Beautiful Jo Birthday Blunt Shirt My man Fern Rock is the King. When Polaroids weren't popular anymore he was up in all of our/his parties taking flicks that will forever haunt us. Up top ^ a couple of the infamous ones.
I put my first song on iTunes this Friday and it was a momentous occasion. Then on Saturday I went and played it for Wyclef Jean at his studio in New York. Although the song won't officially go on sale until September, you can have it now for free because I love you guys.
The advertising of Legambiente PIM: under the carpet. Very interesting. I've always respected the art of advertising and maybe if I didn't rap it would have been a career path I would have liked to explore.
Semtex has a good voice for this shit and he asks relevant questions. It's official, MGMT is on Blueprint 3. I'm sorry if I seem like I have an agenda here but well, I do. Before Jim Jones, before Hov, T.Shirt was the first to do a record with MGMT. Just for the record so nobody gets anything confused.
I spoke about this joint some months ago and when nobody had it, I did. So exclusive I was living, the kid J Cole actually sent over a couple pretty cool emails asking me to take it down so he can master and such. So I did.
*If you don't remember, this is the song Jay-Z heard somehow, some way, loved and then signed J Cole as the first artist on Roc Nation.
My mothafucking Mans and 'em. Dred's Hot Mop Films has quietly built an impressive resume over the last few years with nothing more than sheer drive and blunt pictures. In 2009 we see them move full steam ahead working with everybody, from Sweden's own Adam Tensta, long time collaborators New York's T.Shirt & Will Divide, Nina Sky and many more. We might even get a short 35mm film from the young company before the year's end. At least that's what we're hoping.
Due to Adam Yauch's scary, cancerous tumor, the Beastie Boys have backed out as headliners for the concert series taking place July 31-August 2 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. This will be Hov's first American Festival. Tickets have more than quadrupled in price. That last part isn't true. Purchase tickets here come friday morning.
*By the way. MGMT are reportedly guests on Blueprint 3.
This song sounds so big and beautiful, my God. It's Produced by DJ Khalil and it was recorded around the time Nas was working on his Untitled project. I hope this finds it's way to our ears in it's entirety one day soon.
Maybe I told you a while back on my Twitter I was doing this. Anyway New Music Tuesday is upon us and I'm dropping this shit right now. I was gonna get it mastered and all that but fuck it, take it as is, ugly and all. I didn't like all the greasy talk about one of the greatest rap poets ever so I took it upon myself to think about how he must be feeling and wrote a rap as the nigga. Then me, as Nas, hit T.Shirt and told him to speak on everything going on in the rap game the only way T.Shirt knows how. Sound confusing? Take a listen.
My good niggas 2ESAE & Ski NYC show you how the fuck to do this graf shit. I believe that's music by Will Divide as well. "The whole crew up in this mothafucka, we spray corners, stand there like you got a cape on ya"
Earlier today I was talking to Cara about some fall looks and what we plan to do. Saw these a little later in the _________ store window. Ralph Lauren's Polo is easily one of my top 2 favorite brands of all time.
*Update* I held these in my hand. They're phenomenal.
I was there. I liked what I saw. I pulled out my iPhone and got some practice in. I call it unofficial because Hot Mot Films was on the scene shooting HD 3 cameras deep. Can't mess with those guys. Enjoy !
Creative Director Osa of Complete Technique is my mothafuckin' man. He's seen here on one of his bikes in a G-Shock ad for Complex Magazine. We know Osa from way back when he used to get his precious metal from my brother Rosky in the Diamond District. Good to see homie moving forward.
You've seen his work before. My man's handmade jewelry is no joke.
*Bonus* Osa's laced me more than a few times. Whattttup boyy.
There was a trending topic on Twitter that was "In 1998 I" and I got inspired to let you guys into what I was doing over 10 years ago in Queens. I don't have a picture on my computer from back then so here's the lyrics to the second verse of a freestyle I did with the kid Spinnmaster.
I run around but I'm never rushed talk loud but I'm never hushed you? you like committed you look but you never touch I can say this anyway you want me to say it look, we gon play the way Style wanna play it you ain't fuckin' with me even your son looks up to me money, you ain't raising a man you raising a fan you play on these streets but you'd break in the can and yo, any questions, raise your hand it's been, get some dough I ain't change the plan no, chilling in the Range, ain't the same in a van niggas wanna bomb your ride I'm calm, I survive and they never let you be till you hit that swan dive play that back and tell me, it sound like real fear? I've been astounded, surrounded and look, I'm still here I don't walk with my head down or talk lower in fact, I walk slower, through your whole crew I don't ride the front of the bus or cross the street how it look to the workers if the boss is sweet? Blaaow !
*I started with "Shiiit, you telling me ?! When the fuck I'm supposed to ready ?!?!" because right before Spinnmaster hit play he asked me mockingly if I was ready. I spit the whole fucking thing in one take.
If you're interested in Drake and how he's gotten where he is right now, this is a great feature. In detail it describes how the kid went from being "basically a zero in the music world, unsigned and virtually unknown" to "working on his debut album, "Thank Me Later," with Justin Timberlake".
I've been watching a lot of interviews lately getting our first one with Adam Tensta ready for you guys. Should be nice, my vision for the project as a whole is a lot different than most of what I've been seeing.
Some recent chatter about these within the camp made me go back and revisit these specific sneakers from Louis Vuitton and Kanyeezy. These two color schemes are undoubtedly my favorite. They can be mine or yours for one of them $1000 dollar bills my Abuelita got stashed for the kid. Yes they exist.
*Bonus* I hate posting anything poor quality but I saw this picture on the Lifefiles and I fell in love with it. Nothing like holding your beautiful bitch just like this and sharing a few secrets from the world. I'm thinking about you Lan.. Anyway, peep Jay's feet to see the connection.
Beautifully shot on film by Peter James Lee of Cassette. I want a video that looks this. The House Of Cassette is an independent clothing brand from downtown, Los Angeles with a strong creative background I can really get behind. Great stuff guys.
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*Unless you're an ill rapper, or an ill artist in general, these don't mean shit.
Now you see, that's what the fuck I'm talking about. Marty Scorcese makes classics. Some of the biggest, most cinematic visions of people's lives in the history of the genre. Now he has been handed the reigns of a biopic about legendary singer Frank Sinatra. No casting decisions have been announced as yet, but it looks like Leo is being considered something fierce.
I wish someone spoke up about giving some (not more than a couple actually deserve it) of these rappers the same kind of respect.
I can't sit here and pretend like I was the biggest Pun fan. I can't rap along with most of his shit but I'll tell you this. I completely respect what the brown nigga did, and I think he was incredible. This is just some documentary type thing they're putting out but I'm not sure how I feel about these "Feature Films" about rappers. There's no respect given to what these guys did. I didn't even see Notorious. Don't talk to me about that shit. As a matter of fact, peep my next post to understand what I mean.
I've seen this a few places and it's funny cause it didn't really mean much to me. Lemme explain. Nas is one of my favorite rappers but off the bat I felt like this couldn't teach me anything because of how long ago it came out. Damn near 20 years ago things were a lot different and the music business was a different place. Anyway, I decided to download it myself because regardless of anything, it's an incredible thing to own. Put it on and think of what this little nigga Nas was up to, thinking about, getting into while writing and recording these joints. Was he scared he'd never make it? Was he excited and confident? Word is, Nas took this tape to Faith Newman-Orbach and David Kahne at Columbia Records after getting deaded by Russell Simmons at Def Jam the same day.
*YN found this quote and I thought it was fascinating.
"He sounds like G Rap, and G Rap don't sell no records. I'm not fuckin' with Nas."— Russell Simmons
This week the new Madonna will make Billboard history when her song "LoveGame" hits number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40. That will make three No. 1 singles from her debut album, The Fame, which already sold 1,162,000 copies. I love this bitch. She's crazy and she can really sing.