CH O R D magazine
A Source of Inspiration
Letters From Editors I got into a conversation the other day with co-workers about how society is changing. My views were clearly different from those of my co-workers because they feel that people are changing for the worst. Although it’s apparent that people are more self-involved than ever I feel that there have been subtle changes for a major shift in attitude. Taking with me what I have learned from some very experienced trend forecasting professors, there are signs to look out for when a change is coming. Over the summer I experienced the bass thumping sounds of some of electronic music’s most influential DJ’s at Electric Zoo on Harper’s Island. The music itself was exhilarating but, the energy of the crowd was probably what shocked me the most and made my experience that much better. Being a born and bred New Yorker, going to a concert usually means enjoying the music and giving dirty looks to anyone who bumps into you, which is on a concert day or not. However, at this electronic music festival people were happy to be packed in like sardines and sing along with their neighbor. Over the course of three days it fascinated me more and more to see how friendly everyone was. I went to get a taste of house music and I left with friends and an experience of a life time. If a mass of people are happy to be crowded together I would definitely have to say that there is a change happening on how we interact with each other. My mission for the next month is to perform random acts of kindness and document the impact on others. My first RAOK was to buy coffee and doughnuts for construction workers. They had been working outside and it was especially cold, it felt good to brighten their day and I’m sure they appreciated the hot coffee. Keep tuned in for my Random Acts of Kindness and send us some of yours. At the end of the month Chord Magazine will give a random subscriber concert tickets of their choice! Jaclyn Escala
Music is a portal to one’s soul. It can motivate, encourage and even inspire. Everyone has his or her own preference of genre I’m sure, but reality is that music creates memories and even hope. Caribbean music didn’t reach mainstream until the legendary Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley with his mystic powers introduced the world to reggae music. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter. He brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the fundamental vocal styling’s of Smokey Robinson into one voice. Calypso/Soca music is a genre of Caribbean music native to the island of Trinidad and Tobago. Calypso music, like most genres of Caribbean music, is heavily rhythmic and has clever, catchy melodies and lyrics. Harry Belafonte also known as the “King of Calypso”, made this particular sound of music popular in the United States during the early 1950’s. Soca is considered to be the underdog compared to the likes of other Caribbean musical styles, such as reggae and salsa. One of my main goals for Chord magazine was to bring acknowledge Soca music. My music. To completely disregard one genre of music utterly is to eradicate a whole cultural race. Reggae music is already popular because of the few Jamaican artists who have crossed over to mainstream music. For example those that have collaborated with American artist, and those that left their roots behind to perfectly imitated American style. Whether it be the rhythmic sounds of the Dominican Republic, to the irie island sounds of Jamaica’s warm climate Caribbean music brings about fun in the sun. Peace and love, positivity and buoyancy. In order to successfully write my reviews I had to become a real native West Indian. I myself have become Americanized, because I am an American citizen with West Indian parents. There were many things I had to learn about the origin of the music, and the island and/or country in which it was deep-rooted from. I love cultural connections period, others and mine alike. Learning where people are from originally and about their countries music, food, language excites me. I will continue to be inspired and interested by different musical styles. -Crystal Colon We here at Chord want you to be inspired by all genre of music, this issue we tried to include aspects from punk, reggae, house and rap genres, plus many more...
Machel Montano THE RETURN
When you hear “Push yuh bumper”, “One more time” or “Gyal can wuk”, you think of this man Mr. Soca king himself Machel Montano. He is an icon in the Caribbean culture. Machel represents West Indian people worldwide, and his mission is to bring Soca into the mainstream of today’s music. Soca music is widely known as the “voice of the Caribbean.” Soul calypso best known as Soca is a form of popular West Indian music originated in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It originally combined the melodic lilting sound of Calypso with insistent percussion (which is often electronic in recent music), and the East Indian rhythms of chutney music. It is poignant to say that Soca music is unrecognized by more then half of Americans. Reggae music is the only form of Caribbean music that is somewhat considered mainstream in society, but it is only half of the music represented by West Indian people. The other half is completely excluded from the majority of the music world. Soca music embodies every island in the Caribbean, small and great. Its rhythmic tunes connote pride, confidence, and exhilaration to say the least. Machel Montano is the most popular and sought after soca artist in the Caribbean. His star quality landed him on the very famous television show Star Search in 1986 bringing soca music to U.S. national television. Young Machel debuted his first album “Too Young to Soca” at the tender age of nine. The next year, Machel took 2nd place in the Trinidad & Tobago National Song Writer’s Festival with his song, “Dream Girl.” In 1987, at
Nightclub Fix the age of 12, he was the winner of the Caribbean Song Festival held in Barbados. He was the first Trinidadian and youngest to ever win this prestigious contest. This stylistic music is designed to make you want to move your body, specifically your waistline. I am proud to say Soca music runs through my veins. To experience those around you singing and wining to the sweet sounds of the steel drums, and rhythms it does something nice to one’s spirit. When that feeling take hold of you nothing in life seems to bother you, cause at that very moment, at that time of bliss, you are what West Indian people call “feting”, and “irie.” To fete means to party in celebration, and irie just mean that everything is cool. Everyone is vibing positively. Although, Montano isn’t the first soca artist or the creator of this style of music, he is however the most popular and the most successful at ushering soca music into the realm of mainstream music. Machel Montano represents not only for Trinidadians, but also for every Caribbean island in the West Indies. Crystal Colon
Out of the Box Artist You’ve probably heard of Bjork, but I’m betting the only thing you know about her is how odd she is. I would suggest taking the time to actually listen to one of her albums because surprisingly, they’re actually really good. Listening to her new ‘trip-hop’ album Biophilia there are many mesmerizing beats and intriguing vocals that capture the listeners interest throughout the album. Another inspirational part of the album is the video for ‘Crystalline’, Bjorks video have always been out there, but this one uses biological looking graphics the capture the intense mood. Karen Hodgin
It is no longer called a blackout. I’m looking for a case of Amnesia, what the hell am I talking about? The night club in Chelsea of course! Opened in 2009, Amnesia is reinventing the night life in NYC. Located in West Chelsea (the former Ruby Falls), Amnesia is creating an atmosphere of non-stop energy with a sophisticated style. Offering aerial artists and base thumping DJ’s this place is bringing back what it means to go out on the town. Be prepared to wait for the experience though, as the lines can get extremely long. Also a bottle service may be the best option, although expensive (around $300, without tip) it is totally worth it compared to the $35 cover charge and the $10 drinks. So plan the night accordingly and get a bunch of your friends to paint the town red at this trendy place.
Deadmau5 @ ROSELAND
Deadmau5, the world famous DJ/ Producer was awarded at Roseland Ballroom back in October for selling out six nights in a row. This is the first time someone has every played at Roseland six nights and sold out every single night. The last time someone came close to this record was in 1996 when Rage Against The Machine played at the venue. This just goes to show how the popularity of Deadmau5 and house music in general has grown tremendously within the past year. Even though I am a huge Deadmau5 fan, one would have to be crazy to disagree, that this was a well-deserved award. Upon entering the venue it was clear that Deadmau5 creates a stir, Roseland was completely packed with guys and girls dawning neon color apparel and homemade
glow stick maus ears. Around 12am those famous maus ears appeared from behind the cube and opened his set with “Where are My Keys,” this made the whole crowd lose it. Bringing back classic tracks like “Some Chords” and “Raise Your Weapon” it was apparent that the Mau5 was definitely in his element and the crowd loved every second. A moment that cannot go unnoticed is when DeadMau5 dropped “Sofi needs A Ladder” and singer Sofi Toufa (who sings on the track) joined him onstage. The energy felt during this moment was indescribable and will go down in my records books as one of the most unbelievable performances, as well as in Roseland’s. Jackie Escala
Top 10 Music Movies
what you need to watch
This is Spinal Tap- If you haven’t heard of this movie, then you’ve probably heard people quoting it without realizing it. This pop cultural phenomenon is a spoof rock documentary, that’s a little too real for some of the hair bands of the 80’s. 8 mile- This gritty almost biographical film starring rapper Eminem tells the story of a white rapper struggling to get out of poverty and follow his dream of rapping. The rap battles in the movie are some of the best we at Chord have ever seen. Walk the line-A fantastic biopic of the late Johnny Cash. Joaquin Phoenix captures a man wrestling his demons and knocking out a legendary career simultaneously while Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for long-suffering wife June. A Hard day’s night- If you’re a Beatle’s fan then this movie is a must watch! The fab four sing some of their greatest early hits in this witty British pop film.
The Blues Brothers- A fun movie for the whole family, The Blues Brothers is a comedy with some great guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg.
Cess Silvera’s raw Jamaican gangster thriller Almost Famous- This fictional film documents the journey of a young boy who just wants to live the life of a Rock and Roll journalist, and manages to go on the road with an up-andcoming rock band.
School of Rock- Although this is technically a kids movie, you’ve gotta love Jack Black as a loveably quirky guitarist who organizes a band out of the children he’s teaching.
and it’s masterful electronic soundtrack Jail house rock- Starring Elvis Presley, one of the biggest names in rock music of all time, this movie includes some of his early hits like, “(You’re so Square) Baby I don’t care” and of course “Jailhouse Rock”. Amadeus- Although this film is heavily dramatized, the classical music in this film is surprisingly relatable, and it brings a new level of understanding for those who were unaware of Mozart’s story.
Ray- This film is about the inspirational figure Ray Charles. Not letting his disability get the better of him, Ray makes beautiful music that’s a unique combination of jazz, gospel and country.
The Tron Legacy has continued and with that has come the electronic musical elements of the helmeted DJ Duo, Daft Punk. This pair is huge in the electronic music world and they look as if they were created in the Tron world, just as Clu and Tron were created (programs created by human counterparts called users). So naturally they fit right into the theme and technologically advance world of Tron. Introducing they’re beats midway through the film with “End of the Line” they took more of a backseat in the film, letting the technology of Tron speak for itself. Don’t get me wrong the quietly pulsing beats are
something that adds to the whole quality of the movie. However, it is apparent that Daft Punk did not want to overshadow the context of the actual film. Their take on this subtle approach suited them and the film well as they harmonized their musical genius with the perfect storm of action and drama in Tron. Those who wanted heart pounding soundtrack may have to wait until the ending credits where they play the distorted “Derezzed,” but ultimately Daft Punk played their strengths showing fans they can hold back and create the ultimate soundtrack. Jackie Escala
In the tradition of "Scarface" and "The Harder They Come," Shottas is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two young men who grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. As young boys, they begin a life of crime, eventually moving to the United States, where they begin a ruthless climb from the bottom to the glittering top of a criminal enterprise in a Miami filled with fast cars and gorgeous women. The two men remain fiercely bound by their shottas loyalty as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican underworld. You can experience the authentic world of “Shottas” (also known as word gangsters) by learning some of the Jamaican dialect (called Patois) used in this film. Although most of this film isn’t suitable for families and children of any age it is highly entertaining. It serves adults a good dose of passion, ferocity, drama, and yes even tradegy.
a memoir by Ky- mani Marley “When the flesh of a loved one leaves you, know that you will never be alone as long as the spirit of their heart walks within you. A million earthly enemies can stand against you, but when one heavenly friend stands with you, you will prevail again and again. Push on.”
This quote touched my heart the very first time I read it. I can relate to most of what this book has to say. The message it conveys is of high substance to all those that it speaks of, and also those that is fortunate to not have ever experienced the hardships that it addresses. I read the Marley’s book not knowing what to expect. Presumptions and questions filled my head before I opened the book; was it going to surround just street gangs and violence? Was it going to be written in form of a letter to his dad, which is the great Bob “tuff-gong” Marley? Was it going to be able the lifestyle of the Jamaican culture? All these questions started surrounding my West Indian/ Hispanic Fashion student head. Already attracting a buzz surrounding the efforts to silence the longawaited story about growing up a Marley in name only, I decided to read it with an open mind. Ky-mani describes the love that provided the ties that bound him to his maternal family and most definitely paved the way for his abiding belief that ‘family comes first’. Throughout the book, written in simple terms, the strongest and enduring underlying theme is the heartfelt plea for a reconnection with those of his estranged brothers and sisters. Through no fault of his own, Ky-mani was born “out of wedlock”, his stoic acceptance that he was destined to be deprived of his father’s wealth is touching, but nevertheless, Kymani must feel some sense of comfort because he
Western Music Unearthed:
is hoeing his own road, even though he bemoans the assistance that could easily make his progress easier, he can feel relief that his achievements will be solely of his own making. It provides the reader with an exclusive insight into the son of a musical genius, a freedom fighter, a King among third world countries. Not only that but it dips into what life is like being an “outside” offspring living in poverty. Children that share this same experience can relate; men who conduct multiple relationships that in turn produce multiple progeny should certainly take away some understanding of what the children of those relationships feel and how difficult it can sometimes be for them to forge lasting relationships with their ‘stepsibling.’ Above all, women who read it and can and should feel guilt at the influence they have over their children and the seeds of hate that can be instilled because of ignorance and festering fears. That hate stemming from matters such as, the ‘rightful heir’s inheritance’ becoming imminent, and that loneliness in their child will only result one day into bitter adults, but for Ky-mani it was the opposite. He took that pain he felt and invested it into pure love for his family. So, hats off to Ky-mani for peeling away the layers of mystique surrounding a son of Bob Marley, and in so doing revealing that, really, he is just like us. Crystal Colon
In the modern day one may not realize the exoticism released in Western Music from centuries past. In the book titled, The Exotic of Western Music by Jonathan Bellman he has collected an interesting set of essays that depict the exotic in Western music. The Author does an excellent job connecting these various essays and describing how the influences of 18th and 19th centuries are reflected in western music. The connections range from Hungarian gypsies to North African romantics. Ultimately this book entrances the reader into an unknown world of Western Music and how exotic its influences can be. Jackie Escala
DECODING Shawn Carter
When you're famous and say you're writing a book, people assume that it's an autobiography, I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that's not what this is. Jay-Z when listening to his lyrics, one can tell that he’s not a direct thinker, which is something you can see in his rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. And his book is just that. Similar to its author, Jay-Z, Decoded is more than just a book; it offers many things at once. At its core, Decoded is an expressive and open memoir detailing the story of a man who was born in a Brooklyn housing project, spent his teen years dealing drugs on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up to be one of his generation’s most successful artists and businessmen. The book is packed with the stories from my life that are the foundation of my lyrics--stories about coming up in the streets of Brooklyn in the 80's
and 90's, stories about becoming an artist and entrepreneur and discovering worlds that I never dreamed existed when I was a kid. But Decoded is much more than just a memoir. It is allowing readers into a personal tribute to hiphop, as written by a man who so lives, sleeps and breaths the art form. It is a rare glimpse of the unexpectedly deep meanings behind the most recognizable rap lyrics of the last decade; and it is a truly moving collection of essays on topics ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the decline of the music industry. Unconventional type design, line drawings, and photographs visually emphasize the author’s message that rap is a form that exceeds and challenges easy classification. There’s not much in the way of celebrity gossip here, but what we get, instead, is a gritty and enormously compelling look inside the cultural phenomenon of rap, from one of the men who contributed so much to its shape. Megan Luback
Homage to the West a southern style recipe Going back to Western culture we at Chord have decided to feature a recipe that is the very definition of western culture. As we all know Western music is the most listened to music in the United States, and what better way to give it some respect than showing you how to make your very own chicken fried steak entrée. What you’ll need: About ¾ cup of finely crushed saltine crackers 4 beef round steaks, about 4 to 6 ounces 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup vegetable oil
Directions: •In a dish mix flour, salt and pepper (this is the beginning of your bread station for the steak). In another dish beat eggs and milk. In third dish add cracker crumbs •Take beef steak and dip it in flour mixture, coating it well on both sides (this will allow the egg mixture to stick to the steak). Then go down “assembly line” and dip same beef steak in egg mixture and then cracker crumbs. •Place oil in medium sized skillet over medium to high heat until skillet is hot. Cook beef steak about 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Now you’re chicken fried steak is ready to serve. Just heat up gravy in small pot and you’re ready to eat.
FLAVAS International GrillJamaican &Juice Bar soul food &seafood When you think of the beautiful island of Jamaica among the gorgeous beaches, is the delicious home cooked food that comes to mind. Flavas international Grill takes the experience and taste of real island cuisine and places it in your neighborhood backyard. This restaurant supersedes all Caribbean restaurants in the New York tri-state area Period! The food is well-prepared, implausible taste, and worth every penny. If it’s real home cook food you want that will fill your belly, then look no further then Flavas. Flavas a real mom and pop store, has been serving the community its tasty dishes since 2004. Flavas is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers stream in all day long to enjoy Island flavas like Jerk chicken, Oxtails, Curried Goat, Red Snapper and more, backed by some American favorites like Candied Yam, Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, Potato Salad. This is what you call real soul food. Their meats are truly succulent as we marinate and slow cook them in their natural juices to the right texture so they will fall off the bone in your mouth. The secret ingredient and the ultimate success of Flavas are the spices. Yes there are
many Caribbean restaurants all around, however every cook grills differently. What sets this restaurant aside is how they cook their food. Yes there are plenty of authentic Caribbean restaurants around, however it is the particular way they spice the food which it so irresistible. It is the authentication that makes this food the best. The chef is from the small island of Jamaica and therefore learned how to create such amazing and yes flavorful dishes. Also Flavas was clever in creating a menu just for vegetarians. This menu includes but is not limited too: sweet plantains, lettuce and tomato, mixed cabbage, steamed vegetables, potato salad, and collard greens with meat. In Flavas you will always find a variety of music playing in the background, well mostly reggae and local popular radio stations. You can always dine in or take out. Flavas creates a relaxed and informal place to eat. They recently expanded and now have two locations both within the south Bronx. Often referred to as the best kept secret in the Bronx…. well the secret it out! Crystal Colon
Jamaica’s Ackee and SaltFish Jamaica is known for many thing things; beautiful beaches, great vacation island, strong in culture, and their most widely famous dish Ackee and Saltfish. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica, and ackee and saltfish is the national dish. Although Jamaica receives credit for establishing this scrumptious dish, every island in the Caribbean caught win of this recipe. Ackee was first introduced to Jamaica, then Haiti, Cuba, and Barbados. No matter what part of the West Indies you may be from Ackee is saltfish is prevalent among them all.
COCKTAIL HOUR inspired by your favorite rappers For years now, rappers have dabbled in everything from clothing lines to the opening of restaurants. But by far the most profitable endeavor has been in the liquor business. RefinedHype.com highlights two popular liquor brands that have received much love in the Hip Hop community and the artists who helped the brands excel. Plus we threw in some drink recipes. Diddy - Ciroc In 2007, rapper/entrepreneur Diddy announced that he would be taking over brand management for Ciroc and since that time Diddy has marketed the brand quite heavily. From larger than life billboards featuring Diddy and Ciroc to Diddy’s own Ciroc drink recipes Diddy has clearly given Ciroc a whole new audience. Diddy’s Signature Ciroc Cocktail Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces Ciroc Vodka 3 ounces lemonade Directions: Add Ciroc Vodka and lemonade into a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into glass.
Ackee and Saltfish Ingredients: 1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish) 12 fresh ackees or 1 (drained) can of tinned ackees 1 medium onion 1/2 tsp black pepper 3 tbsp of butter 1/2 a hot chilli pepper (ideally Scotch Bonnet) 1 sweet pepper 1 chopped tomato 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme Optional ingredients: 2 cloves of garlic, 4 Scallion (or spring onions), 6 Slices of bacon Preparation: 1)Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt) 2)Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently
simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender). 3)Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper and tomato. 4)Remove the fish from water and allow cooling. Remove all of bones and skin then flaking the flesh of the fish. Cooking: 1)Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir-fry the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chili and thyme for about 3 minutes. 2)Melt the butter in a frying pan and stir-fry the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chili and thyme for about 3 minutes. 3)Add the Ackee and cook until hot throughout. Stir gently to avoid breaking-up the Ackee
Ludacris - Conjure Cognac Founded in 2009 by rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Conjure Cognac marked a milestone in the relationship between rappers and liquor brands as it is one of few liquors to be founded by a rapper. Conjure Cognac was created by both Ludacris and cognac maker Birkedal Hartmann. The Brooklyn Lemonade Ingredients: 2 ounces Tonic Water 1 1/2 ounces Cherry 7-Up 1 1/2 ounces Lemonade 1 ounce Conjure Cognac Directions: Mix over ice in a highball glass. Serve with a slice of lemon as garnish.
40/40 Club The 40/40 Club is a chain of sports bars and lounges owned by hip hop mogul Jay-Z and partners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Perez. The name is borrowed from the baseball term used to denote the exclusive group of MLB players who have achieved the rare individual feat of recording 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. The towering, two-level club—which gridlocks this quiet Flatiron Street with stretch Expeditions and frequent celebrity sightings—is a pillar of sophistication. It has six cream-colored leather swing chairs which
are suspended from the ceiling; sleek Italian marble shines on the floor, and LCD flat-screen televisions which are known display ESPN. But that's not all. A cognac lounge and four VIP rooms are away on the second level. The Remy Lounge and Jay-Z's Private Room boast 72-inch plasma screens, pool tables, leather wraparound sofas, PlayStation 2 and Xbox systems and private wait service. High rollers with a few extra grand to spend—and an entourage of up to 70 guests—can reserve the room for the night. After the game, the DJ blasts R&B and hip-hop transforms the place into a bona fide dance club.
COLORBLOCKING how to do this season ‘s hottest make-up and clothing trend
the facts and the false
What is it about this Dreaded hairstyle that makes it prevalent among people from the Caribbean? Is for religious purposes or just personal style? Whichever the reason behind this particular hairstyle we know one thing is fact and that is the high popularity in the West Indian culture. When you mention a Rasta you automatically think of an African American usually from the small island of Jamaica with long mats of uncombed twisted hair. A Rasta or Rastafarian is someone who follows the religion of Rastafarianism. The Rastafarian religion originated in Africa. It is often associated with the poorer black population of Jamaica. It is not just a religion, but also a way of life. Rastafarians speak out against; poverty, oppression and inequality...not just religious ideas but global problems. Rastafarians will use the Bible for guidance, although it is interpreted through black eyes. ("Urban Dictionary") A good amount of deeply rooted west Indians follows this belief, not just Jamaicans but Trinidadians, Bajans, Guyanese, etc. However, there is a new era of dreadlocked individuals, and not everyone wear dreads as a form of religion. It is more often for hairstyle and also just a major part of their culture. So it is not uncommon for you to take a walk down Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York and find hundreds of hair salons that specialize in dreadlocks. To truly respect the culture of a demographic you must learn to understand and accept their roots. Crystal Colon
Oh Nicki Minaj, your hair is forever changing. The everevolving rapper is pretty much known for never wearing the same ‘do two days a row. The Nicki Minaj hair style has gone through various diverse alterations. One day her hair is green and the next hair style turns out to be some neon spectrum color. Some of her wigs looks plainly Halloween but hey, it’s Nicki Minaj! Nicki Minaj wears wigs because her music delights in playing different characters. She really has this Barbie thing alive for her. Her hair is an accessory and has been an objects of both taunts and praises. Clearly, the rapper/fashionista is always trying to top her previous look and aiming for fierce. But can she always pull it off? We honestly cant wait to see what Ms. Minaj decides to sport next. Megan Luback
Totally 80’s and totally elektro! The 80’s are making a comeback in a big way and if this color blocking make-up doesn’t scream 80s I don’t know what does. As a lover of this decade I am always thrilled to see it making a come-back. What I have noticed most with this color blocked make-up is that the people embracing these fabulous colors are the ones attending electronic music concerts. Venues are filled with guys and girls in neon colors from head to toe and make-up is no exception. To achieve this exact look may have to wait for Halloween but, this can always be used as inspiration. And that is exactly what I have done. Taking inspiration from the baby doll pink and the sea green this is how you can achieve a perfect color block look without going overboard. 1. Start with your regular make-up routine with foundation and cover up. 2. Apply a red or orange blush, which ever goes better with your complexion 3. Apply eye shadow primer; Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion is my favorite and only $19 at Sephora stores. Primer allows the color to be more vibrant and stay on for multiple hours. Allow the primer to dry and then apply a bright green eye shadow all over lid. MAC pigment powders give a more electrified color and with the primer will last until the early hours of the morning (or wherever you’re going); only $20 at MAC Cosmetic stores. 4. Apply liquid eye liner to base of the lid, from inside corner to outside in a sweeping motion to create a cat eye effect. Liquid eye liner works best because it has a smoother finish; MAC has the Penultimate liner that feels like a pencil but works like liquid for $17.50. 5. Apply mascara to both top and bottom eye lashes to finish off the eyes. Maybelline Great Lash is still an all-time favorite and only $4.99 at drug stores. 6. Finish face with pink lipstick. Now you’re ready for you night out at the club or a funky work day.
A trend we just can’t get enough of is Color Blocking! We have seen it on the runway since early 2010 and it does not want to leave (and for good reasons might I Cotton dress: Top Shop-$72 add). Here are a few looks you can rock down the streets of Manhattan or in a swanky lounge late at night. Jaclyn Escala
Yellow Clutch Mod Cloth- $34.99
Midi Skirt Top Shop- $76
Green Skinny Jeans Rag & Bone- $176
Punk Is not D
It’s carnival time!
Source for inspiration this month Looking some inspiration to help you channel some glam rock vibes? Then look no further than David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” persona. From colorful asymmetrical jumpsuits, to crazy glitter make-up, Ziggy was the epitome of glam rock. You don’t have to go crazy with your outfits to channel your inner glam rock god though, just add some small touches to your everyday look. Put a little shimmer in your eyeshadow, or add some funky colors to you outfit through patterned shirts and scarves. If you’re feeling really daring, wear a pair of patterned tights that even Ziggy would love.
If you’ve always loved the aesthetic of old punk bands like the Sex Pistols and the Dead Kennedys, you should take a look at some of the shops located in the St. Mark’s area in Manhattan. This area was once a playground for the likes of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and many other notable musicians during the 1960’s. While the area is much more commercialized today, (there’s a pinkberry near a tattoo parlor), there are still some stores you can go to that have some of the staples in the punk wardrobe. If you want to channel Sid Vicious, go inside of Trash and Vaudeville. There they have an array of patches, spikes, Doc Martins and many other pieces that will add a little edge to you everyday look. Another shop you should stop in is the Search and Destroy thrift store. This store houses vintage treasures that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The staff embodies the look of the store, and they can help you find some pretty killer pieces. If you don’t want to spend money, all of those spikes can get pretty pricey, just hang out in one of the many restaurants and people watch. There are still some full out punks who will occasionally walk down the main street to go to one of the aforementioned stores, and they’ll have outfits that have been meticulously put together with safety pins, or wild hair that takes some courage to wear. Karen Hodgin
Caribbean Tune In getting up close and personal
For this portion of Caribbean Tune in I asked a fellow friend of mine to explain why he became vexed with me during the time I began writing my articles. He felt that I mostly wrote about and represented the island of Jamaica in the magazine. Coming from Barbados, and the island of St.Vincient, Micheal was needless to say disappointed and frustrated beyond means. I decided he had a point, and since he had so much he wouldâ€™ve like to express, I asked him if he would like to tell the world a little about where he is from. BARBADOS and other Caribbean Islands: All over the Caribbean thereâ€™s celebrations and festivals going on. The two biggest celebrations/ festivals are held in Trinidad and Barbados. Which have great resorts for foreigners. The Trinidad and Tobago carnival is an annual event celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. "Carnival" in Trinidad and Tobago is the most significant event on the islands cultural and tourism calendar, with numerous cultural events leading up to the street parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. The islanders of Trinidad and Tobago are always in the "carnival spirit". You can say when its not Carnival they're preparing for Carnival. The heart of the musical celebration has been calypso. Recently Soca has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music. Costumes, stick fighting, and limbo competitions are also big components of the festival. Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago was created when the laborers and slaves saw the French celebrating in costume and mimicked them while combining aspects of there own cultures. The carnival for Trinidad and Tobago is imitated by other places like Canada and there "Caribana", Miami and there "Miami carnival", Houston and there "Carifest", London and there "Notting hill carnival" and of course New York and there "Labor day parade". Barbados, one of the most popular tourist/vacation locations in the world is known for the beau-
tiful beaches, sugar cane, and of course there flying fish (a must try if you ever get the opportunity to visit.) Barbados was one of the biggest sugar producers in the world and at the end of the sugar cane harvest the people of Barbados (bajan's) would celebrate by throwing a big party. That was a tradition that was started in 1780 and continues all now. That celebration is ironically called crop-over. As the sugar industry declined in Barbados, so did the festival. The festival in the 1940's was terminated however it was brought back to life in 1975 with added events to make it the Crop-over we know today. Crop-over is Barbados biggest and best loved festival. This is the time of the year where the whole island of Barbados and tourist come together and get taken over by the "party spirit." Crop-Over that is the festival brings thousands of people around the globe to the island of Barbados to witness, experience and enjoy the revelry of Crop-over. The tradition is now much bigger with added extravagance and bigger events and more flamboyance. The festival starts with the ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes of the harvest and culminates with the crowning of the king and queen of the carnival. The most productive male and female cane cutter decides the king and queen. Carnival time is the time where locals would open up stalls along the roads of Bridgetown to sell food, drinks, arts and craft, and other cultural products. One of the main events is called "Cohobblopot" where bands display their elaborate and stunning costume. Theres also a kiddie carnival, called "Cohobblopot" that have the little kids getting into the festivites. Having them also dress up in the elaborate and stunning costumes. Folk concerts and art and photographic exhibitions are integral parts of the festival, which highlights "Bajan" culture, history and artistic talents. The events of Crop-over last for five weeks and you can expect a large mix of live calypso and Soca music, dancing, arts and crafts markets, and invigorating parties.
Calypso is one of the main features of the cropover festival. The Calypsonians are organized in to "tents" and those tents are sponsored by Barbados business. The Calypsonians compete for several prizes and titles including the party monarch, the road March Monarch and the pic-ode-crop monarch. The party monarch and most recently the sweet soca competition are among the festivals most popular events. The finals of the pic-o-de-crop competition is held at Kensinton oval, and this is followed by the fore-day jump up. The grand finale is called the "Grand kadooment"
Rihanna's accolades such as her 2007 world music awards for best female pop artist and female entertainer of the year, four Grammys awards, four American music awards, and eighteen billboard music awards the Bajan sensation brings great pride to the people of Barbados. They also appointed Rihanna as the official ambassador of youth and culture for Barbados. They even thought about changing the "broken trident" that's on the flag which represents the three principals of democracy (government of, for, and by the people.)
This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate beautiful costumes to depict various themes. *Designers* compete for the coveted designer of the year prize while the revelers seem more intent on having a good time. The revelers make their way to spring garden accompanied by the pulsating rhythm of calypso music. When they reach spring garden the party continues with more fantastic music, lots of food and drinks, and for some a quick swim at the nearby beach. A grand end to a grand festival. The events are celebrated all over Barbados but the main "show" the carnival itself and all the main events are taken place in Bridgetown, St. Michaels. A lot of performance will also be taken place during the five weeks of Crop-over by Caribbean artist and also American artist that have been influenced by the Caribbean culture, artists like Busta rhymes, Jay-z, and many more. Even though those are some big names the artist that gets the biggest praise would have to be the hometown girl Rihanna. Rihanna was actually born in St. Michaels Barbados. She is now the reason a lot of Bajan's are proud to be from Barbados. With
Barbados is one of the best Caribbean vacation places to travel to. Jamaica being number one and Trinidad being number three. However, Trinidad has the most popular and well-orchestrated carnivals in all of the Caribbean. The reason I feel Jamaica is considered number of the best Caribbean escapes to travel to is due to the eminent exchange rate. One American dollar in Jamaica is equivalent to eighty-seven dollars; one American dollar in Barbados is equivalent to two dollars. So you will get "more bang for your buck" in Jamaica. Every island in the Caribbean is picturesque and filled with so much culture. Every true West Indian whether born there or not have a sense of pride in native country/island. I would recommend that everyone take the experience at least once in life and travel to the Caribbean, so that they may have their own story to tell one day.
It’s Weezy Baby! Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. on September 27, 1982 and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, which also happens to be a very poor neighborhood. Dwayne Carter was born and his mother when his, a chef. She was 19 years old when she had him and his parents were divorced when he was two. At the young age of two Dwayne realized his father permanently abandoned the family. Carter was eventually enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School. Dwayne Carter started writing at a very young age. He wrote his first rap song at age eight. In the summer of 1991, when Dwayne was only nine, he met Bryan and Slim Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams's answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. Both Bryan and Slim impressed enough with his skills to give him one of their business cards. Ambitious, Wayne kept calling them until they took him under their wings and let him hang around the label's offices. At the young age, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. He has since release nine albums, many reaching Platinum status. Lil Wayne's first recording for Cash Money Records was True Stories in 1993. On this recording Wayne performed with another skilled rapper B.G. under the name the BGs. When Wayne was twelve, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club's production of The Wiz. Away from the studios, he was living dangerously. He also sold crack for a time.At age 13, he accidentally shot himself with a 9 mm handgun, and off-duty police officer Robert Hoobler drove him to the hospital. At McMain Magnet School, Carter was an honor student, but he dropped out at the age of 14 to focus on a “in” into the hip hop world. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Young Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How
U Live! Their debut album, Get It How U Live, sold more than four hundred thousand copies. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group's major selling album Guerrilla Warfare, released in 1999. Guerilla Warfare did even better, eventually selling more than one million copies. At the age of sixteen, Wayne was on his way to music stardom. Also in 1999, Lil Wayne released his Platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over one million copies in the U.S. The title track was a big hit, and the album reached the top of the hip-hop charts. Featuring appearances by members of the Hot Boys as well as the Big Tymers (Brian Williams and Mannie Fresh), the recording went double platinum. Mannie Fresh also served as Wayne's producer for the recording. Although his next two albums Lights Out put out in 2000 and 500 Degreez put out in 2002, were not as successful, Wayne felt he needed a career-changing move. He took a break from creating a traditional style album and released his first collection from his underground mix tapes, Da Drought which was done in 2003. His mixtape tracks usually feature beats borrowed from other artists, featuring new lyrics, which are catchy, funny and creative, in which he created. Lil Wayne reached higher popularity in 2004 with the release of Tha Carter, which included the single "Go D.J.", which still today can get the crowd going. Wayne also appeared on the Destiny's Child top ten single "Soldier" that year. In 2005, the sequel to Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, was released. In 2006 and 2007, Lil Wayne released several mix tapes and appeared on several popular rap and R&B singles. His most successful album, Tha Carter III, was released in 2008 and sold over one million copies in the United States its first week of release. It included the number-one single "Lollipop" and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Tha Carter III features several successful singles, including number one hits "A Milli" and "Lollipop”, a track in which he recorded with Static Major. Also one Tha Carter III was hit
song “Mr. Carter” which featured Jay-Z (both Lil Wayne and Jay-Z share the same last name, Carter, no relation though) and as did TPain on "Got Money.", “Comfortable” featuring Babyface, “Tie My Hands” with Robin Thicke, “L.A.” featuring Busta Rhymes, “You Ain't Got Nuthin' On Me” featuring Juelz Santana and Fabolous The recording netted the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and Lil Wayne picked up three more honors at the February 2009 ceremony. He won Best Rap Song for "Lollipop" and "A Milli" earned him the Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy. Joining forces with Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West and M.I.A. Lil Wayne shared the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Swagga Like Us." During the summer of 2009, Lil Wayne spent much of his time on the road with the Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival, which also featured Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, and Drake. Fans were anxiously anticipating Lil Wayne's next major recording, Rebirth, which has a strong rock influence and primarily received negative reception from critics. But despite all of that the album eventually went gold. During that time, Lil Wayne was busy building up his Cash Money record label and working with other recording artists. In August 2009, he signed rapper Bow Wow to his label. Lil Wayne also performed with Jay Sean on his hit song "Down." For all of his success, Wayne has never forgotten his roots. He established the One Family Foundation to help urban youth. Through his charitable organization, Wayne is working to rebuild the
athletic fields at his old school, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, after they were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Known to be fond of smoking marijuana, Wayne has found himself in trouble with the law on several occasions in recent years. He was arrested in Georgia in 2006 for drug possession. In January 2008, Wayne was again arrested in Arizona on drug-related charges. His Newest Album Release: Tha Carter IV Hear the lighter trying to light, a long pull in and a breath out. He starts every song with this and only one person will come to mind. Lil Wayne, Tunechi, Weezy, Weezy F Baby, Baby Jr, Birdman Jr, Best Rapper Alive, Rapper Eater, Mr. Carter, any and all apply. Lil Wayne known for his seemingly endless freestyles, mixtapes and guest spots has help hip-hop grow and become an exciting era. With releasing his newest album The Carter IV, Lil Wayne lovers just couldn’t be happier. Although a lot of mix reviews have come out lets be the one to judge. I myself am a Lil Wayne groupie. Pretty much anything he touches and or spits a rhyme or two on ill take time out of my day to listen to it. As soon as I heard Lil Wayne was coming out with an album, NOT a mix tape, I could do nothing but wait and anticipate. Tha Carter IV is Lil Wayne’s ninth album which was released in August. Lil Wayne fans though had waited an awful long time for this. Recording of this album started back in 2008 but was told not to release albums to close together (Tha Carter III was released back in 2008). So like any smart “business” guy would do he decided to come out with not one but two solo albums which were a bit different than what fans were used to. Rebirth (2010) and I Am Not A Human Being (2010) both expressed a rock theme. What also set Wayne back was his imprisment at Rikers Island for gun possession, and bits and pieces were released while he served his time, keeping fans on their toes and waiting for the “rapper eater” to come out. After Wayne was finally released from prison the entire album was recorded all over again, from scratch/ Wayne held these recording sessions all over, and with different and high profile producers
such as Cool & Dre, Kanye West, Detail, T-Minus and Jim Jonsin to name a few. Tha Carter IV revolves around the themes of violence, sex, drugs and crime. But Wayne shows his “soft” side by bringing out the themes of love, hurt and dealing with emotional conflict. Wayne of course doesn’t disappoint with his appearances on the album. Appearances include Cory Gunz, Drake, T-Pain, TechN9ne, Andre 3000, Rick Ross, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Birdman, Kevin Rudolf, Jadakiss, Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes. The highly anticipated and long awaited, Tha Carter IV, was finally released digitally at midnight on August 28, 2011 right after Wayne had performed at the MTV Video Music Awards. With sales at 964,000 in just the first week in the US, Lil Wayne was able to proudly say it Tha Carter IV was his second album to top the US Billboard 200 in its first week. The album itself received mixed review. Listening to Tha Carter IV and comparing it to his other works its easy to hear that back in 2006 and 2007 Wayne having a madcap creative outburtst wasn’t a problem. Back then firing out brilliant tunes faster than anyone could absorb them, with his flurry of Drought and Dedication mixtapes was a piece of cake. But like many people out there that are at a high, he had to crash sometime. Since Tha Carter III, it's been down to a jail term, occasional mixtapes and the rap-rock flop Rebirth, where he proved there are limits to what even a genius can do with Limp Bizkit as a role model. So it's out of the norm how deranged Weezy sounds on Tha Carter III's proper followup, as he freestyles about shooting for the stars and making astronauts dodge bullets. He comes out of the gate strong with the bleak manifesto of "Intro," declaring, "Life's a crazy bitch, Grace Jones/Mind of a genius with a heart of stone." Weezy doesn't have the same speed-demon intensity he had five years ago and he's seems a little too casual. So Tha Carter IV has experiments that fail, as well as a pair of star-studded guest track s where Wayne doesn't appear at all. The best parts of Tha Carter IV range from "President Carter," an anti-war rant over a spooky harp loop, to the spaced-out Rick Ross duet "John," where Wayne says, "If I die today, remember me like John Lennon." Another highlight is the deservedly huge single "She Will," with Drake
singing the bittersweet booty-club hook as Weezy ponders the simple pleasures in life. There's also his hit "How to Love," where the acoustic guitar, finger snaps and synth strings build up into some strange mixture of early Air Supply and Al Green. He pushes the same formula in a couple of sequels here, including the miserably soggy T-Pain duet "How to Hate." Lil Wayne spends most of Tha Carter IV brooding over death, imprisonment and the passing of time. But the high points here prove he's already looking ahead to the future. 1. 'Intro' 2. 'Blunt Blowin'' 3. 'MegaMan' 4. '6 Foot 7 Foot' feat. Cory Gunz 5. 'Nightmares of the Bottom' 6. 'She Will' feat. Drake 7. 'How to Hate' feat. T-Pain 8. 'Interlude' feat. Tech N9ne 9. 'John' feat. Rick Ross 10. 'Abortion' 11. 'So Special' feat. John Legend 12. 'How to Love' 13. 'President Carter' 14. 'It's Good' feat. Drake &Jadakiss 15. 'Outro' feat. Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes
A DJ’s Story
Deluxe Edition includes Standard Edition tracks plus the following: 16. 'I Like the View' 17. 'Mirror' 18. 'Two Shots
DJ comes home from a hard night of work
Gets into his groove and creates his magic
Struggling to find his inspiration
Finally drops some beats Now he is ready to unleash his masterpiece
I sat down with Melissa, a junior at Iona College who has been given an opportunity of a young journalist’s lifetime. She was recruited by Electronic Dance Music NYC to cover events all around the city. I talked with her to find out about how she came across this wonderful opportunity as well as her passion for electronic music. By being a full-time student I was fascinated to hear how she manages her time and what she plans to do after school and her current job position. How did you get involved with EDMNYC? I liked EDMNYC on Facebook and nothing much came of that until I saw they were giving away Electric Zoo tickets. In order to win you had to write an essay describing how you would design the Electric Zoo t-shirt. I did it just for the fun of it; I had no plans on winning, which is good because I didn’t. I wasn’t disappointed or anything because I was planning on buying the tickets anyway. Later that week the guy in charge of the contest messaged me on Facebook saying even though I didn’t win he still really liked my idea. After going back and forth on Facebook we decided to meet at E-Zoo (which is virtually impossible!), but by coincidence we happen to run into each other. From there he said that he wanted me to write with him and since then I’ve been going to events. Oh, that sucks that you didn’t win but at least you get to go to other events. Where have you gone so far? Well even before EDMNYC got in touch with me I had plans on going to a number of events just because I love house music. The events that EDMNYC has sent me on started with Deadmau5’s award ceremony for the most consecutive nights sold out at Roseland. Then Mike Gold was playing at Pacha, a premiere club in NYC, and my latest review was with Wolfgang at Webster Hall. Which was your favorite? Ah that’s a hard question I’ve seen so many of my favorite DJ’s it’s so hard to choose. I think my favorite so far had to be with Mike Gold. He played an awesomely long set and it was my first time reporting on my own. Everything went right that night the photographer I was with got to shoot in the DJ booth and after his set I got to interview him. He even told us about some new tracks he was releasing with Afrojack and Sander Van Doorn. Wow that’s awesome! You got some inside scoop.
Do you ever get nervous meeting DJ’s? I try not to think about it because if I do then it just makes me more nervous. With Mike Gold I was definitely nervous because he’s one of my favorite DJ’s and I had so many questions to ask him. Luckily he was super cool about interviewing because sometime DJ’s just like to leave right after their set, but even with a flight in 5 hours he made time to chat with us. How do you prepare for an interview? I’d like to say I spend a good deal of time coming up with “hard-hitting” questions but honestly I think of a few questions I really like to ask and see where that takes me. I know that’s not a technical answer but there’s no way to predict where the conversation is going to go, and that’s all an interview is right? A conversation. That’s a pretty mature way to look at it coming from a college student. Do you see yourself doing journalism for the long haul? Thanks I try not to psych myself out too much. And I really like working for EDMNYC but, I see myself going into PR the more I’m around the industry. Hopefully EDMNYC gets big enough where I can start doing their PR. If not this is a great starting point for other opportunities. Do you have any up-coming events with EDMNYC? Well I have some events that I personally want to go to but as far as EDMNYC sending me it’s usually last minute. Like over Halloween weekend I went to see Kaskade but, EDMNYC could have told me the night before that they wanted me to report on it. Either way I went but that’s just how it works sometimes. This type of opportunity is something that can be attained by any college student looking for a way into their chosen industry. Melissa is volunteering for EDMNYC while still in college, by doing this she is seeing first-hand what goes on in the electronic music industry as well as creating articles that can be referenced to when seeking a job. I was interested in Melissa because she is like the many other college students who hope to find a job after education, and she is making it possible by covering events for EDMNYC. To check out this company they are at www.edmnyc.com, they have everything from events to contests (how Melissa go involved) to press on DJ’s. - Jaclyn Escala
“Keep Killing S*-t
Hip-hop in the past couple of years have ditched the saggy, baggy jeans, over sized shirts and switched to a much cleaner and new look. People in Hip-Hop tend to lean more towards a look of street and urban. Hip-Hop artists as well as artists from other genres of music and celebrities have a connection with Karmaloop, a huge e-commerce designer site the offers the raw, edgy and fun shopping experience.. Pharrell, N.E.R.D, Lady Gaga, M.I.A, Swizz Beatz, Travie McCoy, Damon Wayans, Kid Cuddi and Mac Miller are all people who have a relationship with KarmaLoop and have helped them become the name that they are today. In a world dominated by cookie-cutter clones prior to KarmaLoop there was McFashion and KarmaLoop felt it spread its awful agenda to its “follower”. But in 2000 ‘Loop2000 decided to come up and battle McFashion. Loop had set out to create a lifestyle brand...something that was more than just an e-commerce site but also a community of style and a full-fledged media powerhouse. The founder, Greg Selkoe and his army was to be known throughout the world as KarmaLoop. And with help from the people that log onto KarmaLoop.com everyday as well as that from “reinforcements” worldwide over the past decade, the KarmaLoop team have beat back McFashion’s empire and it has been crumbling ever since. Karmaloop.com is a multi-plat formed web retailer specializing in global urban fashion and street wear. The online experience of KarmaLoop started 2000, Greg Selkoe founded a small online retailer that catered to urban style and "street wear”. Since its founding in his parents’ basement in Boston, Massachusetts, the site has grown to
From Now Until Eternity!”
include Karmaloop.com, which includes fashion and culture-oriented blogs, videos and contests, KarmaloopTV.com and a former Karmaloop retail store in Boston, which closed in 2011. Selkoe wants to do one thing and one thing only… to get the gear you really wanted into your closet and concrete culture into your mind. Yet through it all KarmaLoop never lost faith for one good reason...cause their followers had their back. KarmaLoop consists of: Karmaloop. com with over 300 clothing brands for Guys and Ladies, KarmaLoop Kazbah Karmaloop’s market place for select up and coming brands, Karmaloop contests, Karmaloop blogs, Karmaloop music, Karmaloop Look Books, Karmaloop Rep Program, PLNDR.com a private flash sale site, KarmaloopTV.com, Buyer Wire Klickable Video, and coming later in 2011 Boylston Trading Co. exclusive street fashion and custom collabs, and KARMALOOP TV Multi-Platform the first cable channel for Verge Culture.... Celebrating the convergence of underground fashion, music, art, and entertainment! Karmaloop at one point did have a flagship store. It was launched in 2005 in the heart of the Boston’s famed Newbury Street shopping district as a way to bring the Karmaloop brand to the streets of its hometown. The store carries exclusive products from top street wear brands, as well as favorites from the site and limited edition pieces Karmaloop customers have included Kanye West, Own Wilson, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Sister and Tommy Lee. But unfortunately the store closed in 2011. Karmaloop has pledged to “keep killing shit from now until eternity!” and they just want their followers to look good! Megan Luback