Brian "Kaws" Donnelly new gallery exhibit "Pass the Blame" opened November 2nd to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Staying with his iconic bright pop colors and cartoon nostalgia, Kaws continues to amaze with abstract interpretations of childhood cartoon characters. Now intermingling all of the images that gave him notoriety, the viewer finds sponge bob eyes within a figure shaped like Garfield the cat. The most interesting part of the show are the shapes of the canvas used to convey these characters. Massive scale outlines and powerful colors are the common thread in "Pass the Blame" . Brian Donnelly creates curiosity by giving you a portion of the entire picture, depicting mischievous scenes within shapes and zoomed in cartoon features keeps the mind intrigued and the senses enthralled. Meanwhile at the Mary Boone Gallery, Kaws put on a simultaneous sculptural show displaying giant wood companions in vulnerable positions. "Along the way" shows one figure consoling another as he bows his head in shame. While "at this time" has a seemingly blinded companion leaning back in horror or disgust. Both are impressive to witness in person and the scale has only previously been seen in outdoor installations. Overall amazing work from the artist that has been compared to Andy Warhol, and the constant evolution of his art shows growth in every new piece. Check out both shows going on until December 21st.
The most hated and most loved street artist Banksy, visited New York for the entire month of October. For 31 days Banksy left cryptic messages for his fans to find his work via his instagram and website. The UK artist swept up New Yorkers with curiosity, excitement, jealousy and greed . Seeing most of his pieces defaced, or promptly stolen by the property owner. Even former Mayor Bloomberg got into it leading a manhunt for the unnamed artist. Thus sparking the debate, what are you arresting him for? Banksy's spray art was never reported as vandalism by the property owners and his mark surely doesn't hurt the market value of a wall. Some owners went as far as enclosing the work in glass, preserving the valuable artwork forever. His campaign was a very successful one, there is no debate to that, but was his work up to par of NYC's worldwide stage. The variety of media used by the artist and total domination of the news and water cooler talk says it all... A fully interactive scavenger hunt ascends this month long exhibit over the top. Just Banksy doing what he does best, creating wonderment in ordinary city landscapes and clever black and white stencils in high detail. In my eyes, the pure range of skills and ground covered (the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan) solidify him as a master of his craft. Pulling off social experiments like setting up a booth in Central Park selling $60 dollar canvas labeled "spray art", saw only four sales throughout the whole day (now worth 30k). More stunts included traveling exhibits on trucks and the grim reaper in a bumper car set up at the old BIlly's Antiques on Houston. In one of his final acts, a landscape oil painting bought from Housing Works for $30 dollars and subsequently returned with a Banksy stencil of a Nazi gazing into the water, was auctioned off for a good cause to the amount of $615,000 dollars. Banksy certainly left his mark on our great city, so say what you will about the man, but he can damn sure put on a show!
Infamous DC graffiti legend Cool Disco Dan gets his own documentary directed by graffiti historian and Maryland native Roger Gastman. The private screening at the Sunshine theatre in New York City brought out a diverse crowd of in the know New Yorkers. The film blends everything that was Washington DC in the early eighties, Go-Go music, Crews and Graffiti. Go-Go which was originated in the nations capital, really drives the doc and it's subject matter. Go-Go was and still is the heart beat to the district, Cool disco Dan grew out of this time and took over the streets with pure determination and a catchy nickname. Interviews with many of DC's prominent figures including "mayor for life" Marion Barry, the film follows Dan through his tumultuous life and brings all of the elements of this innovative era together seamlessly. The flick is definitely worth your time, look for it at a city near you and Check out the preview here.
Off their Self Titled LP and just in time for Halloween, MGMT releases the video for Alien Days. Directed by Sam Fleischner and Megha Barnabas, the video serves as a strangely lush look into nature, the past and the future. To make things further interesting, we're also treated to a space ballet. Hat's off to Vice for the drop.
Yesterday, at 11am, Amsterdam streetwear brand Patta; in collaboration with the London Based Second Agency opened their first Pop Up shop out side of their native country. Always a big player in the streetwear game, Patta has cooked up some interesting London - exclusive pieces. Photos from the Pop up’s lookbook, provided by The Second Agency; accompanied by the Pop up’s hours of Operation.
Founder of The City of Gods, Dice The God linked up with Atlanta's newest rap group making noise in the streets, Migos. Dice leads Quavo and Takeoff through a piece of the big apple, hitting infamous lower east side establishments such as Alife Rivington Club, Community 54 and Rizzo's Pizza. The duo who rose to national attention via their singles "Versace, Versace","Hannah Montana" and "Chinatown" discuss respect for Atlanta hip-hop architects, new material, and plans for third member Offset's release from prison. Anyone who listens to their debut mixtape, Y.R.N (Young Rich Niggas) will hear undeniable chemistry and bravado oozing from the twenty something rappers. With no plans of slowing down, Migos certainly has a bright future worthy of wearing black shades Johnny Cage...
September 24th 2013 marked the release of Aubrey "Drizzy " Drake's third album "Nothing Was The Same" with such an anticipated release, garners a worthy celebration. Put together within two days, the private performance was held at the infamous Alife backyard in New York's Lower East Side and hosted by The City Of Gods. DJ Two Three ran through classic Drake hits mixing in current standouts from the NWTS album while the crowd sipped Heinekens eagerly awaiting the performer's arrival. The backyard was filled with tastemakers, artists, friends and fans including Raekwon, Travis Scott, ASAP Mob, Ma$e, Theophilus London and French Montana.
After a long evening of autograph signing at Best Buy, October's very own arrived close to 1am where he immediately turned the Alife Backyard into his playground. Jumping onto the wood roof high above the frenzied crowd performing radio hits like "Versace", "Started from the bottom" and "All me". Then came a high energy interlude by Travis Scott who rapped his verse on "Upper Echelon" before Drizzy moved into newer material like "Worst Behavior" and "The Language". Right as word came in that the NYPD were shutting the show down, Drake got into "Wu-tang Forever" donning a vintage Wu Jersey, he brought out the living legend Raekwon, who performed the Wu's first hit single C.R.E.A.M. The crowd rapped along to every word as The Chef bodied the classic verse from Enter the 36 Chambers. Drake gave a very humble speech concluding the event and showing his true admiration for the culture and music. Shortly after, the backyard was quickly cleared, leaving behind blunt wraps, beer bottles and an event that won't be rivaled anytime soon.
NOTHING WAS THE SAME ALBUM
“Lately I’ve been feeling like Guy Pearce in Memento”, Drake declares on Tuscan Leather, the opener for the Toronto native’s Third Album, Nothing Was The Same. This verse, along with many other psychologically charged quotable's littered all over the album reveals to us, the listeners, the post Grammy feelings of Aubrey Graham. The past year & a half or so that the folks over at OVO sound have endured, with the Club Paradise Tour taking in a whopping 42.6 million dollars in revenue, his partnership with Warner Brothers to start his own label & another platinum album makes the Grammy win seem like the cigar & champagne one would have at the Jazz club after winning the Superbowl, something that for a young man like Drake, wouldn’t feel complete without closure. Enter Nothing Was The Same. The core of the album deals with the immense weight of Drake finding himself at the top of the Rap totem pole & in usual Drake fashion, catching up with old flames. The album boasts 13 tracks(15 if you have the deluxe version) that are dark & brooding, even the more boastful songs are more or less dark in subject matter, hell, even the mid 80’s synth-pop like “Hold On We’re Going Home” has a lugubrious feeling to it, depending on your interpretation. On the somber yet vengeful “Too Much” Drake vents “Back rub from my main thing,I’ve been stressed out/Talking to her like back then they didn’t want me, I’m blessed now”. Not only is this a clever take on the iconic Mike Jones verse, but it also offers the kind of vulnerable openness that Drakes worshippers & Lovers look for in his music. Jay-Z, who appears on the album’s concluding track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music II” once said “ain’t just rapping for the platinum, y’all record, I recall, Cause I really been there before”. This seems to be Drakes mission in music, to offer you every chapter of his life & for you, the reader, listener or viewer to meditate on it, Like a Terrance Malick film, But with this chapter over, where does Aubrey Graham go from here?
Highlights of the album
Before I go into the songs that I personally like, let me just tip my hat to Drake’s producer, 40. A good amount of the Vocal samples are reversed on the album in an extremely subtle fashion. He is truly separating himself from the pack.
Hold On We’re Going Home - I have to admit, this song honestly is great and if we’re keeping things only about the music, Most of the current R&B singers in the game not named Frank Ocean, Miguel or R.Kelly could not make a hit like this.(I’m looking at you Trey Songz & Chris Brown)
Too Much - Sampha & Drake Connect to make a song that feels like the sequel to Successful
Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music II - Sans Jay-Z dropping in to do his fatherly work, Drake Closes the door on Paris, His life before the music & thus, ends this chapter of his life, Nothing Was The Same
Joe Kerr’s Rating - 8.7/10
MGMT, the brooklyn based psychedelic rock band & heir apparent to the flaming lips released their long awaited follow up to 2010's Congratulations & for all the devout fans of the strange twosome, no worries, they haven't made another Congratulations. However, they didn't craft another Oracular spectacular either. MGMT has once again managed to offer a big fuck you to major labels & their fans with their self titled third album. Unlike Congratulations, which was, at its best a cohesive psychedelic surf rock opera, comparable with The Beach Boys SMILE, MGMT is a soaring exploration of many different psychedelic soundscapes. Beginning with the Bands lead single "Alien Days" a small child paints the picture for us as Andrew Vanwyngarden, the lead Singer/songwriter of the group leads us into the band's wonderland of metaphysical thought coupled with the groups sometimes tounge in cheek, absurdly misanthropic declarations. There isn't much wrong with MGMT, but i can say, i did have one small problem with the album, most notably with the overall lack of musical cohesiveness from track to track. Sure the lyrics are cohesive, as you can always expect from an MGMT release, but songs like "Mystery Disease" & "A Good Sadness" May prove themselves to be too difficult of songs musically for those new to the band, but then again, MGMT wants to challenge their listeners, instead of just being Tame Impala.
Highlights of the album:
Plenty of Girls In The Sea - To simply put it, This is our Generations "Octopus' Garden"
Alien Days - MGMT's lead song is a Arena Rock like exploration of psychedelia, it may drive some acid heads crazy during trips
I love You Too, Death - In my opinion, Easily the best song on the album & just as good as Siberian Breaks, which is considered to be the best song they've created
Joe Kerr's Rating 8.5/10
American Artist Daniel Arsham has collaborated with music producer Pharrell Williams to recreate his first ever keyboard, the Casio MT-500, using mainly volcanic ash. The result is meant to look like uncovered relics from forgotten times but stays true to Daniel's signature style. This isn't the first time Skateboard P has delved into the art world and certainly wont be the last. He always delivers on the highest level no matter the platform.
With the weather cooling down and holiday season upon us you know the heavy hitters are releasing the most coveted sneakers of the year. Jordan Doernbacher 5's, Lebron 11's, Retro Gloves, Griffey Red Safari's, Nike Mayfly Wovens, Ice T Rhyme Syndicate x Vans , CLOT X Nike , A.P.C x Nike, AAPE x Reebok Pump Fury, Size? x Nike and Maison Martin Margiela for Converse all make the T.C.O.G list this year . Check out the images
Jay Z recently released his second official video for "Holy Grail" off his album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Anthony Mandler directs Jay Z and Justin Timberlake in this dark mini film. Hova displays his kingpin status in an eerie mansion filled with sharp images of artwork, weapons, cigar smoke, ghostly dancers and money stacks. Holy grail fades into a vignette of the God emcee watching Mike Tyson's first loss on multiple televisions and multiple gunmen or gunwomen shooting at an unknown target. The video does a great job in matching the heaviness of the standout track off Jay's outstanding album MGHC.
Take a look below
With the highly anticipated release of A$AP Ferg's album, A Bathing Ape collaborated with Ferg for a limited edition tee in. This piece embodies both the image and representation of Ferg who is the self-proclaimed “Hood Pope” & A Bathing Ape with its famous quote embodied in a life verse that reads “Ape Shall Never Kill Ape”. Today, A Bathing Ape NY saw a massive turn out for the release of this timeless piece in support for A$AP Ferg and The A$AP Mob. In typical New York fashion it was a zoo on Greene Street, flooded with spectators and consumers alike. Such a monumental moment taking place in music and fashion it was only right for two very influential figures to come together to bless the streets.
Pop Renaissance is the most recent exhibit from acclaimed Los Angeles artist Kenny Scharf. This show is broken down into a two room expose at the Honor Fraser Gallery in LA. With his style of contemporary pop art he brings a new look to classics such as the Flintstones which were given new life over colorful silk-screened canvases. In the second room, Scharf’s dexterity continues via a dynamic mélange of symbols and characters that take over the gallery's minimalist walls. Pop Renaissance is now showing through till August 24. `Make sure to check out the exhibit while you're in LA.
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Matt Reyes, Fixed-gear freestyler/filmmaker has dedicated a majority of 2013 riding and shooting footage on both coasts. Capturing the beauty of American street's through this thrilling action sport and filmed during the course of the year in both New York and San Francisco. His latest “Wheel Talk” video promotes the sport of street riding at some of the fore-mentioned city’s best spots. Check out the amazing footage below.
Currently the most highly anticipated sneakers of the year Kanye West confirmed through his infamous Yeezus album that all the entirely red Yeezy II designed with Nike Sportswear dubbed the “Red Octobers” Will be released this Halloween. The ascetic of this blood red shoe is everything that Kanye West represents Boldness and Audacity. Everything that Kanye West touches in the fashion industry has always turned into material Gold which these follow suite. Kanye is also giving away pairs of these shoes with the Yeezus album upon release of the actual date on Halloween. In usual Kanye fashion he will stunt on the industry once again by releasing a limited show that will become once again the most sought after shoe on the planet.
The Boiler Room event in NYC was the most intimate of parties in recent memory hosted by multi platinum producer Mike Dean, known for many early collaborations with Dr Dre and countless others. Walking in the Tribeca loft T.C.O.G was immediately hit with smoke and hand shakes. Anticipating live performances by Travis Scott and A$ap Ferg later in the evening, DJ Chase warmed up the crowd until the G.O.O.D music signee stepped onto Mr Dean's grand piano around 10pm and opened with his hit "Quintana". Calling out industry lames on their phones, onlookers turnt up and started a mosh pit during the tracks "Upper Echelon" and "Uptown' featuring Ferg who then continued with current club bangers "Shabba" and "Work". The energy in the room was unrivaled with nothing but love for the next up to run the rap game. Check out some of the flicks below...
Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer film by famed hip hop historian Charlie Ahearn now showing at BAM. This film chronicles Jamel's photography of hip hop culture in New York City during the 80s. The film opened to high praise this past weekend before traveling to Portland, Seattle and San Francisco next month. Mr Shabazz was able to capture images never before seen by the public, he demonstrated his discerning eye for hip hop style and was able to evoke an attitude of the streets. Considered one of the most influential photographers of his time, this film analyzes Jamel's love for the culture with many interviews by pioneers of Hip Hop. Born in Brooklyn, Jamel gained international recognition with various books such as Back in the days. Check out the trailer for the film below and look out for Street Photographer in theaters near you.
Harlem's own A$AP Ferg has collaborated with Bape for a limited t shirt release. Produced in a quantity of 100 and sold exclusively at the Bathing Ape store during a record release party and intimate performance at the famed SoHo shop. A$AP Ferg builds momentum for his highly anticipated TRAP LORD album coming August 20th. Proving the A$AP team's depth, Ferg has already dropped two club bangers with "Work" and "Shabba" making the streets thirsty for more material from the Harlem bred emcee. Both the album and the t-shirt will release at an exclusive event at the New York Bathing Ape store on August 19. Consider yourself lucky to get your hands on this highly coveted collectors piece. check out the video for "Shabba" here
Drake releases "Hold on , we're going home" the second single from the highly anticipated Nothing Was the Same album, out Sept. 17. "Hold on" is a genre blending uptempo dance song with a much different vibe from the bass heavy street anthem "Started from the bottom" and definitely aims at a different demographic. Drake has always pushed the boundaries with his vocals and widens his audience with each album, this project seems to prove no different. Collaborating with a pair of Toronto producers, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman formerly known as good people, October's very own melodies are on point and demonstrates his growth as a vocalist. check out the new single here
The City of Gods announces its inaugural t-shirt release titled "Heaven's logo" on Sunday August 11th 2013. This multi-color screen-printed tee is 100 percent cotton made in New York City . It features the official T.C.O.G logo and is accompanied with a vinyl sticker and packaged in a burlap material bag. Get yours exclusively at Tcognyc.com before it hits retail boutiques later this year.
Dice the God celebrates his 27th birthday at The DL on August 8th in New York City. Festivities commence at 10 pm and continue throughout the night at hidden locations. Bottles will be popped with L.E.S native and fellow Leo Ed Billz, this will be a Bible Study not to be missed. Deejays Two Three, Will Gates, Schoolboy, and Austin Millz will be spinning classic and current, trapped out, turnt up, sexy hits! Come party with the gods!
New York based artist Brian "Kaws" Donnelly re-imagined this years iconic moonman for the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV commissioned the artist after his success with this past year's Macy day parade float. Kaws has collaborated with such brands as Nike, Vans, A Bathing Ape, Comme des Garcons, and his own recently defunct brand Original Fake. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Kaws was quickly hired to freelance for Disney and was one of the contributing animators of Nickelodeon's Doug. Brian rose to fame after his "bustop Hijackings" started popping up around the world. Kaws was given the key by another up and coming Graffiti artist Barry "Twist" Mcgee and hit the ground running. His gallery pieces stay true to his humble beginnings and reinterpret popular cartoon favorites such as The Smurfs, The Simpsons, and Spongebob Squarepants. Since Kaws gained popularity putting his spin on pop culture in such an anti-authoritative manner, it is very difficult for him to be seen as a sell out. Where as most Graffiti artists who crossover to the mainstream like Shepard Fairy are hated within the underground graf scene. This gives Kaws more power and freedom to explore endless collaboration possibilities in the future. We could be witnessing our generation's Andy Warhol... Check out the new moonman at this year's VMAs in Brooklyn on August 25th 2013.
After a heated discussion on Rivington street, The City of Gods decided to put to rest the debate of Top 10 Hood Classic independent movies of all time featuring rappers. Our ratings are based on relevance, acting, plot and replay value. The order goes as follows.
2. Paid in Full
5. Killa Season
8. Hot Boyz
The Krause Gallery presents two installments of a group show dubbed “Emerging to Established” by owner Benjamin Krause. The concept behind the shows was to display up and coming artists alongside internationally known established artists. The Gallery normally known for its artists who work exclusively with unordinary mediums such as Blood (Jordan Eagles), straws (Sang sik Hong) and 3D sculptures (Erik van Straaten) has recently delved into street art due to the recent success with Sheryo and the Yok and HankSy solo shows. The exhibit, meticulously curated by Benjamin Krause and Director Jordan Cohen, features artists Ben Frost, Peter Gronquist, Cope2, Indie 184, Emil Alzamora, Jordan Eagles, self proclaimed “street fartist" HankSy, Mr Two Three, Shaun O’Connor, Erik Van Straaten, Chris Dean, Steve Seeley and David Peterson among others. The show is currently going on until September 1st.
Check out the Krause Gallery here
When you think of summer in New York and Skateboards, there is bound to be an amazing reel of street skating that comes to mind. In this cinematic skateboard chase turn A1 skate video short, featuring a montage of skaters including Eli Reed tearing up the city streets. The New York-based brand tapped local shredder Eli Reed for an entertaining video short, in part to promote the skater’s UXA sponsored board. Check out this amazing skate video and let it speak for itself.
Most artist fear the sophomore Jinx but this was not the case for J-Cole, who had much to prove with the Born Sinner release. Not to mention J-Cole had enough faith in his album that he decided to drop the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. This confidence paid off as he came in 2nd on the Billboard Music charts in it's first week. This album definitely showed J Cole's growth musically and as a man. With production mainly handled by J.Cole himself, and two other production credits going to Jake One and Syience. Significant tracks such as “Forbidden Fruit” featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Chaining Day”, "Villuminati" and “Let Nas Down” all display J Cole’s strong points as an emcee. His Effort on Born Sinner exhibit his natural rap form which caught everyone’s attention initially. The album has features from Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Amber Coffman, TLC, and James Fauntleroy. The St Johns Graduate always brings verses filled with content and a viewpoint so necessary to the growth of hip hop.
Born in 1988, New York native AWOL grew up in Bronx. He was a standout at the Cooper Union School of Art honing his skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and sculptor. His debut exhibition in New York City was at the critically acclaimed Flag Foundation in 2011, where his art was placed alongside pieces by Duane Michals, Roe Ethridge, Richard Prince, and Roy Liechtenstein. What makes his photography so significant is that he does not use any professional models for his pictures only women he meets in passing or on social media networks. Since then, Awol has traveled across the world exhibiting his work and continually shooting for his ever popular travel blog. He also held his first solo exhibition in 2012 in New York City at the Rivington Design House Gallery in the Lower east side. He continues to wow the world with his Photography and at the pace he is going, AWOL will one day be amongst some of the world’s most renowned artists.
“Experiments in Speed” is short documentary that is guaranteed to inspire the speed demon in anyone. Following custom bike builder Tom Donhou on his journey to build the fastest bike possible. Donhou was inspired through daredevil test-drivers that he admired as a teen in the 1960s, these giants amongst men raced their jet-propelled cars across salt flats, most notable was the record for the fasted test run of a bike at 132 mph. Through DIY instinct,Tom begun building his bike by hand only using parts that he uses for bicycles built for his customers. He also collaborated with speed enthusiast Clifford Royce to construct parts for the bike that would maximize its speed. Watch the entire process take place, from the beginning in his workshop, to the first test runs, down to the great day when Donhou submits his bike to the ultimate stress test on a gritty World War 2 era runway.
The relationship between John Varvatos and Converse has been developing for over decade since his first shoe in 2001. This most recent collaborative piece is no exception to the phenomenal work they have been doing together. The classic Converse body complimented by the great detail in the white snake upper and intricately placed zippers complete this stunning shoe.
Currently available at SSENSE.
The first official visual from the highly acclaimed but highly criticized Yeezus album comes “Black SKKKN Heads” Directed by fashion photographer Nick Knight & Kanye West. The video features stunning motion capture graphics, giving the impression of a music video with a video game aesthetic. With its captivating black scale coloring , the video draws your eye into the forthcoming imagery with sporadic subliminal screen shots of vicious animals attacking. Giving the video the element of surprise and danger that Ye thrives on. The video premieres as an exclusive on kanye's website, and is accompanied with an interactive slide tool the viewer can use for real time manipulation. Check this conceptual video out at http://www.kanyewest.com
When the Magna Carta Holy Grail album was introduced in a Samsung commercial that aired during the NBA finals, it caught the world by storm. Jay Z had managed to get five of the music industry’s most legendary producers in one room in efforts to promote his new album, by doing so he created a totally new vehicle for selling records. After much anticipation and the pandemonium that ensued from an exclusive Samsung download , it was time to listen to Jay Z's newest body of work. The fact is Hova's 12th studio album technically had nothing to lose but everything to prove. The album seemingly came out of nowhere and was prepped for a release date less than a month after his co-conspirator Kanye's Yeezus album. MCHG showed growth in Jay Z, but stayed consistent to his prior work. This could be attributed to Hov allowing others to take more creative control over the album and experimenting with a variety of newer sounds. Standout tracks include “Holy Grail”, “Crown” , “Beach is Better” “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit” feat Rick Ross, and “Part II (On the Run)” feat Beyoncé; this album is jam pack with a wide range of moods, giving a more introspective and multifaceted look into the life + times of Shawn Carter. Lyrically this album is more detail orientated and has considerably more depth in his word play than were used to hearing from the Roc nation founder . Jay Z enlisted the industry's most coveted musical architects that include The Neptune’s Pharrell, Timbaland, Mike Will Made It, Swizz Beatz, Mike Dean, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, Adrian Younge , Jahlil Beatz, & Boi-1da. With this album Jay Z pushed the bar for his peers and put Magna Carta Holy Grail in the race for one of the God emcee's top albums in his extensive catalogue.
Toronto’s Very Own Blue Jays collaborates with October's Very Own Drake to birth a legendary MLB limited edition official new era fitted. This collector’s item comes specialized with its own customized box and OVO insignia on the hat. Corresponding with the release of Drake's newest album and the MLB All-star game, the piece has all the makings of a legendary summer hat. This is a monumental release for the city of Toronto, being its first ever officially licensed collaboration with a musician. Showing Drake's amazing leverage and support from his hometown. The hat is currently available at Octobersveryown.net. Get it while supplies last.
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One of New York’s newest lifestyle brands Mosaic New York has managed to keep a strong hold on the lifestyle game through a major internet presence. Mosaic manages this through blogs and maintaining active in video direction. Along with a well-designed clothing brand that has been making waves throughout New York City since the days of his shop in the Bronx. Through their major presence in the underground scene in the city, and some serious networking, Mosaic New York is on its way to catching mainstream attention.
Stalley unveils his new single “Swangin” featuring Scarface. This single gives a glimpse of what is to come from his forthcoming album on Maybach Music Group. With a rare feature from Scarface, the song has a feel that is very familiar to the Stalley brand. There has also been a Mixtape released with behind the scenes available for viewing as well, giving a look into the bond between Stalley and Scarface. Stalley is currently hard at work in the studio with his album prepped to be released later this year.
One of the most trendsetting parties for the who’s who of Downtown New York, and the brainchild of Dice the God comes Bible Study. Since it’s inception in 2012 the party has made a powerful statement with themed weekly parties. The musical genres range from southern rap, classic hip-hop, to the electronic dance mash-ups. This wide range of sound most definitely has something for everyone to stay entertained, as well as exposing party goers to new music. Notable headlining DJ’s may show up any given Thursday to spin for the crowd including OG Ron C, Messkid, Party supplies and Vic Crazee while the Bible Study took their party overseas to Amsterdam. Bible Study also has a recognizable line of tee’s and accessories that directly compliment the party’s theme. The Brand and Party lifestyle that Bible Study has created will undoubtedly stand the test of time as it continues to break new artists and celebrate the New York music culture.
One of the most underrated but highly sought after producer/rappers Travi$ Scott has debuted a classic mixtape that could have easily been a major record label release. This artistic and musically in tune body of work is curiously named Owl Pharaoh. The mixtape is able to show Travi$ Scott’s wide range of musical adaptation and his various styles of sound. Owl Pharaoh puts him in contention as one of the best rapper/producers in the industry. Standout cuts include “Quintana” feat Wale, I Got Bandz featuring Meek Mill and Upper Echelon feat T.I. & 2 Chainz. Travi$ has released self-directed visuals for two of these aforementioned tracks. The production on the entire album is mind blowing with a majority of it done by Travi$ Scott himself. He also recently contributed to a lot of the content on Kanye West’s Yeezus album. With full artistic capabilities he is destined for a long career if he continues to release music consistency.
When it comes to Legendary Photographers in the entertainment industry, it gets no bigger than Jonathan Mannion. He has shot almost every major or legendary entertainer for the past two decades. Creating classic images, many of which being the artist’s most memorable to date. Shooting everyone from Jay-Z, Kanye West, Cash Money, Outkast, Beenie Man, Roy Jones Jr, and hundreds more... Recently teaming up with Hennessey to have a global release of his most monumental and some unreleased pieces shot in his signature 665 Polaroid style. The exclusive events took place in New York at Milk Studios and in Cognac, France. Both shows had massive coverage as well as giving Jonathan Mannion the respect and praise by his peers that he so well deserves.
If not the most profitable writer in the music industry today; the Dream has come out of his semi-retirement to bring himself back to the forefront with the release of his fifth studio album IV Play. The album was released on May28, 2013 under the Def Jam imprint. The album contains features from the likes Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Gary Clark Jr. and Fabolous. With this all-star cast of features it was only right to have them on some of the best production created by The Dream himself. Production collaborations with Carlos McKinney, Da Internz, Miykal Snoddy, and Bart Schoudel are all integral to the albums overall mood. The Dream has also recently released stunning visuals for his current single “Pu**y” which is as seductive as the track itself. For his fifth solo effort it does show Terius’ growth sonically, taking things in a new direction for R&B music.
The creative minds of Dice the God & InternationalA bring you The City of Gods. With it’s deep roots in New York City’s Lifestyle industry by way of ALIFE. Dice the God, known for being everyone’s favorite socialite promoter headlines the Bible Study global party series. Gaining notoriety early on as a graffiti artist, Dice the God realized it was time to take his movement viral. He envisioned an outlet to display only the best that the world’s lifestyle has to offer in Music, Fashion, Film, & Art. Joining forces with InternationalA, ALIFE family member & music video treatment writer best known for writing video’s such as MGK feat. Waka Flocka -“Wild Boyz” & Wale feat. Rick Ross & Jeremiah “That Way”. The tandem along with other nationally placed tastemakers will be scouring the world to bring you the exclusive event coverage, music, and everything the international lifestyle has to offer.