‘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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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
STRAIGHT OUTTA SMASHING THE BOX OFFICE
Straight Outta Compton came 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 by former N.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 and the companion ‘Compton’ soundtrack by Dr.Dre, most of the reviews didn’t quite mirror the 87% rating given by Rotten Tomatoes. Vanity Fair, however, composed the most reflective review, in that it captured the gist and the purest essence of the film. I happened to enjoy the movie in its entirety and was a great viewpoint of N.W.A and social issues in the 80s and 90s era. It was a far cry from the made for TV movies that we are accustomed to. Straight Outta Compton is definitely a must see. Continue reading
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
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 storyline that someone created, not events that mimicked real life. What I do remember hearing, though, were cuts from Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Songs like “Let Me Ride” and “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” infiltrated the radio waves and music television, bringing the West Coast vibe to the South. Continue reading