2015 ONE MusicFest (Photography)

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This year’s ONE MusicFest was a blast! The day was jam packed with great live performances, food and awesome weather. The festival included three stages this year, which catered to both the old and new school crowds, but choosing which performances to catch was a tough decision. The headliner, Lauryn Hill, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae and Wondaland, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Raury plus more put on a stellar show. View some of the photo’s below and more via Respect-Mag.com.

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Something Cool: Oil Painter, Mariella Angela

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Photo Credit: Mariella Angela

‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

HOBBY TURNED CAREER MOVES

Falling in love with a hobby isn’t hard to do, but turning that hobby into a career takes times, patience and persistence. In 2013, artist Mariella Angela decided to turn her hobby into a full time career when she picked up a brush and started oil painting. Earlier this year, the 20 year old exhibited her work in a series of 21 paintings and has received rave reviews for artistry.

I never intended to ever take painting seriously, and it didn’t happen over night. It started as a past-time to kill boredom, became a hobby and along the way I fell in love with it to where I decided to pursue it as a career. But [and I won’t deny this] social media did come to play where I felt this type of obligation to paint what people requested, and while I’m glad that happened, it made my vision foggy for a while – Mariella Angela on her series, TwentyOne

INNER INSTINCTS

By following her instincts, Mariella discovered more than she thought she would. This is inspiration to take that hobby to another level. Visit her website for more information on her artistic journey and additional paintings.

 

Something Cool: Photographer, Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

IN THE BEGINNING….

Capturing hip-hop from its beginning phases was probably an experience like no other. Whether it was witnessed through a purchased album, a radio interview or analog photography, it’s a one time account that is unique to each person who encountered it. Janette Beckman was a witness to those beginning times and her story is told through her photography lens, having captured the movement from 1982 until 1990. Janette’s subject matter include artists such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest. Revisit the beginning of a legacy through Janette Beckman’s lens and enjoy more from her portfolio.

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Is Sprite’s ‘Obey Your Thirst’ Campaign Connecting?

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Photo Credit: @RobinMartea Instagram

‘OBEY YOUR VERSE’

When Sprite launched their ‘Obey Your Thirst’ campaign earlier this Summer, I was ecstatic because I knew how well the brand is able to connect with the hip-hop culture. This was eminent from the beginning, when they ran their ads in 1994, featuring artists such as Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth and Grand Puba. The brands aesthetic is brought to life by the studio setting, the clothing and most important, the freestyles.  Continue reading

How Dope Was LL Cool J’s ‘Radio’ ?

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO

The other night, a friend called and asked who were the pioneers of hip-hop. I rattled off a few names including Kurtis BlowRun DMC and N.W.A, who were the pioneers of Gangster Rap. It’s ironic that this question came right at the time I’d just finished listening to LL Cool J‘s debut studio album, RadioI was introduced to LL Cool J’s “Jingling Baby” and “Mama Said Knock You Out” so having missed the time period of Radio, was the the purpose for backtracking. I also credit a hip-hop discussion thread for bringing attention to the topic. Continue reading

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Style

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NWA, The ’90s STYLE ICONS

While watching Straight Outta Compton this past weekend, I couldn’t help but notice how well the styling, props and additional set features worked together to bring the movie experience to life. The ’90s hip hop style was undoubtedly one of the most iconic periods in fashion and costume designer, Kelli Jones brought N.W.A signature style into a contemporary setting. Continue reading

Are Rap Labels A Bad Thing?

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We’ve long given hip-hop genre sub-labels, including titles such as trap, street, gangster, and conscious. For the most part, a theoretical answer for sub-labels is to separate authentic and inauthentic hip-hop. Authentic hip-hop is typically typecast as lyrical and being a direct reflection of an artists reality. Inauthentic hip-hop is generally stereotyped as being chalk full of exaggerated lyrical content and watered down production. When it comes to labels, all artists that fall under one of the sub-labels within the rap category struggle to advance outside of their designated box. As limiting and frustrating as it is, are rap labels a bad thing or is it possible to prove the media and fans wrong by pushing past the label limit?
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