Mar
19
2014

Events: Phife Dawg – “Dear Dilla” Video Premier

Last month before hitting the road for a minute I was invited to Phife Dawg’s (A Tribe Called Quest) video premier for “Dear Dilla” a tribute to the late great James “J Dilla” Yaney who would of turned 40 years old on February 7th, 2014. This premier marked the first time anyone had seen the new video before it was launched online on OKP. The premier was something like a reunion for ATL creatives. Artists, DJ’s, Marketers, & Scenesters all came out to catch a peep of the new video. The gathering took place at Midtown Art Cinema (aka Landmark) where guests were treated to food and beverages before being ushered into the theater for the videos premier.

Special guests for the evening: Chicago video director Konee Rok, DJ Rasta Root, 4-IZE (who actually plays the part of Dilla in the video), Boog Brown (who performed a piece of Dilla’s “The $” as a poetry piece), and of course the man of the hour Phife. In addition to seeing the video there was also a Q&A where Phife spoke about working with Dilla, his health situation (which is played out in the video), as well as why he felt it was important to create this track. He also mentioned he would be releasing a new solo LP entitled “MUTTYMorphosis” real soon. Well keep you updated on the new project when we learn more. For now make you check out the video for “Dear Dilla.”

Note: After the premier in ATL, Phife & DJ Rasta Root flew to Detroit the next day for the “Dilla Day” festivities where the video was then premiered to friends and fam in the Detroit City. All photos courtesy of Kat Goduco
View more info + press release Here.

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Mar
4
2014

Food: Styles P Talks Juicing & New Juice Bar

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In the late 80′s and early 90′s rappers used their music to spread wisdom. One of the tracks that stands out the most for me is “Beef” by KRS ONE where the Blastmaster discusses how eating cow is bad for your health. I had NEVER heard a message like this until this song. It took some years and more research, but I finally stopped eating Beef and have been cow free for the past 15 years.

In addition to eliminating beef from my diet, I started to get into juicing, which started with a fruit smoothie fascination.

It’s amazing the power that music and artist have to provoke thought, yet all we typically hear and many consumers seem to care about is messages of sex, violence, and drugs. That’s why I was more than thrilled to see Styles P (The Lox) has opened up his own juice bar in NYC and has been making his rounds speaking about the importance of juicing.

In the interview below he talks to the good people at Frank 151 about juicing and why he opened up the “Juices For Life” juice bar. It’s great to see a rapper speaking about being healthy in public again. From listening to music kids know what the latest drug is, how to sell it, how much it cost for a lot of it (Mr. 17.5) but can’t tell you what vitamin C does for the body. Time to reverse this trend.

I’m definitely going to check this place out on my next trip to NYC. If your in the BX you find this spot in Parkchester area at 1026 Castle Hill Ave & Chatterton. The reviews on Yelp look pretty great as well.

Happy Juicing.

Feb
28
2014

Events: Boom Bap w/ Diamond D Tonight

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Going down tonight. Special DJ sets by Diamond D (D.I.T.C.), Case Bloom, Rate, & Gee Supreme.
Classic Hip Hop & Breaks.

@ The Basement behind Graveyard Tavern.

Feb
22
2014

Events: Spread Love ATL Tonight!

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Spread Love is happening in ATL tonight. The “We Love The 90′s” edition will be celebrating the life of J-Dilla who’s 40th birthday was celebrated earlier this month.

The event features a awesome line up of DJ’s including: DJ Kemit, Rasta Root, and special guest Maseo from De La Soul. Phife Dawg will also be in the place with artwork on displays from ATL’s own Eric Nine. With this type of line up anything can happen.

Check HERE for tickets ASAP and know early arrival is suggested.

Jan
22
2014

Advertisement: Nike Flyknit (Video)

Flyknit was introduced by Nike just before the 2012 London Olympics. The Flyknit Racer & Trainer came first followed by the Lunar Flyknit One, Free Flyknit, and most recently the Flyknit Max (Which are DUMB comfy by the way!). Now Nike has introduced the Lunar Flyknit 2. Over this past weekend the Swoosh launched this new commercial showing all the different variations of Flyknit and how something as simple as spool of yarn can be made into a performance feature for footwear.

The ad features Mr. don’t your mouth about the best, Richard Sherman, Alyson Felix, Ashton Eaton, Mo Farah, Lea Wallace, Jordan Hasay, Brandon Johnson, Evan Jager, and Kobe Bryant who we recently shared designer Eric Avar speaking to the Flyknit laced Kobe 9.

If you missed on TV check it out below.

Head over to Nike.com to learn more about Flyknit and how you can get your hands on these shoes.

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Jan
22
2014

Winter Solstice “Flash Run” Atlanta (Video)

The winter months are a challenge for runners. Not only is it cold, but the days are depressingly short. Wake up to run in the morning — it’s dark. Try to run after work — it’s dark. Thankfully, the good people at Nike have incorporated bright colors and reflective technology to their shoes, apparel and accessories.

Saturday, December 21st, is known as the winter solstice aka the first day of winter. This is the shortest day — and longest night — of the year, but from here on the days will get progressively longer. Every day, we will enjoy a few more minutes of precious daylight.

Nike celebrated the longest night of the year with the nationwide “Flash Run,” which encourages runners to be more active during the longest night of the year, while wearing something reflective. Runners also had the opportunity to earn Nike+ Fuel points and then donate them to 1 of several charities which work to get children more active.

Follow the journey socially via: #MoversAndPacers #WeRunATL

Movers & Pacers | Nike Flash Run 12.21.13 from M.Oliver on Vimeo.

Jan
11
2014

Foot Fetish: Nike Air Tech Challenge Huarache Is Back!

Let’s take a sec to think back… The year 1992. Michael Jordan is on his way to winning his second ring, 4 cops are on the way to igniting a riot on the LA streets after video footage of Rodney King is shown on the news, and tennis players were wearing some of Tinker Hatfield’s best trainers.

When I think of the early 90′s so many fond memories of classic Nike sneakers come to mind from Basketball, Running, to Training. One of those classics is the Nike Air Tech Challenge Huarache. Although this shoe was championed by Andre Agassi, even the OG John McEnroe was rocking it on the court.

Today the sneaker gods have blessed us, and with Agassi reuniting with the swoosh last year it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more Agassi heat coming soon. But for now, you may want to get out and get your hands on these. They were released today Jan 11th are available where fly kicks are sold as well as Nike.com.

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Check out this vintage Nike Ad with Agassi sporting the Air Tech Challenge Huarache.

Jan
7
2014

Foot Fetish: Nike Designer Eric Avar Talks About The New Kobe 9

Nike designer Eric Avar has a track record of designing footwear that is ahead of its time. Don’t believe, take a lot at a shoe like the Foamposite that Avar started working on in the early 90′s and wouldn’t be released until years later in 97. Flywire, Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 aka The Jason Kidd’s, The Glove from Gary Payton, all came thru Avar. He has also worked on the Kobe line since the IV. Gary Warnett recently posted this interview where Avar provides some insight on the Kobe 9. See what he had to say.

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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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