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CAN I KICK IT? / Ghost In The Shell / Recap

We’re closing out the year with heat and last week’s CAN I KICK IT? exemplified that to the fullest as we screened the anime classic Ghost In The Shell.  Thanks to everyone who attended, those who helped spread the word, salute to the Crochet Kingpin who rocked the pop-up shop, and props to Songbyrd for hosting.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

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SHAOLens

Hung out with the homie SHAOLens last Saturday and took him to see/hear DJ Soyo and DJ Cerebral kill it at Lounge of 3.  Always a good time.  Check out a few more of his flicks here Read the rest of this entry

Skeme Richards – What’s Good(?)

Hailing from Philadelphia, global DJ, cultural ambassador, and foodie (among many other hats), Skeme Richards has established himself as a connoisseur of cool for over 30 years.  Whether it was with his former imprint Hot Peas & Butta or his new venture Nostalgia King, Skeme is known globally as a tastemaker with roots in hip-hop, martial arts, and blaxploitation films.

As someone who’s been involved in the culture for so long, Skeme’s natural ability to connect people has allowed him to take advantage of the changing landscape that’s come with the spread of the internet and social media.  The self-proclaimed “pop culture preserver” says “I want to be the connector.  In the past, I feel like different scenes were so segregated.  I’m into 10 different things, so I want to connect people from those 10 different communities into one.”

With all of his ventures, his role as a DJ is still his bread and butter.  For example, he recently spun at the Marvel and Netflix collaboration, Marvel’s Luke Cage, an event that brought together the worlds of hip-hop and blaxploitation style television.  This is an extension of one of his most popular outlets, his all 45” vinyl parties originally known under Hot Peas & Butta.  

SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview via Myk Blauuw) recently had a chance to talk to Skeme on his career and how he’s seen things change over the years, as well as his favorite burger (he recently started his hamburger reviews in a section, on his website Nostalgia King, called “The Drop – A Conversation Over Beef”) and the one record he’s still on the hunt for.

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Skeme Richards / WHAT’S GOOD(?) / 11.13.17

We have a number of firsts this week and to add to that list we’d like to announce the launch of WHAT’S GOOD(?) – an editorial series where we interview and profile select influencers, innovators, and cultural purveyors who’s tastes and work are akin to ours.

And with our first edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?), which drops Monday November 13th, we talk to Skeme Richards: world renowned DJ, rare collectibles connoisseur, and martial arts films aficionado (to name a few hats).  Stay tuned for the drop.

SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V

Introducing our latest multimedia engagement: SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V (AUDIOVISUAL) – an audio/video journey through the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.  DJ 2-Tone combines the art of DJing with video-mixing in an innovative multimedia experience that explores the music that has inspired the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog in sync with moving visuals, select music videos, and clips from iconic martial arts films and vintage flicks.  For booking/inquiries: info@shaolinjazz.com and for visuals click Read the rest of this entry

Influences 1.0

We’re pleased to announce our newest SHAOLIN JAZZ design: “Influences.”  “Influences” is a series that takes stylistic cues from pop art and graffiti and fuses them with SHAOLIN JAZZ’s more specific cultural influences of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.  Our goal with each design, starting with “Influences 1.0,” is to tell a story that pays homage to our creative make-up, provide, if you look closely, a visual history lesson, and give insight into SHAOLIN JAZZ’s cultural DNA.  To customize and order click here.

I’m withe banned – Documentary

Last week I was fortunate to get the shout about the screening of Spotify’s first documentary I’m with the banned.

Really liked how they flipped the editing to give it almost like a cinematic music video-feel.

Essentially I’m with the banned is a music initiative to empower artists and fans from different cultures to come together, and to amplify the voices of people and communities that have been silenced.  The documentary focuses on a variety of issues that impact different communities today–from immigration to LGBTQ equality–through artist collaborations, performances and original content.

I’m with the banned chronicles a musical collaboration between six artists from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran; the countries incorporated in the proposed travel ban, with six American artists such as Pusha T, Dr. Lonnie Smith, BJ The Chicago Kid, and K.Flay.  And since the artists from the Middle East cannot enter the U.S. they and the American have to record in Toronto.

In addition the complimentary drinks and popcorn at E Street Cinema, where the screening was held in DC, the good people at Spotify saw that it was also only fit to do an after-party (open bar) at a spot downtown featuring artists from the documentary Moh Flow and DC’s own Oddisee.

I’m with the banned will air, in it’s entirety, on VICE this month so stay tuned and for the additional info about the doc click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? ‘Fan Pick’ Edition – Recap

For this to be our first ‘fan pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT? we were pleasantly surprised.  When you do something new, you have no idea what’s going to happen, but then you have moments like this where people participated with lots of and in some cases – very random suggestions of movie titles and then there’s the surprise announcement of the film that night, which, as we hoped would happen, proved to be the icing on the cake.

In the end, Road House, a classic title from the late 80’s starring Patrick Swayze (RIP), won the night.  Props to Songbyrd for hosting and thanks again to everyone who came thru as well as all of those who spread the word.  Lastly, special shout to Maishah for also run our pop-up shop.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

Marked for Death – Recap

Our return to Songbyrd after our month long CAN I KICK IT? series at Freedom Plaza, had some minor hurdles (arrive early for seating), but was a good time.  We’re now downstairs, for the next few months, and Songbyrd’s performance space is a great fit allowing for people to chill out and enjoy the movie.

Thanks to everyone who attended, Sonbyrd for hosting, props to Efua’s Baby (pop-up shop), and salute to everyone who helped spread the word.

And if you missed this month be sure to check us out next month Aug. 22nd for Shaolin vs Ninja.

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Efua’s Baby

Tomorrow at CAN I KICK IT? be sure to check out local brand Efua’s Baby 1977 a mommy ran family business that offers 100% handcrafted health necessities such as soy & coconut oil candles, body butters, and other consumer goods.  Learn more at www.efuasbaby.com.