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Tuesday
Jul182017

stormzy tuesday.

It's a stormzy kind of tuesday

 

- james

 

Monday
Nov252013

brit-hop playlist.

 

i've never really been much of a rap guy. it's not that i don't respect the classics, nor do i disrespect the craft, it just hasn't been my cup o' tea for awhile.

Having said that, why in the world would you trust my judgment when it comes to rap? Allow me to ease your concern with some facts:

  • First of all, don't you dare question me if you know what's good for you
  • Being a world-renowned music expert, I know what good music sounds like regardless of genre
  • I was really into rap in like 6th and 7th grade
  • I know all of the words to one Ludacris song, one Lil' Wayne song, and one Dr. Dre song
  • The first CD I ever bought was MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'em from a garage sale
  • I know Andrew Gibson

I mean, I think we can all agree I'm pretty hip to the 'rap game' as they say. So, if you're finished badgering me about my obviously sufficient qualifications, let's move on.

I feel as though I should preface this playlist. This carefully ordered selection of songs is no ordinary rap playlist. This is a playlist of british rap and hip-hop songs that shall thus be called 'brit-hop' (i totally invented that name). Surprisingly the UK has quite a few unique genres of rap and hip-hop. there's the standard gangster rap, the party rap, the hip-hop with a message, the grime (fast rap over drum & bass), the hipster hip-hop, or 'hipster-hopster'. This playlist is not aimed at presenting you with the best at any particular genre; it is simply a collection of brit-hop songs that i've been listening to a lot lately. 

There's just something about a british accent that completely changes the game. I'll warn you that a few of these videos put out a slightly behind-the-crowd late 90s/early 2000s vibe, but even still, it's most excellent. But enough of me talking, how bout you start listening.

artistsonglisten
rizzle kicks price tag
mikill pane feat. ed sheeran little lady
dizzee rascal love this town
professor green remedy
p money round the clock
ghetts feat. kano, mykl paty animal
haze feat. akala, swiss against all odds
akala feat. selah a message
devlin feat. wretch 32 off with their Head
plan b ill manors
tornado grime music
Skepta Hold on
Skepta Ace hood flow
k koke lay down your weapons
caxton press the press

 

Or if you prefer, here's the link to the youtube playlist to view them all continuiously

 

- James

Thursday
Jul262012

topman.

As a resource for men's fashion, I feel obligated to intoduce you to my absolute favorite clothing store: Topshop. Topshop is a UK-based company with stores in over 20 countries worldwide. Unfortunately, the United States has only three of those stores--Las Vegas, Ney York, and Chicago. Lucky for us they have a website.

The store is divided into two sections: Topshop (women), and Topman (men). The styles are ALWAYS new and ALWAYS super fresh. Here are a few of my current favorites:

grey tweed snapback


peach horzontal stripe shirt

 

blue blanket stripe denim shirt

 

white stripe pocket vest/tank

 

green contrast aztec shorts


cream anchor embroidery shorts

 

vera "cadiz" espadrille


I'll be honest, the website isn't the best and the prices are even worse, but the clothing is amazing. That just means that if you don't want to drop your life savings on one outift, you just need to find the deals. If nothing else, it's a great place to get ideas. 

 

- James

 

Tuesday
Mar272012

keep calm.

I recently spent a few months in London and during my time there I fell in love with this poster.

Part of my obsession, I'm sure, has to do with my love for the Union Jack. Now give that Union Jack a vintage look, add a cool phrase, and you've struck gold in my book. I started seeing this logo everywere. On colored backdrops in frames, on posters, canvas prints, keychains, wallets, hats, and shirts. I saw it in giftshops and tourist locations, and I began to wonder what the story behind it was. I did a little research and found this video that explains it all.

In case you didn't quite grasp the concept from the video, the original design for the artwork was aimed at boosting moral of the British people during World War II. It was not utilized as often as originally planned and for that reason was not well known. It wasn't until several decades later when the artwork, along with two others, was rediscovered and truly appreciated. It has since become adopted as an unofficial motto of British culture. Having been there myself, I can attest to this sort of self-image the British people have given themselves, as if to say "Life is tough, but push through and everything wil be okay." 

You can now find this image and phrase in all kinds of places from street art to posters, to souveniers and t-shirts. It has been copied, redesigned, and parodied. Essentially, it has become a cultural cornerpiece. It's amazing to me how this simple work of art has been able to connect with so many people for so many years. Whether you're from the UK or not, I think we can all take something away from this story. Sometimes life can get you down, and sometimes things don't go your way, but don't let it get the best of you. Stay positive. Keep calm and carry on, and I promise things will work out for the best. And remember:

- James