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To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated album To Pimp A Butterfly is finally out. TDE and Interscope dropped an early stream and iTunes link to help combat leaks from the project. The album is fierce and politically-charged, referencing Bill Clinton, Oprah, all police departments, american black, and Richard Pryor, all to show that K. Dot isn’t playing around. There’s some of Kendrick’s trademark boasts, delivered over a funk-informed track with a killer talkbox bassline that leads up to an acoustic guitar solo. He’s also proud of his Compton history, pondering if he should run for mayor one day. SPOILER! More…Read More

Queen Andrea / 310 Bowery

Friday March 13th 310 Bowery Bar Room will showcase Queen Andrea’s newest mural. 310 Bowery has an old school dive bar charm, but Queen Andrea Von Bujdoss’ mural really pops off the wall. The bar is a new destination for urban art and authentic downtown shows, brands and music, and pays homage to the original Bowery of the 1970’s and 1980’s, which is super refreshing in a mostly gentrified downtown landscape. More…Read More

The Real Bionic Man

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now Hugh Herr directs the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is pioneering a new class of biohybrid smart prostheses and exoskeletons to improve the quality of life for thousands of people with physical challenges. More…

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Low Line

Squeezing public spaces into cities that are increasingly built-up gets ever more difficult. One unusual solution is to build such spaces underground. That’s the plan for New York’s planned Lowline park, which will see an old trolley terminal renovated and illuminated with sunlight via fiberoptics.  More…

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Fresh Dressed

Style has always been quintessential part of the hip hop ethos. Sacha Jenkins’ documentary Fresh Dressed is a documentary film that chronicles the history of “hip hop” fashion. What the film demonstrates is that it’s not how much money an item or outfit costs, but the power ascribed to the pieces. The garments worn by those in hip hop are often not made to be worn by those donning them, but it’s the new energy that hip hop brings to those pieces which is truly special. Fresh Dressed will be released sometime next year, and will subsequently be aired on CNN.