KINDERCORE BY MICHELLE GUINTU

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist, Michelle Guintu plays with a little of everything. From sewing cigarettes together to McDonalds-inspired paper mache dolls, to her most recent tempera paintings of hip hop artists and other nostalgic characters from her youth, Guintu’s work is all tied together by its reference to her teenage years. Guintu’s work was once described as “kindercore”: part kindergarten part hardcore. Her work embraces the past with light-hearted reverence.

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Calling on our past with characters in The Wonder Years, Roseanne and TLC, Michelle plays to our hearts and then paints them in bold strokes of neon pink. Her minimalist line work exposing the familiar contours of pop culture celebrities is definitely something to applaud, alongside her brilliantly saturated palette.

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FUTURISTIC NATURE BY LOW BROS

by Ariadna Zierold

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The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The use of contemporary methods gives thematic glimpses into the future. The protagonists of their work embody codes and attitudes of city life, which are in contrast to the natural purity of the animal and nature motifs, also integral to their work. This tension drawn from the ambivalence between urbanity and nature gives rise to a whole Low Bros universe.

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Jeremy Fish Music Capsule Collection: An Homage To Hip-Hop’s Golden 90s

“1994 was a golden year. It was the year I moved to San Francisco to skateboard and attend The SF Art Institute. It was also a golden year for Hip Hop. Nas’s “Illmatic”, Gang Starr’s “Hard To Earn”, Notorious B.I.G. “Ready To Die”, Beastie Boys “Ill Communication”, Method Man “Tical”, Jeru The Damaja’s “The Sun Rises In the East”, Scarface, Digable Planets, Saafir, Casual, and many other amazing albums. The illustrations for these tee shirts were inspired by celebrating the 20th anniversary of these amazing records, and the affect they had on me then, and now.” – Jeremy Fish

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The Jeremy Fish Music Capsule with four new designs are now available in store and online at Upper Playground.

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DJ Shadow announces his new imprint and first new release in 2 years: The Liquid Amber EP

DJ Shadow announced  that he will be dropping his new imprint and first new release in 2 years on Tuesday, August 12th via his SoundCloud.  His highly anticipated EP, titled  THE LIQUID AMBER with 3 songs features a Machinedrum remix of “Six Days”:

“Ghost Town” is an ambitious ride through many of the micro-genres within the Future Bass umbrella that have inspired me recently, while “Mob” is an intentionally stripped-down, Cali-certified head-nodder. Both songs were written, programmed, and mixed by myself, and they represent the forward steps I feel I’ve taken as an engineer. The “Six Days” remix was something I asked Machinedrum to knock out as a tour weapon, and he crushed it (naturally), so I felt it deserved a proper release.” – DJ Shadow

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August 8th, 1988: Paying homage to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ with N.W.A. Style

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Time to get nostalgic about gansta rap for a minute: Straight Outta Compton, the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, was released 26 years ago today on August 8, 1988. Revisit the original Music Video below and check out our homage to the N.W.A. caps available in Snapback or Fitted.

Up New Era Snapback and Fitted available now at www.upperplayground.com:

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The genius of science: GZA & Science Genius at TED x Teen 2014

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What is the power behind HipHop as an art form to educate listeners about science? That is exactly what GZA of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan asked himself in relation to SCIENCE GENIUS, a program that tries to instill the passions and awareness of science and lyrical inspirations to underprivileged youth.

“Wu is the word, Tang is the tongue of the sword, so basically it’s about being lyrically sharp. I’ll say I’m a crazy one because HipHop is my vehicle to scientific and universal enlightenment. Growing up in the 70s and 80s in Stanton Island in Brooklyn, I was not readily exposed to the hard sciences.  You see science existed in tertiary forms during my youth. And it wasn’t until my music career matured, that I began to pursue or I was exposed to science as an intellectual pursuit. But yet still as a child I often wondered about the static from the coffee or the aluminum on the TV antenna…  “-GZA at TED x TEEN 2014 :

‘Evolution of HipHop Dancing’ by Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon

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The Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing’ by Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon is trending like mad right now so in case you missed it: