The Visions of Visionaries series is back with subjects such as Pharrell Williams, Talib Kweli and David LaChapelle in previous videos. This time around, MADE sits down with the talented and free-spirited Erykah Badu as she shares her thoughts about art, the creative process, and what makes her smile. Enjoy!
Turn your attention to the masterful talents of 2106 aka Nitro, as he kills it beatboxing on the platform of New York’s Time Square 42nd Street subway station. Hailing from Kagoshima, Japan, Nitro has traversed around the world to freely showcase his mic skills with his craft. Truly fascinating, the video offered above showcases Nitro’s mind-boggling 6-minute routine.
SOL REPUBLIC join the ever-growing audio market with a new launch set for this fall. The affordable range of on-ear and in-ear headphones look to leverage a more lifestyle approach to their products. Standing for “Soundtrack Of Life,” SOL hopes to partner great customizable design and advanced materials to create something new for the market. The headphone styles start and $60 USD and include two models, the Amps In-Ear and the Tracks On-Ear, each available in a step-up HD version.
Although he’s not always the most instantly-cited Beatle (living in the shadows of Lennon and McCartney), George Harrison was a creative force in the band, introducing his musical mates to the Indian mysticism that eventually came to permeate their work. Often known as “the quiet one,” George lived a fascinating and exciting life which is to be explored in an upcoming documentary film directed by notable music fan Martin Scorsese. Check out the trailer for the HBO Original production below.
After seeing A Tribe Called Quest-inspired Jordans release awhile back, it should come as no surprise that Nike intends to continue the Low End Theory-inspired designs. This time around the popular Nike SB Blazer gets the special rap group makeover with details like a red insole and red swoosh, alongside a green tongue tag and green laces. The shoe’s suede upper includes Low End Theory-esque allover graphics that are featured on both sides. This Quickstrike release can be found at select Nike retailers, including Premier.
Between being a Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling producer; a father; an occasional painter; and a creative director at Reebok, it would seem as though Swizz Beatz has his plate pretty full. But apparently, there’s still some room on it for him to take on another role. Today, luxury automobile company Lotus announced that it has brought Swizz on board as its new Vice President of Creative Design & Global Marketing. According to AutoGuide.com, the announcement follows fairly logically from the appointment of other celebrities to creative positions at car companies over the last year. Regardless, Lotus feels that Swizz is the perfect guy for the job. Read why below.
So what makes Swizz Beatz the perfect man to add to the Lotus line-up? Three little facts:
1. Like Group Lotus, he means business: He’s a risk taker with considerable credentials including music producer, rapper, designer AND painter.
2. Like our cars, he’s multi award winning: This year he shared a Grammy Award with Jay-Z.
3. Like Group Lotus he keeps good company: This man regularly works with the likes of Bono, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.
Electrofunk duo Chromeo drop the official video of “When the Night Falls,” which hosts a mob of club girls-turned-moms, featuring Solange Knowles, chasing after the team of funk. “When the Night Falls” is the latest single from Business Casual, the group’s third album, released last year. The video was directed by Daniels. Be entertained!
In support of his latest single “No Sleep,” Wiz Khalifa is celebrating the life in a party-themed music video. The Taylor Gang general is accompanied by good friends and better half Amber Rose and lives it up with his recentForbes rank in this Colin Tilley-directed clip. “No Sleep” is taken from Khalifa’s first major-label studio effortRolling Papers. Hit the play button below!