Posts Tagged ‘kanye west’

Murakami Versailles

September 13, 2010

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“For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.
Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building.

But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality.

So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition.

I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château.

With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.”

Takashi Murakami

From 14th September – 12th December 2010.

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 18

December 19, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #18 – Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt

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Quite simply, fresh. Although Ralph Lauren can’t stake a claim as the inventors of the polo shirt – that honour goes to Lacoste, if my sources inform me correctly – RL’s are possibly the most iconic. In a classic vibrant red, 100% cotton with a subtle logo on the breast, this polo is perfect for those wanting to rock a preppy look this season. Which you do, trust me.

Available now from asos.com.

And now, simply for the immortal line ‘Ralph Lauren was boring before I wore him’, is Rhymefest feat. Kanye West – ‘Brand New’

James

Mr. Hudson feat. The Grime Scene

December 2, 2009

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Tuneful albino Mr Hudson is hosting a competition to get a UK MC to record a verse on the digital version of his ‘Anyone But Him’ single due to be released next year. Peep the details here.

Just as Nas got the woefully misnomered Rising Son to record a verse on the European release of his ‘Street Disciple’ set in 2004, Hudson is looking to the Grime scene for some much-needed street cred in European territories.

As a seemingly golden promotional opportunity, I’m sure many Grime and Rap MC’s are recording their versions as I type. And why not? To be featured on a major label release – even if it’s just for a guest verse – not only widens an MC’s scope, but provides a glimpse of the ‘big time’ which can be an important morale-booster for relatively unknown MC’s on the grind.

However, the danger is that Grime, like many other street-based subcultures, seldom recognises the value of its own cultural capital (music, slang, dress codes, multimedia etc.) Nike, Adidas, Boxfresh, Nandos, iPhone, Blackberry and JC:DC have all benefited financially from the Grime scene, either through direct sponsorship/collaboration with artists or loose cultural affiliation with fans.

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Hiphop luminary Nas with UK rapper Rising Son

For sportswear companies like Nike and Adidas, their leisurewear brands depend on it.

And yet, all Grime artists (the bastions of its cultural capital) can expect to receive is some free garm and a photoshoot, and fans a free download or music video. In Hudson’s case, a competition like this gives him a cheap credibility boost in the UK which is starting to disregard frumpy American culture in favour of its own.

Grime still hasn’t been given its dues for shaping the pop music renaissance Britain is experiencing right now. The commercial successes of Dizzee, Chipmunk, Tinchy, Ironik, Jay Sean et al is partly due to the fact that they’ve each taken ownership of their capital and used it to produce clothing lines and collaborate with artists on equal terms.

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From left: Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, Ironik, Jay Sean

Now, teeny boppers, ravers and downloaders across Europe are dancing and nodding to a distinctly British beat. Rising Son is now nowhere to be seen.

Kristian

Consequence – Whatever U Want feat. Kanye West & John Legend

October 1, 2009

Heard this song ages ago, fell in love with it, and now they’ve done a vid. Expect big things from Consequence in 2010… God knows it’s about time. Directed by Hype Williams.

James

Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton Rugs

September 14, 2009

You’ve probably fairly familiar with the work of Takashi Murakami, whether you’re aware of it or not; the Japanese artist’s work featured on the cover of Kanye West’s third album ‘Graduation’, as well as vanguarding the ‘Superflat’ style of art that has gained him numerous fans in both high- and low-culture markets.

In the latest of a prolific series of collaborations with French fashion house Louis Vuitton, which includes limited edition handbags and soft toys, Murakami has designed a set of floor rugs, based around two of the artist’s designs and produced in an extremely limited run of 20 each. The circular flower design pictured above is available in both 2 metre and 3 metre diameters, and are handwoven in a distiguished Indian rug factory. Very nice designs, if you can get your hands on one!

James