Metro International’s style director Kenya Hunt hit up the streets of Notting Hill, London to find the most eye-catching vintage threads in the latest installment of i am Other ’s Style Hunt series.
Watch the Style Hunt in Notting Hill below.
Robin Thicke teamed up with rapper Kendrick Lamar on the latest single from his upcoming sixth album, Blurred Lines, entitled “Give It 2 U.” The synth-heavy, risqué record was co-penned by will.i.am and produced by Dr. Luke. This is the R&B crooner’s third single and it follows up his new love song and potential wedding anthem, “For the Rest of My Life,” produced by Pro-Jay.
Recently, Robin explained the meaning behind his upcoming album on Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club:
“I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that we all think we’re living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right in between those straight lines. And everything you thought you knew, the older you get, you realize, ‘Damn, I don’t know nothing about this. I better pay attention, I better listen and keep learning.’ So, I think that that’s what I’ve been realizing these past few years.
He also explained the new route he was taking with this album:
“The last year I’ve been wanting to have more fun. I think I took myself very seriously as an artist and I wanted to be like Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Bob Marley—these great artists and songwriters that sang about love and relationships. And then the last year, my wife and I just really wanted to have fun again, we wanted to be young again. We wanted to dance again and go out with our friends, so I wanted to make music that reflected that culture also.”
Lastly, he discussed the current state of R&B:
R&B isn’t soulful anymore. Everybody’s popping bottles, getting girls and nobody has any vulnerability. Soul music and what R&B was always about was about being vulnerable for love, being vulnerable in society, and talking about those problems and trying to find hope within it.
Blurred Lines is set to drop July 30. The standard album will have 11 tracks and the deluxe will have 14 tracks.
Stream Robin Thicke’s “For the Rest of My Life” below.
Stream Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar below.
Janelle Monáe set aside her signature black-and-white ensemble and up ‘do for an all-white look and long, wavy locks in the Wendy Morgan-directed visuals for her new, upbeat record, “Dance Apocalyptic.” Like Janelle, this track is full of energy and the video is reminiscent to André 3000′s hit, “Hey Ya!”
The songbird’s anticipated, second studio album, The Electric Lady, drops September 10 featuring collaborations from the legendary Prince and Miguel.
Watch Janelle Monáe’s video for ”Dance Apocalyptic” below. [iTunes]
Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer star in director Ryan Coogler‘s chilling, debut feature-length film, Fruitvale Station, based on the tragic Oscar Grant story.
Synopsis: FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area—and the entire nation—to its very core.
Fruitvale Station hits select theaters on July 12 and nationwide July 26.
Watch the trailer for Fruitvale Station below.
NY-based rapper, singer, and guitarist Cae Jones unveiled the Ishmael Raps-directed visuals to his first single, “Waavy,” produced by K’Lee. The kaleidoscopic and double exposure shots paired with the night driving imagery lends well to this downtempo record from the Rochester rapper’s forthcoming mixtape.
Watch Cae Jones’ video for “Waavy” below.
Listen/download to Cae Jones’ “Waavy” below.
Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) experienced Guantanamo Bay’s torturous, standard force-feeding procedures that is performed on detainees.
WARNING: Some viewers may find these images distressing.
“As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this 4-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia, actor and rapper Yasiin Bey experiences the procedure.”
Watch Yasiin Bey undergo the forced procedure below.
London-based Scandinavian jazz-soul singer/songwriter Marie Dahlstrøm follows up her debut EP, Feelings, with this delightful 9-track EP entitled Renditions.
The soulstress put her edgy spin on Bon Iver‘s “Perth, Phil Collins‘ “In the Air,” Little Dragon‘s “Twice,” and John Mayer‘s “Stop This Train,” collaborated with Marie Sane and Jamal Ross (pictured above) on Rihanna‘s “Loveeeee Song” and “Nobody’s Business” respectively, and concluded the intimate, super chill package with three of her original tunes (“Search,” “Could We Buy A House,” and “I Want A Man”).
Sit back, press play, and relay.
Stream/download Marie Dahlstrøm’s The Renditions EP below.
Songbird Melanie Fiona penned a new heartbroken tune entitled “Cold Piece” that she released to her fans for free. No word if this Alan Nglish-produced track will appear on her new project.