Fan Getting Ms Krazies Autograph Tattooed on her Back
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Ms Krazie did a instore this past weekend in the city of Tuscan, Arizona at Aztec Tattoo. There was one fan who came who asked Ms Krazie for an autograph on her back. Ms Krazie signed the girls back, then went to the tattoo artist and asked if he could tattoo her on the spot with Ms Krazie’s signature. Everyone at the signing was cheering her on, and Ms Krazie turned and seen that this girl was getting her autograph on her. So Ms Krazie snapped a few shots for her instagram at @HelloLoca. Urban Kings also has an instagram so make sure to follow us as well at @UrbanKings!
Old English Brand had scheduled a photo shoot with one of the artists we have been bumping since he came out. Mitchy Slick is a hip hop artist from San Diego, California as is from a hip hop rap group called “Strong Arm Steady”. If you dont know about Mitchy Slick, he is a westcoast legend that is known for his aggressive rap style, working with artists like Lil Wayne, Menace, E 40, Xzibit, The Game, KRS-One, Jay Rock, Talib Kweli, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, Planet Asia, Kurupt, Too Short and more. A true westcoast legend, Mitchy Slick has been reppin the west for years, from his first album, that charted on Billboard #13 on Top Independent Albums Chart in 2001. Mitchy Slick is currently gearing for an upcoming project with YG Hootie, who is currently signed to Waka Flaka Flames Bricksquad Monopoly, so stay posted for that album, which is coming very soon. Mitchy Slick is wearing the Old English Brand “3rd Strike Baseball Tee” which is now available in our online store! We also shot a behind the scenes video of our exclusive photo shoot, so make sure to stay posted to our blog for the official release date!
“3rd Strike” Baseball Tee is currently available in White & Black, sizes M – 3XL
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YG Hootie & Mitchy Slick
Behind The Scenes Video Of Our Photo Shoot Coming Soon
Debuting at Sunset Strip staple the Whisky A Go Go was a curious way for newly formed supergroup Prophets of Rage to launch their campaign. The venue, now known primarily for its metal and pay-for-play bookings, doesn’t seem like the immediate go-to for a group grounded in hip-hop to make their grand debut. Yet, as members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill lumbered down the stairs from their dressing room onto the same stage that once saw the likes of Jim Morrison become a star, the venue made for a fitting launching pad for a night of powerhouse beats and unapologetically political rock.
Over the past few weeks, mysterious posters, signs, and news flaunting the group’s name flooded both the streets of LA and the internet. Rumors abounded that Rage Against the Machine was reforming to right wrongs and fight during a bizarre election year, but the reunion that Rage fans clamored for remains unfulfilled. Instead, news soon leaked of an alliance between three quarters of Rage Against the Machine (guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk, and bassist Tim Commerford), Chuck D, and B-Real—their union surely fueled by the same desire that spurned RATM in the early 90s: they want America to wake up.
With tight security and a no cell phone policy (our phones were locked in a ridiculous looking beer koozie-like apparatus), the cramped 500-person crowd at the Whisky had to make due without their electronic devices. Posters with the hashtag #MakeAmericaRageAgain adorned the venue’s exterior and the walls inside, alongside a merch table of red caps embroidered with the phrase, mocking one Donald John Trump.
Following a DJ set, the quintet opened, aptly enough, with Public Enemy’s “Prophets of Rage,” bulldozing through a muscular 22-song set that culled from all three group’s catalogue in just under 75 minutes. Over the course of the night, Chuck D. and B-Real paid homage to the absent Zack de la Rocha, with the Cypress Hill rapper at one point teasing that they were “keeping the seat warm” for the former Rage frontman, and Chuck adding that “the singer may be caged, but his words were not.” More of a gesture than a necessity, perhaps—the two MCs tackled de la Rocha’s vocals with ease and dexterity.
RATM’s final performance in its original incarnation was nearly five years ago, at the LA Coliseum in July 2011 as part of the band’s self-curated LA Rising festival. That night, the band sold out one of the largest venues in the city—over 100 times larger than the Whisky—to perform a semi-inspired greatest hits set that felt more like the rabble rousers had run their musical course. But in the age of Trump and outrage, each day an outlandish scene in the movie satire that’s become the presidential campaign, the time is ripe for Tom Morello and company to re-emerge, albeit in a different capacity.
The ensuing buildup, which included a mysterious countdown, rampant speculation, and ultimately, the internet figuring out what exactly was going on, was worth the wait to long-suffering Rage fans who wanted new music. But once word was out, all events seemed anti-climatic. While original Rage frontman de la Rocha is sitting on the sidelines and doing whatever he does, he allegedly gave the newly formed outfit his blessing in a manner that would have made the Corleones proud.
The group made their formation official on local alt rock station KROQ earlier in the day, with the former Rage (and Audioslave) crew announcing they’d be joining forces with the two rap legends to form Prophets of Rage. A surprise to no one who has been tuned in the past few weeks, but a feeling of excitement surrounding the band began to build nonetheless.
Reunions and supergroups, or in this case, a bit of both, are risky—sometimes better in theory than execution. Rage Against the Machine always included elements of hip-hop—which crescendoed on their cover of Afrika Bambaata’s “Renegades of Funk”—so their involvement with the two rappers is less surprising than it is timing-wise.
Hearing Morello, Wilk, and Commerford rejoin forces seamlessly wasn’t surprising as much as it was refreshing. Rage favorites like “Guerrilla Radio,” “Bombtrack” and “Know Your Enemy” were met with fury as Chuck D. and B-Real urged on the crowd that formed a swirling mosh pit that only grew as the night went on. This push-and-pull between Prophets of Rage and the testosterone crowd added to the urgency before culminating in Rage-powered tunes like “Sleep Now in the Fire” and a battery acid-fueled solo from Morello.
Much of the night was filled with Rage songs, but Public Enemy and Cypress Hill were both well-represented. A reconfigured version of “Fight the Power” that incorporated the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep to Brooklyn,” “Bring the Noise,” and “Welcome to the Terrordome” were welcome supplements to the set, as were Cypress Hill classics “Rock Superstar” and “Shut Em Down.”
“We’d like to dedicate this song to Donald Trump,” B-Real exclaimed to the sweaty room before introducing “The Party’s Over.” As the only original song from the collective that as incorporated into the set, the fiery political anthem gave a small glimpse of what may be coming in the near future. Powered by Commerford’s bass, Morello’s trademark howling guitar licks, and B-Real’s nasal-drip vocals, the song is a reminder of how powerful angst-ridden social commentary sounds when done correctly.
Prophets of Rage’s mission statement was punctuated by closing battlefield anthems “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name.” As the final “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” was howled, the band smirked across the stage at each other, knowing that the first test had been passed.
The house lights were flicked on, but instead of running towards the exit to get their phones, fans instead turned to tear posters from the walls, rails, nabbing anything they could grab. For a moment, anarchy reigned supreme, the unknown nature and excitement surrounding Prophets of Rage’s immediate future allowing fans to look forward to what’s next, instead of looking back on who wasn’t in the room.
Prophets Of Rage Performing Public Enemy & Cypress Hill Songs
The release of our newest creation is coming on Thursday, April 7th. We are having an exclusive in store release for the OE “Numbers” tee, and we are celebrating by giving away a Free Old English Brand bandana with every numbers purchase. We are doing this only for the in store event on Thursday. Our shop hours are 12pm to 6pm, Monday – Friday. Our address is 11781 Slauson Ave, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670.
Old English Brand has a really dope wireless portable speaker for everyone, but its a very special limited edition item in our electronics section. It is the OE “Loud As Hell Bandana – Blue Tooth Speaker“, which is available now. Its a really dope speaker that is portable, so you can take it anywhere. Plus, it can connect to your phone, iPad or tablet, or your iPod. Or, you can just use an aux cable and connect it directly from your music player to the speaker. You can also just plug in a memory card and play your music that way if you want. All we know is that this is a dope design, it gives you different options to listen to music, and it bumps pretty loud. Make sure to not miss out and dont let this opportunity pass you by. You can come down to The Old English Brand Flagship Shop or order online!