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...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bboy Fresh: Ewings

these was some fly joints back in the day! and im glad to see these make a return. these was always fly. and they still are. better than a lot of the sneaks coming out now, and some since they was out the first time. pictured above is the Ewing 33 Hi, my favorite joints and the classic joints from those times.

these are the Extreme Hi. these sneaks are fly and are the only Ewings with a clear sole.
 these are the Ewing Eclipse. these are the joints he wore when he went to the Olympics and the USA team trashed the rest of the world. shit, somebody had to do it....
 i had to throw these in. these are the Ewing Rogue II. these were released in Europe and are the ones sought after by real sneakerheads, and not just Nike hunters as i call em. i have yet to see a nice, diverse well rounded collection from these so called sneaker dudes. i'd take these in grey, with the purple and have you holding ur girlfriends hand real tight when i walk in...

Friday, December 21, 2012

MC Spotlight: Carmen Amare

i cam across homegirl on the web and i had to share this. yung jawn got bars! and she make listenin to lesbian rap fun! cuz she the type of lesbo we all like. she cute. these dude lesbos should take note and catch a quote. she can spit. and she dont look like no man.

i don't know her and cant vouch for her, but its good to my ears to hear somebody her age (she's 16 in the video and probably 17 now) actually coming with something that sounds like it challenged her. and thats all we ask. sound like u give a fuck. 

ok honey. its on u... u better not suck next time i hear you...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Satellite Feed: Spit Gemz "Graffiti Everywhere"

this was a 'GO' from first of all! yall know im no graffiti enthusiast... i am the president! and when sun rocked this it was almost instant 'save' button. plus the line "instead of trickin, i'll buy something for my daughter". my nigga! 

this a great graffiti anthem for whatever city your from. and sun rocks it right, with that diligent dialect crafted in the New York underground. it feels good for me to hear shit like this coming from New York, because i was fearful that New York was in danger of losing its identity. then Lo Lifes start poppin and buzzin in the city and all of sudden it looks like hip hop again. sometimes people need to be reminded. and this is a good one for that so that people can remember that there was a time that this part of the street life was all about how fly you can be.

bust out...

Starz Network To Air New Hip Hop Series

Starz To Develop Show About The Origins Of Hip Hop

Starz announced recently that its planning to develop a drama series based around the origins of Hip Hop in New York City's South Bronx. The show is called "Turf" and will feature how hip hop was born out of Bronx gang life in the 1970s.
Patrick Macmanus, who has written on Starz's "Marco Polo" and "Noir," will write the script for the show.


My Canadian Massive... Dig This!

for all of you in the Vancouver, B.C. area, i got some great news for you! but i cant tell u yet.... but it includes free tickets to 2 shows! who are they you ask? leave me a comment and i'll let u know as soon as i know how many tickets im gonna have to give away. both shows are gonna be at the Fortune Sound Club, so you know its gonna be a well run event, with big sound and a comfortable, modern environment. BOTH shows u dont wanna miss, and one show i KNOW the fellas would LOVE to attend. ok... ready set... GO!

Raekwon: "Never Can Say Goodbye"

Rae rocks it fresh over this classic Jackson 5 sample. u know how they do, rockin strait over the music, no new drums or nothin. but it works. definitely a fly joint. woulda been better if this woulda dropped in the spring or summer, but i'll take it. what yall think?

Raekwon- Never Can Say Goodbye.mp3

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When Im Not Here

i'm up in this jawn! and trust me im up in here a LOT. this is The BatCave Studios, in Philadelphia, PA. i have the distinct honor of being the mastering engineer for this studio.

i also do mixing and i enjoy it, but not as much as i love mastering. i dont know, i guess its something about having the last input to the record and actually being the person that balances the music to the point where it sounds like a record. i never get bored of that moment shen it all comes together and sounds like a record. i love it.

this studio is the same studio that gave the world Meek Mill. Meek Mill is actually a product of the guidance of Ruggedness, the chief engineer there , and Biz Porter, the 1st rapper to be signed to Motown Records. Rug just got nominated for a Grammy for his work for Rick Ross, which was recorded in this studio, but in the 'A' Room. this is the 'B' room pictured above. i work in this room with Don Groove, a Philly studio and production legend, and when his studio was open, he was the road by which many Philly rappers made it to stardom, including every last Philly rapper that was signed to Rocafella records. they all started out with him. i work at a great place.

since being here, i have mastered records for people all across the country and of all different genres. so this is the reason the site isnt being updated in a regular fashion. because ur boy Cult is actually being a part of the culture at a professional level. its a great crew, and trust me, im gonna be sharing some fly shit with yall for sure. 

i'm not the type to feel like i owe anybody an explanation for anything i do. but many of u have been sending me emails telling me how much yall appreciate what we do here. and that was more than motivation enough to renew my efforts to make sure we stay broadcasting from at least 20,000 ft.

thank all of you...  im back!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bboy Fresh: DJ Clark Kent talks sneaks

For those that know sneaks, know that Clark Kent is in the mix. he regulary gets exclusives and has shit made exclusively for him by Nike. check him out as he breaks down a portion of his collection. crazy...

Gear Head: Arturia Prophet V

for all of you in the world of production, here is a piece that i think you'll find interesting. let me know what you think in the comments section below.

shout out the Air Users Blog, a wonderful place for reviews and product launches. i'll be sharing a lot more of their videos and tutorials in the future.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BBoy Cult Classic: Tears For Fears- "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"

if you feel as tho u need to do pop, why not do it like this? nobody can deny that back in the day this shit used to BANG. still does to this day. and why not make some pop music with a lil message. not bad. this was my joint and i know it was yours too. enjoy....

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Who is the real B-boy?

now a days, hip hop is startin to look like it used to look to me. i mean there used to be a time when the dude who got the girls were those dudes who had an almost esoteric understanding of hip hop. the more obscure and unknown dopeness you knew about and had at your disposal made you that dude. i remember playing original records for A Tribe Called Quest samples before it was all popular, to chicks who used to just melt for that kind of shit. i can even remember a love affair that i had with a beautiful woman from D.C. who i met at the Rock Steady Reunion, all based on this mutual love and deeper exploration of the culture. in layman's terms, we was on some fly shit. some bboy shit.

back those times, the breakers called themselves just that. cause before then, bboys were the name that was given to the normal everyday dude, and not just the dancers in particular. bboys were those hood dudes that wore Kangols and had fat laces in their sneakers. these were the adherents and the supporters and creators of the original form of hip hop. and a some of them were drug dealers, convicts, stick up kids and the like. my cousin,  used to always call himself a bboy. he was that dude who was always on the edge of whatever it was that was the fresh shit. he wore the construction Timbs with the slacks with the full length leather. he rocked the Stetson with the Neo Styles (some Philly shit) and was the dude in the all black neighborhood who had the only Puerto Rican girl dudes had seen on that side. and she was BAD. he was a stone cold bboy. and u couldnt tell him any different. and he was no dancer.

In NY, my fams was Devil jeans, Sheepskin coats wit the Wallabee Clarks (way before Tony Starks, this is 80s action) and Cazal frames. they was Blythe International sweaters, mock necks, Bally boots and British Walkers. they was stone cold bboys. they didnt didnt have any plans on backspins and windmills.

now i dont say this in a way to dis the breakers, not one bit. but it is interesting to  me how this idea got lost. i was reminded of it one day when i posted what i called a BBoy Battle, and one of my twitter friends picked it up as a dancing competition. thats when i was like this has to be sorted out. because i love breaking and the art of it. i love those who do it. but im a graffiti writer, producer and a rapper. and i am a stone cold bboy. and i do NOT dance.

in the documentary, "The Freshest Kids", DJ Kool Herc himself gives the definition of a bboy. he says it was derived from a Bronx slang word 'break' that meant to come at somethin hard, like, ' he broke on you' or 'he gone break on that dude". his other meaning was for Bronx Boy, which would've been appropriate for the climate of where the music part of the culture originated (because by the time Herc started throwing parties, the art portion, graffiti, was almost 10 years old. more on that later...) now that was Herc talking and not me. 

i don't think they're thinking about dancing...
the classic, and one of the original gangster rap albums, "Criminal Minded" by Boogie Down Productions, was released on a label called BBoy Records. of the artist on the roster of this small label from the Bronx, NY, ( JVC Force, Cold Crush Brothers, Jewel T(from Philly)) not one was dedicated to the art of dance. 

classic bboy stance
without question the most famous bboys were RunDMC. their whole presentation was to reflect the the look of the kids on the street at the time, because if you remember, other rappers were dressing like either punk rockers (The Furious 5) or like r&b groups (Whodini). RunDMC bacame the truest representation of the hip hop kids from the street when they struck a bboy stance. from the time they did that, complete with the Stetson and the leather blazers, the imprint was set in the mind of people around the world for generations to come what a real bboy looks like. altho they gave many references to the breakers ('let the poppers pop and the breakers break'- RunDMC, King Of Rock), this is not a crew dedicated to dance. but this is the crew that made the bboy stance a must-do for everyone wishing to outwardly invoke the spirit and to communicate the notion that they were unquestionably an adherent to this culture. worldwide. Run even said, famously, "In a bboy stance, is how i stand"(Krush Groove).

i have a friend named Candy, who is a well known dancer named B-Girl Candy and has performed with all of the heavyweights of the dance world, like Ken Swift and Crazy Legs, to be brief. and she got wild moves. she got shit on You Tube, go google her. but i dont consider her a b-girl because she dances. i consider her that cause she is also an all city graff writer, who tags DULCE. but she is easily a person who is an adherent to the principles and pillars of the culture. same with my man KAS, also a known dancer, but also a well known graff writer, all city, in Philly, PA. i think its the adherence to the CULTURE that makes them a bboy/bgirl. not the fact that they can dance. and they CAN boogie.

for the rest of us, i think as the culture makes its reemergence, in order to correct the insane amount of fuckery that exists in the mainstream, that we understand and uphold these terms in the way that were meant. its important to me because these self definitions were formed organically. no amount of marketing made us this. it seems that these days, adherents to the culture are grouped into a category called backpackers. now, as a Lo-Life, thats fine with me, our nappy's used to stay full of goodies. as a graff writer, thats cool with me too... i used to dip in the clubs back in the day, backpack full of Krylon and Rustoleum, to smoke a blunt, bag a shorty, and go back on route while the club hoppers was goin home. but as an adherent to the truest core of this culture, i find exception to the term that gives the connotation that the actual pioneers of the culture have somehow turned into a niche group that has minimal value and no market share. i take exception because WE are the builders of the construct that has produced wealth and opportunity for the rest of these people that somehow want to make us a sideline constituency. so don't call me no backpacker. im a stone cold bboy.

always have been. always will be.

now air it out...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bboy Fresh: Maury Yield

oh now you know these screamed at the player in me! i had no choice but to jump on these when i saw em. and imma jump IN these when i get a chance. for all of you in Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, D.C. and LA know that Mauri IS THE name in player footwear. who knew you could get ur bboy on wit these too? crazy....

Here is another boot that is perfect for the coming cold winter season. This is the Mauri Yield which is made out of ostrich, baby crocodile and nappa material. It is made in black and genuine skins and this winter boot makes up the Mauri’s Casual Collection. It has a baby crocodile vamp, a bumper toe in ostrich leg plus a soft nappa foot that is accented well in shearling right at the collar.
It has a bejewel branding and some leather linings. It also has some cushioned insole, some black rubber traction sole and a fur like collar. It would certainly not just make your feet warm as you hike outdoors but also give you the opportunity to maintain a very unique statement. This shoe is handmade in Italy and it is available in all possible sizes. It also has some silver hardware right in the tongue tag and in the bottom part of the shoe lace.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Bboy Fresh: Nike Air Max Express

well, you know me! the sneaks are always fresh here, and these are no exception! i swear, i'm gonna look for a Marmot jacket to kill you niggas in these with! absolutely fresh and waiting for you to style on these dudes this fall with.

This comes with a design that takes its cues from the classic shoe models and mixes them with modern takes just like its Fuse build. It is retailed at just $155 per pair and made available in black and speed yellow colors.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

BBoy Fresh: 1992 Ralph Lauren P-Wing Stadium Jacket

this is one of the illest joints i've seen in a while! i saw this on Facebook and i had to throw it up on here. i mean, i hate a lot of this new Polo shit with a passion! most of it is loud and doesnt have that air of distinction that the vintage shit had. i love this and reminds me of a golden era from years gone by. and for hose tryin to catch a piece of a bygone era, expect to put down as much as a stack, a rack, a grand ($1,000), or whatever u call it where you're from. and ur gonna pay that for a USED jacket. classic hip hop never dies...

Bboy Graff Salute: BRAZE, BA, Philly PA

this is just one of the pieces from one of the guys that influenced me in the graffiti game. he is also an influence on popular pop artist Steve Powers. this BRAZE, from Philadelphia PA. i'll definitely be spotlighting more of his work in the future. dude is a BEAST.

(for a full screen view, click the image) 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pacewon and Mr. Green: Lock me Up

my homegirl LeBlanc just put me up on this. this shit is crazy! and the video is hot. Skull snaps break in 2012? im all for it! check it out n tell me what u think...

Bboy Fresh: Nike Air Force One Foamposite

i dare you to say you saw these before! these shits are bananas and i dont even like foamposites! but these made a convert outta me! they look totally ready for the winter, looking like they can withstand rain and snow. i cant wait to see how many colorways surface for them by then and then im dead on em. just remember who put u up on game.

Big Daddy Kane Live in Montreal, 1989

Big Daddy Kane was that baw! here we get a look at my man doing his thing at the height of his popularity. heres a salute to the days of yesteryear...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beat Junkies Tour

The World Famous Beat Junkies Announce 20 Year Anniversary
UK & European Tour

(Los Angeles) - The legendary Beat Junkies DJ crew announce confirmed dates for the European leg of their 20th anniversary tour. In marking their 20-year, the super group is touring the world bringing their unique and unparalleled performance straight to their fans from continent to continent.

The Beat Junkies 20YR Anniversary Confirmed European Tour Dates:
8/17/12                Hip Hop Kemp                Hradec Králové, CZ
8/18/12                Royal Arena Festival        Biel/Bienne, CH
8/19/12                MC Theater                Amsterdam, NE
8/23/12                Jazz Cafe                London, UK
8/24/12                Nouveau Casino                Paris, FR
8/25/12                Cassiopeia                Berlin, DE
Starring Beat Junkie crew members: Babu, J.Rocc, Melo-D, Rhettmatic and host Rakaa of Dilated Peoples
The Beat Junkies sold-out, Los Angeles kick-off show this past June, saw highly acclaimed guest performances by the entire Beat Junkies crewmembers, M.E.D., Raaka Iriscience, Ras Kass, DJ Numark, Cut Chemist, Supernatural, Visionaries and Gaslamp Killer along with the premiere of their hugely popular commemorative documentary presented by LRG Clothing Company
In Beat Junkie Style, the seminal DJ outfit will continue their celebration throughout Europe, Asia and throughout the United States incorporating new special guests at select dates.

US Dates
9/30/12                Mighty                        San Francisco, CA
10/21/12        Brooklyn Bowl                New York City, NY
*More US and Asia dates to be announced

About Beat Junkies:
J.Rocc, Curse, Rhettmatic, What?!, Icy Ice, Melo-D, Symphony, Havik, Tommy Gun, Shortkut, D-Styles, Babu and Mr. Choc together make up the Beat Junkies. With countless musical accolades including  five years worth of world championship DJ competition titles, features on primetime radio mixshows for Los Angeles’ top radio stations for over a decade, and providing production and DJing support for some of hip-hop’s most notable recording artists including Dilated Peoples, Madlib, Cypress Hill and the Visionaries, the Beat Junkies have profoundly influenced and impacted the international music scene and DJ community since 1992. The Beat Junkies are everywhere because they can do all – from DJ showmanship and beat production to DJing for rappers and party rocking all night. They’ve shown themselves and the world over that there's no boundary to DJing and they represent this knowledge in everything that they do.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


it amazes me how things work out. on the one hand, you got hard work and dedication on the other hand here is plain ol blind luck. then theres disaster and tragedy and why those things are necessary in life is beyond me. but thats still no reason to be scared of life. or living.

me, im in it for the long haul. and no matter how the chips stack, im still in the game. i dont see success as a destination. success is the result of tenacity. just like putting sugar in the Kool Aid makes it sweet. puttin in work brings about success.

i know for some people they feel like this is only true of the ruthless. it seems like the nice guy never gets his. you may see sometimes the most giving and sincere people in the world always in need of help. and the jerks of the world making millions. is this the trade off? do you really have to be a villain to win?

what about the lucky? i got a friend who just seems he can't catch a break. no matter what he does. gets a job, gets laid off in 'new' corporate restructuring in the same week... gets a new girlfriend and she cheats on him... buys a white linen shirt and drops tomato sauce on it. but this guy is a volunteer at Big Brothers. now my other friend, total loudmouth (but he's lovable, you know the type), wouldn't volunteer to put out a cigarette in an ashtray, logs on to and wins a couple hundred bucks! i go to the same site, just to see if he's lying, and i only win $50. go figure.

the other day, i found a wallet in the bathroom of the studio i work at. i looked at it and the first thing i thought of was how do i grab that without no one looking. then i checked myself and picked it up and asked if it belonged to anyone. because i don't care how anyone else lives their life, im gonna live mine with integrity. and my success will not be because of how well i get over, but because of how well i get things done.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sure Shot - ILL hip hop toy collectables

man am i excited today. cause today i have the scoop on a lot of sites with this one. 

my good friend, and a sort of business mentor, Tramp Daly came to visit me recently. as always, Tramp is always working, so it came as no surprise that he had new projects in the works. i really didnt expect this tho.

for those of you who have been on World Star, you've probably seen the videos to the animated show "Gangster Chronicles". well, this is the guy that put that together. along with another ill looking show to come along this year called "The Sure Shot". but before i get into all that, i gots to tell you about my man.

for all you that remember the glory days of The Source magazine, you will no doubt remember the comic strip, 'A View From Da Underground'. Tramp and his partners Haze and CEE67, a graffiti legend from North Philly/The Bronx, known collectively as C-Traze Studios, was responsible for that. CEE, also known as Carlito Rodriguez, went on to become the editor-in-chief of the mag. these dudes have been movers in the cause of presentation of the core of the hip hop experience in a responsible and tasteful way for many, many years. these are not the typical culture vultures this industry is littered with. 

now, many of you may remember the animated show on MTV called "Station Zero". well, my man Tramp and crew were also responsible for that. at its height the show averaged  2 million viewers PER DAY. the character KARAZ was actually named after a well respected graffiti writer from North Philly. these are the types of guys who never forget their homeboys, or their roots. thats why the many properties these guys have been at the helm  of have done well over the years. its immediately apparent that these guys understand the core of the culture because they come from it. and i can attest to it because CEE was a major influence on me, and i have worked for Tramp on a number of occassions on different projects (see video below). these guys are the real deal. make no mistake, shows like "The Boondocks" have this crew's DNA all in them.

so when i saw the toy line curreently being offered, i was FLOORED. for all of you that may be familiar with the toy collecting field, it is BIG money. Star Wars, Simpsons, KISS, all of these brands bring in big money in trade and maintain a highly collectable value for years. and for those of you that know hip hop toys, these are bound to be highly collectable in years to come. even if the shows only do a few seasons, these will be even be more collectable because of the guys involved. they are part of the shaping the look and feel of hip hop culture. now, keep in mind, my man's resume includes production on MTV. that means (and i don't wanna give nothin away) that these series could appear on a major network soon. or even a major web portal may pick them up. all of these things can only increase the value of the figures later on. 

now the quality of the toys are what make them special. they feel real solid and the sheepskin coats have a really fine texture. even the hair is textured in fine detail. the glasses are removable, as well as the hat, to give the figures a customized appearance. everything about the construction is quality.

the packaging also got me very excited when i saw it. it has scenes from the classic comic strip "A View From The Underground" printed on the box in varying sequence. the boxes are made from a heavy duty cardboard and are solid and weighted and should last for years to come. the printing on the box is well done with vibrant colors. everything about the packaging screams 'premium product' before you even reach the toys in the inside. trust me when i say, this is a well done, well thought out quality product.

now here's the real ill part. right now in store like Goliath NYC are now carrying these toys at a price point of $125. but for the readers, i have them today for only $85 USD. you will not beat that price unless you know Tramp yourself.

i put together some other things from the company so that you can see what all of this belongs to. its a well thought out inititive by people who are building quality brands. check it out for yourself...

Press Release
(New York, NY - May 21, 2012) Star Light Studios in association withKidRobot NYC are pleased to announce the official launch of a fresh new line of collectible hip-hop toys at KidRobot's flagship gallery and retail store next month. The brainchild of veteran graffiti artist, Joseph "Tramp" Daly, the toys are actually a small part of Daly and Star Light partner Ishmael "Ish" Ford-Bey's larger vision of bringing authentic hip-hop culture to the animation world. 

Older hip-hop fans may remember Tramp's work featured in early editions of The Source, where he illustrated and wrote the first ever hip-hop comic strip, A View From Da Unda'Ground, which ran in the magazine from 1989-1995. Tramp went on to create, write and produce the first animated hip-hop sitcom for MTV. The show Station Zerolaunched during the music channel's now defunct Hip-Hop Week in Spring 1999 and was an immediate hit, drawing an impressive average of 2 million viewers daily. 

These days, Tramp and Ish have been focused on the development and production of two brand new animation properties: The Sure Shot, which pays homage to hip-hop's Golden Era, and The Adventures of the Untouchables, a sort of hip-hop X-Men, which recently debuted online at WorldStarHipHop and garnered over 5 million hits. The first set of toys from the pair's forthcoming line is based on the prototypical characters culled from these shows.
Representing The Sure Shot, party rocker "Prince Barry D" is an '80s throwback collectible vinyl toy who rocks a Playboy chain, nameplate belt, removable Cazal-type glasses, a sheepskin coat and hat to match. He is the first toy in a series that will feature 7 different B-Boy crew members. Contrarily,"Boss Man Ish" reps the more modern day hip-hopper and is the fearless leader of the urban action hero crew, The Untouchables. All of the toys will come with a collectible t-shirt that showcases additional characters from the Star Light arsenal.

This project has been a long time coming," says Tramp. "I've been drawing and creating stories and loving hip-hop ever since I was a kid. The toy line is a natural progression in my ongoing evolution as an artist." Ish adds, "Star Light Studios is always moving, creating something new and exciting, just like hip-hop. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning."

Star Light Studios' collectible hip-hop toys launch party will take place at KidRobot NYC (118 Prince St.) on Thursday June 14th from 5-8pm. For more information, to RSVP or to speak with Tramp and Ish, please contact WiLDSEED Communications.

this is pretty much the resume. im sure you'll notice a few things that you remember.

this is the show that the toys are made from.

this is The Gangster Chronicles series.

this is a wall i did for a live action show that they had in production called "The Badlands". this was nearly a half a city block long. 


this is a portion of the packaging, complete with scenes  and characters from the classic comic strip, "A View From The Underground"

some even come with actual reprints of the comic strip itself
side view of packaging. 



beautiful display packaging in order to show them off, but keep them in mint condition. all  toys come packaged like this.

beautifully printed and constructed packaging.

please allow 3-5 days for order processing

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