2017 has already proven to be a great year for Belgian hip hop with artists like Hamza and Damso -whose rise in particular seems unstoppable with his video for “N.J. Respect R” being on the verge of 10 million (!) views as we speak- busting through the noise.
Two of our fellow compatriots just dropped new visuals, the first one being Darrell Cole giving us the beautiful and vulnerable “BOATS.”, which stands for “Based On A True Story”.
The video is gorgeously directed and animated by Remy m. Ndow and tells the story about young Darrell’s chaotic and brave journey from Sierra Leone to Antwerp.
Watch and subsequently count your blessings.
The second drop is from that other Antwerp gem Coely, who let “A Polaroid Story” ‘s Elisabeth Ouni earn her first full director’s credit on the video for her ode to her Mama called “Celebrate”, a song we’ve … Read More »
This weekend, we got to witness a piece of fashion history as the biggest group of masters ever graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Antwerp Fashion Department.
I warned our London visitor beforehand: “SHOW2017 won’t be what you are used to seeing during fashion month. This is a full 4(!) hours of looks.”
To be quite honest, even I, who had interviewed all 18 graduating masters for the Magazine (more on where to get your copy soon), was a bit worried about the sheer volume of work we were about to be presented with. But although I have no clue how Walter Van Beirendonck and his team pull it off and at the end I felt like I had been slapped around by the ghosts of couture past, present and future, the quality was high, time flew by and it was a pleasure watching the creations of both bachelors and masters. So a … Read More »
Fresh off the already classic Soulwax album “FROM DEEWEE” (you’re still replaying this record like it’s paying the rent, right?) comes the amped-up new video for the track “Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?”
Shot in Paris, the video was directed by Ill-Studio who – as Soulwax’s visual go-to’s – got free range to create what they envisioned. A quote from director Thomas Subreville: “This video is our visual interpretation of this idea of duality and contrast between your imagination as a teenager and the world you really live in.”
It gives you Magritte nods, Gustave Courbet’s “Woman with a Parrot“, power graffiti and general Eat The Rich shit-kicking. Excellent.
Directed by: Thomas Subreville (Ill-Studio)
Produced by DIVISION
Cast: Phénix Brossard
Read more about “FROM DEEWEE” here.
Amandla Stenberg decided that ready or not, it’s time to fully inform the world that next to acting, writing and showing the next generation how to be fully woke and fabulous; she has singing, directing and editing skills to boot.
Watch the pretty video she made for her Mac DeMarco’s (great interview on WTF btw) cover of “Let My Baby Stay” below.
And who knew YouTube comment threads don’t have to be awful?
Frank Ocean’s Beats 1 radio show ‘Blonded Radio’ is like a gift certificate for intermittent spirit pick-me-ups when you most need it. What started off with the release of personal favourite single “Chanel” and “Biking” featuring Jay Z and Tyler The Creator, has now been supplemented with the drop of Frank’s third solo single of 2017 called “Lens”.
The lyrics are somewhat cryptic as per usual, but no one but Frank could talk about being unabashed when faced with spirits ogling us with our pants down. The cover art is seemingly inspired by the work of the incredible artist Kerry James Marshall, whose work has been crucial in reflecting the visibility and invisibility of the black identity in society. A retrospective of Marshall’s work at the Met wrapped in January, which you can find out more about here.
Kerry James Marshall “A Portrait of … Read More »
The video for the inimitable Mykki Blanco’s “Hideaway”, directed by Daisy Zhou (“How To Be a Black Panther”), has dropped and it’s so important.
Made in collaboration with W Magazine (shout-out to W’s long-time style director Edward Enninful on the historic British Vogue EIC appointment!) and amfAR in honour of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the video sees a despondent lover fall to pieces in her room while Mykki shadows her in a couture gown. It symbolises the effect the HIV stigma can have on a relationship.
In an interview last year, Mykki Blanco crowned “Hideaway” as a personal favourite on the “Mykki” album, describing the song as “hard-core but also blatantly queer”. The video is accompanied by a candid interview that delves into the damage HIV stigmatisation can cause, as well as what we can do to keep the fight alive through grassroots activism.
Learn more … Read More »
Honestly The Mood™ has never been this strong. This. Girl. Gets. It.
The following little box of gems is yours to open and rummage through if a random meme on your timeline about problematic relationship patterns got too close for comfort and you need some soul relief, for instance. Or if you have even just as much as glanced at the news lately. Things to be here for, they do still exist!
MYKKI BLANCO “HIDEAWAY”
New Mykki is approaching, I can feel my skin clear up, I suddenly have 20/20 vision, there’s a glow upon me not yet before seen. Hyperbole aside, a Mykki Blanco video is something to take time out for and we’re lucky Mykki took a breath in between dangling from stage ceilings (don’t do it!) to create a new visual for the track “Hideaway” which drops on April 10, directed by … Read More »
What does your household discuss over breakfast?
The three of us talked about the new Kendrick Lamar video for ‘Humble’, the second drop of the artist’s highly anticipated new project.
It references TV shows, movies and other pop culture visuals like the Destiny’s Child ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ video, The Wire, DOPE, the ‘Grey Poupon’ commercial, The Last Supper, Being John Malkovich and The Young Pope. (Shout out to Jude Law for giving me all the life playing Pope Lenny and working those papal robes. I went to a school reigned by evil nuns and I absolutely hated it, so I’m lmao watching that show.)
Mike Will Made-It -who just dropped a fine album himself- produced the track and the video is directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies. Dave Meyers is responsible for a slew of amazing videos like Pink – ‘There You Go’ (I remember screaming at the TV when she … Read More »
Kendrick Lamar has dropped his first single of 2017 and Black Twitter/every other rapper currently working has been left aquiver. “The Heart Part 4” is a scorching take on the state of rap today, the White House’s hot messes and the artist’s own career but it’s mostly a warning to other rappers to shape up. Not only has Kendrick’s entire Instagram been cleared – the usual sign of impending new work – the release of the highly acclaimed artist’s new album is all but blatantly announced in the song’s lyrics: “Y’all got till April the 7th to get ya’ll shit together”. Well, damn.
The artwork for “The Heart Part 4” consists of a Roman numeral IV, which was used as a teaser image for the song first. The song features vocals by young up and comer Khalid, who just dropped his … Read More »
(Image: Perre van den Brink & Freddy Tratlehner at Avenue © Kelly Fober)
The morning I’m interviewing the two creative polymaths behind TRATLEHNER, the Amsterdam-based clothing label that had a succesful run in 2014, but then fell silent, two things happen: I receive a years-old Facebook-memory that had me quoting a VjezeFur/De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig lyric and I receive the first mail of the year from the great Walter Van Beirendonck to set up a new work project. My co-workers who are deeply aware of my admiration for both these men deem these coincidences pretty weird, but as someone who on one hand isn’t superstitious at all, I have also learned to accept that when it comes to the people that have provided me with loud laughter, comfort and great art at points in my life when I needed it the most, the universe … Read More »