On Tues. we introduced CAN I KICK IT? to 2018 and what better way to bring in the new year than doing so in-style. Nu Wears, a new men’s accessories line by notable producer SlimKat76, held down the pop-up shop – upping our “style game” as well as the “style-game” for those fashion-forward people who bought the brand’s hand crafted ties and handkerchiefs.
Thank you to everyone who attended, props to Songbyrd for hosting and shouts to Terry for holding down the bar, salute to Nu Wears for supporting, and much appreciated to everyone who spread the word. Lastly, salute to DJ Iran for dropping some gems on the turntables. If you stayed long enough you got blessed with some rare samples.
Next up, on Tues. Feb. 27th we bring you a classic from the Jackie Chan archive – Drunken Master. See you then and for the full recap click Read the rest of this entry
Main Source (Large Professor, Neek the Exotic, Joe Fatale), the revered rap group who introduced the world to Nas, blessed DC last Thurs with their classic show (at Songbyrd) performing hits, freestyles, in addition to treating our ears to new music as well as playing unreleased joints from the legendary Pete Rock. Word.
And if that wasn’t enough, the show openers included North Carolina’s Raw Wattage, DC’s own J Scienide (peep that Ninja Vuitton and shouts to Kev Brown who performed with J) who was introduced by the iconic Bobbito Garcia. But wait, legendary mixtape DJ DJ Doo Wop was also in attendance, and DJ 2-Tone Jones served as the resident DJ for everyone who performed.
No fakes. No imitations. Just straight classic raw. And shouts to SHAOLens for the snaps.
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Taking risks are apart of business, but when you build your brand a certain way and you plan and execute your marketing strategy properly those risks pay off and our final CAN I KICK IT? of 2017 exemplifies that risk, as we decided to conduct it the day after Christmas, despite a number of people responding after hearing the news, “You’re going to it when?” and “Are you sure, its the day after Christmas?”
The answers to those questions came in the form of us having our biggest crowd to date at Songbyrd, where standing-room-only quickly came into effect. And the irony is that Songbyrd actually bought more chairs which was great because they did get used, however, the demand persisted.
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What better way to end the year than with one of the best and most iconic martial arts films – Enter the Dragon starring legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee. Join us on Tues Dec. 26th (decompress after the holiday), @SongByrdDC. For more Info/RSVP click here.
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
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
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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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.