Sunday, December 30, 2007
I was just bumping this tune a little earlier and thought about how dope this video was when it dropped. Tons of cameos here, Mad Lion, Das Efx, Biggie, Busta, Rampage, Doodle Bug, LL, Funk Flex and quite a few other heads that I can't name.
Feel free to educate.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I have been slacking on the blog posts lately. Now that the Holidays are over and things have slowed down just a bit, you can expect more action around here.
In Decade news, the Cobra Snake collab. sold out!
Also, I should have a sneak peak at some new Remixalone Decade T's.
Scheduled to drop in early '08.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Above is a photo of Daft Punk's pyramid from their 2007 Alive tour. While watching the show, I often wondered if they were doing anything inside the pyramid or if it was even them. They could have easily told their interns to wear the hot leather suits for a couple of hours while they lamped backstage in the green room. fortunately I was wrong, below is a list of the gear they were running from their visually pleasing control center.
I will say it again...one of the best shows I have ever seen.
"The show revolves around Ableton Live software on custom made super-computers, which we remotely access and control with Behringer BCR2000 midi controllers."
"Next to the ethernet remote computer screens there are four Minimoog Voyagers, the classic analog synthesizers. They're a 30-year old design."
"We can mix, shuffle, trigger loops, filter, distort samples, EQ in and out, transpose or destroy and deconstruct synth lines. We keep some surprises on the side too!"
"There's a direct connection between our rig and the lights and visuals of the show. The light and video engineers can also add or control layers during the show."
"Inside the pyramid are synthesizers and remote controls connected to the rest of the music equipment and computers, which are in rack-mounted towers off stage."
"Working the music equipment, lighting and video equipment, and building the pyramid for each show takes around 10 people, including both of us."
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The homie Brian Gibb is having a solo show this friday @ The Public Trust. Stop by the art show and show Brian some love before you head over to The (Hot Flash) Party at Fallout Lounge.
The Public Trust Presents...
Please Believe Me: New work by Brian Gibb
November 30, 2007 - January 15, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday November 30, 2007 (7-10PM)
The Public Trust
2919-C Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226
214.760.7170 // www.trustthepublic.com
Above Image :: Away From Her (detail) :: 17"x13" :: acrylic and ink on paper, 2007
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a preview pdf.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
As anyone that checks this blog knows, I like to look for cd singles. It's perfect for Serato, you have your instrumental, radio edit and LP version, just like a traditional 12". Today I ran across a gem @ one of my local spots, Main Source's "Peace Is Not The Word to Play" single off of their CLASSIC 1991 album Breaking Atoms. If you are a early 90's hip hop fan and have not heard this album in it's entirety...I suggest you track down a copy.
Artist :: Main Source
Album :: Breaking Atoms (Wild Pitch)
Year :: 1991
Track :: Peace Is Not The Word to Play
Meters :: Britches
MFSB :: TLC Tender Loving Care
Miles Davis :: Right Off
S.O.U.L. :: Peace Of Mind
Main Source - Peace Is Not The Word to Play (album)
Main Source - Peace Is Not The Word to Play (instrumental)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13, 3 years ago). He was 35 years old. ODB is gone but will never be forgotten...
"The one man army Ason"
Ol' Dirty Bastard :: Cuttin' Headz
Sunday, November 11, 2007
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) - Donda West, mother of Kanye West and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, has died, a spokesman for the rapper said. She was 58.
Keep the West family in your prayers.
Kanye West :: Family Business
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The homie Evan Hecox will be showing some new work in Austin tomorrow. From what I understand, the work will be based off of photos he shot while recently in Mexico. If this is not true, believe the show will be dope regardless. Later on in the evening I will be kicking it over at The Beauty Bar with the Fam. Prince Klassen and Egyptian Lover. Slide through!
Evan Hecox Reception
@ 4Walls Gallery (6pm-9pm)
115 E. 5th St. No.1
EVAN :: BLOG
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
So far my LA trip has consisted of sleep and coughing up green stuff. Hopefully that will all change tonight, I am feeiling a little better and the Vans opening is popping off. Check back for photos and such.
Above photo :: AWR heaven, in route from the airport
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
After finding out that Jopen Stein is in the Vans Sky Gallery show, I had to scan this pencil drawing he did in my book during the Regal Row show at Art Prostitute. Notice the Hieroglyphics shirt on the little guy, Jophen said he put that there because we were jamming Del's first album during the installation...Good reason.
This Thursay I am off to LA... above is a flier for the main reason I am taking this trip. I am Djing the Vans Sky Gallery opening with the homie Tate. Below is more info on the show and a list of arstist involved. I will be in LA Nov. 1st - 7th and I will be steady posting while I'm out...check up on it.
Vans Sky Gallery Exibition
November 2nd // 7pm-10pm
@ New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Marco Zamora // Sage Vaughn // Kelsey Brookes // Cole Gerst // Derek Albeck // Jophen Stein
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Aceyalone has always been sick with the wordplay. Check out this video from his classic '95 album All Balls Don't Bounce. Enjoy!
My name's the reverend deacon minister maximillion speaking to you
About the laws of the land and flaws of man
See the walls can't stand higher than we can put 'em now can they
Anybody need to be saved today
Got a 2 for 1 special w/a shave today
Now how 'bout I wave the tray and I pave the way
To the front of the church I don't really wanna hurt ya
But what I really wanted to say was that uh
There's something special inside of my mental cargo vessel
And it runs on lethal ethyl methane profane
Kinda like a flux capacitor
But it ain't no passengers
It's more like a capsule that snaps so quick
Or the rap's so sick or the absolutely
Put together each and every link and get me cosmically in sync
Artist :: Aceyalone
Album :: All Balls Don't Bounce (Capitol Records)
Year :: 1995
Track :: I Think
Johnny Hammond :: Wild Horses
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The Texas State Fair ends today. If you missed out, there is always next year. Above are some Polaroids I took at the Fair last Wednesday.
Big Tex's History
In the free-wheeling years after the war, merchants in Kerens, Texas, had a problem. Residents of the tiny town were driving to nearby Corsicana or even 75 miles north to Dallas for pre-Christmas shopping sprees. Looking for a gimmick that might encourage people to spend money at local stores, the Kerens Chamber of Commerce built what they claimed was the world's largest Santa Claus, a 49-foot-tall figure constructed from iron-pipe drill casing and papier mache with 7-foot lengths of unraveled rope for a beard.
The promotion was a big success during the 1949 holidays, but the novelty wore off the following year, and community support waned. In 1951, State Fair president R. L. Thornton purchased Santa's components for $750 and hired Dallas artist Jack Bridges to create a giant cowboy out of the material.
Big Tex made his debut at the 1952 State Fair of Texas. Wearing size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat, Tex towered 52' above wide-eyed visitors. His denim jeans and plaid shirt were donated by the H. D. Lee Company of Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Cosmetic surgery the following year straightened his nose, corrected a lascivious wink and allowed him to talk.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I randomly thought about this song today and it took me a minute to find the video...I had to dig up my record to find the correct spelling. Peep their steez in the video, mad early 90's POLO gear, these dudes came correct! The track is as slammin' as Zhigge's wardrobe.
Artist :: Zhigge
Album :: Zhigge (Polygram Records)
Year :: 1992
Track :: Toss It Up
All the People :: Cramp Your Style
Isaac Hayes :: Ike's Mood Pt. 1
J.B.'S :: Given Up Food For Funk
J.B.'S :: You Can Have Watergate
Syl Johnson :: Different strokes
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This is the sketch Dave Kinsey drew up for one of his installation paintings at the Art Prostitute opening show last year. It now hangs in my kitchen.
For more Kinsey...
Pick up :: Art Prostitute #3 (if there are any left)
More Kinsey sketchbook action to come!
Monday, October 15, 2007
I rememer when this video came out, Nine rolling around NY, rapping out of the passenger side, classic Cj-7 Jeep style. This was soo dope for it's time! The rugged NY look matches dude's voice perfectly. If you look close, when Nine rolls up in the the park (around 2:07 in the video) you can see Big L in the background rocking a blue fitted and a light grey sweatshirt.
"a ill posse and my name up in lights N-I-N-E"
Nine - Whutcha want? (album)
Nine - Whutcha Want? (instrumental)
Artist :: Nine
Album :: Nine Livez (Profile Records)
Year :: 1995
Track :: Whutcha Want?
Friday, October 12, 2007
I have one of these, collecting dust at my parents house. I need to go scoop it and get it up and running. My Yamaha Chappy is a 1977 (good year) and is lemon yellow. In the ad above it states that the scooter gets up to 118 mpg! perfect for rolling around the Neighborhood.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Harlem rapper Big L is one of the best MC's that ever did it. Put it On is a classic single from his 1995 album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous. If this dude was alive today, he would rule the rap game. I attached some Big L history below. Absorb it.
Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), better known as Big L, was a legendary American rapper. Big L was born, raised, lived, and was fatally shot in the same New York City neighborhood, Harlem, about which he frequently rhymed. He is mostly remembered for his freestyling, storytelling, punchlines, his critically acclaimed debut album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, and his murder at the age of twenty-four.
Born and raised in Harlem's uptown sector, which he called the "Danger Zone", at 139th Street and Lenox Avenue; Coleman chose rap as a way of getting away from the ghetto. His first appearance on a song came in 1992 on Lord Finesse's "Yes You May" (remix).
In 1993 he signed with Columbia Records and released one vinyl 12", "Devil's Son". This song was quickly banned from radio because of its horrorcore lyrics which stations dubbed too violent or vulgar, such as "I pistol whip the priest every Sunday". In 1995, still with Columbia, he released his debut album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous. The album was hardly promoted and commercially not very popular, but was praised by The Source, a respected rap-music publication, which gave it four mics out of five. The album featured now-popular rappers such as Jay-Z and Cam'ron, but after its lack of success, he was dropped from the label.
His career took-off with a group called Children of the Corn, which he formed with fellow Harlemites Mase (under the name Murda Mase), Cam'ron (as Killa Cam), Cam'ron's cousin Bloodshed, and McGruff. The group recorded numerous songs, enough to make a full length album, compiled later as The Collector's Edition. The group never signed a deal, as Bloodshed was killed in a car accident in Harlem in 1997 and Mase and Cam'ron temporarily quit rapping to pursue professional basketball careers.
During the gap of 1997 and 1999, Big L worked on his second album The Big Picture. It was released worldwide at the summer of 2000 to critical acclaim. Two singles, entitled "Ebonics" and "Flamboyant", both reached number one in the charts. The album featured cameos from Fat Joe, Tupac Shakur, and Big Daddy Kane among other up-and-coming and established rappers. The Big Picture went platinum in 2001.
Jay-Z has said that Big L was set to sign with his Roc-A-Fella label, but died the week before. The two had a mutual respect dating back to a dual freestyle session on the radio and Jay-Z's appearance on Big L's first album.
Big L - Put It On (Main)
Big L - Put It On (Instrumental)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
If you rode BMX bikes at all during the 1980's, you know the name. Woody Itson is a flatland legend.
After my last post on the Cool Kids video, Nature and I got to Reminiscing about our BMX bike days. We were debating over which bike was the "one" to have back in the day. I am still going to have to go with Hutch and I think this add explains it all!
I actually remember the above add from my BMX Plus magazines.
This ladies and gentlemen is Woody Itson's gold plated Hutch Trick Star. That new gold Mac Book has nothing on this.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I got a chance to meet graffiti heavyweight Cycle years back at Scribble Jam in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Driving from the hotel to the event on the second day, we noticed everything in sight was killed with Cycle tags and throw ups. This dude puts in major work! When we got to the event he was busy at work on his piece. I caught up with him, chopped it up for for a minute, then he rocked this end to end throw up in my trusty sketchbook. Down to earth guy.
For a dosage of Cycle's design work check out Mass Appeal magazine.
I've got some more flicks and sketches to come.
After last night's Hip Hop set at the IC reunion, I had to dig up some old photos. These were taken at Nature's old house in Denton circa 1998. This was a little BBQ/ scratch jam, where everyone got down on the tables. Nerd out!
Photo 1 :: Brian (p.e.g.) Nature, Joe, Del
Photo 2 :: Del
Friday, October 5, 2007
Last night there were two shows going down that I had a interest in checking out. The first show was put together by Parade Of Flesh and featured an line up of: Ghosthustler (Dj set), Faux Fox and Numbers. The second show was The Black Lips @ The Loft. I swung through The Public Trust first to support the homies Faux Fox. Lead singer George always puts on a great performance, he threw a little Cadillac Don in to one of their songs "inside peanut butter, outside jelly, seven days of the week, seven days for Chevy" good stuff!
After Faux Fox's performance I scooted over to The Loft to check out The Black Lips. They went on stage not long after I arrived. I got to talk with Ian (pictured above) for a minute about his love for Memphis Rap before he had to go rock out. I can say, The Black Lips did not disappoint, they put a lot of energy into their show and the crowd was super hyped! You can check out Gorilla vs Bear for some more on the show and some rad Polaroids.
Vice Records :: Black Lips
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Florencio Zavala was one of the first outside artists to do a Decade shirt collaboration. He hooked me up with the Money Shot shirt in LA Lakers colorway back in '03, still a classic. He also did this drawing in my book around the same time. I always like his hand drawn type treatment and letter placement, besides who doesn't like a hot dog man tip toeing around?
Brown Like Me
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I just scored this Heather B. cd single a bit earlier in the local cd store doller bin. Another dope 1996 track from another skilled female MC. Heather B. comes off a little more rugged than Bahamadia but she's not quite as nice with the wordplay. Still solid mid-nineties rap none the less.
"Hit Em' With That Funky Sound"
Heather B. - All Glocks Down (street)
Heather B. - All Glocks Down (instrumental)
Artist :: Heather B.
Album :: Takin' Mine
Year :: 1996
Track :: All Glocks Down
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Wake Up will be a semi regular post, spotlighting a Dj friend of mine and 10 of their slept on albums, singles, tracks, restaurants etc.
The first edition of Wake Up features a good friend of mine Rerog, a super nice guy, excellent DJ and a true record nerd. Rerog has been doing his thing in the DFW area since around 1995, racking up multiple Spinmasters and Guitar Center DJ battle titles and touring the country and making beats with his MC homie Astronautalis. Rerog has selected some real hard hitting hip hop albums below, if you have not heard some of these records and you are a early 90's rap fan...start digging!
In no particular order...
Yaggfu Front - Action Packed Adventure
3 12"s from this album and a cassette version of this album is all I have, and all I need. These beats were somethin' else for back then, check the songs "Busted Loop" and "Left Field" for a sampling of what should have went down as a classic.
Jemini the Gifted One - Scars and Pain
Promo only vinyl action left many DJ's searching for this little known Ep from the guy who went on to fame with Dangermouse. I have to give it up to Baby G for putting me on to this by including the song "Can't Stop Rocking" from here on his Raw Deal vol. 2 mixtape back in the day. That man put me on to more records than anyone.
De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate
Everyone jumps up and down to tell you what a "sampling masterpiece" 3 Feet High was...and they are right. But for my money, If I was to be allotted one De La album for the rest of my life, no doubt this would be it. Every song is just sooo right on.
Tha Alkaholiks - Coast II Coast
You might like to know that this was Madlib's first production credits here... but beyond that hipster gripster bit of knowledge this is as solid of a hip-hop record as the West Coast had to offer in 1995. "Daaamn!" and "The Next Level" were skate video hits when this record dropped, and still take me back to those days when i hear them now...(Find the promo only Diamond D RMX of "The Next Level" if you can!)
Ice Cube - Kill At Will
Golden era Bomb Squad production and Cube at his most angry...7 songs of pure perfection.
Main Source - Breakin' Atoms
If I could pick one album that sounds like what "hip-hop" should sound like...This is it. Large Professor didn't need Sir Scratch or K-Cut, but it was nice he took them along for the ride. "Looking at the Front Door" is on my top 10 hip-hop songs of all time list.
Lord Finesse - Funky Technician
Lord Finesse is one of the rawest MC's of all time, he was only 19 when he recorded this but he has the swagger and and flow of any vet when he dropped this LP. And as a tidbit of trivia for the Dallasites reading this, this is the rapper who first made Astronautalis want to grab the mic.
Krown Rulers - Paper Chase
Don't judge this record by the lame Medieval theme on the cover, this is one of the jewels in Philly's rap crown. If "B-Boy Document" or "Kick the Ball" don't get you...then you can't be gotten.
The Nonce - World Ultimate
Laid back West Coast at it's best. My first car had 4 12"s in it, and between this record and Ol Dirtys first record, my 1996 windows down, cruising to the next skate spot soundtrack was set.
Ultimate Force - I'm Not Playin'
This album was recorded in 1990, but for reasons only the ghost of hip-hop classics past can explain, never saw the light of day until this year. 1990 brought us one 12", "I'm Not Palyin'", made famous by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist as the only rap song on the Brainfreeze mix. Worth the wait? Yes. But this record could have been so huge if it had came out when it should have.
Below are a few cuts from the albums above to get you started.
Lord Finesse - Funky Technician
Main Source - Looking At The Front Door
The Nonce - Mix Tapes
De La Soul - Ego Trippin' Part Two
Rerog and friends spin Funk & Soul every Saturday night @ The Monkey Bar and they also hold a record swap there the last Sunday of every month.
Super Soul Saturdays
Dallas, Tx 75226
Sunday :: Record Swap
Bahamadia is hands down my favorite female MC of all time. Her 1996 album Kollage is a classic from beginning to end, with hard hitting production from the mighty Primo and Beatminerz. She was also a part of the best hip hop show I have ever witnessed...1996 @ Bomb Factory, the line up was Fugees, The Roots, Goodie Mob and Bahamadia. Need I say more!
Peep The Roots park bench cameo around 2:38
Bahamadia - 3 Tha hard way (street)
Bahamadia - 3 Tha hard way (instrumental)
Artist :: Bahamadia
Album :: Kollage
Year :: 1996
Track :: 3 Tha Hard Way
Monday, October 1, 2007
Parade of Flesh Presents...
Numbers: Live at The Public Trust
With Faux Fox and Ghosthustler
Thursday Oct. 4, 2007 // Doors at 8PM // Show starts at 9PM
$8 // 18+ // Complimentary Adult Beverages for Patrons 21+
Numbers is on tour with their latest release from killrockstars Now You Are This. Don't miss the opportunity to catch them in an intimate setting. Admission will be very limited due to the size of the gallery. Once we are full that is it, so come early and get a ticket.
The Public Trust
2919-C Commerce St.
Dallas, TX // 75226 // 214.760.7170
Boots from The Coup is a true MC & story teller. This song is a classic and the video fits it perfectly. If you have a chance peep the whole thing, it does not disappoint . My favorite line drops @ around 5:14 in the video "Microsoft motherf*#ckers let bygones be bygones but since I'm Macintosh I'ma double click your icon" oooh wee! May I suggest more Coup in your Hip Hop arsenal?
Artist :: The Coup
Album :: Steal This Album
Year :: 1998
Track :: Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night
Sunday, September 30, 2007
For those of you who missed the opening, Urban Abstract: New Work by Evan Hecox is now online at The Public Trust There are still four available works that appear in the book. These are the only published works from Hecox that are still available for sale. The exhibition will be on view through October 15, 2007.
Above Image: People Devour the World as the World Devours People Original Linocut on Paper // 144"x80"
In other news...The Public Trust was the writer's choice for Best Gallery in the 2007 Observer Best of Dallas awards!
The Public Trust
2919-C Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
After seeing the homie Tony Bones out and about last night, I decided to scan this little collaboration drawing we did a few years back. Stay tuned for more stuff by Mr. Bones, including a long over due Decade shirt!
Related :: 2007 Dallas Observer's Best Legitimization
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The homies Andy and Chris are having the grand opening for their store Collective this Saturday afternoon. I will be spinning records from 3pm-7pm... Swing through and kick it. Don't forget to roll through Fallout lounge on the late night tip for Hot Flash.
1234 Main St.
Southlake, TX 76092
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Beautiful Losers is a feature documentary film celebrating the independent and D.I.Y. spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists who emerged from the underground youth subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock and hip-hop. This documentary tells the story of how a group of outsiders with little or no formal training and almost no conception or interest of the inner workings of the art world ended up having an incredible impact on the worlds of art, fashion, music, film and pop culture.
I was unaware of this documentary. I own the book and was lucky enough to view the show in Orange County when it was touring.
I want to see the whole film!
3rd Bass is one of my favorite Rap groups and this is one of their many dope videos. Brooklyn Queens would have to be in my top hip hop Summer jams list...such a feel good track. Peep Search's sheepskin coat, mock turtleneck and Timz. Mark my words, Select will be rocking that look this winter.
The Cactus Album
1989 Columbia/Def Jam
3rd Bass :: Brooklyn Queens
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Today Gail, Ashley and I rolled to the park jam @ Kiest park. It was super hot out and the crowd was ready to Crank Dat Soulja Boy! Once Soulja Boy FINALLY came out, everyone got super hype...YOOUULL! All in all, the day turned out nice and ended with an ice cream truck Finale.
discoverey :: Jarritos Bomb Pop
I got a little footage I might have to post up at a later date.