What’s up world! Finally, STUDIiYO23 is in the building. What’s up Sneakerheads! What’s up Artists, Fashionistas, Poets, Musicians, Ballers, Writers, Bloggers, Athletes, Shopaholics…! It feels so good to finally write this post, because by doing so it means our website is finally LIVE!
So what exactly is STUDIiYO23? STUDIiYO23….A fusion of ideas. A place where diverse cultures mix and re-define boundaries. A space where anything is possible. That’s not just a tag line, instead, it defines my own personal history.
The ”about us” section says we were ‘founded’ in May 2010, but that’s not really true. The desire and need to open S23 has been in me for over a decade. It just so happened that one night back in December of 2009 the stars aligned and a simple, straight-forward question posed to me by my mother in my parent’s kitchen set everything in motion. Fast-forward just 8 months later, and that dream….that vision, combined with a heckuva lot of passion, hard work, energy and faith finally came to life and STUDIiYO23 opened for business on August 21, 2010. That’s the extremely short version.
The space has an upbeat, funky, art-centric atmosphere where positive energy and the essence of exclusive sneaker and fashion culture are immediately noticeable. Whether it’s for the latest sneaker release, art exhibition, music show…etc…the goal was to create a concept that really did send the retail experience to a new level. This wouldn’t be a place where you just went to buy a t-shirt, hat or sneaker and dip. No, no, no….STUDIiYO23 was meant to be your spot, THE Spot, where friends met up to chill or where new friendships are made talking about the latest Jordan release, the fresh gear, the big game on tv, the art that’s on the walls, or just popping in to say what’s up. Friendly, inviting and always funky fresh, we wanted to create a space where you looked forward to visit and your girl/man-friend never ever (neva, eva eva!) told you to hurry up!
STUDIiYO23 is a space where ideas take shape, and as such our selected artwork will influence, inspire and provoke thought. Through exhibitions and special in-store events, we strive to educate and expose our guests to new, exciting and innovative local artists as well as those from around the globe. We are truly blessed to be surrounded with so much creativity just waiting to be showcased.
A space that aims to spark your creative juices, S23 hosts poetry, open mic, musical events and art exhibitions on a regular basis. Artists will come to paint and design. Poets and spoken-word artists will come to entertain and enlighten our guests. DJs will come to spin the latest jams. Yoga, Salsa or Jujitsu lessons…?…S23 delivers.
STUDIiYO23 will come to be known as the space where the seemingly endless demands of daily life are forgotten. A constantly evolving, innovative retail space where ideas take shape and nothing is impossible. STUDIiYO23…we’re building a Family from the ground up and we want to welcome you to ride with us!
Fashion.Art.Culture.Music.Sneakers….It’s all LOVE.
A big THANK YOU to all of YOU who helped to make this happen. You know who you are. I love you.
“Remember your Dreams, Pursue your Passion”. -Moh Founder/President
May 28, 2011. What a day for Jordan-heads! Not one, not two…but THREE AJs release on this day!
The first Quickstrike of the day is the “black patents”, the second AJ 12 low to release this year. It features a nubuck body with patent mudguards. Next up is the Air Jordan 2.0, a contemporary take on the iconic Jordan 2. This version comes fully equipped with a full-length Air Max sole.
Never ones to leave out the ladies, Jordan Brand comes thru with a hot, girls-only Jordan 5 complete with black nubuck and a soft, alarming ‘red’ colorway. It’s more of a ‘coral’ to us but this is one sure to have the fellas jealous!
The team at STUDIiYO23 loves living on top of the world when it comes to what’s fresh, what’s hot and what inspires. Music is part of our lives, and as such we’d like to bring our S23 family along with us on our journey to discover musical talents wherever they are. So lend us your ear and peep these STUDIiYO23 Fresh Faces.
Although Jay Electronica isn’t “new”, he deserves to be on this list as he is one of the freshest emcees out right now. Jay has been at this thing for a while but still has yet to release a studio LP, yet in some circles he is the most buzzed about artist of the past five years.
Jay Electronica has some of the most thought-provoking rhymes while still providing a hip hop sound that has lead to people like Diddy and Q-tip wanting to work with him and has ultimately got him signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in November of 2010. Jay is currently overseas working on his mixtape Act II: Patents Of Nobility (The Turn). There is plenty of material available on the net that Jay has released throughout the years, including his Just Blaze produced single “Exhibit C”, which is the cut that has made him a household name in the Hip Hop community. You can also find Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), which was made available on a Myspace page back in 2007 and is a 9 minutes and 17 second continuous track set to Jon Brion’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” soundtrack. There is also Jay Electronica’s Style Wars EP which he also dropped in 2007 as well as countless singles and features.
To get the full Jay Electronica experience whether you have yet to hear his music or if you just want everything he has been involved with, we suggest you cop Jay Electronica: Pre-Act II [The Essentials] right here for free. This is a double mix of everything Jay as well as some stuff even we had not heard yet and some bonus cuts. Pre-Act II is the perfect introduction to Jay Electronica as well as the perfect addition to any Jay Electronica fans library.
Danny Brown Detroit has always been a hot bed for dope music and there are no shortages of ill emcees killing it out of the D right now. Danny Brown is one of them that should be on your radar. Danny Brown offers a style of Hip Hop that is one-of-a-kind. One part great story-teller, one part comedic emcee and one part as eccentric as Andy Warhol; Danny Brown is one of the most entertaining emcees doing it right now.
There really isn’t any single one emcee that you can compare Danny to. My first introduction to Danny Brown was his Detroit State Of Mind Part 1 project he released in 2007, since then Danny has put out parts 2-4, with Detroit State Of Mind Part 4 being one of the best free projects I have ever listened to. Danny Brown also released The Hybrid, which is now being re-released and can be pre-ordered. The Hybrid boasts a few stand-out tracks like “Guitar Solo” in which you get to hear Danny’s incredible story telling ability. Other tracks like “Exotic” and “White Stripes” show off his comedic values.
To get to know Danny Brown we would suggest copping Detroit State Of Mind Part 4 for free right here. You can also stream Danny’s latest project, The Hybrid, on the Rappers I Know Bandcamp . Peep the visuals for Danny Brown’s single “Guitar Solo” right here. I believe that Danny Brown will have a huge impact on Hip Hop in the next couple years and look forward to hearing much more from this incredibly unique emcee.
Blu Blu is one of those artists that is going to be relevant for a very long time. I imagine his album Below The Heavens with producer Exile will still be talked about a decade from now. Blu not only offers thought provoking rhymes but he also has an undeniably distinct and fresh way of delivering his raps. Blu is one of the few emcees that have made the XXL Freshman List (2009) that I completely agreed with.
Starting out as a hype man for acts like Slum Village, Platinum Pied Pipers and Emanon, Blu was quickly recognized for his songwriting ability that was well beyond his years. At the age of 21 in 2004 Blu turned down Interscope and Death Row Records to sign with Los Angeles independent label Sound In Color. After releasing his 2005 EP, Lifted, and his 2007 project , The Narrow Path, Blu and Exile teamed up for the Below The Heavens LP. In a day when artists have several producers working on one album it was refreshing to hear an LP crafted by one emcee and one producer, especially a duo that compliments each other as well as Blu and Exile do.
Blu currently re-released his 2009 mixtape, Her Favorite Colo(u)r, after having it mastered and is now set to release his No York! LP which is slated to drop sometime in 2011. To get an idea of what Blu brings to hip hop we suggest you cop Below The Heavens via iTunes, or wherever you cop your music, and Her Favorite Colo(u)r. Check out the visuals for “Blu Collar Workers” off of Below The Heavens right hereand/or check out his latest offering from No York!, “Doin’ Something”, a posse cut with Pac Div, U-N-I, J*Davey, TiRon and Ayomari!
Funky. Psychedelic. Soulful. EPIC. Janelle Monae is the kind of artist that you can’t just describe with one word. It takes either a combination of many, or something completely made up like “Soulfunkyepadelic.” Once your mind is open to the gift that she has to share, making up words may come naturally. The combination of creativity that rests in her sound, her attire, and her words easily holds her in the category of Prince, which would explain why he has been found as a fan in the crowd at a few of her shows. Real will recognize real.
With that being said, there’s no question as to why Outkast would be one of the first groups to want to take her under their wing. Meeting in Atlanta while Janelle was blowing minds around local colleges in the area, Big Boi was quick to embrace her and decided to introduce her to his fellow chum, Sean “Diddy” Combs. Sean was immediately inspired, and teamed up with Big Boi for the production and release of Janelle’s 2007 Grammy nominated EP, Metropolis: Suite I.
Today, Janelle Monae brings light to the dark with her current 2010 full -length album, The ArchAndroid. Quoted as a prominent believer in time travel, she exudes just that, bringing cinematic influences from the past and combining them with futuristic “Android-like” sounds from the year 2100. Featuring prominent figures such as Saul Williams and Big Boi, this album will leave your brain and soul feeling like it’s been put through a reflective revolution, and released into another world to party with the rest of them. Check out one of her most recent creations off of her new album. “Tightrope” featuring Big Boi. Dance on!
This butterfly MC from the Bronx is the definition of fresh. Visually and melodically, he is a time machine back into the days when hip-hop was an escape into immediate heart jumps, head swings and shoulder bounces. With influences ranging from Prince to Whitney Houston to Michael Jackson, Theophilus London extends the boundary of generations, bridging gaps with nostalgic flows and beats that knock.
Since 2007, he’s been spreading his wings within the industry, gaining networks and flourishing the mixtape game with Jam! (2008), This Charming Mixtape (2009), and I Want You (2010). Evolving and exploring with each step, his stamina led him to four nationwide tours, including one ambient adventure over seas. Catching the eye of Warner Bros. Records, they geared him up for the release of his 2011 EP Lovers Holiday, featuring the fly singles “Flying Overseas” and “Why Even Try”.
Today, his music and his videos are the bubble in the hip-hop brain leaving discoverers in a constant state of wondering, “Who’s that guy that dresses like he’s from the 80’s?” You now know. He’s Theophilus London: a fun, fly, inventive, free spirit that leaves smiles and rhythm for the soul. He is currently fresh off a round of hot stops, including SXSW, where the Studiiyo23 family had the pleasure of catching his live show and meeting him backstage! Here’s some footage of him performing for you. Be sure to watch until the end. Big up to Theophilus for the Studiiyo23 shout-out!
At STUDIiYO23 we believe that quality music is just as essential to life as air and water. Be sure to check back on the first of every month for each installment of STUDIiYO23’s Fresh Faces. As a collective we all agree that good music can be found around the world and as such we will continue to highlight new and upcoming artists throughout most genres of music from every corner of the globe with a focus on quality, just like everything else we do at STUDIiYO23.
-S23 Music (@meenafresh, @lxalford, @studiiyo23)
Forest Bash is a contemporary artist / graphic designer based out of MInneapolis. His abstract graffiti, mixed-media paintings are an exploration of movement, space and letterform. Influenced by Zen “effortless” painting, his work is intuitive and spontaneous in nature. By painting with no expectations, his experimental work is raw with freedom and vitality. Keep checking back with us to see more of Forest’s work.
An artist, designer, illustrator, and all-around creative person….that about sums up Ryan Fors.
Ryan focuses on the application of mix-media by fusing illustration, spray paint & digital art as stencils. He loves design and things that make people stop and look. His art displays his affection for splatters, splashes, drips and all things grungy. Ryan loves hip-hop, sports and shoes and says he is inspired by happiness and good people.
One of the first artists invited into the S23 Family, Taylor Lindgren is a young, talented graphic artist from Minneapolis, MN. A highly skilled stencil and spray paint artist, Taylor has a graphic design background from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Says Taylor: “I thrive off of good music (J Dilla, MF Doom, Madlib, I Self Devine) and pull inspiration from everything around me. I love all aspects of hip hop culture (clothes, music, graffiti) and allow all of those pieces to inspire my own personal style. You can catch me up at Studiiyo23 regularly peeping out all of the dope swag that they get in stock, or just out and about taking in all of the inspiration Minneapolis has to offer.”
Taylor looks forward to steadily creating new work and has big expectations for what’s to come next. Full of drive and creativity, we’re proud to have Taylor in the S23 Fam and excited to see his work grow.
Air Jordan 11 Retro – Black/Varsity Red-White Perhaps THE most sought after model in the Air Jordan lineup, the Jordan XI returns during the Xmas season in its black and red version, otherwise known as the Jordan XI “B/red”. Loved by some, adored by many, wanted by ALL…the Air Jordan 11 was the first athletic shoe that featured patent … Continue reading →