How Papoose Made The Hot 97 Summer Jam XX Concert Better


I wasn’t any type of excited about Summer Jam this year, a trend I’ve noticed in the last half decade.

As of now I am not willing to take personal responsibility for that, which leaves the state of hip hop to blame; not so much Hot 97. For the 20th time the station with ‘Blazin Hip-Hop & R&B’ in NYC was held in the Meadowlands in New Jersey with all of the expected artists booked for the main stage like Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, A$AP Rocky, and so on.

If anyone is still unsure on why Papoose was able to perform a song after Kendrick Lamar’s set and before French Montana’s I am going to attempt to make sense of this for you after showing it to you on the chance you don’t even know who Papoose is or what I’m talking about.

T.D.E stands for Top Dawg Entertainment, a company run by Top Dawg which is a name that we will simply say is deep in both coasts in hoods from NY to Cali. T.D.E is affiliated with group Black Hippy which is made up of current acts such as Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and most important for this story; Kendrick Lamar. After bringing out the A$AP Mob as well as a bunch of T.D.E affiliates on this side of the country to share the stage as he did the first part of his song M.A.A.D. City which was presumed by most to be the end of his set. As the main part of the stage, not the whole thing because there were a couple dozen dudes loitering around for absolutely no reason, begins to clear, one of DJ Camilo’s DJ tags can be heard thru the main speaker system causing confusion with the Hot 97 team but not security. On stages appears Papoose & Ron Browz, working mics in hand, to do ‘Get At Me’ and leave just as fast.

Keep in mind I was watching Summer Jam in the semi-darkness of my bedroom and turned it on towards the end of Kendrick Lamar’s set but got to hear ‘M.A.A.D. City’ in its entirety (the part that Kendrick did anyway). When the stage cleared after the T.D.E hypefest and DJ Camilo’s drop is heard, the live stream showed BOOST Mobile, Pepsi, and Ciroc ads which is to be expected between performances so it was weird for anyone to be rapping after Kendrick Lamar; even more so that it is Brooklyn’s own Papoose. Either way whatever was going on over at the venue on stage still able to be heard. The advertisements fade into video of Papoose on stage in the silver Barkley Hyperposites.

The ‘Free Remy’ shoutout from Papoose to his jailbird wife Remy Ma was accompanied by Pap revealing that Remy is scheduled to be out next year which has me heavily anticipating the Nicki Minaj/Remy Ma passive-agreesive rap lines.

Lastly, I want it understood that I count myself as a big French Montana fan. Rode the wave with him & Max B before many even wanted to be in the water; them Coke Wave tapes easily plays more than, say, his album right now which is why I am not unhappy that time ran out. French had the chance to completely out-secret-performance Pap if he broke Biggavelli out of jail to do ‘Security’ or something like that but there is always Summer Jam XXI. Would have much rather heard ‘Aint Worried Bout Nothin’ instead of ‘Dont Stop’ tho.

Sneakers Saved My Life


Sneakers got me here, in every sense of the word.  Not only am I in certain life positions because of the type of footwear that has come to be affectionately known as “kicks”, but I actually get places by walking…with sneakers on.

The path of going from vigorously searching for a pair of Chuck Taylors with flames embossed on the sides & making clearance sneakers seem way more appealing than they are in hopes of not making my parents feel inadequate to sample and Player Exclusive pairs being overnighted to me just because is one I never imagined to be blessed enough to travel.

Strictly off of the strength of sneakers & persistent e-mailing of people way more influential than I, some of the stories I am able to tell about my life since 2011 have been worth hearing.  In a genuine attempt to be as casual & non-bragedocio, some of the more noteworthy tales include making Kevin Hart laugh about how short we both are, filling in for Play doing the foot smack dance in a club with Kid and seeing Kool G Rap & Big Daddy Kane share the same stage between NYC rooftop dour breaks.  All in the name of work with sneakers on my feet.

The odds are very high that the ramblings on this site wouldn’t be read as much if it wasn’t for the sneaker-related work that I do.  I thought about using a different word besides work since it doesn’t feel like it at times, but using anything else would cheapen the what I do which is the opposite of ideal.

 Being the type to sleep (and cut) with socks on, it should go without saying that walking around my domicile with sneakers on my feet is common in my realm.  Maybe it is narcissism to extreme levels, but at least it proves the pairs I wear are for me; not for approval of those more concerned with my lacing technique than name.

Under Armour Fall/Winter 2013 Showcase


When it comes to performance sports apparel, Under Armour has been ahead of the game for years by making very functional product and spearheading the compression clothes market.  With a new focus on designs and aesthetics, those who normally wouldn’t check for Under Armour gear might find something that catches their eye.

Men, women, and children can all get in on the action during the upcoming seasons as there are new products for every size athlete. The superhero-themed Alter Ego tees stand out the most to me with their compression fit and made with their Heat Gear tech designed disperse moisture and keep you cooler than you would be wearing anything else.

Focusing on the sneakers, word is that this will be these will be the last time Spine tooling will be used on Under Armour running sneakers.

Very much looking forward to Under Armour basketball collection for this year.

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2013 Big East Tournament View From The Dove Men+Care Suite At Madison Square Garden


With Dove Men+Care being an official partner of the NCAA, their suite was used during the 3rd day of the 2013 Big East basketball tournament held inside Madison Square Garden to debut the new commercial staring basketball telecaster Jay Bilas and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

Watching what is said to be the last Big East tournament in a private suite inside of at THE Garden is an experience unto itself capped off by the start a decent ad campaign. The picture of John Starks dunking on Michael Jordan in the bathroom of this suite in Madison Square Garden is a nice touch.

A huge thanks goes out to the people at Matter Inc & Dove Men+Care for the hospitality.








Running The Rat Race

The previous 7 days starting last Thursday to now has been a busy one full of things you readers would like not to read about or see pictures of so this second ever blog post will recap the interesting PEOPLE, PLACES, & THINGS from the last few days to be covered in depth later on.

Enjoy the pictures because I enjoyed taking them & really enjoy living the life.






Joe Budden Performing ‘NBA’ Off No Love Lost At The Apple Store In SoHo

Joe Budden was a recent participant in the Meet The Musician series held at Apple Stores where artists come to perform cuts off their latest projects.

I have such an internal dilemma not spelling his name as “Buddens” but maybe it’s a Jersey thing.

Shout out to my videographer homie Diallo from Darkwing Productions who shot this video at an NYC Apple Store on Prince St. over in SoHo.