Three days ago, Kendrick Lamar posted a mysterious teaser video that saw him hint at a 12/16 date in Brooklyn with American Express. The next morning, Billboard revealed that the seven-time Grammy Award winner and master of all things Hip-Hop would be performing a secret show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following day. The show sold out immediately.Lamar’s partnership with AmEx comes at the end of another hugely successful year for the rap phenomenon, who won five out of eleven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for To Pimp A Butterfly, coming after two wins for good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Compton native made even bigger strides in his fame when he released untitled unmastered. earlier this year documenting a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the Butterfly recording sessions. This album came in the middle of the night with no title, no artwork, no song names, completely untouched. It was a brilliant masterpiece from the bottom up.So when news broke that one of the most prolific artists in Hip-Hop would be playing a small venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, people freaked. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to play for a room like this,” he said, after a rip-roaring “Levitate” to open up the one-set performance. The Wesley Theory was tight, with a simple set up for drums, bass, guitar, and keys. In a career-spanning setlist, every song felt like the anthem for the night. From the early day’s “A.D.H.D” and “Swimming Pool (Drank) to “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” to his newer, universally acclaimed hits like “King Kunta”, “Alright”, and songs off the untitled unmastered. Every single person in that room had a moment with themselves. I’d estimate less than 300 people were lucky enough to stand before King Kendrick during this intimate performance. The stage was built further out than normal at the 550-cap room, and production staff took up half the banisters in all four corners. The entire show was filmed, with over 35 minutes of it shared through Kendrick’s Facebook Live.The music was for everyone, drawing from jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word. As he mentions in the beginning clip of the Facebook Live video, Kendrick often incorporates freestyle in his rap verses. We all watched with eyes wide open as he’d lock in to certain people in the crowd and go against the recorded lyrics. It was pure and heavy art, music, and improvisation.Toward the end of his set, that we wished would last forever, the master went against the script and invited fans to the stage to freestyle over beats made by the band. At random, he picked three people to join him and his band. The first person did not do well, and was consequently booed off the stage. The second person did a fantastic job, going back and forth with Kendrick like a real pro. It was obvious that his dreams were coming true before us all, and for that he earned enormous applause. The third person went a cappella, digging deep into the poetic field of dark, political topics that Kendrick is so well known to explore in his own music; his name is Kemba and can be found on YouTube. All three of these performances are also included in the Facebook Live performance below.Kendrick Lamar closed the night with “i”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. From beginning to end, the performance was a testament to the truth. Closing out what seems to be one of the most confusing, ratchet years of our lifetime, Kendrick continuously uses his spotlight to open the doors to conversations of social grievances and political impurities. His ability to unabashedly confront these issues with such profound modes of artistic expression is a revitalizing reality that demands reprise. 2017 will inevitably bring a revolution in musical messages as we face big changes in our country’s morale. When art imitates life, in these tumultuous times, we should all be sure to consume it. It certainly helps with the taste.Watch the set-closing “i” below, as shot by myself:Watch “Swimming Pool (Drank)” into “m.A.A.d city”:[photo via Instagram user @jnsilva]
“Townhouses appeal to a wide audience for three major reasons being value for money, location and low-maintenance living,” he said. “A popular opinion is to stray away from the M suburbs – Manoora, Manunda and Mooroobool – however given the proximity to the city in a rising market, these will be some of the first places to see capital growth. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoTownhouse 9 is for sale at 13 Le Grande St, Freshwater for $249,000 with Cairns Property Office.“Growth can also be found in blue chip areas such as Edge Hill and Whitfield.“When looking to buy a townhouse you want to get something that is low maintenance and has a proactive body corporate with a healthy sinking fund amount saved.”With the ever growing trend of minimalism and downsizing, townhouses are becoming more and more popular with a wider range of buyers, according to Thomas Baldwin Boutique Real Estate’s Morganne Baldwin. “There are so many clever ways to design smaller spaces these days and many people are looking to reduce their living costs so they can experience life more and have the option to lock up and leave or rent without the fuss of too much garden maintenance,” she said. “As Cairns develops we are already seeing innovative companies designing practical and stylish spaces to suit this growing market and they are achieving some incredible results. “Having lived in and renovated a townhouse before, my tips and tricks when looking to buy either a townhouse or an apartment would be to check the Body Corporate Disclosure Statement and drive past the complex at different hours of the day, for example 8am and 5.30pm, to get a feel of the neighbours. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s spring selling tips01:23WHETHER you’re a first homebuyer, have a family or are looking to downsize, townhouses offer a plethora of styles and options.They can come with two to four bedrooms, could have room for pets and often have a small courtyard or patch of space to grow vegies or soak up the sun.Low maintenance, townhouses will often be mana Townhouse at 2/20-28 Sandwich St, Kamerunga is for sale for offers over $340,000 with Belle Property.ged by a third party and offer security and community.For young families, townhouse developments are often located close to employment hubs and public transport and offer the ability to get into better school catchments at a lower entry price.They can also offer easy access to lifestyle and entertainment precincts.Similar traits appeal to retirees who are seeking to downsize the big family home once the children have left. Often these people want to stay in the same blue chip suburbs where they’ve owned big properties.RE/MAX Cairns agent Ray Murphy said the hot spots for townhouses were Cairns North, Edge Hill and Freshwater. 5/16-18 Corkill St, Freshwater will go to auction on August 13 with RE/MAX Cairns.“And make sure that you can incorporate some clever storage options so you can make the smaller space stylish and easily liveable.”A townhouse is a strata-titled property and often operates in the same way as an apartment block. The title grants ownership of a section of a larger development with shared walls, floors, ceilings, facilities and common areas and as owner you can participate in the management of the overall property.