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Break Festival

12 Jun

Join us on July17th, check out some good music, amazing bboy battles, stop by the VP/Collective Skate booth and meet the fam.

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Reflection Eternal at Fat Beats L.A

19 May

Yesterday Fat Beats record store on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles held a meet & greet/mini show at 5:30pm. Who was performing and signing? The one and only Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal)!! Upon the release of their second album together “Revolutions Per Minute” they signed and performed a couple songs off their new album. Here are some pics from the signing.

R.I.P. Guru

20 Apr

Skills, Skills, Skills….

It brings sadness to our hearts to know that someone with so much influence to hip-hop and hip-hop culture has passed away today. On this day of April, 20th 2010, we received news that a legend has passed away, Guru (Keith Elam) at the young age of 43. He succumbed to cancer late Monday night, April 19th, 2010.

With all the fake entertainers out there (because God knows they are far from earning the title MC) it will always be like taking a fresh breath when you hear the words:

“No way you’ll never make it
Come with the weak shit, I break kids
Step into my zone, mad rhymes will stifle ya
Lines like rifles go blast when I kick some ass
A lot of rappers be like one time wonders
Couldn’t say a fly rhyme if there was one right under
Their noses, I hate those motherfuckin posers
But I’m so real to them it’s scary
And with my unique skills nag you can’t compare me
And no we don’t make wack tracks
and all the suckers get pushed back when I’m kickin real facts
I represent set up shit like a tent boy
You’re paranoid cause you’re my son like Elroy
And you’d be happy as hell to get a record deal
Maybe your soul you’d sell to have mass appeal”

Guru wrote a letter to his fans and supporters before passing away.

“I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.

I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.”


R.I.P. GURU!

VPxLA

5 Apr


I gotta say, we truly are blessed to live in a city as beautiful as Los Angeles. From its tall skyscrapers to its diverse mixture of cultures, Los Angeles is a living, breathing work of art.

We took sometime out of our day to handle some errands and take a bike ride through LA.

Had to leave our mark. Stay tuned for the next adventure…

PROPHETS SNEAK PEEK

25 Mar

What are the Prophets up to? Tee drops next week! Keep your eyes open…

VPxCOLLECTIVExSUGAR SKATEBOARDS

22 Mar

I know I know, this footage is late, but here is the footage from the Skate Jam that took place at the La Fayette Plaza.

CRACK KILLS

21 Mar

Keeping with the same WU-TANG spirit as my last post, here is a sneak peek at one of our newest prints dropping this week. In honor of a great MC and most importantly a great teacher, ODB. Two colorways available including a “killa beez” colorway.

BUTTER

Shirts are hitting the shelves and on-line store next week!!

Wu-Tang vs The Beatles – ODB – Got Your Money