I’ve had a five-year unexplainable love affair with New York. But now New York has competition, and his name is Chicago.
When I heard my good friend was moving to Chicago for three months, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to visit him. I always wanted to visit Chicago, I knew it was going to be an amazing city, purely based on the fact it produces great music. And for it to have inspired such great music (Le Common Gil Scott-Heron, Kanye, Lupe etc), I thought ‘It must be one special place.’ And it was.
…And Oprah is from Chicago. Don’t hate. I love Oprah.
Chicago has been getting a lot of media attention these days for being a dangerous city. Last year, it even passed New York for being the murder capital of America. Maybe it was because I didn’t really venture into the really dangerous places but I didn’t feel unsafe at all. It was friendly, the vibe was soulful and I loved the people.
I’ve been living in Japan for the last four years and although I love Japan, I missed the friendly and random interactions I had with the people in Chicago. Here are a few pics of my adventures.
Sara Coe is one of my oldest friends and was right there in high school when I said I was going to have my own magazine one day. As I build WDYFILWHH we bring you a taste of her work, life, travels. From Wellington, NZ; Sara is living and working in Japan. Here are some shots of the visual-story she’s piecing together, showcasing her experience:
SARA: I wouldn’t call myself a photographer I’m horrible with photoshop and lack the discipline of true photographers who work hard at their craft. But I am human being who likes to tell stories through her photos. I like capturing moments. Moments you can’t recreate. And this quote from one of my favorite Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama sums up how I feel about my photography:
“For me, photography is not a means by which to create beautiful art, but a unique way of encountering genuine reality.”
She also has her own blog where you can follow her photography and travels HERE. Check out some of her life-shots below.
If you’ve found yourself a victim to the groovy, easy-to-sing-along, jam “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake, it would be common courtesy to also acknowledge everyone else apart from Drake who was behind the making of that hit track. Majid Jordan, who also go by the pseudonym Good People. Toronto, Ontario producer/vocalist duo Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullamn make this group and are literally one of the most enigmatic groups to come forth into music today. It’s not certain who does what music wise, however it looks as though both are producers which could make up for their blended sound. Drake really has a thing for low-key but insanely talented acts — evidently. If you thought The Weeknd was hard to find when he was still on the come up, try searching for these guys on Google images. They’ve been signed to Drake’s record label OVO Sound with PartyNextDoor, and once you listen to their work, you completely understand why Drake had to snatch them off the market and make them part of his crew immediately.
Majid Jordan’s EP, titled After Hours, was a mission within itself to find. It’s a gem though, with all 8 tracks being the kind you’d zone out on or dance to whenever you feel like a good time. Much like “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, they’ve got a disco/EDM/chillwave sound throughout their EP which uniquely rounds up their style and identity. The vocals echo beautifully and are simple, a perfect way to give us a chance to appreciate the flamboyant production on the EP as well.
While every track on the EP is beyond amazing, look out for “Hold Tight” if you like a cross between Luther Vandross and European deep House, “Tea & Coffee” and “Patience” for something a bit more tranquil and spacey. This may not be your typical Hip Hop group, however they are signed to a label by a Hip Hop artist. This just goes to show how much the genre is expanding and is not limited to a particular form as such anymore. You’re guaranteed not to be disappointed either way.
Please forgive the tardiness of this review, however I genuinely feel like this album deserves more than an half arsed review. Earl Sweatshirt dropped his debut album Doris on the August 20th to fairly good reception, clocking close to 49,000 copies sold in the first week of its release. As bad as it sounds, I have a thing for shuffling songs and not giving them a chance within about five seconds of hearing the start. This time though, it only felt right to give this whole album a thorough listen and eventually it’s ended up being on rotate.
Doris isn’t quite the “turn up” album, but rather a lyrically crafted body of work with beats that either make you drift into thoughts about problems in your life you probably don’t actually have, or cruise around contemplating whether or not to cause a little bit of mischief in an extremely riveting and bad ass Kids (a 1995 teen drama film based on a New York skate crew) sort of way.
Earl boasts a hearty line up of features and production with Frank Ocean, Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, Domo Genesis, RZA, Mac Miller and long time friend and collective group member Tyler, The Creator. On standout production I must mention “Hoarse”, which has contribution from Canadian instrumental Hip Hop-jazz trio Bad Bad Not Good (BBNG) who are on their way to Wellington on September 28th. As mentioned in a previous article leading up to the release of Doris, Earl has this striking way of telling stories. He touches on being away from the scene, and although he doesn’t divulge his life story, we hear more on how he feels about people picking him apart in terms of making music more than caring about his feelings notably on “Burgundy” and “Chum”. He also elaborates on his feelings about his father — renowned South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, being absent for a large chunk of his life; the trials he has with his mother, and supposed girl problems. Now, I know you may be thinking “is this an article about the Drake Memes or Earl?” But really, the way he details his accounts is out of this world. Let’s not ignore the fact that he IS part of Odd Future, so of course he’s got his raw grim numbers like “Centurion” featuring Vince Staples.
After listening to this album a hefty number of times it’s safe to say I like it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Earl’s compelling choices of topic and fluency. Finally we get a little more mystery diminished in terms of Earl… Only a little though.
Doris is available for purchase on iTunes and you can stream it here.