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This Week In Urban Culture

By Jessica Best - 15 Feb 2019

Welcome to your weekly urban culture wrap.

Every week we’ll be showcasing what’s trending in urban culture; covering art, fashion, health, beauty, music, film, travel, career and more.

MUSIC

The 61st Grammy Awards were in full swing this week, giving way to some huge wins and highlights for the past year in music. Unsurprisingly, Childish Gambino’s iconic This Is America made Grammy history with the song winning both song and record of the year (plus music video and rap/sung performance of the year). It’s the first time a rap song has taken out these two titles making the wins a huge political statement for the genre.

Cardi B also scored her first Grammy award and is essentially the first solo woman to take out a rap album Grammy with her album Invasion of Privacy. For Best New Artist, it was Dua Lipa who won over Grammy voters for this category. Over the past year, Lipa’s music has been streamed more than 2.7 billion times on Spotify. 

Chance The Rapper has ditched the mixtape life, dropping a Twitter post that read “Chance Album. July 2019”. There’s huge hype over this announcement as it will be the Chicago rapper’s first solo full-length record since Coloring Book released in 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Valentine’s Day brought more than we bargained for this year with Drake announcing a re-release of his debut EP So Far Gone on streaming services. It’s been a decade since the mixtape put Drake on the map in the music industry and off the back of his win at the Grammys for best rap song, there’s no doubt this EP featuring cameos from Trey Songs and Lil Wayne will head to the top of the charts.

FASHION

In the world of fashion, it was the predominantly conservative looks and neon flair that stole the red carpet at the Grammys donned by some of the biggest talents in music.

Highlights include Janelle Monae rocking up in a deep-cut fringe textured Jean Paul Gaultier dress topped with a gold safety-pin headpiece and H.E.R’s striking embellished centre part which entirely outshone her baggy neon green tracksuit when she picked up her win for best R&B album. As for what stirred the pot the most on the red carpet, it was the pro-Trump “Build The Wall” reflective ensemble worn by singer Joy Villa that drew the most attention.

The final drop of two-part “Pusha-T’s Purge” is hitting online marketplace Grailed and you bet we’re losing it. This closet will see the likes of unreleased Bape x UGG sneakers, Chanel low-top sneakers, a Gucci panther trucker jacket, sweatpants from the first Yeezy collection and pieces from Off White and Balmain too. You can shop “Pusha-T’s Purge” right here.

ART

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The art and tech industry has made major leaps and bounds this week with the (robotic) birth of the world’s first humanoid robot portrait artist — Ai Da. British robotics company Engineered Arts launched the robot artist and say she’ll be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand ie. without any help from humans. Word on the street is that Ai Da’s favourite artist is Yoko Ono and she’ll present her inaugural exhibition “Unsecured Features” in May at the University of Oxford.

FILM AND TV

A new trailer for Disney's live-action remake Aladdin gave us an insight into the genie's new persona, manifested by Will Smith. Along with a sneak-peak at the genie, we also get a look at Jafar, the villain of Aladdin played by Marwen Kenzari, Princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott and of course, the city of Agrabah. 

For Handmaid’s Tale followers well, this week brought the mother lode — a confirmed release date for season three. The new season of the award-winning dystopian drama will contain 13-episodes and premiere episodes being accelerated from the US to SBS On Demand and set to land on Thursday 6 June AEST. You'll want to mark that one down in the diary.

TECH

Talk in the tech bubble this week has circled around the release of the highly-anticipated Apple Airpods 2.0. The second generation of airpods will drop within the next 6 months, feature improved bass, built-in Siri and come in black and white sets. So far, the pods have been speculated to set you back at around $280 AUD.

GAMING

Shooting straight out of the online gaming world is the brand-new Apex Legends. Created by the folks at Respawn Entertainment, this is the latest win in a string of battle royale games to hit our screens in the last few years. It’s a huge win for Respawn – the game has racked up 25 million player registrations within a week of its initial launch. That’s a pretty hefty figure considering Fortnite hit 45 million registration over a span of four months.

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