Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Cormega x AZ x Nature





This track is tight, AZ is in fine lyrical form here. Cormega has a new DVD and soundtrack out "Who am I?"

Chicago Old School


Before Kanye and Common made The Windy City famous, there were a few dudes laying the foundation. On the free style end, MC Juice made a name for himself for being so nice with freestlyes, everyone thought it was written. Another group that make some noise was Tha Chamba who dropped "Makin illa Noize" a mostly slept on album that sounds like a good mixture of early west coast slow flow beats, with the complex city slang that became popular in the 90's.

Kool Moe Dee



Where the hell is Kool Moe Dee? The Treacherous Three need to make a come back quick time, Jay-z should sign Moe Dee to a multi album deal, and focus all of Def Jam's advertising dollars on his albums. Think I'm joking?



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I really love throw ups in tough places, Host killed this spot



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Laura Stylez

Heres a great shot of the super cool and very hot Laura Stylez from the Ladies of the Sneaker Game special that will run in the next issue of Kickscluisve... to see more click this.

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The Darkest One

It's been a while since I've been home to Canada. I get home sick easy and want to jump on Loser Cruiser (greyhound), but when I look at my bank account and realize I'm a poor as a church mouse, I listen to the Tragically Hip to do some audio traveling. I've listen to the Hip for as long as I can remember, I really don't have a favourite song, but "The Darkest One" is up there, mainly because i really love The Trailer Park Boys, and this video. I would have to say though "Wheat Kings" may just be one of the better Hip songs for a few reasons. One day maybe 'Merica will get wind of Gord Downey and the crew, until then I'm damn glad he and his band mates are from Canada.


The Cuf

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The California Underground Funk homies need some serious shine. RJ, Krush, Pete, DJ Mad G, and N8 the G8 are the Sacramento crew with hella props on the west coast. Their flow is laid back, funky, and really raw, which is refreshing as hell. Reminds me of when my crew used to record vocals through a head phone, straight to a tape from inside the bathroom draped with towels. Pete B, N8 the G8 and Mad G make up the group Deep Fried Funk Brothers, who just released their second album to date, "Out of the frying pan into the fire". This album is so damn funky it's had not to want to get up and dance, the lead Single "This beat is Funky," features N8s son Lil N8 is a great example. The Cuf are as underground as it gets, make amazing music and vibe like family with 5 albums as a crew, and solo albums from RJ, Pete and N8.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Glue

"Stop acting like a know it all, i haven't finished my question!"
Adeem won scribble jam and can really write songs too, Maker knows how to make beats that make you think, and DJ DQ is handy with the 1's and 2's. Glue makes music. Good rap music at that, with two full LP's and a couple world tours behind them, these dudes are ready for MTV.



How many Emcees?

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Buckshot is the epitome of the Brooklyn Emcee. Black Moon is just amazing, "Enta da Stage" is a classic, 5 mic and two turntable album. You gotta love how low budget these productions were back then, heads were mad young in this video. Boot Camp played a show in my home town of Oshawa Ontario, (the greatest hockey city in the world, yup, the world) in 1994 and it was incredible. I went to the show with some of my boys and between the cheap 40's, aerosol, and unconscious head nodding, I suffered a serve head ache in the morning. Boot Camp are still killing stages all over world, still making ill music, BBC is the truth.
This is a picture i snapped for Kicksclusive at Premium Goods in Brooklyn, see more here.


Monday, 26 November 2007

Tonya Morgan

If you have never heard of Tonya Morgan then you don't watch enough porn, or dig in enough crates. The BK/Cincinnati connection, emcees Donwill and Ilyvas, with beats and cuts by DJ/Producer, Von Pea, (pictured below) came together over the internet and put out their really good debut album "Moonlighting". The beats are tight, they have good raps, they vibe and flow as if they are nighbours, and will only get better. So even if you haven't heard their music, tell your friends you have and they will think your cool.
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Packer Shoes, Jersey City

Just a couple of weeks ago i had chance to photograph and interview El Da Sensei at Packer Shoes in Jersey City, you'll have to wait til' the issue comes out to see the flicks of El, or peep my web site. In the mean time heres some shots from Packer Shoes, which has a really nice, rotating stock of the freshest foot warmers, and gear, you can also buy Kicksclusive there!! Packer Shoes



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Krak Da Weasel B.





DJ Majesty and Izzy Ice make up Da King & I who dropped the classic, yet never heard of album "Contemporary Jeep Music" 1993 on Rowdy Records. This is the video for Krak Da Weasel, the lead single from the album, as you can see just a normal day in the 90's. peep the link for a recent interview with DJ Majesty.





The Whole Kit and Kaboodle

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When this song came out I dubbed it on a tape front and back on both sides and would listen to it on my way to and from school. Paid a bundle for the album when i came out, but was very satisfied, and was sure these dudes were going to be around forever. Don't know what ever happened to Mad Kap, but this album is really fresh, with extra tight horns drums and funny raps. It didn't really cross my mind then, but after listening to this album again, seems like this album was made under the heavy influence of, magic mushrooms and Pepsi.


Mad Kap - Da Whole Kit And Kaboodle (Audio)

Sunday, 25 November 2007

To Love A Hooker

J Zone is one of the best rapper/producers in the game, peep the dudes resume and cop some records, "To love a hooker" is a really amazing album. Dude is also one of the nicest rappers you'll ever meet too, his live show is, or was great since his kind of retired from rapping, and had Gnarls Barkley perform at his retirement party. Now i think he does music for adult films, read more about him in the last issue of Kicksclusive.
This is Zone record shopping in Manhattan.

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Little Brother

Little Brothers new album "GetBack" is absolutely amazing. Rapper Pooh and Phonte are some of the best rappers in the world, don't sleep on LB for one second, these brothers are the truth. I had a chance to photograph LB before they went out on tour with Evidence, (who's album "The Weatherman" is also one of the best records of the year), so don't miss out on what is going to be a classic show. and look for an in-depth interview by Mike Brown in the next issue of Kicksclusive.






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Ya'll So Stupid

Hip Hop ruled in the 90's. So much amazing rap came out that was so raw and untouched by major corporations and clothing brands. I used to buy every record that I could afford, and some where along the line I picked up an amazing single called "85 South" by Atlanta Georgia's Ya ll so Stupid at at Play De Record in like 93'. Play de had a good selection of records, but tapes were best found at Sam the Record Man where i can remember paying $29.99 for an "imported" copy of Ya ll So Stupids incredible and only full length album "Van Full Of Pakistan's." (Rowdy Records) There are so many ill songs, the first track "Introduce Me" is a great into for the crew, Uncle Buk, H20 and Logik, jam packed with funny lines. 85 South is a bouncy Dallas Austin produced track, also lead single about riding south on I 85, "Monkey off my back is hilarious, and "Bootleg beat down" is a great song about learning some sucka's a lesson bout bootlegging their tape, a common song to appear on albums in the 90's. One of the emcees from the group, H20 went on to start the group Mass Influence who put out three solid records.



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Saturday, 24 November 2007

John

Last summer, HBO screwed up. They let David Milch make an incredible series, and before the magnitude of the awesomeness of the show had a chance to set in, HBO canned it. Low ratings and confused viewers were the reason execs gave for the cancellation. The show was deeper than most people are willing to swim, and for that those who are willing to hold their breath a little longer suffer. Television stinks, large. Larry David, The Office, the Daily and Colbert shows are great, and the only exception at this point. Well, if you like human train wrecks there are plenty of shows demonstrating the depths of human depravity. Thank you for Reality TV a place where people show off how far they are willing to go to stroke and boost their own egos, while clocking in their 15 minutes of (sh)fame. My fave is Tila Tequila, by far the best exhibition of ego maniacal buffoons on parade. Only because it is so obvious that she is acting and goes home to her boyfriend every night to crack on the jokers competing for her love. In the mean time all these suckers clown themselves day in and day out, to prove their love, for this myspace princess. It doesn't take much to realize their are producers all around poking and prodding these jerks while they submit to endless grandstanding and humiliation.
Reminds me of my first date, when the girl ask me to gargle a half gallon of stale homeless cat pee, roll imaginary dice and try to bite my ear while wearing a pink onesie. After i killed that task i was to pick a fight with the biggest guy in the bar that was laughing at me, provoking him with a swift kick in between the legs from behind, while still rocking the onsie. I ultimately won the opportunity to drive her home and buy her two packs of smokes and some Slim Jims for her older brother and his friends.

John from Cincinnati is an amazing show, do what you can to support, and watch the show, F the critics, trust me.



The set up

Back from the Burgh'

Made it to Pittsburgh and back safe and sound, no tickets, no flat tires, and no overwhelming hang-overs. Eat half my weight in mash potatoes, carrot souffle, baked mac and cheese, stuffing, cranberry bread, so much more, a most amazing dinner prepared entirely by my Dad's amazing wife Iva. My grandmother was able to make it at 89 years young, also, it was my step bother Christopher's new baby Willa's first thanksgiving!!


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Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Pittsburgh

So I'm off to see my family in Pittsburgh PA for Thanksgiving. Pittsburgh's a nice town, didn't used to be, folks would say they spent a week in Pittsburgh one day. Well not anymore, the employment rate is now finally over 50 percent, and the worlds largest empty beer bottle collection has been cleared out of downtown. I'm just joking. It's a really cool city, my family goes way back there, Pop Dukes lives in Monroeville, but grew up in Homewood, one of the oldest and toughest neighborhoods in the city. My Grandmother lived and owned a home in Homewood for 60 years.
Pittsburgh is a cool East Coast city that people think is burned out and full of hardhat wearing jocks, not so. There are in fact plenty of high school graduates and GED holders, trust me.


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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Sage Francis

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Had a chance to see Sage Francis do a few songs the other night, he was amazing, as always. I'm really looking forward to another studio album, "Human the Death Dance," was incredible, dude just gets better and better, if you haven't heard of, or are not familiar with his music, you should be.
This video and remix is crazy.. also peep www.knowmore.org, his really well done activist site. This is a picture i snapped of sage at show years ago at the Bowery Ballroom.

Turkey for lunch, 19 days in a row...

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, or the next day, or what ever day you and yours get together do your thing. Have fun, eat, drink, drink enough, but not too much so that you have to apologize at random in the morning for all the mean and crazy things you said under the influence of hard egg nog, and rum balls. Remember to give thanks for all the things you have and dont need, be nice to your nieghbours and tell your family how much you love them!


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"You Smell like Mcdonalds in Wal-Mart"

I'm a big fan of rap music, and very much a believer in KRS-One's philosophy, if you will, which he states, "Rap is something you do, Hip-Hop is something you live". In the year 2 deezy 7 you must know it doesn't matter where your from, rather where you are at. What matters to me is good beats, good rhymes that are saying something that are not repetitive, negative, or stupid.
Canada is a big country, and Winnipeg is just about in the middle. It's very cold and very flat, and produced a really dope crew called Peanuts and Corn. mcenroe, John Smith, Pip Skid, DJ Hunnicut, Gruf, Yy and Birdapres round out the tundras finest. I could go on about how dope these dudes are, but I suggest you check out their site www.peanutsandcorn.com and download Pip Skids awesome new album "Pip Donahue" for free, also peep this video by Skratch Bastid , Jon Smith, and Pip...

Quad A

If ever you are in Niagara Falls Canada and are looking for a nice clean place to drink large amounts of alcohol, or need a room to bring the bar to keep the party going after it closes, I know a place.
It's called the AAAA Royal Motel. The rooms are perfectly equipped for what ever type of bender or party you and ten or thirty of your friends are having. If you and your buddies are having full on drinking competitions, no worries, the walls are puke proof, and there is no drain the sink or the tub. Or if its a Jamaican style ganja party with 4 foot bongs all around, and magic mushrooms by the bag, don't sweat it, your neighbors are most likely passed out from crack or shoe polish.
Best part is, when you awake, or you are still up at around 6 am there's a fresh continental breakfast waiting for you in the office, instant coffee, ice, skittles, and your choice of white rice or day old honey buns!

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Monday, 19 November 2007

the night time is the right time for crime....

These pictures were taken in the lower east side about 4 years ago, they remind me of high school graffiti missions.

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Skyline

Skylines are always so telling. This is a shot from Jersey City...
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Loop Troop who?

Sometimes I get down when I think about how wack hip hop has become, then I remember that there is real rap out there,you just have to dig. I love rap music, and cant stop looking for it and wanting to find something new and fresh that moves me like it used to. I found the Loop Troop back in 2000 when i picked up "Modern Day City Symphony," and have been a fan ever since. This is a solo track from the groups lead singer Promoe. The track is kind of old, but reminds me that there is indeed real rap music out there.
Check out the the Loop Troop Rockers



Sunday, 18 November 2007

One Two, One Two!!!

This is my first post here on blogger!!! I will slowly switch over and no longer use myspace for anything other than promotion ... so if you like reading the Kicksclusive blog, this will be a much better and updated version. I will work really hard and dig real deep to maintain and update as often as I can, with nothing but the freshest happenings, music, photo, cars, watches, toy's, fashion politics, and of course sneakers... but if you do read the blog, you might notice its really photo heavy... get used to it!!
Enjoy and thanks for reading Kicksclsuive!

I thought i would start this blog where the other left off... here is Nas, Slick Rick and EPMD live on stage at the Sneaker Pimps show....
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My Peoples

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