Saturday, May 31, 2008
What’s next for New York rap? These days, a lot of industry insiders are pointing towards 20-year-old Harlem native Charles Hamilton, who recently signed to Interscope through Pharrell’s Star Trak imprint. The kid can rap his ass off, but he’s definitely on some left-field creativity shit with his self-produced, sample-based beats. His DJ Green Lantern mixtape Outside Lookin’ is on the way, and he recently debuted “Brooklyn Girls,” a tribute to fly females that flips a sample from KP & Envyi’s “Swing My Way.” Ima have to co-sign on this one
You thought the NBA finals was the toughest competition going on right now? Wrong. The National Spelling Bee is down to 45 letter-spitting youngin’s who were talented enough to make it to the final day, its pressure mang...I had too, sorry
Other than paternity suits, convincing transvestites, and the discovery that eating Lucky Charms can give you syphilis/mad cow disease/AIDS, there’s little that scares me. Put plainly, I'm no bitch. And yet The Strangers, a taut little home invasion thriller, had me shook...go see it cause your girl owes you for making you see Sex in The City
Gimmie these with an LED across the front...Jackpot! In a first for high profile fashion house Maison Martin Margiela, the brand has released their first pair of eyewear in the form of the L'Incognito Sunglasses. In a page out of Geordi LaForge and Star Trek: The Next Generation with the visor steez, the sunglasses feature a large wrap-around frame-less build. Aside from the style seen here, other colorways are also available.
Pet Plant tells you what it wants, from designer Junyi Heo. The Pet Plant measures soil conditions, temperature, humidity, and water. It calculates those variables based on the need of said plant, and expresses its condition via a series of pictures on an LCD display...Its cool, cmon
Hip Hop artists and fictional comic book characters make an easier fit then one would think. Although Hip Hop since its inception has been steeped in rhetoric about reality and the importance of being authentic, there has always been an undertone of hyper reality or reality amplified teetering on the fantastic. This is why aliases are so paramount in the genre. The stage names are almost the MCs other identity when they take the mic. The most legendary MCs have made careers on boasting how dope they are with clever punch lines amplifying their abilities to almost super human characteristics. No one knows this better or has exploited it more than the legendary Wu Tang Clan. Part of the Clans mystique has been the incorporation of kung fu excerpts in their music and comic book characteristics in their persona. This clever tactic has allowed the group to make a balance between hardcore, gritty east coast rap and absurd fantasy as each MC takes on a new moniker and throw themselves into the character.
This past year has seen a bit of a rift in the legendary crew as a few of the top lyricists in the group have broken ranks and showed their distaste for last years' "8 Diagrams", most notably for the RZAs production on the album. Undaunted by the criticism RZA takes solace in his comic book persona; Bobby Digital to produce a new album entitled "Digi Snax" due later this summer. The first single "You Can’t Stop Me Now" has the instantly recognizable Wu sound with sampled guitar licks, dirty drum kicks and ominous chanting on the chorus complete with the late Ol Dirty Bastard's drunken crooning. The video is a comic book inspired visual acid trip. Lyrically the song finds RZA in a retrospective state contemplating his street days and his early career achievements. The subject matter of early Wu leads one to believe maybe he was affected a little more by the voices of dissent then he leads on. But, it's nothing a comic book hero can’t handle...
However, when the Spike Jonze directed video was released in all of its lingerie clad, Rita G slow motion glory (thank you Spike) the short clip baffled some fans and was lauded by others as a masterpiece. Version 2 of the video leaked on the internet about a week ago and was much more literal then the first version. The video showed another model obviously deeply intertwined in the night life and the danger and tragedy that can come from it. Just a few days ago, yet another version of the video was leaked on the internet and seems to be frustrating and delighting fans equally. This version seems to have no connection with the other two videos and appears to be a cinematic cross between a horror film and high fashion couture add. As far as storyline goes, it's hard to make rhyme or reason of it but I don't mind watching again and again.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I have heard about 70% of it so far and so far I am very impressed but until I hear the whole thing start to finish 5 times and can really break it down Ima leave my opinions to myself...def loving "Let The Beat Build" the most out of the new batch of stuff so far, Kanye kills the Snoopy Maestro sample
LIL' WAYNE - THA CARTER III (DROPS JUNE 10TH)
01. 3 Peat (Produced By Cool & Dre)
02. Mr. Carter (Featuring Jay-Z) (Produced By Just Blaze)
03. A Milli (Produced By Bangladesh)
04. Gotta Stunt (Produced By The Runners)
05. Got Money (Featuring T-Pain) (Produced By Play-n-skillz)
06. Dinnertime (Produced By Deezle)
07. Comfortable (Featuring Babyface) (Produced By Kanye West)
08. Phone Home (Produced By David Banner)
09. Dr. Carter (Produced By Swizz Beatz)
10. Tie My Hands (Featuring Robin Thicke) (Produced By Kanye West)
11. Shoot Me Down (Produced By Kanye West)
12. Playin’ With Fire (Produced By Streetrunner)
13. Lollipop (Featuring Static Major) (Produced By Jim Jonsin & Deezle)
14. La La (Featuring Brisco & Busta Rhymes) (Produced By David Banner)
15. Beat The Block (Produced By Bangladesh)
16. Mrs. Officer (Featuring Bobby Valentino) (Produced By Wyclef Jean)
17. Nothin’ On Me (Featuring Juelz Santana & Fabolous) (Produced By Alchemist)
18. Let The Beat Build (Produced By Kanye West & Deezle)
19. Don’t Get It (Produced By Will.i.am)
20. Eat You Alive (Featuring Ludacris) (Produced By Just Blaze)
21. Staring At The World (Produced By Maestro)
22. A Milli (Young Money Remix) (Featuring Tyga, Hurricane Chris, Lil’ Mama, Cory Gunz & Lil’ Chuckee) (Bonus Track)
Moving on from the initial Air Jordan meets Air Force 1 mash up that began with the Air Jordan V, the Air Jordan III is next up to undergo the hybrid phase. Kicking off the releases in July are some new colorways that have never before been seen on the Air Jordan III. However, come September, the AJF3 returns to its roots using OG colors one of the most popular Jordans.
Regardless of the inspiration, Rivers and the gang’s new video for “Pork and Beans” is a memorable one, featuring cameos from all your favorite YouTube celebrities and reenactments of some classic viral videos. They even got folks like the Numa Numa guy and Chocolate Rain to lip sync along with the Weezer song. The new album drops on June 3rd, so watch the video...Shoutout to Zums for getting me onto this song
Sidebar I loved ball so much back then I cried when Magic retired lol
For the first time in a Ferrari, there will be no manual gearbox option and power will be 30bhp down on the entry-level F430. Engine revs are lower and torque is slightly increased, all signs that this car is much more of a luxurious tourer than a hardcore sports car. "It's not a screamer," said a Ferrari spokesman this week. "It's not track-based and it's not about out-and-out power; it's more driveable." The naturally aspirated 4,300cc V8 will be matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for a smoother drive. The 0-62mph sprint will take less than four seconds and carbon dioxide emissions will be about 310g/km. The Ferrari California is set to launch at the Paris Auto Show in October
Monday, May 26, 2008
Last month, Nike's campaign for the all new Hyperdunk basketball shoe kicked off with a campaign featuring the NBA's 2007/2008 MVP Kobe Bryant leaping over a speeding Aston Martin. Following up on this, Kobe and the Hyperdunk's latest spot also incorporates the Jackass crew with the backdrop featuring a pool filled with snakes. Of course with the inclusion of Jackass, it's more then safe to assume there's some added comedic value involved in the video.
No one in the current hip hop climate knows the power of the posse cut like Busta Rhymes. As a member of the Leaders of the New School early in his career, Busta made a name for himself as a solo artist by completely destroying any posse cut he landed on (including the completely classic verse on Scenario). Therefore, it is not surprising that at this point in his career Busta chooses to help usher in the new posse cut renaissance disguised as the remix. The original version of "Don’t Touch Me" is what you would expect from Busta, an energetic lyrical rant over minimalist jungle drums. The remix breathes new life into the track by giving each artist on it a chance to reinterpret the song. Everyone holds their own here but Lil Wayne turns the beat into a drug induced playground as hip rips the track in half and Nas sounds about 10 years younger as the track seems to re-energize him. Also, it is always great to hear one of the originators of the posse cut Big Daddy Kane.
To be honest i prefer this over the version we saw on MTV/BET instead...btw the girl in the vid is dope
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
From MF Doom to Cee-Lo, Danger Mouse has worked with some of the best. But if there’s one artist we would have paired him to do an album with, it’s the always unpredictable Beck.
The singer/songwriter has spent his 14 year career weaving in and out of different genres, and Danger Mouse has been experimenting with a similiar brew of rock, hip-hop, and electronica since coming on the scene in 2003. The two have been hard at work on Beck’s 8th studio album, Modern Guilt, which is due in stores this fall...I'll post teh 1st joint that leaked "Chemtrails" next week
This morning, producer Just Blaze announced that his Fort Knocks artist Saigon has officially been released from Atlantic Records after three years of repeated album delays.
This is a good move for an artist like Sai, who has a strong fanbase but doesn’t quite fit into the radio programming box. Just also claims that they have retained full ownership of their masters, so we’ll probably end up hearing The Greatest Story Never Told on a different label. To celebrate the release, Just leaked a dope new Saigon joint called “Believe It,” featuring an auto-tune hook. Ironically, its the most radio-friendly song he’s ever done.
Every holiday weekend, the image of the red-eyed travelers stuck in airports scare us into preparing for the worst. Still, no matter how hard we try, there’s always a few snags, especially during the Memorial Day weekend rush. With that in mind, here are five essentials to at least keep you looking cool before and even after you touchdown for some yams at your Auntie’s house.
Reiss Nylon Leather Tote Bag Ditch the clunky backpack for a simpler carry-all that makes for a better pillow.[Reiss Store]
10 Deep Sub Rosa Zip Hoodie When it rains, don’t be the dude in the over-sized poncho. Go for the light-weight waterproof jacket that compacts into the pocket.[Turntablelab]
American Apparel ScarfRed is the color for the Severe Terror Alert. Keep your wrap subtle.[American Apparel]
iPod LEGO Speaker DockYou can’t get mad at LEGOs, no matter how loud you crank dat.[Flight 001]
Adam Weissman from Stussy and James Sheffield from Turntable Lab collaborated on Beats, a collection of instrumentals from various up and coming producers. The release will include a 12" classic record with 10 tracks and a collection of music-inspired t-shirts with signature Stussy writing. It will be released on May 31st at Turntable Lab and Stussy stores.
If you want to check out the songs, click here.
New from the Japanese brand, A Bathing Ape, comes a series of three new denim Bapesta sneakers. Utilizing denim and a stripe pattern, these new Bapestas also feature the Ape logo as well as a rope "A Bathing Ape" logo on the back of the shoe. The sneakers come in three colorways and are perfect Summer shoes. Available now at Cliffedge.
G Shock Event - Can't Tell Me Nothing from kwest on Vimeo.
Stronger Revisited from Kanye West on Vimeo.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Barcelona based sneaker store Limiteditions has just showcased the upcoming Alife Rivington Club and Lacoste collaboration, utilizing the 1980s performance classic Ardeur model as the template. The upper is largely devoid of any branding except for the trademark ARC logo seen on the heel. Four colors including black, white, red and purple are available for pre-order now via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Im thinking the red joints are going to be in my closet soon =]
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Want to know why Y-3 stays winning? No it’s not because the hype kids are buzzing, it’s not because rappers are rockin them in their videos, and it’s definitely not because they’re cheap and easy to get. The reason the high-fashion brand (that happens to do footwear) stays in check is because Yohji and his crew put that work in with every new seasonal drop. This Hayworth II Mid, the follow-up to the brand’s most recognizable silhouette drops July 15th, and is upgraded with a strap for staying tight while looking tight. Coolest shoes of the summer? We wouldn’t be shocked.
$270, Y-3 Store, NYC.
Feel free to cop this for me =]
Having released some Godfather inspired items a couple weeks back, BAPE is set to release this tee featuring the Vito Corleone character (played by Marlon Brando in the original Godfather film). Similar to the Scarface collaboration from awhile back this tee also comes with limited edition branded leather box and champagne bottle. The t-shirt is set to release on May 28th at Bapexclusive.
The latest Crackberry to join the family was recently unveiled. Among the leaders in PDA phones, the code named 9000 was officially bestowed the some what cheesy name Bold. Nomenclature aside, the Blackberry Bold enjoys a well deserved upgrade as the first major BB release in two years. The aesthetics are relatively the same, keeping that distinct BB look stressing what most business users will confirm, usability. The development of a new software platform goes hand in hand with the obvious hardware improvements such as HSPDA, Wifi, 625MHz CPU, 1GB internal flash memory and expandable storage up to 16 GB. While unsure of how many people defected from Blackberry to the iPhone, for those looking to return to the goodness of a solid keyboard, a new king has emerged.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This is a vid from the 2007 beat battles...they are the 2 dudes on the right geekin
Good Looks Zums, still bumpin this...
It's been a long time since River Cuomo first put on that yellow cardigan and horn rimmed glasses and performed on the virtual "Happy Days" set. It's been even longer since he and his band Weezer were considered the kings of nerd rock. Time has passed, so has fickle tastes and seemingly so did Cuomo's anger and despair lyrically. This fact was obviously not lost on Weezer's record company who were reportedly very upset at the first version of Weezer's self titled album that they turned in. They told the band that they needed a single and couldn't find one amongst the mostly guitar driven art pop. Upset and distraught, Cuomo's went home and penned an angry response which culminated into their first single "Pork and Beans".
The first most noticeable thing about the new single "Pork and Beans" is that it sounds very familiar. So familiar that it could have actually come from Weezer's mid 90’s material rather than their newer sound. Everything about it screams "The Blue Album". The riff is catchy yet weird and quirky. The bass line is a deep grove with a sharp banjo twang every few bars. Cuomo sings off pitch, yet completely on melody, about not conforming to rules. However, it's not done in a snobby rock star way that has total disdain for the mainstream. Weezer has always had a way of showing their dissatisfaction in a charismatic way. Even the line "Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the chart/ maybe if I work with him, I can perfect the art" seems more tongue in cheek than an actual diss. In an attempt to make a song about refusing to write a hit, it surely sounds like Weezer has another one.
Pastelle, the much much anticipated clothing label from Kanye West, has been very discreet. But finally, now we get glimpse of its sunglass collaboration with Ksubi, an Australian fashion label known amongst many celebrities. Ksubi designer, George Gorrow, first worked with Kanye in 2006 to create stage eyewear for his music videos. The line will be launched in October and will feature a limited edition gold frame sunglasses that will go for around $2000.
This is definitely a collaboration worth waiting for, as it seems like Kanye and George Gorrow make for a strong team as Kanye says, "I love the sunnies Ksubi has produced over the years, and it's an honour to collaborate with them on this first installment of Pastelle frames, George is an incredibly talented designer, and I've never met anyone who knew more about sunglasses and other cool stuff."
Note I do not believe these are the glasses in the pic...just a heads up
Nothing says “Big Pimpin’” better than a pair of boat shoes. Instead of jacking Jay-Z’s mandal style, your best bet during the summer months is a pair of Top-Siders. They’re lighter than sneakers, and have a look that straddles the line between casual and fancy. Just helping ya'll out...get right for the summer, I dont know about these pair but I think I've pointed you in the right direction
Catch Up...Fool's Gold
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Legendary Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield, responsible for the majority of Michael Jordan's most popular signature sneakers has succeeded throughout the years not only based on immense talent but an extraordinary imagination as well. The original Jordan V design was inspired by the P-51 Mustang, a WWII fighter plane used by the Tuskegee Airmen combined with a rendering of a Grey Nurse Shark on the midsole. Keeping this theme alive, strong military colors are featured included with the addition of shark eyes and the initials MJJ on the side standing for Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Surely to be a collectors item in the future, these are now available at Jordan Flight Club with a price of $175