Colin Tilley: From College Dropout to Directing This Generation’s Craziest Music Videos | The Culture

If you're talking about music videos, then you're talking about Colin Tilley. Growing up in the Bay Area, Colin Tilley went from college dropout to an award-winning music video director.

Having helmed videos for everyone from Rihanna to Lil B to Lil Wayne to Kendrick Lamar, Colin's growth has been immense, allowing him to helm videos for a generation of musical artists. As he begins to break into feature films, Complex's own Jinx connects with him to learn more about his journey and what has made him so successful. 

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Lil B Threatens to Put BasedGod Curse on Lonzo Ball for Nas Comments

If you're an athlete of any reasonable stature, the last thing you want is to be afflicted by a curse that keeps you from maximizing your success. One man has been at the center of athlete curses over the last few years, and it appears the BasedGod might have another victim in mind.

So who's the guilty party this time? It's not an NBA All-Star, it's not a veteran who has tortured Lil B's favorite team, and in fact, it's not even a player who has participated in an NBA game yet. This time, it's a rookie, as Lonzo Ball appears to be the newest target for the BasedGod's curse.

If you haven't been paying attention, the comment Lil B is referring to came earlier in the week, when Ball dismissed the relevance of the Queensbridge legend, declaring more recent rappers are “real hip hop” in an episode of the Ball clan's new reality series, Ball in the Family. 

“Y’all outdated, man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas anymore,” said Ball. “Real hip-hop is Migos, Future.”

As you might expect, a teenager disrespecting Nas—a rapper with some of the greatest albums of all-time under his belt—did not go over well with the public, and Lil B is on the verge of taking the backlash to a completely different level. With Ball on the verge of joining former cursed athletes like James Harden and Kevin Durant, the BasedGod's warning was met with applause on Twitter.

The BasedGod also made sure to mention departed Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell, who drew the ire of plenty when he dimed out the habits of former teammate Nick Young. Lil B seems displeased about the character of recent Lakers point guards, Ball included.

So far, the BasedGod's curse has done nothing to slow down the Ball family's takeover of all things sports and pop culture. The loudmouth behind Big Baller Brand, LaVar Ball, is all set to make an appearance in NBA 2K18. Yes, even in a video game you can be told you're not a big baller.

They're not out of the woods yet, however. It sounds like things could get real bad, real fast for the Ball clan if Lonzo doesn't get his act together.

And the family is taking this threat seriously, or so it seems, because the youngest member of the family, LaMelo Ball, is singing Lil B's praises on Twitter.

Since the BasedGod recently lifted the curse on Harden and welcomed Durant to the Bay Area with open arms, there almost needs to be a new high-profile athlete in his sights. Enter Ball, who now has this to weigh on top of the usual rookie pressure. Good luck, kid. 

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Yung Pinch is Putting Numbers on the Board

California rapper and singer Yung Pinch doesn’t come from the usual music hot spots like Los Angeles or the Bay Area—instead Pinch is from Huntington Beach, a city south of L.A. that’s better known for surfing and sunshine than rap music. That isn't stopping his rise though.

With a melodic style, sticky hooks, and lots of beach references, Yung Pinch is rising fast and racking up millions of plays. His consistency is also playing a part, as he has been cranking out tracks on his SoundCloud at an impressive pace. Yung Pinch just came off tour with SOB x RBE and OMB Peezy, and he has a lot of momentum going into the second half of 2017. Get familiar with our video above

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Steph Curry Crashed a Random House Party and Pounded Bud Lights After Harrison Barnes’ Wedding

Mere hours after Steph Curry trolled LeBron James's workout video in front of Kyrie Irving at Harrison Barnes's wedding, the Warriors star point guard crashed the house party of some likely ecstatic dudes, where he pounded some beers and posed for pictures. In one such shot it appeared that Steph had trouble putting said beer in his mouth from point blank range, which seems kind of odd for a guy who makes sinking NBA three-pointers look so easy:


No afterparty is complete without @stephencurry30 randomly rolling in asking to party..

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The unexpected entrance was likely a giant fucking shock to the partygoers, especially since the bash went down on the opposite side of the country from the Bay Area in Newport, Rhode Island.

Curry came with a mini entourage of five people, one of which was ex-teammate Kent Bazemore:

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According to TMZ, the pro hoopsters stuck around for roughly 30-45 minutes.

Tough luck if you were invited and took a rain check.

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Remember When Kevin Durant Ruined the Fourth of July?

When Kevin Durant signed a five-year, $86 million contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 7, 2010, he did so without any of the pomp and circumstance that came along with the decision that LeBron James would make on The Decision just one day later. Unlike LeBron—who infamously sat down for a live TV interview with Jim Gray to discuss his decision to leave the Cavaliers in order to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Heat—KD didn’t make a big deal out of his announcement. He revealed that he would be staying put in OKC through at least the 2015-16 NBA season by sending out this simple, straightforward, no-frills tweet, spelling and grammatical errors and all:

And when The New York Times tracked KD down later that same day to ask him why he decided to go that route as opposed to broadcasting his decision in a more spectacular fashion, he seemed confused by the question. “What’s there to really talk about?” he said, before explaining why he was so low-key when it came time to tell the world that he was going to stay in OKC for another five years. “I just told everybody I wasn’t talking about it, really. I just kept it to myself. That’s just the type of person I am. I don’t like the attention around me.”

At the time, KD was applauded by many NBA fans and members of the media for using social media to announce his contract extension rather than dragging the process out like LeBron did. KD’s method was seen as a breath of fresh air at a time when the NBA free agency period was starting to turn into a much bigger storyline than it had been in the past, due to the sudden growth and popularity of social media. “Kevin Durant didn’t need a one-hour special on the World Wide Leader,” Darnell Mayberry, a writer for The Oklahoman, wrote at the time. “The Thunder’s star was satisfied with just 140 characters.”

But sometime between July 2010 when he signed his contract extension with the Thunder and July 2016 when he became a free agent, KD’s attitude towards free agency seemed to change. The NBA free agency period continued to become more and more of a circus every year, with NBA reporters like David Aldridge of, Marc Stein of ESPN, and of course, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tracking the every move of NBA free agents the moment the clock struck midnight on July 1.

Players like Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, and LeBron—who became a free agent again in 2014 and announced his decision to return to the Cavaliers by penning a letter to the city of Cleveland in Sports Illustrated—took full advantage of it by meeting with as many teams as they could and hearing as many pitches from executives as possible once they became free agents. And as KD’s own free agency started to get closer and closer, he seemed to embrace the idea of going through the process just as players like Williams, Howard, and LeBron had.

By early 2016, there were reports about how KD wanted to be courted once he officially became a free agent. Much to the chagrin of all the Thunder fans out there, it didn’t sound like KD was going to announce that he was re-signing with the Thunder through another tweet. Rather, Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Mannix reported that KD was looking forward to being wined and dined by different NBA teams. Sources told Mannix KD’s free agency was going to be a much bigger production than it had been in 2010:

Durant is looking forward to being recruited, to being courted, to being treated like the biggest free-agent prize since LeBron James six years ago. The chances of Durant sending a simple tweet again announcing his return are virtually nonexistent, but the Thunder remain hopeful that his decision, regardless of how this season ends, is the same.

KD downplayed all of the various reports about him entertaining offers from other NBA teams during free agency throughout the 2015-16 NBA season. He said all the right things about the Thunder organization and his teammates, and he never really gave any indication that he was going to seriously consider leaving OKC once July 1 hit.

But by late June, it was clear that KD was going to, at the very least, listen to what other teams had to say. According to ESPN, KD’s representatives scheduled meetings with the Warriors, Spurs, Celtics, Heat, Clippers, and Thunder. Teams like the Knicks, Wizards, and Lakers reportedly tried to get time with KD, too. It seemed like it was exactly what KD was looking for, based on the earlier reports.

It was unclear how long it was going to take KD to make his final decision, though. He had so many meetings set up that it didn’t sound like he was going to get around to letting the world know where he would sign for at least a week once NBA free agency started. One Oklahoman report even suggested KD might hold off until July 9 to sign with a team, which would have meant nine days worth of speculation surrounding what he was ultimately going to do. But once free agency officially started, Wojnarowski revealed that July 4 looked like the day KD would make his announcement:

During the first few days of July, it was difficult to keep up with all of the KD news that was coming out. There were reports about how his initial meeting with the Thunder on July 1 “went well,” according to ESPN sources. But there were also reports about how a subsequent meeting with the Warriors went “very well,” which seemed to trump the earlier report about his OKC meeting:

There were other meetings with the teams listed above on July 2 and July 3, too. But after two days, it seemed like the Thunder and Warriors were leading the pack and had the best chances of signing KD to a deal. KD met with the Thunder for a second time on July 3 to conclude his scheduled free agency meetings:

And then, he stepped back from the process to weigh his options, with many reporters close to the situation—like ESPN’s Royce Young—reporting that he was close to picking either the Thunder or Warriors:

The stage was set for July 4 to be the day KD would announce his decision:

July 4 would end up being one of the most agonizing days in recent history for NBA fans, players, and reporters. When LeBron made his decision in 2010, there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but there was also a definitive day and time when everyone would be able to tune in and see which team LeBron was going to pick. The Decision would air at 9 p.m. on ESPN, and shortly thereafter, we would all know where LeBron was going to play the following season.

It wasn’t like that for KD. While most people suspected his decision was going to come down on July 4, KD himself hadn’t confirmed or denied the reports about it, and he also later admitted that when he woke up on July 4, he still hadn’t made a definitive decision as to which team he was going to sign with. So the world waited—and oddly enough, poked fun at KD’s old BlackPlanet page—while he mulled over the decision on the morning of July 4.

To KD’s credit, he didn’t keep us waiting for very long. At right around noon on July 4, KD took to Twitter for the second time in his NBA career to announce what he planned to do in free agency. But this time, it took more than 140 characters to get his message across. He tweeted out a link to a post he had written for The Players’ Tribune called “My Next Chapter”:

And in the post, KD shared some stunning news: He was leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors.

The news sent shock waves through the NBA community, and it ruined a lot of people’s Fourth of July. Thunder fans were obviously upset about the fact that KD was leaving the team, just six years after he had committed to OKC and told fans that he planned to stay there for a long, long time:

Other NBA fans were disappointed with KD’s decision as well. Many reacted to the news about KD signing with the Warriors by pointing out that there wouldn’t really even be a reason to play the 2016-17 NBA season since the result seemed like a foregone conclusion:

The words “Damn KD” started trending on Twitter:

And within just minutes of KD making his announcement, Stephen A. Smith was all over ESPN ripping him for it. He was one of many media members upset with the way KD’s free agency period ended:

NBA players also chimed in and seemed just as shocked as fans. It was surreal to see what some of them had to say:

In the end, not everyone had their days ruined. There were plenty of Warriors fans out there who were thrilled to hear about KD’s decision. Golden State was just a few weeks removed from blowing a 3-1 lead to lose to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. So KD signing with the Warriors was exactly what they needed at the time.

But for most people outside of the Bay Area, July 4, 2016—a day that should have been all about beer, burgers, and fireworks—was anything but a celebration. It was a shocking jolt to the system that proved the NBA was about to change dramatically during the following season. It was also a disappointing end to what seemed like a fun free agency period for KD.

It was basically everything that July 7, 2010 wasn’t. Back then, KD was just looking to work out a deal with as little fanfare as possible. But by 2016, that had all changed—and there were so many people who resented and still resent KD for it. And they're not going to forget about it anytime soon.

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Damian Lillard Convinced Teammates to Donate More Than $200,000 in Bonuses to Blazers Employees

Damian Lillard didn't become a beloved figure in Portland by accident. Aside from his on-court heroics and his relentless work ethic, Lillard has placed an emphasis on being immersed within the broader Portland community, focusing on things that go beyond the basketball court.

That apparently includes showing gratitude to the people who make life easier for the Blazers' players and coaches. According to Jason Quick of CSN Northwest, Lillard convinced his teammates to give up the entirety of their playoff bonuses—around $16,000 a player—in order to give them to team staffers instead.

Lillard provided a brief statement on why they decided to go this route:

We divide our playoff shares to give to the people who we work so closely with because they spend as much time away from their families as we do, and they are just about as invested as we are. They also do as much as possible to make our lives easier, even if it makes theirs more difficult—all while making far less. So it’s a further way of showing appreciation beyond a thank you or a handshake.

Though the idea originated from another player—former Blazers center Chris Kaman spoke with Lillard years ago about sacrificing playoff checks—Lillard has apparently carried on the tradition for the last couple seasons in his capacity as team captain.

Lillard is always looking for ways to spread the wealth amongst people who need it more than he does. He returned to his old high school in the Bay Area in late 2016, helping to renovate the athletic facilities and fund the construction of a new music studio at Oakland High School. Lillard also recently won the Magic Johnson Award, handed down by the Pro Basketball Writers Association to the player who “best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public.”

Even if you're not a Blazers fan, Lillard's giving nature makes it easy to root for the two-time All-Star. He consistently shows keen awareness of basketball's small role in the grand scheme of things, and he puts as much effort into being a good person as he does getting buckets.

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NFL Fans Are Freaking Out Over Rumors About Marshawn Lynch Potentially Making a Comeback

During an interview with 60 Minutes last June, Marshawn Lynch swore up and down that he was not going to return to the NFL at any point in time after announcing his retirement during the Super Bowl in February 2016.

“I’m retired,” he said. “Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”

That seemed pretty definitive to us. But it sounds like Lynch might be second-guessing his decision to call it quits.

During his radio show on 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Raiders broadcaster Greg Papa hinted that the Raiders might be looking to make a big splash this offseason by signing a “certain running back” to a contract. He wouldn’t say who it was. But he did say that the running back he was talking about “did not even play in the NFL last year,” which naturally led many people to assume he was talking about Lynch, who is an Oakland native.

And then, on Friday morning, ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson added to the speculation by sending out this tweet about how the Raiders are reportedly thinking about trying to work out a trade for Lynch with the Seahawks, the team that still owns the rights to his football services.

“It could really happen,” a source told Schefter and Anderson. reporter Ian Rapoport also added this:

So is Beast Mode coming back? At this point, it’s obviously too early to tell. But there are plenty of NFL fans out there, including many in the Bay Area, who are freaking out over the possibility of Lynch making his return to the football field.

Lynch looks like he's been enjoying retirement, but we'll just have to wait and see how far these rumors take us.

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High Noon Artist Pact, Round 2: Five Weeks, Five Artists, One Challenge

Four music makers. One graphic designer. Five weeks.

This is the High Noon Artist Pact, a collaboration of five different artists with one common goal: to create, finish, and release one new piece of art each week for five consecutive weeks. For the musicians, this means one completed and mixed-down track; for the graphic designer, an original piece of cover art for the release, as well as individual covers for the musicians, is required. The pact is a creative pressure cooker, both a test of their current abilities and a unique way to hone their skills. At the start of each week, the participants are given an inspirational word to base their project around; the rest is completely up to them.

While the standards of the pact make this an expert level challenge, High Noon has no minimum entry requirement. The focus here is on open-ended creation, a reminder not to over-think things. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

This round of the HNAP finished up last week and we’ve been blown away by some of the projects it contains. Read on to meet the participants and get a feel for their individual styles!


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Representing the visual side of things for this round of HNAP, Oakland’s own Tiger Fresh came correct every single time. He also makes beats and is a phenomenal DJ, so be sure to check out his musical side as well.

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Having now participated in both HNAP rounds, SO$AY is cementing his place as a veteran beat-hustler. He knocked his tunes out of the park and it has been a treat to watch his sound evolve.

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Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Pacific Patterns is one of our favorite up & comers on the West Coast. He’s got an all encompassing, low-end-centric style that never fails to get us out of our seats.

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Yunis has been making some major waves lately, garnering support from his home-base in Hamburg all the way to the States and beyond. It’s rumored he’ll be in the states sometime this summer, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re feelin’ his vibe!

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A recent transplant to the Bay Area bass music scene, Sikkie is becoming a crowd-favorite in speedy fashion. His skills improve by the day and we were extra stoked to see him participating in this round of HNAP.

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And last but far from least…

San Francisco staple, VNDMG, is a veteran of both the Bay Area scene and the HNAP. Though he only contributed one track to this round, he helped with curation duties and is an all-around skilled producer. Be sure to check him out!

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Gryffin Releases Official Remix of CHVRCHES’ “Clearest Blue” Ahead of Second Sold-Out SF Show

LA-based producer Gryffin burst onto the scene after introducing his live setup at this year’s SnowGlobe festival in Lake Tahoe, CA. Since then, the up-and-coming artist has performed in front of huge crowds at events like San Diego’s CRSSD and Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. Alongside his chart-topping debut single “Heading Home,” Gryffin has also completely sold out his ongoing live tour, and added a special final tour stop at The Observatory Orange County on May 10th to celebrate his rising success.

Now, the multi-instrumental artist returns this week with a striking rendition of CHVRCHES “Clearest Blue.” Gryffin takes the indietronica elements of the original and infuses it with a resonating piano melody and warbling bass line to craft a melodic house masterpiece. The remix is just one of many amazing releases this producer has in store for this year, so keep an eye out for more of Gryffin’s impressive tunes in the months to come.

In addition to this stunning official remix of CHVRCHES, Gryffin will be making his way up the coast to San Francisco tomorrow, more specifically Rickshaw Stop, for his second sold-out show in the Bay Area on his Heading Home tour. Selling out two shows in San Francisco is no easy feat for even some of the biggest artists in the world right now, and Gryffin managed to sell out his second show in less than an year – an impressive achievement for the talented up-and-comer, and an ode to Gryffin’s rising popularity.

This second show at Rickshaw Stop is a can’t-miss opportunity to catch Gryffin in an intimate club setting before he turns to the next chapter of his impressive career, especially with this live setup as he is wrapping up his debut Heading Home tour.

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