The Islamic State by VICE News.

I’ve been idle for quite some time. Swamped with work, job applications, bodyboarding (been pumping in Ericeira, yeewww) and several other editorial projects that eat the shit up of my time.

Either way, on one of those few relaxing months I saw this documentary about the Islamic State, its gents and principles. There’s just so much that could be said about this rising caliphate, but I guess anyone gets the conclusions they personally seek as the see this.

I highly recommend it as it is raw and offers a view from the inside, rather than a the periphery as the majority of world news outlets.


Video: FDO

On the chilly evening of February 22, Inês Mourão aka BLINK* made her debut on a stage in Lisbon, Portugal. Then with 17 years-old, the Portuguese rapper was on the verge of a nervous breakdown before spitting her first rhyme, but as the show went on she gave it all and her egotrip lyrics immersed the crowd in the mood she fancied. BLINK* just led the audience through her state of mind and seized the moment to present herself as the future of Portuguese rap.

Half a year after the show, the also designer released online her first demotape. The 10-track sample blends Portuguese-to-English bars from her latest productions under electro-influenced beats, collaborations with Dublin based rapper Sam Ajjuri and low-fi tunes from the her young beginnings.

Hailed by some of the most renowned rappers in Portugal, such as Capicua, the mixtape showcases BLINK*’s promising productions and foresees a future EP to be soon available.

Release Date: August 2014 | Official Download: Click Here

“To make a new album and record it— it’s a dangerous thing for artists who take a big break for a long time and come back out. In my experience, it’s usually for an ulterior motive. Someone’s broke, or they need to make a payment on something, or they need an advance or whatever. They end up making a pretty regular record and ruin the discography. It was very important that if we were to make a record, we’d have to want to make it, not have to make it.”

Video: Andrew Melby and Evidence

Directors of Photography is the comeback album of Golden Era hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples. After a hiatus of eight years without releasing a record as a whole, Evidence, DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience reunited to produce another consistent and timeless record, which doesn’t transpire outside of their boom-bap hip-hop released over previous years.

Chatting with Mass Appeal, both producers Evidence and DJ Babu explained the process of getting back together and reestablish their ideology after years of solo productions. They also ramble about being one of the first hip-hop artists on Instagram and working with their newest label, Rhymesayers Entertainment.


Video: Timelapse-Media

VERT is the only Portuguese magazine exclusively dedicated to bodyboarding. It was founded in 1994 and has since collected a remarkable cultural and historical memory of the sport in Portugal and worldwide.

The financial (and cultural) crisis in Portugal led the magazine to cease its print edition a couple of years ago. The industry and the sport got crippled and many didn’t understand why it vanished from stores. Well, mainly due to the lack of brands and companies willing to invest on ads. It’s the eternal struggle of the media, even more for independent, culturally-driven publications in a rather small - around 10 million citizens - country.

The worst scenario is now (hopefully) behind and VERT came around once again with powerful stills, immersive stories and a clean design.

There’s a second issue scheduled for the end of 2014. Nonetheless, it all depends on how the sales and adherence goes throughout this 110th issue of the legendary publication.


Photographer Lisa Leone was in the studio with Nas and DJ Premier when they made the iconic Illmatic in ‘94. Two decades later, the unseen images are to be published in her new book Here I Am.

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The word hip-hop springs up more than just a music genre born out of a shattered South Bronx in 1973. It has several branches: from Mississipi’s Soul to New Orleans’ Jazz to Kingston’s Trenchtown reggae. And from these we can go further back in time to African music or Latino beats. Hip-hop is a sphere of music’s history.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1990, Irish photographer Brian ‘B+’ Cross captured over two decades of hip-hop’s historical scenes. The stills not only portrait the main rhyme spitters and beatmakers of the West Coast, but also their counterparts from abroad, such as Ethiopian jazz master Mulatu Astatke or latin fevered hip-hopers in Brazil or Colombia.

Ghostnotes is yet to be released, but the above video is a preview of the yarns of an era in hip-hop to be featured in the book.



ANTWON feat. Wiki - Metro Nome (Prod. Lord Pusswhip and Vrong)



Photography: Raph Rashid

J Dilla’s rep is unscratchable. The Detroit artist’s is a pioneering hip-hop producer from his era and his legacy is still pretty much alive. His contribution to the culture makes him a legend.

As in a celebration of his remarking productions, with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Common and many others, J Dilla’s beatmaking gear embodied by an Akai MPC and custom Moog built by electronic music pioneer and inventor of the MOOG synthesiser Dr. Robert Moog - will be featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

The gadgets will be alongside a Basquiat’s brush, a Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, The Godfather’s cape and a Louis Armstrong’s trumpet. The Museum is due to open late next year/early 2016.

Prior to the announcement was released in a limited number J Dilla: King of Beats, a Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set.

The invaluable heritage of J Dilla lives on his music and now through his gizmos collection for the world to relish.