28
May 09

THE HEIGHTS

This is the shit I love about New York City. For way too long, I was surrounded by the “New” New York, and lately, I’ve been hanging out within the Old New York. I love the ghettos, being fearful of whether or not I am going to be robbed or shot, and the beautiful people that hustle every day to put food on their tables. As crazy as it sounds, I admire it. Life isn’t easy, and going to these parts remind me of that.

These are photos from the Heights. A little on the nicer side of things. I look forward to photographing more parts of New York that we have forgotten. NEW POP!


28
May 09

VINTAGE STREET SALE W/KESH! (HUSTLE N GRIND)

SALE THIS SUNDAY JUNE 7TH !!!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE VINTAGE SALES THIS JUNE AND JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!

KESH N CONTESSA

KESH N CONTESSA

Kesh and I met on the streets of Bed Stuy at around 4 am two years ago. I hadn’t a clue who this beautiful tall amazon was, but I thought I’d just stop and holla at a shorty (she is much taller than I). I just came home from a dyke bar, so I thought, why not continue the cruising?

Kesh called me to go out one night, and we ended up at Roxy Cottontails old wednesday party at Room Service. Roxy then showed us a FABULOUS time, and took us (Kesh, M.I.A., Amanda Blank, Daft Punk, Spank Rock, Leif…etc.) into a strip club and bought us lap dances, champagne and so on. For me, picking out the stripper was the best part, but I would have rather Kesh give me the lap dance that night.

KESH, ALI and CONTESSA circa 2007

KESH, ALI and CONTESSA circa 2007

Ever since then we have a beautiful relationship with out sex. We are vintage partners and collaborators. I trust and value her opinion – and that doesn’t HAPPEN very often. She is really one of the truest people out there, and deserves all the success in the world.

Doing photo-shoots and vintage with her i’d have to say she has a sharp business eye, and really pays attention to detail. So when we decided to sell on the streets of Williamsburg, I know that we’d have great pieces to sell! anywhere from $3 – 30 (Recession prices, honey!)
All pictures below are from Kesh blog! (some pictures were taken by me, her, and anyone else who got their paws on the camera, including Antwan from ithinkyoureswell.com!)

FIRST SALE -
10:00 AM We were greeted with Kesh fans from New Jersey! through out the day fans of Contessa and Kesh were coming and buying. It was a WILD success! cha-ching!

JORDAN FOX SHOPS

JORDAN FOX SHOPS



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After a wild success of Kesh and I’s first Vintage Sale, we decided to take over the streets again Sunday (April 26th) – This time it was bitter sweet – Kesh is moving to Chicago for a hot minute.

This time it was sweltering hot out, and we were a bit cranky at times, ALSO this time we had some fierce competition – I ended up buying a dress off of another vendor!
We stuck it out, and it ended up being a really chill time because of all our friends, and customers that stopped by!

Here is pictures from my camera phone

KEEP A MOTHA FUCKIN’ HEADS-UP FOR THE NEXT VINTAGE SALE! CUNTY LOOKS!

XOXO CONTESSA XOXO
TWITTER: CUNTMAFIA


27
May 09

Whole In The Wall exhibit Old & New Graf masters!

I am documenting the art Exhibit “Whole In The Wall” opening tomorrow. Featuring Graf legends from the 70′s & 80′s, as well as the European artist who they influenced. All showing works in one show and all here! Not to mention the photographers Henry Chalafant and Martha Cooper authors of the legendary book Subway Art. Here are a couple of clips I did during the build featuring Blade, Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Daze, IKON, Lee Quinones and many more. So cool.

Masters Of Graffiti Reunion. Lee Quinones, Blade, DAze, Sharp.

Masters Of Graffiti Reunion part 2. Lee Quinones, Blade, DAze, Sharp, Jamel Shabazz, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper.

The Book Subway Art. Photographers Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant reunite with Graf legends in the book to celebrate the 25th anniversary re print.

European Artist Sozyone, IKON, Plateus and Gallerist Chantel Helenbeck.

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27
May 09

3200 Kings

Shooting with film is like entering a church and finding a brand new spirituality. I definitely missed it. Here are some photos from Sway last monday of my homies. Click to get the enlargements. I’m out.


24
May 09

Blended Bo$$es @ Blender Theater June 1st

Blended Bo$$es

Blended Bo$$es

The reasons why I’m going to the show..seriously 100% honesty no marketing swindles

First, up is Homeboy Sandman.. his lyricism is off the charts and his subject matter is relevant to the state of hip hop right now. His live show is bananas you can tell he spits what he lives, lives whats he spits…blah venom kid homey is vicious. Check out the track “AirRaid” my fave. link up with Homeboy Sandman… www.homeboysandman.com

Homeboy Sandman

Homeboy Sandman

Next up is me kid had to put me in there somewhere on this mothafucka!! As for me $trictly Busine$$ aka SB.. me and JonnyOnTheRocks got some tricks up our sleeve to take to the next level. Hope u people enjoy.. Just think hip-hop in 3009 played in the projects preferably Sumner Houses….if you heard Poisonous Planet EP its 20x that.
Personal Fave” Army of Love” twitter me holmes I’ll holla www.twitter.com/sbeezee

SB Lean

SB Lean


Gaurd ya grill them ninjas is out the dojo!!! Shinobi Ninja dope ass band from BKLYN mixing rock, rap, grunge, etc etc all types of ill shit like a 50 dolla haze blunt to the face intense and high…Personal fave “Rock Hood” peep the space…www.myspace.com/shinobininjamusic
Shinobi Ninja

Shinobi Ninja

Next up is F.dot aka Fresh Daily….To me he is the new king of boom bap… Introspective, calculated, tight flow n rythm nigga can rap..He’s serious bout his shit and you can hear it in the tunes..I’m humbly awaiting “Tommorrow is Today EP” believe the release date is May 27th…which is soon.. I heard it’s fiyah.. Fave Track “Apollo 13″

Fresh Daily

Fresh Daily

And women who dance like no other!!!!!!
Rhapsody The Company..Rhapsody did the choreography for Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied” video and the shit was dope.. it was..I haven’t seen dance on stage since Alvin Alley back in the days on PBS aka channel 13 ..it would be a breath of fresh air for I and my senses. Watching women dance makes me feel some kinda way

i want to see these women gyrate..yes yes yes

i want to see these women gyrate..yes yes yes


a video clip of them

T(H)RASH too!!!!
Any Group that looks like this I gotta see..the picture alone makes me interested ;)

T(H)RASH

T(H)RASH

A nice vid of them doing some shit
another just buged out of them hella random but if you got the extra time check it out

Dana Foglia has choreographed for Beyonce too (damn Beyonce be swagging jacking NYC), also danced with Janet Jackson and RiRi our light-skinned battered R&B\pop princess for the moment.. And RiRi and Bee stay with the booty dances so I know Dana gets it popping!!!! You never fucking know if Beyonce swings by if she is NYC u never know shit she be at Santo’s sometime..Beyonce callin u out support your homegirls

Dana Foglia in the one with the white legs

Dana Foglia in the one with the white legs


www.danafolgia.com
peep the vid of her at the World Music Awards with Beyonce

DJ sets by: Teddy King and Ill P both are known for the skills with vinyl..real vinyl no serato or cdj

Teddy King

Teddy King


Ill P

Ill P

Hosted by: DJ FatFingaz monster on the 1z n 2z

DJ FatFingaz

DJ FatFingaz

So there u have it raw n uncut also peep the video flyer
Blended Bo$$es

All these artists’ are bosses in there own right, blended together to make one dope show.
June 1st 6pm will be this sick n ill

Blended Madness

Blended Madness


20
May 09

Party & Bull$hit

If your a thirstbucket for the weekend like me then your weekend starts on a Thursday. Leavin all worries and cares behind at this party. Radical Outings Hosted by Contessa n Baby Rox “Drop It Low” at The Annex

THE FLYA

THE FLYA


I walked into the jumpoff bump into no other than MachineDrum on 1 & 2s….
MachineDrum....

MachineDrum....


MachineDrum was rocking had shorty wilding to the music we had to give her space…..
Dancehall Queen

Dancehall Queen


I had to come downstairs to get that Electric Boogie from DJ SKITNIG
SKITSNIG
Ran into these lovely ladies what a discovery that was!!!!
BabyGirls

BabyGirls


Gina.....peep the graf above your head

Gina.....peep the graf above your head


CuntMafia, Baby Roxx, & Mr.StarrCIty

CuntMafia, Baby Roxx, & Mr.StarrCIty


Dipped outside to burn a spliff ran into Isabella…(sidebar venue stunting on me burning in the spot..no bueno keep it 100 it was all good a week ago…)
$B X Isabella

$B X Isabella


Then Ms. Banks comes on the block
Ms Banks outside the club

Ms Banks outside the club


Heading back inside the jumpoff…got some air..scoped out some girls to see how they look in “natural light”
Ms. Banks rockin the mic right!!!

Ms. Banks rockin the mic right!!!


The crowd was open…”Don’t front you know I got you open”
Crowd Control

Crowd Control


That’s wrap for alll for me for Thursday night….
another blunt later its Friday and we had two shows that night 1st was JonnyOnTheRocks at this midtown spot I forgotten the name.
JonnyRockin

JonnyRockin


Then we packed up gear headed to BKLYN to the Shank to rock with Radical Outings, Bad Begginings, Anton Glamb, Hiro The Jap, DJ SKITSNIGG, NINJA SONIC, Ray Contour, Shinobi Ninja, and $trictly Busine$$.
The Party Goes on and on and...

The Party Goes on and on and...


We here bitches

We here bitches


Cosmo Colored Crowd

Cosmo Colored Crowd


Claudia was smart with the water on the sideline because it was a sauna in there literally 500 muthafuckas
skating, rockin, rappin, drinkin, smoking and all types of fuckery.
Claudia chillin

Claudia chillin


my lil bro' Aqua illa on the skateboard tip came thru 2

my lil bro' Aqua illa on the skateboard tip came thru 2


Still Steaming in here… run into Seatle Steve
Seatle Steve brings the pain

Seatle Steve brings the pain


Mr. StarrCity

Mr. StarrCity


Dip Set or Death Set u decide hombre….
Death Set!!! Death Set!! owwww

Death Set!!! Death Set!! owwww


Ray Contour
Ray Contour's chain gang

Ray Contour's chain gang


Two-steppin to the beat

Two-steppin to the beat


Our Friday came to a close with Ninja Sonic killin them. Telli, Mr.Starrcity, and I went to Kellog’s Diner for some nourishments.
Eating Good in BKLYN

Eating Good in BKLYN


I pulled an all nighter as usual and went to the Truth or Dare Secret Rave at Refuge
performances by BadBeginings, Memberz Only, Anton Glamb, and Hiro The Jap.
And the beat goes on

And the beat goes on


BKLYN RAVES ARE THE BEST
Lazer Beamz

Lazer Beamz


Some Tribal Shit okay he must be a 187 PIRU

Some Tribal Shit okay he must be a 187 PIRU


DollBaby

DollBaby


Electrify My Love

Electrify My Love


Yo I was watchin this one for a while just to see if she would trip..lol
Hulu Hoop

Hulu Hoop


Just D.A.N.C.E.

Just D.A.N.C.E.


She be bottle poppin....hey it's a 1st time for everything.

She be bottle poppin....hey it's a 1st time for everything.


Boobs Boobs Boobs tru...

Boobs Boobs Boobs tru...


Euro Ravers....Sergi whaddup son

Euro Ravers....Sergi whaddup son


The party was too packed went to the roof for air…
$B, Anton, and Claudia

$B, Anton, and Claudia


Rooftop

Rooftop


Rooftop

Rooftop


Gimme A Light

Gimme A Light


someone brought a mouse to the Rave

someone brought a mouse to the Rave


Dueces till next time

Dueces till next time


If you like dope tunes, dope people, some drugs maybe perhaps depends on which kind, alcohol and women
DROP IT LOW EVERY THURSDAY FOLLOW THE TWITTER KIDDO
www.twitter.com/sbeezee
check out more photos of the night at The Shank www.photosbytone.com


16
May 09

Giants and Kings

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I remember the first time I met Nikki Ntu, and ever since then, the Kings connected and we are striving to change the world. We are not meant to only document one scene, one revolution, one person, one dream, or one light. We are here because we have to create some form of change within this world. We are here in order to become teachers for the future generation, and not drown ourselves in selfish arrogance because in the end, they have to carry on the torch.

Download Nikki Ntu’s single, Giant.

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Download: Nikki Ntu – Giant


13
May 09

Fashion and Queer undercurrent at Sway ONCE A MONTH!

What happens when you take ROXY COTTONTAILS biggest “profiling” Hip Hop party and infuse it with Queer hosts (Contessa) and DJ’s (Telfar and Kingdom from MR. BLACK’S CASTLE SATURDAYS) ?!!! You get a melange of “Industry” and/or Underground party people coming out of the wood work.
Typically Sway is known for it’s Mondays Electric Punanni, and Rice and Pea’s but something was missing for fashion hip hop heads.
Adding elements of queer friendly, fashion forward and Industry thinking – we get a balance of crazy partying and the ability (which Sway Mondays was missing for a while) NETWORKING.

With that being said, being involved on a Sway Monday that speaks to me, makes me very happy to be apart of a creative scene.

MAY 11TH 2009

MAY 11TH 2009


Not to mention the first Fruity Cocomuffs Diplo did a surprise DJ set after miss Mad Decent’s MALUCA performed! This EDITION our home girl Shyvonne and Shamz Le Roc KILLED it.

So Queers, and Fashionista’s who like to bump and grind and dutty wine to a party with an undercurrent of Queer friendly energy, this is it ONCE A MONTH AT FRUITY COCOMUFFS!

I LOVE SWAY MONDAYS! The best hip hop party in NYC, EVER, PERIOD.

Check out PHOTO by TONE FRUITY COCO MUFFS MAY 11TH 2009. CLICK PICTURE BELOW!

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FIRST FRUITY COCO MUFFS W/ MALUCA, DIPLO, CONTESSA, ROXY COTTONAIL, TELFAR AND KINGDOM

CONTESSA GETTIN NASTY

CONTESSA GETTIN NASTY


DIPLO AND KINGDOM

DIPLO AND KINGDOM



MALUCA KILLING IT

MALUCA KILLING IT


XOXO CONTESSA

TWITTER: CUNTMAFIA


10
May 09

ACRYLIC 2 BONUS FOOTAGE

ACRYLIC 2 BONUS FOOTAGE

So this Acrylic thing is becoming quite the New Media happening. With live streaming, vintage sales, an array of photographers, and the New Pop coverage, it feels like something that can only happen right here right now. The thing is there is so much good shit going on that I can’t possible tell it all in one episode. That’s why The New Pop made blogs. Bonus footage this week includes;

ninjasonik & anton glamb///

sb & jonny on the rocks///

amelia banks, star city & memberz only///


10
May 09

THE ROOTS TEASER

I have tried without much luck to land a web series or promotional campaign with a major artist or client without much luck. I have sent dozens of treatments, had a shit load of meetings, and have come as close as I could come without actually booking a gig. I am convinced that Viral Video will kill the Music Video star, but labels didn’t seem as convinced.

Well a few weeks back I got a call from a music producer to document a studio session for The Roots. We have done work with him before, documenting one of his artist Antoinette Costa which was super cool. We discussed doing a web series but nothing ever came of it. Well it turned out this producer also produces and manages The Roots.

So back to the gig; I arrived that night thinking this would be a one day gig just like most others. As the night progressed he tells me he wants to do a series leading up to the release of The Roots next album “How I Got Over” releasing June 23rd. For some reason at that time it didn’t quite register that I just landed my first web series with a major label. It happened so quickly and so smoothly that it caught me entirely off guard. And with The Legendary Roots crew, Wow! I can only imagine that this is how D.A. Pennebaker felt when he got his first big gig. (Geek reference) Anyway wish me luck. This could be a huge step in my crusade to advance the Viral Artist Series genre.

Here is the video teaser

Big thanks to Okay Player & Universal Music. And wish me luck, its a huge challenge.