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QUiRK TUNES: “PRECIPITATION” – CASH’MIR

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Dallas is a smoldering melting pot of creativity in all avenues that’s about to bubble over into the world – take this post as me preparing you for what you need to be ready for.

CASH’MIR is a dope young MC out of the Southern city who’s style is versatile in a “sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick” type of way. Whether rapping fast and pacing himself bar for bar, Cash’mir has it and has even grown from his 2011 project (that I fuck with completely), Burning Bridges.
“Precipitation” is a smooth iPond-produced track that takes you to Dallas for about six minutes; take a listen below and I hope you enjoy your stay.

Cash’mir – “Precipitation” [DOWNLOAD]

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VIDEO: “OVERNIGHT OVERDOSE” – BRAIN GANG BLUE + BLUE’S GOING TO SXSW!

Making the most of this rare day on the calendar, BRAIN GANG BLUE just dropped the fourth video from his project, Numb, entitled “Overnight Overdose”. Jeff Adair was behind the camera for this one; these two make a great team.

As a sidebar, Blue is officially going to SXSW! His Kickstarter campaign proved lucrative as he met his goal a day earlier than projected, but if you’d like to send him off with a little extra change in his pocket head here to donate to the cause.

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NEWS: SORE LOSERS PERFORM AT 2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL + “WE ARE SORE LOSERS” EP RELEASE

Dallas hip-hop supergroup SORE LOSERS have been on the rise for a while and made their second appearance at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL this year to perform at the AT&T/ESPN event and take in the frosty sights.  They just uploaded video from their excursions for you all to view.

Don’t forget to cop their EP, WE ARE SORE LOSERS, in iTunes today! Hit it here to do just that.

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FASHION: UNKOMMON KOLOR’S SEASON FIVE DROPS AT 8PM CST TONIGHT!

There’s a quick look at UNKOMMON KOLOR’s fifth season line-up, which drops tonight! Be ready to cop some quality product at 9PM/8 CST and don’t drag your feet – well, fingers rather – because they do sell out quickly.

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TURN MY ____ ON! FASHIONS WE LOVED IN 2011

Here at QUiRK TALES!, we’re all about supporting small businesses – especially small businesses who make dope shit that we can rock on the regular. I’ve had the privilege of tracking some great clothing lines this year; here’s a quick recap of that!

+ CHAD KOOLINGTON: This line, created by CORNELL LA’FLARE, was my first interview for the blog so I’ll always be appreciative to CORNELL for allowing me to share his story with my readers. I love penguins and I love t-shirts, so it was obviously love at first sight for me and the CHAD KOOLINGTON line. Its message was dope and poignant to the upcoming generation who is all about expressing themselves through their style, which is undefined by previous designers. Not targeting a specific demographic, CK strives to get consumers to essentially embrace the “fuck it” factor within – so to speak. Raheem DeVaughn and CyHi Da Prince rock CHAD KOOLINGTON, so fall in line and don’t miss out.

+ ILTHY: Cleveland’s known for producing extraordinary rappers and a basketball phenom; however, that isn’t all that the city has to offer. ILTHY’s cartoon designs of popular pop culture fixtures combined with a t-shirt quality that is comparable to the softest of pillows was enough to catch my attention this spring and I never regretted that purchase. The end of 2011 found the clothing line opening their very own flagship store, which is major for any budding clothing line. If I’m ever in Cleveland, I’m definitely stopping by to check Glen and the guys out. Here’s to a successful 2012 and beyond!

+ DEADLINE LTD: Upon seeing spokeswoman SEIKO HUFFMAN in a Muhammed Ali crewneck, I had to research this garment and who it came from, so I could act accordingly and cop it ASAP. Unfortunately, the sweatshirt was sold out but I was introduced to DEADLINE LTD and haven’t looked back since. From “The Godfather” references to body outlines available in assorted colors, DEADLINE is all about the real and keeping it exactly that at all times. Ran between L.A. and New York City, their style is skater meets the streets – a concept brought together by the line’s co-owners Junbug and NA – and has prospered this year with celebrity endorsements by MISTAH FAB, WAKA FLOCKA, and NIPSEY HUSSLE to name a few. 2012 will only be better and bigger – I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll see NA and the guys down in Austin!

+ UNKOMMONKOLOR: This Dallas clothing line has controlled my life for at least the last two years and I am not angered by this at all. I met Bryan Blue and Jeremy Biggers – the co-owners of UNKO – (you guessed it) in Austin at Nice Kicks and was thrilled to see the coolest guys in Texas who have been responsible for upgrading my graphic tee game. The brand’s representatives and their love for art, photography, and music makes them dope and at this point, it isn’t a question of whether I’ll support them: it’s how much do I plan on spending when their latest line drops. By the way, UNKO plans on kicking off the new year with something extremely special on January 2nd – don’t miss out. Have those funds readily available to cop some dope shit because it will be dope.

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QUiRK TALES’ TALENTED FIVE OF 2011

I’ve featured some pretty dope individuals over the past twelve months and come to know some great people who are out here trying to make a way by way of their craft. Here’s an all-star line up of those folks and be sure to look for them in 2012!

+ SIERGIO: An R&B singer hailing from Atlanta by way of Chicago, SIERGIO is a pure joy on so many levels. His voice is what the industry has been missing and at year’s end, his music has been receiving love from ATL to NYC to INDONESIA! His EP, UNDERNEATH THE COVERS, is filled with covers of your favorite songs by BEYONCÉ, CHRIS BROWN, MELANIE FIONA, and more as well as an original song entitled “Yes” that sends you to a whole other place upon listening. 2012 will be good to SIERGIO: more music releases, more shows, and more of him! I’m definitely plotting on getting him to NYC for a showcase and take all this to the next level. Keep an eye out for his name, folks.

GET TO KNOW SIERGIO – “UNDERNEATH THE COVERS” (DOWNLOAD) / FOLLOW ON TWITTER / LIKE ON FACEBOOK / SUBSCRIBE TO YOUTUBE

+ TRIPZ: A friend of my blog since its creation in 2009, rapper TRIPZ has stepped his game up this year – he’s dropped freestyles to fan favorites like Drake and Rick Ross’ “Lord Knows”, released “INTERSTATE MUSIC” on iTunes this summer, and throws the hottest parties in the city that never sleeps. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform in person this past April and I’m telling you – the hype is real, people! It’s only a matter of time before he blows up and I can say I supported him before everybody hopped on the wave. I have a feeling that 2012 will be good to TRIPZ because he’s genuine about his art and honest about elevating his skill level, which is rare in a hip hop artist.

GET TO KNOW TRIPZ – “INTERSTATE MUSIC” (BUY) / FOLLOW ON TWITTER

+ SORE LOSERS/BRAINGANGBLUE: I had the best experience in March when I stopped by the SORE LOSERS show during SXSW in Austin, TX; I’ve been covering the hip hop duo since the beginning of my blogging “career” and have always enjoyed them. It hurt my heart to find that BLUE, the producer of the duo, had stepped away from the group that now consists of a live band; however, things happen and as a result, both parties have unleashed some great material that I thoroughly enjoy – BRAIN GANG BLUE with his “NUMB” EP and SORE LOSERS with their recent track, “Euthanasia”, which was posted on the GRAMMY website earlier this year. I’m sure both of these acts will have a strong presence at 2012’s SXSW and I can’t wait to see them!

GET TO KNOW SORE LOSERS – DOWNLOAD THE LATEST HERE / CHECK OUT “EUTHANASIA” HERE / FOLLOW ON TWITTER / SUBSCRIBE TO YOUTUBE

GET TO KNOW BRAIN GANG BLUE – “NUMB” (DOWNLOAD) / FOLLOW ON TWITTER / LIKE ON FACEBOOK / VISIT BRAIN GANG’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE

+ JAY-JAY: Stumbling across talent is always a great thing, especially on the almighty social networking site Twitter. It’s funny how a simple retweet about the ’90s Nickelodeon programming making a comeback can result in me discovering now one of my favorite unsigned artists. JAY-JAY never badgered me for a post on the blog; I had to ask him if he was an artist! That selflessness alone made me listen and I haven’t regretted that decision yet; a St. Louis native, JAY-JAY is nothing like that other rapper hailing from the Mid-West and I truly am thankful for that (no shade). His style is easygoing and upon first listen, his tone reminded me of CURREN$Y – one of my favorite rappers. Between his mixtapes THREE O’CLOCK FLY and THE CANNONBALL RUN, JAY-JAY has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. His grind is never-ending: he has two projects coming out within the next six months! There’s no slowing him down and I’m looking forward to sitting down with him in March for SXSW; 2012 is gonna be something special for this guy.

GET TO KNOW JAY-JAY – “THREE O’CLOCK FLY” (DOWNLOAD) / “THE CANNONBALL RUN” (DOWNLOAD) / FOLLOW ON TWITTER

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I’LL BE “ON TIME” FOR THAT: “NUMB” – BRAIN GANG BLUE

It’s finally here! Brain Gang Blue dropped his first solo EP, NUMB, in the wee hours of the morning yesterday and you can cop it right here. It’s a sound project filled with eclectic beats and definitely worth the listen.

Lose all feeling when you press play.

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BRAIN GANG BLUE – “PARTY ON” : DIRECTED BY JEFF ADAIR

A nice clip for BRAIN GANG’s BLUE and his track “Party On”. I don’t know how many times a day I say “swag me the fuck out” in frustration, but for it to be this song’s opening line I MUST fuck with it entirely.

Great direction by JEFF ADAIR and nice appearance by my favorite clothing line, UNKOMMONKOLOR’s SAM WITH THE HAIR!

Blue’s solo project, NUMB, drops in just hours and I’ll have it available for download right here. PARTY ON!

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VIDEO: “NUMB” – BRAIN GANG BLUE

Formerly of Dallas’ innovative hip-hop group SORE LOSERS, BRAIN GANG BLUE has struck out on his own – putting together a group that could only be named BRAIN GANG – and comes out of the gate with “Numb”, a track filled with distortion and sends you on a trip like no other. It wouldn’t be right if the video didn’t embody the song’s aura. Prepare yourself because you may get confused at some point. Check out the video for “Numb”.

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YOU SHOULD HEAR: A.Dd+ – “WHEN PIGS FLY”

Dallas’ dynamic duo A.Dd+ has gifted the world with their latest release, When Pigs Fly; the MP3 download is free – of course – but there’s also a special limited edition bundle you can order just for twelve (12) bucks! Inside, you’ll get:

  • A physical copy of When Pigs Fly,
  • An 8×8 full color poster of the album cover (with the tracklisting on the back),
  • A card revealing your copy’s number out of the 200 that were made

Sounds pretty epic, if you ask me. You’d better order yours fast because from the looks of it, there aren’t many left!

If you’re an Apple/iTunes whore like myself, you can also cop it via the music store! So many options, so you have no choice but to get it.

COP THAT: HERE (MP3) ::  HERE (iTunes) :: OR HERE (Limited Edition Bundle)

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