Theophilus asked me to document the process of him working on the Calypso Blues song with Thomas Brenneck of the Manahan Street Band at a studio in Brooklyn. I always enjoy being in the studio with an artist and getting to see their process. Theo is extremely meticulous and detail oriented, he does not let anything compromise his vision of the final product he has in mind.
A portrait of him at the end of the day on the roof:
I’m sure you have seen the words “LOVE ME” splattered across New York – this is the work of artist Curtis Kulig. We had the pleasure of visiting his loft studio in Tribeca a few weeks back and watched Curtis meticulously cover a large canvas with LOVE ME in red.
The Perfect Cut featuring Curtis Kulig coming soon.
I’m kinda speechless. This is like the indie/internet rap version of “Flava In Your Ear” (hence the video reference) or, like, “Make It Rain” for you young bols. Despot (who is currently working on music after a hiatus with beats by Ratatat) opens with internal rhyme gymnastics while shuffling Lucky Charms (Irish?), Kool A.D. (first half of Das Racist) seems pleased-enough to be rapping pretty straight-shot punchliners with a golfclub, while Heems (other half) probably missed the shoot? So they edited him in – he’s rapping from a video in a video (no Xzibit). Is Dap next-level cooking? Awno. Danny Brown spits gun-play rhymes better than any self-professed gangster rapper on the charts right now. But… does anyone know what “Blunt’s Paul Bunyan” means? El-P, the second white rapper on the track, who is actually the best. rapper. everrr. to some people, reminds me why those people have a good point. By the time Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire comes back on his own track, he has successfully painted ‘Huzzah’ on a fat booty and, shirtless, spits a raw couplet referencing Equilibrium.
Each of these artists have had their share of internet spectators dismissing them as jokes. I don’t entirely blame those snap-judgement makers – depending on your vantage point and context, it can be hard to take an “internet rapper” seriously off the strength of a few YouTubes from the latest rap blog tryna break the next hype artist. But wheat separates from chaff and real recognize real – this track should kill all doubt that these dudes are anything but serious. It’s a movie. It’s a movement. It’s a moviement.
I just saw Das Racist kick off their Relax tour at the Bowery Ballroom, was pretty impressed with that performance. I have some footage and photos that I will post from that in a bit, but for now enjoy…
Here is a little behind the scenes video :
I’m Trunzo. I don’t have many interests these days outside sonning menswear bloggers, stylecons, designers and other related douchers. I guess that makes me a real life Silky Johnson or a sartorially inclined Rorschach. And I like to think I’m pretty good at it, or at least I hope I am, because if I’m not, well then I’m just wasting a lot of my free time at a fruitless endeavor now aren’t I?
In any event, the boys at Vane have tapped me as resident hater around these parts. My job description is to hate on a diverse array of mark ass marks, trick ass marks, punk bitches, skip skap skanks and scallywags, hoes, heifers, hee haws and hoola-hoops. If one of my entries ever offend you, well that means you probably need to upgrade yourself in some way, shape or form–don’t hate the player, hate the game.
So now that Atif has officially listed me as a contributer to the Vane blog (sneaky bastard), I guess I’m obligated to provide content. And I will, don’t you worry. I just need to finish nursing this Labor Day weekend hangover first. In the meantime, my other gig over at Nice Try, Bro should keep you entertained for a while–it gets the people going.
Yours in hate,
Nice Try, Bro
Episode 2 of our video conversation series titled The Perfect Cut invites designer Robert Geller to share his current passions and projects with us. Enjoy…
The Perfect Cut is a project by Blind Barber and VANE for Details magazine.
It’s awesome having talented friends. It’s even better when you get to tell your friends “I told you so.”
So, we’ve been following Party Supplies, aka Justin Nealis, for about as long as we’ve been making shit. He’s been part of the Vane Fam since day one, and as we’ve grown, it seemed his talent and career path seemed to mirror our own maturation process. We’ve been rooting for him since we first met, and to see the progression of his art has been like watching Michael Corleone slowly transform in the Godfather.
In anticipation for his full-length debut album, Party Supplies serves up some audio foreplay in the form of Firecrackers, his latest mixtape release under Fool’s Gold Records. It’s a 9 track compilation of his finest MPC-remix wizardry, featuring dance remixes of everyone from the Wknd to Arcarde Fire.
Download it here. It’s free, so do yourself and your eardrums a favor.
You can thank me later.
VANE has been working with Blind Barber to create a series of conversations with people in the barber chair for Details Magazine. This project has been in the works for a while and I’m very excited that its finally at a point where we can share it with you. The series is called The Perfect Cut and will be featuring a number of different creative/unique individuals we vibe with, the first one features the homie Marcus Troy.
Shout out to Jeff, Ivan, Sam, Gogy, AJ, Chedda & Batman for all their help putting this together.