Top 200 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013

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Article by Alloyius Mcilwaine

Welcome to Cultures Clothing’s “Best of Hip-Hop in 2013” wrap-up article – featuring the Top 200 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013!  I received a lot of positive feedback when I published my 2012 wrap-up piece, so I decided to do this article annually!  I tried to sift through as much music as humanly possible to present you with the best that this year had to offer.  However, before we get to the list, I have a couple of disclaimers:

I LOVE Hip-Hop, but I’m also very critical of it.  If I’m going to be honest, I tend to dislike the majority of the commercial rap currently on the market (for legitimate reasons that I’ll expound on later).  So, outside of a few exceptions, you’re not going to find a lot of that kind of music on this list.  Having said that, I’m not one of those underground Hip-Hop fans that just hates all commercial artists regardless of the quality of their music.  I believe that line of thinking is extremely closed-minded and asinine.  The only way to truly have an informed opinion about the music is to judge everything on a song by song basis.  For example, I’m not a fan of Rick Ross AT ALL.  I think he’s a fraud with a good taste in production and limited talent.  In spite of that, “Poor Decisions” by Rick Ross ft. Lupe Fiasco & Wale made this list.  It’s a solid Hip-Hop song, and Rick Ross actually had (somewhat of) a positive message.  Furthermore, I think that the “Started From The Bottom” song by Drake is terrible.  However, “From Time” by Drake ft Jhene Aiko ALMOST made the list because it’s a relatable song that has a lot of honesty in it (despite some of Drake’s false bravado).  At the end of the day, I just thought that there were better songs that deserved more recognition.

In general, the reason why I dislike a lot of the commercial music is because of the dumbed down content.  I have this crazy conspiracy theory where I believe that the record companies decided to gradually dumb down mass-marketed music over time.  By doing this, they wouldn’t have to work as hard to create a hit record.  It makes sense from a business perspective.  If the consumer is willing to accept anything that you give them, then your business will have an easier time pushing off products with lower standards of quality.  Whether on not my theory is true, it is a fact that we’ve now gotten to the point where we (as a culture) celebrate mediocrity.  The Grammy committee nominated 2Chainz (formerly known as “Tity Boi”) for one of the highest accolades given in music last year.  And recently, record companies were fighting over the right to sign Trinidad James after he created one of the most ignorant songs in the history of mankind (“All Gold Everything“).  Yes, the song has a catchy beat…but it’s borderline minstrel show (especially if you watch the video).  The song is so bad that my sister and I thought that it was a funny parody track.  I was laughing hysterically until someone told us that it was a real song *CRINGE*.  Seeing these things frustrates me to no end, because I see all of this high-quality music being ignored to champion sub-par nursery rhyme music.

But fear not Hip-Hop fans.  I’ve pain-stakingly comprised one of the most legitimate Hip-Hop lists that you’ll find anywhere on the internet.  I refuse to celebrate mediocrity in my publication.  I take pride in that fact that I’m providing a platform for fans to be able to discover high quality music (with incredible lyricism and amazing production).  I realize that there are some of you out there that flip through lists like this and completely dismiss them if you don’t see your favorite artist on there.  However, if you do that, then there’s a chance that you’ll miss out on something that you might actually like.  So here’s the Hip-Hop Litmus Test.  Listen to the three songs posted below:

“Own Appeal” – Oddisee

“Unbreakable Me” – Reks

“A Christmas F**king Miracle” – Run the Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

These are but a few of the dope Hip-Hop songs released in 2013.  I would definitely recommend checking out this list if you liked at least one of the tracks posted above.  If you didn’t like any of those songs, then we probably have vastly different opinions about what Hip-Hop is.  Either way, I hope that the majority of you enjoy this article.  Apologies in advance if I omitted any songs that legitimately deserve to be on this list.  It’s next to impossible to hear everything that came out this year, so there are bound to be some tracks that I over-looked.  Please leave me a comment if you can think of any songs that I left out.  I’m looking forward to checking out your suggestions.  So, with that said, enjoy the list below.  Hopefully this article will introduce readers to some dope artists that aren’t getting nearly enough recognition:

Top 200 Hip-Hop SONGS of 2013 (In No Particular Order)

1) “One Life” – Epidemic

2) “If I Could Sing” – Qwel & Maker – BEST HIP-HOP LOVE SONG OF 2013

3) “The Quest(ion)” – ScienZe – BEST HIP-HOP MUSIC VIDEO OF 2013

4) “HOPE” – Phora

5) “A Christmas Fucking Miracle” – Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

6) “Own Appeal” – Oddisee

7) “Unbreakable Me (Live Acoustic)” – REKS – Best Acoustic Hip-Hop Track of 2013

8) “BURGUNDY WHIP” – MED, BLU & MADLIB ft. Jimetta Rose

9) “Nite & Day” – Marco Polo ft. Big Daddy Kane

10) “Black Diamonds” – Natti (of CunninLynguists) ft. Jason Coffey

11) “Titanic” – Jazz Addixx

12) “The Process” – Oxygen ft. Dr. Becket & Emskee

13) “Don’t Run From Me” – Jarell Perry & Locksmith – BEST HIP-HOP & R&B COLLAB OF 2013

14) “Eulogy” – Tanya Morgan

15) “Sunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst” – Black Milk

16) “Hip-Hop Head Count” – Biologic

18) “So High” – Paranom & Purpose

19) “Could It Be”  – Co$$ ft. Blu, Denmark Vessey and Sene – BEST POSSE CUT OF 2013

20) “Best Worst Day” – Supastition – BEST STORY-TELLING HIP-HOP TRACK OF 2013

21) “We Will Make It” P.R. ft. Cise Star (CYNE) & Blu

22) “Quicksand” – Yancey Boys (Illa J + Frank Nitty) & J. Dilla feat. Common & Dezi Paige

23) “Thumper aka Caped Crusader aka The King James Diversion” – Binary Star

24) “3 O-Clock” Marco Polo feat. Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po)

25) “Time To Ponder” – 7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies + Tragedy Khadafi)

26) “Sun Shine” – Doppelgangaz

27) “What You Need” – Moe Pope & Rain

28) “Tears For Uriah” – CYNE

29) “A Rainy Day” – Raekwon

30) “Tender Greens” – Durag Dynasty

31) “Push Thru (Marco Polo Remix)” – Talib Kweli ft. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar

32) “Lake Effect” – Qwel & Maker

33) “They Don’t Know”  – Blame One & J57 ft Akie Bermiss

34) “LIFE” – Thomas Prime & Tiff The Gift ft Akin Yai (CYNE), Awon & Dicap17

35) “Love Is Blind” – Co$$

36) “Built Pyramids” – NORE aka PAPI feat. Large Professor

37) “Unorthodox” – Joey Bada$$

38) “Deep” – FATNICE

39) “Old School Love” – Lupe Fiasco ft Ed Sheeran – BEST FEEL GOOD HIP-HOP SONG of 2013

40) “The Ocean” – Epidemic

41) “Savagely Attack” – Czarface ft. Ghostface

42) “Charlie Brown” – ScienZe ft. Blu

43) “The Banana Clip Theory” – Big K.R.I.T.

44) “Jason Statham” – Has-Lo

45) “Barbituates” – Doppelgangaz

46) “Excursions” – Lewis Parker ft. John Robinson

47) “You Were The Shit (In High School)” – Cage

48) “Good Things Die” – Ugly Heroes

49) “Acid Rain” – Chance The Rapper

50) “SLRIII (Round of Applause)” – Lupe Fiasco

51) “The Mahdi” – The Underachievers

52) ”Watercolors” – Fatnice ft. Charlie K

53) “Another Galaxy” – Natti (Prod. by Kno of CunninLynguists) – Best Hip-Hop Beat of 2013

54) “The Last Stop” Fate feat. Blu

55) “Divine People” – Shing Shing Regime

56) “Chai Latte” – Shirosky ft. Awon, Thomas Prime, White Rain and Mini Lee

57) ”Monochrome” – L’Orange & Stik Figa

58) “Jedi Code” [Prod. by 9th Wonder] – Rapsody f. Phonte & Jay Electronica

59) “Microphone Phenomenal” – Paranom & Purpose

60) “Learn Truth” – R.A. the Rugged Man ft. Talib Kweli

61) “Masterful” – John Robinson & Kyo Itachi

62) “Michael” – Sadistik – BEST HIP-HOP DEDICATION TRACK OF 2013

63) “Catch The Beat” – Man of BOOOM

64) “Yeezus Was A Mortal Man” – Oddisee

65) “Alone” – L’Orange ft. Blu – 2013 Hip-Hop Producer of the Year (L’Orange)

66)  “Love Again” – Co$$

67) “Broken Pendulum” – Qwel & Maker

68) “Life Is A Gamble” – Big K.R.I.T.

69) “The Apple & The Asp” – Has-Lo

70) “Congratulations” – Common ft Cocaine 80’s

71) “Critical Thinking” – Meyhem Lauren

72) “Stone Like Me” – L’Orange & Stik Figa feat. Has-Lo – 2013’s Rising Star of the Year 2013 (Stik Figa)

73) “Human Mic” – Talib Kweli

74) “Dyslexic” – LMNO (produced by Evidence)

75) “Holy Visions” – Zion I ft. Fashawn

76) “Rolling Thunder” – Action Bronson

77) “The Healing” – Thomas Prime ft. Landon Wordswell

78) “No Waves” – The WHOevers ft. The Netherfriends

79) “Pressure” – Elzhi

80) “Dayz Go By” – Paranom & Purpose

81) “Come Here” – Talib Kweli ft. Miguel

82) “Authentic” – Kid Tsunami Feat. Bahamadia

83) “Men Of Honor” – 7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies + Tragedy Khadafi) feat. Relentless

84) “Power of Thought” – Denmark Vessey

85) “The Fear” – Mantra

86) “Not For Nothing” – Koncept

87) “Dwindlen Books” – Raw Poetic – Best Experimental Hip-Hop Song of 2013

88) “He Say She Say” – Clear Soul Forces

89) “On & On” – SoulChef ft. Landon Wordswell

90) “What’s Love” – Torae ft. Pharoahe Monch

91) “Nina” – ANTHM

92) “Be Yourself” – Shuko ft. Blu

93) “Gauteng” – Asheru ft. Raheem Devaughn

94) “Midget Cough” – Action Bronson x Party Supplies

95) “Monday To Sunday” – Epidemic

96) “Different Kind Of High” – Benny Freestyles

97) “Summer Breeze” – Slum Village

98) “Day In The Life” – Joey Bada$$

99) ”Prey” – Epidemic & Dreamtek

100) ”Whole Life” – A-Alikes ft. M-1 (of Dead Prez)

 

101) “Lesson Iz Done” – uMang

102) “Spraying My Pen” – K-Os ft. Saukrates & Shad

103) “Get It” – Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

104) “Woodwalker” – RA Scion ft. Mark Shirtz

105) “Long Walkers” – Qwel & Maker

106) “We Movin” – AZ

107) “Dancin In The Rain” – A.G.

108) “Bird’s Eye View” – Statik Selectah ft. Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought

109) “Super Ninjas” – The Almighty (Canibus, Planet Asia, Cappadonna, & Nino Graye)

110) “Day In My Decade” – Has-Lo

111) “They Die by Dawn” – The Bullitts Ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu

112) “Nuff Said” – Raw Poetic (of Panacea)

113) “Rise of the Black Suits” – Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge

114) “Love Me” – Koncept f. Lollybone

115) “Make Up Sex” – Substantial ft. Deacon the Villain

116) “Abracadabra” – Qwel & Maker

117) “Men Are Mortal” – Homeboy Sandman

118) “Champion Of The Block” – MidaZ the Beast

119) “Summer Madness” – Phora

120) “When It Rains” – Dag Savage ft. Aloe Blacc

121) “Animal Pharm” – Lupe Fiasco

122) “What’s Wrong” – Rakim

123) “Rhyme of the Year” – Nino Bless

124) “Visionz” – Killah Priest

125) “All For Sale” – Masta Ace

126) “Long Drive Home” – Ugly Heroes

127) “Death Sentence” – Prodigy ft. Roc Marciano

128) “B. Dawk” – Reef the Lost Cause

129) “Loud Enough” – Moe Pope & John Robinson

130) “Give Em Eff” – Julian Malone

131) “On One” – Qwel & Maker

132) “Nosetalgia” – Pusha T & Kendrick Lamar

133) “Ladies & Gentlemen” – Pete Rock & Camp Lo ft. Talib Kweli

134) “Gettysburg” – Willie the Kid & Alchemist

135) “Art Imitates Life” – Talib Kweli ft. Black Thought & Rah Digga

136) “Dag, Philly Too” – Homeboy Sandman w/ El RTNC (formerly Rthentic RTNC)

137) “Stay Focused” – uMang

138) “The Maven” – K-Rino

139) “Before The Sunset” Blame One & J57 Ft Exile

140) “Smoke Rings” – L’Orange and Stik Figa

141) “Don’t Front” – Eminem

142) “Illest In Charge” – Klaus Layer ft. Blu

143) “Iwantweback” – Jean Grae

144) “90’s Baby” – Phora ft. InDJnous

145) “How You Livin” – Kenji The Wise

146) “Babies” – Fatnice ft. Charlie K

147) “City in Amber” – Sadistik Feat. Lotte Kestner

148) “EL ESTUDIANTE” – Spit Gemz

149) “F.A.M.E.” – Freddie Gibbs ft. Daz Dillinger & Spice 1

150) “Job Well Done” –  Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

151) “Take It There” – The WHOevers

152) “For The People” – Spectac & Shakim

153) “The Beginning” – Fashawn

154) “Kill the King”  Sadistik Ft. Deacon the Villain (of CunninLynguists)

155) “G.U.R.U.” – Marco Polo ft. Talib Kweli, DJ Premier

156) “City Rising from the Ashes” – Deltron 3030 ft. Mike Patton

157) “Jambalaya” – Rapper Big Pooh (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

158) “Is Happiness Just A Word?” Vinnie Paz (of Jedi Mind Tricks) feat. Yes Alexander

159) “Truth” – Ill Bill (Prod. By Pete Rock)

160) “Open Letter Remix” – Jay-Z ft. Common

161) “Thought Process” – Black Thought (of The Roots)

162) “Give It Up” – Koncept ft. Reks

163) “Catchin’ The Vibe” – Quasimoto

164) “My First White Girl” – The White Mandingos – Funniest Hip-Hop Song of 2013

165) “30 Pieces of Silver” – Ka

166) “Crisis Music” – Canibus

167) “Invincible” – Ghettosocks ft El Da Sensei

168) “Rap God” – Eminem

169) “Control” – Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica

170) “Thank You” – Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil Wayne

171) “Poor Decisions” – Wale ft. Lupe Fiasco & Rick Ross

172) “Favela Love” – Talib Kweli Featuring Seu Jorge

173) “Continue” – Clear Soul Forces

174) Sadistik (Feat. Cage & Yes Alexander) – Russian Roulette

175) “Space Mountain” – Koncept ft. Tanya Morgan

176) ”Cage Ish” – Epidemic & Dreamtek

177) “Run” – Dice Raw

178) ”Money Matters” – J-Live

179) “Reflections From The Porch” – Qwazaar

180) “The Dangerous Three” – R.A. The Rugged Man ft. Brother Ali & Masta Ace

181) “The System Gotcha” – KRS ONE

182) “Where’s the Exit?” – Illogic & Blockhead

183) “Human In Disguise” – Mr. Green & Benefit

184) “What Is This Loneliness” – Deltron 3030

185) “Savages” – Marco Polo ft. Slaine, Celph Titled, and Ill Bill

186) “Chiseled Masterpiece” – Illogic & Blockhead ft Lionesque

187) Peroxide” – MED (aka Medaphoar) & Blu w/ Madlib feat. Dam-Funk

188) “Bad Guy” – Eminem

189) K-Def ft. Insight, Has Lo & Kaimbr – Riot Material

190) ”Global” – Bahamadia ft. Neb Luv & Spontaneous

191) Before Midnight (RMX)” –  L’Orange & Stik Figa ft. Rapsody & Castle

192) “Lyrical Fitness” – Fatnice

193) “I Stand Alone” – Robert Glasper Experiment ft Common

194) “How We Do” – Epidemic (HexOne + Tek-Nition) & Dreamtek

195) “Ring The Alarm” – Divine ScienZe ft. Blu

196) “Expectations (Croup Remix)” – Supastition ft. Shylow

197) “Life We Chose (Mobb Deep Remix)” – Havoc (of Mobb Deep) feat. Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)

198) “Piece of Peace” – Illogic & Blockhead

199) “Seven Series Triplets” – Action Bronson & Harry Fraud feat. Prodigy (of Mobb Deep); Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan)

200) “Mass Hysteria” – Rapsody

 

And just in case you’re wondering, here are my “Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2013” (in No Particular Order):

  • Qwel & Maker – Beautiful Raw
  • Epidemic – “Somethin’ For Tha Listeners”
  • Paranom & Purpose – Life Outside The Frame
  • L’Orange & Stik Figa – The City Under The City
  • Blame One & J57 – Walk In The Sun
  • The Doppelgangaz – HARK!
  • Oddisee – The Beauty in All / Tangible Dream
  • 7 G.E.M.S. – “Golden Era Music Sciences”
  • “Run The Jewels” – Killer Mike & EL-P
  • Sadistik – Flowers For My Father

Cultures Clothing – 2012 Wrap-Up

Hello everyone!  Wow…it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Welcome to Cultures Clothing’s 2012 Year End Wrap-Up! 2012 has been the most successful year for Cultures Clothing by far, so I wanted to take the time to recap some of the highlights of the year!
My first major accomplishment of the year was getting the brand new culturesclothing.com up and running!  Just to give you a little backstory, my mother originally purchased my domain name and hosting for the site in May 2004 as a graduation present.  At this time, I couldn’t afford to pay someone to design a website for me, so I tried to teach myself web design…which was a long and strenuous process.   I eventually got a functioning website onto the internet, but it was filled with flaws and bugs…and I wasn’t really happy with the overall layout.  I wanted to create a sleek new website that incorporated my online magazine, so I knew that I had to change the whole set-up of the site.   The only issue was that I was just entirely too busy to work on a new website, so I hired my oldest friend in the world, Jason Barbour of Advertise It Media to build it for me.  Three weeks later (in late January of 2012), I had a functioning website that I could be proud of.  Here’s a collage of screenshots of the site:
I was really proud of the new features that we added onto the site.  I have a brand new section called “Cultures Facts”, where people can click on a flag, and learn facts about the culture associated with that flag.  I also installed a forum, where people can come and discuss topics such as art, fashion, sports, music, politics, and more.  Finally, I added a new section onto the site called “Customers Wearing Cultures Clothing“.  This is a gallery that I added that features all of the pictures that people have sent me of them wearing their Cultures Clothing purchases.  Your support means so much to me, so I created this gallery as a way to show my appreciation to all of you. Here’s a link to the gallery:
Customers Wearing Cultures Clothing Gallery

Soon after I got the new website up, I recorded a video where I did a live painting!  I had the song “Wings” by The Union ft. Elzhi stuck in my head during the process, so I painted while I listened to the song on repeat and recorded the whole process!  Check it out!  The people that made the song retweeted this video and gave me props for it!

Next up was perhaps the most important thing that I did all year. I was trying to think of a way to raise money to get Cultures Clothing mass produced, and I found out about a site called Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a site that gives you a platform to raise funds for your various projects and creations.  I decided that I would use this platform to take my clothing line to the next level:



Here’s a video and summary of what the campaign was all about:

Cultures Clothing Kickstarter Campaign Video:

So my goal was to raise $5,000 to get my clothing mass produced. The only problem was, I had 8 weeks to raise the money.  If I didn’t reach my goal by the end of the campaign, the money would be refunded to all of the donators.  Kickstarter does this so that people don’t raise a portion of the campaign money, and then spend what they got on things like groceries because they didn’t reach their goal.  It makes sense, but it made my life a little hectic for those 8 weeks. So I went out and did some major campaigning. I felt like such a politician, because I started handing out flyers on the street…striking up conversations with random passers by to try to raise more money.  All of my hard work paid off though…because I reached my goal with one week still left to go in the campaign!


As a way to thank all of the people that supported the campaign, I did a celebration dance and lip syncing video with my college roommates to “5 Minutes of Funk” by Whodini.  I then showed pics and video clips of the people that supported me over the years, and shouted out all of the donators at the end of the video.  People seemed to really enjoy it!
So now that I raised the money from the Kickstarter campaign, I had to go about getting the clothing mass produced.  I designed the tags, labels, and taping for all of the clothing, and gave the manufacturer samples as a guide for how to produce the T-shirts.  Originally, I was going to try to get everything from T-shirts to dresses to polos produced with the money from the campaign.  However, I underestimated some of the production costs for making these items.  So I decided that I would produce the T-shirts first (since they are the easiest product to move), and then use the proceeds from the sales to get the rest of the clothing produced.  That way, I would be flipping product, spreading the brand name, and raising production funds for the more expensive items all at once.  I decided to start out with 5 T-shirt designs for the men, and 5 for the women…and I put them into production.
As I waited for the products to come back from the manufacturer, I was contacted by Gerald Lawson of Dhengi Brand about participating in a Philly Clothing Brand Cypher on July 12th.  The purpose of this shoot was to show unity between all of the talented independent clothing brands in Philadelphia.  As soon as I heard about the shoot, I put out an open invitation on Facebook and Twitter…asking people to come out and wear Cultures Clothing for some solo and group shots.  It was great, because a ton of people came out to support! A special shout out goes to my mom, my sister KharismaKristinAlessandra, my cousin StanleyDora (and her mom), my aunt AngieTali, Matt, Angel, Bill, Christie, Barry, Jaleel and Marcel!  Here are some of my favorite Cultures Clothing shots from this shoot:

 

Left to Right: Dora, Stanley, Kristin, Christie, Bill, Alloyius (me), Alessandra, Angel, and Matt 

Left to Right: Alessandra, Alloyius (me) and Kristin
Left to Right: Kristin, Alessandra, Alloyius (me), Dora, and Christie
Left to Right: Mom, Stanley (cousin), Kharisma (sister), and Alloyius (me)

After I finished taking shots with the Cultures Clothing crew, it was time for all of the label owners to shoot together, so I went and joined the group.  Here is a list of all of the brands that participated in the Philly brand cypher (in alphabetical order):

-Bellargo Piargé
-Cultures Clothing
-Dhengi Band
-Draccir & Crew
-Friqi Fashions
-IbnMajid Clothing Co.
-In2Mind
-Ingenious Clothing
-IbnJeans
-Kings Rule Together
-Neo Daviso
-Unarmed Apparel

And here are some of the group shots with all of the designers:

Photo by Julian White Photography

It was awesome to see this kind of unity in Philadelphia. This was the first of the Philly Brand Cyphers, but we did another one later on in the year to showcase our fall/winter fashion.

Soon after the Philly Brand Cypher, I came across an image from the post-production of the SADIE WEB SERIES by Nicole Agostino, where Zigg Harris (accompanied by Alyssa Kempinski) is wearing the “Guy Fawkes: Revolution” shirt!
I provided some wardrobe and art for the series, and even had a cameo appearance on the first episode!  I saw an update that Nicole just posted, saying that the web series would be up within the first half of 2013.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product!

To See More From The Sadie Web Series Please Check Out The Links Below:
Then, I got what was undoubtedly my biggest shock of the year.  One day, I was trying to take a nap…but I couldn’t go to sleep because of the constant buzzes coming from my cell phone.  After the buzzes didn’t stop for an entire hour, I decided to try to pry my eyes open to see what all of the hubbub was about.  As I turn on my phone screen, I see about 1,000 text messages telling me that I was Tosh.0 (Comedy Central).  My first thoughts were “why in the BLUE HELL was I on Tosh.0? Oh no…did Daniel Tosh make fun of me about something?” LOL! As it turns out, Tosh was doing a piece about Kickstarter for his show, and he used a clip from my Kickstarter campaign to show what it was.  He kind of makes fun of Kickstarter in general for a bit (and makes a few snide remarks about the people that use it lol), but then he goes on to say that Kickstarter does work, so he decides that he’s going to start his own campaign (to become the world’s first trillionaire).  It was a pretty funny piece.  The great thing about this was that this episode has played at least a few times a week since it first premiered!  The clip itself was only about 10 seconds, but my logo has been seen by millions of viewers since the episode started running!  Here’s a snapshot that my aunt took on her phone of my brief cameo.  If you guys want to check out the episode itself, it’s Episode 12 of Season 4.  You can probably find it online, but I bought it on iTunes for my collection haha:
The exposure from the Tosh.0 cameo was great!  Because of the cameo, the costume designer from an up-coming movie called “Charlie, Trevor, And A Girl Named Savannah” requested some items for the characters to wear in the movie!  There are some big-name actors in the movie, and I have some pictures of the actors wearing the clothing, but I’m not allowed to post the pictures until after the movie premieres lol.
Ok so I finally got my clothing in from the manufacturer, and it came at just the right time…because I was invited to sell my clothing in a store called Impact Boutique (located at 644 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147).  Impact had it’s grand opening on September 14th, and I was there to personally sell my items to the customers. I took a picture of myself in the mirror before the store opened because I was wearing one of the brand new Cultures Clothing “Guy Fawkes: Revolution” T-Shirts:
And here’s what the clothing looked like on the shelves…complete with the tags and labels!
Cultures Clothing’s “Guy Fawkes: Revolution” Shirt on the Shelves
Cultures Clothing & Dhengi Brand on the Shelves

It was really heart-warming, because a lot of familiar faces came down to the store to support me.  I have to give a special shout out to Tali, Steve, Kenny, Erin, Turquoise, Chris, & Ike for coming to the event and showing love!  Here’s a picture of Tali playing window mannequin while wearing of the Cultures Clothing “I Love Hip-Hop” T-shirts:

Tali Playing “Cultures Clothing Mannequin” in the Window

Comedian Michael Blackson (of “Next Friday” fame) also came down to the store that day!  He was a really cool, down to Earth guy…and he supported Cultures Clothing by showing off his brand new “I Love Hip-Hop” shirt!

Some of the customers that bought T-shirts wanted me to autograph the shirts!  One of them said, “it’s not often that we get to buy a shirt in a store from the actual designer”.  I was so honored!

Photography by Brian Hunt
I had another big event the very next month after the store opened.  I decided at have my first art show on October 26th!  I was just sitting in my office one day, looking at the pile of my completed canvases, and I said to myself, “why don’t I showcase these things instead of just piling them in the corner”?
Art is something that I’m compelled to do, so I created about 30 new paintings just because I had to get the creativity out of my system. I had all of these new paintings available, so I figured that it was the perfect time to put on a showcase!  I called it “Spraypaint & Ink Pens: Alloyius Mcilwaine’s 1st Art Showcase”, and I held the show at the same boutique where I was selling my clothing.  Here’s a picture of me looking exhausted after I finished setting up for the show:
And here is some video footage of the art show, courtesy of David Bey & Bey Filmz:
Looking back on this year, I created a lot of new artwork…
So I figured that I should highlight my top 5 favorite painting that I created in 2012:
1) “Orlando Shrooms” by Alloyius Mcilwaine – I called this painting “Orlando Shrooms”, because after I looked down at my finished product, it looked like I had taken some drugs before I started painting it (which I DID NOT LOL):
2) “Party All Year/Month/Week/Night” by Alloyius Mcilwaine – I like this painting a lot because after I finished it, it reminded me of an abstract version of “Where The Wild Things Are“.
3) “I’m Sorry Dorothy, But This Is Not Kansas” by Alloyius Mcilwaine – This is one of my favorite paintings because it was one of the first pieces that I did while experimenting with a tan base and using a more minimalist style.


4) “All At Once I Stepped Out Of A Dream” by Alloyius Mcilwaine – It wasn’t intentional when I first started to paint (especially since I freestyle the majority of my paintings), but it seemed like I was channeling Picasso a bit for this piece.

5) “Lost In The Maize” by Alloyius Mcilwaine – I just thought that the colors came out brilliantly in this piece.
Ok now on to the last of the big events that I participated in this year.  I can’t remember whether it took place in late October or Early November, but we had another Philly Brand Clothing Cypher featuring fall and winter wear.  Here are a few of the pictures from that event:
L to R: Dhengi Brand, Cultures Clothing, IbnMajid Clothing Co., G.E.E.K. Clothing Inc., and IbnMajid Clothing Co. 
Me and Khaleel (Nerdleel) of G.E.E.K. Clothing Inc.
And between November and December, I did two Cultures Clothing Photoshoots with two lovely ladies, Elizabeth Chang and Noel Monzo.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from those shoots:
Elizabeth Chang – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine:


Noel Monzo – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine


Before I wrap-up this article, I’d be remiss if I didn’t count down my Top 5 Favorite Photography Captures of 2012.  After all, I did do 20+ photoshoots this year lol. So without further adieu, here they are:
1) Ginger Coyle Magazine Shoot – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine:  I absolutely love this shot.  I did a photoshoot and interview with signer/songwriter Ginger Coyle for this magazine about 4 or 5 months ago.  We did the photoshoot on the top floor of Tattooed Mom on South St., which is completely covered in graffiti.  It gave the photo a really nice texture.

2) Ginger Coyle Magazine Shoot – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine: Man, I was really on for this shoot lol.  This is another one of the shots from my shoot with Ginger Coyle.  What I love about this photo is that it has the softness of a Marilyn Monroe pin-up photo…and it has an edginess as well because of Ginger’s tattoos and the background graffiti:

3) Angelina DiFrancesco’ Cultures Clothing Photoshoot – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine: I love this picture because Angelina is gorgeous, and the background colors are vibrant and complimentary of the outfit

4) Angelina DiFrancesco’ Cultures Clothing Photoshoot – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine: This is one of my favorite pictures because it combines three of my talents: I did the photography, the graffiti in the background, and of course I created the outfit as well.
5) Alyssa Everk’s Cultures Clothing Photoshoot – Photography by Alloyius Mcilwaine: This is probably my favorite color headshot that I’ve taken.  Her eyes are so crisp that you can actually see me taking her picture in them.  I also love the warm tone of this pic.
 
That’s it for this 2012 wrap-up edition of “What’s New With Cultures Clothing”.  Thank you so much for riding with me for another year.  I hope that you guys are with me for the long haul!  2013 promises to be an even better year than this one!  Until next time!
by Alloyius Mcilwaine, Cultures Clothing Co.