Rope A Dope .:Feb 17 09:.
It was my first time entering a Battle. Kleenhouse clothing threw a bboy/graf battle at Alliance MMA gym in Chula Vista last year. The battle had different catagories, so i entered the character category.
The characters are based on my Dad and my Nephew. My Pops used to box a lot in the Phillipines and also while in the Navy. He is constantly messin' around with my nephew, pretending to play fight with him, so I wanted to show my respect for both of them. Also I thought that since we were painting at an MMA gym, that it'd be fitting to paint something relating to boxing or fighting.
The quote is from the intro song on Common's "Be" album, one of my favorite lines from the album. I believe its a line that dads should teach their kids, too! My interpretation of that line is
that we shouldn't run with fear from our enemies and/or problems. Although, we should walk away from unnecessary battles with strength and our heads held up high.
Photo Credit: Mike Herana (LaFotoNostra, Armory)
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! .:Feb 12 09:.
DON'T LET A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN RUIN YOUR FUN! COME OUT AND SUPPORT TWO GREAT MIX CDs!!!
FlavorInnovator .:Feb 09 09:.
When I moved up to Union City a little more than a year ago, and it
came time for me to find an internship for my graphic design program at
Chabot College, I found a local studio in Newark, of all places, on
Yelp. It was called FlavorInnovator (www.flavorinnovator.com).
I emailed the studio, sent my portfolio, and maybe a few weeks later,
Steve Ha had me working on a di-cut sticker for one of his clients.
What was a weird coincidence is that I had seen this record at Amoeba
by a cat name "E Da Boss" a couple weeks before that, that had caught
my eye on the cover alone. Turned out he designed it. Romali was going
to buy the same record coincidentally on the design alone. He's
actually designed a few covers of records I had bought in the past.
I put in a lot of work at FlavorInnovator, in exchange he had taught me how to use Photoshop, and is always there to give me some guidance and constructive criticsm for my work. Fast forward to the present, about over 100 beers, 3 bottles of Jack Daniels, 5 packs of cigarettes, 1 run-in with a security gaurd, a few toy freestyle sessions, and a couple Jo_iLL tags on some random trash cans, we have become good friends, and he a mentor to me.
(Jo_iLL, Romali looking hard as usual, and Nam aka FlavorInnovator)
Vimby (www.vimby.com) had just did a feature on him, and I'm proud to see him getting some shine. Here's to good luck on the design tip in the '09.
- DJ Jo_iLL
Exile vs. D-Train .:Feb 09 09:.
- DJ Jo_iLL
Supa Koopa Theater .:Feb 06 09:.
Images: New & Old
Small Actions Can Facilitate Change .:Feb 06 09:.
I met this dude a while ago at a downtown pad off Broadway Street who was kinda loud and overly excited, two things that I usually attribute to people who are fronting. As a usually defensive person towards that behavior I thought this loud guy was especially fraudulent when he showed me his self titled CD. I introduced my CD, Hate Your Way to Harmony: An American Criticism, and we put mine on and he was really excited about some of the instrumental tracks.
I was a little skeptical of the guy after I left that night but thought he was harmless. Over the next year Dulok Shaman and I had some correspondence about collaboration and all of my prejudgments subsided; he was willing to collaborate and work hard at it which in my book were a bigger sense of character than anything else. Dulok is a good dude. So after some time he put some lyrics on a track from my album that I thought was nice and had a strong vibe, something we were both feeling. Us vs. Them was born. He called me one day not too long after completing the track and asked me if he could lace it in honor of the Versus Store in Temecula which sells nice clothing dedicated to an urban lifestyle. I thought it was a good idea and gave it my blessing. In August of 2007 I get a call from Dulok asking me attend a video shoot for the store for the song along complete with many heads from SD and the Inland Empire. The video got a lot of reaction and became an anthem for many which was beyond any expectations I ever had for making the track(with the help of my homie NoS LeRatZ from the Bay, Big Ups!!!).
Fast forward to this year 2009, I went with DJ Argonaut to the Agenda Trade Show in downtown San Diego which showcases independent clothing lines and kept peeping orange stickers with familiar font that I have seen associated with the Versus Store in Temecula which read 'Us vs. Them'. In fact the bottom line is that the Versus Store had changed the name of their design to Us vs. Them, which blew me away. Even though I had no exact input on the decision making for the change, our song had made an influence on a whole style and the nomenclature of a line of clothing. So next time you think that your creativity, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, cannot be influential, think again.