Download The Plaza and then download Survival of the Swag. I said it about Odd Future. I said it about ASAP. This time I’m saying it about Vinny Cha$e. He’s next. BJ put me onto him two weeks ago and I haven’t been listening to much else. I also had a ‘rider’ copy of Survival of the Swag so I was listening to this a few days early to it’s release. Vinny has only been rapping for a year. Keep that in mind as you listen to this dope theme music. My favorite tracks are Tiffy, Boost The $ales, Baby Roli, Milk & Honey, Survival of the Swag, Best of the Best, Do My Own Thing, and Karl Lagerfeld. *Clinks glasses* Hit the blunt to read
Kendrick reps DOPE pieces like the studded pocket tee + broken logo pullover (set to drop next month). There are a few more studded pocket tees in stock. Get it here. DOPE +TDE is a beautiful thing. Kendrick will be a remembered as a hip hop legend. Mark my words.
Kansas native and Warner Bros Artist @XtotheV will be at @DOPEINDIANA on Wednesday, February 1 from 5-7 PM. Doors for his show that night open at 10 PM at The Bishop. Tickets can be purchased at knucklerumbler.eventbrite.com. If you aren’t familiar with him, you can download his mixtapes from his website http://iamxv.com/.
Here’s the Terry Urban x Mick Boogie BING commercial that aired on the VMAs last night. Peep Mick rockin the Sir Eric Wright tee (still available here in limited quantities).
The Bing spot also mentions a website that we’ve been working on called Mixstream.
Check it out by clicking here. It’s in beta right now… but keep checking back as the site evolves into the next level of everything right about mixtape culture. This idea was brought to you by @terryurban, @MickBoogie, and myself (@TheCornerClub).
Soundset is an ever growing hip-hop festival held in Minnesota. Mac Miller was in attendance along with our man Rick Ross Wexler (@dopesales). “For Soundset’s fourth year they’ve assembled quite the roster: Big Boi, De La Soul, Slaughterhouse, Curren$y, and many more. Looks like you just found a reason to visit Minnesota that doesn’t involve a pilgrimage to Prince’s boyhood home.” – Complex Mag. Learn more about Soundset here and watch the video below. Oh yea and thats the nice jacket in blue and the tiger stripe camo hat available right here.
I get a lot of emails asking me, “What does it take to get onto the blog?” Well it’s much easier said than done. You either have to have some dope ass original rhymes (none of that watered down, cookie cutter, weed, hypebeast rap bullshit) or some ill visuals to go along with your raps. So to give up and coming dope artists the opportunity to get onto our blog, every 2-3 weeks, I’m going to be featuring an artist that I’m really feeling. This series will be called BREAKING AWAY. So keep the music submissions coming (DopeCoutureMusic@gmail.com) and maybe you’ll end up on the blog!
My first BREAKING AWAY post is on this duo from the Bay Area known as The Jealous Guys. I’ve been vibing to these cats for the past month or so. They hit me up before about getting put up on the blog and I really didn’t listen to them that attentively at first. It took me a minute to catch their sound and vibe but now I’m on the Jealous Guys buzz train. I like how they’re doing their own thing and keeping it fresh. It’s not that standard Bay Area rap. It sounds like an updated version of that classic hip-hop we all love to cruise around too while also having a gritty street sound. The Jealous Guys’ choice of production meshes so well with their original verbose word play and I think they have a lot good things to look forward to in the future. The imagery behind their videos is just visually stunning. Also look out for them on our upcoming SummerTime mixtape. So I present to you The Jealous Guys, click the pic to download their latest mixtape and Please Enjoy!
Let’s start with a basic one. Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL (Cook County) until I turned 5, then my fam moved to Bloomington, IN and I’ve been here every since. So, I guess it’s safe to say I’m a Hoosier Boy.
How did you get involved in Dope?
I got involved with Dope by modeling for the Dope Tales line last spring/ summer (www.dopecouture.com/dopetales), then Matt gave me the opportunity to work at the boutique and it’s been history every since.
What does Bougie Crew mean to you?
The Bougie Crew is like my 2nd fam! Everyone that’s down with the Bougie Crew has genuine love for the clothing line, wants to see Dope do big things, and look at Dope more as a movement, instead of just another clothing line.
Since you’re a rapper yourself, who would you say inspires you the most?
It’s hard to narrow down what rappers inspire me because a lot rappers inspire me in different ways. Off the top of my head, I would have to say Outkast inspires me a lot. I’ve been a big fan of their music since I was a shorty and for me to witness them come from “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” to where they’re at now, that’s music history in the making. Twista inspires me as well. He’s from Chicago and how he put the Windy City on the map. I feel he’s one of those artist that’s a unknown legend in the game and is still relevant today! That alone shows me if you continue making good music you can have a long career.
Who’s your 2011 XXL Freshman pick and why?
My freshman pick would definitely have to include Cyhi Da Prynce! I like how he came out of nowhere and made a name for himself. When he dropped “Royal Flush” I got interested in who he was, because I saw he was signed to G.O.O.D. Music and I never heard of him. After I listened to that mixtape, I became a big fan. I also got to meet him when he came to Dope Couture for a meet and greet and he was cool as hell.
What are your top 5 favorite streetwear brands or designers and why?
Dope- No dope, no hope… enough said.
BBC- I like how everything BBC is just fresh. You can wear a BCC outfit that doesn’t match and it’s still fly as hell. Take it from me, because I do it with mine all the time.
Blvck Scale- I like how their images on the clothes show you why the brand is named Blvck Scale.
Motivation- It’s something new and fresh to streetwear and the snapbacks are always on point.
The Hundreds- My girl bought me the “Bebe’s Kids BLK Crewneck” and I’ve been rocking The Hundreds every since.
Describe a memorable moment?
It would have to be when me & my twin Dell got chased by these group of girls after opening up for Yung Joc & this girl fell trying to get to us. It wasn’t funny at the time, but it made me feel special knowing she was willing to bust her ass just to touch one of us. You had to be there to see it though.
Describe your personal style.
Very random. My style is something like a mood swing, because I’ll dress retro one day & wear nothing but polo the next. It just depends on how I feel.
What would you buy if you were given $1000 to blow right now?
If I were given a $1,000 right now, I would be figuring out a way to divide the money between studio time, clothes, & shoes to be honest. Those three things are like heaven on earth to me. Real talk.
Technically, Rizzle Kicks was founded in about 1996, when both members, in their miniature form, used to play together round Rizzle’s auntie’s house. It wasn’t until eight years later that the pair reunited after both moving to Brighton and facing each other head-on in a Sunday league football match. Four years later, they ended up going to the same college and one day Rizzle got Sylvester to ‘Lalala’ all over a track. They soon realised how nicely their styles fitted together. Rizzle was just finishing off his own mixtape, rapping over samples of some of their favourite artists (Gorillaz, Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys etc) when they officially became Rizzle Kicks.
As a newly formed duo, they started to hustle for beats from local producers and started making their own music videos with a friend of theirs.
Having finally been able to get into a proper studio with some talented producers, Rizzle Kicks are now working on their album, a mixture of pop and hip hop incorporating the fun elements of the old school hip-hop era circa 1988-92. (via their Myspace page)
Rizzle Kicks is just good music and just a change of pace from the standard weed rap we’re use too. Here are my 3 favorite joints from them currently. Please Enjoy!
“This year, Bloomington is getting some big acts to perform during Little 500 week. I picked a few of my favorite tracks from each of the headliners and put together an hour long mix that should get you prepared for the week ahead. If you know all the artists, you should recognize some of the tracks and hopefully discover a few new ones. For anyone that doesn’t know the artists, this mix should be a proper primer for the week of concerts ahead.” Click the picture to download.
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