Understand Rap

Parse hop hop's poetry with a book of dry interpretations

While most gets what Tupac meant when he rhymed, “I ain’t guilty ’cause, even though I sell rocks/It feels good puttin’ money in your mailbox” on his hit 1999 track “Dear Mama” (a song now included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry if you needed anymore proof of rap’s mainstream legitimacy), some rap lyrics are just downright baffling to anyone not pursuing a …

Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art

From Barry McGee to Save Tibet, DJ DB's thousands of stickers in his new book

Founder of the record label Breakbeat Science and an early proponent of drum and bass, DB Burkeman (known to most as producer, promoter and DJ DB) wears many hats. Most recently, he took up the role of editor with his book “Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art.” Created with downtown girl-in-the-know Monica LoCascio, “Stickers” proudly displays Burkeman’s collection—a mass he’s …

Cap

Two enterprising Swedes hit the streets to launch their spray can nozzle stool

This summer sees the full-scale production of “Cap” (the spray-can-nozzle-shaped stool that we previously featured in prototype stage on CH, accompanied by a campaign that literally takes it to the streets, featuring photographs of the stool in various unlikely urban scenarios. The cityscape theme plays on the graffiti roots of the stool and shows how its mega-scale makes a playful design choice for those who …