Who is 2Dope?

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A short interview with Michigan rap artist 2Dope. Get to know a little more about him and what he has been up to and has coming. Follow 2dope on Twitter @thefamous2dope @thereal2dope. Check all of his music at SoundCloud. http://www.soundcloud.com/thereal2dope. Follow him on Instagram at @thefamous2dope. Follow 2dope on Instagram at instagram.com/thefamous2dope. Follow him on instagram at @thefamous2dope. Also follow @ogcarmine @donnyd517 @consigliaire_

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INTERVIEW: Jay Smith (BKRW) via The Goodie Bag

We recently caught up with Jay Smith, whose ½ of BKRW. We chatted in-depth about BKRW, his favourite brands, where his inspirations come from, and about life in Paris. Check out the interview below.

Please introduce yourself.

What’s up? My name is Jay Smith and I’m the founder of BKRW.

What’s life like up in Paris, as far as music, fashion, nightlife, and popular culture?

Paris is an exciting city to live in. Many new projects and shops have opened in the past few months. You can feel the excitement in the streets, in the air. Paris is less and less becoming the boring city of haters that it once was. People are less selfish and less trash talking in the business and more creative. I really do like how Paris is these days. Clubs have gotten smaller and smaller, the atmosphere is more hot and confidential. Paris is electric!

Tell us a little bit about BKRW and the people involved.

BKRW is one of the first digital (online) magazines that is street culture oriented in France by also internationally. We are not a blog. We are not a forum. We are a digital magazine! Since we started BKRW as the digital magazine we have now expanded as a creative agency based in Paris, creative space / art gallery, textile label, and have a brick-and-mortar and online store. The creative space / art gallery is called Les Archives and the textile and stores are Black Rainbow. We are a small team with 2 partners: My partner Greg and I. We also have 3 people staffed at the store and online shop, and that’s pretty much it. If we are working on bigger projects then we will hire on some freelance people for the duration of the project.

Where did you get the idea to start an online magazine? How did you start?

I was the editor-in-chief / founder of Ware Magazine and working for WAD Magazine for more than 5 years. I love print magazines, and am very much into streetwear, sportswear, and technical sport gear. I found myself on the web more and more daily. I was feeling that whole blog revolution, that whole street culture reborn. I use to travel a lot with Greg…Me for my work and him for his own. He was really convinced that we should do a digital magazine. That’s how it started. That’s how we blindly and wildly went into this crazy adventure. Starting BKRW with just our passion for street culture and our wish to create a different media. Try to apply journalistic methods to online culture. Today, it’s kind of easy to think that creating an online magazine is not that crazy, but in the past it was a huge step. But the fact is that coming from a print magazine helped me to not think about BKRW as a blog, but as a full-fledged and real magazine, with creative content of our own, not necessarily some news that other people / blogs are posting. It was good times…I really do miss those times (Not that far back if I really think about it), the whole atmosphere was really different…Nostalgia.

Since starting the online magazine, you’ve really branched out and have become a full-service creative agency, clothing brand, and a store. Was that a goal of yours or did it just happen organically?

It just happened organically and by chance. The minute we started to work as an online magazine that was oriented on street culture, people started contacting us to help them and give them advice. It was perfect timing. We did launch our company with the Medicom x Chanel consulting. Doing the first 1000% Bearbrick for a high-fashion brand. The creative agency actually helped us get the shop. People from the department store Citadium were searching for some kind of streetwear consulting. When we met them we did understand that the consulting that they were searching for was far easier to do through our own pop-up shop. That’s how the Black Rainbow shop was born.

What clients have you worked with in the past?

We started with our biggest thus far: Chanel. We proposed to them to do the 1000% Bearbrick with Medicom and they accepted; more than that they featured them in all of the Chanel window displays worldwide. We’ve also worked with Nike, Adidas, Lacoste, Casio G-Shock, and Footlocker.

What brands does Black Rainbow carry?

Black Rainbow carries Staple Design, Hellz Bellz, Supra, Nike, New Balance, HUF, Lafayette, BePrive, Only NY, Sugarcraft, Crooks & Castles, and our own in-house label to name a few.

What are some of your favourite brands at the moment?

I don’t want to sound cocky or arrogant but Black Rainbow is probably one of my favourite brands and what I am wearing most right now. We created the label because we can’t always find pieces that truly stand out to us from other brands. I like the small street twist we are putting in the classical silhouette that we are choosing. Greg does an amazing job on our Black Rainbow clothes. I also have a special crush for Isaora (New snowboarding brand) and Nike ACG.

What are some of your inspirations?

Inspirations are hard to get. The digital magazine and internet takes up most of our time. There’s no real time to go and check out art exhibitions or to see good movies at the theatre. I’m still a huge fan of printed magazines such as Wallpaper, Monocle, and Sneaker Freaker. I’m a huge fan of Steven Meisel, JR, KR, Marylin Minter…Street looks websites (Sartorialist, Lookbook.nu, What’s One Wearing) are becoming more and more inspirational. Music is certainly my inspiration: Hip-Hop, soul, R&B, samba, etc. I’m always listening to music. Another cheesy drop, but streets are still my biggest inspiration, on the train, on basketball court; going to see friends in the suburbs ghetto…It gives you a total new way to see your job.

The fashion and music worlds are often tied together…What music artists out right now are really grabbing your attention?

That’s an interesting question. I’ve always been attracted to old school music (Soul, funk, R&B) and always been kinda followers / early adopters to new hot singles. Regarding the vibes I’m rediscovering the interesting work of incredible musician, Shaggie Otis. Regarding new school, my favourite artists are J. Cole, Saigon, Wale, and Young Money.

What new upcoming events, projects, or releases are you currently working on?

We have many projects in the works: The new Les Archives gallery exhibition, our Summer 2010 Black Rainbow collection, more creative content and exclusive interviews on BKRW. Many projects with cool brands as consultants or for special pop-up shops in our Black Rainbow store.

What would you say are the most difficult aspects of your line of work?

As you can see BKRW is 3 different entities. So it’s 3 companies to manage at the same time. Sometimes it gets really hard to handle and manage everything properly, especially if you look at our small crew.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Jay. Do you have any shout-outs or anything else you’d like to say?

If Canadian brand Sorel wants to work with us for a special collaboration project or work on new designs, hit me! I love Sorel boots! I’m always happy when Winter is coming and I can wear my big Caribou x Sorel shoes, even if all of my staff insult me for wearing such huge shoes in Paris. Tabernacle!

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INTERVIEW: Jovany Perez & Rembrandt Duran Of Adeen

Check this interview the folks at the goodie bag did on the the team that created “Adeen”-an online based magazine as well as a brand name in fashion.

How was Adeen / Adeen Magazine started?  What motivated you to start Adeen / Adeen Magazine?

Remy: Adeen was a word that my old crew “HLS” used to use.  Like a made-up slang word.  So it sounds cool pretty much haha.  We started it as an online diary so people could watch what we were doing and how our minds change and progress as artists.

Jovany: Well, Remy and I went to the same high school.  I admired his style and vice-versa.  They used to call me “Lil Remy” so it was only right!  Adeen Magazine was made to keep up with us as we are a clothing line in the works.

What is the mission behind Adeen / Adeen Magazine?

Remy: Adeen to me is to bring the fun back into fashion.  Everyone takes it so seriously and seems like there are certain rules now to what you can and can’t do in fashion.  That’s wack!  To me it’s an art and a vision.  People need to really stop and begin to have fun when creating instead of trying to be so “cool”.

Jovany: The mission behind Adeen Magazine is to view the progression of Adeen as a clothing label and team of two.  The mission statement behind Adeen is “Inspire before you expire!”

Where does the word “Adeen” come from and what does it mean?

Remy: What Jovany said LOL.

Jovany: Adeen is a word Remy made up LOL.  You would substitute it for the word “OD”.  Instead of saying, “That jacket is OD nice” you would say “That jacket is Adeen nice” LOL.  It sounded cool to me so we just ran with it.

When do you plan on launching your clothing line?

We are currently planning on launching Adeen in F / W ’11 or S / S ’12.

What are your plans for Adeen in the future?

To show people what we are capable of, what we can come up with and turn it into an actual product.  To keep pushing the label and growing as individuals and making Adeen the best it can be.

How did the Young Crafters movement come about?  What is the mission statement behind it?  How did you link up with Diggy Simmons and Lyna Zerrouki?

Jovany: Diggy and I were sort of cool before Young Crafters came about.  One day he just hit me up on Twitter and we spoke on AIM that night.  We were just dishing out ideas back and forth, and by the end of the night Young Crafters was born.  Diggy knew Lyna through a mutual friend.

What was it like styling for the 2010 BET Rip The Runway event alongside Great $cott?  How did you meet Great $cott and what was it like learning from him?

Remy: It was a great experience.  It was our first major styling job.  Jovany and I have seen Scott a few times before we actually met, but we officially met and build our relationship with him at Fashion Week.  We’re honoured to have been able to learn from him.  He’s someone we greatly look up to.  He learns from us just as much as we learn from him.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us?  Do you have anyone you’d like to shout-out?

Shouts to Great $cott, Lyna, Diggy, Ugo Mozie, and HustleGRL.  For more information check out http://adeenmagazine.blogspot.com.

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Young Guru X Rap Radar interview

Jay-Z’s engineer-turnt-DJ Young Guru spoke with RR recently and touched on many important topics among the hip-hop culture and a few other interesting subjects including Bp3, Freemasonry misconception, hackers, and more. He’s very enlightened for someone who you never really get to hear speak. This is only a snippet of the interview. To view it in its entirety click here.

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Ohio Skate University [Interview]

LegendBlog: What exactly is the Ohio Skate University and how many people does it consist of?

Ohio Skate Univ: Ohio Skate University is a website that primarily promotes skateboarding in Ohio. It is only me running the site right now and I started it to try to shed any stereotypes that might be associated with Ohio. The only thing people really know about Ohio is Lebron. People in Ohio have a bad perspective of the state too, you will always hear people say they need to move cause nothing ever happens here. The summer I started, most of what I posted were events going on. Not everything is advertised well and information is hard to find so I try to pull everything together so people can go to one place and find everything they would want to.

I want to show people how many people are killing it out here and the footage comes from all over the state. I also want it to be a resource for parents of kids who want to skate, I want them to be able to find the nearest skateshop and/or park and be able to check the places out and if they have any questions, I’m not hard to contact. I try to answer every e-mail, comment, message, etc… I’m also e-mailing cities every once in awhile to talk to them about keeping parks open or getting parks built. There are some blogs in other states starting up that are kind of following what I’ve built up so far, so hopefully that means I’m doing something right. I’m just hoping that I can shine a light on the talent we have here and open up a forum for people to be discovered.

LegendBlog: When did the Ohio Skate University begin?

Ohio Skate Univ: I started it a couple days after Go Skateboarding Day 2009. For those who might not know, Go Skateboarding day is a sort of global holiday for skateboarders on June 21st each year. Events are held all over the world and the idea is to get every skateboarder just out skating, kind of a show of hands for the skateboarding community. I found out about a couple events that weekend so I just went out and took pictures and wrote short articles about them.

One event was Drama, from Rob & Big and Fantasy Factory, signing autographs. I got to talk to Rob Dyrdek’s dad and we just talked about different things happening in skateboarding and he told me about Rob training to ride a horse and how they were going on vacation to Myrtle Beach to film pretty soon, so that made the latest season of Fantasy Factory fun to watch.

The other was a demo put on by a skateboard company called 1031. It’s owned by Kristian Svitak, who has been a professional skateboarder for around ten years and he is from Cleveland. He came out to the shop he was sponsored by and the put on a demo and they killed it. I got to talk to Kristian for a second and he just seems like a real cool dude and alot of kids in Ohio are pretty hyped on 1031 now cause of the demos he puts on. They are touring again this winter and are coming through Ohio for a couple days in February.

LegendBlog: How would you describe Ohio’s skateboarding scene?

Ohio Skate Univ: It’s just a huge scene, there really are small towns with nothing in them that people are just skating curbs just to have fun and then on the opposite side you have the people in big cities just killing everything in sight. Some of my personal favorites that I’ve featured on my site would be this crew from Columbus that does these series of videos called Lazy Sunday” and “Polished Terdz, a crew from Cleveland who run a site called The Woodpushers, they are motorcycle riding bowl skaters who rip, and Dave Ackels films this series called Absorb and they are longer videos that showcase kids from around Dayton who are destroying the DC Skateplaza and local scene but they have an artsy quality to them. Skate In Dayton is also killing it. There are too many people to name but those are just some of my favorites.

LegendBlog: What music artists are popular in Ohio right now?

KiD CuDi is obviously big right now, he is originally from Cleveland. I just did a post on Chip the Ripper from Cleveland and the mixtape he just put out is really strong. I personally listen to alot of hip-hop so I couldn’t really tell you about the band scene. There are a good amount of underground rappers in Ohio and that’s something I’m going to try to shine a light on, as well as some bands, so if anyone keeps up with the blog they will be introduced to different styles and lesser known people. In the videos I post everyone has different styles of music to accompany their edits and I have even had one where someone did an edit with a country song, which is something I’ve never seen before, so we have everything covered here. I’ve got to mention Bone Thugs & Harmony, they are legendary in the rap game and have held Cleveland down for years and Hi-Tek holds down Cincinnati and is a top producer.

LegendBlog: How many skateparks are there in Ohio? Name a few of the top parks in Ohio.

Ohio Skate Univ: I just launched a directory last month of skate parks and I had well over 100 and I know that isn’t all of them. I know of a few I’m missing but the directory is open for anyone to let me know about parks or shops. I’ve gotten a couple e-mails asking me to add things. Evolution Skatepark is Canton is full of rippers, Chenga in Brookpark is really popular, Sessions and Ollie’s are the parks to go to in Cincinnati, Flow in Columbus, Delaware’s park looks fun. I can’t forget to mention parks that are considered skateboarding “Meccas”; The DC Skateplaza in Kettering and Skatopia in Rutland, they are complete opposites, one is all street and the first of its kind and the other is all bowls and vert ramps. Skatopia is famous for complete chaos, it is on an 88 acre farm and they started from scratch to make this park and now they have a skateboarding museum that is full of classic boards. They are doing a great thing out there. Every skater should try to make a trip to both of those parks.

LegendBlog: Are there alot of skateshops and sneaker boutiques down in Ohio? If so, a few of the top stores?

Ohio Skate Univ: Yeah, skateshops are a part of the directory too. Like I said before, I’m trying to make as much of the scene accessible to everyone as possible. I’m backing every shop in the directory because they all serve a purpose and a population. JP Skateshop in Delaware has a crop of young kids that are going to contests and doing well and they are under 10 years old, so skateboarding has a bright future in Ohio. Off the top of my head, Demented Skateshop in Cincinnati has a sick team, Anonymous(Cincinnati) is working on a shirt for Haiti which the graphic is tight. Embassy (Columbus) is affiliated with the crew that makes the Lazy Sunday videos, Ohio Surf and Skate and Westside are holding down Cleveland, and One Love is holding down Kettering/Dayton. I couldn’t possibly mention all of them but I support them all 100%. If a shop is putting out any footage, it is on my site. As far as anything like a sneaker shop, I’m not a sneakerhead myself but I’ve gotten to talk to a store in Cincinnati called Unheardof and they carry all of the hip-hop fashion type items and they have a pretty good collection of shoes. Unheardof is definitely supporting their local scene. They are also involved in the Skate 4 Haiti shirt that Anonymous is doing, along with a restaurant called The Rookwood. If you go to Cincy and hit any of these spots, tell them I sent you.

LegendBlog: Every corner of the globe has their own trends. What are some of the popular skate clothing brands down in Ohio?

Ohio Skate Univ: Skateboarding is a sport that prides itself in individuality so the spectrum of fashion that skaters are a part of is diverse. You see alot of kids wearing DC and stuff like that, but usually if skaters wear anything skate-related it depends on who their favorite companies are. There are a few clothing companies that are skate brands or affiliated. Jakprints in Columbus has sponsored events and made shirts for people. I’ve been talking to a company called BoardKarma that is also based out of Columbus.

LegendBlog: Who are some of the top skaters to come out of Ohio?

Ohio Skate Univ: I’m going to start off by saying Nick Mullins. Nick is from Toledo and awhile back he got a staph infection which resulted in him being in a coma and a 1% chance of survival. He has bounced back and is starting to skate again but he is blind in one eye and the other eye has very limited eyesight. He is still skating better than alot of people and just has an amazing natural ability and style to him. His story was featured on The Berrics, which is a website that’s content is based around this private skate park in a warehouse owned by professional skateboarders Steve Berra and Eric Koston. I would imagine it is the most popular skateboarding website in the world. They had Nick Mullins Day where they had two videos, one of Nick’s back story and one of Nick skating edited by Nick’s filmer Steve Staffan. It kind of took the world by storm and now The Berrics sell shirts and hoodies with 1% on them to help pay Nick’s medical costs for his previous surgeries and ones he has yet to have. So if you have the money, you should go buy them. It’s easy to tell that we are all going to be seeing alot more from him in the future. Be on the lookout for Taylor Nawrocki, I’ve been seeing alot of him lately. He is apart of the Lazy Sunday crew. Gage Smith has put out some sick footage and did well in the Columbus stop of the Gatorade Free Flow tour this past summer. Clay Stein is another good one. Other skaters from Ohio would be: Rob Dyrdek (Kettering) of course, Kristian Svitak (Cleveland), Chad Knight (Columbus), Alex Davis (Cincinnati), I’ve recently become a fan of John Drake. I don’t remember where he is originally from in Ohio but he used to skate for Alien Workshop(based out of Dayton, along with Habitat skateboards which are under the same parent company) and he runs this blog where he showcases some of his photography which I like. Chad Muska lived in Lorain for short period when he was younger so I don’t know if that really counts. There are others but that should sum it up.

Nick Mullins Day Part 1

Nick Mullins Day Part 2