With the new year here and with so many inaugural events happening, we felt it only right to drop the inaugural edition of our new editorial series: The 5 Deadly Questions.
The 5 Deadly Questions is a monthly interview series that taps into the interests and influences of today’s trendsetters and tastemakers with just 5 simple questions. From culturally relevant and personal to hypothetical and humorous; learn more about some of your favorite actors, writers, musicians and more based on their answers to The 5 Deadly Questions.
In our debut edition of The 5 Deadly Questions we interview legendary visual artist Cey Adams. Adams, a New York City native, got his start in the 70’s doing graffiti and in the 80’s transitioned to doing graphic design and is considered one of visual architects of hip hop culture having served as Creative Director for Def Jam Recordings, where he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he designed creative for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z.
Adams draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, vintage sign paintings and he’s recently collaborated with IDEO, Apple, Levi’s, Foot Locker, Converse, Pabst Blue Ribbon, YouTube, and Google.
We present to you Cey Adams’ 5 Deadly Questions!!!
You’ve worked with and designed iconic album covers for hip hop legends such as Jay Z, Method Man, and LL Cool J, who do you think would be the strongest visual artist?
I would say LL or Jay Z. I’ve had long creative conversations with both artists. They’re both great listeners and strong team collaborators. Each takes the time to understand the artists creative vision.
Weirdest request or client that you would’ve never expected to receive a call from?
Ringo Starr! (The Beatles) He and his manger wanted graphics for posters and tour merchandise. Definitely a fun project.
You designed signatures as logos for Mary J Blige’s “What’s the 411?” and for Diddy’s “Sean John” fashion brand. To your knowledge, did they ever use those as their actual signatures or when they did autographs?
I’ve often wondered that as well…I’ve never seen either of their autograph signatures.
For DMX’s “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” album cover, did you instantly think, ‘DMX covered in blood,’ and was he down from the jump or did he need convincing?
Crayola asks you to create a new color, what’s the name and if you can, describe the color?
And for our final CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) we’re happy to announce our last film of 2020: “Enter the Dragon” starring Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee.
See you this Thurs Dec 17th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST.
To watch visit www.shaolinjazz.com.
Join us tonight for a CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) screening of “You Only Live Twice” starring the iconic Sean Connery as secret agent James Bond 007.
Come out to Songbyrd DC for a live watch party to enjoy some good eats and a martini (shaken, not stirred).
Thursday Nov 19th, at 9pm EST / 6pm PST.
If you’re at all familiar with this film then you understand how iconic it is in both the world of martial arts and hip-hop.
The film stars Tomisaburo Wakayama, as the lead – shogun decapitator Lone Wolf, who, along with his infant son, played by Akihiro Tomikawa, both scour the countryside seeking revenge against the men who murdered his wife.
Shogun Assassin has also earned legendary status in the world of hip-hop, as it was heavily sampled by Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA for his debut full length album “Liquid Swords.”
See you this Thurs Oct. 15th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and to watch click here.
Thursday Night Live!!!
Tonight, Join us for our next CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) feat “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”
Thurs Sept 17
9pm EST / 6pm PST
Thanks to everyone who’s been watching and supporting, we’ve got some great momentum and are looking forward to our next CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM which will be next Thurs. Apr. 30th, where we’ll be featuring the iconic Mystery of Chessboxing.
Mystery of Chessboxing found it’s way into hip-hop lure because it’s where Ghostface of Wu-Tang Clan gets his name and the title of the movie is also the name of a famed Wu-Tang track.
We start the film at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and for more info click here.
As we continue to deal with and adapt to a new, yet temporary, day-to-day, we’ve been exploring and, after some lengthy trouble-shooting, found a way to live stream CAN I KICK IT? that we’re calling CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM.
CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM will bring our unique movie watching experience to you at home and beyond, which you can view at http://www.shaolinjazz.com.
That being said, join us next Saturday April 4th as we bring you the 1970’s classic “The Street Fighter” starring the iconic Sonny Chiba.
If you haven’t been to CAN I KICK IT? in a minute you DO NOT want to miss this one: “The Black Dragon’s Revenge” starring the iconic Ron Van Clief.
Ron Van Clief is, hands down, one of the iLLEST and this movie is the proof.
Join us Tues Feb 25th at Songbyrd Music House. Music starts at 6:30 PM and the Film at 7:30 PM.
For info/RSVP click here.