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The NYC Box Set – Tony Arcabascio

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Big thanks to my friend, Eugene Mensah, ever since he put me onto this 3 minute video I just can’t stop watching it.

I don’t know whether anyone else will enjoy this as much as I do.

Judge Tony however you like, but I can relate to everything he is saying in this snippet.

The fact that he swears the whole way through with the most cracked out accent and it’s all centred around New York – it just brings back good memories of all the crazy little things I love about NYC.


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June 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

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The Weeknd.

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Another musical sensation is brewing in Toronto with the emergence of The Weeknd (that’s not a spelling mistake).

Little is known about who The Weeknd is, but with a recent co-sign from Drake on his Twitter account, the House of Balloons mixtape is blowing up fast.

Many are comparing the mixtape to Drake’s So Far Gone from 2009 with similar production to that of Noah “40” Shebib. Despite the fact that 40 and Drake have had no (known) input into the House of Balloons mixtape, its widely believed that The Weeknd will feature on Drake’s future album.

You can catch a feature on The Weeknd tonight on The REAL Radio Show tonight from 7-9pm on 99.8FM or kcclive.com or on the podcast that will be released in the next 10 days.

In the mean time, check out my favourite track from the House of Balloons mixtape:

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May 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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Matt Stevens – Air Max 1 A Day

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Stumbled across Mr Stevens’ work thanks to the Size? blog today.

The designer/illustrator is in the process of creating a different visual interpretation of the classic Air Max 1 silhouette every day. Matt has completed graphical work  for an ever growing list of companies including Facebook and Sneaker Freaker, you can find more of it here.

Enjoy some of my personal favourites from the Air Max 1 a Day collection:

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May 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

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The Kings of Queens.

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The No Fakin’ crew point me in the direction of “real” Hip Hop on a daily basis (whether I like it or not).

This week in particular my eyes (or ears?) were opened to an artist who hails from Queens, New York, named Action Bronson. 

In a quest to find out a little bit more about Bronson’s history I stumbled across Chopped Herring Records and their “Welcome to the Great Outdoors” EP project which will feature three of the best up and coming MC’s to come straight out of NYC in years: Meyhem Lauren, Shaz Illyork and Action Bronson.

Chopped Herring Records are the first to release any of their works on vinyl and you can grab yours here before this trio blow up across the globe.

Hit the play button and listen to a refreshing return to Hip Hop with that 90’s New York flavour.

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May 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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The Beautiful Sin City From My Room (sort of).

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Las Vegas isn’t to everyones taste.

The activities that take place within and behind its multiple facades are far from beautiful.

I found this out for myself and exploited it to the best of my abilities.

The memories forged in that one week in Sin City could not be created anywhere else on the globe because Las Vegas is not real.

It is not real life.

It is a microcosm of dark fantasy.

I can’t even begin to show you how detached this town is from everyday life as the 5 photo’s below are about the full extent of all photograph’s taken while we were in Vegas (pointless carrying a DSLR around the strip).

At the very least you can see we had a nice room with a view (very few Las Vegas hotels have balconies since they find most drunken idiots tend to throw themselves over the top and plummet to their deaths – nice).

I was scrolling through hypebeast.com when I spotted the video below featuring the works of Philip Bloom.

The video itself, entitled “24hours of Neon”, is a time lapse video of the city lights of Las Vegas.

The quality of the video is there for all to see, but I took particular interest when I realised that Philip Bloom had shot the majority of the video from the MGM Grand Signature Suites; the same hotel I was lucky enough to stay in and so I had an almost identical view to that of the video back in the Summer of 2010.

The video captures the beauty, darkness and sense of unknown that comes when you step into the city limits of Vegas. And on a personal note it brings back a lot of good memories of better days.

The two images above were taken from Philip Bloom’s website and give an insight into the effort that went into the video and also a shot of 2 of the 3 MGM Signature Suite Towers (each lined with fresh roses and a general sense of luxury and grandiose).

Check out more of Bloom’s work on his website and take a look at another video he shot in Vegas which presents a completely different set of images within Sin City.

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May 17, 2011 at 1:32 am

The REAL Radio Show.

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The latest project I find myself a part of, and something I’m looking forward to seeing grow, I introduce to you the REAL radio show.

Helping to put together and present a radio show that promotes the latest and greatest sounds of hip hop has been an ambition of mine for a while and it is right here to witness for yourself.

A big thank  you has to go to Paris Esquire for asking me to be a part of his brain child, and also to the MESH Culture crew of Yaw Owusu, Future and KOF for paving the way for this kind of radio show to be possible in Liverpool.

The show goes out every Sunday on kcclive.com or 99.8FM (Liverpool) from 7-9pm and will feature everything from commercial hip hop, underground hip hop, old tracks, new tracks, and everything in between.

Every week the REAL radio show will be available to download here as a podcast and will be posted on the blog to listen to at your own leisure.

The “chillin’ – ice grillin’ – like a villain” edition.

Presented by Paris Esquire and Cracker Mac (undefeated), with a 30 minute mix from the main man DJ One2wo.

Featuring the Wu Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green, Timbaland, Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Mary J Blige, Nate Dogg, Dr Dre, Kelis, Pusha T, Busta Rhymes, and many many more.

If you’ve got any comments or just want to show some love, add the show on twitter: @real_kcclive and please make sure to tune in every Sunday or to take a listen/download the podcast each week.

She likes the REAL radio show.

Big love.

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April 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

❒ Taken ❒ Single ✔ Bitch it’s the playoffs

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April 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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