Saturday, September 20, 2008

Song of The Day: UGK- 3 In The Mornin'

Rest In Paradise to the homie Pimp C.

Perfect Pushup

This little system is NO JOKE! After having to spend so much time largely inactive, I was excited to get back into an exercise routine and resync my mind and body. I picked up the Perfect Pushup after hearing such good reviews about it. I tried them out once when I spotted them in a Costco, but I only did 2 or 3 reps. I didn't realize how much these really isolate the pectorals, biceps and triceps.

After picking my set up, I cracked the box open and got straight to work. The objective is to work in a pyramid system in under two minutes. Starting at the maximum number of reps you can do and then decreasing by 4 each set. After completing the routine, my muscles were burning GOOD and I knew I had worked well.

The next morning was when it really hit me how serious these things are. My chest felt like it had been pummeled throughout the night by a meat tenderizer. I could barely life my arms to move my computer's mouse around. It was awful. I'm still feeling the burn and I have Karate class today. This should be fun indeed.....

If you're into keeping fit, you should definitely pick this system up. For the chest and arms, it is something ferocious.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Rock With Me

On the 17th I had the pleasure of playing my music for a crowd of new listeners at the iStandard music producers showcase. Unfortunately, I didn't place in the event and that was a bit heart breaking but I still wanted to share my music with you all.

Here is video of my time on stage. Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Song of The Day: Common- Retrospect For Life

Road Trip Planning

Rough planning has begun for my road trip across the country.
I am shooting for sometime mid-November.
Really looking forward to it, I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A closer look at the EU-Exclusive Vans x Carhartt Chukka Pros

Here is a closer look at the recently released

Vans x Carhartt Chukka Pro.


The Leak: Royce Da 5'9"- Bar Exam 2

01 Crazed Madman Intro
02 Heat to the Streets f. Kid Vishis (prod. Green Lantern)
03 It’s the New
04 I’m Me Freestyle
05 I’m Nice
06 Gun Music (prod. Green Lantern)
07 Weatherman f. Sucka Free & Kid Vishis
08 I’m the Shit Fool!!! (Interlude)
09 We Deep f. Trick Trick (prod. Denaun Porter)
10 Let the Beat Build Freestyle f. Stretch Money
11 Royal Flush Freestyle f. Canibus & Elzhi
12 Jockin My Fresh (prod. Green Lantern)
13 Gettin Money Freestyle
14 Gangsta Remix f. Akon (prod. Green Lantern)
15 Happy Bar Exam 2 f. Marv Won
16 Ignorant Shit Freestyle
17 Flow Boy f. Tondalaya
18 Been Shot Down (prod. Green Lantern)
19 J-Ro vs. Mike B (Skit)
20 Kill Em Pt. 2 f. Kid Vishis
21 Wall Street f. June The Great
22 Royce Outro

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Who Is KleanKicks?

Many know me by the screen name, few know the actual person behind it. So I figured I'd make a quick entry about, well, yours truly. I was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee (although I claim Memphis), and I spent 20 of my 22 years of living on earth in that little piece of country. I've always had a passion for music, one that touches my heart and soul. Fashion and the arts are also two other passions of mine, but nothing can touch the love I have for music. From a young age I remember always being drawn to the likes of Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Kool G Rap, Eightball & MJG, Luther Vandross etc etc. Basically, I loved everything these narrow-minded country folk disliked. Growing up I was always labeled a "wigger" or "that white guy who sits at the black table at lunch". Whether it be ciphers in the morning before the first bell, or hanging out in the parking lot after the last bell, I was always perceived to be something before they got to know the person behind the assumptions. My mother got her start teaching in one of the poorer parts of town, she would have to take kids home because either their fathers were locked up or their mothers were too drunk or strung out to get them themselves...or both of the above. Due to this, throughout the years she would have kids that looked to her as a mother figure and in return, I made close friends that I grew up with through middle school and through high school that I still have to this day. The mentality as a white youth in Tennessee that I had was drastically different that the norm. I understood struggle, I understood poverty and I was always color-blind towards any and everybody that came my way. Never passed judgement. Unlike the majority of the white kids I was friends with and grew up with. Don't get anything twisted, I had plenty of white friends as well, but they wouldn't come sit with me when I was at the "black table" or when I was around majority people of color. Of course, unless it was the handful of black kids they considered "cool" because they either played for the basketball team, or they dressed more like them and talked more like they did.

I simply couldn't take that mentality much longer. I tried the college route after high school, and after a whole semester and a half, as I sat in my dorm at the University of Memphis, I realized I simply can't do this shit. Not that I wasn't smart enough, it just wasn't for me. So I dropped out and spent the next 6 months working full time and saving money to pursue a dream. Fast forward to Summer of 2006, and after many discussions with my family, I packed everything I had and made that 17 hour drive up to NYC. No family. No friends. I came up there with nothing more than hopes and dreams. I had a rude welcoming and met heartbreak at the door and that dampened my initial experience in a new area. Through friends and family I made it through the darker times in my life and persevered through it all. I owe them all everything. Fast forward again to the present day, and I look back with no regrets at all. I've been across the country, met a lot of interesting people, and most importantly, gained friendships that to me, feel more like family. All of the Fontaines, I hold close to me like family. I had nothing coming up here and throughout it all they each have been there for me when I needed them, and I love the hell out of them for that. I can't express that enough. 

Who knows what the future holds, but I'm prepared for it and staring it right in the face. It's all or nothing. Take risks, follow your heart and follow your dreams. Who knows where it may take you.

One love.