The Videographer’s Guide is a unique new series about the changing face of video production and content. A teaser for their second episode reveals a look into some of the ways emerging technology and apps have completely empowered independent brands and entities to shoot and edit their own video. Episode one on the relevance of modern music videos can be seen here.
One of HipHop’s most recognizable names came under fire recently for his lyrics on a song that he was featured on. Miami rapper Rick Ross was criticized for his reference to date rape on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” Rick Ross attempted to apologize more than once for the lyric (“I’d die over these reeboks you ain’t even know it/ Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”) but it was seen as disingenuous because they failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the issue. Rape is no joke (or art) when nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women surveyed in the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey said they had been sexually assaulted.
The Guardian recently published an article about wiping away one’s digital track record. The method involved deactivating popular social media accounts such as Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. Then the article gets into more details about search engines, photos and forums where users have to apply a more direct approach towards getting rid of sensitive data, sometimes requiring reaching out to administrators of the sites. Read the entire article here. There’s even a short video highlighting the process.
No stranger to drama and controversy, it seems like Miamibased rapper, Rick Ross, is in the middle of the crosshairs yet again. This time the incident was literal as the megastar’s vehicle was shot at after a birthday celebration at a local club. HipHop journalist, Elliot Wilson, chimes in to try and separate the facts from the fiction. Personally, we think that he does a terrible job of defending Ross’ “street credibility” and the allegations that the incident was staged. It’s too cloudy to know or say what really happened, but we do know that Ross and Wilson do share enormous HipHop comradery via past press conferences and publicity. Not sure we’re getting an unbiased opinion here. It’s also interesting to consider that the average Rick Ross lyrics are laced with drugs, guns, deaththreats and bravado talk. Life imitating art again?