Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blackberry Empathy (Concept Phone)


Ever call your friend and he or she wasn’t in the mood for talking?  You wouldn’t have known that but RIM, the makers of Blackberry are working on a concept phone called the Empathy.  The Empathy works with a biometrics ring to detect yours and your contact’s moods and share them within your network.

The biometrics ring is just an added benefit of this phone.  The phone starts out crystal clear when it is inactive but once the user grabs it for use, the phone turns black and is ready.  The concept Empathy will also come with  Powermat like charge pad to charge your phone and the biometric ring, a QWERTY keypad and all the features others RIM phones have.  To read more about this concept visit HERE.

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Mastering YourSelf

Understand: the real secret, the real formula for power/success in the world, lies in accepting the ugly reality that learning requires a process, and this in turn demands patience and the ability to endure drudge work. It is not sexy or seductive at first glance, but this truth is based on something real and substantial... An age old wisdom that will never be overturned. The key is the level of your desire. If you are really after success, power and mastery, then absorb this idea deeply and engrave it in your mind: there is no shortcuts. You will distrust anything that is fast and easy. You will be able to endure the initial months of dull, repetitive labor, because you have an overall goal. This will prevent you from falling short or short-circuiting, knowing many things but mastering none of them. In the end, what you really will be doing is mastering yourself... Your impatience, your fear of boredom and empty time, your need for constant fun and amusement.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Hat & Sprite

Two Of My Favorite Things...
Sprite Is What I Drink, This Is Known. My Calligrafist Hat Is Tough!

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The Tongue...

"Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)". [Quran - 50:18]

I was reading Hadith (narrations concerning the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad), earlier today and I wanted to share some of them...

 Every Muslim is required to guard his/her speech strictly because even the slightest carelessness on this account can cause Allah's displeasure.

"Do not indulge in excessive talk except when remembering Allah. Excessive talking without the remembrance of Allah hardens the heart; and those who are farthest from Allah are those whose hearts are hard". [At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary: The hardening of the heart is a condition where one neither learns any lesson from Allah's signs nor does one accept anyone's good advice and religious preaching. If one indulges in idle talk rather than remembrance of Allah, his heart becomes hardened, which is a sign of being far from Allah's mercy. One should therefore occupy himself with the remembrance of Allah as much as possible.

"He whom Allah saves from the evil of which is between his jaws and the evil of which is between his legs will enter Jannah (Paradise)". [At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary: What is between the jaws and what is between the legs refers to the tongue and the sexual organs, respectively. The Prophet has given the assurance of Jannah to every Muslim who protects these two parts of the body.

The messenger of Allah was asked, "How can salvation be achieved?" He replied, "Control your tongue, keep to your house, and weep over your sins". [At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary: It is better for one to spend his surplus time at home in the remembrance of Allah, the recitation of the Quran and the performance of acts of obedience, if one feels unable to benefit others or if one fears that he, as well as his religion will not be safe if one mixes with others. Allah greatly likes it that one repents of his own sins and weeps over them.

The messenger was once asked, "Who is most excellent among Muslims?" He said, "One from whose tongue and hands the other Muslims are secure". [Bukhari and Muslim]


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Promo Cardigan For My Calligraphy Company...

Debut Sweater For My Calligraphy Company Calligrafy, Along With The Debut Of The Logo's For My Brothers and I's Company "5 Brothers".
Patch Work Done By Paper Brown Bag.


Push Beyond Your Limits... Self-Belief

Your sense of who your are will determine your actions and what you end up getting in life. If you see your reach as limited, that you are mostly helpless in the face of so many difficulties. That it is best to keep your ambitions low, then you will receive that little that you expect. Knowing this dynamic, you must train yourself for the opposite... ask for more, aim high, and believe that you are destined for something great. Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone... never the opinion of others. With a rising confidence in your abilities, you will take risks that will increase your chances of success. People follow those who know where they are going, so cultivate an air of certainty and boldness.



Known more for being the purveyor of street wear and culture, the Bathing Ape founder NIGO has been a devoted book enthusiast for many years. Having recently ventured into vintage store concept with his Pass the Baton shop, NIGO now turns his attention to the “NIGOLDEN Book Store” a pop-up bookstore. Running for a limited period from December 15, 2010 to January 30, 2011 the shop will be devoted to books on design, culture, and art, with speculations on a host of the rarest books on the subjects published in the early 90’s from NIGO’s own personal collection.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Simplicity... And Mastery.

When you take the time to master a simple process and overcome a basic insecurity, you develop certain skills that can be applied to anything. You see instantly the reward that comes from patience, practice, and discipline. You have the sense that you can tackle almost any problem in the same way. You create for yourself a pattern of confidence that will continue to rise.


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Michael Jordan Ethers (Sets Straight) Lebron James!

Yo Jordan Ethered Lebron (Yes He Plays For My Team)... This Is An Eye Opener For James. This is a great commercial and response to LeBron's "What Should I Do" commercial.

LeBron has a lot of work before he's the new Jordan, as he was thought to be.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rocksmith + Vans & Accesories...

Here's A look from Rocksmith & Vans with accessories from FLUD and more.  Look below for links and details about this look.


Polo Ralph Lauren Footwear – The Burnt Red Ranger By Ronnie Fieg

Burnt Red Ranger Boots, these product shots should define the title. Ronnie Fieg‘s idea and objective was to find a leather in a color and finish that has yet to be offered by the Ralph Lauren line. Black Friday is a big release day for many products but these truly stand alone, it isn’t everyday we see a red leather boot let alone a limited Ranger release. Priced at $140USD these will be available exclusively at the David Z. flagship store as well as online at Davidz.com this Friday November 26th at 10am EST.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Greatest Rapper Alive: Jay-Z vs. Eminem

Was At Work Earlier Today, Denzel, Saffa, Oro, and I Were Having A Conversation About Jay And Em...

Saw This Somewhere... Any Thoughts? Leave Comments.

Who is the greatest rapper alive?

Sales (Domestic)
Jay-Z: $31.3 million
Eminem: $48.47 million

Edge: A big win for Eminem, and one of the best arguments in his favor right off the bat. Based on numbers and numbers alone, he is No. 1.

Jay-Z: 42 "Hot 100" singles; 17 in the top 20; 1 No. 1
Eminem: 33 "Hot 100" singles; 16 in the top 20; 4 No. 1s

Edge: Too close to call, although if anything this speaks to Em’s track record. Before seeing the actual numbers, wouldn’t you have been certain the pop-friendlier Hova would have more No. 1s?

Jay-Z: 10 Grammys; 6 VMAs
Eminem: 11 Grammys; 11 VMAs; 1 Oscar (Best Original Song, “Lose Yourself”).

Edge: Nobody remembers the winners of VMAs seconds after they are announced, and they’re pretty much even with Grammys. That Oscar, though, gives him the go-ahead.

In the broadest possible terms: Jay-Z is untouchable when it comes to talking about how incredible he is; Em’s untouchable when it comes to talking about how fucked-up he is. Em’s the better technical rapper, and, at the peak of his powers, his internal-rhyme-laden trickery would often make all other rappers seem irrelevant. Jay's more methodical, staying away from overwhelming you with double-time flows in favor of killing you with rock-solid boasts it can take until the next verse to completely unwrap. (From “Threat”: “I dig a hole in the desert, they build the Sands on you / Lay out blueprint plans on you / We Rat Pack niggaz, let Sam tap dance on you.”) Both have sterling battle-rap bona fides (see “Notable Beefs” for more), and both are grand masters at sketching out scenes and stories, although Jay's credentials in that department, from "Reasonable Doubt" to "99 Problems," are arguably more heralded. Eminem's both the intentionally funnier (the shrooming hookup with daddy issues from “My Fault”) and unintentionally funnier (the dated celebrities on “We Made You”) rapper. Also, for what it's worth: The one time they rapped together, on “Renegade,” popular opinion is that Eminem — in the words of Nas — “murdered [Jay-Z] on [his] own shit.” All that said, making a fully objective case for one over the other may not be possible.

Edge: Even

Outside of Recovery, which saw Eminem recruit producers-of-the-moment like Boi1da and Jim Jonsin, Em has primarily rapped over either Dr. Dre beats or those of his own making. That’s made for an effective but limited sonic palette: to generalize dramatically, bouncy and cheesy for the lead singles, and foreboding and plodding for the rest of the album. Meanwhile, Jay has gotten the best out of nearly every producer who has ascended to star status over the last decade and change: D.J. Premier, Swizz Beats, Timbaland, Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, the Neptunes, and, of course, Kanye West. That means he’s gone from chipmunk soul to tabla drums to bombastic synths, handling all with his trademark ease. Miscellaneous factors to consider: Em produced Jay’s "Moment of Clarity." And only one of these dudes has rapped over a Chris Martin beat.

Edge: Jay-Z

Notable Beefs: This one's a bit counterintuitive. Eminem's squabbled with the likes of Everlast, Benzino, ICP, and, um, Mariah Carey (see “Relationships”) and has summarily destroyed them all. But is the layperson even aware of those feuds? Meanwhile, Jay-Z was one-half of the biggest rap beef of all time … a beef that, unfortunately, he lost. But just because Nas's “Ether” is arguably the genre's greatest ever diss track doesn't mean Jay's “Takeover” isn't still in the top five. Plus, Jay would eventually sign Nas to Def Jam, and the loss ultimately had no impact on his reputation.

Edge: Jay-Z

Live Performance
Jay-Z tours constantly, and has evolved into arguably one of the best live acts on the planet. Eminem has simply not been as present on the live circuit, and is not a valid contender in this category.

Edge: Jay-Z

Collaborations: Jay-Z has taken part in two long-form collaborative projects: Best of Both Worlds with R. Kelly, most notable for the ensuing tour, in which Kellz got pepper-sprayed by Jay's BFF Ty Ty; and Collision Course with Linkin Park, which proved conclusively the long-held theory that Jay-Z's songs sound better when they're not being mashed up with Linkin Park songs. His track record as a guest performer is much more impressive, featuring such jams as Young Jeezy's “Go Crazy,” Panjabi M.C.'s “Beware of the Boys,” Jermaine Dupri's “Money Ain't a Thang,” plus three No. 1s (Rihanna's “Umbrella,” Beyoncée's “Crazy in Love,” Mariah Carey's “Heartbreaker) that may or may not have gone to No. 1 without him rapping about Nick Van Exel.
Eminem has no major collaborations to his name, which also means he has no major embarrassing collaborations to his name. Tends to stay in-family for his guest work which has birthed Dr. Dre stand-outs “Forgot About Dre” and “What's the Difference,” and early banger “Trife Thieves” (“I hop in the Jeep and charge you / and bombard you in the car that your mom bought you”) alongside Bizarre. Also worth nothing: his excellent, hints-of-bestiality verse on Biggie's posthumous single “Dead Wrong.”

Edge: Em, for quality over quantity.

If you'll allow us to quote ourselves: “'Hov has two distinct but equally checkered mentoring eras: the late nineties into early aughts, when the talented, hardened — and now mostly forgotten — Freeway and Beanie Sigel led the prime-years Roc-A-Fella entourage; and his Def Jam presidency days, when he scooped up Rihanna and Rick Ross, and nurtured Ne-Yo’s career amid constant internal criticism.” The closest he came to releasing a posse album was The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, and that had "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and “1-900-Hustler” on it. Insert your own Memphis Bleek joke wherever you see fit.
Recent career lull and Twitter activity aside, Eminem gets major points for launching 50 Cent. Elsewhere, Obie Trice and Em's own group D12 managed to sell a lot of records (the latter also released the stellar single “Purple Pills,” hilariously released to radio as “Purple Hills”) without making much of a lasting impact.

Edge: Jay-Z

Surprisingly, Eminem's no slouch when it comes to celebrity pairings: He dated both Brittany Murphy and Mariah Carey (it didn't end so well, though; later, he'd write a song about hiding out in her wine basement and she'd cross-dress in order to portray an Eminem-like stalker in a music video). But his most notable relationship is with his on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again wife Kim Scott, whom he’s basically made famous by rapping about killing her a bunch of times. (Our favorite iteration, from “What's the Difference”: “If I do decide to really murder my daughter's momma / I'ma sit her up in the front seat and put sunglasses on her / And cruise around wit' her for seven hours through California / And have her wavin' at people / Then drop her off on the corner at the police station and drive off honkin' the horn for her.”) On the other hand, Beyoncé.

Edge: Jay-Z

Perennially the top dog on Forbes biggest hip-hop earners, Jay racked in $63 million last year. Despite the tremendous sales numbers of his comeback album Relapse, Eminem made a relatively piddling $8 million last year, good for the No. 14 spot on Forbes list.

Edge: Jay-Z

Business Empire
Jay’s business acumen is so well-documented, even your mother could probably list off a few of his more prominent assets and perhaps a few of his major transactions. For the record: founded Roc Nation, a record label and management company that operates under Live Nation; is a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets; co-founded Rocawear (and sold the rights to the company in 2006 for $204 million); co-owns the 40/40 nightclub chain; and is an investor in Carol’s Daughter, the Oprah-approved line of organic beauty products. Also co-founded his first label, Roc-a-Fella, which saw a string of successes, including releases from Dipset and Kanye, before collapsing after a fallout with Jay’s former partner Dame Dash (who is now attempting to resurrect the brand).
Eminem, on the other hand, seemingly has no interest in monetizing his fame in any way other than selling albums. He is co-founder and owner of Shady Records, which is distributed by Interscope, and also has a Sirius radio channel, Shade 45, which seems like more of a hobby than anything else.

Edge: Jay-Z

The manifold charms of Jay's movie and music-video compilation Streets Is Watching are not to be undersold, but his most prominent cinematic affiliation came with American Gangster, which wasn’t actually officially related to the movie at all. Meanwhile, Eminem not only starred in 8 Mile — an unlikely commercial and critical success that still holds up — he never felt the need to sully its reputation by attempting a full-on Hollywood career. Bonus: His cameo in Funny People is one of the best parts of the movie.

Edge: Eminem

Both had prolonged periods of inactivity right in the middle of their careers. So who handled themselves better during their time off? Jay's was an official retirement, launched beautifully with a gig as the head of Def Jam and the explanatory “Dear Summer.” Eventually his general level of ubiquity during his “retirement” became something of a joke. That he returned with Kingdom Come, probably his most-hated album, and that he did so only three years after The Black Album, pissed a lot of people off.
Drug troubles and personal issues more or less sidelined Eminem completely for five years after 2004's Encore. And while that is certainly a sad state of affairs, it also meant that when he did stage his return, with last year's Relapse, it actually felt like a momentous occasion.

Edge: Eminem

Not counting largely ignored debut Infinite, Eminem has released six studio albums, and all have been massive commercial successes. Two are considered classics (The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP), two are solid mid-career releases (The Eminem Show, Encore), one is a partially successful attempt to return to form (Relapse), and one is a mature, humorless, late-career evolution (Recovery). There's also the 8 Mile soundtrack, which featured “Lose Yourself” and was, again, a massive commercial success.
Jay-Z has released eleven studio albums. That includes his classic debut, Reasonable Doubt, his classic would-be finale The Black Album, and his generally classic The Blueprint. Second tier: Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3 ... Life and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, and American Gangster. Third tier: The Blueprint²: The Gift and the Curse, In My Lifetime Vol. 1, Kingdom Come, The Blueprint 3. Starting with Vol. 2, all of his albums have debuted at No. 1.
So how do their best albums stack up against each other? There's no public consensus one way or the other, so this is completely a judgment call. That said, we're pitting The Black Album vs. Marshall Mathers, and we're giving the edge to Jay.
Also worth nothing: Both have seen their skills decline as they've aged but, remarkably, this has had not much impact on their commercial relevancy: Eminem's Recovery has had even more success than Relapse, and Jay's “Empire State of Mind” — off the uneven Blueprint 3 — is the biggest single of his career.

Edge: For not front-loading his best albums early on, Jay takes it.

Groundbreaking Achievements
Greatness is bestowed upon those who go where no one has ever gone before, and these two certainly have. Eminem bested the stigma of the white rapper in the mainstream, and eventually turned it into a positive: His unimpeachable ability to sell records has at least a little to do with his built-in crossover appeal. But while the white rapper is certainly more populous post-Em, the stigma is not anywhere near gone. Meanwhile, Jay has perfected the template for the multiplatform hip-hop entrepreneur and is the most successful executor of the template, when factoring in finances along with critical acclaim. Yes, Russell Simmons and Diddy preceded him as hip-hop entrepreneurs, but Simmons doesn't rap and Diddy barely does, meaning Jay will always eclipse them in the fans' eye no matter how much money they make. (Put it this way: Very few seventh graders in the country are going to be dreaming about being Russell Simmons or Diddy right now.) His impact is everywhere.

Edge: Jay-Z

Official tally: 10–5–2 in Jay-Z's favor. What this speaks to is Jay's overall stature, indicated nicely by the rapper Lupe Fiasco. After being quoted saying, "I don't want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 million" earlier this year, Lupe explained: "[My comments were] just an example using him of how people rate success. There's an idea of the status quo that every rapper wants to be Jay-Z. Nah. Every rapper does not want to be Jay-Z.” True. But the standard is the standard, and regardless of how they feel about it, eons of industrious rappers will be held up to Jay-Z's standard. And that, more than anything else, makes Jay-Z the greatest rapper alive. Congrats, sir.

By: Amos Barshad

The Greatest Rapper Alive: Jay-Z vs. Eminem


Nike SB Dunk Mid Pro – Red/White

Nike SB is set to release a new updated version of the Dunk next year. Some of the changes are detailed below.  This red/white colorway in a suede upper is expected to hit stores some time next year.
Deconstructed on the upper, the toe box feels seamless and less stiff from the first wear, with that rub eradicated. This makes for a better from the get-go. The padding on the tongue stays gone.  While we were fans of the SB Mid anyway, we won’t mourn the lack of Velcro this time around and the overall look seems like a Dunk Hi take down that suits a mid-cut loving market rather than a clunky middle ground between offerings.
For more info on the visit – HERE.



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calligraphy and Its Effects On Me...

 You have some large goal that you wish to achieve in your life time, something you feel that you are destined to create. If you reach that goal, it will bring you far greater satisfaction than the evanescent thrills that come from outside diversions. To get there you will have to learn a craft… educate yourself and develop the proper skills. All human activities involve a process of mastery. You must learn the various and procedures involved, proceeding to higher and higher levels of proficiency. This requires discipline and tenacity… the ability to withstand repetitive activity, slowness, and the anxiety that comes with such a challenge.
Once you start down this path, two things will happen: First, having the larger goal will lift your mind out of the moment and help you endure the hard work and drudgery. Second, as you become better at this task or craft, it becomes increasingly pleasurable. You see your improvement; you see connections and possibilities you hadn’t noticed before. Your mind becomes absorbed in mastering it further, and in this absorption you forget all your problems… fears for the future or peoples nasty games. But unlike the diversion that comes from outside sources, this one comes from within. You are developing a lifelong skill, the kind of mental discipline that will serve as the foundation for your success.
To make this work, you must choose a career or craft that excites you in some deep way. You are creating no dividing line between work and pleasure. Your pleasure comes in mastering the process itself, and in the mental immersion it requires.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Decoded (Mixtape) by Jay-Z


Jay-Z has had a busy week doing interviews and talk show appearances about his new book, Decoded, which is a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. In honor of the release of Decoded, Hetal Bhatt decided to create an unofficial soundtrack putting together all of the mentioned songs in the book. Check out the playlist below and if you haven’t already grab the book – HERE!


Jay-Z Decoded (Mixtape) by Hypetrak


The Sneaker Coloring Book by Daniel Jarosch & Henrik Klingel

A coloring book for grown-ups, The Sneaker Coloring Book is a collection of 100 black-and-white line drawings of popular sneaker designs, shown in side view, to color, alter or customize. The models featured are 100 of the most popular designs from 1916 to the present day from 18 major brands including Adidas, Converse, New Balance, Nike, Onitsuka Tiger, Puma, Reebok and Vans. Brand, model name, launch date and category are listed for each sneaker. The drawings are printed on high-quality paper and the pages are perforated so that a drawing can be removed once completed. To grab your copy visit – HERE.



Most People Can't Handle Boredom. That Means They Can't Stay On One Thing Until They Get Good At It. And They Wonder Why They're UnHappy.


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Surah Baqarah.

Sore Throat and All... I recited for Eid-Ul-Adha At Masjid Khalifah.
Surah Baqarah (A Lil Before The Beginning Of The Juz).
Grainy, but the Audio is good.



My First Of Many Hats To Come...


Saturday, November 20, 2010

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Social Mirror

Alone, in our minds, we can imagine we have all kinds of powers and abilities. Our egos can inflate to any size. But when we produce something that fails to have the expected impact, we are suddenly faced with a limit... We are not as "brilliant" or skilled as we had imagined. In such a case, our tendency is to blame others for not understanding it or getting in our way. Our egos are bruised or delicate... Criticism from the outside seems like a personal attack, which we cannot endure. We tend to close ourselves off and this makes it doubly difficult to succeed with our next venture.

Instead of turning inward, consider people's coolness to your idea and their criticism as a kind of mirror they are holding up to you. A physical mirror turns you into an object; you can see yourself as others see you. Your ego cannot protect you... the mirror does not lie. You use it to correct your appearance and avoid ridicule. The opinion of other people serve a similar function. You view your work from inside your mind, encrusted with all kinds of desires and fears. They see it as an object; they see it as it is. Through their criticisms you can get closer to this objective version and gradually improve what you do. (One caveat: beware of feedback from friends whose judgments could be tainted by feelings of jealousy,envy or the need to flatter.)

When your work does not communicate with others, consider it your own fault... You did not make your ideas clear enough and you failed to connect with your audience emotionally. This will spare you any bitterness or anger that might come from peoples critiques. You are simply perfecting your work through the social mirror.


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Social Awareness

In the work that we produce for business or for culture, there is always a telling moment... When it leaves our hands and reaches the public for which it was intended. In that instant it ceases to be something that was in our heads; it becomes an object that is judged by others. Sometimes this object connects with people in a profound way. It strikes an emotional chord, resonates, and has warmth. It meets a need. Other times it leaves people surprisingly cold... In our minds we had imagined it having a much different effect.

This process can seem rather mysterious. Some people seem to have a knack for creating things that resonate with an audience. They are great artists, politicians, and leaders with the popular touch, or business people who are endlessly inventive. Sometimes we ourselves produce something that works, be we fail to understand why, and lacking this knowledge we cannot reproduce our success.

There is an aspect to this phenomenon, however, that is explicable. Anything we create or produce is for the public... Large or small, depending on what we do. If we are the type that lives mostly in our heads, imagining what the intended public will like, or not even caring, this spirit is reproduced in the work itself. It is disconnected from the social environment; it's a product of a person who is wrapped up in him or herself. If, on the other hand we are deeply connected to the public, if we have a profound sense of their needs and wants, then what we make tends to resonate. We have internalized the way of thinking and feeling of our audience and it shows in the work.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Eid Sayeed...

My Latest Calligraphy Piece For Eid...


What Is Eid (Eid Ul Adha) and What Is Hajj?

Muslims around the world celebrate two Eids a year: Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha.

The Eid ul-Adha is one of two Islamic feasts celebrated each year. The word Eid translates to "feast" or "celebration". The Eid ul-Adha actually celebrates several religious themes and traditionally lasts for three days.

Dates for celebrating the Eid ul-Adha vary since the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle (Sighting Of The Crescent Moon), However, the Islamic calendar always marks the month of Dhul Hijja, or the tenth month of the year, as the month for this celebration.

One important aspect of the Eid ul-Adha is that it commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) readiness to obey Allah and sacrifice his son. To Muslims, this son is always Ismail (Ishmael). That comes as a surprise to Christians and Jews who traditionally think God asked Ibrahim to sacrifice Is'haaq (Isaac).

The Eid ul-Adha celebrates the faith and obedience of Ibrahim, and the mercy that Allah can and does show. Animal sacrifice is an important part of the feast. This sacrifice of generally sheep, goats or cows and is shared with family, friends and the needy. 

The second important aspect of the Eid ul-Adha is that it is the end of the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca for the year. Those who have made the Hajj that year may celebrate the Eid ul-Adha with particular joy. The Hajj is Jihad, strife to become more obedient to Allah’s will. Thus to have completed a jihad right before the Eid ul-Adha is cause for great happiness.

Eid ul-Adha also is an important time for family and friends. People dress in their best clothing and share meals. They also will visit family members and then friends. All are expected to attend the Masjid (Mosque) for special prayers, and brief talk from the Imam.

The Eid ul-Adha may be called by different names in different Islamic countries. It may be called Hari Raya in any country. In West Africa, a Muslim might call it Tobaski. A Moroccan might refer to it is Eid el-Kabir. Indians, Pakistanis and those from Bangladesh call it Id ul-Zuha, and more commonly refer to it as Bakr-Id, or Goat Eid. 

Eid ul-Adha: The second and final Eid celebration of the year. It commemorates the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage. Although only pilgrims in Mecca participate in the Hajj fully, Muslims around the world join them in celebrating Eid Al-Adha.

What is Hajj?

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. The five pillars are:
  1. Faith - Faith entails believing we should only worship the Creator of the Universe and not worship human beings, animals, statues, our desires, or anything else. Faith also entails belief that our Creator sent guidance of right and wrong via messengers such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and the Final Messenger, Prophet Muhammad. His message served to purify the guidance of the previous messengers from alterations made by mankind over the centuries. His message also provided a comprehensive set of divine laws for humankind, applicable to all situations for all times to come.
  2. Prayer - Establishing prayer five times a day, serving as a reminder through out the day of our purpose in life: to worship our Creator.
  3. Zakat - Mandatory charity given once a year by those who have the means. Voluntary charity is also heavily emphasized in Islam.
  4. Fasting - Abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations during the month of Ramadan, thereby developing characteristics of patience, self-restraint, and God consciousness.
  5. Hajj - Pilgrimage to the city of Mecca for those who are financially and physically able. It is a spiritual quest of submission to God and purification of the heart.
The Hajj pilgrimage has its roots in the time of Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim). He constructed a building in Mecca called the Kaaba with his son Ishmael (Ismail) as a center of worship for mankind. Since then, pilgrimage to this holy city has been occurring annually for thousands of years. The Hajj rituals are performed in the premises of the Kaaba.

Why do Muslims perform Hajj?

The Prophet Muhammad said:
“Whoever performs Hajj solely for the sake of Allah (God) and, in the course of it, abstains from sensuality and disobedience, he returns from there as immaculate as a new born child.”
Every healthy and financially able Muslim must undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his/her lifetime. Hajj is comprised of several acts of worship to God. People of different nationalities, languages, and colors gather in the millions at Mecca during this time. The concept of one humanity upheld by Islam is explicit during the Hajj pilgrimage. It is a time when people have the same thought, carry the same prayer on their lips, and are uniformly dressed. There is no discrimination between master or laborer, men or women, black or white, elite or lowly, native or foreigner. This equality before God becomes apparent in the multitude of human beings that assemble for this holy pilgrimage. 

Pictures from Hajj


Muslims Lining Up For Salaah (Prayer) In Mecca
Muslims Circling The Kaaba
Thousands Of Muslims At The Gates Of The Kaaba
The Masjid Structure EnCircling The Kaaba.


Jay & Diddy...

When It Comes To Business... I Have Nothin But Respect For These Two!


Saturday, November 13, 2010


All creatures depend for their survival on their relationships to their environment. If they are particularly sensitive to any kind of change... A danger or an opportunity... They have a greater power to dominate their surroundings. It is not simply that the hawk can see further than any other creature, but that it can see great detail, picking out the slightest alteration in the landscape. Its eyes give it tremendous sensitivity and supreme hunting prowess.

We live in an environment that is mostly human. It consists of the people that we interact with day in and day out. These humans come from many varied backgrounds and cultures. They are individuals with their own unique experiences. To know people well... Their differences, their nuances, their emotional life... Would give us a great sense of connection and power. We would know how to reach them, communicate more effectively, and influence their actions. But so often we remain on the outside and lack this power. To connect to the environment in this way would mean having to move outside ourselves, train our eyes on people, but so often we prefer to live in our heads, amid our own thoughts and dreams. We strive to make everything in the world familiar and simple. We grow insensitive to peoples differences, to the details that make them individuals.


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Jay & Gucci

Jay-Z has teamed up with fashion house Gucci to promote his upcoming book Decoded How could a fashion label support Jay-Z’s new book, you ask? Well the rapper turned author has partnered with Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, to create an exclusive leather bomber jacket which features a breakdown of “Blue Magic” printed on its lining.

This jacket is just one way to sneak a peak of Jay-Z’s new book. Apparently he has placed 300 pages of his book in random places all over America, including NYC, Las Vegas, and Miami. Decoded will drop November 16, but if you cannot wait the one of a kind bomber is being sold exclusively at the Gucci flagship store located on 5th Ave in New York City.


Friday, November 12, 2010

New York rapper, slash Flipmode head honcho, Busta Rhymes recently announced that comedian slash actor Chris Rock will play a huge part on his upcoming "Extinction Level Event Part II" album. According to Busta Bust, Chris Rock will narrate the entire solo album.

"YEEEESSSSSSSSSS album almost DONE!!!@ChrisRock JUST FINISHED NARRATING MY WHOLE ALBUM!!!Krrraaaazzzzyyyyy!!!! (PICTURE BELOW) ," Busta tweeted early Thursday (November 11) morning. (Busta Rhymes' Twitter)

Def Lookin Out For That Joint!



Any individual who has a passion for anything, MUST have goals and long-term objectives to function properly. But human nature serves as a great impediment to this. We are naturally consumed by immediate battles and problems; we find it very difficult, if not unnatural, to focus with any depth on the future. Thinking ahead requires a particular thought process that comes with practice. It means seeing something practical and achievable several years down the road, and mapping out how this goal can be achieved. It means thinking in branches, coming up with several paths to get there, depending on circumstances. It means being emotionally attached to this idea, so that when a thousand distractions and interruptions seem to push you off course, you have the strength and purpose to keep at it.


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Leadership and The FearLess Approach...

Throughout history...

Certain people stand out from the crowd because of some special skill or talent that they have. Perhaps they are masters at the political game, knowing how to charm and win the proper allies. Or maybe they have superior technical knowledge in their field. Or maybe they are the ones who initiate some bold venture that has success. In any event, these types suddenly find themselves in leadership positions, something for which their past experiences and education has not prepared them.

Now they are alone and on the top, their every decision and action scrutinized by the group and public. The pressures can be intense. And what Inevitably happens is that many of them unconsciously succumb to all kinds of fears. Whereas before they might have been bold and creative, now they grow cautious and conservative, aware of the heightened stakes. Secretly scared of being held accountable for the success of the group, they over-delegate, poll everyone for their opinions, or refrain from making the hard decisions. Or they become excessively dictatorial, trying to control everything... another sign of weakness and insecurity. It is the story of great senators who make lousy Presidents, bold lieutenants who turn into mediocre generals, or top-level managers who become incompetent executives.

And yet among the group there are inevitably a few who demonstrate the opposite... they rise to the position, displaying extraordinary leadership skills that no one had suspected were in them. We find this in people like Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi, and Winston Churchill. What links these people together is not some mysterious skill or bit of knowledge, but rather a quality of character, a temperament that reveals the essence of the art. They are fearless. They do not shrink from making hard decisions by themselves... instead they seem to relish such responsibility. They do not suddenly become conservative, but in fact show a propensity for bold actions. They exhibit tremendous grace under fire.

Such types come to understand in various ways that a leader has a unique power that generally goes untapped. Any group tends to assume the spirit and energy of the person on top. If that person is weak and passive, then the group tends to splinter into fractions. If such leaders lack confidence, their insecurities tend to filter their way down the line. Their nervous, fretful moods put everyone on edge. But there is always the opposite possibility. A leader who is audacious, out in front, and setting the tone and agenda for the group sparks a higher energy level and confidence. Such a person on top does not need to yell or push people around; those below want to follow his or her lead because it is strong and inspiring.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Super Lupe Rap!


Remember That Post About What Soulja Boy Said About My Boy Lupe? (PRESS HERE). Well Here You Go With Some Heat From The Best Rapper... he released some new rap via his Twitter account produced by Soundtrakk. Lasers drops in March 2011, but for the next six minutes, this should hold you over.

Lupe Fiasco - SLR (Super Lupe Rap) 
O ye tormented souls
My goal is to sit on the globe like North Poles
And that's the top mane, goin hammer like a glock can
All flow and grammar, no shots strayin'
I'm so soberr when I speak
I call it catchin' bullets with my teeth
You can feel it in your chest
Like Bruce Lee jumpin' on your vest
But I cant feel yours through my Superman "S"
Yes, I'm Superman'd out, Red Cartier look like Superman house
Inshallah to my plan, hope it super pans out
My life is like Italians doin 100 miles
And the top open like the roofer ran outta tiles
Walked right into Philipes when I ran outta Chows
Next up is Crustacean and fast food Halals
The beef is all the same, its just how they kill the cows
Somebody tell Malcom X that I'm tryna steal his style
And tell Cornell West that I'm tryna steal his froooo
Go back in time, take the slaves plows, shovels, and the hooooes
Their masters get the "It Was Written" introooo
SLR Ten fo, SLR Ten fo
Soundtrakk let the beat go
Soundtrakk let the beat roooam

In this world I'm so alone
In a category all on my own
Cuz I tell the world what I want to
Yea, I tell the world what I want to
Man I feel so alone
They treat like me like an outcast
Cuz I tell the world what I want to
But you can tell me what you gon' do

Cause nigga I dont believe that
Like 9/11 came from Iraq
And Mayweather on the speedbag
Automatic weapons keep the same rhythm he has
That's how the hood sound
Grew up in a hood town
West side ghetto, Windy City, Cook Count(y)
Black skies lookin up, crack pipes lookin down
Accused of not lookin back, blind nigga look around
City on my back, so the CHI go errywhere I'm at
Presence so shiny, Mercedes so matte
Copped that from Platinum, the color of my plaque
I memorize "Colors" off of Yo! MTV Raps
A nightmare walkin in a psychopath's nap
Defeat your purpose like a weed stash in the rehab
Guess who's sneakin' in the weed bags
They be me with my mean ass
Not tryna be anything but free as
Flow is so nuts, the track is gettin' T-Bagged
Just wanna rap nice, that ain't me tagged
If you wanna be mean, then you wanna be me bad
Call it being Pretty Lyrically Swag
Soulja call it Super Lupe Lyrical
You cant understand me nor mimic my miracles
All I see is me and I'm a mother lovin mirror fool
Bein dope is all in the muscle
It's more than just a pause and a chuckle
I bench press elephants, and bowlin ball juggle
So don't be scared to take the Super Lu route
Top 5 alive and I only got 2 out!
School ya on your history, I tell ya what you bout
Fight for all the right things and let the Huey New out
Pharrell what these niggas talkin bout?
2 man Big Pun, a 1 man Slaughterhouse
A 2 album Jay-Z, a 1 nigga Wu-Tang
Young and hungry Mos Def, a conscious rappin Lil Wayne
and I don't care for similarities
Cause I'm a pioneer, not a parody
These ain't bars, this is barbarity


Holy shock and awing cattle prods,
All up in the action where the fraction of the catalog,
of my peers, I ain't doin' numbers like Ambersal,
but I'm here, and I'm revered,
Lyric boy, Based King, Master Chef, All City Chess moves makin ????? CRS fooool
Carrera Era, pan Amera, F-Tool, Emperor, Free Chilly nigga, FNF RULES!!!
'Ye, what these niggas talkin bout?
A Jesus in the desert walkin Dundee walkabout
A self imposed Exile, learn to let the awesome out
Even if I was homeless I would still have an awesome house
Cause the world is mine, Lupe to the rescue, the world is fine
Words and lines of mine, I feel are better than every rap in the world combined!!
And that's how you do it
Errything flu, errything fluid
Stupid with the raps, but the raps never stupid
Trakk on the music, SLR roofless
And the next whip is that Ferrari car
Game over, body partsss!!!



After work today i swung by the Paper Brown Bag Gallery/Studio in Harlem... I heard a lot about Tyrone Barfield (Hat Maker) from Quasim, so it was cool to finally meet him and cut it up, we spoke about everything, from fashion to music and culture. Look out for big things in the future (Inshallah).

Quasim (Owner, Creator, and Mind Behind Paper Brown Bag Nyc) and Tyrone Barfield ( Hat Maker Extraordinaire).

Me At The Gallery/Studio For Paper Brown Bag Nyc... (Logo In The BackGround). If You Look Hard Enough, You'll See My Logo On The Wall.


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Shaquille O'neal is a Muslim...

Had To Share This... Because "Individuals" Always Have A "False Perception" On What Muslims Are Suppose To Look Like...


Soulja Boy Talking Mess As Usual...

Did He Just Take A Shot At The Best Rapper?

In XXL's November 2010 issue, on stands now, SB tells us he has grown as an MC. "I can't keep playin' around, because if you keep playin' around, people are gonna think you're a joke," he said in the piece, written by contributor Matt Barone. "At some point, you have to get serious." But don't get it twisted, Soulja doesn't wanna be the next Lupe Fiasco. "I don't want to be super-Lupe-Fiasco-lyrical and n*ggas don't know what the f*ck I'm talking about," he added. "I want to be the best," he continued. "I want to be recognized in that category where I'm nominated for Best Rapper with Jay-Z and Kanye and Wayne. I wanna get a Grammy. I want Best Rap Album of the Year... I've made millions of dollars off of doing my style, but, hey, I can rap, too." (XXL Mag)


Friday, November 05, 2010

The Underbelly Project – New York City

I Love Unique Things Like This... I'm Definitely Gonna Try and Get Down With This!

In 2009 a project began four stories underneath the streets of New York City. For 100 years, a massive subway station sat unfinished, unused, undiscovered.

Over the course of the last year, artists have been secretly escorted into that station to leave their creative mark. Check out photos of the work below and for more info visit – HERE.

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