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Kanye West – Heartless Video

Kara Walker

Great artist out of New York.

Leandro Erlich is an artist that creates tricky installations that get people wondering.

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When it comes to the “look” of hip-hop, Cey Adams is definitely a founding father. The Jamaica, Queens native started out bombing trains in graffiti’s heyday, went on to display art alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, designed iconic logos for LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and co-founded the design firm behind classic rap album covers like Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet and Biggie’s Ready to Die. So when it came time to compile the visual history of the genre in a book, it was only right that Adams take the helm.

DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop by Adams (with Bill Adler) looks back at more than 30 years of hip-hop-influenced art. Organized into seven chapters (graffiti, album covers, advertising, film, cars, kicks and fashion), “DEFinition” is the first book to put together all the various media of hip-hop art. Complex recently spoke with Adams and Adler for an exclusive interview, and got them to tell stories behind a few specific images from the book…

Complex: What was the inspiration for the book?

Cey Adams: We kind of watched hip-hop progress over the years, and watched it go from say clothing manufacturers not caring what we thought—or more importantly, dictating what we should be paying attention to and what we should buy—to giving us the opportunity to actually make those decisions for ourselves. And that’s happened over and over and over again in every field.

Bill Adler: As students of hip-hop scholarship, we haven’t done anything quite like this. There are magazines devoted to sneakers, there have been books about graffiti, but nobody before Cey saw all these disparate expressions as expressions of the same so-called hip-hop sensibility.

Complex: What was your definition of hip-hop for the book? What kind of things did you want to include?

Cey Adams: The definition is endless. There are a couple things we could have included that we didn’t, jewelry for example, but first and foremost for me it’s art and design. I wanted to focus on painting and graffiti and things like that, so that was the base, and everything was an offshoot of that. But there could be so many things that we could have tapped into.

Complex: What makes a piece of art or artist “hip-hop”?

Bill Adler: It’s kind of loose. One of the things the book demonstrates over and over again is that there is no stereotypical hip-hop art. The artists in the book don’t fit comfortably into very many categories. It’s the air you breathe, it’s the food you eat, it’s the clothes you wear…

Cey Adams: It’s the company you keep.


Best Bush Graffiti

I want to piss on George W!

A for effort and intent Fail for spelling

The classic short and sweet!

Very clever For the whole list go to here

As architects struggle to balance aesthetic appeal with practical considerations, many are finding the best way to create bold, interesting, even mind-bending features is through the use of optical illusions.

Full article at weburbanist

Spectacular Sony Ad

Sony Bravia “Domino City” from Film Construction on Vimeo.

Disney Characters Get Violent

James Cauty, a Uk based artist, revealed his latest work in a new art show titled Splatter. The shit is ill, if you ever wondered what it would really look like if Buggs shot Daffy in the grill, look no further. A childhood nightmare turned into adult humor. Thanx to guerillaone

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Something about a women playing tennis in high heels gotta love it!

More Pix Click Thru

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Instant Heart Attack!

I Am Obama


pass along for tomorrow


This projected has morphed into something much larger than i intended…and I couldn’t be happier. This project is really taking off! I’m very excited about all the response and great coverage that this series is receiving…. “I am Obama” …is a photo series that attempts to capture the diversity of those who support Barack Obama and who have been inspired by his simple message of hope and change….. We had a great turn out this weekend. Please take a look at the website gallery i posted today: I will continue shooting this Thursday through Saturday, so please pass this on to whomever might want to participate (My goal is to get at least 200 people for the end of the week).

Hell, pass this on to anyone who might be interested in just taking a look.

Here is the shoot schedule:
Saturday 10/18
10am to 8pm

All you have to be is a legitimate Obama supporter, please come as you are…I will only need a few shots of each person. I will be requiring that everyone sign a release form, this is not a paid job, this is just to be a part of something great and another way to influence the vote! Address: 1837 Hyperion Ave Los Angeles, Ca 90027 Looking forward to it. -Maarten de Boer

Best Chair Ever

Banksy First Official Exhibition

Very cool piece I found at weburbanist of different artistic takes on the statue of liberty.

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Enviromental Art

Alton Ellis R.I.P.

Alton Ellis, the Jamaican singer known as “The Godfather of Rocksteady”, passed away Friday, October 10 at Hammersmith Hospital in London. He was 70 years old.

According to an AP report citing hospital officials, “Ellis died peacefully,” and “his family did not wish to release details.” However, an obituary on the Trojan Records site points to a longstanding battle with cancer of the lymph glands as the cause of Ellis’ death.

Ellis rose to prominence in Jamaica as a ska singer for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label in the early 60s, but his most influential contributions to Jamaican music came with his jump to Arthur “Duke” Reid’s Treasure Isle in the mid-60s. It was there that Ellis pioneered rocksteady, which preceded reggae by slowing down the tempo of ska, putting more direct focus on the bass, and aping the sweeter, lighter singing style of American R&B stars.

Both solo and with his vocal group the Flames, Ellis’ hits for included “I’m Still in Love With You”, “Get Ready – Rock Steady”, “Cry Tough”, “Girl I’ve Got a Date”, “My Willow Tree”, and “Dance Crasher”.

In the 70s, Ellis moved to England, where he started his own Alltone label and record store. In 2006, he was inducted in the International Reggae and World Music Awards Hall of Fame.

BMF Story Coming To T.V.?

The Black Mafia Family, a nationwide ring of high-volume cocaine distributors, better known as BMF, has been sold to DuBose Entertainment.

Announced today, the terms of the sale were not made public. However, a statement from the company declared that a TV series, similar to The Wire, was being scripted. The statement also alluded to a film script in development as well.

Per DuBose‘ report, “Brothers Demetrious ‘Big Meech’ Flenory and Terry Flenory were sentenced to 30 years in prison for operating a multi-state criminal enterprise involving cocaine distribution. ‘Big Meech,’ the leader of the notorious BMF, lived a lavish lifestyle that he generously shared with his members garnering him a level of notoriety and celebrity status usually reserved for hip hop royalty. Authorities estimate the operation began in Detroit during the 1990s and eventually expanded to Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, California and Texas.“

Meech had been widely known in Hip Hop for his close association with Young Jeezy [click to read] as well as BMF Entertainment’s own artist Bleu DaVinci [click to read].

“This is a complex crime story that weaves elements of humanity, a strong family bond, street-level survival and opulence with real consequences,” says James DuBose. “The acquisition of the Black Mafia Family story reflects my mission to pursue contemporary and authentic stories.“

also recently announced a partnership with Disturbing Tha Peace’s Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon on their own venture Ebony Son Entertainment.


Banksy in NYC

What else can you say… Banksy is ill.

Still on his US tour, Banksy’s latest comes from the streets of NYC. This colossal 3 story piece is super dope, as the rats proclaim that they too love NY. Or maybe Banksy is calling himself a rat, as he draws another rat… i dunno, but its still cool to see. Hopefully they wont start defacing it like some residents in New Orleans have done recently.

Saw it first at Formatmag.

Graffiti From Above

SouthCentral (PART 3 of 4) from ABOVE on Vimeo.