Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of a sure shot hip-hop classic – Nas’ Illmatic. So with this week’s Friday Five, it would only be fitting to honor this musical milestone by selecting five of my favorite tracks off the album. Whether it be “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” or “Halftime”, you really can’t go wrong with your choice of cuts from Illmatic. So hit the jump to bump this week’s Friday Five dedicated to Nas’ debut masterpiece, and also feel free to list down your favorite Illmatic joints in the comments section! Read more
In the world of streetwear, Spring collections can vary depending on the actual hometown of the brand. We have seen some lines that include hoodies and jackets, perfect for maybe the colder climates on the East Coast and slowly thawing out of the winter season. Here in the West Coast we could not wait until we saw shorts and tanks. Patterns can show up in any brand’s season, but Spring is definitely the best time for that floral or animal print. For this Spring Editorial we focus on Acropolis Apparel, a Southern California brand that has consistently produced the illest graphics throughout their tenure. They caught the attention of many of your popular streetwear blogs and are showing no signs of slowing down. So with a few selected pieces from their “Survival of the Fittest” collection, we hit the streets and had our photographer Lisa Linh shoot our model DJ BeatCrazed. Peep the photos after the jump. Read more
Happy Wednesday y’all. You’ve been working hard chasing that paper or stressing too much at school, so take a break and groove a little, you deserve it. After the massive musical weekend of Coachella we needed something new to listen to. Thankfully we have DJ friends who got us covered.
This “Future Soul” mix from DJ Erok is everything right now. It has classic R&B cuts and new jams reworked with future beats and house grooves. You might recognize some joints from Kaytranada, Jhene Aiko and Musiq Soulchild as you find yourself vibin’ out to the mix. So hit that play button already and spread the word!
Make sure to visit ErokTheDJ.com to hear more of his music and find out when and where are any of his upcoming DJ gigs.
As if Dilla’s vaults couldn’t get any deeper, a new track from deep within it has (re)surfaced entitled “Give Em What They Want”. This joint was taken from The Diary, a forthcoming J Dilla project that contains unheard tracks that he recorded in the early 2000′s. After clicking through to ear hustle this new new, make sure to keep an eye out for the Give ‘Em What They Want EP that’s dropping on May 6th. Read more
Acrylick Clothing brand continues to surprise us with each season being better than their previous one. And with each delivery comes a more impressive lookbook. On this second delivery, they brought on Inferno from Power 106 and Krystle De Barry to model their newest collection. Hit the jump to see more photos and check out their own take on how they feel about this Spring line.
Tavik just dropped their 2014 Spring/Summer Collection. To get a true feel and meaning of a collection taking a peek at the lookbook will always help. It gives you somewhat of a background and emotion to the clothing. This collection of classic menswear silhouettes give customers the opportunity to have that Southern California style on the beach and off, pairing heritage with technology. While glancing at the lookbook you get a feeling of being lost and wandering, a sense of wanderlust. The collection is a reflection of the youth with roots. That is the special combination that the unique sub-culture of Southern California has and what Tavik has found a way to offer us. This season’s offering is filled with men’s basics with an edge – Hawaiin shirts, tank tops, and board shorts taken to a modernized level and done so effortlessly. Tavik has captured the California dream and made it into a collection that anyone can throw on and feel like a part of the lifestyle. Simple, clean, and easy. The three adjectives I will give to describe this collection. Also three words which describe what every man wants in clothing.
With the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic on the horizon, Google Play decided to pay homage to the classic album by putting together a dope visual tribute that gathered some of the rap game’s current hit-makers for a discussion on Illmatic’s influence and just how much that seminal record affected them and their careers. Peep the video above to see just what Illmatic meant to the likes of Schoolboy Q, Tech N9ne, Sir Michael Rocks, and Kendrick Lamar.
Are you currently at NoChella all because you’re BrokeChella? No worries, just throw on this week’s Friday Five. It highlights some of the hip-hop artists performing out in Indio this weekend. I mean, turning this playlist up is practically like being at Coachella, minus all the Tumblr chicks running around in Indian headdresses and overalls, dumb long lines at the port-o-pottys, and copious amounts of hallucinogens. Sounds like a win right? Yeah, that’s what I keep trying to tell myself to feel better, too. Click on and fight the intense feelings of FOMO this weekend with The Friday Five. Read more
Los Angeles streetwear clique, BEINHABITED, has linked up with Chaz L. Morgan, creative director for Apparel Reserve and artist behind some well known album covers from Kanye and Future, to offer the “Lost At Last” collection this Spring season. Through their interpretation, being lost isn’t so much lacking a direction or destination, but more so a fresh perspective on being free. What’s more, the biblical parable of Judas Escariot betraying Jesus Christ played a role in influencing the direction of this capsule collection. Hit the jump for some looks at what they’ve got poppin’ off in this series, including an ill video visual. Read more
If you’ve ever wanted to tell Drake that he didn’t start from the bottom and is a chickenhead straight to his face, well keep waiting because that’s really not gonna happen due to the fact that his 300 pound bodyguard will prolly snuff you before you even get one syllable out. So instead of rockin’ Owen Wilson’s nose piece for the rest of your life, just live vicariously through this hilarious video set up by Jimmy Kimmel, wherein Drizzy himself dresses up as what looks to be a long lost member of TV On The Radio and interviews people by asking them questions about who else but Aubrey Graham himself. Check the video above and watch the comedy ensue.