Saturday, November 28, 2009



Reggae music has strong roots in American Soul. If you listen to any old roots reggae records from artists like Lee "Scratch" Perry, U-Roy, The Wailers, etc you can hear elements of R&B and Soul. Bob Marley himself referenced Soul artists like James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye as influences. From the picture above you can see he had collaborated with Stevie too.
This musical melting pot is the concept behind my latest mixtape called: Soulclash Hi-Fi. This mix of Reggae tunes, re-edits, covers and remixes is rooted in Soul with an island vibe. Official CD release w/ cover art will be available soon. Stay tuned.
- Ben Select



Bob Breaks

Bob Marley – Sun is Shinning (Yes King Remix)

Bob vs Marvin – Healing in Vain

Shinehead – Billie Jean

Derrick Laro – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

Steel Pulse – Roller Skates (Remix)

Gregory Isaccs – Hush Darling

Eek-A-Mouse – Wa-Do-Dem

Toyan – Spare With Me

Don Carlos – I’m Not Crazy

Frankie Paul – Worries In The Dance

Trinity – 3 Piece Suit

Garnett Silk – Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders

Michael & Olly Buck – Never Can Say Goodbye

Beverly Road All-Stars – Still In Love

$mall Change – Nuff Man Live in Jah City

Erykah Badu – Honey (GRC’s Jamaican Honey Rub)

Black Harmony – Don’t Let it Go to Your Head Dub

E’s E – Scratch’s Skank pt.1

Tenor Saw – Golden Hen

U Roy – Tide Is High

Danny Livingston – A Message To Rudy

Tony Tribe – Red Red Wine

Sizzla vs UB40 – Red Wine to Gaze

Richie Spice – Earth A Run Red (Nowtime Remix)

Prince Fatty – Shimmy Shimmy Ya

Morwells Unlimited Meets King Tubby – Morpheus Special


Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Jungle Lion (edit)

The Daktaris – Eltsugh Ibal Lasiti (Mad Professor Remix)

Sharon Jones – How Long Do I have to Wait for Dub (Ticklah Remix)

The Marvels – Rock Steady

The Drastics – Rock With You

Collen & Webb – Straight Gay

Roots Uprising meets Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster Jammin’

Willie Williams & Jackie Mittoo – Can’t Stop Us Now (edit)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Conspicuous Consumption with a Conscience

Once again, Gucci designs a special collection to benefit Unicef. Last year it was the White Heart Tattoo collection of products and this year, the collection is inspired by author and Illustrator Michael Robert's children's Book, Snowman In Africa.


The annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF has consistently supported education, healthcare, protection and clean water programs for orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. In this highly active five-year period, Gucci has succeeded in committing over $7 million to UNICEF. This significant sum is a testament to the increased scale and scope of the company’s support, and has resulted in Gucci’s current status as the largest corporate donor to UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” campaign. “Schools for Africa” aims to increase access to quality basic education for all children, with a special emphasis on helping the most disadvantaged—girls, orphans, children living in extreme poverty and other vulnerable children. In past campaigns, Gucci funds have focused on Malawi and Mozambique, and this year Gucci will add support for a third country, South Africa. In these three countries, over 2.3 million children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


To all the Connoisseur fam with Kids, I hope you are up on Nick Jr.'s super fresh show Yo Gabba Gabba. Hosted by DJ Lance Rock and his suit case full of freinds, this show has the freshest sound track out of any kids show on TV. Crazy electro beats, synth sounds and casio drums give this retro-tinged show its freshness. Plus they have regular guest spots from Hip Hop heavy weights like Biz Markie, The Roots and Rahzel. Peep the video clips and see for yourself.

Better than a rapping Elmo anyday. Check for local listing.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A day in the life with BMX rider Nigel Sylvester

For my peeps that really ride......

Escape From Tomorrow (A Day In the Life With Nigel Sylvester) from 13thWitness™ on Vimeo.


Nike Holiday 2009 Terminator Hybrid Pack X Terminator Hi ND Pack

Nike Holiday 2009 Terminator Hi ND Pack

The sneaker features several materials on the upper, with most of it coming in subtle brown and beige suede and accents set in a brighter color on the tongue and the heel. They also used contrasting stitching on the upper.

Nike Holiday 2009 Terminator Hybrid Pack

The Nike Terminator Hybrid, brings new materials and technologies to the iconic high top sneaker, returns for Holiday 2009. The pack consists of a black and a brown colorway. Both come with tonal outer soles and a hiking boot inspired lacing system.


Stussy x Basil Wolverton T-Shirts

Stussy x Basil Wolverton T-Shirts

Stussy licensed some of the famous portrait work by cartoonist Basil Wolverton for a series of Holiday 2009 t-shirts.

The shirts will be available Saturday, November 14th, while a Stussy x Basil Wolverton feature is now live on


Official video from Vans Vault Ray Barbee Re-Issue Release Party

Ray Barbee XX Years from Proper on Vimeo.

Enjoy the video celebrating 20 years of Ray Barbee’s skate career.


Hello Kitty x Girl Mike Carroll Skate Decks

Hello Kitty x Girl Mike Carroll Skate Decks

Mike Carroll’s pro deck on Girl with Miss Kitty front and center (where the Girl logo often stands). We’re assuming there’s decks for the whole squad too. “Not until next year” says Crailtap.


Slum Village – Dope Man

Slum Village - Villa Manifesto (Image)

“Dope Man” which will be released on the forthcoming Villa Manifesto Digital EP on 12.08.09.
The Villa Manifesto Digital EP will be an online-only release of several tracks to give Slum Village fans a taste of new material leading into the official Villa Manifesto FULL-LENGTH ALBUM to be released both online and physically in 2010 on Barak Records. Both releases will feature tracks recorded with Baatin in their reunion prior to his untimely death, and the FULL LENGTH Villa Manifesto album for 2010 is reported to feature tracks as the fully united Slum Village with J DILLA.

DOWNLOAD: Slum Village – Dope Man


Pill – Run Up To Me (Feat. Freddie Gibbs)


While Pill and Freddie have been making their rounds in concert in a tag team effort, this song was one of the previously unreleased tracks they would perform and get the crowd amped. Be on the lookout for Pill’s 4075: The Refill to drop November 17th and if you haven’t peeped Pill’s latest video for “Womb 2 The Tomb” hit the video section. This track goes hard. Props to TEV.

DOWNLOAD: Pill – Run Up To Me (Feat. Freddie Gibbs)


We Love Gucci....Gucci...Gucci....buuuurrrr

Worst Enemy.....

Gucci Mane’s album The State vs Radric Davis is due out December 8th and it wouldn’t be an album without him getting a little personal about a few things ( Young Jeezy & T.I.). Peep the interview Miss Info held down in the A with Gucci as he speaks to him on some of these things.


Clipse - Doorman

Straight Heat....


Sneaker Of The Week: Air Jordan 2010 Offical Release For 170.00.......JK there clean for the youngins...


South Africas Hardest Prison Don? John Mongrel

Million reports "Scariest man in prison Quotes: I fuck them face to face, No Im Not Gay and says the man getting raped is a woman..."


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Connoisseur Group Movement

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