Friday, October 31, 2008

CAKE Re-Stocks







Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MISHKA Fall 2 Drop

Monday, October 27, 2008

LUDWIG Website Launch

Our friends at LUDWIG have recently launched their new website. The new site contains look books, blogs, stock listings, as well as the Brands history and background. Be sure to check them out at LUDWIG continues to bring you virtuous garments, timeless design, and immaculate attention to detail with every garment they produce. You can expect to see LUDWIG as a regular here at CK. Big ups to Chris and the rest of the LUDWIG crew.

**LUDWIG SAYS: None of your F%@#ing Business!**

LEEMER T for The Art of Jose Mertz Exhibit

MERTZ has dropped two T's for his upcoming solo exhibit this November at Culture Kings. The graphic contains a classic LEEMER character which is an alter ego of MERTZ. The Tees will be limited to 50 prints and only available at Culture Kings.
Don't forget to check out the MERTZ| Art of Jose Mertz exhibit at Culture Kings this November.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

MISHKA Fall New Era Fitteds

Calvary Shield

Keep Watching

Keep Watching (undervisor)

Keep Watching (Gray, Navy, and Monster Colorways)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

CHROMEO Halloween Night

My favorite Arab/Jewish Collective; Thug P and Dave 1, better known as Chromeo, will be dropping a DJ set on Halloween Night at the Heathrow Lounge.
Musicians in the classical sense, walking hip hop encyclopedias, and friends since childhood, this electro funk duo transcends thousands of years of turmoil and hatred to bring the world good music. Just imagine what would happen if Palestine and Israel got along.
Daryl Hall, of Hall and Oates, recently hosted the two at his house for a serious jam session and recorded the tenth episode of his Web Show; Live from Daryl's House.
Daryl says, "Chromeo is slick. Chromeo is dripping with reverb. Chromeo is Moog riffs, luxurious harmonies, macho guitar solos and real-deal songcraft."
You can watch the session by clicking here, or go to

Heathrow Lounge
681 Washington Ave
Miami Beach

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Upper Playground Obama Series

David Choe, Morning Breath, Munk One, Sam Flores, Alex Pardee, and Justin Bua in conjunction with Upper Playground bring you the latest installment to Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama's historic campaign.

Obama's camp has been incredibly progressive in the way they have approached the campaign; utilizing technology and connecting to the youth in this unprecedented presidential election. For instance, street artist Shepard Fairey's "Hope" image has been heavily used in this campaign by the Obama Camp and it wouldn't be surprising to see some of the Upper Playground images to be adopted as well.

Upper Playground will be giving away prints daily and to enter follow the instructions that are posted on Upper Playground News.
And even though the prints carry a $200 price tag some have already sold out and you can expect the rest to sell through as election day rapidly approaches.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Remember This

Tony Touch, DJ Camilo, PF Cuttin, Lazy K, Ron G, Dirty Harry, DJ Clue, Mister Cee, JUICE, Doo Wop, and Evil D.

Mike came across these while cleaning out some old boxes. I don't know if you remember but "The Hip Hop Connection" was the largest mixtape distributor in the South during the 90's.

I think I was like 13 when I got my first Tony Touch Mixtape from a little record shop called Iguana Records in Hollywood back in 1994 or 95. What I didn't know then was that the owner of Iguana Records was bootlegging mixtapes at the time. My interest in mixtapes lead me to meet Mark Ferman, no not the Mark Ferman from the OJ trial. Mark was the founder of "The Hip Hop Connection" and at the time he had just started to sell mixtapes, but the difference between "The Hip Hop Connection" and Iguana Records was that Mark actually bought master tapes from the DJs and was trying to do the whole mixtape thing the proper way.

I remember Mark used to use the standard TDK blank cassette tapes when he first started and eventually would use his own blanks which are pictured above. My first purple tape wasn't Raekwon's "Only Built for Cuban Links" album, but a DJ Clue tape that Mark had given me in early 95.

Fast forward a couple years, its late 96 early 97, and DJ Clue had just leaked 2 tracks off of "The Life After Death Album". Around that time the industry really pushed for the commercialization of Hip Hop or Rap music, I think it was at this point that the industry started to crack down on mixtapes and unfortunately they chose Mark to make an example out of. With pressure from the Recording Industry Feds raided his office, shut his whole operation down, confiscated all his dubbing equipment, and fined him heavily (hundreds of thousands of dollars).

What the record industry didn't realize at the time was that the mixtapes were actually helping album sales by introducing new artist to there target audience, "building hype", while costing the record labels not a single cent. Although the Industry would later realize and utilize the marketing power of mixtapes, at the time they were aggressively trying to stop the distribution of them. (Typical corporate Bullshit.)

I ran into Mark a few years back and he told me he had just sold the master tapes for a decent sum of money, which I was glad to hear "somewhat" of a happier ending to his story.

Anyways, the sight of these tapes took me back to a really good time in Hip Hop History and I know some of you can relate. And now to find a tape player!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

DJ Evils | Jay-Z Collective (2005)

I did this mix about 3 years ago and never had a chance to put it out. Its about 42 tracks including 17 of my remixes, originals, and b-sides. Got to send a big ups to John Cash for letting me use his equipment and engineering the remixes with me. Be on the look out for the final version which includes a propper intro and 13 new tracks and remixes. Enjoy!


Updated Link

DYSTOPIA | photography exhibit

A dystopia is the vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia. A dystopian society is a state in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution. A term fitting the current conditions that humanity as a whole is facing today.

131 Projects brings you a group photography show entitled "Dystopia." This exhibit includes works from: James and Carla Murray, Derick G., Nefarious Girl, Denis Peters, Chris Oh, Craig H. Feinberg, Janice Quijano, PSM_026, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jose el Rey, and others.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 5th

Buck 15
707 Lincoln Lane
Miami Beach

with music selection by DJ Name Brand

Friday, October 10, 2008

BANKSY | The Village Pet Shop and Charcoal Grill

"The people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl their giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message in your face for every available surface but you're never allowed to answer back. Well, they started this fight and the wall is the weapon of choice to hit them back," Banksy.
The British born artist seems to be taking his principles to another medium with his latest installation entitled "The Village Pet shop and Charcoal Grill." The installation is in a store front and not your typical gallery type setting. Banksy's reasoning for the look is deeply rooted in his beliefs in his graffiti and street art background. In his own words Banksy says, "Graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Despite having to creep out at night and lie to your mum it's actually the most honest artform available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on some of the best walls a town has to offer, and nobody is put off by the price of admission" (Banksy: Wall and Piece). The store front allows the exhibit to be seen by the public ,"for free," at anytime of day or night staying true to his rooted beliefs.

The new exhibit includes a chicken coupe with a life like hen watching over her "soon to be" McDonald's chicken McNuggets chicks feeding on dipping sauce, a rabbit wearing pearls looking at itself in a vanity mirror, and a fishbowl with swimming fish sticks.

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

89 7th Ave South
New York, NY 10014
(Between West 4th and Bleeker)

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Lou Arson and Deelah bring you the second part to the KEEP IT GULLY series. Featuring tracks by M.O.P, Heltah Skeltah, Jadakiss, Termonology, Ill Bill, and Wu-Tang's dynamic duo; Ghost and Rae. Peace to Lou and D, CK Familia.



SCION Presents


Tuesday, October 21

White Room
1306 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

REMINDER: The Roots, Estelle, and Gym Class Heroes

The Roots

Gym Class Heroes

with special guest ESTELLE

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm

1700 Washington Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Click Here For Tickets

Monday, October 6, 2008

MERTZ | The Artworks of Jose Mertz

CULTURE KINGS is proud to present MERTZ, The Artwork of Jose Mertz. This queens born artist creates works that draw inspiration from Eastern and Native American cultures while using dream like imagery and intricate detail to produce a unique style that transcends the common perception of what defines Urban Art.

MERTZ has been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, FORMAT, New York Cool, and City Magazine just to name a few and the list continues with numerous publications already buzzing with the announcement of his latest series.

Opening Reception
Saturday, November 8th
7-10pm at Culture Kings

Saturday, October 4, 2008


MAP Magazine recently released its Fall issue. This seasons issue includes interviews from Michael Houellebecq, Egg Foo Young, The RZA, and The Walkmen.

The Fall issue also includes a NIKE Sportswear article, a Fall Fashion Spread, and a feature entitled "Maestros & Mavericks," which focuses on a select group of creatives and community leaders - both emerging and established - who are really shaking things up and help make Miami a relevant cultural frontier.

MAP's Fall issue is avalable at Culture Kings and other select locations.

Big ups to Omar, Jason and Matt for help keeping art and culture alive in Miami.

Reminder: COMMON and N*E*R*D @ The Fillmore


Friday October 10

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason

1700 Washington Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ricky Powell at APT A.

Ricky Powell is a preserver of one of contemporary society’s most important cultural moments: the proverbial Golden Age of hip-hop. Powell’s ascendancy into hip-hop occurred as the culture was in its rebellious youth, born from his impulsive backstage raid of Run DMC and the Beastie Boys’ Raising Hell tour in 1986. As fate would have it, the Beastie Boys would bring Powell along to photograph their 1987 License to Ill tour shortly thereafter. It was then that Powell was first exposed to the wild underground universe of hip-hop superstardom that he has continued to document with unparalleled candor and sarcasm on film.

Indeed, Powell’s Apt. A collection presents a rare opportunity to look into the lives of hip hop’s original luminaries before the culture was being taken seriously enough to merit coverage in mainstream media. Having shot everyone from Slick Rick to Eazy E at their most candid and simultaneously histrionic, Powell has gone on to publish several books of his photography, launch a TV program and partner with Lush Life’s Ryan Sikorski to further immortalize his work through a streetwear brand that reeks of New York authenticity. Though his work has since taken him around the world several times, Powell remains aesthetically rooted in the streets of New York, anchored firmly to the environment that introduced him as a photographer back in the 1980s.

Apt.A is the jump-off to the Ricky Powell world tour. 2009 tour dates are being confirmed for Tokyo and London.

October7th -December 7th

SugarHead Quarters
174 Rivington St.
NY, NY 10002