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Fall is finally here, and I know the sweat crawling down your forehead is contradicting that statement, but it is here and that means it’s time to get fresh.  If you haven’t noticed every fashion magazine packs their pages with so much content for their fall issues they turn into mini bibles just so they can discuss the latest trends.  I’m going to cut out the middleman and give you a little walkthrough of all the things that I think will be staples for fall. Bomber Jackets The bomber jacket became a fashion staple last year popping up on runways and high fashion brand lookbooks before trickling down into most fast fashion brands.  For this season I recommend injecting some life into the black and army green colorways by getting a bomber jacket that has bold patterns like floral or camo prints. Souvenir Jackets The Souvenir Jacket had…

James Blake’s music has always lent itself to space. The hollowness of his sound burrows itself into the parts of the mind rarely explored by modern electronic musicians.  His classically-trained music sensibilities don’t let him build up momentum simply for a drop. That would be too simple. Instead Blake lets the piano keys glide onward and bring the listener to the vastness of space. Blake often uses music to explore the concept of love, heartbreak and the beauty of something often neglected in music. Silence. The video for James Blake’s first hit single,” Limit to Your Love,” depicts a young man in his room surrounded by levitating objects.  The items gather together before falling into a dark pit on the floor of Blake’s room.  As the items slide into an unknown abyss, the shaky bass that catapulted Blake into fame comes crashing together with piano keys and a beautiful falsetto.…

Kendrick Lamar’s greatest gift is the clarity and brevity in which he raps. He has the ability to fire off rhymes with quick succession and after each line you have just enough time to soak in the weight of his words. The spotlight is currently on Kendrick and he is well aware of his position in hip-hop. Lamar has seen and done many things, both good and bad; the burden of his past choices are all too evident in his music. He frequently raps about the duality of his life, a hero for all of hip-hop, but also a man with faults. These faults are visible in his music, every boastful line of success can be accompanied by a line declaring his fear of judgement. Lamar released, untitled unmastered, on Friday as a surprise release. It was well known that Lamar had a wealth of material stashed away after the…

I thought I could distance myself from the hype, as Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo approached its release date on Feb. 11. As Kanye fumbled between different album titles, “Swish” and then “Waves,” my expectations for the record began to escalate.  Kanye adjusted tracklist structures and created different acts for his album, updating his fans through Twitter. The day of his live-streamed Madison Square Garden Yeezy fashion show, I found myself apprehensive or almost fearful that Kanye West wouldn’t be able to deliver. I was wrong.   It’s a struggle being a Kanye fan, having to detach yourself from his larger-than-life persona. His off-the-cuff moments leave you scratching your head or applauding his relentless fight for authenticity. While most pop stars use a team of advisors to curate a perfect image, Kanye simply walks through the life with unrelenting confidence — sometimes with disastrous results. The Life…

Kid Cudi’s music has always contained elements of self-reflection and melancholy. On his earlier albums he hid his darker moments behind the veil of beautiful synth driven production and memorable hooks. If you listened closely enough, Scott Mescudi never shied away from this vulnerability: he has always embraced it. Speeding Bullet 2 Heaven is an experimental journey, composed with somber guitar chord progressions and gritty acoustic ballads all accompanied by murky sometimes incoherent vocals. This album revisits many of Cudi’s old themes but the sound is more aggressive. This album hits you over the head with themes of drug addiction and loneliness while rock music is used as Cudi’s latest sound bed. On the second track of the album, “Confused,” Cudi sings, “Who am I/ Who are We/ All I want is to feel complete.” These moments of introspection are prevalent throughout the album. He asks himself and the listener…

New York Fashion Week wrapped up a little while ago so I decided to evaluate some of the street style shots of the folks lurking outside of the latest fashion shows. In case you’re not too privy to the street style game, it’s a trend that picked up in popularity a few years ago.  Photographers snap photos of fashion insiders, celebrities and designers during Fashion Weeks but it gives you a more personal look into emerging trends. It might sound meaningless but everything important I learned about clothes and styling came from looking at photos of people who dress so damn well they happen to break every sartorial rule known to man.  I’m personally kind of tired of writing about the pretentious “runway shows” and “the new theme of the collection.”  It gets kind of repetitive and I know my job mainly consists of keeping things fresh while writing about…

“Find Your Wings” is the mantra and overall theme of Tyler the Creator’s third official album, Cherry Bomb. This simple quote  encapsulates the entire body of work that Tyler and his Odd Future cohorts have produced up to this point in their respective careers. The obvious question to ask next is where does Tyler go with his music, his themes and his audience?  Does he continue to latch onto the shock value raps that helped him gain his current level of fame or will he choose to create a record that shows signs of progress?. On Twitter, Tyler stated that Cherry Bomb had taken two years to produce and that it was the first album he had actually focused on with great detail. The album opens with “Deathcamp,” a track that condemns the celebrity life that Tyler now inhabits. A jarring guitar sample is looped throughout the track with a…

Shlohmo’s latest album, Dark Red, feels dense and foreboding; it’s the type of music you might want to listen to with the shades drawn and the lights off. Before listening to the LP, just by glancing at track titles such as, “Meet Ur Maker,” “Buried,” and “Fading,” you get a sense of the atmosphere that the 24-year-old, Henry Laufer, producer and co-founder of the WEDIDIT collective, is trying to evoke with this new project. Shlohmo’s music has always dabbled with an unspoken sense of uplifted melancholy, two very contradictory thoughts that made his music so enjoyable.  “Places,” a highlight from Shlohmo’s first album, Bad Vibes, had a beautiful melody laid over a backdrop of lo-fi vocals and clicking drums soaked in delay and echo effects. It’s also important to note that Shlohmo is a producer that isn’t afraid to experiment with many forms of production. One of his EP’s titled…

Spring is here. It’s time to pack away that 50-pound The North Face parka and those Timberlands boots and prepare for bright, sunny days and the abusive New York City heat. As you transition from Winter to Spring, you have to change the wardrobe up a bit.  I realize that most college students are broke after taking out financially crippling loans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t attempt to look a little more presentable. No more oversized cargo shorts and tank tops that have ironic marijuana jokes. Everything in life is expensive, especially clothes, so I curated a list of items for broke college kids. Clarks Desert Boots ($90) If you want to stand out in a crowd full of “bros”, you have to step your footwear game up. These are basically the cheaters guides to being fresh. Everybody loves desert boots; they’re relatively cheap, they look good on everyone,…