8.31.2016

DJ Darrell D's 'stylish' Crotona Park Jams recaps

The legendary Ken Swift (Rock Steady Crew) and DJ Darrell D
 
The homie DJ Darrell D made his annual pilgrimage to the Crotona Park Jams in NY, and once again rubbed shoulders with many of the old school legends and luminaries of hip-hop. But he did it while also rocking a couple of t-shirts made by yours truly, including the "Brown" mash-up pictured above. While many of the fellas at the jam were silently 'checking his fresh', he reports that an unexpected number of compliments actually came from the ladies. And when the godfather of hip-hop Kool DJ Herc saw the JB tribute, he loudly shouted out, "That's my man (JB)!" four or five times. Pret-ty dope, right? 

Anyway, to see who else Darrell D (and the Brown shirt) rubbed shoulders with, check out his killer recap of the 2016 Crotona Jams by clicking here (for part 1) and here (for part 2).

7.23.2016

[Destroy All Headphones™] Pharoahe Monch & Professor XXL - Big G's Revenge

I wanted badly to have the instrumental track of Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says" featured in a playlist that I've put together for an upcoming project. As monstrous as the vocal version of this rap track is, the instrumental–much to my surprise–was somewhat on the...repetitive side. If I was gonna use it, the track was gonna need some variations in its sound. So, I imported the track into Garage Band™, grabbed all of my Godzilla and related Toho film soundtracks, and worked a wee bit of magic; my first proper remix, made especially for hip-hop and kaiju film soundtrack lovers like me (and you).

5.24.2016

[Video On Demand™ Classic] Chaka Khan - I Feel For You [Official Video]



I'm certain that I'm not the only one who's still sad about the passing of Prince. I wanted to post one of his videos, but I elected to go another route: the very fitting and fantastic hit cover of "I Feel For You" by his dear friend Chaka Khan, posted here with Prince Rogers Nelson firmly mind. Still so hard to believe he's gone.

4.10.2016

Blade: Blood War I, starring Wesley Snipes, Rihanna and Nicholas Cage...coming soon?


Um, no. #LateAprilFool's #youvebeenpunked #sorry #hahaha

Despite being a big fan of Marvel's Blade films – the first two – (as mentioned here) I was never sure that I'd make an actual Blade piece for my Marvel Blaxploitation series. As inspiration would have it, though, a vague poster concept hit from out the blue yesterday afternoon, and this morning I have a finished piece that I like quite a bit.

Can't wait to see what it looks like on paper.

3.16.2016

Oh, My Godzilla... The cross-cultural fashion sense of Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers in 1984


Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers, one of the stars of the 1984 cult hit Breakin', has never received the recognition he deserves for a great number of things, among them being credit for actually being the man who taught Michael Jackson to moonwalk. In addition to that fairly seismic slight, Chambers also never really got the credit he deserved for being a major style icon for kids across the planet in the 1980s. But his pop art Godzilla muscle shirt, Banzai headband, camouflage khakis, and white Nike high-tops set a trailblazing fashion trend for many others to follow. In addition to his mind-blowing dance moves on screen in Breakin', it was his very unique sense of style, coupled with serious skinny kid swag, that left a deep impression whose echoes still reverberate in the present. And if there's any justice in the world, somebody (me) will attempt to right at least one of the great wrongs of pop culture history, and post to their blog a retrospective tribute to the cross-cultural fashion sense in 1984 of the legendary Boogaloo Shrimp. 



Did this post get you hyped up for more? Well, click here to learn how Boogaloo Shrimp met and mentored MJ, the reasons why he has a ton of fans in Asia, and much more in a very revealing 2008 interview.