Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kidz in the Hall - "Take Over the World" Download

FIRE!  This new track hits the web just 2 days before the release of Kidz in the Hall's new album 'Land of Make Believe'.   The track is produced by Kidz member Double-O and co-produced by Just Blaze.  It also features Canadian crooner Colin Munroe.  Click the link below to download the track.

Kidz in the Hall - "Take Over the World"

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sneaker Lounge - Best in Westchester pt. 2

 I told y'all we get it in in Westchester!  Part two of Best in Westchester takes us to Sneaker Lounge.  This boutique is quickly moving from a hum to a roar, and with very good reason.  I stopped by the store today to talk with the owner, Tyler, so I could bring to you the exclusive first look interview and photos. 

Rox Fontaine: When did you decide to open a sneaker boutique?
Tyler: It's still a work in progress.  It took us about a year to put it together.  My brother and I have been collecting for 15 years.  We saw lots of opportunity in sneakers; collecting and reselling because all of our friends collected for so long.

RF: What type of atmosphere can people expect at Sneaker Lounge?
T: Knowledgeable staff, customer service that can't be beat.  We go above (peoples) expectations.  For example, if we don't have a sneaker in stock, we'll search for it to try and bring it in for (the customer) at a price that can't be beat. It's a buying experience as well.  The atmosphere we have here is nothing like what you'll find in the average (chain) store.

RF: Are you planning any events or exclusive releases in the near future?
T: Yes! There's an artist that (customizes) sneakers and she has a following up here.  We're putting together a showcase for her here at the store and we're going to raffle some things off.

RF: How did you choose your location?
T: There was a Champs here in the area.  They went out of business and there was a big demand for sneakers, as in every community.  We saw that as an opportunity to pick up where they left off as well as offer something that they never (did).  We also saw that this community is saturated with youth.  There are a bunch of high schools, two universities, etc.

RF: What is Sneaker Lounge bringing to the table that boutiques in The City might not be?
T: It's easily accessible.  Parking available (on the premise).  We offer a selection that is as big or bigger than any store you can find in the city.  Vintage releases, new releases and everyday sneakers.  What we do that other stores can't do is; we'll match any price.  If you can show us that you found (legitimate) the same sneaker that we have at a lower price, we'll beat it.

RF: What about an online extension of your store?
T: We do have a website.  It showcases some of our inventory.  There's a bio on (my brother and me).  You can't purchase online but you can call the store and we can ship out anything you want.  Shipping is free!

RF: Do you do consigment sales?
T: Yes, we do.


RF: I noticed that you have some Sneaker Lounge apparel.  Any plans to expand that into hats, custom gear, etc.?
T: Definitely.  We originally did it as a marketing promo, to try and get our name out there.  We're going to start incorporating the logo on some New Era fitteds and maybe expand into some long sleeve tees and different designs.



Check out the Sneaker Lounge website at:

Sneaker Lounge
8 Mill Road
Eastchester, NY 10709
(914) 771-7500

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Blog Needs a Better Look

I need a touch of magic on my blog.  This orange and black was OK when I first started.  Now it just looks dated, boring and uninteresting.  Which is not a good look.  Literally and figuratively. So, my objective for the month of March is to get my blog lookin' proper.  I don't know how I'm going to do it just yet, but it will be done.

I don't know which direction I want to go as far as the look though.  Should I get some flash involved?  Custom Banner?  What color scheme?  There are a ton of decisions to make and frankly, I have no idea what I want yet.  So I will be spending a bunch of time this week looking for inspiration and tossing around ideas for my new look.  If any of the 5 people that read this blog have any ideas or suggestions, please don't hesitate to hit me up.  I could use the help.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Miss You, Grandma...


I wish I could talk to my Grandmother.  I was flipping through some older photos and I came across this picture of her headstone.  For many years, she didn't have a headstone.  She's buried in Florida and when I went to visit, I would clean the weeds around her grave site, wash the stone and leave her flowers.  Once, I decorated the plot with stones and small plastic picket fences.  I was always bothered by the fact that she didn't have a headstone.  The only way to find her was by locating the large Oak tree near her plot and then looking for the tiny aluminum marker at the head of her space.

I bought this headstone for her and I felt such a relief to see it in place.  I also felt proud to have grown up from such humble beginnings and made it to the point where I could do this for her.  I know she was looking down on me and smiling at what I've become.

I want to talk to her with my current mind and experience.  I want to better understand her experiences, trials and tribulations.  I want to ask her all the questions I didn't know to ask her as a kid.  Unfortunately for me, life is fleeting.  She is with me in spirit though and the memories of her, good and bad, will always shape how I participate in the universe.

I miss you, Grandma and I love you very much.

Big Boi - "Tangerine"

What's the game been missing?


Rap these days has no history.  Abusing samples is not "history".  I'm talking about that feeling.  That funk.  Jammin' on the one.

Outkast has always filled that void for me.  Together or apart their sound is honest, authentic, soulful and distinct.  They are Parliament/Funkadelic for my generation.  Big Boi released this video today to satiate his fans' thirst for that DF official.  In Stankonia studio he plays "Tangerine" in its entirety and minus featured artist T.I.

Can you dig it?


via Rap Radar

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ruff Ryders 5th Annual Trophy Party


The Polish Center in Yonkers, NY was wall to wall with members of the Ruff Ryders motorcycle club as well as other clubs from all over the northeast region.  I have pictures of probably 30 different vests, so I will figure out some way to load them.  Way too many to be editing at one time right now.  Here are a couple of the Double R vests.  Enjoy!