Thursday, April 30, 2009

CINEMATIC DOPE

Brilliant! Something to look forward to this fall. The celebrated children's picture book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak is a classic tale about a boy named Max who is sent to his room after making mischief, and shortly after drifts into an imaginary world full of mythical creatures known as The Wild Things. A simple yet effective analysis of anger, Sendak's tale is regarded as classic American children's literature...rightly so. After viewing this clip a sudden feeling of nostalgia rolled over me, followed by a yearning to be a kid again, free from bills, politics, and the weight of a world which is far more complex than we are led to believe as children. A definite must see. -Mr.-

NIGHT LIFE


Tomorrow night...Stones Throw 2009 Party - feat. Peanut Butter Wolf, Mayer Hawthorne, James Pants and Dam-Funk. Shout out to Jessie and The Cyberkrib fam. -Mr.-

KNOW YOUR PAST

"Message to the Messengers" by Gil Scott Heron. Listen to the words, I mean really soak this $hit in. Born in Chicago in 1949, raised in the Bronx from age thirteen...Gil was a product of his environment. He is known for his poetry, music, and written works, but most importantly his activism. He teamed up with Brian Jackson in the late sixties, and went on to create a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, laced with strong lyrical content which reflected the social and political climate of the time. Two great works - "Pieces Of A Man" and "Winter In America." This track is extremely relevant and should be heard by all those who are lucky enough to entertain the attention of the masses. It's about time you grew up. -Mr.-

ART FORMS



Kehinde Wiley: Down. For those unfamiliar with Brooklynite Kehinde Wiley, two words - NEXT LEVEL. These images are from his 'Down' series that exhibited late last year at Deitch Projects, NY. The show was comprised of seven large scale works inspired by images of fallen warriors, saints, and classical mythology. The 411 - Kehinde is known for making figurative paintings that quote historical sources and position young black men within those fields of ‘power.’ His heroic figures, slightly larger than life size, are depicted in poses of power and spiritual awakening. In a nutshell - old school imagery with modern day subjects...a winning combination! -Mr.-

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CULTURAL HERO

Shai Agassi discusses the future of the electric car. Innovations free us from limitations. War isn't the answer people, freeing ourselves from resource dependency and the blind act of financing our "so called" enemies IS. Sometimes we must sacrifice that which we know, excessive comfort, and old habits in order to bring about positive change and long term stability. ACT LIKE YOU KNOW! -Mr.-

MUSIC - VIDEO


Chase & Status feat. Kano - Against All Odds from Tim DnB on Vimeo. Straight outta London, drum and bass/breakbeat producers Chase and Status feat. Kano. The beat bangs like hipster hair dos. Electrifying and up beat...music to grind to. Get that doe people, against all odds. When losing isn't an option, the only path to walk is that of a winner....POWER TO THE POOR! -Mr.-

FASHION


"Castor 09" by Brixton. Classic design, lightweight, what more can I say? Summer ready. Get yourself a pair of suspenders, a pinstripe button down and you're good-to-go. Fedora's...from tees to bow ties, fitteds aren't always the answer. -Mr.-

FASHION


"The Carpe Diem Tee" by Crooks and Castles. The sunrise image solidifying the font says it all. Classic quote, classic tee. Every new day is a chance to right those wrongs, take those risks, and attempt to accomplish that which will set you free. The rich golden hue on black is a winning combination. Just when crooks was starting to disappoint me...who knew? -Mr.-

FASHION

"Everybody High Seitan Brown" by Alife. Straight up and down - BEAUTIFUL! I'm talking beautiful like Pam Grier in her hey day, sunsets in Havana, and lunch specials at Ho Su...feel me? Alife are usually a little too left field for my taste, but these right here - YeZZir! Sophisticated, clean, and most importantly - toned down. Top shelf like cookie jars! The inconsistent dying process of the seitan shoes also assures no two pairs are alike...let me say it again - beautiful. -Mr.-

Saturday, April 25, 2009

INKED

Once again...INK. Dope pic! HomeZ looks like he partied for three days straight, stumbled back to his whip and realized he locked his keys in the car. If I could...I'd blow this up, frame it and hang it in my living room. -Mr.-

Thursday, April 23, 2009

NIGHT LIFE

Tonight @ Octopus - PFS on-line store launch party. A must?...like my man says - "800%" -Mr.-

MUSIC - VIDEO


Nyle "Let The Beat Build" from Nyle on Vimeo.DOPE! Philly born, New York City schooled - Nyle. Who knew? Creativity in full effect/live and direct, what more can I say...ONE TAKE! Even if you aren't feeling the track, admire and respect the artistic merit of the video and the talented folks involved. PLANTAINS! Diced, sizzled and salted. Two thumbs up - Brasil style. -Mr.-

NIGHT LIFE

Wale + Mod Club = attendance mandatory. Shout out to Offshoot and my boy Safari. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Deluxe Flask" by Stussy. For those summer nights when one has several parties to hop, and no time to fuss with bottles and mixes. Stussy...always looking out. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Stone Hands Trucker" by UNDFTD. Keep it simple stupid...four words to live by. Military stencil font, black on black...below the radar, above the standard - top shelf. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Voyeurism" by Peter Franco Sneakers. Design - proper, clean and well balanced. The images - speak for themselves. Nowadays we're all voyeurists...facebook and the Internet have made sure of that. PFS are on the come up, DO NOT sleep! CFTV interview coming soon. -Mr.-

FASHION


The "Conductor Hi" by Adidas. Old school flavour with a new school twist. The tongue is PLANTAINS...BLAOW! How ya like me now. Supra...pay close attention. The perforated toe is a nice touch. Can't go wrong with the Conductor. Soles and Stripes...Adidas are NOT fu$king around - SAY WORD! -Mr.-

Monday, April 13, 2009

MUSIC - VIDEO

"Geek To The Beat" by Zion I. PLANTAINS! Deep fried, salted and drenched in hot sauce. Zion I have always hit and missed...I've never been a big fan, but their new album "The Takeover" is definitely worth the purchase. Lyrics - deeper than most, style - Oakland slump. Also look out for the banger "Don't Loose Your Head" feat. Too Short...hyphy at its finest. All you producer's out there - 808's...can't go wrong! Sub woofer's and bass heads - this ones for you. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Champion" by Italian design house Carrera. Famous for their sport eyewear and helmets, Carrera sunglasses are a high breed of design and functionality. Slick, light weight, AND stylish. Straight goods people, straight goods. -Mr.-

FASHION

"The Murdered" by UNDFTD. Anything that breaks the mold gets props from me, even more so when the design is top shelf. The Murdered fitted is straight PIYAMP! Looks like a trucker, but nope! Understated, low key, black-on-black, yet...over-the-top, and slicker than most. One of the nicest fitteds I've seen in a long time. Undefeated...murdering competition. -Mr.-

FASHION


"MHI Reverso" by Maharishi. Dope! I was wandering when someone would fu$k with this style of calligraphy(same backwards as forwards)...it has a specific name, but it escapes me right now. Fresh none the less. Clean, simple, yet bold and powerful. Hardy Blechman - keep 'em coming. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Johnson Mids" by The Hundreds. Clean, slick...reminiscent of the Chukka. With a $75(US) price tag, definitely for the people. Also comes in black, purple, and grey...you'll see 'em soon enough. The Hundreds...not just apparel. -Mr.-

Saturday, April 11, 2009

LIFE SHIT

I am but a man. Life is a struggle, full of ups and downs. I've been stumbling for quite some time now, but feel stability entering my stride. To all of those affected by the mistakes I have made - I am sorry. My horoscope today read...

"Reflections can't just be found in mirrors, you know. If you want to catch a glimpse of your true self today, you need to be honest and accept your imperfections. Trying to pretend you are perfect isn't fooling anyone, and it could limit your growth. Put away your ego and you will be able to learn a valuable lesson about your insecurities. Who you are is not predetermined. You are a work in process. You can make all the changes you want to make, you just have to start."

How true. In an attempt to assure myself life keeps moving, I once told someone they didn't make or break me. The truth is they made me, and without them I would be broken. Sometimes things need to break in order to be fixed. In a world full of mistakes, forgiveness is one of the greatest thrills man will ever experience. Good luck to you all. -Mr.-

Thursday, April 9, 2009

ART FORMS

Courtesy of Cool Hunting. Dope! Aside from the murals that have given graffiti worldwide PR...there are tags, a.k.a. Pixacao. When I was in Rio it amazed me how every building in the city was tagged, from street level easily accessible walls to the sides of apartment building's hundreds of feet in the air - EVERYWHERE! Crazy. Whether you agree or disagree with Pixacao...it is still an art form, changing the cityscape one building at a time. -Mr.-

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WTF

MTV is garbage. I don't subscribe to cable...a blessing, but every now and then I catch up on my cable fix and have come to the realization it is no coincidence that MTV is located in The Masonic Temple...it is designed to dumb down and retard cultural growth. The Hills is one of the most vain, shallow, boring series on television, the characters are an embarrassment to Californians, and why we focus on such idiotic individuals is beyond me. Is there no other focus in this world worth documenting? The hosts of MTV Canada are borderline NERD (and not in a cool way), some have clearly crossed that line and the producers are too lazy to distinguish between talent and mundane. The skits are unimaginative and the topics of discussion are adolescent...I know you are targeting a specific demographic, but PLEASE give the tweens some credit. Don't even get me started on Paul. Much Music is nothing to be proud of, but damn, they make you guys look like a bunch of b class wannabees grasping at straws. Daryn needs to quit and rethink his career...all he has is The Buzz, like Maestro has Let Your Back Bone Slide. We desperately need to find NEW talent. In a nut shell...MTV is a joke...I feel sorry for the teens of this generation. Two thumbs down - Brasil style. -Mr.-

Monday, April 6, 2009

MUSIC - VIDEO

video"Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy. One of the illest videos of all time. Conceptually, visually, stylistically...why am I only seeing this video now? Now, some of you may think - damn, homeZ is sexist and violent...trust me it'll all make sense in the end. Shout out to collabonation for the heads up. Plantains! Deep fried even. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Crossbones" by In4mation. Straight goodz. One of In4mations finest. The pic is from Strictly Fitteds "style sheet" section, I usually don't fu$k with exclusive content, but I thought this girl looked bad a$$. Say Word! -Mr.-

FASHION


A sample of 'The Hundreds' 2009 spring accessories collection. Dope. What more can I say? May not be for everyone, but for those of you brave enough to test the waters of color - don't sleep. -Mr.-

FASHION

"Neighborhoods Are Poor" by Lemar and Dauley. Damn straight! Even the middle class neighborhoods are poor now. Fu$k all these wars. They say WAR creates economic growth...for who? The elite minority, piss off! I want my taxes back. Oh yeah, Lemar and Dauley - stand up job...the tee is slick. Design, illustration, color - the whole nine. -Mr.-

FASHION

"ZX 70023's" by Adidas. Subtle and slick. Detailing - minimal, fabrics - standard, color selection - proper, real proper. Out of all the OG's in the game, Adidas are the only ones giving Nike a run for their money. A(ll) D(ay) I D(ream) A(bout) S(un) - fu$k this snow! Mother nature is starting to give me a headache. -Mr.-

Friday, April 3, 2009

MUSIC - VIDEO

"Bad Men" DJ Rockid feat. Lady Bee. The first official single off Dutch DJ/Producer Rockids debut album Fok Top. Born in South Korea, raised and groomed in Holland, DJ Rockid was Dutch DMC champ five years in a row and has been rocking clubs worldwide for a minute now. If homeZ is on the bill...it's a show worth attending. Rated NEXT! -Mr.-

Thursday, April 2, 2009

INKED

Every now and then I'll pay homage to the world of tattooing and bless you with some of the ink games finest. Welcome to the world of INK. -Mr.-

ART FORMS

BBoying/Girling - still one of the world's most slept on art forms. Watch, pay attention, analyze and respect. Where my bboys at? All you Stanky leg wannabees - like Luda said...MOVE BITCH, GET OUT THE WAY! -Mr.-

KNOW YOUR PAST

"Strictly For The Ladies" by the lyrical legend Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth. Back in the day homeZ was the definition of swagger, smooth...the whole nine. My idol yall...pay some respect. -Mr.-