August 27, 2012

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO ▲: Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop! Closing Party (Bronx, NY)

"We made it to our final week at the Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop! Truly, we couldn't have done it without you. The support from the community, artists, neighborhood folks, to the custodial staff at Intervale green. We are blessed to be a part of the artistic & entrepreneurial spirit going on Uptown. This week we celebrate our 5 month residency. This isn't the end, just the beginning. We have a bunch planned for the future and we are grateful for every opportunity we get to create music, share our art and represent Hip-Hop culture." -
Captured + Edited by @BrandTROY

August 22, 2012

MUSIC ▲: UFO Fev - "TMTYL" (Take Me To Your Leader) Mixtape + "2 High Boyz" & "UGK Sh*t" Video

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Download: UFO Fev - "TMTYL" Mixtape Hosted by DJ Super Nova

I've been listening to this project for a few weeks now, it's pretty dope. Check out some visuals below that Fev let go yesterday, off of TMTYL.

S/o Red Inf, I see you boy!

EVENT ▲: 'Art of the Assassin' Hosted by DJ Skee (Los Angeles, CA)

"Ubisoft, in partnership with Rock the Vote and SA Studios Global, invite you to the Los Angeles launch of "Art of the Assassin" - a traveling art exhibit celebrating one of 2012's most anticipated video game releases, Assassin's Creed III. Artwork will feature themes inspired by the game's setting and sentiment: the American Revolutionary War. Join us for drinks and music by DJ Skee, as we showcase pieces from some of the most distinguished contemporary artists in the country."
Thanks Ashton at SA Studios Global.

EVENT ▲: Nike's 'Battle For The Streets' Skate Competition at Afropunk Festival (Brooklyn, NY)

"The largest street skate competition in New York City returns this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters in a competition being judged by top Pros in both sports including Shawn Powers, Danny Supa and Ray Mate. The event will also include demos by Nike Professionals and Alex Corporan, and Billy Rohan will be hosting."
*Download + Sign the wavier. Under 18 years old require a guardian in attendance.

EVENT ▲: Hybrid Festival featuring r.O.b Performance (Philadelphia, PA)


My boy r.O.b is performing live in Philly, this weekend at the Hybrid Festival at Black Diamond Skate Park.

S/o to the ABMG crew!

For more info, follow: @HybridFestival

EVENT ▲: Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop's Closing Party (Bronx, NY)


This Friday (8.24) the people at Circa '95 are closing the doors to their 5 month Pop-Up Shop that they curated. Nothing but good things have come from their latest venture in the Bronx, so don't miss out on Hip-Hop, live in the community.

Website: Circa '95

PHOTO ▲: La La Vazquez & Estelle x MCM Monogram Routemaster


Last week, the MCM London Flagship store were visited by American actress, television personality, La La Vazquez who was in town for the 2012 Olympics, and English Grammy-Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, and friend Estelle.

I want a ride on the MCM Monogram Routemaster!

STREETWEAR ▲: Supreme Fall/Winter 2012 Preview - 'Army Trench Coat'


I love when Streetwear meets the conservative side of fashion. See details below.

Supreme 'Army Trench Coat'
- Cotton/nylon with button front covered placket.
- Button out removable pile lining.
- Available in two alternative colors.

Website: Supreme New York

VIDEO ▲: WrapnSports x Street Knowledge Interview at First Edition (Sacramento, CA)

WrapnSports interviews Street Knowledge at First Edition boutique, in Sacramento, CA. SK speaks on his love for sports, current projects, and music influences.

Purchase (iTunes): The Artist Records - "The A.R." Street Album

Follow @StreetKnowledg3

August 17, 2012

PHOTOS ▲: On Stage with DJ Pauly D (Rhode Island Convention Center)

Photos by Troy Paraiso

Good times with Will Castro, John Galante, DJ Pauly D, DJ Whoo Kid, and more!

MUSIC ▲: Mixtape Review: UFO Fev - "TMTYL" (Take Me To Your Leader)

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A few weeks ago, I received an email from UFO Fev, the title said, and in it a link to download it. What I knew was that TMTYL stood for Take Me To Your Leader, and was the next project releasing from Fev, hosted by DJ Super Nova.

With little info outside of what I mentioned, and a tentative release date (8.21.12), I was just to enjoy the music by one of my favorite new artist...but below are my thoughts.

UFO Fev - TMTYL (Take Me To Your Leader)

Mind, Body & Soul - Fev lays a very introductory verse over the "Bird On A Wire" instrumental produced by Harry Fraud. The hook is really dope, and catchy: "I want your mind, body & soul/ Forget that other stuff that you thought you needed before/ Now I'm in control."

How It's Gotta Be - Fev raps heavily over 50's classic "Thicker Than Water" instrumental. DJ Super Nova lends a few mixes and rewinds after Fev's first few bars. I quote Fev: "Focused on my mission/ Lord forgive us, ni**as give us no permission."

M.I.L.E. - Fev's flow is vicarious of the best over an original beat by Double Nicklez. I quote Fev: "Got my own tape on rotate 'cause 'yo sh*t is weak/ Make my trunk shake, no pump fake/ I'm ballin', hear my sneak's!"

Chi's Day feat. Red Inf - The title, dedicated to his cousin Chi, as I believe it was recorded on his birthday. Fev speaks some words before Red Inf's verse, who raps first on this track. They rap over Tupac's "Got My Mind Made Up" instrumental, Red Inf's raps are aggresive, and Fev comes in second to finish off.

Playa, Playa feat. Yarshall Artz - Original beat by Kon Hathaway. Yarshall Artz rhymes first, and Fev rhymes second: "Heard your new shit, boy you need to tie your laces/ On tracks like races."

TMTYL offers other notable tracks like "UGK Sh*t", "We See You", "High Boyz", and "Don't Save Her" that bang as well. I would've liked to hear more DJ'ing, such as the mixing on "How It's Gotta Be", it adds layers to the project. I feel as though this was a meal for the fans (I took it!), as Fev ready's Return Flight, and then the highly anticipated Propaganda release which features full production from Buda and Grandz.

Follow: @UFOFev | @DJSuperNova

EVENT ▲: DJ Super Nova - 'LA Sendoff Party'


My homie DJ Super Nova is having a sendoff party, as he's moving to Los Angeles.

For details, email:

EVENT ▲: Flaco Navaja Live at Camaradas (East Harlem)


My cousin Flaco Navaja will be live at Camarada's in East Harlem, August 31st.

Website: Camaradas

August 13, 2012

VIDEO ▲: Meet The Business: The Brooklyn Circus (starring Ouigi Theodore)

"Borough native Ouigi Theodore opened his men’s clothing store, The Brooklyn Circus, as part of his mission to refine the urban image." - Apple
Ouigi Theodore of The Brooklyn Circus was given the stage at NYC's Apple Store on 14th Street, to speak for their Meet the Business In-Stores with Julian Alexander. I've known Ouigi for 6 years now, and he is on a humble journey, but still in stride of The BKc's The 100 year Plan. It was great to hear him speak to a packed room filled of Souls who just want to make a difference in the World.

*Video (m4v/podcast) uploaded by @BrandTROY

August 11, 2012

EVENT ▲: 'So Fresh & So Clean' Super Show w| DJ Pauly D, Will Castro + More


I'll be at the So Fresh & So Clean Super Show, in Rhode Island this Sunday on the production staff, shooting DJ Pauly D, Will Castro, and other special guest!

S/o to the Will Castro Foundation

PHOTO ▲: The Fader x Lauren Fleishman x Stack Bundles (ca. 2006)

Photo by Lauren Fleishman

"He was pretty known in his area, a lot of people saying hello to him..."

Often I try to pry on the doors of experience and information behind the man who is Rayquon Elliot, known to many as Stack Bundles. Here's what I found a few months back when I emailed Lauren Fleishman who shot him for The FADER in 2006.

BrandTROY: I saw that you photographed the late Stack Bundles. I just wanted to know in a few words, how was it to work with/around him?

Lauren Fleishman: Hey Troy. Stack Bundles was an interesting guy, but I didn't have much time to spend with him. We were working on a story on NY rappers that also included Maino and Papoose. Stack Bundles was very, very difficult to get a hold of and the shoot with him almost didn't even happen. He got back to us on the very last day possible, and I traveled out to The Rockaway's with a writer to interview and photograph him. The pictures had to go to the press that day, so it was all kind of rushed. He was pretty known in his area, a lot of people saying hello to him, and he was very easy going and polite. I was really sad to hear he had been killed.

BrandTROY: Thank you for sharing your story.

...damn, I wish Stack Bundles was still here. Life is real.

Website: Lauren Fleishman

SALE ▲: Vintage Vandalizm Online Shop


Ladies, if you love vintage clothing, check out my homegirl Vintage Vandalizim's Online Shop, and see what she has on sale at the moment.

Online Shop: Vintage Vandalizm

STREETWEAR ▲: Jansport - "Stars & Stripes" Backpack


They blogged it on the 6th. I seen it sold out on the 7th. Yes, I'm mad.

Jansport "Stars & Stripes" Backpack
- Original weathered nylon fabric
- One main compartment with antique brass metal zippers
- Adjustable seat belt webbing shoulder straps
- Front gear pocket
- Authentic abrasion resistant base

Blog: Jansport

EVENT ▲: Joe Budden Performing w| Live Band at SOB's


This venue always packs out for Hip-Hop shows, so don't miss yourself.

Website: SOB's

MUSIC ▲: UFO Fev - "TMTYL" (Take Me To Your Leader) Releasing 8.21.12

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"I need 'yo mind, body & soul / Forget that other stuff that you thought you needed befo'/ Baby now I'm in control." - UFO Fev 'Mind, Body & Soul' (TMTYL)

Hosted by DJ Super Nova. Online here at Dope Overdose on 8.21.12.

Follow: @UFOFev

August 7, 2012

DOPE MODEL ▲: Soraya Yd x Troy Paraiso - "Bombshell Liberty" Photoshoot

Photo by Troy Paraiso

About a week ago, Soraya Yd from the cast of HDNet's TV Naughty but Nice, model, and friend of mine called me for some creative advice, because she's participating in a modeling contest out of LA. They wanted her to pose for a photo that represented New York City with chic, sexy, and in extraordinary style.

After a few ideas or so, we came up with the "Bombshell Liberty" Photoshoot (click to see larger photo) starring Soraya Yd, and shot by yours truly.

Follow: Soraya Yd

August 3, 2012

DOPE MODEL ▲: "Bombshell Liberty" Photoshoot Starring Soraya Yd (shot by Troy Paraiso) Preview


Feature releasing Tuesday, August 6th, 2012.

PHOTO ▲: Olympic Rings in London on Tower Bridge

Photo by Jubril Agoro

The 2012 Olympic Rings hanging from Tower Bridge in London.

*S/O to my boy Jubril for sending this to me.

BRAND LOVE ▲: Elizabeth and James - "Fairfax" (Brown Mother of Pearl) Sunglasses


The Fairfax are from Elizabeth and James, known for an array of cool accessories you'll see on celebrities, but these I seen on a girl in Times Square, NYC.

Purchase: ShopBop

EVENT ▲: Black Scale x Fool's Gold Present "Black Fools"


For all my homies out in the Bay Area, and Sacramento, California. Hope this Event title doesn't offend anyone.

Website: Black Scale

STREETWEAR ▲: Stampd' LA - "Polka" Hat


- All over Polka Dot print
- Dope Collection Seal + Flag pins
- Designed and Produced in Los Angeles
- Limited to 50 Pieces
- $65.00

Purchase: Stampd' LA

VIDEO ▲: Kidz 'r Evil - "Born To Die"

Felix from always comes through with some dope visuals.

Thanks for inspiring.