2014 Year In Review!
As the year comes to a close today, we wanted to take a look back at 2014 and reflect on what made it so memorable! Thanks to everyone for making it such a huge success, and check out our favorite moments of 2014!!Ryan Ford-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? I would have to say Fallout From Ferguson that we did during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. We were able to take a second to reflect on real challenges that we are facing in society with Snoop, Jordan Davis’ family and Michael Brown’s family. It was culminated by Mike Brown's family coming out during Commons' set with Vince Staples and Jay Eletronica where they held a moment of silence and it was just very special.Best Music of 2014Run The Jewels 2 (album), it just goes to show that two fat old guys can still make music that is relevant.Bobby Shmurda- “Hot N****” It brought back memories of when hip-hop was less contrived.Favorite Piece of Video ContentThe video of the guy getting chased by the bear on his bike until I realized it was fake.Favorite Moment In Pop CultureIt's a tie between the announcement of all the new Marvel movies and the Star Wars trailer.Biggest Winner of the YearSerial and the emergence of the podcast as a live event.__________Seung-(Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Com2uS because of the creative challenges that we had to overcome. It was an open slate that required us to think critically about how we approach bigger campaigns.Best Music of 2014YG- My Krazy Life (album)"All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor, my kids love that song.Favorite Piece of Video Content"13 Hours in Islamabad" on this season of Homeland was fantastic.Favorite Moment In Pop CultureThe Sony Hack was pretty crazy.Biggest Winner of the YearVine Stars. They really surfaced as viable influencers just like celebrities.__________Nick-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? It's a tie between Happy Socks and GE. Happy Socks allowed us to flex creative muscles from start to finish and GE because it such a high profile client and one that I always wanted to work with.Best Music of 2014O.T. Genasis- "Coco" without a doubt.Favorite Moment In Pop CultureHas to be the Sony HackBiggest Winner of the YearInstagram__________Rona-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Our Cashmere in-house team building initiatives because they bring us all closer together as a family.Best Music of 2014D'angelo and the Vanguard- Black Messiah (Album)Submotion Orchaestra- "City Lights" Favorite Moment In Pop CultureHello Kitty ConventionBiggest Winner of the YearRoy Choi. He had a huge year from the opening of The Line Hotel, to POT Restuarant, to his TV Show.__________Brianne-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Airbnb at SXSW because i really liked how we created an awesome offline experience. It was combining music and corporate brands to create a fun event.Best Music of 2014D'angelo and the Vanguard- Black Messiah (Album)YG- My Krazy Life (album)Big Sean- "I Don't F*** With You"Favorite Piece of Video ContentJimmy Kimmel on GGN with Snoop Favorite Moment In Pop CultureWhen Beyonce's 7/11 video droppedBiggest Winner of the YearYG__________Ian (Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? The Com2uS Campaign really allowed us to spread our wings wide and provide our client with an exceptional level of creative service. From developing and shooting a mini feature film (one that will help introduce the Com2uS Brand as well the game "Summoners War" to a hungry US mobile Market) to producing a street art mural in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District with world renowned muralist MEGGS, this campaign has provided a rich creative platform that supports originality, inspiration and most importantly, teamwork.Best Music of 2014Gary Clark Jr. LIVE / Third Stone From The SunAnyone BOLD enough to cover Hendrix AND mash it up with his own track get's the nod from me. Sleek, smooth and full of ferocity, this album (and more specifically this track) was an absolute musical highlight for me in 2014.Favorite Piece of Video ContentYung Liar - CA$H & LIE$Batesville AR has produced it's finest content to date. Move over.....well, everyone. LIAR is in the mutha f*%^ HOUSE!Biggest Winner of the YearJoey Furutani's TEAM UCLA - Cashmere Fantasy Champs. It took a lot to make sure Neville wouldn't take the money and run back to Texas. It also took a fluke 3 point outing from Aaron Rodgers to insure Joey would participate in the Big Dance. And EVEN AFTER the championship game ended in a dead tie, this guy Joey and his Fantasy Squad still took home the top seed. Congratulations sir, you did it.__________Jesse-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Sugar Bear was cool because we worked with a cereal icon. It was fun to work with a brand that I ate growing up. Happy Socks because they were such a creative client, and Com2uS because of the scale and epicness (I know it's not a real word) of the project.Best Music of 2014Album: Flying Lotus- You’re DeadMixtape: Lil B Ultimate Bitch mixtapeSong: Girl When I Want You by Lil BMixshow: Complexion Favorite Piece of Video ContentToo Many CooksFavorite Moment In Pop CultureThe continued Justin Bieber meltdownBiggest Winner of the YearCannabis and the legitimization of the cannabis driven industry. It goes to show there is is huge potential going forward.__________Allen-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Com2uS because we got to do a lot of cool shit.Best Music of 2014Banks- Goddess (Album)Childish Gambino- "Telegraph Ave"Favorite Piece of Video ContentToo Many CooksFavorite Moment In Pop CultureMarvel Phase 3 Announcement!!Biggest Winner of the YearMarvel :)__________Jake-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? I would have to say the adidas event. To see the transformation of the venue and turn it into a pop-up shop and then to also have a dope concert in the same venue was just really cool to see.Best Music of 2014Run The Jewels 2 was really a phenomenal album, but then D'angelo dropped Black Messiah and I haven't stopped listening to it since.Not the best, but most fun song goes toMigos- "Fight Night" orRae Sremmurd- "No Flex Zone" Favorite Piece of Video ContentProbably the Lance Stephenson video bomb although this thing UCLA did was really dope too.Favorite Moment In Pop CultureAs a hooper, I will say the best article written in 2014 and maybe ever was Shea Serrano's piece on trash talking in pickup basketball, or this tweet by DragonflyJonez. There is just so much truth behind both of those.Biggest Winner of the YearTemecula, California for becoming the unofficial home of the Basketball Twitter Hall of Fame. It is their Cooperstown, Canton, Springfield, etc. Here is a little background in case you missed the story.__________Whoopi-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? They were all dope.Best Music of 2014Childish Gambino- STN MTN/Kauai (Album)Azaealia Banks- "Chasing Time"RL Grime- "Core"Skrillex- "Coast Is Clear"Favorite Piece of Video ContentI Smell Like Beef BabyFavorite Moment In Pop CultureThe FappeningBiggest Winner of the YearHackers.__________Kyle-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? I would have to say the adidas party because planning events is my favorite thing we do and I got to see it all come to fruition in a very tangible way.Best Music of 2014Gorgon City- Sirens (Album)Favorite Piece of Video ContentTomorrowland AftermovieFavorite Moment In Pop CultureDaft Punk's performance at The Grammy'sBiggest Winner of the YearDiplo__________Tia-(Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Hennessy because it was the first time I worked on a campaign that had so many different elements-class, hip, hop, elegance, music, Hollywood. From beginning to end working with Maurice Hennessy on so many different fronts, it was just a really gratifying experience.Best Music of 2014J. Cole- Forest Hills Drive (Album)Bobby Shmurda- “Hot N****”OG Maco- "U Guessed It"Favorite Piece of Video ContentGirl Twerking In ChurchFavorite Moment In Pop CultureKim K's "Break The Internet" in Paper MagazineBiggest Winner of the YearSocial justice movements. People rallying for justice and people rallying for one common goal hasn’t really happened of this magnitude in a really long time.__________Michelle-(Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Tilt and the reason why is because I have learned something new every step of the way.Best Music of 2014Sam Smith- In The Lonely Hour (Album)Banks- Goddess (Album)Favorite Piece of Video ContentKevin Hart and Ice Cube on ConanFavorite Moment In Pop CultureThe elevator fight between Jay-Z and Solange.Biggest Winner of the YearThe Kardashian's/Jenner's because they are EVERYWHERE.__________Kelly-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? The adidas event because there were so many challenges we had to overcome.Best Music of 2014Usher- "I Don't Mind"Favorite Piece of Video ContentKid Eating Ice Cream While SleepingFavorite Moment In Pop CultureNot my favorite but most significant would be Sony canceling the release of The InterviewBiggest Winner of the YearHackers.__________Bree-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Orange Is The New Black because it was our first Netflix account and I am big fan of the show. We were able to execute some really cool and fun ideas as well.Best Music of 2014Beyonce- "7/11"Rich Gang- "Lifestyle"Favorite Piece of Video ContentMy N**** Remix Music VideoFavorite Moment In Pop CultureEvery episode of The Walking Dead. All of them.Biggest Winner of the YearNorth West__________Theresa-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? Happy Socks because it's a fun product and they let Snoop explore his creativity in a whole new way.Best Music of 2014Ghostface Killah- 36 SeasonsThe Dopplegangaz- "Live Rugged"Favorite Piece of Video ContentJimmy Kimmel's "Do You Have What It Takes"Favorite Moment In Pop CulturePharrell and Gwen Stefani on The Voice (my guilty pleasure ;))Biggest Winner of the YearMyself ;P So many great things happened to me this year!__________Candace-(Twitter I Instagram)Favorite campaign/project you worked on in 2014 and why? All of them because I always learn something new on each campaign.Best Music of 2014YG- My Krazy LifeBeyonce- "7/11"Favorite Piece of Video ContentKevin Hart and Ice Cube on ConanFavorite Moment In Pop CultureThe moment Alec Martinez’s slapshot went into the back of the net and the Kings won the Stanley Cup!!Biggest Winner of the YearColorado and Washington.