UK-based artist and illustrator Yaseen gives new meaning to the term “mixed media.” In his portraits of artists and icons, whether fictional (Don Corleone), real (Lauryn Hill), or somewhere in between (the Mona Lisa), he uses an unorthodox combination of materials to bring his subjects to life.
Lauryn Hill’s Cover of “Feeling Good” on ‘The Tonight Show’ Is the Best Live Performance You’ll See This Week
…or month, or year, or, pretty non-hyperbolically, any amount of time. Lauryn Hill originally covered the daunting Nina Simone track for Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone, the album accompanying the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?
For those who’d been anticipating Usher’s cover on the What Happened, Miss Simone? documentary soundtrack after the massive list of contributing artists was released, today’s a good day: it’s been shared in a bundle of new tracks, alongside another Lauryn Hill cover and Jazmine Sullivan’s version of “Baltimore.”
RCA is gearing to release a Nina Simone tribute album in conjunction with the upcoming Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss …Read More
More end-of-year lists! Never enough end-of-year lists! But seriously, end-of-year list-making season does provide an opportunity to revisit the best aspects of the year gone by, and one of our favorites to make here at Flavorwire is this one: the year’s best lyrics. It’s been a year in which, let’s be honest, a whole lot of terrible things have happened in the US and around the world — which, if nothing else, means there’s been plenty of subject matter to address directly, or to inspire more oblique takes on the world in which we live. Here are our 25 favorites.
Music is personal. It’s something that I’m never more aware of than I am at the end of every year, when best-of lists dominate the coverage at cultural publications, but the idea of “best” is one that I’ve never quite been comfortable with. It seems too objective to take into account personal taste, not to mention the reality that there’s too much music out there for even the most ambitious listener to have heard everything, or even close to everything. So let’s not use the word “best.” Instead, here are 124 songs released in 2014 that I would recommend to any music lover. Its goal is to highlight not only the year’s biggest hits, both commercially and critically, but also songs that commented on what happened in our world this year, and songs you may not have heard but that you’ll hopefully love as much as we …Read More
Some Odalisques Are Only About That Thing: Amazing Tumblr Juxtaposes Hip Hop Lyrics and Classic Artworks
In the grand Tumblr tradition of mashing up seemingly unrelated art forms (see also: the eternally relevant Slaughterhouse 90210) — and perhaps in tribute to the increasing overlap between the worlds of hip hop and high art — comes a delightful project called Fly Art. Billed as “an homage to the finer things in life: art and hip hop,” Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano’s Tumblr superimposes lyrics from the likes of Kanye West and Lauryn Hill on complementary artworks by Renaissance and Modernist masters alike. Click through to see some of our favorite juxtapositions from Fly Art, which we spotted via Beautiful/Decay.