Monthly Archives: January 2011

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INfluence

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SMOKE & MIRRORS’
best tracks of 2010


Better late than never.
View last year’s track list here and this past year’s best albums here.
50 to 1 – Go!

50 “Check It Out” – Nicki Minaj (Feat. Will.I.Am)
49 “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles)” – Jazmine Sullivan
48 “Blackout” – The Knocks
47 “Under The Sheets (Remix)” – Ellie Goulding & Chiddy Bang
46 “Shake” – Game
45 “Hard Way” – Miguel
44 “In The Cut” – Wiz Khalifa
43 “Feelin’ Good” – Chrishan
42 “Who Dat” – J.Cole
41 “Hello Good Morning (Remix)” – Diddy-Dirty Money (Feat. Nicki Minaj & T.I.)
40 “Cold War” – Janelle Monae
39 “She Was (A Broken Love Story)” – Bei Maejor
38 “Lil’ Freak” – Usher (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
37 “All These” – Sterling Simms (Feat. Kid Ink)
36 “Large On The Streets ” – Vado
35 “Just Me & You” – Ricky Blaze
34 “Bang Bang” – Verse Simmonds
33 “Deuces” – Chris Brown & Tyga
32 “Yamaha” – The-Dream
31 “Hometown Hero” – Big K.R.I.T.
30 “Karaoke” – Drake
29 “Aston Martin Music” – Rick Ross (Feat. Drake)
28 “Like A Tattoo” – Droop-E
27 “Rose Garden” – Shad
26 “Woop Woop (Stand Back)” – Big Remo (Feat. Ricky Ruckus & 9thmatic)
25 “Whip My Hair (Remix)” – Willow Smith (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
24 “Deadly Medley” – Black Milk (Feat. Royce Da 5’9” & Elzh)
23 “Power” – Kanye West
22 “The Train, Pt. II” – Big Boi (Feat. Sam Chris)
21 “You Be Killin’ Em” – Fabolous (Feat. Ryan Leslie)
20 “Get Big (Remix)” – Dorrough (Feat. Cassidy)
19 “Window Seat” – Erykah Badu
18 “Far Nearer” – Jamie XX
17 “All I Want Is You” – Miguel (Feat. J.Cole)
16 “Closed Chapter” – Black Milk
15 “Bedrock” – Young Money
14 “Yeah, Yeah You Would” – Diddy-Dirty Money (Feat. Swizz Beats & Grace Jones)
13 “What’s My Name?” – Rihanna (Feat. Drake)
12 “Do It Like A Dude” – Jessie J
11 “Fuck You (Remix)” – Cee-Lo (Feat. 50 Cent)
10 “Bang Bang Bang” – Mark Ronson (Feat. Q-Tip & MNDR)
9 “Pass Out” – Tinie Tempah
8 “All Of The Lights” – Kanye West
7 “Roman’s Revenge” – Nicki Minaj (Feat. Eminem)
6 “Ride” – Ciara (Feat. Ludacris)
5 “F.I.L.A.” – The-Dream (Feat. T.I.)
4 “Beamer, Benz, Or Bentley” – Lloyd Banks (Feat. Juelz Santana)
3 “Shut It Down” – Drake (Feat. The-Dream)
2 “Hold Yuh (Remix)” – Gyptian (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
1 “Monster” – Kanye West (Feat. Rick Ross, Bon Iver, Jay-Z, & Nicki Minaj)

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World Premiere: “Moment 4 Life” – Nicki Minaj (Feat. Drake)

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George Condo
‘s “Mental States” Exhibition Opening
@ The New Museum, NYC


Read my full post on V here






🙂 SMILE 🙂

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oh.billy


View the trailer for visionary creator of street style photography,
Bill Cunningham‘s biopic, after the jump.
The doc debuts at New York’s Film Forum, March 16, 2011.

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60’s design legend, Paco Rabbane has re-issued his iconic “Le 69” with the help of Comme des Garcons‘ Dover Street Market. This time, it’s no longer just in it’s original aluminum, but in leather, suede, perspex and stingray. Gawk with me at some detail shots below…





detail photos courtesy of rackedny

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Found this banner somewhere on the internets and had to share. I thought I was the only one who got suspiciously hungry for McNuggets when I listened to Keith Sweat? Guess it’s a common thing. Telling from the banner, the creeper’s been touting McD’s subliminally for a good while… until now.

 Song of the Day: “Twisted” – Keith Sweat


…Y’know, y’know you want my nuggets baby…

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Vodpod videos no longer available.
Expect 2011 to be the year of the J. Learn more here.

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photos courtesy of tFs

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Song of the Day: “MuNY” – Nicki Minaj



the mu-mu-muny, the yen and the pesos

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I don’t know which came first… these or Ci’s

photo courtesy of davide allieri

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Looks like something I’d wear. Thanks Phoeb.

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SHE’S BAAAAAACCCCKKKKK!
The legend lands in my city… March 18, 2011.
You ready?

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I suppose Tisci gave up on Ciara when Yeezy comissioned this…
Too soon?

WORLD PREMIERE: “H.A.M” – Kanye West & Jay-Z

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My favorite collection of the season,
shot by Karl Lagerfeld for the upcoming V Magazine issue.

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SMOKE & MIRRORS’
best albums of 2010


This honorary list is compiled beyond the qualifications of merely good singles (see those that made the best tracks of ’10 next week) and is based heavily on the artist’s cohesive vision. Where have all the LP’s gone? Ask iTunes. These are the select few that made start-to-finish, definitive listens …

10 EARL – Earl Sweatshirt

Under OddFuture’s FADER-blog-underground-rap reign, Earl sits as the ultimate free EP savior. In a year that found Eminem “return to reverence” and M.I.A. piss off The New York Times and fans of her original sound, Earl made disgusting, offense-spewing misogynist rhymes with ugly, disoriented backgrounds sound better than anything since “Stan” or “Galang.” Gross.

09 Last Train To Paris – Diddy-Dirty Money

How embarrassing is it to put a Diddy album on a year-end list? To be honest, kinda embarrassing. But, not as much, this year. Not because there was nothing better, but because his album (which took approximately 5 years to develop, produce, and then delay off-and-on) was actually mad good, especially if it’s listened to as a pop album. The sound is all over the place: from Bossa Nostra jazz and Hotel Costes lounge to Grace Jones’ percussive screams and Danja-Tron-ic bravados. Did I mention the babes? Diddy enlisted two R&B beauties to take the edge off the fact that he can’t rap for the life of him, but no worries, ’cause it kind of worked.

08 Nu Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh – Erykah Badu

Neo-soul’s golden girl came heavy for her sequel to 08’s Nu Amerykah with softcore productions by Salaam Remi and beau, Jay Electronica, to become the unofficial sound to my summer. “Window Seat” took the best video of the year category, by far, but it also may just be the year’s smoothest R&B joint too.

07 K.R.I.T. Wuz Here – Big K.R.I.T.

What does the Dirty South do when half its roster’s locked up (T.I., Lil’ Wayne, Gucci Mane) and G-Side hasn’t released anything since last year? Producers become rappers, of course! See Big K.R.I.T., for example… he took up the rap game after realizing no one knew/gave a fuck who he was. And thank goodness ’cause he’s done the unthinkable, deading the old South and birthing the new one with only one album! Mississippi stand UP. Your day has come.

06 Entrapment – Big Remo

Underground lyricist, Big Remo makes hip-hop sound like there’s nothing to it while producer, 9th Wonder, picks up where Kanye left off with lushly layered soul samples on Entrapment. Call it grown man bizness or just good ass music – Remo’s debut release is as raw as it is serene. Show and prove!

05 Black Diamond Life – Droop-E

How is it possible that in the year that Sade chooses to release her first album in what felt like a decade, E-40’s son comes out with a free concept mixtape that undermines Sade‘s ambiance altogether — and with the bitch’s original music as sample tracks? Um-azing. [Q: Why hadn’t this been done years ago? How did hip-hop just find Sade?]

04 LoveKing – The-Dream

So, The-Dream‘s ’10 release wasn’t as good as his first two, yet it was still incredible (um, obviously — it made the list at #4). But, considering he hasn’t released an album that hasn’t made my top spot since his debut… LoveKing isn’t his best effort. Why? Has his mastered formula worn itself out yet? It’s the best excuse I can provide.

03 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Kanye‘s latest work isn’t fun, nor is his pretentious demeanor. It’s a carefully plotted, self-loathing madman’s campaign for the world to hate him while loving him at the same exact time. And with this LP, he got it all and more (including the hardest verse by a female MC ever — “Monster,” anyone?).

02 Thank Me Later – Drake

The most major debut of the year, Thank Me Later, is also one of the year’s greatest. Track by track, Drake becomes increasingly solidified as the voice of a generation – moody, confused, yet incredibly aware.

01 Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico DustyBig Boi

It took exactly ten years to commemorate the unflinchingly eclectic, hip-to-be-strange sound of the Oughts a.k.a. Outkast’s 2000 release, Stankonia. [Even Pitchfork agrees with me on that.] And here it is… as beautiful and magical as ever, the lesser regarded Outkast member saves the day with a funky ode to…well…his sound that wraps up the decade in an exquisitely big bow.

Honorable Mentions:
TSOL – Shad, Record Collection Mark Ronson, All I Want Is YouMiguel,
Pink Friday
Nicki Minaj, The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monae,
Album of the Year – Black Milk.

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