May 30, 2012

MUSIC ▲: Stack Bundles Feat. Pretty Black - "Gettin' This Money"


"Niggas can't fuck with my shit in the archives. I got some dumb shit laying around somewhere."

Recorded during the year Stack Bundles passed away, in 2007, but I'm not sure where it was recorded or if it's Pretty Black's song. I read on FRS that Pretty Black was from the Bay Area, and was murder the following year. Damn.

Download: Stack Bundles Feat. Pretty Black - Gettin This Money

RIP Stack Bundles & Pretty Black!


STREETWEAR ▲: Stampd' LA - "East" Hat


East Logo embroidery on front panel.
USA Flag embroidery on left side panels.
New York Silkscreen under the brim.

Available 6.7.12 @12am PST - $52.00

Website: Stampd' LA Online Store

SALE ▲: iLTHY 20% Off Memorial Sale (Ends June 1st)


Everything iLTHY has in stock is 20% off Online this week! Sale ends this Friday.

Sale: iLTHY Online Store

PHOTO ▲: "Not Illuminati, but our eyes on the money."

Photo by Sonia Roman

When it comes to Streetwear, I'm pretty loyal to it, as I don't really enjoy other styles of expressing myself through my clothing. And I do a damn good job!

Hat: Dope Couture
Shirt: iLTHY
Shorts: Gap
Sock: Black Scale
Sneakers: Air Jordan

May 24, 2012

DOPE MODEL ▲: Ashley Silva

Photo by EleRosario

I can't say I know much about Ashley Silva, outside the fact that she's dope as f**k, models, and writes about fashion on

Follow: @AshleyCreamer88

BRAND LOVE ▲: No Label Watches 2012 Relaunch


Luis Diaz and his team at No Label Watches have relaunched their brand over Memorial Day Weekend, and sent me a VIP Access Code to see what they've been up to.

In the last year, they've spent much time redesigning and upgrading their OG watch. Now they're introducing two new designs, the International and the Lil OG (a smaller version of the original watch) to their collection.

Purchase: No Label Watches Online Store

NEW YORK CITY ▲: Nike Running Concept Store


I received a call from Nike earlier this week, and it was in reference to a new Concept Store they're opening very soon, in the Flatiron district of New York City.

More info coming soon...

STREETWEAR ▲: Brooklyn Nets x New Era 59FIFTY Fitted Cap


"Strong, beautiful, iconic black and white. I wanted to pick something that would stand the test of time and be here forever." - Jay-Z on Brooklyn Nets logo

Purchase: Brooklyn Nets Online Store

May 21, 2012

MUSIC ▲: Stack Bundles Feat. Kanye West - "Did It My Way"


"Met 'Ye in the Chi, had a deal and all, didn't work out, back to the drawing board."

This is from Circa '05, back when Stack Bundles was in Chicago, signed to Lupe Fiasco's 1st & 15th Entertainment, and at some point (it's documented on video) he recorded with Kanye West. Seriously though, it's always a good day when I can hear any new music from Rayquan "Stack Bundles" Elliott.

Download: Stack Bundles Feat. Kanye West - Did It My Way

RIP Stack Bundles!


STREETWEAR ▲: The Peralta Project "Hecho A Mano" Summer Series + "Uptown" Snapback Now Available

Lookbook Photographed by Ruben Henriquez

The Peralta Project has released their limited Summer Series Hecho A Mano, featuring the lovely professional Makeup Artist, Lolita Valverde. Also available is the long awaited Uptown (All Day, Everyday) Snapback - I need this in my life!

Purchase: The Peralta Project Online Store

VIDEO ▲: The Peralta Project presented by República

It's not easy getting my good friend Tony Peralta on camera, but República spendt some time with the Uptown-based graphic designer and visual artist, of The Peralta Project.

Shot by the homie, Rainey.

Website: The Peralta Project Online

STREETWEAR ▲: Alton Sunglass Frames by Supreme


Supreme is going to be releasing a new version of The Alton sunglasses. Handmade in Italy, and featuring Barberini glass lenses, with anti-reflective coating, offering optical clarity and glare protection.

Available in four different colors, in-store in NY, LA, London and online on May 24th.

Available in Japan on May 26th.

Purchase: Supreme Online Store

EVENT ▲: Addicted 2 Sneakers Expo - June 23rd, 2012


Thanks to Jon Marsland!

Follow: @A2S_US

EVENT ▲: Agenda NYC - July 16th & 17th, 2012


Register: Agenda Trade Show Website

DOPE ▲: Super Bowl XLVI Championship Collection


This is Winning in style!

Tiffany & Co. introduces the official New York Giants collection, featuring the official New York Giants and Super Bowl XLVI logos.

Website: Tiffany & Co.

May 16, 2012

EVENT ▲: Governors Ball NYC Music Festival


Kid Cudi + Fiona Apple have been added to the list of performances that weekend.

Website: Governors Ball Music Festival Site

*Post updated on 5.16

NEW YORK CITY ▲: Buffalo Cantina, Est. 2003


While watching the Cooking Channel, they aired a segment about a spot in Brooklyn that served the hottest wings around, and I thought of my friend Sonia. I've known Sonia for years, and everywhere we've went that served Hot Wings, she'd complain about them never being hot enough. So, I took her to Buffalo Cantina where she had Hot, Hotter, and Suicide, but finally bowed down to their Seppuku Wings 'cause it was killer, and we even saw a guy taking the Seppuku Challenge (he lost)!

*Don't mind what you read on the Internet about their reviews; they had good service for a good price, and the food was even better.

Buffalo Cantina‎
149 Havemeyer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-7788

DOPE ▲: #LoveTaps By Jerome Dickens & Jovonna Rodriguez (feat. quotes from Troy Paraiso)


I wrote about two of my own personal Love Quotes being featured in an E-Book back in December titled #LoveTaps. Now it's available online for purchase in soft copy, and I'm really proud my quotes were chosen.

Thank you Soulful Jenn, Jerome Dickens, & Jovonna Rodriguez!

Purchase: '#LoveTaps' Book By Jerome Dickens & Jovonna Rodriguez

BRAND LOVE ▲: The Tiffany & Co. Blue Box


I've been to Tiffany & Co. on 5th Avenue quite a few times in the last month, and their signature Tiffany Blue box never gets old, because none is better. Besides that, they have great customer service, and make their best efforts to accommodate all services.

Tiffany & Co.‎
727 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 755-8000

PRESS ▲: - March 2012

Screen shot of my Photo credit

*late pass*

I should've had this up over a month ago, but I've been busy; pardon. Below is a link to Press for DOPE OD's month of March, 2012. Thank you to those who support the Illest Motherf**king Blog! - March 2012 Press

EVENT ▲: C Plus, Chase Moore, N Pire + Special Guest Peso Harlem (Live Performance)


C Plus, Chase Moore, N Pire, & Peso Harlem are all from California, northern California to be exact, and all make dope music! On June 8th, they will be performing at Blue Lamp in downtown Sacramento - don't miss their Live Performance.

Follow: @PlusMoney

VIDEO ▲: Who Is Street Knowledge?

"You got to have a certain level of intelligence to survive in this environment."

Street Knowledge shoots a quick Profile type video on who he is, and what the meaning behind his name represents.

Follow: @StreetKnowledg3

May 4, 2012

MAGAZINE ▲: Eric Sosa - "Jack of All Trades" BIO Magazine Cover Story


Eric Sosa (Queens, NY / Hip-Hop Artist), sits down with Bio Magazine to discuss life, his love for music, and upcoming projects. See an excerpt below.

"I personally feel with rap you have to have some kind of structure regardless. You have to be able to fit in bars, and your words have to end at a certain point because you’re on a beat. Now, with poetry you can write whatever you want and it doesn’t have to land or end at any point. You get to say a lot more in a lot less time. Poetry sometimes there will be something I want to talk about and I don’t feel like following any rules." - Eric Sosa

Full Interview: Eric Sosa - 'Jack of All trades' via BIO Magazine Online

VIDEO ▲: LaVie Clothing Co. - "By Any Means Necessary" Feat. Juan Bago

LaVie Clothing Co. held an Event last night at Dyckman Bar to premiere their By Any Means Necessary Commercial. Featuring the hilarious Juan Bago, and the LaVie Team throughout segments, it's definitely a go with Hanse Balbuena behind the camera!

Website: LaVie NY Online

STREETWEAR ▲: SPKSMEN - "The Tribe" Snapback


The folks at SPKSMEN have reached out to me a few times, but I was waiting for them to get it right, before I posted them DOPE OD; well, they got it!

"Offering a glimpse of its very first Starter collaboration with a six panel wool snapback cap. It features a multi-color "S" tribe logo embroidered on the front to make a simple and bold statement. This cap will be available in one colorway for the Summer '12 release. Additional styles and colorways will follow this offering as well."

The Tribe snapback will be available online, and at select retail accounts. Buyers can contact for more info.

Website: SPKSMEN Online

EVENT ▲: BKc + John Midgley Book Project Casting Call


My friends at The Brooklyn Circus are having a Casting Call for an upcoming Photo Shoot, as they are widening the look in their new book. See below for info.

Here's what they are looking for:

- Men 40 years old+ with a distinguished look. No professional experience necessary.
- Young Men 13-16 years old. No professional experience necessary.

Shoot Date: 1 day in early May-June TBD, only 2-4 hours tops
Compensation: No pay, but includes a portrait photo by photographer John Midgley
Photographer: John Midgley
Stylist: Scott Newkirk
Make-up artist: Hector Simancas

You must RSVP at with your name, mobile, shoe size, shirt, pants size, height, and 3 photos. Please wait on a reply email to confirm your attendance.

STREETWEAR ▲: iLTHY Sticker Pack


I love stickers, and here are 5 new stickers in this pack from my homies at iLTHY.

Purchase: iLTHY Online Store

STREETWEAR ▲: Stampd' LA - 'The All Black Studded Weekender'


I posted The Studded Weekender when it first released, now Stampd' LA is getting set to release an all black version.

- 400 + blackr hand placed pyramid studs, covering full grain black leather.
- Inner zipper pocket details, lined with soft black twill.
- Limited to 50 pcs world wide.
- Available 5.7.12
- $475.00

Website: Stampd' LA Online Store

STREETWEAR ▲: UNDEFEATED 2012 LA Lakers NBA Playoffs Tee


UNDEFEATED is notorious for supporting their Hometown team, the LA Lakers, and with LAL leading the series 2 - 0 over the Denver Nuggets, this is a great Tee to have!

Purchase: UNDEFEATED Online Store