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  • NO HALF STEPPIN' (BOOK)

    In the mid-1980s, DJ duo the Awesome 2, along with hip-hop impresario Paradise Gray, helped transform Manhattan salsa club the Latin Quarter into an iconic hip-hop institution. Legends were born in that bustling Times Square club — from Stetsasonic, KRS-One, and Eric B. & Rakim to Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, and A Tribe Called Quest. Unsigned artists could drop a hot set and score a record deal — or get booed off stage like Amateur Night at the Apollo. You could walk into the club a nobody and come out a star. A musical incubator of hip-hop’s Golden Era, the Latin Quarter was also pivotal in the creation of the the Stop the Violence Movement.

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  • VOTD: SEVDALIZA - HUMAN (DIRECTED BY EMMANUEL ADJEI)

    VOTD (pronounced "voted") was conceived as a new way to recognise the talent in moving image content creation, through the launch of the "Video of the Day" award, as voted for by a panel of judges and the wider community. The judges vote counts for 75% and the great general public’s makes up the remaining 25%. Videos will be judged on 4 criteria: Innovation, Idea, Execution and Design. The latest "Video of the Day" goes to Sevdaliza's 'Human', directed by none other than Emmanuel Adjei. Watch his winning entry below.

  • NANOK - LAY YOU DOWN FEAT. RAY DEE

    "Lay You Down" is the first single off Mumbai-based Nanok’s upcoming album. The beautiful track featuring Ray Dee now has an equally gorgeous video directed by Navzar Eranee and starring none other than Anushka Manchanda and Monica Dogra. View the video below and be on the lookout for Nanok's forthcoming album dropping sometime in 2017.

  • HAJIME SORAYAMA AT MORI ART MUSEUM

    Tokyo-based artist Hajime Sorayama is known worldwide for his imaginative and highly accomplished paintings of beautiful women. Using brush, pencil and acrylic paint, airbrushing only finishing details, he creates memorable images in a hyper-realistic style. He is often referred to as the contemporary Vargas by those familiar with his pin-up style works, and is respected by artists and illustrators for his perfect technique. In retrospect, Sorayama's work has been remarkably prescient. Beginning in the 1970's and evolving into the 21st century, the futuristic aura of the robotic, mythic and fantastical figures in his art have always been ahead of their time.

    Sexy Robot by Hajime Sorayama, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2016
  • CASHMERE CAT - TRUST NOBODY FEAT. SELENA GOMEZ & TORY LANEZ

    After shaking up the electronic music scene in 2012, Cashmere Cat has been steadily working towards his debut album, along the way releasing 2 acclaimed EP's and collaborating with notable artists such as R Kelly, Kanye West, A$AP Ferg, Travis Scott and Ty Dolla $ign, among others. The first single for the "Wild Love" full length featured The Weeknd alongside Francis and the Lights, and now he follows up with "Trust Nobody" with guest vocals from Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez.

  • DYLAN RIEDER: BEHIND THE COVER WITH MARK OBLOW

    For the January 2017 issue of The Skateboard Mag, its art director Ako Jefferson visited photographer and artist Mark Oblow in his Costa Mesa studio where he created the cover art. The cover features a photo of legendary skateboarder Dylan Rieder, who unfortunately passed away on October 13, 2016 due to complications related to leukemia. Photographed by Atiba Jefferson with Mark Oblow's artwork, the collaboration is fitting because the two were not only very close with Dylan, but spent a great deal of time with him in the hospital. Oblow shares some fond memories of Dylan and recounts his final moments as he puts the personal touches on the artwork.

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