Thursday, January 27, 2011

Graff Wars in stores now (promo week 7)

156 crew Star Wars production in Zagreb 2010

Mario * Askte * Deko * Pause

Cyrus * Migel * Lons * Gene

v Whole production below, click images to enlarge ^

Migel 156

Some weird ass Russian
Star Wars/Graffiti/street art video Lars ILG sent us;

Tuborg Green Viral from 23/32 Films on Vimeo.

International Store List (and links) with
information where to buy the Graff Wars book

Order it ONLINE here;

USA & Australia
-SoleService (ships overseas)
and (ships overseas)
-Oz Graff

United Kingdom;

-Lay Up online store

-Germany and rest of Europe;
-Publikat Publishing/

-Sweden & Denmark;
-Dokument Press
-Run For Cover (web store for Denmark)



Kr Augusts gate 19, 0164 Oslo, Norway

-Outland Østbanehallen
Jernbanetorget 1, Oslo.

-Outland Megastore
Kirkegata 23, Oslo.

-Outline Bergen
5013 Bergen


-Outland Stavanger
Søregata 19
4006 Stavanger


Östgötagatan 16 Stockholm

S:t Eriksgatan 64 Stockholm

-Cali Store
Brunnsgatan 9, Stockholm (click here for map)
-Cali Store 2
Regeringsgatan 75-77, Stockholm (click here for map)

-Fresh Connection
Sankt Peders Stræde 25 - 1453 København K

-Run For Cover (above Dos Autodele) Monday to Friday 10 - 17
Glentevej 47, 1. th
2400 København NV


-Run For Cover Monday to Friday 9.30 - 17.30
Tordenskjoldsgade 60
8200 Århus N (Trøjborg)


-Writers Corner Berlin (11:00 - 20:00)
Gleim Straße 22 / 10437 Berlin (S / U-Bahn Schönhauser Allee)

Montana Shop Nottingham
6 Goose Gate
Nottingham NG1 1FF, United Kingdom

0115 941 3544
Train: Nottingham Rail Station
Get directions

Bubenbergplatz 8
CH-3011 Bern


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C-3PO & R2-D2 (Munich S-Train)

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Graff Wars in stores now (promo week 4) Miami Art Basel 2010
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Graff Wars in stores now (promo week 6)
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Graff Wars in stores now (promo week 7)
156 Crew Star Wars production in Zagreb 2010

Graff Wars in stores now (promo week 8)
(KyleStyle (156) wholecar in New York featuring a fresh Yoda.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2010

Premier got shit correct,
no elvis and no fishsticks!!!
This is a list we can respect. ;)
Fuck the radio!

DJ Premier presents to you
his top 20 albums of a year on LiveFromHQ,
also in 2009 he did that.
But instead of top 20 it’s now top 25.
Check out Premos top 25 of 2010:


25. Ice Cube – I Am The West
24. Bun B – Trill OG

23. Celph Titled & Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety Now
22. KRS-One & True Master – Meta-Historical
21. Nottz – You Need This Music

20. Little Brother – LeftBack
19. Roc Marciano – Marcberg
18. Murs & 9th Wonder – Fornever
17. Eternia & MoSS – At Last
16. The Roots – How I Got Over
15. The Left – Gas Mask
14. Rah Digga – Classic
13. Gangrene – Gutter Water
12. Skyzoo & !llmind – Live from the Tape Deck
11. Drake – Thank Me Later

10. Fat Joe – The Darkside Vol. 1
09. Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx – The eXXecution
08. Rick Ross – Teflon Don
07. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package
06. Statik Selektah & Termanology – 1982
05. Scarface – Dopeman Music
04. Meth, Ghost & Rae – Wu Massacre
03. Strong Arm Steady – In Search of Stoney Jackson
02. DJ Premier Presents Year Round Records – Get Used To Us
01. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

Voila. Sorry
Kanye West and Eminem

Last year note from DJ Premier himself:

I judge my list based on
-Dope beats
-Dope rhymes
-Scratchin’ and cutting
-and overall packaging of the product’s integrity.
I don’t care if you sold a million copies,
that does not make it dope.
I went through more than 60 LP’s released in ‘09/10
on major and indie labels over and over
to get it as close as I possible could to
being satisfied with the list so here it is along with the list.

“Be Glad or Be Mad” -DJ Premier

DJ Premier

Fat cap magazine has put together a
DJ Premier’s
Top 25 Albums of 2010 (download)

like we did with our;
Fat Cap magazine 2010 rap albums roundup.
A compilation of one track from each album.

Please support and buy their albums on
Amazon or itunes
or your local spot if you feel their shit ;)

Click image for tracklist;

DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2010

Related links;
Fat Cap magazine 2010 rap albums roundup
DJ Premier's Top 20 of 2009
DJ Premier's Top 20 of 2008
DJ Premier picks his: Favorite albums of all time
DJ Premier Gives Backstory On Entire Gang Starr Catalog
Interviews from the past part 2; Guru of GangStarr (1992)
MC Eiht & DJ Premier is currently cooking up a album set to be released summer 2010
Guru tributes (graffiti)

Music to driveby 1.3

^click image for tracklist^

Music to driveby 1.3

Please support and buy their albums on
Amazon or itunes
or your local spot if you feel their shit ;)

Related posts;
Previous Music to driveby mixtapes
The Fat Cap "In Rotation" mixtape series
Retail albums we recommend.
That can be purchased from Amazon and/or iTunes

Music to driveby 1.2

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Music to driveby 1.2

Please support and buy their albums on
Amazon or itunes
or your local spot if you feel their shit ;)

Related posts;
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The Fat Cap "In Rotation" mixtape series
Retail albums we recommend.
That can be purchased from Amazon and/or iTunes

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2 songs, 1 sample... part 9; (Diana Ross; Love Hangover)

"Love Hangover"
was the fourth number one single for Motown singer Diana Ross.
It was released in March 1976,
and rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100,
Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously.

Written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod as a disco number.
The Motown staff believed that it would be perfect for Ross to record.
Ross, like her soul contemporaries Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye,
initially resented the new musical movement
but eventually agreed to record the song.

Producer Hal Davis instructed the song's engineer Russ Terrana
to install a strobe light so that Ross could be in the "disco" mindset.
As the song changed from ballad to uptempo,
Ross became more comfortable with the material;
she hummed, sang bit parts, laughed, danced around and even imitated Billie Holiday.
The carefree and sensual nature of Ross' vocals
and the music's direction helped to sell the song.

Hal Davis recorded the track in 1975 thinking
it ideal for Marvin Gaye or Diana Ross.
They were his two favorite vocalists to work with
and thought Diana would be sexier on it, so he cut it on her.
Miss Ross recorded 'Love Hangover' in
1975 and was released on the LP
"Diana Ross" - with a single from it,
"I Thought It Took A Little Time."
The album came out Feb 12th, 1976 and two weeks later,
Motown issued I Thought It Took A Little Time as a single.
Upon hearing the album,
the 5th Dimension did a copycat cover and released
their shorter version of Love Hangover two weeks after that.
Word got to Motown, and Motown issued Ross'
version on 45 and it hit huge - burying the 5th Dimension.
Motown, certain Hangover was a #1 for Diana, rushed out her version.
Both entered the chart the same day.
By the time "Love Hangover" went to number one,
Ross had reinvented herself as a disco diva and
the 5th Dimension's version had peaked at number 80.
It won Ross a Grammy nomination
for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.


Biggy SmallZ; Nobody Rides for Free

Biggy Smallz (197? - 1994)
was a Los Angeles rapper and songwriter known for
the few collaborations he had with famed rap producer Johnny J.
He is the subject of Tupac Shakur's controversial
tribute song “God Bless the Dead”.
This person should not be confused with The Notorious B.I.G.
who went by a similar name: Biggie Smalls.


Very little is known about the rapper outside of his music,
which to date only consists of a handful of tracks
released during the early part of the 1990's as minor singles
- the most famous being “Cruisin'” and
“Nobody Rides for Free”, both produced by Johnny J.

Confusion with Notorious B.I.G. and Big D the Impossible

The rap moniker of Biggy Smallz
has a striking resemblance to one of New York rap legend
Christopher Wallace's (Notorious B.I.G.) aliases: Biggie Smalls.
Before Wallace's mainstream rap career began,
he rapped under this name. Biggy's companion
Tupac Shakur reportedly requested Wallace to
change his rap name from 'Biggie Smalls' to
The Notorious B.I.G., his current one,
when he was just an up-and-coming underground rapper.
Wallace complied with this request,
but by then his prior rap name 'Biggie Smalls'
was already too reputable and well known
to the public for the name change to be fully successful.
To this day, many of Wallace's
fans still refer to him as 'Biggie'.
By the time he released his debut album
Ready to Die in September 1994,
Wallace's fame had completely
overshadowed Biggy Smallz' rap career.
It is believed that Biggy died around that time period.

Biggy Smallz was mentioned in the
2Pac Greatest Hits track “God Bless the Dead”,
in which Shakur paid his respects to a
"Biggy Smallz" during the intro, saying:

Due to the name's similarities with Notorious B.I.G.'s alias,
the overwhelming majority of Shakur's listeners
took this as a shout-out to Christopher Wallace,
who died a year prior to the song's official release.
This generated a great deal of confusion
due to the fact that the song was recorded in late 1994,
before Shakur's imprisonment in February 1995.
Subsequently, rumors claiming 2Pac's death was a hoax began surfacing.
On Live Squad's official biography, however,
this topic was brought up in order to clear up the rumors:

In addition to this,
Biggy Smallz is often mistaken with Deon Evans,
also known as Big D the Impossible.
Evans (who is still alive) is a producer who had
worked with Tupac Shakur on his earlier albums
2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..


Geto Boys; The Other Level
appears on We Can't Be Stopped was the
4th studio album by Geto Boys, released in 1991.
It was among their most successful records in terms of units sold.
The album is broken down track-by-track by
Geto Boys in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.
We Can't Be Stopped was certified
Platinum on February 26, 1992, by the RIAA.

The album cover is a graphic picture of member
Bushwick Bill in the hospital after he shot himself
in the eye after his girlfriend refused to shoot him.
The event is unfolded in detail in the song
"Ever So Clear" from Bushwick's 1992 solo debut Little Big Man.


Also used by Snoop Dogg on The Cure

Related links;
Sites you should keep your eye on part 9; Hip Hop is read
2 songs, 1 sample... part 1
(Mike Brant; Mais Dans La Lumière)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 2
(The Temptations; Mother Nature)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 3
(Suicide is Painless (M.A.S.H Theme)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 4
(Horace Andy; Skylarking)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 5
(Stalag Riddim)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 6
(Michael Jackson; Billie Jean)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 7
(Billy Joel; The Stranger)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 8
(Quincy Jones; Slum Creeper)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 9;
(Diana Ross; Love Hangover)

2 songs, 1 sample... part 10;
Freddie Scott "(You) Got What I Need"

Case2 TFP; Marvel mania 2009

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sites you should keep your eye on part 16; Phos4 (GFA/RTZ)

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Phos4 (GFA/RTZ) Blog
Phos4 (GFA/RTZ) 12ozProphet thread

Related links;
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Sites you should keep your eye on part 2; Kacao77
Sites you should keep your eye on part 3;
Sites you should keep your eye on part 4; Dash167´s Flickr
Sites you should keep your eye on part 5; Stay KD´s Flickr
Sites you should keep your eye on part 6; Ven´s Flickr
Sites you should keep your eye on part 7; Caster GBA´s Flickr
Sites you should keep your eye on part 8; Loomit UA´s iLG blog
Sites you should keep your eye on part 9; Hip Hop is read
Sites you should keep your eye on part 10; Great AIO/SRG
Sites you should keep your eye on part 11; Soten SSH´s Flickr
Sites you should keep your eye on part 12; Heavy Artillery´s Flickr
Sites you should keep your eye on part 13; Poet aka Sear aka Kaos45 (GFA/TNB) blog
Sites you should keep your eye on part 14; Mr. Ewok one
Sites you should keep your eye on part 15; Hesoe (STGO/WMD)
Sites you should keep your eye on part 16; Phos4 (GFA/RTZ)
Sites you should keep your eye on part 17;
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2010 Rap Literature roundup

The Big Payback:
The History of the Business of Hip Hop by Dan Charnas

New American Library
There's no other hip hop book quite like this,
it's as simple as that! Charnas' tour de force
is a direct and detailed account of the players and motives
behind the "American dream" story tale that is hip hop.
With a well-balanced combination of recounting and reporting,
Charnas reveals a back-story that simply
has never been told before... until now.
It's a bit of a long read, but the frequent
revelations and stories that make you go "wow!" and "really?"
keep you from putting this book down.
Highly recommended.

Decoded by Jay-Z & dream hampton
Spiegel & Grau
What more can HipHopIsRead say?
If you're a Jay-Z fan,
you've probably already got this - and with good cause.
Jay-Z, dream, Spiegel & Grau have crafted a book
that's as exciting to read as it is to marvel over
the artwork and aesthetic design.
Part autobiography, part coffee table entertainment,
Decoded is a book you can simply pick up,
pore over and enjoy. Not just for Jay-Z fans too!

The Anthology of Rap by Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois and more
Yale University Press
Given that HipHopIsRead already addressed the criticism
over this encyclopedia of rhymes, HipHopIsRead just say this:
The Anthology of Rap accomplishes what it had set out to achieve.
In the future, this book may be considered a relic,
the first of its kind in the attempt to catapult
rap poetry into the field of academia.
HipHopIsRead give props to professors Bradley and DuBois
for taking that bold first step.

The Boombox Project:
The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground
by Lyle Owerko w/Spike Lee

Abrams Image
Video (and internet) may have killed the radio star,
but New York-based photographer Lyle Owerko's
dedication to the ubiquitous boombox earnestly
and effectively (and rightfully!) romanticizes the days
before e-networking and expendable MP3 files.
Nostalgia abound, The Boombox Project perfectly
encapsulates a significant epoch in time.
To HipHopIsRead, this is the next best thing to having seen it first-hand.

Born to Use Mics:
Reading Nas's Illmatic by Micharl Eric Dyson, Sohail Daulatzai and more

Basic Civitas Books
As HipHopIsRead wrote nearly a year ago in HipHopIsRead review for Combat Jack's website,
this book is "a brilliant companion to a brilliant album."
The various opinions and points of view by the roster
of contributors may have you looking and
listening to Illmatic in an all new light.

Public Enemy's
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Christopher R. Weingarten

Continuum Books
HipHopIsRead read about six or seven of the 33 1/3
books and this one's been HipHopIsRead favorite by far.
Christopher Weingarten did his homework here,
providing a comprehensive profile of Public Enemy and rap's golden era
- all packed tightly into a palm-sized book.
Read HipHopIsRead full review here.

Tupac Shakur:
The Life and Times of an American Icon
by Tayannah Lee McQuillar & Fred L. Johnson

Da Capo Press
Even HipHopIsRead, a self-described "'Pac Stan" or "Pacavellian",
learned quite a bit about Tupac Shakur from this biography.
Without glorifying or sweeping his blunders and dark moments under the rug,
McQuillar and Johnson effectively identify the dual personality of 'Pac,
appropriately nicknamed 2Pac.
HipHopIsRead didn't put this book down once until HipHopIsRead finished it.

Understand Rap:
Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics
You and Your Grandma Can Understand
by William Buckholz

Abrams Image
This novelty book achieves quick laughs, none of them cheap.
For instance, Drake's line "swimming in the money come and find me...
Nemo" is boiled down up into a silly,
sixty-eight word-long explanation/translation,
finally answering the question: "what's the opposite of 'layman's terms'?"
Enjoy this one on the john... escort. #fakedrake

Back in Black Paperback:

Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin':
The Authorized Story of Public Enemy by Russell Myrie

Grove Press
HipHopIsRead checked this one out a few months back.
There's plenty of great stories and rap nerd trivia in here.
It differs from Weingarten's 33 1/3 entry in that
it follows PE throughout their entire career,
from the very beginning all the way through
the group's twenty years in music,
marked by their 2007 LP How You Sell Soul to a Soulless
People Who Sold Their Soul
. Myrie provides plenty
of exclusive interview material as well.

The Tao of Wu by The RZA
Riverhead Books
HipHopIsRead reviewed/recommended this one around the same time last year.
A great read by the Socrates of hip hop.
Get it with The Wu-Tang Manual if you haven't
checked that one out yet too.

Upcoming Releases (2011):

Thug Life:
Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip Hop by Michael P. Jeffries

University of Chicago Press, January 2011

Back in the Days:
10th Anniversary Edition
by Jamel Shabazz, w/Fab 5 Freddy & Ernie Paniccioli

powerHouse Books, March 2011

Hip Hop Inheritance:
From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement by Reiland Rabaka

Lexington Books, March 2011

Empire State of Mind:
How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg

Portfolio Hardcover, March 2011

Slave to a Page:
The Book of Rhymes by Nasir Jones(!)

HarperCollins, April 2011

The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA:
A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 Chambers by Alvin "Aqua" Blanco(!)

Praeger Publishers, April 2011

My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy
by Albert "Prodigy" Johnson(!) & Laura Checkoway

Simon & Schuster, April 2011

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from
South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T(!) & Douglas Century

Random House Publishing Group, April 2011

I Mix What I Like!:
A Mixtape Manifesto by Jared A. Ball

AK Press, April 2011

Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King by Julius Bailey

McFarland & Company, Inc., April 2011

Keep on Pushing:
Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-Hop by Denise Sullivan

Lawrence Hill Books, July 2011

Ivan of Hip Hop is read

Related posts;
Good or bad rap album covers (?) of 2010 roundup
2010 rap albums roundup
2010 Rap Literature roundup

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chuck D Pens Letter Concerning American Hip Hop Culture

Public Enemy's leader speaks out against various
topics within Hip Hop, discussing the importance
of giving to communities, the downfall of
American Hip Hop and Hip Hop media outlets.

Chuck D, always one to speak out on matters concerning Hip Hop,
has recently released a letter to Davey D and
Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur of
In the letter, the Public Enemy leader described
the state of the culture and more.

"As far as RAP and HIP-HOP, it's like USA Olympic basketball,
the world has parity now and have surpassed the USA in
ALL of the basic fundamentals of HIP HOP
with succinct mission, meaning and skill.
Skill-wise rappers spitting three languages,
have created super rappers to
move the crowd with intensity and passion.
The 'arrogant' American comes in blackface,
but if there was a HIP HOP or Rap Olympics,
I really don't think the United States would get Gold,
Silver or Brass or even ass for that sake."

Not only criticizing the art form,
he also critiqued Hip Hop news outlets,
noting that it needs to improve in the way it documents the culture.

"HIP HOP NEWS spreads like any other
mainstream NEWS in America.
The garbage that's unfit to print has now floated
on websites and blogs like sh*t.
For example a rapper working in the community gets
obscured while if that same rapper robbed a gas station
he'd get top coverage and be label a 'rapper'
while getting his upcoming or current music
somewhat put on blast, regardless of its quality
which of course is subjective like any other art.
RAP sites and blogs are mimicking the New York POST."

In adding to this, he expressed the need
to contribute to the community, citing the
significant impact this music has today.

"Since the music has so much power, and image
has become everything to the point that it can
dictate the direction of a person in their life,
it is my mission now to really become
a 'freedom fighter' and stop this radiation.
With Jay-Z and others who, for years would faint their worth,
the statement of 'with great power comes
great responsibility,'is more true.
Words are powerful and they can both start wars and bring peace.
This cannot be taken lightly.
Its important for the words to be body with the community.
If not one dime of $250 million doesn't benefit
the people who contribute to it then why does that
warrant coverage above the will and effort of
many in the music who have done great things.
Never have so many been pimped by so few. "

Without stopping there, Chuck also aimed his
pen at Viacom and others, saying things
need to change for the better, in his eyes,
and that he intends to do something about it.

"To dictate to a community and not even live
or be with the people is offensive.
VIACOMs reach into Africa to turn HIP HOP in to Amerfrica,
which is as exploitative as those slave-makers
who carried us across on boats.
The decisions made in a boardroom in New York City
while these cats scurry to their high rises,
and suburban mansions from cultural profiteering must stop.
And I'm going to do something about it.
Never have so many been pimped by so few."

Furthermore, he explained his reasoning for
writing this letter, discussing the culture and
how he chooses to live in order to steer away from materialism.

"I drive a '94 Montero, a '97 Acura, and have no expensive jewelry.
There is nothing on this planet materially that
is better than myself. This is what I instill in
many doing Hip Hop that nothing is greater than what is given.
These games of people doing anything to get things
has seeped into my way so therefore witness some
radical virtual things coming from me in protecting
the art-form of Hip Hop. Never have so many been pimped by so few.
So, I'm going after the few. I'm tired of it."


Chuck D; Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin from Amazon

Bomber Megazine #37-38 out now!

Bomber Megazine is a Dutch graffiti magazine founded in 1987.
Bomber is born out of the urge to create something
better than the magazines that were out at that time.
Our mission became to bring you a world-wide
graffwriters update in both image and words, not just graffporn.
Although we have Dutch roots Bomber loves to
welcome writers from all over the world to
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Yes we focus on steel but never exclude
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