Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dear Bow Wow



Really Bow Weezy? When did we go from being as fresh azimiz (had to spell it like that) to having sexy ass strippers (admit it, she's BAD!!) on night vision cameras? I feel like this is a sad attempt to jump into the adult market, rather than Chad Moss actually growing up. You clearly thought that by doing this, you'd somehow get everyone to forget the fact that there was once a "Lil" attached to the Bow Wow and that you were never writing your own rhymes. Regardless of your lack of skill, this is a cry for help. Maybe you should try your hand at production and actual lyric-writing before your start trying to segue into a more mature listening experience. Clearly, that stripper was a hired body and probably has a daughter that would do the same for free based on your status among pre-teen girls. That, in essence is why you're stature as a rapper will never hit home for me in the same way that it does for Soulja Boy. At least he has a an adult-oriented grind. You, on the other hand, have not only been Lil' in physical stature, but also in your understanding and comprehension of how to make it in the rap industry. But you know what? I guess it's a good thing that you're trying to step your game up. I don't think T.I. could have made any more money from you at the rate he was penning shit for you. And at least we get to see more mind-numbing videos like this:


Tell me you haven't done the dance at least once...

Fresh Daily - Tomorrow is Today

So, there's one day left in Music May (tears of sadness). That means we're going IN, and putting you on to a ridiculous amount of new music and artists. You better have some extra space on your hard drive...

Fresh Daily - Tomorrow is Today

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Okay, so we (by we, I mean New Yorkers) all know Brooklyn heads, men and women, have a complex about them, an unsaid demeanor that is undeniable when in their presence and immediately detectable in throngs of people. That Brooklyn swagger, while ridiculous and annoying at times (since we all know the Bronx is where it's at), is to blame for the talents and achievements of some of the biggest names in hip-hop, sports and entertainment. The same applies for Brooklyn-bred rapper Fresh Daily, who boasts and menagerie of not only rapping, but graphic design, art and fashion design, along with being another ridiculously fresh cat. Clothing aside, dude can spit. He has a good handle of how to ride a beat and it's evident in the diversity of beats he selects. Fresh Daily isn't a lyrical rookie either, with his subtle punchlines and quick wit. This is definitely more along the lines of educated rap with a lot of art references and 5-dollar words. But that's enough talk for now. Peep the tracklisting on the back cover, the D/L link, my picks and some videos. VIVA MUSICA MAYO!!!

Fresh Daily - Tomorrow is Today

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Cream of the Crop:

Space Movies
Apollo 13
Tomorrow is Today
FutureShock
Lazer Beams
Wonderwheel


Cream of the Crap:

Up In It
Universal Medicine



Friday, May 29, 2009

Electrik Red ft. Lil' Wayne - So Good



Simply put, these ladies are SO BAD!!!! If Music May was about sex, they would have been the first post. Regardless, they're building up a nice little following. In fact, since I'm feeling extra froggy, let's just post the original version, which, I might add is much sexier than the first. Music May, hallelujah hollaback. Ghetto revival FTW!!!

ALESSI Daytimer Watch

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Gone are the days of digging through slim pockets and rubbish-filled backpacks to find cell phones or PDA's to find the time. Now is officially the time to be in the market for a timepiece (not a watch, simpletons), both casual and formal. The overwhelming popularity of Casio's G-Shock brand has opened the floodgate for high-fashion casual watches, much in the same way that Bape made everyone and their mom rock all-over print for a summer (or four). With that said, these timepieces from Italian brand ALESSI boast simple design with popping colors. They were made in collaboration with Seiko, so you know they're not some crap pieces (better start saving now). Set a reminder (pun intended) for these bad boys when they release in July. (via hypebeast)

Cleveland, Ohio



Haven't made "Greetings From" post in forever, so this was more than welcome. Greetings from Cleveland, Ohio, the second most depressing town after Detroit!!! If the Cavaliers lose, I'm urging the CDC or FBI or whoever to put the entire city of Cleveland out for a mass suicide watch. If the Cavs lost last night, I'm sure someone would have nuked the city. This video is priceless though. Makes me proud to be a New Yorker, aka a resident of the place LeBron is going to in a year. Cleveland, I hope you guys are stocking up on your Xanax, Zoloft and Prozac because 2010 is looking like it's gonna be a pretty grim year...

Dear Terry Kennedy



You never cease to amaze me TK. From being Pharrell's crony while you were on Ice Cream, to making the move the Supra, an equally questionable skateboarding brand, I'll admit that I thought your career was over. You proved me wrong though. You also proved that, while you have some semblance of an idea of what your talking about, your handle of the English language needs a serious tune-up. Also, what the fuck is up with your comparison with the Yeezy's? You gotta realize that yours is a limited edition "skateboard shoe" while you're competing against a shoe from one of the top 5 rappers and style icons today. Regardless of who sold more, you were always going to look like the loser. Hey, at least you got rid of the grill. I suggest you stick to skateboarding for now, and leave the shoe-peddling, and rapping (unfortunately, see below) to the professionals. Speaking of Skateboard P, when's the last time anyone's actually seen this man skateboard. Oh, the gall of some people...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dear Times Square

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via The New York Times:
When New York City announced a plan to shut down parts of Times Square to traffic, New Yorkers’ reactions ranged from bemusement to mild hysteria.Despite reassurances from the Transportation Department that the changes would create a greener, more pedestrian-friendly city, some critics of the plan worried that it would sap the square of its chaotic energy. Others, apparently nostalgic for the seediness of the 1970s version of the square, denounced it as another step in New York’s transformation from the world’s greatest metropolis to a generic tourist trap.

In all honesty, I've always loved you with a catch: I hate walking around you!!! Tourists make Times Square into a retarded ant-hill, with half the space and the speed. No New Yorker can ever say that they've walked through Times Square and not wanted to knock the head off of some tourist or group of tourist walking five-abreast and snapping photos of the most inconsequential shit ever. And even if you haven't, I'm sure that you have at least one friend who has wanted to end the life of a tourist for walking like his head is up his ass. Regardless, T. Square, I'm going to miss dodging traffic on 43rd trying to get to Toy'R'Us and speeding up in front of tourists. I once heard that people like the Crossroads of the World because its bright lights to them are like a huge fluorescent mosquito killer to mosquitoes. I guess now people are gonna be posted up there harder than ever. Get ready to see a million of these, with their self-definition of apathy mixed with overpriced apparel:

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Black Star Reunion

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Really, you don't know who Black Star are? Well, Music May is the perfect time to find out!! Mos Def and Talib Kweli, aka Black Star, are set to make a return when they set up shop at the Nokia Theater on May 30th. Along with rocking the house with some of the best hip-hop these ears have ever heard, they'll also be giving out limited collab tee shirts with streetwear brand Rocksmith. If I were you I'd try and get there early. We all know how much backpackers love their "limited" gear, especially if it was at a concert. Whatever the case, Music May continues. Peep the two collab tees and some of Black Star's greatest hits:



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New Music Videos

Music May is slowly but surely coming to a close, and we at Dear Whoever are ready to close it out with a bang. Just not yet. Keep your fingers crossed for the next post and peep some of these new videos that are sure to be bumpin this summer:


The Dream and Kanye make sounding gay all the more appealing.


Fab goes hard on his mixtapes and leaks, hopefully this time he doesn't settle for doing songs for the bitches.


Can't tell you the last time I heard ANYTHING from Killer Mike.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are



Seriously, if you are an 80s or 90s baby, movies have never been better. We're seeing all of our favorite cartoons from our childhoods being portrayed with dazzling special effects, great actors and (for the most part) good storylines. "Where the Wild Things Are" doesn't seem to be any different. This might be a pretty good date movie, if you ask me. Whatever the case, be on the lookout for more releases that take on the heroes of our youth, when our imaginations were our instincts and our minds weren't constricted by adult responsibility.

Dear Kanye



Glad to see that you finally have hopped off the auto-tune bandwagon, and that you've finally gained your sanity back. No more Theo Huxtable haircut FTW. After almost two years with you straddling the line between borderline gay Kanye and cool, cocky Kanye, it's nice to see that you're back on your grind, hard at work on the Blueprint 3 with Jay. Although I'm taken aback by your assertion that this is going to be the greatest hip-hop album of all time (why is every rapper saying that about his upcoming album?), I can dig the cocky Kanye again just because that's when you were at your best. In terms of Amber Rose, I say pass. Shorty might have a body that the gods would kill for but something just seems off about some random two-bit hoe being your arm candy. If anything, she should stay in jump-off city. But that's neither here nor there. Ye, you need to put out another HIP-HOP album. Just make sure you keep wardrobe decisions like this to yourself, especially if you're tired of being called a gay fish:

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Mos Def - The Ecstatic

What's up people, let's keep going in with Music May!!!

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Mos Def has always been talented. Don't get me wrong. However, at times he tends to suffer from the Andre 3000 disease. He tries to do new shit and be innovative, but at times has left the listener more confused than Rihanna's sex life. We all loved "Black on Both Sides", but "The New Danger" was just that, dangerous. He tried to push the envelope so hard that he forgot postage and nobody really got it (I know you dig the metaphor). Whatever the case, Mos is looking to get back into the hip-hop limelight with his new album The Ecstatic. He's boasting an actual hip-hop album with a menagerie of producers, along with claiming that he's the best rapper alive and can beat rap titans, Weezy and Jay (see below). Dude released snippets of the new CD with previews of all 16 tracks (d/l below). Peep the tracklist too, twiggas:

Mos Def - The Ecstatic (Album Snippets)

1. Supermagic (prod. by Oh No)
2. Twilight Speedball (prod. by Chad Hugo)
3. Auditorium (feat. Slick Rick) (prod. by Madlib)
4. Wahid (prod. by Madlib)
5. Priority (prod. by Preservation)
6. Quiet Dog (prod. by Preservation)
7. Life In Marvelous Times (prod. by Mr. Flash)
8. The Embassy (prod. by Mr. Flash)
9. No Hay Nada Mas (prod. by Preservation)
10. Pistola (prod. by Oh No)
11. Pretty Dancer (prod. by Madlib)
12. Workers Camp (prod. by Mr. Flash)
13. Revelations (prod. by Madlib)
14. Roses (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow) (prod. by Georgia Anne Muldrow )
15. History (feat. Talib Kweli) (prod. by J Dilla)
16. Casa Bey (Arranged by Mos Def and Preservation)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

T.I. feat. Mary J. Blige - Remember Me

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MUSIC MAY NIGGA!!!! Today the hip-hop world got wind of a jail-bound T.I. releasing a new single with R&B queen Mary J. Blige. We also found out that he would be re-releasing his platinum album "Paper Trail," now calling it "Paper Trail: Case Closed". TIP seems to still be on his game, though the chorus sounds like it's grovelling. Whatever the case, the track is fire. The re-release probably isn't worth the buy, since most of the tracks will be floating around as leaks, but it's clear T.I.'s gonna be back with a vengeance when he gets out. D/L link below...

T.I. feat. Mary J. Blige - Remember Me

colette NBA Jersey Cardigans

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The NBA: Where tacky shit and bad ideas happen. No seriously, did a normal person really come up with this? I feel like there are better things you can do with a cardigan and jersey apart. Why try to meld the two? (via colette)

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Baby Lotion Song



This is what happens when you mix bored black teenagers and a video camera. I gotta admit though; that dance is mad fun!!! Make sure you guys out there aren't ashy!!!

The Census

What's good people? Here at Dear Whoever, we're quite the ones for free speech. That's why we want to know what you think. With that said there's a new segment on Dear Whoever called The Census. Every week, we'll ask a question, and you, the readers can answer that question at the top of the page for 7 days. At the beginning of every week, we'll show the results from the last poll, debrief (yeah, nigga. US Dept. of Labor style!!!), and introduce the next weeks poll. Without further ado, the Census:

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Has the 'blog era' changed the rapper and the rap fan into that??

Grandmothers worldwide have always said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I really can't see that happening in hip-hop, where the more things change, the more they become different. As blogs become the forefront of the information age in hip-hop, a lot of old heads (go figure) have lamented at their popularity, claiming they're leading to 'everybody and they mama' trying to rap or blog, while younger fans love the idea of being connected electronically to their favorite artists and media outlets. Old heads look at younger fans like that kid who can't put his Game Boy down to play basketball outside, while younger fans look at the old heads as that old guy in the office who doesn't know how to use computers. I can't really say that I hate blogs, because I'm on one right now, but I can agree that EVERYONE has a blog now. Whatever the case, what's your take on it? Vote in the first Census above and let us know what you think:

Air Jordan III "True Blue"

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Just when I thought JB couldn't fuck up anymore (see Raging Bull Pack), they... didn't. This August, Jordan Brand will be re-releasing one of my favorite sneakers, the III, in my favorite colorway, True Blue. As far as I can see, there aren't any serious changes between the 2001 release and this one, which for most people is a good look. We all know retro's decrease the value of the shoe that came before it. But at this point, who's really paying attention to that anymore? As long as you have the sneaker you want, the year doesn't matter (that means you, hypebeasts). Like I said, these are tentatively releasing in August, so stay tuned to keep up to date.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Juelz Santana - Days of Our Lives



You thought Music May was over? *BERRRRRRRRRRRMMPPPPPP*

Despite him being embroiled in a battle for his contract rights with his once-mentor Killa Cam, I kinda felt like Juelz should have gone a lot harder to keep his name out there. He did a few collabs with Weezy (who didn't?), basically stuck lightly to the mixtape circuit and did the now-infamous BET Cypher while him, Cam and Jim exchanged quips. They all said "Dip-Set Forever!!!" but nothing came of that shit. I personally think Cam was just hating, realizing his proteges were just as nice as him, if not nicer (AYYY!!!). Cam kept selling coke, for whatever reason. Jim started ballin, and Juelz kinda fell out of the limelight for a second. Let me put that to rest now though. Juelz is BACK!!! Peep "Days of Our Lives" with the D/L below. The new track is pure fire, going back to 2003-Juelz with more mature punchlines and word play, and the charisma on the mic that made niggas start wearing their bandanas like this:

Juelz Santana - Days of Our Lives

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

LeBron's Buzzer Beater



Yeah. Ummm. When "LeBron to the Max" comes out in 2015, this will probably be the first scene. King James cemented himself in the GOAT conversation with this one. Hopefully the Cavs won't need that again to pull out this series, but we all know that the Chosen One (yeah LeBron's nicknames are always good) can do it all. Note also, that Dwight Howard aka D-12 had only 10 points to LBJ's 35. If that comparison doesn't do it, then I don't know what will.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dear Spencer Pratt

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Didn't know New Kids on the Block was adding a sixth member...

via MTV.com:
"I've always known that I secretly am the hottest rapper in the game," he told MTV News. "But I didn't feel the urge until Asher Roth started hitting the airwaves and — no offense to Asher Roth — somebody with some real swagger needed to come into the game. So, I'll challenge him. I'll challenge him to a freestyle or whatever."

He went on to add, "I'm the white Jay-Z in the game. I'm doing the baller thing. I'm more for the streets."

Another Music May post for the Dear Whoever faithful. This one really is too easy. I debated whether this was even letter-worthy. However, at Dear Whoever we don't discriminate on a person's stupidity based on race, religion, creed or any of that malarkey. With that said, Spencer, which one of your cock-holding bro-mancers was high and told you that this was a good idea? You really think that you're ballin like that? I guarantee that Jay's physical wallet holds more monetary liquidity than your entire net worth. Regardless if you had any skill whatsoever (it's painfully obvious he doesn't), you went about it wrong in every way possible. Not only did you alienate 90% of hip-hop by likening yourself to Jay-Z in any capacity, you made yourself look like the ultimate herb by coming at Asher Roth (Spencer didn't even go to college, so his claim at that is gone) All that street-cred from "The Hills" was really working for you up until this point. Only real rappers propose to their ditzy girlfriends on "reality" TV and throw hissy fits at their girlfriend's girlfriends. Go get 'em, Spencer. But hey, who am I to judge an aspiring rapper and his career dreams? Just make sure the trust fund is straight because when your career folds and your image in Hollywood (which you bought your way into, in the first place) is a bigger laughingstock than the legitimacy of your show, I think the recession will even hit the Hills.

Dear Charles Hamilton



Damn, Charles. That's all I can really say.

Nahh, I'm playin. First off, why in the hell would you ever, ever bring a chick you piped on a Youtube interview? You know whatever happens is going to be broadcast across the blogosphere faster than Cassie's nipple piercings. Second off, why would you put shorty on blast like that? Any girl would have reacted angrily to what you were saying. It just so happens her anger resulted in violence. Third off, after shorty snuffed you, why would you try to patronize her. Seriously, Charles, you're head's starting to get too big. Maybe you should stick to recording for a little while, especially with this video. It's gonna take a while to live this one down. Hey, at least shorty looked pretty good.


UPDATE:
Anyone notice that Charles really can't dress? For a Harlem nigga, he sure looks like he stepped out of a Salvation Army store...

Nickelus F - Go Time

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WOOOOOOOOO!!!! It's Music May time!!! Today we have a fairly unknown (by unknown, I mean the blogs haven't blown up on dude's every move yet) artist out of Richmond, Virginia. Dude's name is Nickelus F. Most of you guys should know him from his collabs with Drizzy Drake on numerous mixtape tracks. Nick F is finally coming out with his second mixtape "Go Time." I'm gonna be honest with you. It was one of the best listening experiences I've had in a minute because dude really isn't exposed enough for people to have predispositions about him. It's just the music. And the music is dope. Peep the tracklist, D/L link, my picks and some leaks and videos:

Nickelus F - Go Time

1. Howdy (Produced by Stupid Genius & Leck One)
2. Nuts On A Biscuit
3. Hate Freestyle
4. The Rain (Produced by Beatbusta)
5. Jack Boyz
6. Great Set of Teeth (Monumentous)
7. Outta Here (Produced by Timeless Beats)
8. Good Game (Produced by Young)
9. Underground Freestyle
10. Logistics
11. Play This On The Radio Freestyle
12. Turn Me Up (Produced by 13th Letter)
13. Rabid Matrimony
14. Stressin’
15. New Day (Original Version) ft Ivory
16. The Sun ft. Little Brother, Hall OF Fame & Skillz (Produced by Fusion Unltd)
17. Culture Of Honor ft. J-$crilla & Chaundon & Five

Cream of the Crop:
Howdy
Hate Freestyle
The Rain
Logistics
Play This on the Radio Freestyle
Stressin
The Sun

Cream of the Crap
New Day
Turn Me Up
Culture of Honor

Nickelus F & Drake - Look at the Ice
Nickelus F - 16 oz. = 1 lb. (Freestyle)



Thursday, May 21, 2009

2GB Transformers Flash Drive

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Now, when I talk about confused streetwear brands and brands stepping out of their lane for things they shouldn't, I don't mean to confuse that for a dislike of novelty. I meant that generic products shouldn't be passed off as limited because of a logo conspicuously placed on the product. This however, is a completely different story. I would drop some bills for it. If you're going to cop, I'd suggest pre-ordering (via BigBadToyStore) soon so the Transformers 2 hype (I wish there wasn't such a thing) doesn't up the price for you.

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Dear Flo Rida



Music May continues!!! This isn't some of the new blood that I've been touting recently. In fact, it's getting quite old, to yell you the truth. Flo Rida, aka Titty Bounce Boy, you really, really, really need to stop. Not only are your lyrics incomprehensible to most people, whatever you're saying probably isn't that hot considering no one really makes the effort to understand it. Your beats and concepts are always borrowed metaphors or hooks of techno songs. What's up with that? I know fusion in music is the norm nowadays, but I never thought it would be done in such a shitty way. At least Kanye made an actual song out of "Stronger." This just sounds like you're rapping over a shitty cover of a techno song, which is weak, to say the least. How can you talk about being Roots-y when you're constantly bouncing your man boobs with some no-name Playboy Bunny wanna-be badly harmonizing next to you? Do yourself a favor and learn how to actually flow if you're going to be known as Flo Rida (that's a really stupid name, too). Then again, we all need something to laugh at. It just so happens that you're entire career is a joke. Hardeee har har...

Dear NFL



Why has the status of Michael Vick as an NFL player not been determined, considering we've know when he was coming out for weeks? Why is the sports world bubbling over with criticism of the quarterback, who admitted to his mistake and served his time fair and square? It seems as if you guys are forgetting how big Michael Vick was. He was black America's answer to Peyton, Tom and Brett, not as big a disappointment as Daunte Culpepper and with the potential to be one of the greatest ever. His versatility still would give most defensive coordinators fits today. I feel like you guys are dragging your feet because you see how electrifying the man is to the sport and how easily he could have been one of the faces of the NFL. I won't go into my stance on dogfighting because the legal part of this story is over (fuck PETA, by the way), but do take into consideration a quick comparison:

In 1998, Leonard Little, a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 1000 hours of community service for drunkenly running into a woman and killing her. Within the year, Little was reinstated in the league with few questions asked. Why then is there such a ruckus when we start talking about Vick's chances of reinstatement? Do we really value the lives of animals that much more than we do of people? Or did you guys let all that negativity from PETA get to you? Tree huggers and animal lovers aside, it's unacceptable for the NFL to dilly dally and go into overstated logistics when dealing with Michael Vick. I don't think the NFL was too upset at all the revenue they were receiving from some of Vick's games or that Nike was upset at the revenue they made from "The Michael Vick Experience." Whatever the case, you know my stance. Mike should be back in the league. He's paid his dues (twice, considering all the crap he got when he first was in the league) and will probably still be more electrifying than 9/10 of the players that any NFL roster could put on the field. Peep some of Vick's best moments:



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Santogold - Your Voice



Dear Whoever isn't just a hip-hop fan, it's a music fan. We're always looking for new sounds that are ready to breakthrough. In case you didn't know, Santogold is the shit!! This Brooklyn-born songstress is the voice behind the chorus to "Brooklyn Go Hard" and you might recognize her vocals from Drake's "Unstoppable". She's so dope she changed one letter in her name (Santigold to Santogold) without second though. She's so dope that she doesn't even have a genre. When iTunes tried to classify shorty as hip-hop, she almost took her tracks off. Whatever her genre, Santogold has one of the most unique sounds to come out in a minute. Peep her new song "Your Voice," which sounds like a nice little addition to the 'smooth it out' (step your euphemism game up, fellas) playlist...

The Kid Daytona, 6th Sense & Outasight Freestyle In The Park



Music May continues!!! Attention: The Bronx officially is on its way up. 718!!! UPTOWN BABY!!! (had to rep for my town real quick) Now, all three of these dudes spit bars dripping with arrogant and witty punchlines. But in all honesty, this type of hip-hop may not be appealing to others. I feel like they might be categorized as "blog era" artists and turn older heads off because their lyrics are more pretentious than pre-2004 hip-hop. One thing they might want to work want to work on is switching up their every once in a while. When you get stuck in a lane like that, heads aren't as receptive, no matter how DOPE your lyrics are.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dear JoJo Simmons

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Let the jokes, begin.

Boy, oh boy. I've been waiting for this one forever. Jo Jo, Jo Jo, Jo Jo. Now, you're family is fucking DOPE. Your dad is cooler than the other side of the pillow, your stepmother doesn't care, your older sisters are sex gods (though I'd hope you don't care), your brothers are funny as a white man doing the Electric Slide and your younger sister is the cutest thing since Elmo (yeah, I said it). I understand you felt the need to follow in your father's footsteps and engage in the uphill battle known as the rap industry. I even understand your decision to try and do it without him, and your subsequent rescission of that decision because your group was going nowhere. To put it short, you got it made ($10 to anyone who can tell me where that last line came from).

Now that that's out of the way, let's get to business. Team Blackout SUCKS. Your image as a rapper is a farce. You have no credibility in terms of struggling to get into the industry. Even if you do manage to sell any records, it'll be as a function of your fame from Run's House, not any sort of skill or lyrical dexterity, my nigga. What's worse is the fact that in some misguided display of bravado or guile, or whatever your buck-toothed ass wants to call it, you got caught coppin bud at the weed spot, and THEN tried to escape!!. Where were you going to go with that? I'm sure the police don't have kids that watch Run's House or haven't heard of your father. What's eerily ironic is that had you escaped, the fame that you're so desperately and futilely seeking would have had you caught anyway. And regardless of whatever tweets your sisters or father put out (I suggest everyone follow Rev Run), the world will know you as that rapper's son who tried way to hard and got nowhere. Face it, Jo Jo. With a move like that, you'll end up in the pen or as the butt of a ridiculous amount of jokes before your get that Soundscan or ASCAP. Why not be an expeditious business person and take after your sisters? Maybe then, you'll be able to show the world what nepotism can really get a person in this life. I hope it was some good weed, at least.

Wiz Khalifa - Flight School

Here at Dear Whoever, we enjoy a little variety. Along with the conscious hip-hop that we love to champion, somewhat ignorant rap (note I said rap) has its place in our iPods. Please take this post with a grain of salt, considering that my opinion should have no bearing on your own. With that being said, here's another Music May post:

Wiz Khalifa

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Our next Music May artist is reppin Pistolvania!! (never knew niggas called it that)Wiz Khalifa partakes in what I like to call "ignorant antics" or the Lil' Wayne disease. While we all know that he is nice and has talent, he engages in ignorant rap for whatever reason. Dude mainly sticks to rapping about weed, women, how fresh he is and why other rappers suck. Despite his limited repertoire of content, Wiz keeps his lyrics fresh, with a syruppy (pause), laid back flow and easy wordplay to go along with it. As I've stated numerous times, sometimes as a listener, we have to suspend out intellect to see the beauty in different mediums. Wiz is no different. I just hope he realizes how nice he is before he gets stuck in ignorant mode. While we wait for his epiphany, check his mixtape "Flight School", my picks, some leaks, a preview from his collab with Curren$y (coming out at the end of the month!!), and some videos for your viewing pleasure. Keep checking your mailboxes, niggas (niggas as a general term)...

Wiz Khalifa - Flight School

Cream of the Crop
Shame
Dreamer
I'm Good
Kleenex
Superstar

Cream of the Crap
Ms. Rightfernow
Get Sum
Name on a Cloud
Hollywood Hoes
Sky High

Wiz Khalifa - Dope Boys (Freestyle)
Wiz Khalifa - Boss (Freestyle)





Monday, May 18, 2009

JRSportBrief



We, here at Dear Whoever, always enjoy educated and informed dialogue on the topic of sports, being adamant sports fans in our own right. If you want to hear some of the realest, unbiased, socially apt sports commentary EVER, please visit the JR Sport Brief on Youtube (links below and after videos). JR not only is one of the biggest sport fans I know (trust, I've chopped it up with this man on numerous occasions) and has one of the best fitted collections on the planet. And to top it off, he's having a special guest on his show in the coming weeks (maniacal smile), and will be filming an episode in Harlem about our beloved New York Knicks. Keep posted to see what's in store...

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The Mailing List: May 2009 (#1)

1. Memorial Day

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I've always found the way in which we celebrate holidays to be somewhat of a slap in the face to what those holidays mean. On Christmas we give each other presents and put up pagan decorations celebrating the birth of a man who wasn't born anywhere near that day. On Jewish Holidays, everyone gets off and on Kwanzaa, no one gets off. On New Years Day we make half-assed resolutions to improve things that we should have been working one for a minute, and then drown our sorrows in alcohol when the ball drops. On Valentine's Day we drench ourselves in red and buy obscene amounts of chocolate and other regalia in celebration of love, when we could be showing love every other day. On St. Patrick's Day, hoards of potato-worshippers drown themselves in green clothing and drench their spirits in alcohol. On Easter we tell kids to go find eggs to commemorate Jesus' rise from the dead. I know it's a little harsh, but bear with me.

Now we've come to Memorial Day; the unofficial start of summer!! You can go buy a new car from Ford with their sale or hit up Macy's for their Memorial Day sale. Let's not forget the barbeque. Loosen those belt buckles so you have room for the inordinate amount of food you'll be taking in. Remember to wait an hour so you won't get sick in the pool. Sarcasm aside, on Memorial Day, what memory are we commemorating? Without the American flags thrown around and the day off, it'd be another summer afternoon. Remember what Memorial Day really means: that there are hundreds of thousands of men and women dead or facing death EVERY DAY to ensure that you can put extra chili on your hot dog without having a nuclear warhead exploding up your ass (pause). While I'm no patriot, I can concur that meaning must never be lost in celebration or commemoration. Keep your mind right and the celebration will be all the better. Enjoy Memorial Day, folks. I know I will be. (begins making PLANS)

The Kid Daytona - Daytona 500

I told you guys I was going hard with the music grid for the rest of May. I won't even let you ease into the lyrical heat. This first guy is a monster and, not to mention, one of the freshest cats in the game right now (top 5, at least).

Kid Daytona - The Daytona 500

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The Bronx has done it again!!! Repping for uptown this time is The Kid Daytona. My first and maybe your first introduction to this man is his new mixtape The Daytona 500. The mixtape conceptually is great, using one of the most sampled tracks, "Nautilus" by Bob James (eventually Ghostface's "Daytona 500"), as the basis for all of its song. The result doesn't turn out repetitive or corny. In fact, the idea of being able to sample the same song numerous times and still have a fresh take on it for every track is extremely dope. It makes one realize how truly exemplary his production must be to milk one song for all of its musical value. That's not to say that Daytona's lyricism isn't up to par. In all honesty, he reminds me of Mickey Factz with a more laid back flow (imagine those two on a song together). Dude does a lot of reality rap and keeps his topics fresh and engaging. But that's enough wax poetic from my side. Experience the Kid Daytona for yourself with think D/L link for "The Daytona 500", my picks, some videos and other leaks. Deuces.

The Kid Daytona - The Daytona 500

Cream of the Crop:
The Wings
The Navigation
The Engine

Cream of the Crap:
None (the mixtape is only 7 songs long and there were no glaring weak tracks)

Leaks:
The Kid Daytona - Twilight (Freestyle)
The Kid Daytona ft. Amanda Diva - Lately



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dear Jaz O



Really though, Jaz? Still taking shots at Jay? While I really have a lukewarm relationship with Jay-Z and disagree with his stance on his own legitimacy, I do respect the man's talent and legacy. You, good sir, on the other hand have been MIA for over fifteen years on the rap scene, languishing in obscurity and only seen in "Hawaiian Sophie" replays on MTV Jams. Why in the shit do you find it necessary to repeatedly attempt to burst onto the scene to sully Jay's name? Not only has this been done before (coughcoughCurtiscoughcoughJacksoncoughcough), but also it's grown less effective with each shot fired (see Officer Ricky's sales). Even if your ploy was original, what credence did you think your underhanded shots would have against the biggest name in rap this side of Lake Pontchartrain? Just because you helped give Jay a leg up, doesn't mean you can or have walked in the man's shoes. Do yourself a favor and retire off that 1980's money. Maybe one day Jay will even admit that he got his name from you.

BONUS (Jay, don't think we forgot about your Hawaiian shirt-wearing ass):

Pacific Divsion - Sealed for Freshness Blendtape

What's up people? I've been slacking on dropping some new music. I'm gonna finish up the month of May with a new music drop (either mixtapes, albums or leaks) from some NEW up and comers in the game, EVERY DAY. I've realized that hip-hop, and music in general, is in need of new blood (Pharrell is 36!!!). With that said, here comes The New Breed:

Pacific Division

A lot of heads have an aversion for West Coast rap. "It's too this or it's too that." "They don't have SWAGG." "Their slang is wack!!" "Fuck that beach boy shit!!" Real talk, the West Coast is on its way back up, with Pacific Division as one of the leaders of the resurgence. They've grown tired of the traditional route of dropping "mixtapes" with a predetermined number of beats and came out with a "blendtape" with about three beats per song. This is a dope tactic considering how fickle the masses of the blog era are. These cats keep it fresh. Peep the blendtape and my pics, some more leaks and some videos from the next best thing out of California.

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Pacific Division - Blend Tape

Cream of the Crop:
Pacific Division
Definition
U Know My Style
Unbelievable

Cream of the Crap:
Bang It
Run
Relax

Pacific Division - OPP
Pacific Division
Pacific Division - Pac Div



Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dear Manny and Floyd

About 3 years ago, this letter couldn't have been feasible. Boxing was at somewhat of a low point in the spectrum of professional sports and competitive matchups were at a minimum. The heavyweights were dominated by few and the middleweights had just fallen off. The lighter divisions were fast-paced and had a lot of cutthroat matchups.

With that being said, today, boxing is back on the rise. There have been two years of heightened competition. The best boxers fought the best boxers instead of settling for undercard brawlers and no-namers. What's needed now more than ever is a top of the line fight, with the flair and fanfare of the mid 90's. Two of the best fighters in the game need to put up or shut up. I wonder who???



Manny, you destroyed Ricky. Better yet, you obliterated him. In the past two years, you've yet to concede a match. You put Erik Morales on the road to retirement, outclassed Barrera and put De La Hoya in the Pearly Gates Retirement center. It's about time you sealed the deal on your claim to being one of the best pound for pound fighters of your time.



Maybe you shouldn't have been claiming to be the best boxer of all time, considering how much trouble you had with Hatton before that 10th round. You also have some serious issues with the whole idea of retirement considering you've done it twice. Despite outclassing De La Hoya severely, you still haven't had that one fight that would cement you as one of the best out.

As you guys can clearly see, this is the time for you guys to fight. Fuck fighting Juan Manuel Marquez or retiring to go into politics. Boxing needs this, and both of your legacies need it. For boxing to return to the forefront of the sporting world, there can't be sub-par matches or bowing out because of purses or any of the bullshit logistics that holds the sport back. You two just need to brawl. Pick the best venue, the best promoters, trainers and refs, and have the fight of the decade; a fight for the ages. Or better yet, a fight to usher in a new age.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Mailing List: May 2009 (#2)

2. Play Cloths Summer 2009 Collection

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Play Cloths, the clothing brand from The Clipse, burst onto the streetwear scene this past spring with a simple, classy and chilled out release for their inaugural season. This summer they'll try to avoid the sophomore (is it sophomore if it's the same year?) slump with another shipment. This season doesn't seem too far away from the motif that they were going with in the spring. They came through again with some nice button ups and of course the logo tee, a staple in any brand. I think my favorite part of the release is the Vacation tee (last one featured), simply because it's an original design. I would have liked to see some fitteds or denim to top off this season, but I guess for PC less is more at this point. Of course a lot of heads are going to continue to liken PC to BBC because Pharrell helped Clipse with the brand. Judging from this season, though, I'd say they're slowly but surely carving out their own niche in streetwear. The summer collection drops on May 22.

Shoutout to Akzionz for the heads up.

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Mickey Factz x KiD CuDi - Lemme Breathe

Lemme Breathe from GFCnewyork on Vimeo.

So, umm, yeah. Mickey Factz and KiD CuDi (don't know why I insist on typing it like that) are coming out with a new record called Lemme Breathe. They started the buzz in true "blog era" fashion by tweeting this:
@MickeyFactz Truthfully: We gonna leak video footage of me and cudi's record and if we get 1000 retwit's we will leak more of the record
As you can see, the two are heavy into their vinyl and 80's music, so whatever collab they do is gonna be extremely eclectic. Plus, the preview they gave us sounds pretty dope. I can only hope CuDi's verse can breathe the same air as Mickey's. Dude can't sing "Day N Nite" for the rest of his life and expect to get that Kobe number.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trey Songz - I Need a Girl



Trey Songz is a club hit and a Lil' Wayne collabo away from being one of the major players in R&B. This is a banger and happens to be a soundtrack to so many guys other there (ladies, nice guys are the best). Dude's album drops August 4th (tentative, so keep your eyes open for updates), and he already has two dope singles already. I'm telling you now. Jump on the Trey-n (train haha) before people start calling you a bandwagon fan.

Dear Confused Streetwear Brands

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I've always wanted to step on something expensive and useless.

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Please, Pharrell. Don't insult housewares. That shit is probably really uncomfortable.

Since when have Bape and BBC been linchpin brands at the Home Depot? Since when does Clot do collabs with Martha Stewart? Ok, that last one was OD, but this point has to be made. Ever since Supreme put out air fresheners in their Fall/Winter collection, it seems like every streetwear brand is trying to stick their overpriced, over-hyped foot into the home and housewares or pointless trinket section of your local K-Mart. If it's not random stuff for your house, it's novelty items that'll have you wondering why you opened your wallet as soon as you leave the store. Streetwear brands looking to segue into other avenues of retail need to stay in their lane. If I really wanted a rocket ship pillow, I would go to the Disney Store and visit their Toy Story section. Stop trying to put your logo on generic branded wholesale goods and sell it to me, claiming it's limited. Dunnies and toys were cool, but y'all are pushing it. Stick to what you guys are best at and just make clothes or sneakers, with the occasional release of accessories, for the people who just have to be decked out completely in one brand. Then again, it's probably those people buying pillows and candy from a clothing brand. Only in America...

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Baby Milo Candy? I guarantee it tastes like monkey dick.

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Someone needs to blow the whistle on this one. How many mouths does the person who came up with this have?

Terminator Salvation



Summer blockbusters always seem to make spending exorbitant amounts of money at the movie theaters worth it. Cacophonous explosions? Check. Seizure-inducing special effects? Check. Post-apocalyptic plot? Check. Big name actor? Check (Christian Bale is really carving himself a nice action star niche). This new Terminator has guys night out (or in, if you like bootlegs) written all over it. This summer looks like it's going to have a good amount of those, to tell you the truth.

Casio Databank

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Everyone, their mom, dog and pastor has a G-Shock. I've long admired the way that Casio went from the brand nerds shopping at K-Mart wore, to the latest in streetwear sheik. It's funny how things go full circle. Regardless, I'm in the market for a casual watch. From the looks of the new Casio Databank, I might not be for long. Yeah, I know, everyone has a G-Shock. Not everyone can say they have one with 13 languages, a calendar, 25-page databank, and calculator. Plus, we all know hypebeasts can't count, so I'm safe.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Barack is Officially the Man





President Obama has the best sense of humor in presidency. EVER. Dude seriously roasted everyone, in a respectful, but powerful way. If there was ever any doubt that Barack was THAT NIGGA (I had to... sorry), put that to rest.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Mailing List: May 2009 (#3)

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In 2002, Marshall Bruce Mathers II was at the top of the rap, and quite possibly the celebrity world. He had just released his now critically-acclaimed album, "The Marshall Mathers LP," to the controversy and esteem that his first album began for him. It's now 2009, and for the past two years, Em has been laying low, quite possibly a decry for his own retirement. But lo and behold, the man behind the madness is reappearing, with his sixth studio album, aptly titled "Relapse." As you can see from the cover (above), Em really doesn't seem like he's straying too far from his proven formula of pushing his over the top antics before his lyricism. While that may get dude love from MTV and the Billboard Charts, I'm not seeing the same Eminem that crushed heads with his rhyme schemes and wordplay on "Inifinite" or even "The Slim Shady LP." To tell you the truth, I think Em is going to have problems regaining his mojo after being out of the limelight and having drug problems. Perhaps "Relapse" is going to be a relapse back to the Em we all knew and loved (this Eminem seems way too skinny and does bad impressions). Only the album itself will be able to tell us that. For now, get yourself on these leaks, videos and a tracklisting for "Relapse," which drops on May 19th, though you might find a few copies floating around the interweb (go buy it, you cheap bastards).

Eminem - Dr. West (Skit)
Eminem - Insane
Eminem - Bagpipes from Baghdad
Eminem - My Mom

1. Dr. West (Skit)
2. 3am
3. My Mom
4. Insane
5. Bagpipes From Baghdad
6. Hello
7. Tonya (Skit)
8. Same Song & Dance
9. We Made You
10. Medicine Ball
11. Paul (Skit)
12. Stay Wide Awake
13. Old Time’s Sake f. Dr. Dre
14. Must Be The Ganja
15. Mr. Mathers
16. Deja Vu
17. Beautiful
18. Crack A Bottle f. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
19. Steve Berman (Skit)
20. Underground/Ken Kaniff










Dear Rocawear

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Sorry, but not everyone is cut out for the sneaker game, especially when you can't even come up with your own designs. Are Supra's that hot that other clothing brands deliberately rip off the Skytop? Not only are these kicks completely unoriginal, but even in their banality, they show no sort of flair for what they're copying. At least Levi's had some hot colorways and materials. These look like B-grade Supra's that the ROC put a few R's on and kept it moving. You guys need to head back to the drawing board on this one, especially if you're trying to stay relevant. The last time I saw someone wear Rocawear ANYTHING, Dem Franchise Boyz still had a career. At least Jay wears Rocawear. Wait, no, I lied.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dear Rafer Alston



I guess it's hard to keep your inner streetballer in check. I've always rooted for you, Skip. It's hard to not root for you considering how good you are, and that the NBA treats streetball like the in-law that nobody likes. And I can see why with that move. No doubt it looked like it was all in fun and that the slap wasn't even that serious. I just think Eddie House was right. When you're getting rocked, there are only a few things you can do to get your pride back, including slapping another man. I hope it was worth it, because that suspension is definitely gonna hurt your squad. I'd rather see Michael McDonnell (RCDS Basketball stand up!!!) play point in your place than Anthony Johnson. At least that'd be funnier than seeing Eddie House shit on you on national television.

How to Rob an Industry Hipster



As much as I love some of these rappers, I have to admit that this shit is hilarious. Too bad whoever wrote this will probably never break through in the industry. "Hipster rap," as he calls it is here to stay for a while. Heads can't get enough of these skinny jeans and laissez-faire (look that shit up) attitudes. He's right about Jay Electronica, by the way.

Rocksmith x New Era Fitteds

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I've haven't been big into fitteds since high school. These might be able to bring me back to the dark side. The two on the bottom have a dope embroidered garnet on the underbrim, while the two at the top boast dope colorways and those huge embroidered sunglasses on the front. No seriously, I might be getting back on my fitted game now. Never gonna be able to rock them like that after 23. I might as well get some good wear out of them...

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Drake - Friends With Money: The Drought is Over

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Ok, everyone knows about Drake. If you haven't heard about him, then I commend you, because it means you haven't listened to the radio in months, a feat only accomplished by people residing under rocks and music snobs. Regardless, Drizzy Drake has been blowing up, especially due to his affiliation with Young Money. In true Weezy-protege fashion, Drake's releasing a new mixtape, only a few months after the mixtape-that-should-have-been-an-album mixtape, "So Far Gone". The tape boast only a few new songs, in addition to about 10 songs you've already heard a thousand times. No hate, but dude should have come a little harder. I hope he's not gonna get that Jae Millz syndrome and start banking on his old shit to make money. Whatever the case, the mixtape comes out on May 11th. Go cop that and tell everyone that you've been a Drake fan this whole time. Also peep the mixtape trailer (why do music videos and mixtapes have trailers now?) below.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dear Brett Favre

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Talk about love of the game. Brett, I understand that you get like a 11 year old girl at a Jonas Brothers concert when you get on the football field. I understand that it's the only thing that you've ever really been good at, besides being a typical Mississippi boy and drinking until you think the sky is fuchsia. I even understand why you had to leave the Jets after you seemed to have retired for what seemed like the 5th time. Now, it's getting old. Don't you think it's time to move on? Maybe go have sex with your wife, join a charitable foundation and do more Wranger's commercials? Do whatever you want. You just need to retire. Playing for the Vikings might seem like a good idea, but I don't suppose you'll be feeling that childhood joviality when your arm is more contorted than Ray J's sense of self-importance. Trust me it's not worth it. There are certain things that are better during their primes and no longer cut it afterward. You just might be one of them...

Should Have Gone Out on Top:
George W. Bush (nuff said)
LL Cool J (when you put out an album and no one knows its out, please retire)
Barney (after purple became the de facto gay color, it just went downhill)
Pokemon (I hear they're on Pokemon Burgundy now)
Ricky Hatton (if you haven't seen the knockout, please come out from under the rock)
Nelly (see LL Cool J)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dear Jacqueline Standley

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via New York Post:
Joba Chamberlain's mom is in a mound of trouble.

Jacqueline Standley, the star Yankee pitcher's mother, was busted over the weekend for allegedly peddling meth to an undercover cop in their home state of Nebraska.

The 44-year-old, disheveled woman was picked up Saturday night in her apartment, which is cluttered with homemade shrines devoted to her son.

So I guess that New York Yankee money isn't good enough for you? Despite the fact that your son is a starting pitcher on the greatest franchise in sports history, you had to be out there getting that money. Selling meth ain't a joke. Hey, I can't knock the hustle, but that mug shot is a different story. You sure you weren't taking a couple hits off of your product? Remember rule number 4 though; never get high on your own supply. Then again, you would think between that Yankee money and the stacks you're getting from pushing those packs, you could account for a bit of shrinkage. Whatever the case, I guess you and your son aren't gonna talk for another two years. Hopefully you were saving up from selling...

Monday, May 4, 2009

10 Deep Spring 2009 Collection (Delivery 2)

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10 Deep has a 2nd delivery of their Spring 2009 collection, with a little more reserved of a look the second time around. The graphic t-shirts are DOPE (peep the Terminator one above). They stuck with the urban biker-esque theme, shown in the jackets and kept it simple yet fresh for the button-ups. These are all available on their website, or will be by the end of the week.

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