Archive for February 2011

WIZ KHALIFA - "CABIN FEVER" MIXTAPE


Wiz let this mixtape go late last week. I would have posted it then but honestly I was just too lazy to get around to it. So if you didnt scoop it up or had no idea it even dropped, the I guess Ive made your otherwise dull Monday that much better. The majority of production on this project comes courtesy of Lex Luger.

Download: Wiz Khalifa - "Cabin Fever" Mixtape



TRAVIS BARKER - "LET THE DRUMMER GET WICKED" MIXTAPE


After quite a few leaks, Travis Barker and DJ Whoo Kid's mixtape is finally here. This project is a prelude to Barkers "Give The Drummer Some" which drops on March 15th. "Let The Drummer Get Wicked" features appearances from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Royce Da 5’9”, Waka Flocka Flame, Lloyd Banks, J. Cole, Clipse and Tech N9ne. Now all we need is a DJ free version. Sorry Whoo Kid but no one opts for the additional DJ yelling if they have a choice.

Download: Travis Barker - "Let The Drummer Get Wicked" Mixtape

THE FIVE ONE - "NEVER BEEN" (WIZ KHALIFA COVER)


Im not a huge fan of cover songs, but if they're done right then it deserves some shine. This new joint comes from VA band, The Five One, and they manage to take Wiz's hip-hop infused track and give it a laid back alternative/ indie rock feel. Pretty dope. Now Im off to grab some lunch. But dont worry, I have more goodies on the way.



Download: The Five One - "Never Been" (Wiz Khalifa Cover) / Hulkshare

DAMN, CHRIS BROWN CAN ACTUALLY BALL! (VIDEO)


All-Star weekend might be over but I just came across this video of Chris Brown putting in some And 1 moves on the court. I had no idea this dude could ball! That trick shot at the end was also a surprise to me because it didnt look like much of a surprise to him. haha. Check it out.

KANYE WEST FEAT. RIHANNA & KID CUDI - "ALL OF THE LIGHTS" (VIDEO)


Fresh new visuals from Mr. West and 1/10 of the "All Of The Lights" cast. I guess that bill for and Elton John appearance was to steep for even Yeezy to pay. All in all this is still another home run video from Kanye and Hype Williams. The flashing lights in the beginning could throw someone into an epileptic seizure but it only lasts for a sec. Side Note: that outfit Rihanna has on?? Woooooweee! I had to freeze frame that shot for min. haha

KOBE BRYANT IS "THE BLACK MAMBA" MOVIE


This video/ mini-movie is awesome! Great graphic, great comedic elements, great action. And Kanye's temper tantrum at the end is the best. haha. Check it out!

SIYA - "ELEVATOR DREAMS" MIXTAPE


Here's a nice little surprise on a somewhat dull Thursday evening. I posted a few of Siya's tracks way way back over the Summer and then I didn't hear anything else from her. Now I get a 14 track mixtape featuring production from The Olympicks, Black Metaphor, Saint John, DJ Fu, 4Front and Self Service. Straight dizzzope.

Download: Siya - "Elevator Dreams" Mixtape

J. COLE FEAT. DRAKE - "IN THE MORNING" (VIDEO)


J. Cole & Drizzy? Yeah, Ill let line up just speak for itself. "Friday Night Lights" right here and "Cole World" is on the way!

KANYE WEST - "ALL OF THE LIGHTS" (PRETTY LIGHTS REMIX)


What better way to end the evening that with a Yezzy makover. DJ/ Producer, Pretty Lights, decided to portray his rendition of Kanye's overly star studded track "All Of The Lights." Now Im off to enjoy some T.V. before the work week begins promptly at 8 A.M. Peace!



Download: Kanye West - "All Of The Lights" (Pretty Lights Remix) / Hulkshare

U-N-I - "DONKEY KONG" X "MUDDY JANE" FEAT. BJ THE CHICAGO KID


U-N-I will release their latest project, King Keep Marching, this Tuesday (February 15th). To show you whats in store, heres 2 new joints from the duo. Enjoy!



Download: U-N-I - "Donkey Kong" / Hulkshare



Download: U-N-I Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid - "Muddy Jane" / Hulkshare

DAVE RAPS - "IN THE MORNING" (VIDEO X MP3)


I gave you Dave's latest mixtape H.Y.P.E. the other day, now heres a set of visuals from a track that didnt make the cut. This joint features Dave getting it in over J. Cole's "In The Morning." I wouldnt mind waking up to shorty on the elevator first thing in the morning. haha. Download link down bottom.

Download: Dave Raps - "In The Morning" / Hulkshare

MONEY MAKING JAM BOYS - "THE PRESTIGE: JAM BOY MAGIC" MIXTAPE


Ill be honest folks, Ive been rocking this mixtape for a few days now. Ive been meaning to post it up but my schedule has been hectic as hell. Well the wait is over; Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, STS, and P.O.R.N. aka the Money Making Jam Boys are waiting to be apart of your .mp3 playing music device play list. Presented by 10 Deep w/ 17, count em, 17 track of dopeness featuring production from DJ Jazzy Jeff, ?uestlove, Khari Ferrari, Frank Knuckles, and more!

Download: Money Making Jam Boys - "The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic" Mixtape

DAVE RAPS - "H.Y.P.E." MIXTAPE


I have to head out for a few hours, but before I got heres a dope new mixtape from my dude Dave Raps. Feel free to stream the tracks before you download the entire project. With that said, Ill be back a little later this evening. Peace!

Download: Dave Raps - "H.Y.P.E." Mixtape






AC - "CHARLIE SHEEN"


Dope new music from AC. Now grab yourself a bottle of jack, a few hookers, some coke and sit back and enjoy.



Download: AC - "Charlie Sheen" / Hulkshare

PUSHA T - "MY GOD"


Yes, this track may be the tagless version but according to Pusha its still unfinished. And whats up with Consequence catching feelings about this joint? Arent these dudes on the same label? C'mon Cons, lets be a big boy and allow others to enjoy the spotlight. Damn.



Download: Pusha T - "My God" / Hulkshare

WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. CHEVY WOODS - "TAYLOR GANG" (PRODUCED BY LEX LUGER)


I just came back from my sons basketball game and ready to kick things back into gear (in case your wondering, yes they won). So lets resume shall we. Wiz' Black & Yellow Steelers taking a L to the Packers doesnt stop him from hitting us with some new tunes. This latest joint features another Taylor Gang affiliate, Chevy Woods. Production courtesy of Lex Luger (as if you couldnt tell).



Download: Wiz Khalifa feat. Chevy Woods - "Taylor Gang" (Produced by Lex Luger) / Hulkshare

SHAWN CHRYSTOPHER - "THE WOOD" (VIDEO)


New visuals from Shawn Chrys' "You, And Only You" album available here. Also check out the track "Top Drop Back" featuring Cameron Wallace below. Kinda forgot to post it up when he originally sent it to me so I figured this would be a good opportunity to squeeze it in. haha

Download: Shawn Chrystopher feat. Cameron Wallace - "Top Drop Back"

JFK (JAY FRE$H KICK$) - "THE HOMIE" MIXTAPE


JFK (Jay Fre$h Kick$) is back with a dope follow up to his '09 project "Just For Kick's." All tracks are produced by JFK and let me tell you, his production is on point! Dont just take it from me kiddies, download the project below and you can send me a thank you e-mail later.

Download: JFK (Jay Fre$h Kick$) - "The Homie" Mixtape

WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. TOO $HORT - "ON MY LEVEL" (VIDEO X MP3)


Am I a few weeks late posting this? Sure. Do I still look fresh putting it up? Hell yeah I do! haha. Wiz Khalifa x Too $hort, now all you need is some weed and strippers to be on their level.



Download: Wiz Khalifa feat. Too $hort - "On My Level" / Hulkshare

TYGA FEAT. CHRIS BROWN - "REGULAR GIRL / WONDER WOMAN" (VIDEO)


Tyga and Chris Brown and killing the game right now! But whats more impressive than that is when you take a look at whos really REALLY running the hip hop game (i.e. Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne) its all Young Money emcees. Weezy has built one hell of an empire.

STALLEY - "LINCOLN WAY NIGHTS (INTELLIGENT TRUNK MUSIC)" ALBUM


The wait is over! Stalley's new "Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)" album is finally here pack with 16 tracks of dope hip hop goodness. Co-sponsored by Mishka, XXL, Highsnobiety, Smoking Section and DD172. Also, if youre in the area, make sure you check out Stalley @ The Ottobar here in Baltimore on Feburary 22nd.

Download: Stalley - "Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) Album

HONG KONG'S I.T BUYS 90% OF A BATHING APE FOR $2.8 MILLION X POST SALE INTERVIEW WITH NIGO


So its no secret that I've been on and off for the past 2 weeks with updates here on the site. And while the content may not come in as often as I would like, I still keep my ear to the ground on whats going on in the entertainment and fashion world. With that said, this latest new shocked the hell out of me. I know rumors were circling around about the financial future of A Bathing Ape but I never really thought the company would really go up for sale. Apparently NIGO is staying on board as the creative director of the company for the next two years but after that its up to I.T, and its already extensive brand portfolio, to keep things running and maintain the cult following its built over the past 16 years. WWD had a chance to sit down with NIGO for a post sale interview and here's what was said:

“The company itself wasn’t in a very dire situation, but in the end I spent so much time looking after the management side that I wasn’t really able to do design,” he told WWD during an interview at his personal atelier, packed with what is only a portion of his extensive collection of vintage toys, art, pop culture artifacts and designer furniture. A statue of Colonel Sanders greets visitors at the entrance, and the space downstairs houses no less than a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine, a jukebox, a giant Apple Computer logo sign in neon lights and a series of paintings by New York-based artist Kaws featuring the Simpsons characters with missing eyes.

“Basically, I can’t do business. I’m not suited for it. I wish I had had a partner on the business side from the beginning,” said a surprisingly upbeat Nigo, whose real name is Tomoaki Nagao. The music and fashion impresario said he always thought he would sell the company he incorporated in 1995.

“I turned 40 [last December], there was the turning point of the brand reaching nearly 20 years since its establishment, and I think I made a forward-looking choice,” he said, acknowledging the brand’s popularity in Japan has faded in recent years. “About two or three years ago the brand and the company got too big for me to handle, plus there was the problem with the economy, and the number of things I wasn’t able to control on my own increased, so I started looking for a partner.”

Nigo said sales for the year ended Aug. 31 totaled about 5 billion yen, or $55.5 million. He said sales peaked in the 2006 to 2007 period, when Nowhere was registering an annual volume of about 7.5 billion yen, or $63 million.

In April 2009, Nigo stepped down as president and director of Nowhere in an effort to bring in more formal management, but that was a short-lived arrangement and he resumed his role at the helm of the company only a few months later.

I.T has said Nowhere posted a loss of 267.43 million yen, or $2.78 million, for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009, and a loss of 119.05 million yen, or $1.32 million, for the year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Dollar figures were converted at average exchange rates for the periods to which they refer.

But Nigo expressed a different take on the numbers. “The accounting base is different, so I don’t think we made a loss. It’s difficult [to say]. But I never missed payments or delayed paying employees’ salaries,” he said, adding he’s kept his personal fortune and the company’s coffers separate.

Nowhere had net liabilities of 1.25 billion yen, or $13.88 million, as of Aug. 31. Also, I.T is taking on about 4.31 billion yen, or $52.79 million, of Nowhere’s outstanding bank loans and shop leases.

“I definitely didn’t want to file [for bankruptcy] under the Civil Rehabilitation Law, and I didn’t want to damage the brand,” Nigo said. “I had a strong feeling that I wanted the brand to survive, so the main thing was thinking what to do about that. I spent 20 years building it up, so it would be a real shame for it to disappear.”

Im very anxious to see what direction I.T will take the BAPE brand after NIGO's 2 years are up.

(Spotted @ FreshnessMag)

SUPER BOWL XLV


Today is the big day folks! Super Bowl XLV will officially be underway in a few hours. With that being said, cast your vote in the c-section on tonights winner. Will it be Pittsburgh or Green Bay?

SHA STIMULI FEAT. MICKEY FACTZ - "TELEVISED REVOLUTION"


Dope new music from Sha Stimuli featuring the GFCNY front man. This joint is off Sha's new project Unsung Vol. 1: The Garden of Eden available now via iTunes.



Download: Sha Stimuli feat. Mickey Factz - "Televised Revolution" / Hulkshare

SUPERB SIXTH SEASON LOOKBOOK


Here's a look at the sixth season from one of my favorite brands. I honestly think this collection dropped before the holidays but I'm just noticing it. If the Superb guys are reading this one, you need to hook me up with one of those glow in the dark hoodies! Two words...Super Superb Dope. Available now via the Superb online shop.













KELLEE MAIZE - "HASTA ABAJO (ALL THE WAY DOWN)" (VIDEO)


Its amazing what you can miss when you take a week off from this blogging sh*t. Ah well everyone needs a break every now and then. Whelp, break time over. Here's a new set of visuals from Kellee Maize off her upcoming album Integration set to drop sometime this year.

LUPE FIASCO - "LASERS" ARTWORK X TRACKLIST


Yep, yep! The counterpart to the album art finally surfaces. Even though I'm excited to see the album doesn't have a lot of features, I'm a little disappointed there aren't any tracks w/ Pharrell or Kanye. Was anyone else looking forward to Lupe's album featuring more heavyweight artists?

Tracklist:

1. Letting Go (ft. Sarah Green)
2. Words I Never Said (ft. Skylar Grey)
3. Till I Get There
4. I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now (ft. MDMA)
5. Out Of My Head (ft. Trey Songz)
6. The Show Goes On
7. Beautiful Lasers/Two Ways (ft. MDMA)
8. Coming Up (ft. MDMA)
9. State Run Radio (ft. Matt Mahaffey)
10. Break The Chain (ft. Eric Turner, Sway)
11. All Black Everything
12. Never Forget You (ft. John Legend)


LIL WAYNE - "GREEN & YELLOW"


Aight, so I've been on a little hiatus for about a week and since then a ton of new tracks have dropped to talk about. Well for my return I decided to hit you all with a new joint from Lil Wayne. I cant say Im a huge Packers fan but Im a strong enough Steelers hater to support any team that has the opportunity to beat them in the Super Bowl. Green & Yellow!



Download: Lil Wayne - "Green & Yellow" / Hulkshare