GWHH Premiere: Stadium Status “Special” f/ ShowYouSuck & Chris Lesage (prod. ElSchmitty)

Ill Central members Stadium Status, Chris LeSage, and ElSchmitty team up with ShowYouSuck to drop this new single off the upcoming Monsters Ink project. Both Stadium Status and ShowYouSuck deliver hard bars over ElSchmitty’s production, while Chris LeSage comes in and keep things cool with smooth vocals for the hook. I’d say “Special” is more than fitting for play at the moment considering the time of year. It’s summertime Chi baby. Monsters Ink drops July 1st. Keep up.

Artwork by yours truly.

Soundset 2013 [Recap]

Can’t believe a whole week has gone by since Rhymesayers Entertainment held it down in Minnesota with their annual Soundset festival. A festival which in my opinion is one of the more entertaining festivals to go to each year. That mainly due to the amount of activity taking place inside Canturbery Park. It’s literally the Hip Hop culture down to the tee. You got some of the biggest names in Hip Hop holding it down on several stages mixed with an array of beautiful cars lined up for the car show, and a live view of some of the more respected (street)artists in the game throwing down on an Ironlak sponsored P wall. You can bet that you’ll be instore for a great time if the climate works in your favor.

Unfortunately for me…the weather didn’t play nice this year. 2013 forced out the jackets and hoodies as a cold and gloomy atmosphere took over pretty much the entire day. Still that wasn’t going to slow down or stop anyone from having a good time. So I made my rounds from end to end exploring, observing, and listening. This year I was fortunate enough to have caught a bit of every artist I was most looking forward to seeing take the stage. A hand full of them putting on a great set. Artists like Juicy J and Joey Bada$$ were among the few talents who kept a hype crowd. Other acts like Schoolboy Q and Mac Miller lost a few of us throughout their set.

Juicy J pretty much lived up to the performance I expected out of him. He kept his character and really got the crowd turned up performing hit records such as “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” and Three 6 Mafia classics like “Stay Fly.” Artists Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, and A$AP Ferg were among some of the more impressive acts, who much like Juicy J kept me in tune throughout their entire sets. It’s too bad I can’t say the same about Mac Miller or Schoolboy Q who both lost me and a crowd of others throughout each of their sets. In my opinion Mac is just a terrible performer and Schoolboy Q just had his tracking all out of wack. I don’t know about y’all….but I expect every performer to come with the hype and keep every fan engaged at an event as big as Soundset.

Overall I’d give the Rhymesayers crew a thumb and a half up for putting on yet another well executed fest. Their issues with press check in keeps the other half of the thumb however. Seemed as if they had quite a handful of issues in that department. Next year is another year though. I look forward to returning each May for several years to come. I only see this festival getting bigger and bigger as each year goes by.

Fly Through The Future Minnesota Vikings Stadium

Feeling like showing love to a couple of second loves of mine: Minneapolis and architecture. I got a degree in the latter at the University of Minnesota so when the Vikings revealed the designs for the new stadium taking the place of the Metrodome (a stadium I’ve been to many a time), I was eager to see what they did. Impressed is an understatement.

The $975 million dollar stadium, designed by HKS Architects, features the “largest transparent roof in the world” that opens to the downtown Minneapolis skyline. Think of it as a retractable window, as you can see above. I can already imagine the breathtaking blimp views looking outside, in to see a faint Adrian Peterson touchdown in the distance.

HKS not only made some bold decisions with the “transparent roof” but also with the stadium’s many pointed forms. My only critique is with the jagged top point, but only from certain angles, namely the north and south. It doesn’t bother me to a point that I think it should be removed. It otherwise looks pretty amazing, and is one of the stadium’s many distinct features.

The fan experience will be taken into account as “Vikings fans will be closer to the field than any other stadium in the country.” You can tell from some of the interior renderings that the top couple of decks hover a little closer in than normally. I’ve always had that in mind if I were to one day help design a stadium. Glad to see it well thought out, and seemingly well-executed here.

Finally, to drive it all home, watch the official “Fly Through” of the stadium to really experience the retractable roof, the stadium inside and out, and its relation to Minneapolis (designing “Fly Throughs” in high school was the best.) I can’t state enough how much I love the relationship between the playing field, the transparency, and the skyline. Vikings, and Gophers fans, (the peeks at the baseball configuration look equally nice) are going to be elated come 2016.

All photos and video courtesy of (more photos there)

One World Trade now largest building in Western Hemisphere

With the spire being lowered into place this morning, New York City’s One World Trade is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet.

– NBC News

I caught wind of this milestone on Facebook today (via our friend at the Huffington Post, Craig Kanalley), with both the words and photo catching my eye. How majestic does One World Trade look with the sun behind it like that? This is amazing to see with 9/11 in the memories of all of us. Some comments I saw that I couldn’t help nod my head in agreement with: “Absolutely dramatic shot. Great job Anne. The city has risen again like a Phoenix….” and “Very ethereal photo. I think of Atlantis rising through the mist.”

And finally, here’s video of the placement of the spire. Freedom Tower! Happy to see!

The Dream SXSW Pad: Edgeland House

The next SXSW may be 11 months away, but I just found the next #TeamGowhere dream pad: the Edgeland House.

My newest Architecture spotlight takes us to Austin, Texas, where the Bercy Chen Studio recently completed this… well, it’s too obvious but still… edgy design in 2012. The clear aesthetic distinctions are the jagged, acute angles and the floor to ceiling windows — both are typical characteristics of a *Tibs Fav.. I also love the divide between the two buildings, which reminds me of one of the innovative moves I saw early in my discovery of architecture. The open space between two structures within one is well-executed, perhaps best seen in the lead photo.

A couple fun facts: “The Edgeland residence is commissioned by a science fiction writer enthralled with 21st century human habitation in the urban frontiers of abandoned industrial zones,” and “is inspired by the vernacular of the “pit house”, one of the oldest housing typology in North America used by Native Americans through the ages.”  This only adds to the house’s story and technical inspirations, further described here.

What do you think of this house??

Solange Impresses at The FADER Fort (GWHH @ SXSW ’13)

Solange brought great energetic vibes to the FADER Fort stage at SXSW last week. What’s cool about Solange is that her music has this revamped for modern times 80’s pop and 90’s R&B inspired sound from her beats to lyrics (a little David Byrne sounding). And her attire, wearing a Pencey Spring 2013 suit jacket and dress pant (which was a collaboration with artist DJ Mia Moretti) was an ideal fit that paired well with the vibe of her music.

Here’s my personal favorite song of hers, “Losing You”. It’s the song that rebranded her into the indie industry – creating a more authentic place for herself and her music choice.

Plus, The FADER Fort always has a great stage and lighting and that adds to the concert experience. Their own lighting designer caught our compliment on Instagram! We’ll have our own original video of Solange (and more artists) from FADER Fort at SXSW — stay tuned!


Photo by: heath_michaels

TIBS ED. NOTE: We also got a shoutout from Solange herself! Jodeci was backstage and talked with her after the set. Solange shouted Jodeci and her friends on Twitter, showing love back to her fans. Gotta love her humble and giving spirit as well!


Solange with GWHH’s Jodeci