I've been a fan of Reverie's for a minute and was really interested to hear her new project, The Transition.
I'm really a fan of her introspective lyricism. Having someone open up and reveal her perceived shortcomings and insecurities to the world is pretty cool. And it's honesty like this which has helped her build a strong and loyal fan base.
I hate to post something so sad so close to the Christmas celebration but sometimes things don't happen when we'd like them to (not that a young death is ever in our plans).
I found out a friend of mine lost his battle with cancer today at age 22 and I honestly don't know how to express my feelings in words...I told 2 of his siblings I loved them and reminded them that I'm here but I don't know what to say...I've been in similar situations many, many times and it never gets easier...I'll probably lay low for a bit but usually cope through music so I posted one of my favorite songs to listen to in this situation.
Sucks I have a playlist ready for these situations.
I've always been big on the watches and have quite the collection starting from the casual Sabo I got in Bangkok to an ill white leather Fossil watch my Japanese ex got me in Tokyo (we're still cool and it's a nice-ass watch. I'm wearing it. lol) to the fancier Bell&Ross (as seen in my last style guide) to my Breitling. I'm about the time piece as an accessory.
That being said I'm digging this Gold Crown watch by Puma. I surprisingly don't have any gold watches and this caught my eye.
If you're reading this then congratulations, not only can you read but you've survived the misunderstanding of the 3 calendar system that has become the "Mayan Apocalypse".
Quick history lesson before celebration. The Mayans had 3 calendars with different lengths. The short explanation is that this calendar represented 5,200 cycles of a 360 day period which ended 12-21-12. This calendar is to calculate earth cycles (which modern scientists agree is 25,920 years) and astrological movements. This is more the end of an age/era than the end of the world and identifies an alignment of the Midwinter Solstice sun with the galactic center.
But whatever. Here's a song with the word "Mayan" in it by Masspike Miles. Relax and enjoy your life (but don't waste it).
I've always been a big fan of @Copywrite, which caused me to have him host a[n unreleased] mixtape of mine a few years ago to getting his last few CDs to eventually doing tour booking for him. Videos and songs like this off the new MHz Legacy CD remind me why I'm such a fan. RJD2 is DOoope and Tage does his thing, as usual.
I can't say that I'm big on numerology (though I am aware of the significance of certain numbers. That being said this is my 666th post and it's on the Christian Sabbath so I felt this was an appropriate video to counter the negativity of the #.
This is the video for "MayDay" by Lecrae with the beautiful Ashthon Jones and the one and only Big K.R.I.T. off Lecrae's album "Gravity".
GLC is dope. I've been a fan of his since I heard him on that Drive Slow joint and met him in Cleveland a few years back and chopped it up about bringing him out to Japan at one point. (our interview is out on the youtube if you care enough to search for it).
I gotta give it up to my girl DJ Kachina for expanding my musical tastes. She spun some really ill chillwave in her mixes on our show, Urban Tribe Radio (which will be back but click for past episodes).
I'd seen this Toro y Moi video a few other places but lightweight slept on it til I saw the homie, DJ Hypen (KUBE 93, Seattle) post it on his blog. I respect his taste so I checked it out and video is CLEAN. Song is chill. Girl is fine. Everybody wins.
I've been supporting/crushing on Snow tha Product for a majority of this year since I saw an interview with her last winter and she's been steady doing her thing. Rumor has is she signed with Atlantic. Is this true? I saw it on a FB comment so I have no idea whether it's true or not and I didn't bother to look it up. lol
Regardless, congrats on your growth and here's to good nights and better mornings.
I've featured a few HEX bags/accessories in the past but I've always had my eye on theirAcademy Backpack. I love the adaptability and versatile nature of gray and this bag has all the proverbial 'bells and whistles' needed for anyone from student to business person to accessory afficianado.
I took it for a shoot in the beautiful midwest woods to show its style and versatility (pictures taken by Adam Smith). Check out a few more pictures and for a complete style breakdown of my outfit check below.
Apparently she's an actress, too (pardon my ignorance, Paigey). But she's cute and can spit and has a British accent so everything's working for me. lol Check her video below and download the project here.
My girl, DJ Kachina hipped me to this video telling me I'd love it and would probably blog it...far be it from me to call her a liar. I loved it and here we are.
This is Alexander Spit's video for "Facemelter". The song is ill and the video is on some crazy Adult Swim bump transition vibe (but definitely has it's own thing). Turn up the HD and enjoy this & Alysha Nett.
Pittsburgh's own, Matt Bakos drops his new video for the Chuck Inglish produced "One Day". Pittsburgh is the most confusing city on the earth if you're driving there and not FROM there. I get lost every time I'm there...guaranteed. lol
But they have some ill music (Word to Owey). Respect nonetheless. Bakos does his thing.
I didn't notice @DjSkee was behind this til I heard him on the intro but I respect him immensely (another midwest cat, btw). I'm currently listening but so far this tape goes so enjoy this Bay Area project by @Loverance.
Though I'm doing some work with the real Freeway Rick Ross (look him up), I can't lie and say I'm not a Rozay fan. He's dope. And the OH homie, Stalley is growing on MMG and I'm interested to see what he's able to do. This video is ill. I love the imagery and scenery and direction of it and am a sucker for the architecture of old churches.
Jus Mic has been doing his thing for a minute and is one of the most talented dudes I've heard. I hype people a lot but as far as people I generally am inspired by there are very few. I believe dude has the ability to be whatever he wants (MC, Singer, Poet...whatever).
He's coming out of hiding and has some great things in the works for 2013. Word to Cleveland.
PM Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" is my JAM. I first heard it on Rhino Record's "Millenium Hip Hop party" [don't act like you didn't have it]. This is definitely from the early 90s Daisy Age of hiphop [Word to De La].
Lloyd recently sampled this (which samples "Hush" by Deep Purple). Or maybe he sampled the original...that makes more sense but whatever. Just watch. lol
When I was in school I worked at Burlington Coat Factory. This girl named Corrina asked "What Is You?" to me while I was eating lunch. My girl Shawna told her I was Mexican [Which isn't true, I'm Honduran] and Corinna goes "Ewww. Mexicans be some stalkers".
What a bitch.
It got increasingly ignorant from there but I'll let ju enjoy the bideo. lol
I believe the parody king title was handed down from the illustrious Wierd Al Yankovic to Chingo Bling.
I've been a fan of Mikey Rocks for a minute (I think a little more than his Cool Kids counterpart, Chuck Inglish to be honest) and his last project "Lap of Luxury" was ill and this is his first single off of volume 1.5.
I'm all about 'em. Not just because I'm an MC, but because I love music and beats are perfect background music.
@JohnnySwindles is a TX-born producer residing in Philly and dropped his 2nd EP titled, Nephilim. For those unfamiliar, Nephilim are the half-human offspring of fallen angels (Genesis 6:4) and humans as described in the Old Testament (Numbers 13:32–33, the book of Enoch). That's what spiked my curiosity in his tape.
This isn't something I would necessarily rhyme over but it's pretty chill. It really picks up on tracks 3 & 4 for me. Those are my cuts on this.
LA-based Greene + Gray (G+G) announced its debut collection of totes, handbags and more and "bridges the gap between high-priced techcessories from brands like Tory Burch and kate spade and the one-note, purely functional wallets and bags from Incase and Case Mate by delivering a high-end look and feel without the couture prices."
See more below. This line is ill and I really like the patterns. As I've been saying this summer, native/earth patterns are the in thing and this definitely fits in that category. These are clean.
The illustrious X to the Z, Xzibit makes his return to the stage in the form of the Collateral Damage tour which is sponsored by Xbox and hitting spots all over Canada before expanding across other parts of the world.
I'm glad to see Young Deon the tour as well. I met him a few times in Hollywood when I was interning at the Latin Rap Conference in 2008.
X definitely has a story to tell and I'm working to get an exclusive interview for y'all so he can tell you in his own words where he was and where he's going.
I was getting ready to do an an interview with Bay legend Mistah FAB after a dope event by Thizzler on the Roof when 2 young MCs wanted to spit something for FAB. I quick turned on the camera and caught the impromptu cypher (which FAB murdered) then a homeless woman walks into frame and gets behind me asking to get down.
Pardon the quality but last spur of the moment what can ya do...plus most ppl will watch on their phones anyway so I don't care. lol
I met Plane Jane [@PlaneJane12] in Fresno a few weeks back at a music conference we did with Hunid Racks energy drink and saw here again in SF at a Thizzler on the Roof event. She's cold and has a live show, too.
Her new double-disc project "K.E.R.B." [Killing Every Rapper's Beats] will be dropping soon but get hip to this.
Ok so not only am I late on this but...well that's it. I'm just late. But this shirt is stupid fresh and it's designed to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer (a cause I always support). The Masses made an incredible design in this "Hoot for Hooters" shirt.
I've always been a fan of instrumental CDs/Beat Tapes, and not just because I'm a rapper...I love music and beat CDs are some of the illest things to live to (video games, drive, work, read, sex, whatever).
Check out what Maryland's Marc Andre did in the form of "Audio Wavy vol 1: The Beat Tape".
Respect to MD (even thought my UK Wildcats just beat y'all and we stole the Harrison Twins from you for next year, too) lol.
I finally met Mistah FAB when I was in the Bay this past weekend, too and he's one of the illest off the top freestylers I've ever heard. He gave an exclusive freestyle for me I'll post soon but he posted this to get at his favorite producer, Premier.
At first I thought his was one of my FAVORITE beats by Mos Def because @DJHonda flipped this sample CRAZY in "Travelin' Man" off his H2 album. It's flipped differently by primo but still illy foreally.
ANYWAY, Mad respect to FAB. Dude's cold as ice.
* Producers and crate junkies learn about the sample here. word to "Who Sampled".
I was blessed to be able to meet Too Short this past weekend on a trip to the Bay when he was rockin' at a club in Oakland. He did a few classics and performed a few tracks off his new double-album with fellow legend, E-40 so I wanted to post this new video which features Tyga.
I was never a big Tyga fan (tho his track "Cali Love" is nice) but I've come to really appreciate his cadence and delivery as of late. He's a good fit. As they say in the Bay, this shit slaps. Check it.
I guess this is more pertinent now that the election is over. unfortunately the shirts are [temporarily?] sold out but this "Street Beef 12" Big Bird over Romney poster is still available thru Akomplice.
The text beneeath reads:
"Its a sure sign of the times that even Big Bird has become political. And now, politicians have targeted PBS–which airs Sesame Street and represents one of our last unbiased news sources–with budget cuts.
PBS isn’t wasteful government spending–it’s a public good. The same politicians who want to gut the program would use the savings to give tax cuts to the rich, adding to the already dangerous concentration of wealth in the world’s top one percent.
But as the 99 percent, we are the Big Birds of the world. We’ll fight to keep the money on the streets, where it belongs, and to put knowledge in the hands of every citizen, not just the fortunate few."
It's about that time, y'all. The incredible DJ Kachina [also my co-host on Urban Tribe Radio] dropped her new mixtape, ℜα☂ḉн℮т Ḡℛℜℜℒ [or 'Ratchet Girl' for those who aren't fluent in WingDings] and it's available for public consumption. She's opened my ears to Trap Music so this is definitely something new I'd love for y'all to get up on.
What's going on, y'all? Sorry for the delay. I'm out in CA right now and have been on the road all weekend. I was moderating a music conference in Fresno, CA and heading out to San Francisco tomorrow for a few events before flying back home EARLY Monday.
But I copped a few classic Bay CDs (Philthy Rich, Mac Dre [R.I.P.], San Quinn) so I wanted to feature the late, great Mac Dre.
HYPE Magazine is doing something pretty cool this December in its annual '24 Issues of Giving'.
"This program features 24 unique issues for the Christmas month of 2012 with hand picked promotional covers highlighting the “next to blow” artists of this year. The promotional cover run will kick off with the first issue on December 2nd and ending on Christmas Day. This will make it one issue a day for 24 consecutive days."
I saw Reverie in a battle video awhile back when I was chillin' with my Urban Tribe Radio co-host, Dj Kachina [@KachinaBlack] and there was something about her that piqued my interest.
And not just because she's sexy (though it certainly doesn't hurt) but she's dope. You can hear the pain/life experience in her voice and lyrics and really paints a picture with this song. Much respect, Rev. I have a project I actually want to talk to her about.
I've always been a fan of Ryan Leslie, who I feel is slept on and under-appreciated for his abilities. But he's beyond dope and this is from his new album "Les is More" is available now so please go buy it and support artistry.
Ozone Mag's, Julia Beverly shot this footage at Gabrielle Union's 40th birthday party in Miami where the one and only Will Smith grabbed the mic with Doug E. Fresh and rocked the house house. Word to Big Tigga (right side of the screen).
He's the Dj I'm the Rapper is one of my favorite CDs which sadly was accidentally thrown away by someone during some house cleaning last spring....I still haven't gotten over my loss...
Early Fall is here. Along with the beautiful midwest colors my favorite season for fashion is here, too. Warm enough for shorts and T's yet cool enough for hoodies. I picked a few combinations from the good people @CraniumFitteds. Enjoy the early-Fall edition of the Essince Style Guide.
I'm starting off with this Albuquerque Isotopes hat. As you know I've been on Grey as this year's color and it doesn't hurt that the baseball team on the Simpsons is the Isotopes (I'm a cartoon nerd).
The homie, D'Scorch'd [STL producer, also Theme music and original music composer for the TV series, "Unsupervised" on FX) just submitted his Remix for Linkin Park's "LOST IN THE ECHO" for their contest to win $1,000, autographed guitars and more.
His remix is DOPE (I wouldn't post it if it were wack) and I'd love your support on this. It's easy to vote and even easier to listen.
Anyone who understands longevity in ANY industry, especially the music business knows that evolution is key. Not saying everyone needs to go from R&B to country Lionel Richie style but I love the new direction Chingo's going. Check out the CANCUN SHAWTY EP below (stream and DL) and be sure to check out the 'Zarape Collection' of his Cansun Life brand HERE.
Big up to the BK's own, True 2 Life Music. I'm diggin' their new song and video "Hot Baby" off the "Every Dream Has a Price" album.
"The song has a sample from the classic R&B, "Sittin' In The Park" by Billy Stewart."
The illustrious @ChingoBling drops the new "Zarape Collection" of his clothing line, Cancun Life.
Limited edition! Once they're gone they're gone so cop yours atchingobling.bigcartel.com. I'm REALLY looking at that hoodie.
The song in this Video is TOO fresh. Shout out to Chi-town's, DJ Quality.
I found the song. Click below to stream/download and join Chingo's email list.
When I was out in LA this summer at my family, LA Clique's fashion show I met the beautiful, Hazzle [@HazzleJOY] of Lipstick, Lace, and Lattes and she later told me about this documentary she's working on. It's still in production so check out the teaser and info below!
"White Girls in Hip-Hop" will delve deep into the current status of race in Hip-Hop and examine whether certain evolutions in the genre are the result of a generational shift or a change in the race dichotomy. Not only will it examine specific controversies that have arisen as a result of White females entering an arena primarily dominated by Black males, but it will also examine what their emergence means for the future of Hip-Hop.
"White Girls in Hip-Hop" is currently still in the production stage and is actively seeking partners and/ or investors, as well as outlets for airing/ distribution.
I've been a fan of Ilthy for a minute. I worked with designers Glen and Wan in various ways in the past (interviews/features on Glen's designs and Wan designed my company's new logo). Check out Ilthy's fall 2012 video lookbook below.
"This season's release showcases iLTHY's unique taste in streetwear today. With no limitations on art, whether it's print media, design, clothing or film, iLTHY will always push the boundaries to have people expect the unexpected. Our midwest brand is always eager to show that talent and hard work can be found anywhere. Brand new fleece, and t-shirt designs, and headwear are set to release on October 20th, 2012." - Ilthy
I first met BoomBox Saints in Vancouver a earlier this year and they killed their show. They just dropped a new video for their song "She Looks Like". Check out the video below and download the single here.
Boo ya, Episode 4 of my radio show with the one and only, DJ Kachina is here. I kick off the show playing my favorite hiphop tracks and after we chop it up DJ Kachina gets down like she always does playing the best in Urban music from hiphop to indie pop and more.
What better way to celebrate my 600th post on Essince.com than by posting episode 3 of Urban Tribe Radio with yours truly and the beautifully talented, DJ Kachina [@KachinaBlack]
The track listing and air times are on the main site. We start off with my favortie tracks in HipHop and transition into Kachina's mix of urban music (from hiphop to chillwave, psychobilly and beyond).
Thanks for rocking with me for 600 posts and 3 episodes. I'm excited for the future.
I've been a Pharoahe phan since he first broke out on the scene (at least on RapCity back in the day). This is his first single off his forthcoming, PTSD CD. The first single has his unorthodox rhymescheme/delivery over an ill beat.
"'Damage' chronicles the tragedy of inner city killings and mass murder. The song provides a chilling reminder that bullets have no name." What do you think?
Big up to Cool Nutz for dropping his 8th solo album, "Portland Ni%#a". When I was on the road this spring with Iron Solomon I first learned about dude. Though we weren't to link up I have mad respect for him. And judging by the features he has I'm not the only one.
The album features Tech N9ne, The Grouch, Messy Marv, Krizz Kaliko, Mistah Fab and more.