So I finally found the time to sit back and watch Dope.
Celebrated at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and with a cast that immediately made me sit up and pay attention (with names A$AP Rocky, Zoe Kravitz, Chanel Iman and even a quick appearance from Tyga), I was ready and eager to watch a movie which had a story that I felt was easily relatable to 90s kids with a love of hip hop. Basically this film spoke to people like me.
Starring Shameik Moore as school geek Malcolm, the film centres on him and his two high school friends Diggy and Jib. Their obsession and love of 90s hip hop culture influences their music choices, their fashion and their slang.
So I recently watched Complex’s interview with rapper A$AP Rocky and it got me thinking. He and the A$AP crew spoke about their beginnings, how they pieced together their style, music and videos, and used their creativity to elevate themselves to the status that they’re at now. After watching I couldn’t help but think about those in the hip hop game that create great music – but more importantly, know how to give it to us in a way that is forward-thinking, creates a message and is always more than just the music. They are the creators in hip hop.
Abel Tesfaye has released a video to his new single Belong To The World! It’s been a year since the release of his album Trilogy, an album that helped to further spread Abel’s popularity and grow his fan base since the release of his 3 mixtapes. The song comes from The Weeknd’s new album Kiss Land, which will be released this summer on August 27th.