December 25, 2015

The Mix Up vol. 10 [download]

*does not feature Madonna, Sting or 2pac.

01. Mac Miller – 100 Grandkids
02. Ransom – Jade
03. To Be Continued – One On One
04. Drake – Hotline Bling
05. MED, Blu, Madlib – Knock Knock ft. MF Doom
06. Kanye West – Eyes Closed
07. A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhyme
08. L'Orange – God Complex [instrumental]
09. Skyzoo – Luxury ft. Westside Gunn
10. Hus Kingpin – Pyramid Points [remix]
11. Angel Dust [instrumental]
12. Natural Resource – I Love This World
13. Oddisee – Flight Delays
14. Oddisee – Belong To The World
15. Apathy – How To Breathe Underwater
16. Mobb Deep – Back At You
17. Harry Fraud – Deal Breaker ft. Marty James
18. Ras Kass – Jesus Pressed Mute
19. Pusha T – F.I.F.A.
20. Kalyanji Anandji – Dharmatma Theme Music [instrumental]


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December 24, 2015

The Two Escobars

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the MedellĂ­n Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably and fatally intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the US, that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life.

The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics. For Colombians, soccer was far more than a game: their entire national identity rode on the success or failure of their team. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's fast and furious documentary plays out on an ever-expanding canvas, painting a fascinating portrait of Pablo, Andres, and a country in the grips of a violent, escalating civil war.

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What Makes A Great Logo

 Joe Posner, and Michael Bierut explain how a simple mark ends up meaning something big.

For more from Michael Bierut on graphic design, check out his book "How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, cry, and (every once in a while) change the world: How To

The Black Exorcist

Kid twists his neck 180 degrees and hugs person behind him, just because he can.

What You Know About Skarping?

The hillbilly redneck sport that combines water-skiing, basketball and jumping Asian Carp fish.

December 2, 2015

Bastards of the Party (2010)

Raised in the Athens Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Cle “Bone” Sloan was four years old when his father died, and 12 when he became a member of the Bloods. Now an inactive member of the notorious gang, Sloan looks back at the history of black gangs in his city and makes a powerful call for change in modern gang culture with his insightful documentary, Bastards of the Party.

Bastards of the Party draws its title from this passage in “City of Quartz”: “The Crips and the Bloods are the bastard offspring of the political parties of the ’60s. Most of the gangs were born out of the demise of those parties. Out of the ashes of the Black Panther Party came the Crips and the Bloods and the other gangs.” Bastards of the Party traces the timeline from that “great migration” to the rise and demise of both the Black Panther Party and the US Organization in the mid- 1960s, to the formation of what is currently the culture of gangs in Los Angeles and around the world.

The documentary also chronicles the role of the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI in the evolution of gang culture. During his tenure from 1950 to 1966, Chief Robert Parker bolstered the ranks of the LAPD with white recruits from the south, who brought their racist attitudes with them. Parker’s racist sympathies laid the groundwork for the volatile relationship between the black community and the LAPD that persists today.