Following up the release of two visually captivating videos, “Moments,” and “Wallstreet,” rap group After the Smoke caught our attention and have finally satiated our appetite with the drop of their mixtape, Microwaves. Commandeered by rapper, designer and developer Rob Coin, the Florida-born, New York-bred group provides a combination of what’s probably some of the best components of the last American artform to date: genre-tinkering modernized beats beneath conscious raps that aren’t without bits of wit and personality reminiscent of the mid-2000′s rap era. The 14-song tape is chock full of these elements and doesn’t shy away from being intellectually stimulating without losing it’s musical appeal in a way that’s refreshingly so. Check the album stream HERE.
“Visual Funk” was not only the first art exhibition of Jim Mahfood, but also a trajectory of a multifaceted, 20 year career from the St. Louis native. The exhibition made its debut at the Hero Complex Gallery from November 5-23, 2013. Comfortably nestled in Hollywood, the Hero Complex Gallery hosted the exhibition which was created to the beat of funk and hip hop music, as well as an amalgamation of inspirations ranging from large franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and DC comics. Much of his influences are present in his work, clearly showcasing flashes of comic book style, which are presented on diverse media – classic pen and ink, acrylic paint, and print. Read more
DJ dynamo slash culinary enthusiast slash…designer of ill fashunz? According to her new merchandise dropping today, it’s looking like it. Designed by DJ SoSuperSam and Taylor Okata, the aesthetically minimal, yet abundantly dope tee and sweatshirt are available on her website HERE. Click through to see more looks of the fresh gear. Read more
West Coast rap compatriots, YG and Nipsey Hussle, sit down to discuss just what it means to rep the West Coast. As hip hop talents from the left coast, they’re a part of a burgeoning movement that demand attention with their collective talents, resulting in the Respect The West brand. This teaser clip is just a preview of what’s to come tonight at the Cashmere Agency and Adidas sponsored “Respect The West” party, and also of the full video dropping on 12/16/13.
Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dam-Funk are at the ‘doh… err the streets of LA, in the newest video release following the previous house party “Faden Away” video. True to D-O-double-G fashion, the two cruise around low and slow in Snoopzilla’s baby blue Lincoln Continental, not veering too far from Snoop’s glorious Doggystyle days. Not to say that Snoop still isn’t the doggfather of rap, but this time around the Lion is getting back in touch with his G-funk side as he and Dam-Funk release their “7 Days of Funk” collaborative album today on iTunes and Amazon and are celebrating with a kick-off party tonight at Exchange LA. Featuring Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf and other masters of funk like Egyptian Lover, Bootsy Collins and some special guests, the weekend warrior just might want to start a little early this week. Grab tickets here before they’re all gone.
Look Back At It is an on-going series highlighting the less than dope, but more than hilarious moments in hip hop history. In this edition, we remember a moment that sparked what arguably can be the pioneer of hip hop memes – Cam’ron taunting Bill O’Reilly on his show with the now indelible, “You maaaad!”. Click through to watch footage of the classic moment.
If you ever wondered just as much as we did how Pharrell’s tremendous 24 hour music video for his infectious track, “Happy”, was made, then wonder no more. Check the video above as we’re shown glimpses behind the scenes of the making of what is easily the music video of the year. Directed by the duo collectively known as “We Are From L.A.”, this visual project became an instant viral hit through the use of Pharrell’s musical and creative genius and the dynamic spirit and contributions of numerous Los Angeles residents.
Sonos Studio, known for their acoustically-designed space hosting creative exhibitions, intimate concerts (Hennessy x Future x Sonos), listening parties, and more, premiered their newest interactive art installation, “Play – A Visual Music Experience” with Stones Throw Records providing the tunes for the evening on December 5, 2013.
Whatever you’re getting into tonight or this weekend, trust that The Friday Five will take you there with some fly vibes and fresh tunes. Throw The Five on while you getting ready to slay the night or coolin’ out after a long week. It don’t matter if you’re turning vertically or the opposite, it’s whatever. We’ve got you covered with what you need to hear. Read more
Representing the anchor leg of this feature is UPXUNDR (pronounced ‘up and under’), a brand that does well by taking your run of the mill silhouettes in baseball jerseys and tall tees, and leveling them up to stylish, fashion forward pieces. They do this well by applying crucial levels of taste, creativity, and a subtly sophisticated nuance that gives nod to craftsmanship and quality over everything. Think of the perfect blend of high fashion finesse with a jolt of streetwear attitude and you get what Jovin, Jon, and Jun of UPXUNDR are furnishing to an understandably eager following. Click through to learn more about this Freshest Class 2013 alumni. Read more