Saturday, February 28, 2009

From Black History Month to Women's History Month...


By Juleyka Lantigua


About half way through this month, it hit me that I had not ever considered whether Black Latinos, some of whom prefer to be called Afro-Latinos, are or should be part of the celebration of Black History Month. (Might be because I, myself, am what Dominicans affectionately call jaba [“high-yellow” might be the vernacular translation]. I am, therefore, uniquely unqualified to discuss the nuanced particularities of being Afro anything.)

No matter. Despite not having any cultural connoisseurs or hip historians to consult, I decided to add my own small, but meaningful celebration to this auspicious month. Let’s hear it for my Afro-Latina sisters doing their damn thing!

Gina Torres—Cuban; actress, power wife, sci-fi goddess. She owns any screen her beautiful face graces.

Zoë Saldaña—Dominican/African-American, and yes, that is the correct spelling of her name; actress and Hollywood mover and shaker; saw her losing her mind front row at the Juan Luis Guerra concert in NYC and have loved her even more since. She reps being Dominican with style and gusto.

Rosario Dawson—Puerto Rican/African-American; actress, infuses two-dimensional characters with soul and lust.

Nelly Rosario—Dominican; gifted author, teacher, fierce spirit.

Rita Marley—Cuban; singer, Bob Marley’s widow; as a backup singer in his band, she contributed to the legacy of one of the greatest musical revolutionaries ever.

Gwendolyn Ifill—Panamanian; PBS anchor, author, political commentator; emerged as a media force after owning two major presidential debates.

Mitzi Miller—Panamanian/African American; author, journalist, natural superstar. One of my GLFs (Girls For Life) and the hardest working woman in the media business. Oprah and Tyra better enjoy it while it lasts.

Christina Norman—Puerto Rican/African-American; MTV President but still anchored to her Latina roots; had the brilliance to launch MTV3 and allow a fellow Latina to run “Cribs,” their monster brand.

Kelis—Puerto Rican/Chinese/African American; on the musical vanguard with her sexy/eclectic sound, and standing on the cusp of true stardom. I’m ready and waiting for her to ascend to greatness.

Josefina Baez—Dominican; an enigma of an artist, whose creative journey has enlightened many around her, including me. (Dominican)


Juleyka Lantigua is a writer whose work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers around the country.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The MVMT Brunch

MVMT BRUNCH from MVMT on Vimeo.
Last week PattyDukes and Rephstar were invited to a waffle brunch. To officially launch the new website MVMT. The video above was created by Eric Camins, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi & Mikey1soul. They presented a set of services and benefits being offered by their team and partners. The buffet was provided by Wafles & Dinges, including an assortment of Belgian Waffles & lots of homegrown love. Check out the pics..
and for more info on the team check out THE MVMT


3/1 Special Guest: James TOP

The World Renowned Graffiti Artist, James TOP

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Better known as "The Peoples Graffiti artist", his solo show 'Afrology', held at The Essex Street Gallery in the Winter of 2008, drew local, national and international media attention. James TOP gained his legendary status as a member of The Odd Partners and later would make history by dominating the IND and BMT subway lines during the mid to late 1970s. Today, James teaches at Hostos Community College and is an art consultant and mentor to many area schools, charities and youth based organizations.

You can read an excellent NY Times piece on James TOP and his fight to preserve The Peoples' Wall in Harlem Here: A Wall of Pride, Making Way for Condos

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rebel Diaz interview with Laura Flanders on Grit tv...

Momma's Hip-Hop Kitchen on March 7th

Momma's Hip-Hop Kitchen, for it's 2nd year in a row will be on MARCH 7th from 2:00pm-5:00pm at The Theater in Hostos Community College in the Bronx. A FREE powerful concert in collaboration with CASA Atabex Ache, Trabajadoras por la Paz, Vamos a la Pena del Bronx and the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective. These groups rooted in the South Bronx work year round in ending violence against womyn. The South Bronx is the birthplace of Hip Hop, and the poorest congressional district in the nation where negative statistics on womyn are staggering. Together they are putting on a program that will support families dealing with domestic violence, immigration, LGBTQ issues, foster care, homelessness, prison, police brutality, and more by providing a day to be in celebration for their lives. This concert will create dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all young and adult womyn of color & their families to express themselves through the art of Hop Hop.
Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. (UN Study On The Status of Women, Year 2000)

In NYC Police responded to 234,988 domestic violence incidents in 2008; this averages to over 600 incidents per day.

In addition, NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit conducted 72,463 home visits in 2008, a 93% increase since 2002.

16,861 teen calls were received by the City’s Domestic Violence Hotline in 2007; and 9,462 were received in 2006.
* Statistics provided by Safe Horizon

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A PattyDukes ThrowBack / Beatnuts Tribute

Dominican Lingo-1 - pattydukes
Wanted to share one of my favorite verses I did on a BEATNUTS beat. It was one of the first recordings I had made with a mic and laptop. Real basic. Real Hip-Hop. Hearing it back, I was amazed at how I sounded. I think it's pretty dope, it gave me confidence to keep going.
So check it out. Hope you enjoy!
Be nice yo! cuz I'm an artist - I'm sensitive about my shit!


So I came across this LIVE mix today in my inbox.
It was sent from one of my good friends and close homies.
DJ WONWAY out in the BAY AREA, San Francisco.
Much love to the west coast for sending me this!
I'm a huge Erykah Badu and Jill Scott Fan.
So this is a treat for any MUSIC lover out there!
The CD was mixed by dj phatrick.


***Munchie Alert***

Over here at Circa '95, we enjoy our fair share of munchies, but sometimes stuff is just too messy and difficult to in swoops Old El Paso with the Best New Food Product of '09...we introduce "The Flat-Bottomed Taco Shell"...munchie-lovers rejoice!!!! (Circa '95 staff pumps our collective fist!!)

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Don't front, you know we got ya open! ;-)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pictures from the Show & Tell Event @ PLATFORM NYC in the Bronx, 2/23/09

We going to have some video up in a sec...

props to TECHIE for the photos.

Yes, HE Can!!

Rephstar's barber Strong gets it in with this super-ill Obama cut on one of his clients...

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For more ill pics and info on Strong, click HERE

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite

Cudi drops the visuals on us for Day 'N' Nite...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Boycott These Busters!!

Fuck the Post
Click the pic to get the scoop...

Starrs and Murph: Boxes For Sale

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Loose Change Muzik x Sneaker Junkies x Lex Diamond Present:

Starrs & Murph's

"Boxes For Sale" Vol. 1 - Hosted By DJ OnPoint

Download Free HERE

Track Listing:

1. Intro
2. Showtime (produced by Statik Selektah)
3. Hip Hop (produced by J. Depina)
4. Real MC
5. Dolla Bills ft. Jane Nithrow (prod. by AraabMuzik)
6. Money Over Here ft. Vic Damone (prod. by AraabMuzik)
7. Damn (prod. by illmind)
8. Fresh ft. RaTheMC (prod. by Gabe Real)
9. Way 2 Go
10. My Life (prod. By AraabMuzik)
11. Speedlights ft. Chachi Carvahlo (prod. By J. Depina)
12. Marry You ft. Naledge of Kidz In The Hall (prod. by AraabMuzik)
13. Be Cool (Skit)
14. Loaded Gun (prod. by AraabMuzik)
15. Another Day (prod. by J. Depina)
16. Cold World Pt 2 ft. Termanology (prod. by Statik Selektah)

For more on Starrs and Murph, check out their pages at:




Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy 46th Birthday, MJ!!

Don't front, you still wanna be like Mike...

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#23 is SO Circa '95...

2/22- Show & Tell 2: A Talent Showcase and Networking Event

Circa '95s very own PattyDukes and RephStar will be performing LIVE!!

Check the flyer for details..

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Hasan Salaam-15 Minutes (Circa '95 Guest for 2/22)

Look for PattyDukes and RephStar on the!

Hasan Salaam / 15 Minutes from Noisemaker Media on Vimeo.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Homer Simpson does Gang Starr ...

Check out what a fan posted on my myspace page. I love The Simpsons and Gangstarr.. it was a nice combo. Someone has too much time on their hands to be editing and making this.. but it definately put a smile on my face. For all the hip-hop kids out there. This one's for you.... maybe next time Lisa will get busy.

Check your Hip-Hop Knowledge;
The track is by Gang Starr - Above The Clouds


Special Guest: 2/22 - U-Krime: Strait-Jacket, .45, and RealmReality:

Special Guest: 2/22- U-Krime - .45, RealmReality and Strait-Jacket

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In its rawest essence, hip-hop was born as a tool for self-expression. It was used as a way to document and connect the lives of people that were otherwise ignored by the mainstream. There was a time where being an emcee meant having a story to share and being a skillful manipulator of words. According to the members of U-KRIME, that time is here again.

For more information on U-Krime, click HERE

Ukrime On this sunday....

Special Guest: 2/22- Hasan Salaam

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Hasan Salaam is an MC, rapper and New Jersey native. Salaam began rapping at the age of 10. Being a black Muslim whose father is white and mother is black, his lyrics touch on subjects such as the 'post-colonial exploitation of African (hip-hop) culture', 'the African diaspora', 'the true Islamic jihad'. Besides his music he organizes food and clothing drives in Jersey City every third Sunday of the month.

In 2003 he took first place at the Battle Dome Championships for beat-making.

In 2005 he won an award for Best Live Performance and Best Underground Song of the Year for the song Blaxploitation from his debut album Paradise Lost at the 3rd Annual Underground Music Awards.

For more information on Hasaan Salaam, check out his website HERE

Sunday, February 15, 2009

For All The Lovers Out There...

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Click HERE to get your night jumped off properly!! ;-)

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Friday, February 13, 2009

1st Annual Spring Fashion Expo

Our very own PattyDukes and Rephstar will be modeling for this sure to check them out burning up the runway...

I make this look good, you wasn't rockin' it right..™ -Cam'ron

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Circa '95 Old-School Video Pick...Jay-Z: Dead Presidents

Ryan Leslie- How It Was Supposed To Be (Video Premier)

Ryan Leslie- How It Was Supposed To Be

You know everyone has their wake-up song..well this has been mine for a minute now and the video just dropped and it's dope, so enjoy... -Interstate P

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Come Out and Support!!

get money

Flama will be performing his Soca single "No Se Va Con Cualquiera" alongside
Ron Browz (Pop Champagne, Jumping Out The Window)
Hosted by Angie Martinez and Music by Funk Master Flex



(Here at Circa '95, we DO NOT like to endorse parties with a dresscode. That's wack and generally NOT how we roll. However, Interstate P said these are his peoples and since we all up in there for free we're going to let this slide this one time, lol.)

Flama will perform at 11:30pm SHARP

Special Guests:
CIRCA '95 RADIO (Urban Latino Radio)


For Guestlist, please email Jen at:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Featured Guest for 2/15: June

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Simply put, June is next. This young, eloquent up-and-comer hailing from the Bronx manages to bring together street authenticity and the jovial party vibe of golden era hip-hop into one addictive bouncy package.

June established his bona fide writing for several artists who have already solidified their positions as hip-hop icons while concurrently building his local buzz. That buzz having reached a fever pitch, June is now primed and ready to bless the listening audience with his bigger-than-life personality and rare musical talent.

Fueled by cutting edge production supplied exclusively by Ron Browz (Nas, Lil Kim, G-Unit) and The Soundmen (G-Dep, Augustana, Roxy Cottontail, Glasvegas), June's music transcends the division between pop and the art form that is real hip-hop.

For more information on June, click HERE

REPH is hosting La Esquina open mic this Thursday...

We bring it uptown.. 137 street... Should be fun... Come by n drop something...

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Lyricist Lounge - Fri. Feb. 20th - Fresh Daily, Rebel Diaz, Ukrime & Rick Gonzalez

Check out CIRCA 95's friends rocking for Lyricist Lounge!
Should be a dope night... let em' know, who gave you the goods
- CIRCA 95 suckas!

Monday, February 9, 2009

More pics from PattyDukes' cell phone @ Joe's pub/soul erotica on Feb 7th..

A little taste of what went down. Shout out to Monique martin who put the evening together and all of the artists who performed! Soulful music, poetry, monologues, dance and burlesque.. All under one roof.

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Brown girl burlesque at soul erotica, Joe's pub performance.

Check out the lovely bags and lovely dancer..

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PattyDukes and Rephstar @ MNN Public Access TV

PattyDukes and Rephstar performing "Fresh 2 Def" for Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel....

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For more information and video, click the following link: MNN's Youth Channel

Saturday, February 7, 2009

***R.I.P. BIG PUN*** (NOV. 9th, 1971 - FEB. 7th, 2000)

Big Pun - Beware... Cop n go....

Canibus, Big Pun, DMX, Mos Def, Mic Geronimo, John Forte Pt7

Pun goes in at 3:25... Check out the other 6 videos on Youtube for more vintage interviews...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Cam'Ron - I Hate My Job

ME 2....

Download track here...
Cop n Go....

Cam'ron portrait by Grant Siedlecki
Cam'ron portrait by Grant Siedlecki

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Break Dancing Baby


Fresh Daily On Circa '95 Radio this Sunday 2/08/09... 2pm-5pm

Fresh Daily

Good music, dope flows, fresh tees and kicks define the personal style of Brooklyn native Fresh Daily, a rising lyricist who is taking an impressive multifaceted approach to Hip Hop. As an emcee, graphic designer, this artist’s persona and prowess make it hard to disagree with his self-proclaimed title of himself as “the New Jack of Brooklyn boom bap”. Of his rap moniker he says: "Fresh Daily just fits me right, I stay Fresh All day, every day, with the rhymes, with the style". Under the former name, Ill Tarzan" the lyricist gained notoriety on the NYC underground circuit with the release of his first two projects, “Life Music”, his debut album, and premier mixtape “Treats”. High Water Music will be releasing Fresh Daily's sophomore album, "Fresh Daily is the Gorgeous Killer in Crimes of Passion" ('09) featuring production by Illmind (G-Unit, Little Brother, Ghostface), Oh No (Stones Throw), 88 Keys (Kanye West, Grafh, Mos Def), Dj Spinna (Eminem, Slick Rick) Frequency (Snoop Dogg, Cam'ron), Analogic, 2 Hungry Bros and several noted emcee guest appearances from Cool Calm Pete (Embedded/Def Jux), Tanya Morgan (Loud Minority/ABB) Homeboy Sandman and more.

Regardless of what you stumble upon regarding this emcee, whether it be modeling for several clothing (streetwear and upscale) brands (Live Mechanics, Leroy Jenkins, BRIAN WOODS, IHMDJ, Lemar and Dauley, Correct, Brooklyn Surfer, A.L.I.E.N) or having his paintings in galleries, expect slick wordplay and real versatility when delivering over a variety of production. His overall style and flare will definitely keep you coming back for more. Fresh Daily has performed along side some of Hip-Hop music’s highly regarded artists like Jean Grae, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Smif-N-Wessun, Dj Evil Dee and others. He has also performed in various venues in the U.S, to support those efforts. With High Water Music (Dj Sucio Smash and Dj Spinna) backing him, he hopes to move his exposure to the next level. He can be reached at or through the following web site for all contact info:

Alice "Wonderland" Grandoit A-O.k! Music Group (booking, management)

Check for the REPH cameo appearance in the video Below....

DOWNLOAD: Mickey Factz, Naledge & Fresh Daily - Stop What You Doing (prod. Keelay & Zaire)

Fresh Daily Colors mp3

Dub MD & Fresh Daily Presents Winter Fresh Mixtape

Dub MD & Fresh Daily Presents Winter Fresh Mixtape


01. Winter Fresh (Intro)
02. Raw Hip Hop (Produced By DJ Evil Dee)
03. How Good Is Ya Game (feat. Emilio Rojas) (Produced By Muneshine)
04. Next In Line (feat. Supastition & Outburst) (Produced By Analogic)
05. Assassination Tango (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
06. Fresh (feat. 8thW1) (Produced By Nas550)
07. That Damn Good (feat. Substantial) (Produced By Algorythm)
08. Kill A Brand (Produced By M-Phazes)
09. False Teeth (feat. Svengali Bros)
10. Keep Moving (feat. Mickey Factz)
11. Fast Lane (feat. East & SiLent Knight) (Produced By 9th Wonder)
12. Winter Fresh (Interlude)
13. Gimmie My Props (Produced By The Applejuice Kid)
14. HBO (Heart Barely Open) (feat. Jesse Boykins III) (Produced By The Architect)
15. Ricky Vaughn (The Major Leagues) (feat. XV) (Produced By Nottz)
16. Supaspectacular! (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
17. Rising (feat. Supastition & Deacon the Villian) (Produced By Tonedeff)
18. Get Over (Produced By Illmind)
19. Boom! (feat. P. Casso) (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
20. To My Homie (feat. 8thW1) (as Charlie Browns Field Goal) (Produced By Nas550)
21. Figaro (Fresh Daily Remix) (Produced By Madlib)
22. What It Is (feat. SiLent Knight & Shabaam Sahdeeq) (Produced By Erv Ford)
23. New Blood v2 (feat. Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas & Torae) (Produced By Illmind)
24. Winter Fresh (Outro)

Download Here

Cop n Go.....


I got to see this flick the other day @ The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective. Dope movie...


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SOUL EROTICA - PattyDukes performs Sat. Feb 7th @ JOE's Pub

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-circa '95 crew

Monday, February 2, 2009

Featured Mixtape...

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DJ Clue - 4, 5, 6 (Going for Broke) 1996

01-Nas feat Nature - The Foulness Pt. 3
02-Mobb Deep - Drop a Gem On Em
03-Lil Kim feat Notorious BIG - Queen *****
04-Mobb Deep feat Godfather - Rep Da QBC
05-Akinyele - **** U For Free
06-Ghostface Killah - The Water Technique
07-KRS-One - One Emcee
08-Nas - Take It In Blood
09-Lil Kim feat Puff Daddy - No Time
10-Keith Murray - The Rhyme II
11-Capone and Noreaga - Illegal Life
12-M.O.P. - Firing Squad
13-Jay-Z - Freestyle
14-112 feat Lost Boyz - Come See Me
15-Keith Sweat feat Kut Klose - Twisted b/w Da Bridge
16-Mona Lisa feat The Lox - Just Wanna Please You (remix)
17-Dr. Dre, KRS-One, RBX, B-Real & Nas - East Coast West Coast Killer
18-Mobb Deep - Everyday Gunplay
19-Redman - It’s On Fire Tonight
20-McGruff - Make It Hot

Download it HERE

Props to Niko

Circa '95 is having fun in the studio...

You can catch us LIVE every Sunday
2-5PM on
Bringing you the best of 90's Hip-Hop music and beyond...

Circa '95 All Day, Everyday
Circa 95 all day everyday
PattyDukes & Rephstar buggin' in the studio
PattyDukes & Rephstar Buggin in the Studio
Rephstar and our WebSlinger - Insterstate P holding down the fans...
Rephstar and our WebSlinger - Interstate P holding down the fans...
Rodstarz of Rebel Diaz feeling the vibe..
Rodstarz of Rebel Diaz feeling the vibe..
Rodstarz of Rebel Diaz visiting Circa '95
Rodstarz of Rebel Diaz Visiting Circa 95'
Wordspit pays a visit to Circa '95
Wordspit pays a visit to Circa 95
WordSpit and PattyDukes all smiles...
WordSpit and PattyDukes all smiles...
Wordspit and Rephstar getting focused for 2009
Wordspit and Rephstar getting focused for 2009