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STUSSY 30 Years of DOPE!

Posted in Accessory, Fashion, History with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

The Stussy 30th Anniversary celebration continues with this third group of XXX Collaboration t-shirts. Having worked with Supreme, NEIGHBORHOOD, PAM, and more on the Group 2 collection of XXX Collaboration tees, Stussy comes back with another great lineup of collaborators for this third group. Included in this lineup is UNDFTD, NEXUS VII, Commonwealth, Super Co., CLOT, Ransom, and Cassette Playa. All of the tees will be released in two weeks on Saturday, May 15th at select Stussy retailers in Japan. Stay tuned for information regarding the US release. via Stussy Japan

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Junior Varsity Terrorists???

Posted in History, New York City, NY Times, NYC with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Terrorism is defined as the ” Use of Violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes” I certainly do not have to tell anyone that the attacks on 9/11 basically were the Triple Crown of a global terrorist attack. Number one and most  importantly the murder of 3000 innocent people, two ,the fact the attack took place on american soil , and three,..the symbolism involved in not only attacking the symbolic heart of our capitalist spirit but the actually ever-lasting images of the collapse of the Towers. Real life images are powerful things, the images of the Twin Towers falling will be haunting forever. Being a New Yorker, I saw them fall with my very own eyes.

I would like to think that post 9/11, the American efforts to prevent another attack on American soil have been nothing short of perfect.

But then of course we HAVE to be perfect don’t we, anything less than complete perfection is complete failure and the loss of further American lives.  When it comes to fighting terror, the odds are on the sides of the terrorists , in that they can afford to not hit their target, and they might very well live to fight another day or certainly some fundamentalist with their own gripes about the world will be there to take their place.

For the moment though I would like to  think, that we are winning the WAR on Terror as they call it, and by applying pressure to terrorist forces on their soil (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan) Fighting the fight in their backyard simply put, keeps America safer. The downside to this philosophy is that unless there are sweeping changes amongst those factions that hate our way of life, preach that hatred to the younger generations and are willing to sacrifice their own lives to “KILL THE INFIDELS”…then Unfortunately this might be a war that never ends. Because it can’t!

There is something that’s clear though as indicated by recent events, The Terrorists (Domestic or International) are still out there and still trying to take innocent American lives, only problem for them is , We got the real heavy hitters pinned down , hiding in caves, dodging Special Forces units all the while trying to play defense and organize their offense.

And clearly right now the Junior Varsity squad is playing ball for the Terrorists. In December the attempted christmas bombing of Flight 253 from the Netherlands to Michigan was perpetrated by a Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab , Nigerian national that might have trained in Yemen but clearly to did not pass the bomb denotation courses offered by Al Quada, being that Mr. Mutallab could not even detonate his device, but in a sweet twist of irony did manage to burn himself in the “CROTCHAL REGION” ….word to Anchorman.

Then we have the events of this past saturday night, a car bomb, loaded with enough explosive devices to put a nice crater in the middle of Times Square, considered by some to be the literal center of the world. The potential carnage would have this nation shook. Thankfully this wanna be terrorist also never got his IED degree , and the ever vigilante New York Street Vendor saved the day.

Now the obvious and most troubling question is how did these JV Terrorists get so close to making the pros and accomplishing their mission. The truth is we live in the most free and open society in the world and you can’t police it ,The freedoms we have in our society define what is to be American. And whether the terrorists are able to succeed one day in the future and all the odds point in that eventuality, I don’t believe America or Americans will change. I mean I went to Times Square yesterday to hit up CHAMPS and by some Air Jordans…Americans dont cave.

But I guess what gives me a slight glimmer of hope is that the few potential attacks that were , (well we can’t say they were foiled, The idiots just could not get the job done) that have been made public,  were perpetrated by the D-League players and perhaps we actually do have the Osama Bin Ladens of the world so holed up that to even consider a plan as complex and as ruthless as 9/11 is just not in the cards right now. The Terrorist varsity team is benched and the hopefully we can handle the JV players. … But then again..any asshole can blow themselves up….right?

I consider myself a pretty superstitious person, but that applies more to like always sitting in the exact same seat at Yankee Stadium and stepping onto the plane with my right foot, so I pray that by writing this I am not jinxing anything. Our country has gotten lucky twice recently and for that I am grateful.

But if you can put a  positive spin on the two recent attempted terrorist attacks, it’s that we are currently dealing (Thankfully) with  the equivalent of  the Bad News Bears of terrorists, The Nigerian genius tries to blow an airliner out of the sky and instead he burns his hanes boxer briefs……what?

Lets pray that if they continue to send over terrorists or even grow them right here on our soil that they are of the JUNIOR VARSITY Variety!!

“Now Your Mine” by Gang Starr

Posted in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, History, Music, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , on April 23, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

No words required, this record is hard as hell and the primo scratches are bananas!!!!


“Scenario” Remix by Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders Of The New School and Kid Hood.

Posted in Hip-Hop, History, Music, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Tribe circa 1990

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh man!!

Ok if the  “Flava in Ya Ear” remix by the Bad Boy crew has the illest all-star team of MC’s, then this remix by ATCQ was the funkiest. To this day every time I hear this record it is a treat, and you really rarely ever this record.  The “Scenario” remix was a total b-side record that was probably only released on Vinyl and cassette single in 1992. It took many years and a bunch of TRIBE albums for the version to appear on CD. This ended up being a bonus cut on “The Love Movement” (released in 1998)

Was there even a real video for this song???

Native Tongues

I don’t think you can get more Native Tongues than this, ok sure if you throw in De La,  Queen Latifah , Monie Love and the Jungle Brothers on there perhaps (A “Buddy” post is forthcoming…lol) At this point in time the Native Tongue movement was strong and Tribe was just hitting their stride, and Leaders still had another album left in them..good times…good times!

But again Leaders and Tribe! This beat gets me from the very first note and the ad libs from Busta……… “HERE IN 1992”

I often insist that  1992 had some of the best music of my lifetime, here is some further proof.

Shawn Stussy – S.Double

Posted in Accessory, Clothing, Design, Fashion, Hip-Hop, History, New York City, Skateboarding with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Shawn Stussy had a profound effect on my adolescence.  Stussy did not have th greatest distribution in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. And  living on the east coast in NYC did not making finding Stussy any easier. For me this was the golden age of skateboarding and  really the birth of the street/surf/skate wear industry.

On the Upper West Side there was jean store called Pandemonium that would occasionally have some cool Stussy Tees. Eventually Union opened in SOHO and all my Stussy dreams came true. I would hop on the Lance Mountain Powell mini and shoot down to the shop in hopes of finding that Stussy Chanel Logo Tee or the infamous “Hood” tee (Compton, The Bronx, etc) The beauty of the Stussy brand was that because it was hard to find, if you had the gear it seemed like you were up on something that all skater kids jocked but not all could find.

Eventually in I believe 1991 the first Stussy store opened in SOHO and I had to have it all, I can recall fondly walking into that shop (which was located across the street from where the Apple Store SoHo location is currently housed, at the time the Apple Store was a post office if memory serves me.) Anyway I remember walking into the Stussy store on the day it opened and they were playing DAS EFX on the sound system. The Shit was just perfect.

And who can forget the incredible Stussy print ads from Thrasher Magazine and Transworld. Classic Material. (But that is for a whole other post)

S. Double New York Tee

Fast forward to present day and the Stussy company is no longer owned by founder and lead designer Shawn Stussy, but the flyness still remains. And Shawn Stussy has not stopped delivering the goods either. His line called S. Double (S.hawn S.tussy) is pretty fresh. I don’t have any pieces myself, but I will be on the look out. You should too!

“Strictly Business” by EPMD (1988)

Posted in Hip-Hop, History, New York City, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

"cuz Im strictly business"

Fine, at this point its obvious I am longing for the golden era of hip-hop, but isn’t that the beauty of music. It is timeless and with so much access to so much media, why not celebrate the past as much as possible.

Which brings me to Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith aka EPMD. I first heard EPMD in 8th grade and they were hard.  When I first encountered “Strictly Business” I was blown away. The green-eyed bandit crushes and the first album  was some serious late 80’s boom bap. The first EPMD record came out on a tiny indie known as Sleeping Bag Records, but it would not be long before Russell and Lyor came calling and EPMD was signed to Hip-Hop powerhouse Def Jam. Collabos with LL Cool J would follow and eventually the creation of the Hit Squad : EPMD, REDMAN, DAS EFX, KSOLO, and KEITH MURRAY (more on that team later)…..can you say “HeadBanger”????

“Cuz I’m Strictly Business”

“They Reminisce Over You” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

Posted in Hip-Hop, History, Music, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Start your Thursday with what is certainly one of my TOP 5 all time favorite songs….Summer of 1992.