Saturday, January 31, 2009

Vibe Magazine March Cover...



Someday we will be together.

Ms. Cole on the cover of Vibe Magazine for march.

Beautiful cover shot.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Events: Tonight, For The Last Minute Steppers...



PreZZure Says:

Tonight...Show @ Hugs...No Cover aka Free...I'm Performing as well as Super King Armor x Lava x IQ The Prodigy

Hugs
106 N. 6th (Between Berry and Wythe)

Way To Get There:

The (L) Train from Union Square headed to Brooklyn...Get Off Bedford Avenue...

1. Head northwest on N 7th St toward Bedford Ave
2. Turn left at Bedford Ave
3. Turn right at N 6th St Destination will be on the left

See Yall There!

A lil late, we know. Thanks to a fellow ABM New Yorker.

Check out more from PreZZure Here.

PreZZure Homepage

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Video: So Now That You've Seen NOTORIOUS...

Biggie On Pac:



Pac On Big



The real.

Gear: The Best Sample Sale Ever...




Ready2Deal will be hosting an exclusive sample sale this Saturday evening at WORLD NYC 187 Chrystie St btwn Stanton and Rivington. stop by between 7-10pm to get exclusive deals on brands like Game2Game, Easy Job, Afterbase and JoJo.

Also keep up with the latest in style with the good people over at LaLa New York City.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Video: James Toback’s “Tyson” Documentary...



Tyson grossed nearly $400 Million from his bout as a professional boxer and nearly lost it all through a series of bad decisions. Documented by James Toback who has known Iron Mike for nearly 30 years, the documentary will give a deep look into the former Heavy Weight champion of the world's life as a family man (father of six) as well as the human being we rarely see.

The film is slated for commercial release on April 24. The documentary recieved standing ovations at the Sundance Film festival as well as much acclaim.

The Dopest Thing About The Inauguration Was...



Photographer David Berman's Canon G10 capture.

Of course this dude is from The Greatest City In The World and managed to capture a staggering 1,474 MegaPixel image of the historical 20th day of January.

220 pictures were taken and then pieced together over a 6+Hour timeperiod. Mix that with a gigapan imager and you have this magical little view right here.

Really creative. You can see almost everyone's face. Very Abstract.

Check out the picture Here.

* We already tried to spot Jay-Z via his funny hat.

New Music: Grafh - After Party (At The Diner) + More...



Listen/ Download Here. Grafh - After Party (At The Diner)




Download Link: Grafh & Black Hand Ent.'s Flatline Mixtape

Ton of new music from Queens N.Y. representer Grafh and Black Hand Ent. Grafh's upcoming release The Evolution coming soon.

Props to Jabari.

Grafh Myspace

Monday, January 26, 2009

Video: Mavado - I'm So Special...



Video for Mavado's "I'm So Special" off of Mr. Brooks...A Better Tomorrow dropping in March.

Video: The Cool Kids - Pennies...




New video from Chuck and Mikey.

The duo should have new music for us very, very soon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Boys + Clothes = Interesting Fashion...



" Visionaries Teneille Craig, Shaina Lampkins, and Camillia are the founders of new publication Boys+Clothes Magazine. It is set to launch Sunday February 1, 2009. Boys+Clothes Magazine was executed with the support of four more NYC fashionista’s who each brought their own unique elements to the table. The remaining four women are Sofia Farquharson, Shana Jeannot, Patrice Floy and Christine Hamblin popularly known as “Cee the Photographer”. This team of seven from all walks of life and each possessing an entrepreneurial and inimitable spirit has met the challenge of publishing their first print magazine. Editor-In-Chief, Teneille Craig says “It’ll take much more than a resume to stand out in the job market in this economy. So we created our own opportunity to prove our worth and determination.”

Boys+Clothes Magazine is a tri-annual publication which aim to cater to the stylishly rebellious urban fashionista and her nosey boyfriend. Conceptualized to read as a girl’s diary it is filled with cutting edge and straightforward content. It’s an opportunity for women to read and relate on non-conventional fashion and lifestyle content and for others to become familiar with this young modern woman’s likes and dislikes.
"

Interesting, keep your eyes and ears open to the fresh aesthetic that these young women are paving the way to unveil.

Video: Royce Da 5'9"- Part Of Me (Trailer)...




What if your greatest fantasy, became your worst nightmare? Well, that's exactly what happens on Royce 5'9's stirring track "Part Of Me" and the track's theme is heightened by the visuals of Rik Cordero for the video to "Part Of Me."

If you watch the trailer you'll see a few familiar (Slaughterhouse) faces as well..

"Part Of Me" will be included on Royce's forthcoming LP, Street Hop, (Executive Produced by DJ Premier) which will be released on 4-21-09 by M.I.C/One Records.

Big shout outs to Matt who has always been a huge help.

Video: Not Your Same Ol' Two Step...



Just in case you missed it, we have it for you.

Peep the twist and head bop swagger at 3:30.

Via Youtube

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Video: The Presidential Inauguration Speech...







..Just in case you missed it, because we're sure that none of you did..

Transcript:

“My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

“I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

“Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.

“At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

“Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

“These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

“For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

“Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. This is the journey we continue today.

“We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed.

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.

“We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

“Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short.

“For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.

“Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.

“The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.

“And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

“Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please.

“Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

“We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

“We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

“As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves.

“And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

“For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours.

“It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

“This is the price and the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

“So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood.

“At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].” America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words.

“With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”

Chuuch!

*Bonus: Presidential Slideshow


New Music: For Your Presidental Downloading Pleasure...



Listen/ Download Here. Jay-Z - My President Is Black (DC Mix)

Listen/ Download Here. Jay-Z - My President Is Black (DC Mix) (W/ Intro)

Video: Jay-Z Remixes For His Black President...




Damn. We wonder if Nas is a feeling a little upstaged?

At club LOVE in Washington D.C Jay-Z dropped this little gem of a remix on the new free world.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Video: Shepard Fairey talks about Barack Obama Campaign Poster...



The creator to the "Hope" posters that have been flowing ever so gratuitously throughout the previous election year.

Real talk the iconography of this man's work will no doubtedly be a staple in the memories of future generations as many of the icons we view in today's atmosphere goes with half percieved notions to this generations people.

This is your future, take it in.

*Bonus*

While browsing around Twitter, we came across this cool site where you can "Obamize" yourself with any picture you choose. Dope!

Enjoy.

Obamicon Me

Video: Daft Punk - Aer Obama...




We thought this was pretty cool. Give it a try, check it out. The usage of stop motion animation in this video is pretty good.

The Obama posts will flow smoothly so just sit back and enjoy.

Video: Diddy Interviews Barack Obama...




Seriously very random. But good job resurfacing this footage. We've never seen it.

Sean Combs interviewed our soon to be commander in chief.

Video: Jay-Z My President Is Black...


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Video: Angie Interviews Voletta Wallace...



Biggie's mom keeps it real on the Lil' Kim situation.

Any reactions on the movie from those who have seen it?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Video: Unseen Notorious B.I.G Interview Circa 1994...



Vintage vintage vintage. This is from an interview done in ATL spun to the innanet by Senor Kaos. We've never seen this before so we're being schooled right now.

*As if you didn't predict a steady flow of Biggie posts today.


Spotted over at NR.

Video: Young Jeezy Feat. NaS - My President Is Black...




Right. On. Cue.

New Music: NaS - The World...



Listen/ Download Here. NaS - The World

Mr. West assists Mr. Jones by lacing him with a banger. Queens stand up.

New Music: DJ Mike Nice - Broooklyn Bullshit Tracklist + Download...



Tracklist:

01. Notorious B.I.G - Intro
02. Shakespeare - KingsCounty (Brooklyn Bullshit Anthem)
03. biggie spittin at 12
04. biggie - music video box freestyle
05. biggie - soul power197 rhymes
06. Fulton St. battle at 17
07. big daddy kane & jayz - bday party freestyle 9-10-91
08. biggie - guranteed raw
09. big daddy kane/kool g rap - raw (demo)
10. jay-z/sauce money - rippin it up
11. big daddy kane - aint no half steppin (demo)
12. biggie - blind alley freestyle (demo)
13. biggie-i love you (teenage recording)
14. biggie - dont love no hoe
15. jay-z/sauce money - nothing but love (demo)
16. biggie - biggie got the hype shit (demo)
17. big daddy kane - raw attitude (unreleased)
18. jay-z - high powered (at age 17)
19. jay-z/sauce money - broken english & drug selling (demo)
20. notorious big - party and bullshit (extended version)
21. biggie - 16 bars at the lyrical lounge in 1993
22. jay-z - whats in a name (demo)
23. big daddy kane - sing my song (unreleased)
24. jay-z - pass the roc
25. big daddy kane - set it off (unreleased remix)
26. big daddy kane - for your own concern (demo)
27. biggie - childhood rhymes
28. jay-z - greatest mc (demo)
29. biggie/sadat x - come on (1st take demo version)
30. biggie - niggaz bleed
31. notorious big - big millionaire (unreleased verse)


Are you kidding us? THIS is what e-mail boxes are made for. Holding gems such as these 30+ tracks of vintage Hip-Hop splendor.

DJ Mike Nice nicely compiles these rare records and demo cuts for us all to enjoy.

Download: DJ Mike Nice - Broooklyn Bullshit (Mixtape) (NR)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Video: Puff Daddy Finally Spills The Beans On Biggie...

Part Uno:



Part Dos:



Part Tres:



Y Quatro:



"We were praying...almost like he was signed to Bad Boy..." -Puff Daddy on Tupac getting shot

Puff takes it upon himself to give a mini synopsis of the late Frank White's life through a series of confessionals [No Real World].

* We're just gonna call him Puff Daddy since the movie and stigma is in a time period before he changed that dumbass name.

New Music: If You've Heard This Jay-Z Song Before We'll Give You $1 Dollar...



Listen/ Download Here. Jay-Z - Pass The Roc


...$1 Sri Lankan of course...

Some vintage Jay-Z material liberated by DJ Mike Nice. Too many quotables so don't even get us started.

"Soon as I pick up the roc it's seven thirty I get busy watch the birdy/ You could check coast to coast no nigga could serve me." - Shawn Corey

"I follow the dream like a king for the cream. Then I gamble it on dice like Jordan...Cause I don' listen." - Jigga

Yo! Records were chunky and dope back in the day. So many metaphors it's like dudes actually tried, effortlessly. Now on the flipside it's as if they struggle to make trash.

3 Mins 37 Secs Of Why Obama Is That Dude...



A couple of days ago President Elect Barack Obama stopped into Ben's chili in Washinton D.C. for a quick commercial bite.

First off, let's just say this video has to put a grin on your face.

Since when is it allowed to address a president by his first name? Barack is just that laid back we guess. Extra cheese on your chili dog? No problem.

The crowning moment of the whole video...

"Nah We Straight." - Barack Obama


GTFOH!!! Dope.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gear: Supreme 2009 Spring/Summer Teaser...



But you already knew that this was coming. Brand Supreme has let go a teaser shot signaling the pending onslaught of their digs for the S/S of Two-Thousand & Shine. This year marks the brands 15th anniversary in the street wear game. Expect big things and dope designs.

We'll keep you posted.

Supreme New York Online Shop

The Only Thing Jim Jones Has Ever Done Right...



Dope album cover for Jim's upcoming release Pray IV Reign spotted over at NMC affiliate Nah Right.

His first single, assisted by the hit maker Ryan Leslie however, basura.

Listen/ Download Here. Jim Jones Feat. Ryan Leslie - Precious

New Music: MF DOOM - Ballskin...



Listen/ Download Here. MF DOOM - Ballskin

DOOM? IS THAT YOU? [WAITS UNTIL SMOKE CLEARS]

OH HEY! IT IS YOU!! WHERE YOU BEEN? WHAT...NO WE DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT YOU DISAPPEARING AND DICKING PEOPLE AT ROCK THE BELLS VENUES, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

NEW MUSIC AFTER TWO YEARS? YEAH, THAT'S COOL WITH US...

Stupid..

*(Post in ALL CAPS because that's how you spell the damn mans name.)

Video: City Of God's Son Trailer...



Here's what Kenzo describes his piece as detailing:

" City of God’s Son” is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden mythical city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster in modern media, and weaves musical history and gangster film history into an operatic music based story of brotherhood and survival. An homage to 90’s New York hip-hop, “City of God’s Son” is the redefinition of the remix. Featuring legendary soul singer Joe Bataan. A sound film/hip hop opera by Kenzo Digital. "

To download the entire project for FREE and for more info please visit:

City of God's Son"

Hey. We see a lot of stuff floating around the net and we try to sift through it all and bring it straight to your door mat, raw son. But when we opened this email and peeped the trailer we had a small grin on our faces that read something like "Dope shit B".

If you're not interested in seeing the full joint then you just don't love Hip-Hop as much as you thought you did.

End of story.

Looks good, we can't wait to peep it.

City Of God's Son Homepage

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Music: J.D Day And Night Remix...



Listen/ Download Here. Jermaine Dupri - Day And Night (Remix)

Mr. SoSo Def himself hops on this Hipster-Stoner track to talk some ish.

He's keeping it moving.

Jermaine Dupri Gets fired from Island Def Jam, has choice words for "Old Heads"...

Events: Don't Forget, This Friday!!!...



The FADER Presents ONE STEP BEYOND Featuring:

Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space/DFA)

Bianca Grimshaw

At the American Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 16, 2009
9pm - 1am

$20- Price includes admission to the space show and a free return visit to the Museum

Buy tickets in advance at amnh.org/osb
The Rose Center for Earth and Space enter on 79th street at Central Park West
Must be 21. ID required

amnh.org/osb

New Music: 50 Cent - Shut Your Blood Clot Mouth...



Listen/ Download Here. 50 Cent - Shut Your Blood Clot Mouth

New Curtis. Produced by DJ Preemo.

Gear: BBC/ Ice Cream Spring/Summer 2009 First Look...






Here's a sneak peek at some of the latest gear to fly off the cutting room floor of brand BBC/Ice Cream. These are a few pieces from the Jan. 2009 release.

Check out more at BBC/ Ice Cream's Online Boutique.

BBC/ Ice Cream Online Boutique

Mos Def Zune Insider Interview...



The Mighty Mos, Pretty Flaco, The Black Dante sits down with Ceasar from the Zune Insider and talks the good talk. Touches on his role in Cadillac Records and his upcoming project The Ecstatic

Mos is getting back to his lyrical roots especially after we caught up with him at Carnegie Hall last year for his performance with Gil-Scott Heron.

* Bonus *

Listen/ Download Here. Mos Def - Brooklyn We Go Hard (Live At The Highline Ballroom)

Consequence Tries To Stunt...Gets Over-Stunted On...



Kanye slowly drags the spotlight away...

"Fuck your bookbag nigga, I have a Louie Vuitton co-sign" - Kanye's Ego

Monday, January 12, 2009

Video: Notorious Extended Trailer (”Juicy” Edition)...



We're anticipating this film. We predict decent* box office numbers.


*Decent - A reasonable amount of revenue generated to propel DVD sales to see 35% of the theatre release margin.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Umm...Kanye Wants To Pose Nude...



So apparently in the Vibe Magazine article, Mr. West had some choice words regarding where he would like to expand his vision in the near future:

" Kanye West has become a worldwide music icon by always telling us the naked truth as he sees it. In the February issue of Vibe - the only cover story he's done to promote 808s & Heartbreak - the Grammy winner contemplates baring even more than that.

'I made a decision. I wanna make popular music, but I want less fans,' when asked if he was comfortable with fame. 'I want the freedom of having less fans. It's like the freedom of having less money. If you have less money, you have less responsibility. It's like Björk. If she wanted to pose naked, you'd be like, 'Oh, that's Björk.' But if I wanted to pose naked, people would draw all type of things into it. I definitely feel like, in the next however many years, if I work out for two months, that I'll pose naked. I break every rule and mentality of hip-hop, of black culture, of American culture.'

(Kanye had some things to say about his photo on the magazine's cover, too.)

Kanye clarified that by 'less fans' he meant having a core of 20,000 devotees who understand him, rather than a swell of 100,000 "fly-by-night" followers who just favor him because he's the hot thing out.

West also gave his take on some of his peers, telling the publication that he refuses to say anything negative about fellow performers, but has no problem giving praise where it is due.

'I believe Beyoncé is the greatest performer of our generation,' he offered. 'I believe I am the greatest entertainer of this generation. I go neck-and-neck on Jay-Z and [Lil] Wayne as far as who's the best lyricist. Jay-Z has longevity."

MTV News' reigning Hottest MC in the Game also discussed his singing efforts on 808s & Heartbreak, calling the album his top project ever and the most resonate LP of 2008.
"

Kanye...



Cool it. Now.

Kanye's Blog

New Music: Jadakiss - I Stay Ten Toes Down...



Listen/ Download Here. Jadakiss - I Stay Ten Toes Down

Some more jadakiss dug up from the email.

Props to the NMC for the goodies.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Music: Busta Rhymes Feat. Youg Jeezy & Jadakiss - Conglomorate...



Listen/ Download Here. Busta Rhymes Feat. Youg Jeezy & Jadakiss - Conglomorate

Wow...this track is something awesome.

JADAKISS NEVER DISAPPOINTS.

Top five or you're lying to yourself.

New Music: Lil Wayne Feat. Pharrell Williams - Yes...



Listen/ Download Here. Lil Wayne Feat. Pharrell Williams - Yes...

The Lo-Lifes Documentary Tailer...



For a very long time these dudes repped the brand that all of you took for granted in a different manner. Through boosting and illegal coveting, these groups of young men made many of us cross color wearing, dull palatte shirt having people want that 'Lo down jacket as well as that bathrobe with the high thread count for no other reason than to stunt with the teddy.

This is their story.

This dvd documentary has been pending for quite some time now. The release date is still TBA.

Takes us back...

A Message To You...



Good Morning.

As we enter this new year we can only thank you, our readers and viewers; comment posters alike, for riding along with us. 2008 marked an entertaining year and 2009 will be even more pressing.

25,000 + hits!!! That's love in its highest form. A big thanks as well to our affiliates who not only hangout on our Website Roll sidebar, but interact with us daily.

Keep the motion. Be Safe New York.

-ABM New York City

Kanye West Sky High Mixtape Download...



Features mixing and exclusive cuts from DJ Benzi and longtime Kanye West collaborator Plain Pat (Wadup!).

Here's what DJ Benzi says of the project:

" Finally here is the high quality official version of long awaited mixtape “Sky High” from Benzi & Plain Pat! This new version is not like the crappy webrip that was floating around, and is properly mixed and mastered and features a new verse Kid Cudi and a few other remixes and bonuses. Enjoy this project in all its glory and look out for more remix projects and Benzi’s debut album 'Get Right' in the future! "

Tracklisting:

001. Sky High Feat. Kid Cudi
002. Good Morning (The Kickdrums Remix) Feat. Big Sean
003. Champion (Nick Catchdubs Remix)
004. Barry Bonds (Eli Escobar Remix) Feat. Lil Wayne
005. We Major (The Kickdrums Remix) feat. Nas
006. Crack Musik (Cookin Soul Remix) Feat. The Game
007. Good Night (Plain Pat Remix) Feat. Mos Def
008. Get Em High (A-Trak Remix) Feat. Common
009. Throw Some (Cousin Cole Remix)
010. Electric Touch (Steve1der & Mighty Mi remix) feat. Lupe Fiasco
011. Love Lockdown (Tom Wrecks Remix)
012. Flashing Lights (Diplo Remix)
013. Addiction (Kenny Dope Remix)
014. Stronger (A-Trak Remix)
015 Workout Plan (Chaise Marcel Remix)
016. American Boy (Benzi Refix) Feat. Will.I.Am
017. Homecoming (Discotech Remix) Feat Chris Martin
018. I Wonder (Scottie B Remix)
019. Good Life (Stretch Armstrong Remix) feat T-Pain
020. Cant Tell Me Nothing (DJ Godfather Remix)
021. Outroduction feat Big Sean

Download: Kanye West, DJ Benzi & Plain Pat Present Sky High: The Kanye Remix Project

It's a pretty dope tape. Props.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Music: Lil Wayne - Red Rum...



Listen/ Download Here. Lil Wayne - Red Rum

Via NR

Kanye Covers Vibe Magazine, Needs A Hug...



KanyEmo West covers this months issue of Vibe Magazine.

It's funny how they gave his beard the tattered, broken-man greyish look. Inside the issue he speaks about his run-ins with the paparazzi and controling his temper as well as the misperceptions people may have of him.

Kanye on Putting out his greatest album with 808s:

" 'I could have put it out as a mixtape. I always wanted to do a mixtape called T-Pain Style. And I was like, if these songs are good as hell, why not put it out as a real album? And who’s to say what's a mixtape , what’s an album. I aint have to drop an album either. What I do at this point is a gift.

And I think people are complaining about their gift. They can either play with it or not! But don’t complain to me about the gift. There’s guys out there, nobody spoke on our behalf before. Whatever about the singing. F*ck all the singing, f*ck all the Auto-Tune, f*ck the He’s A Rapper, he’s not a rapper, he’s going through something, he has to get this out of his system, he’s crazy.

F*ck all that. It’s men out there who have never had anyone to speak on their behalf about the way they feel in a relationship. We don’t feel like, ‘F*ck you, bitch, I’m going to f*ck a whole bunch of girls’. NO! We feel hurt. We feel pain. Like, ‘Damn, why would you say something like that to me? Damn, I LOVE YOU. Damn, I want to have a family. Damn, I want to find someone to raise my kids. Damn, my baby mama’s a bitch. Or she’s not a bitch’.

That more than anything-more than the way I wanted to deliver this art-is the message behind 808’s.'
"

"What I do at this point is a gift." - Kanye West

Gully.

Pick up the February issue of Vibe now.

Events: The Fader 59th Issue Release Party...



The FADER 59 Issue Release Party

The FADER Magazine and Budweiser American Ale invite you to celebrate FADER 59 The NOW Issue

Featuring a live performance by Charles Hamilton
DJ set by Lauren Flax


Monday, January 12th
Union Pool
484 Union Ave, Brooklyn
8-11 pm

Complimentary Budweiser American Ale, 21+ only

Admission based on capacity


See you there!!!

N.O.R.E. - Rotate (Behind The Scenes) & CDQ Remix Feat. Freeway & Busta Rhymes...




Listen/Download Here. N.O.R.E. - Rotate Feat. Freeway & Busta Rhymes(Remix)

Directed by the go to man Rik Cordero, N.O.R.E unleashes the Ron Browz behemoth on us all..

The Most Notorious Premiere..










Alot of notable Hip-hop personage came out yesterday Here in New York City to revel in what is the NOTORIOUS film which dutifully depicts the late Christopher Wallace's life and career.

Looking fresh. How does Coco stay so young looking? Ice-T getting that plastic surgeon Arab money.

* Yes that's Biggies daughter standing next to Faith Evans, not her sister...

The Notorious B.I.G. - Guaranteed Raw + Microphone Murderer (Dirty/CDQ)...



Listen/ Download Here. The Notorious B.I.G. - Microphone Murderer

Listen/ Download Here. The Notorious B.I.G. - Guaranteed Raw

Suposedly tracks from his original demo tape. The late great Chrisopher Wallace was spitting that hot fire way befor he had the black and red lumberjack.

With the hat to match.

Bonus:



Listen/ Download Here. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. CJ Wallace - One More Chance (Legacy RMX)

Biggie's son CJ hops on a record with his father, so to speak, and follows in the legend's footsteps.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kanye Is An Ass Man...



This footage is from an '05 "Rump Shaking" Contest that Mr. West was summoned to judge. Other featured guest judges include Scarface to his left.

Chuuuuch. We see you Yeezy.

Louie V Takes It To The Streets...



Here's the press release:

NEW YORK — Like the artist and designer who inspired the new collection, Louis Vuitton is heading downtown for its new Stephen Sprouse collection.
This week, the company’s boutique on SoHo’s Greene Street will be transformed into a Sprouse destination in time for the collection’s arrival.

“SoHo is a special place for the entire launch of the Sprouse collection,” said Daniel Lalonde, Louis Vuitton North America president and chief executive officer. “It’s in the proximity of where Stephen Sprouse hung out, so we are going to give the entire store a Stephen Sprouse feel. It will have a lot of reminders of Stephen Sprouse. We will be giving it a new identity.”

For instance, the company is wrapping the store in vinyl and spray painting neon graffiti all over the facade. The window display will feature a 6-foot neon light installation in Sprouse’s Rose motif. The store’s interior, enhanced with black brick wall facing, will also be sprayed with the neon graffiti.

The collection will launch in its entirety at the SoHo boutique on Thursday. The complete worldwide launch will follow on Feb. 2, though the Rose pieces will be available at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide starting Friday.

For the launch, the luxury goods company is also creating two limited edition pieces, which will only be available at the SoHo location: a Stephen Sprouse graffiti skateboard replete with a hard case monogram skateboard trunk, and a Stephen Sprouse “Roses” T-shirt. The company hopes to sell three graffiti skateboards with trunks for $8,250 each, and 70 T-shirts for $250 each. “I don’t expect them to last very long,” Lalonde said. “By Friday, there probably won’t be any more left.”

Proceeds will benefit Free Arts NYC, which provides underserved children throughout New York City with special arts programs. Vuitton is also making an undisclosed donation to the Sprouse Estate, as well as the Stephen Sprouse Memorial Scholarship Fund at the National Academy for Design here.

Sprouse became known in the Eighties for his graffiti art and fashion designs. In 2001, Vuitton artistic director Marc Jacobs collaborated with Sprouse and created an instant must-have accessories collection with the Monogram Graffiti collection. Sprouse died in 2004, and Vuitton made its first donation to the fund in 2006 when Jacobs created a scarf in Sprouse’s honor, using one of the collaboration’s leopard prints.

Vuitton will honor the late artist with three events this Thursday. The night will kick off with cocktails at the Vuitton boutique on Greene Street, with a simultaneous event at nearby Deitch Projects’ Wooster Street Gallery for the opening of the “Rock on Mars” Sprouse retrospective. Afterwards, Vuitton and Jacobs will host a bash at the Bowery Ballroom, featuring a performance by Sprouse’s friend Debbie Harry, followed by DJ Jus Ske. The venue is expected to have a Sprouse feel, with a special graffiti-and-neon decor.

“It’s something new from Vuitton to start the year off,” Lalonde said of the collection. “The product, design, and expression are uplifting and rejuvenating. That’s the feel we try to provide for the evening and for the collection.”


Stop on by to see some really dope inspirational work.

New Music: Eminem Feat. 50 Cent & Dr. Dre - Crack A Bottle...





New music from your favorite white Emcee. Hopefully his return isn't the same as his "exit".

Monday, January 5, 2009

Events: We Party In Museums While You Don't...



The FADER Presents ONE STEP BEYOND Featuring:

Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space/DFA)

Bianca Grimshaw

At the American Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 16, 2009
9pm - 1am

$20- Price includes admission to the space show and a free return visit to the Museum

Buy tickets in advance at amnh.org/osb
The Rose Center for Earth and Space enter on 79th street at Central Park West
Must be 21. ID required

amnh.org/osb

Video: The Artists That Spend Time Making It Worth Yours...



Now although we don't fully agree with this list, we must say that the glimpse of these individuals have been heavy in the past year. We can only hope that they take it to another level, not so much breaking boundaries but just providing great material that embodies their persona and intellect.

Chunky finished works...not half-assed promises.

We're looking at you Saigon.

Via Steven Roberts

New Music: The Ting Tings Feat. Shawn Chrystopher - That's Not My Name (Remix)...



Listen/ Download Here. The Ting Tings Feat. Shawn Chrystopher - That's Not My Name (Remix)...

* Remember we feature artist's that are on the come up we feel bring a fresh aesthtic to the music world. We believe in anti-saturationalism. So Send your submissions to Abstractmindsabm@gmail.com like Shawn did.

Shawn Chrystopher Homepage

Kanye x Louie Vuitton Sneaker...



So Mr. Yeezy treats the papareezy a little better this time around and doesn't bash their face in.

"Why you think I celebrate Kwanzaa??"

Along with his collaboration with Nike, Kanye also will be teaming up with high-end fashion brand Louie Vuitton to bring you some footwear for June of '09.

Interesting.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lupe Pulls A Kanye...Starts Singing Career...



Listen/ Download Here. Lupe Fiasco (Percival Fats) & Japanese Cartoon - Heirplanes

Listen/ Download Here. Lupe Fiasco (Percival Fats) & Japanese Cartoon - Army

...Well sort of.

Wasalu apparently is doing the damn thing when it comes to setting the bar for these lame ass rappers. Recently two tracks were leaked to the net of him hitting the microphone in a british-esque accent and strumming out records with his new band Japanese Cartoon. Lupe is apparently going to go by the name 'Percival Fats' and plays the front man of the group.

Very Interesting. These records are not bad at all. They're actually damn good. The Army joint is really dope!

And of course Abstract.

Japanese Cartoon Homepage

Swizz Beats Feat. Lil Wayne - Up In The Club...



Listen/Download Here. Swizz Beats Feat. Lil Wayne - Up In The Club...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Video: Whether You Like It Or Not, Ron Browz Is Fucking You Up...



Aha! @ "Harlem Version of Autotune" dubbing himself the Harlem T-Pain.

Well he did create Nas's Ether...So this dude is OK in our books.

Events: You Like Fashion For Free???...



Takes place in Harlem and is free admission. Go to check out the latest in independent fashion as well as anything supporting President-Elect Barack Obama.

OH YEAH, KISSED BY RAIN WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE SHOWING SOME OF THEIR GREATEST PIECES.

Shouts to Rain.


Located At:

The National Black Theater

125th st and 5th Avenue


Because clearly that flyer doesn't want you to know where the address is...

Bonus Clip: Kissed By Rain S/S '09 Casing Call

Gadgets: The Jedi That Got You Through College...




While browsing around the innanet, as we do at such a feverish pace, we came across this little gadget from MIMOBOT modeled after one of our favorite movies (No Geeky).

Here is the USB-Flash drive equivalent of your own paranoid, nervously brilliant droid. Along with being Luke's buddy, C3-PO can help you save that crazy all-nighter paper for your professor in a snap.

We've featured many a portable USB-Flash on this site and we won't stop until we find a Rosario Dawson one, yes...then our search is over.

Until then you can purchase your own personal file saving droid Here.

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