ART/LIFESTYLE, MUSIC

ASUS AU X COACHELLA ’15

[ASUS Australia x Coachella 2015]

Recently I had the privilege of teaming up with ASUS Australia to try out their limited edition MeMO Pad during my trip to California for Coachella Music Festival.

For someone who doesn’t like to carry much (especially to a music festival in the desert!), the ASUS MeMO Pad is ideal – It barely takes up more space than my iPhone and is almost as light. Along with my camera, wallet, and phone, it was all I took in my handbag to the shows and parties that weekend. Having it on me at all times meant that I could make notes on the musicians playing (to later blog), take pictures, and navigate my way through the schedule and around the festival easily.

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RTJ’s latest visual effort accompanies their frantic and bouncy track Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k) and like much of their output, is a distinct political statement.

This completely black and white video beautifully illustrates the futility of violence; A powerful message made even more poignant by its 2 main characters – the white cop, and the young black man. Run The Jewels have been key players in the ongoing debate within music/culture about race and police brutality. (Kendrick even mentions Killer Mike on his track Hood Politics from To Pimp A Butterfly)

The video is confronting for all the right reasons.

Listen to RTJ2 in full here.

MUSIC

MY TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014

2014 was full of groundbreaking musical releases from all corners of the earth. Regardless of your personal taste, this year there was something for everybody.

The following list is my top 10: From heavy hip hop, to summery jangle pop, to fluttery acid jazz; this genre-blending collection of sounds defines my taste perfectly – Inclusive, Diverse, and Eclectic.

Here we go:

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Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait

The lyrical talent of Long Beach native Vince Staples is truly crippling. If Kendrick is the voice of hope, then Staples is the mouthpiece for the hopeless. Hell Can Wait is a captivating tale of drugs, crime, and police brutality. “And they expect respect and non-violence.. I refuse the right to be silent.” With resigned honesty, he tells the stories that are often overlooked. Unlike many of his peers, he is not glorifying street culture and violence or even necessarily trying to change anything; rather he is criticising the corrupt system that has taken so much from him and those he loves; the society that forces people down and makes us turn on each other in order to survive. “North Division tryna stop my blackness.” Staples is a much needed addition to the current state of hip hop because he raps from a place of truth and maturity far beyond his 21 years. His flow is calculated and alters itself seamlessly to fit the beat – At times firm and vehement, it then gracefully speeds up to dance over the tripped out haunting production.

Stand Out Tracks: 65 Hunnid, Hands Up, Feelin the Love

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