Video: Aloe Blacc “Femme Fatale”

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As if you needed further convincing to go get Aloe Blacc’s new album, Good Things, check out his latest vid. Aloe covers Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale” for his latest single. Femme fatale or not, I can’t fault Aloe for falling for that leading lady. There are some real stunning black and white images in this visual, definitely on some film noir ish. Video directed by Alan Algee. Good Things is in stores now.


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Air Jordan II Black/White

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Jordan Brand welcomes back another rendition of the Air Jordan II with this simple black/white makeup for Fall 2010. A bit different than the previous black/chrome version, these feature a much nicer contrast in color as well as texture, with the uppers taking on a sheen finish as opposed to the pebbled leather result from the 2004 release. Crisp white highlights come by way of the outsoles, inner lining, tongue logo and lace accents, with black nubuck uppers leading the way. Look out for a release next month through Jordan Brand retail accounts.


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Video: Aloe Blacc at The Do Over LA

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With the makings of our generation’s contemporary voice of soul, Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc performed at adidas Originals’ The Do Over party. On the heels of his single for HBO’s hit series, “How to Make It in America”, Aloe Blacc has also enjoyed the release of a recent album. “Good Things” marks his second album and a progression over the last few years from his debut album four years ago.


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Video: San Francisco – The Miniature City

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San Francisco: The Miniature City from MINIMUS on Vimeo.

San Francisco: The Miniature City is a special look into one America’s most interesting cities. Post-processed to create the tilt-shift or “miniature” effect, the tour of San Francisco uncovers many of the West Coast city’s most iconic landmarks as well as peering into everyday life. While the video draws immediate comparisons to The Sand Pit which focused on New York City, the overview of San Francisco is still a much different landscape. The video was created by Shukhrat Pardaev of MINIMUS DESIGN.


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Concrete Messages: Street Art on the Israeli – Palestinian Separation Barrier

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The separation barrier draws the strict boundary between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Zia Krohn and Joyce Lagerweij’s book “Concrete Messages” combines interviews with both local and well-known artists, with pictures of their works on the walled part of the barrier. Exploring the role of the artists, the book features the works of Banksy, Blu, Ericailcane, Faile, JR, Know Hope, Paul Insect, Sam3 and Swoon among others. World famous pop-artist Ron English is also featured and said of the book’s subject: “Street art has probably always been the most important art forum for the instigation of social change. I started doing it around 1979. Street art gives you immediate and direct access to the public. To me it means freedom.” Set for release on November 15, Concrete Messages is available to pre-order now at Amazon.


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Jose Parlà Mural for “The Concord Project” Preview

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The city of Toronto has partnered up with the Concord Pacific to create an public art exhibit called “The Concord Project”. The first works featured are from renown Brooklyn artist Jose Parlà who is known for his graffitiesque paintings. The artist has implemented two huge panels as his canvas, which display his signature style and will soon be unveiled to the general public.


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Chi-Town: Dare 2 Dream Presents The Roots @ The House of Blues December 4th

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Chi-Town, here’s your chance to see a great show and help out a good cause at the same time. On December 4th at The House of Blues in Chicago, Platform One will be presenting their latest installment of Dare 2 Dream, a benefit concert and silent auction series. The latest edition will be starring The Roots and will be supporting The People’s Music School. The People’s Music School is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides musical education opportunities for those who otherwise would not be able to afford them. “We are honored and excited to be performing at Dare 2 Dream,” said The Roots band members, “It’s causes like this that inspire the fabric of our work. We couldn’t be happier to help raise awareness & funding to support education in Chicago.”


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Audio: 2010 Official A3C Mixtape (Part 1)

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Listen to or Download 2010 Official A3C Mixtape (Part 1)

The Originators will be invading The 2010 A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta this year. The fest goes down from October 7th- 9th and features an array of panel discussions and performances from over 200 + legends and up and comers in the game. To make sure y’all are ready for what’s about to go down, A3C has teamed with SMKA to bring you a two part official 2010 A3C Mixtape, featuring a sampling of the artists set to perform. Today, we get part 1 of the mixtape, featuring Chaundon, Diamond District, Sha Stimuli, Cymarshall Law, Jean Grae, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Spectac & Amir, Joe Scudda and more.

1. 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) ft. Bun B & Masspike Miles – “You Should Go Home”
2. Chaundon – “Y’all Don’t Want It”
3. Diamond District – “I Mean Business”
4. Aleon Craft – “Yoga Flame”
5. Mistah FAB ft. Lil Boosie & Yo Gotti – “Done It All”
6. Sha Stimuli – “Am I Different pt. 2”
7. Soul Khan ft. Akie Bermiss – “Fahrenheit”
8. Crooked I – “Everythang Dirty”
9. Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam (Everliven Sound) ft. El da Sensei – “Elements”
10. Punchline ft. Wordsworth – “Don’t Get Married”
11. Jean Grae ft. Styles P & Talib Kweli – “R.I.P.”
12. Killer Mike & T.I.P – “Ready Set Go”
13. RE ft. Short Dawg – “Feelin’ Some Kinda Way”
14. The Jacka ft. Andre Nickatina – “Glamorous Lifestyle”
15. Spectac & Amiri – “As If”
16. Senor Kaos ft. Fresh Daily – “You Couldn’t Relate”
17. Young Scolla – “Stare”
18. Thee Tom Hardy – “I’m Grinnin'”
19. Joe Scudda – “Open For Business”
20. Cloudeater – “Decade”


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Nike SB Dunk Mid “Realtree”

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Continuing its familiar hunting theme, once seen on the Dunk Low, Nike SB presents its “Realtree” Dunk Mid. Implementing its “Realtree” motif, a camouflage print used by animal hunters, the kicks sport the print throughout the entire upper, complimented with orange and brown accents.


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Hong Kong: KAWS Book Signing @ “Passing Through” Exhibition

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Popular contemporary artist KAWS has just announced that he will be doing a book signing on October 4 at Harbour City, Hong Kong. This will provide many fans with the opportunity not only to get to book signed, but to get it a couple of weeks earlier than most retailers. The eponymous book has been long awaited; undoubtedly this is one to get up early for.


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Audio: Big Remo – The Game (Tre4) (prod. 9th Wonder)

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Listen to or Download Big Remo – The Game (Tre4) (prod. 9th Wonder)

Big Remo’s Entrapment is out today, cop it on either iTunes or Amazon. 9th Wonder wants to know if you see it in an actual store though.


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Audio: Devin The Dude – Jus Coolin (prod. Big Hollis)

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Listen to or Download Devin The Dude – Jus Coolin (prod. Big Hollis)

The single is set to appear on Devin’s Gotta Be Me album, dropping November 2nd via Real Talk Entertainment.


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Beastie Boys, LL Cool J Among 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

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This year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced this week, and it includes a very eclectic group of acts … including two iconic hip-hop acts.

Punk-inspired legends, the Beastie Boys, and LL Cool J and among the 15 acts on the 2011 nominees list, as well as rockers Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, and crooner Neil Diamond, among others.

500 voters decide who gets inducted into the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Both LL and the Beasties have received previous nods without making it into the Hall.

To be nominated, musicians have to meet the Rock Hall’s standard induction requirement of releasing a first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

With hip-hop just breaking into mainstream music in the early ’80s, the genres presence on the esteemed list is scarce.

The few hip-hop acts to be inducted include Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2007, and Run-DMC in 2009 who were presented with the honor by Eminem during the induction ceremony.

Inductees will be announced in December with the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony following in March 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.


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Video: Fat Beats NYC – A Retrospective

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Sadly on September 4th Fat Beats NYC closed their doors one last time. The landmark record shop didn’t go out with some big time in-store performances during its’ last few weeks of existence. Courtesy of RJM Media, here are some interviews with some artists discussing their Fat Beats memories outside the shop on its’ final day. Raven speaks with A.G., Sadat X, DJ JS-1, Ras Kass, Rahzel, Daru Jones, and more.


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NYC: The 3rd Annual Royal Family Ball @ Terminal 5 October 2nd

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LOL we might have flyer of the year honors on this one right here. On Saturday October 2nd, SOULIVE will be headlining the 3rd Annual Royal Family Ball at Terminal 5 in NYC. The night will feature special guests John Scofield, Talib Kweli, Christian Scott, and Big Sam – along with The Royal Family’s own Shady Horns, Lettuce, and Nigel Hall.


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Amos James Jarvis “Caleb” Figure

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Illustrator James Jarvis’ Caleb character from the daily ‘Wisdom of Caleb‘ strip makes his way to the vinyl realm with this upcoming figure from Jarvis’ own Amos Toys. Rumor has it that seven variations of this 6-inch high toy will be available come November.


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Video: The Original Fat Cap Chair

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Earlier this year, industrial designer Sander van Heukelom presented two conceptual pieces inspired by graffiti culture. Originally created as part of an exhibition, the Fat Cap design will now make its way into a commercial release. This video documents the process from sketch to finish for the chairs which will be available this fall through FatCapChair.com.


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