Lounge at eye level to this pool

Pool design has always fascinated me. I love seeing the relationship of water and lounging placement further enhancing the general fun and relaxation of pools to begin with. The possibilities are endless and this particular example caught my eye on my Instagram feed tonight. I immediately transplanted myself on one of those couches and imagined my eye level matching that of the water. Can you imagine that too?

The source? None other than GLC (henceforth the #ism hashtag). He mixes in design photos with a variety of unrelated comical ones; plus, photos with the many artists and fans he links up with. Needless to say, the Chicago veteran is a fun follow on IG. Perhaps he can help out on the location of this pool?

An unrelated, bonus Instagram find below happens to parallel one of the many themes I’m currently reading in Phil Jackson‘s latest book, Eleven Rings. Via #TeamGowhere’s MiniMaxX, I thought this was worth the quick share as well:

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Rappers Simpson-ized

The Simpsons connections CONTINUE (!) in the Design section — this time courtesy of illustrator Bernard Rollins. His new series on Instagram of “Simpson-izing” rappers has started to become viral this past weekend as he does some quality renditions of Pharrell & Pharrell’s Hat, Rick Ross, and the various outfits of Kanye West. It was the Action Bronson cartoon that helped propel the series as the rapper himself reached out to Bernard, who tells Buzzfeed, “I posted it on my IG before bed one night and woke up the next day to a ton of notifications, not knowing that he had reposted it…He liked that enough to reach out to me via Instagram direct message about doing more.”

But that’s not all… have you enjoyed the artwork of GLC‘s latest projects lately? I was vibing with those illustrations, and as you’ll see from his instagram feed, @bnardartwork, Rollins has produced much of that artwork. Great to see that connection. Enjoy the gallery above — which one’s your favorite?! I personally think the Pharrell one is ready for next week’s episode.

The Boy Illinois “Old School RMX” f/ GLC

The Boy Illinois dropped this remix today featuring Chicago legend GLC. “Old School” originally appeared on Illi’s last project Jean Baptiste. GLC added verse and in his own words “that Ism language. If your down ate SXSW with the rest of the music world be on the look for Illi and GLC, they’ll surely be rocking several stages.

College Dropout Oral History

“The album got people through school, through depression, through death in the family, through relationships, through bad jobs, through career decisions – the album changed lives. People said that they were considering taking their lives but they heard my verse and they reconsidered committing suicide. It called forth a huge ripple effect. So many artists came after it were inspired. So many people were inspired to write poetry, so many rappers were inspired to rap, so many producers were inspired to produce and those who were doing it already were inspired to do it better.”

– J. Ivy

We’re nearing the ten year anniversary (!) of Kanye West‘s classic debut album, The College Dropout, in just a few days on February 10th. On that date in 2004, Kanye West changed the game as J. Ivy so eloquently puts it above.

To mark the occasion, Billboard ran an Oral History of The College Dropout with interviews with 26 collaborators on the album, breaking down the making of each song to the journey of ‘Ye landing on Roc-A-Fella. Among those interviewed: Common, Talib Kweli, Dame Dash, and all of the people on Kanye’s team from the beginning. It’s a long, enthralling read that I was really fascinated by — learning some new details along the way. If you got the time, it’s one to certainly sit down with here.