Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hip Hop Icon and a personal hero of mine Bobbito Garcia is about to make history yet again. Show your support for Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love as he becomes the first Latino to broadcast a nationally televised basketball game in ESPN's 30 year history and perhaps the first on any network. The Elite 24 High School All-American Game (Sat. 7:30 pm) as well as the Dunk Contest Fri. 8pm).
He needs no introduction to many of you as he was co-host of the greatest Hip Hop radio show of all time, WKCR 89.9 FM along side Stretch Armstrong and Lord Sear. Bobbito was also a part of the famous bboy group The Rock Steady Crew. Bobbito had a long standing monthly column in Vibe Magazine. He is the owner and chief editor of Bounce Magazine. He is the author of Where Did You Get Those? with exceptional photography done by himself. He has done over 40 commercials for Nike and does radio work for the New York Knicks. Has starred in many independent films. He does the voice work for NBA Street Vol.2 and Vol.3. Bobbito has his own limited edition Nike shoes as well. With everything mentioned Bobbito is an extremely talented street basketball player. There is so much more that I didn't even list. Bobbito keeps it about as real as anyone possibly could. I appreciate his work and his talents. Thank You for everything you've done.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It's a true sign of the times when such iconic images, stores and influences are closing their doors and moving on. Such is the same for the vinyl monster Fat Beats who decided to close up shop in their legendary NYC and L.A. stores. It's not just the fact that those locations are no longer selling vinyl, these are two cities rich in hip hop history and relevance. The live performances, the art work, the people, the culture and the music will be strongly missed in those respective locations. Hip Hop is far from dead, but the online dominance of our culture with convenience and specificity is going to lead to a disconnect to it's audience. It make sense from a business stand point to make such a move for the company, but that word business is exactly what almost everything has become. The love, the genuine emotion and talent is just being left in the dust in general, not just in music. We need to stay together and keep great expression alive people. It's in our power to do so and should be our responsibility.