Rihanna’s face graces the cover of Elle Magazine. The article has everyone from Eminem to A$ap Rocky asking her questions. Yr probably like, yeah. We all know Rihanna is why boring can’t compete.
But why are you reading Elle Magazine?
I purchased the magazine because my first long term girlfriend, Eleanor Renee Rogers has something to do with designing the cover according to a facebook post.
My first thought was that Eleanor Renee Rogers had the correct mixture of Hip Hop history, fashion and design so the Roc Nation cover made sense.
Having moved recently, one of my first sketchbooks was sitting around the house.
This one is from 1994-95.
Eleanor Renee was hit up next Siak and,..
She wrote Neso, and Dras.
I don’t talk much about Eleanor Renee as a graffiti writer because it’s 2017 and I’m proud of what I did 3 hours ago.
Doubt Renee is really walking around saying, “pshah. Yes. I was once an inexperienced graffiti writer. I was in BSA, and was there during the beginning of IOK.”
She might. I’m sure she still eats Zapp’s Potato chips at Frankel’s Deli or something.
Last time I saw Renee was when Get Right was doing a stint in Brooklyn in 2010.
We chatted for an hour. She was really cool about things. We exchanged mutual respects. She told me she hears my name in a good context.
Told her that she taught me alot. Would not be who I am if it weren’t for her taking belief in me and hipping me to the Velvet Underground, Barbara Krueger, Fellini, and things of that nature. She was graphic design student so this started lifelong pattern of me improving through proxy to designers.
The funny thing is as much as I would try to be like: “people who know about art can teach you things.”
We had some real Hip Hop experiences that are again why she should have proxy to Rihanna.
There is a reason why people like Ye, Hov, Andre 3000 and guys like that are still around. They understand both Hip Hop, and design.
The first time I talked to Renee she was rocking Puma Suedes.
Not gonna detail every show from the days we first started talking.
Just gonna mention our last in person conversation, and a late 90’s Hip Hop show we went to..
At the NYC Get Right we chatted. The type of conversations where people respect each other and then both parties are happy with their lives so too much more conversation was not necessary.
Just to build a frame for Renee:
My relationship with Renee resulted in me moving from Ohio to Lousiana and also she also facilitated my first trips to New York City.
We saw Eyrkah Badu before Erykah Badu had a name,
We were at the “Illadelph Halflife” release party in New York City.
At the beginning of the night, this woman took the stage and just sang with the dynamic and charisma of Billy Holiday.
That whole release party is it’s own story. Just gonna stick to our first exposure to Erykah Badu.
We spent the next 6 months trying to figure out who Eyrkah Badu was.
I went home to Ohio for Christmas from Louisiana to visit my family and heard “On and On” on the radio.
I would stay up late listening to the radio switching from “Coast To Coast” with Art Bell, and to catch “On and On” in hope they would tell me the name of that lady we saw.
While listening to Art Bell, heard this theory that after Communism fell, the KGB was still actively in a war with the United State of America. The premise was you didn’t need the premise of Socialism to have a currupt regime who want power and money.
I spent three days telling everyone about this.
The next episode of Art Bell was about Chupacabra’s orgins were actually Alien pets.
Basically, the aliens let the chupacabras out of their spaceship to use the restroom and lost them. While this was funny, I realized that I should take Erykah Badu’s new album more serious than things broadcasting on Art Bell.
So then I dropped my fears that the KGB were trying to destroy America.
Now different opinion with facts. #factsonly
Thank you Rihanna for helping with this memory.