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Filipino Street Art Project: Manileños


For most of us, we may never get to see the other side of the globe or how the rest of the world lives. But no matter how far-off or distant, we are still intricately connected. With our own set of experiences, trials and tribulations, everyone has a story waiting to be heard. For two years, producers Kim Dryden and Austin Smith have been working on a feature length documentary film – entitled Manileños – that tells the story of several young street artists in Manila, Philippines. In their final leg, Dryden and Smith have created a Kickstarter in hopes to gain support of completing the film.

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10 HalloWINNING Costume Ideas

With Halloweekend right around the corner, we’ve been blessed with a Friday holiday, meaning the parties start Thursday and Halloween ends around Monday/whenever the candy or alcohol runs out (whichever comes first, to be honest).  If you want to put the “hip hop” in “hip hop..loween,” here are a few costume ideas that I’ve seen around the internet, and some I’ve made up that are equally as cool. At least that’s what my mom said.

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Rocksmith F/W ’14 Delivery 2


New York City based streetwear brand, Rocksmith, continues to dominate this season with its recent release of a graphic-driven second delivery. Their previous collection of nature inspired pieces seamlessly blends into this current group by incorporating staple pieces such as the “Slope” graphic. Signature printed fleece joggers, twill tech joggers, a light tracksuit inspired jogger set and a bomber jacket are some of the winter essentials perfect for the colder months. Fans of the brand can expect to see music influences in their pieces, which the Stereo God Crewneck is a perfect example of. Three 6 Mafia, Eazy-E and Notorious B.I.G. references also makes their way into the tees. The “Fuji San” pattern continues to be my favorite and yes I will wear both the pullover and sweats together, it just makes sense. Got a favorite of your own? Show us on Instagram and you can be the lucky winner of our new contest! Details after the jump.

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Peep This: DJ Craze – New Slaves Routine

Forget a shot, DJ Craze’s latest visual offering of his New Slaves routine is firing guided patriot missiles toward any and all individuals who try to play the part of being a real DJ through the tired act of pre-recorded sets, mindless button-pressing (or worse, pretending to press them) and silly antics to incite hand claps and audience pops.  With “DJ” being an overused label these days by those who simply get their hands on CDJs and a MIDI interface, it’s no wonder that the once respected reputation of being one has been tarnished at a rate as alarming as the big money these counterfeits are pulling in.  Thankfully, the art form’s pioneering heads and OG figures are on the offensive.  Besides Craze, fellow legendary turntablists, like A-Trak, have been taking aim at said bogus DJs, using social media as their pulpit to deliver their message and bring back to the light what #RealDJing is.  So for all those needing a quick lesson on what it takes to actually anoint one’s self as a DJ, peep game at what Craze served up in this clip.

Cre(ATE)ives – Chef Roy Choi

In our second edition of Cre(ATE)ives, we linked up with acclaimed chef and restauranteur, Roy Choi, to chop it up about his recent successes that range from his new eateries inside Koreatown’s The Line Hotel, to his hit new CNN series, ‘Street Food.’  The chef gets deep and breaks down his philosophy behind these ventures – all over some of his tastiest creations, of course.

Saxxon Studios Presents: Whitehouse Projects

Whitehouse_CircleAn artist can come in many shapes and forms, and society has found a way to compartmentalize “the artist”. Trying to break free from these categories, whether the street or classically trained artist, putting all artists under one roof can essentially shatter the stigma. Continuing this concept, this Saturday, November 1, 2014, Saxxon Studios presents their first event series, the Whitehouse Projects.

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Jam On It: Cam’ron ft. Wiz Khalifa & Smoke DZA – Touch The Sky

Jam On It: Cam'ron ft. Wiz Khalifa & Smoke DZA - Touch The Sky

Killa Cam recently linked up with a duo of expert weed connoisseurs in Wiz Khalifa and Smoke DZA to bang out the appropriately titled track, “Touch The Sky”.  It’s nothing you’d expect out of the ordinary from the trio, as their lyrical exploits run the usual gamut of posturing, microphone machismo, blunt-infused exploits and everything else in-between that fulfills the official rapper requisites.  Though this may seem like just another run-of-the-mill track of the day, make no mistake that a Killa Cam joint comes through in the clutch, per the usual.  “Touch The Sky” doesn’t stray at all from this consistency and clicking through to listen to it let’s you know just why. Read more

#WILL: World Traveler, @elknows


First it was Facebook, then it was Twitter, 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. Continuing our feature, #WILL: What It Look Like, we move on to highlight globe trotter, @elknows.

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Watsky’s “All You Can Do World Tour” Comes Through North America


Internationally acclaimed slam poet-turned-rapper, George Watsky, has embarked on the North American leg of his All You Can Do World Tour. After performing on the last season of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry in 2007, the quirky rapper has released several albums ranging from jazz-inspired sounds to silly lightening-speed rhymes. Consequently, it wasn’t until 2011 when he appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show that led to his web presence going viral. Known for voicing his social and political opinions and masking over its seriousness by sprinkling in some truly nerdy lyrics, he’s proved to reach a specific group of people normally overlooked in rap music.


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RECAP: Ladies First Event


Anytime you tell a woman there’s a sale, you will immediately catch her attention. Tell her they’re taking more than half off on the suggested retail price of her favorite brands and it’s game over.  This past Saturday, our 5th Element Magazine crew had the opportunity to attend the “Ladies First Sample Sale” and without a doubt, they shut the whole thing down. Collaborating together, the ladies of Ely Agency, Shop D&J, HlzBlz, Stussy Womens and LOVE+MADE brought a first of its kind event catering to the urban-chic.

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