Hip-Hop, Videos | Mike Stud – Thrift Shop [Acoustic + Announcement]

Posted by on July 24, 2013

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To announce the return of the Tourings Boring series, Mike Stud put together this quick acoustic/freestyle video with the help of his Dad’s 30 year old guitar and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Kilmer. The first new episode will drop this Sunday in place of #SundayStudDay. If you missed the most recent #SundayStudDay you can catch it after the jump!



Hip-Hop, Review, Videos | Reflecting on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” [Review & Documentary]

Posted by on October 25, 2012

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First off, thank you to Jabari Presents for this fantastic production.

By now, many of you have hopefully scraped the wax out of your ears and christened your drums to the incredible art featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ debut LP, The Heist. Yes it reached the #2 spot on Billboard, yes it sold 78,000+ units in week one, and yes the duo accomplished this all independently, but that is not why this project is so special to me and so many others. Mack and Ryan are still the kids you used to play neighborhood ball with. They’re still the guys who will shake your hand or take a picture with any fan on the street. They’re still representing authenticity for the people.

“The Heist” will be in consideration for the album of the year come December, that’s without question. What may fly under the radar is the amount of blood, sweat, tears, and man hours that went into this project by both Mack and Ryan. Lacking anything but determination and perseverance, this documentary shines light on what it means to be an independent artist working at such an eminent level. There are no handouts, no pampering, no CEO black cards. Loyalty, love, determination, resilience and passion for the art is the driver. If you are unable to see the transparency in their music, this album may not hold the same weight, but there is enough versatility on the project that you should still be able to connect with one or two records. On a final note, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will forever hold my respect. Although I’ve never met them personally, their music is honest, open and genuine enough to lead me to believe otherwise.

Below I’ve listed some of my personal highlights if you haven’t listened to the album and need a starting point. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the album, positive or negative, so please sound off in the comments section.

Most Creative Beat: “Thrift Shop”


Freestyle, Hip-Hop, Videos | Macklemore – The Backroom [Freestyle]

Posted by on September 22, 2012

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Still riding high on the release of “Thrift Shop”, Macklemore visits 106 & Park to drop a few new bars.  Laced with his second hand Hungarian tiger possum jacket, the Mariner maintains his sense of humor while hinting to any and all major labels, they’ll need to bring a lot more to the table if they want to secure a bite of the #SharkFace leader.  The Heist in digital stores 10/9, or you can pre-order a special addition alligator bound physical copy.

Watch/Listen: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop

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Hip-Hop, Videos | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop ft. Wanz [Music Video]

Posted by on August 29, 2012


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*UPDATE* Here is the official video.  Macklemore is my idol.  Prediction: Goodwill & Salvation Army sales suddenly spike 206%.  Enjoy!

Following their previous single, “Same Love”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lighten up a bit with their newest release, while Macklemore flaunts his god given talent of second hand shopping.  Kanye may be the most prolific dresser in the rap game, but nobody recycles threads like the Seattle MC.  The blurb below seems to be circulating the blogosphere and as expected, it’s an epic rant.  Enjoy the audio for tonight and expect the visuals at some point tomorrow! The Heist coming 10.9.12.

Purchase on iTunes: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop ft. Wanz

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“I am the most prolific thrift shopper in the rap game right now. What Bob Barker is to the Price Is Right, I am to used fringe jackets.  My collection is worth anywhere between $70 and a $100,000,000 depending on who’s appraising it.  I’m gonna be honest, if it’s me…. I’m going with a million.  Count the zero’s.  That’s how many fur jackets I have.  Tell PETA my Mink, Fox, Rabbit, Coyote, and Hungarian Raccoon jacket are ALL dragging on the floor.  And I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way.  I love my animals.  But they’re dead.  And they’ve been dead for hella.  When I wear them, I’m bringing them back to life and introducing them to a whole new generation who wasn’t around when they were out in the woods doing their thing.  Those animals have now migrated from some old lady’s closet, to a thrift shop and are now getting their proper shine, up to 40 years later.  It’s recycling.  And recycling is beautiful, am I right?  That’s what this song is about.”  – Macklemore