Although it is yet to be officially confirmed, a recent stencil that appeared in London looks to be the work of revered street artist Banksy. The latest discovery captures a woman falling to the ground while clutching her shopping cart full of goods. Below on the lower right portion of the stretch, verbiage reads, “COPS AGAINST CUTS * The G=Good Cops.” Toting the artist’s usual subliminal overtones, the piece arrives at a time of year when consumerism has continually been questioned due to heightened economic overspending. Like most of Banksy’s work, this piece welcomes ample political and social discussion from both sides of the spectrum while prompting the unavoidable question: shop till you drop?
This year’s Thanksgiving appears to be more than great for music lovers. After The Weeknd dropped his first official video, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, and Talib Kweli reunite as Black Star and drop the CDQ version of their new song “Fix Up,” which has been premiered at The Colbert Report back in October. Listen below and do not forget, Black Star reunion album is coming in 2012.
In the ongoing art series Here Comes the Neighborhood, we’ve witnessed some amazing artists from all over unleash their talents on the Wynwood Walls in Miami. Having just graduated from art school this year, GAIA is the youngest artist to join in on the fun. For the Wynwood Doors, a portrait gallery of murals within the collection, GAIA painted a mural of Henry Flagler – the powerful oil and railroad tycoon who is responsible for modern day Florida. With this, he continues a practice of implanting modernist figures into landscapes that they have drastically changed for better or worse. Be sure to catch up on more episodes of Here Comes the Neighborhood in the coming days!
“The Wall of Death,” a film by Benedict Campbell, captures the Ken Fox Troupe as they wander the English countryside performing their signature Wall of Death maneuver at local carnivals. Riding an Indian Scout, Fox has been performing the stunt for over 30 years in a wooden ring spanning only 26 inches in diameter. One part daredevil and another part patriarch, Ken Fox is truly one-of-a-kind. Do yourself a favor and check out Benedict Campbell’s wonderful short film above.
These captivating and sun-soaked photographs find Jason Dill and Anthony Van Engelen hitting the streets of LA for some mind-boggling tricks, and some even gnarlier falls. Meant to evoke a more “natural” look than most campaigns, Thrasher Burnout achieves this with photojournalist-esque snapshots of the skaters. Winter is vastly approaching so be sure to get out there while the weather still holds.
Patrick Martinez is an artist that is most known for his ability to turn the unconventionally beautiful surroundings of our world into appealing works of art. In his newest exhibition, entitled “Reel Tawlk”, Martinez focuses on the current state of America, in particular a redefinition of what exactly it means to be an American. His references include current events such as the “Occupy Movement” in one piece, and in another the everyday working man, all in giant plush blanket portraits. Martinez utilizes his strength in this exhibition by bringing the seldom spoken of, but truthful, topics to the forefront of our attention. “Reel Tawlk” opens Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 p.m.
New York-based graffiti artist Cope2 is among a plethora of artists whose work is being displayed during this week’s prestigious Art Basel Miami. Notched on one of the illustrious Wynwood Walls, located within Miami’s bustling Wynwood Arts District, is the Bronx native’s intricate bubble letter instillation. Bearing the artist’s namesake in a variety of vibrant shades, the piece will be on display to the public starting on December 1 through December 4.
Before becoming a legendary director, Stanley Kubrick was a poor kid from the Bronx who did photojournalism for Look magazine in the 1940s in and around New York City. He shot on the sly, often times his camera concealed in a paper bag with a hole in it. Of the some odd 10 000 black and white photographs he took while working at the magazine, VandM chose a total of 25, which have now been made available as prints.
Fuck a leak, son! The entire longplayer we have been talking about, The Roots concept album undun, is now streamable. Stop reading about it and start being about it! undun drops next Tuesday, December 6th, pre-order it on iTunes.
For the latest issue of BMX magazine, Soul BMX put together an article along with the video above featuring French riders, Florent Soulas and Guillaume Le Goff, who show off their skills blending flat and street tricks.
Bobby Ray gives us a new mixtape before he releases his next album in 2012. Features from Eminem, T.I, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Mos Def, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T. and more.
1.Epic (feat. Playboy Tre Meek Mill) prod. Lil C
2.Wrong (feat. Spodee) prod. Ryan Tedder
3.Guest List (feat. Rosco Dash) prod. B.o.B & Kutta
4.What Are We Doing – prod. by B.o.B & Jim Jonsin
5.Perfect Symetry (feat. 2 Chainz) prod. by 7 King
6.New York New York – prod. by Mike Caren
7.Boom Bap (feat. T.I. & Mos Def)
8.Welcome To The Jungle
9.5 On The Kush (feat. Big Krit & Bun B)
10.How Bout Dat (feat. Future & Trae The Truth)
11.Things get worse (feat. Eminem)
12.Fucked Up (feat. Playboy Tre) prod. by Davaughn
13.Strange Clouds (feat. Lil Wayne) prod. by Dr. Luke
14.Friday Night Star – prod. by Jim Jonsin
15.High – prod. by The Aristrocrats
So this past weekend when Black Star officially dropped their Madlib produced banger “Fix Up,” the homie Blu realized he had already rocked over that same beat. He shot his version over this morning, “ez,” to share with the internets. The song is apparently from a secret album Blu recorded entitled, ucla, over nothing but Madlib beats… I’d pay good money to hear the rest of that jawn. But for now, let’s give thanks for this one (I would love to see an official remix come out of this).
#BlackStarFriday has past. But the black-to-school savings are just beginning, y’all. The dynamical duo of Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey are appearing at the Best Buy Theater here in NYC on December 3rd…performing their Black Star album from start to finish! Call it “jingle the bells.”