Sunday 31 January 2010

Is This The Future??? Part 3 "The Mind Reader"

The Electric Mind Reader By John Blaine 1957

The Mind Reader
Is This The Future??? Part 2

Found here on Iranian based Press TV but also confirmed by Assoc. Press here
"Israeli mind-scanner may take over US airports

As part of stringent measures to beef up airport security, US authorities may use an Israeli-made mind-reading scanner that allegedly predicts whether a passenger is a potential threat or not.

The Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) and the Homeland Security are considering the installment of a controversial mind-reading system, that was recently developed by the Israeli-based WeCU Technologies, in all American airports, AP reported on Thursday.

Ming The Mercyless's Mind Reader
Flash Gordon Movie 80's

The device, which functions by blending high computer technology and behavioral psychology, is essentially designed to "get inside the evildoers head" without the subject's knowledge and prevent him or her from placing the lives of fellow travelers in jeopardy.

According to WeCU Technologies CEO, Ehud Givon, people cannot help reacting mechanically to recognizable images that suddenly appear in unfamiliar places.

With that in mind, the system aims to project images onto airport screens, such as symbols affiliated with a terrorist group or signs only a terrorist would recognize.

Givon said while the WeCU system would use humans to do some of the observing, it would rely largely on concealed cameras or covert biometric sensors that can distinguish a rise in body temperature and heart rate, however slight it may be.

“One by one, you can screen out from the flow of people those with specific malicious intent,” Givon claimed.

"No, I only thought that the flight was long, not Bomb!!!"
Dr. Spock Mind Meld from Star Trek

The controversial device has sparked an outcry among civil rights groups, who argue that a system that combs through your brain to look for evil intentions is "Orwellian" and akin to "brain fingerprinting."

The groups note that the US should not follow in Israeli footsteps with regards to Airport security. At the Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel, Jewish Israelis pass through smoothly, while Arab Palestinians are taken aside for closer interrogation or even strip searches.

"Send him to the Dungeon!"
30's Flash Gordan

The US is already subjected to wide-spread controversy over the appliance of full body scanners, which according to critics, are in violation of child protection laws as well as the right of travelers to privacy."

Here is an older
article found here

"A mind-reading machine that could decipher what someone is seeing might soon be possible. Such a device would enable images represented in the brain to be shown on a television screen, and would perhaps even be able to take pictures from dreams." Found

On a lighter note, The Wackest Nike Tie-in...
"The Flash Gordon Nike Big Nike High"

Nike Flash Gordon Dunkzzzzzzzzz
"You are feeling very sleepy"

Part 2 can be found here
Part 1 can be found

Thursday 28 January 2010

Slick L.A. Adidas Shoe & Video Exclusive

Recently we did an interview with L.A. Legend Slick from Dissizit and we held back the flick, so here it is and some info on his signature shoe and the videos if you missed them!

To be released at comicon 2010.

New Slick Adidas Shoe - Kool Skool Exclusive!

Other Colour Way
(Looks Like Old Torsion Colours)

Torsion London Classic


More info on the Adidas collabo check here

Slick drops a quicky Monk character in Stockwell/Brixton Hall of Fame

Monday 25 January 2010

Top 10 for Streetypography Group

Top 10 (and a few extra) for Streetypography Group

Here is the group "Streetypography"'s top 10 of the last quarter of 08'. The group is dedicated to photos of interesting typography of any kind found in the street. Enjoy!!!

(To see the original photos, photostream and titles click on the image)


Squad 18 - West Village
Squad 18 - West Village



STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York: RALPH'S Discount City
STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York: RALPH'S Discount City


Check it out!
Check it out!


Too Big.
Too Big

Tron Liberty

stop smokin that rubbish !
Stop Smokin That Rubbish

ratcliffe's flowers
Ratcliffe's Flowers

smith and 9th subway platform
Smith and 9th Subway Platform



stealth bomber
Stealth Bomber

Epperson Camera Sign
Epperson Camera Sign


The Previous 10 can be found here

If you would like to submit some photos and they fit within the remit of the group please feel free to contact the group:

The opinions expressed in these photo are not nessicarily those of the Kool Skool, they are just being shown for people to appreciate. The photos are being shown as a platform to promote the photographer, and remain the sole property of the photographer.

R.I.P. Apache (Flavor Unit)

R.I.P. Apache (Flavor Unit)

The Kool Skool are big fans of the Flavor Unit, you couldn't throw a party without his song Gangsta B***h

Stand out tracks for us are:
The 45 King & Louie Louie - Smooth Yet Hard (Feat. Lakim Shabazz, Apache (1989)
Naughty by Nature's song 1,2,3 featuring Lakim Shabazz and Apache (1991)

Some of the Flavor Unit
(From left)Back row: Apache, Treach (Naughty by Nature), Shakim Compere , Chill Rob G?
Front Row: Lakim Shabazz, Queen Latifah, Zhane?

Download the T.R.O.Y. blogs Apache mixtape here

Here is the AllHipHop News article:
"Flavor Unit emcee Apache, born Anthony Teaks, passed away today (January 22) after a protracted illness. As an original member of Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit, Apache first appeared on 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit and his best known single “Gangsta B**ch” peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart."

Shakim Compere, CEO and Co-Founder of Flavor Unit Records, remembered Apache:
“Without Apache there would have been no Queen Latifah, no Naughty By Nature, no Chill Rob G., no anything” Compere told “Apache was the string that tied all of Flavor Unit together. Without Apache none of this would be.”

Apache was one of the three original rappers in Flavor Unit, which also counted Queen Latifah and Latee as early group members. The rap crew consisted of groups or rappers like Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Chill Rob G., Naughty By Nature, Freddie Foxxx, Nikki D and Queen Latifah. Apache's appearances included collaborations with Naughty by Nature, Fat Joe, Tupac, and A Tribe Called Quest.

“That’s my g, r.i.p in peace big homie, you will be missed, shout out to his family Naughty by Nature, I just did a show with them, god bless,” - DJ Kid Capri

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest who produced for Apache posted this tribute via Twitter:
"R.I.P. To my brotha APACHE.. Together we made a dope lil hiphop joint... He was a real stand up dude..." - found here

Thursday 21 January 2010

Empire, Heraldry, Skulls and Esoteric Imagery In Modern Rap Culture

Empire, Heraldry, Skulls and Esoteric Imagery In Modern Rap Culture


The Poor Righteous Teachers

The New Jersey 5% Nation of Gods & Earths group, The Poor Righteous Teachers used the Seal of the United States as their cover of their "New World Order" Album. For people in the Islamic Tradition, Black Consciousness and Pan African movements the All Seeing Eye is well known. The Kemetic/Egyptian Eye of Ra or Horus, and its use within the Free Masonic Fraternity, has been much discussed. For The Nuwabian Nation of Moors and its founder Dr. Malachi Z. York it was the Black Man's eye of Kemet, stolen to make him blind, in some Islamic schools of thought it represents the Eye of the Dajjal or "The False Prophet", Shayṭān - The Anti-Christ.

Rocawear Eye of Horus T

But in recent years the Platinum Rap set have been referencing the Eye of Ra and other Magical imagery, invoking it on everything from clothes to video imagery. Many in Religious circles and so-called Conspiracy community, have drawn attention to the heavily Esoteric and Freemasonic themes in modern Rap culture, and begun asking questions. Although some of the arguments are based on what appears to be mob mentality and blind religious fervor, accusing artists of this and that, some people who are knowledgeable in Occult matters, seem to be putting forward very interesting info and arguments based on facts.

Robbie Williams Logo found here

This phenomenon is nothing new or by any means specific to the Rap genre, for example Ex-Take That Robbie Williams recently admitted that he is a Conspiracy Theory buff, and has added an Eye of Ra and Question mark symbol to his logo not unlike Prince's Ankh like Symbol.

Rolling Stones Album Cover "Goats Head Soup"

What is new, is the almost blanket use of Esoteric and Rock and Roll imagery in the Rap visual language. As this has coincided with the "Platinum Plus" school and Multi-Million Dollar CEO Rappers reaching into the upper echelons of Big Business, people are asking whether there is a connection.

Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
Cap less Pyramid Silhouette Sun Rising?

Cypress Hill were the 1st Hip-Hop Group to really use traditional Occult imagery normally associated with Heavy Metal groups, and along with brother group House Of Pain crossed over mainstream Hip-Hop to the white/popular audiences. Also did many Rock Rap tours and songs, & openly promoted Weed use. Signed to "Columbia" Records

DJ Muggs & Sick Jacken
DJ Muggs is the producer for Cypress Hill and House of Pain

W.C. "Dub C" All Eye Seeing from Ice Cube Video "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It"
Throwing up the Dub "W" sign originally represented Watts, but popularized by the L.A. super group Westside Connection (Ice Cube, W.C. & Mack10) to represent "Westside" or the West Coast.

Ricky Ross's Carter City Cartel - Stackin' them 3's/C's
Can you C/See?

Rollin' On Dubs!
Pre-school Hip-Hop asperational programming

Perpetual War
Some intellectuals suggest that to maintain the economies of modern "Hyper-Capitalist" economies, where 1st World Nations main industries are Military-Industrial based, a state of "Perpetual War", or a series of prolonged tactically un-winnable wars must exist. A constant state of "Building and Destroying." Most Human beings will refrain from killing, and although it is a base attribute in Human Nature, it has been suggested that to continue a state of war, you must promote a Warrior culture. Everywhere you look in modern entertainment, especially technologically, there is the promotion of "War Games" and in particular, the imagery of Medieval Crusader Knights or "Christian Warriors." It is obviously a part of Western Culture, and part of our visual history, but interesting in light of the recent geopolitical situation, the past 5 years the Heraldic Style has been very popular in Fashion, in particular within the Hip-Hop Community.

"I'm a soldier boy!"
Hip-Hop, Computer Games & The Military Article exploring Raps new role as a recruiting tool, and the militarisation of youth entertainment. For an in depth discussion of 50 Cent and the Militarization of the Hip-Hop Generation check this previous Kool Skool article

Conscious MC Lakim Shabazz of the 5% Nation of Gods and Earths
"Peace God"

In the African Diaspora in the U.S. and the West, Islam has been very popular as an alternative to the White Christian power structure. With the ending of the late 80's Conscious Hip-Hop era, the recent "Get Rich Or Die Trying" Crack Rap era, promoted by most Major Record labels, has been King.

Onward Christian Soldier?
Does Pop Rap amount to nothing more than a culture of D.I.Y. Drug distribution, where "Knowledge of Self " becomes a "Self first" attitude? Where Mc's become Gun-slingers and the Almighty Dollar is God, a Hip-Hop Men only jail bait club, perpetual sinners, Hypocrites drapped in Diamond encrusted Platinum Crosses and "Jesus Pieces".

Tony Yayo
From Righteous Teachers, to Righteous Killers...

Below is a brief look at some of the more recent seasons clothing, and a break down of the alternative meanings of the imagery used by some of Hip-Hop clothing's big selling companies.

Double Headed Eagle

Avirex "Cosmic Gypsy T" Two Headed Eagle "Master of East and West"

"One of the symbols of the military orders of the Vatican, the double-headed eagle emblazoned with the Maltese cross, signifies omnipotent royal dominion over both East and West." Found here

The logo of the Yale "Party Of The Right"
"According to a former Associated Editor of National Review, “The Party of the Right is the most important organization an intelligent young conservative can join in America today. Many Party members have gone on to positions of power and importance in the Greater American Conservative Movement.” found here

Double Headed Eagle of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Scottish Right Double Headed Eagle

Woman playing cards in 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemasons hat in Run Dmc's "It's Tricky" video

"What is the Double Headed Eagle
The Double-Headed Eagle of Lagos is the oldest Royal Crest in the World. Nor heraldic bearing, no emblematic device of today can boast such antiquity. It was in use a thousand years before the Exodus from Egypt, and more than 2000 years before the building of King Solomon’s Temple. The Double-Headed eagle was first used in Freemasonry in 1758 by the Masonic Body in Paris known as the Emperors of the East and West which controlled the advance degrees then in use and was the precursor of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite."
Found here

Crown Holder "Double Cross" of Orthodox/Byzantine Church

Uncrowned Crest of Austro-Hungarian Empire

Modern take on Double Headed Herald Crest of Role-Playing game Warhammer 4000.
The Warhammer 4000 game is based on Christian Holy Knights of the past in the future fighting "Aliens and Mutants" More info here. As you can see, obviously this imagery doe not just feature in music culture,

Warhammer 4000
"In the grim darkness of the Future, There is only War". Note One Eye damaged like Horus

Futuristic Aryan Knights of Holy Byzantine Empire

Crusaders of the Maltese Cross, Space-age Knights

Avirex "Patience"
A&V Logo at centre of Maltese Cross

"The double-headed eagle with the sympilema (dynastic cypher) of the Palaeologi in the center.
The double-headed eagle motif was used as the emblem of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) during the 14th and 15th centuries, when ruled by the Palaiologos Dynasty." Found here

"The Double Headed Eagle"

The last German Emperor and King of Prussia Kaiser Wilhelm II the Double Headed Eagle was his crest.
Notice Eagle and Sun on 3rd Eye Chakra on Helmet

Eye Of Ra

Eye Of Ra Fitted
Recently there have been examples of hats that feature the Egyptian Eye of Ra or the Pyramid Eye of Providence or a Cartoon version of a single Eye at the Crown Chakra

Sacred Geometry of the Eye

"Triangle Fitted Cap" Secret Society found here

Triangle or Seal?

Rocawear Beanie with very prominant un deniable 3rd Eye/Eye of Providence

Voyerism one eye fitted cap

Rocawear "We Never Sleep"
All Seeing Eye features prominently

G-Unit "Rebirth T"
Praying hands Circled in an Egyptian winged Solar Disk

Solar Disc
Another symbol for Ra or "Heru"

Compass & Set Square

Avirex "Dull Wings"
Crown capped Double Griffins facing into merged A & V representing Compass & Set Square?

Compass & Set Square
"As above, so below"

Artful Dodger "Compass T"

Artful Dodger "Compass T" Detail
Compass & Set Square in an almost tracing board format

Baphomet T by Mishka NYC found here

Rocawear T back
Who is your God?
One Currency

Rocawear T front
One Love

The Cabbala "Tree Of Life"

Skull Imagery

Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill - Skull missing an Eye
Designed by Mr. Cartoon.

Latin Gang visual culture relates to Aztek and 1st Nation Religeous imagery, traditionally skulls have always feature prominantly in tattoos and album art.

Skull & Bone Cap
The Corner Stone sits at the 3rd Eye of the wearer, as we have previously discussed before recently the "Skull And Bone" imagery in particular has been popular, and has reminded some people of the Skull and Bones Fraternity.

G-Unit "Honour Code"

Beat Boxer Rahzel wearing Skull Sweatshirt

Detail - Skull copied from Punk band the Exploited

The Exploited original image

Misfits - another example of the Rock and Roll Skull

Scientologist Will Smith right rocking a Skull Tee

Rocawear T
Compass and Set Square and Pyramid, as discussed in a previous article

Perhaps it is all just a coincidence... Obviously some Artists are unaware of the alternative meanings of the images that they wear on their clothes, as explained before it is a fashionable visual style. As a Musician you can not be overseeing everything your clothing company puts out, but is it the same for them all? You make your mind up if there is anything in the above information, but it is worth mentioning that unlike little N.Y. limited edition boutique companies, these companies make thousands of the same shirt, so you would think they might have noticed.