Artists in the world are commended and praised when they make it in there professional careers and with in very form of art, the artist is seen as being advanced and unique with in creative perspectives beyond that of the normal logic driven brain. At the top of every artist’s journey being given creative control on projects with in every creative industry and professional artist I’ve spoken to. All agree on that same point having the faith and belief from the client to create their vision from a creative perspective and being praised for the effort and energy they put into every project with every client is the cherry on the cake.
But speak to any artist about their path to reaching the top of their fields and being blessed with ability to have creative control was never in any field or industry an easy accomplishment. You will always meet clients and critics who can’t begin to understand your mindset and perspective, People with one idea in their head that they know is to shitty to market themselves and all they want is for you to take their shitty idea and make it as cool as they believe it to be and no matter how hard you work on creating an actual relatable piece of art that’s marketable and creatively unique. There never satisfied and then from what I’ve gathered speaking with professional creative’s, The blame often falls on them until they finally create the soulless piece of crap low budget passionless piece of shit corporate “art”
I’d like to remind the world out there, that when you seek creative advice on improving an idea you know can truly be something, don’t feel attacked or worried you don’t have control over the direction of your idea. No instead be open to discussion, don’t be narrow minded. Creative people love brain storming and adapting ideas, so stay focused on the creation of your idea. If idea is like a child? Then like the famous old saying goes” it takes a tribe to raise a child.” So when creating your dream take as much advice and motivation as you can in every way that you can and when you collaborate allow them to fill the outlines of your vision with the creativity you brought them on for.
The Jozi-Deep team travelled to Limpopo this weekend to attend Oppi koppi for one reason and one reason only to watch and share the motherfucking legend that is Joey Badass. In case you didn’t know Joey badass is Rapper,actor and producer from Brooklyn New York. He founded and lead the hip-hop collective named Pro Era. His debut studio album, B4.DA.$$, was released January 20, 2015. In July 2016, he made his television debut on the USA Network series Mr. Robot.
We have been anticipating the event for a few months and we able to attend and cover the event for Joey badass and were blown away from start to finish. Truly one of the most crowd thrilling performances we’ve been lucky enough to see.
He came out on to the stage like a bomb exploding on impact, his performance was phenomenal on all levels and was most definitely above and beyond all expectations. He controlled and involved the crowd constantly making everyone feel a part of his performance. He blessed the crowd with a brand new never heard before song that blew everyone in the crowds’ mind into a thousand pieces.
A big shout to the Oppi Koppi team for bringing Joey Badass to South Africa us and everyone there will always be grateful. Another shout out to Joey Badass himself for a truly fucking incredible experience we’ll never forget.
I’m just tryna be rich, I’m talking rick like Porter, I’m talking rich like Meech. I want a brand new Bentley; I’m talking a Bentley andMercedes. I’m talking a whole lot of labels, I talk Dior and Givenchy. I’ll take your kidney for my money, I’m talking kidney like explicit. I talk confusion like who did it; I leave no witness in the building. I kill a witness like I’m OJ, I’m talking Oj cause we ball but I don’t play, I’m a menace I’m talking menace like Dennis I’m talking Dennis like Rodman, I don’t play I’m no clown I’m talking clown like some kids I’m talking kids like welfare, I’m talking welfare like state I’m talking state like money I’m talking money like banks I’m talking banks like Tyra I’m talking Tyra like my ex I’m talking but I just wanna know what’s next, I keep a vest on the set incase these niggas stab in me in the back in case they can’t handle facts and wanna blast at a kid. I run this with my feet I’m talking city like Jozi I’m talking Jozi like its deep, I’m talking Jozi Deep, Jozi cover story I’m talking I make a million in these streets
I rap to sadistic I’m the truest
Leave you??? Twisted king
Better recognize when I’m the illest to touch the booth
I don’t care who came before, who made mills before
I’m gonna still come do my thing
Aint nobody able to do what I do
Chick I’m too quick and I’m too slick
Shit and you thought I was a son of a bitch
When no words are necessary
Have you ever been in a position where you knew that at any moment you could very well die? I have. IT is a day that I will never forget no matter how hard I try. Contrary to popular belief, when you pick up a gun from a tray of six and hold it to your head knowing you have a one in six chance of survival , your life does not flash before your eyes.
Instead you take in everything around you as I did. I absorbed my surroundings like a sponge. The metallic scent of fresh blood that lingered in the air was strong enough to taste. The Pacific Blue paint that was peeling off the wall in great chunks, revealing the white beneath, had a curious, but all too real feeling of hopelessness. The old wooden floor that creaked with every footstep had a way of making ones toes curl. The cold iron against my left temple had a feeling that was not of death or danger, but rather of freedom.
I watched the man who sat across from me.HE had a huge crop of frizzy orange hair on his head with a few patches here and there of matching stubble sprinkling on his cheeks and chin. I cringed as he let off an evil smile of rotten, crooked teeth. He smelt of cheap whiskey and old cigar smoke. His clothes were dark with stains and weathered with age. His appearance was enough to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
The only clean, yet most unsettling part of the entire room was the silver tray where the guns were placed. Six guns for six players and one bullet for one unfortunate soul.
As I sat at the dusty table in that rickety chair I realized that there were only two of us left. The rest of the contestants were either slouched back in their chairs like ragdolls or lying crumpled on the floor. I knew at that point that there was no turning back. I had made this decision and now I had to stick by it.
I could feel my heart beating hard in my chest. My heart felt as if it was, at any moment, about to break through my ribcage and flop out onto the table. I felt no urge to say a word to the man across from me. I could tell by the way his hand was gripped onto the handle of the gun and the way his dirty fingernails had dug into his palm that he felt the same way.
At that moment it was enough for us just to sit there without words. For this was a game of life and death, making Russian Rullet the ultimate gambling game.
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Graffiti and its importance as an art form
Visual art as a whole plays a vital role in the interpretation of artistic expression. People can relate, interpret difference of perspective from the same illustration, its sparks conversation and allows intrigued debates to flow.
However a graffiti artist has the pleasure of freedom threw expression allowing their work to be mysteries until you see it plain as day. Jozi is rich in talented graffiti artist with local born artist going as far as New York to do murals as well as our local art being showcased here at home, id recommend to any visitor and art appreciator to take a journey with in Jozi’s streets to see some of the most memorizing art pieces.
One local team of artist doing what they love most “the most hated crew” have been doing big things all over Jozi streets and beyond for many years now. One of their most recent pieces was a mural they did themed after water world. Drake, Riot and Beva are three of the artist’s doing some incredible work within the “MHC”.
Local talent like these three and the rest of their crew is vital for up ‘n coming artist to find inspiration as well as the motivation to keep the level of dedication and perseverance that’s needed to be successful in an art form like Graffiti.
The purity of music as an art form.
Music in its truest form is made from the combination of passion with in creation and expression of self where as when preformed or heard that passion transcends to the listener/audience who is then able to show passion from within expression and appreciation in the release of emotions otherwise bottled and repressed. The second factor being the harmony and synchronization of instrumental beats and sounds in accordance with the lyrical symphony which in turn is what allows the listener to reach a sense of euphoria creating an escape from everyday life. The third most important factor being the ability to take your audience on a journey of self-discovery, self-reflection and inner peace. Music is one of the only art forms that allow both the creator and the appreciator to relate on one of the most intimate levels.
As said by the man himself Bob Marley “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” This quote is specifically powerful to me as it’s the best way to describe how powerful music really is and within the same line how gentle and soothing it can be. We all have that feeling inside when listening to a certain song or artist that feeling of complete understanding, acceptance and serenity. We listen knowing that there’s no judgment or ridicule we listen knowing nothing can touch us in this moment and if only for this moment we are at one with ourselves.
Other intriguing quotes “where word fail, Music speaks.” By Hans Christian Anderson. Reminds me of the famous saying “a picture Says a million word.” Well in truth music transcends word, images and sounds into a collaboration without limits or boundaries. A musician has true artistic license with in his creation/expression. As long as the artist puts his art in line with himself and is able to express truthfully their story, there will always be a demographic market for true art and true expression.
Grietfest was a unique inner city experience filled with headline acts, must see up and coming dj’s and performers. The venue its self was a must see, set in the heart of central Jozi “the container yard” held the secret to this events success as there were large open spaces between the dance floors with audible vortex created off the echo on the containers with certain points intertwined with quite creative harmony.
Phfat killed the stage with his performance which was to us THE PERFORMANCE OF THE EVENT. His energy was exhilarating and the effectiveness in which he included the crowd made everyone on the floor feel like they were taking part in a live collaboration, as like his past performances he personalized his stage time to the very unique and diverse Grietfest crowd.
Ivy Lab was another explosive performance, Popartlive was there in full force with the best beats at hand, As well as all the way from the UK Billy Kenny whose set was electric from the symphonic beats to the pulse of the crowd vibrating to every sound except for a slight power cut which was handled like a pro!!
From the lighting and stage set up, including “the secret stage” was all expertly designed to fulfill each and every party seekers needs from inside container chill areas, with couches and lights, next door to beer pong tables in a lumo settings and let’s not forget the Olmeca Golden surprise booth with a selection of gifts for lucky winners.
All and all the event was a massive success with only one unfortunate part being of a brutal attack on victim “Brandon Swanepol” in which the reaction from the organizers was phenomenal, to the extent of helping with a fundraiser for his legal and medical Fee’s
We thank Grietfest and the organizers for allowing the Jozi-Deep team to be a part of the festival and the event as a whole was truly incredible and a definite must see in Jozi!!
|“These are the variables to life’s formula”
As a young generation born with as much FREEDOM and RESPONSIBLTY as our generation has. We need to evaluate our motives for our aspirations to success and fame!! Are our intentions of getting the big house and fasest cars to make your fellow man envious or jealous of what you’ve accomplished or are you the type of rare special breed of humanity that tries there hardest to succeed in everything they do but help others around them by setting an example of passion, drive, dedication and work ethic? Showing these qualities are the key variables to life’s formula. A simple standard of always giving your everything in all the aspects of our lives will inspire not only future generations to do the same just as our past generation stood together and inspired their people to stand for what’s right! To stand for the FREEDOMS we enjoy today!! We need to as a collective youth take control of our nation. Take control of our futures and the futures of our children! We need to be heard and we need a platform of educational tutorials to educate our people about their basic rights to equality. Instead of helping educate and empower each other most of our political and business leaders choose to flash around the cash from their positions never putting in the actual work and dedication required as a part of their position’s responsibilities.
I’m not taking about merely donating funds to charities which is all good and well but as the old saying goes “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat every night”. So, let’s remember we are one people, one nation. Sharing the same air so let’s inspire, empower and motivate each other so we can all benefit from the beauties this world must offer, let’s share the spoils of our land that we’ve been blessed with, Share the riches from the tree of knowledge we’ve inherited from our elders, let us rejoice in the fountains of inspirational inventions we shower in.
We as a people have a lot to be thankful for a lot and to look forward too, so look to your neighbors and take hands so we can move forward into our brighter future together as one people, one Earth, one love.