Magazine article Artforum International

@ Lil Internet

Magazine article Artforum International

@ Lil Internet

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@ LIL INTERNET HAS MADE MUSIC, VIDEOS, AND MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE HE WAS TWELVE. EARLIER THIS YEAR, HE DIRECTED THE VIDEO FOR DIPLO AND NICKY DA B'S "EXPRESS YOURSELF" AND, FOR THE MAGAZINE DAZED & CONFUSED. MADE A MIXTAPE OF DMX PRAYING OVER AMBIENT MUSIC. CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ONLINE VIDEO CHANNEL AND PRODUCTION HOUSE KARMALOOP TV, HE UNWITTINGLY BIRTHED #SEAPUNK IN HIS SLEEP.

1 CYBERSPACE AND REALITY CONVERGE RiFF RaFF appears to be a creation of the metaverse, a hyperbolic hip-hop avatar with reality-show origins, covered in tattoos of media-outlet logos. The absurdist rapper. however, is entirely human, the simulated persona having replaced whoever RiFF RaFF used to be. Hes an embodiment of the increasing convergence of cyberspace and reality, an avatar able to exist seamlessly in both worlds at once.

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2 STYLED BY TUMBLR The microblogging platform Tumblr has spawned its own aesthetic, with memes and music replicating and cross-influencing users, rapidly enabling such niche cultures as seapunk to emerge. The party #Top8 in Brooklyn, Cult in Chicago, and the store/event space Freak City in LA capture Tumblr culture in its wetware form. Check out Grimes and Brooke Candy for the look.

3 PARIS IS STILL BURNING New York's increcibly vibrant, not-so-secret vogue subculture is back in the pages of magazines and blogs. DJ Mike Q gained the attention of the music press with his hypnotic vogue-house remixes, and Zebra Katz's haunting track "Ima Read" became a Paris Fashion Week anthem, picked up as the sound track to Rick Owens's fall 2012 runway show.

4 TRAP'S RAPID RISE After existing unnamed for years, "trap" became an entire subculture seemingly overnight, merging raucous Southern hip-hop and electronic music. A YouTube documentary called Certified Trap was released before the genre was even generally accepted as being a genre at all, thereby retroactively making it exist. Pretty interesting evolution.

5 RAVE 3.0 With EDM festivals attracting thousands in neon and electronic music influences dominating radio, artists such as Elite Gymnastics and Unicorn Kid are keeping the PLUR alive with their heartfelt capturing of rave's original idealistic vibes. Their releases over the past year offer something missing all too often from dance records--real, visceral emotion.

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6 CHICAGO'S CULTURE OF VIOLENCE With the highest murder rate in the USA. …

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