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Jam On It: Diplo and Friends Two-Hour Hip-Hop Mix


You read that headline correctly, Diplo and Friends dropped a two-hour hip-hop mix to close out the their entire September celebration of hip-hop (however, according to Zulu Nation, hip-hop month is November…we’ll follow the elders’ lead on this one.) Surprised or not at having Diplo conjure up a two-hour mix of hip-hop’s classics from the last two decades, he makes a very good point at the beginning of the mix, stating that as a DJ, his beginnings come from hip-hop. No matter how many electronic, bass, etc.-based DJs reign supreme on Soundcloud today, the real ones never forgot who made the cut first. Hit the jump to catch Diplo’s mix and full playlist, featuring jams from EPMD, Group Home, 2Pac, Redman and Method Man, Beastie Boys, Pete Rock, Digable Planets and much more.

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#WILL: UPXUNDR’s @jonislike


First it was Facebook, then it was Twitter, and where words were the predominant means of communication across said platforms, through Instagram, visuals have slowly but surely taken precedence. Instagram allows for creative expression and storytelling through the most minute everyday lens. Here at The 5th Element Magazine, we want to highlight some the most entertaining, aethestically-appealing, inspirational and overall dopest of profiles that our fingertips have crossed paths with. We introduce our newest feature, #WILL:  What It Look Like, starting with UPXUNDR’s own, @jonislike. 

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Rastaclat Drops New “Abyssal Zone” Capsule

Bringing light into another realm, Rastaclat wants you to “go beyond the ordinary, tradition and everything you know. Adventure and opportunity await.”  The Abyssal Zone encompasses darkness, obscurity and the unknown in the deepest parts of the ocean. Rastaclat uses these fears as inspiration to introduce its newest Fall line.

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RECAP: Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014, MURS316 Stage

RECAP: Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014, MURS316 Stage

For hip-hop to rep so hard at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a function that’s long been a hub for rock music, it speaks volumes on its tremendous progress here in Los Angeles and pop culture in general.  Taking advantage of its new platform via the Murs316 stage, which was curated by proud LA rap legend Murs, hip-hop made sure to show out properly by exhibiting all forms of it, whether it be through independent acts such as R.A. The Rugged Man, P.O.S. and Dizzy Wright, to household names such as DJ Quik, Riff Raff, Killer Mike and Bun B.  Click through to check out all the coverage we got over the two-day fest that showcased a host of talent that gave testament to hip-hop’s variety and continued success. Read more

WIN A Sol Republic x Motorola Wireless Speaker


Collaborations work so well when two companies simply compliment each other. Naturally, it’s the result of the mutual understanding of the strengths each one brings to the table. For example, Sol Republic and Motorola are two of the leading companies in their respective fields. They understand that our current generation is all about effective wireless solutions and in doing so, have come up with the perfect speaker for the multitasking student, music connoisseur, tech hungry individual and everyone in between – enter The Deck. Our favorite feature of this speaker is definitely the Heist Mode, which lets you connect up to five Bluetooth enabled devices at the same time and instantly play music from any of the devices. The speaker will even light up a different color depending on which device is playing music.

We want to make sure you own one of the best wireless speakers in the market right now so here’s your chance on winning this awesome product. Hit the jump for all the details on how to enter the contest.

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City Guide: Lunch at Koreatown’s POT


The popular Koreatown restaurant POT from Los Angeles Chef Roy Choi is adding something new to its daily rotation in the form of lunch. Starting today, get your grub on from 11:30AM to 2:30PM by grabbing a seat at the Lobby inside The Line Hotel and trying out one of the new lunch items offered. Treat yourself to some Spicy Tuna Rolls, Spam Banh Mi, a Chicken Katsu Rice Bowl and Ohm Rice. Afterwards, order from the CaFe to satisfy any sweet cravings. Music and ambiance is so crucial and luckily you’ll be dining while classic hip-hop and R&B joints are playing on the speakers. When was the last time lunchtime ever got this much love? Hit the jump for some mouth watering pictures, the full menu and the address to this culinary destination.

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Nai Vasha – Wombmen

Meet Nai Vasha. Designer. Illustrator. Strong spirit. Art director. Marathon runner. Truth speaker. Doodler.  A creative space on the 10th floor in the garment district of New York City is where I had the pleasure to pick her brain about her book, WOMBMEN.

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UPXUNDR Fall/Winter ’14 Collection Lookbook

UPXUNDR Fall/Winter '14 Collection Lookbook
Even though the trend of re-invented and fashion-forward basics is in full swing, trust that though UPXUNDR does just that and more, their new Fall collection consists of a full line-up of jawns that are anything but that.  Though basic for traditionally categorical purposes, the latest offerings from this collection aesthetically transcend that by way of some unique silhouettes on tops, crazy ill details like a little fishtail activation on a coaches jacket and cargo pants with front flap pockets and drawstrings.  With all that and more, it’s no wonder that UPXUNDR’s gained momentum in 2014 will carry on to another big year filled with rare  hemlines, fire outfits and Mike Jordan-level layering.  Hit the jump to peep the whole lookbook for their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Read more

Beatcrazed & Mike Sincere Presents “Nothing Stays Gold”


It’s been a good minute since we dropped our last mix, Future Soul, but y’all can rejoice because the wait is over for our newest mixtape! Today you can add another dope mix to your collection, just in time for your weekend. For this banger we asked our DJ friends Mike Sincere and Beatcrazed to make a mix that embodied the end of a long hot summer and the start of a cooler season. At the moment, Los Angeles just can’t let go of tank top season while most of us are wishing for cooler climates to start rocking those Fall season layers.  The “Nothing Stays Gold” title takes a slight inspiration from Robert Frost’s poem of transition and change, and of course from that one scene in The Outsiders. As we finish off this extended summer go ahead and put this mix on repeat and stay tuned for a season of back to back holidays. #NothingStaysGold #OurCommonThread #RockinWithThe5th

Jam On It: Black Milk ft. Bun B – Gold Piece

Jam On It:  Black Milk ft. Bun B - Gold Piece
There’s a central link between Black Milk, Bun B and the title of the track they’ve decided to collaborate on, “Gold Piece”.  Here’s a hint — it’s the color that each project Black Milk and Bun B touches turns into.  On this new track that preludes the forthcoming release of Black Milk’s latest album, If There’s A Hell Below, the Detroit spitta and beatsmith links up with the Trillest OG for a soulful cut that gives a gritty narrative on who exactly plays the role models in the hood.  Hit the jump for Black Milk’s take on the track as well as a chance to listen to it.  Trust that this quality cut can only satiate fans of his for so long before the official release of If There’s A Hell Below. Read more


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