21
Dec 11

INFOGRAPHIC: History of Rolex Watches

Love Rolexes?

Ever wonder about the history of their brand but were too lazy to do the research?  Are you even too lazy to read long paragraphs?  Want their heritage represented in pictures beside a gold Rolex?

Boom.  Here you go:

History of Rolex Watches Infographic

History of Rolex Watches Infographic

This timeline shows us how from a humble beginning Rolex became one of the biggest names in watches. This infographic was provided by our good friends over at Swiss Time Machine!


25
Nov 11

CARS: How To Pimp Your Ride Cartoon Style

The limits of your imagination is the only restraint when it comes to accessorising your car; cartoon style. People around the world have taken their vehicles and accessorised them to look exactly like their cartoon counterparts, with outstanding results.

Cars from Cars

If you’re looking for the inspiration to accessorise your ride you don’t have to look further than the smash hit film ‘Cars’ which has spawned a host of real-life lookalikes that actually work and take to the road with style and just as much personality as the cars in the film. Mater the tow truck, or Lightning McQueen, whatever your favourite character from Cars you can get it accessorised at a professional car studio.

Who you Gonna Call?

This may be one of the easiest cars to accessorise, unlike the cars from ‘Cars’ which will need a substantial amount of body-mod, the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters is classic example of adding accessories and gadgets and gizmos to get it right. Of course, you will have to own a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance to get started.

Pink Panther – Classic Elegance

The Pink Panther is a classic cartoon, and the space age vehicle driven by that elegant cat, would make a snappy addition if you were thinking about accessorising your car. You need a racy car to begin and a bit of bodywork, but after that, the only accessory of a can of bright pink spray paint.

Transform Your Truck – Transformers Style

You’d be amazed at what they can do with hydraulics and cars these days. Although it might be difficult to drive as Optimus Prime from the Transformers after full transformation, you can make a good start by accessorising your truck cab.

Go, Go Thunderbirds!

You have not lived until you’ve played Thunderbirds, but if you’re a little too old to run around as a cartoon hero, then you can always accessorise your car to resemble the Thunderbird 4 that raced onto our screens and was always ready to save the world with just one rallying cry.

Take To the Streets of Gotham

When it comes to Batman and the various incarnations of the Batmobile, you can choose from the 1966 Batmobile, compete with orange trim, or you can indulge yourself with the sleek black stylings of the later day heroes of Gotham City. I’m just glad that DC never allowed Superman to drive, although that may have been one of the coolest cars in the DC universe.

Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Fancy Flintstone Footwork

Does this vehicle actually drive or do you have to use Flintstone foot power to pedal down the high street? While this does not qualify as a real-life cartoon car, it is superbly done and went on display in 2010 at MegaCon.

No matter what style of cartoon car you’ve set your mind on, with a little work, and some professional help you could be driving around in your fantasy vehicle. From Scooby Doo and The Magic School Bus to the high-speed Star Wars Landspeeder driven by Luke, the only limit is the imagination of the animator, and your car could be an animated road warrior.











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06
Oct 10

Music: The Future of G.O.O.D. Music

There is undeniably one man who has taken hip-hop by the throat and refuses to let go.  This man is Kanye West, and I for one, wouldn’t want it any other way.

Kanye West deserves every accolade and insult thrown at him; he is a musical genius and a crazy maniac.  He also must be one hell of a business man, because not only is he taking 2010 by storm with his soon-to-be-released (and currently-to-be-leaked) album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but he has also signed some of the most talented people in Hip-Hop to his label, G.O.O.D. Music.

The label’s name officially stands for “Getting Out Our Dreams”.  And this ambitious and uplifting slogan has harnessed the talents of everyone from established artists like soul-singer John Legend and hip-hop legend Common, to some of the brightest new stars like blogosphere prince Kid Cudi and the UK’s autotune master Mr Hudson.

What really has me excited though is the last quarter of 2010 is going to see a slew off albums coming out of the G.O.O.D. Music hit factory.  In fact, let’s take a look at what we have in store for us.

Kanye West

If you haven’t been paying attention to music lately you may have missed the GOOD Fridays Giveaway Bonanza Mr. West has been having for the last couple of months.  It isn’t entirely clear if these are tracks from his album or if he is so gifted that the hottest rap tracks the blogs have seen all year are b-sides.

Either way, you can already get your hands on a bunch of amazing Kanye tracks from his website.  And he gives out a new one every Friday (sometimes other days too).  And if you aren’t into hip-hop and have somehow found yourself still reading this far into my article, he has Bon Iver on a couple tracks.  Definitely worth looking into.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be released on November 22nd, 2010.

Kanye West – Good Friday

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Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi took the hip-hop world by storm last year with his album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, and the single, Day ‘n’ Nite.  His unique rapping style along with depressing introspective lyrics seemed to touch a chord with the music community beyond the core hip-hop peeps.

He also seemed to be one of the first big rap acts to cater to music blogs, including releasing mixtapes with popular indie songs in the beat.  This along with his amazing talent has earned him a sort of ‘he can do no wrong’ feeling on the internet.  So far, songs that have been leaked do seem to keep some of the Cudi magic, and with returning production from Ratatat, I expect another successful trip to the moon.

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager will be released on November 9th, 2010.

Kid Cudi – Mr Rager

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Common

Common has been in the hip-hop game well longer than Kanye, but when Kanye became a star, their shared Chicago hometown brought them together.

There isn’t a lot of information available about the forthcoming Common album, other than it promises to have some Kanye produced tracks on board and is expected in 2010.  With the rest of the line-up for the year’s end, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was Common’s best album yet.

The Believer will be released sometime in 2010.

Consequence

Consequence is on his second album with Kanye’s label.  Consequence has been around since A Tribe Called Quest, and is actually Q-Tips cousin.  And speaking of Q-Tip, that guy has found himself on a handful of G.O.O.D. Music tracks lately, he might not be far behind in making this list.

I thought Consequences first album was a really solid piece of work.  He had quite a few great songs with tight drum beats, and this guy is very clever with his words.  If you have ever listened to a Kanye album and wondered who that guy is tearing up a guest verse, chances are it is Cons.  His upcoming album also is simply set at 2010, but I hear his latest mixtape is a lot of fun and filled with other rappers in this article.

Cons TV will be released sometime in 2010.

Consequence – G.O.O.D. Music

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Pusha T

The Clipse were long known for being the gangster cred makers for The Neptunes.  Their first couple albums were almost excelusively produced by Pharrel and Chad.  And then last year they kind of fell off the map, and by them I mean both The Clipse after a failed third album and the Neptunes after not making any memorable beats.

When I first saw Pusha T’s name appear on some of the tracks Kanye was leaking for his album I knew something was up.  Yup, Kanye got him on G.O.O.D. Music too.  Lord willing he will get himself some hot beats and bring back that Virginia flow.

And if his guest appearances on the new Kanye is any indication, we are going to be seeing a major comeback.

Kanye West – Runaway (featuring Pusha T)

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Pusha T’s debut solo album is rumored to see the light of day in early 2011.

Oh, and on a personal note, it’s great to be writing for ESM.  And don’t be afraid to comment on this article to let us know what hip-hop you are looking forward to closing out the year.

You can follow Frank on Twitter or catch him at his day job at The Audio Muffin.


26
Oct 09

MUSIC: New Clipse

We're from Virginia, where ain't shit to do but cook.

We're from Virginia, where ain't shit to do but cook.

Yessur.

The Clipse have had a tumultuous career.  They sold cake (the paddy type), clapped gats, sold records, dropped labels, sold more records, etc.  And now they are back where they need to be – under Pharell’s wings making hits.  Then again, Pharrell himself has been a bit dry lately, so maybe they need each other.

Either way, I’m glad the most gansgter rap duo is back on the grind (in’).  And on their latest single-leak they’ve brought Cam’rom along for the drive (to Popeyes apparently).  Cam’rom himself is pretty gansgter.  Makes you wonder if these guys are just really creative writers or careful observationists.  I hope for the former, cause I’d hate to think I am bobbing my head at the expense of others.

Clipse w/ Cam’ron – Popular Demand

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Clipse vs Led Zeppelin Remix

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16
Oct 09

MUSIC: Remix Your Friday!

hipster-chickSorry to take you away from your shoe and car porn for a second, but it’s time for the weekend.  And if you’re like me the weekend means it is time to turn up the speakers to the freshest hip hop.  But if you really wanna get your weekend started right, I suggest you take a listen to some of the hottest hip hop remix tracks.

I mean, you can listen to the radio on the way to the club, but once you kick in the door, you better have brought your dancing shoes.  Zip file of all tracks is at the bottom.

Drake – Best I Ever Had (Matamatics Remix)

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Black Eyed Peas w 50 Cent – Let The Beat Drop (Boys Noize Remix)

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Wale w Lady Gaga – Chillin (The Knocks Remix)

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Kid Cudi – Dat New New (VIKING Remix)

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Eminem w Dr. Dre and 50 Cent – Crack A Bottle (DiscoTech Remix)

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Fabulous w Drake – Throw It in the Bag (Remix)

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And here are a couple bonus songs.  The Biggie remix is a mash-up with Miley Fuckin’ Cyrus and the BEP song isn’t exactly going to set your weekend off, but it is just so cute I had to share it.

Notorious B.I.G. – Party and Bullshit (Hathbanger Remix)

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Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling (Thiago Correa Remix)

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And as promised here are all the songs for your ESFM Weekend Mix.


30
Sep 09

MUSIC: New Consequence

You were expecting someboday else?

You were expecting someboday else?

Do you remember Consequence?  That dude that used to mess with Tribe Called Quest (his cousin is Q-Tip after all) back in the day?

A few years ago he hooked up with Kanye’s GOOD Music and put out a solid album, highlighted by what was my ring tone for months, Callin’ Me.  You remember now, right?

Don’t feel bad if you slept on Cons, I forgive you.  But he’s back, and this time around you have no excuses.  Once again he’s teamed up with Kanye and the rest of the GOOD crew.  He just dropped a new song featuring Kanye and John Legend (I told you this was good!).  Thought maybe it was time to retire that Lady GaGa cd you’ve had in your car for the last three months and give ya something new to ride with.

Whatever U Want

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27
Aug 09

MUSIC: Andre 3000

It's a Coooosssbbbbyyyyy Sweater!!

It's a Coooosssbbbbyyyyy Sweater!!

Andre 3000 is clearly the best dressed dude in hip hop. Or at least, the craziest dressed dude in hip hop.

But even while wearing a bleach white wig and pink polka dotted suspenders – nobody can bless a track with better delivery.  He’s like a diarrhea ridden elephant in the middle of summer – always dropping hot shit.

Here are a couple of his recent (kinda) guest appearances that made my jaw drop on first listen and continue to have me bouncing in my cubicle.

Walk It Out

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International Player’s Anthem

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26
Aug 09

MUSIC: We Want Blueprint 3!

jayz

30 is the new 20 and pink is the new purple.

If you’ve been keeping your ears to the street (and by street I mean blogosphere), then you are aware that we’re slowly getting to hear pieces of Jigga Man’s upcoming release, Blueprint 3.

So far we’re seeing a lot of tracks produced by Timbaland and a declaration against voice altering (breast altering is still cool though right?).  With an expected star studded cast, we’ve only got a peek with the addition of KanYe and Rihanna.

Looks like Mr. 30 is the new 20 may actually have aged to perfection.  Let’s hope the rest of the album is as solid as the tracks leaked so far.  Oh, you wanna hear these tracks?  No prob.  And if you wanna try and download them I would head over to the Hype Machine and see which blogs are trying to get ceast and desists.

Jay-Z – D.O.A

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Jay-Z – Run This Town

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Jay-Z – We Off That (w Drake)

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Jay-Z – Venus vs Mars

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Jay-Z – Reminder

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26
Aug 09

MUSIC: Matisyahu is Back to Save Us All

You remember that crazy hasidic jew that sang reggae tunes and confused the hell out of everybody who saw him perform live?  He had that one song King Without A Crown?  Well if you don’t remember simply google hasidic jew and you’ll get all the Matisyahu info you need.  I wonder if the rest of hasidic community gets upset when they google themselves and get nothing but reggae, “Oi vai!”

I took a chance back in 2006 on the beat-boxing heb and was not disappointed.  His first album was actually really bad ass, while still sending out positive vibes (that’s how they describe good shit in reggae vocab).  His sophomore effort, Light, came out yesterday and it is also pretty dope.  And if you’re still temped to view Matisyahu as a novelty, the track We Will Walk should change your mind.  Also, below is the video for his first single, One Day.

Matisyahu – We Will Walk

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