The original Style Wars by Henry Chalfant has been a cornerstone of graffiti documentation since its official début in 1984. Since the original, there has been much talk about a new updated release that modernizes some of the people and themes discussed in the inaugural documentary. A Style Wars 2 trailer has popped up and while it hasn’t been headed by Chalfant himself, the parody piece has received the praise and blessing from the filmmaker. No word yet on the official release of Style Wars 2.
A recent unsanctioned show at the Hamptons’ Keszler Gallery featured street art pieces from Banksy that angered many art fans. The pieces for the show seemed to be hand removed from their natural environment in Palestine when originally placed for the 2007 Santa’s Ghetto event held in the West Bank four years ago. It turns out some of the street art pieces removed ended up at the unsanctioned show without Pest Control authentication, which in turn cannot be proved to be authentic Banksy pieces on display.
Nike remains as one of the most recognizable brands globally for a reason. Their ability to recognize and captivate markets through the proper interpretations continues, this time dedicating an Air Force 1 to Brazil. The E Possivel combines the cultural elements of the country and the idea of the endless amounts of possibility when dreaming. The result manifests itself on a worthy AF1 featuring Brazil’s signature colors of green, yellow and black, with a leather embossing detail all over.
Latino artist Chaz Bojorquez is the subject of an extensive interview that outlines the insights of one of the street art world’s authentic personalities. The 10-minute interview shot by Mediapart highlights the origins of his start in the art world, the adoption of his Senor Suerte as a gang sign, the true value of art, the relation of his art with his culture, and how his family has come to (mis)understand his work.
Following plenty of previews and celebrity spottings, Jordan Brand prepares for the official release of its “Stealth” AJ III. Sporting a colorway that consists of grey, black and red, the kicks are anchored by traditional elephant print detailing with a variety of textured leather/nubuck panels throughout. Priced at $150 USD, these drop on September 3, 2011 via Jordan Brand stockists.
After visiting Switzerland for the Red Bull Verzasca Run, free runner and Red Bull athlete Ryan Doyle heads to Mardin in Southeastern Turkey to take on the roofs, historical monuments and stairwells for an incredible free-running performance. This exclusive Red Bull video follows Doyle around the city as he shows off his talents in the sport, while speaking about the unique culture and experience he had in Mardin.
Swedish artist, Andreas Englund explores the trials, fears and struggles of the aging superhero. From prostrate issues causing mid-flight urination, to exhaustion after beating up a bunch of bad guys, to dropping a shopping bag full of eggs, and more. His work calls to mind the photographs of Sacha Goldberger.
We’ve got just over a month before Evidence‘s Rhymesayers debut, Cats & Dogs, hits shelves (9/27). But today, we get a chance to take an extended listen to the LP via this album sampler, mixed by DJ Babu. The mini sampler features 5 new album cuts in a 9 minute mix. You can stream/download after the jump. “Strangers” sounds like a monster. Pre-Order Cats & Dogs now.
One of our favorite mixtape-makers DJ Brainchild just dropped this tribute mix compiling the endless jams of everybody’s favorite angel/revolutionizer of R&B Aaliyah. And its only right to post it today since 8/25 marks the 10-year anniversary of her passing. With someone who’s all-too-short life is so defined by music–and who’s music defined our lives–music seems like the only proper way to remember them.
2. If Your Girl Only Knew
3. Come Back In One Piece (feat. DMX)
4. A Girl Like You (feat. Treach)
5. Hot Like Fire
6. Loose Rap
7. Those Were The Days
8. Are You Ready
9. Try Again
10. Back & Forth
11. Rock The Boat
12. At Your Best (You Are Love)
13. It’s Whatever
14. One In A Million
15. We Need A Resolution (feat. Timbaland)
17. Death Of A Playa
18. Are You That Somebody
19. Man Undercover
20. John Blaze
21. 4 Page Letter
Every new Frank Ocean leak seems to be less weird than the last and more into conventional R&B territory–case in point, “Try” which is not so different melodically from a Beyonce jam like “Irreplaceable,” say, even if the theme and scale are. But that is good because we already know he can do the different, more idiosyncratic stuff brilliantly. So hearing these more straightforward jams surface on demo–with his highly personal writing still intact–is oddly reassuring. But still leaves you wondering which sides of him will see next–the Odd Future side? Or the writing-for-Beyonce side.