Soundtracked to The Doors’ “Five to One” - more recognizable to hip-hop heads as the sample to Jay-Z’s “Takeover” – and shot with decidedly nostalgic effects, Jason Goldwatch’s latest Time Pieces series features none other than legendary MC and producer Evidence. Here, the duo starts the day inspecting Goldwatch’s vintage camera collection before toying with their own photographic mediums – Goldwatch on a Super 8 mm and Evidence with Instagram – to capture the wonderful and weird scenarios of Venice Beach before kicking back at Evidence’s frat house-like abode. Strutting through the artist’s home turf, the clip shows the romantic juxtaposition of different tools used to capture real-life time – presenting itself as another alluring installment to the series. For more from the Dilated People’s rapper follow him at @mrevidence on Instagram.
Coming live and direct straight to your ears, Premium Shoe Cleaner manufacturer Jason Markk joins forces with eyewear mega moguls 9FIVE to present the ‘What Chu Purp’n Wit’ mixtape. Mixed by Jason Markk mascot Purp Norris and sponsored by sneaker boutique Nice Kicks, the tracklisting boasts a heavy roll call of artists including A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Chief Keef and Trinidad James – to name a few. Adding greater hype to the beast, attendees of the South by Southwest conference will have the chance to obtain one of fifty hardcopy CDs – one of which will contain a Golden Ticket. The lucky listener to find the Golden Ticket will win a prize pack (valued at over 0) courtesy of Jason Markk, 9FIVE and Nice Kicks. Download the mixtape via the Jason Markk website and on Soundcloud.
For all the cash sneakerheads splash on their limited edition kicks, it seems like very little is spent on keeping them in their best shape; but Jason Markk has an answer with a line of tailor-made premium sneaker cleaning products for the discerning shoe junkie. Jason Markk offers up handcrafted wood block brushes, natural cleaning solutions and microfibre towels designed to meet the standards required from your premium footwear. The Standard Sneaker Cleaning Brush features long-lasting synthetic bristles is designed for heavy duty scrubbing of synthetics, while the Premium Shoe Cleaning Brush with its walnut wood and natural hog hair bristles is tailored for delicate sections. A premium shoe cleaner features biodegradable ingredients and a microfiber towel absorbs up to seven times its weight in water. You can pick up and or all of these items now at the Hypebeast Online Shop.
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Black Dave (nèe: Dave Willis) embodies skateboarding. Literally transitioning from grind to grind, the young Bronx native has always stayed true to his heritage, looking past skeptics and posers alike to accrue a real credibility in both the hip-hop and skateboarding scenes in New York. Lupe Fiasco, Hopsin, Pharrell, and most recently, Lil Wayne have all attempted to use hip-hop as a channel to capitalize on skateboarding’s ‘cool’ factor, all with varying degrees of success. Skateboards are cool, but the image is indefinitely more appealing when the rapper knows how to skillfully maneuver one. Enter Black Dave, who for years has been compiling mixtapes, live performances, and entertaining music videos into an impressive musical resumè. His latest mixtape, Stay Black, can be interpreted as a summary of the artist’s driven demeanor. Not unlike early Jeezy mixtapes, Stay Black represents both his city (New York) and retains a certain unwavering determination to succeed throughout the lyricism. Accompanying the mixtape release is the Jason Ano-directed visual presentation of “Muthaf*ck My Enemies.” Drawing inspiration from KIDS, the video features stunning shots that give an accurate depiction of New York youth culture. Enjoy!
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“Working on this video for Black Dave was a creative relief for me because I want to focus on cinema this year. For the treatment of the music video, we decided to pay homage to one of my favorite films, “KIDS”. The entire process from inception to execution was so organic because Dave, coming from the Supreme cult and being a skater himself, truly embodied the lifestyle that movie portrayed. Just like how I would imagine Larry Clark or Harmony Korine in the midst of filming their movies, a lot of crazy things actually happened and we took a lot of risks to get this video made. With blind faith, I handed Darnel my RED rig to hold while he skated and during the rooftop scene, we had a replica gun with no markings on it indicating that it was fake. In the middle of flashing the gun and throwing up 40s, two undercover detectives rushed into our set, but fortunately with a little bit of speech-craft, we were able to finish and get the job done. It was a crazy day to film a music video, but for the other skaters, this was a daily routine.” -Jason Ano
Having already shot two fantastic features on Pharrell Williams and Jay Electronica in black and white, esteemed director Jason Goldwatch presents the third installment of Time Pieces. This time, Goldwatch turns his Super 8mm camera on Oakland native Too $hort as he goes about his daily business, a routine which — for one of the seminal personalities in West Coast hip-hop — involves volunteering at a youth center in East Oakland called Youth Uprising. Watch the feature above as he buys a boombox and plays tracks off an iPod for the kids, giving back to the community in his own wonderful and unique way.
We continue with our profiles, Reporting from Asia, with a short conversation with Jason Park, buyer for Boon the Shop in Seoul, South Korea. The timing could not be more interesting with the recent assignment of former Trussardi man, Milan Vukmirovic, as creative director for Boon the Shop.
Medium Concepts’ Paul Conrad conducted the interview.
1. What is fashion to South Korea?
Difficult question. Used to be important industry as a manufacturing before. Now I think it’s more entertainment. Something to play with. The taste is changing or being improved dramatically.
2 How did you end up in the role you are in today?
My lifetime dream was to be a buyer for a multi international designer retailer, so when I heard a rumor that Boon the shop was launching men’s, I jumped right to it. Luckily I was able to join the project from the inception, and we launched in 2006.
I studied fine art in junior high school and pursued industrial design, majoring in engineering in a university in Korea.
I started my career in fashion working in a men’s suit label out of Korea in 2000, and became a buyer for Emporio Armani from 2002 to 2005 in Shinsegae International, which is the parent company of Boon the shop.
3. What is the concept/DNA of Boon the shop/ Man on the Boon?
We don’t usually define the concept for Boon the shop or Man on the Boon. If I have to mention, the key word can be the first designer specialty store in Korea, the best, biggest, luxury, elegant
Reporting on Asia Q&A with Jason Park, Buyer for Boon the Shop is a post by Jeff Carvalho on Selectism.
Already one of the most elusive — and intriguing — of hip-hop’s current crop of rising stars, Jay Electronica continues to build on his quickly-expanding mythology in ways unrelated to music. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), the New Orleans MC’s forthcoming debut album. Shot in black and white with a Super 8 mm camera and set to the soundtrack of MCA’s “Namaste,” the latest installment in director Jason Goldwatch’s “Time Pieces” traces the enigmatic rapper’s spiritual journey through Himalayan fog and into the villages of Nepal as he consults with a monk, delivers rice and has his face decorated with the ashes of cremated bodies. The artist is no stranger to the religious realm and has been known to frequent sacred sites like Pashupatinath Hindu Temple and the Bodinath Buddhist Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Goldwatch’s clip should shed some light on an artist who is himself quickly becoming something of an otherworldly figure. Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.