As many readers remember, last October, cheeky-Brit and artist Banksy captured the imagination of New Yorkers by democratizing art and making New York City his gallery. His month long city-wide exhibit was fascinating because he created his pieces as the days passed. With the fuzz and po-po’s in hot pursuit, he was as elusive as ever. With his savvy use of social media, his local exhibit blew the fuck up became a global phenomenon!
General consensus would be that nobody likes commercials. Kinda true, but when a commercial is done right it does two things: Sell you a product, and Entertain you. Case in point, take Volvo Trucks who have been on a creative roll this year most recently with Jean Claude Van Damme most epic split between two moving Volvo trucks!
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (In Select Theatres Nationwide) is a documentary that tells the story of Ali’s court battle to overturn his five year sentence for refusing to serve the US Military in Vietnam. The documentary is directed by Bill Siegel and produced by Kartemquin Films, the non profit film company behind critically acclaimed documentaries like Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. The film also deals with Muhammad Ali’s relationship with the National of Islam and his image during the period that the undefeated champion and Gold Medalist was away from the ring. Be Sure to check out the film when it’s in a theatre near you. For listings visit: www.thetrialsofali.com.
We have to admit, when we think of John Mayer, having an sick “Watch Game” is most certainly not the first thing that comes to mind. As cliché as that sounds, this is exactly the reason why you can’t judge a pop singer by his music!
Hodinkee’s Benjamin Clymer sat down with John and chopped it up on everything from how he got into watch collecting; to Rare Rolex’s, IWC’s and everything in between. Check it out.
Hol’up? Unreleased Kanye? Last week the internet was blessed and abuzz with some pre-College Dropout ‘Ye. The Mykela “Candy” track below, features and was produced by Kanye two years before The College Dropout, making it almost feel fossil-like. Nearly 10 years ago ‘Ye was “locked in a room doing 5 beats a day for 3 summers” now he is donned Yeezus. Listening to a track like you can hear far Kanye has come and how much he has grown as an artist.
Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk are back with a multi-generational collabo. After previewing it at the VMA’s, the full video is now out. The video features Pharrell, Nile and Daft Punk all performing in a futuristic disco party. To hear this an more, pick up a copy of Daft Punk’s latest album “Random Access Memories”.
Eminem returns, this time with the Rick Rubin produced track “Berzerk” of his upcoming album, Marshall Mathers LP 2. While the song doesn’t really sound like the crazy, fag hating, Kim killing, drug taking psycho we heard and loved on the original Marshall Mathers LP, the song carries an old school vibe reminiscent of Beastie Boys and 80’s rap. The video also has appearances made by Rick Rubin, Kendrick Lamar, Slaughterhouse, Kid Rock, and The Alchemist.
Em’s eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, produced by Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre and DJ Premier drops November 4th.
In other naked artist news, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea drops her music video for the track “Change Your Life” featuring T.I. In the video, Iggy is a Vegas showgirl, and T.I. is the owner of the club she performs at, things get a little steamy between them and before you know it she’s off with someone’s stacks, but then gets apprehended by the cops. Check out the video and look out for Iggy’s upcoming album, The New Classic coming out this month.
Undoubtedly the most controversial twerker of 2013 Miley Cyrus strikes again, this time she’s PG-13 naked. How do you top a social media circus for being an ex-Disney superstar, offspring of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus that twerks? You get naked and have Terry Richardson direct your music video, that’s how. Miley Cyrus has been the “butt” of many jokes (no pun intended) since the VMA’s but that hasn’t stopped her from keeping the world tuned into her every move, Check out the video and let us know what you think, is she just another attention hungry celeb or a social media genius?