As groundbreaking artists typically do, Jean-Michel Basquiat embodied an era. He became an unlikely superstar in a segregated art world at just 20 years old, exploding onto the New York scene in the early 1980s, his rise coinciding with the development of hip hop music and graffiti art culture. Although his career and life were both cut short, Basquiat’s distinct style and subject matter—raw, provoking Neo-Expressionist drawings and paintings, which fused words, symbols, and simplified figures—sent a shockwave through the city and beyond.
Direct link: http://nuvomagazine.com/art/jean-michel-basquiat
Diane Flacks is a critically acclaimed Canadian writer and performer whose work spans the realms of theatre, TV, radio and fiction. Although Canadian audiences may recognize her work for its lightness, wit and comic frankness especially in her solo shows such as Bear With Me, Flacks is broaching a more difficult subject with her new two-act drama, Waiting Room, opening at the Tarragon Theatre on Jan 14.
Direct link: http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Do/January-2015/Theatre-Personal-experience-inspires-bold-new-play/
If you haven’t heard of G-Eazy, it’s time you got acquainted. The 25-year-old Oakland rapper is well on his way to a ‘big deal’ status in the US and abroad, with his second album These Things Happen topping at number three on the Billboard 200 chart in June of last year. While G-Eazy has been making music since he was a in high school freshman and throughout his time at Loyola University of New Orleans, his profile began rising after he dropped his independent debut album Must Be Nice in 2012.
So, in advance of G-Eazy’s two shows in Canada on his second nation-wide tour – he played Toronto last night and will play Montreal tonight – we asked the dapper, rising rapper about his favourite hip-hop tracks. Here’s the G-Eazy-approved and curated hip-hop playlist that gets him going on tour and after the shows.
Direct link: http://sharpmagazine.com/culture/g-easy-picks-your-hip-hop-party-playlist/