THE TEETERING LINE OF AN ARTIST’s EGO

THE TEETERING LINE OF AN ARTIST’s EGO

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 There’s been a thought that has been lingering on my mind lately and its the question of “how big of a role does ego play in the life of an artist”? I mentioned ego specifically because I’ve thought about the public display of artists’ work.

 When an artist prepare for a showcase the artist puts their heart and soul into pieces that will be appreciated (and purchased if for sale) by those in attendance. Isn’t that a bit egotistical? Think for a second..in the simplest of terms you’re basically saying “everyone this is my art please praise to no end and give me money for coloring and making stuff..please and thanks”. However what stops showcases from being a public display of an artist’s ego is people interest in them.

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 People gather round to shows and museums not to fall head over heels for the artist (although some do) people attend for the experience that comes with heart. You come together and look at extensions of a person’s mind in tangible form, you enjoy food, time with family, etc. All the things that were mentioned from a negative perspective earlier can be spun to a positive point, its all about how the user look at it.


 Just like there are people who couldn’t understand why four blocks of color could be considered art there are those who are able to find the deeper meaning in it and those are the ones who help art be seen as an appreciative measure rather an egomaniac begging for attention.

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THE FLUIDITY OF AN ICONIC CHARACTER

THE FLUIDITY OF AN ICONIC CHARACTER


  Ryu in Power Rangers?!! Who would’ve knew  

Ryu in Power Rangers?!! Who would’ve knew  

  Ryu as he appears in super smash bros

Ryu as he appears in super smash bros

 After watching the reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I saw RYU and I was like “man my guy is in everything”.He was just revealed as a guest character in the POWER RANGERS mobile game, POWER RANGERS: LEGACY WARS. That discovery led me to think “man when you have a truly iconic character there is no limit in what you can do with them.”

  Kishimoto drawing his iconic characters NARUTO and SASUKE

Kishimoto drawing his iconic characters NARUTO and SASUKE

 Many artists/creators start out with the mindset of “this is my character and here’s how this character is going to play out in this story”. What the creator don’t realize is that the character may transcend that limited script and be featured in almost everything because of how beloved the character is.

 Iconic characters can end up in cross-genre movies, merchandising, and even with their own theme park (I see you Mickey).

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 So if there are any creators out there just hoping for their game to be played, manga to be read, or film to be seen just know if you play it right your character can transcend culture itself to become a global icon you never imagined it could be.

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ALBUM CREDITS AND WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT

ALBUM CREDITS and WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT


  new kanye west album out now , “YE”,  https://tidal.com/album/89768255

new kanye west album out now , “YE”, https://tidal.com/album/89768255

 Today a new Kanye album has released and it sparked something in me about album credits. Being that I heard the album during a livestream it made me wonder about who produced what, who’s featured, what are the name of these samples??!


 Gone are the days of flipping through that CD book admiring the fresh photo shoot, reading the thank you note, and of course the album credits(which sometime featured lyrics).


 Album credits are essential to an album because you can see everyone who contributed to the sound that are pleasing to your ears.


 For example, Kanye West’s All of The Lights from his 2010 album “MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY”. It was like a thousand people on that song and without the credits it would hard to identify everyone who was apart of that song.

1. everyone’s voice wasn’t distinguishable

2. Every person behind each instrument/lyric cannot be identified.

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  My album. FIRST OF HIS NAME, out now , go to the music tab to listen. Also on all streaming platforms.

My album. FIRST OF HIS NAME, out now , go to the music tab to listen. Also on all streaming platforms.

 Album credits add to the excitement of the album. Even with my own album, if you check the iTunes info you can see the names of people I went to school with and samples I’ve used that may not be identifiable. It makes people wanna listen even more when they can identify with something so close to them like seeing they’re on name or hearing themselves.

 

 With the digital takeover, the CD collector has been at a disadvantage with fully capturing the moment of purchasing a new album.

 But thanks to Platforms like TIDAL that include the credits, users can get a sense of the old times once more.

 

 

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THE NEW FLYEST GUY IN THE NBA?!

THE NEW FLYEST GUY IN THE NBA?!

 

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 When it comes to fashion of high profile basketball athletes a couple of names come to mind. Lebron, Russell, Harden, etc. but there been a new face when it comes to NBA fashion. That person is……PJ Tucker.

 PJ Tucker effortlessly connects grail-level sneakers (that’s the word for exclusives for those who don’t know) with current trends that never feels like he’s over doing it.

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  PJ hoops in the Nike Air Yeezy 2

PJ hoops in the Nike Air Yeezy 2

 Even on the court, PJ Tucker has been consistent with the shoe game which makes him in the talks of the best on-the-court style in the league.

  Off White c/o PJ Tucker? Ha! PJ styles in exclusive colorway of Virgil's take on the Hyperdunk.

Off White c/o PJ Tucker? Ha! PJ styles in exclusive colorway of Virgil's take on the Hyperdunk.

 If there is a NBA style award category for the 2018 and PJ Tucker isn’t involved then ask yourself: Is there really a NBA STYLE AWARD then?

 

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THE BAD THING ABOUT BOOKS

The Bad Thing About Books

 

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  Classic, but often used for the fake flex on socials lol.

Classic, but often used for the fake flex on socials lol.

 In an effort to become successful most people starting common denominator is to read a book on how to become successful. Reading those successful stories could be inspiring but the inspiration is where the danger lies. Another danger that comes from the book is if the book has much notoriety (i.e. 48 Laws of Power), the book is purchased just to show society that they’re in the “know”.

 

 Books should be used to educate, entertain, inform, persuade, etc. but it shouldn’t be used as a simple image enhancer that the reader gain nothing from but likes on social media. 

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 If people want to become truly better then the next time a book is in their possession, it must be established that this book isn’t just a photo optic, its a stack of pages that could potentially change your life.

 

 Before I became an avid reader I too fell for the photo optics of having a book because it added to my image of intelligence. Although that is now in the past, I will use books to add to the core soul of my intelligence and not my social media, SO WILL YOU!

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have you purchased my book yet? Get one for you and a friend! 👉🏾 gettothecorner.com/lifelogsvol1

 

P.S. a picture of a book never hurt, sharing your daily reads is highly encouraged!

 

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A SHOW IN THE SHOW THAT'S THE WAY TO GO

A SHOW IN THE SHOW THATS THE WAY TO GO

 

 

 

 With heavy content driven shows it can be troublesome driving all the ideas through the limited box of storytelling. I noticed when themes that are apart of the show but not necessarily central to the plot, a satirical show is created to help dive into those story points.

 

INSECURE

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 During season 2 of HBO’s INSECURE, the satirical show in the show was called “Due North”. Due North was about a love affair during slave times in which a slavemaster was in love with one of his slaves.

 One of themes in the show deals with White and Black people relationship in the work space. In the show, Issa (main character) works for a white boss and Molly (Issa’s best friend) is a lawyer in a very white firm who doesn’t get the respect she deserves. 

 While the show is an essentially a love comedy drama it has other themes that deal with race relations and the fake show is used to dive deeper into those themes that can’t be handled by the characters due to story restrictions.

 

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

  Defamation, the satirical take on ABC’s Scandal

Defamation, the satirical take on ABC’s Scandal

 

 In both seasons NETFLIX’s Dear White People had two shows that dealt with satire. More specifically it deals with how Black People are perceived in the media. The first show featured a parody of Scandal, which featured an over exaggeration of the show’s popular character, Olivia Pope. Her character is used to show how interracial relationships are perceived. This is used to vicariously highlight the feelings surrounding the relationship between two characters in the show (Gabe-white male and Sam- black female).

 

  Breakout star/writer, Lena Waithe, stars in Trap House Tricks

Breakout star/writer, Lena Waithe, stars in Trap House Tricks

 The other show trap house tricks, features a parody of Love & Hip Hop. Another show used to explore the exaggeration of black portrayal in mainstream media. Being that the basis of the show stems from the results of white students holding a black face party, perception of the black community is a major theme in the show and it takes different avenues of storytelling to explore all realms of a theme with such depth.

 

TAKEAWAY

 

 The inside shows are a wonderful tool of storytelling and showrunners/creators should think about including them more to explore subplots/themes that central to the story but aren’t the focal point of the story.

PREMIUM DRAFT

PREMIUM DRAFT

 

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   In the creative process, there are many steps most of which involved scratching, revising, and deleting ideas. In creating the most iconic shoes in basketball history, designer, Tinker Hatfield is now transcending the design process by having his drafts of iconic shoes be released. How does such a thing happen?

   The passage of time is key to making an item legendary/mythical. Once an item reach such status the natural mind is curious to how such an incredible feat came to be. If the creator is open to share then the curious mind will be exposed to all the twists and turns it took to end up where we are today.

  88’ Jordan Leaping fro the Free Throw *pusha t voice*

88’ Jordan Leaping fro the Free Throw *pusha t voice*

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    Shoes like the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan XIII, are shoes associated with legendary moments in time. Therefore it is natural to want to see how the shoes are birthed. The original is already solidified so the legacy of shoe won’t be tainted when NIKE decided it would be cool to create Tinker’s original drafts of the shoe. 

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  He Got Game XIII’s

He Got Game XIII’s

   The original draft build upon the legacy of the shoe by allowing the consumer to appreciate the shoe from a different perspective and drives the consumer imagination to think “What if this was the shoe we first came in contact with, how much different would the sneaker world be”?

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    It will be interesting what other original drafts of classic shoes could be released but for now original drafts from the greatest sneaker designer of all time makes more than a hell of consolation prize. 

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THE QUIET MVP:YG

 THE QUIET MVP: YG


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 2018, as I mentioned before as been one hell of a year for music. But while everyone is looking at the biggest name in music , Bompton’s all star has been having a quiet MVP year.


YG never been short on features as you’ve heard him tear up tracks like “Gucci on My” and “Want Her”, this year seemed to unlock an even more consistent beast.


NIKE SWOOSH


YG sounds very fluid on the track with Memphis breakout star, Blocboy JB and its probably my favorite song from his mixtape.


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“Me and these hoes can’t get along (why?) cuz my mama ain’t no hoe”! Easily one of the best lines from that song. Not to mention he has his mother throwing up gang signs and rapping his verse, how fire is that?


SHE BAD

 Man so simple but so got damn catchy. And it make you want every damn bag this young man is talking about. “Louis Bag (Aye), Gucci Bag (Aye), Prada (Bag).”


 Basically beloved if you haven’t been paying attention to YG this year its never too late to start. His new album Stay Dangerous is coming soon.

HOW COLE HAS ME READY FOR HIS NEW ALBUM

HOW COLE HAS ME READY FOR HIS NEW ALBUM




2018, has been a spectacular year in music and it’s only getting better. Cardi delivered, Nicki is coming back strong, and Drizzy is readying a career defining album. Hell even Kendrick is out here winning Pulitzer Prizes like he’s Ernest Hemingway.


But this Roc Nation signee and Dreamville’s Commander-in-Chief, has his own trick up his sleeve. His new album “K.O.D.” is set to release 4/20 and it has the world on its toes, specifically me.


Here’s the 3 factors that has me ready for the latest Jermaine project.


I. ART DIRECTION

  ART by Detroit-based ARTIST, SIXMAU  -  https://www.instagram.com/sixmau

ART by Detroit-based ARTIST, SIXMAU  - https://www.instagram.com/sixmau


The cover for Cole’s latest project is eye catching to say the least. It features Cole wearing a crown with children beneath him indulging in various drugs.

After a closer look me and the homie determined there was more to this painting that met the eye.

The children beneath Cole seemed to be lined up in an order of gateway drugs to the harshest level of drugs and it looks like what seems to be a loop, that takes the viewer to the harshest level of drugs back to the point of death (the last image behind the child is a skull).

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Realizing the underlying messages in the artwork for Cole’s album made me think, how deep does the album go? [how deep is the intro? Lol, throwback Cole reference]. If the album’s half as good as the art I won’t turn it off for a while.

  notice how the kids are riding the drugs like it’s a rocket ship, essentially they’re getting “high”

notice how the kids are riding the drugs like it’s a rocket ship, essentially they’re getting “high”


II. MYSTIQUE


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Campaign for the album started with a series of shows stretching from New York to London exclaiming the public to arrive early and to leave their phones behind.

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Random Cole shows in such prominent places makes one think, “what exactly is Cole up to”? Well it turns out, J.Cole played the crowd his newest album in which he encouraged listeners to cherish hearing the album first rather than explaining its contents. That in which only makes anticipation for the album even greater, its like someone seeing Black Panther before you but not giving out any of its details yet.

The mystique also increases with the album’s meaning. We spent almost half the day (okay slight boost) trying to figure out what the hell does “K.O.D.” means. The meaning holds such importance because it would give us insight into what the album could possibly sound like, This could be compared to when people were trying to guess the acronym for Yeezy’s last album. At that time all we had was “T.L.O.P.” who would’ve known it would’ve stood for The Life of Pablo.

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Mystery always work in one’s favor when used correctly and in Cole’s case it is working quite well.


III. REDEMPTION

Its time to be honest fellow hip hop fans I did not enjoy Jermaine’s last effort, 4 Your Eyez Only. I thought it was cool how in the end, he was speaking from his deceased friend’s perspective but at the end of the day, it was just something I could not connect with. I haven’t really been engulfed in J.Cole since The Come Up, Warm Up, Friday Night Lights days. Those were the times I felt his hunger in every bar and I really felt like his soul was seaping through the records. Forest Hills was a great album but even so I didn’t find myself repeating that album much either. My favorites were “January 28th” and “St. Tropez” everything else really didn’t compare but they weren’t bad songs.

Also, I was tired of seeing Cole have no features or outside production. I feel like he would greatly benefit from both being that he doesn’t collaborate as often as his peers.

Anyways the energy from this album is daring me to say this could easily be J.Cole’s best album to date. I believe he will not fail and he will deliver just like I knew he could.

  Artwork by ME, http://www.instagram.com/the__corner

Artwork by ME, http://www.instagram.com/the__corner


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