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.


Drake ‘More Life’ Album Review

To whom much is given, much is required and Hip-Hop’s reigning king, Drake seems to always fulfill his musical obligations. In 2016, Views broke numerous records (Most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Most streamed arts on Spotify, etc.) and now we find ourselves in the midst of Drake season again with his sixth album, “More Life.” This album also is his last under his contract with Cash Money Records.

The world practically goes into panic mode every time Drake releases a new project and judging by Twitter, this time is no different. Since Drizzy’s first album, “Thank Me Later”, he’s been experimenting with a plethora of sounds ranging from hip-hop to reggae. Noah “40” Shebib has played the role of Quincy Jones on every single project Drake has dropped and he has yet to disappoint in the production lane especially with the heavy soca and calypso influences on More Life. Drake manages to also squeeze some bars in here and there on certain tracks.

Standout tracks:

Free Smoke
Marina Riddim
Nothings Into Somethings
Can’t Have Everything

More Life is not an album, but a playlist, as indicated by Drake himself. He delivered a playlist for all occasions so be expecting to hear More Life for the next six months from every phone, car, and Instagram post from social media celebrities.