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.

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