Look Back At It is an on-going series highlighting the less than dope, but more than hilarious moments in hip-hop history. For this installment, Tyga gets put out on front street by TMZ, unearthing some thought to be long lost footage of the rapper achieving epic levels of fuccboi status on a shelved MTV show, “Bustas”. Hosted by Kurrupt, we get to see clips of Tyga practically acting out a dissertation on how NOT to be a rapper. From spitting a menagerie of struggle bars to throwing all street cred out the window by admitting he was living on Easy Street growing up, his appearance on the show was the perfect hurricane of dookie after hitting the proverbial fan. Hit the jump to catch all known forms of emcee buffoonery in one clip. Read more
Images of the Nike Free Orbit II SP recently surfaced, and besides teaching us all a lesson in leveling up our footwear to the heights of upper echelon, they also give us a quick lecture on what osteoderms are – massive knobs and plates of bone, commonly found in the skin of crocodiles, armadillos, and some lizards. Essentially, that’s what these kicks look like they’re covered in, what with all the geometric textures laid over the whole of it. The purpose of the osteoderms were to provide protection to these creatures from dangerous elements, directly mirroring the effect of the Nike Free Orbit II SP’s providing protection from playing yourself by rocking swagless sneakers. Click through for more looks. Read more
Look Q, why you’re sitting in a studio with nothing but dudes recording music is beyond me, what with your own fly piece sitting at home waiting for you in nothing but a freshly Colgate-brushed smile. But then again he also gives a lesson on the proper way of catching a satisfying preview via facetime. What’s more, if he wasn’t sitting in that studio, then we wouldn’t have the privilege of listening to dope tracks like, “Studio”, which recently was given a visual treatment that properly captures the essence of putting serious business over some very serious pleasure.
Let’s face it. Music is relatively easy to access these days. Online streaming services facilitate our ability to uncover amazing new sounds, and that’s all good and well. But for analog heads like myself, the process of crate digging will always be one of the most intimate and tangible ways of finding a piece of new (or old) music that you love. That being said, as Record Store Day approaches this Saturday, April 19, it was only necessary for us to compile a list of some of our favorite places to dig around So Cal. Read more
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.