J. Cole details the inspiration behind ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’, his battle with expectations, wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar when they first met and his thoughts regarding the shots-ridden “Control” verse. Cole also talks the hip hop culture shift that inspired “Fire Squad”, consciously staying out of Drake’s lane while creating his own, what happened that eventful night with Diddy, visiting Ferguson, his new outlook on life and how he became a voice of his generation.
“The donuts give our bakers a chance to be naughty, really. We literally carpet bomb them with sugar.”
Meet Justin Gellatly, the head baker of Bread Ahead Bakery located at the popular food stalls in London’s Borough Market. Good fortune brought me to Bread Ahead early one morning in England. A wave of heavy rock blasted from the kitchen, while an army of men in white danced to the beat of their own bread making. But, I wasn’t here for the bread this morning, I was here for Justin’s legendary custard-filled donuts – a menu item so famous and so blogged about, sometimes, even Justin admittedly can’t cope with it.
My local journalist friend, Felicity Spector, suggested this story and I am forever grateful. Justin is a modern day Willy Wonka of sorts – a true craftsman who delights in the wonder of his creations. Watch as his eyes light up when talking about the experience of eating his donuts. There’s a cheeky amusement to it, a sense that he’s recreated the magical experience of being a kid again.
I tried to share one of his donuts. A novice mistake, as these are not made for sharing. In one bite, you instantly want to be alone. The gush of cream is surprising, and it ends up everywhere! On your nose, on your cheeks, all over your fingers. Moments later, you find no matter how much you’ve licked and wiped away, there is still more custard. An everlasting memory of the most famous donuts in London. Enjoy his story.
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We had the pleasure of spending our summer in Seattle with the LA Clippers’ Jamal Crawford as he hosted his annual Seattle Pro-Am league. For two months, we captured highlights and conducted interviews with Pro-Am players like Isaiah Thomas & Tony Wroten as well as Seattle basketball legends like Gary Payton and Brandon Roy who talked to us about Jamal and how committed he is to giving back to his community.
We also talked to Jamal about his basketball journey that started at home with a yellow Dr J basketball to playing pick-up games with the original Lob City crew of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp while Crawford was still in high school to the University of Michigan and then to the NBA where he has been breaking records and throwing lobs to Blake Griffin as part of the modern day Lob City.
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We will be releasing a full uncut interview with Jamal Crawford in the near future.
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If there’s one thing TOKiMONSTA taught us since she graduated from the 2010 edition of the Academy, it’s that she’s never one to settle. Linking up with the mighty Brainfeeder empire the following year, and signing with the Ultra conglomerate to drop off her previous full-length, her latest effort sees the LA-based producer jumpstart her very own Young Art imprint. In this talk at the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, she goes in-depth about the making of the new album.
Liza de Guia meets Melissa Yen, the founder and senior syrup slinger behind Jo Snow Syrups, a small-batch, artisan syrup company in Chicago. Melissa’s snow syrup flavors include Cola #6, Root Beer, Fig Vanilla Black Pepper, Cardamom Rose Water, Hibiscus Basil Orange Blossom, and Tangerine Lavender Honey, among many others.
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JAY Z’s Life+Times and vitaminwater® present the next episode of the new documentary series “Where I’m From.” This episode follows video director, music producer and all around creative person Lil Internet, and details his constant analysis of the world and creativity, and how he captures that and turns it into success. Known for his work on Beyonce’s “No Angel” and Diplo’s “Express Yourself” videos, he speaks on his modest upbringing in Norfolk, VA, using his parent’s music and video equipment to teach himself his craft.
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Pen & Pixel churned out thousands of covers in the 90s and early 00s for dirty South artists such as Master P, Ghetto Boys & Lil Wayne, defining the visual style of southern hip hop with its over the top, diamond encrusted covers. They were the ones to invent the term “bling bling”. Noisey follows Shawn Brauch, the founder & head designer, from their rise to success, trailblazing digital desktop publication before anyone, and it’s fall from dirty south fame.
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Over two years ago, Niykee Heaton was just about to graduate from high school, working a job at Ace Hardware, and in her spare time, she was spending hours recording her acoustic covers of hip-hop’s biggest songs from her Chi-town bedroom. Everything changed after her “Love Sosa” cover video hit WorldStarHipHop. We interviewed her immediately afterwards, right before one of her shifts at the store, but these days, she’s working on her debut album and signed to Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons’ All Def Music in partnership with Capitol Records.
She just released her debut EP Bad Intentions last week and the day it dropped, she stopped by Complex to detail the project, moving from cover songs to writing original hits, and working with both Simmons and Rifkind. She also explained her fascination with WorldStarHipHop and how to set the perfect thirst trap—if you haven’t checked out her Instagram, you’re missing out.
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