Queens’ native Gist The Essence performs in Baltimore on Fred Da God Son’s City of God tour. Gist is rocking our black Euro Wildcat Crewneck (which is now sold out).
Crosby has built a vast reservoir of musical material in collaboration with a host of emerging local talent and is now poised to take Gotham by storm with a series of solo album releases, one per month for the next several months, of which “New York Posterboy” is the first. The record is unified by a series of sketches placed within none other than the newsroom of Murdoch’s flagship and New York’s most popular newpaper, the Post, as a cub reporter that reminds me of my younger self convinces his editor to allow him to break the story of Crosby’s splash into the NYC music biz. Using industry beats and a wide range of sampled sounds, Crosby’s aural montages express postmodern sensory overload and the funky syncopation of the life of a native New Yorker. Songs such as “The Wait is Ova”, “Born in the City” and “Museum Music” show a hip intensity and cultural savvy in his poetry and delivery. Though this is a Hip Hop mixtape, it reminds this pundit of the highly entertaining, hyperkinetic sound of one of his favorite rock records from back in the day: The Mothers of Invention’s “Freak Out.” His future releases promise to be even more eclectic and innovative.
Top Notch Trend’s first shoot with L’Creme Clothing. I had a blast at the shoot and it was my honor to be involved with such a successful shoot. Shoutout to Melissa, Alyssa, Faith Marie and Bridgette for being the featured models.
Who is TTK? He is an artist, a brand, a movement. What’s next for this rising star? Only the sky’s the limit… I had the pleasure of asking TTK a few questions, 5 to be exact.
1) What’s the most expensive date you’ve ever been on?
Truthfully, I don’t go on many dates. When I DO go on them, it’s with someone I’m close with. Money isn’t an option when it’s someone who I consider fam. But on the other hand, if you were to ask chics who’ve dealt with me, I’m sure they’d probably all say I’m very cheap. LOL
2) If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be and why?
I don’t really envy the next man lol. I’m happy with who I am.
3) Biggie said “Dumb rappers need teaching” what would you teach them?
Well you can’t teach love or can you? I think alotta rappers like to rap but lack TRUE love for the culture. I’m from an era where Hip-Hop wasn’t as pop as it was now.
4) What’s the most flattering comment you’ve gotten about your artwork?
I’ve received a lot over the years. One of the most memorable was from this comrade of mine. He’s a big braulic dude lol. The first time we met he told me that my art work made him want to cry. He said looking at my work reminded him of his mother when she was alive and how she used to always stress to him about using his talent. He said my work reminded him of the days when he was locked up and how his mothers words repeated over and over in his head. He told me these exact words, ‘Your hands are blessed by God. Don’t ever stop using your gift. Your gift speaks for a lot of people who can’t
5) What’s your least favorite and why?
Bad remarks I forget about em. When I do get them, they’re always over the internet from “anonymous” individuals.
Part of her inaugural Sound & Style series, media personality Simone “Boss Lady” Amelia hosts The Freestyle, the Reebok Classics-sponsored first all-female rap cipher — Round One featuring Nyemiah Supreme, Tiye Phoenix, L.A. and Brianna.