Tuesday, July 28, 2009
As somebody who grew up 90 miles from New York City and was a hip hop fiend for the better part of my life, I'd consider myself a small voice on the state of Hip Hop around these parts. It's not good.
Right now we have a bit of a resurgence in good, quality mainstream hip hop. Lupe, Drake, Kid Cudi, Wale, The Cool Kids, J Cole, Crooked I, ect. The problem is, where is New York in all of this? Where's the rap act or acts that bring the city together, because you have to be together before you can be "back".
As a city, we've only had one new superstar this millenium, 50 Cent. Of the current "stars" who claim New York, who really came out post 2000 besides him? Jay (no), Nas (no), Cam (no), Fab (no). Honestly, I think that's really the whole list of NY hip hop stars which is a statement in itself. So while we keep waiting for these guys to drop their next project, nobody ever looks forward to the next thing or even gives it a chance.
The other huge problem is one that's alive and well in every city, but i can't imagine it's any bigger than it is here. It's the "hate" factor. Nobody, i mean nobody in this city wants to see some 18 year old kid win. Nobody. It's sad. You got the older heads trying to hold on to the last shread of their careers and not actively moving the next generation forward. That didn't happen in the 90's.
I know this first hand. I saw it with a young rapper I used to work with. I saw the older rapper folks around him trying to hold him down, or at the very least use whatever they could of him to give their own careers a little more shine. I'm not naming names, but if you've known me for a while, i'm sure you know the people I'm referring to. This happens every day in NY Hip Hop.
There has to be great rappers left in this city. I know there are because I've seen them. Joel Ortiz is amazing, but I think he got lost in label politics. Charles Hamilton is just as talented as Kid Cudi or Wale but he can't stop putting his foot in his mouth.
I'm just tired of the street rappers. The dime a dozen wanna be Hov rappers. New York isn't as tough as it used to be. We're not buying the street shit. Me, a 30 year old white dude has lived in "Bucktown" for 5 1/2 years. That didn't happen 10/15 years ago. There's a milion hipsters in Bed Sty who go to their corner bars without fear at 2am to drink PBR. Apartments in Harlem now cost in the millions. Queens is one big suburb. We pay $2,000 or more a month in rent. That's not tough guy shit. You can't be hard when there's a white kid in skinny jeans living in the apartment next door.
So what do you do, you just rap. You rap about what you see. Fun, love, loss, life, sports, whatever. But just do it and do it well...and pray that the haters don't eat you up. Then maybe we'll have another superstar.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This is a very good friend of mine...She has done pics for me on numerous occasions..if your're looking to get pics..for Album cover,or just pics of the family hit her up...you can reach her @ www.myspace.com/419Studiobphotography or you can email her @ StudioBphotography.Beverly@gmail.com also there are some pice she did of me and a artist of mine...King Kash
We have recently showed you a couple of sneakers that have been incorporated into the Tennis Pack including the Nike Air Force 1 '07 and the Nike Air Max 90. In addition, we have now spotted two more sneakers that are a part of this Nike Sportswear Tennis Pack.
Similar to the aforementioned sneakers, this Air Force 1 and Dunk Hi both contain the splatter print pattern that is reminiscent of the infamous Air Tech Challenge. The Air Force 1 features a predominately White/Black colorway made of black patent leather (toe area) and white premium leather (side panels, heel panel). Its splatter design sits between the white leather area and the black patent leather panel. The Dunk Hi possesses a predominately White/Hot Red leather base with the splatter design covering the heel panel. Available now at Kix-Files. Click here to view detailed photos.
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We've seen a lot of classic colorways return from the Nike Training line recently. Two colorways of the Trainer SC, the OG Colorway, and a Raiders colorway both surfaced last month. Today, yet another colorway has surfaced.
The Nike Air Trainer SC colorway you see here is an upcoming November release in a white, grey and "Beet" red colorway. The Trainer SC is no doubt a classic, and in this color combination should definitely have the attention of most sneakerheads. Which of the recent colorways do you prefer?
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Monday, July 6, 2009
The homie DJ Money Mike sent over the info to download his mixtapes for free>>>>basically email him @ and get added to the mailing list for him to send you his mixtapes out...and to keep up on events that he will be doing
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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Unfortunately, this Air Jordan 1 Metallic Purple colorway is currently set to be an international release. The combination of white and Grand Purple definitely brings it back for those of us who have been around long enough to remember when the OG metallic colorways dropped. With the prices that metallic Jordan 1 retros can fetch, it's a safe bet that these will see some pretty steep resale prices, if they do in fact only release internationally.
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