Friday, November 28, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gear: Play Clothes

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Video: Illa J - We Here

Video: E-40 - Earl

Art:COPE2's Top Of The Line @ Showroom NYC

COPE2 will be presenting a new art exhibition in New York at the beginning of December featuring well known artists such as Futura, Sharp, Shepard Fairey, Fafi, Siloette, Revok, Can2, Rong English, and Cope2 himself. The art exhibition will be held at The Showroom Gallery in New York City from December 4th through the 9th. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on December 4th from 7 PM to 9 PM.

COPE2 Presents Top of the Line Exhibition
The Showroom Gallery
117 2nd Avenue Map
New York, NY 10003

Video: Reychesta Secret Weapon - Me Quieren Arrestar

Video: Bathgate - Pockets Full Of Money

Kix: A.R.C. x Saucony Shadow 6000 - Round II

For more info go here.

Video: Evidence - Solitary Confinement (feat. Krondon)

Video: Skooda Chose - U Feelin Me

Jim Jones on the Complex Cover.

First I'm going to say that I do like JJ's style. No frontin', No hatin'. BUT, I must say BUT... he's funny style as hell.
When I first saw him doing his own thing I realized he took the Dominicans aka Washington Heights look and run with it. I liked it because he put some HOOD in it and made it his own. Now where he fucked up on is commenting on another mans style (no that's not what I'm doing right now). I remember in interviews he used to talk crazy about Kanye's clothing choices but look what we have here now. He's crazy Metro-sexual and I'm just sitting here wondering if he knows it.

Now with that being said he's def. on that top list of ill dressers in the HipHop game (which are all questionable because I don't know who has a stylest and who doesn't). I just wish people would keep their comments in the bag because renigging is a ugly thing to live with.

John Forte is free!

The Fugees producer John Forte was among those pardoned yesterday by still-President George W. Bush. Forte, who also has two solo albums as a rapper, was busted back in 2000 for carrying two suitcases filled with over $1.4 million in liquid cocaine through Newark International Airport. He was convicted on intent to distribute charges and given the mandatory minimum 14 years in prison. That is, until W. pardoned him. Forte will be released on December 22nd, but will still spend the remaining of his sentence on probation. Among those who rallied for Forte’s early release were Carly Simon and her son Ben Taylor, who was reportedly best friends with Forte, as well as Senator Orrin Hatch

Video: K.Smith - Alright With Me

Kix: Air Jordan 1 High Strap Pack

If you looking for a X-Mas that I would like... here you go :O).
the black/red joints please....

Kix: Nike Dunk High Spark

They feature wool accents and the colorway is blacked out.

Toy Culture: THE WARRIORS: Deluxe 9-inch Figures

Mezco Toyz pays homage to one of the most celebrated cult films of the 1970's, THE WARRIORS; the unforgettable characters are immortalized with the newest release in their deluxe 9-inch figure format.

The figure lineup includes:

• Baseball Fury - A soldier from a bizarre gang whose turf is the upper west side of New York City.
Includes: Baseball bat, highly detailed and tailored costume, and alternate hands.

• Cyrus - Leader of the the Gramercy Riffs, most powerful gang in New York City. Includes: Highly detailed and tailored costume, and alternate hands.

• Ajax - Cocky, loud-mouthed and always up for a fight. Includes: Handcuffs, highly detailed and tailored costume, and alternate hands.

• Swan - Warchief, second-in-command of the Warriors gang. Includes: Switchblade, molotov cocktail, highly detailed and tailored costume, and alternate hands.

• Orphans Leader - Chief of the low level gang with a "heavy rep". Includes: Includes: Razor, newspaper article, highly detailed and tailored costume, and alternate hands.
(NOTE: This figure was released exclusively on Mezco Direct and quickly sold out).

Mezco's award-winning design team once again exceeds expectations with a level of verisimilitude unheard of in action figures; each figure features forty points of articulation and highly detailed cloth outfits as well as a separate set of interchangeable fighting hands . An action stand allows for an incredible variety of dynamic poses. Packaged in a deluxe, dual-window tome box. Each figure is limited to 1979 pieces.

Each figure is sold separately and will be available at finer retailers in December.

Visit the Mezco Direct Store for purchase

Andrea Valentini- AV Sport Collection

2007, the team at ABV Design Inc. identified a void in the market place between the world of handbags and luggage. Innovative and stylish bags for work and travel were unavailable for independent minded women and men with emerging active lifestyles.

Presenting the AV Sport Collection - with our traffic stopping bump texture and durable construction

Via... check out the website here.

Rihanna X Gucci X Unicef

Rihanna and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini will light the Unicef Snowflake at the Grand Army Plaza in New York City. 4th annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit Unicef which continues to support education, healthcare, protection and clean water programs for orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. For this year’s initiative, Creative Director Frida Giannini has designed a special white version of the TATTOO HEART Collection featuring a stylized heart tattoo along with iconic Gucci symbols on a wide range of accessories. Gucci will donate 25 percent of sales from this dedicated collection in Gucci stores in over 20 countries from November 19, 2008 through January 31, 2009.

Dirty Gardener: Cap City


Dirty Gardener: Black Friday X Black Flag Shoppe

All Mens & Ladies goodies 20% to 50% OFFFFFF!
Clean us out, nothing is written in stone MAKE US AN OFFER !
No Reasonable offer turned away haaa !!
Decks will be 28 w/grip & 48 w/grip.... don't sleep!!
12pm to 12am

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Indians save the Pilgrim, and in return the Pilgrims killed 'em. They call it Thanksgiving, we call it Holiday Hell-Day

The tradition of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving is steeped in myth and legend. Few people realize that the Pilgrims did not celebrate Thanksgiving the next year, or any year thereafter, though some of their descendants later made a "Forefather's Day" that usually occurred on December 21 or 22. Several Presidents, including George Washington, made one-time Thanksgiving holidays. In 1827, Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale began lobbying several Presidents for the instatement of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, but her lobbying was unsuccessful until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national holiday with his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Today, our Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November. This was set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941), who changed it from Abraham Lincoln's designation as the last Thursday in November (which could occasionally end up being the fifth Thursday and hence too close to Christmas for businesses). But the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving began at some unknown date between September 21 and November 9, most likely in very early October. The date of Thanksgiving was probably set by Lincoln to somewhat correlate with the anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod, which occurred on November 21, 1620 (by our modern Gregorian calendar--it was November 11 to the Pilgrims who used the Julian calendar).

There are only two contemporary accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving: First is Edward Winslow's account, which he wrote in a letter dated December 12, 1621. The complete letter was first published in 1622, and is chapter 6 of Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth .

Our corn [i.e. wheat]did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown. They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.

The second description was written about twenty years after the fact by William Bradford in his History Of Plymouth Plantation . Bradford's History was rediscovered in 1854 after having been taken by British looters during the Revolutionary War. Its discovery prompted a greater American interest in the history of the Pilgrims, which eventually led to Lincoln's decision to make Thanksgiving a holiday. It is also in this account that the Thanksgiving turkey tradition is founded

They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercising in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.

The following is a fairly complete list of the foods available to the Pilgrims during the three-day Thanksgiving harvest celebration. As can be seen in the above two quotations, the only foods specifically mentioned by the Pilgrims are: "corn" (wheat, by the Pilgrims usage of the word), Indian corn, barley, peas (if any where spared), "fowl" (Bradford says "waterfowl"), five deer, fish (namely bass and cod), and wild turkey>

Some perhaps startling omissions from the authentic Thanksgiving menu

Ham. (The Pilgrims most likely did not have pigs with them).

Sweet Potatoes-Potatoes-Yams. (These had not yet been introduced to New England).

Corn on the cob. (Indian corn was only good for making cornmeal, not eating on the cob).

Popcorn. (Contrary to popular folklore, popcorn was not introduced at the 1621 Thanksgiving. Indian corn could only be half-popped, and this wouldn't have tasted very good.)

Cranberry sauce. (Cranberries were available, but sugar was not.)

Pumpkin Pie: (They probably made a pumpkin pudding of sorts, sweetened by honey or syrup, which would be like the filling of a pumpkin pie, but there would be no crust or whipped topping.)
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Video: Illa J- "R U Listenin'"

Video: Prodigy - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

P at his best! I like when he raps that crazy shit!


At first I thought this was a skit for some sketch comedy show or something but then I got mad when I found out that it was for real or trying to be. This is just as bad as the Reaggeton Cable Commercial.... damn. And the worst part people of color probably pitched both of these ideas because these big corporations are too scared to do this on their own.

Video: Kanye West- Street Lights

Street Lights from dallas penn on Vimeo.
Now I don't know if this is the official video for the song but this is what was going through my mind when I was listening to the song for the first time so I say GOOD JOB!

Video: He Say She Say "Crash Test Dummie"

He Say She Say "Crash Test Dummie" from Noah Banks on Vimeo.
Yep! New Weirdo Music for me to And I thought the well was running dry.

Video: Del Campo Pa" La Ciudad - Yomo Ft. Julio C. Sanabria y Christian Nieves

Damn, every Christmas I can't help but think about Puerto Rico.... well this Christmas my whole family with be in PR so I guess it's going to be a GTF Christmas and New Year!

Art: Kehinde Wiley's Down at the Deitch Projects

November 01, 2008 — December 20, 2008
18 Wooster Street, New York

Down, an exhibition of new paintings by Kehinde Wiley, opens at Deitch Projects on November 1, 2008. This exhibition consists of four new large-scale paintings inspired by images of fallen warriors, saints, and classical mythology.

I took my daughter with me during the summer to see his exhibit in Harlem and it was good. I can't wait to see this on in person.

Check out Deitch's website here.

Movie: Slumdog Millionaire

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...

It's out now... check your local listings.
by the way. Check out Freida Pinto's website here. Damn she's hot!!!!

Video: Slim - Good Lovin (feat. Ryan Leslie & Fabolous)

Slim's last song was good, Ryan leslie and fab are the truth so what can go wrong? And while we're asking questions here, where the hell is Ryan's album?

Video: Keri Hilson - Turnin' Me On (Feat. Lil Wayne)

I didn't think I would like this song but it's catchy and LW killed it of course. Keri doesn't look like R&B/Hiphop is her strong suit. I predict that she'll be going a different route by the 3rd album.

Video: CNN - The Argument

This is for all my GTF Family out there. We might not see each other for months and we might not see eye to eye on everything but we're more then friends, we're family!
Draco aka Mayo
Willy Will
Millz- my number 1 Goonie Goon Goon...ha
Lil Lou aka Baby
Blackazz Ron

Dirty Gardener: New Fitteds @ Cap City

Check out Cap City's website here.