[press start]

when i was eight, my parents wouldn’t let me hang out at the arcade by myself because of all the pedophiles hanging around there. seems like back then, people could smoke cigs in the arcade (they still can in china). one day, someone stole all my tickets, which i had stuffed into an empty ant-farm container. that’s when i realized there are bad people in the world.

also, after standing in line for Killer Instinct for forty minutes, I realized and accepted that I would never be great at video games.

when i was twelve, my parents wouldn’t let me go to the skatepark because of all the derelicts hanging around smoking cigs there. later that year, my assistant basketball coach gave me a pack of Marlboro Reds. still can’t figure out why.. either he was a pedophile or he just wanted to get me addicted so he could sell cigs to me.

this is the second cig/stuffed animal claw-game i’ve encountered here. this one was just chillin on the corner up in north jing an. bringing families together?

here’s some songs from my “BLURRRRRRD” folder that remind me of the arcade

Hayzee – Press Start

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Samiyam – Where Am I

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Slugabed – Sun Too Bright Turn It Off

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we’re so lucky that both Samiyam and Slugabed have played at Shelter in the last two months. 2012 gwan be huge.

hood dreams in hangzhou.

What up though. Hangzhou we are coming this Friday night – our first time doing Love Bang outside of Shanghai. So pumped to throw down at Code Space, one of the better venues I’ve seen in China. It’s a renovated warehouse with glass floors and a train that actually rolls around through the club. You can ride the train.

Big up to Elements for bringing us out there. I went out to their Halloween party (same venue) a few weekends ago and they got 350 people out on a Sunday night (!!!)

It’s DJ Caution, MC One Consciousness, and myself rolling out there on Friday evening. If you wanna make the trip to Hangzhou with us, holla at me – we’d love to have some friends from Shanghai join us.

If you don’t know what a Hangzhou is, it’s a “small” city (still like 6 million + i think) about 45 minutes from Shanghai by high-speed train. Round-trip train will cost you about RMB175 and you can get a cheap hotel or even stay in a bathhouse for less than RMB100 a night (with massage!). People say West Lake in Hangzhou is one of China’s most beautiful places, but the lake is too dirty to swim in so I don’t understand this..but regardless, the city is chill, and not a bad place to spend a much-needed weekend outside of Shanghai.

Some rap for you this Monday, starting it off with the second track from Slugabed’s set last weekend at the Shelter. When he dropped some Dipset I knew it was on. Produced by Araab Muzik.

Dipset – Salute

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And a track off the new Drake album. Haters gonna hate, whatever. Drake comes pretty correct for a commercial rapper and I feel like he’s got a lot of creative control for a major label artist (he’s got Jamie XX producing one of the tracks, The Weeknd on a couple others..) Dude sums up his attitude pretty well in this Just Blaze-produced track when he says “Know that I don’t make music for [dudes] who don’t get pussy/so those are the ones that I found diss me or overlook me,” which goes pretty well with my friend’s comment “the biggest ‘get the fuck outta here’ goes to kids who act like rap died in ’96.” Fuck the backpackers.

Drake – Lord Knows (ft. Rick Ross)

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SLUGABED

so i had to reformat the mac and my FTP is all fucked up, hence no updates lately. should be back tonight or tmmr, but peep this in the meantime.

MOONBEAM RIDER EP TICKLER by SLUGABED

i’m playing with Slugabed this Saturday at The Shelter. gonna warm up from 10 – 12 then getting crunk and listening to dude’s beats. come on down. Drunk Monk and Blaise also on support, gonna be a huge night.

update: ALL GOOD FAM. FileZilla FTW.