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Been all about Skateboarding and Hip-Hop all my life.  Those have been with me since elementary.  As well as the beach, bodyboarding, longboarding, and playing sports: basketball and football being the chosen.  Somehow through time Skateboarding and Hip-hop became the tastemakers in this classification called, “Streetwear”.  What that exactly mean who knows, cause whatever you wear when you mobbing in the streets or if you came up in the streets is, Streetwear. 

Fast forward to a time when i was some what a buyer at a shop in Hawaii and because we were new to the mix, we got the “snobbery” from brands like Diamond, Mighty Healthy, etc all because we were “to close, with in a 10 mile range” NINJA PLEASE! Ok i think we were like 9.2 miles from the other retailer but give me a break, we were moving more units and a threat.  I love being a threat! But one day we get a call that they cannot sell to us anymore because of that reason of “to close”. 

Fast Forward more, i peaced out that business…honestly my passion didn’t match up with the other owners and my goals were out the box.  So, the economy started sucking and all those brands came back hitting up all the business they onced snobbed! So weak. 

Thats just one story i got of snobbery. I got choke.  All good cause it is what it is and respect and integrity always reigns supreme. Hahah, supreme…don’t get me started.

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One thing great about a culture like Hip-hop is that the founding fathers are all still alive.  Kool Herc, Grand Wizard Theodore, Melle Mel, Flash, Crazy Legs, Futura, Phase 2, just to name a few. One of the few genres of music born and cultivated in America.  Eventually, Hip-hop made its way to Hawaii, don’t know exactly who was the first Hawaii MCs, DJs, B-Boys, and Writers, but i do know my generation and who made it happen for us.  Respect the Architects!

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I recently copped the Will Sessions album where he recreates “Illmatic” by Nas, but he does it by using all live instruments.  Overall, really dope and the vibe is ill, the kind of album you can put on the table and let it play out.  Got me thinking about the OG Illmatic, and how The Large Professor doesn’t get his just due and props for that album!  Tracks like, “Halftime”, “One Time for your Mind”, and “It aint hard to tell” are classics and forever historic.  Check out Large Professor at his site: www.largepro.com.. Nuff respect due!

Some promoters egos are so big that they need their name plastered all over the damn flyer and even label the event stage after their name.  What a Joke! And majority of the time the promoter who is feeding their balloon egos have absolutely nothing to do with HIP-HOP! Maybe 20 years ago when they were a nobody and they respected the culture, but even that is half assed! Once again Hip-hop gets f’n pimped by nothing to do culture vampires.

Without getting into to much history, which i know very little on how one man can own an island in Hawaii, Lanai is going to be sold to another man. Not a people, or a nation, but to one man.  Its always dishearting to know that none of the native Hawaiians benefit from land that was taken away an claimed by a James Dole, then Castle and Crooks, then David Murdock, now Larry Ellison. It would of been nice to see Hawaiians Hui up and buy the island back and use it for the people of Hawaii.  Rebuild the plantation, use the land for education, encourage aqua culture, do something to benefit the Hawaiians.  I hope that this guy has the best interest for the People of Hawaii. Thats all i can really hope and pray.

 

Love this show, Turtle Man is the truth. Simple and very much different.  He catches critters down south with his bare hands.  His demeanor and mannerisms combined with his famous call, “YEEEEYEEHHHEEE, LIVE ACTION” makes this a must see show.    The show has so many moments where things should go wrong but for some reason it always turns for the better.  What is really classic is that his band of brothers that helps him looks like a ragtag bunch who don’t know nuthing about catching animals.  All this makes for great TV.  A new batch of episode will be dropping this June.  Don’t Sleep on the turtle man.

If you checked out the front of LS you seen i posted the track i did for the “rap with Factor” contest.  To some extent i think if i tried hard and pulled some strings i think i could of actually gotten a Factor beat without doing a contest.  Joe Dub has worked with Factor and he is on Ceschi record label, Fake Four.  But what fun would that be.  Still, this wouldn’t have happened if the beat wasn’t dope.  I remember when i saw the post and was like let me listen to this beat.  The beat dropped and i wrote and recorded it in a few days, how do you say, i was feeling it.  Well it all comes down to what the judges, who i have no idea are, decide wins. Win or lose i hope i can still use this song for live sets.  Thank Factor G.

When i heard the news that Adam Yauch aka MCA passed away i was shocked and disappointed i didn’t get to see the Beastie Boys one more time.  My first time seeing them perform was a Turtle Bay on the North Shore. I forgot who was the opening acts but i remember chilling in the back until the Beasties were about to go on. By that time it has gotten dark and we made our way to the front, but nature called and i had to go.  Not wanting to lose my place in the crowd, wait in line, then fight my way back to where my homie were. I devised a plan.  I told my one friend, Jason, since he has No Fear and had an innate quality of moving people to get ready to make space.  By that time it was dark and the Beasties were about to take the stage so as Jason started pushing people to make a good 3 feet of space, i whipped it out and relieved my delf!  It was perfect timing cause the Beastie started hyping up the crowd, the lights were off, and once they took the stage hundreds of people already trampled over my “waste”.  So in true Beastie Boys fashion i would like to say thank you to MCA, Mike D, and AdRock for a great and memorable concert.  LIVICATED to MCA.

Someone must be playing a joke on me because putting a Nickoldeon cartoon character on a shirt don’t make a shirt dope.  Its like shirts with witty sayings or famous rap quotes, don’t get me wrong doing a few of those is cool, i got a few, but when your whole company is based on terms like WEST COAST/BEST COAST, SO FRESH, or THUG TRIFE ( i made all these up as i typed so if this is your shirt design and you are currently making money off of it, congrats, u da man)  this is some other topic, now back on track.  So you telling me if i put ROCKOS MODERN LIFE on a shirt and call it a colab that DOPE? Oh you got the street wear scene going nuts? I thought shirts like that was for my 4 year old son, its cute and funny, but if some 20 something in girl pants, whiz queeweefer hair, disco sunglasses, and converse with no socks rocking one of those shirt, the world is ending.  Its my opinion and according to some online “street wear” dealers those companies are worth co-signing.  Whatevers.  Make a shirt with FLAPJACK

and ima cop that instantly, cause FLAPJACK (the kid to the right) is just that ill. Now wheres my Rugrats shirt at?

This was posted on the Hundreds Feed blog. Are you kidding me? This is supposed to be dope? It really gets me when people big up garbage and claim that its cutting edge or brilliant because its minimum.  Like when they post a certain company releases blank shirts, unless the internet start having tangible pop ups we will never know if a shirt is made from 1 million rare silk worms that have sun bathed in the mountains of Japan?   To even give props to a shirt like this or any of the kind is ridiculous, and i hope its a joke.  They should call it a paint ball target shirt, ill buy that for a dollar.