Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Supreme Soul NEVER disappoints. Their routines are always entertaining and so precise. There is more video footage on YouTube of the crew freestyling, so be sure to check that out as well. Oh yeah, and don't forget to sign up for the No Rival newsletter at norival.com to stay informed on the drop date for these shirts and to see previews of our next season. Much more to come...
Sunday, December 14, 2008
So, enough already...What's up with the designs, fool!? Well, when No Rival and Supreme Soul got together we wanted to kick off the project with a series of shirt designs that defined the essence and the attitude of this fierce dance crew. I think Supreme Soul said it best themselves when they said, "Individually, the members of our crew see themselves as "beasts" of their own style, but collectively, we create a "monster.' With that, Supreme Soul member, Pharside, came up with the tagline for our first wave of shirts...
Exclusive ZEBRA/PURPLE colorway coming to our web site and No Rival distributors...
These shirts are being worn by the members of Supreme Soul during their performances on the latest leg of their tour up in Canada. Be on the lookout for video of these performances on YouTube shortly. The shirts will be available for sale in late January via the NR web site, NR distributors, and at Supreme Soul performances.
It has been fantastic working with a crew that really embodies the spirit and idea behind our brand. The combination of No Rival design with Supreme Soul inspiration is surely going to yield some crazy 'ish. There are many designs in the works right now that we plan to launch in the Spring, so make sure you keep your head in the game. This is JUST the beginning. We will be sending out teasers of new designs just after the Holidays. Until that time...
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Started in San Francisco in July 1996, TRUE ventured to fill a void: No stores on Haight Street were selling hip hop gear. In those days, hip hop clothing was Wu Wear, Phat Farm, and a bunch of labels that you probably never heard of and aren’t around anymore. Twelve years later True is still on Haight Street selling hip hop gear. As the times have changed, so has “hip hop” gear. The lines between hip hop, street, skate, punk are blurring. Currently, the cool guy movement is an example of that blurring. TRUE has always been a big believer in not stereotyping people and that carries over into how they merchandise their stores. TRUE Women's objective is to provide fashionable, strong, independent, and female owned and inspired brands.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The World of Dance is the largest U.S. urban dance and hip hop competition. Hundreds of participants, the country’s top Dance Troupes, and thousands of spectators will partake in a performance festival setting, awarding today’s top dancers and b boys with the most prestigious acknowledgements.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
I MUST have this pillow from Foreign Family!!! I know you remember their shirt with the same design!!! I'm not so sure my female visitors would appreciate this in my bed or on my couch, but this graphic just really relaxes me for some reason. I don't know. Perhaps it's the subtle tongue action.
Graffiti art outside the hall. Fresh!!!
Yo! It's Josar from Boogie Bots!!! I don't care what anyone says. The Boogie Bots routine on ABDC when they transformed themselves into a robot was crazy!!! I was watching that one on YouTube over and over again...nice dude too.
Other notable sights at the show were the Street Fighter 4 gaming monitors at the Triumvir booth, Undrcrwn's new season(with new shoe models), the smooth fitteds from In4mation...ummm...oh yeah...and I saw Kimora Lee Simmons walking around. That chick is a monster. I mean she is very tall. There is way too much to tell in one blog, but don't worry, I did have fun without you.
Before we left the show. We checked out the sourcing section in an effort to discover some new suppliers for our apparel and accessories. We FINALLY found a decent Pimp Cup supplier. Watch out for the exclusive NO RIVAL PIMP CUPS this Winter. We are throwing in free NR Pimp Cups to all orders over $100. Whhhhat!? Yeaaaaaaayah!!! Yeah...I'm just playin'...but you're smart, so you already knew that.
DON'T FORGET TO CRUISE BY THE NO RIVAL PARTY @ VERSE IN OAKLAND THIS WEEKEND!!!
FLEX FLAV CREW!!! DJ GREG J!!! DO IT!!! DO IT!!! DO IT!!!
- NO RIVAL
Friday, July 18, 2008
Much respect to Ron at Fatlace for recognizing our brand. Fatlace is a great shop that carries some very unique brands, so be sure to visit Fatlace next time you are out in SF.
Fatlace was started in the Winter of 1998 in San Francisco and went live in 1999. Throughout the years, they have collaborated with some of the best in the industry to bring their interpretation of the culture to the people.
It’s 2008 now, 10 years since they first introduced their vision. This year they turned into a living and breathing magazine where you get to see exclusive interviews and information relating to our culture which deals in art, fashion, cars, and anything that has 2 wheels. Fatlace Magazine is published daily and features are published on Sundays. Be sure to stay up on it!
As always, please make sure to visit http://www.norival.com to pick up t-shirts from our Summer line. It's July and it is not getting any cooler...but I am...ICE COLD!!!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
If you are out on the East side of the Bay, hit up Verse to check out their goods and look out for the NO RIVAL fits...on sale NOW!!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
The Summer has finally arrived and so have our brand new t-shirts. It has been a long time coming, but we are extremely excited to introduce our designs and hopefully see some folks rockin' them this season. Check out the store at www.norival.com.
Also be sure to check back often for updates on parties, events, and product news.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Oh! The show!? It was amazing. The Roots did more than warm up the crowd by ripping through a number of their hits and proving again why they are one of the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time. They flowed seamlessly from one song to another with improvisational jams that bridged the gap between their album track performances. I know that this conversation has been beaten to death, but Black Thought really is one of the most underrated MC's in the game. I love watching him spit it with his ability to move from a laid back tone to a more aggressive stylee. That is what makes The Roots so fantastic! They can soothe with a beautiful mid-tempo jazz beat or R&B track, and then come back and crush you with a bass heavy, boom-bap beat that makes you want to jump up out of your chair...remember we are at the Paramount. The Roots can be as gangsta' as they want to be. The Roots new album, Rising Down, is still in my ride and I think it will remain there for the rest of the Summer.
Erykah Badu was equally amazing. I respect her so much as an artist because she ALWAYS makes a statement...and not only that...she leaves an impact. She came out on the stage looking like a fierce, funky Sideshow Bob. She was fitted in a red plaid suit that she might have borrowed from her baby's daddy, Andre 3000 from Outkast. Her hair was in full Afro explosion mode. Do not, however, let the looks deceive you. Once Miss Badu opened her mouth and her beautiful voice began to fill the expansive space of the Paramount theater all eyes were on her. Her sound is so wonderful. She brings a sweet voice to a perfect mix of Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, Funk, and even a little Rock. The comparisons to Billie Holiday are certainly not unfounded. In my opinion, it is rare to see a female artist that garners so much love and respect from both the ladies and the guys. I'm talking MAD LOVE. I might go to the Mariah Carey show with my girlfriend and enjoy the melodies from the songs I hear and the radio (although she is hot too), but I am not constantly nodding my head or up out of my seat screaming for more. Badu's bass heavy jazz beats always remind me of early 90's Hip Hop. She cruised through her set drawing on songs from all four of her albums. I also enjoyed the moments when she was just messing around on her drum machine. I could go on and on about the show, but since this is the NO RIVAL blog, I will keep it at that. In my opinion, there is absolutely NO RIVAL to The Roots crew and Erykah Badu. They are doing what they love and it shows. I hope that they continue to make wonderful music well into the future. Until the next show...
Friday, June 6, 2008
AWWWWW YEAH!!! We are, no doubt, excited about the launch of this brand!!! The store will be up soon, so hit us up next week at http://www.norival.com !!! PEACE!!!