Photographs: Yoshi Omori | Book: Mouvement 1984-92

Yoshi Omori is no longer interested in hip-hop. Between the years 1986 and 1989, the Japanese photographer spent his years capturing the birth and rise of France’s hip-hop scene, blending with the crowds in nightclubs like Le Globo and Le Bataclan. It was a golden age for the genre in Paris, with all its rappers, breakdancers, graffiters. But as years went by, Omori stepped aside from the scene. He says it just got to politicised and violent and that’s something unappealing to his guts.

Two decades later, the photographer teamed up with journalist Marc Boudet and artist Jayone to compile Mouvement 1984-92, aphotobook evoking the years of expansion in French hip-hop through its parties, artists and crowds.

Yoshi Omori spoke with Julien Morel for VICE about those groovy years in the Parisin 19th arrondissement and the release of the 150-photographs collection, now reedited by LO/A Edition.

Krui, on the Southwest side of Sumatra, Indonesia, is swarmed with secret waves. That line of coast is so unreported that on can’t even find straight knowledge about it online. A basic search on Google shows nothing on Wikipedia and there’s only a few entries on surf schools operating in the main areas of the region. Nothing on mind-bending waves.

So when the world bodyboarding champion Ben Player first heard about Krui through his fellows, he got mixed feelings. They all dissed the place and never went back to the region. They never actually caught those secret spots pumping classic waves.

The only way for Benny to prove their stories was to actually visit the region, which became possible through an unexpected phone call from Riptide. The Australian magazine dropped him a ticket to go on a 10-days trip to Krui with cinematographers Ed Saltau and Dean Fergus and photographer Rod Owens with the mission of bringing back a story on that crystal water paradise. The search was on and Benny didn’t look back on the chance.

The first few days in Krui were disappointing. No surfing nor material nor a story to bring back home. But when he was about to call it a trip, Ben Player saw the untruth of the stories he was told about unfurling in front of his eyes. The winds shifted, the waves got smoother, the swell came about and the sessions were as epic as ever.

Sumatrium is the story he came back with: a short-documentary unravelling Krui’s secrets and the visual proof of what Benny sums as "the most successful surf adventure I have ever done".

Sumatrium is available online at benplayer.com.

Oceana is Wyoming County’s oldest town with a population of roughly 1.400 people. It is also the place where the rate of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses doubles US’s national average.

Oxycontin is the most used painkiller by Oceana’s inhabitants and that is why the town earned the nickname of Oxyana, a  vivid example of the so called war on drugs.

Filmmaker Sean Dunne spent some time in Oceana documenting the uncanny lives of its folks and their daily struggles with drug addiction. The documentary Oxyana was released last year, but remains as current as ever.

HUCK spoke with Sean Dunne and retraced the production’s challenges and the audience’s reception on this apolitical point-of-view.

Read the interview here. The film is available at oxyana.com.

#WAYNIAC MONDAYS

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Artwork: Gangster Doodles

Can you name an artist that deliberately released a new track every week just for the cheer enjoyment of producing music to share some love with his followers? Well, now you can: his name is Jonwayne.

California’s La Habra’s son is one of Stones Throw illest producers and rhyme creators and his ingenious outputs are featuring in some of the label’s hot rappers albums. His most recent collaboration was on Homeboy Sandman’s Hallways album, for which Jonwayne provided mind-drilling and intense beats on “America, the Beautiful” and “Refugee" tracks.

But Jonwayne is one to throw out some unexpected music. For instance, when he first signed Stones Throw back in 2012, he came up with the idea of releasing three tapes with his underground productions before putting his mind to work on Rap Album One. The first of these cassettes was released on vinyl by the same time he posted this announcement:

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So for six weeks, Jonwayne dropped a new rap track every monday, until he eventually stopped to begin working on his second album.

Below you’ll find the half-dozen eggs he gave birth for our amusement.

Click below to listen the remaining five tracks.

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TUNES rimig DIGS:

Kendrick Lamar - i (Prod. Rahki)

Compton’s game-changing rapper Kendrick Lamar just released “i”, the debut single of his long rumoured new album, and a first listening tells us that funky instrumentals and rap might bond once again. Back to roots?

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ART HOUSE LE BOOGIE

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Originally published on Vert | LeBoogie

Phil Gallagher is done with the bullshit. Having been immersed in the bodyboarding universe since, well, practically ever, he lived and experienced the most notorious ups and downfalls of the sport, but never saw it in such a dark place as of today. So he’s one to point out the greedy, pocket-locked industry for not pumping some green ones into boogieboarding’s development and to gauge that not all riders rip as hard as you think.

So the 35-year old Australian photographer (on the right) has put himself in a place where he can actually extract bodyboarding’s cultural nectar. As the founder of photographic journal Le Boogie, he took the publishing built-in reputation to hammer out what he calls an “art house” by producing mind-bending films, representing underdog musicians and pushing bodyboarding’s unique culture and lifestyle forward.

After the release of SPLIT, Le Boogie’s latest film production, I swapped a few words with the Aussie creative about the publishing’s new face and the future of bodyboarding.

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BLAKE PARKER

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Originally published on Vert | Photography: Blake Parker | Tumblr | Lighton35

On a hot Summer afternoon in August, blakeparker, an unknown user from Tumblr, began a chat with me through the platform’s PM’s inbox.

- You Portuguese?
- Proudly, mate! :D
- Awesome. I’m an aussie living in London. Just spent 3 weeks travelling up the coast [of Portugal]. Such an epic place! Do you boog?

The friendship was undoubtedly established with such final response.

As you can read by the nickname, he’s Blake Parker, a 22 year-old photographer from Newcastle, East Coast Australia, whom now lives in London, UK. Parker shares a bond with Portugal by way of his Lisbon-born girlfriend and not so long ago spent a few Summery weeks in this European edge and even enjoyed some waves in Ericeira.

A primary teacher by day and a photographer in his spare time, Parker shoots bodyboarding, surf and everything wave-related. He even got a few stills published in Riptide. However, his endless curiosity goes beyond the ocean and he just embraced film photography’s unpredictability to capture some of the cultures he comes across in his trips.

After swapping a few banalities via Tumblr, Parker accepted my challenge to share with Vert his 15 favourite moments captured until today in the sea and to tell more about his influences and style regarding photography.

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DOCUMENTARIES rimig DIGS:

The Islamic State by VICE News.

I’ve been idle for quite some time. Swamped with work, job applications, bodyboarding (been pumping in Ericeira, yeewww) and several other editorial projects that eat the shit up of my time.

Either way, on one of those few relaxing months I saw this documentary about the Islamic State, its gents and principles. There’s just so much that could be said about this rising caliphate, but I guess anyone gets the conclusions they personally seek as the see this.

I highly recommend it as it is raw and offers a view from the inside, rather than a the periphery as the majority of world news outlets.

BLINK*, THE DEBUT DEMOTAPE

Video: FDO

On the chilly evening of February 22, Inês Mourão aka BLINK* made her debut on a stage in Lisbon, Portugal. Then with 17 years-old, the Portuguese rapper was on the verge of a nervous breakdown before spitting her first rhyme, but as the show went on she gave it all and her egotrip lyrics immersed the crowd in the mood she fancied. BLINK* just led the audience through her state of mind and seized the moment to present herself as the future of Portuguese rap.

Half a year after the show, the also designer released online her first demotape. The 10-track sample blends Portuguese-to-English bars from her latest productions under electro-influenced beats, collaborations with Dublin based rapper Sam Ajjuri and low-fi tunes from the her young beginnings.

Hailed by some of the most renowned rappers in Portugal, such as Capicua, the mixtape showcases BLINK*’s promising productions and foresees a future EP to be soon available.

Release Date: August 2014 | Official Download: Click Here