Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

‘94 We’re Here and ‘95 We’re Gone.

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Rap City used to be pretty live!  Are there even live performances on it these days?

The things that I like about this video are as follows:

1. They filmed it at night. A lot of the best Rap City performances were in the afternoon before shows, but this performance has a different, darker vibe.   The video for this song was mostly daytime shots too, but they do have a night shot that makes a couple quick edits in the video.  I like the way it sets off the Attic beat, just fits the mood.

2. The crew is always in the shot. This was an early Much staple and I always wonder if they enjoyed the music or even felt comfortable being in the middle of an impromptu rap video?  It’s a great contrast either way.

3. Infinite! He wasn’t in the group for that long but he clearly had a big role in this particular performance. He just jumps off the tables and grabs the mic to kick his verse with youthful energy. What’s up with a reunion fellas? Attic still has beats!  I did like the Infinite song on the newest Rich Kidd mixtape so he’s still circulating. Where are Quadro and Dolo?

4. Their camouflage kits. They are wearing similar joints in the video, you know that wasn’t a stylist getting their outfits. That was some Yonge St military surplus for sure and they were keeping that look consistent.

I hope that the recent energy and attention towards the music scene in Toronto helps motivate the elder statesmen like Ghetto Concept to leak out some new tunes, even old music we never heard. We have videos and audio for days, but there’s probably so many songs that never saw the light of day. Hit us up. Toronto, stand up!

Commercial Real Estate Part 6

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

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How about the Zubaz type pattern on these shoes? This guy was drafted in 1991 and just retired this last year?

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The all time rushing leader, Jazzy Jeff, Brooke Shields, Mr. October??? Nothing could have made this a respectable commercial, it is laughable by today’s standards.

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Wrapping this edition up with a commercial from Trespass.

Commercial Real Estate Part 5

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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The first clip above is from about 1992. The clip really does speak for itself. The sideways pink ball cap kinda of sums it all up. You know what I am sprayin?

Below is another Foot Locker commercial. This time John Stockton guest stars in the clip. While Stockton may not be exactly hip hop related there is no denying the NBA/basketball connection to the art form.

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Eric B Minus Rakim

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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Check the Mark “Action” Jackson T-Shirt. Eric B lays out his charity basketball team’s game plan for the former Knicks guard’s hoop event.

Music Video Vault : Willie D “You Still Black”

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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Willie D…..the guy is one of a kind that is for sure. No one would ever confuse him for the greatest rapper alive, but dammit if he didn’t keep coming with solo records. I always felt that his best calling was as part of the Geto Boys, being in a group. I could always feel Willie’s uncomfortableness with Prince J’s decision to put him with Face and Bushwick. He did come to Rap-A-Lot as a solo artist after all. His verses were never philosophical, but rather to the point. D never messed with subtlety, he was more in your face. Check out this ode to the those who forgot who they really are.

I Got A Letter From the Government…….

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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S1W’s, Pre VH1 Flavor Flav & Ice Cube in a Raiders jacket. These youngsters today have no idea. My only regret is that Cube is in about 5 seconds total.

Givin MC’s Lock Jaw

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Come on, lets jump in Mix-A-Lot’s 750 Beamer. He takes us on a trip to see his old stomping grounds and telling tales of the hood and roll models not giving back. We get a small glimpse of Mix-A-Lot’s self owned studio.

Live Hardcore Worldwide

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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KRS-One is well regarded as having the illest live shows. Taking it from Jack of Spades to My Philosophy wrapping this clip up with I’m Still #1. For all you new jacks out there, you do realize that The Blastmaster was married to that thing floating around sharing the spotlight on stage with him right? Extra kudos for the sound system that allows Kris to be audible & also for there not being 27 guys on stage each one with a mic.

Commercial Real Estate Part 4

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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Here is the 4th installment of my commercial series. This one doesn’t have as much to do with hip hop as the others. But, as we all know sports has a lot to do with the hip hop culture as well. First up is Scotty Pippen and Prince Be of PM Dawn in a Nike commercial. And is that white boy passing the ball, Dan Marjele?

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Next I have an ancient commercial from 1978 promoting Atari. Features Pete Rose, Pele & Mr. Roper himself.

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This one has bad quality but still cracks me up none the less. Have you seen a bigger group of homers?

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Final one here is a commercial for Chuck D’s ill fated clothing line-Rapp Style. Look for the T-Money cameo.

It Takes Two

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Ever wonder what makes Rob Base and Dj Ez Rock tick? Well, you can finally answer all those questions about the most successful 2 hit wonders in rap history.  Our max Alex Winters catches up with both of them for an up close and personal interview about what their sound is about and even gets into Dj Ez Rock’s unexplained absence from the group.  My personal favourite part about this interview is that Ez Rock is wearing his promo t-shirt from Muchmusic with his shearling coat, I’m sure Michael Williams is somewhere smiling about that one.