Jan
5
2014

Movies To Check For: 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s

Un-earthed documentary “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Re-released after nearly 25 years.

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Five Day Weekend and Traffic Entertainment are proud to announce the release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, director Gary Weis’ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture. The previously unavailable film is now out on DVD, marking the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and is accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.

Director Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for 80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians.

Despite its role as an important and unflinching portrait of a profoundly interesting time in New York and, as pointed out by The New York Times, hip hop’s cultural history, 80 Blocks was, for many years, impossible to find, only briefly available as an educational VHS release in 1985. In the time since its initial release, the documentary has gained an overwhelming cult status. With little to no news coverage over the decades since its release dedicated fans continue to buzz about the film, especially now that the internet has provided fans common ground to fondly look back not only the documentary itself, but the era that it captured so vividly. The Times, in their recent coverage of its release, noted that copies of the documentary have been known to sell for up to $300 on eBay, a seemingly staggering figure until one considers the depth of its reach.

For the first time in 25 years, the film is easily available to the public on a DVD including interviews with producer/filmmaker Weis and director of photography Joan Churchill, as well as a 40 page book comprised of the original “Savage Skulls” article, an essay by David Hollander, and artwork by Julian Allen. Publications such as New York Press and the Amsterdam News have called the film a “time capsule,” but even without the element of nostalgia, 80 Blocks holds up as a portrait of a subculture that might have otherwise been forgotten, as well as an important moment in cinema.

Definitely a great movie to check out if you’ve never seen it and a great movie to own on DVD if your are familiar. Check out the trailer below.

Dec
26
2013

Video: Q-Tip at Red Bull Music Academy (NYC)

The Red Bull Music Academy is an international workshop that has been happening annually for the past 15 years. Earlier this year it took place in NYC. While this video is over 5 months old, it’s also 2 hours long, and I’m JUST getting a chance to finally finish watching the whole thing. Thought it would be great to share, and if you don’t have 2 hours right now to watch it… Bookmark it and come back. Press play below to see Chairman Mao & Q-Tip chop it up on everything from equipment, production techniques, and what challenges Q-Tip.

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Dec
25
2013

Video: 4-Ize – “How’d That Work Out”

One of the most important things in human existence is stories. Stories are the links and connections between cultures, places, things, etc. They allow our brains to remember things easily, and they are passed from person to person.

One of the most interesting people I’ve ever met is emcee 4-IZE, and he has an amazing story not many people know about. On this new track “How’d That Work Out” he shares of story of where he’s from to where’s he’s gone as well as all the interesting things that happened along the way. Being present in the studio in the 9th Wonder session, I can definitely share stories of those sessions, but I’ll let 4-IZE share with you when he’s ready. In the meantime… Check out the new video and enjoy your Christmas. Stay tuned for 4IZE.COM for new music.

Dec
15
2013

Events: Nike Lebron 11|11 Experience

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During the last week of October I got the chance to be apart of an amazing event in Miami. The 11|11 Experience, a Nike Basketball brand activation which was created to celebrate the release of Lebron’s 11th signature shoe with the Swoosh.

The event took place is a super cool parking deck on Miami’s, South Beach at 1111 Lincoln Road. The address was play off Lebron’s 11th shoe, and the event took place on the 6th Floor playing off King Jame’s jersey number. This experience turned out to be a great way to showcase Lebron’s decade of dominance and showcase the player through the lens of his footwear.

Over a 3 day span the experience featured a display of Bron’s 11 sneaker versions, a basketball court where you could put the new shoe to the performance test, as well as cross-fit drills, Nike ID design studio, and a wall of heat showcasing some rare and limited versions of the Lebron’s shoes over the past 11 years. Guests were also able to customize Nike Elite socks & T-shirts and were able to purchase not yet released colors of the Lebron XI (Gamma Blue & Forging Iron). Several Miami youth from the Boys & Girls Club as well as Pembroke Pines & Norland High Schools were invited to be inspired by motivational speaker Eric Thomas.

Oh… I almost forgot to mention, King James himself showed up one evening and spoke with Kenny “The Jet” Smith about the new season, new shoe, etc. During the evening celebrities such as Pharell, Terrance J, and Teyanna Taylor attended to show support.

During this activation, Nike Basketball launched a new Lebron commercial entitled “Training Day” which shows Lebron’s influence and connection to the city of Miami.

This was truly an amazing experience, that I was privileged to be apart of. Check Sole Collector for more pics.
The Lebron XI shoe is available in stores now worldwide.

Dec
15
2013

New Music: Yamin Semali “Senior Dues”

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You go through four years of high school. Then just before you graduate and move on to that next level, you have to pay your senior dues before you can walk across that stage to collect your diploma.

Yamin Semali has been paying dues for more than 4 years (more like 14) in the ATL indy Hip Hop scene. He’s released countless quality projects solo as well as via groups Vinyl Junkies & Clan Destined. He’s back at it again with a new project aptly titled “Senior Dues.”

The new project features new tracks as well as remixes from recently released tracks. Also includes guests Kurupt, J-Live, Boog Brown, yours truly Señor Kaos and more.

Make sure you purchase a copy here today.

Dec
3
2013

Foot Fetish: Señor Kaos Featured On TheShoeGame.com

Recently the good people from The Shoe Game reached out and asked me about what pair of kicks I regret buying the most. Myself along with several other influencers shared their story of their “worst cop.” Check it out here.

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Nov
23
2013

Art: Heineken Mural Project Invades ATL

If you live in ATL, perhaps you’ve seen the various art splashed walls around neighborhoods like Edgewood, 4th Ward, & Little 5 Points. Last month during the 9th annual A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Heineken brand seized the opportunity to launch the Heineken Mural Project and bring some color to some naked walls around town. Read more about it below.

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After a successful run in Miami during Art Basel 2012 and in DC during the G40 Art Summit, the Heineken Mural Project launches in Atlanta as the official art partner of A3C Festival and the A3C Art Campus.

The Heineken Mural Project will feature six renowned street artists creating five new murals across the city, pop up parties, music concerts and more. The Heineken Mural Project artists include some of the most talented veterans in street art. Tasked with the mission and creative freedom to interpret Heineken’s Open Your World message, the murals will take a life of their own and inspire all who bear witness. Celebrity-status street artists like Chor Boogie hailing from San Francisco, Clogtwo and Inkten from Singapore along with Marka27 based in Brooklyn, NYC, and Atlanta-based artist Paperfrank with more artists to be announced.

The Heineken Mural Artists will paint five new murals alongside some of the top hip hop talent during the A3C Festival, through out some of Atlanta’s Most exciting art districts and neighborhoods. Old Fourth Ward, Little 5 Points and Castleberry Hill will each shocase a new Heineken mural adding vibrant colors to the community. A3C [All 3 Coasts] is one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the US and takes place annually in Atlanta. As the official art partner of the A3C, Heineken Mural Project will host several parties at the mural locations where the Heineken Mural Artists will paint live with top hip hop talent such as Questlove, Ghostface Killah, Too Short, Bun B, A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan and ScHoolboy Q.

Nov
23
2013

Video: A3C Cypher Featuring Chief Justice x Actual Proof x Locksmith

The homie Chief Justice sent this video my way. Cypher from the A3C Hip Hop Festival which took place in ATL last month. This one features Chief Justice, Actual Proof, and Locksmith.

The mic needed to be lowered for Ac Proof, can’t even see those guys. The boy Locksmith definitely gets BUSY on here. Check it out for yourself.

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Nov
23
2013

Videos: 4-Ize – “What I Smell Like”

Since nobody has made a good weed song since Obama has been in office, the homie 4-Ize is here to fill that void. Check out his latest video for “What I Smell Like.” Produced by Honorable C-Note and featuring the lovely Rozzi Daime on vocals. Check for the video & stream below.

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Nov
23
2013

Events: Señor Kaos x Daz-I-Kue Black Friday Birthday Extravaganza

It’s that time of year again. Señor Kaos x Daz-I-Kue Black Friday Birthday Extravaganza. Going down Friday 11.29 @ The Sound Table (Edgewood & BLVD). Special guest, DJ Mafioso & Daz on the wheels. Cover is $5 doors open at 11pm. See you there.

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