How KAWS Became the Face Of Modern Art | BLUEPRINT S1 • E18

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KAWS went from a skater kid doing graffiti around New York City to illustrating the beloved animated series Doug to creating instantly recognizable pop art that gained visibility the world over. The artist, painter, designer and toymaker details how he linked with Nigo and Pharrell in Japan, collaborated with Jordan and Uniqlo for sold-out capsules, and created motifs that elevated fine art into the cultural zeitgeist.

Elliott Wilson | Complex Blueprint

How Elliott Wilson Co-Created ego trip, Built XXL, and Conquered Digital Hip Hop Media | Blueprint

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Elliott Wilson has helmed the most respected hip-hop publications, from ego trip to XXL to The Source. He takes Complex on his journey from his early journalistic influences to a tense standoff with Benzino as editor-in-chief of XXL to reinventing himself as founder of Rap Radar and now editorial director of hip-hop culture and content for Tidal.

Lyor Cohen | Complex's Blueprint

How Lyor Cohen Built Def Jam, Reinvented Warner, Launched 300 + Reimagined YouTube Music | Blueprint


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From Run DMC to Roc-a-Fella, from DMX to Young Thug, Lyor Cohen discovered and broke some of the most prolific musical acts of our time at the helm of the biggest labels. In a conversation that spans his decades of leadership in the industry, he shares how failing as a party promoter led him to working for Russell Simmons, how he invented the 360 deal, surviving the turmoil of the business, and the feeling in his gut that propels him to this day.