Teased earlier today on his Instagram (below), Hebru Brantley hints at his next A-list collab and it’s with none other than the Jumpman.
This coincides with Michael Jordan’s visit to Chicago today (he was testifying in a lawsuit against Dominick’s) where he linked up with his brand on their Snapchat. I hit view and was amazed at some of the behind the scenes they showed… MJ signing what looks like a slab of a basketball court, imprinting his hands, and showing off an architecture style blueprint. Plus, an illustration of many iconic Jordan moments. Be sure to check that out.
UPDATE: Turns out the snaps were the announcement of the Jordan flagship store coming to 32 S. State St. — Station 23. Love the presentation. Can’t wait to visit.
And not only that! Lupe Fiasco puts on his journalism cap and conducts the interview. The two have long been fans of each other as well as collaborators so it was a natural fit where Hebru opened up about his proudest, and quite personal, moment. The excerpt is below and I loved the entire interview, including Hebru explaining to Lupe how he created Fly Boy, seen here.
WJ: What is your proudest moment? HB: This one’s tough because, again, you obviously have moments like your child’s birth, marriage, whatever, but this one pertains to my career. This is what I got for you. Right before my father passed—my father was a businessman, my father was… everything was black or white. It wasn’t gray; it wasn’t a color in between. So he was my last living parent, and he was also the parent that wasn’t supportive of my career choice. For him to be on his deathbed, to tell me he’s proud of me, to sit and talk with me about my art and the fact that he had paid attention to certain pieces, certain decisions I had made… He basically told me in so many words that he was in awe of the talent that I had because he didn’t know where the hell it came from. It definitely didn’t come from him—these are his words. For me that’s a huge accomplishment because that was a huge struggle in my career, in my path, in my life. So to get to that point, I got my father who loved me all the same because I was his son, but I got my father to believe. That’s it.
Come chill with some of the best curators of art and music as “The Most Wicked Party” stops by Chicago on June 4th. Organized by AFROPUNK, the time is now to catch some of your favorite artists getting turnt on some Redd’s Wicked Appleand spit game at the Tumblr babe you’ve been thirsting. With appearances by newly signed G.O.O.D Hollywood Holt aka Nigel Holt, Danny Brown,Hannibal Buress, and artist Hebru Brantley, y’all better bust our your google maps to get in on the action. Look out for an exclusive recap from yours truly as Thursday night gets lit.
Just a short couple of weeks ago, Hebru Brantley helped usher in another exciting summer of new Chicago art with his latest exhibition opening at the Chicago Cultural Center. Parade Day Rain features a bevy of paintings and sculptures from the superstar artist who has been commissioned by everyone from LeBron James to Jay Z & Beyonce to Nicki Minaj.
Our friend and superstar videographer himself, Cam Be, has been working closely with Hebru during his creative process for the exhibition and Hebru’s recent show overseas in London. This new Camovement above documents said creative process and the work — not only in final product form, but in partially completed form too. It’s the only look at those stages of Hebru crafting his art. Plus, we even get a couple cuts that show some other forms of inspiration in Hebru’s studio like an old Michael Jordan Wheaties box (fitting). One full look at the gallery at the end is a great teaser to go see the exhibit in person — again, at the Chicago Cultural Center, running all summer through September 23rd. Props to Cam on the video again as well — the 360 around the Flyboy sculpture is a phenomenal way to lead us in… I had to watch this twice.
Lupe ushers in the return of #TetsuoSeason a few hours early as he releases the new single off Tetsuo & Youth — “Mission” — below.
Given the song and artwork (by Hebru Brantley), I was definitely expecting something with substance and per usual, Lu delivers. This one’s about a different topic, though — cancer, and the perseverance and positive attitude to overcome it. You flat out can’t knock that and Lupe’s fast flow and slick lyricism are the clear highlight. The uncredited singer on the hook has a Matthew Santos vibe to him and it’s a welcome addition vocally. My small knocks on the track is that said hook ran a little long and could have used more of a variety in lyrics and the beat is overall underwhelming, though it certainly works. All in all: a *Tibs Fav. and a great second beginning for #TetsuoSeason.