family is still on their grind heavily. Future joins Pusha T on the hook of this Kanye West produced banger. The punchy dystopian beat compliments one of Pusha’s better lyrical performances of 2012. Well worth a listen above on soundcloud or streamed directly from Kanye West’s website.
The G.O.O.D music crew just dropped this visual for ‘Mercy’. It appears that ‘Ye set the dress code for the video to be Gothninja everything. Time will tell if this will be the tone and visual style of the upcoming ‘Cruel Summer’ album.