This was the first record since Kid A where the album drop felt like an event.
Enjoyed this glance at French rap. I used to follow a few french rappers back in the day—the language is so smooth it just sounded so elegant and rhymic vs. stateside rap.
And if you’re gonna dive into the French rap world, you HAVE to watch La Haine first. It’s a black and white film written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (the Gothikadude, don’t let that scare you away) and most view it as the French equivalent to Boyz in the Hood. It follows three young kids from Parisian projects who, in response to riots, are constantly fighting with cops. It’s also, surprisingly, like the first film in Paris to show stick-up-their-asses rich people what was going on in the projects and its soundtrack, which featured NTM, gave younger kids something to identify with.
I watched this movie in a theatre back in 95. I was still figuring out what hip hop was and the scene below—KRS One, breaks, and an Edith Piaf sample—blew the doors off of my raised-in-the-south, teenaged mind.
Still can’t really feel his record as much as I want but dang he’s a likeable guy. Seems like he appreciates what he’s got in front of him.
Bornsinner.com | Kendrick Lamar (by jcolemusic)
Aquatic synths and pretty, unintelligible female vocals.
French for Rabbits - Claimed by The Sea (PLAN Remix) (by majesticcasual)
While would-be entrepreneurs chase venture capital funding and dot-com riches at incubators and startup boot camps around the city, the Cards team rejects investors, refuses to sell the game to retailers or license it to other manufacturers, and hasn’t bothered to appoint a CEO, let alone create a management structure. Their business plan has the sophistication of a lemonade stand.
I’ve been reading up on Korean entrepreneurship scene in preparation for a talk I’m giving in Seoul and came across a pretty impressive play for optionality.
Korean-american young entrepreneur postpones job start date, starts a company in the interim, and his company ends up selling for 380 mil:
By late 2009, Shin was through with consulting, but he didn’t have the guts to strike out on his own just yet. He applied for, and was offered, a job in the New York City office of Apax Partners, a European private equity firm. He accepted the offer on the condition that he could delay his start date until the following August, so he could complete the two-year stint he had promised McKinsey. It was a lie; he walked out on McKinsey in November. “It was my chance to get something off the ground without my parents telling me I couldn’t do it,” says Shin. “I had about six months.”
AUSTIN IS THE MODEL
When you talk about tech startup cities, everyone first thinks of Silicon Valley.
Silicon Vally is clearly the leader, but it’s unique – it’s a unicorn that can’t be re-created elsewhere (plus its in California). You can’t replicate Stanford and you can’t replicated the VCs on Sand Hill Road. But you can replicate this blueprint of Physical Space, Community Leaders and Angel Investors.