On his 43rd birthday, Mr. Shawn Carter drops this special. In this documentary short, Life + Times takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Jay-Z’s Barclays Center opening concerts. From a year ago when the stadium was still being completed to just weeks ago when the hip-hop artist blessed the stage of the newly minted arena in his hometown of Brooklyn for eight days.
Pharrell Williams is releasing a book and here’s an early look at the cover. Pharrell: Places And Spaces I’ve Been looks to give us a first-hand account of what’s inspired throughout the artist’s journey through life. It also features contributions by Jay-Z, Ambra Medda, Nigo and Takashi Murakami. The book’s due for an October 16th release and can be pre-ordered now through Rizzoli.
With the highly anticipated Watch The Throne album releasing on August 1st, Jay-Z and Kanye West have dropped this ten-minute documentary giving us a behind-the-scenes look at how this collaboration came to life. Look for the digital version of Watch the Throne to drop on August 1, 2011 and the hard copy to release on August 5, 2011.
The Y-3 line is hitting its 10th anniversary and with that comes, “This is my Dream”, a documentary about the Yohji Yamamoto, the gifted designer behind the collection. Rarely do we get a chance to get a look in to Mr. Yamamoto’s work and personal life so it’ll definitely be worth watching. The film’s screening this week at Tribeca Grand and will debut later this year.
Here’s a DVD that’s worth picking up when it drops next month, the reissuing of David Bailey on Warhol. In the early 1970s, David Bailey broadened his horizons away from photography by making high-profile documentaries for ATV. His reputation allowed him unprecedented access to Andy Warhol and his followers, exploring his art work and film works, throwing in candid discussions revolving around sexuality, Warhol’s life at The Factory and his experience of being shot. It was initially banned for being ‘offensive’, a ban that was overturned soon after.
Also here as ‘extras’ are two further David Bailey documentaries, one on photographer Cecil Beaton and the other on Italian film director Luchino Visconti, along with a booklet containing the full transcripts (including deleted scenes) for Warhol.
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Director Adam Bhala Lough brings us “The Carter”, the Lil’ Wayne documentary we’ve all been waiting for. It comes as a good time I guess, as it reminds me of the media blitz T.I. put on shortly before he served his prison sentence. Here’s the synopsis:
An in-depth look at the artist Dwayne “LIL’ WAYNE” Carter Jr., proclaimed by many as the “greatest rapper alive.” With comprehensive and personal interviews with Lil’ Wayne, this film features insight from those that know him best. The world will finally get to know the history surrounding one of the most prolific artists of this generation. “The Carter” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and features an intimate and in-depth look into the public and private life of Lil Wayne – showcasing his most personal moments and giving audiences a peak at Wayne in a way that they have never seen him before.