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- Greetings from Lilweezyana
I’m on my way back from a long weekend in New Orleans, and I’m sorry to go. I was there with my friend Josh who’s working on the next issue of his magazine Habitus, which will be devoted entirely to N.O. We did a lot of running around and I’ll definitely be putting up a lot of photos and music and maybe an interview in the next few days, but until I get everything organized, I thought it appropriate to start off by acknowledging one my favorite artists and the current king of the town, New Orlean’s own Lil Wayne.
Believe it or not, even though the song is months old and they probably had it before anyone else, the New Orleanians are STILL bumping “Lollipop”, a song that I thought was a joke the first time I heard it but went on to become the #1 song in America. You really hear it everywhere in N.O. – from cars, in clubs, gas stations, at ATM machines… it’s amazing actually. So for posterity’s sake, I figured why not post it…
Lil Wayne – Lollipop
While I’m at it, here’s a cool electro remix by Nasty Ways out of San Francisco
When I left NY all you heard was the Jay-Z “A Billie” freestyle over Wayne’s “A Millie” beat, so here’s that + Wayne’s original verses
And now that I think of it, Lollipop doesn’t really do justice to Weezy’s genius. I’d hate anyone to turn off prematurely, so here’s The Dedication 2, in my opinion one of the best mixtapes ever made. Please check this.
PS – The image above is by Lionel Deluy, a French photographer with a slick, dark style that I like a lot. Check his stuff out here.
- Simon’s Cat
Check out this wicked animation that my friend Andre sent me. As a cat lover, I have to say that the creator Simon Tofield absolutely nailed this. The incessant nagging, the moments of manipulative cuteness, the semi-psychotic persistence, the domination through submissiveness, the amusement morphing into annoyance. My favorite part is the rejection-regret-resentment cycle that the dude experiences from 1:55-1:58. Ten thumbs up.
- Awesome Book: The Chinese Dream
Very Friend Neville Mars and his colleagues at the Dynamic City Foundation have just released an amazing new book called The Chinese Dream. Neville is an architect from Holland. We met in New York in ’99 when he was working with a couple friends on a film called NYNTEEN NYNTY NYNE, and over the years I’ve come to deeply admire his commitment to quality and overall flip mode ethic.
He moved to China four or five years ago, lured by an announcement that China planned to build 400 new cities of 1 million inhabitants each by 2020, or 20 new cities a year for 20 years. He co-founded DCF, a kind of amorphous collective of sociologists, planners, researchers and designers, and got to work. In 2003 they launched the Urban China 2020 project, an in-depth study of the effects of China’s flash-urbanization and what designers could do in response. To expand the pool of participants, observers, critics, etc. a couple of years ago DCF established an online collaboration platform called BURB for open-source research and design.
The Chinese Dream (010, 2008) is the culmination of these efforts, a 784-page opus that I can honestly say is the most beautiful book on China I’ve ever seen. Besides that I can’t say much more, though, because I haven’t actually read it yet. Neville showed it to me last month between drinks and in poor lighting conditions, but I was honestly blow away by it. So I’m riding with that emotion. (Nev holla)
Here are some sample spreads, in case you think I’m exaggerating. Click to enlarge…
To view many more and read the book’s introduction, check out the Chinese Dream fact sheet here.
I don’t think it’s arrived in western stores yet, but you can order the book from the publisher’s site here.
For all the Beijing heads, here are a few places where you can pick it up…
- The depths of happiness
MM 59-08 Love you forever