Something Cool: Photographer, Janette Beckman


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.┬á


Capturing hip-hop from its beginning phases was probably an experience like no other. Whether it was witnessed through a purchased album, a┬áradio interview or analog photography, it’s a one time account that is┬áunique 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┬ácaptured 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.┬áRevisit the beginning of a legacy through Janette Beckman’s┬álens and enjoy more from her portfolio.


Photo Credit: Janette Beckman


Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman


Photo Credit: Janette Beckman


Photo Credit: Janette Beckman


Photo Credit: Janette Beckman



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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Style



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┬ácostume designer, Kelli Jones brought┬áN.W.A┬ásignature┬ástyle┬áinto a contemporary setting. Continue reading

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Movie Review



Straight Outta Compton┬ácame straight out the gate with an estimated $24.5 million on it’s opening night (Friday August 14th) and is expected to reach at least $55 million by the end of the weekend. The F. Gary Grey directed film, which is produced┬áby former┬áN.WA members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, was undoubtedly a highly anticipated film with much push from the media. Despite the buzz created around the film┬áand the companion ‘Compton’ soundtrack┬áby Dr.Dre, most of the reviews didn’t quite mirror the 87% rating given by┬áRotten Tomatoes. Vanity Fair, however, composed the most┬áreflective review, in that it captured the┬ágist and the purest┬áessence of the film. I happened to enjoy the movie in its entirety and was┬áa┬ágreat┬áviewpoint of N.W.A┬áand social issues in the┬á80s and 90s era. It was a far cry from the made for TV┬ámovies that we are accustomed to. Straight Outta Compton is┬ádefinitely a must see. Continue reading

A Review of Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’

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In 1995, I stood in the rap section of Blockbuster Music observing the cover contents of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, completely oblivious to the impact that this album had on hip hop culture and the mass media. While watching movies like Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society, my thoughts could only process the fact that these were fictitious characters placed in a┬ástoryline┬áthat someone created, not events that mimicked real life. What I do remember hearing, though, were cuts from Dr. Dre’s┬áThe Chronic.┬áSongs like “Let Me Ride” and “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” infiltrated the radio waves and music television, bringing┬áthe West Coast vibe to the South. Continue reading