Street Knowledge invaded the red carpet of BET’s 2008 Rip the Runway festivities hosted by Nelly & Lauren London. Executive producer Diddy brought out the stars to celebrate Hip Hop’s most vibrant in fashion & music. Adding his touch with non-traditional lines like Zac Posen, along with performances from Snoop Dogg, N.E.R.D, T-Pain, Trey Songz and Weebie .
ON the night of February 20th (the cusp of Aquarius & Pisces) the skies above America played host to two substantial occurences. At approximately 10:26 p.m. while the moon was eclipsed the military shot a missile into space to destroy a rogue spy satellite.
Whats the sense of spying on people if you are notifying them that you are spying on them? Well that’s exactly what the government told its citizens last week when Congress tussled over whether to ratify the Illegal Spy System enacted by the Bush administration.
As reported here before, Will.I.AM is riding a wave of success with “Yes We Can”, now a bonafide anthem, and plans on opening up a lane for artists wanting to skip the major label route. Re-inventing himself once again as an online video producer expect more things to come from his new online company DIPDIVE.
With todays new music models steadily evolving it is good to see mainstream hip hop finally accepting the change and using it to take control of their prospective careers. This trend will increase and you will have more labels filling for bankruptsy because of their unwillingness to move forward and to make technology an ally.
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Attention to all my skater heads and SOHOers, Nintendo DS is releasing a limited edition player designed exclusively by the good people who brought you overpriced Air Force 1’s, Bathing Ape. The Japanese powerhouse helmed by Nigo have simply thrown their trademark Milo logo on the DS case, alongside Mario’s face thus changing what would normally be an inexpensive device into a pricey collectors item. Gotta love it. This is exclusively dropping in Japan on April 1 so all you eBay gangstas get on your J-O!
A prototype is in development that would introduce the world to the first digital tattoo. You heard it right, and this implantable technology would go as far to connect to an artery and a vein for its power source (remember you are an oversize battery) allowing the person sporting it to participate in video chats via their arm or display caller ID info. Wow, the future is definitely upon us! It will also act as a heath monitoring system, notifying you whenever something is going left. I could hear the conspiracy theorists now! For more on this profound technological development CLICK HERE
Source: The Chronic Corner
One of the top associations of doctors have stated that they are fully supporting the use of medical marijuana. Believing that it is very beneficial to those effected with AIDS wasting syndrome, glaucoma, and easing side effects from cancer.
Though the use of medical marijuana is not a new issue, being co-signed by the American College Of Physicians some feel is a major step in the way of de-criminalizing medical marijuana. And for my recreational smokers this is not a sign for you to start lighting up in the local park unless you are prepared(Akon voice) to get locked up.
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Props to Smarten Up Nas for bringing this to our attention
Source : Viral Video Chart
One of the most cherished movie franchises is back 20 years after its last installment. Indiana Jones is the pinacle of action-drama movies that have appealed to all audiences across the world. Harris Ford,Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas have come back to give you another dose of their movie magic and to possibly pass off the franchise to hotter than ever Shia Lebouf who is coming off tremendous success with the Transformers this past summer. Below is teaser one for this guranteed blockbuster.
Snatched from SMARTENUPNAS
New heat from who we think should be mixtape artist of the year Regular Joe aka Joe Budden. Snatched this from HipHopUpDate. Enjoy and be sure to cop whatever this kid drops. I’m out gotta go to the BET’s Rip The Runway affair see yall later on tonight.[ Download] here
Billboard has not given Michael Jackson’s Thriller a number # 2 position on its albums chart this week after selling 160,000 copies. Though his album contained brand new reworkings of some of his biggest hits, they mysteriously classified the album a catalog release. This seems a little fishy because Billboard supposely changed the rules when The Eagles a sold a whopping 700,000 copies the same week Brit Brit dropped her album besting her by at least 500,00o copies. At that time Billboard did not count any albums sold strictly at one chain(Walmart in this case),plus the Eagle album was previously released material. They eventually reworked the numbers and recognized the Eagle release. Seeing that both of these artists have two of the best selling albums of all time, why not get the equal treatment ?
More of the story at…Variety‘s The Set List
Dog “Duane” Chapman seems to have gotten his job back on A&E as the pepper spraying bounty hunter that made him famous until that faithful day he chewed out his son for dating a “n*gger”. After a whirlwind of bad publicity and putting his foot in his mouth repeatedly, he has gotten back in good graces with the suits and will be back on the air. Okay it is too easy to trash Dog, so I will just ask “Hey Dog do you still want to be buried next to somebody black now that you got your job back? Nuff said.
Akon is definetly about a “Dolla”. Of course we know the multi-platinum artist and producer is serious about his money, but he now has his eyes set on a new young artist named Dolla signed to his Konvict Music imprint. Meeting the 20 yr. old ATL native back in 2000 while he was part of the group the Rascals, Akon is now ready to introduce the part-time model to the masses.
With a single featuring none other than T-Pain, can Akon strike lightning twice?
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In a truly wtf story, a Tamba Bay rapper has been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon(boxcutter) on an airplane in a hollowed out book. Reports allege he claims to have used the book as a stash for money and weed that he hid from his roomates, and that he boarded the plane forgetting to remove the book from his luggage. In addition his rhyme book(lyrics), were found to have strong references to drugs, guns, and violence. Already serving a 30 day sentence with serious state charges to follow, this has to be a case of when keeping it real goes wrong..
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KRS-1 has reignited a new Stop The Violence Movement that he pioneered about twenty years ago with the genre’s most prominent hip hop artists. This time is no different whereas he has called on fan favorites The Game, Nelly, Chingy, Cassidy, Fat Joe and a bunch of other artists to deliver a new song called “Self Construction”. During the recent Grammy festivities , artists came through the LA Recording School to lay down verses for the soon to be released song which I am sure will have a music video shortly after it is released.
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Being at the top of the music world has given many artists opportunities in Hollywood that they would’nt normally have, and Will.I.AM is no different. First riding the wave of success of The Black Eye Peas, Fergie, and his own anthemic song“Yes We Can” for Barack Obama, he now is poised to join the X-Men franchise and star in the forthcoming Wolverine movie as John Wraith AKA Kestrel. Let’s just hope he does the role justice and I know they are probably rioting in the comment area over at Aint it Cool News. For more check out IESB.net
Lemme give credit where credit is due before we get accused of Swagga Jackin’ I got this from the homies over at blogometer.nationaljournal
. Thought it was hilarious and I had to share it.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Why Obama Is Jay-Z and Hillary Is Cam’ron
Adam Leon explains:“Hillary Clinton’s plagiarism ploy brings to mind the classic beef between rappers Cam’ron and Jay-Z. In 2006, Cam’ron released several dis tracks aimed at his former labelmate, the generally unimpeachable Jay-Z. […]One of the songs Cam dropped was ‘Swagger Jacker,’ a seven-and-a-half-minute epic sonic collage sampling instances where Jay-Z ‘plagiarized’ from other rappers. The parallels to Hillary’s YouTube dis video are undeniable. Both Hillary and Cam’ron, unable to gain the respect or popularity of their rival, resort to calling their opponent a plagiarist. The arguments are thin at best, although at least Cam included multiple examples. As Noam Scheiber (No’am?) pointed out, almost all politicians bite each others’ rhymes, and Senator Clinton is in no way a stranger to the practice. […]Jay-Z came out the victor in the beef, in part because he reacted with no more than a shrug, refusing to release a response song directly aimed at his foe. Jay was able to position himself as above such childish and desperate mud-slinging, a strategy Senator Obama seems to have successfully, um, borrowed.”
Maybe this is a good sign of things to come, as the economy dives companies continue to slash their prices, making certain gadgets super affordable. As the market shifts these behemoths have to adapt, which means we’ll be seeing Christmas in Spring when it comes to some once pricey gadgets. Not much on the pricey side, but nonetheless Apple slashed the price of the iPod shuffle from $79 to $49. Thats a gig of memory…Act like you know.
Whew! There is a God in that big ol’ sky after all. T-Mobile announced that starting on the 21st of February (RIP Malcolm X) it willl be offering a $99 unlimited calling and texting plan. Yes, you read it right all the calls and texts you can send in a 30-day period. Nothing like a recession proof phone plan. It is worth noting that AT&T, Verizon, Helio and Sprint have presented similar plans, minus the unlimited texting.
This is Sony’s latest video Walkman that its rolling out to compete with Apple’s iPod Touch. So what’s the catch you ask? Well, apparently this gizmo is BlueTooth compatible.
Shout out to the homie Smarten Up Nas who originally posted these slick kicks, a hybrid between Air Force One’s and the Titanium Jordans.
Damn to think we almost missed this one. While we were immersed in US politics the small Central American island of Belize was making a significant contribution to Hip Hop History. You see amidst political scandal the incumbent leader lost his seat to Dean Barrow, the father of incarcerated rapper Jamal Barrow aka Shyne-Po, making him the first “black” prime minister of the country. Shyne is currently finishing up a 10 year bid for weapons and assault charges stemming from the infamous Club New York shooting that many feel turned Shyne into a patsy for Puff Daddy, yeah I said Puff Daddy!
Mr. Andre Benjamin, one half of the dynamic ATL duo know to the world as Outkast, is gearing up to make a mark in the fashion industry via the debut of his own line Benjamin Bixby. Best described as an ode to old school European fashion influences, you should be expecting the ATLien to push the envelope to the parameters with eccentric designs and colorful fabrics. Already accomplished as a trendetting rapper, and respectable actor Dre, well known for his original fashion sense had this to say about his intentions:
“There has to be something inventive about it,” he says. “But not so inventive that it’s a turnoff. So that some of the greats, like Beau Brummell or the Duke of Windsor, would nod and say, ‘Well done.’ Those guys killed it.” Now, that’s hip-hop
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Th estate of Russell Jones is now open for business. A new site boasting new official merch with the likeness of ODB has surfaced, with t-shirts and sweatshirts in colorful pastel designs. This seems to be a company with no direct connect to any Wu-Tang ventures, which seem to be in turmoil after the soft-launch and much delayed video from the 8 Diagrams debacle that was released late last year. Buy your ODB merch here..
Now the homey Sheek gets love on this site, he has always given us interviews when we needed it. Now my beef is that he really needs to hit us with some of that raw dope he is known for. With an album named Silverback Gorilla ,I am expecting some hard shit the females wont like. I know he got some of that on the album but wish he would have dropped it first. Anyway hope he does his numbers and then gets back with Jada, Styles, and drop the Lox album we been waiting for 10 years.
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Tobacco could kill 1 billion people in the 21st century unless governments act now to dramatically reduce smoking, the World Health Organisation said today. The UN agency said no country in the world was doing all it could to curb tobacco use, which it estimates will kill 500 million people who are alive today. It called on all nations to adopt a six-pronged strategy to dissuade people – especially women and young people – from smoking and to help them quit. Raising taxes to as high as 75% or more of the pack price would be the single most effective strategy, the WHO said. Higher taxes would also provide funds to counter tobacco industry marketing tactics.”While efforts to combat tobacco are gaining momentum, virtually every country needs to do more,” said Margaret Chan, the WHO director general. A 7 yr old Chinese boy smokes a cigarette in downtown Bejing. As many as 100 million Chinese men currently under age 30 will die from tobacco use. In India, about a quarter of deaths among middle-aged men are caused by smoking,” its report said. Continue reading
Okay we over here don’t get the brother Kanye West all the time. He gets a permanent pass for losing his mom during the height of his career but he sometimes baffles the shit outta me with his statements, dress code, and wining. I briefly interviewed him one time and he seemed to be cool but he is surrounded by dickheads like Gabe who make him into an asshole. Anyway outside of the Euro sounding music he has been making of late, he seems to pick the baddest broads for his videos(check out Workout Plan and Goldigger) and Rita G is no exception.The video does not speak to the song at all but who cares she totally makes this a must see. Kudos to Kanye and please take off the weird moon boots throw on some Polo for old times sake.!!
Update: The curvaceous Rita G spoke to the good people at VH1 and dropped these gems on them about the Flashing Lights clip
“This video will go over a lot of people’s heads — and it’s supposed to. I think it’s great that it does. Because Kanye is just on another level; he’s ahead of his time, in a sense. So all the third-graders who come home from school and want to watch videos and snap their fingers and all that, they’re probably gonna think, ‘That video is wack, but that chick got a fat a–.’ And that’s fine. But people in higher positions, they’re gonna see something different. They’re gonna get it, people who are thinkers.”Rita G
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Michael Jordan celebrates another huge year with sneaker mag Sole Collector, giving fans an inside look at the Brand Jordan legacy. Jam packed with exclusive pics and interviews with Tanker Hatfield, this issue aims to give you an in-depth look at everything you ever wanted to know about Air Jordan I through XX2.
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Riding on the back of the success of the Billion dollar grossing X-Men trilogy, Marvel Comics is gearing up to release a full length movie about Wolverine to theaters in May of 2009. Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as the furry superhero as he traces his shady origins. You can expect guest appearances from a slew of characters, namely Wolverine’s nemesis Sabretooth. According to USA Today, Jackman will be taking on producing duties as well to bring the backstory to life of a character that he has grown to love.
“I think one of the reasons the X-Men took off is that it connected in a way nobody saw,” Jackman says. “They’re mutants with powers. But they’re also outcasts for being, and everyone connects with that on some level. And who wouldn’t want the power to get back at the people who ostracized you? I became a fan of Wolverine like everyone else. That’s why I keep holding on to the character.”
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T.I. was chosen to be one of the exclusive designers for Playboy’s famed “Rock the Rabbit” series. In its fourth installment Playboy is prepping a rock-and-roll fashion shoot to be featured in its March music issue. The King of the South designed a shirt that puts a twist on the iconic Playboy bunny. Below is an excerpt from the Playboy interview, with Tip giving them some insight on his mindset going into crafting his next album:
YOUR LAST ALBUM, T.I. VS T.I.P, WAS A DOUBLE-CD CONCEPT ALBUM, YOU AGAINST YOURSELF. IT WAS SUCCESSFUL BOTH ARTISTICALLY AND COMMERCIALLY. WHAT DO YOU DO TO TOP THAT?
That’s just it, you work hard. You just keep pushing myself, get better, do better. Thing is, you challenge yourself. You just keep challenging yourself. My next album I’m thinking of calling Paper Trail…because I want to spend more time working on my lyrics. Not just get up there and flow, which I can do and have done well, but to put in the time on the writing, each lyric, raise my game.
Source: NY Times
JAY-Z is a Grammy-winning rapper, a club owner, a clothier, a fledgling hotelier, the part-owner of a basketball team and the former president of a record label. Now, he gets to add adman to his résumé.Jay-Z — real name, Shawn Carter — is joining forces with another African-American entrepreneur, Steve Stoute, to open Translation Advertising in New York, an agency that will help marketers reach multicultural consumers.The new agency will be part of Translation Consultation and Brand Imaging, which has worked for mainstream advertisers like General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, McDonald’s and Reebok.Translation Advertising expects to announce its first clients soon, said Mr. Stoute, who sold Translation Consultation last October for an estimated $10 million to $15 million to the Interpublic Group of Companies in New York.
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Absolut Vodka has signed on to sponsor the Kanye West tour dubbed “The Glow in the Dark Tour Ignited by Absolut 100.” In addition to tour sponsorship Absolut has agreed to host after-parties in each tour destination. The venue will be designed to replicate Kanye’s stage display featured at this year’s Grammys. Also featured will be N*E*R*D, Lupe and Rihanna for most shows, as reported. The tour will kick off on April 16th in Seattle and wind through 31 more stops before the finale May 3oth in Calgary. Tour dates are listed after the jump:
The Obama Train Is Gaining Momentum…Get Off the Bus, Get On the Train!!
According to Def Jam recording artist Rick Ross the port of Miami is the center for all distribution, well slighty. That is if you’re shopping for yayo, but if you’re shopping a project called M.I.Yayo then you have to come up north to acquire sound distribution and both the Boss Rick Ross and DJ Khaled have done that for their respective ventures. First, Ross partnered with Boston based Traffic Entertainment for distribution for his coke documentary M.I.Yayo, a gritty depiction of the affects, cause and antics of Miami street life during its billion dollar cocaine heydays. According to Traffic Ent. President Joseph Mansfield,
“Many distributors were reluctant to take a chance on a project from a rap artist that is not music related. I have full confidence that this project can carry itself via the content, it is powerful, and that is why Traffic Entertainment took the risk, now the industry will see that the higher risk the bigger the reward.”
“It is incredibly shocking, and many think Miami is South Beach, that’s it. The world wants to know the real deal and this is it with M.I.Yayo.”
Expect M.I.Yayo to be cooked up, wrapped up and ready to go on March 25th at all major retail. Check http://www.maybachmusicgroup.com for updates or to purchase. Trilla in stores soon. Riding the wave of success is DJ Khaled, Robin to Ross’ Batman who just secured a deal with Def Jam for distribution of his label, you ready yall…We The Best. So those who were begging the Miami native to retire his trademark ad-lib there is no conceivable way of escaping “We The Best” blaring out of speakers for the next couple of months. What tricks does Khaled have in is deck? Look out for the first artist Ace. Khaled had this to say,
“I’m proud to be a member of the Def Jam family. “Def Jam has been and still is one of the most important institutions in hip hop and music as a whole. I am extremely honored and excited to be a partner with them in We The Best Music. I look forward to creating great music and continuing the success. L.A., Shakir and Lenny S are you ready? I am! Let’s go! Caaaaassssshhhhh Flooooowww!”
George Lucas is convinced he has more Star Wars treats in his bag and he has decided to illustrate his stories and use the Time Warner machine to distribute his foray into animation. Warner Bros. will be releasing “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” in theaters August 15 and trickle down to cable TV. Time Warner networks TNT and Cartoon Network will be running the spinoff series. The time period between “Attack of the Clone” and “Revenge of the Sith” will be the focus of the cartoon and guest appearances can be expected by Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Grievous. New character developments like Ahsoka, Annakin’s padawan who bears a striking resemblance to an Egyptian, will also be introduced. Although initially geared towards a younger audience the developers are counting on die hard Star Wars fans to tune in and follow the storyline.
“An animated series always appeals more to a younger audience,” said director Dave Filoni. “But at the same time, we’ve tried to do some sophisticated things and ensure that we are going to satisfy the broad spectrum of ‘Star Wars’ fans.”
Congrats to Barack! He gives new meaning to “Rage Against the Machine”
Remember throwback jerseys? When they became the fashion trend in Hip Hop we were quick to embrace them because they entitled us to become part of a history that we’d always heard about but missed out on, and for those that were there for the highlights and the memorable moments they allowed us a Visa to reach back into our past and become inspired again. To the newly energized electorate that is springing up all over America this is what the phenomenon of Barack Obama has come to represent. For some he is the rebirth of Kennedy, for some King, and for others Reagan. He embodies so many things. Hope. Inspiration but still there are NO rational explanations for the coalition of voters he has coalescing around his movement. They are still pouring over his Super Tuesday results and what they’re dumbfounded about is Barack’s ability to carry red states that were previously referred to as Bush Country. This is what the news ain’t reporting, how he took Kootenai County, Idaho the former hotbed of the Aryan Nation by 81%. How he is pulling crowds of tens of thousands in places that never saw crowds mobilize in those numbers. And they’re not only coming to see him speak, they are coming to vote in record numbers, four times the average in places like Colorado. Staunch Republicans find themselves pulling the lever in places like Utah. Utah! Mormon country? What is becoming clear to Democrat bigwigs is that a man with unifying abilities like this is an anomaly not to be dismissed. In order for them to carry the vote this November it is mandatory that they conquer the swing states, read Middle America where only Obama is posting numbers. This is definitely not Clinton Country.
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With the current rap recession and the record label budget drought, I have a theory that corporate america that will end up being the “white knight” (ah, the irony) for many artists and ambitious projects from here on out….
Remember, in the 90’s, St. Ides was demonized for hawking that liquid-crack via Ice Cube, Geto Boys, Biggie etc? But now we appreciate that the tracks were actually good, and that the Crooked-I was funding artists who weren’t getting Covergirl and K-Swiss ads back then. Last year, Nike paid the big bucks that no one else would to get Just Blaze and Juelz Santana together again, to get Nas/Kanye/Rakim/KRS/and Premier together, and to throw a party with all of the above for their Air Force One anniversary. So this month, Smirnoff and Cornerstone Promotions (props to Chris Atlas and Rob Stone) are making art and commerce work together for our benefit. To promote the new Smirnoff Signature Mix drinks, they’ve commissioned Common and Just Blaze to remake “The Light,” Q-tip and Cool n Dre to remake Tribe’s “Midnight,” and KRS-One and DJ Premier to remake “Criminal Minded.” All of the artists will be perform their classics live at the Smirnoff/Cornerstone launch party on Feb, 26th. And then the actual remakes will be available as a free download on Smirnoff.com.
PS: the homie Rik Cordero and Three21Media will also be involved in this project with some goodies to soon come : )