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The internet has been a bunch of fun as of late, so much fun that I've spent more time caught up in content overload than usual. It's NYFW '16 and ever since Glenn M. proclaimed it unnecessary to follow, in 2012, I lost my appetite for the runway and it's over produced underwhelming creativity. Instead I hop around from url to url of designer minds that still inspire me. There aren't many, there are in fact very few. But recently I learned a good friend has taken up shooting the customary and very important street snaps of NYFW attendees and assistants who treat the city like a concrete runway during the occasion. You saw how Taz and them acted up years ago. But things are just heating up with NYFW'16  so I'm sure he's got more heat on the way. You can peep his work thus far here on this popular tumblr Everythingyoulovetohate.

Photo by: @switttch 

Photo by: @switttch 

Photo by @switttch

Photo by @switttch

The Life of Pablo dropped, sort of, over the past of couple days. That certainly took over the Internet, several social media outlets and is still the talk of the typing. Don't worry I'm bring an official review in the days to come. Like it or not.

In the middle of the chaos :30 dropped a video for something new from SheedBe entitled Peelin. PHX displays his eye and effortless ability to alter and adjust the :30 aesthetic again without taking anything away from letting the artists around him grow. Every new :30 video is my favorite and this is no exception to the trend. Shot, produced and directed by PHX 'Peelin' may quickly become a fan favorite at the shows. And the :30 wave have a huge show on the way at Chop Suey Seattle, it's an infamous Seattle venue that has had it's fair share of stories told about wild nights. But 5/1 it's a full line up and packed house featuring Key Nyata, IFY, :30 and the Boiler Boyz as they will be writing their version of at Chop Suey night with eTcTacoma as a sponsor for the night and obviously in attendance.

This night feels like the first real bridge between Seattle and Tacoma youth. This is mainly Tacoman artist bill, with a prominent Seattle artist, who has a cult following and at a infamous Seattle venue. 10 years ago this was unheard of either because it wasn't happening or because it was drastically under promoted with underwhelming talent on the bill. What we have managed to do with Reign City and Goodrich&Gold could be the beginning of meshing Seattle youth with Tacoma youth, using music as a vessel, in a way that expands the circuit and packs out shows and events that are currently half full.   

Ticket link and flyer for May 1st below. 

Tix: http://chopsuey.strangertickets.com/events/31428868/key-nyata-x-illfightyou

Other music that has recently released and peaked my interest is Reese's 'Freak Nique' which is a certified strip club hymn and, if released under the proper spotlighting, the video has plently of potential to be the sound that puts him on stage next to Ye instead of backstage next to Ye - exactly where he was for the Madison Square Garden TLOP preview.

I don't know if they know it but the second release that grabbed my attention is another ASF (Ain't Shit Funny) imprint artist by the name of Pinky Liberachi. If it weren't for Josh being a friend I will admit I may have missed it because I don't like to check illroots - but that's why it is important to have the right friends. Pinky's tape dropped on Valentines Day, lining up with his aesthetic and a video for OMW accompanied it. The most impressive thing about Pinky, thus far, is that he plays the guitar masterfully along with strong harmony structure. He's someone I'd like to see live in the near future. Favorites from his 'Love Pink' EP are 'Coming Back', 'Waiting' and OMW in that order although New Exes was the lead and has already garnered close to 10k plays in just 24 days. The sonic reminds me of new age Tank or Tyrese when listening to the harmonies but the vibe he provides and his modern content make him feel like a less eccentric Miguel there is a healthy balance happening in his music. If you missed playing your crush a jam on V-Day I would phone this one in - if I were you. Like it or not.