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Rest In Fat Beats – 5 Other Things Got Til’ It’s Gone.

Posted in truth. by Jason Mekkam on August 20, 2010

Last Thursday, many within the hip-hop community were in mourning as word spread on the internets that legendary independent music retailer Fat Beats would be closing it’s New York and Los Angeles locations in September.

The news was a pretty mighty blow to lovers of underground hip-hop due to the stores’s significant cultural status as well as it being one of the last remaining outlets for indie acts to get out physical copies of their work to the masses.

While many in response took to Twitter to voice their outrage over the situation and point fingers at folk for not supporting real hip-hop, the sobering reality it’s really not anyone’s fault. As unfortunate as it is, this was inevitable. Times are a changin’. The digital is here to stay making the tangible obsolete. Joining news papers, major video rental chains, and other record stores like Tower Records and Sam Goody, Fat Beats is merely latest victim of shifting currents – a change many hip-hop heads simply refuse to believe in.

In honor of Fat Beats (and channeling the spirit of Janet Jackson and Joni Mitchell) I thought it would be a fitting tribute to take a look at five other things rap fiends have taken for granted/didn’t know what it had until it was gone for good starting with…

5. – Hip-Hop Beef On Wax

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Posted in truth. by Jason Mekkam on August 20, 2010

Team White Tee.

Posted in introducing.. by Jason Mekkam on August 19, 2010

This is Team White Tee. They don’t fucks wit polos.

In 2004, Atlanta hip-hop group Dem Franchize Boyz nearly ruined the white tee game for everybody with their little diddy White Tee. What was perhaps created with the intent of celebrating the garment instead turned into an anthem of nonsensicality championed by blokes too lazy to put together an outfit and too broke to afford a throwback (Damn, y’all remember throwbacks??).

Thusly (and sadly) young men with good sense and proper taste were forced to abandon the white tee for fear of unjustly being labeled a lame.

That is until 2010..

Team White Tee to the muh fuggin rescue.

Boldly adorned in the most comfortable of cocaine colored cotton cloths, our heroes fearlessly set out to change the negative connotation surrounding the white tee one kick-it-session at a time bro.

Their mission is simple: bringing sexy back to the white tee (II).

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Supa Dupa.

Posted in music. by Jason Mekkam on August 19, 2010

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I’m not particularly a huge fan of Big Sean – I mean dude has got my respect and all but at times I find his flow to be just a little too lazy for my taste.

When his mixtape Finally Famous Vol. 2 dropped bout a year ago, I gave it a quick listen before deciding I wasn’t really feeling it. But a couple weeks later at some random house party, I recall running into the homie Mars P and remember him trying to resell me on the tape:

“What you’re not feeling it?? Bro that shit is nice. Dude, at least go back and listen to Supa Dupa. It goooesss. I promise.”

So following his advice I gave it another shot. And the homie Mars P was right: upon second consideration, it indeed went.

Hands down Supa Dupa was the highlight/saved the entire tape in my view, so I’m glad Big Sean decided to give the song second light with this visual.

Too I gotta give Big Sean credit for his stop-n-go flow that’s so nice your favorite MC had to swagga jack it twice (*cough* *cough**Drizzy**cough*cough*).

Supa Dupa by Big Sean

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Eugene Lean?

Posted in smh. by Jason Mekkam on August 18, 2010

In another episode of when keeping it real goes wrong, I present:

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Yes. Eugene Lean.

My friend Breeto put me up on this.

The madness starts at 1:56.

No shots fired I promise, but really tho, Eugene Lean??? These kids can’t be serious. Yo do we live in the same town or what???

True story: I attended three consecutive Track Town parties last weekend that at one point or another bumped Maroon 5 at the maximum volume without prejudice.

So now I ask you..

What in the name fine fuckery and purple drinks kind of lean is that???

Scared Straight.

Posted in smh. by Jason Mekkam on August 16, 2010

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The entire Scared Straight series was a waste of time.

Instead of scaring the hoodlum outta juvenile delinquents with the terrible acting of petty criminals, they shoulda just played them Bebe’s Kids this interview of inmate Fleece Johnson.

After watching, they wouldn’t even be able to think about jaywalking without clenching/having a severe panic attack.

Bet.