Read In Your Language

Happy 50th Birthday, Graffiti!

In 1967, some dude in Philly wrote his name on a wall to get a girl's attention. My how this culture has grown up since then.

Taggin Ass City

A historical look at the origins of the 1st element of hip hop in this new documentary. Culture kicks the facts.


A LEGEND amongst legends has passed away in Philadelphia. You should probably know this name if you SAY you love hip hop culture...

The Art Scene: The Fun Gallery

Street Art? New???? Our Big Brother Samo, aka Basquiate and the crew was doin that back in the day in NY, sun. Take peep into the start of a movement.

Da Buze Bruvaz: Hard Liquor

Our favorite rap group is back making that unmistakable hip hop music. Nothin but fire. see if I'm wrong...

Friday, May 21, 2010

$ykotic Quickstrike:Franklin

I know that's the first thing you thought about when I said that name.

Homie on the left is whom I'm referring to. How you gonna give my man the Cam'ron beach chair when you have the dog splitting the rainbow?

I still marvel at how Ben supersedes anything with Jorge Cincinnatus' likeness (1 to 100 is a big number). Regardless of 'first', Ben was in the cut all along.

This guy wants to switch it up now. Your big hit was an ode to Franklin (the tribute IMO was BIG's song) so I'm not surprised. You're perfect for that role. What better way to audition for the job, since the other guy is leaving, by having a major motion picture about to be released where you're acting as a person in this position? And you announcing 'partnerships' & management duty endeavors via video and press releases?

Go ahead, do you, you should have made your own show like it when you had the cable shine (do you see the similarities?) instead of frothing for that man's seat. You still don't own any distribution or press.

I'ma fuX with my man Franklin up there on the left holding it down for dolo.

The $ykoticMindz Sessions

I finally figured out how to drop music here w/o the ' getting into any issues. So while I'm taking one of my many weekend excursions, I will be listening to all of you guys' music that you submitted to me. If you haven't done so as of yet, drop it in the box (I'll be checking sporadically over the weekend). If you want to drop the linx in the comments, feel free to do so.

Don't worry, I won't be doing anything close to what 2dopeboyz & nahright are doing. Cult that email had no attachment to it, redo sir.

And y'all should know when I come back, there will be plenty of goodies to snack on. I already have a full magazine ready. Quality before quantity.


Monday, May 10, 2010


i mean, if u come thru regular, u got to know the bang up job my man $yk is doin out here. absolutely amazing. i got a couple of shouts wonderin what was up with me. well, rest assured, Culture is still around, still lookin, still listenin, and still observin. some of yall will understand what i just said fully. some wont. either way ur still all my peoples.

i have been extremely busy preparing the next leg of our business. The TasteMakers Music Group offices, and Serene Sound Mixing and Mastering Studios. it's a labor of love. and a labor of labor. the good thing is that i'm around quality and qualified individuals who know how and what it takes to get the job done. because what is getting done, and how, i could never afford it without a bank loan or a drug dealer homie. but it is gettin done. i give thanks daily.

this is a view of the control room leading into the booth. this just the first wall of three. the second wall is layered between the first and the third to support layers of soundboard, humisite, insulation and thermaply.

this is the control room wall. great job. and even trickier than it seems. the wall is tilted 20ยบ, to bounce any unabsorbed (the room will have baffles, clouds and diffusers), up to the ceiling and away from the prime listening positions, tuned to the engineer's chair and the client listening position. but the length of the room should give a great sound over all.

now this aint no regular construction dude. (the Mexicans are on lunch break in this photo) this here is Don Groove, the man whose previous studio, Platinum Bound, is a legendary spot out here in Philly. its the studio gave birth to Freeway, Dutch n Spade, Beenie Seigel, RAM Squad, Peedie Crack, Young Guns (Chris n Neef), Charlie Baltimore, and Gillie the Kid. He got disgusted at the music business (not MUSIC itself. he still got some of the best production i ever heard, some of which has influenced one of the most popular producers out today. but i aint gonna start no shit...), and took a break, and went into construction. when he comes back to this side of the game, its gonna be hard for a lot of these dudes to handle. both of us together will really put a hurtin on the studio business here in the city. why? cause most of the dudes who have studios that are poppin right now out here are all HIS youngbaws. and his sister is married to my brother, so this is my BROTHER. its more than business. it's FAMILY.

this is a view from the window. we are on third floor, so away from it all (shout out to Key, look out for her soon...). this is on South St., what we call Downtown Philadelphia. to put it in perspective, where we are is the equivalent of having a studio on West 4th in NY. god is good. on any weekend, the scenery out this window is a pageant of the best of the beautiful women of the city of all types, cause white girls out here are GORGEOUS. thick, like Ricans. a view out this window during sessions is sure to inspire in one way or another.

and here is the boss of Serene Sound Mixing and Mastering, my daughter, Serene. aint she special? she's black, Japanese, and Guyanese (East Indian [India] and Arawak [Caribbean Indian]). my shotgun is already oiled and sitting in the corner behind her in this photo.

so trust, the next round of shit from us is gonna be somethin else. i aint the type to lip profess, tho. i'll show and prove soon enuff. ride wit us.

$yk, you the shit!

$ykotic presents: T2LF

T2LF=Take the 'L' fam...

A perfect example of what the INternets can do for you. From 'backyard bully' to the UFC. I don't know who you knocked out Kimbo, but the guys I saw who put hands on you were an injury riddled fighter on the comeback and an out of work ex-NFL guy on the come-up, and you didn't last 3 minutes combined with these guys. I hope you have something tangible up your sleeve in terms of work, because security detail is out of the question. Even your last boss ain't scared of you.

Take the 'L' fam, hope them checks were big enough. Keep in mind that as of now, anyone you fight is gonna sue.

Friday, May 7, 2010

$ykotic Quickstrike: Take A Trip

I'm taking this on my ride, so I figured I would get you all to ride with me.

'Runnin' gets a lot of burn in my life. The Elements have always been amazing with the music.

When will men realize he's still around? 'Golden Lady', but the whole album is official.

The title track. Don't hurt nobody after listening to this album.

'Hollywood Swingin' and 'Funky Stuff' are great songs. Never liked them after this album, even though their smash hits came after this project.

'The Hypnotic' always has me pondering WTF happened to D'Angelo.

The album cover folds out so you catch a lil' back action. 'Work To Do' is fly but I like the first 4 songs.

I always liked Kris. I enjoy the title track and 'Poisonous Products'.

When you come back from this trip, you'll realize the music fell WAAAAAYYYYY the fux off.

Honorable Mention:

Pete Rock & CL Smooth-The Main Ingredient (thus the reason I took the other)

MOP-Warriorz ('Face-Off' is bananas.)

Gang Starr-Moment Of Truth (been burning 'Salute II' hardcore)


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