DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF RECORD BREAKING & CULTURE SHAKING
WITH 35TH ANNIVERSARY ‘NIGHT MARKET’ CELEBRATION IN BROOKLYN, SPONSORED BY PUMA, COURVOISIER & SNIPES
2 CHAINZ, FABOLOUS, JADAKISS, TEYANA TAYLOR, SLICK RICK, TJ PORTER & MORE ATTENDED THE STAR-STUDDED BROOKYL BASH
Last night in Brooklyn, the undisputed greatest label in hip-hop history – Def Jam Recordings – officially launched its celebration of 35 years of shaking the culture with the star-studded, blowout Def Jam 35 Night Market.
As VIPs and Def Jam artists past and present – 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Teyana Taylor, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Slick Rick, Suzi Wu, Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg, Joseline Hernandez, DJ Premier – an all-female DJ lineup led by DJ Jazzy Joyce, Nyla Symone and Odalys kept the party rocking. A special pop-up from Scarr’s Pizza fed the masses, Courvoisier and Heineken kept the vibes going, and VIPs enjoyed special activations – a PUMA basketball court and a Snipes bodega hosted by special guests Stretch and Bobbito offering limited edition T-Shirts and the PUMA x Def Jam Clyde Court. A surprise performance from Def Jam’s own Freddy & Jason – Fabolous and Jadakiss – closed out the night.
The Brooklyn Night Market event was the latest salvo in an ongoing Def Jam 35 celebration that includes the co-curated Hip-Hop Classics: Def Jam playlist via Spotify, the newly launched Def Jam: Essentials playlist via Apple Music, the revival of the original signature Def Jam “varsity” jacket and capsule collection via streetwear giant KITH, the forthcoming Tony Touch mixtape documentary feature “From Scratch,” an experiential activation at ComplexCon Long Beach, and much more.
Stay tuned for more on Def Jam 35…
THE WORLD’S 50 BEST BARS RELEASES ITS EXTENDED 51-100 LIST 2019 AS A PREVIEW TO NEXT WEEK’S BIG AWARDS
The World’s 50 Best Bars has just unveiled the 2019 list of bars ranked from 51 to 100, ahead of its annual awards, which is taking place next week on 3rd October in London.
- 14 bars that didn’t appear last year feature in the extended list
- The list includes bars from 26 cities across 20 countries
- USA leads with 9 bars, of which four are located in New York
- Asia is represented by 11 bars across six countries
- Highest new entry in the 51-100 list is Tayēr + Elementary (No.52) in London
- South and Central America are represented by four bars across three countries
- The UK is represented by seven bars – six in London and one in Edinburgh
The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 51-100 list showcases bars from 26 cities across 20 different countries and this year contains 14 new entries from around the globe. One of these bars will be named the Campari One To Watch, which tips a bar likely to break into the list in the future, at next week’s ceremony.
The USA leads the 51-100 list with nine bars featured; four are based in New York City, two in San Francisco and Chicago and one in Miami. Big Apple favourite The Clover Club is a new entry at No.100 on the highly coveted ranking.
The list features 11 establishments from Asia, with Hong Kong and Japan leading the way with three bars each. Thailand and Singapore both have two bars on the list, and South Korea’s Charles H also features at No.83.
Among the 14 new bars to enter the 51-100 list, the UK’s Tayēr + Elementary debuts highest at No.52 with other prominent new entries including London’s Scarfes Bar (No.55) and Siete Negronis (No.69) in Santiago, Chile.
Among the seven inclusions from the UK, six are based in London, including Oriole (No.64), Satan’s Whiskers (No.78), Donovan Bar (No.87) and The Gibson (No.97), while Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons completes the UK’s offering at No.77.
Representative of the growing cocktail scenes in both Spain and Latin America, five bars in these regions feature in the 51-100 list. Spain’s second city, Barcelona, boasts two bars including Two Schmucks (No.57) and the well-established Dry Martini (No.74). The list also features two bars from São Paulo, Brazil: SubAstor (No.51) and Frank Bar (No.96); while Mexico City’s Hanky Panky places at No.65.
Australia has four bars on the 51-100 list this year with Bulletin Place leading the pack at No.66, while Black Pearl (No.80) places as Melbourne’s only entry.
Baccano leads Italy’s entries at No.70 ahead of fellow Rome bar Drink Kong (No.82) and Milan’s Nottingham Forest (No.86).
William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “Ahead of The World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony returning to London’s Roundhouse on 3rd October, we’re excited to be able to share the 51-100 list. It is a true reflection of some of the key emerging trends in the industry, as well as the extraordinary talent of the bartenders. This year’s 51-100 list includes a number of returning favourites, but it is also great to see a wide range of new entries from across the globe. It really showcases the diversity and ever evolving quality of the world’s leading bars.”
The best way to follow the build-up to the announcement of the 2019 list and individual awards is via The World’s 50 Best Bars digital channels:
Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc., and renowned film director Spike Lee unveil the New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection. The line features seven unique designs that pay tribute to the unmatched 27 World Series Championships of the New York Yankees. The New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection will be available on www.neweracap.com and at select headwear retailers for a price range of $42.99-$51.99 USD.
“We are honored to work with Spike Lee on the New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection, our largest combined collection to date, which celebrates the New York Yankees 27 World Series titles,” said Tim Shanahan, Director of Baseball at New Era Cap. ”The Yankees logo has become a symbol that extends beyond sports, into entertainment and culture, and this collection celebrates the team’s iconic status.”
Available in seven different designs, these 59FIFTY® fitted caps feature either baseball bats or gloves that represent each year the Yankees won the World Series, as well as a sweatband that reads, “A Spike Lee Joint designed for New Era.”
ABOUT NEW ERA CAP:
New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 99 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collections, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and is marketed and distributed in over 125 countries through its affiliate offices in London, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cologne, Shanghai, Barcelona, Seoul, Melbourne, Toronto, and Bologna. For more information, visit www.neweracap.com.
The renowned list ranks the country’s best in the October issue and on bonappetit.com; Meet the winners at the Hot 10 Party in Brooklyn this fall
Bon Appétit has unveiled the Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2019. The annual list is now available in the October issue and on bonappetit.com.
Taking the coveted top spot is Los Angeles’ Konbi, a 10-seat countertop space from two chefs inspired by their travels to Tokyo. It joins past winners like Oklahoma City’s Nonesuch (2018), New Orleans’ Turkey and the Wolf (2017), and Atlanta’s Staplehouse (2016).
“This is a more casual and truly fun bunch of restaurants than ever before,” said Julia Kramer, Bon Appétit‘s deputy editor who traveled to more than 30 cities and ate in over 200 restaurants to compile this year’s list. “These places are driven by passion and purpose, and are serving exceedingly delicious, deeply personal food that defines what it means to eat in America right now.”
Other noteworthy spots on the list include Dallas’ Khao Noodle Shop featuring authentic Laotian dishes (No. 2), Detroit’s Ochre Bakery serving only breakfast and lunch (No. 4) and Matt’s BBQ Tacos, a taco-slinging truck parked in Portland, Oregon (No. 9). Bon Appétit also crowned Dallas the Restaurant City of the Year, and its editors picked up a few new obsessions, including wine bars where you can take the wine with you and bartenders who have rebranded the mocktail into the drink you want to order. Read more in the October issue on newsstands and on bonappetit.com now.
For one night only, Bon Appétit will bring the Hot 10 chefs together to serve the bites and drinks that won us over this year. Tickets for the Hot 10 Party on October 19 in Brooklyn, NY are on sale now at BAHot10.com. Event partners include Talbott Vineyards, LaCroix Sparkling Water, Field Roast and Corto® Olive Oil.
About Bon Appétit
Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design and home. As the leading arbiter of taste, its home-grown talent and tireless dedication to recipe testing separates it from the competition by miles. Bon Appétit has been named to Advertising Age’s A-List for eight consecutive years, including Magazine of the Year 2013 and 2017, Brand of the Year 2015, and Digital and Video recognition in 2019, and has been named to Adweek’s Hot List every year since 2012, including Hottest Food Magazine in 2013, 2017 and 2018. Bon Appétit has also been nominated for 32 National Magazine Awards in the past six years, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography, and in 2017 for General Excellence. For more, visit bonappetit.com and follow @bonappetitmag.
In NYC, New Era FW19 featured exclusive product gifting and art installation by renowned graffiti artist Faust. The appointment-only experience exhibited sporty accessories which many fans and fashionistas would flock to. Bringing the essence of street style with the use of video projected urban landscapes, layered with pulsating chromatic lights brought the collection to life.
New Era athlesiure capsule offers core assortment for men and women. Fluid activewear and sustainable outerwear with minimal branding. True to theme, Faust is the ingredient of NYC with authenticity and relevance. Celebrated for his classic calligraphic graffiti writing style which demands your attention. The Faust installation is reminiscent of NYC’s 1980 concrete jungle. An interactive display ideal for social media integration.
Adding to the heritage of New Era, they offered an exclusive Faust customization bar with original branded patches – attendees had the option to initial and chose from several ‘Faust’ logo embroidered styles onto classic fitted caps. Complete the look with performance fit ‘New Era’ t-shirts branded with true Faust style. New Era FW19 collection available soon at neweracap.com.
Casely is an online tech-accessories retailer and operates the first and only phone case subscription club on the market. Casely strives to bring customers unique cases that reflect trends before they happen.
They aim to inspire the next generation of young style-istas to be the best version of themselves, and to be confident in everything they do–with or without a Casely in hand. Casely is your one-stop-shop for cases inspired by the latest fashions with that Brooklyn spunk.
The Bad Mind music video was shot in Brooklyn, capturing the essence of a classic NYC break-up story. The sentiments conveyed in the video are all too familiar for many: trying to make it through a downpoint of a relationship when the end is inevitable. Love shows off his acting chops in the narrative video, demonstrating his multi-dimensional talents outside of music.
The video was directed by Ronald Reid and also features actress/model Indy Santana.
Love earned a Grammy nomination earlier this year, for songwriting credits on H.E.R.’s breakout single – Focus – which was nominated in the Best R&B Song category. The self-taught singer/producer is slated for a big second half of 2019, with a couple singles slated for release in the summer months ahead.
ABOUT JUSTIN LOVE
Justin Love is a singer, songwriter and producer from Cliffside Park, NJ. His work has been praised by the like of notable musicians & producers such as, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri and more. Along Justin’s quick rise to fame, he has excelled in co-writing for many of the world’s top acts including the 2016 smash hit “Focus” by H.E.R.
Justin’s sound can be described as trap/hip-hop meets R&B Soul. Justin recently opened for A Boogie Wit A Hoodie and is set to release new music throughout 2019. The self-taught, 22-year-old musicians honed his performance skills the same way he built his large following: “I build my sound and my following on my voice and a bluetooth speaker while singing to onlookers at malls in my hometown”. It’s clear the future is bright for one of the most promising emerging talents in R&B.
Generating over 150 million streams across all platforms, Brooklyn’s own crossover superstar GASHI returns with a video for the track “My Year” ft. G-Eazy via Honesty Saves Time/RCA Records. Click here to view.
“My Year” marks GASHI’s first time collaborating with multi-platinum selling and artist/producer label mate, G-Eazy. The track is produced by Australian producer Wax Motif and Judge (Migos, Marshmello) and has already charted top 40 on Rhythmic radio and Top 25 on Billboard Rhythmic Charts.
“My Year” follows GASHI’s massive success of his latest single, “Creep On Me” ft. French Montana and DJ Snake which is currently climbing the Billboard Rhythmic and radio charts at #31. The track has been streamed over 80 million times worldwide and was featured on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist as well as met with great critical praise from the likes of Billboard, Complex, Highsnobiety, and more. Click HERE to watch the official video.
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Toyota Partners with Brooklyn Artist to Create Illusion Ahead of NY Auto Show
Toyota has partnered with with augmented reality artist Michael Murphy to create an out of this world illustration that will have people guessing if what they are seeing is real at all. The 3D illusion of the fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander will be debuted at the New York International Auto Show. as well as in the sky, projected on buildings throughout the city, on April 17.
Watch how it all came together in the time lapse video here.
The project took Murphy nearly 2 months to create in his Brooklyn studio. He painted each piece of the illusion by hand and later worked with a team to place the 200 pieces carefully to have them appear as if floating in air, reminiscent of a giant mobile.
The installation capitalizes on the design elements of the Highlander that will be sure to stand out. The piece captures the model’s power in a modern and sophisticated way.
About Michael Murphy
Augmented reality artist Michael Murphy creates full-blown 3D illusions from pieces of paper and poster board. Ohio-born and working in New York City, Murphy’s “Perceptual Art” installations, can be seen around the world. His pieces play with viewers’ perception and forces them to investigate further.
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FORMER BROOKLYN/LOS ANGELES DODGERS SPRING TRAINING SITE IN VERO BEACH, FL TO BE RENAMED “JACKIE ROBINSON TRAINING COMPLEX”
MLB Will Operate Site As A Year-Round Baseball & Softball Hub Serving Youth from Around the U.S. and World
The First Integrated MLB Spring Training Location in the South Will Be Home to Variety of Diversity-Focused Efforts Led by MLB
Renovations to Complex Will Include A New Indoor Training Facility, Among Other Improvements
Major League Baseball today announced that “Historic Dodgertown,” the former Spring Training site of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, will be renamed the “Jackie Robinson Training Complex” to serve as a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., former Historic Dodgertown Chairman & Dodger Owner Peter O’Malley, and members of the Robinson Family, including Rachel, Sharon and David – Jackie’s wife, daughter and son, respectively. MLB is commemorating the centennial celebration of the birth of Hall of Famer and Baseball Pioneer Jackie Robinson throughout 2019, with League and Club efforts complementing activities led by the Jackie Robinson Foundation. This includes a year-long schedule honoring Jackie’s legacy in baseball and throughout society, including the dedication of the Jackie Robinson Training Complex.
MLB, which assumed operational control of the facility on January 2nd of this year, will immediately begin planning a series of youth-focused events, which come at no cost to the participants, at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex. These events, which are scheduled throughout the summer in 2019 in conjunction with the sports’ governing bodies, include the following:
- Baseball Breakthrough Series East (w/ USA Baseball) – June 6th-10th
- Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series (w/ USA Baseball) – June 14th-18th
- Softball Elite Development Invitational (w/ USA Softball) – July 12th-16th
- Hank Aaron Invitational (w/ USA Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association) – July 21st-August 2nd
- RBI Baseball & Softball World Series – August 4th-15th
MLB will soon begin renovations on the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, which will most prominently include a new indoor training facility that will allow consistent training and workout opportunities for young athletes as well as improvements to Holman Stadium. Additional renovations will be announced at a later date. Currently, the Jackie Robinson Training Complex features Holman Stadium (6,500 seat capacity), four additional full-size baseball fields, one half field (90-foot basepaths, no outfield), four softball and youth baseball fields, eight indoor and lighted batting/pitching tunnels, four outdoor batting tunnels with pitching machines, 32 mounds & home plates for individual work, and a 60-yard agility & warm-up area.
“The Jackie Robinson Training Complex will honor the history and legacy of Dodgertown by fostering the development of the diverse collection of young men and women who are the future of our game,” said Commissioner Manfred. “Our plans for the facility extend beyond the playing field and will include growth opportunities for the athletes as they learn about personal character and those who paved the way before them, especially Jackie. We believe those who play at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex will be among some of the most passionate and dedicated players in the country.”
The Robinson Family said: “We’re thrilled that MLB will rename Dodgertown after Jack. He was devoted to young people and we’re excited to know that boys and girls will come here to advance their baseball skills while learning to be compassionate, productive, well-educated adults.”
“Major League Baseball is the ideal leader for Dodgertown’s next chapter,” O’Malley said. “Commissioner Rob Manfred and his colleagues understand the historical significance of this unique place and they’ll do an excellent job being responsible for it. The people of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be very proud of having Major League Baseball members of their community.”
MLB has utilized the facility over the last few years for a variety of special amateur camps that focus on developing and diversifying the future talent pool in baseball. Some of the most talented high school baseball and softball players from around the country have participated in these events and received elite-level instruction from former Major League players & managers, former professional & Olympic medal-winning softball players, and members of the Women’s National Baseball Team. In each of these camps, a contingent of college recruiters and professional scouts attended to evaluate players who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to showcase their skills through other events.
Notably for this year, the Hank Aaron Invitational will host approximately 250 players (ages 13-18) from across the United States to receive elite-level training from former Major League players and coaches. Previous event instructors included former Major League manager Jerry Manuel and former All-Stars such as Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, Tom “Flash” Gordon, Eric Davis, Marquis Grissom, Reggie Smith, and Delino DeShields, among others. This effort, which began in 2015 as the Elite Development Invitational and is operated jointly by MLB/USA Baseball/MLBPA, currently can claim more than 100 alumni who either play professionally in Club Minor League systems or at the collegiate level. This equates to more than half of the participants who graduated high school in 2017 or 2018.
Once a U.S. Naval Air Station training night fighter pilots during World War II, the facility had previously served for 60 years as the Dodgers’ Spring Training home (1948-2008), including Jackie’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Opening as the first fully-integrated Spring Training site in the South during the time of Jim Crow Laws, the complex was recently added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice. It stands as the only sports property on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Most recently, the facility, which is also a Florida Heritage Landmark, has been used for youth baseball and other sport programs and events. Over the years, the site has welcomed visitors from all over the globe, including Japan, South Korea, Mexico, China, Russia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Italy, Australia, Holland, Nigeria, Nicaragua and Ireland, to observe and learn training techniques, improving their baseball knowledge, and establish relationships to grow the game.