Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oh, that's how you goin?

Last year XXL failed to feature Nicki Minaj and Drake in their Freshman 2009 issue.
This year when the magazine offerred to admit them in their 2010 class, both artists declined.
Here's what Drake had to say...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fefe Dob to the Son!

Here is a cool video of Fefe Dobson discussing her up and coming album as well as some fun random things. I love this girl! She is so true to herself and I admire that!! Enjoy!

Resounding Joy // Fefe Dobson from Arcade44 on Vimeo.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Progress is a slow process.

Over here working hard to knead out all the knots and wrinkles on blogger.
A lot to reformat, stretch, hide, etc., which is why some videos aren't completely viewed or the page is formatted wierd.
Bare with us.
Thanks, much.

TamSam interview with our favorite girl...

Here's a short and sweet interview with New York's Vashtie Kola. She's truly an inspiration. [I WOULD DIE TO INTERN FOR HER :D ]

Can you please introduce yourself who is Va$htie Kola?
I am the immigrant parents dream, the underdog who forced her way in. I am an artist, director, designer, creative consultant, party producer. I make things.

Growing up what did you want to be?
That ranged quite frequently. As a child I believe I wanted to be a veterinarian because
I loved animals. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be a car mechanic because my father was one and I spent a lot of time working on cars. In junior high I wanted to be a pediatrician until I volunteered at a hospital for a summer and couldn't bear to see people in pain. In the beginning of high school I went back and forth between fashion designer, tattoo artist and film maker. I decided to study film because I felt my impact as an artist would reach a greater audience that way.

How different is your creative process when you're working on a video, designing clothes or promoting a party?
It all starts very solitary, with me coming up with ideas and starting from there. In that sense they are the same, but, after that they are very different. Working on a video is always a team effort, there are many cooks in the kitchen. Designing for now is still solitary, and I get to call all the shots because I fund and run my brand. Parties are again, a team effort; however, the gratification is almost always instant when you are at a party and can see the results of your work having a great time!

Who are some of the artists whose work you admire?
Caravaggio, Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo, Immogen Cunningham, Bruce Davidson, Richard Prince, Jackson Pollack, Elle Von Unwerth...too many to name!

Any directors?
Bertolucci, Fellini, Spielberg, Diane Martel, Anthony Mandler, Chris Cunningham, Mark Romanek, Spike Jonze,

Your clothing line Violette is street-wear but with twist , where do you want to take it?
I hope to see it mirror brands like CHLOE or ALEXANDER WANG with pieces that range from street casual to runway glamour. The Violette girl is multi-faceted...

What are some the projects you're working on?
Upcoming seasons of Violette, my Birthday Party in April, Collaborating on a T-Shirt with Theophilus London, just shot a video for Jaheim and Jadakiss, creative consulting for other brands, making viral content for sites, overall just getting in touch with my own creative roots and making things for fun again. I aim to create a video piece monthly, I just shot a video for Curt@!n$.

What's playing on your Ipod these days?
Theophilus London,
Amanda Blank
Lissy Trullie
Major Lazer
Depeche Mode
The Smiths,
Deee Lite


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Guess who... one of XXL Freshman of 2010

♥ J.Cole

Janet's gettin summer ready...

I love her new song, "Heartbeat Love." It's inspiration to get anyone bikini ready and beach front hunting. She doesn't let her fans down with this ultra-pop sound and Pitbull's added Latin flavor makes anyone want to dance.

click here to listen and download Hearbeat Love

p.s. I can definitely do without the "Olay-Olah" but it's still a hot track none the less.

Friday, February 19, 2010

In case you forgot Monica could sing...

So, I'm not a fan of youtube videos with janky stills, but you HAVE to hear this song and this is the best plug I can find. It's beautiful, fresh, and uplifting. Monica's taking a superhuge risk by picking this as her first single, but I'm down. She took it to churrrrrch!!! Owww...


p.s. I'm going to be one of the first people to say that this will be a classic. I KNOW megachurches across the nation will re-up the lyrics to talk about God and make them apart of their Sunday church services.

I always wondered what a Grammy ticket looked like

=D !!!!

via octobersveryown

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shyne on em!


"Shyne has signed a seven-figure deal with Def Jam, ending a bidding war that included Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine. The plan is to have Shyne work out of London. That is, if he can get past UK immigration."

via MissInfo

p.s. Also, Shyne may be picked up by HipHop since 1978 the same management team covering Lil Wayne, Drake, and Young Jeezy. ow ow ow ow ow ow owwww!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ri-Ri connecting to her roots...

New Video, "Rude Boy,"
...she's come a long way since Pon De Replay. This is a good look.

Rihanna - Rude Boy from on Vimeo.

This was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also shot Rihanna's video for Hard. The video is so fresh and innovative, I think it's award worthy.

Amber Rose does her own thing...

Yeezy's bronze beauty is on her modeling game. She teamed up with Persona Magazine to shoot a spread that captures moments from the short film,"This is England," about London Skinheads in England during the 1960s. This was when being a skinhead had nothing to do with race and politics, but thrived off unisex fashion, music, and lifestyle. It was a rebellious movement against pop culture.

American RebeL- Persona Magazine Vol 1. from PERSONA MAGAZINE on Vimeo.