Place to be: ASAP Hotel
Berlin has always an occasion to party. This time it we headed out to celebrate the new ASAP Rocky video collaboration with Zalando - "ASAP HOTEL". Before the clip premiered though, my attention was focused on the drinks and especially on the tacos. Parties that serve tacos are always a good idea.
The video clip (which I added for you below) features the track "Yamborghini High" and shows A$AP Rocky in a surreal mix of hotel and catwalk, where every room matches the personality of the hotel guest. You get to see four very different women, who's look ranges from elegant or girly to edgy and powerful. There's a lot of outfit changes, a few catwalk moments and Asap jumping from one room to the other. It features zalando's Spring/Summer campaign 2017 and is definitely not what I expected. (This being meant in a very positive way).
After the video premiere though, my personal highlight jumped on stage...
Feb. 14, 2017
Labels: On track, Place to be
I’ve known Tommy Genesis for a while now and when I heard that she was coming to Berlin I knew I had to see her live and take some snaps. Like any noticeable contemporary artist, Tommy Genesis got noticed by instagram users Keith Space Bar and Father. She became the newest addition to Atlanta based label, Awful Records. Since then she has attracted quite some attention online and offline. It seems pretty fitting that the name of her debut album is World Vision—she’s utilized the Internet to suspend her work into a kind of global space.
Born in Vancouver to a South Indian father and Scandinavian mother, her style comes across in everything she achieves; from the delivery of her often-explicit lyrics to the way she dresses. At first glance, she has an innocent look but her pleated skirts, cropped T-shirts, glossy lipstick and combat boots give you the impression not to get on her bad side…
Although her voice is full of a combination of self-assurance and laid-back swagger, Genesis’ background is in art and film, not music. She studied at Emily Carr University where she majored in Film and Sculpture. She is drawn to structural paintings using fabric and glue, but her canvas is even broader than that.
Genesis' band Psychic TV influenced her as a kid when she was just starting to experiment with music. Then there was her Pandrogeny Project, where she and her partner Lady Jaye underwent a bunch of surgical procedures to look more and more like each other, eventually identifying themselves as a single "Pandrogynous" person. "This is an extreme example of gender neutrality that I was exposed to early on… Since then Gender Identity in art and rap is something I always like to play with. Sometimes I rap with a dick, other times I rap with a pussy." Without a doubt, she’s just executing her vision.
text and photos: Sandra Zegarra Patow for PAPERBOATS.me