“The best in men’s clothing. Call Paul’s Boutique, and ask for Janice….”
Paul’s Boutique, from the Beastie Boys, is one of my favorite records. Produced by the Dust Brothers at a time when samples didn’t need to be cleared, this masterpiece is the type of album you play from start to finish.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record, a mural was painted at the very storefront seen on the cover of the album. It is located at the corner of Rivington and Ludlow in New York City, and it looks a little different nowadays, but it is still recognizable.
Artist Danielle Mastrion was commissioned for the piece and she did a great job.
Take a look at the finished product.
Check out artist Danielle Mastrion’s instagram to see more photos.
A lot of great music crosses over the pond from the UK to the US, but there are still some spectacular artists who are relatively unknown to us Americans. Rapper CHIPMUNK , not to be confused with the high-pitched trio of animated ground squirrels, is one of those artists.
Chipmunk, aka Chip, is an English hip hop artist from Tottenham, North London (same as Adele). I came across his music while I was in London last year(2011) back in April. He was just coming off the success of his first album “I Am Chipmunk,” which had hits like “Diamond Rings” & “Oopsey Daisey,” and was dropping his new album “Transition.”
The first track I heard was “Champion” featuring Chris Brown.
I liked his style and picked up both albums while I was in town. “I am Chipmunk” has some strong tracks but I really like “Transition”
After track one this album takes off with 3 awesome songs right in a row. “Follow my Lead,” “Flying High,” then “Champion” (See above video). It then sprinkles a few poppy songs, which are not my favorite, amongst decent hits like “Every Gyal” and “In the Air feat. Keri Hilson”
I love the way his takes his clever lyrics and smooth flow, puts it to a catchy beat with a hook, and then hits you with an R&B/Pop/Still a Hip Hip Song chorus which keeps you hitting repeat once the track ends. This kid’s got talent. Now we just need him to hit the states.
Unfortunately iTunes and Amazon MP3 in the US don’t offer much of his music for sale, so you will have to find it on a sharing site, or spotify or do it the old fashion way and pick up and import CD.
Either way I suggest checking out his music.
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