Monday, September 29, 2008

Murs & 9th Wonder - Oh Lord Mixtape

My favorite LA rapper and NC producer team up again and release a free EP before MURS FOR PRESIDENT drops. Sponsored by hip hop's finest thread supplier: Hurley!

Check it here. I can't say I've actually bought a CD the day it came out in a while, but I respect the man that much. I think the last one was Ghostface's Big Doe Rehab.

Download it here... 'cause for some reason on the Hurley site you have to dl track by track.

I'm gonna wait till tommorow to bump the actual cd, but if you can't wait, dl the album here.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Art School - Update

So yes. I hardly update but that's cause I've been super busy with my first term at Art Center.

I'm pretty good now at waking up for 8am classes and showing up on time, with the exception of last Friday because some fucking ad major couldn't finish up our simple ass group project. Whatever, my 5 of 7 comps (vs his 1 of 15) all got approved so it's all gravey.

But like my teacher Chessley Nassaney was asking me if someone was dying (after I told him my reason for being late was 'it's been a rough week') "I felt like I was dying."

I really do. Not to feel emo or whatever the fuck but the lack of sleep and the constant all nighters and just me trying to catch up with the program has got my clock and my psoriasis out of wack.

With that said I still don't give a fuck. Dying to live is how I see it. I've never been to a place or an institution that inspires me as much as this place does. I'm getting close to finally being 100% caught up this week... it's gonna be a long day and I have a grueling 11 hour day tomorrow, but I honestly wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The people here make me want to push harder. I'm on campus on average of 10 hours a day.

I'm 25 years of age and going for a SECOND bachelors. Some would say that I'm a fucking moron, but being here has been my dream for the past 4 years. So while you're toiling away in an office working some meaningless job saving up for your new home, car, girlfriend, vacation, etc... I'm chasing my fantasy to accumulate even more debt and to live an even more tormented lifestyle lacking in all things financially secure.

In the words of Roland Young - "being a designer is hell."

Take me to the firey gates, I'm ready to burn.

CAGE - Depart From Me

ck on the bass? WHAT?!?!

I've been waiting for this album to drop since 2005, when i first heard Hell's Winter. I love the shit this white boy talks about. So gore filled and depressing... i love it. No other rapper seems to rub me the same way.

Weathermen x Cardboard City Forever

"...YOU LIVE ONE FUCKING LIFE and it will be taken from you when you least expect it so live it to the fullest.)"

for some reason i can't share this, so peep it. Cage, El-P and F.Sean Martin (of Hatebreed) chopping it up in the studio. On the myspace, you can see pics of Daryl Palumbo (glassjaw, head automatica, united nations) too... my other hero. i cant' fucking wait!

Cage got mad skinny...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


One reason why Biggie just that much iller than Pac: they made a movie about him first.

I'm in class so i can't actually hear the audio, but I'm excited that unlike most 'great' hiphop projects, this one is actually gonna see the light of day.

Link from NahRight.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

FAR getting back together?

man... my buddy collin or 'ash' as he prefers to be called, told me last monday that one of my favorite bands of all time is getting back together.

None other than FAR!!!!

Peep this video, found over at their website

#1 from the band far on Vimeo.

this video gives me the shivers! I never got to see the band preform live. They sorta pulled an operation ivy and broke up shortly after the release of their second record "Water and Solutions"

why does the band name sound familiar? well, Jonah Mantranga is the singer of the band. Since then he's had a few successful projects: onelinedrawing, gratitude, new end original and his solo act and even collaborating with Mike Shinoda(Linkin Park, Fort Minor) and Lupe Fiasco(the track "never lies" produced by Mike Shinoda contains a sample of the far song "Nestle").

Guitarist Shaun Lopez also started his own band under then name the Revolution Smile. He also produced a lot of Chino's vocals on their last full length album "Saturday Night Wrist.

Back in 1999 - when i bought "Water and Solutions" after reading about it in a Kerrang! magazine, little did I know that album would be the birth of emo/screamo. Jonah, according to Kerrang!(UK publication) is crowned as the emo king. I couldn't agree more. Listen to songs like "Bury White", "Water and Solutions", "Mother Mary"... and it's undeniable. Truely ahead of their time.

Since then, I've been a huge fan of anything Jonah's put his hands on. Although, I must say I don't agree with a lot of the nerdy/dorky preachy shit he says live... it does get annoying - the man knows how to put on a great show, often just onstage with a guitar.

Some of my favorite Far/Jonah tracks:
Deftones - Be Quiet and Drive (cover)

Far - bury white
Bury White - Far

far - mother mary
Mother Mary - Far

far - water and solutions
Water & Solutions - Far

Onelinedrawing - yr letter
Yr Letter - Onelinedrawing

Lupe Fiasco* - Never lies
Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquor - 10 - Never Lies .mp3 -

Posted on their myspace is an article in Alternative Press magazine claiming that "Water and Solutions" as the most influential record of 1998. Here.

i found a link to their first album 'tin cans with strings to you'... their second 'official' release thru immortal records (korn, incubus) in my opinion is a lot better, but i was just pretty amazed that someone decided to upload it. here.

* i will NEVER mention Lupe Fiasco on this blog ever again. if you know me, you know i am disgusted at how some hypebeast Urkel looking poster boy who can't skate can be respected as a decent rapper. Have you heard "Pop Pop"?

Monday, September 15, 2008

White Tee - Booty Meat

Look out Eminem, Vanilla Ice, MC Serch, Stagga Lee, Cage, Ill Bill, and every other white rapper who ever came thru, here's another one.

He goes by the name of... *drum roll please* ...White Tee!

I normally wouldn't care what was going on in the world of rapper Soulja Boy, but according to the good people over at Complex magazine, he's signed a new WHITE rapper.

So why would I care, you ask? This one hit a little close to home. He's actually Soulja Boy's web designer.

I mean, I'm honestly (and secretly) a bit conflicted. I mean, me and my boys who are design nerds like to make our own rap songs too. When I've had a bit too much sauce I also tend to think I'm fire on the mic... but this is just plain weird to see one of 'us' have the potential to make it.

Check the Complex article here and get the low down on WHITE TEE here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

DJ Derezon's 14 Deadly Secrets: The RZA

RZA tells the history of his most infamous beats with DJ Derezon.

There's also an awesome one with DJ Premier.

DL the RZA one here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

RIP Nagi Noda

A great loss to the art world. I discovered Nagi's work about 10 months ago before my trip to Asia. At the time, my buddy Carlos introduced me to a BBC show called Japanorama where host Jonathan Ross investigates various elements of Japanese youth subculture. One episode had a feature on pop art and that's where I saw Nagi's work for the first time.

One of my favorite pieces:

Rest in Peace. Check out her work here.