Mars visits the Octopus

September 2007.

 

A young me walks fresh out of the local, and long since closed, CD and record shop with Kanye's "Graduation" album tucked. I had been reminded by 106 & Park that the battle between Kanye West and 50 Cent for album sale supremacy had begun, and I had to go support my mans. Little did I know I was also purchasing a piece of artwork: the album cover by famed master contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami.
 
Fast-forward to the year 2017. I get word from a friend that the Chicago Museum Of Contemporary Art is having an exhibition that will be featuring Takashi's artwork throughout the years. Soon after, I flew out to visit the exhibit titled "The Octopus That Eats Its Own Leg" and was blown away by the work of the Japanese artist, as well as the many works of the local talents on display. I could go on and on about my Indica induced adventure through historically magnificent contemporary works, but my words would not do it justice. Instead, I took photos to help!
 
"The Octopus That Eats Its Own Leg" wraps up and leaves Chicago Sep 24, 2017. If you happen to be in the area, stop in and check out a fine display of brilliance by the master.

 

As Nasty As She Wants To Be: Cupcakke the Rapper

Coming straight from Chicago at the tender age of 19, Cupcakke has become an internet rap phenomenon. She has been traveling the country performing at sold out shows, going viral for her vulgar captions under her pictures and tweets, has over a million views on Youtube, and created a cult following.

I saw a video of hers called "Ace Hardware" where she spoke about her trials and tribulations as a child and other children and became interested. I quickly learned this female raptress not only rapped about empowering women, but she raps about police brutality, LGBTQ rights, and sex. Lots and lots of sex.

 

With quotes like "I used my period blood to dye my hair" and "Beat this pussy up like Sharkeisha". She is definitely an acquired taste. She wears bold colors, a different hairstyle every week, and dances to the beat of her own drum. She dares to challenge the stigmas being "ladylike" by being crude, fearless, and hardcore. She speaks to crowds of people who typically keep their naughty thoughts in their head.

Check out her latest project Queen Elizabitch

LOVE AT FIRST SOUND

For one, the song that I’m posting isn’t titled “Love at First Sound”, that’s the artist name which initially caught my eye (I see what you’re doing there). This Chicagoan who now resides in Las Vegas created a Song Written About Girls and shot me an email, soon after I loved it and now we’re here. The single is only a glimpse of his project AUDRA which is due in the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to it too, I like when artist produce and write their own music. I know plenty who do it and adore them from afar.

Enjoy <3

Imani @AOmuff500