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.
Hip hop legend Gunna dropped his Drip Or Drown 2 tracklist featuring cameos from Lil Baby, Playboi Carti and Young Thug. The 25-year-old has already released the lead track One Call (it’s a solid banger) and you can expect the full LP to drop Friday 22 February.
Drake previews New Music from his upcoming Album pic.twitter.com/RfMPME1EmL— New Branches �� (@New__Branches) February 19, 2019
A teaser clip of what could be a song featured on Drake’s sixth album has dropped just off the back of the 10-year anniversary of his LP So Far Gone (which he celebrated by dropping on all streaming platforms). It’s still uncertain whether the tune which was played at a birthday party is apart of an upcoming studio album by Champagne Papi but one can hope, right?
Adidas Originals have a real knack for tapping unbelievable emerging talent, and their latest collaboration with New York-based Korean designer Ji Won Choi is another star example. The collection was presented during London Fashion Week and is the third in a series of partnerships with up-and-coming designers. Choi is known for highlighting human cultures within her designs and using them to promote positive change. Reinterpreting the classic Adidas Originals tracksuit, Choi was inspired by movement, aiming to create confidence for the wearer.
This week, the real hype surrounds APC’s collaboration with Kid Cudi which has been donned INTERACTION #1. You can expect this one to hit online stores Thursday February 21 and make sure you’ve got your finger on the pulse, it’ll no doubt sell out quickly.
When streetwear and plants cross paths well, it’s pretty damn hard to look away. This week also saw the highly anticipated launch of Plant Museum, a dedicated streetwear label for plant lovers ie. everyone. The range includes a number of colour popping crew neck t-shirts plus a cactus-inspired grey tracksuit. This one has launched exclusively on Urban Outfitters, you know what to do.
For Supreme fans, good news – the SS19 collection is here and it quite casually features an actual crown. The Spring/Summer accessory drop contains a pretty random selection of goods including a branded Supreme hammock, a drum set and said crown but on the clothing front, it’s all wolf jackets, blazers, leather coats and parkas.
In the art world this week, all eyes are on Marina Abramović’s new performance piece The Life – a 19-minute digital projection that builds on the artist’s long-standing fascination with material absence. Visitors will wear an AR headset which will conjure a digital representation of Abramović as if she was actually in the room. Taking place at London’s Serpentine Galleries, this exhibition captures an authentic and moving representation of the human form which is only possible in a few studios around the world.
FILM AND TV
That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for. What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ thank you for making my dreams come true. pic.twitter.com/8b83vQKKDc— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 15, 2019
Star Wars: Episode IX has wrapped up filming which will be the absolute finale of Disney’s “Skywalker saga”. Actor John Boyega, who plays Finn in Star Wars, tweeted out an emotional thank you to the cast and crew which means now all that’s left to do is wait until the film is released later this year.
The trailer for two-part documentary Leaving Neverland which explores the experiences of two young boys who were befriended by Michael Jackson has been released and the controversy is real. James Safechuck and Wade Robson, now well into their adult lives, tale recollections of sustained abuse through a series of gut-wrenching interviews and tell the complicated feelings that arose and forced both men to confront their experiences after both had a son of his own.
OPKIX has just introduced a wearable camera that actually posts in real time to your socials. The tiny camera can be attached to a number of accessories including a pair of sunglasses and it can record up to 15 minutes of video. This one starts at around $410 AUD, you know, if you’re feeling a payday splurge coming on.
Big on tech-lovers radars this week was the unveiling of Samsung’s first foldable smartphone. Behold, the Galaxy Fold. Packed with flexible display technology, when folded, this bad boy has a 4.6-inch display but once unfolded, the screen spans over 7 inches. And just casually, the Galaxy Fold has 6 cameras. However, this one’s not going to be cheap starting at just under $3000 for Australians.
The Far Cry 5 spin-off is here and things are looking hectic. In Far Cry New Dawn you’ll be returning to Hope Country (Montana) 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe and most of civilisation has been wiped from the planet. If you played its predecessor Far Cry 5, there are many similarities and connections but there’s no comparison when it comes to the insane graphics (11/10), the post-apocalyptic storyline plus the game overall operates much faster.
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