Harlem Hip Hop phenom A$AP Rocky made an appearance at Terry Richardson’s photo studio recently. Of course Mr. Richardson couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to photograph “Pretty Flacko” on his own signature style. The two even traded shades and steez for the iconic and last parting shot.
Mention the South Bronx (New York City) to anyone and we’re pretty certain that they’ll conjure up two imagesHip Hop or poverty. Now while both aren’t necessarily inaccurate, they’re also not representative of the huge skateboard culture that exists among the brown and black local youth. Take the annual Battle For The Bronx competition, for example. While it may not be on the mainstream media, the yearly event, hosted by Indigenous Skateboards, brings out hundreds of skateboarders to compete in a day full of riding and comradery. Here is a visual recap of the 2013 gathering:
It’s been a long time since any mashups have really caught the attention of our office let alone the music scene general. But scratch that and feast your ears on one of the most original remix concepts we’ve peeped in a minute. Presenting Mic Check 1234producer and mashup maven Max Tannone’s avante body of Punk meets Hip Hop. What really pulls us in for the kill on this one is the complete thoughtfulness of the packageauthentic (mainstream by this point in history) Punk anthems mixed with equally as renowned Hip Hop anthems. The result is the following:
Brooklynbred graphic designer, Jay Shells, has decided to take his passion for HipHop to the streetsliterally. His Rap Quotes project takes infamous rap lyrics and places them in geographically accurate locations throughout the greater New York City and outer counties area. Thanks to ANIMAL there’s a short about the artist’s insights and excursion. Peep it!
Because everyone else was pissed off at MTV’s failed attempt at an accurate MC list the good folks over at EgoTrip thought it’d be a great idea to make their own. And so without further adieu they present their 10 “Hottest” Rappers in the Game list. And they mean “hot” as in not cold, perspiring, caliente! Really LOL material right here.
Part 70’s exploitation film inspired, part Punk, Rock, HipHop inspired is new supergroup The White Mandingos. Comprised of WestCoast MC, Murs, as the vocalist, Bad Brains bassist, Darryl Jenifer and Egotrip cofounder, Sacha Jenkins on guitar, the band leaves very little more to be wanted from postRap aficionados that still need a healthy dose of beats, rhythms and militant rhymes. Their first single The Ghetto Is Tryin’ To Kill Me screams freedom from the ghetto lasso via Hardcore and Reggae instrumentation. Rock on!
It’s been 10 years since the infamous release of Queensbred, New York City rapper, 50 Cent’s debut commercial album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. No question that the former drugdealer turned international business mogul has come a long way. But just in case fans and onlookers have a hard time processing the numbers, here’s an awesome infographic that breaks down Mr. Jackson’s record sales and accolades. Extraordinary, to say the least!k
New York Citybased production school, Dubspot, presents “Classic Recipes” with HipHop producer legend, Marley Marl. In this episode the master breaks down the make up of the Eric B. For President instrumental. He even drops some scholarly gems about “ghost notes” and how they help create the illusion of tighter tracks! Watch and learn kiddies.
In the wake of last month’s Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the American eastern seaboard and bits of its mainland, HipHop legend KRSOne drops some survival knowledge for the listeners. In his latest tune, Disaster Kit, “The Teacher” breaks down the necessities for surviving untimely events. Pay attention!
We really like this guy right here. Hailing from Queens, New York City, is the heavyinweight but lighthearted MCslashchef, Action Bronson, with his brand new mixtape, Rare Chandeliers. With the support of media powerhouses like Vice and even Uncle Snoop, this guy’s just starting to boil up on the scene. Listeners can download the mixtape here.