“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”
NOT A CONCEPT
No, its not a concept car or some elaborate sci-fi movie set prop, this is Volkswagen’s most radical car they’ve ever put into production, the XL1 plug-in hybrid. The unique body isn’t just for looks, the aerodynamic shell and low center of gravity optimizes performance and fuel efficiency. Inside, the car is powered by a two-cylinder TDI diesel and a lithium-ion powered electric motor that can cover a range of up to 30 miles without sipping one ounce of fuel. Now, its not the speediest car on the road with a 0-62 time of 12.7 seconds (100 mph top speed), though you can bet it will turn more than a few heads when it finally hits showrooms sometime this year. VW
YOU KNOW I GOTTA HAVE THIS
Graffiti World is the most comprehensive and bestselling survey of graffiti art ever published. The original collection of more than 2,000 illustrations by over 150 artists around the world is joined by a new section devoted to work created in the five years since the book’s first edition.
Graffiti has long been a ubiquitous aspect of the urban landscape, since anonymous, largely unsung spray-can art first hit city walls in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s. As hip-hop culture spread from America, graffiti became a worldwide phenomenon, emerging in the 1980s as the symbolic artistic language of young people everywhere.
Today’s graffiti artists incorporate a variety of mediums, including stickers, stencils, oils, acrylics, and oil-based chalk, as well as an ever-expanding range of social commentary. This evolution in style and subject matter has guaranteed graffiti’s long-lasting influence on art, graphic design, and style around the world.
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.1 x 1.6 inches
Hardcover: 392 pages
YOOOOOOOO!!!!! THIS GIRL HAD THIS PAINTED ON HER SAT AT COMPOUND,REPRESENT THAT SHIT SHAWTY
(Credit: Kingsmen Media Group)
The Atlanta record label that basically got itscommercial
start with two teenagers named Chris who went by Kris Kross
, started its 20th anniversary concert
Saturday night with those same fashionably adventurous Chrises – one of whom still wears his jeans backwards.
And that would be an operative adverb in describing the three hour-plus, sold-out So So Def 20th Anniversary concert at the Fox Theatre: Still.
As So So Def R&B quartets Jagged Edge
– the latter of which was whittled down to Scott sisters LaTocha and Tamika – still surged with a soulful power a decade-plus after their debuts; and far more scarce among the chart-toppers in their genre today.
Still, it would be Dupri’s arm raised at the end of the night as the last set proved a series of exclamation points on the rapper-songwriter-label executive’s wide-ranging contributions.
There was So So Def signee Anthony Hamilton
‘s brief but impactful two-song set where he ended up in the middle of the audience, immediately changing the tone of the show from rap-heavy to near-revival. Then surprise guestsMonica
offered their own testimonials – in song, and afterwards.
“Jesus!” was all the usually-loquacious Dupri could say after Monica (signed to Atlanta music
mogul Dallas Austin
‘s Rowdy Records) belted out his co-production, “Love All Over Me.” And Usher then shared with the audience that even though he signed to yet another Atlanta label (fellow Grammy-winning producers Antonio “L.A.” Reid
and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
‘ LaFace Records), “it wasn’t really right until I started to get my No. 1′s with THIS man!”
“You’re a pioneer, homie,” declared Jay-Z
, who could rightly claim such a title, himself. The entertainment multi-hyphenate – who collaborated with Dupri on one of his earliest commercial hits, 1998′s “Money Aint A Thang” – was part of a finale that ended with confetti, a stage ringed with enough music powers to fill a Grammy photo gallery, and in the end, Mariah Carey
wheeling out a cake.
(Dupri co-produced Carey’s 2005 comeback single “We Belong Together”; one of her 18 No. 1 singles – the most by any female artist – and a record-holder for most the airplay in one day, still).
- Sonia Murray, CBS Loca
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