Hip-hop, bling and street art have been on my mind. Likewise, Twitter was abuzz that the rising street artist known by the moniker “oVeR” was delivering custom pieces to his deep-pocketed benefactors at the “Ride Along” red-carpet premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Center.
His work is coveted because of his alleged affiliation with the “Blue Nation” and the fact that he never turned on his crew. Once released from incarceration, oVeR has had his art pieces snatched up by buyers representing Russian, Dubai and urban Hollywood’s elite collections. The artist cares nothing of his alleged “battle wounds” or his time in the city streets, but I give it some weight, especially when I read the Twitter traffic.
Mystery complete, his own underground community couldn’t pick him out in a lineup. What? I had to know, so the myNewYorkeye crew went on a “Ride Along.”
Paul Zapata was stationed on the carpet, perched on a stool to catch the arrival of stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter and director Tim Story for premiere of the new comedy “Ride Along,” which opened last week.
I Skyped my partner Art Shrian (in India), and we were on the lookout for the illusive oVeR—logic being that anyone holding a big canvas or a large tube could be the one.
Jackpot: The escalator stopped, and I was sandwiched between a plethora of publicists in front and nervous talent behind. “Damn, I can’t walk up in these heels,” a video vixen screeched. “I gotta return these things on Monday.”
“OMG, just walk people!” demanded a flittering flack. “Cube is in good mood. ‘Today’s going to be a good day.’”
Young film lead Sumpter said: “I used to work in a movie theater. I’m home. Raised in Queens and now I’m on the big screen with these amazing talents. Thank you, all you haters!”
Finally, with machinery moving, I heard one last pearl: “oVeR just dropped a piece. How long of a ride is this flick? Gotta pick that one up.”
To introduce “Ride Along,” in strolled Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.
“Oh, it feels good, for sure, to be in New York City,” Cube shouted with a gruff-huff. “Y’all looking good. I know what you’re thinking, ‘This better be good,’ right? It’s right up there with the classics.”
“Whose bright idea was it to put me in the middle?” said Kevin Hart. “Damn. You know I got short legs. Hey, I’m Kevin Hart, and after you see this movie, Twitter the world that you love ‘Ride Along.’ We’re not asking. We got Ice Cube out. Homie don’t even come out his house. Show more love, Twitter.”
As I was filing my story, I checked my writer’s bag for the red-carpet “photo cheat sheet,” and look what I found: oVeR tagged me, and I didn’t even know it!
That’s myNewYorkeye, oVeR and out.