Thursday, December 11, 2008

Big ups again

Check us here where the lovely Amelia Torode has bigged us up quite nicely on her blog.

Friday, November 28, 2008

London Selected * 083


exhibition Stella Dore

Hot chocolate is delicious. So is pizza. It’s cold out. I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome (which UK people call RSI), so I’ma keep this one quite short. If you’re free tonight you should head down to Rivington Street where the Stella Dore massive has set up a new-as-Mountain-Dew shop/gallery/art-loving freak centre. This launch show, entitled Make Over, will feature house faves, Pure Evil (whose excellent work has appeared right here in le cool), the flag-waving, Pam Glew and the hilarious (and Saatchi-supported) Tinsel Edwards among others. Prices of stuff range from £50 to £10,000 – how funny is that? Get at it. / Chloe McCloskey


DJ Set Maseo

Do you think Maseo would mind being featured next to a party called Cocksoup? Ha ha. It don’t matter, the De La Soul deejay is in town tonight to help celebrate Plan B’s 6th birthday in Brixton. Coming down off the Rock the Bells tour, (which saw Nas kick it in London a couple weeks back), Mace is gearing up to celebrate 20 years since releasing his group’s seminal album 3 Feet High and Rising (tempus fugit eh?) with a world tour. So come check this superstar, who will mos definitely be hauling down a few crates’ worth of true school classics for all the heads. / Chloe McCloskey

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

BIGGGGNESS



Download this NOW.

Freshness straight outta Teedot

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

RECOGNITION!


From Guardian Travel:

Le Cool: An Eccentric's Guide to London

Mat Osman is a busy man. Once the bassist of Britpop band Suede, Mat continued to tour with lead singer Brett Anderson after the band split in 2003, but frequently found himself pursuing extracurricular activities in the back of the tour bus - because Mat is also the editor of Le Cool London, a weekly email dedicated to digging up the best of what London has to offer. Some say it's the best listings collection in the city, and this year they've published one of the most eccentric guidebooks about London.

"It's for people who love the city," says Mat. "People who love scooter shops that turn into coffee shops, and flats with aeroplane wings through them, and manga libraries, and doll's house furniture shops, and bubble-and-squeak stalls, and hairdressers-cum-art galleries-cum-nightclubs, and rollergirls, and so on and so on ..." Read more...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Big one

Feeling this one in a BIG way right now. Sung by Jamaican songstress Hortense Ellis - I still have no idea who wrote it, I'm pretty sure it's different than the O'Jays track of the same title.

Download for free here.


And Maxine Brown's rendition:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How dope is the white beeball?



You know we can't go wrong no.....

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Henry Porter on Obama win


"It was a night to remember, but I did have one doubt as I stood in the unseasonable warmth of Grant Park and that concerned the memory of a similar rally on the South Bank in London on 1 May, 1997, when a victorious Tony Blair was greeted by jubilant supporters. As he took power and showed himself, in Asquith's words, to be such a 'good butcher', the political classes dropped their guard and seemed to stop paying attention to what he was doing. Obama is a talented politician and, like Blair, he ain't no pussycat. He needs to be kept up to the mark by the activists who brought him to power: only with that scrutiny will he serve the common good." Read full article

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I friggin' SLEPT - so annoying

Right so the other night when we were doing le cool and Obamster had just won, I saw this interview on Newsnight. I commented to Mat how awkward the whole thing was. Putting Dizzee up next to this eloquent woman and asking him ridiculous questions starting with, "So Mr Rascal..."

An embarrassment, I felt, for the hip hop community, which contains more than enough articulate individuals to comment on politics. Anyway - so apparently the complaints came rolling in to the BBC (big trend these days) and the Guardian has written a piece on it today - page five.



See interview below. Thoughts?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Including Mat's brilliant intro

Sometimes the sun comes out in winter.

As we’re uploading this week’s (fabulous) issue Chloe’s watching youtube clips of Maya Angelou and listening to Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’.

I’ve got texts coming in from US friends who were campaigning ‘til 6pm, celebrating ‘til, well, now, and itunes shuffle has just cued up Chic’s ‘At Last I am Free’.

Sometimes, just sometimes, all’s right with the world say René, Chloe, Josh and Mat

theatre Michael X

“It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, change has come” said President-elect (WOOOOHOOOO!) Barack Obama on Tuesday to a jubilant crowd in Chicago, paying a moving reference to the fine, fine words of Mr Sam Cooke. What. a. day. And let us bask in it for a few more….But what would Michael X, the Caribbean-born, British civil-rights revolutionary think about these latest developments? Considering that Britain has only ever seen three black cabinet ministers, he might have a few words. A play examining this controversial yet fascinating figure opens tonight at the Tabernacle Theatre. Written by novelist and Guardian contributor Vanessa Walters, the piece promises to examine the mystery that has enshrouded this key figure in black British history, as well as the 1960s political climate in which he operated. With limited dates over the next few weeks – hurry up and get your tickets here. / Chloe McCloskey





Spread the love with a le cool.

Wayne's a real blogger...

Check my boy Wayyyyne here

He's got good shizzle to say. I say this because forthcoming posts will likely be sop-heavy, twisted, melodramztastical biz and you'll need somewhere to go (HA-HA-HA like there's more than 3 people who visit on the regular). Life's just like that sometimes.

I'm still feeling Spooky Couch heavy. Get er done yo -- it pretty much sums me right now.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Skip to 3:13

...this defining moment

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Winner.

Le Cizzool


Club Musicalia

Nothing like a Wednesday night to shake that sh!t to the ground. Particularly if you’re a freelancer, freeloader or just someone who doesn’t mind showing up at the office reeking of booze, with last night’s eyeliner still in impeccable condition (or it looked so when you woke up…). If this is you, then head to __ tonight for a night of Miami Bass with Girlcore’s ISA GT and Nat Self. That blank space means it was in Dalston, but now it’s not – check out Isa’s blog for the secret location announcement this weekend. This new night promises to hone in on different genre each first Weds. With the cold winds, hail, grey and 4pm sunsets, what better than to get down to a bit of sweaty, gyrating kick drum from the Sunshine State? Naw mean? Now if you’re in need of a little warm (teehee!!) up – check out the pre-party set on Etoro Radio here. / Chloe McCloskey

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bodacious Girl vs Subdued Girl

















The image is telling. Betty is looking at Archie, Archie is gazing at Veronica and Veronica is wrapped up in her own moment of enjoyment, considering carefully what she and Archie will do later once Betty has gone home to study.

Dryer Series Uno















I've been meaning to start this up for a while. Hand dryers are important. They say a lot about the quality of venue you are drinking/eating/stalking/lounging/cheating at.

I like this one - and I'm not sure who makes them as all I can get from my keen internet research is a model called STYLISH SUPER FAST Powerful High Grade Stainless Steel 2500 watts Auto Hand Dryer. 2500 watts is a good level. It's powerful, very warm and actually dries your hands quickly so you can get back up to no good. It's also logoless, which I find classy.
Bonus points: Check the reflection in the nozzle...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Robin Kay at Toronto Fashion Week


Those in Tdot have no doubt heard about the recent blunder made by FDCC President Robin Kay at the Mango show in Nathan Phillips Square. It seems Robin, a very close family friend, had a few too many glasses of champagne (can't say that I blame her...) before introducing the show, which, (hush now) was graced by the presence of a celebrity guest, Monica Cruz (that's Pene's sister homesies).

Rob's speech, say the world-class Toronto gossip writers, "went too far" and was, according to Holt Renfrew's Barbara Atkin, "the equivalent of wearing a bad accessory...no matter how beautiful your outfit is, everyone is looking at the bad accessory".

Nice soundbyte Barb - did you practice that one in front of one of your mirrors?

This of course was followed by another brave (read: anonymous) petition to end Robin's tyranny over the event that she has spent the past 9 years cultivating.

I find it funny how members of this inferiority-complex-ridden Canadian scene rarely acknowledge the serious graft she's put in to bring this event the kind of prestige it gets, but when she fucks up - they're all over it.

As for the petition and nameless email scribes - you need to be thankful the journos have something to write about aside from the fact that some model/actress/designer from Spain touched down in your lovely (and slightly boring) city for five minutes to honour a collection that's already in stores globally.

Robin Kay is a successful businesswoman, mother of three, survivor of breast cancer, limitless free spirit and one of the most generous individuals I've ever known. Toronto is damn lucky to have someone as brazen as her running the show.

Kid Sister...

..mine that is - featured in Canadian hip hop group Grand Analog's new video Touch Your Toes Part 2. Apparently they dropped her from 15 feet in the air whilst filming. HAHAHA. They're not bad actually

This week's activities


Club Trouble and Bass

Oh heylllllllll yeaah. It’s Thursday foolz and Brooklyn is in the house. I genuinely hope you’ve managed to recover from last weekend’s madness as pain shall be brought to the East Village tonight. NY’s Trouble and Bass crew (Drop the Lime, The Captain, Star Eyes and Math Head) are soaring all the way across the pond tonight to team up with South London’s Night Slugs (Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990) in celebration of latest Drop the Lime release ‘Hear Me’. There is absolutely no cover charge so you can pretty much guarantee serious roadblockage. It will be a sweaty mess of bassline, Miami-bass, B-more, bass, bass, bass and more bass. Anyone who emails me the name of Bok Bok’s Mad Decent mixtape gets a free Drop the Lime 12”. Don’t say Le Cool didn’t ever give you nufink. /

Club Grandmaster Flash

“I went deep into cocaine,” says hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash. The man who is said to have invented cutting and other turntable mastery fell into a dark hole of drug abuse after crew, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five split up and divided between himself and partner Melle Mel. Unbeknownst to most, their leading single, The Message, didn’t actually feature Flash, or any of the Furious Five apart from Mel. However in 2007 they were the first hip hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Waitaminute – does that seem weird to you? That shizzle came out in 1982! I guess it’s a rock museum…but still – they put Bob Marley in there ages ago…haters. Anyway – Flash is out of the woodwork after fifteen years of getting good with himself. His dexterity on the wheels of steel will be on show tonight at top reality TV ‘star’ punani-sight-seeing-spot Paper nightclub. This is a chance to see a legend in action. If you can afford the £20 cover at this point in the month, I suggest you get down there, along with the killer cuts, it includes a free cocktail. /

Monday, October 20, 2008

Dear England,



Dear England,

Brine, why?

You wrecked my dinner.

Cx

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bethnal Green at night

Here's what really happens after we've gone to sleep....

late le cool - i'm just late



Film/club Beautiful Losers Premiere and Afterparty

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh goddddddddd. When can I just say NO?! No to another Saturday on the tiles, no to another art show, no to another film premiere, no to its amazing afterparty, no to dancing all night to hyp-er than hype Los Angeles deejays like Nosaj Thing, Squeak E Clean (see Friday at Fabric) and Take, no to any more dayum Patchwork Pirates. Sigh. I can’t. Here’s the deal – check the LFF launch of art doc Beautiful Losers – looking at the ‘subversive’ lives of those artists that hung around director Aaron Rose’s gallery Alleged in New York in the early part of this decade. The film features people like Shepard Fairey and Harmony Korine. Breathe. Then following the screening, is the return of the illustrious Thugs and Hugs jam, this time at Cordy House with abovementioned selectas. Seriously – try and say no. / Chloe McCloskey



Club Squeak E Clean

Do you know about Squeak E Clean? Homeboy is set to release a 17-track nuclear bomb under N.A.S.A., his group with Brazilian partner DJ Zegon next February. Yes this monster will feature some little known artists such as, oh – Kanye – heard of him? How about M.I.A.? Then there’s a little Santogold, Lovefoxx – a bit of Tom Waits, Kool Keith, fncking RZA – this list seriously goes ON. Now why do you think this mad pack of geniuses would wanna get down with brer? “It was like, ‘Oh cool, I like this music, I wanna be involved,’” he says. Sweet. He’s playing tonight at (yes I know you probably know already) Fabric’s 9th birthday jamborino in room three alongside Toddla T, Joe Ransom, Patchwork Pirates etc tonight. Get ‘er done. / Chloe McCloskey

a bit late but still...


yah so it is a bit late - i can't type with these damn pronailz on so bear with it. (bare?)

nosaj thing and squeak killed it

the boys did up cordy house real nicely with art/projections/the film up all over (not to mention copious eye candeeeeee)

we also found that in going to this we were missing the bug at amersham arms gutted.....

also checked the Gerald Laing show at ocontemporary in soho yesterday. pretty dope, and affordable prints on offer too.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Nueva Nomad x Daydream Network


Linkage with my boy Avue and his shinizzle Daydream Network to interview illustrator Jiro Bevis, a panelist on VICE's Creative30 project...

Hi Jiro, how are you?
I'm good thanks!


What are you up to?
Just finishing off a load of different stuff that all came to me at the same time and stressed me out a lot.


I hear you live in a 'dank flat in Dalston,' do you have a favourite place to eat around there? Who said it was 'dank'? It’s lovely; me and my brother just fitted in a new bathroom and outside my window I can see a pool of water where all the pigeons have a bath. There are loads of great places to eat round me, but I guess my favourites are Somine where you can get really nice soup 24 hours-a-day and Evin, they used to have a YouTube video but it's not there anymore, not sure why. Read the full interview

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Gunnin'

I saw this film last weekend before interviewing MCA aka Adam Yauch from the illustrious Beastie Boys for Huck. Yauch produced and directed the film on label/production house/distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories.




It's a fun film (by no means life-changing) with amazing commentary by Bobbito Garcia, flashy editing and anthem-saturated soundtrack.

What else? I love this song, Spooky Couch by Albi Hammond Jr...even though some haters may not get the attraction to that which is plinky plonky...

hoo hool


film American Gangster

All I can think of when I hear ‘American Gangster’ is the creeping bassline and punchy flow in Blue Magic, the leading single off Hov’s unofficial soundtrack to the film. Yes old Jay-Zed found inspiration in the Ridley Scott-directed blockbuster and its parallels to his own life. But let’s forget about Jay for a minute, his beautiful B and multi-million dolla fortune and talk about Frank. Frank Lucas, in case you don’t know, is the film’s protagonist and a former heroin don from the early 70s. SPOILER He dissolved the middle men in his trade and smuggled pure heron back from South East Asia in coffins of dead American soldiers. He was (arguably) the first to brand street drugs, (with the abovementioned song title), and got MEGA rich. The movie was nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes and cost $100 million to make. It’s pretty good (albeit long) and is on at the BFI tonight. Hip hop trivia: Did you know that Lucas’ son, Frank Lucas Jr is a substandard rapper? I’m gettin’ it… /

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Ludiacris vs. Martha Stewart

This is fucken amazing...look at his sweet cardigan!!

Martha: I LOVVVE ISAAC HAYES


Thursday, October 02, 2008

Can't stop working

Can I just say that breaking the through the axis of evil that is procrastination-alcoholism-laziness is the best thing EVAR?

For real - my ass is (not my actual ass) going to be published all over the damn place in the month or two to come. Watch. This. Space.

Toodaloo :)

Oh yeah - check this Envy shit:



And my boy Avue's shinizzle - one of the previously mentioned damn places...

Alby, more ink and stuff yo.


Gig Albert Hammond Jr

I lovvvvvvee the striggity Strokes. Is that still cool? I don’t care. Trust-fund, New York royalty or not, them boys know how to play a tune. Rock it up or break me down with your emotion-wrenching lyrics I’m a sucker. When my sister informed me then that guitarist Albert Hammond Jr has been grafting away while the others have been doing who the hell knows what, I jumped on that bandwagon like pair of stripey tights on Aggy Deyn (fnck – did I just mention that twat?). So off the back of his lastest LP, Como Te Llama, Alby’s playin’ the Scala tonight and you know what? He’s real gud. He sounds a bit like this band I like called the Strokes. You know them? /


Talk Tattoo Culture

So if the amount of new ink in my household is anything to go by, last weekend’s Tattoo Convention was a great success. Showcasing a vast array of styles and subcultures, the event showed that London’s interest in tattooing isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. So as a perfect follow-up then, the lovely Dana Centre is hosting a talk tonight on the cultural and scientific implications of our fascination with this form of body décor. And guess what? It’s free. Hosted by Neil Daleywater, the editor of Skin Deep magazine, the chat will bring together the minds and ideas of doctors, tat-artists, curators and historians. Also there is said to be human remains on display – which could be gross, but also pretty interesting. So if the convention proved too daunting for you (or too pricey!) get your nerd on and head to the Science Museum tonight. / Chloe McCloskey

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tittie, tatts, ink and sigh...more burlesque...


Convention London Tattoo Convention

I’ve been threatening new ink for a while now. The latest idea stemmed from the tiles featured on the Bethnal Green Westbound platform. I thought the image of three swords (or scimitars, as a sweet boy told me) was British-y enough to rep my time in the Big Smoke. Too bad it turns out the tile stands for the counties once served by BG trains and the swords stand for Essex. Oops! That won’t work considering my experience with the lovely county amounts to a night spent dodging scumbags in Southend (an entirely different story all together). Well inspiration is definitely to be had this weekend at London’s annual Tattoo Convention where 190 ink-jectors from around the world will gather to air their wares. Last year’s event featured peeps from across the tatt-world spectrum including cholos, gothic artists, rockabillies and irezumi experts from Japan. This year hosts even more attractions with snake dancers, singers, magicians and, you guessed it, cabaret and burlesque in addition to the artists. Get down there! / Chloe McCloskey

Monday, September 22, 2008

White Privilege


There seem to be hundreds of forwards going around about the Palinator. I do like this one from Tim Wise - it puts things in an interesting perspective. I think the thug one is particularly indicative of the fncked up double standards prevalent today.

This is Your [well, not yours] Nation on White Privilege

Source: September, 14 2008 By Tim Wise on ZSpace
Tim Wise's ZSpace Page

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck," like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

Read the rest...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

FUZZ FUZZ FUZZ


Drink kool-aid and vodka.

OBSESS OVER FACEBOOK FOR AN ENTIRE FRIDAY NIGHT.

Streets, scrutiny, cover charges and banter toooooooooooooooooo much.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wire wire pants on fire....Crystal Castles too.


Gig Crystal Castles

Why oh why did I sign up for this one?! The money job has sucked out my creativity and is keeping it captive deep beneath a thick film of logic and business sense. I’ll never get it back in time for the deadline. I need it to write about Toronto duo Crystal Castles – whose own turbo-charged creative spunk is shooting them all over the world like a pair of siamese Pong balls inducing hipster catharsis in their screeching-bleepy wake. I like the song Alice Practice so much – it makes me feel like I’m about to burst into my-child-was-just-killed-in-front-of-me-style tears, and then a crazy dance, all alone in a dark room wearing nothing but bright-coloured underwear and sunglasses. But it’s also good when you’re on the tube and everyone’s boring. You might look boring too, but your soundtrack is a drug overdose – a panicked, twitchy release decorated with eyeliner, regret, fervour and freedom. They play at Electric Ballroom tonight – you should maybe go. /

Screening Wire Weekender

“A man got to have a code,” says Omar Little, The Wire’s modern day Robin Hood; the gay gangsta whose street prowess and wisdom has won the hearts of Wire extremists the world over. But is he really your fave? I think he’s the obvious pick – the middle man between bad guys and good, (in a world where those lines are so very blurred) he makes you feel like you down with the corner, but also with the Freamons out there trying to excavate its scum. Have you considered Duquan? He makes your heart feel so warm! He’s a survivor…or is he? Mine is Bodie; he was a c-nut in Season 1, but grew into one honourable soldier by the time the Stanfield crew took charge. Snoop is a cold-hearted thugette and Chris is deeply fncked up. Can you really love people who kill with such ease? If you scored a ticket to Curzon Soho’s Wire Weekender (I didn’t :( ) you’ll be able to evaluate it all over again when they show Season 5 on the big screen. With QnA from creator David Simon and Dominic West (McNutty in the building!), you’re so lucky I might have to chase you down, put two in the skull and seal that sh!t with a powder-activated DX460. Ayyyeerrrrp! /

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kidulthood/Adulthood


Kidulthood, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Adulthood…I can’t decide which I like more. Would you rather be the pregnant teenager whose boyfriend refuses to talk you, never mind acknowledge the unborn lovechild cultivating in your uterus, or, the young gun released from prison, forced to confront the pesky demons of a side dish that come with no extra charge after killing a man? Hmm… So Noel Clarke’s plots might be a bit on the corny tip, but the production, soundtrack, and (over?) dramatic portrayal of London grit are entertaining enough to check ‘em out. It could also give you some insight into the minds of the terrifying teenage tyrants that stand threateningly outside your local Costcutter. The critics had their issues with sequel but the kiddies had their own minds (in the box office). Roll deep to the Riverside and decide for yourself. /

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Stalker time...



Here is some fucked up tribute to my sister...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Going....

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Interviews Galore...

Hunter Valentine is interviewed by the Montreal Mirror for Divers/cite




“Hunter Valentine will save us all.”

That’s quite the claim for a mere rock band, but then this is no ordinary outfit. Hunter Valentine is an all-female, all-queer trio formed in 2004 by singer/guitarist Kiyomi McCloskey (now 23), bassist Adrienne Lloyd (28) and drummer Laura Petracca (28). Their melodic punk anthems, lovelorn ballads and hard-hitting rock shows have earned them an enviable reputation, as have their L Word looks—the band pinned a picture of the cast from the lesbian TV drama to the wall of their first rehearsal space, perhaps looking to leech a little dyke-icon power. Read More of Lorraine Carpenter's profile...
Ev-Starr on Hip Hop Canada



Toronto, ON - Yo-Ev! has put serious time into his DJ groundwork and he's well aware that this will separate him from his peers. Investing in himself young, he started working in clubs before he was of legal age and began his slot on the historical hip-hop radio show The Masterplan Show while entering University. Currently the main DJ on the Masterplan Show, freshly graduated, and well-prepared, EV recently dropped his summer 2008 mixtape What It Is. Read the rest of Tara Muldoon's piece...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

DAMN

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Kiyomi


My sister is soo pretty...
(Photo: Tom Medwell)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008



Gig Collie Buddz

Finally di herb come around! If you’ve not heard Collie Buddz, try your best not to write him off as an eye-roll inducing Sean Paul-alike (don’t get me wrong I love Sean-da). Collie aka Colin Harper, comes to us to us from Bermuda (grew up there) via New Orleans (born there) and Toronto (worked there?). The latter is an odd one – a friend from back home said that homeboy used to drive a taxi in TDot. I dunno. He’s got a dope sound with his sweet falsetto and is blind to the haterz. He’s playing tonight at the Jazz Café – and although it’s kinda late notice – it is definitely a good look. He’s made a big splash on the dancehall scene (check that tour schedule) and his debut LP earned a four star review in Spin Magazine. Not bad for the ‘Eminem of Reggae.’ /


Tonight: Nathan James Private View

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Yadadamean?!


Yeeeeee! From Davey D, to the Living Legends crew to Hieroglyphics to Too Short, there is no doubt that San Francisco's Bay Area has long made substantial contributions to hip-hop. Set to leave the next big mark is hyphy head honcho, Keak Da Sneak.

He of the raspiest rap has just released his first record in four years on Koch and is ready to bring his wacky, faded subculture to the forefront of the mainstream. But that's not to say that the movement hasn't already made a splash -- his single "Super Hyphy" has had unbelievable success and led to Keak's appearance on MTV's strawberry flavoured "My Super Sweet Sixteen" as a guest performer for some brat's birthday. Then came the retardedly big E-40 track (and Lil Jon-produced) "Tell Me When to Go," which brought Keak's mug onto screens across the country.

Currently promoting his new album Deified, Ballerstatus chatted with Keak from New York, who explains how he hooked it up with Prodigy and Alchemist, and why hyphy will never die..READ MORE

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Stig's gonna rip it.



My homie is battling Pro Green for 50k in MySpace promotion money. Come check it Wednesday at the Astoria.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Ike Robinson and Consenting Adults - LIVE THIS FRIDAY!!

Come check us out this Friday at The Metro Club!

festival MEMPHIS 101: Making Easy Money Pimpin Hoes In Style.


Not really one of those chicks who goes all gaga for movie stars, but mention Terence Howard and strange things begin to happen inside me. Thus it was my utmost pleasure in 2005 when Howard starred as an aspiring Memphis rapper (getting by as a pimp) in Hustle and Flow. The film opened up the mainstream’s eyes to this mid-southern pocket of musical flavour (giving Memphis outfit Three 6 Mafia an Oscar for the film’s theme), which has long churned out American greats such as Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash and B.B. King, and has since produced a horde of hip-hop acts. The B.A.D. crew’s latest instalment of rap 101 lessons at the Old Blue this Sunday focuses on thangs Memphis. Get down for screenings of gritty docs Memphis or Die! and Gangsta Walking , DJ sets by the experts and free chicken wings and purple stuff to drink. Yup. /

Graftin'


Bill paying...yes so for those of you wondering how I make the big bucks check out my steez here. Hired by BA to write up some heavy cool search engine opimisilationism. You say you wanted to be a travel writer when you grew up? Hahaaa! Seriously click away and witness the glamour.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Le Cool this week!


Check us out...

My baby sister's latest video




Damn she cute x

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I love hot hunks


My friend Phil is joining the cast of Coronation Street. Check out his tabloid debut...




Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Well you're already picturing me naked, so Duckdown must be doin' something right!"


Kidz In The Hall have come a long way since their 2006 debut LP, School Was My Hustle. The Ivy-league graduate rap stars have played "the most amazing show to ever grace Austin, Texas," scheduled a tour with Redman and are bridging a gap between the intelligent and the street with sophomore project, The In Crowd. Their list of accomplishments to this point is very impressive, and the ambitious (and damn funny!) artists are more than ready to take on the world.

We recently caught up with the dynamic duo to discuss their jump from Rawkus to Duck Down, the scrawling of self-help books and why their endorsement of Barack Obama could change the world.
Full interview

Trying something new - thanks Jo

Lots of online stuff for me this week...

Club Night Guilty Pleasures
It seems that old Jacko has been laying low for the past little while. Long gone are the days of baby-shaking out German hotel rooms. And apparently, even longer gone are the days of his breathtakingly awesome pop songs to which you choreographed numerous melodramatic dance routines as a yoot. Well this weekend, there is nothing stopping you from grabbing that hair-brush, teasing the sh!t out of your fringe and moon-walking it down to Koko for the latest instalment of Guilty Pleasures. This month’s cheese fest is dedicated to all things King of Pop. Come ride the boogie with silver-painted chubsters the Glitter Banditz and dance the night away with the insatiable Laundrettas – a crew of 50s-style housewives who do everything but stay in cooking meatloaf. Tickets usually sell out – so get there early (before midnight) and don’t be afraid to dress up. I know I will be cruising down with the campest pack of transvestite-looking b!tches this side of Vegas. Chamon. /

Monday, April 21, 2008

This already happened...


Club Night Thugs and Hugs with The Heatwave
Uh ohhhh. Another Thugs and Hugs is on. This morning I saw one of the Patchwork Pirates on the tube. It’s always fun bumping into someone really cool when you’re wrestling your too-heavy laptop bag, a badly-prepared yet scalding cappuccino, grilled cheese sandwich and Oystercard in one hand; iPod, Metro and BlackBerry in the other all whilst forcing your way onto the Victoria Line at 8am on a Wednesday “Ohh heeey! Fancy meeting you here?!” This month’s jam brings firey collective The Heatwave, whose crew of DJs, MCs and general bad bwais will make you sweat tonight. What more can I say to make you go to these parties? If you’re into Hip Hop / Bassline / Garage / Dancehall / B-more / Miami Bass / Dubstep or Jungle, then it’s obviously going to be on your monthly to-do list. If it’s not – right-click and save as here and you’ll surely be convinced. Holler. /

Sunday, April 06, 2008

I met famous people last night...


Club Night Be @ Proud
Guess who just got evicted!? Awww yeah! The Camden slumlords who’ve ignored squirrel infestations, leaking lightbulbs (!), and complaints of showers knee-deep in sludge have finally chucked us out. Their evil, dirty, sleazy henchmen estate agents have sent a letter informing my flatmates and I, that the place will now be REFURBISHED so we must vacate. Fellow Camden evictees, the Proud Galleries have overcome a similar burden and will reopen this week. I think I’ll pitch up there and drink Bulmers until I find a new place. Saturday will mark the beginning of this residence (mine that is) starting with the deliciously dancey funk of Ali Love followed by what I predict will be a total shi!tshow by superstar hipster deejay Steve Aoki. I hope Amy Winehouse is there, maybe she’ll let me move in to her flat. /

Soon I shall be a published author....

Team London at Le Cool have been working on a guidebook to this wild and wacky city. Click here to see some previews of the pride and joy which is well on its way from our cool-tank to your handbags/pockets/fingertips/bookshelves.