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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

WU-TANG VS THE BEATLES

19 Mar

When I was first introduced to this mash-up, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. This is honestly one of the greatest hip-hop albums that not too many people know about. When one thinks of a mash-up album, what usually comes to mind is ok beats and off-beat rhyming. I am glad to say that this album is nowhere near being a disappointment.

Big ups go to Tom Caruana for this work of art. This is what happens when two amazing groups are forged together perfectly. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, this album is FREE and available for download. The main link on Tom Caruanas site is down for some reason, but you can find the file easily by just searching wu-tang vs beatles on your web browser. Long live The Beatles and long live THE WU-TANG CLAN!

C.R.E.A.M.

Introducing NAK

7 Mar

Born into a third generation of Filipino immigrants in Los Angeles in 1989, yet raised in a middle income, family oriented, small suburban community located outside of the LA county in the Inland Empire; NAK was reared and destined to lead an ordinary life full of sheltered growth with the expectation of much academic success. With his mother as a full time nurse, and his father as an ex-Navy veteran- working full time as a refrigeration technician- NAK’s upbringing was enriched by a safe environment, quality education, a firm foundation in the Christian belief, with no financial difficulty.  Hardship is something NAK has never faced.

A seemingly typical child from a typical middle class family leading a typical life.  In high school, succumbing to pressure, he tried his best to keep up with the latest trends- whether it be the most recent fashion, the “hottest” music, or what social functions to attend- wasting much of his time and hard-earned allowance to purchase those kicks is wearing, or making the effort to show up at the party.  Often his attempts to keep up with his image failed and ended up in ridicule; he was never popular, he was never special, and never did he have many friends.

But typical is far from what NAK is.

NAK’s hip hop career was birthed out of a cry for respect and attention.  With his primary influence as Immortal Technique, NAK began to experiment and practice with wordplay and rhyme, and used his high school as a proving ground.  In high school, he was frequently engaged in rap battles, crew beef, and diss tracks; as practice, he actively participated in the online text-rapping community.

When NAK grew to become fairly known in his hometown, he realized something that would soon be the spark to a transformation in his life; he was still empty inside.  The respect, the notoriety, the props… were all now meaningless to him.

NAK was seeking something that was beyond him.  Something that fully satisfies.  And he found exactly that in God.

During the second half of his senior year in high school, NAK turned his life fully over to God, and slowly transitioned his rap career to become more focused on Him.  It took literally years for him to stop cussing, and he gave up the marker, the spray can, the hookah and alcohol to pursue God in everything he does.

As the years had progressed, NAK’s frequent phases of isolation and solitude drove him to deeply reflect of his past; slowly did he begin to realize that the demands and pressures of his high school were ultimately… a waste of time.  After digging deeper into the underground and classic hip hop world, listening to artists such as Company Flow, CYNE, Atmosphere, KRS-One, A Tribe Called Quest… he picked up his 50 Cent CD’s, gave them a quick listen once more, and concluded… “these lyrics are ridiculously stupid.”  Skimming through his closet full of his oversized shirts with brand names that were hot back in the day, he came to grips that… he wasted so much money; and gave them all away to his relatives in the Philippines.

A new NAK emerged from the rubble of his past; an artist who no longer raps for respect, material wealth, or fame.  But rather, for God.  In this, his rap career took flight.

Today, NAK takes an innovative and refreshing approach in delivering the message of God through his lyrics; equally building awareness, inspiration, and ultimately, empowerment.


Official Ian Pruet VP Promo

4 Mar

Mad Steez

Progress, Progress, Progress…

20 Feb

It’s definitely been an interesting week for VP. We’ve been hard at work printing a new set of t’s, a few different color ways and a few new designs that are still covered up. This time we are also going to be printing some girl t’s so keep an eye open for that. Theres no greater feeling than blasting KRS-ONE and working on a KNOW YOUR ENEMY tee. Here are a few pictures from this week.

Quick KYE Stencil

 

Limited Black on Grey KYE PRINT!!!!!!!!

Reserve your order now!!!

For any questions on reserving/ordering, contact Ish at ishosorio.vp@gmail.com

THE LOST ART OF INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

18 Feb

On February 18th, 2010 from 6p – 9p the world will get to preview and purchase the “Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds” at The Upper Playground Art Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. All proceeds from this program will be donated to The American Red Cross to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.

This creative team has assembled the following select group of accomplished artists, David Choe, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Grotesk, Jeremy Fish, Patrick Martinez, Alex Pardee, Dora Drimalas, Munk One, N8 Van Dyke, Rene Alamanza, Morning Breath and Skinner Davis, to create their own poster art based off their interpretation of the Oscar Nominated film, “Inglourious Basterds” artwork.

Each print will be numbered and signed by Quentin Tarantino. Only six (6) of each amount will be made.

The gallery will open will be open to the general public from 6p – 9p on Thursday February 18th, 2010 at Upper Playground Los Angeles located at 125 East 6th Street in Downtown LA. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the limited edition prints for $300. The prints are giclée archival and are only available for purchase at Upper Playground, Los Angeles. Phone orders and web orders will not be accepted. Prints will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The purchase of prints will be limited to one per buyer. Here are a few pieces that will be available:

More pictures after the launch……

Wonderwall x KAWS Vinyl Figure

20 Jan

Building off its original collaborative t-shirt back in 2008, famed Japanese architectural firm Wonderwall teams up with KAWS yet again, bringing the original graphic to life in the form of a vinyl figure. It seems like a release is slated for next month, with two different colorways available. The figure measures 22cm high. Stay tuned for a closer look and more concrete information as the release date nears.