Friday, February 29, 2008
Every cool guy worth his Nike SB's knows about Supreme. I have a feeling that if this tee is part of their Spring line (my Ubiq peeps told me about the Kermit/Supreme steez a few weeks ago), it will be one of their most popular ever. Why? Because the brand's hype bubble has yet to burst, thanks to its exclusivity and seemingly sporadic releases. Add to that their cryptic brand of branding and you have every street snob's wet dream.
Still, why would a tee of kermit wearing a Supreme tee be a big sell? For starters, it's Supreme. Secondly, it's part of a line of tees that have featured the likes of Jimmy Jones & Juelz, Mike Tyson, and Tera Patrick--which is to say, there's a history (and tradition) behind it. Lastly, not everyone wants to wear a shirt with a pic of people like the ones named above. I definitely couldn't get away with wearing the Tera Patrick tee around fam or to school, and the Mike Tyson one would definitely bear explaining to my grandfather (as would the DipSet one, for that matter). Kermit's harmless though. And therein lies the geniu$. With a figure so innocuous, all the hypebeasts who have craved Supreme gear forever, those who have followed their stuff for years, and all those in between will want to have a shirt that is immediately esoteric in a way that is chock full of meaninglessness. When asked, "What's the deal with your shirt?" you either say "Iunno," "Nothing," or begin to explain Supreme to someone who prolly doesn't care and is regretting they asked you in the first place. Either that, or you just say, "You wouldn't get it."
I know what you're thinking. My point exactly.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
(peep the homie chris posted behind mic terror in the street shots wearing the southshoresocialclub "heart of the city" tee)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Figured I'd wait til the dust settled to drop this one. This track was leaked yesterday and promptly pulled from most sites on 6 of the 7 internets by Wale's management team cuz it was "unfinished." Well, I told yall how we do here. I'm not posting the title of the track to prevent anyone from Googling us. Let's just say it features all 3 of the rappers pictured above. The rapper wearing a suit is sampled while the other two provide us with the verses. Clear enough? Good.
For the track click here.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I didn't see it coming, but it couldn't have happened any other way. If the haunting murders in Scorcese's "Departed", set to mere diegetic sound are brilliant, was Omar's death any different? I would be admittedly less heart broken had Mr. Little survived to the finale, but that would be too-Hollywood, a penchant The Wire has gracefully avoided.
Omar became the Shakespearean tragic hero (Grease, correct me if my reference is wrong) and Ed Burns & Co. are genius for writing it that way. According to the seven interents however, the streets feel every which way about the way Omar checked out and I'm curious to know what our faithful think.
RIP Omar, and thank you for blessing us with this verse before falling victim to the streets...
The album, which his label plans to release in early December, came together over the past few weeks after Jim Jones was shown the film, directed by Tim Hill, in which Jason Lee portrays David Seville, the man who looks after the mischievous chipmunks.
Following the underwhelming critical and commercial reception for his Harlem's American Gangsta CD earlier this year - and as Jim Jones grapples with whether to stay on in his post at Diplomat Records - the tie-in to a major motion picture gives him a chance to rebound strong and extend his reach to a wider audience.
At the same time, it could help 20th Century Fox excite younger moviegoers, whom it will need to make money on a costly film with a contemporary comic sensibility. Though it's not uncommon for films to be released alongside "inspired by" albums, it is rare for them to be recorded by a single artist, let alone by an average rapper who had no role in the movie.
In an hourlong telephone interview, Jim Jones, 31, who has spoken of spending his early years in Harlem as Cam'ron's hype man, said that the movie had tremendous resonance for him and had sparked a burst of creative activity that even he found surprising. He has already recorded nine tracks, almost every one prompted by a specific scene.
"It was like I was watching the film, and putting it on pause, and giving a back story to the story," he said.
The movie, set for a Dec. 14 release, is based on the 1980s series about a music group of chipmunks comprised of mischievous group leader Alvin; tall and quiet Simon; and chubby, impressionable Theodore.
Jim Jones said he thought his fans would be struck by the image of a chipmunk reaching such heights of success, even while alone in the world with only a kufi by his side.
"It immediately clicked with me," said Jim Jones, who has made passing references to animated musical groups in previous recordings but has never delved so deeply into the topic. "Like Nutty Squirrels or any one of those groups, you take the good out of it, and you can see it as an inspiring act."
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Here's a few unreleased '07 gems from the boys at Star Trak to start your weekend off right.
NERD - Locked Away
Pharrell - Swagger International
Friday, February 22, 2008
- Seattle, Washington
April 16, 2008 (more info)
- Sacramento, California
April 18, 2008 (more info)
- San Jose, California
April 19, 2008 (more info)
- San Diego, California
April 20, 2008 (more info)
- Los Angeles, California
April 21, 2008 (more info)
- Los Angeles, California
April 22, 2008 (more info)
- Las Vegas, Nevada
Red Rocks Casino Resort
April 25, 2008 (more info)
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 26, 2008 (more info)
- Denver, Colorado
April 27, 2008 (more info)
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 29, 2008 (more info)
- Austin, Texas
Frank Irwin Center
April 30, 2008 (more info)
- Dallas, Texas
May 1, 2008 (more info)
- Houston, Texas
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
May 2, 2008 (more info)
- Atlanta, Georgia
May 4, 2008 (more info)
- Tampa, Florida
May 5, 2008 (more info)
- Miami, Florida
American Airlines Theater
May 6, 2008 (more info)
- Charlotte, North Carolina
May 8, 2008 (more info)
- Raleigh, North Carolina
May 9, 2008 (more info)
- Washington D.C.
May 10, 2008 (more info)
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
May 11, 2008 (more info)
- New York, New York
Madison Square Garden
May 13, 2008 (more info)
- Boston, Massachusetts
May 15, 2008 (more info)
- Hartford, Connecticut
New England Dodge Music Center
May 16, 2008 (more info)
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Bank Center
May 17, 2008 (more info)
- Scranton, Pennsylvania
May 18, 2008 (more info)
- Montreal (Canada)
May 20, 2008 (more info)
- Toronto (Canada)
May 21, 2008 (more info)
- Detroit, Michigan
May 22, 2008 (more info)
- Chicago, Illinois
May 23, 2008 (more info)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 24, 2008 (more info)
- Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
Credit Union Centre
May 27, 2008 (more info)
- Edmonton, AB (Canada)
May 29, 2008 (more info)
- Calgary, AB (Canada)
May 30, 2008 (more info)
And because I love ya...
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
#69 Mos Def
February 17, 2008 by clander
In the olden days of white culture, people used to look up to Kings and Princes. These were the people that they adored, and every night they wished and hoped that somehow they could wake up and be just like them. But with Royal Families crumbling, that role has been filled by one man: Mos Def.
He is everything that white people dream about: authentic (”he’s from Brooklyn!”), funny (”he was on Chapelle show!”), artistic (have you heard “Black on Both Sides?”), an actor (”he’s in the new Gondry film!”) and not white (”I don’t see race”).
He has done an amazing job of being in big budget movies (The Italian Job) and having one of his songs become a white person wedding staple (Ms. Fat Booty) but still retaining authenticity and credibility.
If you find yourself in a social situation where you are asked to list your favorite actor or artist, you should always say Mos Def. This way you can name someone that everyone has heard of and you don’t look like you are trying to one up anybody. The only possible negative consequence is some white people might think “I wish I had said that first.”
I'm only at #62, but please check them out and read on with and open heart and an ignorant mind...
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
1- Intro ft. pain in da azz(Prod. by Kanye West)
2- Still Can't Knock The Hustle ft. Beyonce (Prod. by Kanye West)
3- Dead Presidents 3 ft. Nas(Prod. by The Neptunes)
4- For The Love Of Money (Prod. by. Kanye West)
5- Hard Roc Life ft. Memphis Bleek, Freeway & Beanie Sigel (prod. by Just Blaze)
6- Ghetto Affairs (Prod. by DJ Premier)
7- Brooklyn Streets ft. Uncle Murder & Tru-Life (Prod. by The Hitmen)
8- Blastphemy (Prod by. Just Blaze)
9- Pray On My Downfall (Prod. by Dr.Dre)
10- Angels & Demons (Prod. by The Hitmen)
11- Feel It In ft. Mary J Blige (Prod. by Ski)
12- Face Off Pt. 2 ft. Sauce Money (Prdod by Just Blaze)
13- Ain't No Bitch ft. Kanye West (prod. by Kanye West)
14- 44 Fours (Prod. by Ski)
15- No Regrets (Prod, by. Pete Rock)
16- This Is Me (The Hustler Remains) (Prod. by Dr.Dre)
DeKALB, Ill. — With minutes left in a class in ocean sciences at Northern Illinois University on Thursday afternoon, a tall skinny man dressed all in black stepped out from behind a curtain on the stage of the lecture hall, said nothing, and opened fire with a shotgun, the authorities and witnesses said.
The man shot again and again, witnesses said, perhaps 20 times or more. Students in the large lecture hall, stunned and screaming, dropped to the floor. They crouched behind anything they could find, even an overhead projector. They scattered, the blood of victims spattering, some said, on those who escaped injury.
Five people, all of them students, were killed, John G. Peters, the president of Northern Illinois University, said at a news conference late Thursday evening. Sixteen others were wounded, two of them critically, Mr. Peters said. Hospital officials said several of the students had been shot in the head.
The gunman, whom the authorities did not identify, also died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Mr. Peters said. The gunman, he said, had been a graduate student in sociology at the university in 2007, but was no longer enrolled here. Records suggested that the man, who had more recently attended a different state school, had no previous police contact, the authorities said.
Police officers from the campus, which sits in a snow-covered community 65 miles due west of Chicago, said three weapons had been found with the man’s body: two handguns, including a Glock, and the shotgun. The man’s body was found on the lecture hall stage, the police said. He had ammunition left over.Between the war, the weather, and this school shooting bullshit, we're all checking out by 2010. I'll admit that I'm even more so disturbed by this tragedy because of its proximity to my hometown, and the fact that a childhood friend from the old block was in the building when it all went down. Nonetheless, its ridiculous.
The following not only happens to be one of (if not THE) greatest albums of all time, but it speaks to the issues of today with the same levity it carried 30 years ago.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Much to the dismay of our children, my baby mama Amerie Rodgers has been released by her long-time home, Columbia Records. With the US shelving of her latest album, Because I Love It, for almost two years, this probably comes at a good time. According to the streets, she's close to a new deal with an undisclosed major. Hopefully '08 will see a stateside release.
In honor of her independence, enjoy her aptly-titled '07 single "Gotta Work".
And for being so good about sitting thru this post while I further obsess, you get a treat. Enjoy the UK release of Because I Love It. Click the cover to download.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Yes, I was quite familiar with Dilla's place in the game, his founding membership in Slum Village (who I honestly felt were pretty overrated... i know, bad blogger bad), and his involvement with the Soulquarians collective, 90s backpacker wet dream, yada yada. Maybe I just missed the boat. Somewhere in my dreadlocked, corner-cypher crushing, poetry slam-hosting, rawkus records lusting, back-room djing, fruity loops producing, freight-hopping for graffiti teenage years of lore, I failed to understand Dilla's true merit to the game.
Upon recently (admittedly two years after his 2/10/06 passing) discovering his production discography, I realized that some of my favorite under-the-radar jawns of all time were banged out by Mr. Yancey himself.
So here's to tardiness...
Slum Village - Climax
Q-Tip - Lets Ride
Pharcyde - Runnin
and inadvertantly, Mya - Fallen
De La Soul - Stakes Is High
Common (Feat. Pharrell, Q-Tip & Erykah Badu) - Come Close Remix
Janet Jackson (Feat. Q-Tip) - Got Til Its Gone
Q-Tip - Vivrant Thing
Forgive me for my ignorance.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
To the dismay of the homie Jeff... in no particular order... Like to hear it? Here it go!
Ever since spring of '02 (senior year y'all) when I first saw those long-ass legs walking through dupont circle in the video for "Why Dont We Fall In Love", I realized I had a thing for Blasians. When Nelly rapped about a girl "half black & ay-shon" I didn't know she had a degree from Georgetown and fresh post-My Life production from Rich Harrison. All I Have would become theme music for my college career and the rest is history.
Either she lost her virginity during the creation of As I Am
or she caught the holy spirit while visiting the pyramids in Egypt. I've never been a real fan of her music or her style, but the new album is a classic and Adult Alicia might be the sexiest woman alive
What can I say about Cassie that hasn't been said? She's a talentless automaton created and nearly abandoned by Diddy. Did I mention she's bad as sh*t!? There's something disturbing about the fact that Diddy discovered her while Myspace perving but I cant blame him.
My favorite white girl. Something about her turn in Mean Girls did it for me (though admittedly she was playing a high schooler) but it wasn't until Wedding Crashers that I knew I was sprung. I really cant call it but I was seriously pulling for Owen Wilson to get the girl in that jawn!
I confess. I've loved Faith since she had dark makeup, bleach blonde hair, tats, nameplate chains, and chinchillas courtesy of the greatest rapper to die on March 9th, 1997. Hood Faith, Fat Faith, Dope Fiend Faith, Married w/ Children Faith, all of em.
I'm not lying when I say the only thing I remember about Drumline was Zoe Saldana. She was killing the line jacket game... and when my man pulled her during the "Butterflyz"/slow motion step sequence, I was all but made up about pledging A Phi (sorry, keepin it real!)
Eff the nude photos my dood (and to prove it I'm not linking to 'em), Vanessa Hudgens is sexy in that, white/spanish-girl-you-never-wanted-to-admit-you-was-feelin-and-really-aint-know-how-to-approach-her-if-you-wanted-to kinda way. I'll admit, the first time I saw that HSMusical jawn, I just sat thru it quietly cuz I aint know how old she was. I couldn't help but feel like the uncertainty about her juvie status, made me a terrible person but these things happen. HSM2 is all the craze and she's definitely of age now so I can let sleeping dogs lie.
Undoubtedly, LL has the seven internets going nuts in a way that Paul Wall never could have fathomed. We don't even have to go there. I would like to confess to a more complex addiction. I'm in love with New-New. The fictional film character from the surprisingly entertaining, ATL. Just like TIP, I was a little heartbroken by the revelation of Erin however, placing myself in the protagonist's shoes as we do so often, I was more than willing to forgive her indiscretion... so long as she kept the "Jam" baby hair, fishnet tops, doorknocker earrings, and nameplate chain "pumpin" as we expressed in the 90s. Every time I watch ATL, a lil piece of me is a Kenwood Bronco again, checking the fly honeys with butterfly clips in their hair, knee-high boots and aaliyah-inspired dark lipliner. phew.
Youngin is definitely Eva Mendes on steroids... and Hitch is one of my favorite movies. Every time I see her doing whatever it is she does on 42" plasma, I get quiet. Sometimes its just that simple.
Pause. Can I just say that when I saw the video for "Lost Without You", my heart actually stopped. Literally. Never in the existence of God and his seven brothers, have I hated on another nigga for his acquisitions, but I along with a host of others have willfully hated on Robin Thicke for having the baddest chick in the game wearing his chain. This woman is the prototype, no Andre.
What can I say, I like my white girls pure as the driven snow, except not. If you've seen Underworld or Underworld: Evolution or google images while you're supposed to be working and you don't feel me, you're gay... or down with the Nation.
In the midst of ogling I'd like to give a shout out to my boo... who is there in spite of my niggerish blogging.
Nouveau Riche is a band outta Philly--one of the few that hasn't moved to Brooklyn (yet). The lead singer, Nikki Jean, was featured on Lupe's The Cool. Aside from being eclectic eye candy, she and the rest of her band are Krispy Kreme fresh. Download their Longtail EP here.
But since most El colorways are Japan-only releases, it was bittersweet when I happened upon these new jawns online.
Hopefully the Walnut St. shop will get some of these (hint hint, Andy. Tell corporate we need these stateside!) If not, I might have to resort to coppin the new Supra slip-ons.
I could do without the detachable perforated leather thingy tho. :-x