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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

Twista & Pharrell – Lavish!

See, the beat is lavish. Remember that ‘Girls Best Friend’ song that Jay-Z did a while back? How the beat actually sounded like a diamond? Same things with this beat…it just sounds lavish. Now, being from Park Forest/Heights area, I am somewhat required to like Twista, and honestly, I actually like his flow on this track…but I am really feeling feeling Pharrell on this track. …If you look you in the sky and you don’t see your dream, don’t feel defeated, cause trust me you can build it… Somewhat corny, but so fresh with the delivery. For real, almost relaxing. The more I listen to this, I really like Twista’s little chorus as well. Fresh new track for you to listen too…I bet it sounds beautiful in the car as well. Check the Ill Community on AllHipHop for this track. ***Update: This song keeps getting better as I listen to it, good hip-hop music. ...flipping work is just like, flipping real-estate…

New Alife Retail Space!

I mean…come on. Those Piranhas eating the shirt?! So insane. Lots of good imagery, ideas there. And the pills! Do you guys see this!? For real, a fresh setup. I love what Alife does…classic, the heritage, the respect they demand and all that. Good stuff. So yeah, check them out soon. Carrying their own line, Married To The Mob (shout out to Leah!), and IRAK…as well as some of their Alife x Levis stuff and something about Alife and Cone Denim? That’s wild. I’ll be through here in a few weeks when Chuck and I are in NYC, looking forward to it. Super shout out to Rob, what’s good man? Check our interview with Rob/Jest… Thanks to Beinghunted for their ever so thoughtful coverage of these relevant projects, for real.

Adapter, Jim Gaffigan, and some other random things! OMG!

I’m back from my vacation in Lake Ontario. I’m really tan now. Upstate New York has some…interesting people…you know. Where I was at was really nice…but when we headed into the closest town (about 45 minutes away), I saw the people that God still loves, but might not have spent so much time creating…you know…NASCAR fans and what-not…Anyways, thought I’d do a random post with some good links. So…
Jim Gaffigan is a comedian. One of my favorite comedians, in fact, and I’m going to see him here in Chicago at the Vic in October. He’s really pretty hilarious. He’s been on Sex and the City, those Sierra Mist commercials, Letterman, and lots of other shows before. Check him out ok!?
Next…this Japanese design company called Adapter. This is hot…these guys actually deserve a post all to themselves. The illustration and design on this site is beautiful. Some of the better design I’ve seen online lately. Easy to use site too, even if you can’t read Japanese. Asian letters all looks like this ###### anyways.
Country Fried Soul - Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop. This book looks really hot…I found out about it in the new issue of XLR8R magazine. Interviews with MJG, 8Ball, Jazze Pha, Ludacris…just a really cool looking coffee table book about dirty south hip-hop that will look great in your dorm room.
OK so this was like 5 posts in one…But I can do that if I want to. Lastly, and I’ll be posting about this again as it gets closer, but don’t forget about Semi-Permanent in NY in September. Link below! I’ll be speaking, Joshua Davis, Charlie White, Paul Pope, skinnyCorp…Should be really fun. VICE/KDU/THE Royal parties! OK!

Gold Digger video…Kanye and Hype!

Kanye’s little dance is too much. But I love it. I actually like this video quite a bit. I think I saw it like 2-3 days ago for the first time…and I didn’t think the song was unbelievable or anything, but I’d have to say I like it quite a bit more now. The whole color splash theme of video is fresh. Good looking video girls (who cares anymore?!) and all that. Jamie Foxx is funny as always…John Legend does a little cameo getting fresh with a girl. Kanye smashes everyone with the outfits as always…the hands in the pockets of his pleated pants? Too fresh, don’t think you can do it though. I know I cant.

Engadget!

I’m slightly addicted to this site, its so good…and how do they update it so often!? Some of it is mad corny, like getting Windows to run on a PSP? What, why? But they have all the latest news on fresh cell phones that won’t drop for another 2 years or whatever…all the latest gadgets and all that. And the crazy thing is that they actually get a lot of the pre-release products they cover. I’m still not quite sure how that works. Check this site on the regular…or don’t. Either way, they are doing their thing. By the way, I need that Motorola Q phone. For real, I need it.

The Specials: The Singles Collection!

How can I be anybody else? We are a taste making site…a definition behind our own pop-culture. That’s why I’m posting this. Basically, you need to listen to The Specials for the first time, again, or more. I used to be the biggest fan of 2 Tone and all that. I have been craving a brief breath of fresh air in my rotation of hip hop…so I threw in some old classics…and The Specials reminded me of how incredible some of the 2 Tone stuff was. It was truly good pop music. The tracks ‘Do Nothing’ and ‘Friday Night, Saturday Morning’ are so fresh. So fresh, right now. Hit up iTunes or Amazon or whatever. Listen to The Specials: The Singles Collection!!! But yo, I still listen to chopped & screwed Bun-B tracks!

AirCharterGuide.com…I’m still hustling for this!

I’m feeling the travel-based posts today…plus there is nothing else ‘cool’ happening in pop-culture so… Flying private. It’s one of those things I envy. While I have been fortunate enough to fly on a chartered flight, it was not quite the G5 status I was shooting for. Either way, flying somewhere on your schedule and having little-to-no check in process involved is quite a nice thing. I swear they didn’t even ask my name. Either way… In the mean time, to curb me over until I can drop $25k for a round trip from ORD to JFK on a mid-weight jet, I’ll search flights on Air Charter Guide. Basically an Orbitz for private flights…pretty wild, check it out. You GS3? I’m GS4. You in a Lexus, I’m Gulfstream 4. Up in the sky on a gulf-stream tour.

The Reefs…Bermuda!

This place is so incredible looking. I have been doing some planning to find my next big vacation destination…and I’m thinking it’s going to land me in Southampton, Bermuda at The Reefs. Whoa… I never read too deep into what travel magazines say about a given place…kind of one of those things I judge by myself. But with The Reefs, its hard to ignore the fact that they are constantly on the top something of something list…constantly voted as the best in something. But yo, check the attached picture! They have their own little hidden-cove type beach thing in an out-cropping of rocks! Plus check the pink sand and perfect water. So fresh. So yeah…I haven’t been here yet, but check for me…flip-flops and all that. Their website is kind of sub par, so check the TabletHotels.com write-up.

The Brazilian Bank Heist!

These guys didn’t rob a bank… They ‘pulled off a heist’… Now, THE BRILLIANCE doesn’t really condone or support crime, but this one is definitely note-worthy. These guys tunneled 2 blocks under a central bank, perforated the thick protective vault walls without setting off any sensors or having any of the internal cameras catch them (!!), and made off with roughly $65 million in cash. You know when the police say something like ‘It looked like something out of a movie’ that you did something wild. All I can do I wonder where they are right now. They say about 6-10 people were involved in the heist so you know they had everything planned out…very Ocean’s Eleven. I believe this is the biggest bank heist in Brazil’s history. But without a doubt, the craziest thing about all this… They broke into the vault at around 6 pm on a Friday and no one discovered it until the following Monday! Somebody is sipping champagne somewhere! THE BRILLIANCE doesn’t suggest you rob banks or perform any heists…unless they make a fresh movie about it after the fact.

Y-3 Fall/Winter Line!

Yessir. Sometimes I forget how incredible Y-3 can be both with their actual pieces as well as their delivery and execution. This season’s actual pieces and website display this well, for real. I’ll be honest, I miss the ‘walking in-place’ thing they have had one their site for a while…but this new concrete cube based setup is real fresh. So clean. And that wild combination of what sounds like a racket-ball game and muted conversations is nice and eerie. I like it quite a bit. I also like the line…I would call it a little bit more grown up this time around. Wool sweaters, more subdued and classic colors, great simple sneakers, some real fresh military-style inspired stuff for the ladies, and as always, some great classics like hoodies and warm-up pants. Y-3 stays doing their thing with little to no over-saturation in the market and just enough haters to keep it popular. I need to re-up my Y-3 stash.