Monday, December 17, 2007

Kanye tappin' Japan

Kanye West's "Stronger" has been out for months and JUST NOW I got his reference to Isotoner in his song. It's hard not to love a man who includes Isotoners and Datsuns in his raps! West has been tapping the Land of the Rising Sun for inspiration, lately. His collaboration with Japanese pop artist Murakami Takashi led to album art for West's "Graduation" and an upcoming jewelry line, featuring huge Manga-style necklace pendants and rare colored diamonds.

West also paid tribute to JPOP culture in his "Stronger" video, which included clips from the iconic story, "Akira." See the video, here.

Murakami currently has a retrospective show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. To see his wildly wonderful work, visit his link at MOCA's website.