Designer Peter Han moved past the conventional way of sitting and sketching in favor of a chalk art form on canvas-like blackboards, known as dynamic sketching, that requires the whole body to move. Han explains his craft while creating some amazing pieces in this Adriel de la Torre-directed mini documentary entitled Pardon My Dust.
Watch Pardon My Dust below.
English-based DJ and electronic producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) put his spin on Disclosure‘s house record, “F For You,” from the duo’s newly released, debut album entitled Settle. TEED stripped the original track’s bass line, added a more prominent, bouncy bass line and weaving melodies in the break section, while maintaining the echoing vocals and dance floor feel of the original.
Listen to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ remix of “F For You” by Disclosure below.
Watch the video for the original track by Disclosure below.
Following up his Alone Together EP, which included the titled track featuring Marsha Ambrosius and “Remember Me” featuring Jessie J, British singer-songwriter Daley dropped his new 3-track EP entitled Songs That Remind Me of You.
Listen to Daley’s EP below. [Sign up to download it for FREE]
Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing is arguably one of the most groundbreaking films that captured a particular period, in this case 1989, and transcended over time into a timeless piece.
The film was shot on Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy Street and Lexington Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1988. Before script to screen, Lee and his cast (including then-newcomers Rosie Perez and Martin Lawrence) met up at a former firehouse that was converted to house Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They performed table reads, discussed their characters, and talked about not portraying stereotypes.
Watch the script read-through with Spike and the film’s future stars.
Watch Rosie Perez talks about the read-through while Leonard L. Thomas, Christa Rivers, Steve White, and Martin Lawrence talk stereotypes.
Watch the character discussions and rehearsals with Robin Harris, Bill Nunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Martin Lawrence, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, and Rosie Perez.
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.