BAPE NY Collaborates with Pusha T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi & More For 10th Anniversary Collection

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Back in 2005, Nigo brought A Bathing Ape, his brainchild and streetwear brand to the United States in the form of its NYC flagship store in SoHo. A decade later, and the SoHo store continues to stand strong as the brand’s only United States retail location — which is a milestone worth celebrating.

The commemorate ten years of BAPE Store New York, the Japanese brand enlisted a wellspring of tastemakers which includes: G.O.O.D. Music affiliates Big SeanPusha T and Travi$ ScottKid Cudi; Flastbush Zombies; Wiz Khalifa; famed graffiti artist Stash; RSVP Gallery; artist Futura; and even Def Jam Recordings. In addition, BAPE NY will include their own official 10th anniversary pieces, which will include snapbacks, t-shirts, sunglasses and more. 

The BAPE Store NY capsule collection launches at the NY flagship storefront on April 25, with subsequent launches at BAPEXCLUSIVE  Aoyama, Dover Street Market Ginza, and Bape.com on May 2.

Check out the full collection above.

 

You can find Khari Clarke at your local sneaker store and on Twitter (@KINGCLARKEIII).

 

 

 

 

Listen To Bodega Bamz’ “Bring Em Out” Ft. Flatbush Zombies & Watch His Short Film The Streets Owe Me

It’s hard to yell with the barrel in your mouth. Bodega Bamz is a sidewalk exec. The Flatbush Zombies are the beasts you fear at night. All facts. Since these guys have more bars than a mess hall, they decided to call out all of the fakers and liars on a V’Don beat. Although the production doesn’t exactly have the most adrenaline pumping feel to it, it does give you the impending feeling of a definite doom coming your way. But if you’re real, you have nothing to fear, right?

You can pre-order the album on iTunes and immediately get downloads of a few songs. You can also buy tickets to his album release party at SOB’s on 4/14.

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Bodega also put out the full version of his “cult film,” which you can watch below.

Bryan Hahn will treat Sidewalk Exec as an audiobook for the streets. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).

Listen To Flatbush Zombies’ “RedEye to Paris” Ft. Skepta

Never, ever count the Flatbush Zombies out. They’re keeping up with their consistent releases of tracks that could easily but collected into a successful mixtape. Recently they put out a song recorded with England’s Skepta. The enviable lifestyle that each emcee raps about should be a perfect muscle relaxant as your Spring break winds down. Production comes courtesy of Erick The Architect.

RECORDED IN PARIS. ORCHESTRATED ON A TOUR BUS.

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Bryan Hahn would do business with a business man without a business card. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).

Listen To Flatbush Zombies’ “Plz Don’t Make Me Do It” Ft. Domo Genesis

Now that the Flatbush Zombies are done touring with The Underachievers as Clockwork Indigo, they’ve been releasing some new music under their #DayOfTheDEAD series. Recently, Erick The Architect put out a new song with Domo Genesis that warn those not up to par that they’re back on their old sh*t. That mostly means the level of IDGAF. The smooth production from Erick is tense yet relaxing. Just imagine Coltrane on shrooms

Enter Zombieland HERE.


 
Bryan Hahn is waiting for a new Zombies project as of a while ago. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).

ScHoolboy Q Rallies The Troops In NYC In Triumphant Return To The Stage

Damn sure was a hell of a night.

Its safe to say ScHoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, BlackOutBoyz, and Tinashe‘s performances at Central Park in NYC for Summer Stage were emotionally charged, especially towards the end of the packed, outdoor house. The billed sets featured scintillating sub performances, which was great because most of the artist that showed up was unexpected.

After the DJ got the crowd warmed up, Tinashe took the stage and killed it, performing “Vulnerable”, “Stunt”, “Boss” and her most well known track “2 On”. Towards the end of her performance she full-on strutted her pride for her hometown of L.A., as the singer danced across the stage throwing up  the West Coast sign while the DJ spun Tupac’s “California Love”, followed by Uncle Snoop’s “Gin & Juice”.

Then, Miss Info came out and introduced Mellowhigh‘s Domo Genesis. The rap collective includes others like Hodgy as well as Left Brain, who are all also affiliated with Tyler The Creator‘s Odd Future. Domo started out with one of his songs entitled “Prophecy”, then lead into “No Idols” followed by “F**k Everybody Else”. He was actually pretty funny on stage–he even did his own little version of “Too close”–before joking about leaving Odd Future. Sadly, there was no Hodgy appearance, but Domo ended with a high powered performance of a song off his latest album SS4.unnamed-1 This is where things really took off.

Drum rolls please.

A$AP Nast rushed the stage rapping “Trillmatic” at the top of his lungs.  Then “Hella Hoes”.  Flatbush Zombies was spotted near the stage, but their performance was quite abrupt. The crowd went crazy (of course) as they performed songs like “MRAZ” and “Bath Salt”. Meechy and A$AP Illz did their signature crowd surf, but they didn’t get too far.

Baltimore native A$AP Ant was on stage as well, and brought out Yung Gleesh, whose popularity is growing very quickly, to perform “Water”.

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As A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies filled the stage, you’d think that would be enough surprises for one set.

No.

A$AP Ferg appeared, seemingly out of thin, balmy air, and began a soccer rally-like chant of “Trap Lord”, which ignited the crowd so much the electricity in the air was almost tangible.  Then, “Work” dropped, followed by “Work (Remix)”, “Let it Go”, “Shabba Ranks”, and his freestyle to “Move That Dope”.  Apparently the Summer Stage staff wasn’t feeling the same good energy as the crowd because they ended A$AP Mob’s  segment a bit early.

“They trying to shut us down” Said Ferg.

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After seeing all of these  artist that weren’t even  on the line-up to begin with, everyone’s expectations were all but eradicated at this point and options were open. “Unsure of what’s going to happen next”, was probably the best way to describe it. But that my friends, was only the half of it.

Kendrick Lamar‘s “Backseat Freestyle” had the speakers literally jumping, so of course, the first thing that came to mind was TDE. ScHoolboy  Q surfaced on stage and the crowd filled with teenagers wearing bucket hats literally went wild. After doing two songs, he insisted the crowd “wanted some old sh*t” and he was right. “Hands On The Wheel” brought back so many memories from prior shows that ScHoolboy Q has done.  Following an artist’s career and witnessing all of their progress has to be by far the one of the most amazing feelings, especially seeing them evolve from a hype man, to an opener, to the main stage artist. The most admirable trait about Q has to be his dedication and loyalty to his hometown and beautiful daughter, and how he’s managed to–so far throughout his career–remain humble, yet full of so much character.

He perfected his art on stage and also spoke out on the recent shooting that took place in Colorado:

I know y’all heard about the incident and sh*t, Ni**as thought I was gonna curl up in the corner and not perform, but I’m out here.

He later shared a joint with a fan, and to introduce his next song he actually made fun of the ladies that were claiming their boyfriends, and encouraged the crowd to say “F**k That Ni**a” before the DJ dropped “Studio”.  After being dubbed Q’s “brother from another mother”, Ab-Soul appeared from backstage and performed a few songs on the day after the release of his latest album, These Days. Without warning, Action Bronson charged the stage, this is when it became over whelming. But wait, its not quite over yet.Absoul&Action

 

“I think they trying to turn up on some old school shit” Said Q

“Brand New Guys” beat slipped into the speaker and just when you thought they were enough surprises for the night, you were wrong. A$AP Mob came back on the stage, but this time it was with Rocky. Every time Rocky performs, he never disappoints, and everyone was elated that he came out.

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Last but not least, ScHoolboy Q requested the crowd to put two hands in the air, and you know why!

Because it was time for “Man Of The Year”.

Q took this opportunity to crowd surf and for some reason, fans thought it was a good idea to grab his bucket. He made one thing clear after security guards tussled with people to get him back on stage because they weren’t letting go.

Don’t you ever grab my mother f****g hat. I love y’all New York.

As intense as that show was, it was 100% the overwhelming heat and surplus of weed smoking, bucket-hat clad fans.  Personally, I love it when artists stick together and remain true to they guys they started with. Summer Stage was definitely a refreshing start to an outstanding summer.

 

Asada thought twice about it but didn’t reach out to grab ScHoolboy Q’s hat. You can find her on Twitter (@sadablu).

Listen To Flatbush Zombies Single Belly

FBSummer is near, you can sense it by all the new releases. Artist after artist dropping some heat for us to bump while enjoying the nice weather listen as the Brooklyn based group raps over a sick beat produced by The Architect.

– Asada Nicome ( @SadaBlu )

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Review: Top 5 Quotable Lyrics of the Week (March 31-April 4)

drake-mtv-vmas-performance-2013-watch-nowDrizzy dropped two tracks this week as did Master P. Jose Guapo teamed up with PeeWee Longway for a trap favorite. And speaking of trap favorites, Migos released a new song with Rich The Kid.

And with all those releases, plus a slew of others, it was still an underwhelming week in music releases.

Nonetheless, let’s review some of this week’s most quotable bars.

5. Days In The East – Drake

Drizzy season is among us. In case you thought ¨Draft Day¨ was a fluke, Drizzy dropped another one, well kinda. The track was originally premiered in Europe.

“I’m terrible at inviting myself, call me over

Those nights when you need someone else call me over

You can be the one to take control call me over

When I get there, you already know, call me”

-Erika Benton-Martin (@leftcoast_rika)

Flatbush Zombies Eric Arc Elliott featuring Childish Gambino “God Save The Villain”


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member Eric Arc Elliott who also serves as the groups producer recently released a collection of songs apparently from 2012 titled “eric the architect demos”.  The project which is all Elliott on both the rapping and production end does feature one major guest appearance, none other than Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.  Gambino hits us with a verse that is by no means lacking anything, especially length with him spitting nearly 30 bars.

Hear “God Save The Villain”

& The rest of the project

 

 

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Spencer @sjeezs

Happy 69th Bob! 10 Hip-Hop Songs Mentioning the Reggae Legend

bob marleyBob Marley. The man. The myth. The habitual pot smoker. It was said that Mr. Marley smoked about a pound of  the peace plant every week. But other than being high, Bob was revolutionary. Bob was a musician. Bob IS and forever will be a monumental symbol of peace and love. Poets, athletes, and rappers alike have been inspired from Bob’s compassionate and peace keeping ways. What does Dead Prez think about Marley’s death? How does Gucci Mane’s song, “Bob Marley” pay homage to the deceased legend? Here’s 10 rap songs that mention/pay homage to the great “Tuff Gong,” as we celebrate on a “high” note what would’ve been his 69th birthday. May he rest in peace.

Zach Davis (@ZadricDavis)