When I first arrived in Chicago at the back end of 2008 i had absolutely no clue who Hebru Brantley was. I remember cruising along Milwaukee Avenue and seeing huge graffiti style murals of futuristic looking children wearing goggles, and wondering to myself “who the hell makes these?”. One day a friend of mine put me on to an art show and boom the connection was made, i now knew his name but the research had just began. A few years later and the man, the myth continues to be an internationally acclaimed artist with backing from some very prestigious people/companies: Jay Z, Nike, Lollapalooza and Life+Times to name a few. The South side native most recently was involved with a Nike sponsored pop up shop featuring his clothing line in conjunction with Lollapalooza weekend. One of the coolest things about Hebru is that he’s so in tune with the streets of Chicago and what’s going on in his city, i still have no idea how many of his pieces are sprinkled around the city; but it’s still amazing every time i stumble upon one. If you’ve never heard of Hebru Brantley click the link below and check out his website and stay tuned for his next event.
The Chicken Connoisseur is back with episode 12 of his popular YouTube series, “The Pengest Munch.” In this episode he travels to Chicken Valley in the west London neighborhood of Shepherd’s Bush. The crep is definitely on point, but things get a little sketchy towards the end. Check out episode 12 above and stay tuned for more.
Artist Clemens Habicht recently up’d the ante on his immensely popular 1,000 Colors Puzzle, by releasing his new 5,000 Colors Puzzle. At 6. x 2.5 feet, each piece of the puzzle is a different color and it is said that they are incredibly difficult to complete. These retail for $149 and are currently sold out, but Colossal plans to re-stock them in late August. Click the link below for more information.
Arvell Genius is preparing to release a new project, but today he took to Twitter to release a new video titled “Insanities.” Directed by Dogfood Media, who continues to build a solid rapport with SPVCE; the video’s simple nature fits the song’s chill, zoned out vibe. Arvell’s slowed, but complex lyrics hit hardest when he’s speaking introspectively and the video does a good job of making him the center focus. Check out the visual for “Insanities” above and stay tuned for more from Arvell Genius.
Went to high school with this kid. He was always bad ass behind the lens, check out his latest work above.
Skaters: Brady Albright, Grady Moquin, Blake Vang, Joe Hall, Stephen, Pestalozzi, Nathan Cameron, Trinity Alexander
Mac Irv is arguably one of the Twin Cities most slept on heavy hitters. Hailing from Minneapolis’ northside, Irv’s tales of redemption and street grit have begun to resonate throughout the cities. His latest video “Misfits” delivers a powerful message while still captivating the listener musically. The visual shows how a few minor decisions can possibly change the outcome of one’s day, a scuffle at the corner store, a will to not fold under peer pressure; lessons to be learned for any kid growing up in the inner city. Check out the video for “Misfits” above and be on the look out for more from Mac Irv.
The Chicken Connoisseur is back with episode 6 of his ongoing YouTube series. This time he’ll be hitting up Chick King in London’s Tottenham neighborhood. As usual the crep is on point, but the chicken is as neutral as it gets. Check out the video for yourself above and keep an eye out for episode 7.
This week’s memorable movie moment takes us back to the first sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World (1997). Also based on the preceding novel by Michael Crichton, the film is the only Jurassic Park sequel to be directed by Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies), although he has served as executive producer on JP3 (2001) and Jurassic World (2015). In fact The Lost World is the only sequel that Spielberg has opted to direct, outside of the Indiana Jones series. It was also his first time back to film after he took a leave of absence when Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List were completed and became box office hits both in the same year. Author Michael Crichton had titled the book after the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which also features a mysterious island with dinosaurs and other strange phenomena.
The Lost World brought back original actor Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is joined by an all new cast of characters, including Oscar-winner Julianne Moore (Hannibal, Crazy Stupid Love), Pete Postlethwaite (Inception, The Town), Vince Vaughn (Old School, Wedding Crashers), Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Moneyball), Peter Stormare (Armageddon, Minority Report), Vanessa Lee Chester (A Little Princess, Harriet the Spy), and acclaimed British actor Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape, Elizabeth). Continue reading
On July 18th, 1986, writer/director James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Avatar) brought director Ridley Scott‘s original characters back to the big screen in the first sequel to Alien, appropriately titled Aliens. Lead actress Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Working Girl) returned to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley, who after the original was discovered in cryogenic sleep in her escape craft and returned to Earth. After communication is lost with colonists investigating Ripley’s claim of aliens on the moon, she and a rescue crew are sent on a mission to investigate the moon and discover if there are any survivors, or if Ripley’s outrageous claims are true. Aliens would go on to win two Oscars, doing even better than its predecessor. The film won for Best Sound Effects and another for Best Visual Effects; it also received another four nominations for Best Actress (Weaver), Best Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Music. Appearing alongside Weaver are actors Carrie Penn, Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Abyss), Paul Reiser (Beverley Hills Cop, Whiplash), Lance Henriksen (Damien: Omen II, Savage Dawn), and Bill Paxton (Twister, Apollo 13). Continue reading
CRAM took to Twitter earlier today to release a new video for their record “PROLLUMS.” Dark and gritty from the jump, the drug laced lyrics provide a backdrop for the visuals manic imagery. All three MCs put forth solid verses over the murky instrumental. Directed by Fernando Lopez, the video complements the record’s grungy feel very well, it feels like Another step in the right direction for a promising group, check out “PROLLUMS” above and stay tuned for more.