Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Graffiti Rock 30th Anniversary

30 years?! Wow does this ever make me feel old. I wish I had an extra 50 racks laying around i'd bankroll this for him. I'm definitely going to donate what I can.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Lunch Time

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You know the butta bros. motto.... More than records! What else you got?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lonnie Love

8 Million Stories: Alonzo Brown from Andreas Vingaard on Vimeo.

Very cool documentary shot by Andreas Vingaard

Friday, June 21, 2013

Unique Music Marketing

Very unique way to market your music and stand out amongst 1000's of others.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fathers Day

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Was good to me this year. I can finally cross these off the wants list. Only took me 20 some years to track 'em down. A true original.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Word From Daddy O

My marriage to hip-hop and its culture starts in 1979. I hear a "Flash Tape" and immediately I want to do whatever it is that makes this sound so good to me. Some call it epiphany, others fate -- for me it was hip-hop. There's a bit of a distance between 1979 and now; yes, things have changed. Most notably, the term hip-hop is now (amazingly) a household word. The rules are different. And yes, mediocrity has reared its ugly head.
Throughout the years I've become what is called a "music technologist." I spend time equally within the music and tech industries. I'm fortunate to have friends and colleagues in both sectors. Without question, this leads me to interesting findings, to say the least. I'm a strong advocate of these two industries learning from each other, and I've even managed to organize a business doing such. I work with several software startups and music companies/artists developing products and services. The challenges are plenty, and (I imagine) in a similar fashion that Silicon Valley aficionados say the tech world has changed, I say the same about hip-hop.
Change is not always good, or bad. Change is, and that can sometimes make it difficult to digest. Speaking of change, the entire inception of hip-hop evoked change. I not only remember, but I lived those days. The days of being told we were a passing fad. The days of being scolded that we weren't "real" music. R&B artists hated us. Pop artists had no idea of who we were. Still with all of the nay-saying (is that a word?) we continued with the determination of a young Larry Ellison. We had a point to prove, and so we charged on. Of all the things we may have been accused of, mediocrity was not on the list. We had no "status quo," we made one. We rhymed for social good, neighborhood bragging rights, and the progression of our (hip-hop) culture. Our founders (these and more), Afrika Bambaata, Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flash, laid the ground rules. We never had to "keep it real" because we kept it regular. The music of hip-hop is two turntables and a mic. We are a collage at its finest hour. Borrowing, breaking, and remaking pre-recorded music for MC's (rappers to you) like myself to say the darndest things.
To provide a short history lesson, making records (CDs to you) was not part of the original plan. In the beginning, we plugged into street lamps as an electricity source for sound systems, and came out every night (summertime, school vacation) with new lyrics to be heard by spectators, party-goers, and rival crews. So to say the same rhyme twice was a no-go. To make a record meant the same rhyme over and over, and that wasn't "fresh." Somewhere along the line, the idea was abandoned, but it still took us a long time to learn to make records well. An example is even though the Sugarhill Gang has one of the most memorable rap songs of all time, the first album by the group was composed of rapping and singing. They had no idea an album full of rap lyrics could/would be accepted. Still, we trudged on. By the late '80s, we figured it out. Chuck D of Public Enemy's "rap is the CNN of the black community" comment summarized our activity.
From NWA, The Ghetto Boys, The Click, and Kool G Rap, we knew what the inner-city had to say. From Heavy D, Kid N Play, Salt N Pepa, and De La Soul, we knew the emotion of our youth. From Arrested Development, Stetsasonic, Boogie Down Productions, and of course Public Enemy, we knew of injustice, and how we planned to deal with it.
I find it hilarious that when asked what they'd be doing if not rapping, today's (so-called) rappers often answer "I'd be in the street." Huh?? It's difficult to digest that every rapper on the radio today is a former criminal, thug or drug dealer -- nonsense. And this is where the mediocrity sets in. I'd never get all my food from one restaurant. I'd never buy all my clothes from one haberdashery. So why would I buy (although a YouTube rip would do fine) hip-hop from one source of artists? There is no political correctness in my rant. Just facts. Without diversity, there is no hip-hop, even if you choose to call it that. Hip-hop is not a reality TV show. Hip-hop is not a pair of pants sagging. Like the startups I deal with daily, hip-hop has founders, innovation, and purpose.
J Cole and Kendrick Lamar make hip-hop records. Kanye (I'm sure he knows how, but) doesn't. And Maybe LL forgot how. The culture had no voice, so here I am. Open to suggestions and criticism, just know if you're even a little off I'll tap that jaw. I miss that we (at least in this country, see my treatise on international hip-hop here) speak for all facets of society and not just one of misogyny, bottle poppin' and Bugattis. I'll be speaking more so stay tuned.
- Daddy O -

Monday, June 17, 2013

Magna Carta Holy Grail

Rakim will probably always be my favorite rapper of all time, but damn Jay Z is coming close. Who would've ever thought that Jaz O's sidekick from Hawaiian Sophie would be this large in 2013?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gucci SL73 Sneaker

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While the kids are spending the night at the mall to buy some ugly over promoted re-issued (not the genuine article) sneaker that every other person will have, i'm gonna go over to the Gucci boutique and grab these. Never a long long, stellar service and not too many people rocking them all makes sense in my book. Get with it my friends!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer In The City

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Photo by brother Jamel Shabazz

Grace Jones

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Amber Seattle

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Micro Jesus

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Snow Plow Baby

 photo 1da67896-131e-41c4-86d4-408f188e48c1_zpsaf1d4201.jpg I know you're thinking wtf? Yeah, me too! Well i'm back at ya' with the rare, raw, obscure and unknown. This post is about a 45 I found over the weekend called "I'm a snow plow baby" by Rob Riley. Couldn't tell you why I even listened to this one but I did. No offense Rob but your record is pretty terrible imo except for the break at the intro. Scooped up the two copies they had and was ghost. Enjoy. Rob Riley - "Im a snow plow baby"

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Office Chair

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Stylin' On 'Em

 photo 744b1259-620a-4568-b7cb-27505685ef70_zpsa1e14d52.jpg I've always been a fan of custom designed high end designer street fashion. It's the era of hip hop I come from and it's never left me.  photo e7fd332f-2c2e-4be4-a94f-3415a1873b07_zpsf109f46c.jpg Been patiently waiting for a Dapper Dan piece since I went to his boutique in the 80s.  photo 46902552-ce91-49c8-b91c-d62b2678973b_zpse8dd2fee.jpg Came across these pics on the net. Have no idea who the guy is but looks like he makes custom pieces as well.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tools of War True School Park Jam

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Egon Crate Diggers

Met Egon when he was still in college. We traded some records a few times but nothing too serious. We've lost touch over the years but he knows how to dig and does it right.