Tuesday, 29 January 2008

LMNO & Kev Brown

Kev Brown and LMNO are teaming up for an album with Kev on the boards, and L on the vocals. This video is really creative and the song is really good, proof hip hop is not dead.



Thursday, 24 January 2008

Take that

This is another snap from San Francisco.


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Friday, 18 January 2008

Jaslene Gonzalez behind the scenes

Urban Latino Magazine just posted the behind the scenes video clip for the cover shoot I did for them a while back. Jaslene is a truly beautiful girl and had mad jokes on set. This was crazy fun shoot, lighting up that bike was tricky, but we make it look easy cause it is! Thanks to everyone who helped out, big ups to Jason Colon for the post production!

See more here.

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URBAN LATINO EXCULSIVE PHOTOSHOOT WITH JASLENE GONZALEZ

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Ayentee



Just copped a new album from Berkeley California native Ayentee (A-N-T) "Peasant Symphony", his third solo release. The beats are well done, the rhymes are on that blue collar rapper, hustle to live tip, but it sounds natural.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

San Fran

This is another random snap from San Fran.


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Kid Koala

What sets DJs apart is their ability to communicate a message over the beat without speaking. Any one with two turntables and a mixer can throw on an instrumental and break out a million transformer scratches, doubles and wild crab solos. But to actually speak with your hands, and tell a story with breaks and samples is what makes a DJ stand out. Kid koala makes music with his hands, literally. Peep the video below for a perfect example, dude also drew an animated the whole thing himself. If that is not proof enough he also wrote a 350 page book called "Nufonia must Fall" and composed a soundtrack on the piano to match. Koala has one of the fastest crabs in the world, second has to be Kanye's back up man, and fellow Montrealer A-Trak.
Koala is on the Hard Sell tour right now with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, check his really fresh site for dates, and all kinds of other cool shit.




Ugly on the phone.

Anyone ever tell you, that you have a face made for radio?
In Living Color is one the of the funniest shows of all time, to this day this Marlon Wayans skit kills me.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Balacade

Working in the Balacade in Bala Muskoka was my first job ever. Paul Arney owned the 'Cade as its known to local Balaonians, and put me to work for three summers, 89, 90, and 91. It was in 1991 when I was a huge Buffalo Bills fan, and wanted to see a game live real bad. So that summer I worked full time at the arcade, and did side jobs to save money to get tickets to a game and a fresh winter jacket. My uncle got us tickets and we drove to Buffalo where I bought a brand new down blue Buffalo Bills jacket at local sports shop before we went tailgating. I saw the Bills play the Giants, in a mostly uneventful and low scoring exhibition game . What was interesting about that season, is that the Bills would have a dream year, and meet the same Giants later in Super Bowl XXV. Whitney Houston belted out the national anthem in Tampa Bay, while the Gulf War was in full swing in Iraq and W's daddy was the President. It was a close game, the Giants where able the contain Thurman Thomas ground attack, while Ottis Anderson had a career game for the Giants, running 102 yds. Things looked good for the Bills, this being their fourth straight trip the the Super Bowl, the energy was all theirs, this was their year. Late in the fourth quarter with the Giants up 20 - 19, 20 seconds left, place kicker Scot Norwood lines up to seal the deal, giving the Bills their first ever Championship, and history is made,





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Sid

These are snaps from my friend "Oil Can" Chris's old room mate Sid's, living room.

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Steady

This is a random snap that i think is funny.


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El Da Sensei

When the Artifacts dropped "Wrong side of the Tacks", in 94, the album served as constant theme music on late night missions. After the Tame and El went their own ways after the follow up album "That's Them" in 96, El went on to drop some really dope music, you can read my interview with him in the next issue of Kicksclusive, or peep some more snaps here.


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Cruiser

Scientist say that lying in a hammock can produce lucid dreaming, by gently stimulating brain activity, the same can be said for bike riding. Bikes are great exercise, they look cool, will save you bus fair to buy more crap, and save the environment. So this summer, make your own change.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Weight gain

I dont see many Brotha Man tags around anymore, dude had some good ones around Park Slope.


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Miami

Just got back from an assisting job in Miami, the weather was great, the crew was amazing, hotel was cool. I did get burnt and fall into a swamp, but it was a really fun trip!



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Something more familiar

Gord Downie is an amazing song writer, backed by Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, on guitar Gord Sinclair on bass and Johnny Fay on the drums. The Tragically Hip, one of Canada's best kept secrets.







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This is another old portfolio picture, shot in the Lower East Side, July 2004.


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Sunday, 6 January 2008

Old portfolio Images One

I'm going to randomly post images from my old portfolios, going back to high school. The first image I snapped on the porch of an apartment I used to live in on Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg back in 2000 with Ran Scot, and Adam Bible who started the magazine Salt for Slugs years ago. When W won (or stole) the election the first time Ran got so pissed off he left and went to Europe, then on to Mexico to start lajerga.com. The other photo is of a shoe maker who is always around Grand st. the the LES, looks like I snapped it in 1870 though!

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Couch Potato

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Battter, batter!

This is a really interesting snap from the LES, these dudes were cool about me shooting them, and asked me if they were going to be famous, I guess so!
ps. Dude hit the ball over the fence and across the street 100 plus yards!

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Keep your things safe

This is another random snap from the LES.

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Beating the bridges

Back in 2004 I was a intern at Fast Ashley's Studios in Williamsburg for a couple of months. I lived in the LES, and worked part time at Tennessee Mountain Restaurant (R.I.P) in Soho, I would ride back and forth over the Williamsburg Bridge 5 times a day sometimes, running film for the studio, or Prescott, trying to get to work on time etc. It was fun! Below is a snap I took with the Hasselblad X Pan 2 camera, an amazing machine. The other snap is the old style of my bike here's the link for the post on Fixedgeargallery.com




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Artificail Horizon

When I was in Jamaica with my girl the resort we stayed at was 50 stories above sea level. One early morning I watched a cruise ship break the horizon heading to Montego Bay, it was an incredible sight. No matter how many times you see a skyline from a distance, there is something very grandiose and mysterious about it.



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Mark 3

Heres a good shot from a "Sleepover" shoot we did at Maurice Malones house in Brooklyn. How about those sneakers?

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Saturday, 5 January 2008

Troubleneck Bros.

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Oshawa Ontario, "The Armpit of Ontario", to some, "Best Friggin' Hockey Town Ever", to others, in the early 90's happened to have a pretty good Hip Hop scene. There were a couple local crews that would battle, a few writers, and a couple places that spun hip hop weekly. Some really amazing acts blew through the tough Southern Ontario factory town like Boot Camp, Smoothe and Trigger, Jeru, The Lost Boys, and just about every rapper from Toronto. That's when the Record Bar was open downtown, before the Oshawa Center was built and crushed the downtown business. Rob was the owner, and had Harvey Tinker do the Hip Hop buying, and dude knew his stuff, stocking the place with what ever was available at Play D, or Traxx. Thats were I picked up the 12" single "Trouble Neck Wreck", by BX natives Trouble Neck Brothers, one of my favourite anthems of the 90's. Although they were best known for the take me back track "Back to the Hip- Hop", this track is a real banger. The group released a tape only album "F*uck Ya'll" with two videos on BET then disappeared thanks to label politics and bulls*hit.





Bobbito Garcia

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For our last issue of Kicksclusive we did a feature on Bobbito Garica, who was nice enough to let Louis and I photograph him at his home in Harlem. We got amazing shots. But for some reason Lou thought we needed more, so he set up another shoot at the Nike Air Force One show room downtown. I arrived on time, as did Bob. Lou was running late, so the manager let us into the show room to hang out. Turns out there's a regulation hoop and a few balls kicking around. I played ball in high school and didn't suck. In fact, I started every year but one. Anyway, it had been a minute since I had even shot a ball at a hoop. Right away Bob starts shooting around. I join in, working in my handle for a minute before sending up the first of many air balls and bricks that would follow. "It's been a minute," I say while the ball was in the air, clearly 10 feet short and to the left. I soon give up to send the ball back to Bob as he knocks down 20 to 25 20 ft jumpers in a row, putting on a clinic. Not soon after, Lou comes in and sees us playing, asking, "Who's winning?" Bob replied, "A' man, he killed me." Bobbito is a cool dude, and one of the best representations of what hip-hop is meant to be. See more pictures here.




Friday, 4 January 2008

07 Wrap up!

For the last few years in a row MC (Mad) Skillz representing Richmond VA, has summed up the year in a hilarious track, peep the "07 Wrap Up". Also check for music by the Superfriendz, Danja Mowf and DJ Lonnie B are two dope rappers that no one knows about.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Stay here

Another snap from San Fran, peep the link for a laugh!

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REPH STAR

Another Jack of all Trades, holding it down for the BX RePH Star can rap, write and design, his myspace and website will tell you the rest. I have worked with Reph on many projects and know him to be one the funniest dudes I've ever met, check his track with partner in rhyme Patty Dukes "Fresh 2 Def".


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La Bruja

Representing the Boogie Down, Caridad De La Cruz aka La Bruja is a multi talented emcee, poet, actress, writer, and community activist making things happen. I snapped this picture for the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, for a play she was performing in. Peep the link for her myspace, she has a really great album available "BRUJALICIOUS", featuring Tony Touch and B Real.


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2008

For anyone who reads this stupid blog, keep in moving in the 08! Big things for Kicksclusive and the whole crew... watch out for the Art Council, albums from Patty Dukes and Reph Star, Laces Brand, more amazing partys and events, and a freshly updated site and blog in the works.



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Driving

These are a couple random snaps from the drivers seat.


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My Peoples

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