Over the past year or so Deezy Wee The Reaper has been pioneering his own chopped up/ slowed down mixes over in the 813. The “Grave Mix” is an outlet for artists to drop unreleased music that is just sitting in their file graveyard. Whether you smoked out or just lurkin with tha homies the Grave Mix is on some reap shit. Welcome to tha Grave Mix!
The inaugural mix features unreleased joints from The Reaper himself. All the spooky drops and horror film cuts add into the Grave theme. I dig how the beat will still be at normal speed but Deezy will slow down the vocals, giving off a haunting presence.
Vol.II is my favorite Pre Guapo Era Grave Mixes. This was the first installment featuring other artists, dubbed the Grave List. Vern Sr, Indie Indigo, Richie Guapo, John Lam, & 750ds. Anytime old school film clips are sampled on a project I get hype. This mix is Trill af. It’s rare nowadays to see artists still trying to push Trill culture forward especially in Florida, but Deezy comes at it with a genuine approach while adding in his own flavor. The more cloud rap and Trill tracks selected for this mix are what make it my favorite.
From the Grave List to hosting the Grave Mix, this is the first installment to feature Richie Guapo as host. This installment features joints from Guapo himself, E$krilla, Vern Sr, Fetti Suo, Lil Page, YZM, Sunny Fritz, and Indie Indigo. Whenever the old school wresting drops are added in to the beginning of each track I get so hype. I think Deezy still had my favorite joint on this mix, his style fits perfectly with the Grave Mix concept.
The 4th installment of the Grave Mix is for all the smokers. Deezy & Guapo hand picked some of the haziest tracks from Cloudmaster Price, Drogotdoe, Three D. Swayze, Nico Sweet, Juice Ronaldo, Pusha Preme, and Guapo himself. My favorite joints off the mix come from Drogotdoe & Swayze. This is the mix you just roll up and lurk out to. It was really dope every the Grave Mix of “Hennydropguap”.
The fifth and latest installment of the Grave Mix is one of my favorites to date. With possibly the biggest Grave List to date it’s hard to argue this one. Deezy & Guapo hit everyone off rips with the haunting intro track from Tony Handz. The Grave List includes YZM, Big Kaino, Dior Ding/ Té Tha Dawn, Lil Page, In Debt Chet, Leethal, Fetti Suo, Dosja Off Tha Cornaa, Indie Indigo, as well as Deezy & Guapo. This installment included artists out of the Tampa scene which was a nice look.
With Grave Mix Vol.VI waiting in the shadows it’s only a matter of time until the Reaper opens the Grave again with another stacked list. Hopefully one day we can bring the $luggs from 727 to the Grave for one big $lugged out Grave Mix, crossing over both sides of the bay.
AJ Peterson is one of the most prolific creatives in the entire Tampa Bay Scene. From his art work, to his music solo and with the band Open Culture, to his video & clothing work with Goodjobadult, and creative director work for Darkaire management, AJ pretty much does it all. For this feature I wanted to show some love to his art work he has for sale on his DEPOP site.
I really dig the abstract approach used in AJ’s work. Usually their is some sort of monstrous figure or figures present in each piece, almost a reflection of the society we live in. The city mentioned in the title is featured behind the figure with “Not Your City” featured above. “Eat Your Problems” can have many meanings but I’ll leave that up to the viewer.
This untitled peace reminds me of the lizard people they say hollowed out the moon to take over the earth. This could also be referenced in the small stock figures featured below the grinning monster.
The greven figure wearing shoes in this piece called “Leader” remind me of the taking couch from “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” but with shoes on. The figure appears to be at some abstract lemonade stand offering “Fresh Squeezed Citrus”. I dig the almost patchwork approach to the piece.
“Common Goal” is one of my favorite pieces from AJ. I really dig the black, red, and yellow color scheme. The money bag represents the common goal we all have and the power of a dollar. The figure comes off as a bang robber to me, flaunting his bag of money.
The weird sound frequencies surrounding the piece I feel represent the alarm factor referenced in the title. Notice the arrows pointing down next to “rate” and the arrows pointing up on the right side of the piece. In the shoe holding the head of the figure it appears a different scene is going on. Champagne bottles make a couple appearances in this piece.
This piece “Blast Off” features arrows as well which are becoming a recurring theme of AJ’s work. The figure shown in the middle of the piece has similar characteristics to the one featured in “Common Goal”, both have their eyes on the dollar signs.
If any of these pieces catch your fancy hit the homie up or pick one up from his DEPOP site trashbagboy.
We take it back where my love for Cowboy By Takeo began, on the DEPOP page. The homie is dropping all the one of one statement pieces on here, for the true fashion sommeliers. Here’s a feature on a few of the pieces available in the shop.
Known for their Cowboy Ink splattered jean jacket statement pieces, Cowboy By Takeo flip the concept by adding the technique to pants. The vintage reworked denim is layered with a colorful pastel ink which are then in an over for multiple sessions, allowing each layer of color to pop, everything is done in house.
Love the yellow hits on these Classic Levis 511 straight denim are a total vibe. I am pretty sure the yellow jean jacket is my favorite jacket piece so this feels like a companion to that. Anytime the Cowboy logo is incorporated even in small hits I’m sold. Shout out to Balaclava Boys and Fuck Tha Feds. I like how the ink almost looks like distressing.
Really dig the logo hits on the front of these Dickie carpenter denim. The ink work on the back pockets is brazy and really the centerpiece of the pants. The blue, pink, and green color splashes surprisingly work really well.
The whole front of the canvas is used on this piece, coming off like an exploding sun with orange, red, and white hits. No Cowboy branding on these but the minimalism works well on this one.
From no logos to a whole gang of Cowboys. These Levi carpenter denim jeans might be my favorite piece of this latest drop from Cowboy. The color work on the back pockets reminds me of a graffiti wall tagged by Cowboy.
I really dig how the Cowboy logo looks in white especially surrounded by the barrage of colors Cowboy implements on these vintage Levis 501. I would love to see Cowboy possibly flip this approach onto tees.
The color drip at the top of these Levis 517 reminds me of rain that would appear on a painting but the whole idea takes another form when it’s splashed on vintage denim. For some reasons these joints remind me of NY and now I wanna bump “Hardknock” by Joey Bada$$.
These reworked Levi 501 capris are some next level shit. The homies at Cowboy incorporated hand embroidered flowers into the piece, brining the detail work to the next level. The pattern going down the sides of each leg is a dope touch that one might not notice on first glance.
That dollar sign just hits different on these Carhartt blue jeans. One of my favorite touches Cowboy does is whenever he used a big splash of different colors he always incorporates a little white to make the whole picture pop.
Hit up the Cowboy By Takeo Depop site for all of these pieces. Commissions are always welcome so bring your ideas to life. After this insane collection of denim jeans I hope an anticipated denim collab is in reach.
Bringing a more street sound that has been missing in Tampa Bay Hip Hop scene, Lil Fancy & E $krilla push the sound forward on “Twins” with production mainly handled by Heavykev and the rest of the infamous Key Kartel. Free $krilla!
The project starts off with the bouncy “Right Over Left”. Fancy & $krilla made the perfect ride out music. The flows go brazy as well as the bars. The brim line from Fancy was a standout for me. Heavykev went stupid with the beat.
“El Stupido” sounds like it’s straight outta Brash Bandiboot. Whenever $killa or Fancy use that sort of whisper flow it’s my favorite. It’s so menacing yeah coherent even that the opps get the message. Definitely one of my favorite joints on the project.
Heavykev has one of my favorite producer tags in the game. “Wit My Naybor” is one of them ride out joints for sure. Peril Sensei & ACE NH where nice additions to the track adding in a more double time flow to the ride out sound.
“Fruit Shit” featuring Yung Slugga is some gangster shit for sure. I love that haunting sound in the background of the beat, setting the tone for Fancy & Slugga. From the John Cens reference to the Blueprint line this one has it all.
“Block Hot” featuring Q5 & Yung Slugga will definitely hit home for all the block stars. Q5 went brazy on his verse, really dug his verse. Fancy has one of the best voices for Rap I have heard. Fancy’s lyrics always feel 100% and original, he’s really out here in his own lane.
“Ceiling Fan” featuring MTE Sosa is exactly my vibe. This one reminds me of one of those old school Gucci Mane joints where him and the squad just rip a menacing piano beat. The way $krilla & MTE Sosa’s flows meshed on this one was an interesting route to go with, big vibes.
“Owe Me One” puts Fancy & $krilla in a more melodic lane but the way Fancy flips his vocals doesn’t come off as corny, he’s still on some gangster shit.
“Walk In” has one of my favorite hooks from $krilla. His faster pace flow over the glistening piano keys is the perfect pair. All the cheese references at the end of the track was definitely a highlight and dope rhyme scheme.
“Unfook” produced by Heavykev puts Lil Fancy on his western shit. The beginning sample sounds like some shit out of an old Cowboy movie, with Lil Fancy as the shooter. This one has big anthem vibes for me.
“Meg The Stallion” feels like it could be played at an Island Strip Club. The sort of Grave Mix aspect Richie Guapo provided on his remix of the track really brought a different vibe, which was a great change up at the mid point of the project. Definitely one of my standouts. This one on some Trill shit, on Prx Jit!
We are right back on that hype shit with “Once It Started” produced by Key Kartel’s own Thump Money. Love the energy and menacing piano beat on this one. The gravely whisper flows from both Fancy & $krilla bring it all together. Fancy went stupid on the hook.
“Highkey” featuring Peril Sensei just makes me wanna get in my whip and ride around the block as fast as possible burning the loudest za . The beat provided by Heavykev is light hearted but still fits in with the rest of the beats in the project. $krilla went brazy when he said “Yes I love my choppa but this Nina come in handy”.
“Of Course” puts Fancy & $krilla back over some menacing piano keys provided by Heavykev. Who knew a piano could hit this hard. One of my favorite Fancy lines is when he says “I’ve been off the porch for like 24 years, but I’m 25.”
Really love the approach Fancy & $krilla took on for the “Day N Night (interlude)”. The more slowed down track feels like something they crafted after a long day in the trap. The dreamy production by Santiago Purp brings the listener into the clouds with Fancy & $krilla.
One of my standout joints on the project is “Gucci Print”. Fancy’s deep voice brings this haunting vibe to the song, working as the perfect companion to Heavykev’s menacing beat. The video takes this joint to another level so I would definitely check that out.
“Briminal” is on some wavy shit. Both Fancy & $krilla approached this track with a more lighter flow but it works with the hazy beat. Whenever the duo pop up on a more slowed down beat they still bring mad energy, just from a different approach.
“Summertime” produced by Heavykev is on some big Tampa Bay shit. This that track you just put on at the function or beach event and will have everyone goin brazy. This is one of my favorite hooks from Fancy, I really dig when he brings more of those melodic vibes.
The beat “Ayy” starts off as some Kingdom Hearts sounding shit but then transforms into one of the hardest Trap beats I’ve ever heard. Fancy & $krilla just spazz over the flute and piano sampled production. This that shit you just way your Glock round to. The flow $krilla used towards the end of the track was a dope touch.
At this point “Meg The Stallion” is a Tampa Bay classic track. This shit needs to be playin at all the strip clubs on both sides of the bay.
“Dangerous” ends out the project on a more hazier vibe. Again Fancy is killin it with these melodic hooks. Some how the duo is able to make the tracks feel light while still saying some of the hardest street shit in the game.
For me Lil Fancy & E $krilla make the perfect street music that fits the Tampa Bay Area. You can have fun to it while still being on some gang shit. Key Kartel crafts the best soundscapes for Fancy & $krilla to reek havoc in. Really hype for Fancy’s upcoming project, but until then imma have the whole 727 ridin out to “Twin”. You know how we bumin, free $krilla!
With the success of Sage The Fox’s “Genesis” release party, the Darkaire family is back with a stacked lineup of performers and vendors to end out the fall.
Sage The Fox is one of my favorite artists in the entire Tampa Bay scene. I know he’s gonna kill it with some joints off “Genesis” like “Grease Monkey” or “Monica Lewinsky”. Who knows we might even hear a couple unreleased joints from the fox.
I haven’t had a chance to see Vonzell Sly perform live yet but I am really hype for his set. I feel like “5 Dollaz” is gonna hit different in front of a live crowd. It would be dope if he brought out Lil Devilman to perform “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”. Everyone is gonna be floating during Sly’s set.
Darkaire’s own TallPaul will be hitting the stage performing a couple joints off his upcoming project as well as the cult classic “At The Bends”. This one is gonna be can’t miss, you know Paul is gonna do some zany shit.
MEL. The 8th snapped at “Another Barely Legal Show”. I’m hype to hear some of the new joints he’s been working on since the last show. The crowd is gonna explode as soon as the beat for “Fuck” comes on.
Deleteeglitch has been killing it with the roll out for his upcoming project “Oh Boy! This Is My Lucky Day!” His visuals are always bonkers so I am interested to see what the homie is going to bring to a live performance.
No stranger to the stage Sean.MP3 will be bringing the futuristic vibes to the show, and he’s bringing along some friends as well. Maybe it’s the homies Rishi Beats & Kalibmusix or Sean’s own crew 40 Band Culture made up of Pink Lemonade & Clueless. Either way Sean always brings brazy energy.
Thx. will also be in the building showcasing some beats as well as a few other surprises. Their production on “Grease Monkey” & “Jesse Owens” for Sage The Fox on “Genesis” are definitely some stand outs.
Interstellah will also be hitting the stage at the event. Not sure if he’s bringing out a new mix he’s been working on or some unreleased beats.
It’s always a blessing when Garbäj pops up. After their insane tie dye drop as well as the jeans they have been dropping as of late are definitely changing the game. Knowing Garbäj their will probably be some exclusive gear available for supporters.
Balaclava Boys is pretty much essential for any dope pop up in the Tampa Bay Area. From the gun plushies to the “Fuck Tha Feds” tees there’s some for everyone. Pick up one of the jackpot tees for a surprise.
Crunk Punk is bringing the vintage vibes to the event. Known for having pieces a little on the stranger side, I can’t wait to see what hidden gems will be on display.
Food will be available from Radcardo and zaza will be available from Mary Jane Comforts for those that partake.
If you really down for the Tampa Bay underground scene come out and show love to the gang. It’s dope to see the 727 side of the scene get an opportunity to host such a stacked show.
Just in time to kick off the season, the homies at REACH have unveiled a small REACH Buccaneers capsule featuring 1 of 1 pieces all hand picked, washed, screen sized, and tagged in REACH.
As a Buccaneers Season Ticket Holder you know Jit is gonna have to pull up and pick up a few of these pieces. One stand out for me is the dyed long sleeve with REACH in white font right on the top. A majority of these pieces pay homage to the historic 2002 Championship season.
For those hot game days I’m probably looking more towards the tees so if available any of the grey pieces will do so I can still rep the krewe and the gang. That grey practice tee esque shirt with the black font is a banger. Really love the fact the homies went the extra mile and tag all their pieces, really does make a difference.
Hands down my favorite piece in the collection has got to be the dyed tee. Not sure what size it is but if I can get my hands on it, it’s mine. The dyed look just hits different on a Bucs championship tee.
With the season gearing up and these all being 1 of 1 pieces I would recommend not sleeping on this drop, because once they gone they gone my friends. Everything is made in REACH!
Return to the 5th Dimension with the latest collection from 2001 Odysey.
The latest collection is made up of the brand new “7 Star” zip up hoodie, as well as the latest “Eyes To Lips” tee shirt in the black and white color ways. Despite being dropped a little earlier the extroverted 2001 Denim is the centerpiece/ statement piece of the entire collection.
The brand new “7 Star” zip up hoodie features the 2001 branding on the front right side of the hoodie as well as the showcasing the star logo on the back. Since it’s grey gang all day this piece really stands out to me above other hoodie drops. I really dig the way the stars spell out 2001. The stars will reveal all.
Anytime 2001 Odysey incorporates eyes into their pieces they kill it. The “Eyes to Lips” tee comes in black and white color ways allowing for rockability with any fit. Who knows you might even see the black one on the “Bonfire Podcast” down the road. The piece fits very well with the entire theme of the collection, allowing you to rock a full 2001 fit if you layer it right.
The 2001 Denim goes brazy. From the pockets to that 2001 button this is a definite statement piece. A lot of work goes into making these jeans and it definitely is showcased in the cuts as well as the detailed worked mentioned above. Been meaning to beef up my denim game lately and these jeans from 2001 are a great place to start.
2001 Odysey keeps topping themselves with each collection. Each piece continues the story of the brand as well as fits in the elements established. Can’t wait for the next pop up at REACH and hopefully we can see some of these pieces making its way into the store very soon.
Jit Camp is on the front lines to cover and help spread the message of “No More Land” the project to stop homelessness through design. In this 3rd installment we take a look at some past designs in order to create a better future.
This Nordic Nomadic Chair could be essential for anyone on their journey. It would allow a safe space to camp out for a big but I am not sure if it would be a sustainable shelter. Possibly if you were able to make a canopy feature it could be the one.
The “Carry Home“ set by Sejong University Students is a really dope concept but I am sure how practical it would be on a journey. You would have to some how combine all the bags into one possibly like a Russian Doll effect.
These Hat Shelters are a step in the right direction for sure. If they were made of a sturdy material one could just use these as shelter during harsh conditions while on your journey. Possibly if you could fold up the at whole not in use it would take up less space allowing to be carried day to day.
These Selkbags would be nice in harsh weather elements but I am not sure how practical they would in hot weather. If you are able to shed of the layers as well as add in a breath ability feature these could definitely be a step in the right direction. Also they would need to be available in grey.
I am not sure how useful this would be in harsh elements but if you could combine the breath ability of this design with the selkbags you might be on to something.
I just love the minimalistic design of this furniture. If one was able to disassemble this into something like the Nordic Nomadic chair it would be a dope resting spot for someone on the journey. If you made a slimmer design it could even be used as a shelter depending on the material.
The concept of this one is definitely in the right direction. If you are able to combine these One Square Meter Houses with possibly a sleeping bag function they could be a step in the right direction. I am not sure how sustainable it would be in harsh conditions.
If somehow you made the design of this into a rain jacket material I feel it would be more practical. This would be best used in cold weather elements allowing one to stay safe and warm while being out in the open.
These Parasite Emergency Homes would be a great problem solver to give someone shelter as well as make use for abandoned buildings. I am not sure how you would regulate who and when the shelters could be occupied but it is a good way to turn something out of nothing. Maybe they could be used until someone gets back on their feet or just used as a rest stop for the night while on the journey.
Keep it locked to jitcamp.com for the latest coverage on the NML project.
On “Genesis” Sage The Fox catapults himself at the top of the Tampa Bay Hip Hop Scene, incorporating a darker soundscape that mirrors Sage’s environment.
Sage brings the fire off rips with the intro track “Genesis”. I love the dark atmospheric production, it’s the perfect pair for the dark lyrics Sage spits. One of my favorite lines on this one was “Put a toe on your tag” for some reason that one just kept getting stuck in my head. A great way to start off the project.
Really dig the menacing piano on “Hateful 8”. This track is a little less aggressive than the first but Sage is still talkin that shit. This track has potential to be the next anthem against haters. Sage went brazy with that “Lemonade mix with my lean so simply” line. That pimp walk line went hard as well.
“Grease Monkey” is for all the ragers. That weird anime sound in the background of the beat is some next level shit. For me Sage sounds like he’s in a dystopian world or like something out of “Ghost In The Shell”. The $lugged out beat switch in the middle of the track was a nice touch adding in that Trill element to the already cloudy beat. The video for this joint brings it to another level so peep that for sure.
“Jesse Owens” slows things down a bit, showing the range Sage possesses. I really dig the theme of “runnin it up” connected with Jesse Owens. Again the cloudy atmospheric production is my vibe for sure. I really dug that whisper flow Sage used in the middle of the track.
“Usain Bolt” featuring Remyflows brings a different vibe to the project, more of a triumphant sound. The beat starts off slowly and then finally kicks it which was a really dope element of the track. The hook on this joint is a vibe incorporating so many sounds and vocals.
“Monica Lewinsky” might be my favorite track on the project. From the spaced out cloudy beat to the various flow switch ups throughout the song this one of them ones. This one of them joints you just ride out 2. Would love to see this as the next video for the project.
“Klassic” is on some other shit. From the way the beat goes up and down to the out of this world “Steppin on the beat” hook from Sage. It kinda has that weird Island vibe but if the island was in space or the clouds.
The vocals on “Penny Hardaway” are delivered very well and don’t come off corny. Sage’s flow on this one is flawless, always switching up with the highs and lows off the beat. It was also dope how he flipped Haradaway. I enjoyed how Sage just let the beat ride out at the end of the track.
“Florida Home” featuring Tokyo Blacc is on some big Florida shit. The ripples in the beat make it sound even more spaced out but it’s still mad hard hitting. Whenever the beat goes a little bit harder Sage is always able to match it with his flow and delivery. Tokyo Blacc also did his thing adding in double time flow to his verse. “Ok I’m reloaded!!!!”
“Black Wall Street” is on that angelic shit. This beat sounds like Sage is surround by an all white light but he’s still in all black. I would definitely like to see what Sage would do over some NY Drill production.
The project ends with “SI” which has a little bit more of a club vibe. This is just one of those feel good joints. Despite the darker tone of the project, it was a really dope choice to end out on a sunnier note. This that shit you just jam while your smokin on the beach with your shawty and homies. Mission complete.
“Genesis” is one of my favorite projects of the year. This darker cloudier sound I feel is the necessary evolution of FLA Underground Hip Hop which as of late has been having a renaissance in the Tampa Bay Area due to artists like Sage.Can’t wait to see what’s next from the fox and the rest of the Darkaire family.
One of my favorite brands in the entire Tampa Bay Area is Fukk Em Worldwide brings us back to the early 2000s with their latest “Baby Fukk” tee collection.
I really dig the take the brand did on the classic “Baby Milo” design. My favorite part about each drop from Fukk Em is they are able to always change things up while still staying true on the core elements of the brand, like off rips you know it’s Fukk Em! I personally will be picking up the purple and grey color ways for when I wanna be on my Trill shit or rep the grey gang.
You can’t go wrong with just a straight up white tee, so why not let people know it’s Fukk Em while your keepin it simple. This shirt was made 2 rock with a pair of white on whites.
Red is always a vibe for me so I might have to pick this one up as well. I like the way “Baby Fukk” looks on the red tee, allowing his yellow hair to stand out.
This is my favorite release from Fukk Em Worldwide 2 date. They constantly kill it with each drop but for some reason this 1 was super nostalgic for me.We definitely need 2 see some “Baby Fukk” plushies drop after this release. Don’t sleep on this drop y’all cause once they gone they are gone.