Archive for December, 2009

Hip-Hop: Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem, & DJ Premier Cypher Session…

December 31st, 2009 | Category: Hip-Hop

Check out Mos Def, Black Thought, and Eminem throw down with some badass rhymes while DJ Premier controls the wax. Pure dopeness:

My buddy sent this link in a while back and I finally sorted through the stack of emails in the inbox to get to it. I’m sure there’re still plenty of folks out there that haven’t seen this shizzle yet…so once again, TrendyInk’s got you covered…hehehe.
This is from the 2009 BET Music Awards. I gotta say, all three of these fooz tore tha sh!t up, but Mos Def and Black Thought really brought the ruffness. Props to Eminem for making a billion dollars and still bein down to throw down off the top. There’s plenty of example of MC’s that wouldn’t dare do that after blowin up.

CLICK to see more of the ‘cypher’. MC’s include KRS, Wale, Buckshot, Joe Budden and more…



Reggae: Inner Circle – State Of Da World – 2009…

December 30th, 2009 | Category: Reggae

Inner Circle - State of da World - 2009
I just got around to checking out Inner Circle’s latest release titled ‘State of da World’. I was immediately inspired to post about it because I was pleasantly surprised with it…or at least the first few tracks. ‘Dis Life’, ‘Gun Ting’, and ‘Blood A Run’ with Jr. Reid are all good. I also dig that track ‘Never Give Up’ featuring Screw Driver. I have never been the biggest fan of Inner Circle’s music. They do have some bangers out there, but overall, they’re not a band that I’d put in my ‘go to’ list. That being said, that’s the main reason I felt like posting up about the new album. I hear a lot of albums from a lot of bands that don’t have one good track on them, much less a handful. There are enough keepers on this to merit the post though.
Some weaker tracks, or tracks that don’t do it for me, like ‘Down in Africa’, ‘Love Song’, ‘Put Love First’, or the Intro with Mutabaruka (who I’m almost never a fan of listening to). All these tracks are heavy on the R&B sound, which I’m never a fan of.
Big up to the Inner Circle gang for bringin the niceness after all these years in the game.


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Movie: One Week (2008)…

December 29th, 2009 | Category: Movies/TV

One Week (Joshua Jackson) Movie Poster
After an awesome vacation weekend, I sat down to check out this movie called “One Week” last night. This movie isn’t any kind of blockbuster (obviously, since you’ve never heard of it until now), and it wasn’t advertised with a massive budget. It was first released in 2008 as a festival film up in Canada. After solid crowd reactions, it went on to a wider release in Canada, followed by a limited release in the USA, until finally being released on DVD (USA) in June of 2009.
The movie is definitely worth checking out, in my opinion. It’s one of those flicks that might just go unnoticed, but not because of any plot flaws or bad acting/directing. When a movie gets almost no advertising budget, most folks just don’t even know it exists. Plus, the cover of this one isn’t exactly raging eye-candy that demands inspection. The movie itself tackles a subject that most of us choose to ignore, for the most part, and isn’t easy to deal with even when it’s forced upon us: death. Even though the movie deals with death, it isn’t entirely dark or depressing…although there are plenty of events depicted and talked about that elicit an emotional response. This movie manages to take you on a ride through all kinds of emotions though, and, for me, provide plenty of food for thought as well. The movies pace and awesome narration reminded me a little of ‘Forest Gump.’ I say that for several reasons, but one is the mix of serious topics, humor, and emotion. I’m not saying they’re equal, but I saw similarities.
One little side benefit I found in this movie was some of the gorgeous nature shots filmed throughout Canada. This movie makes me want to visit again, and definitely see as much of the Canadian wildlife as possible.
A great quote from the movie’s narrator (Campbell Scott): When you get those rare moments of clarity, those flashes when the universe makes sense, you try desperately to hold on to them. They are the life boats for the darker times, when the vastness of it all, the incomprehensible nature of life is completely illusive. So the question becomes, or should have been all a long… What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live. What life boat would you grab on to? What secret would you tell? What band would you see? What person would you declare your love to? What wish would you fulfil? What exotic locale would you fly to for coffee? What book would you write?
A short summary: Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson) has been diagnosed with cancer. With a grim chance of survival in the best case scenario even if he immediately begins treatment, he instead decides to take a motorcycle trip from Toronto through the Canadian prairies to British Columbia. Along the way, he makes new friends, reevaluates his relationship with his fiancée Samantha (played by Liane Balaban), his job, and his dream of becoming a writer, and, after suffering some near-death experiences, learns to appreciate life.
More info: CLICK


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Merry X-Mas, Happy Holidaze, Etc…

December 23rd, 2009 | Category: Graffiti/Art,Uncategorized

TrendyInk Happy Holidays Christmas Card 2009
I’m out for a few days folks…so not too sure when I’ll be gettin to a new post. In the meantime, we hope that your holiday is dope. Be smart, and safe (see 7Hz vids).

TrendyInk Crew

*card/image by zOnk.oNe. The bulb was made from scratch in Photoshop…it’s not a picture I found 😀


Sometimes You Need A Handjob…

December 23rd, 2009 | Category: Funny/Etc.

Know what I’m sayin? It’s true. Sometimes, you just need a handjob…

I know a great idea when I see it, and this folks, is a great friggin idea. I want all of you to open a new browser window and purchase yourself a handjob. Image how much easier your life would be if you had a handjob….right now.
I’d like to take this time to recognize and thank whoever invented the handjob.

Oh..and this product looks pretty cool too…


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Beer: Alpine Beer Company – Pure Hoppiness – 2009…

December 23rd, 2009 | Category: Drinks

Alpine Beer Company - Pure Hoppiness - 2009
I’ve been looking forward to drinking this for longer than I’d care to admit. I’ve had this thing in my fridge for a while now and have had to fight the urge to ‘just drink it’ and say ‘f*ck the review’. I held out though, so here we are. Beer is poured, and I’m actually sitting in front of the computer. Here we go…
The smell of this is quite pleasant. From the moment I popped the top, I could smell that great hop aroma. Oh man, the first sip and I’m happy. This is a true hop-head pleaser here. From that aroma to the aftertaste, it’s all about the hops in this one. It’s a very smooth beer and provides plenty of taste bud stimulation. It has that well-known IPA bitterness followed by the traditional American, weedy, hop aftertaste. This one pours out a very rich, clear golden/amber with a solid, densely packed head. Not that I would, but I probably could enjoy that ‘Pure Hoppiness’ foam all by itself…hehehe.
Honestly, I’ve never heard of the Alpine Beer Company, but if this is any indication (which it is) of what they’re doin, I’ll gladly sign up for some repeat business. This weighs in with a hefty 8% alcohol content, but I’d say that it definitely doesn’t scream high alcohol content by its flavor. It’s smooth, with plenty of flavor.
I’m not too excited about the label design, but it’s not that bad either. It’s just a little on the boring, uninspired side of things. All in all, I can definitely recommend folks to go out and try this’n. You can thank me later (see that ‘Donate’ button?)…hehehe.
From the bottle: A West Coast Double IPA
So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison.

For more info about ‘Pure Hoppiness’ and the Alpine Beer Company click: HERE
*Looks like they’ve got plenty of good offerings for hop-heads. I hope my local booze spot gets more for me to sample.


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Big Eye Candy…

December 22nd, 2009 | Category: Graffiti/Art

We’ve posted about lasers on buildings before, (here for example) …here’s a new’n:

Some of these effects are friggin awesome. I’ve read several online opinions that debate back and forth whether this is real or fake. I’m not sure who is right, but if it’s real, I’d love to see this kinda thing in real life. Sh!t looks dope.


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