Last month, Nike’s campaign for the all new Hyperdunk basketball shoe kicked off with a campaign featuring the NBA’s 2007/2008 MVP Kobe Bryant leaping over a speeding Aston Martin. Following up on this, Kobe and the Hyperdunk’s latest spot also incorporates the Jackass crew with the backdrop featuring a pool filled with snakes. Of course with the inclusion of Jackass, it’s more then safe to assume there’s some added comedic value involved in the video.
In the March issue of the Japanese version of music magazine Fader, hip hop artist Twigy was featured in a spotlight interview. With a strong legacy behind him, Twigy has been among the pioneers on Japan’s hip-hop scene. To pay homage to the artist, Fader Japan, Twigy and Applebum teamed up to produce a limited edition t-shirt seen here. Unfortunately there are no plans to release this tee to the general public.
Pharrell Williams has teamed up with furniture designer Domeau & Pérès to create this chair called Perspective. According to Pharrell who designed the chair, Perspective represents the love between a woman and a man. He says,
“I had often wondered what it’s like to truly be in love, not lust for once.. So I decided not to ask what it was like in someone else’s shoes or what it was like to sit in their seat.. I decided to sketch out my own experiment; the perspective chair.”
Perspective will come in several colors with only four chairs per color being sold. If you want to check out the chair in person, you will find it showcased at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris from October 21st 2008 until January 10th 2009.
Kanye West’s original Flashing Lights video which was co-directed by Spide Jonze along with Kanye himself, could be considered one of Kanye’s most controversial music video. In it, Kanye is driven off into the desert by a women who bludgeons West to death for supposedly cheating on his girl and being caught by the paparazzi’s “flashing lights”. Here is a look at a new video for Flashing Lights which is much less violent but still portrays the essence of “Flashing Lights”. In this video, you follow a girl (presumably a model) and her glitz and glamorous lifestyle which ends in nothing but tragedy.
With the growing popularity of the track bike movement, track frames are quickly becoming the hot topic for customization among a growing list of alternative templates for art coming to fruition as of late. From electronics to sneakers and surfboards, track frames merge together the world of art and consumerism. For the upcoming “Pressure” art exhibition put on by Cinelli bikes and RVCA, Barry McGee’s bike seen here joins a list of artists including Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, C.R. Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, RVCA founder PM Tenore and Stephen Powers. The inaugural showing is set for June 19th, at RVCA’s flagship store in San Francisco with subsequent trips to Austin, Texas, the home of multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his newly opened store Mellow Johnny’s. The Barry McGee set is limited to 50 sets in three sizes, 54, 56 and 58. The set of 50 will be divided into 25 complete bikes ($3,700 USD) and 25 frame-only kits ($2,100 USD) and for sale only through RVCA and Mellow Johnny’s.
America usually can take the pulse of the people by taking a snapshot look at the popular music of its time. The late 70s and early 80s saw hip hop at a party state. In the mid 80s and early 90s Hip Hop saw a flurry of protest rap on the heels of the Reagan administration and apartheid. In the late 90s and early 2000s the Clinton administration, a better economy and the reluctance to have beef after the death of Tupac and Biggie saw an explosion of what seemed to be happier party music in the hip hop arena. However, with soaring gas prices and war among other things Hip Hop music seemed to be more aggressive and menacing up until lately. With a promise of a new hope and the end of the status quo several rappers bubbling up from the underground circuit seem to possess a vibrant youthfulness that that takes a bit of the party vibe from early hip hop and the raw lyricism of the golden era.
Washington D.C. bred MC Wale seems to be spearheading this movement where MCs are following their own pattern of clothes, sneakers and lyrics over guns, whips and drugs. Wale’s rise to popularity and respect is a lesson in how talent trumps image and predictability. Armed with a sense of humor, tireless work ethic and the ability to drop clever punch lines at a moment’s notice has gotten the attention of many industry heavyweights. You can hear the excitement in Wale’s vocal timbre although his delivery is a nonchalant half slurred flow. This has endeared him to a young crop of Hip Hop enthusiasts who have seemed to have overdosed, or even more telling, cannot relate to the gangster posturing of rap in the past five years or so. Wale’s new song and video “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E” is a perfect example of the new sound that’s part electro and part hip hop. The video puts a hip hop spin on the original version by electro duo Justice. Take a good look and listen; this may be a perfect snapshot of the times.