It all started as a hum in a makeshift studio in his Harlem apartment. I remember just asking him to repeat the hum. Then words were added, a beat was curated, & a song was made. This song, happens to be one of my favorites from Mr. Jackson & the Gourmet Family simply because I was a part of it. It all didn't happen in one night. When I heard the finished product, I was thoroughly impressed, excited, & satisfied.
"Sometimes, life's a nightmare, sometimes, I don't even care ' n ' sometimes, I watch the people stare, but my mind, it ain't even there".
If you knew Alex aka Mr. Jackson, you would know that this song makes perfect sense. He is a perfectionist who fusses over the details, feels, & emotions of things. He often sits in dark rooms, attends movies, restaurants,& bars alone. At the same time very family oriented. A strange dynamic, but that is him.
Creating the visuals for the song, he summoned all his boys to take part in the short film. It's hard to call it a music video, because it is so much more than that. Even I have a little cameo. This may just be the video that lands me an acting gig (just kidding)or not.
The Pop Up Flea, aka heaven for menswear enthusiasts made it's way to New York City. Considering the Pop Up Flea only pops up one weekend at a time, in different cities across the nation, I was pleased to have been in attendance. There were many booths with quality known & up & coming brands alongside their goods.
The flea is set up similar to a tradeshow except, it is open to the public and patrons were able to purchase these goods. The foot traffic was incredible. People from all over were one step shy of scouring. It was the best place to get your hands on leather goods, knitwear, footwear, & other goodies you can imagine. I made my way to the flea both Saturday & Sunday. Went back Sunday because there was an LL Bean vest I didn't purchase while I was there Saturday. Of course when I got there Sunday, there weren't any in my size.
It's a you snooze you lose world over at the flea. Still glad I was there tho. The inspiration was food for the soul.
With a totally unique sound Sampha blessed us with a hit. Well, a hit for me at least. This song is a song I repeat time & time again. Quality music in the world of trap & hard beats is hard to come by. Even all r&b tunes sound the same. For me, lyrics still matter. Instruments still matter. Content & composition still matters. Sampha is an artist who is true to this. His music comes from an honest place. You can hear it in his voice.
"Free those emotions left uncovered"
I found the Ali exhibit at Milk Gallery in the Meatpacking District to be so inspiring. A room full of photographs of "The Greatest" was almost overwhelming. So almost overwhelming, I had to visit twice. Photographer Thomas Hoepker really captured the true essence of "The Greatest" through his photographs. What I saw in his work photographing Muhammad Ali, is what I want to see in my work when I look at it years from now.