After a recent trip to Los Angeles where Cee finally connected with long-time internet homie Teo Hunter of LA-based craft beer experience entity Dope & Dank, Teo had the idea to do a remix to the craft beer-soaked "Hazy" to make it even more dope, and of course, dank. Teo brought in Fort Worth, Texas's J/o/e, a "Brewed Up" craft beer fan and MC, and even dropped a verse himself, to create a fun remix that turned the beer elements up further than any rap song since "BrewHeads".
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First up, my bad on the blog slackness. Life is fucking hectic lately, kinda juggling a few things and trying to find a balance. Anyway, here's Mr D. Dot Dallas with the visuals to his latest single, 'Caught In A Daze' with Freddie Gibbs, off his latest LP 'The Rose Tint', released in conjunction with Duck Down. Dope tune, cool video.
Today there was so much shit going on that I thought it'd be simpler to wrap it all up in one special Hectic Friday post. First up, the decision on the recent Oscar Grant murder trial was made today. Long story short, a white policeman shot a young black man point blank in front of a crowd at an Oakland BART station, and the cop got off on a couple years for 'involuntary manslaughter'. This case had serious race overtones, hence the uproar.
The worst part was that it happened on the same day as the Lebron announcement (see below) so half my Twitter feed was about a cop getting off for murdering a human, and the other was about an athlete deciding where to earn his billionth dollar.
Oscar Grant murder/verdict
And this Lebron shit has been wild. I'm not even really a huge sports fan but it was all over Twitter today so I couldn't avoid it.
My two cents: Players leave teams and get traded EVERY FUCKING YEAR. Yeah, the Cavs lost Lebron, but so what? Shit happens. Mike retired, too. Get over it. Good on him.
That said, majority owner Dan Gilbert wrote a scathing public letter about Lebron's decision, saying such sore loser bullshit like "I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE" and "You can take it to the bank." Wow. What a tool.
Majority owner Dan Gilbert's reaction
And to wrap up all this seriousness with some awesomeness, check out this video (if you haven't already seen it). Never seen a human so excited about a rainbow. And aside from the video hilarity, the description reads "It was rainbowing for at least an hour on January 8th 2010." I had no idea 'rainbowing' was an adjective.
This week I am proud to present Ms. Cherelle J, reppin the west coast to the fullest, Riverside, CA to be exact. In her one short year of modeling she has been featured on several club flyers and even been the leading lady in the fashion show at her college. Ms. Cherelle does indeed have a bright future ahead. In between shoots and a busy school schedule, Cherelle found the time to drop a little light on modeling and the industry. Check out the interview below.
DJ Grain: What’s your name?
Cherelle: Cherelle J aka SoHollywood.
DJ Grain: Where are you from?
Cherelle: I am originally from Riverside, CA but now I reside in Fresno, CA because it is a good place where I can finish school and get that under my belt before moving to LA.
DJ Grain: How many years have you been modeling?
Cherelle: Ive been modeling for about a year now.
DJ Grain: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?
Cherelle: A big misconception about models is that we are all stupid and anorexic. I personally have always been very into school and take pride in my education and I have also been naturally slim all my life without starving myself, anyone who knows me knows that food is probably my best friend lol.
DJ Grain: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?
Cherelle: I havent been featured in any videos or magazines....YET.
DJ Grain: What photographers have you worked with?
Cherelle: I have worked with Feather Da-Wyz, Aubre Cummings of Studio5nine photography and Ken of Kens photos.
DJ Grain: What photographers would you like to work with?
Cherelle: I want to work with photographers who have strong unique fierce images, portray me in the best light possible and who can help me build my portfolio.
DJ Grain: Can you describe the grind of a model trying to break into the industry?
Cherelle: It is definitely not as easy as you think. You start out trying to get booked for something but don’t have any professional photos to show to even get booked. And if you do want some good photos to start with, you’re going to have to pay about two to four hundred for them. Most people don’t have that kind of money so you’re looking for someone to shoot you for free. And if u get lucky enough to find someone they expect you to know everything, how to pose, how to work your face etc. and some photographers are ass holes, you get critiqued on every part of your body and the industry is not nice with their comments at all. You really have to have a tough skin and brush off the things they say because it can really get to you and ruin your self esteem.
DJ Grain: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry?
Cherelle: Its not about what you know its about who you know! Yes I’m intelligent but intelligence doesn’t get good pictures. Be sociable and outgoing with people, network your butt off and get people on your side who can help you, other people know people so the bigger your circle of hard working positive individuals, the farther you will get.
That's right, the homies The Understudies are back with a dope video blog covering their latest Left Coast tour. Peep game.
This is a dedication to Jeremy Lusk one of the greatest motocross stuntmen ever, that died at the age of 24.
That's right, for all those in the West Coast area of the USA, we got a lil something for ya.
The homies The Understudies are embarking on a West Coast tour throughout January and February, with the first show kicking off tonight, Friday January 30th at Bollyhood, 3372 19th St @ Mission, San Francisco.
Over the month or so, the tour will feature The Understudies, Influence & Ro Knew, After Hijrah, Maleko & Optimus Rhymes, Incognito, and DJ MRC.
Click on the banner to check out the Facebook invite, and also peep the Understudies MySpace page for more info.
What it do bloggers?
This is a special treat for you in my eyes, it was graced on my Facebook wall by the one and the only, DJ HYPHEN. If you wanna see the dopest freestyle you've heard in ages, PEEP THIS. 2 minutes of the super dope Tunji from the group Inverse straight outta Cali shows ya how to hold it the fuck down LIVE on KUBE FM yo!
Please leave a comment, coz you know you should.
Damn Tunj, damn!
The homies Inverse (Tunji and Toby), some of the dopest up and coming cats outta Cali, have finally dropped their debut EP, So True.
And the boys have even put the whole EP up for free download (click the front cover image to download, click the back cover image to head to 2DopeBoyz). Very generous, fellas.
Straight up, this EP is ridiculous. Quality, soulful, real Hip Hop. We were lucky enough to hang with Tunji in LA late last year, and dude was one of the nicest folks we'd met in the industry thus far. We'd never even heard their music before we met - the homie DJ Hyphen put us in touch, so we're really looking forward to getting Tunji on some Movement Fam projects in the very near future. Don't sleep.
Yes yes, our good folks The Understudies Crew, outta the East Bay, California, recently got a New Artist Spotlight on Wake Your Daughter Up! blog (shouts to Trav). These cats are some of the illest underground Hip Hop I've heard in a minute, check out the story:
And while you're at it, the fellas also just started a YouTube Channel and their own UTV. Classic.
Big ups to the homies The Understudies out in the East Bay, California.
Not only are they top blokes, but they have just released the third installment in their mixtape series, 'CC3'. And what makes this one super awesome is that it features our inter-crew collab, 'Never Going Away', which we recorded in Oakland, California on our recent trip there.
The song will also be released in the very near future on vinyl in both Australia and the USA as a double sided 12", which will be very exciting. So click on the cover to be taken to the 'Name Your Price' site where you can pay what you like for it (minimum is 50cents) - and remember, is not a mixtape full of jacked beats; this is all original, quality Hip Hop from the Bay.
Click on the back cover to be taken to The Understudies MySpace page.
Oh yeah, and while you're at it, go get your free download of the G.O.D.Cast Vol 2 podcast from the crew, which features an interview with Cee, Bekah and Notion by Citizen and Fly Cobb live in Oakland.
This one's for all our brethren north of the Equator, in the USA and Canada.
As of October, we now have both 'The Soul Movement Volume 2' and 'World Domi-NoTiOn' mixtapes available in selected cities in both Canada and the USA! The prices range from something like $5 to $10, depending on the store, but check the list below for your nearest spot:
Soul of Sisa - 504 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
B-Side Records - 2128 Dwight Way, Berkeley, California, USA
Da Corner - 256A Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (in the Black Market complex)
So if you're in any of these cities and wanna get your hands on a rare hard copy of the new projects (we only pressed a small amount for the international trip), roll through and cop 'em now!
For the folks Down Under (and everywhere else), we'll be pressing up a gang of copies of both mixtapes asap (plus a launch show), so we'll keep y'all posted.