August 21, 2014

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Miami! The BOOM BAP is coming back to Blackbird Ordinary in exactly one week and you will want to be there. The Miami-heavy lineup- Rate, YNOT and Louie Arson- will be joined by DJ CRAZE. This insane mashup of amazing DJ’s and turntablists is probably going to shut down vine for a few hours (just my humble prediction). See video below for proof.

We’ve been lucky to be a part of the BOOM BAP team, bringing fun, original Hip-Hop to Downtown Miami and it’s been a great ride, to say the least. Besides, where else can you get a fancy-smancy cocktail while watching amazing acts like M.O.P.?? Here, that’s were. You don’t want to miss this one.

So what are you doing August 28th? The answer is (if you’re lucky enough to be in the 305) you’ll be at The BOOM BAP. Doors open at 10 pm. There’s NO COVER, and it’s 21 and up. See ya’ll there!

Blackbird Ordinary
729 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33130

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August 12, 2014
Fresh off the release of their 305° In The Sunshine EP (http://soundcloud.com/prez-p/sets/305-in-the-sunshine-ep), Prez P and Producer Young McFly present the RaImage directed visuals for the opening track “In The Sunshine”. The video, shot at YesJulz & I’s monthly #BestDayEverMiami pool party  at The Mondrian South Beach, is the defintion of FUN IN THE SUN. Catch me and my girls making a couple cool cameos as this video kind of embodies one part of the magic of the #BestDayEverMiami pool parties – chill in with the homies and just having a great time.
Always a pleasure to see the homies out and supporting and I’m excited to see what Prez P is up to as he plans to continue this run he’s been on and delivers more videos and music in the near future. To 3-0-5 and beyond!

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July 31, 2014

Timbaland. Aaliyah. Timbaland’s infamous baby sound on  Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” Missy Elliott doing way more than just hooks (but still killing any hook she blessed.) 702. Magoo. Ginuwine. Busta Rhymes officially went from the afrocentric underground to the big leagues. Da Brat. Angie Martinez rapped! These are some huge names- some that people still love and listen to today, some that people might only remember for the weird, less cool things they did after the 90′s/early 2000′s. However, and maybe I’m dating myself, but these artists bring me all the way back to ELEMENTARY school. By the way during all of this I was hype because I had the dopest black and white Nike windbreaker AND gold Nike earrings, necklace and matching gold ring. LOL.  I took it back this Throwback Thursday. I could go even further (Big Pun, Ruff Ryders, Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, TLC, Usher’s dance moves, etc etc) but I’ll leave it here for now ;)

Enjoy!

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July 24, 2014

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It’s Thursday, so why not throw it back a little? During this year’s Winter Music Conference last March, we came together and threw, in my opinion, one of the best parties Miami had to offer. It’s so crazy that the venue, Grand Central, was always so out of reach to us- so big, such a grand scale, so intimidating. And finally we made it there. The Trap Paradise event was a continuation of the idea that first came into place during the Art Basel festival in Miami in 2012. A year and a half later, we went from a rawkus house party to flying in the musical legends that we grew up on. It was a truly humbling, exciting, crazy, event and it was amazing to see you all there rocking with us! In our short year and a half journey we encountered a LOT of learning experiences and, this time around, we finally were able to have a little fun while working.

Please enjoy the recap video, shot by Javier Ordoñez and edited by Unkle Luc, the same artist who KILLED the graphics that were personalized to each DJ while they played. If you were there, you know what I mean. And we couldn’t have asked for a better group of DJs and musicians- the lineup included Mannie Fresh and Juvenile, along with Heroes x Villains, Brenmar, Speakerfoxxx and Miami Marci. From the bottom to the top, the musical talent really exceeded our expectations. It’s truly a blessing to be able to make that happen, so this #tbt is really special to us.

Watch the madness below and check out the amazing recap photos of the night (shot by David Cabrera)!

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July 23, 2014
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It’s no secret that we here at 2DB are fans of bindis. Simply put, the tiny jeweled stickies are awesome. But, they also represent years and years of culture that most people don’t really know about. As a member of a cultural minority, I would never want to disrespect another’s culture just for the sake of my fashion sense. With all the uproar lately about “cultural appropriation,” I thought it might be helpful give some insight into why bindis exist in the first place- if for no other reason than to give something to talk about confidently when asked about the jewel stuck to your face.

Me in one of my many many bindis

Me in one of my many many bindis

The topic of cultural appropriation really came to a boiling point last year when Native American headdresses walked down Chanel’s pre-fall runway  in Dallas. I don’t think most people wear items to put someone else’s culture down, but there seems to be an underlying current of plain ole’ disregard or a lack of interest in the culture past the pretty, shiny parts (H&M, Victoria’s Secret, I’m lookin’ at you). So, instead of worrying about what people don’t know, or care to know, I’d rather put that information out there. So, if you are a lover of Indian bindis, nose rings, and other fashionable pieces from other countries and cultures, read on.

First of all, what’s a bindi anyway?

Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakraajna, the seat of “concealed wisdom”. The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration. The bindi also represents the third eye. This may also relate to the pineal gland, but that’s for another post altogether. Another reason the Bindi, or in more traditional settings, a red dot is worn has to do with a woman’s status in society. In modern times, the bindi is worn by women of many religious dispositions in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and is not restricted to one religion or region. However, the Islamic Research Foundation, located in India, says “wearing a bindi or mangalsutra is a sign of Hindu women. The traditional bindi still represents and preserves the symbolic significance that is integrated into Indian mythology in many parts of India. Red represents honour, love and prosperity, hence it was worn traditionally by women to symbolise this. The red bindi has multiple meanings which are all valid at the same time. It is also a spiritual symbol. So there you have it. There are many many reasons a bindi is worn, some spiritual, some informational, and some just because it looks nice (in my case.)

 

 

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So, where should someone draw the line between appropriation and adoration? Does wearing a bindi today really mean you are disrespecting Indian tradition? I really don’t think so, as long as it’s done, I supposed in your own heart, as something positive. So, is the fact that Urban Outfitters carried bindis a bad thing? On one hand, it’s making this historical, important symbol watered down for the masses. On the other hand, it’s getting this design out to people who may never have seen it or been brave enough to try it out. You be the judge.

 

 

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July 15, 2014

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It might sound crazy, but hear me out. Firstly, I am obviously 100% not a doctor, physician, or anything like that. I am, however, going to skip all store bought sunblock this summer (well, all year for me in Miami) and I think it’s an idea more people should think about. I’m not saying to lay in the sun with nothing on your skin. But you might want to consider skipping the crazy chemicals in store bought sunblock and go for Organic Coconut Oil instead.

Yes Coconut Oil, the stuff people cook with, (and the “miracle” oil everyone is talking about now) is a perfect sunscreen for those who wish to skip all the chemical names they can’t pronounce. Basically, there are two types of UV rays- UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the “bad” rays that cause damage. UVB rays actually help the body absorb vitamin D from the sun (instead of taking Vitamin D supplements that you don’t even absorb, but that’s another topic altogether.) When you use conventional sunblock, you block out both rays, so you can’t absorb any of the good things the sun provides. Organic coconut oil actually blocks UVA rays and lets the UVB rays in, which makes you absorb natural, beneficial vitamin D while you work on your tan. There are also other natural sunblock options you can make easily. I personally love the smell of Coconuts so this is my go-to beach staple (I put some in a small glass jar because who wants to carry a huge thing around?)

Here’s more info on the topic:

There are two types of UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are primarily responsible for skin damage from excessive sun exposure that can lead to cancer and skin aging. However, although UVB rays can also cause damage and sunburn, they are necessary for your body to produce its own cancer protective vitamin D via the skin. Sunlight is by far the optimal way to produce your vitamin D. Blocking UVB rays may inadvertently be increasing your cancer risk by blocking vitamin D absorption. Plus, sunscreen causes cancer through carcinogenic ingredients. SOURCE

Oh, and if you’re worried about the oil not protecting your skin from melanoma (cancer), read below:

In truth, research has shown that there doesn’t seem to be a link in areas of sun exposure and where melanoma pops up. There also isn’t a link between skin cancer and countries closer to the equator where sun exposure would be greater. If the sun was the main cause of skin cancer how does one explain getting skin cancer on areas that never touch the sun like the plantar surface of heel? There are clearly links we are missing here. Research done on indoor and outdoor tanning has also shown that neither are to blame as there are people getting skin cancer each year who have never used a tanning bed. SOURCE

 

With so much news emerging about what is healthy and what’s bad for us, I think it’s dope to get educated. Honestly, if someone told me 10 years ago I’d be using Coconut Oil instead of sunblock I’d think they were crazy. But the more and more I read about food, chemicals, and just the beauty and food industries, I really believe there is more going on than we realize. Don’t take my word- read up!

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July 14, 2014

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Companies are doing more and more these years to really grasp the movement of culture and art that is engulfing our generation. With that said, Beck’s Beer has revealed their 2014 Live Beyond The label artists for this year. For over 27 years Beck has chosen artists who embody creativity, freshness, and a hint of rebel to bless their beer bottles front label with for the Summer! Who doesn’t love the Summer sun and a beer?! Past artists featured include none other than Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, M.I.A. and Kid Cudi. Wow, thats a pretty impressive list! Whats even more impressive is that THIS YEARS roster includes TWO Miami-based residents – Miami Heat Official DJ, DJ Irie and artist TYPOE. The DJ IRIE bottle features the DJ’s famous silhouette as photographed by his LA-based photographer friend Jeremiah Lazo complete with his signature glasses. TYPOE’s bottle features the piece “Rose” from the gunpowder series he unveiled at Spinello Projects in Wynwood last November in Miami.

The great folks over at Beck’s sent me over a case of the collection and I thought, what better than to spend a Forth of July with a few great friends and artists! They look great on the beach :) These pictures came out great!

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Here’s more on this years Beck’s Live Beyond The Label Participants!:

  • Capital Cities is an American indie pop band based in Los Angeles. Formed by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, Capital Cities released their debut EP in 2011. This summer, Capital Cities will tour with Katy Perry.
  • Aloe Blacc is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and musician. Blacc co-wrote and performed the smash hit single “Wake Me Up” with Swedish DJ Avicii. His newest album, “Lift Your Spirits,” was created in partnership with producers including Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil and Rock Mafia. He is now on tour with Bruno Mars.
  • Luis Fonsi is a Puerto Rican pop singer and composer. Since debuting in 1998, Fonsi has won a Latin Grammy and been named by Billboard magazine as a “Leader of Latin Music’s New Generation.” His latest album, “8,” was described by Billboard as a “cohesive package of truly great pop songs.”
  • DJ Irie is a Miami-based DJ. Dubbed the “King of the South Florida party scene,” Irie is the official DJ of the Miami Heat and an in-demand touring DJ.
  • TYPOE is a visual artist and a mainstay in Miami’s thriving art scene. He is represented by Spinello Projects and is co-founder of project space PRIMARY.
  • Maluca Mala is a Dominican musician based in New York City. Mala’s music is described as Latin-dance, tropical punk hip-hop and ghetto techno. Raised in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, Mala performs a “decadent mix” of musical styles, according to the New York Times.
  • Ron Finley is a creative phenomenon on a quest to conquer the world, one garden at a time. Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the “renegade gardener,” and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.’s most widely known activists.
  • Camille Rose Garcia is a Los Angeles based artist who creates colorful surrealist fairy-tale paintings about failed utopias and the relationship to the natural world.

Proud of my city more and more each day – plus even more proud of the underground creatives who are finally getting recognized such as Maluca! I didn’t bring the Maluca Mala bottle out to the beach because that bottle..is going to be kept as a collector’s item! I love Maluca and have been waiting for her time to shine so this is a great step in the right direction for her career and craft! Go Miami and Go Maluca!

Check out artist Maluca Mala’s video for QUE QUE feat. Diplo and Dillion Francis & then me at the beach, haha. :

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Check out all the artists over at Becks You Tube Channel & Grab some Becks to see the collection up close & personal yourself!

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June 12, 2014

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It’s no secret Miami is prime real estate for new-age events- the weather is perfect, the music and art scenes are budding, and there always seems to be a shortage of unique events to attend other than the regular club scene (with some exceptions like Peachfuzz and Chocolate Sundays). Enter: Brisk Bodega. Friday the 13th, the Brisk Bodega will return to Grand Central in downtown Miami.

Last year Brisk and Noisey teamed up to bring fun events to major cities across the US, and the Miami edition was nothing short of exceptional. Held at the (sadly) now closed Grand Central skate park during the day and then at Grand central itself for the night time event, it brought out a huge and diverse crowd. Now the block party-esque event returns with DJ Mustard , who’s beats you’ve heard all over the airwaves  (“I’m Different” and “Rack City”, to name a couple) and a slew of special guests local talent.

We’re excited to see what these guys have in store for our city this time around! Check out a bit more on the project and some images of last year’s event below!

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More from Brisk:

Why Bodegas? Neighborhood Bodegas have served as an urban cultural mecca for many years. For that reason, Brisk launched the Brisk Bodega platform in June 2013, to create one spot to present cross-cultural trends, artists and events to its fans. Brisk Bodega has evolved into a go-to hub and intersection of urban music, culture and style.

  • BriskBodega.com: A digital portal that offers access to today’s hottest music talent, behind-the-scenes look at the Brisk Bodega tour, and a loyalty program with incentives like premium headphones and custom watches. Produced in partnership with VICE Media and Noisey. Themed content includes:

o   Rap PSAs: A play off the classic PSAs from the 90s, episodes range from how to drive safely, to how to dress well, with illustrations to exaggerate each anecdote.

o   Live from the Streets: Leveraging one of Noisey’s more popular shows; the inspiring stories with focus on young rappers who are passionate about both where they came from, and where they’re going.

o   Call Your MomWe’ll ask rappers to call their mom on speakerphone, and see what happens. It’s hard to think of a conversation more intimate.

  • Summer UTC program: Just launched on May 19, fans can look under the cap on specially marked one-liter bottles and 24-ounce cans for Brisk swag. Prizes include more than 4,000 custom premiums and one lucky grand prize winner will have a chance to win a 2014 Chevy Avalanche truck with a custom paint job by Crooks & Castles.

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June 10, 2014

I live in Miami – so your basically born a Heat fan and now a days, NOT being a Heat fan can probably get you jumped at your local sports bar if you say it out loud. Whichever team you’re representing, San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat - you’ve got to wear it loud and proud. What better way to show your team spirit by rocking some dope gear that is actually fly beyond the Playoff games? Basketball Jerseys can be a bit tacky (sorry it’s not 2003 anymore!) so fly sweat pants, cool tanks tops, and tees come into play. I especially love vintage sports gear so when I headed over to Karmaloop to look for some ill sports gear, they had a couple of options. Check out some of my favorite picks for some gear during this years Playoffs. Click to go to Karmaloop.com and get right for the games! Good luck to all the Spurs fans, haha!

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The Miami Heat Terry Shorts in Grey

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The Miami Heat Retro 90s Tank in Red

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The San Antonio Spurs Grey Cord Visor Strapback Hat in Black

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The Miami Heat Color Block Camper Hat in Red & Black

 

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June 4, 2014

If you’re like me, you just might be a semi-professional procrastinator. A lover of art but a generally lazy person, I often see thumbnail images of Youtube videos that I really want to watch, but I always seem to glaze over them and end up just re-watching 30 Rock. Luckily, I was shown the video above and I’m really glad I watched it. I suggest you take the next 7.5 minutes to watch the extremely cool short film.

Taking street art to another level, artist BLU (the pseudonym of the Italian artist who has remained anonymous in his work since 1999) takes the viewer on an exciting ride drawing monster-like-creation after another, walking, crawling and shifting over lots of already existing graffiti (This was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008.)  I feel a little bad for the white-wall aftermath of it all, but the end result is pretty worth the effort. Actually, the more I watch it, the more I wish I could see the aftermath in person. Just imagining how many times each monster was drawn, and seeing the scale of how big to small to huge these guys get, it’s pretty amazing.

Check out more animations from BLU and enjoy! And hey, if you really love BLU’s art, buy a DVD of the past ten years here.

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