This Saturday I have an opportunity to spin alongside one of my DJ idols, Stretch Armstrong. It was around last summer when I had a chance to actually meet Stretch since I interviewed him for a column I edited for Complex. Now to share the billing with him is another surreal moment in my DJ career. Peep the flyer, RSVP then come celebrate your Memorial Day weekend with us.
Given the timing of this event with Stretch, I’m dusting off yet another throwback from the days of his radio show on Hot 97. This freestyle by Terror Squad makes sense to post because Dice the God is also from the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop.
TERROR SQUAD THROWBACK FREESTYLE
Photo by Ray Liotta of Making Deals Zine
“Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission,” (Fitzgerald, Frances Scott. The Great Gatsby, First Collier Books Edition 1992).
It was with an open mind that I found my way to Klughaus Gallery last year for the 5th Annual New York City Type-Off. The rain had subsided for the duration of the night. It didn’t hinder over 50 people from fitting comfortably to part-take in the typing competition. Yet once we attempted to type a paragraph by Walt Whitman, the space became smaller—we hunched over typewriters to transcribe Whitman’s text, anxiously feeling the ticking of the stopwatch over our shoulders.
Any logo in the form of a red box logo with text printed in Futura Heavy Oblique has caught my eye over the past year. New York is full of them in the most obvious to the most obscure places. Yesterday I compiled 25 of these logos for a Complex list of brands inspired by Barbara Kruger. It was tough to narrow it down to just 25. For all I know, there’s still lots of others that haven’t been documented. When you have a typeface that is so easily accessible, there’s no doubt that more people will use it as a resource to be synonymous with Supreme, the most world famous brand to adopt Kruger’s style. Without further adieu, here’s a few more brands that were left on the cutting floor from the list.
This May, Source Life Radio will celebrate its one-year anniversary. Salute to the whole team from DJ Dreamer, Most Elite Lady to DJ Rugged D for putting together a great independent radio station that plays music, provides insight on music trends, news, and sports. I encourage you to listen daily through the Source Life Radio Tune In app. On May 5th, SLR will host a brunch at NYC’s Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st St. I’ll be deejaying along with Rugged D and DJ Boogii. Happy birthday Source Life Radio and feliz Cinco De Mayo.
The Bible Study party is riding a major wave this week and next week. Tomorrow, Thursday April 25th, I’ll be deejaying for the
third fourth time at IMOK (247 Eldridge St., NYC) for the weekly event. Then next Friday, Bible Study heads uptown to the Bronx for a mansion party. Keep reading for all flyers from the previous Bible Study bangers I’ve helped out.
The Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA.
I’ve been out here enjoying Coachella for the first time. Click here to see how my first day went down.
Happy Whacking Day… whenever that might be at this point. I’m on the West Coast as I write this, which means I have about less than two hours left to get in this nod to a retro episode of The Simpsons for a proper Throwback Thursday. Fans of Tapped Out—if you’ve updated in the past 24 hours—are able to play the mini game where you whack snakes and collect their eggs to win prizes.
It’s been almost a month since Tapped Out observed a true holiday like St. Patrick’s Day. So why not the fictional Whacking Day of Simpsons lore? Gameteep has a complete breakdown of the current list of new additions that come with Whacking Day, like the two new snake characters. For a quick crash course on the 1993 episode of Whacking Day, watch the fast motion clip below.
I have UPNORTHTRIPS.COM to thank for honoring March 31st as the day Gang Starr released their pivotal fifth album, Moment of Truth. 15 years strong, it still stands as one of my personal favorite albums of all time. When I wrote about Gang Starr on the day Keith “GURU” Elam died I was hurt. All the memories I had as a teenager listening to Moment of Truth during my ups and downs in high school opened up a floodgate of emotion. So whenever I see that album cover, it stirs up those tender times. Below is an excerpt from my piece for TheFader.com.
DProsper’s vision for music is layered. The symbolism of his album’s cover art subliminally addresses the truth about America’s view of Muslims and violence. His new video for “Children of ATOM” pushes the envelope further. Seeing the young black kid with a gun in his waistband adds onto another reality of firearms in the hands of our babies, ironically conjuring up the memory of Kimani Gray (RIP).
It’s fun to admire Clyde’s fashion sense. The Knicks and Madison Square Garden payed tribute to Clyde last night for his 68th birthday. Honoring him with a bobble head, Chris Rock talking about style with Jill Martin during halftime, the mood was real light for Number 10. There’s so much more to be proud of though with Clyde’s lasting impression. As far as basketball goes, he’s a student of the game. He is very sharp with his commentary, having played and continuing to analyze offense and defense. He never sugar coats anything either. Like when Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett were going at it earlier in the season, Clyde straight up said, if he were Melo he would have cold clocked KG. Applaud that man. But his speech has always been known to be thoughtful and eloquent. While he never shies away from using his extensive vocabulary, what’s more important is that he’s a role model for literacy and public speaking. It’s rare to see good, strong, smart TV personalities. VJ’s don’t count either. I can respect your man Terrence J, AJ, and Matte Babel for being one of the few black men reporting on pop culture. Sports has a bunch, and that’s great too. But I hold Clyde in the ranks of Ed Bradley (RIP). They’re filled with knowledge, and don’t just come off like talking heads. So although we find the well dressed black man charming, know there’s more to him than meets the eye.
Click here to read what I wrote about Clyde’s impact through his Puma sneakers and the Knicks.