July 1, 2013

The artist known as Stromae

The last time I posted on this thing was three years ago, before I took a leap from life as I knew it, to life as I currently know it.  I was moved by emotion from my new obsession to start posting once more.

This obsession is someone you should get familiar with, and quick, whether you speak French or not. It has been too long since I’ve personally encountered the type of genius I find in the man who goes by the name of Stromae. Since stumbling across his music on Spotify, I have since fallen into the abyss of admiration and devotion to the music of Stromae. The Belgian rapper/singer/composer accomplishes no small feat in the laying of dark content over electronic music. Creating art that is lyrically depressing, with compositions that forces your head into a bob, and sets your hips in motion in preparation for reckoning on the dance floor.

Stromae landed on the mainstream scene with his global hit, “Alors on Danse”, which Mr. Kanye West eagerly jumped on for a remix. At first listen, it could have been dismissed as a piece of dance music that made it out from the obscure wormhole that can be the euro club scene. (Think Yolanda be Cool…where are they now? )However, I kept listening until I stumbled across the rare gem that is Papaoutai, Stromae’s latest single, with a visually stunning metaphorical video to match. The song addresses the issues of absentee baby daddies, and the questions that linger within the kid who never finds his/her father. I must have played the video about 20 times, the song never getting old, hitting harder with each click.

(I’m really sad someone thought it was a good idea to disable the embedding of this video.)

Stromae’s compositions are haunting, maintaining the upbeat melodies of electronica music, however overlayed with tales of hopelessness, heartbreak, domestic violence, and even victims of pedophilia, topics that usually go untouched in the ecstatic realm of dance music.  While dance arrangements are the base for Stromae’s sound, there is versatility with his music making references to Congolese music, ratchet rap compositions, and jazzy trumpets reminiscent of Miles Davis.

Beyond being a great composer, singer, and rapper, Stromae is pretty fucking smart. Over the past few days I have developped an addiction to Stromae’s youtube channel, where he has ingeniously created a hub for fans to watch what goes into the creation of his masterpieces, along with low budget but high quality videos that further exhibit the artist that is Stromae. Beyond being instructional, the tutorials give us a glimpse of his winning personality, making us fall harder for his unique sound. The whole thing is almost too intoxicating.

In conclusion… I’m hooked.

Stromae’s album, Cheese, is now available on Spotify, and he drops his second album at some point this summer.


August 26, 2010

Cartagena at Sunrise

A few months ago, the stars aligned, and led me to win a free Jet Blue ticket that would take me anywhere in the continental US and a few places in Latin America. All I knew was that I wanted to go somewhere I’d never been before, and as far as the tickets would get me. For a while it seemed like the tickets would go to waste, as vacation plans just seemed to be falling through. Then the stars sprang into motion again, lighting a path to the home of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar: COLOMBIA.
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Nikki Jean

August 25, 2010

If you remember Lupe’s “Hip Hop Saved My Life” then you undoubtedly remember the voice singing the hook. Nikki Jean breathy vocals caught my attention, and I was fortunate to hear more just last week at the Delancey. I believe her album drops in the fall, so check out the video above, and support her cause. She just seems too nice not to succeed. Enjoy!

Zoe Kravitz+Elevator Fight

July 20, 2010

Last night my plan was go to Williamsburg Hall of Music, then go to bed early. Unfortunately the not-so-nice owners of space had different plans. The show put on by super star promotions group Timeless NYC had to be relocated, and for the better. We found ourselves in the intimate confines of a Tribeca gallery, hypnotized by the magnetic confidence of Zoe Kravitz. Above she covers the late and great Rick James smash “Super Freak”. She gets it from her Daddy!

Timeless NYC

June 15, 2010

So I know I haven’t posted anything in a while. So I’m making my return to Nosalikes :) count. Tonight a very special event will be happening with writer/overall great person Shawn Lawrence James hosting Timeless NYC at the Delancey, NYC. Excited to check out Zoe Kravitz sing, and have Curtis Santiago meet the high expectations set by Mr. Lawrence.

So if you have the time, come through for some drinks, and hits.


From NY With Love

April 19, 2010

With a shared Creole culture and history, the communities in New Orleans and Haiti have both been victim to natural disaster.

Please join us for drinks on Sunday, April 25th at the Delancey Lounge. With music that shakes your soul from DJ Treats, DJette Luna Vega, and Kraff Swagger, and delicious cocktails from New Orleans’ own Sazerac Rye Whiskey, and Haiti’s Rhum Barbancourt.

100% of funds raised will go to United Saints Recovery Project (, New Orleans and SOS Children’s Village in Haiti (

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 25th
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street,
New York, NY 10002
5 bucks before 8pm, 10 after

Can’t make it? We’ll still take your money! Please click on the donate button to make payments through paypal!

Click here to make a donation!

Tiger Woods Nike Ad

April 8, 2010

Tiger returned to golf today, but not before Nike, his most loyal sponsor aired this commercial. The voice heard here is that of Tiger’s late father, inquiring into Tiger’s decision making process. Personally I think this is brilliant. The company acknowledges the scandal, however they are showing Tiger in a conversation with his dad, or what could be considered conscience. In my opinion, it seems to speak to the fact that in sports or in our every day lives, when its over and the lights go out, the only person left to answer to is the voice of our conscience. I hope Tiger kicks ass on the green today. What do you think?


March 31, 2010

So I spent a very intense weekend at Columbia University, covering the African Economic Forum…go ahead an laugh! It was such an inspiring event, and I felt like everyone in the room was about to run home and purchase one way tickets back home. Yeah, it was that good. Other than meeting a ton of great people, I ran into James Branson who introduced me to Of Rags. Check out the hoodie above you know you wants in. Below is more info on the fair-trade company. Fashion for a cause…me likey!

Two young designers, RAAM, a Ghanaian, and J. Branson, an American,
founded Of Rags in 2009 with the idea of making clothing that makes a difference.

Not only is each item from Of Rags a unique work of art handmade in fair trade conditions; in addition, 40% of the profits benefit The Of Rags Foundation, a non-profit organization and tool for the sustainable development of public health and education initiatives.
The Foundation is currently partnered with a school for children with special educational needs in Accra, Ghana in order to establish a much needed scholarship program.

Of Rags is the product of globalization.
Of Rags aims to globalize the localized. Of Rags’ clothing is art.
Of Rags’ mission is hope. But most of all, Of Rags is what you make of it.

Just a Band

March 23, 2010

Apparently Makmende is a trending topic in Kenya, as experimental group Just a Band (not to be confused with french electro duo Just A Band), revived the Kenyan 70s hero, through their new video for Ha-He. This is the first I’ve heard of either but, its already on repeat, and I figured I’d share.

Asos x Barbie

March 17, 2010

I’m usually adverse to online shopping, as a girl who needs to feel fabric on my skin, and take glance in the mirror a hundred times, in a million different poses. However, on this on might change my mind. Asos has created The Barbie Lounge, featuring our favorite doll in several versions of the little black dress. Wait it gets better! Not only can you buy the dolls, but you can buy lifesize cuts for yourself, and these dresses are superfly. Now everyone can be a Barbie girl.

While your at it check out Asos Africa.