Sunday, January 29, 2012

INTELLECT MONDAY






I recently received light of this video this past weekend and the most riveting aspect is how it opens a discourse of contemporary ideologies.  I grew up traditionally Catholic and saw myself questioning faith, religion, tradition, and common beliefs, throughout my childhood.  Let us know what you think about this, hope everyone has a phenomenal week.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

{THROWBACK THURSDAYS} A Look Back At 90's Pieces From "MOSCHINO"

"Covered the wife, kleenex for the kid's tears
Versace wear, Moschino on my bitches"  - Biggie 


All Philly hoes, dough and Moschino
Every cutie wit a booty bought a
Coogi - Biggie 







 These might be some familiar lyrics from the late great Biggie Smalls , Moschino was mentioned by a lot of hip hop artists in the 90's which led me to research further into the brand as a young cat in High School. I found that Moschino was an italian brand that much like Gucci , Versace , and Chanel it was a very respectable and reputable brand in the 90's , 


The brand is not really a household brand anymore in my opinion like a Gucci or Versace would be put its definitely made a staple in fashion. Maybe due to the fact that owner Franco Moschino passed away in 1994. 


 The brand featured tons of cross colors and really eccentric pieces in the 90's. Here are some pieces that I found to be real eccentric and creative. 







RIP FRANCO MOSCHINO

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

(WESTSIDE WEDNESDAYS) Westside Connection - Gangsta's Make The World Go Round / EPK - GAN



 On this segment of "WestSide Wednesday" I featured one of my favorite childhood videos and songs, I remember being in Elementary/Middle school and would get the chills when I heard this song and couldn't wait to get home to listen to my Westside Connection - Bow Down cassette.

Who didn't want a Purple suit and a 64 Impala after watching this. "WESTSIDE IS THE BEST SIDE"

[TONIGHT] John West, TiRon & Ayomari, and more at The Roxy

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Battle Royale" Trailer - Original Hits US DVD in March

Although the Japanese Battle Royale has never been officially available in the US, most people have seen it through some source. And those who haven't will have the chance come March, when the film becomes available for US release.

Check out the US trailer below for the controversial film and stay tuned for it's release in March.


LCD Soundsystem "Shut Up and Play The Hits" Documentary Trailer

LCD Soundsystem, the NYC dance-punk band fronted by singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, broke thousands of hearts in February of 2011, when an online statement announced the groups disbandment following a farewell concert. The farewell concert took place on April 2, 2011 at Madison Square Garden with tickets selling out in two minutes. After three critically-acclaimed albums, the band delivered an epic performance that was filmed and broadcast live to the world on Pitchfork Media's site.


The documentation of the 48hours leading to the final show has been compiled in a documentary entitled Shut Up and Play The Hits. The film premiered at Sundance last night and will continue to screen through out the week. The trailer's below, as well as the video for "Home", a personal favorite.




High Times Presents: The 2012 Medical Cannabis Cup, Los Angeles

For the past 24 years, High Times has hosted an annual Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, featuring some of the most potent strains of marijuana in the world. Each November, participants from across the globe flock to The Netherlands to take part in this grand event.


This year, for the first time ever, High Times presents the 2012 Medical Cannabis Cup Expo in Los Angeles, to be held over the weekend of February 11-12 at LA Center Studios. The Los Angeles counterpart will be tweaked to accommodate the laws of our land and will serve as a premier opportunity for the marijuana community to gather and educate. The event will feature a Saturday-night VIP party with special musical guests and performances, panels and seminars with leaders of the marijuana movement, and a closing-night awards ceremony.



Ticket options include $50 two-day passes and $100 two-day VIP passes. There will also be a $30 day pass option available for cash-purchase at the door.

Buy your tickets for the event here.

Oh, and according to their FAQ there will be an area to medicate, so bring your recommendation.

ASAP Rocky - Wassup (Official Video)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

[SAVE THE DATE] Tues. Jan. 31 - OverDoz, Iman Omari, Chill Black Guys, Curtiss King & More at The Roxy

 

[TONIGHT] The Traphouse Grand Opening


http://www.traphouseonline.com/

[VIDEO] John West "We Found Love" Rihanna Cover

If you missed John West's "Lovely" last fall and aren't up to game on the soulful singer yet, you will be soon.


With the upcoming release of his debut album on Mercury/Island Def Jam, the Baton Rouge native has been on our radar for a little over a year now and after listening to this beautiful cover of Rihanna's "We Found Love", you'll understand why.

Enjoy and make sure to catch West at The Roxy on January 25th.







Friday, January 20, 2012

OBSERVATORY RECAP: ScHoolboy Q


tHis tHursday, we Had the opportunity to make it out to the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, and catcH ScHoolboy Q perform some gems off his latest album, "Habits and Contradictions". All it took was a good reach out to A-Mack and we were escorted backstage to the green room, greeted with a cloud of smoke and Ab-Soul aka Black Lip Bastard power napping on the floor, wHile ScHoolboy was in tHe corner prepping for his performance. SHortly after we arrived, TDE Manager Dave arrived witH multiple boxes of wings, strips, and fries, but wHerever they were purcHased, the wings were on point!

We were tHen all led tHrougH a passage to the stage, and ScHoolboy Q went on to a very engaged audience. In fact, out in the crowd, we saw Derrick wHo Has been a Huge supporter from Santa Ana decked out in a Classic Hat, Respect tee, and BBi socks. As a token of appreciation, we provided Him with our brand new Spirit Beanie. Furthermore, the show was pretty sHaky due to some audio tecHnicalities, which frustrated A Mack and Dave a bit, but Q wasted no time busting out in acapellas and even jumping into tHe crowd. The nigHt ended witH us parting and bidding our TDE fam farewell. WitHout a doubt, Q is our favorite artist rigHt now and make sure you cop his album! Check some flicks from the show shot by Mr. Rick Montana.



The New Regime - A Creative Collaborative Duo


I’ve following the work of Phil Mao for a few years now and the kid has been making silent and powerful moves since he started. We met through mutual friends and from the beginning I've kept a close watch on his growing film/photography/design portfolio. His aesthetic is clean and precise, as design should be. He’s designed and worked with a nice lineup of up and coming artists and continues to progress with each project.

Naturally, I was thrilled when Phil recently released a reel from his collaboration with Chris San Jose, the creative duo also known as The New Regime. Take a look at a couple of their videos below and keep an eye out for some more visual eye candy from The New Regime.

Follow them on twitter at @_TheNewRegime + http://thenewregime.tv/





TheNewRegime: 2011 New York Reel
from The New Regime TV on Vimeo.


A Moment with Jim Jones: Inside the Recording Studio
from The New Regime TV on Vimeo.

Metropolis II Kinetic Sculpture - Now at LACMA


I visited LACMA in late December and came across Metropolis II, an ingenious kinetic structure “modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city.”


The exhibition wasn't running when I was there, but as of January 14th the brilliant mini-metropolis is in action. Check out the video below and visit the gallery at the following times to view the sculpture in all its glory.

Opens January 14, 2012 Available for viewing:
Fridays: 12:30–2 pm; 3–4:30 pm; 5–6:30 pm; 7–8:30 pm
Weekends: 11:30–1:00 pm; 2–3:30 pm; 4–5:30 pm; 6–7:30 pm


 
 




Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oppose SOPA and PIPA!


In case you're wondering why Google is blacked out today, well it's in effort to save the web and the very fundamentals that have allowed it to grow and prosper.


"Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA."



AUDIO ABUSE: Audio Push


This past weekend, our good friends Audio Push conducted their once a year show at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Once again, Demetrius Thomas was in the neighborhood snapping away. You can see Oktane wearing our new Spirit Beanie as well as the B Crest Hoody throughout their performance. Much respect to the Audio Push and BOW family as well as the other performers at the show.

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VIDEO: Nipsey Hussle "Forever On Some Fly"

One of our favorite artists hailing from Los Angeles, CA, recently dropped visuals for one of our favorite songs. The creativity and direction of this video screams fly all over, big ups to the All Money In camp.

"I'm revenge of success to all haters, where a Benz is a form of respect to spectators, and your friends keep it real for a sec and switch later"


RESTAURANT REVIEW: Back Abbey Claremont

This past Friday before touched down at Abstract Evolutions Currensy x Dom Kennedy show at Fox Theater, we linked up with Nasty Nate at Ra-Pour (Restaurant Review Forthcoming). After a couple drinks, we headed to Back Abbey, located in Downtown Claremont. A very small, but comforting location. We ate outside on the lounge type couches and the waitress was quite flirty, but welcoming and very informative when it came to the menu. You literally need to ask what each item is on the menu is, but the food is favorable and it's a wonderful location to visit late to grab a drink or two and enjoy some burgers and fries! Check out the pictures below and definitely check out the Back Abbey when you get a chance!



The only word recognizable on this menu is Fries.
Ordered a full order of fries, which came with these 4 different dips. Ketchup, Mustard, and Horse Raddish dip?

Rick took to ordering a burger that contained apples and a side of salad.
I stuck to a nice cold beer, which had a Guiness meets Newcastle taste. I would like to note that their drink selection mirrors yardhouse, they have their own mixtures of beer, and a simple request to the waitress on preference and she will give you the most popular.

VIDEO: Currensy x Dom Kennedy

Incase you missed some of the performance, Demetrius Thomas put together a video showcasing both artists.

Monday, January 16, 2012

INTELLECT MONDAY: Promiseland

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration today, I have researched a wonderful video, which has been noted as his last speech he ever made. Once parsed, it is troubling to see King communicate to his followers his understanding that death is upon him. Yes, there have been many difficult days and I truthfully feel we are still in difficult times, without an effective and sound leader of the people.
Such a powerful man, taken way too soon, but fought with a vengeance for us to coexist. Here at BBi, we are very diverse in every way possible and we very much owe if not all, then most of it to this extraordinary man, enjoy your day and embrace the memory of King, as we all have some trait of King and the ability to be just as revolutionary.

"I am not worried about anything, I am not fearing any man, my eyes have seen the glory"

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Album Release & Show Info: ScHoolboy Q "Habits & Contradictions"

Had to throw in the Top Dawg ENT x Barely Broke Intellects collab Snapback.

By now you knew tHat on Friday night, ScHoolboy Q released his album at 9pm. You can get it here for $7.99, click here

Also, tHere's a sHow tHis THursday in Santa Ana featuring Q Himself!


Album Release: Edgar Sosa "Epidemic"


Our fellow friend and Lay Low Ent. signee just released his latest project this past week. You can get it by visiting the bandcamp and purchasing for only $1.50


http://edgarsosa.bandcamp.com/album/epidemic

ABSTRACT EVOLUTION: Currensy x Dom Kennedy


Dom performed right before Curren$y and led a phenomenal performance, I was able to meet him and he is honestly a very humble and down to earth individual.

This past Friday, we had the luxury to gain backstage access courtesy of Abstract Evolution to see Dom Kennedy and Currensy headline a phenomenal show. We brought along our media team to capture some awesome shots of the evening performance and we have a video soon to follow. Shout out to Black Cloud, Lay Low Ent, Airbone Intl, Stevie Crooks, and everyone else who we saw, spoke to, and laughed with. There was a lot of BBi garments present this evening, which is always good to see and fulfilling.

Check out Abstract Evolutions and LIKE their page for updates on future shows, Click Here.

Shot of DOM on the infamous couch
Someone handed Currensy some Concords to be autographed.
Currensy was reppin' Raiders, despite their inability to clutch a playoff berth.
Curren$y began his set on a couch, with what seemed to be random individuals.
Midway, Curren$y deemed it necessary to sit on the edge of the stage to roll one and engage his audience.


We also ran into our very talented good friend, and everyone's favorite villain, Mr. Stevie Crooks. He shared with us promising details of future endeavors that are definitely going to propel this creative monster to higher places. As always, we are 100% supportive of Stevie, and you can still get his latest tape by visiting, www.vlnsnvrdie.com

Photos were taken by our very own Demetrius Thomas and Marcie aka @_superLOVE




Thursday, January 12, 2012

First Common Ground of 2012

If there is anything we love, it's a good show and hanging with our peoples. This past Sunday, we had the delight of joining our Black Cloud and Inland Empire family as Tiron & Ayomari as well as Blu graced the Common Ground stage. The venue filled out pretty well and unfortunately, due to such, we were unable to qualm our hunger with "Noa James Fries". Our host Richard Wright kept the night lively, and we have a great collaboration in the works, which we can hopefully see fruition soon!

However, we were treated to a delightful performance by the openers such as Nicky D's and Terrence F. You can see Nicky D's in the pictures below as well as snap shot of his Concord's, which is relative to his latest release "From The Sole", which you can find through scrolling down the blog.

Next we had the ever so talented and villainous Stevie Crooks treat us to a galore of lyrical assault. Stevie never fails to impress and captivate with his stage presence, in fact, he even closed his set with a quick mosh pit that had everyone jarring by the hands of Noa James!

Curtis King also came to the stage and kept the event lively, solidifying why Curtis King should be at Paid Dues this year! Finally, Tiron and Ayomari joined us and delivered an awesome performance performing some of their hits off their latest album "Suckers For Pumps".

To close the night, we were treated to an eccentric performance by Blu and some random female. Without question, Blu is very talented and his performance wasn't what was expected, but last time we saw Blu, he was at Little Temple playing a set of songs from his computer. Overall, the night was great, the vibe was awesome (no pun intended), and we look forward to what other events are in place for the Inland Empire. In fact, you can see a clothing booth setup by yours truly in February, stay tuned for details!


Curtis doing what he knows best, being light skinned.
Nicky D's performing and you can look forward towards a BBi partnership soon.

Richard Wright was displaying the grown man shoe game.