Apparently Laced Up was hit up twice in a row according to the Slog. Click here for the full house.
In response to the posting, Laced Up's MySpace bulletin reads...
For the most part, the article's brief and a little inaccurate. I'm more so concerned with the comments made under the piece. It's whatever either way.
Be sure to check our blog out, http://lacedupbfk.blogspot.com/
Also, we're doing 15% off all reg. priced items in the store today. Thank The Stranger.
I guess we're not so negative after all.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Five Four Clothing just re-launched their new look on the web. Click here to check it out!
Everyone please come and check out the new Five Four website and send us an email on your opinion about the new site. Thanks!
Monday, October 29, 2007
The Red Bull Big Tune Championship is just around the corner. Andrew Matson (Seattle Times) touches base and informs you on what the stakes are for this Thursday's contestants! Click here for the full house.
"Seattle is where the program originated," back when it was a Seattle-only event in 2004, said co-creator and media liaison Jonathan Moore. Since then, Big Tune has gone national. "Bringing it back here for the finals is like a homecoming," Moore said.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
There's a new DJ Collective in the town. Some of the names are familiar and they've come together like Voltron. Click here to check out the Seattle Chief Rockers website!
It’s not where your from but where your at fam… We are Seattle based DJs that have come together to form a DJ Collective with a shared interest in music and rockin’ parties and clubs through out the Pacific Northwest. We aren’t in this game as a passing fad and many of us have 15+ years behind our belts in the DJ & music game. Our focus is to continue to promote and represent the city that we live in and to keep our prosperous and sometimes strugglin’ music scene moving forward. We work with promoters, clubs and bars in Seattle that we respect and that support our art form as deejays. Stay Tuned Indeed.
- Seattle Chief Rockers
U-N-I has a video shoot for fans and supporters to attend today in Inglewood, California. More info from the director below! Click here for the Beautiful Day mp3 and here for a map and directions to get your 15 minutes of fame.
An email from DV One's lawyer discussing the sentencing hearing. Caught this via gatsworth on 206Proof. Click here to convene and converse!
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 09:42:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: lisa daugaard
Subject: next steps for Toby
Hi guys. This is awful. There are no words for how horrible Robert & I feel about what happened.
From talking with the jury for almost an hour, I am certain they convicted Toby because they believed the three girls who testified they thought Toby tried to push by or away from Officer Boggs in order to get to Andrea. They said they would have reached a different conclusion is they had been told that, for it to be an assault, he had to intend that the physical contact he made with the officer be harmful or offensive. We asked Judge Canova to give that instruction to the jury, and that will be an important issue on appeal.
As you may have heard, virtually the entire jury offered to come to sentencing and support Toby. They said "we felt we were legally required to come to this decision, but we do not believe it is a just outcome."
I believe there are some steps that we should take to prepare for sentencing.
From listening to the prosecutor's comments to the jury, I am certain they are not going to oppose a "first offender waiver" of the mandatory minimum jail sentence for assault 3, so I do not believe there is a real risk of Toby going to jail. But because of other goals -- and because nothing in the world can stop them except for too small a courtroom -- I think it is very important to make it possible for all of Toby's supporters to play a role at the sentencing hearing.
There is only one courtroom in the King County Courthouse big enough to allow all the people who want to share their love for Toby to attend his sentencing (which has not yet been scheduled). It would be very unusual to get that courtroom for an Assault 3 sentencing but if you all agree that there is going to be a massive turnout for the hearing, I will try to get the courtroom.
To help with this, it would help to tell the court how many people plan to attend. If you agree, perhaps someone could collect names of people who want to come. If I could get the list in about a week, that would be great.
I am so sorry, Toby.
The Defender Association
810-3rd Avenue, 8th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
ph.:(206) 447-3900 ext. 729; fax: (206) 447-2349
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
With Halloween landing on a Wednesday, parties undoubtedly will be poppin off this weekend prior to the yearly ghoustly day of fright. I'm predicting this year's costume of choice will be versions of Justin Timberlake with "Dick In A Box." If y'all ain't got nothin better to do tonight, Ring the Alarm with Resident Media and Goods at The War Room. Oh, for those in the spirit, costumes are encouraged, and for those who are party poopers, it's not required.
The War Room
722 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
The message boards will be bubblin about this verdict. If you're from Seatown, you know what's up with the local police and brutality. According to negoshagator on the Massline Media forum, it was posted at 3:47pm that DV One was found "guilty." Minutes earlier, gatsworth on the 206Proof boards stated the same, "guilty." To keep up to date and discuss this outcome, click, convene, and converse about this important issue both at Massline and on 206Proof!
Click here for Support DV One on MySpace
Click here for "DV ONE VERDICT" on Massline
Click here for "And the Verdict is..." on 206Proof
Click here for Wale - Just Freestyle
I recorded this at Mark's studio in NY back in Feb, the first time we ever met. This is what prompted the tour and everything else.
I know it's short but it's real dense, you might have to rewind it a few times to get the full impact. -Wale
Capitol 1524 has been goin thru some changes as of late. They recently added a blog as well at http://www.capitol1524.com/blog. Read below as to what's new!
A Fresh StartMany of you probably have noticed Capitol 1524 has been in an idle mode for the past couple of months. There have been a bunch of rumors surrounding the future of the store.
Previously, Capitol 1524 was owned by Mark and Joe. Mark decided to step down and we wish him the best in his endeavors.
Knowing Joe still has love for the sneaker game, Mark gave Joe the first opportunity to find a team to takeover the shop and bring it to the next level. We've already changed some things around the shop, with many more changes for the better to come.
We celebrated the buyout of Capitol 1524 with the TAKEOVER Sale (40% off Nike/Jordan products and 50% off of everything else) which is still going on for our older inventory. There's still a bunch of dope kicks so come add to your collection before everything runs out!!!
On October 26, we will be releasing our first shipment of new shoes, the Halloween Pack, with regular shipments of new product on the way. Keep checking our new blog for updates on new shipments and events.
The new squad at Capitol,
Adrien, Bruce, Chikara, Joe, Nate
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
It's finally here! GMK's, The Perfect 10 Mixtape, hosted by DJ B-Mello is available! Go on and download, discover and enjoy! Click here to get some of that goodness!
01. Don't Wanna Lose (Produced by JOne)
02. Cold Outside (Be Gone) (Produced by Eric G)
03. Media Driven (Produced by Eric G)
04. Promise Land (Produced by Black & Brown Inc)
05. Look Around (Produced by GMK)
06. Carry Me Home (Produced by GMK)
07. Twilight Zone (Produced by GMK)
08. Let Me Live (Produced by BeanOne)
09. Soul Vibration (Let It Go) (Produced by GMK)
10. We've Ended As Lovers (Produced by Eric G)
Baby Drop That (Bonus Track) (Produced by Eric G)
Dream On (Bonus Track) (Produced by Eric G)
Caught this via Nah Right Lite. Sh!t is hilarious. One would think a fan/supporter would bring in a cd, vinyl, or maybe a t-shirt to get signed by an artist, but no! The b!tch decides to bring in a pair of And1 kicks to get Common's John Handcock. At first, it looks like Persia from the White Rapper Show with the hair, but later realize it's not. I give this video several "WOW's!"
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Off of Vinroc's So Much Soul mixtape series, Vol. 5. The DJ slash producer has been creatin music for a minute and you can hear a lot of his material on past mixtapes that he's created. You can listen to either the main track or instrumental. Download, discover, and enjoy this track featuring Zion I & Jenisis!
Click here for Vinroc - Luvluv f/ Zion I & Jenisis
Click here for Vinroc - Luvluv (Instrumental)
The Pack is coming out with a new album the day before Halloween on October 30th entitled Based Boys. Enjoy the new video that premiered on MTV2 and MTVU yesterday.
Massline Media has t-shirts up for sale at a reasonable price between $15-$20. I'm sure they'll be expanding more on their selection in the future. I'm diggin the "Mosaic" tee personally as well as the "Logo" tee in the classic Seattle Sonic colors. Click here for the rest of their stock!
Click here for Wale - Fish N Chips Freestyle
Wale - Addicted f/ Raheem DeVaughn (not available for download)
Monday, October 22, 2007
What's your advice to Seattlites who want to learn more about local hiphop? Who should they be checking out?
Bottom line, they should be checking out everybody! And if they really want to know more about it, ask somebody who knows more than you! Seriously. The cool thing about people who know more than you is that they're everywhere!
On How to Pray
Good morning. You have power! Speak to your situations and they will move! (Always Remember) Never tell God how big your problem is, but always tell your problem how big your God is!
God is Love
October 19th, 2007
On being inspired
Good morning. Who are you looking at? Who are you fascinated with? (Get inspired!) Study your heros and emulate them! Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of anothers fame.
God is Love
Sunday, October 21, 2007
img src: Good Bully
I like the idea of artists droppin songs for the music lover in all of us. Crooked-I has been doin it for a minute with his weekly freestyles. Recently Beanie Sigel has been doin the same in anticipation of his upcoming release. I've had my eye on Wale and this dude is one to lookout for on your radar as well. According to him, he'll be droppin new and "classic" material daily so that we all can beef up on his catalog.
Click here for Kanye West - Good Life f/ Wale (DC Remix)
Click here for Wale - 1 Thing About A Player f/ Jae Millz (Remix)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Featuring special interludes from Kanye himself…and some special remixes produced by 9th Wonder.
Mick Boogie, Terry Urban and 9th Wonder
Hosted By Kanye West
League Crew/Kanye West: Intro
Kanye West and 50 Cent: Flashing Lights (Mick Boogie Mix)
Kanye West and Nas: I Wonder (Terry Urban Mix)
Kanye West and Jay-Z: Never Let Me Down (9th Wonder Remix)
Kanye West and Jay-Z: Big Brother/Encore (live)
Kanye and Mos Def: Good Night
Kanye West: I Still Love Her
Kanye West: Stronger (Original Unreleased Verse)
Kanye and Nas: Major League (Mick Boogie Mix)
Kanye and Biggie: Kicks Open Doors (Terry Urban Mix)
Kanye West: A Million And One
Kanye West, Little Brother and Lil Wayne: Breakin My Heart (Mick Boogie Mix / produced by 9th Wonder)
Kanye West: Champion (live)
Kanye West and Jay-Z: Everything I am (Terry Urban Mix)
Kanye West: Freestyle
Kanye West and Common: GetÂ Em High (A-Trak Remix)
Consequence and Kanye West: Complications (Mick Boogie Mix)
Kanye West and Ludacris: Breathe In (9th Wonder Remix)
Kanye West and Talib Kweli: The Bounce/Two Words (live)
Kanye West: Two Words (9th Wonder Remix)
Kanye, Dr. Dre and Busta Rhymes: Imagine 2008 (Terry Urban Remix)
Kanye West, Consequence, & Patti Labelle: Anything
Consequence and Kanye West: Skillz (Terry Urban Mix)
Kanye West and Common: Glory (Mick Boogie Remix)
Kanye West and Termanology: Everything (The Diddy Song)
Kanye West and Consequence: Dont Forget Em
Kanye West, Common and Lupe Fiasco: Southside (Terry Urban Remix)
Kanye West and Little Brother: Naaw (9th Wonder Bonus Track)
It all goes down tomorrow night at The War Room!
This Friday get ready to be blessed with another mind bottling edition of the world's favorite party. We are host to a legendary DJ institution with the one and only Stretch Armstrong, we've got cheap booze as always, we've got airhorns, glowsticks, and a jam packed guestlist full of people primed and ready to destroy what's left of their minds before the birds start tweeting Saturday morning. According to Sinden this was the, and I quote, "best show he has ever played in the US." I think we should all take a moment to realize that we are all lucky to have one of the most epic parties ever to go to every other Friday.The War Room
722 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Received the following email below. If you're on the Massline mailing list, you've probably already seen this.
Digital-Only EP November 6th, 2007 on MassLine/Rawkus
In the midst of a five-year run that has seen the release of two full-length albums, an EP, and countless packed shows, Seattle's Blue Scholars continue to the carry the torch for the Pacific Northwest's burgeoning Hip-Hop scene. With their latest release Bayani leaving an indelible mark on 2007, the duo has built on the momentum of their critically-lauded album with a restless schedule of national and regional touring. In further efforts to stay in motion, Blue Scholars have hit the studio to record their new digital-only EP, Joe Metro, before embarking on their upcoming third full-length.
With equal attention paid to the stage and the studio, Emcee Geologic and DJ/producer Sabzi bring an innovative yet familiar sound distinguishable from what's currently blasted on MTV or BET. Prior to the duo's formation, Geo made local rounds as a battle emcee and spoken-word performer, while Sabzi honed his skills as a classical and jazz-trained pianist while coming up in the indie ska and punk scene. This unlikely partnership set the precedent for what distinguishes the group from the vast sea of independent hip-hop artists - the ability to strike a balance between worlds usually seen distant from one another. Poetic lyricism with beats you can dance to; Marxist theory with Baha'i spirituality with musical influences ranging from Thelonius Monk and Aphex Twin to Marvin Gaye and J Dilla.
Blue Scholars are just as much rooted in community as they are in music. Their experiences in the world of academia provide an intellectual dimension to their craft, while their backgrounds as second-generation sons of working-class immigrants keep the music grounded. Less sloganeering and more storytelling, the current state of Blue Scholars showcases a more focused Geologic and a polished Sabzi coming into their own as the premier DJ-emcee duo.
Blue Scholars will be hitting the road this fall kicking things off at CMJ supporting Q-Tip, and continuing to tour through the Midwest and West Coast throughout November and December. They will wrap things up in their homebase curating "The Program", a five night series showcasing the Northwest scene's most exciting hip-hop artists. In conjuction with KEXP and The Stranger, the event will commence at Neumo's December 18th-22nd.
Fall 2007 Tour
10.22 - Philadelphia, PA @ University of Pennsylvania
11.02 - Tacoma, WA @ Hell's Kitchen
11.03 - Spokane, WA @ Whitworth University
11.13 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador **
11.14 - Madison, WI @ Annex **
11.15 - Sioux Falls, IA @ Nuttys **
11.16 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
11.17 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean **
11.18 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry **
11.19 - Kansas City, KS @ Record Bar **
11.20 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room **
** with Psalm One
The Program Sponsored by KEXP and The Stranger
December 18 - 22, 2007 @ Neumos (Seattle, WA)
12.18 - Blue Scholars, Surprise Special Guest (really!), Unexpected
Arrival, Siren's Echo, and DJ DV One
12.19 - Blue Scholars. Common Market, D. Black, Sleep of Old Dominion, Can-U, and DJ Vitamin D
12.20 - Blue Scholars, Saturday Knights , Khingz, Grynch, and DJ B-Mello
12.21 - Blue Scholars, Dyme Def, J. Pinder, GMK, and DJ Jake One
12.22 - Blue Scholars, Cancer Rising, The Physics, and DJ blesOne
The writer and director of Maxed Out, James Scurlock, appears on ABC Nightline along with Harvard professor, Elizabeth Warren, to talk about American's in debt. I saw this movie a few months back from Blockbuster and it's worth checkin out. Especially for those who are signing up for credit cards for the very first time. I wish I saw this when I was first entered college. However, I shouldn't complain, I got a free t-shirt out of it, right?
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Click here to discuss over at the Proof!
Below you'll find a summary of DV-One's Trial on Day 1 which consisted of opening statements. You can also discuss this over at 206Proof by clicking here. Thanks to Julie C for the wrap-up.
Peace friends, fam, and comrades~ For those people around the country that don't know about this case, which kicked off new momentum behind police terrorism in Seattle more than a year ago, please check www.myspace/supportdvone. I just came from the courthouse 15 minutes ago, and wanted to give folks who had to work, a briefing on what went down this morning before I headed off to my day job! If you can make it please come through to support DV at King County Superior Court, 516 3rd Avenue tommorow, the 18th, and next Monday 22nd through Wednesday the 24th. Court convenes at 9:00am, but will be running all morning into the afternoon. ~Julie C
DVONE Trial, Day 1, Opening Statements
Starting Wednesday, October 17th, DJ DVOne is finally getting his day in court to face trumped up assault 3 charges after he was brutalized by Seattle police at Memorial Stadium more than a year ago. Once again, members of the Seattle Hip Hop community made our way down to 3rd avenue superior courthouse downtown to show our support.
Though the group was small at 9am, the scheduled beginning of the trial, by the time the jury arrived for opening statements around 9:45am, all three available rows of seating in the courtroom were filled with DVOne supporters, including Scott Macklin from UW's Hip Hop Congress and Open Reel, Chev, Ghetto Prez from Block Teamsters Union and Sea-Sick, Natasha Burrows from HighlineCC, Mike Clark, Cliff from 206 Zulu, J.Moore, Beyond Reality, and more. Unfortunately, the jury was not as diverse as DV's support, only three jurors of the thirteen were people of color, none of them black.
The prosector started off this morning with her opening statements, and the state's case rests on the following points she made:
1) High school football games, especially those of rival schools like
Garfield and Franklin, and especially those at Memorial Stadium, are
"not what they used to be," and have become breeding grounds for
violence, often attended by people who are only there to make trouble.
2)The three officers who will be the prosecutors` only witnesses, and who
accused DV of assault, had no way of knowing whether DVOne, his
daughter, or her friend were a part of this trouble making crowd and
thus, had to act accordingly.
3) DV ran toward police at beckoning of his daughter`s friend, slowed
to a quick walk when he approached, officer Boggs (sp?) was only one to see
him, so she stepped between him and other officer who was facing her, DV
pushed her, then hit her multiple times in the face, then got behind
her, pinned her arms down and somehow gets her to the ground, she
gets up and calls for backup. Other officer present, officer Blackmer,
tazes DV for 11 seconds.
4) No officer ever kicked or hit DV. The only injuries he sustained
was from the taser, from falling down, or from resisting restraint.
DVOne`s defense countered the prosecution's claims in their opening statement with the following points:
1) The three officers from SPD`s `ACT` or `Anticrime` unit (a
proactive unit supposed to prevent street level crimes) percieved the
threat they were expecting and were determined to percieve that threat,
even when when there was none.
2) Officer Boggs had a flashlight in her hand when she put her hands
up to DV, who stepped back. It was daylight, the officers were on
traffic duty, and there was no need for flashlights. The police did
not admit to this fact until defense found an independent witness to
support this. Boggs did not take opportunities to radio for help
during her supposed assault when she could have. She does not remember
any details on how he put her in a bear hold, or where he pushed her,
or how he got her to the ground, and there are no independent
witnesses to support the police`s version of the story, even though
there were hundreds of people around. There are witnesses to support
DVOne`s account. The police are lying.
3) DV was tased twice as long as standard procedures call for.
Injuries DV sustained are not consistent with the police`s account,
and show evidence of blunt force, kicking, punching, when he was down.
In my opinion, and as our comrade from Real Change, who was there put it, "If there is such thing as reasonable doubt honored here, they will find DV not guilty." The fact that during the whole incident and the time after, not one officer bothered to collect statements from any of the witnesses who were there to support SPD's account of the story, is highly questionable, and anyone who's seen the photos of DV ONE after the assault, knows there is no way those injuries came from falling, or from a taser.
The weakness in DV's case, however, is that the doctor he saw after the assault was an aquaintance of his wife, who is herself a medical professional. This is because DV has no health insurance, and needed immediate, accessible treatment as well as documentation of his injuries. However, the prosector will undoutably try to attack the credibility of the doctor's assessment of his injuries do to this.
I left this afternoon after the cross examination of the prosecutor's 1st witness, Officer Lundin, who was the cop who intially told DV's daughter to move (although he claims he left, and returned only after the call for help, and when he came back the incident was over, and DV was face down on the ground, handcuffed, with taser darts deployed by Officer Blackmer in his body). Out of the three officers, he is the one who can say the least on the incident, since he wasn't there.
I will try to keep y'all posted as things develop, and I find out more. Again, if you can make it, please do stop through the courthouse
to show your support.
Good morning. He who desires but does not act breeds pestilence..... A human being has no discernible character until he acts.... (Get busy!!) You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do!
God is Love
J.Period and online mp3-servicing powerhouse Digiwaxx announce "The Blast!" a new mixtape series featuring Digiwaxx-only exclusives. J.Period delivers a 30-minute set of exclusive remixes, blends and original J.Period productions featuring B.I.G., 2Pac, Nas, Jay-Z and more. Mix drops soon and will be available as a *free* download right here on jperiod.com!
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03. J.Period f. Talib Kweli – “Ambitionz” (J.Period Exclusive)
04. J.Period f. Black Thought – “Subliminal Minded” (J.Period Exclusive)
05. J.Period f. Nas – “Ill Street Blues” (J.Period Exclusive Remix)
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11. J.Period f. Black Thought & Zion I – “Come Together” (Produced by J.Period)
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After a year of delays, DV One's trial begins today (Wednesday, October 17th) at the King County Courthouse. (If you've been out of the loop, sleeping under a rock, or just not paying attention for the past year - your final late pass.) Two weeks ago, the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability (OCA) cleared the officers who arrested DV of any wrongdoing. Many versions of the story exist. But all of them end the same way: with an unarmed DV One beaten and tased. Plus, it's happened to many others many times before. Just as DV himself said outside his first pre-trial hearing, this is bigger than just him. It could have been you or me. And it can still be. Unless we let em know we're not having it. Stand up for DV and ourselves. King County Superior Court 516 3rd Ave Courtroom W-817 Trial will be in session on the following days: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 9am Thursday, October 18, 2007 9am Friday – NO COURT Monday, October 22, 2007 9am Tuesday, October 23, 2007 9am Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9am
Taken from a MySpace Bulletin posting by Blue Scholars.
After a year of delays, DV One's trial begins today (Wednesday, October 17th) at the King County Courthouse. (If you've been out of the loop, sleeping under a rock, or just not paying attention for the past year - your final late pass.)
Two weeks ago, the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability (OCA) cleared the officers who arrested DV of any wrongdoing. Many versions of the story exist. But all of them end the same way: with an unarmed DV One beaten and tased. Plus, it's happened to many others many times before.
Just as DV himself said outside his first pre-trial hearing, this is bigger than just him. It could have been you or me. And it can still be. Unless we let em know we're not having it. Stand up for DV and ourselves.
King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave
Trial will be in session on the following days:
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 9am
Thursday, October 18, 2007 9am
Friday – NO COURT
Monday, October 22, 2007 9am
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 9am
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9am