For the last half decade, Aris Jerome has been directing videos for Bay artists from Kreayshawn to Starting Six to Iamsu. More recently though, he’s made the transition to stunning portrait photography, capturing bad ones and superstars in their element. We talked to Aris about his successful transition, and where he’ll go next.
Curator Gabby Bess takes an expert eye to curating Illuminati Girl Gang, a publication dedicated to showcasing the female perspective in the arts, poetry and literature. We took a look inside, with work from a few of the talented ladies featured in the third installment of our new favorite zine.
For the last few years, Oakland native Pendarvis Harshaw has been engaged in an ongoing photographic essay that asks the city’s elders to impart some wisdom. From luminaries like Bill Russell to everyday strangers on the bus, OG Told Me offers a portrait of Oakland’s elder generation and the stories they have to tell.
Fusing her powerful voice with avant-garde club sounds from producers like Nguzunguzu and Kingdom, Kelela is carving out her own space at the vanguard of pop music. In the wake of her gorgeous debut, Cut 4 Me, we sat down with the songstress to talk about her journey so far.
Mixed-media artist Leo Eguiarte takes on a journey into a vibrant but troubling future, with his latest collection, Synthetic Dream. Painting his imagery directly onto circuit boards, Eguiarte also opens up a dialogue about the modern condition, and about where our collective relationship with technology might be taking us.
If there’s a theme to this collection of tracks, it’s that I’ve been sleeping. The tone here should probably be a little apologetic, even. For one, I wasn’t all that impressed with Big Sean until recently. But with the handful of tracks I’ve heard from the album so far, it looks like dude actually has a serious project on his hands. “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay”, for example is looking like a new anthem. As far as Timber Timbre goes, I’m just glad Jesse put me up when he did. On the other hand, there are some more familiar faces here too. The grimiest Nas track in years, the latest from The Weeknd and some quality Drizzy round things out. Also, not to jump the gun, but that Thundercat album is going to be fucking crazy. Anyway, it’s the weekend. Enjoy yourself.