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RECAP: Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides 15 Year Anniversary Show

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Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, celebrated the 15 year anniversary of his first solo album, Black on Both Sides, last week and it was heavenly.  For the full recap, hit the jump. Read more

OVERTIME at The Lobby Bar in The Line Hotel

OVERTIME at The Line Hotel

The 5th Element squad will definitely have The Line Hotel’s Lobby Bar goin’ UP…wait for it…ON A TUESDAY.  That’s right, we’ll be taking over Tuesday night, October 21st, for a night of chill vibes, good eats and even better company.  It’s OVERTIME y’all.  Come through and enjoy yourselves whether you’re grabbing some crucial eats at POT or caFe or partaking in some cold libations and wavy tunes at The Lobby Bar.  Don’t be afraid to say hello also, as we’d all love to meet everyone coming through.

#WILL: HLZBLZ Newcomer, @dwntwn_deadprez

DeadPrez1First 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 HLZBLZ’s newest bae, @dwntwn_deadprez. 

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Ladies First

Ladies First

Click through for all the deets to a special sample sale specifically curated for just the ladies, which of course is hosted by our favorite fashion forward females of the industry.

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Acrylick Fall/Autumn ’14 Collection

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“The Message Is The Concept” holds true to any collection Acrylick Clothing puts out. For this upcoming season they give a shine to the hustlers out there working 24/7 to achieve their dreams – which is something we definitely could relate to as an independent digital publication. We work odd hours of the week, travel long distances and deal with the not so glamorous side of the media. We do all this because of our passion and drive to deliver the best content for our readers.

Long sleeves, hoodies, and side slits are just some of the key features in this collection, along with their hip-hop inspired prints and superb photography, which rounds out a dope collection to get you ready for the colder months. Hit the jump to see the full collection. Cop the pieces starting 10/20/14 in stores and online at Acrylick.net.

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#WILL: Soulection’s @andrepower

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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 Soulection’s own, @andrepower.

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Coffee Required to Listen to Eric Biddines’ “Planet Coffeebean 2″

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What an odd thematic to place upon an album: coffee. That’s not to say that the concept won’t work, but in the mainstream, the drink and hip-hop mixture usually involves something with a more potent, ethanol base (though bearing a similar dark brown hue,) but while the drink has been around for centuries, the artisanal trend around it has expanded — I’m talking about French presses, imported beans harvested from a rare rodent’s poop, espresso art and all this other weird shit that would only happen in the realm of hipsterdom (or Portland.) Given that, the idea of coffee and hip-hop is really no surprise; it’s a little out-of-pocket, but not that much. Hip-hop has been exponentially growing, transcending genres and expectations that once kept hip-hop in a confined space, though within it’s very nature, hip-hop was meant to break barriers and try new things. And coffee and hip-hop is just one of those things. Eric Biddines, presents that very concept in his latest project, “Planet Coffeebean 2,” out this week, and where I went into listening to this with a positive mind, I found more often than not feeling the need for a own cup of Joe to make it from start to finish.

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Peep This: Rapsody – Drama

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Rapsody has dropped the ill visuals for her new joint, “Drama”.  Coming straight off the recent release of her sophomore EP, Beauty and the Beast, the Khrysis-produced track is given the proper music video treatment.  Take note that this is only a sampling of what other tremendous work Rapsody has offered us within Beauty and the Beast.  Hit the jump to peep the music video for “Drama”.

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Jam On It: Diplo and Friends Two-Hour Hip-Hop Mix

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You read that headline correctly, Diplo and Friends dropped a two-hour hip-hop mix to close out the their entire September celebration of hip-hop (however, according to Zulu Nation, hip-hop month is November…we’ll follow the elders’ lead on this one.) Surprised or not at having Diplo conjure up a two-hour mix of hip-hop’s classics from the last two decades, he makes a very good point at the beginning of the mix, stating that as a DJ, his beginnings come from hip-hop. No matter how many electronic, bass, etc.-based DJs reign supreme on Soundcloud today, the real ones never forgot who made the cut first. Hit the jump to catch Diplo’s mix and full playlist, featuring jams from EPMD, Group Home, 2Pac, Redman and Method Man, Beastie Boys, Pete Rock, Digable Planets and much more.

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#WILL: UPXUNDR’s @jonislike

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First it was Facebook, then it was Twitter, and 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. We introduce our newest feature, #WILL:  What It Look Like, starting with UPXUNDR’s own, @jonislike. 

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