Art Of Life On Kurt Cobain Documentary

Second episode in the reincarnation of Art of Life, a web series that I do with Steve Slotow. This one is on the documentary about Kurt Cobain - Montage of Heck. Cobain is one of those artists who, even if you weren't into the music he created, you still kind of knew of him. He's also part of what some have labelled "The 27 Club" - musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and, more recently, Amy Winehouse, who all died at the age of 27. I have yet to see the documentary but it is high up on my list, especially after hearing Steve talk about it and watching the trailer. Somehow, Steve even...

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A View Of Frank Ocean’s Channel ORANGE

Until a few months ago, when Frank Ocean alluded to being, at least, bisexual with an open letter on his blog, I, for some reason, had not really registered him. I had heard the name every now and then and knew he was involved in music, but he wasn’t really on my radar. I had heard that he was on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album but, to be honest, I’ve never really submerged myself in that album. I like some songs but its impact on my musical listening was nowhere near regular enough for me to register Frank Ocean or a lot of the album. I heard that he had written songs for...

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Onslaught on Watch The Throne

It has been interesting watching the reactions to Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne. Album has been out for a minute and, with the release of the first single Otis, everyone and their mother did a remix across the world, from Busta Rhymes, DMX and Justin Bieber through to South Africa's Slikour and Kwesta. The one that stood out for me was Chuck D's Notice which focuses on the unique position that Jay-Z and West are in to influence the global discourse and shift attention away from the seemingly prevalent materialism to the true challenges Americans - and the world - are facing with...

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Kobi Onyame’s Inner City Lights

Ghanaian / UK-based hip hop producer and artist Kobi Onyame was the first artist I profiled (He Said, She Said - June 2009) when I started my Wordpress blog. Part of what I wanted to do with this space was to share some of the music I came across, whether mainstream or not, and Kobi led the way. It has been over a year. He has continued to build, and so have I. In the time since I profiled him, he has, amongst other things, recorded a He Said, She Said remix with Sway (Sway Dcyphas Life - April 2010), performed at Glastonbury Festival, shared a bill with artists like De La Soul, Kanye West,...

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