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WORDS #6

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger than reason. I am so thirsty for the marvellous that only the marvellous has power over me. Anything I cannot transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

– Anaïs Nin

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New York rapper Wavy Spice has gone through something of a rebirth in the last couple of years, releasing her latest EP, Metallic Butterfly in 2014 under the pseudonym, Princess Nokia. Known to the government as Destiny Frasqueri, Metallic Butterfly is a collaboration between Destiny and fellow New Yorker; Producer OWWWLS.

This project is equal parts earthy and other-worldly. It is soulful, reflective, digital, cosmic, and three-dimensional. It represents an important shift into a new realm for Destiny and her music, a place of supreme divinity, intelligence, exploration, and empowerment.

Watch the breathtaking visuals above (directed by Destiny and Milah Libin) for her latest single, Young Girls in which Princess Nokia pays homage to her fertility, strength, and womanhood.

Princess Nokia is on SoundCloud, Twitter, Instagram, & Tumblr

Hip Hop super-group CLOCKWORK INDIGO (Flatbush Zombies + The Underachievers) follow up their recent collaboration The Butterfly Effect with the release of a 5 track eponymous EP. The whole thing is slick, but this one is my favourite.

Listen to it in full here

[Produced by The Architect]

 

ART/LIFESTYLE

NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU

[Me // Top of the Rock // April 2013 // by Courtney]

Countless adjectives spring to mind when I picture the city of New York and in the spirit of objectivity, they can’t all be positive. But one thing I can say with certainty, ‘overrated’ is not one of them. In the past, I’ve heard people use the offensive ‘O’ word when speaking of NYC and I wholeheartedly disagree – Crazy? Yes. Over the top? Often. Disgusting? Sometimes. Beautiful? ABSOLUTELY.

For those who haven’t been and wonder how a city apparently known for harsh winters, grumpy residents, and tiny/expensive housing can be so alluring, I’m going to try to break it down for you by starting at the top…  Continue reading

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INTRODUCING: CLÉMENT PASCAL


27 year old Clément Pascal, born in Paris and now residing in New York City, is not just another man with a camera – He is a man with an eye; A style and artistic signature. He has an astounding gift for capturing calm, warmth, and serenity. In a city like NYC; full to the brim with talented aspiring photographers, what has helped him stand out? Why did Complex Magazine list him as a Young Photographer to Watch? What is it about his work that holds the interest of Fashion, Music, and Journalistic heavy-weights like ACNE Studios, Alexander Wang, Urban Outfitters, Dazed & Confused Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, The New York Times? If we are being honest with ourselves, in 2014 artistic talent and high work output often aren’t enough to propel you into the big leagues, especially big leagues such as these – So what else is it? In a sense, I believe this certain “x-factor”, or “je ne sais quoi” is something that can’t be articulated. Something you just know when you see, particularly in a photographer. More than just talent, you have to bring a fresh view. Your perspective and the way you portray people, products, buildings, landscapes – whatever it is – has to help sell an idea, or communicate some kind of message.

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West Coast rapper Antwon with his Biggie-type chill flow meets East Coast lyrical beast Wiki (of Ratking) and his frenzied spitting; All this over a mellow Lord Pusswhip/Vrong beat.

This is just fire. If you get it, you get it.

Find Antwon and Ratking on Soundcloud