For the first time since its existence, the prestigious Harvard law school was a long awaited participant of the 39th annual regional law school basketball tournament, held on March 9 – 10,2013 at the western New England law school in Springfield , Massachusetts. Harvard law school and K.R.T recently joined forces and collaborated for the optimum experience.
All Star Weekend was hosted this year in Houston, Texas. We were super pumped when we found out that arguably the best basketball player on the planet LeBron James of the Miami Heat had worn our K.R.T x NBHB “Kings Inspire Kings” collaboration pin, front row at the 2013 NBA Slam Dunk contest.
“I was once told to smell your roses as you make it to the top” -Chill Moody
Tomorrow, Friday, Decemeber 28,2012 at 10pm Chill Moody will be headlining his first ever concert with Live Nation.
The concert will be held in Philadelphia, PA at the Theater of Living Arts - 334 South Street. This year our fellow king has done so many things to add to his professional resume; from hitting the stage at the 2012 Roots Picnic, to being ranked #3 on Billboard’s Top 10 Things Seen and Heard.
One of our best experiences with the rising Philly MC, is the forming of a new movement in Philadelphia “The Coalition” . Along side our peers JusBeano, Abstract Thought and the man himself Chill Moody, we are charging ourselves to spark change in the city of Philadelphia with a cohesive message to be great as one, and not live with the “crabs in a barrel” mentality.
“How do you feel pop culture influences peoples perception of sex?” -DJ Damage (GenerationNext: Uncovered)
Recently Kings Rule Together had the opportunity to be part of a great production titled “GenerationNext: Uncovered” which was produced, directed, and written by Shenille Latrice, CEO & Founder of iChoose2live.
Some of the topics that were mentioned were:
1. Why is Philly burning? (Philly’s in the top 10 cities for most STD’s!)
2. Why are teens not strapping up?
4. Getting naked for social media
5. Is it Beyonce or Lil Waynes fault?
6. Who’s fault is it that you got burnt?
7. Do you need to get tested?
The documentary features DJ Damage (Radio Personality for Hot 107.9/BET On-Air Personality 106th & Park), GoGo Morrow (Singer, Songwriter Dancer – Toured w/Lady Gaga), Melissa Hopely –(International Speaker) and Lafayette Kanard (Philly Stylist & Designer).
PRODUCED, DIRECTED, & WRITTEN BY: Shenille Latrice
DP: Patryk Depa High DEPinition
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS & WRITERS: Tobi Gadison and Ayla Tolosa
MUSIC BY: DJ Travelling Miles and Shawn from Cali
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To be considered a true gentleman of style one must demonstrate the proper etiquette in both appearance and behavior: knowing how to treat your Queen, what to wear to an event, how to work the room with just your charm… having proper etiquette at any given time, no matter the circumstance. Most men nowadays may not learn this from a father figure, which is why I appreciate my mother for the way she raised me. I can honestly say she taught me how to be a gentleman or, at the least, demonstrated her idea of what she thought it took to raise a young King. Queens really do inspire Kings to better themselves.
Photographer, blogger and gentleman of style himself Karl Edwin Guerre, recently curated this amazing video for his site Guerresims and GQ Japan, highlighting five gentleman of style from all over. These are not just your average day to day group of men. These guys are no stranger to the camera and have a special niche for details and tailored suits. Check out the video above as this is just a glimpse to what Guerre has in store. - K.R.T.
The young King recently interviewed Philadelphia-based DJ, DJ Aktive. Dj Aktive is currently the tour DJ for Kanye West. Throughout, the years he has worked with Philadelphia R & B artist, Musiq Soulchild, R & B recording artist, Marsha Ambrosius, and others.
DJing is not just about playing everyone’s favorite music, because if that was the case we all could be a DJ. Just like any other craft, there is an artistry behind DJing. This day and age many of the up and coming DJ’s do not stay true to the original art form of DJing, because of technology progressing and everything becoming more simplified. DJ Aktive on the other hand is a well-rounded DJ who has taken the time to perfect his craft, knowing both how to mix and scratch.
“I taught myself how to mix,” DJ Aktive explains in the video. “As far as scratching I learned that from Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money, and DJ Demo.”
DJ Aktive in the video is sporting one of Kings Rule Together’s “Young King” shirts, and speaks of how he likes the KRT line as a whole, because of its overall message- “Unity.” He explains in the video his style when performing as a DJ, as well as offering advice to up and coming DJ’s.
His closing statement was that with anything that you do, consistency will always remain the key to success and I couldn’t have said that any better myself.
Back in December I had the opportunity to be apart of a video for Pharrell Williams for an innovative movement called i am OTHER. As explained by Pharrell “i am OTHER is a cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts.” Here is a behind the scenes look at the i am OTHER video. Director, Justin Francis, explained the videos concept, which was a loose parody of the extraterrestrial and science fiction films of the 20th century (more than likely “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”).
The overall message was that it was time for those who are creative, different, and socially outside of what is considered to be normal to step outside of their comfort zones and just be who they are. Pharrell as well as his artists Buddy, Maxine Ashley, and Leah LaBelle gave cameos and spoke of the project.
Check out the video below. You can see the young King at the 34 second mark and even speaking of my experience during the filming of the project at 2:10. mark. – K.R.T.
The words above is a quote from my old high school’s yearbook that I said. I didn’t realize that I said these words until I came back to Germantown High for the first time since 2005 for “I’m A Boss Day.” A former classmate of mine, who was there, reminded me of this. This inspired me, due to the fact that along my road to success, my thoughts along the way when exiting high school was to tell myself and others that I never really knew what I wanted to do. The thing was that I really did know what I wanted to do, I just didn’t have any direction while doing it.
That was my main speech this day. Sometimes you may not have a clue or even be qualified for many opportunities, but hard work, dedication and consistency are the few keys to success whether you have experienced a great education or not. I told the students at Germantown High my many ups and downs as well as the benefit and roles that school, teachers, and parenting played upon their arrival to the big leagues. My story was a perfect example of not being a product of your environment and overcoming the many stereotypes of today’s world. Though I have so much more to accomplish, I felt that I was a great representation of how you can ” Turn Your Dreams To A Reality.”- K.R.T.
Check out the video below by Forever Dope Society.
On my recent trip to New York city I had the pleasure of interviewing the man behind all of my B.E.T. 106 and Park success, stylist Kwasi Kessie. This is my first Kings Inspire Kings video which videographer Derrick Woodyard captured this short but insightful interview from one male stylist to another. Check out the video as it displays our brief discussion about his success, styling and his thoughts about my Kings Rule Together line. - K.R.T.
“Blogging ain’t easy, but somebody’s got to do it” – Marcus Troy
I’m sitting here thinking about how I first found out about the Montreal native Marcus Troy. I’m not sure whether it was from hearing about him, or seeing his face in many different publications. What I do know is that he has found a way to turn his hobby into a business, which is Blogging! As Marcus says in the interview “it’s nothing wrong with blogging for a hobby, but its always a plus to get paid for the work you would do for free.” That’s the way I see it… If I never got photographed, honored, or even noticed, I still would dress the way that I do and have the same vision no matter what.
One of his latest ventures was “The Bloggers Project” that he curated at the Project Global trade show. He gathered some of his favorite bloggers to document the inside of the marketplace for menswear, buyers, and vendors.
I can relate to Marcus in more ways than one. One being that he is someone I believe to have similar values as myself, he doesn’t shy away from helping others or exposing people to what’s new. Like they say: “Ideas multiply when you share them.” Secondly, he is easy going and effective in a way that he attracts the right clients in an effortless manner. Its pretty amazing to be recognized and work with companies such as Nike, Project, and DC Life, all for just being yourself. Marcus Troy is one of a few Kings that I would not hesitate to Rule with. - K.R.T.
Read the interview after the break
Anyone that knows me personally knows I am not a fan of public speaking. Even though you may find me with a mic in my hand occasionally, its usually never by preference. I feel that once you’re in a position to lead, you must step up to the plate and do so. That was my thought process on March 8, 2012, when I was nervously waiting to present at the Apple Store for “Dukes Inspire Kings.”
Once I saw the amount of people that came out to support Seun Olubosum and myself for our collaboration event with HyloBoutiques, the excitement presented was unmatched compared to what I was actually feeling. We ended up having a full house, packed with people from all over to come watch us as we discussed our companies and brands. We focused mainly on the beneficial roles that technology and social media has played with brand-building in today’s market. - K.R.T.
I was fortunate to have an intimate conversation with a Denim Icon. His famous brands need no introduction, if you’ve been on the urban fashion scene. But as a refresher, Donwan Herrell is the founder of legendary clothing lines such as Akademiks and is currently the founder and designer of PRPS. I chose to interview Mr. Herrell because he is a true inspiration and fits the definition of a King.
His story was intriguing to me because of his independent existence in the market place. He is one who is at the forefront of his ideas and dosen’t lag behind the trends or connects himself to a particular movement. He is just himself. – K.R.T.
Check out my Q & A with Donwan Herrell of PRPS
I recently had the opportunity to be apart of a project composed of digital illustrations, created by up and coming illustrator/artist by the name of Ivan Kasaj. This was my first time working with someone who lives outside of the United States so I wanted to know a little bit more about him and his journey. The Trnava, Slovakia native Ivan Kasaj, is a freelance illustrator who likes to focus on men’s fashion, and ultimately turned his passion into a job.