What I'm Watching January 2020
Now that all the year-end and decade-end lists and articles have been written, argued, and shared. I wanted to bring to you what I'm currently listening, watching, or reading.
I'm going to try to make it a point to add some personal touches to the blog in 2020 with the hope of giving those who read and inside look to more than just product. I might give updates on what styles or brands I'm into even if we aren't carrying them here. Some posts might feel dated because information gets spread way too quickly, so some things I post may not the newest release instead just on things I am truly enjoying.
So without any more rambling, here are 3 albums, 3 pieces of video to watch, and 3 books to read in January.
The three albums I think you should check out are Product of the Dope Game by Larry June. I like to think of June as a blend of Curren$y and Dom Kennedy his catalog is deep and I think you can find some tracks you really enjoy.
Second album is WWCD by Griselda. Incase you haven't caught wind of the Griselda movement yet the group is comprised of Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine. They are bringing back that gritty grimey New York sound back to Hip-Hop and its much needed.
Lastly, I'm making it a goal to go beyond Hip-Hop or Rap in 2020 so I'll go with the Grateful Dead's Greatest Hits to expand the listening range.
For video I broke it down into 3 categories, Movies , TV, and Youtube. The latest Movie I saw was Uncut Gems, this movie was a 2 hour panic attack, which to me was great. It takes place in 2012 which might be the weirdest year for a movie to take place but it works I recommend checking it out.
On youtube you should check out KnuckleHeads podcast. Even though it is a podcast, watching former NBA teammates Quentin Richardson and Marius Miles interview and share stories with current and former NBA players does the show much more justice than just hearing it through headphones.
For Tv I thoroughly enjoyed Atypical from Netflix, the show is three seasons deep and is a story about Sam who at the start of the show is in High School and learning to navigate the complexities of growing up and dealing with life on the spectrum.
I read three books last year - well actually I read two and I listened to the audio book of the third. I just wanted to share those with you because they were excellent reads. The first was Life is Not an Accident by former NBA player and current ESPN do it all guy Jason Williams. The book is a memoir on his life and how he dealt with a motorcycle accident that ended his playing career. The book shows the rollercoaster that life is and demonstrates that we should never give up and keep on going!
The second book was This is not a T-Shirt the book by Bobby Hundreds on the true story of The Hundreds one of the most authentic brands out there. The book chronicles the start of the brand and what it took to get to where they are today. I recommend this book to anyone who is starting their own anything. The story is about a clothing brand but the stories on how they overcame hardships provide a glimpse into the thought processes and creativity that got them to where they are today.
Lastly, I listened to the audiobook version of the Beastie Boys book which I think it titled just that. The nearly 7 hour audio version brings the voices of not just the group members but those who lived the era with them. You really feel like you're in the room when these stories take place, which was a very unique way to experience a book.
As the year progresses or if theres anything new I'm into or want to write about I'll be posting here.
Thanks for reading and as always, see you at the shop!