Brixton skateboarder and artist Dolan Stearns is having his first solo show at the Coffee & Tea Collective and Gym Standard this Saturday. Live music by LUBE and beer provided by Newcastle for those 21+.
I Am Sailing ft. Dolan Stearns
Tea & Coffee Collective and Gym Standard
Saturday Sep 7th 6-10pm
2900 block of El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
This week we have our NYC Native art director “Not That” Jason Lee dusted off some old gems from his extensive collection of hip hop vinyl. Here’s Brooklyn’s Mos Def along with Queens’ Royal Flush.
Mos Def - Body Rock
Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1 was probably my introduction to what was then called the “underground” hip hop scene. Biggie had passed away a few years back, and the Southern rap scene was blossoming, forcing all the early 90′s rappers to become main stream with club bangers, or go independent. This also allowed for more artistic reign and collaborations between different artists, that fans seldom heard on commercial radio.
Mos Def from Native Tongue, Tash from the Alkaholiks, and Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest came out as a trio with “Body Rock” and on the same single, Talib Kweli’s “Manifesto” under the now defunct Rawkus Records in 1998. Both tracks were highly influential in my young understanding of back pack rap. Back then I’d head into the city on the weekend, grab the recession special from Gray’s Papaya, which was 2 hot dogs and a papaya drink for $2.45, then head upstairs to Fat Beats for a few hours digging for records. This record was stowed away for a few years at my mom’s house, since moving out West, so it’s nice to bring back some old memories from high school about a forgotten era in hip hop.
“Manifesto” (Talib Kweli)
Royal Flush -Worldwide
This record is for the skaters out there that grew up with Mouse. After Girl’s Mouse came out in 1996, I think everyone I knew was whistling the song “World Wide” from Keenan Milton & Gino Iannucci’s part. Royal Flush is from Flushing, Queens. I grew up in Bayside, and Flushing was the next town over, so knowing that a home-town rapper had a song for Keenan’s part was kind of a big deal. Royal Flush wasn’t that popular and it was hard to find this record, but I’m glad i have it in my collection. Royal Flush is still rapping, and recently has worked with another Flushing original, Action Bronson.
The Retna is an iPhone 5 compatible 100% polycarbonate printed plastic case. It features a raised side wall lip for screen protection and easy snap functionality. Here’s Brixton’s Tanner Rozunko testing it out.