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02 Sep 2015

SEOUL SAUSAGE #2

Last night I attended the soft opening of Seoul Sausage‘s second location in Little Tokyo. The invitation came abruptly, in the form of a DM, on the same day. The guys – Yong, Ted, and Chris – had been dealing with permit issues and quickly got the green light. So just

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01 Sep 2015

ACTIN’ A FOOL @ FOOL’S GOLD: DAY OFF 2015 (L.A.)

Wsup y’all, mama didn’t raise no foo’, but it was dope to act one at Fool’s Gold: Day Off 2015! To say the least, it was the #ILLEST! Fool’s Gold Records, headed by none other than A-Trak, A-K-A Youngest DJ to ever win Technics/DMC World Championships, A-K-A 1st DJ to

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01 Sep 2015

B-Boy Morris wins “Change the Game” in Calgary Canada for $12,000

Congrats to Illest Sponsored B-Boy Morris (Rock Force Crew/Fallen Kings), for taking the crown at Change the Game in Calgary Canada and going home with $12,000! @iammorris @donovan_707

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28 Aug 2015

#ILLESTLA X KNOCKAROUND: OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY

“It’s the hard knock life (uh-huh) for us! It’s the hard knock life, for us! “ Listen to the instrumental while you read my words, JUST DOOO IT! (X) Thank you HOVA, The 45 King, & DJ Kid Capri for making this anthem we still #KNOCKAROUND! If you didn’t comprehend what

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20 Aug 2015

75th Annual Nisei Festival and Parade! #ILLESTLA

    The 75th Annual Nisei Festival and Parade was the #ILLEST! Unlike most of what we experience for the first time, this Nisei Festival was actually both entertaining and a pleasure to be a part of! Nisei Fest consists of musical performances, cultural dance showcases, exclusive Nisei-only eats, car-show

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17 Aug 2015

INSIDE: ISLAMIC ART NOW

After hitting Known Gallery, we went for a change of pace. No hype, no fashion, no bloggers with better cameras than mine, just art. It was unfamiliar art. Art that is compelling and mysterious. And forces you to think about the world outside your own. Now on view at LACMA

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13 Aug 2015

Eddie Murphy “Oh Jah Jah”

At one time Eddie Murphy was the biggest name in Hollywood Comedy, I mean not only did he star in one of the greatest movies ever, (Prince Akeem) “Coming To America” he was also the writer behind the movie, and played 4 roles in the film. Beverly Hills Cop, Trading

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bootlegbart17
04 Aug 2015

DOUBLE CONSCIENCE

The draft for this post has been sitting in WordPress for some time.  I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I should write it and break the routine of the blog as an invitation to discourse. But I just wrote about an SF trip that was full

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16 Jul 2015

Sactown Underground: Final Battle (Rock Force Crew vs Second Nature)

Final Battle from Sactown Underground (6/27/2015), featuring ILLEST B-BOYS: @bboykareem, @iammorris and @Donovan_707. Photo credit : @robertklim  

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14 May 2015

IMPRESSIONS: RECAP

A million thanks to everyone that came through to the opening of IMPRESSIONS: A Collection by KSOLE, last Saturday at illest Los Angeles. The place was packed in support of art, camaraderie, and of course, beer. This was my third yet most invested show and I’m really proud of the A

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29 Apr 2015

ILLEST Spring Two / NYC

I spend 72 hours in New York last week and had quite the walk and talk with Jose Martinez about the future of his brand and mines. He’s been shooting for so many years now so I was stoked to hear his direction which is looking very fruitful. Before the

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ktowncowboys
27 Apr 2015

‘K-Town Cowboys’ Leave Their Mark

The Asian American (read: immigrant) story is one that has risen to the forefront of mainstream media lately with the debut of Eddie Huang’s ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ and Aziz Anzari’s latest Netflix special. For better or worse, it’s challenged public perceptions of racial stereotypes and evoked exploration of a

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