Friday, April 30, 2010
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Monday, April 26, 2010
Old School Mondays
Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My E
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Jazz on Sunday Morning: Chico Hamilton
Friday, April 23, 2010
A Guide To Art Vandalism Tools
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Y'all So Stupid
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Word to the Motha 5:19 - Learn English
Tanya Morgan - Bang + Boogie (Official Video)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
GURU: Rest In Peace
Fame City Kings
Monday, April 19, 2010
Word to the Motha Preivew
Once he passed me the podcast I was open. It was so on the money. The wheels began turning and it all came to me while helping a brethren of mine move. Of course it helped that he has a large vinyl collection that I was able to leave through during a break. All of these record covers were all hand painted. Amazing shit really, like the time dedicated to those covers makes the record even more impressionable. Unlike nowadays were we are satisfied (not) with a picture of the artist and that's that (real clever). Then I took it to some Tony Allen and Fela Kuti album covers which are all just sick and have a strong message to match the content.
Here is a video teaser showing how the art was created. It also comes with a nice chunky beat provided by DJ ITruth as well. We will post the podcast for you to download on 4/21/10 (later on this week).
Old School Mondays
Sorry for the quality but you know how ****** is with his stuff. Great song.
I learned about this song working retail. Shouts to Ann Taylor Loft store cds lol.
One of the greatest to ever do it, may he rest in peace.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Jazz on Sunday Morning: The Original Swing Street
The first time I heard about the original swing street was at Bill's Place in Harlem Mecca-NYC. I was accompanying my brother Allah B to go check out one his childhood friends. Allah B and Bill grew up in Harlem, and are still close friends. I had a great time hanging out with Allah B, Bill, his family and special guests, which included Governor Patterson (Lieutenant when we met).
Here is a clip from Bill:
Check out this article about swing street:
Friday, April 16, 2010
Bollywood and Anime in America
This weekend the Museum of Natural History in NYC is having a huge event celebrating the embrace of both Bollywood films and Japanese anime by America. I am a huge fan of Anime and therefore will be in attendance. If you're looking for something to do on Saturday or Sunday during the day, this is your event. There will be a few films being shown on both Saturday and Sunday, PLUS a live performance. A Japanese hip hop artist named Shing02 is gonna perform on both days. Look at the video below for an example of how dope Shing02 is.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Hip Hop Karaoke Championship VTech Wrap Up
Opens Minds Sees, Open Heart Listens
To be honest when we're young we really don't pick up on certain things. I think it's because we have certain level of innocence or as I like to say "being pure of heart". Just to think how much stuff we witnessed and heard and never really began to pick up on it till we realized it was us that was being picked on or being closed out because of our ethnicity.
The beauty of youth - childhood is that you don't see any separation. It's just kids being kids and wanting to have fun. I like to keep that outlook now and be able to say that we are all in the same boat with these times of financial hardhsip. The thing that separates us today is the all mighty dollar and it's not the individuals but the access the dollar allows.
Sorry, I definitley got a bit carried away but back to the original topic. I definitely don't want things to be so P.C. that it turns everything into a fake world. I'd like to think that something like this lets us look back to see really how the media played such an important role on how people were portayed. These images came be the seeds for many different outcomes. It all depends on who is in care of these impressionalble minds. When I came across these, so many other cartoons came to mind but I wasn't able to find any. A lot of different images flew around in mind mind that to me were really crazy. I loved these cartoons and still do because they are a part of my childhood. I just figured I'd share a couple and see how people feel about it.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Kuntaw Arnis Demonstration
Labels: Kuntaw Martial Arts
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
What's Wrong With Williamsburg.
Over the weekend I went to Williamsburg to work on a side project. Once that work was done, I found myself ready to head to Queensbridge via the G train. However before I would leave my beloved Brooklyn I had to eat something. I had not eaten a thing and the day was halfway done, so I decide I'll stop off and grab a hero from a corner store. Kool and the Gang right? Wrong...WRONG.
I saw two deli's along Metropolitan not far from the train station. I start to think "I'll pick one and if I don't like it I'll check the other one out." I went and peeped the first one and the layout looked fine enough. I was put off by the hipsters who stood in front of me in line, but hey I'm no jerk so I'll play nice. Then I notice the names for the "special" sandwiches in this establishment. There were names like "M.J. Forever", and a few obscure movie names... lame. Once it was my turn I asked the gentleman behind the counter how much would a hero with ovengold turkey, swizz cheese, lettuce and tomatoes would cost. The man looked at me with a straight face and said $7.50. I sharply replied no thank you, and left with a taste of disgust in my mouth.
I went across the street to the neighboring deli and got the same sandwich I previously asked for with Kettle chips and a water for $7.25. Now this is what a meal of this magnitude should cost in Brooklyn. That experience nearly ruined my day. Needless to say, I pretty much hate what Williamsburg has become. No it's not new, and no I didn't just develop these feelings this past weekend but COME ON!
I concede and now acknowledge Willy B as the Manhattan annex it wishes to be. You guys can have it, anything past Graham is dead to me.
Labels: NY Life
Monday, April 12, 2010
Old School Mondays
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Sofrito: For mi Gente
Friday, April 9, 2010
Song of the Day : Ghostface Killah - Mighty Healthy
Today's entry comes from Tony Starks himself. When the Supreme Clientele album began to come together the first two singles were HEATROCKS! This is the first single and video from that album. Just an indication of the classic that would follow in full length form.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Che Grand's 3rd Annual 99 Cent Party
It's going down once again. The bol Che is putting together a jammy jam for the people. We can expect dope performances from the Lessondary crew (Tanya Morgan, Spec Boogie, ELUCID...etc). Last time I went I had a blast, and that was before Che's album EGU dropped. The Lessondary are family with MotherGreen so we support them always. Come out and have a blast, this time it's in Brooklyn!
In the meantime listen to this HARD track from my man ELUCID called Laser Days.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Why You Should Read PLUTO (Manga)
I am currently enthralled by a Japanese Manga (Comic) called Pluto. It's written and illustrated by one of my favorites Urasawa Naoki. Urasawa is also the author of one of my favorite anime/manga stories Monster. If you haven't seen that anime, do yourself a favor and go to www.veoh.com. I've uploaded the whole series for your viewing pleasure.
The Pluto story takes place during a specific story arc in the historic manga/anime Astro Boy. The setting is basically that of a murder mystery. In this world humans and robots co-exist and sometimes its not so smooth. Someone is killing off the most strongest/unique robots in the world. There is a very dark mood in this book which I can dig. The future overall seems pretty sterile, however that could be due to the main character being a robot. The art and story are both extremely well done. I say you should pick this one up, you wont be sorry.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Dr. Jay's Interviews Just C
My brother and partner in MotherGreen Just C was recently interviewed by the Dr. Jay's blog for his position during the day, running Artful Dodger. I have personally watched this young man grow into a strong leader still looking for pointers and ways to expand his expertise. Just is certainly a gentleman to look out for in 2010.
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“Artful Dodger is an incredible brand with a lot of room for growth, and Scott Langton is a visionary designer,” Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter said in a statement about the annexation. “They represent what’s next and new in fashion, and we are glad to have both the brand and Scott as a part of our family. Artful Dodger represents the first of many acquisitions that will begin to shape our joint venture with Iconix.”
Since taking off, the brand has brought a new creative genius into the mix—meet Just C.
I got a chance to sit down with him to get the 411. Check it out.
Monday, April 5, 2010
54 People Arrested On Easter / Jesus Wept
Fast forward to this morning I go online and see an article by the NY Joke(Post) about 54 people being arrested in the city due to an Easter Sunday rampage. Apparently a bunch of kids were running wild between 34th street and Time Square. Four people were shot and 1 woman was hit with a BB gun. The word on the street is that most of the cats involved were gang-bangers, which is quite interesting as yesterday I watched HBO's "Bastards of the Party" documentary. These gang members here really need to redirect their energy to doing something positive and productive.
Where is the focus people?
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Friday, April 2, 2010
Song of the Day : Dionne Farris - Hopeless
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Janelle Monae - Tight Rope (feat. Big Boi)
Since I did "waste time" as it was put to me I've decided to make another video of a black book session until I am ready to go and paint. This is inspired by Street Fight aka Coonskin which is an animated classic by Ralph Bakshi who has done, Fire & Ice, American Pop, Lord of the Rings and Felix the Cat just to name a few. He's been a huge inspiration to me since I was a little snot nosed kid drawing and chasing after big brother. You can check more by clicking here.