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Q Worldstar “Where It All Started” [documentary]
Inspiring short documentary on Q, the founder one of the world’s biggest Hip Hop websites: worldstarhiphop.com
10 Years of Wooster Collective
Recently Shepard headed out to New York City to take part in the Jonathan Levine Gallery sponsored event 10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003-2013, a group exhibition featuring over 50 local and international street artists. The temporary space located in the Chelsea district was curated by Marc and Sara Schiller, and featured works highlighting the ephemeral art scene ever-present in the five boroughs of New York. For the fully packed exhibition, Shepard prepared three classic 3-face series works in a variety of colors, featuring more than five layers of abstract texturing on each piece. Throughout the night, numerous legendary street artists were seen walking around signing autographs and taking photos with admiring fans and fellow artists alike. Additionally, Shepard painted a peace and justice themed mural in Dumbo (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).
Wooster Collective was founded in 2001 with a genuine desire to share images of the city being transformed by street art with the rest of the world.
Chinese Artist Behind $80 Million Art Fraud
A struggling Chinese artist faked dozens of paintings as part of an elaborate $80 million New York art fraud, according to prosecutors.
Pei-Shen Qian is said to have created the works for Glafira Rosales, a dealer who sold them to galleries as genuine newly-discovered masterpieces by modernists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.
R.I.P. Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Born in Brooklyn Jean Michel Basquiat built a name for himself as a graffiti artist in the streets of New York. What began as graffiti under the tag name SAMO (short for same old shit), evolved into some of the greatest neo expressionist and contemporary art to date. Basquiat’s paintings were credited for capturing the African American experience, and portraying it at an elite level. His work was often inspired by heritage, equality, and the world that surrounded him. Basquiat was known for painting in Armani suits, dating Madonna and producing Hip Hop tracks in the late 70s early 80s. He continues to inspire the art world, hip hop culture and #GWOP in 2013. Basquiat died on August 12, 1988 of heroin overdose at age 27. According to Christie’s ,Jean-Michel Basquiat left 917 drawings, 25 sketchbooks, 85 prints, and 171 paintings.
Checkout Basquiat’s first film Downtown 81
“The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting to a wealthy female admirer, but he’s paid by check. Low on cash, he spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night.
Average Rent In Brooklyn, NY over $3k
Rents in Brooklyn have skyrocketed to an average of $3,035 in July, up 8.2% from July of last year.
The average rent in Manhattan was $3,822 in July, up 1.7%.
Brooklyn luxury units — those priced in the top 10% of the market — led the surge, with the average rent in this segment hitting $6,007, up 8.8%.
Source: DAILY NEWS
Rap Group Da YoungFellaz Sued For Spending $130k Marketing Loan On Weed
A group of rap-star wannabes blew a $130,000 marketing loan on drugs, first-class airplane tickets and cross-country trips to entertainment festivals — where they weren’t even performing, a new Manhattan lawsuit claims.
While Bronx-based Da YoungFellaz, who have rhymed with Talib Kweli and Snoop Dogg, boast on their Web site that they “haven’t just sat around and waited for fame to land in their lap,” their legal adversaries tell a very different story.
StigmaSound, a Manhattan recording studio, says YoungFellaz Joseph Aguiar, Johnny Aguiar and Brett Officer blew through their first $25,000 loan, meant to rocket the group “toward A-level stardom in the entertainment industry,” in just three months by last October.
“The defendants used loan money . . . for illegal purchases of marijuana,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges. Read More
#FactsOnly Interview w/ JAY Z
Jay talks about Magna Carta Holy Grail, Samsung deal, and new legends. Read More
Report: Average NYC Rent Passes $3000
The average rent for an apartment in New York City (excluding Staten Island) is $3,017 a month. This is the first time the average rent has exceeded $3,000.
“The average New York rent was more than 50 percent higher than second-place San Francisco, where rent grew 1.1 percent from the first quarter to $1,998.82,” reports Reuters. “Oklahoma City was the cheapest market, at an average of $571.03 a month, up 0.6 percent
Kanye West $4.5 Million Minimalist Apartment Sold [pics]
Designed by Claudio Silvesrtin. Yeezy’s New York apartment sold to an undisclosed buyer for $4.5 million according to sources. Checkout more pics after the jump.
Happy Born Day Notorious B.I.G. (1972-1997)
Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie was born on this day in 1972, Big would have been 41 years old today.
Checkout throwback video of B.I.G. in Detroit, MI @ Chene Park.
“It Was All A Dream….”
Video by GWOP Magazine.
Yahoo Buys Tumblr For $1.1 Billion
Yahoo Inc is acquiring blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash.
The deal will use about 1/5 of Yahoo’s $5.4 billion in cash and marketable securities.
“Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” Yahoo said in a statement on Monday.