Music: CRZY by Kehlani

kehlanicrzyWhat I’m bumping on my steps walking?  The latest by Oakland native Kehlani with the song CRZY.  It’s a smoking in-your face bass bumping track.  She has drop two mixtapes:  Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here.

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Music: The Music Masterminds – Full Force

fullforcecoverJames Brown, Isaac Hayes, UTFO, Hall & Oates, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Samantha Fox, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Britney Spears, Selena, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna – just to name a few.  What do all these musicians have in common?  Full Force!  Before producer/writing teams like Stock Aitken & Waterman (SAW), The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo) and Cheiron Studios (Max Martin & Denniz PoP.  More than just producers/writers/remixers – Full Force is a band too.  I grew up in the 80’s listening to many Full Force produced jams.  Check their interview out on Sway’s Universe.

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Music: Niykee Heaton on Sway’s Universe

niykeeheatonWhat’s on my iPod?  Playing Niykee Heaton’s latest album “The Bedroom Tour Playlist.”  Niykee appears on Sway’s Universe to talk about rise from a Instagram/YouTube artist from her bedroom and why she covered rap songs.  She also discusses her South African roots, family background, the pitfalls & traps of the music industry and growing up in “white” suburban Chicago.

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Music: Kid ‘n Play

housepartycoverOne of the top rap duos I listened to growing up in the 1980s was Kid ‘n Play.  I remember watching House Party on VHS and jamming to “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.”  Sway in the Morning does in-depth interview with the rap duo on the past, present and future of Kid ‘n Play.

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Rocksmith Winter 2015 Collection with Kap G

RocksmithOneGet hyped for Rocksmith’s Winter 2015 Collection dropping now!  Mexican-American hip hop artist Kap G reps the Rocksmith Winter 2015 Lookbook with a futuristic space-tech themed capsule collection entitled “Bass Odyssey.”

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Stussy x A Tribe Called Quest Capsule Collection

atcqstussycoverNYC and the musical genre of hip-hop are synonymous and this summer 2015, Stussy celebrates the iconic NYC rap group A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ).  ATCQ music heavily influenced Stussy’s work in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and this Stussy capsule collection showcases it.

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Rocksmith x Diamond Supply Co. = Superior Sight & Sound Collection

ROCKSMITH-DIAMOND-PIC-1Music/lifestyle apparel brand Rocksmith is at again with a new collaboration with iconic streetwear brand Diamond Supply Co. with the Superior Sight & Sound mini-capsule collection.  The theme and concept for this collection is the ’90s era mixtape cassette.  Remember that?

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Rocksmith Summer 2015 Lookbook

RS-SUM15-3Just dropping into clothing racks and shelves now is the Rocksmith Summer 2015 Collection.  Music/lifestyle apparel brand Rocksmith’s theme for the summer is future/retro mixing fabrics and using popular colors from sneakers to rep their summer collection.  If you’re looking for something to rock this summer like graphic tees, hats and shorts, take a look at Rocksmith.

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Viral Video Friday: The SlumGods of Mumbai

slumdogsmumbaiNo, this isn’t Slumdog Millionaire but “SlumGods of Dharavi.”  This Guardian News short-documentary takes viewers inside the slums of Mumbai, where kids are using breakdancing as a way out.  We follow the journey of 15 year-old Vikram who wants to be a b-boy star.

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The Artist Series: NEW ERA x Kid Cudi

kidcudicollectionLook fly with this NEW ERA’s Artist Series collab with musician/actor Kid Cudi.  It features a couple of cool looking snapback hats and urban-style backpack.  Check this video as Kid Cudi explains his vision and thoughts about his NEW ERA Artist Series Collection.

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Kidrobot x Snoop Dogg

snoopdoggcoverIconic hip/hop rapper and leader of the G-funk movement Snoop Dogg is now “Dunnified” with this Kidrobot 7″ vinyl figure.  Our Ramen host “The Eddie” takes an in-depth look at this Snoop Dogg figure.

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DC Shoes x Wu Tang Collection

dcshoeswutangThe groundbreaking hip hop album by the Wu-Tang Clan “Enter the Wu-Tang – 36 Chambers” was released in November 1993 and 20 years has passed since that iconic album.  Now DC Shoes and Wu-Tang collab and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album.

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Go Back to School with Adidas x Run DMC

run dmcThe Adidas Unite Originals is back with a new collection this Fall/Winter 2013 with collaboration with iconic rap group Run DMC, DJ A-Trak and Adidas.  1,000 Limited Edition Superstar 80s sneakers kick-off this collection and an assortment of hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants will round out this collection.

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Coloring Book Not for Kids

gangsta rap coloring book 00This coloring book – Gangsta Rap Coloring Book is definitely not for the kids, but for fans of gangsta rap.  The art book features 45 rap artist from KRS One, Tupac and Biggie.  Now I get dust off my box of Crayola crayons from the attic and start coloring.

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MC Frontalot – “I’ll Form The Head”

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My nerdcore hip-hop tune for the week – MC Frontalot with “I’ll Form The Head” featuring Dr Awkward and ZeaLouS1.  A cool tribute to the iconic ’80s Voltron Lions cartoon.

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Viral Video Friday: 8-Bit Blues!

Check out this wicked MV by Kid Koala – 8-bit Blues:

 

Spotlight #5: Ozomatli

Retrenders Spotlight took in the eclectic rhythms and musical tapestry of L.A.-based, Ozomatli, during part of the City’s summertime Stern Grove Festival.

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French-Chilean Hip Hop Artist – Ana Tijoux

The French-Chilean musician, Ana Tijoux has been one of the most prominent independent MC hip-hop artists and has recently seen her popularity rise.  She built her reputation from the ground up in the independent music scene with her group Makiza, in Chile, in the 1990s.  Then in 2001, through some unforeseen moments in life, she decided to break apart from the band and the music scene all together, and went back to France.

It wasn’t until 2004 that she returned to Chile and connected with funk Chilean band Aluzinati, where she then became a featured artist in Control Machete’s album, Uno Dos Bandera, and worked on a soundtrack with Julieta Venegas. She even reunited with Makiza for a short time, but realized she really wanted to pursue a solo career.

In 2007, she released her solo album, Kaos, and she was nominated in Latin America’s version of the MTV Video Music Awards as Best New Artist.

In 2009, she released her 2nd solo album titled, 1977, which was a return to her rap roots and a homage to hip hop. The album was autobiographical and dealt with the complications she endured in life.

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Kidrobot All City Breakers

allcitybreakerscoverToy Army Men?  No.  These 2″ plastic toys are All City Breakers from Kidrobot.  For the B-boy and B-girl fan.

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The Reign of Supreme

Business of Fashion (BoF) has put out an in-depth 2-part article on the rise NYC street brand Supreme.  Over the years, there have been many urban clothing labels trend in and then fade out, but Supreme has stood over the test of time as a leader in the street scene and fashion world.

Check out the 2-part article @ BoF – Supreme – Part 1; BoF – Supreme – Part 2.

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