My Thoughts on Mr. Kanye West

Since the beginning, Kanye West has always thrived on controversy.  Whether you want to acknowledge it, or not, many have looked to him as society’s most influential truth teller.  Did Taylor Swift deserve that award over Beyonce in 2009? No.  Like many, I had not even seen the music video.  Do you really think that George Bush cares about black people? Like many of our Caucasian presidents, probably not.  While the delivery was shockingly brash, it was impossible to deny the strong undercurrents of truth that surrounded these moments of pop-culture. His no-filter attitude has played an important role in his rise to Icon status throughout the years.  Now, this doesn’t mean that I blindly agree with every single statement that he makes but I do find myself listening and trying to see things from his perspective more than I would any average person.

I’ll start by saying that I’ve been a Kanye fan since 6th grade, the same year that “The College Dropout” was released.  His music has followed me all throughout my life and in many ways I’m grateful for it.  Like many Kanye fans, his recent rants, cancelled shows, and psychotic breakdown have hurt me more than I’d like to admit.  Even almost a week after, I find myself confused, saddened, and hopeful that the “old Kanye” will emerge from the ashes.  Further, his breakdown makes me want to further examine the link between genius and psychosis.  Truth is, his talent is impossible to overlook or talk down.  Many of the Kanye critics I’ve encountered have no real knowledge of his musical history.  Instead, they focus on his antics or “asshole” ways – a bias within itself.  I think many fans will agree that the aspect of instability has almost drawn us to him more.  However now, in a time where fans seek out the political views of their favorite artists and base their level of loyalty on those views, things get complicated.  For many, Kanye’s thoughts on voting for Trump, or even his marrying Kim Kardashian will or have resulted in his exile completely.  Personally, I don’t think that Kanye meant the things he said in those last few shows (hence the need for a psychic evaluation).  Even if he did, there a few things that are impossible to deny: the first three Kanye albums are essential listens to anyone who is a fan of true hip hop, and what he represents to anyone who’s been told “no” or that they “can’t do it”.  Not everyone can be a Chance the Rapper, if they could, then Chance wouldn’t be so special.  At the end of the day, it’s best to respect what people are good at.  For Mr. West, he’s accomplished what he set out to do and then some.  Let’s hope that we all can get to that point. 

Written by:  Charmeise @boldasflowers

 

What is The Blisspreneur’s Journey™ Dissecting the process and exploring archetypal influences

What is The Blisspreneur’s Journey™  Dissecting the process and exploring archetypal influences

As a creative entrepreneur, I’ve learned the value of experiencing the process simply by creating a product. I wish to create a legacy of systems and processes that will be useful for decades to come. My first contribution: The Blisspreneur’s Journey™.

Choosing The Right Hair Product To Achieve The Hairstyle

Choosing The Right Hair Product To Achieve The Hairstyle

So you just got the freshest cut of your life, you're walking out the barbershop with a limp in your step, you're feeling good, you get home to wash off and then you try styling your hair again and it just doesn’t look the same as when you left the barbershop.

The Best of Liberty Fairs Las Vegas

The Best of Liberty Fairs Las Vegas

Hey Fellas, I just got back from Vegas a few days ago from attending the Liberty Fairs event. Liberty Fairs brings the leading brands in menswear together with industry's top buyers in an inspiring design-driven environment. This is also the place where brands showcase some their upcoming collections. - Steve A. Nunez

Summer Crosley - Traveling the World of Fashion

Summer Crosley - Traveling the World of Fashion

When she is not traveling the World of Fashion, she devotes her life to make a difference in the world by supporting environmentally friendly causes such as Ocean life Conservation to help protect our beautiful ocean life and help keep our beaches clean. Summer has influenced the public to join the eco-friendly movement by doing our part to help decrease pollution and protect wildlife. She continues to dedicate her daily life to encourage others to clean up our beaches and reminding others to reduce, reuse, recycle to conserve the beautiful ocean life.

Visionary Designer: Grant Omohundro

Last week Level Up! Magazine had the chance to catch up with avant-garde artist Grant Omohundro and talk about his clothing line Who Cry Wolf.  Who Cry Wolf, is a lifestyle brand that is catching the attention of many because of how unique the product is. You might want to buy one of the shirts above but you cant, not really because each shirt made is 100% original and cannot be completely duplicated. Each and every shirt is hand painted thus each shirt is exclusive to the customer. intrigued with this approach to business we got a chance to talk with the man behind this vision on the origins and mission of his brand.

Level Up! Writer Jon Veal- "How did Who Cry Wolf get started?"

Grant Omohundro- so the origin of Who Cry Wolf was me not being content with where I was in life, and living by the saying, "if you want something to change, you have to make change." Realizing that I couldn't be the only one going through this struggle, I began to document the trials and tribulations I was going though , so others could overcome these same obstacles. I have always had a love for fashion, so i thought what better way to connect with people than through something we must wear everyday? So at that moment in 2013, I decided I would create a streetwear brand where the message is just as important as the aesthetic, if not more important. I soon realized that the most important part of this journey is not just sitting around talking about your ideas, but putting them into action and adjusting accordingly from there. That is when Who Cry Wolf came to me. Had the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" only cried wolf when the wolf was actually there, then his whole village would have came and supported him. It is the same for anything we are venturing into. If we talk about it for too long without anyone seeing any action, they will get tired of the same story over and over again. You must let your work speak for you and those around you will catch on. No talking is even needed at that point. Our actions speak volumes. 

"What is your Mission?"

The mission of Who Cry wolf is to create a movement that allows everyone with, what society views as unattainable or lofty, ambitions to not feel alone amidst their grind. We will create a community that allows others to bounce ideas off of one another, and when they are feeling disheartened they can look to those apart of Who Cry Wolf for support and motivation.  They say we are a representation of the 5 people we spend the most time with. We are trying to make Who Cry Wolf those "5 people" because what better way to grow and progress than to surround yourself with others who are constantly pushing themselves and progressing. We want to change the way clothing is looked at. It is already a representation of us as individuals, but we want to take that a step further. With Who Cry Wolf, what you put on your back will mean even more. It will remind you that you are not alone, and while this process will not be easy, we will be here for you

To contact Grant follow @WhoCryWolf on IG and Twitter and Grant Omohundro on Facebook.


@justhype drops HYPE CLOTHING x SPONGEBOB COLLECTION

@justhype drops HYPE CLOTHING x SPONGEBOB COLLECTION

The UK’s most playful, potent and innovative fashion brand, HYPE, has teamed up with Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products on a range of striking SpongeBob SquarePants apparel and accessories. No-one does prints like Hype. And no-one does square pants quite like Spongebob and now the two meet.

MOZART - STUDIO EXCLUSIVE by @ilcago_music

MOZART - STUDIO EXCLUSIVE by @ilcago_music

ILCAGO STUDIO EXCLUSIVE

MOZART is the freshman "drill" tape released by producer/rapper ILCAGO. It's a defining moment for the new artist and is a journey into the underbelly of the lens that he sees his everyday experiences through. Listening is like going to the chi without even taking flight. MOZART features a squad of chi town drillas like King Louie, Sasha Go Hard, Dreezy, and Mikey Dollaz. Are you the Mozart of your reality?

MISS CHIFF & FURY'S MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

MISS CHIFF & FURY'S MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

A new level of dope artistry for females rappers in the urban community. October 27th FURY and Miss Chiff are about to release their first music video together for their collaborative track entitled: 'In Control' .

Level-Up! Magazine will be premiering the video this Tuesday Oct, 27 @ 12pm.

Our track: 'In Control' is about the objectification of women in the music industry; specifically Hip Hop. The Hip Hop genre is flooded with misogyny. Instead of fighting it, female rap artists seem to fuel the fire by branding themselves to fit into the molds that are laid out by the music industry. 

Spontaneity Made Concrete | Lynn Peters

Spontaneity made Concrete is a free exhibition at the Lillstreet Art Center from August 28- October 4

Spontaneity made Concrete is a free exhibition at the Lillstreet Art Center from August 28- October 4

In the words of Tyler Durden from Fight Club, “we’ve been all raised by television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won't and we're slowly learning that fact.”

Unfortunately we live in a society and age that glorifies the talent of the few at the expense of the masses. Think about it, the mainstream media keeps track of Kim Kardashian as if she was Jesus Christ himself. In all honesty, that’s how we treat our celebrities, we worship them for a short period of time and then we hang them out to dry looking for our next “WordStar” fix as if we were the junkie from that Dave Chappelle skit. However, amongst all the riff raft, there are still faint glimmers of the true entity that was once known as art.

When you walk up the stairs of Lillstreet Art Center you immediately become enchanted by the engaging aesthetics of Lynn Peters. When you first gaze upon her work you are welcomed with the simplicity of an Edward Hopper painting, but yet you still have the complexity of a Raoul Haussmann Lithograph. Lynn Peters work is a reflection of an age long past. From the Renaissance to modern day, Lynn Peters takes small intimate moments and invites you to walk in them for one more moment. Lynn Peters also takes the average working "Joe", the guy who works at Target, or the woman who has two kids and a job at a thrift store, and she makes them the modern day idols of society. Our cities, our streets were not built by Kylie Jenner. Justin Bieber is not at the dry cleaners working ten hour shifts to make ends meet, the real heroes are those who do what is necessary in hopes to one day do what they want to do. Those are the people who are worthy of true recognition, and that is why you need to visit this Exhibition. 

http://spontaneitymadeconcrete.com/

 

 

L I M B - The Label

L I M B - The Label

Last Friday night, designers Andria Kiefer & Sinead Hargeaves released the SS 15/16 debut collection of their line LIMB. The garments are beautifully tailored and wearable for warm and cool Melbourne breezes this Spring and Summer.

LEVEL-UP! MAGAZINE Welcomes Sang Jin Yun As Art Director

LEVEL-UP! MAGAZINE Welcomes Sang Jin Yun As Art Director

This week at LEVEL-UP! MAGAZINE, we welcomed RMIT fashion and textile merchandising freshman Sang Jin Yun as art director for the Melbourne branch.  Sang Jin's eye for fashion is deeply rooted in creative expression and inspired by a combination of music, art, and lifestyle. Born and raised in Chile, Sang Jin's fashion sense is edgy, distinct, and rooted in experimental high fashion inspo.