Run This Town: Wyclef Jean Officially Announces His Run for President of Haiti

Posted in New Product, Politics, Video on August 6, 2010 by multitudenyc

THIS JUST  IN: It’s OFFICIAL Wyclef JeanGrammy Award-Winning superstar and passionate public advocate of the relief efforts in disaster-stricken Haiti– announces he will be running for the Presidency of his birthplace with hope and confidence that his efforts will empower and rebuild a people victims of over 200 years of severe hardship. Jean states in his CNN announcement that he views his entrance in the political race as his being “elected” by the youth and suffering people of his homeland.

#PEEP the CNN Interview/Announcement:

#POWER!! #HealHaiti

–@allthingsmitch

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Kingdom Come: Kanye West–POWER [Video]

Posted in Art, Design, Music, New Product, Video on August 6, 2010 by multitudenyc

#PEEP Kanye West’s much anticipated video for his first single POWER:

Description (Via SPEAKEASY):

In Kanye West’s new video “Power,” directed by artist Marco Brambilla, the rapper aims to make an artwork come to life. “It’s not a video .. It’s a moving Painting!!!” Kanye tweeted about an hour ago.

The clip begins with an up-close shot of Kanye West and pans out to reveal a neoclassical living portrait of the rapper surrounded by supernatural figures from various historical eras, including horned women, winged women and dudes with swords. The clip has the feel of a slow-motion Roman orgy, with West being the Caesar at the center. And then, 90 seconds into the song, that’s it. Painting gone. You have to hope there will be an extended version to see soon.

Brambilla is an Italian-born Canadian artist who received wide acclaim for his 2009 video installation “Civilization.” (He also incongruously directed the 1993 action movie “Demolition Man” starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. I guess an artist has to eat.) A major retrospective of Brambilla’s work is scheduled for display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2011.

West has worked with other top-tier visual artists in the past, including Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who designed the artwork for his album “Graduation.”

The new video reportedly drew on Michelangelo’s frescos for inspiration. But surely if the painter of the Sistine Chapel had done this music video, it would have been much longer.

WATCH THE VIDEO –> HERE

–@allthingsmitch

This Just In: Police Raid Latin Kings in The Bronx [40K/Day=14Mill/Yr]

Posted in Politics, Video on August 6, 2010 by multitudenyc

#MoreThanMovies #WakeUp

–@allthingsmitch

NY Minute: Marsha Ambrosius–I Hope She Cheats On You [NEW MUSIC]

Posted in Music, New Product, Video on August 6, 2010 by multitudenyc

After seeing her soulful serenade of raw emotion-infused ballads and soft angelic harmonies live at SOB’s 3 months ago, it is safe to say the songbird side of Floetry is back–Bold, Beautiful, and equipped with a renewed creative energy sure to touch spirits, shed truth, and win a few hearts in the process.

#PEEP her latest single I Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player) and check the description via Rap-Up:

After lending her vocals to dozens of records and releasing her own albums with Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius goes at it alone on “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player),” the first single off her forthcoming J Records debut Late Nights & Early Mornings, due October 26. Collaborations with Alicia Keys, Dre & Vidal, and Just Blaze are featured on the set.

The soulful songstress describes the mid-tempo record as “the reality of a bad break up.” She continues, “We wanna be decent human beings and say the right thing, you know, ‘I wish you well.’ But this is ‘Everything that could go wrong for him, I want it to because my ego is bruised and I’m acting out.’”

Official Song

SOB’s Live Perforomance

–@allthingsmitch

Heat or FAN?: Soulja Boy–F.A.N.S. Freestyle

Posted in Music, New Product, Video on August 5, 2010 by multitudenyc

This Just In: Stuntin superstar and hip hop tween King Soulja Boy has always received consistent criticism for sub-par prose in his bars and a lazy lyrical delivery that many legends and die-hard fans alike claim “killed hip hop”. BUT recently, Deandre Way has found a major one–dropping consecutive freestyle videos using classic feel-good production to compliment better wordplay and positive tone–including the repetition of “blessed” which he now spreads across his twitter page to fans worldwide. Sam Cooke?–Change Gon Come? I think it’s definitely a step up.

#PEEP his latest F.A.N.S. FreestyleHEAT or FAN?:

–@allthingsmitch

New York Sidi: The Work of NY Streetpainter Sidi Abdul

Posted in Art, Design, New Product on August 5, 2010 by multitudenyc

Pastels & Skateboards– Kickflips and Canvases: The minimum requirements for passion-inspired traveling talents to pave way into a vast and eclectic New York City street art scene–whether bombing blocks as you push past the brownstones or marking murals in high-wall neigborhoods–the artistic environment for young painters emits a vibrant energy and welcoming spirit.

For gifted street painter Sidi Abdul the grind doesn’t end once the wheels stand still–Art is a Way of Life. Creative craftsmen by nature, ambition and trade, his works surface well throughout the city presenting bright-colored portraits of elegance and shape which beautifully blend shades of joyous and exciting colors to create a scattered collective of human emotions.

#PEEP some of his works below:

Check Sidi Abdul’s FLICKR

–@allthingsmitch

Fire Starter: Jean Michel-Basquiat–The Radiant Child [2010 Sundance Film Festival Selection]

Posted in Art, Fashion, Politics, Video on August 5, 2010 by multitudenyc

Jean-Michael Basquiat— A tireless revolutionary wrapped in the beauty, pitfalls, and splendor of a continuous uphill battle with self, society, and the painful truths entangled in his storytelling. Once an anynymous New York street painter whose political prose took form in passionate pastel colors and paintings that placed power on the bodies of buildings across the five burroughs–Basquiat blazed a trail of colorful questions, created to challenge the status quo and expand the creative and cultural lens to see beyond the blasphemy this nation’s inheritance have performed toward the God of it’s world–LOVE.  Love is the root of Power. And the young genius guided the mortal masses on a powerful pictoral journey that now lasts an eternity–making heaven his canvas in a fight to paint the perfect picture of his life on Earth.  

“I start a picture, then I finish it. I don’t think about art whie I work. I try to think about Life”Basquiat

As his career spanned only a short decade, the Hispanic-African American artist ranks rightfully among the best artists of his generation. Subway walls, galleries, and city streets were all witness to the work of a magnificent talent. Known for his expressionist art–notably including text in his pieces–Basquiat often brought an Avant Garde approach to a collection of classical painters, including the great Leonardo Da Vinci.

Born in Brooklyn New York in 1960, he fell victim to an untimely death from a heroine overdose on August 12, 1988.

He was 27 years old.

#PEEP The Details for his Docu-Film entitled The Radiant Child running at the Film Forum in the West Village:

(Via Film Forum NY):

“Lively and touching… A thoroughly engaging film about an inimitable New York painter.”
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Tamra Davis creates a dazzling sense of the ‘80s New York art scene.”
– Caryn James, Newsweek

“Haunting! A moving meditation of a life cut short at 27.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Tamra Davis has surpassed the art world’s expectations with THE RADIANT CHILD, the newly definitive Basquiat documentary, which superbly sets out the life and times of Jean-Michel Basquiat with never-seen-before first-hand footage of the artist; source and anecdotal interviews and quotes from almost every player in the 1980’s art scene in New York. Davis has her own masterpiece of which to be proud.”
– Elliot V. Kotek, Moving Pictures Magazine

The meteoric rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat, born 1960 In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

General Admission: $12

OFFICIAL 2010 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

OFFICIAL SITE

–Allthingsmitch