Archive for January, 2010

“Kanye And Scott Are The New Tango And Cash.”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2010 by Yooj‽

Of all the critique that is sent this guy’s way, it’s funny how this got ‘Ye upset….

So if you don’t know what Scott Schuman does…kill yourself, first…… then find out.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, now here’s what happened, in brief:

Kanye and his wiz were doing what they do in Parie

and Scott was doing what he does in Parie…

They took this photo…

The sophisticated fat cat creatives responded…

Kanye caught feelings because, you know…. their opinion seems to matter.

WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE, REMEMBER THE FEARLESS, REMEMBER THE DREAMERS, REMEMBER THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE GHETTO…THE FAIRY TALE OF NOTHING TO SOMETHING. I’M BRIEFLY SADDENED BY NEGATIVE COMMENTS, BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE ARE SCARED, INCAPABLE OR JUST PLAIN IDIOTS. WE ARE THE FUCKING ROCK STARS BABY. NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE MY NIGGAS!! NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE! IT’S FUNNY TO ME WHEN FASHION BLOGGERS DOWN OUR OUFITS AND THEN SUPER JOCK OUTLANDISH SHIT ON THE RUNWAY BUT THEN THEY DRESS MAD PRUDE AND DON’T LIVE FASHION. WE LIVE IT MAN. FUCK THAT, WE LIVE IT!!! WE LIVE IT SO HARD PEOPLE LIVE THROUGH US! WE REPRESENT YOUR INNER SPIRIT!! THE CHILD IN US ALL, THE BRUTAL HONESTY, THE NAIVETY, THE BRAVE WARRIOR, THE ADRENALINE THAT ALLOWS A MOTHER TO LIFT A CAR IF HER CHILD WAS TRAPPED UNDER IT! REMEMBER, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN EVERYBODY DISSED MICHAEL JACKSON EVERY CHANCE THEY COULD. IMAGINE THE PRESSURE OF BEING A TRUE ICON. VERY FEW HUMAN BEINGS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE CONSTANT HATE!!! IF WE DON’T DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS THE SHIT, YOU BEAT US UP VERBALLY AND MENTALLY, LIKE A CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHER BEATING A CREATIVE STUDENT INTO SUBMISSION. I CAN HEAR YOU SCREAMING ‘COLOR INSIDE THE LINES!!!’ WELL FUCK YOUR COLORING BOOK, COLOR BY NUMBERS APPROACH TO LIFE. AT THE END OF THE DAY WHO ARE WE HURTING??? OH “THE NEW BLACK???” SINCE BARACK IS PRESIDENT BLACKS DON’T LIKE FUR COATS, RED LEATHER, AND FRIED CHICKEN ANY MORE?! WHEN YOU TRULY UNDERSTAND CULTURAL SETTINGS, BOUNDARIES, AND OUR MODERN DAY CASTE SYSTEMS, THEN YOU CAN FEEL THE GLORY AND PAIN FROM THE DAYS OF KINGS IN AFRICA TO THE NEW KINGS OF THE MEDIA. LET THE BALL PLAYERS DANCE AFTER THEY SCORE! IT’S LIFE MY NIGGAS, IT’S LIFE! REMEMBER CLOTHING IS A CHOICE. WE WERE BORN NAKED!!! FRESH IS AN OPINION, LOVE IS OBJECTIVE, TASTE IS SELECTIVE, AND EXPRESSION IS MY FAVORITE ELECTIVE. NO MORE POLITICS OR APOLOGIES!!!

Scott got aggy too, because..you know…he’s a fat cat creative.

I actually shot this in Milan a few days before I shot Kanye in Paris . Like any artist I follow my inspiration and lately I’ve been feeling for portraits. I think it started with that “Red on Red” portrait in Sydney. Right now I love the idea of a dramatic face surrounded by an equally dramatic fur…a very modern John Singer Sargent vibe.

Regarding the Kanye shot. Yes, Kanye is having a tough time right now but I think that makes the portrait all the more moving.
For those of you that think the Kanye shot was a celebrity grab and a change in direction for the blog, go check the archives. I’ve shot Kanye about ten times over the last two years and his inclusion hasn’t changed anything in this blog (if anything it enriches it with a wider stylistic offering).

Is Kanye a Sartorialist? Who is? I wrote in my book that I appreciate and relate to his struggles to find is own style vocabulary. Haven’t we all gone through that? Am I a Yohji or an Armani was mine. I know Kanye a little bit and that portrait captures something in him I haven’t seen before. Whether you like him or not is up to you. That shot is just a simple portrait of a man in a difficult moment in his life and as a artist I would be crazy not to react to that moment (especially if it falls within a mood I’m feeling). I love the contrast that these two portraits create. And lets be honest, we can’t assume that this woman is any more or less refined or graceful than Kanye. I think the not really knowing makes portraits all the more fascinating

I wish I had more to say about this lovely woman but she spoke almost no English. My good friend Renata (who you’ll see in another shot very soon) was the person who really helped make this shot happen. I love the calm poise of this shot even though there are about two hundred people right behind me moving out of a fashion show very very quickly.

And now everyone knows…. and knowing’s half the battle.

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“ThisThingBluDoesIsActuallyGettingTolerable” – Blu and The Godlee Barnes LP

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2010 by Yooj‽

I resent a couple things about myself.  Aside from my inability to truly revel in the nostalgia associated with 70’s and 80’s soul samples {my mom, for whatever reason, was heavy into Olivia Newton John when we first arrived in the states…..or at least that’s all that my brain and the contents of my pops’ old trunk will tell me} my only other regret lies in the predisposed auditory bias when it comes to the …..how you say…West Coast Rap Offerings.  Basically, it’s not my fault that I don’t really !flouph with a lot of those people or their so-so raps.  I attribute my disenchantment towards the West directly to my phobia of ‘Regular Rapper’ rap–the genre most prominent on corners along Broadway {any Broadway} and usually accompanied by a line of questioning that usually begins with the ritualistic opener, “Excuse me…You listen to Hip-Hop music, fam?”  I already am averse to East Coast so-so raps, so unfortunately, by not being burdened by the possibility of encountering West coast so-so rappers in my day to day, I have at the same time alienated my frame of reference from some really great shit.

The “Holiday Weekend Mixtape Release” thing that these rap guys have been showing their affection to as of late, is cool.  The “Holiday Weekend Mixtape Release Pumpfake”, however, is a serious detriment to the innanets ecosystem.  At this point, I think Jay Electronica and Just Blaze’s Unicorn Opus, Act II might just drop on February 29th for all I know.  It’s not so much the unmet promises or the label-less delays that really ruffled my swagscarf.  I’m dissapointed that the  collective, for whatever reason, did not use an opportunity to grab its legions by their protruding corneas and have them place a branding iron on their foreheads Aldo Raine style and pledge their allegiance by spending the 13-day weekend beating off to {insert whatever was supposed to be the supreme banger on Act II here}.

But I digress….

Blu is one of the nicest rap guys I have heard in a while. He is probably one of the only West Coast dudes that I wholeheartedly enjoy everytime out.  I still think the J&J album was one of the first times in like 10 years that I actually really was aggravated by an emcees superior skill set.  It’s like Blu is TOO nice for his own fan base.  You know how I know?  … Because when he decided to realease his newest oldest project theGodleeBarnes(lp) as a no tracklisthavin, uncut,  single mp3, I got extremely resentful when I came to the realization that I was going to be spending my weekend listening to an hour long, notacklisthavin, uncut, unmastered, single mp3……….because I knew it would be dope.

And after a weekend straight of Calified soul and this twit-rant turned tracklisting, the one long mps3 thing is actually refreshing….it’s like a real “MixTAPE” …but in mp3…..

…hmph..

…well at least it wasn’t lost in the land of make believe and actually came out….

I would have streamed the whole damn thing, but why would I do that to myself?….

Blu – theGODleeBarnes(Lp) Originally snatched from the Nahnce {<—- that was a good one huh?…get it? West Coast…Nonce?…Nahnce?….man whatever..}

And here’s a brief Azulito interview discussing the moniker and things of that nature…