Sunday, 29 April 2012

Picture Moment #43

Courtesy of the good folk over at Place Hacking.

The beautiful arteries of London by night.

Nas - "The Don" - Official Video

Nas is back with a tune that sounds like it came straight from the "Distant Relatives" sessions.

Nas has enlisted the help of Salaam Remi for the production side of "The Don" which is the first single off his new album "Life is Good".

"Life is Good" will be Nas' 10th studio album and is set for a release on 17th July 2012 through Def Jam Records.

"Smoking an escubano, guzzle my second bottle"

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Mitch Dobrowner has been named the Sony World Photographer of the Year 2012.

The black and white shots fought off stiff competition from over 112,000 photographs submitted from all over the world.

















The award, the L'Iris d'Or, was presented at a ceremony at The Hilton, London along with photography equipment and a cheque in the sum of $25,000.
















Sergey Kolyaskin won the Youth Award, which celebrates photography from under 20's, Sergey was awarded Sony camera equipment and a place on the exhibition.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tupac at Coachella and the infinite possibilities

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you will have seen the footage of Tupac at Coachella.

Dre and Snoop wowed the crowds with all the hits and, as if the two hip-hop heavyweights headlining wasn't enough, they brought Tupac on stage. The hologram, that was the a production of AV Concepts, was said to have cost in the region of $400,000 and is credited as Dre's vision.

Hologram Tupac performed "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" and is already 'booked' to tour with Dre on, what is believed to be, a world tour.

It is obviously not the first time that hologram technology has been used in live performances (with Gorillaz using hologram technology for their previous tour). However, it is without doubt the best.

It begs the question... who could be next?

What if The Beatles played Glastonbury? What if Bob Marley played Wembley? What if Dave Grohl got to play with Kurt Cobain again? Nina Simone, Biggie Smalls, Buddy Holly, Little Richard... could this really take off???

Personally, if the hologram delivered a live performance, I would definitely pay to see it. And... if this technology can be improved further, this could signal a very exciting new chapter in live music.

Watch this space... very closely

Monday, 9 April 2012

"Take Care" - Drake feat Rihanna and Gil Scott-Heron

After a very long wait, the video for "Take Care" finally gets released.

No Jamie xx appearance or Gil Scott-Heron footage but a strong video nonetheless.

Lily Allen to return

Lily Allen is reportedly recording new songs as she has been spotted heading to RAK Studios in St John's Wood.

Allen gave the music business up after 2009's "It's Not Me, It's You" to focus on her family and fashion and had had some pretty strong feelings on illegal downloading. It has been reported that Lily has made the decision to return to music following new inspiration from her daughter and husband.

"HYFR" - Drake and Lil Wayne

Drizzy goes Bar Mitzvah Part 2 on the video for "HYFR"

Gorillaz no more - according to Albarn

Damon Albarn has been busy recently accepting Outstanding Contribution to Music awards and getting ready for Blur's triumphant return at the London Olympics concerts.

However, in an interview with The Guardian, Albarn has suggested that he can't see any further releases from the animated group in the near future. Tensions had been apparent before, during and after the band's 2012 world tour with animator, Jamie Hewlett, upset with the fact that his visuals did not feature as much as they had previously.

Albarn told the Guardian that, on the last album, there were at "cross purposes" and that any work in the future would probably not surface until said cross purposes were "untied".

"Beez in the Trap" - Nicki Minaj feat 2 Chainz

Nicki is currently top of the album charts here in the UK but it's back to business.

Monday, 2 April 2012

"Men at Work 2020" - Kool G Rap, Nutso, Rugged Intellect, FT AKA Stand Out, Ras Kass, Action Bronson and Necro

Yep... that's a real line-up.

A little Tuesday morning treat

"From Marcy to Barclays"

A great new promo for Rocawear.

Jay Z in "From Marcy to Barclays"

Drake and Westwood

I actually saw Drizzy on his Club Paradise tour last Friday. A brilliant night with a great mix of the new album even going all the way back to the "So Far Gone" days.

Whilst in London, Drake caught up with Westwood:

LGB update

Evening all,

Just a quick one to let you know what has been going as content has been very limited on the website for the last couple of months. I have been checking the email account and thank you for everyone who is continuing to send in bits and bobs.

If you have been following the twitter account (@TheLGBoutique) you will already know that I have just returned from Hong Kong and, as such, I couldn't update the wesbite.

Nonetheless, I am back in Mighty Blighty and LGB is rises once more!

Please keep sending in submissions to the email lasergunboutique@gmail.com

Cheers,