Aja Monet “You Make Holy War”

Somethin’ a lil different, yet with all the freshness you would expect here on Gowhere. It comes from spoken word artist Aja Monet who delivers an increasingly engaging and emotional performance of “You Make Holy War” live from London.

On hand to document the performance was the homie Cam Be as he contrasts documentary style close-ups of Monet and her band with the poem continuous in the background. In fact, said band features bass, piano, percussion, and guitar and they provide a minimal and complimentary sound to the poem.

With the fantastic visuals to match as well, the video above is first and foremost about the words. I was hooked from the imagery 30 seconds in. Later on, I couldn’t help but think of our city after this line:

If I were to die tonight from a bullet, let it be a bullet of love.
If there is a crime there is to commit, let it be a crime, of love.

And lastly, Aja Monet ends the piece brilliantly that has more impact if you press play and tune in all the way through. Watch, listen, enjoy!

“You Make Holy War”
Shot & Directed by Camovement
2nd Camera by Nadyah Aissa

Andrew Kremer on Bass
Jessica Lauren on Piano
Simone Hag on Percussion
Jacques Nazaire on Guitar

Thank you to Lauren Hill and Daphne Kolader.

DAP “GoodBye For Never EP” [Mixtape]

London emcee and producer Dap delivers his excellently executed project “GoodBye For Never EP”. The EP his fully produced by DAP and draws comparisons from the buzzing new wave UK pop scene that is currently blossoming abroad. On the other hand, DAP’s lyrical style is completely influenced by American rappers which he illustrates through every line he delivers.

Ray Fiasco “100 Covers For Kanye” [Art]

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London creative Ray Fiasco unveils his project ‘100 Covers For Kanye’ which was primarily inspired by YEEZUS, but also the project was started in an attempt to highlight the importance of album artwork. More of Ray Fiasco’s work can be viewed over at http://asylum33.tumblr.com/ which is the official website Asylum 33 a creative agency Ray is a part of. Look out for more music and fashion photography from Ray Fiasco in the future. Head over to http://100coversforkanye.com/ to view the project in full.

Ray Fiasco twitter – @RayFiasco

London’s new “Electric Boulevard”

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London, you will soon have a cool new spot to check-in on FourSquare.

This week, two giants in the architecture industry, Foster + Partners & Frank Gehry revealed their collaborative design for the “Electric Boulevard”. The catchy name represents the upcoming London street that will carve its niche into the top tier of London go-to spots. You can expect housing, retail, and restaurants at exorbitant numbers: 1,300 homes, over 350,000 square feet, a 160-room hotel and a medical center. This is phase 3 of the regeneration of the Battersea Power Station that will add 3,400 homes to the area.

“Electric Boulevard” is formed by Foster’s tower called “The Skyline” and to the east, Gehry’s five-building complex called “Prospect Place”. The former is seen in the gallery’s first image and in a bird’s eye view in one of the model photos. As you can see, the wavy structure amasses much of the area and will serve as a mixed-use space defined by retail on the first two floors and housing above. Also notable: the green roof of “The Skyline” that is over a quarter of a kilometer in length. What first jumped out to me though was the balconies that punctuate the wavy aesthetic as I couldn’t help but draw parallels to Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower here in Chicago.

Can you draw parallels between "The Skyline" and the "Aqua Tower" here in Chicago?
Can you draw parallels between “The Skyline” and the “Aqua Tower” in Chicago?

Gehry’s “Prospect Place” continues the mixed-use ideal with double-heighted retail spaces, half of phase 3’s new housing, and a communal park. From the farther perspective in the model, it looks like Gehry swiped his hand across the facade like it was a piano to determine how the balconies project outward. As polarizing as Gehry’s designs can be, I think the exterior of “Prospect Place” works really well in relations to “The Skyline”. And all in all, we just need to see more renderings and models to get a clearer idea of the “Electric Boulevard”. The potential is certainly there after this beautiful reveal for it to become London’s next hottest tourist attraction… that once again, is a regeneration of a power station!

So for their next trick, maybe Foster & Gehry can regenerate Springfield’s power station?

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Shane Chubbz “Chubbziano EP”

To the Chicago HipHop audience, Shane Chubbz isn’t someone you’re too familiar. The reason being that Shane is from an entirely different continent. The British emcee jumped on our radar with the collaboration he had made with both Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins and production collaborative OnGaud on his “Pockets” single.

Since the release of that single he has made an impressive release within his Chubbziano EP, which includes an impressive mix of instrumentals including Pockets featuring Mick Jenkins. The only downside of the project is that it is relatively short, as it is 7 tracks long, but this lucky combination of seven has proved to be a solid release.

The songs that caught my attention were Pockets, Singing Miracles, and Monday Night Raw. Pockets gives us a tale of two cities as London and Chicago join forces. Monday Night Raw has a dope sample of Stone Cold Steve Austin that delivers a stunner with the inclusion of the Birdman/Clipse “What Happened To That Boy” instrumental. Lastly, Singing Miracle is the standout of the project as it mixes soulful samples with powerful production.

For those that have no idea what London HipHop sounds like, this is the tape that can give you an insight to how the current generation of British grinders are doing to come up in the music scene there. Projects like this also illustrate the impressive American/pop cultural influences that have gone into developing this release.

Shane Chubbz “Chubbziano EP”
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#GWHHPremiere Shane Chubbz “Pockets” f/ DAP & Mick Jenkins [Prod. OnGaud]

Shane Chubbz makes his GoWhere debut which today is represented as a tale of two cities in his single “Pockets”. The release combines a best of both world as it showcases two promising upstarts from two different cities, Shane is an emcee from London and his track features  Dap and Chicagoan and FreeNation emcee Mick Jenkins with an assist my Chitown production collaborative OnGaud on the instrumental. The single will form part of Shane Chubbz’s upcoming project Chubbziano EP that is slated to be released on February 19.

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Follow Shane Chubbz & Mick Jenkins:
Shane- @SChubbz
Mick- @MickalasCage