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...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

RECALL: Break Beat Tues feat. DJ Cosmo Baker

i was scrollin thru the illness and came across some shit that i wish was still poppin. this is one of the features i used to run from my man, world renowned DJ and all around b-boy Cosmo Baker when he used to just drop the ILNESS on you dudes. but the music... ahhhhh the music.... feast on this solid blast from the, archives from truly, one of the BEST DJs in the world....


Breakbeat Tuesday: I have so much going on right now that I can't get into a full in-depth thing about this next record. All I know is that it's a MONSTER, and that I played it somewhere and sometime in my set on Sunday to thunderous effect. I first heard this in the form of Kool G Rap's "Untouchable Remix" of "On The Run." Someone told me it was a Ray Bryant record so I spent the next 6 months buying every record by dude I could find, until I copped "Up Above The Rock." Like so many soul jazz records of the late 60s it was chock-filled with tepid standards of the time like "Little Green Apples" and Burt Barcharach jawns. But the title cut? Damn... So ill, and it's been a favorite ever since in my sets. The production is very unique in it's sound, as it's on Cadet and they had a very distinctive sound and feel to their records at the time, courtesy of producer Richard Evans. The composition of the song is very cinematic and matched perfectly for the storytelling prowess of G. Rap's mafia fairytales. And to me this was one of the first productions that made me think the Trackmasters had taken their shit to the next level. Anyway, a Philly DJ living in Brooklyn plays a jazz song by a Philly pianist sampled by a Queens MC at a party in Los Angeles, and all because of that, it being give to you.

Ray Bryant "Up Above The Rock" (Cadet, 1968)

And for good measure,

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo "On The Run (Untouchable Version)" (Cold Chillin', 1992)

Yeah I've been slacking on the posts. Whatever, man. It's summer. Who cares? Shouldn't you be outside instead of reading this? Anyway, if you've gotten this far, let me take the time to let you know I'm about to hit the road for a few days. Tomorrow I will be in Calgary rocking with DJ Fashen and the Smalltown DJs. Friday I will be at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver. Saturday I return to Seattle to rock at HG Lodge (formerly known as War Room) with the homie Fourcolorzack. Then Sunday, I'm off to Los Angeles for a few days, starting with me DOING a special top-secret daytime event in Hollywood. Whatcha Want To Do? Hit me on Sunday to find out... And peep the Events Page for all the details of the trip. Other than that, I am "this much closer" to the launch of the new site. Like probably to 4 weeks from now. Super psyched. The new site is crazy and going to change the game.

In the meantime me and The Rub crew have been full steam ahead with our History Of Hip-Hop series. We started chronicling our favorite rap songs for each year in hip-hop starting from 1979 and going all the way to 1999. 20 mixes in all, and we've just relaunched the series to tackle the first decade of the 21st Century. So peep us at for a new year every Thursday, and check out the archive of past years here.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Gushie: Camera Phone Flix

chix be wilden! i love em tho... and the fact that they like to share with us on the web... sis is gorgeous....

how would YOU like to run into that in the lobby????

if you love ass like i love ass, then you know it ain't got to be huge to be bangin. sis shit is nice, whatever she is (i cant tell if she Spanish or Asian... and i dont care). but whatever she is, she's brown...

DONKEY. and thats all i have to say about that...

and one SERIOUSLY THICK Asian girl... not really on the theme... but DAMN....

Sure Shot Party, @UBQ, Philadelphia

this is a video of the release i posted about a while ago. that thing was major. you shoulda been there...

Basquiat knew about the Illuminatti

"Melting Point Of Water" by Jean Michel Basquiat. what is the melting point of water? do i really have to spell it out for you?

now, i dont mean that as a way to sensationalize anything, but when i was looking thru pictures of his art earlier today, i couldnt help notice the signs and symbols that kept popping up in his paintings. it seems my man SAMO was up on the NWO. which strikes me because a lot of times, he's reflected on as a weirdo artist type who did a lot of drugs. he is a heralded artist, im not trying to say that he hasnt recieved the accolades he deserves, but there is little to no mention of this type of reflection in his work. and as i looked thru more and more of it, his collection of works are OVERTLY political and very conscious and aware of the nature of the power structure of the world.

for me, Basquiat means a lot because he's a graffiti writer. he has helped open these gallery doors to more graffiti artists seeking to make a living at what they love most. so this rediscovery this morning gave me even more reasons to respect an artist that i already admired. look closely, and tell me if u see what im talking about... and salute one of our own...

"Jackson" by Jean Michel Basquiat. an ode to the man that made the first stand against the Central Bank in this country. coincidence? 

"Liberty" by Jean Michel Basquiat. this one suggests a lot of things, all captioned in the color of blood...

"Price Of Gasoline In The Third World" by Jean Michele Basquiat. the title says it all...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bboy Fresh: Custom Made Levi Jeans

when i saw this, i had to jump on it. as a person that has designed and made clothes over the years, this just jumped out at me. because i used to turn down requests for jeans, because, as i told people then, youd do better just buying some cause im gonna charge u for real. these are beautifully done, and worth whatever they are charging. its definitely worth checking out.

click here. the video shows exactly how much craftsmanship goes into each pair.

Cover Art: Kanye West: "YEEZUS"

Lets get the first part out the way.... the baw is gifted. nobody is gonna take that away from him. but dude is goin more and more the weirdo route.

let me take that back. i aint goin to call it weirdo, cause i understand what hes doing. or let me say i think i do. to me, i think hes doing that Prince/Madonna type controversy thing that looks like high art from the onset. i dont know, ill give him the benefit of the doubt, because dude is actually a real artist. so maybe he has grown into such. but something in me tells me that a lot of this is planning and not inspiration.

i remember seeing a video online of him when he was just gettin on, and he was quiet and humble and off to the side. but in that video he was talking about how he was gonna be one of those weird clothes wearing artists thats always in controversies and the press and followed by the paparazi. now mind you, this was when he had just started selling beats at Rocafella. he had it all planned. so i guess what im saying is, its not who he is, its who he always wanted to be. theres some pretention there.

now, what if im wrong? this picture is loaded with a bunch of symbols and occult leanings. what if thats his real agenda? now, i aint gonna get into everything i see... the man on his RIGHT side wearing the red gloves, the stairway, the inverted cross in the front, the inverted cross on the door, the 4 brides, the reptilian leave all that alone... but he's trying to say SOMETHING to SOMEBODY.... stay tuned...

Brian Williams Raps "Nothin But a G Thing"

aww man! this had me dying laughing when i saw it! i know u gonna dig it too! im a big Brian Williams fan (i know, some geek shit, right?), he's the closest thing to Peter Jennings left... cool, calm under pressure... but this was way too fly! only flyer if he would have actually did it himself! 

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

RATED X, Philadelphia PA, 2014

RATED X or RX is the alais of a Philadelphia legend, KING SUBMARINE or SUB for short. that hand stops one time to cross the X. CRAZY.

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