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Akomplice speaks at J Dilla’s alma mater

January 20th, 2017

Last week Akomplice visited Pershing High School in Detroit, the school J Dilla studied at. A couple years back Akomplice, Joey Bada$$, and the J Dilla foundation collaborated on a project which generated enough funds to build a music studio/program in both Detroit and Brooklyn, at Joey’s and Dilla’s high schools. We checked in at Dilla’s school to see what had progressed, we gave a talk about the evolution of Akomplice as well as ourselves, both as entrepreneurs and as people, presenting some of the challenges we faced when we were their age as well as solutions we found. Being at the school where J Dilla studied, seeing our project take off, and still exchanging experiences with the students was more than an honor for us. We send a huge thanks to all of Pershing High School`s students, teachers, and staff, who welcomed us with great love and provided us with this day of exchange and learning. Detroit has soul.

View more photos from the day after the jump.

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Sam Lakin Awarded Fantastic Four Issue #5

January 3rd, 2017

@SLAKINART has been chosen to receive The Fantastic Four issue #5 comic book, Viktor Von Doom was first Introduced in this issue. This creative interaction was part of our Mystery Bag project, which was a collaboration with DOOM. To help us make this decision we got opinions from David Flores as well as other creatives from the industry. The final chosen art is the DOOM 3d block piece shown below at top right. Honorable mentions include: @Pablo_Vegass & @PgibDesign. To see more submissions including the honorable mentions click here.

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ShoreShot Awarded DOOM instrumental

January 3rd, 2017

ShoreShot has been chosen to receive the DOOM instrumental. This creative challenge was part of our Mystery Bag project, a collaboration we did with DOOM. Honorable Mentions include: DAN DiGi, JC The Messiah, Tolli D, and Inhale. Listen to and watch ShoreShot’s song & video below. Also read below an excerpt from cheefjustice about his inspiration and involvement with ShoreShot. Video by shamusfilms
“As a life long consumer of Hip-Hop, the greatest purchase I ever made was in 2011. I saw an article on HipHopDX with regards to a release by Akomplice in collaboration with MF DOOM. This product release was known as the Mystery box. I waited months for something to arrive and actually had no idea of what the contents of the box would be. There was a 24 hour window to purchase the box. Once i made my purchase, I also alerted two friends of this one day opportunity. They also were quick to purchase.

Upon the opening of the box, I immediately knew that this was not your average purchase. The contents of this box included a gold pocket watch, a red DOOM-STARKS cassette tape (“Victory Laps rMx by MAD VILLAINZ), an MF DOOM postcard, a treasure map, red camouflage DOOM tee, and of course, the infamous red crowbar. It would be an understatement to say my $50 purchase was anything short of priceless, and what ensued afterward gave the purchase endless value.

I was then led to a fact finding mission sponsored by Akomplice, where i would uncover the coordinates to where a DOOM treasure was located. After deciphering the puzzle, and being sent the final clues to the exact location of the treasure, it was an all out scramble to reach someone trustworthy in Colorado to go dig up the treasure. After speaking to my good friend @ChuckWhut who also solved the puzzle, we were able to contact a phenomenal musician named HL Ruth who happened to be on tour with his band, “The New Familiars”. They then drove to the location after their show, only to discover that someone had already dug up the treasure. Everyone in the band was thrilled to play a part in the experience, however, they were sad to come up empty handed.

To my knowledge, the contents of the treasure have never been revealed.

Fast forward to 2015. As soon as I heard the mention of another DOOM/Akompice collab, I was immediately ready to make another purchase and see what they had up their sleeve this time around. I ended up buying two, “Mystery Bags”. One was released by Akomplice online, which i sent to @shoreShot for his birthday in early August. The other I purchased at a skate shop just so i could add it to my personal collection. I ultimately knew this one mystery bag being sent to NJ was going to be in great hands.

The letter that was inside of the mystery bag said that we were taking the risk of entering into the unknown. We were taking part in a new level of interaction between artist and brand. We were given the tools to, “Explore our creativity.”

The letter stated, “In honor of your courage, you now have the opportunity to create and obtain a reward of invaluable measure.”

Inside the bag was a white cassette tape with a DOOM logo on it, containing one unreleased instrumental produced by the Legendary MF DOOM himself. Instructions online stated to record and upload your work to soundcloud with a specific criteria. Whoever won the contest would walk away with original unreleased DOOM beat.

Within days of shoreShot receiving the mystery bag, his, “Mystery Raps” were uploaded to soundcloud. He initially reached out to Matty Ho from Hi-Ho Records, who help him digitize the tape immediately, and record/mix what he had written to this exclusive beat tape.

Shore then took the recording to the third degree, made a trip to North Carolina, to shoot a video of his, “Mystery Raps.” It was only right to link up with his two villains, that being myself and @ChuckWhut. @ShamusFilms was thrilled to capture, and create the back drop for this DOOM groove. When it comes to product placement, dope story-telling, and, “taking the risk of entering the unknown,” I think we covered that well.

All in all, I feel like we, “Explored our creativity to the fullest.” ”

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Top 10 Moments of 2016

December 30th, 2016

top1-01On our recent creative trip through South America, we got to meet the former president of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica. It was an incredible and inspiring experience to see someone of his stature living in an old farm house, driving a beat up old VW Bug, and caring so much about the health and well-being of the people and the environment in his country, not just with words, but with his actions as well. This revolutionary man inspired a tee in our holiday collection with profits going to a charity of his choice.

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FILA is one of the oldest and largest sportswear companies in the industry. It was a pleasure designing a collab shoe at the FILA HQ in New York City earlier this year. Stay tuned for the release of our project in 2017.

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Every year Akomplice hosts an employee retreat called Camp Bowzooga. This was on every single employee’s list as a top moment. This year it took place in the mountains of Paonia, Colorado. We trekked the Black Canyon in Gunnison, hosted our annual bong competition, and had time to vibe with the entire team about life and Akomplice.

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We have worked with both Ricky Powell and David Flores individually in the past, but for this collab we brought the two renowned artists from opposite coasts together to carry out this high profile collab. Their unique styles blended seamlessly with David Flores creating original pieces from Ricky’s iconic photographs.

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Getting an invitation to exhibit our art alongside renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and Cody Hudson at the official Bernie Sanders Art Show was a definite highlight of 2016. It took place at the Hole Gallery in New York City and was put on by HVW8. The show was only days before the New York primary and the energy in the city was electric. Bernie made an appearance at the show to come and check out all the art made in his honor.

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Our brand took a huge step forward this season with the introduction of our Entirely Made in the USA organic basics collection. We dreamt of the day we could use organic USA grown cotton and have it milled in the USA, dyed in the USA, cut in the USA, sewn in the USA, and labeled/packaged in the USA. We did not think this was feasible, but we figured out how to make it happen. To our knowledge, we are the only brand in the USA doing this.

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Our core team member Theo was hyped to interview Beast Coast’s own Kirk Knight when he came through to LA for his show. Kirk has been a long time supporter of Akomplice. Theo had a lot to say after the interview “Being that we had already worked with Joey Badass on the J. Dilla collab, it was an honor to be able to shine the light on Kirk Knight. I was fortunate enough to do the interview on their tour bus where I met Kirk and The Underachievers. I’ve been around other rappers and artists, but Kirk Knight was a genuine dude.”

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We are proud to have raised close to $25,000 to help the Standing Rock fight continue. Mainstream media is acting like the Standing Rock fight is over, but the pipeline company has not left the grounds and since the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineer’s that the pipeline needed to be rerouted there has been new equipment delivered to the site, including the main drill needed to go under the river. The battle is still on and over 3,000 natives are still there 24 hours a day standing up for the protection of their water.

 

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If you haven’t watched Mike and Patrick chop it up with Wale about how the collab came about, you should do so.

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Happy New Year.


DOOM | AKOMPLICE

December 27th, 2016

The window for DOOM | Akomplice Mystery Bag submissions will be closed on December 31st at 11:59 EST. For anyone unaware, the bag contains a link that holds instructions prompting creative contests in three art mediums: music, illustration, and film. If you have the mystery bag you have the tools to participate in two of the three challenges. At stake is an unreleased DOOM beat, an original Fantastic Four issue #5 comic book, and a trip to Mexico with creative director Patrick Liberty. Three winners will be announced on January 1st 2017.

Click here to see guidelines on how to get your hands on The Loot.

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Below are creative works made during the design process while working with DOOM. Some were used for the Mystery Bag project and others are shown here for the first time.

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