May 28, 2010
Me: How are you today Sean?
SL: I've lived all over the US from Albuquerque,NM to the DMV area to Atlanta but currently I rest my head in PHX, Arizona.
Me:So at what age did you find an intrest in photography and visual arts?
SL: I took photography in high school. I could run a dark room in 10th grade, but I ran with the homies who did other things and were into different shit so I didn't go 100 percent with it at the time and it wasn't a cheap hobby so it didn't stick. I picked up a digital SLR 3 years ago and its been crackin ever since. I think photography is like ridin' a bike. If you got an eye, it ain't goin nowhere.
Me: Word, who plays a significant role in you life as well as photography?
SL: I've been blessed to shoot with Fresh Fiends, 5th Column, Dearly Departed, and Black Scale
Me: Sounds like a good start if you ask me, so I heard your quite the model as well.
SL:(laughs) I do a little somethin'. Haven't got that billboard yet, but its comin'.
Me: Haha, word. So, do you have a partner you shoot with or do you mainly stay to yourself?
SL: I usally shoot by myself. If I am shooting with someone its usally Lamar(@lamarlangston). We be on the same page when it comes to this photo shit. We have the same views on the game.
Me: What are those views? What is photography to you personally?
SL: Views on how "photographer" gets thrown around so loosley. Its hard to call yourself a photographer beacase its so saturated. Just like if some one tells you they're a rapper, you don't take them seriously at first. Thats ok because talent speaks for itself but, we believe in creating our own lane. Thats demaded and respected.
SL: Photography is a representation of myself. I want people to see my work and be like "Yea, thats Sean Lyles". Photography doesn't need to make me rich, I enjoy shootin what "I" like. It doesn't have a deep meaning to me. Its something I like to do. Paid or not. If everything was perfect. I would like to get paid to document tours. I would like to go on tour with Maxwell. Or a band like The Rolling Stones or something crazy like that, you know?I would like my own studio with a nice seamless white wall.
Me: Awesome. Are there any personal projects your working on at the moment?
SL: Yea, Me and Lamar are working on the finishing touches on our book that will release in a couple months. I have a collab with Us Versus Them in the fall. Im working on a few clothing pieces, my man Geoff and Mr. with a hard back book in 2011.
Me: Awesome, Congrats. Whats something you live by day to day?
SL: I try to be respectful and stay humble. Always say thank you and count my blessings.
Me: Last but not least what does "JUST BE COOL." mean to you as an individual?
SL: JUST BE COOL. means doing what you have to do so you can do what you want to do and when you do it you help the next man do the same.
Me: Well thank you Sean for your time.
You can also follow Sean on twitter @Seanlyles
May 27, 2010
This throwback thursday displays how far hip-hop has progressed but still shows glimpses of its past influences.You can still here traces of Slick Rick's rhyme style and "storytelling" in many artist's songs all around the world. Doug E. Fresh is the true definition of talent. When there were no instrumentals, you used what you where given.
CALLING ALL LADIES - Like DOM said:
"this Friday we are having an OPEN CASTING CALL for Ladies to be in 'The 4 Heart beats video.' If you know [US] it won’t be anything in bad taste but [WE] don’t want to give away the concept. We just need cute faces with good attitudes."
If you have heard the song then you should probably know, it's going to be a good time. If you haven't heard the song then, again, you must be sleeping under a rock! Go download, From The Westside With Love and check out track #6 - The 4 Heartbeats ft. OverDoz! Hopefully, you will love the song just as much as we do and be strongly influenced by its potential so much that you will then meet us in North Hollywood, this Friday, May 28th from 12pm-5pm to show us what you got Babeeey...
**REMEMBER: LADIES ONLY**
This has been a public service announcement, brought to you by the good folks at the JBC.
May 26, 2010
- Mizzle & The JBC
Tonight, along with Nike Sportswear West, we'll be celebrating the release of Pac Div's latest project "Don't Mention It." If you don't have this in your library, you've probably been sleeping under a rock but, you can go to www.itspacdiv.com to check it out and download some West Coast greatness. You can thank me later or come thank them personally, tonight. If you're in the Los Angeles area, come out to the NIKE Montalban Theater and get your boogie on. See you later...
May 24, 2010
The Hard Work is finally starting to pay off. If you have not done so already, go pick up that June issue of XXL. You cant miss it; it's a black and white cover with Diddy on the front and Leimert Park's finest on page 40 (Show & Prove section) along with Yelawolf, French Montana and Outasight. Hit up your local news-stand and go grab you a copy...or 10! Hahahaha...
We did it!!!
May 21, 2010
Next weekend we will be riding out to Arizona with Dom, OverDoz, Casey Veggies and a bunch of other COOL folks. Come through if you're in AZ and Ride out with us if you're in LA, it should be a lovely weekend...ROAD TRIP!!!
May 20, 2010
Today on COOL Throwback Thursday I wanted to feature an old interview with Kobe and the late great Chick Hearn. This interview represents a perfect example of hard work and dedication making progress. Sometimes you have to look back to really see how far you've come. Rest in peace to Chick Hearn.
May 19, 2010
If you're in LA ride out with us and if your already in San Diego then meet us at U-31 - 3112 University Ave. San Diego, CA for what should be a pretty dope show. The show is 21+ and they're only charging $5 so, get your change together and meet us in SD!! Until then...
May 18, 2010
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May 13, 2010
Next stop was the University of Maryland where Dom met up with Phile Ade & Curren$y to rock the DMV on campus. Shouts out to 1st Impressions & The Sosiety for bringing good music to the people, lets keep it going! Enjoy!!
Travel season has begun...CHEERS to hotels all over!
JUST BE COOL.
May 6, 2010
Today on COOL Throwback Thursday we're going to feature Pac-Div's "Woman Problems". We're featuring this project to show the progress and that hard work pays off. We've been grinding along side Pac-Div for a while and all we can do is laugh at how far we've all come at this point. Pay attention to some of the cameos as well, you might see a few other familiar faces. If you don't already have it, make sure you download Pac's latest mix tape Don't Mention It.
May 4, 2010
This Friday we will be hosting a JUST BE COOL event at Pomona Catholic High School! This event is for high school students only so any kids in the area with a high school ID, come out and enjoy DOM Kennedy and OverDoz live and learn about what it means to JUST BE COOL. See you Friday!
May 2, 2010
Go Download From The Westside With Love by Dom Kennedy.
JUST BE COOL.
COOL: Keeping a positive attitude about life and a world of peace, unity and progress.