Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Life is a series of introductions. To new people, to new places, to new experiences, to new opportunities. What makes a good introduction is the same as with any story: ensuring that people have a sense of its character upon their departure. Whether it's an elevator pitch or that hook you've been painstakingly crafting in your isolation booth, people choose whether or not to remember you by the whims of intrigue.
I wouldn't advise that.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
When I first arrived in Richmond I was immediately struck by how cool everyone dressed. I was born and raised in Virginia, but in a much more rural area where "street style" was non existent. This was not just because the streets didn't even have sidewalks, but also because fashion was not a concept most people in the city, young or old, bothered with. Coming to the Richmond area was a culture shock that took adjusting to on my part in numerous way, with personal style and presentation being one of the biggest. Maybe it's being the capitol of VA, maybe its being a southern state, or maybe it's being home to three separate universities, but Richmond gives off a "do what you want, hey, if it makes you happy", kind of vibe. You see that translated into both the thousands of different styles of clothing and the harmonious way different scenes interact. There is no uniform or dress code. But what makes Richmond's style, Richmond's? Brian McDaniel, the blogger and super-friendly-cool-guy behind Richmond's own street style blog "Dirty Richmond" gives his insight on the matter.
-How do you pick a person out of the crowd, what draws you most to want to take someone's picture?
-interview by Katherine Roettger
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm famous for my rants, whether it be on Twitter or in person. People also know that I'm not one for being dishonest. One thing I've been particularly bothered by recently is folk's inability to accept constructive criticism. Better yet, I think the issue is that most people would, if your opinions aren't the same as theirs, prefer you to be completely dishonest. This is particularly relevant to music.
You tell him one of the following: this could use some work; I don't like it; this isn't really my cup of tea; it's trash. You have now crossed the threshold of hatred. Welcome to Haterdom.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Catch our snapbacks and new beanie colors, as well as some of your favorite classic designs at Sprout! on June 22nd, and see the debut of our collaboration with NC-bred emcee Conrizzle at Epic Fest on the 24th !!!
Friday, June 17, 2011
1. to hinder or prevent the passage of
2. to cease activity or operation
3. to keep from carrying out a proposed action
4. to arrest the progress or motion of : cause to halt
5. to break one's journey
I DON'T, I WON'T.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
It seems to me that all rappers dress alike. I mean, seriously. Walk into any venue and you can immediately identify the rapper. This culture is about uniqueness, having one's own identity. A snapback (God forbid you come across the horrid person that calls it a "fitted snapback"), some J's, Camo shorts, and a new tee just aren't cutting it anymore.
I apologize if I have offended any of my readers.
But I'm not on a high horse (I'm not on a horse at all in fact). It's just that I find it rather mystifying that we all look alike. Together we seem to compose one collective identity: a people who seem devoid of...well...identities. I'm sounding a little like Paul Cantor right now, haha.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Grape met Skyzoo for the first time in Baltimore at boutique powerhouse PedX, and from the jump he was as supportive of our movement as we are of his. While having a Duck Down Records mixtape presented by the Jordan Brand, he still finds time to show love to the underground streetwear scene. This post was sent to us today:
Brooklyn phenom Skyzoo has joined forces with Jamla (IWWMG), DJBooth.net and Jordan Brand to bring fans his latest street release, The Great Debater. The follow-up to Live From the Tape Deck, his critically-acclaimed collaboration with producer !llmind, the project features 16 fresh cuts from the undergrounds stalwart (and freestyle series alum). Included on the project are reader-acclaimed leaks “Atypical,” “Test Drive,” “Written in the Drums” and “The Definitive Prayer.” Joining Skyzoo throughout Great Debater are Jesse Boykins III, Manhattan and King Mez. Beats come courtesy of 9th Wonder, !llmind, Best Kept Secret, Oh No and Swiff D.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
"May 22, 2011 will go down in Richmond Hip-Hop history as one of the freshest shows ever. A fundraiser to benefit Japan, after the natural disaster they experienced not long ago, was held at The Camel. The event was hosted by Sleaze and J. Dangle of Just Plain Sounds, a Richmond based net-label specializing in progressive hip-hop music and geared towards exposing Hip-Hop culture to the people in a positive way in which they themselves can join in and help continue to keep Hip-Hop culture alive.
It was actually my first time performing in front of a live audience, and the feeling is amazing. A room full of people surrounding the stage, blinded by lights, commanding both the microphone and everyone’s attention, is a feeling that not many people are brave enough to even try and experience. Iain Duffus shot some great footage of my performance, and it was greatly appreciated.
Grape Cloth donated a red beanie and a t-shirt for the benefit raffle. One of the main ideas stated in Grape's mission statement is to give back to the community and society as a whole in a positive way. Spreading love, and teaching others how to follow in those same footsteps. This makes Grape far more than just a streetwear brand. It makes Grape a good example of what human kind can reach if we all work together. All in all the fundraiser was a success. I personally am excited to see what’s in store in the future for the next Just Plain Sounds event."
Grape Cloth - http://grapecloth.blogspot.com/
RVA Mag - http://rvamag.com/
Global Giving - http://globalgiving.org/
OhSoYes Radio - http://ohsoyes.blogspot.com/
Ketchup Plz - http://ketchup-plz.com/
The Camel - http://thecamel.org/
Radio Rubber Room - http://naked-jester.com/
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
1. A period of seven days.
7 days. Sunday, all the way through Saturday, and back to Sunday again.
The storm that weathers man, "time," certainly takes its toll on us all, but why is "week" pronounced the same as "weak"? After some of the days I've had I can't help but think, someone out there so long ago had to be as tired as I get from all this sometimes! This week alone has been madness (the exhausting kind), and I've still got shows to do, plans to draw up, and so many more things to contemplate. Today I got a migraine, watched Indiana Jones, fell asleep, woke up around 3AM (even though I gotta be up at 7AM!) and got right back to the grind. So what. "From weakness comes strength," tomorrow from today, see you in 7, or however long it takes......
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
How are we to define this thing we call Hip Hop? Many say it’s the genre where you’ll find rhythmic rhymes over soulful samples and powerful percussion. Some say it’s the raw, unadulterated true soul of black folks from the inner city. For a while it was called jungle music; it was uncouth, unfiltered, and unpleasant – think Radio Raheem.
I argue with people frequently over what Hip Hop is, partially because I’m tired of people trying to label and define things. This is how blacks progressed from Niggers to Coloreds to Afro-Americans to Blacks to African-Americans, when outsiders defined us. It’s also how the Gaza strip changed possession so easily and left a whole country, Palestine, nowhere to be found on a map. I digress.
Most people want hip hop to be the old Golden Era rap: the b-boy rap, the “I talk about crack because I really sold it” rap. They want the 36 Chambers Wu, the Paid in Full Rakim, the Ready to Die Biggie, and Illmatic Nas; just like mothers never want their sons and daughters to grow up. But Hip Hop has grown up; it’s 30 and bearing children of its own. Just look at the many sub-genres of rap that permeate our music and culture.
The only reason Travis Porter, Jay-Z, Chiddy Bang, Sam Adams, J. Cole, MIA, Kid Cudi, OutKast, and Tech N9ne can all exist within the same art form is that they capture different audiences. They are the spawn born from the sperm and egg of Sugarhill Gang. Just like parents, Hip Hop tried its best to raise its children with good manners and a sense of social responsibility. And just like children, especially true considering Hip Hop’s overflow of youth, Hip Hop’s spawn will grow evermore experimental and rebellious until a maturation point arrives.
I make all of these analogies to say this: Hip Hop seems, on the surface, no different from any other musical genre that has grown old enough to have its own babies. It just has a lot more drum and bass. The core of hip hop, however, has always stayed the same – to rebel and dictate youth culture. The younger artists will continue to rebel by having their fun, the older artists will continue to have theirs by speaking their mind about the world and it's politics (whether in the hood or internationally). Hip Hop is rhythmic rebellion.
We’re stuck trying to find an old feeling. We want that Golden Era hip hop to resurrect, those hard drums over jazz samples and raw lyrics. We’re addicts hankering for another hit. Where’s our next fix? Where’s our rehabilitation?
Instead of looking for our next fix, we should sober up and embrace what else life has to offer, what joy this new generation can bring us. Just because something is new doesn’t make it detrimental. It just makes it new. Progress is about taking pieces of the old and synthesizing them into something unique and powerful. I think Hip Hop’s done a good job of that. Survey everything, love only a few things, and never subject the world to having the same desires as you.