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SummerStage 2013

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 7:44 am

Every year, the City Parks Foundation helps to put on free shows at parks across New York City.

“SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City.” — CPF Website

I’ve already marked up my date-book with the shows I intend to see; already 7 for the month.

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Flatbush Zombies and Rakim will be at Red hook Park on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5, 2013 (respectively).

To see the complete Summer Stage calendar (including Yasiin Beys performance in Central Park on Monday, June 24, 2013), click here.

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My First Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 9:45 am

…as an adult. I can’t remember doing a scavenger hunt since elementary school, so this is a first in my adult years. I wrote about NY based artist Jay Shells’ “Rap Quotes” installation last week. Well, in case you missed it, check here.

Shells said that he expected people to take the signs so…

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I didn’t get to keep the sign above featuring lyrics from Pharoahe Monch’s “Queens” but I managed to find another. For more on that and Jay Shells’ future plans for the project, look below…

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Street Lyrics, Literally

Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 5:13 am

I came across this image along with a few others late last night of New York rap lyrics posted on street signs around Brooklyn.

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“You Wouldn’t Understand” – Nas, via @JayShells

I did some digging and found this video:

What a cool idea!

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“Illegal Life” – Capone N Noreaga

When I checked for the “Illegal Life” lyric around the corner from my job about 3 hours after I found the original article, it was already taken down. Whether it was taken down by a rap enthusiast or the city, I have no idea.

Check out more of my favorite lyrics/placements below…
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Song of the Day

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Haven’t heard this one in a while…

Talk About Our Love – Brandy feat. Kanye West

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Song of the Day

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 12:30 pm


Ham ‘N’ Eggs – A Tribe Called Quest

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Song of the Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 10:14 am

I haven’t done one of these posts in over a year so you know it had to be a good one. Timeless Truth just released this video from their upcoming album “Rock’it Science” feat. Action Bronson.


Timeless Truth feat. Action Bronson – Get the Doe

Timeless Truth will always get love around these parts.

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5411’s, Back Again

Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Remember the #throwbackthursday photo I posted on Instagram with my mom and the necklace I made for her in pre-school (which she still has)? She’s been keeping that necklace in a Reebok Freestyle a.k.a. “5411” box since the early 90s. I remember my mom wearing 5411’s when I was young and wanting a pair so bad. I finally talked her into buying me a pair in 2007 (late, I know) when Reebok celebrated the Freestyle’s 25th Anniversary. I scratched them about 4 wears later at a ’92 party and haven’t worn them since.

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Thanks to Erika P. of Reed Space, I got a new pair!!

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I posted the pic above on Instagram with the comment “5411, size 7 in girls…” so it’s only right that I post this vid, too.

How It’s Goin’ Down – DMX

Ohhhh… what a simpler time it was when acrylic was in and capris were cool. For another Reebok drop in an old song, look below…
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Exposure S/S 2012 Preview Day

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

On Wednesday, I took a trip to the Exposure showroom to check out the Spring/Summer 2012 lines for the brands they represent.  I just want to say that these ladies and gentlemen put in work.  It wasn’t until I got ready to do this post and popped in the flash drive I was given with all of the press kits on it that I realized the drive also included a playlist of some hot ’90s joints. You guys can check the bottom of this post for the complete playlist.

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The jacket above is from Dr. Martens. I didn’t get a chance to try it on (although I’m almost positive if it fit Brittany, It wouldn’t fit me anyway) but I can’t wait ’til it’s released! It’s probably the one piece I’m really excited about.

I switched from my crap-ass Blackberry to an iPhone about a month ago. One of my friends keeps teasing me about the case I have now. So, I’m trying to decide if I’ll go with a Good Wood case I’ve seen at Reed Space or go with one of the Incase designs I’ve seen. A few of these are up for sale now on GoIncase.com.

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To see some more of my top picks for the upcoming season, look below…
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Super’s Wherehouse Presents Live at Webster Hall

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 11:41 am

August is turning out to be a very busy Summer month, but then again, August is always busy. Anywho, here’s where I’ll be next weekend. Care to join?

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Super’s Wherehouse Live at Webster Hall
Friday, August 19, 2011
7pm – 11pm
125 East 11th Street
btwn 3rd and 4th Avenue
New York, NY

Not familiar with Super’s Wherehouse? Look below…

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Fort Greene Festival 2011

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 am

If you’re a long-time AssataSAYS.com reader, then you know how much I enjoy attending the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival every year. Well, that isn’t the only musical festival happening in Brooklyn. My mom went to the Fort Greene Festival last year and said she had a really good time. Earlier this year, I went to their kickoff party so I’m looking forward to heading over to Fort Greene Park this Saturday, June 25, 2011.

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Brooklyn native, Mos Def is headlining the event. To find out more about the festival, click here.

And don’t think I forgot about the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Family Day (the main day of the festival) goes down Saturday, July 16, 2011 and Q-Tip is headlining. To find out more about that event, head on over to BrooklynBodega.com.

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