We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is talking about the same thing.In June, when Jay’s Samsung/Magna Carta Holy Grail ad aired during game 5 of the NBA Finals. A Thursday in April when Pusha T’s “Numbers on the Boards” dropped. A Friday night in May, when Kanye’s face appeared on buildings all over the country. The middle of September, when Drake’s Nothing Was the Same leaked. The evening in August when Funkmaster Flex dropped — complete with bomb sound — Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”
This episode of Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley are joined by their social media manager, Cedric Shine. All three of them experienced those disruptions differently — and their opinions of both their meaning and the quality of the music at their root are not unanimous. The conversation ranges from Ali’s inside track on Magna Carta to Troy Ave, ASAP Ferg, music journalism’s involvement in Kanye’s year and how the quality of life in New York City is affecting the music being made there.
Last week we brought you the first part of our two part series on bespoke retailer Bello Verde. In the first part of this series we showcased the quality and detail that Bello Verde uses in creating their custom suits, profiling specifically a suit created for Philadelphia 76ers star Evan Turner. This week we have decided to provide you an in depth look into Bello Verde as a company and owner Joseph Chay.
When Astor and Black was created in 2003 it came out of the gate with a bang however in order to take it to the next level they brought in Joseph Chay. Joe became the COO of Astor and Black and helped develop the company to where it was eventually sold in 2012 for $42 million. When he decided to leave Astor and Black, he left with a handful of clients, the majority of them being professional athletes. Thinking of way to capitalize on this existing relationship Joe decided to start his own company and Bello Verde was born. Joe has since been taking the custom clothing industry by storm. Joe has since he made a few key hires and Bello Verde has been growing rapidly. From custom suits to sweaters to belts, Bello Verde can make custom clothing at a price point cheaper than your typical brick and mortar at a quality just as high. After the jump we have an in depth interview with Joseph Chay discussing Bello Verde, his celebrity clientele, and his personal opinion on style.
On this episode of Karmaloop TV’s series, “Making the Brand”, they catch up with Jeff Staple and his organization on how the Staple brand was birthed, his inspirations, and how he manages his design agency and clothing label. How many times can they flip a pigeon?…count how many pigeon puns can you catch in this video, check it out.
Kevin Celestin, aka Montreal beatsmith, Kaytranada, is in LA for two shows this week for his No Peer Pressure tour featuring Groundislava and Jerome, LA Canvas managed to sneak in some couch-time conversations with Nina Tabios. He touched on a bit about his up-coming tour in the US, genre-labeling, Drizzy Drake and bodybuilding babes.
Take a listen to his set from Brooklyn EMF Music Festival last month (below), proving to be an impeccable curator and gifted remixer offering up the best of R&B, hip-hop, disco and house for a varied, danceable, emotional experience. If you aren’t sold on him yet, then listen to one of my fav tracks this year – “All We Do” ft. JMSN (also below). Check out the full interview here at LA Canvas.
Having the privilege of working with Ab during the shoot of his “Drift Away” music video, he’s one of my favorite members of TDE. In this interview with Montreality he touches on a little bit of everything from early school life, to his upcoming projects, drug involvement and his vision.
Dom Kennedy sits down with Vibe magazine and answer questions about his new album, Get Home Safely. Dom also addresses his reaction to Best-Buy releasing some copies of the album a week early.
On October 7th rapper Pusha T released his first solo album after years of writing and performing as a duo, with his brother Malice in the Clipse. But he’s not all on his own. Pusha is part of Kanye West’s conglomerate — the two of them made Yeezus and My Name Is My Name simultaneously — and still works closely with Pharrell, who he’s known since they were in high school in Virginia Beach.
Listen to the two-part interview with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley; Pusha decries the current state of hip-hop, talks of A Tribe Called Quest, the music industry, style and inspiration while making My Name Is My Name. Read the full story here.
“Hip-hop to me right now is really easy listening. It’s very easy listening, like there’s nothing abrasive about it. There’s no album that I put in my car that makes me roll down the windows — all the windows — and ride past the club line three times before I get out the car. The Purple Tape made me do that.”
WatchLoud followed and filmed Casey, Anwar, and Josh as they set out on the PNCXXX Tour. The Peas and Carrots team explain how they all met and started their journey in the fashion and music game. The second episode of the series can be seen after the jump.