There is nothing like listening to something that transports you to another place. A place where everything is perfect. Radiohead is one of those bands that rarely ever makes a mistake. Their musicality and awe-striking lyrics rapture me. This performance comes from a live session From The Basement, which will air on BBC in the future.
Without a doubt, this generation has experienced no other female entertainer as significant, powerful and dominating as Beyoncé. In 15 years, she has risen from the shy girl with the big voice to a dazzling, unstoppable force to be reckoned with. She’s commanded the charts, raised the bar in both the pop and R&B realms, and of course, defined what is known as a world-class performer.
On Sunday, Beyoncé’s iconic status was confirmed as she took the stage as the final headliner for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Flamboyantly dawned in show-stopping gold, The self-professed King B proved to a crowd of 175,000 that she is not just a pretty pop star; she is a beast. Putting her powerhouse vocals to flawless use, complemented by mesmerizing choreography, Beyoncé’s setlist was a vivacious combination of classics from her own catalog as well as unforgettable homages to the incredible works of Prince, Eurythmics and Kings Of Leon.
Saul Williams is all that a man should be. Assertive, intellectual, sharp, inimitable, yet vulnerable, keen, and gallant when it comes to living life. With gender I see not the rigid and restricted view of what society’s defines as a man or a woman, rather I re-define what is human and what man-kind should be. Saul Williams is the definition.
Not only is he an incomparable poet, actor, and writer, he is a musician and boundary-pushing artist. The latter of which has become my latest obsession. His music strikes the very core of not only who I am, but who I strive to be.
INTRIGUE. The force that unlocks mystery and the unknown. It is the phenomenon that satisfies our curiosity and brings it all to light. It’s the irresistible urge to question, experience and explore.
Take one of the world’s best-kept secrets, gay rappers, for example. Famously avoided, conventionally rejected, and rarely discussed. Yet, a world that still, somewhere deep inside, leaves all of our minds wandering. Do they exist? What do they rap about? Who are they?
Which brings us to Bry’Nt. The bold, unapologetic openly-gay rapper that is poised to knock down new barriers in hip-hop with his ferocious delivery and undeniable charm. As he slowly prepares a slick attack on the heterosexually-dominated realm of rap music, the mystique behind the lives of gay M.C.’s is revealed more and more. Indulge in the intrigue.
The art of dance is one of the most spellbinding forms of self-expression that exists in our world. The way that dancers respond to the music and embody the essence of music is enough to leave one lost in awe-striken envy. In the latest video from his acclaimed More Merch, MeLo-X lends the music of “Heartbeat” to exemplify the beauty and power of dance.
A round of applause for MeLo-X and his decision to trade in flashy displays of materialism and video-girl exploitation for a visual interpretation that keeps the art alive.
Exactly one year ago, two individuals united to invite friends and strangers into their world. A world fueled by liberated creativity. A world all our own.
Words cannot express our gratitude for all of the support we’ve received. This is just the beginning. In the meantime:
Jill Scott has illuminated the world with her precious gift of music. Since 2000 she has made us desire to live golden and embrace our beautiful humanity. I have listened briefly to her latest LP, The Light of The Sun, but not to the point where I can state anything substantial regarding its greatness (or not).
I have however watched this performance of Blessed and feel like it was sent by the high heavens. This penetrates me in many ways because I think of my own blessings and I am left speechless. If we’re living , we’re blessed, point-blank and this performance reminded me of that.
It took me a while to listen to this new song form The Weeknd. Reason being, I haven’t stopped listening to their debut EP, House Of Balloons for many reasons. It wakes me up, it puts me to sleep, it set the mood, and it is everything a mixtape should be – a great introduction or teaser for even greater music to come.
Their latest release, ‘The Birds’ (Part 1) is awesomely addictive. The production, the lyrics, the feeling, all come together and greatness is achieved.
The twins as we once knew are now full-fledged titans in the world of fashion for obvious reasons. I think what they have accomplished is nothing short of amazing, both individually and collectively. The Row is undoubtedly among the more adored lines to emerge in recent years. That said, I find Mary-Kate and Ashley to be as intriguing as their designs.
Such dreamy photos…
Last weekend, Soul and I made our way to the Big Apple for an experience that definitely set the tone for the summer. The event was a brilliantly refreshing live rendition of Street Etiquette‘s acclaimed Sartorial Sounds.
As if the original was not mind-blowing enough, the live show soared to new heights. It seamlessly showcased each artists’ distinctive talents without leading one to outshine the other; all of the artists’ contributions were vibrant puzzle pieces, merging to form a grand and unforgettable union known as Sartorial Sounds. The evening was a melting pot of ideas, perspectives and expression that somehow brought a crowded room of strangers together–all feeding off of the power of art.
Continue on to watch some of our favorite moments with performances from former and future S.O.M. interviewees, Mara Hruby and MeLo-X as well as performances by the undeniably talented Jesse Boykins III.
Every time that I listen to Jean Grae, I can’t help but return to my disappointment with how underrated she is. These days, its rare to see legitimate M.C.s–male or female–receive the attention and accolades that they deserve. When it comes to female rappers in 2011, its almost non-existent.
But the purpose of this post is not to bring out facts we already know; its to emphasize that Jean Grae is a name we should all know. As evidenced by “Casebasket,” Ms. Grae is the definition of undying ferocity.This Thursday, her new mixtape , Cookies Or Coma arrives. No sleeping allowed.
Chaka Khan has a matchless voice that soars to the highest of heights and the lowest of lows. I often feel her music, her art, her legacy is not as regarded as it should be. When I saw this image i was so taken with her beauty, sensuality, and the fact that shes been singing since then 70′s.
Phyllis Hyman is another singer who goes without much deserved recognition. She could do with her voice what many singers wish they could. She had this uncanny ability to evoke feeling, heartache, and agony. It was a complete juxtapose to her ultra glamorous and sophisticated persona.
I saw these two images at the same time was left more than inspired.