Yesterday was the official U.S launch of Molami headphones! I’m so excited about the launch of these headphones for so many reasons! First, Molami is the only headphone brand that makes headphones tailored for women. These headphones are what Maria (Molami creator) calls the high heeled headphone! The headphones are made with 18k gold, a rope chord, make up proof materials, and a sleek and fashionable design. Oh… and before I forget the sound quality is beyond amazing!! I’ve been excited about this launch for over a year, especially after hearing about it from a friend in Japan. I met with Maria in Stockholm, and now voila.. they’re finally here. Please stay tuned there will be more information and exciting news from Molami! (Thanks to Factory PR & Billy Farrell NYC for the photo of me above) — For more photos from the event check out… Billy Farrell Agency & Wire Image
Also, the jj kills mixtape is perfect for your new Molami headphones. jj is an indie Swedish Pop/ Hip Hop group, I saw them live at Popaganda in Stockholm this summer & loved them! Check out the kills mixtape below.
Recently I’ve been inspired by a lot of Old School Hip Hop and Reggae, and the music has influenced my style. This week’s look is all about remixing the past. For example, my over-sized fur jacket, stone wash jeans, and the silk scarf head tie were all a part of the 80′s – 90′s Hip Hop style. I remixed these classic items by adding my black and gold bag, brown rope belt, statement chain and the black boots. Some of the tracks I’ve been listening to lately are Supercat ‘Ghetto Red Hot’, Sly & Robbie ‘Bad Girls Dub’, Doug E. Fresh ‘Freaks’ and Heavy D ‘Somebody For Me’.
Yesterday, I came across this Major Lazer, Beastie Boys and Santigold remix of ‘Don’t Play No Game’. It’s a great mash up of Hip Hop and Reggae. I did a style shoot inspired by the Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two in a previous post, so I was glad to hear this Dancehall inspired version of the single ‘Don’t Play No Game’. I love the Beastie Boy’s classic Old School Hip Hop flow mixed with Major Lazer’s Reggae Dancehall tunes… it’s a nice blend. Check out the mix and free download below. Hope you enjoy the music & my Hip Hop/ Reggae inspired style!
DJ Ideal and Hometeam present ‘Andre Benjamin Is’ a 42 track mixtape of favorite, rare and unreleased Andre 3000 verses.
“We wouldn’t be Outkast if people didn’t understand what people would call weird, none of that wouldve happened so actually if you see me tell me im wack. …Thats the best thing you can do for me.” – Andre 3000
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Kanye West debuted his short film entitled Runaway on October 21, 2010. In a recent interview, Kanye refers to the film as a reflection of his dreams and a way to put use to his love for art and music. The movie is a representation of his life and what it means to him. The two main characters are Kanye West and Selita Ebanks (she plays Kanye’s phoenix). The film is comprised of mostly miming with three moments of dialogue, all other sounds/music are Kanye West’s tracks from his upcoming album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ due out in November.
Oddly enough, there is a significant piece of music that has not been mentioned in hardly any of the short film’s reviews. The music I am referring to occurs is in the opening scene of the film. It is the classical element that adds the high art that differentiates this film from any another Hype Williams hip hop music video. Mozart’s Lacrimosa is the name of that high pitched church-like music that begins the film. The Lacrimosa is often referred to as The Requiem Mass in D Minor, and was unfinished by Mozart’s death. That significant piece of music is what you are hearing in the beginning of Kanye’s short flick.
Why is that important? Well it may imply the relation that Kanye has with creating a piece of work that would appear like its his last, or the end of his career…but it is really just the beginning. The title of the film “Runaway” refers to Kanye’s move to Japan and Europe to get away from the media following his Taylor Swift stunt at the 2009 MTV Music Awards. Many credible people in politics, news and entertainment confidently implied that Kanye West’s career was “officially dead.” Lacrimosa means tearful which implies mourning. Kanye stated that his runaway to Japan and Europe was a time for him to reflect and mourn his mother’s death. There lies the meaning in choosing Lacrimosa for his opening piece of music. There are other implications of mourning in this film, particularly with the scene of the Michael Jackson parade. Kanye states that Michael Jackson represents what society does to the creative people in this world, and the phoenix is also a representation of mourning. However a Phoenix is a greek mythological bird that is immortal, it is reborn by burning and rising from the ashes. The music that the burning bird produces is said to be the most beautiful song. So the Phoenix does not mourn it’s death it celebrates it’s new beginning.
Although Mozart’s Lacrimosa was his last piece of written music … his music and fame grows even more and more after his death. To an extent Kanye West’s Taylor Swift incident could of been considered the death of his career. However placing the Lacrimosa in the beginning of the film signifies that this is not the end. Through the symbolism of mourning throughout the film and the final use of the phoenix’s rebirth at the end, Runaway signifies that this is really just a new beginning… of a different Kanye West.
View: Kanye West’s Runaway — Directed by Kanye West.