Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Murs Reporting Live from Camp Flog Gnaw 2014

The homie Murs took a break from enjoying the experience at Odd Future’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2014 to interview a few carnival attendees, as well as some special guests. In the video above, Murs talks to a fan about losing his virginity, chats with A-Mack from TDE and Vince Staples, and speaks with Syd from The Internet about the group’s upcoming album in 2015. Murs held his Mass Appeal correspondence down.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

uMaNg | Correct Techniques | Prod. by B.B.Z. Darney

"Correct Techniques"
Produced by B.B.Z. Darney
Cuts by DJ Grazzhoppa
Directed & filmed by Steven Chapman
Edited by B.B.Z. Darney

From the long awaited "The Black Rose Certificate" album, available worldwide (CD/2LP/cassette/digital) November 25th on Ill Adrenaline Records.

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With two full-length albums already under their belts that garnered them buzz in the underground ("Lasting Impressions" & "The Revisited"), New Jersey originated emcee uMaNg, reunites with Swedish producer B.B.Z. Darney ("The Boom Bappin' Zombie"), to complete their trilogy of albums with their label debut on Ill Adrenaline Records entitled, "The Black Rose Certificate."

Shortly after inking a deal with the label, the next eight months would find uMaNg & B.B.Z. embarking on a musical journey that would result in their most personal & brutally honest record to date. The title "The Black Rose Certificate", while a representation of many a symbolism, reflects the duo's state of mind, the hand they've been dealt as typecasts in society. Since being impossible to produce a "black rose" also stands for purest devotion. A kind of devotion that uMaNg & B.B.Z. put forth in their respected crafts.

Over the course of 14 tracks, the duo sonically stick to their traditional "boom-bap" roots, whilst also bringing sounds that range from "darker" to "aggressive", to even more "melancholic". The production B.B.Z. Darney showcases is heavier, more conceptual than previous releases. uMaNg has been notable throughout his career for being a clever & witty, punchline heavy emcee. While staying true to his stylings on the mic, he gets deeper & more transparent than past albums have suggested. For every braggadocious track, there is another where the Jersey emcee bares his soul through the pen, opening up about past discretions, family HIStory, amongst other topics on the emcee's mind. Also unlike "Lasting Impressions" & "The Revisited", that found the duo being the lone contributors to their works alongside the legendary DJ Grazzhoppa, they now bring along with them close collaborators as well as in-label artists. The album features tracks from the likes of Brick City veteran and close Artifacts affiliate Beneficence, Purpose of the Tragic Allies camp, close friends HexOne & Tek-nition of the critically acclaimed duo Epidemic, and Hashfinger to lend their talents and further enhance the album's disposition.





Nick Hook "I Wish I Could Be In The NBA" | Episode 1 & 2

The latest Serato Pressings project saw us work with Nick Hook and Ninja Tune to deliver his forthcoming release, "Collage EP v.1" which is due out December 2014. Watch episode 1 as Nick collaborates on his first track titled 'J.A.M.I.T' with hip-hop/electro pioneer Egyptian Lover.

Look out for future episodes featuring Bodega Bamz, Crystal Cains, DJ Sliink, Nadus, Todd Edwards, Kilo Kish, Bernie Worrell, Cmat, Lenny Castro, DJ Paypal, #leon and more.

J.A.M.I.T by Nick Hook ft. Egyptian Lover

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Day Out w/ Ibeyi

To celebrate the upcoming Record Store Day, French/Cuban twins Ibeyi took us on a hunt for the key classics at A1 Records in NYC.


Producer: Allison Swank
Jake Remington, and Lance Steagall
Editor: Jake Remington



Questlove & Chris Rock | Juan Ep

Questlove & Chris Rock on Juan Ep

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In-Ride Sessions: Lupe Fiasco x TOKiMONSTA

In-Ride Sessions: Lupe Fiasco x TOKiMONSTA

Lupe Fiasco & TOKiMONSTA vibe out to a remix of the hit song "Superstar" in the first installment of In-Ride Sessions presented by Kia.

Atmosphere | Fortunate | Official Music Video


"As a thank you to everyone who came out to the north of hell shows, we made a video."

We asked our friend Dan Monick to shoot this video on Ant's birthday, outside of our most recent Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Palladium. shout out to anyone who waited in one of the many lines to help make this tour such a fun experience. we truly are fortunate to have the most amazing fans/friends/supporters in the entire world."

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Directed by Dan Monick and Vanessa Joy Smith
DP Vanessa Joy Smith
Camera Operator Pascal Combes-Knoke
Props Master Amber Sterling
Producer Leda Maliga
VFX DaveEagle
Edited by Roman Koval
Color by Bossi Baker

Big thanks to the Palladium and all the fans.

Monday, November 24, 2014

VICE News | LiveStream from Ferguson After Grand Jury Decision

VICE News reporter Danny Gold is live from the streets of Ferguson to report on the community's reaction to the grand jury verdict in the case of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.

Michael Uzowuru ft. Vic Mensa & Donnie Trumpet | April 13th

Out of nowhere, producer Michael Uzowuru has shared the full version of “April 13th,” after teasing the track over a year ago. Recorded in Los Angeles, the song features young Chicago duo Vic Mensa and Donnie Trumpet, who formerly played together as Kid These Days, keeping the vocals soft above a sweet electric guitar, piano, trumpet and complimenting drums. If you feel like treating today like a Sunday, this one’s for you.

Written by: (M. Uzowuru / V. Mensa / N. Segal / J. Gitelman / O. Keith)
Produced & Arranged by: Michael Uzowuru for BEYONDCATEGORY

Electric Guitar: Jeff Gitelman
Mellotron Piano: Om'Mas Keith
Fender Rhodes: Simon Sverdolv
Drum Programming: Michael Uzowuru
Trumpet: Donnie Trumpet

Engineers: Jordan Jones, Om'Mas Keith & Michael Uzowuru
Assistant Engineers: Rich Gonzales & Toby Mbelu
Recorded @ Whitelines, (Hollywood, CA)

Mixed by: Jordan Jones (@JDNJNS) & Michael Uzowuru

Willow Smith | WOODS

Willow Smith — the 14-year-old daughter of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and mystical Mother Earth — has been the recent subject of derision. Alongside her brother, Jaden, she waxed philosophic in an interview for T Magazine about paranormal life energies, illusive properties of time, and how much school sucks. The pair were ridiculed for every line. It’s fun to mock New Age aphorisms and it’s fun to mock teens. Feel-good fuzz told with posturing confidence is an irresistible combination to deflate.

What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Doofy Teens is self-deprecation for our past lives as teens. And this specific type of teen — this wide-eyed junior philosopher excited about lofty mental rubrics for considering the world — is ripe for teasing.

But if Willow is slightly ribbed, she should also be praised. She's confident, ambitious, creatively motivated: Why deride these wonderful qualities? It's kind of fantastic to use a standard publicity interview to talk over sky-scraping ideas about existence. In every conversation, she mentions a new way of thinking: a refreshing substitute for peppery anecdotes or false humility. Willow Smith doesn’t waste your time with a cute confession about insecurities: She wants to talk about truth.

Take a listen below to Willow's latest release!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Live Right Now in London: Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$ has rapidly been building his reputation as one of the most respected new rappers, with a line of killer mixtapes and EPs along the way. This week he finally announced details of his debut album B4.DA.$$, due early next year. As 2014 winds to a close, it's only right that we invite Joey back to the Boiler Room for a last-minute sweaty Sunday rap session.

Taking care of the rest of the night’s soundtrack will be Joey’s Pro Era tour DJ & producer, Statik Selektah, alongside London’s foremost party-starting hip-hop DJ crew - and old school BR fam - Livin’

Axel F. (J. Rocc & MED) | The Set | Official Music Video

Taken from the upcoming "Theme Music" LP - Out Nov. 25th

Directed by: Paul Delmont
Edited by: Rohan Ali

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Friday, November 21, 2014

RZA Reveals Details About New Wu-Tang Album "A Better Tomorrow"

RZA Reveals Details About New Wu-Tang Album "A Better Tomorrow"

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Wale | The Followers | Official Music Video

Wale | The Followers | Official Music Video

Directed by Jon J X Shaun Ross. This will appear on Nas' Mass Appeal compilation coming soon!

Catch Wale in your the city for the "SIMPLE Mobile Simply Nothing" tour! Tickets below.


SOFLES x NJOY Artist Collection

SOFLES x NJOY Artist Collection
This film was made in collaboration with the NJOY Artist Collection

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Music: KR$CHN : "Trauma"

#TGIF Twista | Burnin ft. Wiz Khalifa | Official Audio

Twista | Burnin ft. Wiz Khalifa | Official Audio

9 Albums and going strong, Twista delivers track Burnin "ft. Wiz Khalifa" off of his latest album "The Dark Horse". Produced by Maxwell Smart and Cozmo. Available now:

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Run The Jewels | Blockbuster Night Part 1 | Official Music Video

Run The Jewels | Blockbuster Night Part 1 | Official Music Video

"Blockbuster Night Part 1" is the first single off of Run The Jewels 2. Buy it here in iTunes:
Directed by: Trevor Kane
Edited by: Ryosuke Tanzawa

Mass Appeal presents the Run The Jewels tour, grab tickets at

10-31 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *#
11-01 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
11-02 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *#
11-03 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *#
11-04 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *#
11-06 Dallas, TX - Trees *#
11-07 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *#
11-10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *#
11-11 La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *#
11-12 Pomona, CA - Glass House *#
11-14 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine #
11-15 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *#
11-17 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
11-18 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *#
11-20 Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafè *#
11-21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *#
11-22 Chicago, IL - Metro *#
11-24 - St.Louis, MO - The Ready Room *#
11-25 Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *#
11-26 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall *#
11-27 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda *#
11-28 Boston, MA - Paradise *#
11-29 New York, NY - Stage 48 *#
12-10 Glasgow, United Kingdom - Glasgow Garage
12-11 Manchester, United Kingdom - Manchester Academy 2
12-12 London, United Kingdom, Koko
12-13 Paris, France - La Bellevilloise
12-19 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
12-20 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivolivredenburg
12-21 Newry, United Kingdom - The Opium Rooms
12-30 Lorne, Australia - Falls Festival
12-31 Marion Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01-01 Sydney, Australia - Field Day
01-02 Byron Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01-04 Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
01-07 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre @
01-08 Melbourne, Australia - The Forum @
01-10 Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall @
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NO I.D. | Talks Kanye & Common History | Juan Ep

NO I.D. | Talks Kanye & Common History | Juan Ep

Raz Fresco | BBS Interview

In his new interview, DJ J Hart met Raz Fresco to talk about music production, French Montana (4:22), his First 16 bars wrote (6:33), his Vintage Pieces Selection at the TopShelf Premium boutique (8:36) & more. The Toronto's Rapper also spit an exclusive Big Bang freestyle (17:42).

A lot of laugh and surprise in this video, Enjoy!

S/o to Mark of TopShelfPremium who provide his amazing vintage boutique in L.E.S. NYC

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Young Chop ft. Lil Durk - Murder Team | Official Music Video | WSHH Exclusive

Off Young Chop's "Still" album which is out now!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tink ft. Charlamagne | Around The Clock | Prod. by Timbaland

SD | Truly Blessed

Cormega | Reflection

Music Video for Reflection performed by Cormega.


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Diamond District (Oddisee, XO, yU) | A Part Of It All | Official Music Video

Diamond District (Oddisee, XO, yU) | A Part Of It All | Official Music Video

From The Album "March On Washington"
Featuring Oddisee, Uptown XO, yU
Produced by Oddisee
Directed by Jay Brown
After FX by Paul Mihailoff

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Executive Produced by Michael Tolle
Mello Music Group 2014

Secrett | Lemons | Official Music Video

Secrett touches on controversial subjects with delivery that embodies classic 90's hip hop. Also, a special tribute to all women and families effected by breast cancer.

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Top 10 Assists of the Week 11/20/2014

Top 10 Assists of the week 11/20/2014

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B4.DA.$$ | Trailer #1

"B4.DA.$$" available everywhere 1/20/2015

"P.eace young world this is the Badmon Jozif and I just want to thank all of my supporters and fans for being so patient with me as I finished my first album. The wait is finally almost over and the release date is locked and loaded. After discovering my birthday falls on a Tuesday (the day of the week all albums drop) next year I decided to save the album drop for then (1.20.15). I thought it was the best time to cause a shift. It's always been a goal of mine to drop a project on my birthday and the premonition has finally come into fruition. The number 120 is very unique and symbolic to me as well. My 1st album on my 20th birthday this was destiny." - B4.DA.$$ P.eace!

Video directed by Rik Cordero (@RikCordero)

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11/25 - 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, UK:
11/27 - Botanique in Brussels, Belgium:

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Ludacris Presents "Luda Verses" Volume 2 | Official Music Video

Official WSHH premiere as Ludacris attacks Ghost Face, Numbers On The Board & Tom Ford instrumentals in the second installment of is Luda Verses series.

Burning Bridges EP dropping in December. Ludaversal album dropping March 31st.

Disturbing Tha Peace Records.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mikey Likes It Makes an Ice Cream Flavor for Shady XV

Mikey Likes It Makes an Ice Cream Flavor for Shady XV

Gearing up for the release of Shady Records' SHADYXV Anniversary album, Shady Records teamed up with Mikey Likes It! to create their own special Shady flavor of ice cream.

Special guests Slaughterhouse will be handing out scoops of the exclusive-flavored ice cream at a special eventt at Mikey Likes it! on November 24th from 4-8 PM.

The ice cream crafted by Mikey consists of Detroit made Vernor's Ginger Ale & Sanders classic hot fudge along with a base of imported Michigan grown cherries.

The End & Noodles vs Kid James & Lil Caspa (LCB Battle 2014 |

The End & Noodles vs Kid James & Lil Caspa (LCB Battle 2014 |

Winner: The End & Noodles (Gamblerz)

- Wing Zero (Found Nation)
- Marcio (Legiteam Obstruxion/Flying Steps)
- Profo Won (Floor Gangz)

- DJ Nobunaga
- DJ Goss'One

- Smurbi
- Filco

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz | Where No Eagles Fly | Live In Chicago

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz | Where No Eagles Fly | Live In Chicago
The Vic Theatre; 11/18/14

PhiLLaNOise | #FYM | Directed by Q Hefna

PhiLLaNOise | #FYM | Directed by Q Hefna


#FYM appears on the 7 songs ep by PhiLLaNOise titled "Feel The Noise"

#HumpDay B.o.B ft. Trey Songz | Not For Long | Official Music Video

B.o.B ft. Trey Songz | Not For Long | Official Music Video

Directed by: Jerome D.

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Cathedral Mixtape

J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West are just a few artists supported by Talib Kweli early in their careers. It is with this spirit that Talib launches Javotti Media, an entity designed to develop, promote, and release content from tomorrow's artists today.

The Cathedral, hosted by Affion Crockett, showcases the individual styles of Javotti Media's roster over an eclectic soundtrack promising a bright outlook on the future of music.

Bipolar Sunshine | Daydreamer | New Single

British pop artist Bipolar Sunshine has tweeted a couple of things lately that might provide some helpful context for understanding what he's going for with his sun-bright, ebullient new single "Daydreamer," produced by SBTRKT and Fraser T Smith: "I often fantasize with the notion that anything is possible" (linking to a preview of the song we're premiering today) and "Answering creative questions with non creative people who then try and tell me what to do just longs out my day." We're glad Bipolar Sunshine is staying resilient, because he's making music that's pretty undeniable in its pop contagiousness. Indeed, he told FADER of "Daydreamer" that the song is "about trying to maintain my sanity and dreams whist swimming with sharks. Maintaining what you intended to do and carrying it out to the end." Check it below.

Bipolar’s new single will be released on 26th January and comes ahead of the release of his debut album, which is expected to land in summer 2015.

Soulection Interview Sessions | J. Rocc

Over the years there have been a handful of artists/DJs that I have always wanted to come on the show. We've had Dam Funk, Mr. Choc, Daddy Kev, Hazel, Rhettmatic, Ta-ku, Coleman, Iman Omari, and many others as special guests but i've always wanted to have J. Rocc of the legendary Beat Junkies/Stones Throw crew on the show. Well, our timing finally aligned and he came through the Soulection HQ to drop a set and sit down with me for an interview. He dropped a 60 min set full of future beats, bass, and some other left-field shit.

After that we sat down and chopped it about so many interesting things from his love for digging for 45's (Gospel Music), his production (that he keeps low key), his DILLA/MADLIB stories, and much more. J. Rocc is an overall tastemaker and one of the best on the decks. If you ever have a chance to see him live please go to a show and see for yourselves.

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▶ Soulection ~ The Sound of Tomorrow |

▶ Soulection ~ The Sound of Tomorrow |

Ed Templeton On His New Book and Life After Skateboarding

Vice| by Chris Nieratko

Fuck Laws Kid, Portland

Ed Templeton drew the graphic for his first pro model skateboard in 1990. Since then, he has been a regular tour de force in both the skateboard industry and the art world. While almost everyone who rides a skateboard considers themselves an "artist," very few have been able to make a successful leap into the fine art world. Templeton is one of those few. His work has been shown in some of the most respected museums around the globe. From his paintings to his board graphics, to his photography, to his skills as a skateboarder: he is, in my opinion, the best and most multifaceted artist that skateboarding has ever produced.

His latest photo book, ​Wayward Cog​nitions, is a collection of riveting images taken during his travels abroad and stateside. Shot mostly using a Leica M6 with a 50mm lens on film, printed in his home darkroom, and then scanned and laid out by the artist, this book is 100% Templeton's brainchild. Known as the Eternal Voyeur, it's not uncommon to find Ed lurking around his local suburban sprawl, Huntington Beach Pier, or the backstreets of some European town, snapping away whatever passes before his lens. This book shares those captured moments.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Ed to discuss photography, his company Toy Machine, and the legend's retirement from skateboarding.

​Girl On Swing


​Man Walks, Sign Flare, Zurich

VICE: Thematically, Wayward Cognitions is a departure from your previous photo books. Can you talk about the process of picking the images for this book? ​Ed Templeton: I just wanted the freedom of not having a specific theme for once. Most of my books are very specific, to the point where the title of the book pretty much explains the subject matter. Those books have come from having a big archive to mess with. I just have fun searching for words and coming up with groupings. Teenage Kissers was born that way. I searched the word "kiss" in my archive and had so many photos of people kissing that I was able to narrow it down to "teenagers kissing"—although technically not all of the people in the book are teenagers.

​ ​For this book, I had a title in my head before I even started thinking about what would be in the book. I was thinking about how my style of photography produces a lot of stray thoughts. All the photos that I shoot that are not shot for any reason or theme—which is most of them—are just stray dogs with no place to go. I just walk around shooting people, and most of it does not fall into the category of something that I will use for a future project. So that was the spawn of the title, Wayward Cognitions, which is a more poetic way of saying stray thoughts.

Woman and Monkey, Santa Monica

Puddle Woman, London

The bulk of your book seems to be strangers passing in front of your lens, many of whom don't appear to realize you are taking their photo. Have you had people freak out on you? ​I don't use a flash for the most part—only natural light. Also, I have developed a few techniques that make my shooting fluid and essentially unnoticed for the most part. Or even if you did see me, you would have some doubt over whether I was shooting you or something else. There's some acting involved sometimes, other times Deanna [Templeton's wife] helps me by throwing a screen, or talking to me really loudly so we look like we couldn't possibly have been shooting someone else.

​ ​I also feel hyper aware of all the people around me. I'm not only thinking about the person I'm shooting but about the people possibly seeing me shoot them, including their partners. You can't go in with blinders on. That homeless guy passed out might have some buddies across the street watching him, or that girl doing cartwheels in a bikini might have a meathead boyfriend waiting to stomp some ass, so you have to be aware of the whole scene you are a part of. I pick and choose my battles for sure. I have passed on photos to avoid a likely confrontation. It's not worth it, there are other photos down the block. The times where I have just said screw it and went in shooting regardless of my surroundings have mostly turned out OK though. Nobody has freaked out on me.

My in-laws know I write about naughty topics, but we don't ever discuss that side of my work. I've always wondered if it's the same for you. You put images of your lovely wife, Deanna, in various states of undress and even occasionally in the throes of a sexual act. What does her family think about that? ​It's strange. I kept everything from my grandparents, including ​the b​ook Deformer, which is essentially about them and how they were instrumental in shaping me as a human. They would have really enjoyed seeing me published and have some degree of success at what I'm doing, but the nudity in there would be beyond their comprehension. I can't picture my grandfather being OK with photos of my naked wife with my penis in her hand no matter what the explanation. He has since died. My mother and grandmother are still alive, and they don't see any of my books or shows.

​ ​I have not seen my dad since I was eight years old—I have no idea if he knows anything about my artwork and I don't care. My Aunt Margie and Uncle Bob are both super hip and have seen my books. Uncle Bob even came out to my last photo show in LA. But they are the only non-Christians in the family. The rest are certified born-agains. Deanna's brother and his wife would probably be pretty tripped out. I suspect they have googled me and seen some stuff, but they have never brought it up. My niece is 13 and she's on Instagram now, but she's not allowed to follow me. One time she was going to do a report about me for school, but then suddenly she said she couldn't, and that's when I think they Googled me.

Boy Watches Graffiti, Barcelona

I believe you to be one of the best, if not the best, talent scouts in skateboarding's history. Since the inception of Toy Machine you've always had the best guys riding for you. What's your secret? What do you look for in your riders? ​It's sort of a gut feeling. I don't hang out in the streets with the guys and I'm not a hands-on team manager, so I need a rider who doesn't need to be babysat, who is out there doing shit on his own. You have to be able to blend well with the team, too. So talent is only part of it. I'm not going to sponsor the best skater ever if they are an asshole to be around. I would rather have the second best guy who's fun to be in a van with, and then use his own personality to promote him. I like to coax out the character of each rider and not have them be faceless rippers who nobody really cares about. You have to put yourself out there, that's what people connect with. I honestly don't know how I do it, there's no formula. Luck is part of it. Being open to weird shit is part of it. I want the freaks. I think good skaters seek Toy Machine out actually. We are not the big bucks type of company, so if you are riding for us it's because you want to.

In your opinion, what was the gnarliest, most heavy-hitting team in Toy's history? ​At one point we had Jamie Thomas, Chad Muska, and Brian Anderson on the team—all dudes who would be megastars at different points in their careers. So there's a strong case for the Welcome to Hell era, but to tell the truth right now is the best team I've ever had. Leo Romero, Collin Provost, Daniel Lutheran, and Jeremey Leabres? And that's only half of the guys. My main job in the near future is laying this team down on tape, er, pixels.

Have there been any guys you can recall that got away? That you wanted on the team but it didn't happen or work out? ​I passed on Chris Cole. Kerry Getz brought me his sponsor-me tape—I still have it somewhere. Bam Margera left the team right before he blew up into mega-stardom. Muska left before he became a mega-star, too. I was after Spanky before he went to Baker. Alex Olson was on flow but he went for Girl. There's more... I can't remember all of them! All of them probably worked out for the best. I think kicking Muska off was a tough one, and I like Alex, so it would have been cool to have him on. But really things work out how they're supposed to.

You mentioned Alex Olson. Long before getting on Girl, Alex went on a Toy Machine tour and was in the running to make the team. Why didn't that work out? ​I'm not even 100% sure. I think for a few reasons. He was essentially couch-surfing from a really young age, and I think me being based in HB as opposed to LA played a factor. Also, I cared maybe too much about him and wanted him to get back in school so he could think about life after skating as well. But that may have been too overbearing for him. Like I said, things work out and he is doing all sorts of stuff outside of skating and will be fine without any help from me. There was no bad blood or anything. When he chose Girl I was sad but totally stoked that he was making moves and starting to go for it. Up until then he didn't even seem sure if pro skating was what he wanted to do, having grown up in it with his dad [Steve Olson] and everything. I was always saying, "You're a natural! You have to try and make it!"

Boy Walking and Smoking in White Suit, Antwerp

Handstand, Ohio

In the final part of your ​Epicly Later'd ep​isode, Deanna gets very emotional about the thought of you further injuring yourself skateboarding. You had a severe leg break a few years back. How does it feel now? Are you able to skate again? ​​I skate here and there, but for the most part I have retired. I have other things in my life and I don't need to skateboard for money. I feel very lucky that I don't have that pressure to come back and be a pro skater at my age. I started Toy Machine in 1993 for this very moment. Now that I'm useless as a pro skater, I can still be involved with the thing I love and be able to be around skateboarding.

​The leg is as good as it can be. I still feel it when I take a little impact. I'm sorta scared to try anything that will put big stress on it because there are two plates in there and 21 screws, and they take away the natural flexibility of bones, which makes it more likely that the leg will break again right above the plates. I think about skating all the time. I need to make it part of my routine. My routine now is just to get up and work all day and all night.

What's next for you and Toy Machine? ​We want to finally make another full length Toy video. Our last three have been incomplete because riders were working on other videos. We have been waiting for Emerica videos, Vans videos, etc. Now it's time to start making an official video that will be on the level of Welcome to Hell and Good and Evil.

Keegan Points, Grand Canyon

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Bandung | Documentary | Indonesia Street Food Culture | Dazed

British Council and Dazed team up for a mouth-watering doc about Indonesia's street food culture

These are the street food sellers of Bandung, the fourth largest city of Indonesia, where you’re never more than 100 yards away from something delicious. The street food culture is fuelling a series of festivals which are at the heart of this creative city. A collaboration between British Council Creative Economy and Dazed, Bandung is directed by Nick Walters.

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