April 1, 2009

krs one

KRS One recently announced that he will be running for mayor of New York City. Check out this article by the New York Times:

"Rap superstar and self proclaimed ghetto philosopher recently announced that he will be running for mayor of New York come election time. "I'm tired of this economic poverty that has bee reaching into every corner of our mentality," KRS One said, "it's time to make a change." Current Mayor Bloomberg has written it off as a publicity stunt, but KRS One has already raised overwhelming support in 3 of the 5 burroughs." -New York Times

April 2, 2009

Zion I has long been one of our favorite artists. He will be coming to Seattle on April 8th and to prep for his arrival here is one of our favorite music videos by him, enjoy:

April 3, 2009 Hype Battle Fridays

This battle was a long time coming. Kujo vs. his European double Junior. All around a very good battle.

April 6, 2009 Mixtape Mondays

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Zion I the Search & Seizure is a throwback mixtape doing a lot of old school beats from Public Enemy to EPMD. It is nice to hear some good west coast artists out there especially with the mainstream focus on the south for so long. Besides Snoop Dogg and the Game no one has been making a lot of noise out of the west. While I don't see Zion I necessarily coming to be a huge major label success or any of that, they have been a staple in the west coast for pretty much 10 years from their first CD Mind over Matter. The guest appearances are dope and fit in well from having Talib Kweli to Irascience to west coast legends like Del the Funky Homosapien and Grouch.

The dope thing about the mixtape, is they actually set up the mixtape to be like a cassette tape. So on Side A there are 18 mins of songs then you'd have to "flip it over" and listen to side B. Refreshing because this is how mixtapes actually were and fits in with theme of the mixtape. Plus I heard one of the best lines I heard in a while "Artists be chasin labels, labels be chasin hackers/ and autotune is everyone's favorite rapper".
-Columnist R.C.

April 7, 2009

Featured artist Cope2 gives a small spiel on his experiences growing up. Click on the interview to read more.

"I was born in the South Bronx. The home, the motherland, the Mecca of hip hop. I started writing graffiti back in 78-79. Influenced by my cousin Chris. He tagged Chico. He wasn_t a huge writer, just a local. I remember him always having a huge marker called a Pilot. He always had it in his draw. At times I would take it when he wasn_t home, go under the stairs or the rooftop of my grandmothers building and just tag my nickname (Nano). Then in 79-80 my cousin took me on the subways..."

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April 8, 2009

montana colors limited edition spray paint can

Montana Colors unveiled its new limited edition spray paint featuring the artwork of the legendary cartoonist and longtime fixture of the graffiti community: Vaughn Bode. Although he died in 1975, the characters he created like the infamous Cheech Wizard and his busty Bode girls, have been immortalized by countless writers for the past three decades. His work lives on through his son, Mark, a respected artist in his own right, who was also honored with his own can. Only 500 will be made available at MSRP, the rest will likely end up on eBay for a lot more.

April 9, 2009

Watch carefully, because this is the new style being picked up from the streets:

April 10, 2009 Hype Battle Fridays

Today we bring you a clip instead of a battle, but definitely one of the dopest clips that I've seen in a while. Match One's Skills from Korea:

April 13, 2009

run dmc

Just last week, Run DMC was officially inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here is the run down from urbanstreetz.com:

"Pioneering Hip-Hop group Run-DMC was officially inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio Saturday night [April 4]. The group did not perform at the ceremony, in keeping with their pledge not to play live again following Jam Master Jay's death."

April 14, 2009

Today we have a sneak peak at the canvases that will be revealed at EvoFest II in Seattle on May 9th. The theme of the competition was retro cartoons. Check em out:

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April 15, 2009

Upstate Police Arrest 70-Year-Old Tagger

Interesting story from animalnewyork.com.


"At an age when most graffiti writers are either retired from vandalism or dead from huffing fumes, Dr. Kenneth C. Hopper is just hitting his stride. The 70-year-old opthalmologist was arrested in Warren County, about 60 miles north of Albany, for spraypainting _ROWLOW_ on an overpass. Hopper claims he simply finds the word _intriguing,_ but another doctor, Frank Rollo, believes Hopper has been targeting him with the graffiti for 15 years, following a longstanding personal dispute. Check out the local television news report and a mugshot of the geriatric vandal below."

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April 16, 2009

According to Gizmodo.com 10 of the geekiest music videos of all time include ones with Michael Jackson, Beastie Boys, and Pharcyde. Can't say we disagree.

April 17, 2009

Last week at Las Vegas Shakedown, we were blessed with this little gem of an exhibition. Kevo vs. Steve, peep:

April 20, 2009 Mixtape Mondays

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Del the Funky Homosapien The Funk Man Stimulus Package

Del The Funky Homosapien is back with a mixtape to help ease the stress of the recession with the Funk Man (stimulus package). For those of you who don't know Del and you live on the West Coast...tsk tsk tsk to you. Del has been a staple in the hip hop scene out here from being signed early on Elektra releasing two albums in the early 1990s. He is one of the dopest MCs out of the west coast and a fun lil fact for everyone if they didn't know Del is the cousin of Ice Cube.

As one of he pioneers of underground hip hop culture, him and the Hieroglyphics have help put the bay area on the map for hip hop. Deltron 3030 with producer Dan the Automator was one of the best concept albums ever. Both Sides of the Brain sold over 100,000 copies which is really good for an underground artist and especially in an age where mp3s were starting to take over. Del also recently released the Eleventh Hour on Def Jux/Hiero Imperium which received positive remarks from critics. Honestly this dude has kinda done it all and worked with some of the dopest MCs out there and Hieroglyphics are all so dope so get some relief from the recession and get the free download of Del's mixtape.

His plan is to revive "the public at large" that is "over the whole rap era", as Del puts it. Del is digging deep this time around and giving directly back to the people in order to make the future of hip hop a more prosperous place.
-Columnist R.C.

April 21, 2009

For those of you who know Orb, he is a dope dancer, and an even better person. We found this clip on youtube of him being interviewed about his style and what not. Check it out:

April 22, 2009

Possibly the most amazing freestyle battle ever caught on tape.

April 23, 2009

Some old footage from year 2000, but the dopest deejay performance that I have EVER seen. Location: The Fillmore, San Francisco Last 4 minutes of DJ QBert, MixMaster Mike, and Shortkut as a collective group.

April 23, 2009

Auto tune the news. Eat your heart out T-Pain.

April 24, 2009 Hype Battle Fridays

Soul Disorderz vs. Self X from Breakin' the Law.

April 27, 2009 Mixtape Mondays

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Kid Cudi and DJ E-V Dat Kid From Cleaveland

Kid Cudi & DJ E-V - Dat Kid From Cleveland

Kid Cudi is soon to make big waves in mainstream hip hop world. He is an artist cosigned (and literally signed) by Kanye West and just recently inked a deal with Universal/Motown. Kid Cudi has a very popular hot track called "Day'N'Nite" which has been a mainstay on the billboard singles charts for a while now. On one of Kanye's new singles off 808s & Heartbreak, he's featured on the song Welcome to Heartbreak.

So if you don't know who Kid Cudi is by now and you are a hip hop head...then I suggest you start listening a lil more to what is going on out there. He is very good musically and lyrics are good so I think it's fair to give the dude a shot, plus Kanye's artists on G.O.O.D. aren't bad, no put intended really...anywho the mixtape is dope and I'm sure you will hear more from dude. He also got tasered by the police at the NBA All-Star weekend which he stated "hurt like a motha *****!"
-Columnist R.C.

April 28, 2009

Bringing the world together through music.

Playing For Change | Song Around The World "Stand By Me" from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

April 29, 2009

Angry Woebots and Peekaboo Monster have been putting it down in the Northwest and around the country for a while now. Check out SilentStage.com to purchase some of their artwork. Below are some of the pieces they have available.

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April 29, 2009

Man, talk about reinforcing a stereotype. Fidget, this one's for you:

April 30, 2009

The making of Eminem's we made you. Eminem continues to mock popular culture with his music, in a way he's very similar to John Stewart's The Daily Show. If you think about it enough, it is quite ridiculous how much crap mainstream media feeds us on a daily basis.

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