ICYMI | February 13, 2015
Catch Up: February 12th, 2015


Check it Out, Check it Out.

This morning, Drake released a 14-minute clip as a precursor to his upcoming mixtape. The video is a brooding mixture of staged scenes and found media – snippets of Drake as a young kid interspersed with his musings and dreams as he stares out a car window. Entitled Jungle, the video not only contains hints of future tracks, but also glimpses into the life of one of the most eminent rappers of our time. All in all, these 14 minutes seem to suggest a good amount of progress from the “yolo” era – and more importantly, every one of them is worth it. (h/t Octobers Very Own)

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What the Gif?

So gifs have property rights. Yes, yes that’s a thing – which actually makes a lot of sense when you consider that jpg’s, psd’s, ai’s, png’s, and almost any other file format is often associated with someone’s personal, created work. The issue became a big one when Diplo uploaded a teaser Wednesday night for “Jack Ü’s Take Ü There” to Snapchat, featuring the piece above. The gif obviously holds a little more significance than a Jennifer Lawrence red carpet face or a mascot gone rogue – rather, it is the original artwork of Brooklyn-based comic artist Rebecca Mock. Following Diplo’s plagiarism, a Twitter confrontation ensued, taking particularly dark and sexist turns before the majority of the responses were deleted. As important as this development might be for the intersections between creative worlds and the future of online art, we’re mostly excited for a new class of hyper mature animated rectangles to help us express our Internet emotions. (h/t Jezebel)

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Jammin’ on Our Millenium Falcons.

Star Wars will never die – a claim enforced by both the anticipated release of J. J. Abrams’ sequels as well as by the fact that you can now buy a guitar in the shape of your favorite intergalactic starship. Doni Latchford, a custom guitar maker and Etsy artist from the UK, is offering to transform toy Millenium Falcons produced between 1979 and 2004 into electric guitars. Latchford adds strings, a fretboard, LED lights and a few tweaks to turn the plastic spaceship into a tune-thrumming machine called the Han Solo. “With a half decent amp,” he says, “you could amaze everyone by conquering all manner of riffs in less than 12 parsecs.” Sounds good – but only if Death Star drum sets are in the works. (h/t Fact Mag)