Erizku is a photographer and a self-reflective curator. He tells me that he envisioned his show as a mixtape - he's got some hits mixed in with some tracks that he might need to convince you are worth a listen.
"I don't know what kid didn't listen to [Michael Jackson] at my age," says Bruno Mars. "You aspire to be as great as he is as an artist. I don't think any artist in pop, rock or hip-hop has ever done it any bigger than him ... He's the man."
The truth is, the world is busy shrinking, it has become an integrated society that is not divided by borders, what happens in the north, affects the south east; gradually our hopes, values and aspirations are merging to become the same.
Keeping up with the Joneses is supposedly as American as July 4 and apple pie. But it wasn't something I ever worried about, especially since: a) I'...
Michael Jackson kept a full menagerie at his Neverland Ranch. While Bubbles the chimpanzee is probably his most famous pet, he also owned a boa constrictor named Muscles, two pythons, two llamas, four giraffes, two more non-famous chimps, two alligators and 13 Chilean flamingos.
Now that the scandals concerning Michael Jackson's personal life and tragic death have mostly run their course, his legacy will be defined primarily by his music, and by the ways he impacted the history of pop.
José James: "Hearing a musician make music that has no commercial intent is pretty amazing. It feels different. I kind of wanted to tap into some of that energy and bring it on the album. Hopefully in a small way it's there."
The project's authenticity creates a new problem: How does one intuit the melodic decisions Jackson would have made if he were alive?
Even fans, who Jackson's views and work ethic were intended to serve, treat him more as a commodity than an artist.
We were never the trendiest band, but we've always been here. Even the critics that hated us back in the day, you get them drunk and they know the lyrics to all these songs.
In 2014, when we think of the microprocessor, we tend to think of the personal computer or cell phone. While researching the history of the microprocessor, I discovered a way in which it turned up in our culture in the most pervasive way it could have: Music.
I get so excited by the potential magnitude of an idea that I get lost in it. This is what usually stops me from starting anything. There's the fear of failing: It won't work out or it won't matter. But, there's also the fear of success, which is really the fear of impending and inevitable failure.
How often do we set out to do one thing and end up doing another, with this new direction changing our lives in ways we could never have imagined? Fo...
Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?
DOG DANCE. Upper-case, not lower-case. That's an important take-away from the front cover. Bold, sexual and candid. The book immediately tells you what you're about to witness.
(Apologies to Michael Jackson) Crimea's mine The Ukraine, too Whine all you want What can you do? I pick a fight And then I win The world reacts L...