War Paint @kriskasanova

War Paint, Kris Kasanova, 2011

Kris Kasanova was one of the performers at Sneaker Pimps NYC 2011 and he brought a high energy set to the stage that I'm sure caught people's attention.  War Paint is the album that introduced me to him as a mc.  Kasanova is another mc that I found on Twitter and I'm constantly surprised by the amount of talent in Brooklyn, the planet, but in general as well.

You can hear crystal clear 2Pac influence in Kris Kasanova's flow sometimes, but he mentions and represents Red Hook (Brooklyn) often.  You can see his influences by simply looking at the track titles.  Legendary mc's 2Pac (Picture Me Rollin) and Biggie (Ready To Die) are two of the 14 tracks.  His strength as an mc comes from his aggressive, high energy flow that is best represented through the title track, War Paint.  Paying respect to the greats is a good way to start and earn respect and I'm sure you'll agree if you check out the album.  I checked out his videos after I listened to his album and I'm glad he released these songs as videos because I was hoping to embed them as mp3's for you to hear, but the files were too big for the software I use.  So, luckily for everyone, you can check out the best tracks (in my opinion) from War Paint all in this post.  Make sure to check out Kris Kasanova's album, War Paint on his Bandcamp page below and download it FOR FREE by following the links below.  Maybe you haven't heard of him before now, but I'm sure you'll hear more of him in the future.





















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Culture Customized

Featured Music:

El-P, Drones Over Brooklyn

OJ Simpson, Trendsetters


RA-NYC Presents Culture Customized: SneakerPimps NYC 11/11/11

Sneaker Pimps is the worlds largest touring sneaker hip-hop lifestyle exhibition featuring over 1500 pairs of rare, limited edition, vintage, celebrity signed, artists collaborated sneakers and a collection of sneaker inspired artwork, fashion and photography. The tour also features live street art installations, live skateboarding demonstrations, street basketball competitions and live hip-hop and rock performances by some of the world's foremost recording artists.

For the second straight year, RA-NYC has participated in Sneaker Pimps NYC. This year, Ronin focused on the experience of the show and rather than setting up a booth.  An impressive list of performers hit the stage at Sneaker Pimps NYC 2011.  It took a little while for the crowd to warm up (or for the liquor to do its work), but by the end of the night, it was live in Irving Plaza, Union Square.  Willis Freeman, Blake Carrington, Kris Kasanova, Nyemiah Supreme, Siya, Bizz-E BlazE, Phil Ade, Stally and Kenrick Lamar all performed in the packed event.  Wacka Flocka, Mos Def, Asap Rocky and Jim Jones were in the building too.

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Sneaker Pimps NYC


SNEAKER PIMPS NYC, Friday, November 11..............

Last year was RA-NYC's first time at Sneaker Pimps, NYC.  This year, it's a new venue (Irving Plaza/Union Square), RA-NYC has new tees to show and there's a surprise dropping right before the show.  I won't give too many details, but stay tuned to catch it!

More details soon!
















RA-NYC at Sneaker Pimps NYC 2@1@!

RA-NYC @Sneaker Pimps NYC 2@1@

Sneaker Pimps NYC 2@1@, presented by NBA Jams and Footaction was a perfect opportunity to introduce RA-NYC to a larger market.  Sneaker Pimps shows artwork from street artists, has live skating demos and hosts live performances by hip hop/rap acts on a tour across the world. It was a perfect opportunity for RA-NYC to introduce a new RA-NYC team member, Devin Reinhard and a new offer a tee called The Blob for the first time.  Devin will be the first RA-NYC sponsored skateboarder.  Devin will be producing street skating videos and work on getting the line carried in skate shops.  So, watch out for RA-NYC street skating videos in 2011!!!

RA-NYC reached out to musicians/mc's to offer promotional items at the RA-NYC booth for Sneaker Pimps. Rugz D Bewler brought some promo materials from one of his sponsors, Raw, organic rolling papers (brown, white and a couple different sizes, tips, etc) Team Colors bracelets and a couple other items. We also handed out free promo cd's from a band called Imaginary Friends. Much respect to Rugz D Bewler and Imaginary Friends! Make sure to check out their links and support their work. RA-NYC's promotion will always collaborate with other artists, companies or blogs. Boywithstick.com is a blog founded by Ronin and created on the same ideas of collaboration. RA-NYC will continue to promote this way to spread the word and love at the same time.

As you can see, Thee Tom Hardy, The Kid Daytona, Diggy Simmons, Rick Ross and Curren$y all showed NYC their skills on the stage at Sneaker Pimps.  Sneaker customizers, clothing lines and RA-NYC all had vendor booths at the event. RA-NYC looks forward to the next Sneaker Pimps show in NYC and the opportunity to work with Rugz and Imaginary Friends in the future!

Rick Ross Performing at Sneaker Pimps from PhotosByRome on Vimeo.