Why does this album remind me of The Love Below? If you’re not a long time reader of the blog then you probably don’t know I’m the hugest fan of Andre 3000′s The Love Below and live and die by its lyrics and composition. From it’s psychedelic mind wandering melodies to its catchy funk chorus hooks, the New Coast Blues EP is a surprise package of modern blues and hip-hop. Incredibly well produced and mastered, this EP caught me by surprise.
Well-Bred Delinquentz is an independent Hip-Hop duo from South Florida consisting of ‘Bass’ (Sebastian Carandang) and ‘Kid Zordon’ (John Diaz). They originally started by the name of ‘The Putty Pal Program’ as a comedy rap duo, during High School, in 2007. They have released 7 projects as the Well-Bred Delinquentz. They are currently still working on more projects, such as self-produced mixtapes, albums, and visuals.
I’m all for hip-hop that really isn’t hip-hop and this can pass as alternative and even indie rock and funk at times. Along the lines of XXYYXX with actual lyrics it’s the kind of music that takes you on an actual sonic journey. I love it, and if you have time the small six track EP is enough to keep on repeat as you work on your computer and realize its played 10 times. Yeah, It’s good.
Always delightfully surprised to see Miami, or in this case Naples locals create great quality products. You have a new fan.
I love Miami. This city is open territory for all things entertainment, creative, and the arts. So its natural that someone would want to bring fashion into the mix and create a film festival that primary focuses on the fashion industry and the people, places, and ideas that fuel it. Taking place at the O Cinema right in Wynwood on September 12-15, 2013, the festival will showcase documentaries, shorts, and narratives films — produced both locally and internationally. Theres something for film and fashion lovers alike.
“Our overall mission is to collectively evolve and diversify the way we experience fashion in our community and expand the dialogue on fashion as a thematic extension of the arts. Fashion is much more than clothes. Fashion is an artistic and creative lifeline for many,” says Grace M. Castro, Founder of the Fashion Inspires More.
The festival is the brainchild of Fashion Inspires More, a fashion infused non-profit Miami-based community arts organization formed in 2013. By creating collaborative projects that intermix fashion with multiple art disciplines including film, photography, writing, and design they are able to educate the public on various causes, opportunities, and overall culture within the industry.
Featuring an exclusive kick-off party, a film costume and photography exhibit, guest speakers, a fashion show, pop-up shops, and a closing party celebrating the festival’s anticipated success the event sounds like a fun week for all the fashionistas in Miami. It’s for a great cause benefiting the Fashion Inspired More arts organization and encouraging energy in the South Florida culture community. Love to see people doing great and unique things for a positive cause.
Please take a moment to listen to a pretty dope instrumental track entitled “My Love Goes” by Morehouse student, Tri Randall. The track is trippy in a moody, calm way. With the angelic voice of Mariah Carey in the background (the track samples her song “Bliss”) Randall manages to still keep your head nodding to the Trap-y sounds. I’ve said it a million times but I LOVE when I can leave a song playing and just sort of zone out in my own thoughts. This is definitely one of those songs.
So, after rain, mud, and no power THE COLLECTION Pop-Up Shop was a big success!
It was our first time getting out into the field to bring you guys our online boutique in physical form. We collaborated with a wonderful street market that goes down each Second Saturday at Miami’s Art Walk. We planned and scavenged for the right products for this very special debut and we were happy to have satisfied customers! The market has various vendors from all different avenues. There was everything from home-made candles to tasty treats and African art. Our neighbors included a great local street artist named Frank and a home goods booth. We enjoyed the creative individuals and hungry entrepreneurs and really loved the energy of the whole lot.
Miami is bi-polar weather-wise. It can be sunny one minute and pouring raining the next. Our Saturday started out dark and cloudy and after a few hours of setting up out table then rushing to cover it up with plastic garbage bags we stuck it out and survived the rain. At the end, we ended up with a better location after the rain died out (and so did a few vendors, as many abandoned ship and left their good spots in the market!) We ended up with a prime location and some great foot traffic.
We really enjoyed ourselves and even saw a couple great friends and loyal supporters. From Tamar to Da Camp and ASAP P and the gang, we really enjoyed seeing our friends out there. Also cannot forget our wonderful team who helped us set up and even moved our table in the mud to our better location. They know who they are!
We really enjoyed this enough to say, next Art Walk we will be there again, braving it out and showing brand new quality items! We loved the energy of meeting you guys in person! Always stay updated with THE COLLECTION and come to the POP-UP SHOPS for reduced prices and quality service
8&9 Clothing had the opportunity to link with sneaker aficionado SneakerBoxClyde, owner of InsideTheSneakerBox.com and Creative Director/Buyer at 1973 By Mr. R’s in Miami. He’s also family with the 2DopeBitches team. The man does a lot. We mean A LOT. From running with Mr. R’s for years to falling into creating the new 1973 brand with Mr. R’s – he’s activity striving to put Miami on the map of the respected street wear scene. Check out the video above to find out more about the man behind 1973 and his love for the advertising/branding business, his vices, the sneaker culture, favorite sneaker designers, Miami’s influence and much more.
Footage by @iLoveDeviant x @RobDade. Edited by @iLoveDeviant. #8and9Life - 8and9.com
This bathing suit is HOT. This isn’t your mom’s old school one-piece. I mean, it’s a skin baring, sultry bathing suit that somehow seems pretty comfortable while showcasing all your goodies perfectly. Could you ask for more? And just in time for the Summer I might ad! The suit comes in Miami Heat White (I’m calling it that), an early 90′s Pastel Pink and Blue combination, and Black (which doesn’t really do it for me). Minimale Animale (the brain child of Fashion Design student turned Stylist turned Designer Cassandra Kellogg) took cues from this great city for it’s Summer 13 collection, aptly titled “Miami Vice.” It’s a little bit classy, very sexy, flashy, and attention grabbing, just like Miami.
I love the decadent feel of this suit. It clocks in at $285, and is available HERE.
Now, I’m going to start doing some hard-core pilates so I can rock this thing with pride. I’ll most likely open a lemonade stand to raise the money needed for this suit too!
MIAMI ! This Saturday, May 11th, come join us at Style Market Miami! Not sure what that is? You’ve seen it, it’s the huge open-air market on 23rd and NW 2nd Ave in Wynwood during every second Saturday- vendors sell vintage items, hand bags, jewelry, furniture, EVERYTHING. And this Saturday your 2 Dope Bitches will be in attendance!
Featuring Vintage hand-picked Items from the 2 Dope Bitches and original jewelry by Aja
6 pm to 11:30 pm 2303 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33127 Check the Official Facebook Page for info, updates and more !
This is THE COLLECTION‘s first Pop Up Shop so we are really excited. We carefully select our vintage pieces with the hope that people find something they wouldn’t have otherwise. Also, this is the first time the one-of-a-kind jewelry will be available in person. So, come out to our shop and find something unique! THE COLLECTION has women’s vintage as well as unisex and men’s items. So, don’t sleep! Also, don’t forget mother’s day is the next day- so you forgetful people have an extra chance to get a great gift for mom.
It’s no secret that I almost never listen to the radio. We all know that shit is repetitive and I at least think it can get pretty boring pretty quickly. I will get into a long conversation with you about why I hate a majority of what’s “hot” right now in mainstream music if you let me. That being said, I do like listening to music, even just as a background filler, basically all day. It’s almost as if I can’t make a move without music. My mom was in a band in the 70′s. My dad plays the drums and guitar like Santana. My sister does too, minus the drums, add in the Classical Flute. I cannot escape my musical roots, so I’ll embrace them instead. More on that later.
I have really been on this wave of what I like to think of as Boutique Music- it’s what would be playing (in my mind) at some snooty, upscale boutique where the customer service probably is terrible but you don’t care because they sell Yohji Yamamoto and Comme Des Garcons. I’ve said it before, I really like music I can kind of zone out to. And more and more lately that zone-out music has been electro/soulful/and definitely nothing I’ve heard on the radio. Spotify has really become my best friend, playing me exactly what I want to hear and then introducing me to an artist I’ve never heard of. I know I’m not the only one. Spotify has introduced me to artists and bands such as Disclosure, Quadron, Julio Bashmore and Poliça to name a few.
Below are a few of my favorite songs for the moment. I hope you at least like one as much as I do. And if you are feeling it, head over to Part One of this series. Enjoy!
Disclosure Feat. Eliza Doolittle “You And Me”
DJ Shadow Feat. Little Dragon “Scale It Back” (Silkie Remix)
B. Bravo “Computa Love”
Parallel Dance Ensemble “Juices”
Still with me? Last but not least, here’s my mix, with the help of Frantz Mza, of even more weird jams:
A few weeks ago we got the chance to hang out with YNG during the filming of his video for “Still Not A Player”, the dope new single off his newest project NSTB II. Norma and I had a fun time, talking shi*t, drinking 40′s and eating Wendy’s on the off time, and made sure to strike a few old school poses here and there. Shot in Miami’s Wynwood area by the very talented Unkle Luc, there is no surprise that the visual came out really great.
The video features lots of Vintage Stereon clothing, along with some ILL vintage pieces like that Heat Jacket and Orlando Magics Jersey. A special third dope bitch got thrown into the mix, I forgot her name, but she was a blast to work with also, very well behaved.
Last week I think we were all surprised to hear that Travis Scott announced he was partnering up with T.I. as an artist on his Grand Hustle recording label. The G.O.O.D. Music trained producer and rapper released his first single Upper Echelon on radio interview with DJ Skee. The single features the energy expected from T.I. and 2 Chainz but Scott’s energy and production in itself is a refreshing take on the usual Trap music with a more dark feel. Miami Marci compiles his rendition of the debut surprisingly adding more energy to the track with crafted builds and drops at just the right times. Listen and Enjoy.
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