Posts tagged BlackFlag Shoppe
Worxlife Fall 2011

Local NJ company Worxlife has released their Fall 2011 line, it will be available online (September 13, 2011) and now at Black Flag Shoppe in Clifton, NJ. I already snagged up my 'Rotten Denim Cap' at BFS and already hear the 'Money Clip Wallet' is moving fast! What I like about this series specifically is the rugged yet mature feel to the line and that speaks volumes for the folks behind it. Simple yet dope.

Hey WLco folks... ikaw nga ba?

Josh Craig Listening Party Impressions

On Thursday I stopped by Black Flag Shoppe to pick up some tees and the homie Omar told me to pass thru later that night for Josh Craig's album listening party, I've seen the guy before and maybe met him (horrible memory) but didn't remember too well if he did music and what kind. After I put Lil Giant to bed I headed over there with Portishead blasting for a few and came back with some new music to crank up and a great experience from a new artist. Josh Craig was celebrating his second album release "No Manager... No Problem!!!" and had a live band with him there performing some of the tracks. It was a packed house in BFS and felt like we were in an oven... but we didn't care, everyone was enjoying themselves yelling and rhyming along with Craig, overall it was a great first impression of his music. The music was live and that band he had was too dope so obvious my interest went up after a short while of that live Hip-Hop and I decided to purchase the phisycal album. The album is call "No Manager... No Problem!!!" and he's literally doing it all without that, it's great to see folks living thru what they craft and seeing it come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard and wish I can get a recording of that live set, it had a great combination of Hip-Hop, Rock, and a slight Jazz touch. The music was fun and never took itself too serious from what I heard and it's something that set the mood of everyone there. I'm usually very quiet when in these sessions just so I can hear, observe the artist and how everyone reacts to the music and I got a great vibe from all that was there while the homie O stood on top of a table with a beer yelling haha. Once again another testament to folks uniting and doing what they do while having fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The music was good live, now I gotta give the album a few spins and let you guys know what I think in the next few days. For now lend Josh Craig your ears for a few and make that move.

Rasheed Chappell 'Future Before Nostalgia' Listening Session

On April 16th I was invited to attend the 'Future Before Nostalgia' listening session for Rasheed Chappell at Blackflag Shoppe in Clifton, NJ. I got to say that I'm proud of the guy, after the work being put in and seeing it first hand has been a pleasure. It was a night filled with friends and family supporting what's good, the pouring rain had no effect on the turnout cause it was PACKED! Shortly after I got there Eddie B Swift took to the wheels of steel, then DJ Mell Starr ripped it and made me miss house parties even more. K.O.N. along with Silent Knight were hosting the event and kept things lively and moving nicely too. I was going to take my camera but I was already outside, forgot it and rain was pouring down, don't regret it tho because I would've just been snapping away without trying to listen well as that was the main purpose of the event. Granted I have already heard a good amount of what was being worked on (shhhhh) for 'Future Before Nostalgia', Kenny Dope (Legendary DJ producing the project) kept it fresh because I heard some newness that night and as usual it was... Dope. The vibe was great and a good testament to those who are in the climb of the Hip-Hop ladder. I remember getting the first submission from Marcus for Rasheed and thinking "ahh this might be kinda wack" not sure why I thought that but I can safely say that he is one of the dopest emcees I've ever had the pleasure to work with, post and know. The turnout was fantastic, vibe was dope, even his parents showed up and that's something special right there.

Besides the good music flowing and 'Sheed doing his thing, I ran into DefDom and had a cool ass convo with the brother. Also Venomous, Rhymageddon, and the homie RSG showed up and supported the emcee, fans, sites and artists came together that night. I can't wait to see what Kenny and Rasheed deliver in the final cuts on this album. The people been waiting 'Sheed and it's finally happening, dare I say it... about damn time!!!!

Check out the first installment of Rasheed's 'Capturing The Moment'. See what he has to say on this video project:

"I have teamed up with the good people of Good Market Ent. to bring you a chronicle of my life & music. As we come to the completion of Future Before Nostalgia (Produced By Kenny Dope). I wanted to provide an inside look into the life, music and all the places in between that this journey has taken me on."

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NQUd2oKYHc[/youtube]

I would've posted this sooner but I was on my way to China the following day! So yes I have pictures coming up for you guys hehe.