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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.

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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

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

You Can’t Stop the PROPHETS!

25 Feb

JERU THE DAMAJA – YOU CAN’T STOP THE PROPHET. SICKEST MC’S OF THE 90’S!!!