Ignacio Soltero is a Brooklyn based, born and raised, photographer. He always had an interest in photography since learning of the process at eleven years old at day camp. Two years later, he learned how to operate a manual film camera and develop B&W film in a dark room in Junior HS. At that time, he mostly photographed school events, skateboarding & his bmx biking friends on the weekends. The passion for photography was short lived due to the lack of funds to buy a camera. A few years later, his interest in photography got sparked again while studying Advertising Design in college. He then began to document his mountain bike adventures throughout Brooklyn. With those photos, he then formed a website with friends documenting other mountain bikers in NYC. Since then, he has used his skills from shooting action sports photography and applied them to shooting DJs, dancers and other events.
Based out of Portland, Oregon this young hustler who released Cold Winter as well as 3 other mixtapes has taken his savings and opened up a Chicken & Waffle spot with & for his family which I think is super dope! Cassow recently inspired by TRIBE GVNG’s Let’s Get Wealthy ft. Su Bviley & Cvse, decided to do his own version and brought Felicia Taylor to sing the hook what was a missing element from the original song. I promise you will put it on replay…
The chill is there
filling the room
the corners or your smile begin to move
never in my life
did I think that
it would take so little to make me change
but it did
in such a short time the tides have changed
I’m focused now
the cold is turning to warmth and melting
every little piece
of what was hard
Came across a story by J.R. Gramble
and thought I would share…
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Being from Queens, growing up immersed in the infant stages of this explosive hip-hop culture, it was natural for me to write a piece celebrating the life of JMJ, the unlimited boundaries of his musical influence, and how his mere presence symbolized a brighter future for any young African-American kid with a dream and drive. Living in Queens gave you direct access to those larger than life stars plastered on the walls of my bedroom. You might see them at the barbershop with their Pathfinder parked outside. Or the fish spot posted up by their 5-series Beamer.
Run DMC was the first mega act I saw in concert at Brooklyn’s Beacon Theatre back in 1986. My aunt took me to a show featuring them, New Edition and Shannon. And thanks to dudes like JMJ, superstardom was a realistic aspiration in Jamaica, Queens. But love for him wasn’t just an around the way thing. Back in the 80s, for kids in places like McCook, Nebraska, Des Moines, Iowa and Jackson, Mississippi; guys like JMJ were superheroes, with images in magazines and on TV screens. His adoration nationwide was massive, but nothing like the love he gets back home.
Queens, NY is one of the original breeding grounds of hip-hop. Its infectious sound penetrates human souls and conquers barriers all over the world. Throughout its history, DJ’s and rappers from the Queens area range in prominence from up-and-coming newbies to legendary pioneers of the game, like Run DMC and Jam Master Jay.
Although JMJ was born in Brooklyn, he moved to Hollis at the age of 10. Adopted as one of Queens’ own, by 13 he was talented enough to DJ on live party sets. And as fate would have it, JMJ met Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels after they graduated high school. He agreed to DJ for them because he wanted to be down with a band, any band that could utilize his ability to play various instruments. But he wasn’t just a formidable third leg. In the 2008 documentary 2 Turntables and a Microphone, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons calls him, “The leader of Run DMC and the Hollis crew.”
(excerpt: read more HERE)
So I love what I do. I love most people. I love music.
But I love when it all comes together.
Last Sunday on my show Sex & Politics which airs Sunday nights on
I had guest K. Gaines and Deep from 2HungryBros to talk about
Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles and the new indie movie
KUNG FU BUM
and boy was the interview interesting.
We talked about everything from being independent to K. Gaines journey from the group Sleepwalkas to now and played some dope music videos in the process.
The people with the most creativity are the ones that society looks at as a little crazy or “off” but it’s those that intrigue me the most. K. Gaines is grounded, genuine and fun… which is a great combo and hard to find amongst todays artists. Most as some say are paper thin but not in this case. Others say HIPHOP is dead but real fans know it is not, especially if you frequent this site.
When I first put his latest project in my computer to give it a good listen one song grabbed me and ended up on replay for a couple days. “Kung Fu Chaos” (produced by 2HungryBros) is high energy, motivating and pure so we debuted this video and couldn’t help but laugh at the storyline.
It’s real Hiphop, it’s real fun but with a message.
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Deep of 2HungryBros shot in LFBTV.com Studios