Browsing articles from "May, 2012"

Video: Nas – Daughters

Wow that was a pretty quick turn-around for a video. Esco is NOT playing right now.

I really, really miss BET’s Rap City. There was time when I would rush home from school to catch ALL the latest Hip Hop music videos. These days I don’t even know a video is out unless I happen to stumble across it on You Tube.

New video from Nas for the song “Daughters.”

Life Is Good… July 17th


Video: Homeboy Sandman – I Do Whatever I Want

Brand new video from the big homie Homeboy Sandman for the song “I Do Whatever I Want” off his latest EP “Chimera” available now on Stones Throw. Just in time as he heads to Europe to get his Euro tour on for the summer. This is music Hip Hop can be proud of. Salute Boy Sand!

Maaaaaaan this is ONE video shoot that I’m upset I was not invited too. Check it out to see why “I’ll do whatever she wants!” HA.

“I Do Whatever I Want” produced by Mr Familiar, from the Chimera EP.
Directed & Edited by Liv Marsico (Liphemra). Directors of Photography Rohan Ali & Sinziana Velicescu.

Also here’s another recent video I never got a chance to post for the song “Hold Your Head”

See: Homeboy Sandman Interview with Studio Dope


Events: Red Bull EmSee (ATL) Tues. May 29 @ Masquerade


8 Emcee’s from around the country will meet in ATL next tuesday night to battle it out verse for verse with only one emcee standing to claim the title.

The Red Bull EmSee Battle is a battle like none other. Instead of the usual head to head, ya mama this, I slept with ya girl that, emcees are challenged to incorporate images (which are shown to the crowd and emcee via jumbotron esque screen) into their verses. This ensures that nothing is pre-written, and the person who uses the images most creatively will advance.

It’s all going down next Tuesday, May 29th at the Masquerade in ATL. There wil be a special performance by David Banner. Also 9th Wonder will be DJing and Phonte (Little Brother/Foreign Exchange) will be hosting… Wait… It gets better. The battle will be judged by DJ Premier, Big Krit, and David Banner.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND SPREAD THE WORD!!! If you were there for the last events, you remember performances by Talib Kweli and Bun B. Well the Red Bull Emsee Battle is invading ATL once again. Don’t Sleep!!!

Check for more info. Also follow @RBEmSee & @RedbullATL


Nas Featured On June/July Complex Magazine Cover

The sun is shining, Nas is 3 for 3 (nasty, the don, daughters) with new album singles… I think it’s safe to say Escobar season has officially returned.

Check out Nas on the cover of the new Complex Magazine which hits newsstands on June 5th. This summer Complex Mag is celebrating their 10th anniversary 2002-2012… Man 10 years went fast. I think I may still have the first issue of Complex Mag (which featured Nas on it) somewhere around here.

Don’t forget Nas’ new album “Life Is Good” is dropping on July 17th. The summer just got that much better!!!


Although the mag doesn’t drop until June 5th, you can check out the whole cover story here.

Spotted at Complex Mag.


New Music: Dwele – “What Profit”

Just caught this new joint from Dwele G yesterday. Track is called “What Profit” check it out.

“True love is the one thing that lasts long beyond any of the fortune and fame.”


Purchase Via I-Tunes


Foot Fetish: Nike Air Safari Pack… On The Way!

WHEEEEW!!! The sneakers Gods are good!!!

While most Hypebeast are camping out for re-issued Jordans and waiting on an official date to for the Air Yeezy 2 these babies here have had me salivating since these pics hit the net a few days back.

I’m a big fan of the Nike Air Trainer 1 and the Nike Air Safari 87 so when I saw these I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Looks like the Trainer and the Safari are being dubbed as the “Safari Pack,” but no word yet on if they will be sold as a pack, or an official release date.


In the words of ED O.G… I GOTTA HAVE IT!!!

Spotted at FreshnessMag


Rest In Peace Adam Yauch Aka MCA (Beastie Boys)

Got the sad news over the weekend MCA from the Beastie Boys has passed away at 47 from cancer. MCA directed many of the Beastie’s videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower including my favorite “Intergalactic.” He was also the co-founder of the Milarepa Fund, which supported the Tibetan Independence movement and put on a series of benefit concerts for the cause. In 2008 he made a documentary about high school basketball players, entitled Gunnin’ for that No. 1 Spot.


It’s sad we’ve lost yet another Hip Hop legend, and we’re losing too many, too fast. Recently the NY Knicks and Mets showed respect to MCA during their home games. The other night all the Mets players came out to the different Beastie Boy songs… Even though MCA is gone his activism, and music he recorded as a member of the Beastie Boys will never be forgotten.

I recently caught this mix from DJ Z-Trip where he remixed a lot of BB material. Check it out. R.I.P. MCA. You fought for your right to party now it’s our turn.

The passing of MCA leads me to ask… What’s your favorite Beastie Boys moment? I think mine would probably be promoting the “To The Five Boroughs” LP via Capital Records which would be the only Beastie Boys project I’ve had any involvement with.


Nike: Tales From The Kitchen: Nike Free

Nike: Tales From The Kitchen: … Explains how Nike innovation designer Tobie Hatfield came up with the idea for Nike Free. “Less Shoe, More You!”

Tobie wanted to find a way to free the foot, and protect it at the same damn time! Check it out.

Spotted at Epidemik Coalition


Movies To Check For: Doin’ It In The Park: Pick Up Basketball, NYC

The big homie Bobbito Garcia has been working on this movie for the past few years now. Official trailer is finally here and looks like we can expect the film to be dropping this summer.


DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC explores the definition, history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport.

In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

“You can play high school or college for four years. You can play Pro for a decade. You can play pick-up … for life.”

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.

Main film characters: Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kenny Smith, “Pee Wee” Kirkland, “Fly” Williams, God Shammgod, Tim “Headache” Gittens, Corey “Homicide” Williams, Kenny Anderson, Jack Ryan, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, Niki Avery, Milani Malik, and the Park Pick-Up Players of NYC.

Directed & Produced by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
Trailer Music: “R’Thentic” by C-Rayz Walz
Proudly Supported by The New York Knicks

A film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
Coming Summer 2012



Video: 411 Session with Kenny Burns

Shouts to the homie John Thomas from the 411 Brand. Last week Kenny Burns stopped by Clark Atlanta University to speak to the students about his journey from D.C. to ATL, the music industry, run-ins with Puffy, and finding his way in his late 30′s.

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