25.04.2013 by Masta Lee
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
On VOD/iTunes May 24th & in Theaters June 28th.
- 09.04.2013 by Masta Lee
- 08.04.2013 by Masta Lee
My crew consisting of Patrick, Milo and FS Green are currently fully enthralled and captivated by the city of Tokyo. I remember experiencing the same feeling during my first visit years ago and I wish I could be there to witness their Tokyo cherry pop! No matter how many times you’ve visited, Tokyo remains a special place unlike any other. Pat sent over some first pictures to share with you.
- 05.04.2013 by Masta Lee
“Charge” is television commercial directed by Romain Gavras, best known for his cinematic music videos such as “Stress” by Justice, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church In The Wild” and M.I.A.’s controversial “Born Free”. Nevermind that this is a commercial, just check out the cinematically epic 90-seconds.
- 04.04.2013 by Masta Lee
My visit was short but whenever possible, my friends Tom and his brother Mike did manage to squeeze in some mission runs in the city, as well as enjoy some real good food. Some notable discoveries include Unar Coffee Company and Lab Made Ice Cream, both in Tai Hang, as well as Sumi Yakitori in Causeway Bay. The newly developed area in Wan Chai is worth a mention as well, providing retail spaces for bigger names such as Visvim and Monocle, but also numerous lesser-known boutiques carrying interesting clothing, furniture, antiques, art and more. Another highlight was dropping by Vinyl Hero, ran by the homie Paul Au. The used record store is housed in a tiny apartment complex in Sham Shui Po district, stocked floor to ceiling with nothing but records and virtually no room to move. Paul doesn’t mess with websites, emails or PayPal. If you want to hit him up, you call and hope he is around. Love it.
Be back soon HK…
- 02.04.2013 by Masta Lee
Last week, Nike invited me to be a guest at the official Air Max 1 Engineered Mesh Launch at the Juice store in Hong Kong. The event was a nice get-together with fellow guests and friends Nathan Jobe (Nike), Steve Bryden (Crooked Tongues), Michael Dupouy (LaMJC), Sharmadean Reid (WAH Nails), DJ Wordy (DJ/producer) and the Juice/CLOT hosts Edison Chen and Kevin Poon, whom all shared stories on the history and culture of the iconic Air Max.
For the occasion, the Juice store was transformed into a Centre Pompidou-esque setting (Tinker Hatfield’s inspiration for the OG AM1), showcasing the history of Air Max. It was quite interesting to hear about the different angles and perspectives that all started with Tinker’s creation 26 years ago.
A little sneaker chitty chat chat with the homies.
Topped off with a little DJ’ing.
Haaa, Hip Hop right here: Prepare, Wordy, Chef and C-Infamous!
Elaine I see you, 為食貓.
Thank you team Nike for having me: Big homie Tom, Drieke, Angel, Elaine, Helen, Simon and all Nike staff. Juice/CLOT massive, EDC, Mike, Poon, what up Tony, Ken, Lung Goh! Team Silly Thing for the patience and hard work: Sir Frank Liew, Sir Edward, Just Being James, Bii Bii, CG Watkins. Salute to the homie Wordy, big tings a gwaan.
More HK coming soon!
- 20.03.2013 by Masta Lee
Fuse continues their hot streak of insightful videos highlighting various DJ’s and producers and their vinyl record collections. This extensive episode shines a light on the late J Dilla’s collection, with contributions from Ma Dukes, Illa J, J. Rocc, Houseshoes, Spinna, Frank Nitt, Amp Fiddler and more.
- 19.03.2013 by Masta Lee
I paid a quick visit to my homie Edu De Leau at his work today since they recently relocated and are now just around the corner from my place. Tattoo Studio FriendShip is the new spot in the Amsterdam De Pijp-area to get your ink on. What set this studio apart from most dime a dozen tattoo spots in the city is that it’s ran by a group of close and talented friends, focusing on quality tattoos in many styles, applied in a very pleasant and laidback environment. If you’re planning to get inked (or pick up some small art for your home), this truly is a great place to consider. Tell Edu I sent you.
- 15.03.2013 by Masta Lee
Take My Picture observes the phenomenon of fashion bloggers and street style stars. As the makers started to review the footage, two salient trends became apparent: fashion editors frustrated by the ensuing commotion outside of shows, and the rise of “peacocking” street style stars as a result of the proliferation of blogs. This film examines these themes from both perspectives.
- 08.03.2013 by Masta Lee
Patta Coach jacket & Tote Bag.
Rachel Tran. Community Manager. Food & Lycra. United Kingdom.
Photography by Emma Parker.
- 06.03.2013 by Masta Lee
Legend takes you on an epic 12-minute visual and aural journey through Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun. The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon’s glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.
Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane. Mono’s score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album “For my parents”. Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland – a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.
- 26.02.2013 by Masta Lee
New York, Amsterdam and Kingston collided when Major Lazer teamed up with dancehall legend Busy Signal and our friends The Flexican and FS Green for their latest single “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)”. The track is from their upcoming album “Free the Universe”, set for release on April 15. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get a free download of “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” now. Video dropping soon as well!events
- 09.04.2013 by Masta Lee