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Rammellzee: The Equation, The Letter Racers
The character of Rammellzee is one of the most compelling to emerge from the NYC street culture scene of the late 1970s and '80s. The Queens native began his career tagging the side of A train cars in his home borough and later moved into the budding...
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Cool Hunting's Hibernating Playlist
As winter sputters along in New York, we're finding plenty of reasons to be homebodies —an activity that calls for the appropriate soundtrack. Like Atlas Sounds' opener "The Shakes," some of the best music for the season seems engineered for...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Watch The Throne Check out this hilariously unbridled review of the recent hit album "Watch The Throne," alternately making comparisons to lesbians or skipping over lily pads. Going through track by track, the crit is entertaining, insightful...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Savannah Stopover
by Gregory Stefano Savannah, Georgia may be more well-known for its BBQ, but students attending the Savannah College of Art and Design have helped redefine the Southern city as an artistic hub. In response to its burgeoning local music scene, earlier...
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Understand Rap
While most gets what Tupac meant when he rhymed, "I ain't guilty 'cause, even though I sell rocks/It feels good puttin' money in your mailbox" on his hit 1999 track "Dear Mama" (a song now included in the Library of Congress' National Recording...
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Marco Brambilla: From Civilization To Power
Kanye West has been kicking up controversy right and left recently—showing up at both the Facebook and Twitter HQs, turning his teeth to diamonds and engaging the public with his crude and prolific Tweets. After noticing Marco Brambilla's...
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Stank Sentiments for Sweethearts Valentine's Cards
Shirking typical Hallmark sentiments, Stank Sentiments for Sweethearts offers a different kind of nostalgia with a series of alternative boldface (and type) messages that borrow from rap lyrics to woo the one who makes your knees go week. We have...
STYLE
Dizzee Rascal x Nike x Ben Drury: Air Max 90 Tongue N’ Cheek
Pairings between sportswear giants and hip hop stars regularly make style blog headlines these days, but few come from a genuine partnership like the latest collaboration between Nike, Dizzee Rascal and his longtime collaborator and digital distributor...
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Cool Hunting's Fall 2009 Playlist
As summer hanging makes way for classes and meetings, the changing season calls for a soundtrack of syncopated digital beats and rock 'n' roll jams for setting a productive mood. Of course, fall wouldn't be fall without shedding a small...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Rye Rye
by Gregory MitnickChecking in with M.I.A. protege Rye Rye, this video visits the rising star in the studio working on her as-yet unreleased album and at a WWD Daily photo shoot. The 18-year-old Baltimore native shares the story of how she came up...
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Mare139: B-Line B-Boy Drawings and Sculpture
With a discerning eye Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez deconstructs the kinesthetic of the b-boy in a new series of work on display at the 58 Gallery in New Jersey through this month. (See details below.) The show...
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Rootbeer
Recently formed hip-hop duo, Rootbeer (Pigeon John and Flynn Adam), have just dropped a super fresh piece of audio pie right in your kitchen. Influenced by artists such as MGMT, N.E.R.D and A Tribe Called Quest, Rootbeer offer up an edgy and unfeigned...
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Lego Hip Hop Album Covers
The progressive online publication, Format Magazine, just took playing with Legos to a whole new level with their collection of 20 classic (and some not-so-classic) hip hop album covers recreated with those iconic plastic Lego men. Shot in the Format...
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KAWS x Kanye West: 808 & Heartbreak Cover Art
For those of you not paying attention to recent pop culture news, New York artist KAWS' fantastical cover art montage—a cartoon-like image in red, purple pink and shades of blue swallowing up musical/sartorial/blogger sensation Kanye West...
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Chris Mendoza: Daily Habits
by Tamara Warren With a watchful eye, Nicaraguan-born artist Chris Mendoza draws on folkloric influences and contemporary pop culture, bridging indigenous traditions with his experiences living in NYC. His latest work is a series of 20 riveting ink...
TECH
MotoRokr E8 and Nas Giveaway
With features like localized haptic touchscreen feedback, a touch-sensitive scroll arc, buttons that automatically adapt to the feature in use and a built-in FM radio with song recognition, we've been geeking out on the ROKR at CH HQ for months...
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Juiceboxxx
Known for beer-brewing, a heavy German contingent and little else, Milwaukee is far from the center of hip-hop culture. Out to change his hometown's reputation is Juiceboxxx, a 21-year-old rapper and producer whose sound lies somewhere between...
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Modeselektor
Long the de facto home of techno music, it's no surprise that Berlin is bursting at the seams with electronic music. But it is a rare feat when one of these artists transcends the club scene like Modeselektor. A staple of the German capital...
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Holiday Playlist 2007
Le Loup: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly A weird mixture of banjos, percussion and computer sounds Le Loup creates an experimental sound that's still fun listening. Based on Sam Simkoff's original...
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Wild Style: DVD and Book Giveaway
Wooden acting and choppy production quality aside (we think it's part of its charm), when "Wild Style" was produced in 1982 the movie-going public was barely aware of the burgeoning hip hop scene sprouting up in the decaying urban centers...
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Battle: Vinyl War
Four years, three painstakingly-detailed sets, 28 sassy characters, a head-shaking 10,000 photos later and Terpins Greco, the 40-member Brazilian team responsible for producing Battle: The Vinyl War, is finally seeing the juicy fruits of their labor...
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