PRINT December 2012

Music: Best of 2012


RiFF RaFF and TrapZillas’ 2012 video Midnight Sprite, directed by Jason Ano.

1 Cyberspace and reality converge RiFF RaFF appears to be a creation of the metaverse, a hyperbolic hip-hop avatar with reality-show origins, covered in tattoos of media-outlet logos. The absurdist rapper, however, is entirely human, the simulated persona having replaced whoever RiFF RaFF used to be. He’s an embodiment of the increasing convergence of cyberspace and reality, an avatar able to exist seamlessly in both worlds at once.

2 Styled by Tumblr The microblogging platform Tumblr has spawned its own aesthetic, with memes and music replicating and cross-influencing users, rapidly enabling such niche cultures as seapunk to emerge. The party #Top8 in Brooklyn, Cult in Chicago, and the store/event space Freak City in LA capture Tumblr culture in its wetware form. Check out Grimes and Brooke Candy for the look.

Zebra Katz Ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx’s 2012 video IMA READ, directed by Ruben Sznajderman.

3 Paris is Still Burning New York’s incredibly

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