Time is Illmatic

Nas recently released his 20th anniversary of his classic album Illmatic. Illmatic XX, includes a remastered version of Illmatic, new artwork, a 24 page booklet with notes by Sacha Jenkins, artist tributes with rare & previously unseen photos, demos, and rare remixes & freestyles from the era.

Check out the above trailer to Nas’ Time is Illmatic, a documentary which explores the social conditions and its influences on the original album when it was released on April 19, 1994. The feature length documentary made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.

Director | Producer: One9
Writer | Producer: Erik Parker
Director of Photography: Frank Larson
Music Score: Brian Satz
Graphic Design Antibody
Additional Graphics: Harry Tuman, Luis Moya, Coby Kennedy

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Phantogram – Fall In Love

Taken from the new album VOICES, the sick beats to Fall in Love was produced years ago by Josh and was originally intended to have rap on the track, instead Sarah wrote the infectious lyrics to one of their best songs on the album. Check out the creative visuals above for their hit single!

Order Phantogram’s new album VOICES:

Director: Timothy Saccenti
Producer: Brooke McDaniel
Co-Direction: Joshua Davis
Art Direction: Sub Rosa
Editorial: Rex Lowry
VFX: Matt Posey
Cinematography: Ivan Abel

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Lana Del Rey – West Coast

Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin’…

Lana Del Rey released her official audio for her upcoming single titled West Coast on the highly anticipated album Ultraviolence. The Black Keys drummer Dan Auerbach is said to be producing tracks for the album. The song definitely has that California vibe to it, reminiscent of the surf rock culture of the 60′s and 70′s. Check out the official audio video above and stay tuned for the official music video coming soon.

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Sasquatch Music Festival Memorial Day and Fourth of July Weekend!!!

The 13th annual Sasquatch Music Festival returns to the internationally known and Billboard ?Top Amphitheater? award-winning concert venue The Gorge in George, WA for two weekends, this May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) and July 4-6 (Fourth of July Weekend).

This years lineup featuring:

Memorial Day Weekend:

OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A. Foster the People, HAIM, Neko Case, Cut Copy, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, tUnE-yArDs, Panda Bear, Mogwai, Foals, AlunaGeorge, Major Lazer, Cage the Elephant, Liars, Phosphorescent, Phantogram, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Elbow, Portugal. the Man, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, First Aid Kit, Rudimental, Die Antwoord, The Naked and Famous, The Dodos, The Physics, Ryan Hemsworth, Big Freedia, Austra, Cold War Kids, Violent Femmes, City and Colour, Gesaffelstein, Damien Jurado and more to be announced soon!

Princess Feat. Maya Rudolph
Nick Swardson
Bridget Everett
Eric André
Charlyne Yi

Fourth of July Weekend:

Kraftwerk, Frank Ocean, Neutral Milk Hotel, Soundgarden, New Order, Röyksopp and Robyn, Spoon, Local Natives, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Sharon Van Etten, The Horrors, Kurt Vile, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Deltron 3030, Mac DeMarco, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never, Rhye, Majical Cloudz, Cass McCombs, Atmosphere, Fuck Buttons, of Montreal, The Notwist, St. Lucia, Lee Fields and the Expressions, METZ, Typhoon, Big Gigantic, Gogol Bordello, Wild Cub, and Black Milk, and more to be announced soon!

Demetri Martin
Eugene Mirman
Kurt Braunohler
W. Kamau Bell
Kyle Dunnigan
John Hodgman




Buy tickets, view the maps, and see the schedule here


Coachella April 11-14 & 18-20 2014

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (known as Coachella, Coachellafest or Coachella Festival) is a multi-day, now multi weekend annual music and arts festival, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live) and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley. The event features many genres of music including rock, indie, Hip Hop and electronic music.

Coachella will kick off on April 11th through April 14th and reprise its lineup the following weekend, April 18th through 20th.

Check out the schedule and artist lineup below.

Friday, April 11 & 18:

Outkast, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, HAIM, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlomo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys

Saturday, April 12 & 19:

Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi, The Head And The Heart, Sleigh Bells, Cage The Elephant, City And Colour, CHVRCHES, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, The Naked And Famous, Temples, Mogwai, Warpaint, Solange, Washed Out, Future Islands, Ty Segal, DARKSIDE, Banks, Tiga, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Netsky, RL Grime, Galantis, Foxygen, White Lies, Graveyard, The Internet, Laura Maula, The Dismemberment Plan, Headhunterz, Blood Orange, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Bear Hands, The Magician, Young & Sick, Unlocking The Truth, Saints Of Valory, Carbon Airways, UZ, Syd Arthur, Bicep, Drowners

Sunday, April 13 & 20:

Arcade Fire, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Alesso, Duck Sauce, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Flosstradamus, The Toy Dolls, The 1975, Adventure Club, Big Gigantic, Chance The Rapper, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Rudimental, STRFKR, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Flight Facilities, Frank Turner, John Newman, Maceo Plex, Superchunk, Bombino, Daughter, Bad Manners, Surfer Blood, Lee Burridge, Poolside, Classixx, Showtek, James Vincent McMorrow, Bo Ningen, Aeroplane, Ratking, Jhene Aiko, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Factory Floor, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anna Lunoe, The Martinez Brothers, Scuba, John Beaver




View the schedule, maps, and lineup here


Black Business : Modern Day Yakuza

Maiham Media recently released their controversial new short, titled Black Business: Modern Day Yakuza. Beautifully shot on location, the viewers are instantly transported to the dark streets of Japan where we get an intimate look into the Yakuza.

From Maiham Media:

Japan is famous for many things, such as technology, sushi, temples, geisha and amazing customer service. One side of Japan not often seen but living in plain sight are the people conducting in “Black Business”, the Yakuza. They’re not petty criminals confined to the streets, they’re international business men. Using knowledge, money, powers of persuasions and their influence in the government to help secure them lucrative international black business deals.

To the everyday citizen they serve as no threat, often polite and well spoken but if you are one to do business with them; Make no mistake they’re ruthless, calculated people that will not hesitate to better their position at your expense.

Forgot what you think you know, Japan is not all smiles and friendly customer service…

Director / Cinematography / Edit / Grading : Luke Huxham
Produced by :
Audio producer : Slava Korystov (
GFX / Titles artist : Edward Khoma (

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Calla Fall // Winter 2014

Calla Haynes was born in Toronto, and has been living in Paris for the past 10 years. After attending Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, she worked with Olivier Theyskens at Rochas and Nina Ricci where she honed her textile and print design skills. The collection is based on Haynes? idea of ?relaxed luxury? – a brand that is unique and crafted, while at the same time modern and easy to wear. Her strong print designs are the foundation of each collection. Samsung, April 77, Honest By, and 3 Suisses have all called on Calla for collaborations. She continues to consult and design textiles for fashion brands around the world. Haynes was a finalist for the prestigious ANDAM award, France?s largest prize for young fashion designers, in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She was also a finalist for the Dorchester Fashion Prize in 2012. –

I only had a couple moments to check out the line, so here is a small peek…

- Omar

Harbsion Fall // Winter 2014


Charles Harbison will be one of the new kids to watch for sure!

- Omar

Nonoo Fall // Winter 2014 Runway Show

Yesterday afternoon after a some heavy art studio trolling and a delicious burrito, I cruised into Eyebeam Art+Technology Center. They hype was definitely real among Misha’s attendees pre showtime. The floor was buzzing with handshakes, high fives, hugs and fashion bloggers shooting up the front row. There will be some wholesale orders being made asap for sure, peep the maroon trench and mini skirt tho, woo fiyah!

- Omar

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Sergio Davila Fall // Winter 2014 presentation

“On a trip to Brazil, I found myself amazed by a free spirited group of gypsies. These culturally caravans of people on horseback can still be found moving from place to place throughout South America. I have taken a small token references from their lifestyle – one rich with color, earth tones, and an adventure filled history – as inspiration for the Fall/Winter collection.”

- Sergio


This morning I hit up the Sergio Davila presentation at Rogue studio in Chelsea NYC, the sun was cutting down through the window for a great natural key light. A couple things I liked; the full length slacks, the black leather jacket, the black blending to blue sweater and the gypsy smoky eye makeup. Buuuut there were some looks in there that made me say in my head “I would not hang out with that guy at a party”. The line seemed to lack a cohesive anchor, a dude may look preppy by day and tear it up at Burning Man every year. But as a collection it didn’t seem to mesh.



Antonio Azzuolo Fall // Winter 2014 feat. Warby Parker

I got my fashion week off to an early start with a small presentation from Antonio Azzuolo. Key hair stylist Sean Decuersa with the assistance of a couple friends were doing the hair and shot me the invite. Antonio is back in NYC after two years in Europe, his new line reflects all the travel he did while on the other side of the globe. The presentation was held inside the Warby Parker located in Chelsea NYC, some of the models even sported new 2014 WP frames. Previously a menswear only designer Antonio has now stepped into designing for the ladies, I heard him thank the female models for joining him on his new journey.

- Omar BK//NYC

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KAZ:Pushing the Virtual Divide

KAZ:Pushing the Virtual Divide, The Official Gran Turismo documentary premieres through Hulu on Wednesday, January 22nd. Filmed in 12 international locations, the viewer is taken on an extraordinary ride through the eyes of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo and its impact it has on the world especially the automotive and gaming industries.

Here is the link to the premiere:

Check out the press release below.

This film is about drive. It’s about the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. This film will trace his relentless willingness to challenge himself, to hold none of his past achievements sacred, and push beyond the virtual divide in his pursuit of perfection. Through the support of PlayStation, Kaz’s journey has forever changed the gaming and automotive landscape and in doing so, has redefined how we perceive the relationship between art, entertainment and culture.

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Sony Computer Entertainment & Polyphony Digital
Director- Tamir Moscovici
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TRANSIT – A Film by Hannah Espia

In 2009 the Israeli government passed a new law allowing the children of foreign workers to be deported back to their parents? country. Transit depicts the inter-connected lives of overseas workers who struggle to prevent their children from being deported to the Philippines even though they have lived and worked in Tel Aviv for years. Filmed on location, the viewer is transported to a country filled with culture and history and given an intimate look at the protagonists lives dealing with the struggles of family, identity and finding a place in a foreign land.

DIRECTOR: Hannah Espia
Producer: Paul Soriano
Editor: Hannah Espia, Benjamin Tolentino
Screenwriter: Giancarlo Abrahan, Hannah Espia
Cinematographer: Ber CruzLyle, Nemenzo Sacris
Music: Mon Espia
Principal Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Marc Justine Alvarez, Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Electric Entertainment

Catch TRANSIT ‘s North American Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend.

More info here.




Rjd2 – More is Than Isn’t

Rjd2 recently released his studio album More is Than Isn’t on his label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. It features a wide variety of vocalists to rappers including Aaron Livingston, Phonte Coleman, P. Blackk, STS & Khari Mateen, and Blueprint. But Rjd2 does not stray far from what makes him so unique, which are his gritty drum breaks, vibrant analog synths and his classic MPC sampler.

He stated recently in a press release, ?In ways, all of my previous albums were in some fashion striving to achieve something more than being just instrumental music,?. ?This is the first RJD2 album I?ve made that actually revels in a relative lack of vocals.?

Check out the song Temperamental featuring Grammy award nominated artist Phonte Coleman (Little Brother/ The Foreign Exchange)

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Buy the album, More is Than Isn’t here.

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Hiero Day – Sept. 2nd, 2013 – Oakland, CA.

Hiero Day is an annual block party in Oakland– that commemorates, promotes, and showcases the Bay Area’s unique and diverse music culture. The legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests will be performing live, at the free and all-ages event.

This year Hiero Day will take place at the Linden Street Brewery at the Port of Oakland on Monday, September 2nd from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Local vendors and food trucks will also be there.

It’s most definitely going to be crackin’! So bring the fam or friends out for some dope music, fun, and good vibes with other like-minded peeps! See you there…


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Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge: “12 Reasons to Die”.


Ghostface Killah’s 10th album: “12 Reasons to Die”, along with a comic book,  released back in April. The album, in it’s entirety, was composed and produced by Adrian Younge.

Ghostface, Adrian Younge, along with Masta Killah were on a nationwide tour to promote the album. I was fortunate to see their show in San Francisco at 1015 Folsom.

(Side note: Whenever I go to a WuTang show, the diversity of the crowd always amazes me. I love that about WuTang fans. There is no complexity about being a Wu fan. You never have to feel as though you have to dress, act, or be a certain way. You can just be yourself, and all other Wu fans accept you.).

I attended their San Francisco show, and was completely blown away by the whole performance in it’s entirety. It was a raw display of Classic R&B meets Broadway, married to Psychedelic Rock– whilst having love affair with Hip Hop. It was trippy, intriguing, and exciting. I had never seen anything displayed as such, at a Hip Hop show.

Adrian Younge began the show with a live band “Venice Dawn”, all adorned in black neckties, suits, and sunglasses.

Ghostface Killah and Masta Killah then came out and put on a great performance. I hadn’t had one drink or a hit of weed. The show was damn amazing. I begged for people to pinch me, cause I seriously thought that I was dreaming.

Photos courtesy of Shane Menez

-sheila [san francisco]

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