Monday, July 23, 2012

G.O.O.D. Music covers Complex Magazine

You all probably know my love for Hip-Hop music and should know that I am a big fan of KanYe West as well as his record label G.O.O.D. Music. Last year KanYe announced a G.O.O.D. Music album to be released this year and now there is more buzz than ever before. The whole fam is featured, on the cover and, in the August/September 2012 issue of complex magazine:

As Kanye West himself said earlier this summer, there's a real healthy sense of competition in hip-hop right now. But with all the crews gunning for that top spot, it's hard to argue with the fact that Yeezy's G.O.O.D. Music collective has the strongest lineup in the rap game. Just take a look at the faces featured on our latest cover: Kanye, Kid Cudi, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, John Legend, 2 Chainz, and Q-Tip. From enduring icons to fresh young hitmakers, everyone in the G.O.O.D. crew is bringing something serious to the table. With G.O.O.D. Music's debut album Cruel Summer dropping on September 4, it was a no-brainer to collaborate with DONDA on the cover from our August/September issue. After photographer NABIL captured the crew's chemistry, Complex's editor-in-chief and chief content officer Noah Callahan-Bever sat down with seven of the key players in G.O.O.D.'s roster for an insightful roundtable discussion about what it's like working under the guidance of coach Kanye. The issue officially hits stands on August 7, but we're giving you access to the full cover story right now...

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The radiant child

    Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a 2010 documentary film about Jean-Michel Basquiat. It is based on footage which director Tamra Davis took when they met in 1985. The first version was a 20-minute film which was shown at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The feature length documentary includes interviews with people close to Basquiat. The other night I watched this film with my younger sister and it is amazing. Being that I am working on a documentary myself it is great that I watch all types of other documentaries for inspiration. This film is inspiring and I plan on watching it again. Basquiat's story is that of many great artists in the 1980's yet extraordinary. This film explained his time very well. I almost want to experience it, all of it. I honestly wish I could go back in time. Many artists of my generation/ my peers look up to him and I now know why.

If you have not seen the film, here is the trailer.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Outfit of the week

    Here I am debuting my new high-waisted shorts! These shorts seem to be a real popular trend this summer and I just needed a pair! Of course they’re from my favorite store, Forever 21. Now-a-days I have complete outfits from that store. I wore a simple black tank top and my creepers, for a very relaxed yet chic look. I then topped it off with my DIY denim vest. The vest was originally a jacket but I’ve cut the sleeves off, bleached it, and customized it with cool buttons. I would wear this outfit nearly everyday and might need someone to stop me from doing it!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Afro-Punk presents Battle of the bands!



A competition for local upcoming music artists. All this week the artists/bands will perform and compete for the grand prize of taking the stage at the highly anticipated Afro-Punk festival this year! (The festival I posted about here)

TOP VOTED 16 Bands will win a 1 year subscription to TUNECORE, the awesome service that allows musicians on the come up to distribute their music on iTunes, and beyond!Winner of the Grand Finally of BATTLE OF THE BAND will get:- free membership to SESAC and a mentoring lunch with the VP. - is hooking up publishing & distribution- Record a hit-single at @wreckroom studios- a complete with a video directed by the amazing @TerenceNance! - laced in new @DrMartensAND bring the house down when they play The @Afro-Punk FESTIVAL.2012.Runner Up of the Grand Finally of BATTLE OF THE BAND will get:- $200 at @GuitarCenter-a 1-year TuneCore subscription, including publishing services,- a performance at the Afro-Punk Festival 2012

Quote of the week

I see nothing wrong with liking things that other people like. Solidarity can be cool. I’m not judging you. you’re still an individual. I’ll even call you ‘indie’ if that makes you feel better.
                                                                                                                     -Frank Ocean

What is the Afro-Punk festival?

     “I would see more black people with mohawks than I’d ever seen my entire life. You see people who you thought you were the only one of.” -P.O.S., musician
     It's where black people who's lives do not only revolve around rap music come to have fun. It's a music festival which incorporates all types of alternative music and activities. Hosted by Afro-Punk whom's slogan is "The other Black experience".  It is THE platform for what is not shown in are media. The representation of black people you do not see on television. Of course, it is not only specific to blacks, it is all in good fun, expression, and entertainment.

Here's a description of this year's festival via :
     The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 8h Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 25-26.  
     The 2012 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, The London Souls, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony People, Body Language, and more to be added! In addition, the Nike Battle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports.
      Last year’s festival was unfortunately cancelled due to Hurricane Irene which almost put an end to the Afro-punk Festival but through the organizations work and this year’s sponsors which include Nike, Vitamin Water, and media sponsors The Fader and WNYC, the festival is back and still free to the public!
     Described by the New York Times as putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk’s stages.

     Last year was my first hearing of this fest, I did some research and loved what I heard. Here's some footage from 2010's fest:

and Yes. The event is FREE. If you love summer music festivals, expression, and love please come through! you won't regret I know I won't ;).

To find out more visit: (official website)

and (FaceBook event page)

Tart Films!

Underground Artists is now Tart Films. Same great company, new name :).


Here's a preview for our latest event:

Blog Radar: DefGlam!

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    "Hip-Hop + R&B (the Music Industry Minus all the Bullshit)" This blog covers everything on the positive side of Hip-Hop and R&B. It showcases new music and the most up-to-date news. My job at this blog is to cover fashion. I talk about street style as well as what celebrities are wearing, Not only am I a write but I am also a reader. I frequent this blog as often as I can and I enjoy what I see. I'm proud of this blog and the team although I only recently joined. If you are interested in what new on the hip-hop visit this blog. What I like most is that its not just another gossip blog. Far too many people make blogs now-a-days just to gossip and get a lot buzz. You can still have a quality blog without feeding in the hype and the negativity. That's what DefGlam is about.


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