Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday's Underground Lowdown

This is a really well done video using stop and go animation using LEGO's.  A LEGO character sneaks into a railyard to get up on one of the cars.  Check it,













(7 out of 10)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday's Underground Lowdown

Dope footage from the classic Styles Wars.  Short video of the outtakes featuring SEEN and DONDI, two legends in the gam.  


No rating needed... just dope

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wu Wednesday

This was released Monday and has just only 6,000 views.  Its about to blow up because these are some the hardest dudes in the game and they're SPITTING FIRE!!!!

"Shoot up your commercial block, pop, pop, pop
You are not rugged, you should stop rapping Hops
You are not hip hop, you on some faggot shit dancing like a bitch
You sold out Herc and all of that work, wasted for talentless bullshit"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

We honestly cant get enough of Indecline.  From their first videos of Bum Fights to Its Worse Than you Think, they continue to step up their game leaving many behind.  This video short titled, Control After Delete is a quick video of dude(s) killing the heavens.  If killing it wasnt enough, the messages are powerful too!  A MUST watch!

(9 out of 10)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

Heres a little footage out of Sweden with some writers from SBR crew hitting a clean train.  Brief but to the point with some dope pieces.  Enjoy! 

(7 out of 10)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

TBT

Heres a Throw Back Thursday of CIE5.  From the late 90's and early 2000's, this was a different style influenced by PEN1.  Crushed the freights and later changed the name from CIE5 to SOSA100 and runs with RA.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wu Wednesday

Heres another from the chillhop people.  A cool track from DJ Mentos titled The Difference.  No lyrics and just instrumental but a dope beat to vibe out to on this Wu Wednesday.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

This is another sick short film on a couple notorious graffiti writers hitting commuters.  Even though we love the more feature films, these short videos are still dope, especially mid day when you want to kill time on your lunch break.  Montana Paint wrote on their site, "As you probably already know, the Santiago de Chile’s metro is one of the most difficult systems in South America, due to its sophisticated surveillance and its guards’ perseverance in its safekeeping. But for many writers such as Aper, difficulties are but challenges to overcome in the obstacle-filled race of graffiti on metros. The most intrepid Canadian invites us on another new adventure of subterranean conquests, far away from home with his friend Tibak and some others like Sorcek. There’s also some street graffiti to accompany and lend more variety to this video recorded in the Chilean capital.
We also give regards to Montana Shop Santiago, because they also appear in the video."

http://www.mtn-world.com/blog/2015/08/26/aper-tibak-in-santiago-de-chile/

(8 out of 10)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wu Wednesday

This is kind of a hidden gem seeded deep within YouTube's archive.  It's a chill dope deep hip-hop song that has that natural feel to it.  We loved it, but the more underground we love that much more!

Here is Slimkid3 & DJ Nu Mark and their song, What Are Words For

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wu Wednesday

Here is Champ MC's track, Keep Shit On The Real from 1994.  This is a dope track from the early/mid 90's era of gangster rap.  Still better than nearly all rap that's out today.

[Intro: E-A-Ski]
Hell yeah, 1994, yea we need to keep shit on the real You know what I'm sayin? cuz you muthafuckas is wack Yo, and all you fake ass bustas, you best to keep it real with '94 Yeah, cus we ain't playin, yo Champ, break these muthafuckas off..

[Champ MC]
It's the same old shit no matter where you go You could travel all around the world but there's no room in ghettos The other day I had some problems with the cops I Had to shoot his ass dead to get my damn props What the fuck is going on, I alwayz have to walk around strapped But that's ok with me, I lead them all in a death trap Grab my nine & load up the clip Caught him right in the dome piece, and watched the blood drip Fuck it, I'm going all out like a straight up menace I gotta leave bodies behind until my job is finished Until then, I have to think about complete my mission I'm wishin niggas don't even thinkin about trippin I'm flippin on whoever tried to beat me at my own game It's a shame. how I left that zombie as a ?? Who's to blame? Me, and I don't give a fuck Step up front nigga, and you just pressed your luck

[Chorus 4X: Champ MC (E-A-Ski)]
(Keep It Real Though) Keep shit on the real, you know the deal If you playin on us, then get the hell up out the ghetto

[Champ MC]
It's time for me to move my way up the block, collect my dough And hit'em all with the rest of the rocks, time to go I'm too hard to try to work a nine-to-five I'm strickly from the hood, so I gotta keeps it live Because I like fast money and the money likes me I like my shit hardcore, that's just how I be Fuck all the bullshit, I take care of business money wise Let me spark up this L and pass the St. Ides Workin for the next man to be is typically Try to jack me for mine, I put you out your misery See I'm not playin when it comes to gettin paid If you mess up dough the money then you got to go Shit I jump up on any chick who try to spit foul I blast your head off if you fuckin with my cash you Stupid bitch, I alwayz pack the steal you know the deal If you fuckin with me, you gotta keep shit on the real !

[Chorus 4X]

[Interlude: E-A-Ski]
Hahaha, hell yeah You better learn to keep shit on the real That's right, yo Champ, come again

[Champ MC]
Never in my lifetime will you ever hurt me I'm too down and dirty and I'm leaving niggas thirsty So don't ever sleep cus your mind is too weak And if you try to creep, it'll be your brains on the concrete Damn, I hate to walk around, watchin my back I stay strapped, I even had to kidnap I killed three other people, my shit is like a lethal weapon So stop steppin, before I blow a hole on in your mouth I get a tattoo to attack my next victim They got the nines and glocks and slugs all in them Yeah, I couldn't give a fuck about a stranger Fuckin with me and you'll be headin for danger And I'll be using your head as target pratice you hit the bed & I leave blood soakin through your mattress That's what you get for fuckin with a ghetto bitch My fingers is to pull the trigger on whoever try to snitch

[Chorus 5X]

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

Short 2:59 clip of legend KING157 getting up on an ARMN.  Even though it's so short, it's also dope to see a legend in action, especially getting up what they're known for.  He even threw in one of his well known characters for good measure.  We just want to know why not any kind of interview?  Seriously, just a 30 seconds whatever about anything would have completed this video.  Definitely a recommend...

(7 out of 10)

BazookaFilms77 on YouTube has a lot of short videos we'll be scoping out and will try and post the better ones.

Monday, June 8, 2015

RE: Graffiti is not an Element

For a follow up to a post we made earlier this year.  We stumbled upon this article;

uk.complex.com/music/2015/04/grandmaster-flash-hates-on-graffiti

He states, "You know what bugs me, they put hip-hop with graffiti. How do they intertwine?".  He was backed up by some old school NYC writers too like, Blade & Fargo.  Also, if you go back and read our post;

graffincdotcom.blogspot.com/2015/01/graffiti-is-not-element.html

You will see SEEN backs it up in his book.  Our argument reflects exactly what Grandmaster Flash was saying too. Besides coming from the same area at nearly the same time, how do they relate?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wu Wednesday

This might not be the hardcore rap you have come to expect out of Wu Wednesday, however this is some chill dope jazzy-hip hop that goes for almost an hour.  Definitely good for background work music or blaz'n that blunt and chill'n out.  Enjoy,

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

Teenagers from Uranus: Another acid trip. Definitely picks up where the first one left off. It had some dope graffiti scenes and interviews with the arrested Refuse who was featured in the first one. Live bombing was good but again I want more graffiti footage. The skits again were even more messed up then the first one but not as funny. The driver licenses did leave us rolling on the floor laughing. The extra features again were funny as well. But we'd have to say that we enjoyed the first one more.

We gave this a 6.5 out of 10

IMDB has this at 5.5 and rotten tomatoes at 100%

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

Today we're talking about Montana Paint's new can they're pushing kind of hard.  Speed is described as "...especially adapted for fast use: high pressure, matte paint, with maximum opacity and quick dry time".

First, we hate the fact they acted as if this was some illegal daytime shit... you know its not. Second, 3 dudes and it took them to do that in 13 minutes? Come on, maybe faster than average but definitely not speedy. Last thing, I've seen Krylon paint with a rusto fat cap come out faster than this. We will try this paint and give a final review, however, this video is not impressive and didn't sell us.





Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wu Wednesday



For Wu Wednesday we are honoring it with graffiti art we are all about and you love.  This dope shot of a whole car is by unknown.  The drawing of the Wu Tang logo's 'W' is by the one and only CES.  Both are dope and both are worthy of Wu Wednesday.  Whole car helps for #wcw (whole car wednesday) too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesdays Underground Lowdown

Short video, from Broken System Productions called ‘The Wild North‘. The guys from BSP move from Sydney to Copenhagen, showing actions in both cities. Even though it's only 10 minutes of video, it's ten minutes of crushing steel.  Videos like this is what matters with quality over quantity.  These guys don't play and crush panel pieces, whole cars, window down, end to ends.  Well done video and dope way to close it out too.

(7 out of 10)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Freight Friday

For this Freight Friday we have 3 heavy hitters who burned down this ran auto train.   Starting with SIZE21 then COUPER and last SONE.





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wu Wedneday

Do you remember MTV Cribs?  I know Redman isn't apart of the Wu Tang but he did do a fair amount of work with Method Man.  This was an interesting article and video.

http://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/inside-the-redman-mtv-cribs-episode-an-oral-history

http://www.wimp.com/bestcribs/

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Underground Lowdown

Graff Core 2000: Within the first 10 minutes I thought this was going to be a pretty fresh video with all the hardcore New York City bombing; but thirty minutes in I was hoping it would end! It was just too much mind numbing bombing with no commentary, no story's, no background on the artists. One of the few things that caught my attention and any real interest was the short section that featured the late NACE and later in the video the former FX member SEW. For a video that had some pretty dope writers featured in it, seem to unsuspectingly drag on forever. Like the others this was just a graffiti video with just footage of people painting. Why watch a a video of people painting and bombing when one can go do it themselves!? It also become annoying when the makers of the video flashed their title every three minutes! The soundtrack was original and pretty fresh. I want to know why the bonus footage was left out of the video and put in as extra because it would have made the video SO much better!


(3.5 out of 10)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wu Wednesday

In honor of Wu Wednesday we found this sick remix of The Notorious BIG's Big Poppa.

Seriously, enjoy this and you're welcome!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

#WCW (Whole Car Wednesday)

Short story behind this image is that the top image was benched by us summer 2014. The bottom image was later spotted by us on the internet recently. We would learn later that the writer wasn't able to finish the piece but the car rolled back to their spot and finished it... what are the chances?!

If you don't know about KEEP, you need to go look the writer up.  This artists crushes whole cars like most crush panel pieces ...Seriously, there are pieces of whole cars done upside down, 'KE' on one car and 'EP' on another, it's as if regular wholecars are boring!  Artists deserves to be featured and this bench makes this piece that much more awesome!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wu Wednesday

For us, Wu Wednesday is about featuring rap artists that represent hip-hop.  Artists who rap because it's just part of what makes them who they are.  For us, it doesn't matter if they're making ten bucks or a million, they'd still be doing it.  That's why we call this Wu Wednesday because Wu Tang is the greatest rap group filled with some of the greatest rap artist because rap made up who they are.  That being said, we are posting another underground artist who we feel is dope, original and she's cute too, ha-ha!  Here's Gavlyn - What I do


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday's Underground Lowdown

Today we'll be looking at Cant Stop Fanatics 2.  It's a European train video that features nearly all live action footage.  This video was sponsored by Molotow and came out in 2006.

First thing we noticed right from the start was the poor video quality.  We know this is from the mid 2000's but it looks as if it was shot from the late 90's.  Unfortunately this really prevented us from giving it a higher rating.  With all the dope panel pieces on commuter trains and smashed whole cars, it's hard to make them out as a lot of the footage is of poor quality and shaky.  There is a lot of thrilling action shots of writers just crushing commuter trains.

It was entertaining enough to watch once but we will move on to something else after.  We have seen other European videos that were a bit more entertaining and a lot better quality.  The music through out was a bit rough and you'll be better off putting it on mute and putting your own music to it.

(4 out of 10)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Freight Friday

This weeks Freight Friday is an oldy.  Much respect to any piece that is able to last this long on the rails.  This one appears to date back to 1999 and is outlasted an all out buff and toys as well as being gone over all together.  It did suffer some injury being stamped but most of it remains.  You can still make out most of the color.  This piece dates back to when "graffiti paint" was just an idea so you can be safe to assume this paint was Krylon and Rustoleum brands.

It seems that the Golden West Service flat panel boxcars allowed a lot of writers to run for a long time.  We find it impressive for any piece to run longer than 5 years these days.  To see one go for over 15 years is very impressive and deserves its props.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday's Underground Lowdown


It's been a minute since our last post but we're back.  A lot of personal setbacks have put Graff Inc Trades on hold.  This is a force that can't be stopped thought so it's moving forward.

For this Tuesday's Underground Lowdown we are looking at Dirty Handz.  We were not expecting such a sick video to come out of Europe, but we seriously underestimated the European creativity and style. This dude narrates as he goes to most major European cities and destroys passenger train after passenger train! The narrator and the artists he meets up with puts most U.S. writers to shame especially when they travel to New York City and destroy the MTA's subway cars.  They even manage to get up and do 4 whole cars! This video was really well put together and organized and we have watched this video many times.  Along with their graffiti Euro styles, the soundtrack in this video has European style too it, but that should be a given and is definitely not a minus. 

(8 out of 10)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wu Wednesday

Some old school stuff from Atmosphere, throw back to about '95... "in case you ain't noticed, Rhymesayers celebrating their 20 year anniversary by trying to embarrass me. ear blister..." -Slug


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wu Wednesday

Ok, so this isn't a Wu-Tang clip, but it is a really dope freestyle and worthy enough of a #WuWednesday post, Enjoy...


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Graffiti is not an Element

About a decade ago, I remember having a discussion/argument with a good friend of mine regarding the elements of hip-hop.  Well, it was about one element specifically, graffiti.  I remember arguing that graffiti should not be an element of hip-hop.  He did not take my point with any seriousness and came down on me for being dumb or to that effect some how.

It all started when I specifically remember reading an interview with an old 70s writer and he explained that they would go into the yards during the day time and put on the radio and listen to what is now classic rock.  I started to think about that and piece together other points.  I came to the conclusion that if rap really didn't come into play until the late 70s and graffiti started in the 60s and didn't blow up until early 70s, how are they related?  I further concluded that if rap is done while someone DJed/scratched.  An MC would host the rapper and DJ while a BBoy breakdanced in the crowd, where does graffiti fit into that?  Background, maybe, but this is not done or can be intertwined into the music event.  Graffiti picked up popularity when the other elements really started to get going as well.  Yes all elements originated from New York City's boroughs in some of the poorest neighborhoods.  However this was just coincidence.  Graffiti picked up popularity in the late 70s because this was at the same time when New York was doing a major clean up.  All the trains and walls were buffed and most of the old writers walked away.  This is when the new writers seized their opportunity and took advantage of past knowledge and reinventing it and doing bigger and better.  There were no rappers rapping while a graffiti got up in the yards.  There were no MCs or breakdancers getting down when a writer was bombing his neighborhood.

After this debate with my friend, I kept it as a small theory of mine that graffiti should not be an element of hip hop for years.  I didn't discuss it with many people(almost no one) as this is not a popular idea, in fact I would imagine not many people would have even thought it.  If they did, they're not discussing it either.  After years of silence I feel I finally have some what proof to back it up.  In the book, 'They Call me the Godfather of Graffiti' a book of SEEN's personal collection and steps through the years in the graffiti culture
.  He made comments on his images, where he started, how he got there and so on.  About half way through the book he says, "I've always listened Rock music like BLACK SABBATH, THE DOORS, LED ZEPPELIN, JANIS JOPLIN, JIMI HENDRIX and some American oldies...".  He continues on to say, "In the movie STYLE WARS, I'm the only artists didn't have Hip Hop play during my segment.  And that was no coincidence, it was totally deliberate. In all honesty it bothers me that Hip Hip and Graffiti are related.  I understand that both arts came from the streets of New York and that many wrtiers were involved in the Hip Hop scene as passionately as they were in graffiit.  But there were just as many of us not involved.  in fact, Graffiti came way before Hip Hop..."

...ahhh...

Finally!  I'm able to feel vindicated and have the words from graffiti's biggest legend to back up my own opinion.  I feel I make a strong case, not that it will change anything.  Graffiti is now and forever associated with hip-hop but I'm passionate about graffiti and love its culture.  Respecting its past and understanding its history I feel is important.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wu Wednesday

In honor of Wu Wednesday, here is a clip from the Wu performing live on David Letterman.