30
Jun 09

JAPAN DAY FOUR

Day 4 is a bit all over the place. Raphael came out and explored some spots with his manager Damian, Pen (Leroy Jenkins Ltd. Clothing) and Lauren (L-Boogie). By the way, Ray is working on an ill video game called Ghetto Golf and Pen is helping him with the graphics tip. In case u didn’t know, Pen is an ill artist. Peep some of his work here: http://thablackrayon.blogspot.com. Anyway, on Day 4, I got some of the geometry and composition stuff worked out in my head. Japan is a real visual treat for anyone who shoots. We also took Ray to visit Santastic, Loveless, and Prada (the crazy glass building). Later, Lauren, Pen and myself went exploring in search of a good Japanese restaurant that wasn’t too expensive. We overheard some people speaking English on the street and so I decided to ask if they had any recommendations. The guy walked us over to Maruhachi where we drank Sake and ate a bunch of small plates of food. Later, our friend Phina from Sugar Headquarters (SHQ) linked us up with her friend from TIGHT and we stopped by but they were already closed. Oh, these photos also include my sticker bombing excursion and lots of randomness as well. Enjoy.


30
Jun 09

JAPAN DAY THREE

I love Tokyo! I have met such cool people. For the few days that I have been here, I’ve been having alot of trouble shooting TOkyo. The architecture and geometry is so different then any other place I have been to. The first couple of days photos really sucked. It wasn’t until about the the third day that I was able to make sense of it from a compositional stand point. I really dig the night photos of Tokyo that dont include people but instead focus on the quiet side of a city that is PACKED with people. This photo set also includes photos of Santa and Hori from SANTASTIC. These two guys were a great inspiration to me and I was honored to meet them both. Of course, L-Boogy is in the house. I owe a great deal to her support and believing in me. Thx L. Not sure I say it enough. Anyway, I hope u enjoy.


25
Jun 09

THE KING OF POP

My favorite Michael Jackson memory is my little sister playing Thriller over and over and over again when I was a kid. However the memories of Michael performing with his brothers as The Jackson 5 are the ones I treasure the most. They were literally the first artists I remember as a kid growing up in the 70′s. Michael in the lead and his brothers as backups represented a time, a moment, a sound that will stay with me forever. It’s ironic that his talent was so immense and so wide ranging that we sometimes forget how beautiful and distinctive his voice was. I always loved his ballads the most. “I’ll Be There“, “Never Can Say Goodbye” & the one I posted below “Ben” were just a few of my all-time favorite songs. Below that embed I posted the opening to the Jackson 5 animated series that I use to watch every day after school.

Updated 6/29/09 : My Personal MJ Tribute Video


25
Jun 09

JAPAN DAY ONE

As some of you know, I am currently in Japan as Raphael Saadiq’s tour photographer. Ray is performing at the Tokyo Blue Note for 3 days. My trip started at 7am EST at The Laguardia Airport in Queens. I took a 2 hr flight to ATL International. Waited for 2hrs and boarded my plane to JP. The grueling 14hr flight to Narita International Airport was tough. I couldn’t sleep despite getting 3hrs sleep the night before and dropping a Melatonin. Anyway, once in Japan, the Blue Note people took good care of me. I met up with the band and we took a van to our hotel in Tokyo. The entire trip was about 17-18hrs. Crazy. Anyway, here are some pics along with commentary.


19
Jun 09

Wolves Outside My Apartment

Seems like anytime some director wants a cliche NYC elevated subway platform shot, or an urban but not too scary neighborhood, they come to the Marcy JMZ stop which is literally right at my doorstep. Seems like at least once a month there is a shoot here. I guess its kind of cool that they see the same charm I saw when I moved here. But it can be really annoying having bright lights and shouts of action and cut all night. It was hard enough getting used to the JMZ train running outside my window every 5 minutes. Anyway there are 4 or 5 blocks with only crew trucks and vans. Its for a film called “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Seems like a pretty big production.

Also the crew had to gate off half the block because they are using real live wolves. My building entrance was within the parameters of the gate. I had to talk to 3 people and wait about 15 minutes to get in. Looks like I will be staying in on this Friday night. Check the footage I just shot from my Fire escape and my roof. I also embedded another famous scene shot at the same Marcy stop from the show Flight Of The Conchords

Shot 6/19/09 from my fire escape and roof

Scene from Flight Of The Conchords in front of my building


17
Jun 09

New Pop City

So I just uploaded a video that I shot where most of the fam gathered for a photo shoot for this upcoming book by the KDU’s Phil Knott called “State Of The Moment”. He is documenting creative NYC crews and asked us to come to his studio when we met on The Kid Cudi shoot. This is the most New Pop heads we’ve had in one place at one time so I had to bring the camera out as did Tone and Texas. So check the video and photos. As busy as we all are who knows when we will all get a chance to be in one place at one time like this again.



13
Jun 09

The Kid’s Day Off

One of these sunny spring afternoons in May, The New Pop and Urb Mag collaborated on video\photo shoot and interview with Kid Cudi..
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I just lurked on the set and took some photos of the days events…

Cab ride over the bridge...headed to Soho.. Ak

Cab ride over the bridge...headed to Soho.. Ak


Run Into The New Pop…
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Contessa


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Trevz


In front of the BAPE store, I head on in too see whats goody?
Kid Cudi and photog upstairs

Kid Cudi and photog upstairs


Goodies...

Goodies...


Contessa conducts her interview with Kid Cudi..
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Dueces on from the BAPE store headed to another store

Dueces on from the BAPE store headed to another store


We linked up with Tone at American App

We linked up with Tone at American App


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Tone starts flicking it up
Tone on the grind

Tone on the grind


Then more photos outside the American Apparel store
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Plain Pat showed up there....

Plain Pat showed up there....


The Peace out Shots

The Peace out Shots

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Contessa X Kid Cudi

Contessa X Kid Cudi

It was a good day…mad chill vibes the whole day…Kid Cudi explained his story in his words to The New Pop and Urb Magazine which btw is a cover story… should be hitting newstands in the near future…I let you guys have a sneak peak.. hopefully I didn’t give away storylines n shit…smh…but if you wanna see more check out Tone’s sick BTS shots..


12
Jun 09

Girls Girls Girls Girls

I like subtle. It tends to speak louder than ..well.. loud people. There’s just no need to tell everybody-everything, all the time. I enjoy that my homeboy Christopher Owens didn’t even bother to mention that he is the frontman for Girls, the san francisco based band dominating summer playlists everywhere.


11
Jun 09

Femme Fatale

This is post is dedicated to the females, the ladies, the women of the this music game. Ladies are killing it right now with new styles, new genres and just being original. Now the ladies that makes the The Bu$ine$$ Ladies List are here for a number of reasons… Talent, Originality, Stage Presence, Hustle Game, Sex Appeal, Style and Class.

First up, Nola Darling…two emcees that combines soul, funk, dancehall, reggae and all things that remind me of African Queens .
I like them cuz they keep it real while keeping it real responsible. They got a message you can groove to. The shit that caught my ears was their Pretty Gritty Mini-Mixtape

Listen Up

Listen Up


Okay fellas the eye candy….yum
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hit the homegirls up on twitter. Nola Darling’s linkage

Dana La Rock! okay she dropped this “fun”tape called Gold Booms & Silver Bangs
I really liked how she blended electro with hip-hop without it sounding like another Santogold or MIA…She is from Cali so I can feel that laid back Cali vibe on it she doesn’t consder herself a rapper but she can spit I see the potential. Check out this sick song called “LA Lovefest”

Dana La Rock

Dana La Rock


GoldBOOMS SilverBANGS

GoldBOOMS SilverBANGS


Dana La Rock’s twitter linkage

The New Pop’s very own Jasmine Solano.. Jazzy get’s it in.. I seen her rock out so many times and everytime she gets the party poppin!!!!! DeeJay’ing or rapping its always MAYJAH when Jasmine Solano in the place to be…

Jasmine Solano

Jasmine Solano


Jasmine Solano’s twitter linkage

Eyeris…yo I can’t front like the name and play on words going on here… Feelin’ the Ms. Carter seen her rock at Santo’s and truly enjoyed myself… but she will not follow me on twitter :( but nonetheless a dope MC….

This cover is sick download n listen

This cover is sick download n listen

when u see her in the streets tell her you saw her here!!!

when u see her in the streets tell her you saw her here!!!


Eyeris’ myspace linkage

Nikki Ntu is a killa with the pen… hands down lyrically is a giant speaking of which check out her song “Giant”.. She just dropped and EP titled “A History of Dreams” download and discover….

listen up

listen up


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Nikki’s gotta blog check it out

Azealia Banks is 18 y\o from Harlem who can out rap most broads in the game.. She writes it all on her own and produces most of her tracks… She is like 10 steps ahead of the competition dudes included. Check out the song “Seventeen”

SPITFIRE

SPITFIRE


Azealia Banks’ twitter linkage

Sandflower Dyson..this girl has more energy on stage than Busta Rhymes and he goes in.. If your in NYC check her live with her band and vocals dope shit.. Rock Hood…she rocks good!!!

XOXO we love you to Sandy

XOXO we love you to Sandy

While on the subject of chicks who rock!!! Raye6 Raye6 Raye6 Raye6 Raye6 Raye6 so sexy had to type it 6 times. When she performs I’m like mesmerized and I’m jaded in this biz but she is really talented and its an experience u must go check out…. plus the bubble girls awe man…My fave song “Mahogany Poppy” sultry and sexy
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Summer of Raye

Tatted Up

Tatted Up

RA The MC hails from Chocolate City D.C. got that DMV shit goin on but she is ill on the mic. Caught her last year at Habana Outpost and she killed it there too. She know’s Ye so she must be doing something right..untitled

in deep thought

in deep thought


RA The MC’s myspace linkage

This concludes my Bu$ine$$ Ladies List will need an update sooner than later as I run into more chicks who rock the mic right ..wink wink…What I mean is ladies who make tunes and is out here hustling their crack…This will be a great summer with these ladies in my headphones…

“Got the hottest chicks in the game/ all on my page”


07
Jun 09

An ode to TONE.

Tone (as in PHOTO BY TONE, 1/3 of the founding members of THE NEW POP) has known me for a while. He was around when the ponytail only came to my shoulder. He was around when I started my first weekly with DJ Iron Lyon, DJ Kevy & Melo-X, called THE JAWN in 2007. And he’s known me since back when when I was a full time Production Manager on music videos & sorta still worked at 555-SOUL on Lafayette St. (R.I.P.)

And he’s stuck around. For as long as I’ve known him and as much work as he’s done for me, he STILL hasn’t asked me for a favor or a dime (I apologize if that infuriates some of you). But see I’d take a bullet to save his camera. And I’m pretty sure he’d take a bullet to save my dj laptop. It’s a friendship I value to the most high.

So here’s a little dedication poem about the evolution of “Jazzy + Tone” told through his pictures. Which of course can always be found on www.photobytone.com :)

WE BEGIN IN 2007. WHEN THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING WAS BEGINNING:
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TONE CAME ON THE STRENGTH TO SHOOT MY FIRST NYC PARTY, “THE JAWN”:
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AS WELL AS WHEN THE PONYTAIL WAS IN IT’S EARLY DEVELOPMENT:
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NEXT WE MOVE TO EARLY 2008. HERE WE HAVE A DOUBLE SHOT (AND I MEAN “TEXAS & TONE” SNAPPING A PHOTO AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE DRINKS WERE DEFINITELY NOT ALL MINE ;)
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TONE CONTINUES TO DOCUMENT THE FOUNDATION OF “JAZZY + MELO”:
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THE NIGHT WE ALL ESCAPED TO RICE & PEAS IN PHILLY:
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TONE WAS THERE FOR THE 1ST EVER ELECTRIC PUNANNY PARTY (MAY 2008):
(take note of the 4 inch growth de la ponytail)
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THEN TONE AND I DID A SECRET PHOTOSHOOT WHICH WE STILL HAVEN’T TOLD ANYONE ABOUT! LOL:
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AND THEN WE DID ANOTHER SECRET PHOTOSHOOT! WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?!?
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ELECTRIC PUNANNY THEN MOVES TO IT’S CURRENT HOME, SWAY:
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I DJ THERE.
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MELO-X + I GET SOME PHOTOS TAKEN THERE:
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AND WE APPRECIATE OUR FANS TILL DEATH DO US PART:
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AND EVEN IN THE GRIND OF 09, TONE CONTINUES TO COVER ALL THE MOMENTS THAT MATTER:
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FIRST PERFORMANCE OF MINE AT ELECTRIC PUNNANY (JAN 2009):
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AND AS WE PROCEED…
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WITH “THE GAMES, THE HUSTLE, THE TOWNS, THE JOURNEY. THE DAMES, THE SCUFFLES, THE CROWDS, THE STORIES” (lyric that i stole from Iron Lyon’s song 6 BILLION WAYZ from his album TIME CAPSULE (shameless plug!!!)
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TONE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT EVERYTHING I DO, AND I COULDN’T BE MORE GRATEFUL <3
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