Tuesday, December 24, 2013

RantingRedHead


Name dropping, game dropping, etc
This edition of RRH focuses on rap and designer names lovechild.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jay-zs-tom-ford-song-582367

It started in the '90s when everyone in the rap industry began wearing Calvin Klein and it has only grown exponentially out of control since then. It seems to me that as soon as a rapper gets their moment in the spotlight they feel inclined to have to name drop the biggest designer labels of the moment. For example 'Tom Ford' by Jay-Z, 'Fashion Killa' by A$AP Rocky or 'Christian Dior Denim Flow' by Kanye West. Now my issue is not that these songs are being made by rappers but simply why do they feel the need to have to throw these designer names into their songs when most of the time these rappers do not come from this kind of lifestyle, they've only recently joined it. We can go back to Harlem in the 1950's and justify this sort of consumerism with dandyism. Men and women would wear high quality suits, dresses, shoes and jewelry despite not actually being a part of the upper class based on their income and location. It was a way to say that even though I may not live with the upper class I still hold a high standard for myself and if I can't make that $ I'll at least look like I do. This act of dandyism is clearly still prevalent, just look at boys who are obsessed with their sneakers and snapback's or girls and their purses. But when I saw A$AP's 'Fashion Killa' music video where him and Rihanna are walking through major designer stores trying on clothes and there is a break away moment at 3:06 where I'm assuming it's doing a flashback to A$AP before he was the superstar he is today and he is free-styling with friends on the street. No designer duds to be seen, just A$AP before fashion became such a major part of his persona. My mind was racking for reasons the director decided to include this scene in the video. It made no sense to the storyline and is not included in the original recording of Fashion Killa, so why????? Was this an attempt at making a subdued statement on what's happened to A$AP now that he is famous vs. who he was before the fame? How the fashion industry and it's bougie-ness been forced upon him so he can be successful? I was talking to a friend about these thoughts and she quickly cut me off saying how she finds it completely ridiculous that these rappers name drop these designers, make songs dedicated to them but in reality the designers don't give two flying fucks. Their sales don't change just because Jay-Z made a song about Tom Ford because the people buying Tom Ford were buying it long before Jay-Z mentioned him and the people that now know Tom Ford's name because of that song are still oblivious to who exactly the man is and what he does. Hell, I know a friend who got asked if Tom Ford was a strand of weed because Jay-Z name dropped him. Smh...... Getting back to my point, designers aren't changing their campaign model types or the people they send down runways because they are now mentioned in a rap song, they are just getting free press and the rappers are only looking like one more sap in the industry. It would seem more beneficial for rappers to stop designer dropping and take that money to support the community they came from that they use to give them street cred as a hard core gangster rapper. Just a thought to ponder the next time you're jamming out in your car to 'Tom Ford'.
Disclaimer: I jam out to 'Fashion Killa' practically every day, I am only questioning the video direction, not the awesome-ness of the song.
-Yours Truly, A Ranting Redhead


Work It Work It

New music video out from one of my favorites Adi Ulmansky~
"Work It"

check it>

Friday, December 20, 2013

No Fools

Hello little girl, 

That heart you abused. That mind you overused. That time you diffused. 
Holding your breath. Don't hold it alone. Your visions, Jacked from the crevices of your fragile soul, are waiting to explode. 
The magic within the tools life provides for destined change, sit to your left and to your right.  
The balance of the universe is restoring itself. 
Slowly but surely. 
NO FOOLS.

Sincerely,
The future. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

RantingRedHead: Basel and The Elite


VIP: Very Ignorant Person?? Art Basel Miami brings out the best and the worst in people. An attention crazed city and its local animals love nothing more than a good VIP night out. Well, miss Ashley Garner sums up her South Beach x Scope Art Fair VIP experience. Here is a taste of the Basel madness...



Basel and The Elite

This year at the world famous Art Basel I had the pleasure of working the VIP check in desk at the SCOPE art fair. My experience was nothing short of eye opening and extraordinary. I got to be within arms reach of the ground-breaking designer Rick Owens and his badass wife, work some of the biggest parties of the week and meet more than a handful of amazing and inspiring artists. However one thing that I did notice while I checked in the VIP’s is how much people are obsessed with entitlement. Even if it just means saving $25 people crave the VIP status and that is definitely accentuated during a time like Basel. They like to think that they are important even if they haven’t actually done anything to gain that importance other than be friends with the “right” people. Not that I’m hating at all, I for one am all for the VIP lifestyle but I like to think that I would work/do work my ass off to earn it. During Basel week you see the greedy devil come out in every single one of us. We determine who is worth hanging out with/keeping around based off of what art show or party they are able to get us into free of charge, but what does that really say about us outside of this strange time warp they call Art Basel Miami Beach? It doesn’t mean much, at least down here in the art fair’s hosting city. After the madness ceases we all seem to forget who was “important” that week and life goes on per usual: we pay for our own beers and usually have to work the parties to get into them. What is my point in all of this? Only to remember to stay humble people. Just because your card may be black of say VIP on it doesn’t mean you have the right to treat other people like shit or like they are less of a human being than you just because they didn’t manage to get their hands on a similar exclusive card. I have found in my time of meeting celebrities that the ones that are the most successful are usually the ones that are decent and understanding human beings. I pray that I remember that as I move to New York City in less than a month; I would hate to come back home and find myself being the big headed fake New Yorker, I cringe at the 
thought…..

-Your's Truly, A Ranting Redhead

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Olan Mills by Diane Rosser

ft Alaska 



 




Featured Artist: Adi Ulmansky



Stoked to share one of my new favorite artists Adi Ulmansky;  producer, writer, rapper and beautiful badass. Hailing from Israel, she has seen and been influenced by many corners of the world. Her sound is fashion buzzed, culturally infused, and raw. I had the pleasure of an interview with the sound, lyric, and beat genius herself. She is a gem! Get with it..


Full Name: Adi Ulmansky
Age: 25
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
First memories of music:
When I was really really young (I mean a tiny baby), my mom used to lift me up and put her lips on my bald head and sing. She has a beautiful voice and I can actually remember the warmth of her lips and how it used to calm me down and helped me fall a sleep (not cause it was boring! lol but cause it was relaxing.)
Influences growing up:
Well when I was a child I used to listen to a lot of nineties pop bands like TLC, Destiny's Child and the Spice Girls, but later on I started playing the guitar and got more into rock music and listened mostly to Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and that kinda thing. Later on I discovered the amazing work of electronic music and really got into acts like Autechre, Aphex Twin and producers that are more updated like Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, James Blake etc. now my main thing is the combination of hip hop with electronica and ethnic elements.
What impacts your sound and visions:
I guess what impacts me the most is my home country Israel. I'm really inspired by all the authentic, arabic - ethnic vibe that Israel has and I'm trying to use this inspiration to make the best out of this whole complicated political situation, which is totally depressing and sad.
When did you start producing your own music:
I started producing about 3 years ago but I got my music out first only a year ago - my first mixtape was released January 2013 and I released my EP Hurricane Girl August 2013.

Inspiration behind the name of your new EP Hurricane Girl:
I think the name and the whole ep in general captures a phase that I was going through in my life - I had a really hard few months in my personal life, and the ep kinda show both aspects of what I was going through - from feeling super sensitive and breakable to being this fighter girl that won't let you tell her what to do or treat her as a pretty face - I guess I kinda felt that the name "Hurricane Girl" represents this contradiction and describes what I felt like.
Favorite track off of Hurricane Girl:

It's hard to choose between Was It You and Work It 



My favorite track off of Hurricane Girl is 'Work It'. It's strong, honest, and basically telling everyone this is how it is, fuck off. What was going through your mind while writing that track. How has the opposition you've faced in the industry made you a stronger and essentially more badass person:
Well I wrote this song referring to a specific Israeli radio broadcaster that really didn't believe in what I was doing a few years ago and I just felt like now it's time to take this bad energy and create something useful and strong out of it.
I always really liked songs and artists that express their anger in their music, like Eminem for example, and I feel like this song really tells what it's like to be part of the industry, how you always get criticized and gotta be strong to move on and believe in yourself. Being a girl I guess it's even a bit harder cause for me I used to feel like people would first of all think that I'm all about my look and it drove me crazy cause apart from being a girl I also produce, write and compose all of my music and beats lol! So the sentence "Another pretty face" refers to that 




If you could describe your aesthetic in one word (or a bunch of words):
In one word - a mix
In a bunch of words- a mix of lots of different cultures and aesthetics - from grunge and emo to japanse harajuku and arabic princesses.
A particular show that you’ve performed that has stood out among the rest:
I guess the one I was the support act for Disclosure in London.

You have incredible style. What role has fashion played in your career/life? Its significance to you:
I guess I'm just a visual person. I've always been. That's why I put a lot of thought into my music videos and the whole visual design. I enjoy fashion just as much as I enjoy creating music. Fashion played a role in my career cause it got me to do a shoot and an interview for ASOS fashion up app and also TOPSHOP so.. it's nice
Whats up next for ADI?:
Gonna release 2 music videos soon and also working on new music and really cool collabs!

Favorites
Film: Oldboy
Musician: tough question!! Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Diplo, Kitty Pryde
Color: purple and pale blue
Food: pizza (even though i'm allergic to gluten:/)
City: London and NY
Cartoon character: Jigglypuff
Item of clothing: my super high platforms
Quote: “So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa




Lets Go Out








Jacked Fashion Party Dress
Model Diane Rosser