Todd James “Ice Cream Girl” Print

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Curated shares a new print from Todd James, aka Reas, who “knows one truth – the Summer is all about babes and ice cream. His latest print, available through Lazarides, hits on that theme. As for the particulars, it is a 13 color hand-screened print, sized at 75cm x 25cm, and produced in an edition of 50.”


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Video: Planet Asia ft. Tristate – Trouble

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Tri-State wearing The Originators Chick Hearn and Kareem Shirts…


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Video: Bun B & DJ Premier – Let Em Know (In-Studio)

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Bun and Preemo get together for a little in-studio performance video in support of their historic collaboration. Just a couple of Texas boys made good.


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Audio: 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) ft. Cassidy & Xzibit – Goin’ Back

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Listen to or Download 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) ft. Cassidy & Xzibit – Goin’ Back


Here’s the first actual leak from the 1982 album, out October 26th on Showoff/ST. Records.


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Wyclef To Run For President of Haiti

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Well, we might as well start calling this guy Mr. President now because I can’t imagine that Haiti isn’t going to elect him damn near unanimously. Or will they? Will his ubiquitous popularity in his homeland translate to a sweep of the election, or do Haitians only view him as an inspirational leader and not necessarily a political one? Can you even be elected to public office if you’ve made a song with ODB? Either way, how sick would that be if he wins?


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Nike Sportswear Air Force 1 “Patent Sport Red”

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Patent leather and sneakers have long held a symbiotic relationship amongst the two as we’ve seen more than an ample amount featuring the shiny material. In a new release for this season, the Air Force 1 low combines patent leather with a further texturized
leather to create an understated colorway. Also entering the picture are minor hits of “Sport Red”.


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Nike Sportswear Air Force 1 Borough Pack

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In the run up to the World Basketball Festival (WBF) in New York, Nike Sportswear is releasing a new collection of Air Force 1′s featuring colors, materials and inspiration drawn from the identity of each of the city’s boroughs. These five supreme-level shoes will debut in limited quantities this Saturday, July 31st, across the city as summer hoops season heats up. Each of the five shoes within the collection are varsity-inspired, with graphics on the exterior heel and sock liner, special borough exclusive ‘BE’ nod on the tongue, limited edition ‘1898’ labret honoring the year the boroughs were consolidated and printed laces.


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Today’s Photograph

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The Simpsons ‘Duff Beer’ & ‘Flaming Moe’ Energy Drinks

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Fans of The Simpsons are no doubt familiar with Duff Beer and the Flaming Moe. Both beverages have been turned into energy drinks (Duff has an orange flavour, and the Flaming Moe has a more typical energy drink taste) and although the market needs a new energy drink like Homer needs a new comb, it’s worth picking them up if for nothing else, then for their sentimental value.


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Video: Black Milk – Album of The Year [Official Trailer]

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The month of September will be playing host to many great releases from the likes of The Roots and John Legend, Bilal, Kanye West, and many more . Not to be forgotten is Black Milk’s new LP, Album of The Year, set to drop September 14th via Fat Beats/Decon Records.


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Tonight in LA: “Come As You Are” Group Show @ Prism Gallery

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This Thursday July 29, 2010, Prism Gallery are hosting the opening of “Come As You Are,” a group show featuring Os Gemeos, Kelsey Brookes, Clare Rojas, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Susanne Melanie Berry, Richard Colman, Cheryl Dunn, Dennis Hopper (RIP,) Craig Steeyk, Deanna Templeton and Ed Templeton. Certainly worth a visit if you’re in town.

Prism Gallery
8746 W Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069.


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Krink K-12 Paint Marker

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The Krink K-12 is a unique paint marker featuring a durable steel fine-point tip with a squeezable body. Filled with 12ml of rich, opaque ink, the maker can be used on light or dark surfaces, be it metal, canvas, wood, glass, plastic, or paper. Quick drying, highest quality, made in the USA. Now available in black, silver, red, and purple.


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Video: “Visions of Visionaries” – DJ Neil Armstrong

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VISIONS OF VISIONARIES WITH NEIL ARMSTRONG | MADE from MADE Blog on Vimeo.


For MADE’s latest “Visions of Visionaries” segment, they spoke with DJ Neil Armstrog about his passion for music, how it all got started, his work with Jay-Z and much more.


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Takashi Murakami Exhibition @ The Chateau de Versailles

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World renowned Japanese super flat artist Takashi Murakami will bring his talents to France for a special exhibition in September at the iconic Chateau de Versailles. The show looks to kick off on September 14th, running through December 12th, 2010. Takashi offers some words below of his excitement for the upcoming showcase.

“For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.
Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building.

But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality. So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition. I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château. With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.”


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Video: Step-Panther “Fight Like a Knight” (2010)

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Step Panther – Fight like a Knight from paige on Vimeo.

Unofficial/fan video.

sweet tunes by step-panther: www.myspace.com/steppanther


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Audio: Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla (Mixtape)

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Download Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla (Mixtape)

Gangsta Gibbs drops the Str8 Killa No Filla free mixtape in anticipation of his Str8 Killa EP, on sale August 3rd via Decon Records.

Mixed by Statik Selektah.

1. Dollar$ 4 Dope (Intro) (Produced by Rome)
2. Face Down (Produced by Develop)
3. National Anthem (Fuck The World) (Produced by L.A. Riot Music) | Music Video
4. Born 2 Roll
5. Str8 Killa No Filla ft. Big Kill (Produced by Block Bettaz)
6. In My Hood ft. L.E.P. Bogus Boys (Produced by Finger Roll)
7. Rep 2 Tha Fullest ft. Jay Rock (Prod. by DJ Burn One & B Flat Trax)
8. Slammin’
9. Live By The Game (Produced by Block Bettaz)
10. Serve Or Get Served (Interlude) (Produced by Statik Selektah)
11. P.S.A. (Pussy So Amazin’) (Produced by DJ Burn One)
12. Personal OG (Produced by Block Bettaz)
13. Best Friend (Produced by Speakerbomb)
14. Do Wrong ft. Pill (Produced by Koncept)
15. My City ft. V.P. & D-Edge
16. Crushin’ Feelin’s (Produced by Statik Selektah)
17. Goon Shit ft. Sick Jacken & Planet Asia (Prod. by Josh The Goon)
18. The Ghetto | Music Video
19. Rock Bottom ft. Bun B (Produced by K-Salaam & Beatnick)
20. 4681 Broadway (Prod. by L.A. Riot Music)
21. Slangin’ Rocks (Produced by Speakerbomb)


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Slum Village’s T3 Says Latest Album Almost Didn’t Happen

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It all started with three: Baatin, T3, and J. Dilla. Otherwise known as the underground hip-hop trio from Detroit called Slum Village.

In 2006, the group were hit hard by the loss of Dilla, aka Jay Dee, and again in 2009 when Baatin passed away. But with the help of member Elzhi, who joined in 2001, the group have released their sixth studio album, Villa Manifesto, which serves as both a reunion and memorial album.

“This record started out one way while Baatin was alive and then it transformed into another way after he passed,” member T3 tells BallerStatus.com. “We had some Dilla beats that no one ever heard and some Dilla vocals that no one ever heard, and we just put it together and it came together magically. I think it’s because I got their blessing to do this album.”

When asked what listeners are going to learn from this album, T3 explained: “You’re gonna learn what’s been going on with all of the tragedies we had to deal with. This album is all from a vision, a conversation that me and Dilla had before he passed. We talked about doing a reunion album with him, Baatin, and l.”

Despite the project’s release, finishing the project wasn’t Slum Village’s initial plans. “Two years passed, I was going through my grievance. I said I didn’t want to do an album without them.” But with tracks already done with both Dilla and Baatin, T3 went through with it.

T3 credits their success to their loyal fans — or as he likes to call them, supporters. Ironically, support plays a major part in this group’s life, after the drama and tragedies they have experienced.

“I wouldn’t even be doing half of this stuff if they didn’t support us through all the ups and downs, the member changes, and members passing away. I definitely appreciate it and that’s whats been keeping us around.”

Supporters of Slum Village can expect this album to stay true to their style, but they’ve also got a little something for the new listeners. “You gotta withstand your ground, but at the same time you still gotta develop and be fresh,” said T3.

Slum Village’s Villa Manifesto is in stores now. It features the likes of Dwele, De La Soul, Little Brother, Colin Munroe and Phife and production by Young RJ, J. Dilla, Dave West, Hi-Tek, and Mr. Porter.

The first single, “Faster,” features Colin Munroe and was produced by Young RJ. Follow them on Twitter at @SlumVillage313.


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Freddie Gibbs: National Anthem (F*** The World) (Music Video)

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Buzzing Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs drops the official music video for his lead single, “National Anthem (F*** The World)”, off his Decon EP, Str8 Killa, set for release August 3rd.

The rapper hails from Gary, Indiana, but is now based in Southern California, according to Wikipedia. He was previously signed by Interscope Records, but left the label without an album being released. Now, he’s back on his indie grind.

His other single, “Oil Money”, is currently available on iTunes.


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Video: Kanye West Performs New Music @ Twitter Headquarters

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Kanye’s social networking tour continues, and we now have footage of him performing at the twitter headquarters. Listen to some more acapella bars off of his upcoming album (not titled Good Ass Job, no new name yet). In case you didn’t hear, Yeezy has officially joined twitter.


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