Sunday, 29 July 2012

Fresh Music for the near future - part 1

Im always getting excited about new music thats on its way, checking sites like wikipedia (not always very accurate), Artists Twitter and Facebook pages and other various music web pages.
I've got a ridiculous eclectic music collection, stored on my PC, on CD, on MD and maxing out my various Apple storage devices. But no matter how much i love certain albums or individual songs, im always looking for what and when my favourites artists are gonna be dropping next!!!!!
Here's a little list of what albums im waiting on for the final half of 2012 (dates likely to change).
Busta Rhymes - Year of the dragon - august.
Redman - Muddy waters 2-Even muddier - No date.
2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story - august 14th.
Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. - august 28th.
DMX - Undisputed - august 28th.
Slaughterhouse - welcome to : Our house - august 28th.
T.I - trouble man - september 4th.
G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel summer - september 4th.
Ne-Yo - R.E.D. - september 18th.
Kendrick Lemar - Good kid,mad city - october 2nd.
Rick Ross - God forgives, I don't - august.
Game - F.I.V.E. Fear Is Victorys Evolution - No date.
Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquor 2 - september 25th.
Snoop Dogg - Snoop Lion Reincarnated - august.
Michael Jackson - Bad 25th anniversary - september 18th.
50 Cent - street king immortal - november.
And finally after what seems a lifetime and probably won't happen still - Dr Dre - Detox!!!!!!
If you know of any other music you think i'll be interested in thats coming out, let me know.

Step In The Name Of Love

As long as I can remember I've had a healthy love for trainers (kicks-sneakers-foot candy, whatever you wanna call them).There's nothing like the feeling of gettin a fresh pair out of the box and putting them on.
They can turn a standard outfit into that something abit more special makin your whole get up look cooler and change your whole persona (I know when I put some fresh kicks on I feel fly as fuck!).
How many songs have u heard where if the whole song isn't about putting some fresh sneakers on, its been mentioned in there somewhere!?!?!

If you look around the cities/towns you live in, it's quite clear to see that high tops and plimsole styles are the big winners, obviously, cuz they look good and also with the huge serge in skinny jeans/chinos being worn, they tuck in the high tops and sit ontop of the plimsole nicely (with or without a turn up!).
My favourite brand is and has always been Nike, the colours, designs and styles are to me a cut above the rest plus they fit perfect - (Adidas for example are too narrow and squash my feet).
Also with Nike having an online iD option on some designs, you can choose your own colours on every part of the trainer and even add letters and selected logos, making them original and personel.
Another classic is Cons!! I love converse high tops and I can't see them ever goin out of fashion.Worn by the average joe and celebrities alike we can't seem to get enough of them. With brand new artwork and designs/prints coming thick and fast you can always be fairly original with them. Plus compared to most brands their pretty cheap at an average price of £40.

For all the die hard trainer fans tho' there is nothing like gettin your hands (or feet) on some limited edition kicks! But it's not always that easy or cheap.
My wife got me my prized pair of limited edition BBC Icecream diamond dollar sneakers (pair no# 0746 of 3000 ).
As worn by Pharrell in Snoop Doggs 'drop it like its hot' video (in another colour though).
I don't wear these that often though as I don't wanna ruin them as there worth round the £350 mark!
But that's the joy of havin alot of trainers you can switch it up and wear them sparingly so they always look like new after havin them for years.

I also managed to get 2 pairs of Adidas shell toes (the only adidas trainers i can wear luckily) from their 2005 35th anniversary limited collection. In this collection Adidas brought out 35 different styles of their classic shell toe design made famous by the likes of RUN DMC.
I managed to get a friend to queue for 3 hours at an Adidas retailers in Hong Kong to get me whatever pairs they could get hold off. I ended up getting the - NO#10 Lee Quinones and the - NO#30 Etched Black designs.

Obviously i like to look good (don't we all) but when it comes to what im gonna wear of a day or night, it usually starts from my foot wear up.
Will this outfit go with these shoes?..... No!! Then pick another outfit!!!
They always say u can judge a man by his foot wear, so my advice is keep them clean, stay in style and switch 'em up and you'll get noticed!!
Happy steppin'!!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Nas - The best rapper alive??

With 13 yrs in the game and his new album 'life is good' out now can Nas still bring it!?
With Big names like Jigga, Weezy, Kanye, Drake and Rick Ross dominating the hip hop game, is the queens bridge rap veteran still relevant?
Back in 1994 Nas released his debut album 'Illmatic' an album that inspired hip hop artists and artists of all genres alike. It's considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time but that came with a price. When you've made an album- a classic album- how can u top it?? Many would say he never has, so the gift he gave US has become HIS curse. But how many other artists have done this? I couldn't possibly name them all because there have been so many and with that, they've faded away out of the game, but not Nas, he's still bringing out albums (hes on his 10th solo effort) and listeners are still buying them so clearly he's doing somethin right to keep everyone's attention. Which is a great feat considering he hasn't sold out to popular demand (making dance inspired or radio friendly tracks) he's stuck to his hip hop roots and real rap fans appreciate that. Not saying that making those kind of tracks is a bad thing, Eminem and Jay-z for example have always kicked off the promo of their new albums with a radio friendly pop style track to much success. Nas may not get the single and ringtone sales but thats what i love about him.
It's hard to find a rap artist who's albums I always get excited about hearing and Nas does that for me. With the exception of kanyes 'my beautiful dark twisted fantasy' and Drizzys 'take care' LP I haven't felt the excitement and love for hip hop as I had in previous years (back in the early 90s).
With his latest offering 'life is good' my personal opinion is Nas is still a rap heavy weight and STILL my favourite rapper,the album has a massive jazz feel to it (thanks to his upbringing as his father was a jazz artist) as did 'Ilmatic' and you can tell he's enjoyin life and enjoying hip hop again (especially after stating before that 'hiphop is dead') . With more guest appearances than ever ('champion' on Nicki Minaj's LP, 'outro' on Weezys 'tha Carter 4' and 'mirage' on Chris Browns 'fortune' to name a few), he's clearly having fun with it and reaching out to new listeners.
In my opinion to have a career spanning 13 yrs and still be relevent and get people excited (even other rap artists) and most of all makin real hip hop he's definatly the greatest rapper alive.