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Diggers in Paris: Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Illustrated

We don’t know all that much about Jay-Z’s problems, just that there are 99 of them of which a bitch isn’t one. Illustrator Ali Graham imagines what tribulations the 50-million-album-selling, seventeen-Grammy-Award-owning rap mogul could face in his life. Broken umbrellas (ella ella eh eh eh), diggers in Paris, and dirt on his shoulder are some of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. Check out more of them after the jump.

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Beatbox Brilliance by Tom Thum

From Brisbane, Australia, beatbox extraordinaire Tom Thum usually plies his trade in clubs and seedy bars but made an appearance at a TEDx talk in Sydney recently. From the sounds of the didgeridoo to the tabla and thumping techno music, Thum takes the audience on a journey across the continents and throughout sound itself. It’s a wonderfully vocal trip. Check it out below.

[via Colossal]

These Giraffes are Magnificent Divers

With their rather unusual shape and gait, giraffes aren’t seen as the most graceful of creatures. In 5m80, Nicolas Devaux from animation studio Cube Creative shows a lesser known fact about giraffes: their love for platform diving. Watch these even-toed ungulates in flight, performing magnificent dives with a great degree of difficulty and pike.

[via Luc Bergeron]

We Review: The Last of Us

Naughty Dog hardly needs no introduction to the PS3 gamer. The much-loved creators of the Uncharted franchise has been thrilling audiences with the derring-do antics of Nathan Drake since 2007. To date, the Uncharted franchise has sold over 13 million copies and Naughty Dog has garnered a number of accolades, including over 200 “Game of the Year” awards for 2009’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

Four years later, and Naughty Dog is back in the spotlight, but this time Nathan Drake isn’t laying waste to the population of a small country. The Last of Us is a new IP that takes us in a different direction, to a much darker time and place. With Naughty Dog’s track record, there is little risk of getting a clunker, so the pertinent question should be, “Just how *good* is The Last of Us?” Find out after the jump.

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We Review: The Night of the Rabbit

Once upon a time when the world was a more magical place and everything was an adventure to behold…do you remember? You don’t? Come…take my hand. I’ll show you.

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Mean Streets: Russian Dashcams Show Escapes in the Nick of Time

Driving in Russia can be hazardous and so commonplace that a separate genre of YouTube clips has sprung forth. Some are horrible car accidents and you don’t want to look, but you know you’re going to. On a positive note, in this (still terrifying) dashcam compilation, the majority of the people managed to escape death just in the nick of time.

[via Blacknotes]

We Review: Metro: Last Light

Kiev, Ukraine. A crew works towards their goal. They don’t have the best resources, but they make do. It’s cold.  their workspace is cramped. And the heating hasn’t been on for a while. But their creative fire won’t be snuffed out. If that sounds like an underdog story from a video game, you might be surprised to find it’s closer to fact than fiction.

Ukrainian developer 4A games toiled through delays, the bankruptcy of their publisher THQ, and some rather unfavourable development conditions  to bring their creation into the light, so to speak. Their triumph, Metro: Last Light, is the sequel to their previous effort, Metro 2033, an FPS set in the claustrophobic metro systems of a future, post-apocalyptic Moscow. PS3 gamers were kept in the dark, as Metro 2033 was released only on the Xbox 360 and PC, but get to enter the metro for the very first time. Is the trip worth it, or should Metro: Last Light be shunned to a dark corner? My review continues after the jump.

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We Review: Farming Simulator 2013

Bear with me: this seems like a very odd game to want to review. A farming sim, I hear you scoff. Yes, I reply, a farming sim. Furthermore, a FIRST PERSON farming sim. Well, mostly. So the sight of ducks and geese and cows are to greet me in the game, says you. No, says I. There’s something you’ve forgotten about farming, and is apparently mostly what the game is about: vehicles.

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Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” Gets Some Chiptune Love

We rub a Mexican monkey.

Daft Punk’s lead single from their album Random Access Memories has received a lot of love from the Internet. The Daft Train got rolling, the late king of pop made an appearance on the track, and there was an incident with some chickens.

“Get Lucky” just got some 8-bit loving in this wonderful chiptune cover by YouTube user, Floating Point.

If you like it, you can download the MP3 from here.

[via @kristycarrot | High5 Daft Bros.]

Watch This Amazing Oil-Painted Music Video

If you loved the stop-motion music video to Shugo Tokumaru’s Katachi (refresh your memory), chances are you’ll appreciate the immense effort that went into creating Blown Minded.

Carine Khalifé is a French visual artist and a dab hand at animation, painting, and photography. She uses those skills to create this amazing stop-motion music video for Canadian indie band, Young Galaxy.

Like sand artist Kseniya Simonova, Khalifé also uses a light box to bring her artwork to life. Working in a dark room, she paints with oils on the glass atop the light box while an overhead camera captures her paintings, frame by painstaking frame. The textures and brush movements in the resulting stop-motion music video are beautiful to behold. Check out Blown Minded below.

[via Neatorama]