Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Solace | Earl Sweatshirt

Tryn' make some sense
of all this shit in my brain...


music from when I hit the bottom and found something

Following his recently released 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside' album, Earl has dropped a 10 minute project named 'Solace', in which he dedicates to his mother Cheryl Harris. Contrary to the name, it has the same feel of his album. 
Release anyway you can lil' homie..keep your head up.
'I ain't been in prison, but the feeling's the same...'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mood :: Termination X to the Edge of Panic | Public Enemy


A Diplomatic House :: DIPSET and Cam'ron faced Shower Curtains x Pillows now for Sale


I saw a girl with this shower curtain (above) last week and thought to myself... oh..em..gee.  I did a little research and saw that there are actually more offerings of the shower curtain.  A 'Purple Haze' and 'Diplomat' logo version is, also, available.  Dipset didn't stop there.  On the site, you can, also, find pillows, duvets, grinder(s) for sale.  The price ranges from $40-$175 USD.  I was all for copping the curtain until I saw the price.  Still trill though.  
Check out a preview of the items below::

$70

Monday, April 27, 2015

Video :: Temperature's Rising | Raheem DeVaughn

To show gratitude 
to the best I ever had...



LORDT.
Raheem DeVaughn premieres the extremely steamy visual to the sensuous R. Kelly 'Seems like You're Ready' vibe laced track.. 'Temperature's Rising'.  His current baby making worthy album, "Love, Sex, Passion" is out now!
  Watch below::




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{Personal Post} PHOTOS:: Broccoli City Festival 2015 + 'we are all DOOMed' art exhibit inspired by MF Doom


Same day.  Two separate events.
The first half of this post is the Broccoli City Festival 2015 #BCfest.  
The second half is the 'we are all DOOMed' art exhibit... inspired by MF Doom @ Blind Whino.  I wasn't able to capture mad videos and photos of each artist in order to preserve battery life.  When I went to the charging station to get some juice, the power surge went out. lol.  I did have two videos, but they didn't make the cut for the post.  You can find some nice shots and vids of the event on @balleralert IG though. 
I have plentyyyy commentary but going with the brief option on this one.
Here's a glimpse of what I was able to capture.. 



Meet 11-Year-Old Ramarni Wilfred:: Higher IQ level than Bill Gates and Albert Einstein



Romford, England's - Ramarni Wilfred - has made headlines across the globe for his intelligence.  Writing at 18 months.  Reading by age 3.  The 11-year-old recently took the distinguished Mensa test , which as a result discovered that Wilfred has a higher IQ level than Steven Hawkins, Bill Gates, and Albert Einstein. He scored an IQ of 162.. placing him in the top 1 percentile in the U.K. 
 
 "I was surprised and very happy when I read the results of my IQ test as I didn't feel very confident after completing the test.
...I was the youngest person there and some people were in their 40s."
"I can't begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses.  Who knows?  Perhaps my 'true genius' moment will come when I grow up, but for now I am just proud of myself and happy that my mum and sister are proud of me too.
 
May many more blessings come for this humble young brother and his family.  #ShineOn. :-). 
Read more of the story at ATLBlackStar


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Motivation Mondays :: Glory | Common x John Legend

One day...when the glory comes...
It will be ours... it will be ours...
One day... when the war is won...
We will be sure... we will be sure...
..Glory.



{Personal Post} :: So... I answered 59 Random Questions.

The homie Dev over at ColdKnowledge found a questionnaire on tumblr and participated by answering the questions on a recent blog post (that you can view here).  His answers intrigued me, so I thought .. hey.. maybe I should take a stab at it myself.  Here goes nothing...


1.  First thing you wash in the shower?
Depends.  I try to switch it up to get my brain juices flowing.  Nevertheless, mostly.. the left arm pit.  Lol

2. Are you more of a coffee or alcohol drinker?
Presently, half and half- that includes equal on both actual consumption and the amount of consumption.
I prefer l’agua though. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hair as Art :: Nakeya Brown's 'Black Womanhood' Photo Exhibit

"My work is the exploration of blackness and womanhood through the politics of hair.  I tend to use portraiture and still life work to really try and create a space where black female identity really shines through in the images"- Nakeya Brown.   



Hair is one of my deep obsessions and has been since childhood.  One could fairly say it is neck and neck with my music addiction.   I was hooked instantly to Nakeya Brown's artwork- based around African American hair.  She recently did an interview with Saint Heron:: 



How did you come to photography as your medium and are there others that you use?
I took a photo class in high school and it was an Intro to Photography class. I just sort of stuck with it. After graduating from high school, my mom bought me a camera and I ended up spending the summer in Brooklyn. My senses were on overdrive because there was so much going on. I was constantly photographing my environments and I started photographing friends. I got a lot of compliments. People were saying that I had a great eye, so I stuck with it. I went through art school and that really injected importance of concept within the work. I’ve been doing it ever since. My best way of communicating how I feel and the issues that I’m concerned with.



Through your work, what story do you want to tell and what do you want viewers to walk away with?
I want people to walk away with an understanding that hair is a very powerful signifier and a very powerful form of identity. I think it’s something that you have to be very careful of when talking about and describing, but conversations need to be had about hair because there is still a lot of different opinions about it. It’s still a very divisive concept to take on. Though it all, if i can unite women of color and really build on the shared sisterhood and womanhood that is really constructed through hair, I feel that would be a successful thing for my audience to take away from my work. Knowing that through hair, even thought its divisive, it’s something we can use to talk about and heal and really grow together and come together to communicate and share stories.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weed Naps | Wiz Khalifa x Currensy featuring SAYITAINTONE

Ain't no limit to the shit
like P. Miller...



Produced by. ID Labs and Frank Dukes. 
#2009 coming soon.  
Listen to 'Weed Naps' after the jump::

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Video :: Wet Dreamz | J.Cole

Cause...
I ain't never did this before, no...


Plot twist!  I thought this was creative... and cute.
Cole got some nice feet *emoji eyes.
2014 Forest Hills Drive in stores now.
Watch the vid below::



Marty McFab:: Fabolous channels 'Back to the Future' movie in new video "You Made Me" featuring Tish Hyman

Got a new phone..
Cut off the old phonies...



My absolute favorite cut from the album.  Hits home entirely.
Fab channels his inner 'Marty McFly' using a 'Back to the Future' theme for the storyline focus in his latest visual, You Made Me (Yes, that is DJ Envy in the still shot).  
Young OG in stores now.  Watch below::
But.. Karma is a bitch baby...


James Joint (Interlude) | Rihanna

Don't say that you miss me
just come get me...




In celebration of 420, here's an interlude from my 8th studio album that I call James Joint.

Although, it's a day later, Rihanna releases 'James Joint'- a new interlude featured on #R8. 
 Oh how I wish it would drop already.  
I have this looped on repeat.   After listening, it will be clear why I selected this particular photo. 
 It fits perfectly.
"Don't know why.. just know I want you..."

Time Warp... 1974 :: Summer Madness | Kool & the Gang

Circa 1974.
  Bad news frequents my way too often.  Another close family member passed this morning.  I handle news as that a little different than I would have in previous years.  I won't say I'm 'immune' to it, BUT I channel my emotions and thoughts elsewhere.  This song is perfect...literally.  It has always provided a sense of comfort to my mood and spirit - whatever it may be.  Still relevant to providing that today.
You're in a much better place- Heaven. Just in time for Grandma's birthday party. Hurting inside though at the thought.  Looking for a distraction. This is it.
  This is for you...  #RIP.  




Previous Time Warp Posts

Documentary Trailer: "The Secret to Ballin" ... Executive Produced by Damon Dash x Kanye West


The trailer has surfaced for Dame Dash and Kanye West Executive produced, 'The Secret to Ballin'. This docudrama touches on the principals, methods, and strategies of success. The film consists of both organizational life skills (i.e. research, planning, decision making etc.) and a series of interviews from notables in the Industry (i.e. music artists, spiritual leaders, entrepreneurs etc.) 
 "What is discovered is that many peoples perspective of being successful vary although all will agree that, true success definitely involves being happy in the end".

Cast: Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Damon Dash, Kelly Rowland, Faith Evans, Redman, RZA, and more.

Watch the "The Secret to Ballin: They can no longer Keep it from us!" trailer after the jump::

Video :: Beautiful Lover | Gipp x Eric Benet

I drive the fast lane
I love the fast life...



Big Gipp releases a visual for his current single, Beautiful Lover, featuring Eric Benet.  Straight clowning, Gipp and Benet offer their 'Love' services to women- with completely different personality approaches on the actual dates in this comical entertaining video.  Zagga coming soon.  Watch below::   




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Video : Quintessential | Rick Ross x Snoop Dogg

Rule Number one...
Ain't no rules. 


Intro- Rozay walks into a pawnshop in which he explains to Chumlee from Pawn Stars that he had a bad night in Vegas and needs to do a trade for some dough... that trade is the woman standing behind him.  The story ends there.  lls.
This smooth rider, featuring the double OG, lands on Rozay's Hood Billionaire.  In stores now. 




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Monday, April 20, 2015

Video :: "Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows" by. Amandla Stenberg

”What would America be like if we loved black people just as much as we love black culture?"

The photos and actions of celebrities. Society. The valid points.
16- year- old Amandla Stenberg, from the 'Hunger Games’, tackles culture appropriation with a fellow classmate for their history class. Love...Well Said. WATCH:


{Personal Post} Photos/Videos :: Travis Scott x Young Thug 'Rodeo Tour' ... DC Show.


(LatePost/March2015). I’ve been to several concerts at this venue and have NEVER stood in a line this long. 4 blocks O_O. The wind was brutal too. However, after about 45/50 mins, an officer came down the line and said all females can move to the front :-D. Thank God.
I was in the balcony per usual. Best area in the house for me since I’m so short- I get to see the entire stage AND crowd .. plus I’m far away from any mosh pits that may break out.
Out of the countless concerts I’ve been to, I must say this is the MOST turnt up show I’ve ever been to (to date). The energy with the crowd was wild. Too real.
I finally figured out how to get videos on this thang! There was NO way I could have made this post without having them. You guys needed to visually see what I was talking about. And guess what… I’ll be adding videos to previous posts so you can finally see them  Keep a look out for that- I’ll make one centralized post.
This show lasted 2 hours and some change. Worth every minute of it. I pretty much thought I was on stage and it was my show when ‘Nothing but Net’ and ‘Givenchy’ was performed lol. Explains why there is no videos for those. ‘Mamacita’ the same… BUT I made an exception to capture the crowd. They did Mamacita back to back and the crowd was even more turnt the 2nd time. They, also, did ‘Skyfall’ back to back- another I didn’t end up capturing- too engrossed rapping/singing the words and jamming.
Shy Glizzy was ‘said’ to be a surprise performer but he faced some issues prior to so he couldn’t do the show. Birdman came out later.
I didn’t record every single song, but I was able to capture a few items. TURN UP.

balcony

Sunday, April 19, 2015

{Official Extended Trailer} :: "Dope" starring Shameik Moore, ASAP Rocky, Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker & more...

***UPDATE from (1/22/15 x 2/23/15 ) post::  Extended trailer added.


Since the film festival, "Dope",  was purchased by Open Road for a cool $7Mil and will hit theaters JUNE 19TH.  :).  Watch the extended official trailer below::

America as a whole, Summarized in a Popaganda Mural by. Ron English




By the legendary street artist- Ron English... featuring the 'Temper Tot'.  
America is summarized as a whole in this popaganda mural.  One word :: DEEP.  
I wish I could have zoomed in to the entire piece, but that would ruin the picture quality.  Try zooming in manually though and take a closer look. 
You can find this in person on the Houston-Bowery Wall in NYC.

via StreetArt NYC

Bonus Track : Yellow | Tyler the Creator x Kali Uchis

Now all my flowers grow...
Right now, my life it blooms...

...You're my favorite color.



This is what my daydreams sound like.  
You can find this bonus track on the physical copy of Tyler's superlative new Cherry Bomb album.  Listen below::
"I could tell you was the one..."

Been Around the World (Freestyle) | Fabolous

All I do is fill up banks,
Aunt Viv it...
Drink Bel-Air champagne and club Liv it...



He's done it again.  While his 'Ain't Nuthin ta Fuck Wit' freestyle still reigns supreme, in my book, of his #FridayNightFreestyle (s), this one without a question falls into place as the runner up.  
'talkin like they shooters, but wouldn't spray perfume...'  
Press Play:: 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

MJ Lives :: Listen to "InhumanNature" prod. by. Just Blaze



I had some fun.  Something to ride down the FDR to on a late night with the top down, reflecting on life.. like Rocky in that one scene after Apollo died.  Word.  My outros have outros. 


You may find this beat was copped by Ludacris and made its way to his latest project, Ludaversal- on 'This Has Been My World'.  Today, Just Blaze releases this INCREDIBLE instrumental revamp of my favorite part of the song Michael Jackson's 'Human Nature'.  He shall forever live. 
Listen below:: 

Video :: American Oxygen | Rihanna

We sweat for
a nickle and a dime...


After releasing the video initially on TIDAL, 'American Oxygen' is now for all to view on YouTube.  This powerful visual focuses on many realities in the 'land and the free'- both past and present (i.e. Dr. King's murder, 9/11, Homeless citizens, Protests, and much much more), complimenting the message of the song.  Clips of these events are inter-looped between Rihanna's performance and American flags.  Directed by The Uprising Creative, watch below::   


Monday, April 13, 2015

Work it Out :: Watch Janelle Monae's new video, 'Yoga', featuring Jidenna

You cannot police me
so get off my areola...
GET OFF MY AREOLA.


SAY THAT AGAIN GIRL.
Ms. Monae ditches her signature tux outfit for a relaxed fitted get up in a video of choreographed work outs, dancing, and fun. This track will appear on her Wondaland label compilation album, Eephus- slated to drop May 6th.
Watch 'Yoga' below::





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Video :: The Girls on Drugs | Wale

Pills and subs
When them beers ain't enough
they still need love........


Wale releases the visual for Janet Jackson sampled, 'The Girls on Drugs', off his critically acclaimed The Album About Nothing. Watch below:




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Motivation Mondays :: 2 Legit 2 Quit | MC Hammer

Sweat running all over my chest
I don't quit no
I just press harder
than I ever did before

Going for the dreams
that I have in store in my mind
and I know that I'm making it
I gotta get mine
and nobody's taking it away...

Too LEGIT.. To Quit.





Sidebar :: Amazing what used to be just a song I sung and danced my heart out to as a youngster has turned into a motivator as an adult.  Actual song starts at the 8:32 mark btw. 

So SOULful :: Listen to Ab-Soul's new track, 'Trouble', featuring Aloe Blacc

So what?
No BUTS...
I WORK MY ASS OFF.


Word tho.  Inspired by Grand Theft Auto V, in which they produced the original score, The Alchemist and Oh No continue with the game's universe, and revisits the GTA city with their new project 'Welcome to Los Santos'.   WTLS features Earl Sweatshirt, Currensy, Freddie Gibbs, Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, and more. 
I selected 'Trouble' as the lead for promo.  Aloe's powerful vocals with Soul-lo's mineral water flow lyrics wave smoothly over the soul (no pun) sound production.  This is a nice one.  
Listen to 'Trouble' and stream WTLS after the jump::

Video :: Sidewalk Show | Currensy

...Star of the show
not a sidekick...



  Featured on Spitta's 7th studio album (and one of the best albums to drop this year so far), Pilot Talk III, check out his latest visual 'Sidewalk Show' in Ultra HD::




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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Quiet Storm (Freestyle) | Fabolous

I'll put the paws on you
and Lil' Scrap you dudes...



Ya'll know the deal.  #FridayNightFreestyle.  Press play.. 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Video :: Fxcking Young/Death Camp | Tyler, the Creator + New Album "Cherry Bomb" announced


This. Made. My. Morning. off the earlyyy. Last night, Tyler/OF's Golf Media App was launched 9PM PST time/12am our time. Available for both iOS and Android, those who register at golfwang.com before downloading the app will have 2 free months (4.99/per month after), as well as gaining access to the premiere issue of the upcoming Golf Magazine. When I woke up this morning, to my estatic surprise, not only did I find Tyler released a new track/video but he, also announced the release of his new album...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

M's | ASAP Rocky

I'ont eem trip tho
bruh bruh, yea I'm really with the shits tho...


New music from ASAP Rocky. This may land on his anticipated upcoming album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. Whether it's featured on there or not, nevertheless, we have new heat to rock to #NoPunIntended. Produced by the Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and Mike Dean. Listen below::

Spruce up the Office! :: Superhero Mural made of 8,024 Sticky Notes



When boredom becomes creativity!  The photo you see above is the ending product of a bored worker who came up with the idea of 'sprucing up the office' as it was boring and 'sterile'.  
"I wanted something colorful, playful and inspiring.  My creative director and I tossed around some ideas.  Famous portraits?  Pixelated iconic posters?  Eventually, he suggested superheroes.  Superheroes were the answer.  I started working out the pixel grid and designing some characters." 


The entire process took place on a weekend where there were few people in the office and no AC!  Yikes.  However, as more folk rolled in.. more became engrossed and helped.  Colors were calculated, how many packs of each color etc.; all taken into consideration before starting the project.  About 9.000 post-its were purchased.  A whopping 8,024 were used total.  



Too cool.  No doubt in my mind that this promoted a more enthusiastic working environment.  The teamwork to complete it is, also, admirable.  Check out the process from the blank walk to the posting to the finished product below:: 

Another Win :: NY Teen, Harold Ekeh, Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools


#BlackExcellence
He applied to 13 colleges. He was accepted to all of them including all 8 ivy league schools.
17-year-old Harold Ekeh of Long Island discovered the great news with his mother when he logged into the computer March 31st after they posted online. His high school career includes conducting scientific research, starting a college prep mentoring program, and serving as editor-in-chief of the newspaper and vice president of Model United Nations. Impressive.
Ekeh expresses his true passion is medicine as he plans to attend medical school and specialize in Neurosurgery. So far, he has visited Yale and still needs to visit other schools like Harvard, Princeton, MiT etc.
He has until May 1 to select which establishment he would like to attend. Wherever he decides, I know he will do well.
Last year, another young brother- Kwasi Enin of New York, was also accepted by all 8 ivy league schools. He chose Yale.
#KeepShining.

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