Director Ras Kass and Jo Mersa teach us a thing or two in his new video for his single Rock and Swing. These beautiful visuals take us on a intimate tour of his home island Jamaica while touching on deep subjects such as politics, pedophilia and the misunderstanding of the youth within his generation. You can even catch House of Marley friend Shama Beckford skateboarding in a few scenes. This track can be found on Jo’s Comfortable EP which can be purchased on iTunes.Follow Me
“We awoke at the crack of dawn, 11am to be exact, swooped Benny, picked up some breakfast and were on our way. As the pale fire burned in the distance we set out to capture the essence of cruising. The weather was great and the fuzz was out on high alert for humans operating video recording devices on the streets like criminals, but they were no match for our jedi mind tricks. Before we knew it we had compiled hundreds of gigabytes of footage and the sun was setting on the day just as we needed to wrap. It felt like a success and after years of shooting with various snowboarders/skateboarders it was pretty easy to add Benny to my top 5 list of people to work with. Hopefully you all enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Directed by Eddie Grams
Cinematography by Ian Rigby
Creative Direction by Gabe Kuo
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Chances are, if you’re familiar with street artists you’ve probably come across works of Phil Frost, whether you know it or not. (Remember that Frank 151 chapter?) One of the original artists to hit the scene in the early 90’s, Phil helped shape where contemporary art’s at today.
Cruising the depths of Instagram on Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday, we were tagged in a post that brought us a new fact about Phil – that he’s a big fan of reggae music and in particular, Bob Marley. Naturally, we had to reach out to him and hear more. Peep the interview below!
HOM: Are you still NYC based?
PF: I actually live in upstate New York now. I moved up here 7 years ago. I was always moving around trying to find more space to make my work while I was in town. I relocated up here after I found a giant space that facilitates all of my work.
HOM: A lot of our team members quote your work with Frank 151 as a way they discovered you. Can you tell me about that?
PF: Steve Malbon from Frank151 arranged for a studio visit and came upstate to do so. There he saw the drawings that MQ and I were collaboratively making, and the conversation to participate by sharing an issue together came from that.
HOM: I came across your post in celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday on Instagram, where you talk about Bob Marley and reggae – what is it that draws you to the two?
PF: I’m drawn to reggae music because of it’s inherent morale and uplifting nature; to want to better yourself and your surroundings and be humble, kind and respectful of things. So it appeals to me like that, in that I like the message of it; and then I like the energy and rythym also. It is good natured and positive and I was taken by it. At some point, I got really interested in wanting to hear it more. I began to collect the 45’s and records because a lot of the music isn’t necessarily released digitally. I don’t know too much about digital music anyway, but at the time a lot of the music wasn’t really able to be found on a CD or digital format so a lot of the rare music is only on a 45. Seeking out the records and collecting them was a way to be able to introduce myself to parts of the sound I couldn’t find otherwise. At some point, it began to seem like I was protecting old records by archiving them, like a way of preserving them and their relevant importance.
HOM: Do you mostly listen to music on records?
PF: I guess I mostly listen to music on records. For some reason its kind of relaxing.
HOM: Would you say you listen to it when you work, when you’re painting?
PF: Music has its place in my life. A lot of times I listen to silence, but then silence gets in the way. Listening to music is actually something of a distraction when I’m working, in that i’m not able to focus as much on whatever is resounding inside me. Yet, then there are times where I’m working, and I’m not experiencing that kind of inner dialogue and music can be something that helps the time pass more enjoyably. Sometimes I listen to music when I work and sometimes I don’t. There is part of my work process that music is just in the way of; and for that, it’s silence that keeps me more nimble. Then there are times where there is a task, something I am supposed to do, and I don’t have to figure anything out and nothing’s on my mind, and it’s those parts of the working experience where listening to music is more fitting. I guess it can be like therapeutic, the parts of process where you can zone out.
HOM: Such a great answer and one that really makes sense to me, personally. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started making art and what that was like for you?
PF: In the mid and late 80’s I was into skateboarding. I was skating a lot in Brooklyn with friends. Thats where I can say I really got into art, and by skating in the city and being into hardcore music I was exposed to graffiti. I started to get into tagging. When I was 18 I moved to Queens and then I began to work more seriously with it. Before that I would tag a bit when skateboarding, but it wasn’t an all consuming thing. Then when I was 18 I was on my own and living in Queens and working in the city – it’s when it took over and kinda became a part of me in an overall way for a period. I started to draw all the time and do wheat pastings. Then I started to spend a lot of time with Revs. I started to help out and do missions with he and Cost.
HOM: What was it like working with Revs and Cost?
PF: Revs and Cost, they kind of started the whole wheat pasting thing and the block buster rooftop rollers. I was so honored to help and work with them and spend so much time with Revs. I started to help them. Mostly, I started to help Revs all the time, but both of them sometimes too, on their missions, and sometimes with Revs simultaneously while doing my own. After a while it just kinda started to be a thing I used to do. I would find some sort of weird industrial thing coming out of a building or some sort of utilitarian piping, or venting boxes coming off a building. I would measure off the different panels and cut the measured panels out of brown butcher paper. Then I would draw with ink and paint paintings on those paper panels. I would figure out the best option for pulling it off, like a particular night or if even in broad daylight and then I would go and wheat paste them onto those things to create some type of painting sculpture sort of work in the street and feel that pulsing inner rush type of inspiration from it.
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There are meetings with people that leave you feeling inspired and almost in awe – wanting to learn more and understand, and this certainly was one of them. We hope to bring you more of Phil Frost’s works in the near future! In the meantime, you can check out more of his work on his gallery’s website – Galeria Javier Lopez, Phil’s personal website, and if you’re like us, Phil Frost’s Instagram. Big thanks to Phil for taking the time to speak with us!Follow Me
Big Thank You to everyone who came out to our event at Miss Lily’s on Tuesday! The crowd was blessed with the presence of the beautiful Zuri Marley and the sweet sounds and Q&A from her uncle Ky-Mani Marley. The drinks and grub were flowing all night long and of course we had our guests grooving when Dj Jasmine Solano (JSMN) was on the 1’s and 2’s.
Incase you missed it, we’ve got you covered with JSMN’s set and Ky-Mani and Zuri’s interview below. Check it! Stay tuned for the next go around of The Get Together.
Check out the photos from the event below!
For the Marley New York crew, the planning of our latest monthly ‘Get Together’ parties have kept us busy. The good news – we have the help of our host, Zuri Marley, who will be playing an integral role in curation of each event. We met Zuri at none other than our (pretty much) home base, Miss Lily’s, the very location we’ll be hosting each Get Together event. It was time for a collaborative brainstorm and the taste testing of all of the new menu items and classic favorites.
As the daughter of Ziggy Marley, it’s no surprise that Zuri is a natural creative. The collective decision to collaborate together for each Get Together event though, goes far beyond that.
A student at The Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music Business at The Tisch School of The Arts, NYU, Zuri is also what she describes to be, a “student of life” – teaching herself everyday. “I’m still fresh in the city and there are so many vibes to cultivate. People get lost out here, so its nice to have Miss Lily’s to remind me where I come from (876).” Zuri’s own work – visual and musical, reflects her own image of the American Dream; shining through in individual works as well as collaborations within her collective. “My art is freedom – and thats why I think I connect with The House Of Marley. House of Marley is cutting edge, redefining and modernizing a great man’s vision – making it accessible to people who weren’t able to be touched by the legacy – thats dope as hell. “
The best type of collaborating is fueled with great food. Miss Lily’s chef Andre made sure everything on the menu was an A+.
After our rum cake, Zuri insisted we not leave without all enjoying a Ting soda, her favorite growing up, and still today.
Great people, delicious food, and a constant flow of creative energy left us eager for the green light of our very first Get Together at Miss Lily’s. You’ll hear more about each party as they take off; be sure to join our Marley newsletter for up to date information on all of the happenings!
Miami here we come! The House of Marley is ready to light up the Magic City with another Get Together party. Musical guests include Kabaka Pyramid, Jo Mersa Marley and special guest Stephen Marley. Wipe away your Valentines Day feels and be prepared to groove all night long. To purchase tickets click here!
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“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.” February 6th marks the 70th birthday of the world’s greatest artist and revolutionary, Robert Nesta Marley. Bob’s love, honesty, and passion will thrive forever through his footprints in Jamaica, his children, and the Rastafarian religion he shared with the world. In celebration of his life and legacy, we’ve hand selected a few events you can check out in New York City and Kingston, Jamaica. If you’re sharing the events (or the love!) socially, be sure to connect with us using the hashtags: #Marley70 or #TheLegacyContinues to be a part of the digital conversation heard around the world.
Friday, February 6th
– Miss Lily’s, undoubtably New York’s favorite Jamaican restaurant, is hosting a celebration of Bob Marley’s life on Friday, February 6th. Tasty and traditional Jamaican food and jammin’ from the East Village location.
– For our friends in Jamaica, The Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong International will be having events all weekend long. Some of the events include: a symposium on the Evolution of Marley, a Reggae Jam Session with Marley’s 70th Ambassadors Chronic, Kabaka Pyramid and No-Maddz, and also a special screening of Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 concert (available Feb 17th).
Saturday, February 7th
– The Marley Family and Digicel will be hosting a free Reggae Concert at the Kingston Waterfront at 6pm Est. Top of the line performances by Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Team, Freddie McGregor, I-Octane, Carleton, Marcia Griffiths and more will have you goovin’ until the sun comes up.
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Call a friend and grab your tickets because House of Marley homie, Chronixx is hitting the West Coast! The Dread & Terrible West Coast Tour with company from Keznamdi and Kelissa starts on Valentines Day in San Diego, with stops in Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles and more. Tickets can be purchases here!
Sundance Film Festival is now in full effect. Since 1985 the festival has highlighted the best of the best of storytellers and beyond. Park City, Utah will be filled with the film industries most creative indie directors, videographers and actors from January 22nd to February 1st.
While we’re not there to witness it all first hand this time around, we’ve compiled a list of a few films we’re psyched about. Check them out below!
Dope – Shot in Inglewood, California, this film blends together an interesting fusion of hip-hop, drugs, and the all mighty Bitcoin. A$AP Rocky makes his proper acting debut.
Being Evel – This film is about Evel Knievel, an American daredevil who attempted 75 ramp to ramp deathly jumps which shot him to stardom. Every child born in the 70’s new his name and wanted to mimic his greatest, so this film will be a great blast in the past.
Cronies – Filmed in 2014 and produced by Spike Lee, this film features three friends struggling to maintain their relationships as they enter adulthood, a growing pain all of us can relate to.
James White – This film is about a troubled man and his journey surviving in New York city, while balancing a positive relationship with his mother. With a feature from rapper Kid Cudi of course we are excited about this film.
Digging for Life – A “boys will be boys” type film set in East LA which showcases a couples juggle with young parenthood. While trying to make ends meet the couple picks up house sitting for a gig and winds up surprised at what they find at the residence.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - This documentary features never-before-seen visuals, interviews and home movies from the world of Kurt Cobain.Follow Me
The birthday girl and House of Marley Ambassador Jasmine Solano will be celebrating another year of greatness at The Studio at W Union Square this Friday, January 22nd in New York. Join Jasmine and special guest DJ’s Ms. Nix and Stretch Armstrong from 10pm – 3am. Happy Birthday Jasmine! RSVP HERE to turn it all the way up and Get Together for the celebration.Follow Me