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Early opportunity

1996

Donnelly first garnered attention in the late 1990s for his graffiti art and subversive streetwear designs. Before long, he was working as a background painter on animated series such as Disney’s 101 Dalmations and cult shows Daria and Doug.

Chapter

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00:56

Rebellious Curiosity

Chapter 2

Donnelly began painting the letters ‘KAWS’ on New Jersey and Manhattan buildings. However, Donnelly soon moved on from this simple tag and developed a unique style that involved adding cartoon-like figures to bus-shelter advertisements.

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Frugal for growth

Chapter 3

Donnelly traveled to Japan after being approached by Bounty Hunter, a cult toy and streetwear brand. He traded a painting to get the trip payed for.

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Not so original

Chapter 4

In 1999, KAWS was approached by Bounty Hunter, a Japanese streetwear brand, to visit Japan. This trip led to the creation of KAWS' first toy, COMPANION. Produced in an edition of 500, the toys sold out almost immediately. COMPANION became a recurring figure in KAWS' work.

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Skin in the game

Chapter 5

Produced in an edition of 500 COMPANION's, the toys sold out almost immediately. Donnelly took payment in stock of toys for this initial venture. The COMPANION became a recurring figure in KAWS' work, appearing in subsequent collections of toys, apparel, and paintings.

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Create leverage

Chapter 6

Donnelly's current collection with the Japanese brand sees him redrawing beloved Sesame Street characters on a collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and toys. All priced under $50, the pieces feature the tagline, ‘You’re never too old for the street’. Donnelly moved his store onto his own platform, shipping direct to the customer to maintain ownership over his business.

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Unofficial

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Chapters

NO STORY

JUST LIFE

The third rap album by Georgios Lazakis
Check out snippets of his life and how it's not just a story, but a collection of heart knocks.
Table of content

early opportunity

The origin of an iconic figure

Chapter 1

Rebellious Curiosity

Break the rules to stand out

Chapter 2

Frugal for growth

Find opportunities from nothing

Chapter 3

Not so original

Build on what's already created

Chapter 4

Skin in the game

Invest in yourself

Chapter 5

Create leverage

Ditch middle man

Chapter 6
from #11
Philosophies
Georgios Lazakis
feat.
Masta Ace

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NO STORY, JUST LIFE
NO STORY, JUST LIFE
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Once Upon A Time

For 'No Story, Just Life,' this song, the album opener, came together in a unique way. Stephen Cunny's loop inspired me, and I wrote the verses on the spot. He added an organ, and I wanted a choir. COVID made it challenging, but Helga Buitelaar's creativity prevailed. Thanks to all involved!

Track 1

I MISS MY MAMA NOW

During a tough period in my life, losing both parents in a short span, I turned to music. Nick (Moods) sent me a beat we'd shelved earlier. It sparked my creativity, and I wrote this song in 15/20 mins, a form of self-therapy. Thanks to Nick, Roy, and supportive friends.

Track 2
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Anaïs

While writing 'I Miss My Mama Now,' my girl discovered she was pregnant, bringing joy amid sadness. We cherished this emotional journey, falling in love with our unborn child's heartbeat. I recorded the echo and, with Niels Broos, turned it into a song celebrating our son (praise you bro). Randall added the perfect touch with his trumpet (thanks bro). Special thanks to my amazing wife for this ode to new life; you are the greatest and the only Goddess I believe in. I love you.

Track 3
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Guidance

In 2018, after a gig in Amsterdam, feeling tangled from personal losses, I sought a unique musical outlet. Instead of the usual rap verse or hook, I reached out to Izak Boom, known for a different genre. He sent me 15 instrumentals, and one clicked. I opened a bottle of Metaxa and recorded raw, heartfelt lyrics in my home studio. We kept those first takes, and ending with "I love you" conveyed my gratitude to those who supported me during that difficult period.

Track 4
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APOLOGIZE

In 2012/2013, I created "Apologize", a timeless track thanks to Moods' production. Originally meant to sing about relationship issues, it took on new meaning after my losses. Niels Broos added Rhodes and synth sounds, enhancing the magic. Nick and Niels should collaborate on an album; their skills are unmatched.

Track 5
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Early Retirement

feat. The Outlawz, Self Dialect & Freedom Writers

I connected with my favorite hip-hop group, The Outlawz, and even befriended Young Noble. I taught at New Arts from 2011 to 2016, drawing inspiration from Erin Gruwell's "Freedom Writers." My talented students formed Freedom Writers, like the original. I mentioned working with The Lawz and asked some of my students to jump on a new song with me and The Outlawz. The day E.D.I. and Noble joined us in the studio was fantastic. They penned lyrics on the spot. We created a video, and that's how "Early Retirement" happened!

Track 6
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WHY?

In 2012, at Steven Rietveld's Rotterdam apartment, we crafted "Why?" in a single productive afternoon. His unique samples sparked my creativity, and I penned the lyrics on the spot. The news of conflict in Israel/Palestine stirred empathy, leading me to write a story reflecting life's unfairness.

Track 7

Leave Me The F@*k Alone

Created this beat in 2007 after a South Africa and Lesotho tour with my former crew Devastators after winning a talent competition. The title captures its essence. Initially hesitant to share, but now it's time to move forward. Mastermind Demis Iossifidis added the bouzouki, making this song complete.

Track 8
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No Story, JUST LIFE

feat. The Game, Anaïs & Young Noble

I produced the music about 15 years ago, and in 2012, Young Noble added his verse in DJ Prace's studio. Something felt missing, so I didn't release it. The track needed a vocal intro that blended rap and poetry. Years later, in 2021, I reached out to The Game to contribute and he delivered exactly what I needed. My beautiful son Anaïs added the finishing touch by doing add-lips and announcing the album name in the chorus and blessing the outro.

Track 9

SANTIAGO

feat. Xzibit

While writing my TEDx Talk, I was reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Realizing that life is a ride (so buckle up), I reflected on the past years and tried to capture those moments in words. I sat down with Izak Boom, who produced the whole record, and told him I obtained a verse by Xzibit with similar content  (I grew up on music from X to the Z so this was amazing). We wanted to create a record where we preached the gospel, and that's what we did. The outro was inspired by Xenakis, a Greek conductor.

Track 10
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PHILOSOPHIES

feat. Masta Ace

In 2017, Masta Ace and Marco Polo lit up my hometown, Gorinchem. I connected with Ace for 'Philosophies.' Jozai Senjo, my childhood friend, crafted the beat, and I co-produced and mixed it—a challenging but rewarding task. Helga Buitelaar's choir and Delano's beatboxing added magic. These moments bring me back to the good times.

Track 11

Wanted to talk about it

feat. Elameen & Metalk

Amine El Filali, my cherished friend for decades, shares a unique bond. Music, our lifelong companion, transcends time and distance. In 2018, while he visited the Netherlands, we created songs, including one on a Jozai Senjo beat. Metalz from Zegevier joined us as we explored the depths of friendship. This conversation was essential, a testament to our enduring connection. Just wanted to talk about it.

Track 12
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THE UNSEEN

feat. Snoop Dogg

The album was done… mixed and ready for mastering… But then this happened…
Georgios: ‘Yo Izak, you will not believe this, but I just got a verse from Snoop’

Izak: ‘Say what? Let me hear that.’I wanted to blend different cultures that enriched me/us in this song. The Greek elements are supported by the bouzouki, played by my bro Demis Iossifidis, the classical elements by opting for something without drums and bass. Sprinkle some hip-hop over it with some dope verses, and you get 'The Unseen'. Snoop Dogg on 'No Story, Just Life' is the cherry on top for me.

Track 13
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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Realized this song after a 2-hour talk with Nerko Hadziarapovic. We shared our East European roots, living in the Netherlands, and the absence of fathers while being fathers ourselves. Nerko sent the instrumental, and I penned and recorded it. Our kids joined, making it a family project. Thanks, Nerko, for everything.

Track 14

ONCE UPON A TIME

I MISS MY MAMA NOW

Anaïs (Prod. by Niels Broos)

Guidance

APOLOGIZE

Early Retirement

WHY?

Leave Me The F@*k Alone

No Story, JUST LIFE

SANTIAGO

PHILOSOPHIES

Wanted to talk about it

THE UNSEEN

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL