Monday, November 11, 2019

Fredrick Jamel "Freddie Gibbs" Tipton

Fredrick Jamel Tipton a.k.a "Freddie Gibbs"

Freddie Gibbs is a hip-hop artist from Gary, Indiana, just south of Chicago metro area. Among the mainstream media, he tends to fall more in the "underground" category of hip-hop and rap. However, I believe he has some of the most complete and well-produced albums of all time and is extremely influential for younger artists in the hip-hop industry. He was born in 1982, so he has been through many different eras of hip-hop music. This, I believe gives him a more broad view of different styles of hip-hop and allows him to constantly change and evolve his sound. For example, probably his most popular album, Piñata (2014), produced by legendary producer Madlib, has very old-school vibes and shows how he was inspired by legendary classic hip-hop artists like 2pac, Pusha-T, and Jay-Z. However, in his 2018 mixtape titled Freddie, he implements many elements of modern "trap" music and shows how he is able to evolve to the current hip-hop style and culture. 


This article talks about Freddie's struggles in trying to become a major artist and shows how resilient a person he is. Even now, he has to work hard to keep his image up.

In this interview, Freddie discusses his experiences with racism and police brutality and opens up on his acceptance as a role model within the hip-hop community.

To me, this interview shows a side of Gibbs that we would never normally get to see. He truly opens up about his experiences and talks about the importance of talking about your issues. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth 

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Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time. Kendrick started at the bottom, being borne in Compton and having to overcome the life of crime and drugs that the world around him was. I chose Kendrick because he is one of my biggest inspirations, he is one of the smartest Musical artists, this is proven by the fact that he is the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his album Damn. Kendrick has worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, Kanye West, Chance the rapper, Eminem, and many more. His dictation and nuance are some of the things that truly show his greatness on stage. I was able to see Kendrick Lamar live in 2018 and it was one of the most amazing things in my life, he is a great performer.

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In this article, Kendrick sits down with a journalist and goes through his hit album Damn, explaining things like how it was written, why it was written. He speaks more about who he is as a person and how that affects his music.

In this interview, Kendrick spoke on his album Good kid M.A.A.D city. He spoke on how he thought of race and the impacts of politics.

Kendrick speaks on his thoughts of Kanye West supporting trump and his appreciation for winning a Pulitzer Prize. Kendrick spoke to how he believes a Pulitzer Prize went to a hip-hop artist a long time ago.

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly 

Growing up as a child in the Tacoma area, I was always surrounded by Chihuly glass and art work. From hospital buildings to restaurants to museums, his work would follow me everywhere. Something about it catches my mind as he uses nature as an inspiration, bringing his sculptures to life. His work speaks to me because you can sense the pure passion in what he creates and most of all, its not always easy for him to create these amazing pieces. At a young age Chihuly's brother and father all passed away which then pushed him to follow a path of creating art work. On top of his struggles in the past Chihuly has not actually been able to blow glass for a few decades, due to injuries to his shoulder that has caused him to be unable to lift up a blow pipe and a blind left eye. None the less, Chihuly has never let that stop him when those injuries took place in the middle of his career. Still regarded as one of the top glass artist and a strong activist for nature and all that it has to offer, Chihuly found a way to work around his injuries and continues to create truly amazing works of art. Seeing this dedication to an art form like this and all for the purpose of creating works of art that make me smile is why the work of Dale Chihuly, never fails to make me smile.

A good starting point into looking into "who is chihuly". Obviously, a personal site, however is a nice introduction to some of his pieces and his inspirations

A description of some of his work at the Chihuly garden and glass located at Seattle Center. This link includes some more insights into Chihuly's life, as well as the artwork and venue.

An interesting New York Times article into his injuries and how he works around that in his artistic career. This gives a more deeper look into who he is and what goes through that brilliant mind. 

Raleigh Ritchie, A.K.A. Jacob Anderson

When I was younger, I always thought about what it would be like to be older, what it would be like to be independent. Throughout the last years of my life, I've had an extreme struggle with growing up. Thats what drew me to Raleigh Ritchie, when I heard his song "Time in A Tree". In this song he digs deep into the roots of childhood and the childhood amazement you had but lost along the way. He writes beautifully and a lot of his music really hits that spot for me. Not only that, but he was a Game of Thrones actor as well, and me being a huge fan of that show absolutely was enthralled with him. His lyricism can be seen as simple at times but it does what it has to beautifully, and like I said earlier, he captures childhood imagination. In Time In a Tree my favorite lyric is "You could be a wizard, you could be in NASA, you could write fiction, you could tame raptors". This lyrics really hits for me because it reminded me of when I was a kid and I had plenty of ideas of what to do with my life and the world was truly my oyster. Raleigh captures the childlike essence perfect, and no song has ever stuck with me like that one has.
This article discusses his journey being a musician and an actor. He uses the pseudonym Raleigh Ritchie for music and his real name for acting. Now that Game of Thrones is over he delves into that.
This is just his website. Theres links to his songs on there that are the most popular, and information about him in general.

In this article he discusses a lot of his influences, including Amy Winehouse and also talks again about managing Game of Thrones and his music career. He talks about his perfectionism as well.

Carrie Underwood

When I was growing up I struggled to enjoy art in the same way my peers did, this was especially noticeable when it came to music. I was a child with a lot of sensory issues and music would usually send me into a panicked meltdown, but the first artist that I can remember wanting to listen to and sing along with was Carrie Underwood. Carrie Underwood was the winner of American Idol in 2005 and has gone on to have 26 #1 singles. Carrie Underwood is considered a country music artist, but has also become the designer of a clothing line, and has even made a few appearances as an actress with roles in How I Met Your Mother and Soul Surfer. Some of her hit songs include "Before He Cheats", "Jesus, Take The Wheel", and "Cry Pretty". Although my music taste has changed over the years, I still enjoy Carrie Underwood because of her powerful music and she is a strong role model with the messages she sends through her songs and actions.
This is a link to her website where you can keep up on recent news about her, songs, videos, and more. This link will also bring you to a bio section that will list some of Carrie Underwoods accomplishments and talks about other projects she has been involved in.
This is a list of charities and foundations Carrie Underwood has worked with over the years, this link also talks about other ways she has given back to the community and those in need. With such a big platform and following it is nice to see people use their fame to make others aware of world issues.
This last link has her top 10 songs, as well as links to the corresponding videos and a section about the meaning behind each song. I thought this website was a good example of her evolution as a musician and it showed how meaningful her music is.

Jean Isamu Nagai

Jean Nagai

I first found Jean Nagai while on instagram my freshman year of college! I really enjoy all of his paintings, and feel like I always feel something, or kind of relive a memory! I think a lot of his paintings are meant to be depictions of nature, but using exaggerated colors and forms. I also really love that Nagai has a theme of pointillism through most of his work, which give him a cohesive style, and allows for all of the paintings to be different. Nagai started out in Olympia, which is in my home state so I also feel a certain sense of pride that something I think is so cool is coming right out of my home!

Today, I think art is becoming far more accessible than it has in the past! Nagai is a great example of this. He is from a small town (Olympia, WA) yet I was able to discover a plethora of information about him from 5+ websites right off the bat. He has multiple interviews in smaller journals, as well as a few with bigger sites! 

Jean Nagai, Tone Police (2018)

I think that this interview is a good example of Nagai's laid back perspective on art and life. The interview has some work from about 5 years ago, that shows his sillier side! I think it's cool to have references to points in time for an artist, to see how they grew. 

Jean Nagai, Sage (2017)

This second interview took place in 2017, and I think it shows Nagai's development as an artist. Here he talks more about the intent behind his paintings and  delves deeper into his own personal philosophy. There are a lot more landscape type paintings here, that I think kind of mark a shift in his interests!

Jean Nagai, Avalon (2018)

This is the most current interview of the three I have selected, and to me this is Nagai at his most formed! The interview has a lot of information about Nagai's influences and themes. I think the opening paragraph does a good job of summing up what Nagai's painting put out! 

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

This website tells you almost everything you need to know about Jennifer Aniston. For instance, it tells you about her early life and how she got started out as an Actress. It also talks about her personal life, by mentioning her parent’s divorce, who she’s been married too, and places she’s lived. Jennifer Aniston’s parents were both actors so she was always around acting. Jennifer Aniston started acting at the age of 11 and has been acting ever since!

This website digs deeper into Jennifer Aniston’s life. For example, it touches on the little facts in Jennifer Aniston’s life and talks about how her parents didn’t want her to be an actress because it’s a tough business and growing up her parents were pretty strict. She was only allowed to watch TV when she was sick. It also mentions the other jobs she had growing up. She was a bike messenger and it was one of the hardest jobs she’s had. Jennifer Aniston was also a waitress and then began acting! This website really explains how her life came to be.

This website gives a very short description of how popular Jennifer Aniston is! She’s so popular that an app Instagram crashed after she made her profile. So many people were following and sharing her picture at the same time the app didn’t know how to react and crashed. It’s amazing how Jennifer Aniston makes such an impact on people’s lives.

Growing up the popular TV show Friends was constantly playing. At a very early age, I was obsessed. Jennifer Aniston had a great influence on my life, I really looked up to her. I’ve seen almost every movie she’s been in and I’ve always followed her on what she’s been up to. I never realized that Jennifer Aniston is truly an artist until taking this class, it has shown me that her work in her movies and TV shows has a great impact on people’s lives and it is a great source of entertainment. She’s proved in her interviews and in the articles listed above that everyone should follow their hearts and do what they want to do because that is how someone is truly successful. Jennifer Aniston is very popular and continues to make an impact on people’s everyday lives.