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Images Inspired By Slim Aarons From Jay-Z Cannabis Line Now For Sale

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If Jay-Z isn’t in the news for music, he’s in the news for business.

Three months ago, Jay-Z aka Hov’s cannabis line Monogram displayed the first installment of “The Good Life, Redefined”—a lavish campaign inspired by Slim Aarons and shot by Hype Williams. Now some of those images from the photoshoot are available for purchase.

Jay-Z is branding his line of marijuana as high-class cannabis, and the mid-century luxury-inspired photoshoot by Aarons fulfilled Hov’s vision.

This shoot, which included some iconic figures in fashion, entertainment, and the food industry, took place at Twin Palms, Frank Sinatra’s estate in Palm Springs.

Images featured rappers Chika and Curren$y, stylist Aleali May, model Slick Woods, and culinary collective Ghetto Gastro as they are poolside representing fancy usage of marijuana.

“The perception around cannabis has shifted a lot since the 20th century. If you were to ask me and my peers how we’d define the good life today, weed would definitely be a part of it,” Williams said in a statement. “Whether we’re smoking to inspire creativity or to celebrate an achievement, cannabis has a rightful place in modern day culture.”

Starting today, limited-edition prints of the photographs (just 10 of each were produced, for a total of 80) will be available for purchase on The Webster and Caliva.com.

The pieces are priced at $320 and printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm—high-quality cotton paper. Sizes range from 18×18 to 18×24.

During the 1950’s, Slim Aarons photos became popular for his use of celebrities and glamorous people in various indulgent social settings. His POV was usually “attractive people, doing attractive things in attractive places,” he famously said.

Have you ever splurged on limited artwork? Share your thoughts below.

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[WATCH] Check Out The ‘Can’t Be Stopped’ Graffiti Documetary Feat. Everlast

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Regime Films is gearing up to drop their Can’t Be Stopped documentary about the world famous CBS Crew, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Saving Banksy.

Can’t Be Stopped is a rare look inside the legendary Los Angeles graffiti crew CBS and their contributions to not only the art world, but also the part they played in shaping urban culture through the late 80s and early 90s.

Directed by Cody Smith and assembled over a 10-year period using old footage from original member DJ Rob One’s personal archives and vintage photographs, Can’t Be Stopped the film is narrated by Everlast and features interviews with graffiti icons Kelly “Risk” Graval, Mek and musicians such as Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and Alchemist, and actor David Arquette. 

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DJ Premier and Animus Exclusive ‘Golden Era Future’ NFT Drop Available For Public Auction TODAY

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Since the moment he arrived, the music of DJ Premier has been the cornerstone of hip-hop’s sound. One of the industry’s most respected and active auteur, the three-time Grammy-Award winner, is a conduit for artists of all genres to attach their lyrics with his complex rhythm of the streets.

From Gang Starr, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Run The Jewels, Christina Aguilera, Common, Anderson Paak, KRS-One, Ludacris, The Game, D’Angelo, and countless legendary innovators that have entrusted their sound to “PREEMO.”  Throughout it all, his name has exemplified a brand you can trust and he remains the hallmark of positive advanced music.

DJ Premier steps into a new arena with the announcement of his exclusive ‘Golden Era Future’ NFT drop which will be available for public auction on Wednesday, 4-28-21 at 1:30 pm EST.  Today’s announcement aligns one of music’s most groundbreaking artists, with Animus, an artist collective focused on empowering creatives through the meaningful connection in art. In tandem, these pioneers have created a body of work that exemplifies collaboration in this new era.  Nine new instrumental tracks from DJ Premier display the range of his monumental art and visuals that tell the story of the most pivotal elements of his life and career.

This public auction will be hosted by cutting-edge-tech market NFT auction house, Nifty Gateway and with it, you are afforded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid on and own a priceless, one-of-a-kind curation from DJ Premier.

“It has been an absolute honor to partner and create with the legendary DJ Premier on this body of work. It has truly been a collaborative effort from both camps, going back and forth, and paying attention to every detail along the way” Animus’ Founder JN Silva comments. “We made sure to pay homage to DJ Premier’s incomparable career in hip-hop and honor his legacy through the visuals. Preem gave us nine-beats that show his undeniable range production-wise, and every piece speaks to his life and legacy.”  

“I will always show up and show out to rep the art of the DJ, and this is one of the most personal projects I’ve ever been a part of” DJ Premier asserts.  “I’m looking forward to showing what we’ve been working on for my very first NFT drop.  A collection of beats I’ve never released before with visual arts that speaks to my trajectory.”

Please visit Nifty Gateway for more information on DJ Premier’s Golden Era Future NFT Drop: https://niftygateway.com/

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Westside Gunn Set To Open Buffalo Kids Art Gallery

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“The Fly God” aka Westside Gunn has turned his love for art and fashion into an outreach center for the youth in his hometown.

The head honcho of Griselda is opening n art gallery called Buffalo Kids inside of Buffalo’s Walden Galleria, according to a report from AllHipHop. According to the Fly God himself, the store will feature original art, magazines, clothes, including his Fashion Rebel streetwear brand and an exclusive line of New Era hats Gunn has designed himself.

“I’ve always dreamt of my Flagship store and I worked so hard for this, even the mall said they never seen anything like this.. everything designed by myself and team, a place where celebrities will frequently fly in just to experience Buffalo Culture,” Westside Gunn said. There is no official date slated for the grand opening, but Westside says that the doors to Buffalo Kids will be open next month.

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Remembering MF DOOM: A Personal Story

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On the last day of 2020 the world was shocked to learn that hip hop’s supervillain, MF DOOM had passed away 2 month’s prior October 31st.
Shock, disbelief and sadness spread across the community of fans, family and people who loved him.

My story with DOOM started in 2004. I was working on The Beautiful Struggle tour for Talib Kweli and DOOM was the opener. I was rushing around backstage when I saw him and Benn Grimm waiting to go onstage.

“You got a dutch?” I asked him,  pushing past Benn who seemed like he was trying to block him. “Nah I don’t have one, he replied, flashing a smile of 18k gold fronts. At that moment, Kweli walks by and says, “Oh you met DOOM, this is my assistant Courtney Brown— Court, you know DOOM is from KMD?’

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BB Kings Show in NYC

This was the beginning of a friendship that would forever influence my life.
Not much long after our initial meeting we became road buddies and I came to know the author Daniel Dumile. After watching me problem solve on the road for Kweli, he asked me to work for him and his wife Jasmine once that tour ended. They both taught me how to navigate the business world as well as helped with my personal growth.
DOOM was a teacher and to be in his circle you had to study. He would send countless 4 hour lectures and sign books that he felt were pertinent to my growth.

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Onstage with Mos who loved DOOM

Once his mask was removed, he revealed he was thoughtful… full of curiosity, kindness and unusual talent. He treated me like a queen in an industry that took advantage of women. He didn’t act like a rapper because as he said that wasn’t even him. He would run errands, helped with my goals and always knew how to fix everything. He inconspicuously took the train from NYC in a snowstorm to Jersey Shore to help us pack up my granny’s 7 bedroom house for sale. Even though he just released his classic album MM…FOOD , he trooped through the snow walking from the train to our house in Neptune, NJ because no cars were available. We stayed up all night talking about everything under the sun as he meticulously wrapped heirlooms inquiring about each item.

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I moved to LA to assist him as he worked on DangerDOOM. During that time we spent a lot of time finding inspiration for that album and hanging out with my best friend at the time Kelis and her husband, rapper Nas. One day after a bougie LA dinner I convinced them to come back to my hotel room where DOOM put on some beats and Nas began freestyling. This lasted nearly an hour.  DOOM had his Special Herbs CD on him and it was a historical moment not captured on camera or recorded.

Eventually my job description grew as I became a part of his ‘entourage’ but DOOM was a villain and there was always more to be revealed. When I began writing he supported that too—demanding I write many of his cover stories including his FRANK 151 cover.

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One day he instructed me to do an entire press day with what he called a ‘robot’ and later I found out it would be Benn Grimm. (He was full of surprises.)
He told me not to let ANYONE in the room except the journalists for the interviews and the photographers to take photos. I was scared shitless. We were shooting a cover with a fake DOOM. I had on my best business ensemble and issued a lot of ‘no’s’ that day.  We made it through that day until a woman who knew him and demanded to speak to him kept pressuring to enter the room.

Busted. We stayed up that night with him and Jas in Atlanta and me in New York writing the perfect editorial for Elemental Magazine who was pretty upset.

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One of my first Editors gig.

He and I together composed the perfect words to explain his tactics. And Jas, always loving and fair, paid me handsomely for my work. They both respected my pen. We moved back to LA to work on MADVILLAIN 2 and that album is the greatest album no one has heard yet. Built off a lot of crazy experiences and real life situations he turned into songs, he put a lot of work into that record. Although he didn’t complete it, he felt masterpieces should not be rushed. One song we researched for weeks which came from a weird news story I told him about in New York. We laughed about it for nearly 2 hours before the intense research began. We called it the ‘monkey song’. He recorded a few songs with Ghostface during that time and he was one of the few rappers I could get to change lyrics which is why there are 2 versions of Angels.

“I asked him, “Why does GHOST say 3 white b****?”…

I could go on for eternity with stories, memories and lessons I learned from the supervillain.
He was very strategic and placed things and people where he wanted them to be. He knew what he was doing.
Many might wonder why I would reveal so much. DOOM often talked about not being here and of course I would shrug it off. He emphatically told me, “If I’m not here anymore, you better tell that story. I’d rather it be you then anybody. Villain!”
Maybe one day, I will.
Rest in Power DOOM.

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DOOM and Boogie Brown

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Vince Carter Launches Scholarship For Youth in Toronto

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Vince Carter has always preached the importance of having an education. Now he is raising the stakes for the youths of Toronto.

Carter has announced the official launch of the Vince Carter Scholarship and Mentorship Program in the Toronto area of Canada. The scholarship, which amounts to $25,000 per student, will be primarily targeting high school students who have taken up a passion for sports, music, film, fashion, broadcasting, media, or science, technology, engineering, and math.

Statistics from the Toronto District School Board revealed the graduation rate for Black high school students is 69 percent and the dropout rate sits at 20 percent. The resources and support that will be provided through Carter’s program will be instrumental in changing the narrative.

“I am doing my part, now it’s time for you to do yours by reaching out to kids, extended family, friends, educators and share this opportunity,” Carter says in a statement.

The scholarship criteria require applicants to possess a passion in any of the mentioned academic pathways; reviews of academic scores, personal character, community service; a 500-word essay. 

Applicants are directed to the exclusive application portal  www.parismedia.org/community/ or email [email protected].

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Vince Carter Launches Scholarship For Youth in Toronto

vince carter

Vince Carter has always preached the importance of having an education. Now he is raising the stakes for the youths of Toronto.

Carter has announced the official launch of the Vince Carter Scholarship and Mentorship Program in the Toronto area of Canada. The scholarship, which amounts to $25,000 per student, will be primarily targeting high school students who have taken up a passion for sports, music, film, fashion, broadcasting, media, or science, technology, engineering, and math.

Statistics from the Toronto District School Board revealed the graduation rate for Black high school students is 69 percent and the dropout rate sits at 20 percent. The resources and support that will be provided through Carter’s program will be instrumental in changing the narrative.

“I am doing my part, now it’s time for you to do yours by reaching out to kids, extended family, friends, educators and share this opportunity,” Carter says in a statement.

The scholarship criteria require applicants to possess a passion in any of the mentioned academic pathways; reviews of academic scores, personal character, community service; a 500-word essay. 

Applicants are directed to the exclusive application portal  www.parismedia.org/community/ or email [email protected].

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Happy 69th Birthday To ‘Wild Style’ Director Charlie Ahearn!

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On this day in 1951, film director and creative cultural artist Charlie Ahearn was born in Binghamton, New York. Ahearn is best known for his Hip Hop cult classic flick Wild Style, which has become a cultural standard to represent Hip Hop’s origins in the South Bronx.

With the help of Fred Braithwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy and graffiti legend Lee Quiñones, Ahearn began the filming for the movie and finally released it in 1983 in Ties Square, selling out all of its screenings for three weeks straight. Pioneers included in this silver screen classic include the Cold Crush Brothers, the Fantastic Freaks, the Rock Steady Crew, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Flash and more.

Ahearn is saluted among the game’s originators, especially the graffiti writers, who first received a lot of their international recognition because of Wild Style. Salutations and libations for Mr. Aheartn on his 69th trip around the Sun!

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SOURCE SPORTS: Redskins RB J.D. McKissic Honors Tupac And Nipsey In New Cleat Design

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TMZ Sports has reported that Washington Redskins running back J.D. McKissic wanted to show love to some West Coast legends with a unique, artistic commemoration to Tupac Shakur and Nipsey Hussle’s faces designed onto cleats.

McKissic hired help from Cali artist Joe Castro to spice up his Nike cleats and even passed off a pair to teammate Chase Young. The drawing’s details include Tupac’s nose ring and Hussle’s “Prolific” tattoo.

Castro also executed a cleat tribute to slain Chi-Town rapper King Von for KC Chiefs’ wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.

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[WATCH] Fat Joe and Action Bronson Talk NYC Graffiti On IG Live

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While discussing the freedom of artists to create their own album covers as Action Bronson has done himself, Bambaklava and Fat Joe chop it up about the impact of the Rotten Apple’s graffiti scene, past and present.

Joe Crack, a real BX bomber who tore up the streets with the TATS and TS(Terror Squad) graff crews in the 80s and 90s, spoke about the gentrification of the graffiti world, but still gave props to some of graff’s greatest writers from NYC including EASY and JOZ and his TATS crew mates. Action gave props to crews who caught wreck in the five boroughs including Queens’ SMART Crew, TCN, FTR and the infamous MIKE TD that’s currently killing the streets of NYC.

See the interview in its entirety below.

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