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...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fundraiser for Graffiti writer FORM, Sept. 5, 2014, Philadelphia, PA

Imagine walking down the street with ur wife and you see a guy you know. he says, ay man, "you need a ride home?" and u jump in to take the ride. he gets out to go into the store and the police pull up on the car, lights flashin. the police say that the car was just car jacked  a lil while ago and they want to take u AND your wife into custody!  say ur a real G, one that lives by the street code, so ur not saying anything, but ur looking at the guy thru the window of the store that got u in this mess like "FAM SAY SOMETHIN" and he's not saying NOTHING. he SLIDES OFF and you and ur wife gets taken into custody AND YOU STILL DONT SNITCH on the guy. this is what happened to our brother FORM, TUK.

he is STILL in custody. his wife was fortunately released and he is fighting for his life. the DA is out to get him because of his priors, but FORM gave that up years ago to be a family man and to live a life of ART. people dont know how deep this graffiti goes. for a lot of us, it SAVED OUR LIVES. please help us save his. the funds being raised are to his legal defense. please come out the event or make a donation below.

there will be performances by some of the hottest Philly music artists as well as some of the best known names in graffiti from Philly such as ENEM and DENSKE who featured in the graffiti classic 'INFAMY', and freight legends PRE and BRAZE. NJ heavy hitters such as RAIN and KASSO will be contributing art as well as a whole bunch of A list graff artists.  dont miss out. if ur in Philly or close, slide thru.

for more info please call the numbers on the flyers.


KTS CREW: ENEM, SZ Burns A Trailer, Phila., 2014

what can i say? my baws get busy! this is NOT crew love... this is bonafide fire. take a look at what Philly is dropping these days.

one of the alll time piece kings from Philly and was showcased in the now classic graff flick "INFAMY". sun has been doing a lot of painting this year and this is just one of his works from this summer. we got more to show you. stay tuned....


one of the KTS crew new generation who made his name a while back doing roofs along a stretch of the infamous El line in Philly. he has been rockin a lot of pieces this summer as well. we have been glad to see his growth. stay tuned for more....

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tech Alert: Akai Professional AFX and AMX for Serato DJ

 we are traditionaist around here. but we are also students of the now and prospectors of the future. now, its been a minute since i been on the tables, so im not gonna act like i got the inside scoop on this right here. what i will say is that it looks interesting. DJs, what say you?

Akai Professional - Unleash a Monster Performance

Mixing Surface with Audio Interface
  • Audio Inputs for Noise Map™
  • mini innoFADER™ crossfader
  • Touch-activated EQ and Filter
  • Includes Serato DJ
  • Click for 11 more features

4-deck advanced FX and loop controller


Come see AMX and AFX at DJ EXPO

Bboy Salute: DJ Roc Raida, One Of The Best To Ever Do It

yesterday, my Facebook friend posted a pratice video of Roc Raida preparing for a battle with his partners. and it just reminded me how the art of DJing is different today. im not one of those guys that criticize... well, maybe i do... but, my point is, there was time when the dj was taken uber seriously, not like in these days n times when everybody wants to be one. is that a bad thing? i dont think so. i think it brings more of a spotlight on the art itself as more people realize the difference between the artists on the tables and those who are there to play records. theres even an art to playing records. if u've ever been at a jam that was dead with a dj playing music then u know what i mean. i mean the fact that hip hop started to congregate around the DJ should be enuff to solidify his position. but sadly, and do mean sadly these days, its all about the rappers. take a moment with me to herald a time when the DJ was a performer, an innovator, a showman, and the guy that kept us up on all the latest tunes. yes, they actually used to BREAK records, as in play them BEFORE they were hot on the radio. and this is a dj who was in that tradition. not just in that tradition, but ONE OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT.

we fall out wit a salute to our fallen comrade.

Rest Well....

TONIGHT: Hennessy Shepard Fairey Bottle Signing At PAFA – Philadelphia, PA


Hennessy Shepard Fairey Bottle Signing At PAFA – Philadelphia, PA

Hennessy Shepard Fairey Philly August 2014 Final
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Hennessy Presents
The Launch of a special limited edition bottle designed by
Shepard Fairey
Featuring Music by
Cosmo Baker
@ Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – 118 N. Broad St. – Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bboy Tradition: Gensu Dean- The Art Of Digging

in the ways of the masters, the baw Gensu Dean does what he does. and thats making some traditional hip hop music. i enjoy his stuff, but it was his speaking on the topic of still honoring the tradition that was held by the originators of the craft that made him a shoo-in for this post. we appreciate that type of stuff around here, where authenticity is practiced and adhered to. if ur a part of the cult, then i know u do too.

MIXTAPE ALERT: Pete Rock James Brown Tribiute Mix

James Brown; genius
anybody that know me know that i am a James Brown fan. not like i want ur autograph fan, but a real admirer of what the brother stood for and what his music is and meant to so many thru the years. dude revolutionized moden music and was a such a basis for hip hop music that one could almost say he invented the first form of hip hop music... the break. i could go on.... but this is about the great mixtape that Pete Rock has dropped on the world in tribute to this man and his music. the mix is bangin,(even tho i woulda been happy with the strait James Brown songs). but the sound quality leaves a lil  bit to be desired, especially from an industry vet like Pete Rock, whose records always sound GREAT. maybe thats the engineer in me. lol. (the bass is too much for some songs, Rock. shoulda let the records be themselves. the bass boost does not work for every record) either way, you're gonna enjoy this one.

 New Mixtape: Pete Rock Pays Tribute To The Number #1 Soul Brother James Brown With Mixtape


It’s no secret that James Brown, The GodFather of Soul has been a major influence on Pete Rock; arguably the most Soulful hip hop musician of all time.

As James Brown’s highly anticipated Biopic “Get On Up” premieres today, Pete Rock reflects on his meeting with his hero.

“When I met James Brown, I think he passed along something to me when I shook his hand. I look at that today, and I say, “Damn, I think James Brown gave me a piece of his [soul] power.”  He came to Mount Vernon and he did a concert with Bobby Bird and The JBS in my hood at a spot called the Left Bank. And I’m telling you I’ve never seen Mount Vernon so poppin’ in my entire life! It was always poppin’–don’t get it twisted–because we used to do little parties in the hood and stuff like that and everybody would come out. But James Brown — I mean I was seven years old, me and my brother Grap, and we walked in the joint and my mother talked to one of James’ bodyguards or managers or something and was asking him, “Yo, can my kids meet James?” And the next thing you know, he came up behind us and I shook his hand and he was like, “God bless you man, God bless you.” And he shook my mother’s hand and he shook my brother’s hand. And it left something with me. This was before he got on stage. He shook our hands and then we watched the show. And I left that place not the same. So you see how strong black music can be. It had a heavy impact on me in my life.”

Enjoy Pete Rock’s “James Brown Tribute” Mix and be sure to visit for your Soul Brother Logo Tee.

Fun Facts:

- Pete Rock met James Brown at seven years old.
- Google Soul Brother #1 under images you’ll find two categories; James Brown and Pete Rock.
- Pete Rock has the ‘Soul Brother’ logo tattooed on his arm.
- Pete Rock was ranked # 1 on ’s Top 40 Most Soulful Hip Hop Artists!

Link to Pete Rock’s James Brown Tribute Mix:


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Bboy Salute: RIP King ROBBO

i absolutely had no idea he passed until the other day. with sadness i bring u this story, which originally ran at ANIMAL. i say with sadness because i saw the documentary that told the story of him trying to make the transition into the art world so that he could be a better father for his kids. for that alone, fu<k graffiti, i give him all the respect in the world. RIP

By Bucky Turco     | July 31, 2014 - 08:56PM
London graffiti legend ROBBO has passed away. In 2011, the 40-something artist suffered a traumatic brain injury and was put into a medically induced coma by doctors. We’re told he was taken off life support earlier today. His supporters, dubbed Team ROBBO, posted a brief statement on their website:

It’s with very great sadness that we have to announce that Robbo passed away this morning – 31 July 2014, due to health complications.

Peace and respect to Robbo’s close family and friends.. the Crew of Team Robbo and WRH and all his many fans and supporters around the world…

The old school writer, who stood 6-foot-8-inches tall, is said to have hit his first train in 1985, but really made headlines three years later when he did a massive “Merry Christmas” whole train with DRAX WD. According to DRAX, it was a six-car production. Car one said “Merry Christmas to,” cars two through five had the “names of writers and crew names,” and the last car read “from ROBBO & DRAX.”

He eventually retired in the early 90s and virtually disappeared from the scene. But in 2009, ROBBO rocketed back into fame when world famous street artist Banksy painted over and incorporated one of his historic pieces from 1985 — that was partially graffitied — igniting a very public feud that played out on a canal and the streets of London (and elsewhere). The tit for tat exchange produced some witty results as each camp tried to one up each other, creating some amazing outlaw artwork in the process. As local as the battle was, it quickly became larger than the two artists and came to represent the friction between graffiti and street art.

Today, Banksy published a pithy tribute on his website to his former sparring partner: “ROBBO WRH WD PFB – R.I.P.”

Monday, August 4, 2014

Graffiti...With Wine....

David Choe gets it in....

still think we are all walls or trains? think again. David Choe, the guy that came UP on doing the lobby of Facebook offices in exchange for shares instead of money (something some of u 'pay me' types should think about), was commissioned to do cllectable wine bottles for a winery in Europe. still think graffiti is something that belongs in alleys and not galleries?  peep this...


SEEN (NY Graff Legend) Interview

i'd have to seriously question everything about ur bboy status if u dont know who SEEN is. i mean even if u werent alive during these times, if u get down with the art these days, ur education is incomplete without knowing who this guy is. aside from his work in Style Wars and Subway Art, there are the trains of New York that spoke for him. and even if u werent lucky enuff to actually see his work on the 6 train (like me), u can still see his art in a different context. enjoy....

TRAP and the True Art of Graffiti

all of us that grew up on Style Wars knows that DEZ is DJ Kay SLay. but did you ever wonder about whatever happened to TRAP, his young apprentice? well, here he is.... and he STILL wit it....

Friday, August 1, 2014

Patti Astor, Fab 5 Freddy, Jean Michel Basquiat- Art in the Streets - MOCAtv Ep. 18

i think people think they are inventing something new out here. altho i LOVE what im seeing in the art world these days, there cannot be a shadow of doubt that it was done already during the 1980s. the difference then is that it was done with a lot more REAL graffiti. from REAL graffiti artists. not art school students who understood the power of the impact of art shared in the public space, first utilized by GRAFFITI writers, by watching their rise in prominence from these times. 

this vdeo took me back to those times, that i was alive to witness, but too young to participate. this is why documentation is so necessary. 

Jersey Fresh Jam, Trenton, New Jersey

Newark rapper Internal Quest drops the beat on event goers while an artist works a mural in the background at the Jersey Fresh Jam on New York Avenue in Trenton on Saturday August 10,2013. (Trentonian photo/SCOTT KETTERER)
TRENTON — Hip-hop will culture will return to Terracycle for the ninth year in a row.
Local artists and musicians will descend upon the New York Avenue Terracycle headquarters on August 9 for the Jersey Fresh Jam, the eco-friendly company said in a release Wednesday. Artists will spray the building with works of art. Last year, a mural depicting the popular “Game of Thrones” television show was painted on one of the building’s exterior.
Terracycle, according to the release, has opened its doors to local artists and the community. The event began in 2005 and has gone from a small celebration of local talent to the state’s premier hip-hop festival, the release said.
Among local artists who will be performing are DJ ITSJUSTAHMAD, Black Collar Biz, NAMEBRAND (featuring Sonic Assad and Rell Gambino) and more. The full list of performers can be found at the event’s website.
The Vicious Styles Crew, based out of Trenton, coordinates the event and is hosting a pre-party show called Cantankerous, which according to the release, is being sponsored by Momentum Art Tech. That event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday August 8 and runs until 10 p.m. at the Terracycle office.
The Jersey Fresh Jam, which is free to the public, begins on Saturday August 9 at noon and runs until 6 p.m. at 121 New York Avenue.
For more information regarding Cantankerous or the Jersey Fresh Jam go to:jerseyfreshjam.comor the Jam’s Facebook page.

Remy Ma Gettin Ready To Come Home

After serving a six-year prison sentence, Bronx rapper Remy Ma was released on Thursday (July 31).
Hot 97′s morning show reported that the former Terror Squad rapper was released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York, around 8 a.m. on Thursday morning. Remy was greeted by her husband Papoose, in addition to her manager and other members of her entourage.
Last week she phoned in to Angie Martinez’s Power 105 show and revealed that she was excited to get back to work. She even gave some props to Nicki Minaj for all her recent success.
“Nick has always been a supporter and vice versa,” Remy said. “I like what she does. She’s done wonderful things for females, but I just wish there was more of them. I don’t know what they’re doing; they’re letting these guys take over.


she has in fact not returned home yet. go here to see why.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ramellzee, Toxic C1, and Basquiat @ the Rhythm Lounge 1983

i hate to call it old skool. thats kind of dismissive, like calling all indigenous peoples history "before Christ", as if before then, it had no value, just a footnote until the coming of 'the Lord'. but this here, this is a piece of history. art history even.

if i have to explain who these guys are, u are in serious need of help. but let me say, i know some of u were problem still swimming in nutsacks when this was poppin, so allow me to re-introduce it to you.
Ramellzee, my mellow my man, and one of my all time favorites, Basquiat. really wish i coulda hung out wit dude.

this was a live jawn, especially keeping on mind that Basquiat is one of the most important pianters of all time. and he was stone cold bboy. loved him some hip hop. and this is good example of it. i believe this was a Basquiat event. i could be wrong. but here it is....West Coast styling....

Apollo Brown: Rhythm Roulette

this was a fun lil game. look forward to more posts of this series as there are more dope artists that took the same challenge. stay at me....

1st Annual Elements Of Hip Hop Jam, Philadephia

looks to be a live event, spearheaded by some official cats from the city. if ur in Philly this weekend, check it out. i know the graff writers will be in attendance. they always are.

New Video: REKS f/ Noreaga & Saigon “Garvey”

Brick Records is proud to present the REKS & Hazardis Soundz collaborative album Eyes Watching God. The concept album has the duo showcasing a contrast between “good and evil” beginning with a “God Side” and finishing with a “Devil Side.”  The CD artwork features a dual-image album cover showing both the 'Good' and 'Evil' sides, depending on what angle you view it from.   The Massachusetts lyricist linked up with the Queens native in South Florida to complete the album during the past year, and they enlisted N.O.R.E, Saigon, Fredro Starr, Termanology, Ruste Juxx, Dutch Rebelle and others to add to their cause.  The result is a highly conscious and fiercely political album.

"Working with REKS on this project has been a great experience. The creative process was organic and effortless. We were in the studio together for every song on the album and it was as simple as me showing Reks a beat and him picking up the pen and writing. Nothing was ever forced. I am really proud of this body of work and I'm very excited for the world to hear it." says Haz.

REKS adds, "It felt natural working with Haz.  He has a great ear for music and was interested in me trying beats I am not accustomed to spitting on. It helped me diversify myself a bit".   The chemistry between the two is evident throughout Eyes Watching God, which was released on CD and digitally on 7-15-14.

Today, REKS releases the visual for, “Garvey,” from Eyes Watching God, as he links up with Noreaga & Saigon for a titan collaboration.

Link to REKS f/ Noreaga & Saigon “Garvey” video:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Montana Colors Water Based Spray Paint 300

always in the lead always on the cutting edge, Montana Colors is always coming up with ways to help us create some of the newest freshest most vibrant works possible. and for so many that paint indoors these days, this is most definitely a thoughtful solution. environmentally friendly and with a 42 color palette, i dont see where no one will have a problem with getting it done.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new spray paint formulated with low odor resins, which are water-soluble and also pigments of the highest quality. Highly recommended for Fine Arts, graffiti and many other professional jobs. Perfect for interior or exterior work. Waterproof once dry. More info coming soon!
-52 colors.
-Anti-clog valve.
-Ergonomic format 300 ml.
-Feeling less fatigue when painting indoors or places with poor ventilation.
-Suitable for use on all types of surfaces, including polystyrene.
-Fresh stains can be removed with just soap and water during the first 20 – 25 minutes.
41 solid colors: Durable matte colors, featuring great resistance and opacity for all types of applications. 5 fluorescents: Intense and bright colors that react to exposure to “black light”. 2 metal colorsMetallic pigments and resin for great coverage and intense shine without staining at touch. 2 semitransparents: Paint of low opacity suitable for creating volume, glazing and effects. 2 varnishes: Transparent Varnish for universal use. Suitable for protection of all kinds of surfaces.
RV-222 / Cadmium Yellow Light
RV-1021 / Cadmium Yellow Medium
RV-177 / Azo Yellow Deep
RV-105 / Azo Orange Light
RV-2004 / Azo Orange
RV-209 / Azo Orange Deep
RV-223 / Cadmium Red Light
RV-3020 / Naphthol Red
RV-3004 / Carmine
RV-211 / Quinacridone Rose
RV-4010 / Quinacridone Magenta
RV-213 / Red Violet
RV-224 / Blue Violet Light
RV-225 / Blue Violet
RV-167 / Blue Violet Deep
RV-214 / Dioxazine Purple Light
RV-173 / Dioxazine Purple
RV-174 / Dioxazine Purple Deep
RV-29 / Phthalo Blue Light
RV-217 / Cerulean Blue
RV-30 / Prussian Blue
RV-69 / Cobalt Blue Light
RV-68 / Cobalt Blue
RV-5002 / Ultramarine Blue
RV-254 / Phthalo Green Blue
RV-219 / Turquoise Green
RV-21 / Emerald Green
RV-236 / Brilliant Yellow Green
RV-34 / Brilliant Light Green
RV-6018 / Brilliant Green
RV-1013 / Titanium Light
RV-135 / Naples Yellow
RV-137 / Raw Umber
RV-264 / Yellow Ocre
RV-265 / Raw Sienna
RV-266 / Burnt Umber
RV-7047 / Neutral Grey Light
RV-040 / Neutral Grey
RV-263 / Neutral Grey Deep
R-9010 / Titanium White
R-9011 / Carbon Black
Fluorescent / Yellow
Fluorescent / Red
Fluorescent / Fuchsia
Fluorescent / Green
Fluorescent / Blue
Metal Color / Silver
Metal Color / Gold
Semitransparent / White
Semitransparent / Black
Varnish / Glossy
Varnish / Matt

MTN WATER BASED Studio Works X KENOR from Montana Colors on Vimeo.

Friday, July 18, 2014

DUXS bombing trains in Dusseldorf and Paris

love seeing the boys get it in from all over the map. and i mean ALL over it. this was fresh lil video. to all my heads, enjoy....

F.U. and Godilla Album Release Party

Looks like its gonna be a good one tomorrow! The homie Spit Gemz AND the Buze Bruvas??? and ur boy might be swinging thru. you love hip hop and dont know where its at? THIS will be the place to be. 4th n Girard, off of the 15 trolley, the Blue Line stop at Girard is only a few blocks away, the number 57 bus lets off right on 3rd n Girard and the number 47 bus lets u off at 6th n Girard. leave the excuses at home.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I first heard of Cozz a couple of months ago with his initial SoundCloud upload "Dreams." With a lot of rappers out here talking about their lifestyles with the usual braggadocios exaggerations, the 20-year-old South Central rep comes through with an authentic viewpoint that praises his strength through the struggle. With only two songs on the internet, Cozz has already signed with J.Cole's Dreamville Records. His delivery spits the hunger of a true artist that barks at you with clarity and determination until he's fed. With mad potential and a solid mind there is much to expect from the rapper on the rise. 

In "Dreams" he declares:

Seems like Cozz is on his way. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mos International Playa....

Then the nitwits wanted to make a big deal about this being a skirt. Kanye had on skirt. this is what people was wearing BEFORE the European showed up. there was a history before then, you do realize that?

i was lookin thru the nets like i do, when i came across the story of Mos Def making it back to the US in time for Spike Lee's Block party. i was hit by the way the peoples was showing him love. not because folks dont show love, but it was the kind of love that he was gettin. it had respect drippin from it.

for me, sometimes i have a hard time with these revolution talk type dudes, because few of em actually practice what they preach. hey have a lot of rhetoric, but few actual push to establish something meaningful in the community, besides places to charge for performances, recorded music and merchandise. and im not saying that the baw going to the Motherland alone is enuff to fill that void. what i AM saying is that, its a good look.

i think in a lot of cases, people forget that this is a BIG world, because the speed of communication actually has u thinkin its small. there is almost 194 MILLION square miles to the planet earth, and this is the poor part. the vast resources in abundance, are abroad. to see the brother actually showing what it look like to be a modern day AfriCAN, modern, sophisticated, cultured, was a good  piece of media to see in this ocean of this swirling buffoonery that is this generation on the internet. i mean, nobody wanted to be a drug dealer when they was a kid. they decided to be one because they could SEE what they considered success in their immediate realm of possibilities and gravitated toward that. if what a person can see can lay a foundation, or at the very least raise the question, then im glad that these fools have a chance to see THIS.

Africa.... sike... this is Mississippi, dum dum
i think, far too many times, people in this country, and i would say more appropriately(?) minorities, or lets say, the brown (not just Mexican, there's a LOT of OTHER nationalities that are brown too) to black people think that there is no other place in the world to enjoy a healthy lifestyle where u can raise your kids in healthy and wholesome environment where they will be well rounded and cared for. media propaganda ALWAYS tends to make Africa look destabilized, dangerous, mysterious and disease ridden, at least in this country. because in Europe, plenty of people know better. Africa is a vacation destination for many people there. but here? hayll no! aint nobody takin that trip, jack. except for the baw (and a few others). and it was a good look.

now when these black and proud dudes actually start instituting programs outside of the arts, imma really give em some dap. til then... this'll do....

the other baw who took the trip. got right out of dodge. something tells me they know where to go over there to seek refuge...
DOUBLE LAYER CAKE. they get money over there. the largest reserve of diamonds is there, dum dum...

Florida be poppin in the summer. too bad this aint Florida. this Durban, South Africa. how YOU livin?....

Mozambique. i dont see no piss and shit floatin in the water here, dum dum... thems is YACHTS...

The Gushie: Miracle Watts

if any of you are on Facebook, yall have probably cam across this woman in any number of them groups, newsfeeds, tags, posts, whatever. she is literally all over that website. and with good reason. homegirl is just FINE. i mean, look at how brown she is. and the proportions? dynamite. she has perfects waist to ass/hips ratio. it comes together so nicely. and on top of the just naturally sexy drippin on the floor when she walk thru, she know how to carry it. i think thats one of the things that differentiate her, at least to me, from the others who flaunt it. when she get dressed, she look like she does this for a living. you get the clear impression of a professional. its what keeps her, no matter how much ass she shows, away from any THOT or ratchet levels. cause her thorobred level exceeds them all. go on an soak up some of this elegance. i gotchu...

i know u seen this one before. and i know, u'd love to see it comin to get a snack late at night... even if this was ur girl's sister from outta town...

ELEGANT. perfect for the man that lives in different worlds.  you can take her to the hip hop function, then button up the top and go strait to a meeting with her. if this wont seal the deal, nothing will.

look like she might wanna watch the game witchu, right?

you in the club, and THAT walks by...
ass lovers special. that ass can make the Klan say DAM!

keep goin... down.... down....
that ass was made to jump in and out of fly shit... makes u wanna grab the vaseline, dont it?

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