Sunday, November 29, 2009
Digging the Smokin' Aces movie closing credits sequence created in Adobe After Effects-- we loved the titles even more because of the tight Rap jam, put forth by MC Common, as the main theme song for the film played over the animated images and typography. They were grafted by Voodoo Dog.
View the sequence at Art of the Title.
A vivid, fresh take on hip-hop
Art aims to break stereotypes, show 'creative, intelligent aspect'
They're large, colorful and rife with political and social symbolism. The paintings also open a door on the often enigmatic urban youth point of view.
Williams also points to works by 10 colleagues, all members of the art group God City, artists who find creative inspiration in hip-hop music.
Their works, some of which are featured in an exhibit at UNCC through Dec. 19, acknowledge feelings of being powerful, powerless, conflicted, disconnected or plugged in.
The 15 works in God City's "Indie-Visual" exhibit certainly are not mainstream art, sometimes portraying comic book and movie-character figures and employing graffiti-style art techniques.
But the collection defies prevalent images of hip-hop culture, which often gets recognition for preoccupation with money, profane lyrics and unflattering portrayals of women.
That's why the exhibit is important, Williams said. These artists argue that today's hip-hop music and the international youth culture that sustains it are multidimensional and not easily categorized.
Within the culture, there are mainstream, alternative and underground movements, each with distinctive art and music. God City represents a glimpse at one part of the whole.
"Art is a way to let people see different perspectives of the world," Williams said. "We want to show the creative and intelligent aspect of hip-hop. Those are things that our community does not often get to see."
Read more about the collective and exhibit here.
"WALK THIS WAY": RAP AND HIP-HOP ON BROADWAY: RUN-DMC MUSICAL PLANNED WITH TOM CRUISE PARTNER, PAULA WAGNER
From the New York Times online:
RUN-DMC Musical Is Planned
They helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream, revitalized the career of Aerosmith and now, Run-DMC could be headed to Broadway.
Paula Wagner, the veteran Hollywood producer, said that her Chestnut Ridge Productions company was working with the rappers Joseph Simmons (known as Run) and Darryl McDaniels (DMC) as well as the estate of Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) to produce a stage musical about Run-DMC, the seminal hip-hop group.
“Their work speaks to everybody,” Ms. Wagner said in a telephone interview, “and the story of their rise to fame is innately theatrical.”
Ms. Wagner is best known for her long association with Tom Cruise, having worked as his agent, a producer of several of his films (including the “Mission: Impossible” movies and “War of the Worlds”) and the chief executive of his revived United Artists studio. She began her career on stage as a 13-year-old actor at the Youngstown Theater in Ohio. She earned her B.F.A. in theater at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, has published plays of her own and performed at the Yale Repertory Theater.
Ms. Wagner said she was also a lifelong Run-DMC fan. “Their lyrics and their music is infectious,” she said. “It’s vibrant, it’s alive. Who they are and what they did was a culturally defining moment. It embraced everybody.”
Ms. Wagner acknowledged that her film-producing experience was no guarantee that she could execute a stage musical, and she said she was talking to other producers and potential team members to help bring the project to Broadway. “I have a number of good friends,” she said, “and I think I will be turning to all my friends.”
Ms. Wagner said there was no timetable for the Run-DMC project to come to Broadway, and no specific shows that it was seeking to emulate — though she and Mr. Simmons and Mr. McDaniels did take in a performance of “In the Heights” last week.Read more about the RUN-DMC/Paula Wagner team-up here.
Side note: We found the only two dicusssion board posts to be very interesting and both raised valid points about Rap and Hip-Hop on Broadway and what qualifications Paula Wagner has to be even stepping to the story of the "Kings from Queens" from the giddy-up! You can read them below.