As part of Jay-Z’s Life + Times cultural hub, his YouTube channel pokes it’s head in on some interesting topics. He has enlisted long-time Hip Hop enthusiast Elliot Wilson to weigh in on the ongoing debates of the industry. In the last couple weeks, some great videos have surfaced; the rivalry between the Knicks and Nets, we see Black Hippy on tour, and the debate on whether Kendrick Lamar is hype or real.
Due to the most recent video directed by Mr. Gavras for Jay-Z & Kanye West’s “No Church In The Wild,” I figured it was time for a post dedicated to his stunning visuals. The Athens-born 30 year old French director has a knack for high energy, gritty, controversial music videos. He has the ability to take a song and transform it into something formidable. The visuals and the storyline make it impossible to turn away for even a couple seconds. Warning: The videos are very intense and include violence and nudity. NSFW.
This is the second instalment to the Throwback Thursday feature. 2001 is the year.
Jay-Z released the first Blueprint which would be later followed by two more. The Shins entered the scene with their quirky indie music which later turned to gold. Death Cab For Cutie started gaining some traction as far as being “known” goes. Usher caught fire, from the previous record selling less than a million copies, to 8701 selling almost 8 million worldwide.
Inspired by iTunes shuffling through some gems a few days ago, Throwback Thursday has taken form. It’s always a blast looking through the past; what you jammed to at elementary school dances, the tracks you hid from your parents, the ones that inspired you to stick that Z95.3 sticker on your bumper and everything in between. You may have them hiding in your libraries and just need to dust them off and try again, or you’ve lost them to a overly scratched mix CD, either way enjoy the posts.
First up, 1999. Despite all the pop, it was a strong year in Hip Hop with Dr. Dre’s second LP 2001, Nas’ third, and Jay-Z fourth
Jay-Z and American Express hooked up for a hour-long free show in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW). The Roc Nation captain stepped on to the stage 40 minutes late with some fresh Nike AirYeezy 2′s designed by fellow Watch The Throne collaborator Kanye West. The show was broadcast live on YouTube and VEVO for mobile devices.
The $350,000 vehicle was part Burning Man part bling… a perfect visual for the broken-down American dream aesthetic of the video. According to GalleristNY the car can now be yours, if you are willing to, as Jay says, be spendin’ cheese. The wheels will sell at Phillips de Pury auction house on March 8, with proceeds going to Save the Children. It is expected to sell at around $100,000.
Simon de Pury had this to say in the press release: ”Jay Z and Kanye West are towering figures in contemporary culture. They have greatly contributed to the artificial barriers between art, music, fashion and cinema to come down.”
Article via Huffington Post
This Shit Cray.
Most of the video takes place at live shows where Jay & Ye went HAM 5,6,7,8,9 and I had the pleasure of seeing 10 times. We get to see Will Ferrell in his obscure reference from Blades of Glory. Lions roaring and a crowd that just don’t give a fuck.
The Rapture released three phenomenal remixes of the ever so buzz-worthy track “Sail Away” (Click Album Cover For EP). The Big Pink released their sophomore record courtesy of 4AD Records. Jay-Z got some brand new vocals (literally) on his latest track, Lana Del Rey does it once again, the LP release date has found it’s way into iCal’s all over the world (January 27). Slick flow Chip Tha Ripper over a Lex Luger beat. 5 absent years and a record label later, The Shins are working on a new project due March, “Simple Song” is the first single.
When warranted, The AHM Network will drop some videos for your viewing pleasure. This week’s episode features:
The Arctic Monkey’s latest visuals for “Black Treacle”
Common (despite the beef) on Court Dunn’s ThisIsHipHop series
“Underneath The Sycamore” from Death Cab For Cutie
A video I shot with an iPhone at The Throne Tour in Vancouver (2nd night, Ni**as in Paris #7)