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Meet Shea Serrano: Your New Favorite Author, Illustrator, and Twitter Dad

Shea Serrano is probably your favorite Twitter dad. When he’s not busy writing articles for Grantland, he’s chronicling the journey of raising three kids (and an adorable frenchie) while balancing it out with his ride-or-die commitment to hip-hop and sports. Two years ago, he released his first publication Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book. By this time next week, he’ll have released his second book called The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed, which publications such as Complex and Esquire are calling the “music history book you need” and “the reading equivalent of a Ken Burns documentary.” Check out my interview below with the man himself, and don’t forget to purchase his book at our stores too!


You’ve been featured on the Urban Outfitters blog before, mind re-introducing yourself to the Space15Twenty readers?

Sure. Hi. Hello. I’m Shea. I write things and draw things. You’ve maybe seen something I did at MTV or Vice or Complex or Rolling Stone or GQ or other places like that but maybe you didn’t. Right now, I work as a staff writer at Grantland.  The interview you mentioned, that was when I did the rap coloring book with Bun B. And this interview right now is because my new book is just about to be published (October 13). So there you go. Nice to meet you.


Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book came out 2 years ago! How’s life changed for you since then? 

Well, for one, I’m super rich now. That’s pretty great. I love being super rich. It’s nice to buy things. The other day I bought my first Picasso piece. And the day before that I bought a jar from an old Mexican woman who told me that the ghost of Tupac is inside of it. She charged me $25,000 for it, which seemed like a very good deal for me because I really like Tupac.

Another thing that’s different is I’m taller. I had a growth spurt last summer; shot up three inches. It was so weird. But I appreciated it.

One more thing is Matt Damon has become a good friend of mine. We talk maybe once a week, sometimes more. He really respects my opinion and so we have meaningful, important conversations.


What inspired The Rap Year Book 

My editor inspired it. It was her idea. We had done the coloring book together and it went well so we knew we wanted to work together on another thing. I didn’t want to do another coloring book but I did want to get another book check so we talked about me writing her idea as a book and then there you go. Now we have a new book. And it’s crazy how dope it is. I should probably give her the check back now because that’s how dope it is. I mean, I’m not actually going to do that. But I’ll at least say it.


You illustrated Bun B’s Rap and Coloring Book, do you have any illustrations in the new book?

I made all the charts and stuff that are in there. All the drawing, though,  that was all done by this guy that nobody’s heard of yet named Arturo Torres. I found him because I saw a flier he’d done for a rap group that I follow. When I saw it, I knew it was the exact style I wanted for the art in the book. I chased him down online, got him on the phone, and then just pushed him and pushed him and pushed him until the book was done. He did a marvelous job. He’s very talented. The art is a big part of why I like the book so much.


Tell us a little bit about your experience in working with Arturo Torres and Ice-T throughout the making of The Rap Year Book.

Working with Ice-T was great. He’s a very smart, insightful, cool person. I was so proud and happy when he agreed to do the foreword for the book. I mean, how the fuck does something like that happen, you know? He’s one of the most important, revolutionary rappers of all-time. He’s a for real icon. And he did the foreword for my book. Like… how? I think about it a lot and I’m just like, man, shoutout Ice-T forever. I’ma watch Surviving The Game and New Jack City once a day for the rest of my life.

Working with Arturo was fun and also frustrating. He would disappear for a few days at a time and not return texts or emails or do things like that. Then he’d pop up out of a hole in the ground like, “Here you go,” and then send me 10 just really amazing pictures and I’d forget how mad I was and we just did that over and over and over a bunch of times for eight months until we had all 150 illustrations done. He draws everything by hand rather than on a computer and is just a real art-y kind of dude. What’s crazy is, as I answer these questions right now, I’ve still not met him in person. We’ve talked on the phone twice. That’s it. It’s all been texts and emails. And now him and I are connected forever with this book. The internet is a really incredible thing.


Who in the industry contributed to the book, if any? 

Man, sooooo many people. If in your head you thought about a bunch of the best music writers in the country, then chances are that there’s at least of the few of the names you’re thinking of in the book somewhere. What I did is, okay, so each chapter in the book is about a specific year, right? Each year gets a song that I write about as being the most important song of that year, right? So what I did was ask one person per year to write a tiny blurb that argued against my pick and for a different one. So, say, with the 1997 chapter, that one’s all about Puffy and Ma$e’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” At the end of the chapter, there’s a 150-word blurb from a famous music writer arguing for a different song. When I flip through the book now, I look at all the people who contributed to it and it’s really just like… whoa.


What’s your favorite part of The Rap Year Book?

My favorite part of The Rap Year Book is just that it’s done. It was SO much work. I drastically underestimated how much work it was going to be. It was for real the most draining, time-consuming thing I’ve ever worked on. I’m so glad it’s done and that it came out so perfect.


What inspired your love of hip-hop? What’s the first album that you owned?

I guess what inspired my love of rap is that I have ears and a brain and it’s just so obviously the best kind of music that how could anyone not love it, you know what I’m saying. It can be all things. It can be big and strong or small and feeble. It can make you happy or cry or wanna fight. It’s just amazing.

I’m not certain of the first album that I owned. I’m sure it was something terrible. I definitely remember getting Vanilla Ice’s To The Extreme. That might’ve been my first one. I was just a babe back then. Kids under 12 have the worst taste in rap music. Incidentally, 13-year-olds have the best taste in rap music.


Have you ever tried to rap? What would your rap name be?

I live in Houston and if you live in Houston you have to know how to freestyle. It’s just the way it goes. Like, let’s say you’re at the store and you don’t have enough money to pay for what you want. The cashier will let you just freestyle for a few seconds and then you get your thing. When you get pulled over, the cop freestyles your ticket to you. When you get into an argument with a girl, she freestyles about how much of a moron you are. So yes, I have tried to rap. I’m probably the best freestyler you ever heard, honestly.

If I had a rap name it would be something new but also familiar. Those are the best kinds of rap names. So maybe something like Biggie Talls, on account of I really like Biggie Smalls but also because of the three inches I grew this past summer.


Through experiences in your personal life and career so far, do you have any special advice for our readers?

The only advice I have is to try and do dope shit and also don’t be mean to people because that’s bad and also buy my book. Those are the three main things I want people to know.


What’s next for you? 

I’m headed out right now to do a photo shoot. I’m going to be on the cover of the December issue of Men’s Health. It’s me and Chris Pratt, I believe. It should be cool.

Thanks. Bye, dudes.

If you want to meet him, he'll also hosting a meet up at Skylight Books in LA on October 20th at 7PM.  Don't forget to pre-order Shea's book on amazon or in purchase in our stores next week, and follow him on twitter to keep your feed updated with hilarious posts about his kids, his frenchie, music, and more! 


PatriciaManlucu - 10.07.2015 File under - Books, Interview, Music, Urban Outfitters


Giving some thought to our Halloween plans starting now. Here in Los Angeles, our options are many. There is Weho’s annual Halloween Carnival, Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary in Long Beach and tons of famous pumpkin patches all around. And let’s not forget about “Dia de los Muertos” at Hollywood Cemetery to kick off the festivities. So many options, so many costumes to plan! Here is a little inspiration to help you decide.




Krystabell - 10.01.2015 File under - Events, Fashion, Holiday, Music

Mowgli x Mokuyobi Music Night

Join us for a music night hosted by the Mowgli x Mokuyobi Pop-Up!

Live performance by Tara Fox & Gold Star.
Enjoy complimentary pizza and beer!

Thurs Oct.1st
1520 N.Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles 90028

EboneeShanay - 09.30.2015 File under - Events, Music

A Throwback to My Favorite Not-So-Love-Story

(500) Days of Summer is and will always be one of my favorite movies! Can you believe that it came out back in 2009 - it's been 6 years! From the perfect and not so perfect pairing of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, to the beautiful Downtown LA cinematography, (500) Days has it all. But what truly makes this film is it's amazing soundtrack. If you haven't watched the movie, or at the very least listened to the soundtrack, it features artists such as Regina Spektor, The Smiths, Black Lips, Hall & Oates, and many more. And what can I say, it was love at first listen when I heard The Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition," and that song still hits home whenever I hear it today! 

Take a listen to the soundtrack below:

And listen to my personal favorite by The Temper Trap:



PatriciaManlucu - 09.29.2015 File under - Music

30 Days in LA

Every year, Red Bull Sound Select hosts 30 Days in LA, a month long series of intimate concerts with up and coming artists throughout venues in Los Angeles. If you're like me, and you'd rather see a full set from an artist rather than a weekend festival, than this is definitely for you! Most shows are as low as $15. Some of the artists scheduled this year include: Joey Bada$$, Chromeo, Toro y Moi, Tinashe, Flume, Badbadnotgood, Kaytranada, and more! So what are you waiting for? Save up and start planning your November concert series - you can check out the full list of shows below:

To buy tickets, you have to sign up for a membership with Red Bull Sound Select, but don't worry it's free! After signing up, you'll be a given a code that will allow you to purchase tickets. Head over to their website for more information:

Check out Chance the Rapper's performance of "Everybody's Somebody's Everything" from his Sound Select show last year:



PatriciaManlucu - 09.23.2015 File under - Music


"It's a new day for Mac Miller. In just a few years the 23-year-old rapper from Pittsburg has gone from teenage Internet sensation to top-selling -- albeit critically-maligned -- indie artist to accepted and respected oddity. It's been a long time coming since Mac Miller's "Blue Slide Park" days. As a young face under the limelight, Miller experienced the negative aftermaths of fame. He channeled depression and drug addiction into his music, as heard in his mixtape, "Faces." But today, Miller moves past the dark period in his life. This friday, he is releasing his new album, "GO:OD AM." The album features artists such as Tyler, The Creator, Lil B, Miguel, and more.

Can't wait for the drop? No worries, you can stream the album on NPR:

Meanwhile, here's a throwback to Miller's "Nikes on My Feet," released in 2010.

PatriciaManlucu - 09.16.2015 File under - Music

Toro y Moi's Surprise Release, Samantha

Last week Chaz Bundick, also known as Toro y Moi, treated his listeners to a surprise mixtape, "Samantha." The mixtape was originally released as a dropbox link on Chaz's Instagram - you can download it for free here! This 20-track release includes features from artists such as Washed Out, Rome Fortune, Kool A.D., and Nosaj Thing. Though this album goes back to Chaz's chillwave roots, I wouldn't get too comfortable with the genre!

In a recent cover story by The Huffington post, Chaz says, "I felt like what was holding me back was genre constraints, I felt like I could only sing a certain style. With the earlier stuff and because of the genre it was in, I wasn’t able to be that playful without it sounding cheesy. That genre has so much heavy melancholy emotion in it and this one is so much more playful." His recent album What For? has many rock influences and more raw instruments than we've ever seen in Bundick's discography. So don't get too comfortable with the beats, this band is on a mission to save the sound that they've been working for.


PatriciaManlucu - 09.09.2015 File under - Music

Weekend Recap: Fool's Gold Day Off 2015

This past weekend, I headed over to The Shrine in Downtown LA for Fool's Gold Day Off! Though this was only my 2nd year attending, I can honestly say that Fool's Gold does not disappoint. For a day-long festival at the cost of $40 or even less, it seems like a steal. I was already excited to see performances from Towkio, Post Malone, and Travi$ Scott, but on top of that, they also brought out Chromeo, Vic Mensa, and Chief Keef for some guest performances. According to Fool's Gold, this was their biggest Day Off yet, which can only mean it's going to get bigger from here on out!

My favorite performance on Saturday was from Post Malone. Known for his song "White Iverson," Post is laid back but still somehow able to bring out the most energy out of the crowd. It was cool seeing everyone sing their heart out to White Iverson, especially because he ended up opening and closing his set with it. On the other hand, this was my third time seeing Travi$ Scott live and I always question my ability to survive the rodeo He's the complete opposite of Post Malone - he literally tells the crowd to go go crazy. You know things are about to get wild once you hear the beginning of "Upper Echelon." Even though i was right in between mosh pits, I surprisingly made it out alive after another one of his performances. As fun (and terrifying) as it was, I feel like his set should have been last because most people were already trying to push through the crowds and leave before his set already ended, leaving a small crowd for Action Bronson.

Overall, it was a great day and I can't wait for what else Fool's Gold has in store for the upcoming years! And a very special thanks to our friends over at Goldenvoice who made this all possible. Check out some photos below:

Thanks to @jeffbernat, @gradybrannan, @department_4, @byrdfilms, @kyleyamamoto, @kblanch13, and @rudeboy_la for the photos!

PatriciaManlucu - 09.02.2015 File under - Music


Last Weekend was the 11th annual F*ck Yeah Fest in Los Angeles. In the middle of a heatwave, nearly 40,000 people gathered at L.A Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park to see Morrissey, Kanye, Purity Ring, Cold Cave and many more. We had such an awesome time catching our favorite babe Solange while sitting under a tree, chomping on fried snacks. We lost our minds at FKA Twigs, and met so many babes with rad style. What were some your favorite FYF moments or looks? Share them with us at @space15twenty #UOonyou #UOaroundyou




Krystabell - 08.27.2015 File under - Clothes, Fashion, Music

Weekend Recap: FYF

I hope everyone had a fun and safe FYF weekend! Though I wasn't able to go, I lived vicariously through the endless tweets, instagram posts, and snapchat stories. I am forever jealous of everyone who was able to see Toro y Moi, Solange, Kaytranada, FKA Twigs, Morrissey, Kanye... the list goes on. A lot of people were upset over Frank Ocean's last minute set drop, but who can really complain when Kanye was the replacement?

Seems like everyone had a pretty sweet weekend by the time the festival was over. Here's hoping next year's lineup is just as good, or even better than this year's! (Maybe Frank Ocean's album will have dropped by then and he'll actually have new stuff to perform, fingers crossed!) Now, check out some of my favorite photos from FYF:

Thanks to these guys for the sweet photos!
@nobodyphotography, @guidom, @discoannasun, @jakewestphoto, @irrphoto, @philipcosores, @mathewtucciarone, @mr.wonders, @mishavladimirskly, @alrightbrother, @mannygga

PatriciaManlucu - 08.26.2015 File under - Music


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