Friday, July 31, 2009



She's Dope

Old School Video: The Pleasure Principle - Janet Jackson

Dem jeans...

The Sartorialist Comes To Town

Scott Schuman was in Toronto last week to promote his new book The Sartorialist, which collects his favorite photos from his blog that shares the same name.

Friends and followers know that I'm a fan of his blog, so I couldn't pass up the chance to meet the man behind the lens. Appearing at Holt Renfrew (Canada's answer to Barney's), Scott invited his fans to meet and chat with him in person.

Crowd (He's in there, somewhere)

There was quite a turnout, but despite this, Scott was very gracious. He patiently took the time to shake hands, share stories, and provide advice to fans, photographers and fashionista's alike. He treated everyone he met like an old friend.

Though the crowd was large, I did manage to get close enough to hear him speak. One thing that stood out to me was the romantic view in which he sees his work. He's not worried about trends, or what is or isn't common to a particular area or scene. If it inspires him, he will take a photo, and share it with others who may find as much inspiration as he did.

Scott is also aware of people who try hard to be spotted by him. I brought a friend with me, and she (Juliet) commented on some of the over the top clothing on display at the gathering, as if they expected Scott to stop what he was doing and take them out to Bloor Street for an impromptu photo shoot. I guess that's just how they chose to express themselves that day. I was fine wearing my Moose Jaw T-Shirt and an old pair of jeans and sneakers.

Choosing the right lens

Sports Radio: One of the inspirations for his blog.

I did manage to shake Scott's hand, and let him know that I particularly enjoyed his photos from Australia and Brooklyn. I also got him to take a quick picture with me. I sharing pics of myself on the net, so I decided not to post it. Trust me, you're not missing much.

The Sartorialist is available August 12 in paperback, and August 26 in Limited Edition Hardcover.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kill Shakespeare

The new creative project from the minds of Anthony Del Col and Conor McCeery, gathers some of William Shakespeare's most memorable characters, where they begin a search to find and confront a Godlike powerful wizard, who many believe is the cause of unhappiness and oppression in this mythical land.

Who is this wizard you ask? Well it is no other than William Shakespeare himself.

Calvin Reid from Publishers Weekly met the creators at San Diego Comic Con, where they discussed the series, and their plans for the future. You can read the article here: Publishers Weekly

Monday, July 20, 2009


Come on, E. You're gonna let Gollum distract you, when you came to the party with Galadriel?

To think this woman grew up in the Toronto area.

Emmanuelle Chrique, I love you.

Yes I do.

MCA Diagnosed with Cancer

Hope homie has a speedy recovery.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Favorite Rappers: Wordsworth

"If I'm wack, I'm just joining you in a little role reversal"

I probably first heard this Brooklyn born rapper on the Lyricist Lounge compilation, released by Rawkus Records in 1998. I didn't spend too much time listening to that album, because it was a little, no I'll say very disappointing. The Love Movement was also released that year, and again disappointed. It wasn't until his attention stealing verse on Mos Def and Talib Kweli's track "Twice Inna Lifetime" did I fully take notice of the greatness that is Wordsworth. Rarely will you see a list of best one liners without his "Sony or Aiwa" line from the aforementioned track. After hearing that verse I went back and tried to gather as much material from Punch and Words as I could. His verses never disappointed.

When I first discovered the duo, I had thought that Words was Punchline, as most of his lyrics are delivered as if he's doing stand up comedy. His flow was a great foil to his partners serious, straight forward delivery (E-Double, to Punchline's Parrish Smith).

I was expecting big things from the duo, and waited for a major release that would blow the minds of hip hop heads, and bring some lighthearted fun back to the game. Instead, the fans waiting for something dope were treated to that EP. One of the biggest letdowns in my music purchasing history. I'm not sure if this release was rushed to retail, but the sub par beats and misogynist lyrics got tired fast.

I sort of tuned Wordsworth out after that. I know he released 1 or 2 solo albums, and made many appearances on tracks with Masta Ace, but that 1 to 2 year period of time, there was no MC I looked forward to hearing more.

If you're reading this and can recommend some dope tracks he did after this period, please drop some titles.

1:12 - 2:03 = dopeness

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GQ - August 2009

"I got crazy lucky. Like, sometimes I think I won the lottery or something." - Channing Tatum

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Party Down

Currently my favorite comedy series.

Probably because I can related to the characters who are working for minimum wage (which i don't even have at the moment) while waiting for their lives to get back on track.

Just finished watching the first season, and it was great. I'd say the humor is along the lines of The Office. If you're down with that show, you'll probably enjoy this one.

One thing that really disappointed me was the loss of Jane Lynch, who departed to join the vastly inferior network television series Glee, which airs on the Fox network. Her character, Constance Carnell was a joy to watch. Reminds me a lot of Johnny Drama, but with more heart and optimism.

Party Down airs on the Starz network. If you don't have access to this channel...well...I'm sure you can find the episodes somewhere.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Old School Video: Manic Monday - The Bangles

There weren't many hotter than Susanna Hoffs in the 80s.

Word has it that Prince was trying to get with her, and gave the band this song after it was dropped from the Apollonia 6 album.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mr. President


Ok, it wasn't really as it seems, but it's still a great photo.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Shoot The.gif


Not the most creative, but it helps me get to sleep at night.

Monday, July 6, 2009

"Queens represent, buy the album when I drop it"

It's a shame this album wasn't released in 1996 as it was intended to. I know recordings have long been available, but I peeped it for the first time today, and it's really good.

If you're looking for some good old school hip hop, it's now available for purchase at the usual spots.

Ads: American Apparel

I love AA ads.

I've seen sexier ones, but this one reminded me of Star Wars.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Favorite Rappers: Prime Minister Pete Nice

"Avant garde, not a heretic"

Serch, Pete and Daddy Rich

I started listening to Hip Hop in 1988. Right around the time when The Cactus was released. I wasn't sure if it was cool to like this group; I mean, they're a bunch of white boys. Whether or not my friends dug them or not (I later found out they did), I wouldn't stop listening. They were dope, signed to Def Jam, worked with a some of the best producers (Bomb Squad, Prince Paul), and crafted their own dope tracks with Sam Sever.

A group with a duo of emcees will almost always bring forth the "who's better" debate. This was no different when discussing 3rd Bass. Who did you prefer? The dancing, humorous emcee from Queens, who wasn't afraid to tackle social politics, and drop jewels passed along from those in the 5 percent nation? Or perhaps you preferred the Rakim inspired slow flow delivery, infused with intricate wordplay, which was no doubt a product of being an English Major at Columbia University.

Naturally I preferred Pete. There seemed to be a lot of effort on Serch's part(the hair, the dancing, the "knowledge") and though I appreciated the energy he brought to the group, I had a much easier time relating to Pete's cool demeanor. The suits, the cigars, the walking stick, the large chair. Pete was GQ stylin' before I was down with GQ stylin.

To this day, I think Pete remains one of the modest underrated lyricists of his time. It seems like no one really paid attention to rhymes he was kicking. Want proof? His disses towards the Beastie Boys (Sons of 3rd Bass) and Hammer (The Cactus) were very scathing. More so than Serch's disses, but both the Beasties and Hammer focused their attention on Serch. Ignored by both fans and active particpants in Hip Hop.

Readers, I urge you to revisit The Cactus Album. Try to block out Serch's dancing and his cameo. Yeah I know it's gonna be hard, especially after watching the video below, but TRUST ME, The Prime Minister was dropping some dope shit on this album.

Peep the interview after Triple Stage Darkness to see Pete giving Serch some sartorial lessons.

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