“Very Artistical” is a blog that features the cool and complicated stuff in progressive culture. We’ll touch on music, art, photography, film, books, and even how race
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Jamaa Fanaka, 'Welcome Home Brother Charles' Director, Dead At 69

Jamaa Fanaka, ‘Welcome Home Brother Charles’ Director, Dead At 69

Jamaa Fanaka, film director of '70s era black classics 'Penitentiary' and 'Welcome Home, Brother Charles,' died Sunday in his South LA apartment. He was 69.
LISTEN: Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre, "The Recipe"

LISTEN: Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre, “The Recipe”

On "The Recipe," Kendrick Lamar connects with Dr. Dre on this tune from the young stunner's forthcoming album, 'Good Kid in a Mad City.'
MUST-SEE: 'Keith Haring: 1978—1982’ — Brooklyn Museum Exhibit

MUST-SEE: ‘Keith Haring: 1978—1982’ — Brooklyn Museum Exhibit

Opening March 16 at the Brooklyn Museum, 'Keith Haring: 1978–1982' is the "first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century."
MUST-SEE: 'The Box That Rocks' — Exhibit At Brooklyn's MoCADA

MUST-SEE: ‘The Box That Rocks’ — Exhibit At Brooklyn’s MoCADA

With the new exhibit 'THE BOX THAT ROCKS: 30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hip Hop Music & Culture,' visitors can examine the pioneering show’s "historic contribution to urban music and culture."
LISTEN: Nas, "The Don" (Prod. By Heavy D, Salaam Remi & Da Internz)

LISTEN: Nas, “The Don” (Prod. By Heavy D, Salaam Remi & Da Internz)

Nas has dropped another heat rock with the Heavy D-coproduced "The Don," following recent murderous verses on songs “Triple Beam Dreams” and “King & Queens."
WATCH: Lianne La Havas, "Lost & Found" — New Video

WATCH: Lianne La Havas, “Lost & Found” — New Video

Lianne La Havas released a great new video for "Lost & Found," directed by Colin Solal Cardo. She's performing at NYC's Mercury Lounge on Tuesday. Who's going?
LISTEN: Taz Arnold (TI$A), 'Rad America' — Free Album Stream & Download

LISTEN: Taz Arnold (TI$A), ‘Rad America’ — Free Album Stream & Download

Instead of waiting to drop his new album, rAd AmericA, beat conductor and style maven Taz Arnold posted it on his Soundcloud page for free download or stream.
WATCH: Danny Brown, "Radio Song" — New Video

WATCH: Danny Brown, “Radio Song” — New Video

Danny Brown's new video for "Radio Song" from last year's crazy banger LP, XXX, is one big F-U to the hip-hop conformists and the label execs who sign them.