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How to Make it in America

I was reading Le Monde des Series (the world of series), a fantastic French blog on TV series, when I found a short article on “How to Make it in America”, HBO’s latest show.

Produced by Mark Wahlberg and Rob Weiss (producers of the excellent Entourage), How to Make it in America could be summarized as “how to get money when you’re in your 20’s, living in NYC, having often good ideas but no penny in your pocket?” Ben Epstein and his friend Cam Calderon, local hipsters with (some) ambition, are chasing down THE big thing that will give us stacks of $$$.

Our two buddies are not literally losers, and you quickly start to believe in their crazy plans. They’re way too cool to fail, but they’re way too cool to behave seriously in any professional world. As for now (we’re around episode 6) the show has nothing exceptional but it’s somewhat interesting to see what our lives could be if we were less studious about our studies and future (spending your time in house parties, waking up late with a massive headache, discussing with your “partner” about your plans in a bar every day, fighting with your parents, surprisingly still concerned about what you’re about to be is everything but a serious life, but we would all like it)

And above all, I kinda liked this serie because of its image: New York!  NYC, its crowded streets, the skyline, the succession of steel, brick and billboards, the graffitis, the “there’s so much culture everywhere in this town” feeling, all these things that are loved so much when talking about Big Apple.

How to Make it in America

Filmed in New York by Leverage, Closest to the Hole Prods. and Big Meyer. Executive producers: Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss, Ian Edelman, Julian Farino, Jada Miranda, Mark Wahlberg. Producers: Jane Raab. réalisateur: Farino. Scenario: Edelman.

Cast: Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg), Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk), Rene (Luis Guzman), Rachel (Lake Bell), Domingo (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi), Edie (Martha Plimpton), Gingy (Shannyn Sossamon), David Kaplan (Eddie Kaye Thomas)

Oh, forgot to say, Kid Cudi’s in the show, and he rules. Plus, the main theme is a masterpiece..

Aloe Blacc – Need a Dollar


Nas & Damian Marley’s “Distant Relatives”

Nas & Damian Marley

“Right now, I’ll tell you first, I’m working on an album with Damian Marley, and we tryin’ to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment” said New York masterful MC Nas at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

“Distant Relatives” is set to be released on may 28th, and I just found out the first single “As We Enter” (and guess what, it’s a bomb)

Frankly speaking, I’m not a huge fan of hip-hop, but I do worship Nas. He’s way beyond the usual US hip-hop crap that easily crosses the ocean through MTV and similar mainstream channels (take 50 cent, this is just pure formated whatev’)

Anyway, this collaboration album’s definitely a big thing coming up. They’re talking about Africa, the album is for Africa (it will finance schools building program in Congo) and they do it sooo well.

Damian Marley, as written, had a great dad and followed his steps quite well. From classic reggae music to more fusion style, plus this really interesting collaboration (mixing reggae and hip-hop isn’t such an easy thing to do) he proved his talent many times (rush on his tune “Welcome to Jamrock”)

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter

One more thing, Nas & Damian Marley will be top of the bill of the 2010 Paris Hip-Hop festival, with a gig on June 28th (at the Zénith)

Pierre K.

Coming to a hood near you!

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Fantastic hoodies, designed by musician/ designer Clinton Van Gemert. He’s making all his gear in a studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Hoodies, Design, Brooklyn, New York, Music…huh? AWDOF likes

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