Roscoe Dash “Whassup” f/ Waka Flocka

“It was really organic. We could have been rushed back in the studio to duplicate the success of No Hands. We pass each other and critique each others work in the studio all the time. But the timing of this song felt right. So we accomplish what we wanted to. A sound that continues what we started yet its fresh enough to kick off 2014!”

– Roscoe Dash

A New Year’s new single from Roscoe Dash.

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House M | Meran, Italy

Check out my weekly architecture spotlight as House M in Meran, Italy caught my eye at the top of the month via ArchDaily. I love the floor-to-ceiling windows, the white exterior and interior, the defining horizontals, and of course – you gotta love that swimming pool. Looks like quite the tranquil place for relaxation! 

The project M, a residential building in the centre of Meran, is embedded in the quit area of Obermais. The concept of the design was it to play with transparent and solid surfaces what fallows fascinating insights and outlooks. The interior melts together with the outside space. The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition.

Architects: monovolume architecture + design

A South African Home by SAOTA

Here is another amazing home that I want to spotlight from one of my favorite architecture firms, SAOTA. Named “Plett 6541+2” (I’d like to volunteer my services for naming these amazing homes), SAOTA once again utilizes the beach-front site to work with large and wide views from the structure. Large glass surfaces or openings, combined with some more horizontally-focused cantilevers, are evident to experience the site and are aesthetically pleasing facades as well. I love the firm’s overall style as “Plett”, finished in 2010, is another pin-drop across the globe that I’d love to see in person one day. 

h/t ArchDaily

Ant’s Week’in Raps

Gotta say that this week brought forth a lot of bumpin’ records. So strap yourself down and tune in as I rap my week up with this new edition of my #WeekInRaps. Features for the weekend from Young Jeezy, Chief Keef, Wale, Pill, and more. Please enjoy and have a safe and happy weekend y’all. Good luck.

Chief Keef “Hate Bein’ Sober” f/ 50 Cent

 

This new Chief Keef has probably gotta be the one jam I’ve bumped to most this week. I know O boy’s lyrics ain’t the greatest…but I gotta give it to young dude. Homie knows how to make records that hit. So whether you hate em or love em, you’re still bound to hear this one for some time to come in the upcoming weeks. Especially since it features both 50 and Wiz on the track. This version however has no Wiz on it. And I’m not about to go find the version that does for y’all. Simply enjoy what we have to offer or go find that shit yourself.

Wale “Back 2 Ballin'” f/ French Montana

 

MMG’s Wale and Bad Boy’s French Montana are “Back 2 Ballin'” on this new bump which Wale released yesterday, followed by a post from yours truly. Guess this one ended up making the final cut of my #WeekInRaps after all. Must say I found this one to be a straight jam to bump to on our nights out for this upcoming weekend. Enjoy y’all.

Young Jeezy “R.I.P.” f/ 2 Chainz

 

It’s two weeks in a row for Tity. This week we catch 2 Chainz on a feature for one of Young Jeezy’s latest records, “R.I.P.,” which comes off snowman’s recent collection, It’s Tha World. Club swag written all over this one. Figured it was fitting. Also I don’t hate it as much as I do many other club anthems.

Pill “Money Bag” f/ Juicy J

 

Two of my favorite MC’s out here collaborate for a new jam entitled, “Money Bags.” Both Pill and Juicy J deliver hot verses on this one, making it a certified banger and sure in feature on this week’s edition of my #WeekInRaps. What’chall think and Who’s fuggin’ with this one? I’m jammin’ over here.

Red Cafe “Loaded” f/ Fabolous & Trey Songz

 

Can’t really say I’m all that in tune with Trey’s rappin’ anymore. I used to think he was decent at one point, then well I guess….I woke up. His feature on this new Red Cafe however wasn’t all that bad. I was a bit surprised actually that he came with it the way he did. For sure a strong feature to complement two dope verses from Red Cafe and Fabolous. Who agrees with me…who don’t? Chime in!

Alex Wiley “Something To Say” f/ Lil Nikk N9ne

 

The Hippie Sabotage production duo is back with another #WeekInRaps appearance. This time it’s for their production contribution to Alex Wiley’s latest release “Something To Say,” which features a killer guest verse from Chicago’s own Lil Nikk N9ne. That’s two for two from the young up and coming beat makers. If you recall HS was featured on Calez’s “B.S.O.A.T.,” which made it as the top feature on my first ever edition of #WeekInRaps. Got to say I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from the duo as well as these young rappers featured here. Look for Alex’s #ClubWiley to drop within the oncoming weeks. Enjoy y’all! 

Dave Coresh “LovE & MonEy” f/ Gatz & Chuck L.I.

 

This gotta be the illest shit I’ve heard from Dave Coresh in a while. A young Chicago rapper who’s been a bit inconsistent over the past few years, but that’s not to take away from homie’s talent. The kid can rap. We know that. But I know I and I’m sure several others would love to see a story unfold. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. In the mean time grab this record, “LovE & MonEy,” which features Gatz and Chuck L.I. on the track. A Jam coming off THC & Record.Breakers’ collaborative compilation entitled, E.L.E.. Look for the project to feature tracks from Tyler The Creator, Kid Cudi, The Boy Illinois, and more!

Hope y’all messin’ with my top choices in raps this week. Take these and enjoy yourself a great weekend out. But before you go though…be sure to grab the records below which stand as honorable mentions for this week’s #WeekInRaps. Happy Friday homies. 

Pavy “Hate Bein’ Sober (RMX)”

  

Grade Aplus “Turnt ^” f/ Weasel Sims

Chicago Bulls announce new practice facility

Over the weekend, the Chicago Bulls announced plans for a new practice facility, to replace Lot J next to the United Center, and transition away from the team’s facility in Deerfield since 1992, the Berto Center. The practice facility will help the continued revitalization of the West Loop neighborhood surrounding the UC and from the initial architecture rendering released above, it looks like it will be quite the beautiful addition (and look at the El in the background. Chi-City!). Plus, the way the Bulls have played the last couple games, this new practice facility couldn’t come soon enough (hey!). That expected date will be for the 2014-2015 season. More details below, via Bulls.com.

The facility is anticipated to be approximately 55,000-square-feet in size. The firm, 360 Architects, has been selected as the lead project architect, and McHugh Construction has been named the General Contractor. The Bulls are committed to providing opportunities for Chicago-based companies, including women/minorities owned businesses, to be selected as part of the construction project.

“Today’s announcement is the latest example of our longstanding commitment to the City of Chicago and to our fans,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Investing in a modern facility for our players and coaches will help us to achieve our team’s number one goal – winning championships – while also playing an important role in the city’s ongoing redevelopment efforts in our West Side neighborhood.”

UPDATED: GIRL POWER: RITA ORA AND IGGY AZALEA AT THE MID CHICAGO [CONCERT REVIEW]

Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea backstage at the Mid Chicago

photo source: ultimateritaora
Rita Ora, born in Kosovo, moved to the United Kingdom the same year has been making big waves since her debut studio album release, ORA, with three singles shooting straight to number one.  She will soon be making waves as she kicks off her promotional shows in America.

 

 

Iggy opening 

 

 

Iggy in awesome stripper VERSACE heels

With a budding following in Chicago, Iggy Azalea kicked opened wearing a a white crop top and paneled mesh-faux leather legging accentuating her itty bitty waistline and enviable booty.  Making her look complete, her porn star-esque booties and sexually charged lyrics had the whole club bouncing.  Though some of her songs lacked variety, she showed her potential to grow as an artist.  Iggy can really hold her own.  Can’t wait to see her head lining her own shows in the US because we need more girls like her.  Her rocking out the hip hop and Rita Ora coming out next, I was brought back to my girl power days of Spice Girls and thought how much more these girls could pack a REAL punch!  Whether the crowd knew Iggy’s lyrics or not, she got everyone to dance and even brought a few lucky fans on stage… including one in a red blazer complete with bedazzled panties. I couldn’t get a clear picture of his crotch because he was gyrating too much.

 

Fan in homemade panties

Before the concert, I got a chance to meet Rita!  She was so cute and bubbly with a fashion sense I admire. She rocked out some dark lipstick, eyeball dangle earrings, skull rings, and a mod white dress.  She really has some sick style.  As everyone at the blog already knows… I’m obsessed with skulls and creepy things. I’m glad I got to meet her and know that we have an obsession in common.

 

 

Backstage with Rita Ora!

Rita Ora kicked off an amazing and intimate show. Her opening song, Facemelt, was 90 seconds of pure energy.  Her chained decorated mic and use of drum showed that was ready to give a good show.  Her cd years in the making only verified how much she has honed her performing skills.  Songs like Rock Da Life and Shine Ya Light were quintessential anthems to her Roc Nation heritage.   And of course, she took it slow with an emotional filled rendition of Swim Good.  Though not as soul forthcoming as Frank Ocean, her vocal chords were insane.  (then again, who can ever be as soul exposing as Frank O?)

 

Check out that body!

Ending her concert with Uneasy and R.I.P, I felt complete.  Rita confessed R.I.P. is her ultimate favorite song.  Written by Drake, but rumored to be intended for Rihanna, this song was DESTINED to be Rita’s.  Nailing each note and “beating it down to a bloody pulp” as described by Perez Hilton, Rita’s rookie appeal and confident attitude is absolute perfection.  It was an early concert but I had myself singing her songs all weekend.  I left feeling like the next time I see her will be filling arenas.  She has a voice that her CD doesn’t do her justice.  She has a look that will only get better.  The craziest thing of it all… she’s just getting started.

 

 

And yes, she is actually that pretty in person… if not more… And her singing is even better live.

Rita is on the RIIIIIIIISEEEEE!

 

 

UPDATE: Then I got called out for by Iggy herself on twitter for calling her heels stripper heels…

 

I GOT… #OWNED

 

 

I’m just trying to say that this girl has so much edge ad glam she can make anything look high fashion. You need your own clothing line! How could I have ever doubted thisRefinery29 star?  😛

 

 

 

 

Girl Power: Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea at the Mid Chicago [Concert Review]

Rita Ora, born in Kosovo, moved to the United Kingdom the same year has been making big waves since her debut studio album release, ORA, with three singles shooting straight to number one.  She will soon be making waves as she kicks off her promotional shows in America.

With a budding following in Chicago, Iggy Azalea kicked opened wearing a a white crop top and paneled mesh-faux leather legging accentuating her itty bitty waistline and enviable booty.  Making her look complete, her porn star-esque booties and sexually charged lyrics had the whole club bouncing.  Though some of her songs lacked variety, she showed her potential to grow as an artist.  Iggy can really hold her own.  Can’t wait to see her head lining her own shows in the US because we need more girls like her.  Her rocking out the hip hop and Rita Ora coming out next, I was brought back to my girl power days of Spice Girls and thought how much more these girls could pack a REAL punch!  Whether the crowd knew Iggy’s lyrics or not, she got everyone to dance and even brought a few lucky fans on stage… including one in a red blazer complete with bedazzled panties. I couldn’t get a clear picture of his crotch because he was gyrating too much.

Before the concert, I got a chance to meet Rita!  She was so cute and bubbly with a fashion sense I admire. She rocked out some dark lipstick, eyeball dangle earrings, skull rings, and a mod white dress.  She really has some sick style.  As everyone at the blog already knows… I’m obsessed with skulls and creepy things. I’m glad I got to meet her and know that we have an obsession in common.

Rita Ora kicked off an amazing and intimate show. Her opening song, Facemelt, was 90 seconds of pure energy.  Her chained decorated mic and use of drum showed that was ready to give a good show.  Her cd years in the making only verified how much she has honed her performing skills.  Songs like Rock Da Life and Shine Ya Light were quintessential anthems to her Roc Nation heritage.   And of course, she took it slow with an emotional filled rendition of Swim Good.  Though not as soul forthcoming as Frank Ocean, her vocal chords were insane.  (then again, who can ever be as soul exposing as Frank O?)

Ending her concert with Uneasy and R.I.P, I felt complete.  Rita confessed R.I.P. is her ultimate favorite song.  Written by Drake, but rumored to be intended for Rihanna, this song was DESTINED to be Rita’s.  Nailing each note and “beating it down to a bloody pulp” as described by Perez Hilton, Rita’s rookie appeal and confident attitude is absolute perfection.  It was an early concert but I had myself singing her songs all weekend.  I left feeling like the next time I see her will be filling arenas.  She has a voice that her CD doesn’t do her justice.  She has a look that will only get better.  The craziest thing of it all… she’s just getting started.

Rita is on the RIIIIIIIISEEEEE!

I’m just trying to say that this girl has so much edge ad glam she can make anything look high fashion. You need your own clothing line! How could I have ever doubted this Refinery29 star?  😛