February 20, 2013

EVENT ▲: 'A Peralta + Audubon Project' at Buddah Beer Bar (Wash. Hts, NY)

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My friend Tony Peralta and MTV Reality Star (and up & coming rapper) Audubon are collaborating on a few pieces, to bring you something special. And from what I could find out, I'm told a skully, two tee's, and a lighter/bottle opener will all be available for purchase.

Peace to Washington Heights.

DOPE OD ▲: Your Blogger's Favorite Blogger's MacBook

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Posted my MacBook, because I be seeing other Blogger's laptops, and they corny, dawg.

Shout out: Peralta Project, iLTHY, Frank151, DGK, Diamond, Bodega (Boston), Mint Lyfe, Mishka, and Devilock.

Follow me on Twitter: @TroyParaiso

STREETWEAR ▲: Riots & Roses - 'Riot Icon' Tee (featuring Marsy Monroe)

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The new Riots & Roses collection is now available, and though I got most of the line, this by far is my favorite piece.

I love me some motherfuckin' Marsy Monroe!

Purchase: Riots & Roses - 'Riot Icon' Tee (featuring Marsy Monroe)

STREETWEAR ▲: Riots & Roses - 'R&R Deco' Glow In The Dark Button

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My guy HDee dropped off a few new R&R Deco glow in the dark buttons. Cool shit.

Thanks, cuzzy.

MUSIC ▲: Good Guap - "Smoking Mirrors" Mixtape (official download)

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Artwork by NYGraffix*

The good homie Good Guap releases his latest project, with 17 new joints hosted by DJ Fresh2Def. Download the tape below, and or visit his DatPiff account to stream it.

Download: Good Guap - "Smoking Mirrors" Mixtape

VIDEO ▲: June VLOG #1 - In Studio w/ Stush Music


Shot + Edited by Donjai*

In June's new vlog, he takes you in to Stush' Music studio, where they're working on music for his upcoming EP. A few artist & friends stop by as well for his first day back in the studio working on his own music. As of recent, he's been writing for serval artist, and working behind the scenes, but recently decided to get back in artist mode.

Fuck 'ya calendar, it's June! Yikkeess!

Follow on Twitter: @itsJUNEallyear_

VIDEO ▲: Art Morera - "Dollars For Dreamers"


Dir, by Kimber Vasquez and Art Morera / Camera Assist. by Andrew Perez*

"My songs are two minutes long, can you afford to listen?"

Art Morera is a Miami based artist, who recently caught my attention, but I don't know much about him, nor have I heard his music prior to "Dollars For Dreamers."

...doesn't matter either, 'cause I like it.

The Morera EP is available at www.ArtMorera.Bandcamp.com.

February 13, 2013

DOPE MODEL ▲: Marsy Monroe for Riots & Roses

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Photo by Fausti Rosario + Freddy Mejia*

When I see Marsy Monroe running through my mind, a few things come to it: She has a great rack, her tattoo's are dope as fuck, and I feel like she has a story to tell. It turns out that MM' is here with us to touch on a few things the world should know. And no, I won't be asking for her cup size, you creeps!

Troy Paraiso: Welcome to DOPE OVERDOSE, MM'. You're a 20-something year old Puerto Rican/Danish/English tattoo model, from New York City. As bad as you are, your look is "very ambiguous," as you would say. How do you think that's helped, or hurt your plight as a model?
MM': I’m a certified mutt to the max, and its difficult for people to figure out my ethnicity. I've heard everything from biracial to Asian. I don't particularly fit into a specific category because of my background, and its helped when I come in contact with photographers who are willing to push the envelope and be anything & everything but the norm. With that said, its often frustrating getting work that is specified, i.e Latina, or Caucasian because I am so different.

Troy Paraiso: I see you're about that Medical Life in your photos, but what I'd like to know is if you're a Sativa, Indica or Hybrid lover, and what are a few of your favorite strains?
MM': Perfect timing with this one, totally a marijuana advocate and support the case pretty much everyday. Growing up weed was not a secret in my family, my mom was pretty open about it. I waited until my adulthood to indulge in the lifestyle, and its been served in a respectful manner. I do not discriminate when it comes to the Indica vs. Sativa argument, but we all have our preferences. Most days I'll smoke some Kush, and go ape shit playing COD: Black Ops 2, other nights I'll enjoy bong rips of Purple Haze, and just relax. I'm also a huge fan of edibles made especially for 4/20. (-_-) Ms. Stoner Face.

Troy Paraiso: You have upwards of 20+ tattoos, and they're all fucking dope! But the diamonds on your underarms, what are those about, what inspired them, and why there?
MM': From childhood I was always posing in photos screwing around, never realizing my true passion until I reached my adolescence. When I really became active with my modeling, taking classes for it in downtown Manhattan, I came to realize I may have a signature pose which was also one of my class assignments. It stuck. Since I'm always exposing my armpits, I came up with the idea to jazz it up a bit, what does a girl love more than DIAMONDS? My artist was excited to do it too, so it was done.

Troy Paraiso: Riots & Roses without a doubt is one of my favorite Streetwear brands, on the streets. Their new collection 'No Prisoners, No Hostages, No Witnesses' releases this Friday, and you're featured on a t-shirt. Explain how this came to life, and what does you topless with an American flag tied 'round on your face represent?
MM': I agree 100%, Riots & Roses is fuckin’ dope without a doubt. I am extremely flattered for having the opportunity to work with Dee, Red, Freddy & Fausti. They are an amazing team and really made me feel like family, I’d ride for them til’ the end for sure. I was contacted by Rome Shaw about the opportunity to work with R&R, and I was so down, their team accepted me and I was at the shoot the next day. I'm a huge believer in fate. For me personally, the photo represents being a rebel of the free world and being able to express that, is empowering.

Troy Paraiso: If you were locked in a room with Bad Boy Records recording artist Machine Gun Kelly, alone, would you twerk for him? If so, why him?
MM': OH EM GEE. I would do more than just twerk (PAUSE). No for real though, my deal with Kells is more than just an attraction, he’s really an inspiration for all the kids who had it pretty tough, and expressing that for the world to know isn't easy. The world isn't fairy tales and pony tails for some people. He says girls never wanted him in high school. Sheesh I would've bagged, lol. To “Wild Boy” twerk with a shot of punk rock...lmfao.

Troy Paraiso: You seem to bond with the legendary Marilyn Monroe, and a lot of people do, but what makes her life influential on yours?
MM': We are all damaged in our own way, she was also. Some of us are just poor unfortunate souls. She’s been the ultimate idol of mine for quite some time now. Such a compassionate soul who just really wanted to be accepted for who she was, not what she looked like. Ugh, Marilyn is such a sore subject for me. It really breaks my heart.

Troy Paraiso: Lastly, besides being a model, you're also an artist, as I've seen some of your drawings. I actually seen a photo of you in the middle of painting. So my question is, what does painting (drawing) bring to your life life, and what do you paint best?
MM': I absolutely love to get my hands into some paint, painting is a great way for me to express myself productively. My favorite thing to do lately is to sit at the window (like a creep) look at trees, and paint my interpretation of them. I like to create a variety of different things, from skulls to flowers, to things that are pretty dark and eerie.

Troy Paraiso: Thank you for your time, thank you for your energy. Your boobs are a-fuckin'-mazing by the way, lol! Seriously though, with all respect due, keep doin' your thing, MM'.
MM': The pleasure's all mine, fair well earthlings...Marsy Monroe.

Follow on Twitter: @PistolMars | @RiotsandRoses | @TroyParaiso

For more on Marsy Mars and her endeavors, visit: Marsy Monroe's Tumblr

*Editor's note: Thanks to HDee, the photo used above is exclusive to Dope Overdose.

STREETWEAR ▲: Riots & Roses - 'No Prisoners, No Hostages, No Witnesses' Releases 2.18.13 (post updated)

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Riots & Roses presents 'NPNHNW' this Monday. Riot or run!

For more info, visit www.RiotsandRoses.com

*Post Updated - The release date is now 2.18.13, this Monday.

MUSIC ▲: DJ Super Nova - The Inaugural Series Vol. 1

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Art by Fragment Media*
"I have completed my first mixtape of 2013, 'The Inaugural Series Vol. 1.' Why The Inaugural Series? As most of you know, I moved to California a few months back and wanted to officially introduce myself to this area while keeping the musical interest of the current supporters."
This mixtape features new rap songs as well as Trap, Jersey Club, Moombahton, and Ratchet Music, which is the sound that's taking over in California.

Download DJ Super Nova's The Inaugural Series Vol. 1 | Password: supernova2.0

Follow on Twitter: @DJSuperNova

VIDEO ▲: Fev VLOG #2 - Indiana Road Trip x NYC 'Return Flight' Listening Session


Shot/Directed by Enterprise Films*

In the first part of the his vlog, Fev takes a road trip to the Midwest, and visits Victory (boutique) in Indianapolis, with the Fresh Goods Clothing team. In the second part, he opens the doors to his listening session at Brooklyn's Brewery Studios.

Download Fev's Return Flight EP.

Follow on Twitter: @UFOFev

February 7, 2013

DOPE MODEL ▲: StephieSoSexy for Riots & Roses

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Photo by Fausti Rosario + Freddy Mejia*

Her name is Stephania Arenas, to some she's also sought out for as "StephieSoSexy" the model. She's a Colombian, native New Yorker from Queens, who writes, does web design, and models. Now all of that is cool, but lets get to know her, the part that makes her so sexy, and I'll try to throw in some Fashion questions in light of Fashion Week.

Troy Paraiso: Welcome to DOPE OVERDOSE, SSS'. Your love at heart is writing, so if I asked you to free-flow write what comes to mind when you think of Valentine's Day, what would your pen lay down after moving?
SSS': Thanks for having me on Dope Overdose! I'm beyond flattered! You hit it right on the money when speaking about my first love. And speaking about love, love is in the air! Valentine's day is just around the corner, flaunting it's overpowering scent. A day where old flames rekindle their romance, puppy love bubbles with excitement, and lasting lovers light their fire. A day for friends, a night for lovers. ♥

Troy Paraiso: Though you don't do much fashion modeling, you do support dope Streetwear brands like, Riots & Roses. What is it about Streetwear that attracts you?
SSS': Their's a lot of character behind Streetwear. Streetwear always has a story to tell along with a bond to the average joe, which happens to dress fresh to death. I love the passion most Streetwear designers pour into their work, while still honoring simplicity. Sometimes, you can even see the beautiful struggle behind a Streetwear brand. Starting from the bottom and climbing to the top. A journey most of us can relate to.

Troy Paraiso: Tell me, what is it that makes Stephania Arenas, so sexy? Is it your smile, is it your eyes, or is it your seducing manner in your photos?
SSS': All of the above, lol! To be honest, Stephania Arenas isn't the sexy one, it's Stephie that's the one being SoSexy. StephieSoSexy loves to embrace her sexiest feature of all, her confidence. Confidence is the ultimate ingredient in sex appeal. SSS' also believes that self love is what truly brings all the boys to the yard, ;). There's no other belief that SSS' pushes harder.

Troy Paraiso: Speaking of your features, in the new Riots & Roses collection 'No Prisoners, No Witnesses' you're featured on a t-shirt, but barely recognizable and holding a pistol. Explain what inspired the photo that created that shirt?
SSS': I love that shirt! Not just because I'm in it, lol, but because it's so damn powerful, and yet so sexy. The picture is somewhat of a metaphor, kind of saying "What I'm about to do will make such an impact, that you can't even see me anymore. You can only focus on whats about to come your way." Love it! Super badass.

Troy Paraiso: I won't go as far as to ask you about your personal life, but what does SSS' look for in the soul of man when looking in his windows?
SSS': I love me a manly man. There's very few of those nowadays. A rugged man that knows how to use his hands on power tools, and a woman. A man that's not scared to love, nor fight for what's right. A man who says no to super tight jeans, and yes to a burly beard. Women want a man that'll be proud to have her, and makes her the envy of all women, not the joke.

Troy Paraiso: When we spoke you mentioned being in an airport, where were you traveling to, and tell me 3 things you must travel with that we may not expect?
SSS: I was actually on my way to San Antonio, Texas. First time there! I got flown in by a company who's interested in working with both my blog and SSS' movement. That stuff is under wraps though, lol, but my top must haves when traveling: an iPad, a map, and an open mind!

Troy Paraiso: This next and last question is dedicated to young inspiring women reading this, what could you tell them about building confidence, and loving themselves?
SSS': Love yourself! Love the good about yourself, as well as the bad! Embrace every bit of your body as well as your mind. The more you embrace and take care of your features, the more beautiful you naturally become. It's all about confidence. Confidence makes you glow!

Troy Paraiso: Thank you for your time, energy, and smile. If you don't mind, could you shout out my boy Erick from Miami? He's the friend who called me from Florida, and asked me if I knew you, lol, now I do. Keep doin' your thing, Stephania!
SSS': It's an absolute pleasure! Thank you tons for taking the time to get to know me. I appreciate it infinitely! Oh and S/o to Erick! From Miami! That's my hometown, I like him already! oxo

Follow on Twitter: @StephieSoSexy | @RiotsandRoses | @TroyParaiso

For more on Stephania Arenas and her endeavors, visit: www.StephieSoSexy.com

*Editor's note: Thanks to HDee, the photo used above is exclusive to Dope Overdose.

STREETWEAR ▲: No Label - 'No Label Worldwide' Snapback

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"Ask and you shall receive! We want to thank all of you for giving us inspiration to expand our line."
- 6-panel Flat visor cap with fused buckram sewn into the crown.
- 3 1/2” crown, 6 sewn eyelets, 8 rows of stitching on visor.
- Plastic adjustable strap.
- Available in 3 colorways.
- Front and side panel embroidery.
- 80% Acrylic / 20% Wool.
- OSFA (One Size Fits All)

Purchase: No Label - 'No Label Worldwide' Snapback

STREETWEAR ▲: The Peralta Project - 'Dominican Girls Rock' Valentine's Day Edition

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"The 'Dominican Girls Rock' Valentine's Day Edition is a boyfriend (loose fitting) t-shirt for Woman in heather red. Handprinted on a tri-blend men's shirt with water based ink and hand stamped inside tag. All t-shirts come with a signed and numbered "Con mucho, mucho AMOR" post card."
Purchase: The Peralta Project - 'Dominican Girls Rock' Valentine's Day Edition

STREETWEAR ▲: Stampd LA Spring Styles Restocked

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Better hurry up and buy what you can 'fore A$AP Rocky stans clear the Stampd LA warehouse out, as he's been rockin' them as of late.

Purchase: Stampd LA Spring Styles Restocked

EVENT ▲: r.O.b - 'CircaXXV' Private Listening Session (NY, NY)

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S/o to the r.O.b and the ABMG family. I see them moving, major in the city!

MUSIC ▲: r.O.b - "Champagne Talk"


Produced by Trap Money Benny*

"Tell 'em, if they could make music this good, they'd do it."

Follow on Twitter: @FuturisticRO

VIDEO ▲: iLTHY Grand Opening at Gordon Square


Shot by Ian Moore, edited by Glen Infante*

Grand Opening of iLTHY's new located in Cleveland, Ohio at 6602 Detroit Avenue, 44102, which is also the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District.

Follow on Twitter: @iLTHY

VIDEO ▲: Bagstheboss - "Trap Boy"


Directed by Elroy Isaac*

I'm startin' to dig Bagstheboss' music, and I ain't mad at it at all. Check out the new visual for "Trap Boy," as his latest mixtape Born Star circulates.

Follow on Twitter: @Bagstheboss