Mello Music Group has long been a purveyor in preserving what little is left from hip-hop’s underground (read: indie) boom-bap scene. The group takes on the role as an independent label seriously, but perhaps what they hold to an even higher standard is the platform with which they have built for themselves and using the unique voices in their roster to uphold boom-bap’s signature identity and purpose. With the announcement of the compilation record “Persona,” (set to release on March 10) MMG pools together their roster (among them, Oddisee, Apollo Brown, L’Orange, Open Mike Eagle, Rapper Big Pooh) and pairs them with names often associated with the movement’s pioneers: Phonte, Blockhead, Ras Kass, Gift of Gab and Oh No, just to name a few. The idea isn’t to have a regular compilation of mismatched tracks but to bridge the gap between the former forerunners with the ones of the present, pairing tradition and expertise with the innovative and novel. “Requiem,” one of the first tracks from the comp, features Oddisee providing the drums and sample, while he and Phonte replay back and forth on the social ills witnessed in the previous year. Hit the jump to give the track a listen.
Up and coming LA-based brand, EPTM, has recently dropped the lookbook for their Spring’ 15 “Going Back To Cali” collection and its looking like it’ll live up to the recent buzz the brand has generated in the past few months. With the help of drummer extraordinaire Tony Royster Jr. rocking their fits, EPTM is on the verge of becoming a dynamic new-comer on the scene, riding in on the strong wave of elevated coziness that’s become the trend these days. Hit the jump for more looks at the collection.
Rap’s hard-nosed duo, Run the Jewels, teams up with Marvel to inspire two new issue covers for “Deadpool” and “Howard the Duck,” respectively. Longtime comic book fans themselves, Killer Mike and El-P claim that while the covers are certainly an honor, it doesn’t mean they didn’t geek out once the news became official. A collaboration fit for Bart Simpson, Marvel editor-in-chief and long time hip-hop fan Axel Alonso states that while he was aware of the “tag the jewels” movement among graffiti and street artists, the real inspiration to incorporate the fist-and-gun logo was due to his 11-year-old son throwing up the sign after he scored a touchdown. Alonso came to the mindset that if a logo — one that represents an album that is particularly significant at this point in history — can have such a large widespread impact, maybe Marvel could throw their hand into the mix. And voila, Issue 45 of “Deadpool” and Issue 2 of “Howard the Duck” bear the Run the Jewels emblem, drawn by comic artists Mahmud Asrar (for “Howard the Duck”) and Skottie Young (for “Deadpool.”) Hit the jump to see the full blown covers.
For all the highly discerning audiophiles out there with impeccable taste and a keen sense of attention to detail, look no further for the perfect headphones. LSTN’s Zebra wood Troubadours should end your search right now, as they’re carefully handcrafted from real wood and boast such top-tier features as plush earcups for long-term use, unpluggable, wood enclosed, gold-plated plugs, an in-line mic, and durable, nylon-wrapped cables. Listen to your favorite tracks while getting a good grip on some fine wood grain. What’s more, each pair of LSTN headphones sold helps them restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Click through for more detailed looks at these fine headphones.
Olloclip’s recently dropped a dope new visual to promote their new 4-in-1 lens system for the iPhone 6 and 6+. Employing the help of awesome talents like the dance duo of Matt & Dana, pro-skateboarder Jamie Thomas and LA-based street artist Paige Smith, Olloclip is able to showcase all of the cool features their 4-in-1 can do for the user. This is perfect for all of you burgeoning mobile photographers who just want to take your level of flexing on Instagram to a whole new level. Make sure to cop one soon as it is available now on Olloclip’s online shop.
The Tuesday Blend Project seamlessly fuses music, fashion, art and dance with a party designed to radiate good vibes and spark unity. Tapping into Las Vegas’ underrated culture and providing a hub to showcase their respected talents/projects in front of peers and a receptive crowd of party-goers is at the root of this event. The Tuesday Blend Project is one of the biggest monthly gatherings for like-minded, influential young adults in Las Vegas. Taking place last Tuesday at the Brooklyn Bowl, the event hosted a packed crowd from beginning to end. The evening’s festivities included an award show and performances by JR Aquino, Beat Junkies, Full Force Crew, Movement Lifestyle, Jeff Bernat, and DJ Ingwell. Congrats to the Tuesday Blend family on their 4-year anniversary. Wishing you more success and growth in the future. Read more
Fans of Melbourne-based street artist Meggs, will be glad to know that he’s recently cooked up some madness by way of a massive mural in Los Angeles’ Arts District. The 2,000 square foot canvas served as Meggs’ office setup for the marathon painting session that resulted in a monstrous eyegasm depicting well-known characters from the Summoners War video game series. Game developer and publisher Com2uS linked up with Meggs to commission the impressive mural to signal the launch of Summoners War here in the states. For an up close and personal look at Meggs’ masterpiece, make your way on over to the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles at 568 S Sante Fe Ave, LA 90013 (at the intersection of Willow Street and Sante Fe Avenue).
I’m pretty sure that when Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children of the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way,” all those years ago, she specifically meant for parents to impart the crucial wisdom of ‘how to stunt’. Yep, pretty positive about that. Since it’s vital for parents to inculcate such steezy values in their kids at a very young age, they can now look to a new Orange County-based brand, Haus of JR, to help in this important step in proper parenting. Featuring elevated, luxury basics such as slim fitting hoodies and scoop-hemmed elongated tees and premium distressed denim for all the discerning parents and their deserving kids the world over, Haus of JR is taking streetwear fashion into a whole new realm of untapped potential. Click through to check out more of the collection and try not to die from OD cuteness as you peruse their upcoming Spring ’15 collection. Read more