METAMORPHISM – Alexander-John & Jeff Staple

Melding metaphysical street knowledge like an 80’s era N.W.A member with a surreal approach to concept capture and the resulting product design, Alexander-John’s work continues to fuse the concrete beneath us with his own concrete thinking, building a budding legacy brick by brick. He is most popularly known for designing the Brooklyn Zoo custom Nike Dunk for…

Keke Palmer – “Lauren” EP + Shoe Dazzle

Keke Palmer stands as one of the most accomplished young actresses ever. Her rarefied combination of looks, talent, charisma, drive, and consistency is unmatched in the new millennium among young Hollywood hopefuls. From her breakout role as Akeelah Anderson in 2006’s “Akeelah and the Bee” to more recent starring roles in TV’s “Scream Queens” and…

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Chynna – The DOPE MAG Interview

Imagine if Naomi Campbell rapped like Eve, or if Foxy Brown rocked the runway like Tyra Banks. What if Kimora Lee bodied beats like Nicki, or if Iman was Lil’ Kim nice. The hybrid of modeling and rapping has been long since discussed, envisioned and attempted – like urban legend, yet never actualized – like the myth of…

Dae Dae – The DOPE MAG Interview

Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward district is a different sort of place with different types of people pursuing prevailingly different paths in an effort to achieve one identical purpose – make money, and generations of it. Firmly planted on the cities east side as a settlement since 1874, Fourth Ward is perhaps best known as the home to…

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Waka Flocka Flame’s Total ECLIPSE in Vegas

Since his arrival on the national rap landscape in 2009, Waka Flocka Flame has stomped the stages of his sold out shows. With a lion’s roar delivery and Herculean presence, yet approachable personality and party-animal persona, the guy from Riverdale, Georgia by way of South Jamaica Queens, New York – with the propelling head full of two-toned…

Growing Up Hip Hop earns Money.Power.Respect

Growing up Hip Hop and Money.Power.Respect are two of the most popular reality series on television today. Whether seen on screen or stream, both offer inside looks and interesting insights into the entertainment industry’s glamorous work, hard work, troubled times, and luxurious lifestyle, racking up million of viewers worldwide in the process. Yesterday in New York,…

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DJ Mustard – “Cold Summer” Pop-Up (LA)

DJ Mustard‘s production discography could easily be confused with Billboard’s Hot 100 – they mirror each other. From Tyga’s “Rack City” and 2 Chainz’ “I’m Different” to Trey Songz’ “Na Na”, Big Sean’s “I Don’t F*ck With You”, and Rihanna’s “Needed Me”, the Cali kid with the imposing presence but welcoming demeanor just has a…

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Ty Dolla $ign – “Campaign” Pop-Up (LA)

Sonic futurist Ty Dolla $ign has the Midas touch, from music and merchandise to money and marijuana – if the green-eyed bandit sets his soul on a goal the result is typically worth its weight in gold. The creative architect celebrated the release of his “Campaign” album, the artist’s popular socio-political appeal for justice, peace, partying and…

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