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Dizm Eyewear "major tom" sunglasses

Ever since I turned in my glasses for contacts I've been somewhat of an sunglasses connoisseur which brought me to Dizm Eyewear's site & these "Major Toms".

Coming in silver and gold, these come with:
100% UV protection
Base 6 spherical lens
Handmade premium acetate and forged monel alloy frame

"If you dare leave the capsule, make sure you've got on your Major Toms. Polarized CR 39 lens, with a forged monel frame and hand crafted acetate temples set the stage for this all time aviator."

I'm def. looking forward to meeting up with Dizm Eyewear when I head to Agenda in LBC next week. I'd better cop a pair of Major Tom here


Nelly O.E.M.O. (mixtape)

St. Louis' own...screw that, the Midwest's own, Nelly finally drops a mixtape and gives us a Christmas present in "O.E.M.O. (On Everything, MO)"...which I believe is his first mixtape (at least in the form we know them today).

Download Mixtape Free | Mixtape Player

(with Nelly at the private Grand Opening of Ex'treme Institute)

I love it. I met Nelly last month at the private grand opening of his new university (the Ex'treme Institute). Cool dude. Dope college. Cool ass mixtape. All you bums who say Nelly doesn't put on for STL can go play on a 70W during rush hour.

THEN check Nelly on my CLExSTL project.


Murry Chri'mus

Feliz Navidad, amigos & amigettes.


Kojoe x Raekwon "Asian Linx"

One of Japan's illest MCs, Queens, NY raised Kojoe teams up with Wu-Tang's own, Raekwon & DJ Beert for "Asian Linx" for a dope mixtape. I met up with @IAmKojoe & the crew during a photoshoot for The Source while I was in Tokyo a few months ago and they're making some serious moves stateside and overseas.

And go behind the scenes on his video shoot with Raekwon and Kurupt here


Realm Reality x J. Dilla "Come Too Far"

The one and only Realm Reality (bka actor, Rick Gonzalez) releases a new song entitled "Come Too Far" over production by the late J. Dilla [R.I.P.].

He said this on his site:
"Did this for a DJ. Loved it so much, had to drop it. The man above is pure inspiration when I hear his production. Enjoy!"

I recommend you do what he says and enjoy this song. Then click here to listen to/DL his most recent "Invisible Man" mixtape with DJ G-Spot.

Come too far by Realm Reality


Termanology "Welcome to the Jungle" MV

New video by beantown's own, Termanology over the Watch the Throne beat, 'Welcome to the Jungle'.


Cory Gunz "Drug Raps 2"

YMCMB's own, Cory Gunz [finally] releases a new song since his TV show and verse on a song with Lil Wayne (you know the one).

I met him in Cleveland in 2009 while we both happened to be walking around downtown. I was looking for a place to eat during a music conference and he was looking for a hotel. I've been a fan since and liked his show and think he can def. spit. I'm just sad to see him going to waste on YM.


The AK x Hieroglyphics Hooded Varsity Jacket

Akomplice teams up with Hieroglyphics to bring you this ill hooded varsity jacket. I've been rocking some AK gear for a minute but have been fans of Hiero for YEARS (google them if you aren't hip).

embroidery close up [obviously]

Varsity jackets are back in right now and you don't need to be a Heiro fan or an athlete to look good in this jacket. Shout out to @CraniumFitteds

Young Whales "The Business" (Crewneck)

Anyone who frequents this site know I've been kinda heavy on the crewnecks this fall/winter so I had to feature this Young Whales joint.

You still have time to get this for a loved one or yourself (if you love yourself) for Xmas from the good people at Cranium Fitteds (click here).


Off Rip "Don't Show Up"

Detroit's own, Off-Rip drops his new single, "Don't Show Up When I Blow Up".

I worked with UK blog, Knowledge is Power to produce an international series entitled "Across the Pond" and we featured his song "We In Here" on the US EP (listen/DL here).

Download here // DL Radio version here


Iron Solomon "Almost There" MV

Iron Solomon has been making a name for himself for a minute in the battle scene but he's also putting "that battle rappers can't make music sh!t to an end" [not his line but it's from a song by another battle MC, Wrekonize. Yes, battle rap is another thing I nerd out on].

Solomon drops his dope new video for "Almost There". Check it out.

Solomon's full length album, "Monster" is coming soon but in the meantime check his mixtape, "Redrum Radio" and some of his best battles here.

The Rap Battle (parody)

I'll let this speak for itself.



la|clique X Lil Debbie

la|clique X Lil Debbie collab. | dropping soon from laclique clothing co. on Vimeo.

LA lifestyle brand, LA Clique is teaming up with Lil Debbie for an ill collab coming soon. Check the trailer.

Hit up LA Clique and check out their shop. They have some really ill gear (I've been looking at their '88 Till Infinity Jacket' for too long. Xmas gift anyone?

Don't forget to enter code Essince at checkout for a discount. My holiday gift to you.

Chuuwee "Watching the Throne"

I got on twitter to catch up with Next [Amalgam Digital CEO] and went the AD website and saw this album up for DL. Chuuwee & AD teamed up with Fly Society and DJ to bring you this dope album, Watching the Throne. And before you ask, NO, it's not a remake album of 'Ye & Jay.

I saw the Brother Ali co-sign online which is really what made me listen (Brother Ali is arguably my favorite rapper alive, btw).

Get @ChuuweeTUS on twitter and let him know what you think.

Listen/DL HERE


Goldie Loc "The Rebirth"

West coast hip hop has always been my favorite. Snoop, Dre, Ice Cube, Boo Ya Tribe, Cypress Hill, DJ Quik, Battlecat. I could go on and on.

One of my favorite songs ever is The Eastsidaz & Snoop's "G'd Up".

1/2 of the Eastsidaz, Goldie Loc has stayed on his grind (appearing in feature films, documentaries, and more) and is working on some new music, like this new track, "The Rebirth".

Get @FollowGoldieLoc on twitter and let him know what you think of the new track.


Raekwon "Dope on the Table"

Beatsmith and A&R Andrew Kelley has come together with The DJBooth to bring listeners Dope on the Table, an exclusive collection of remixed cuts by Raekwon the Chef. Originally conceived as a mixtape project in conjunction with the Wu-Tang spitter’s management, but never completed, the set has been resurrected in the form of a Booth-exclusive, seven-track EP. Kelley provides all production throughout the project, which features guest appearances from Big L, M.O.P., Kool G Rap, Notorious B.I.G., Ghostface Killah, Sean Price, Pusha T, Littles, Fabolous and Big Boi.


Skream x Sam Frank "Anticipate" MV

Skream - Anticipate (feat. Sam Frank) from Aliasizm on Vimeo.

I first heard this song when a friend in Japan at iFlyer emailed me about a new radio program called kozm on and I ended up playing it like...4 times in a row once the show was over. I went looking and found the video online. This is a little different than in the radio show but still dope.


Lil Nasty "Like This" MV [UK]

I was first introduced to Grime through Dizzee Rascal in the early 2000s [and kinda had a thing for Lady Sovereign]. If you're not familiar with grime think of it as London's mix of garage, hiphop and like...dancehall. Or like a UK version of the Bay Area's hyphy music.

Check this video by @LilNastyUK and let me know what you think.

For more UK hiphop check out the Across the Pond EP from my UK partner, Knowledge is Power Promotions.


The Black-Out Concept Chronographe

Fresh from my inbox to your wrists comes the swiss-made, Black-Out Concept Chronographe.

This limited edition is only offering 3 pieces before 2012

- 43.5mm case -
- Diamond-like Carbon-Coated Steel
- Signature B.O.C. movement
- Transparent Sapphire Caseback
- Made in Geneve, Switzerland

This watch is absolutely gorgeous. I definitely need this. Watches are no longer a want for me...timepieces like this are necessary.

To Order The B.O.C.C.Call 857.204.0837 [USA]or Email


Big Hoot "Fxck Em' MV

Louisiana's own, Big Hoot drops his new video for his single, F#ck Em.

Not sure how I got on their email list but I've been getting emails from them for awhile. The name 'Big Hoot' stood out to me so I wanted to check it out. This particular track is jammin', though! Best of luck, Hooter. Do your thing.

Download the song here.




This dude speaks the TRUTH. From the 1997 release, Power Moves, Chi-town's own, E.C illa and the Legendary Traxsta spit knowledge on this track. I actually had this cassette tape. I was a huge EC fan and also of Wicked Entertainment (Los Marijuanos, Psychodrama, etc) and still am. I decided to see if dude had any videos and found this.

You know what, I'll give him some shine. Check this track "Respect the Mob" off of his more recent "White Folks" album.


DJ Tati presents "Digworthy 2"

My homegirl, DJ Tati just dropped her newest mixtape, Digworthy #2; featuring some of the best up-n-coming artists. Check it out. Let us know what you think.

Lockout Raps [NBA music videos]

With the 2011-2012 season looking like a no-go, NBA players are looking to other areas of entertaining the masses. Check these videos by Stephen Jackson & Lou Williams. Jackson's is cool but I'm kinda jammin' on Lou Will's "freestyle".

Stephen Jackson [Milwaukee Bucks] "The Season"

Louis Williams [Philadelphia 76ers] "I'mma Boss"

Brandon Bass [Orlando Magic] "Billion Dollar Dreams"


And just because, I'm throwing in my favorite NBA video, my hero, Shaq & Peter Gunz "That's The Way It's Going Down". Pretty sure DJ Quik produced this, too.


Essince "My Crown" MV

It's been a long time coming, y'all. But the time has come that I release a music video.

Without further adieu, here is "My Crown"...

Check the song below and listen/DL here.

Essince - My Crown by Essince


MGK x Maddens

The hometown hero, Machine Gun Kelly teams up with the Madden brothers [Good Charlotte] to do a track over one of my favorite techno songs.

Rappers, don't you hate it when you hear a song that'd sound dope if you rapped over it and you wait and then someone else does it and it's awesome? Normally, I do but this is hot. lol.


Fully in the Tux

The CD art kinda speaks for itself, huh? Shout out to the homie, Juan the Blogger.


iPod Nano Watches

InCase Flex wristband ($50)

In the latest version of the iPod Nano, Apple added a feature which shows a clockface so it's pretty obvious that someone would have some watchbands to attach so you can rock a pretty fly timepiece. Check a few of my favorites below and see the link below to check a few more.

Disney Kermit Wristband ($30)

iWatchz Q Series Watchband ($25)

Check a few more here on Complex.


New Crewnecks (Cranium Fitteds)

As I've been saying, it's crew neck weather. And again, Cranium Fitteds has what you need from the fitteds (it's in the name, d'uh) to clothing and accessories you need.

Check out these new designs from Benny Gold and Crooks & Castles and look cool while you stay warm.

Shout out @CraniumFitteds


Asher Roth "Common Knowledge"

The homie, Asher drops his new track off "Pabst & Jazz," "Common Knowledge".

Whatchall thank?

Yelawolf x Gangsta Boo x Eminem

This song is jammin'. From Yela's forthcoming studio project, Radioactive, comes the single "Throw it Up" featuring Gangsta Boo & Eminem. As Fader describes it, "Neck-break-speed Alabama backwood fast raps, Memphis pioneer Gangsta Boo’s inimitable taunts of Yeah, hoe!, and a cherry-topping “ugly boy swag” verse by the boss man himself."

Yelawolf f. Gangsta Boo & Eminem, "Throw It Up" by The FADER

Nike QS VT "Haystack Pack"

via Complex

Nike contines with their Vac Tech collection with the wheat-colored QS "Haystack Pack"  [Forces, Hi-top Dunks, and Air Max 90s with cord laces]. This is scheduled to be released Saturday, November 12th at all NSW locations. 

I'm kinda feeling those Forces. I hope they come in 15s so I can rock some. [sarcastic laugh].


One Room "I Want You"

I got this in my email a few weeks ago but the link was down and I just got it in my email again today with the working video link.

The artist bio was so crazy that it made me actually search online for this guy after the video didn't work. worked so well I almost thought it was a marketing ploy to send the press release before it was ready. lol But this is the bio...

One Room was born in the Lower East Side. Everyone knows him but no one ever sees him. People say he grew up listening to static on his radio and eating mix tapes. When he was 10 he taught himself to play piano. They say he speaks every language and never sleeps. They say the music was inspired by cold winters and hot summers. They say it took him 20 years to make this music. They say it doesn't sound like anything else. They say it was made in One Room.

Makes you wanna watch, right?'s your chance.

I see you, @0neroom. I see you.

Rhyme In Peace, Heavy D

TMZ reported today that hiphop icon, Heavy D passed at age 44 (click here to read the story). I grew up listening to him and he gave me hope that if I ever got big I could still get ladies.

Rhyme in Peace, Heavy D. You will be missed.

Now please enjoy some of my favorite Heavy D tracks.

Nuttin But Love [Featuring a cameo from Chris Tucker]

We Got Our Own Thang

He also did a track with my favorite MC, Big Pun {R.I.P.] and 8Ball, "On Point"

And of course, what's a tribute without the hit record, Now That We Found Love


Nipsey Hussle "TMC"

The westcoast MC does it again with "The Marathon Continues", his sequel to the wildly successul/internet smash, "The Marathon".

This dude could be this generation's snoop...and not just because they kinda look alike and they're both crips. Between Nipsey, Dom Kennedy, and Kendrick Lamar the west coast MCs are kinda sh!tting on everyone right now, though I've always been a west coast fan so pardon my possibly bias opinion.

Listen and DL TMC below.

(favorites track 5, 6, 7, which also features Dom but they're all pretty hot).

Download Mixtape Free | Mixtape Player


Short Dawg "The Adventures Of Drankenstein"

I don't know much about Short Dawg except when I heard people say his name I thought they meant Too $hort for awhile. lol. His style reminds me of like...if Bun B had a baby and he let Mac Miller babysit him, that's how he'd (Idk how else to describe'll see what I mean).

Decided to check his new mixtape and this dude is jammin'! I don't know what his priority level is at Young Money (my guess is low seeing as who runs it, who's on it, and who's bringing in $ right now) but this dude is pretty nice. He has some pretty heavy features on his album, too (lil Keke, Z-Ro, etc...dope).

I hope he gets the push I think he deserves or he gets away from YM and does something.

Download Mixtape Free | Mixtape Player


Lecrae x Statik Selektah "Live & Let Live" MV

Lecrae has been one of my favorite MCs for a few years; and I don't just mean in "His genre" (get it?) I mean in hiphop period. So of course I was excited to see he was spitting in this year's BET Cypher but especially when I saw he was featured on Statik's new project, Population Control.

Check the video and DL the song here.


This video is NUTS! I saw it on Donald Glover's site. Don't let the still up there make you think it's some hentai or anything...its innocence turns to crazy awesome pretty soon.

"Tigersushi and Excuse My French are pleased to present the new video for DyE's new single, Fantasy. Directed by animation wunderkind Jérémie Périn, the video tells the story of a group of highschool kids ready for teenage mischief. They break into the local swimming pool intending a session of innocent nightswimming, in an awkward climate of romance and apprehension. What happens next is for you to discover here."

Get the song here.

Bape 'M65 Jacket'

picture via hypebeast

Japanese company, Bape [A Bathing Ape] releases it's fall '11 M65 Jacket complete with signature camo print & "four-pocket front and storm flap design".

Supposedly it's available online here but when I went to it it took me to the bape site but just had a bunch of flash animation/designs. This happen to anyone else? Their site is kinda bonk to me. But whatever, jacket is pretty nice.


Tef Poe "Power Over Everything"

Tef Poe is probably my favorite MC in STL and has been for a few years. I first heard him on a mixtape by DJ Trackstar when browsing the local section at Vintage Vinyl (a staple in STL music scene). I've known dude for a few years and also featured him on the CLExSTL project we did a few years ago (check here).

He teams up with Trackstar again to bring you his newest release, "Power Over Everything" which I think is his best release since "The Redeemer" a few years ago. This feels more like him; less forced.

Check the single, "coming outta missouri".

Download Poe's P.O.E. here.


LA Clique "88 Till Infinity" jacket

What does someone from LA know about making a fall jacket for a cold weather inhabiting midwesterner like myself? Judging by this "From 88 Till Infinity" jacket from LA Clique, I'd say a lot and tell you you're a dick for asking.

LA Clique just released their Fall '11 line and trust me, it's pretty fresh.

"From 88 Till Infinity proclaims our determination to never stop in our pursuit of something greater, a pursuit that started twenty three years ago. Those of our creed share our journey and we created this jacket for them."  - LA Clique

Check the jacket here and remember to enter code "essince" to save 10% on your entire purchase.

Get @laclique_ on twitter and tell them what you think.


Iron Solomon "Redrum Radio"

Complete with appearances from Cassidy and DMC, NY MC/battle vet, Iron Solomon releases his new project just in time for Halloween (with that bloody-ass cover. lol).

Iron Solomon is certainly one of, if not the best battle MC I've ever seen. Though with this tape hopefully you'll see that he can do more than embarrass MCs in cyphers.

Download his mixtape here and scroll down to see some of my favorite battles of his so you can understand why I'm a believer.

Watch him Sh!t on E. Ness of Bad Boy's Makin Da Band fame.

Iron Solomon vs Madness (another one of my favorite MCs)

Iron Solomon vs Flamez


Gilbere Forte "Some Dreams Never Sleep"

This song for this video isn't on the mixtape below but whatever. If you haven't heard dude (particularly his remix for 'Black Chukkas" with Asher Roth and Bun B) you will now. Guy's pretty fresh and has been making some serious moves.

Download Mixtape Free | Mixtape Player

Asher Roth x Chuck Inglish "In The Kitchen" MV

Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish - In The Kitchen from on Vimeo.

Always been a fan of Asher. Dude can spit. "In the Kitchen" was actually filmed in a kitchen...kinda makes me hungry. I'm gonna go eat something. Watch and let me know what you think. I'll check comments when I come back.


"The Player" Crewneck

  • If you live in a place where fall and winter actually feel like fall and winter, you'll need to stock up on crewnecks, like this one by Diamond Supply Co.

  • Made In Honduras [just like me] this navy blue 80%/20% Cotton/Polyester crewneck is a great add to your wardrobe. 

Check this crewneck and more with the good folks at Cranium

DJ Tony B "Bangkok Boogie 2"

[in case you can't figure it out press the green play button in the center of the record]

I got to kick it with Dj Tony B when I was back in BKK about a week or so ago. Granted it wasn't for very long and the club was loud as sh!t but we chopped it up regardless. lol

BUT I've been featuring his mixes on various sites throughout the year and he's NICE. I really love this party mix he made for the 2nd installment of "Bangkok Boogie". Don't let the opening 30 seconds throw you off [lol, you'll see] this is HOT.


Dom Kennedy "When I Come Around" MV

Dom Kennedy is pretty much my favorite MC right now. of 'em at least. I've always been a fan of the laid back west coast sound and Dom embodies it.

Also, the car in the video is jammin.

Check his newest release "From the Westside With Love 2" here.

Don't forget to check "The Original Dom Kennedy" or my exclusive interview with Dom here.

M.O.P. x The Snowgoons "Get Yours"

M.O.P. & The Snowgoons "Get Yours" (Sparta In Stores 11.22.11) by Babygrande Records

NY hiphop legends, M.O.P. team up with German producers, The Snowgoons for their first single from their collabo album, "Sparta" (in stores November 22nd on Babygrande Records). Whatchall think?

Cop the single on iTunes now:


Kojoe "ii good"

I heard Kojoe's music about a year ago and have been checking his work since. When I was in Tokyo a few weeks ago I caught up with him during a photoshoot for the Source (hopefully in the next issue).

Check new track from the bilingual MC, @IAmKojoe "ii Good" below. Shout out to Kojoe, Ish-One, Ohga, & Daisha.

Go behind the scenes with Kojoe for his track "Samurydas" with Raekwon and Kurupt here.

(After the photo shoot with the Source. Tokyo.)