Deuce Ellis has already made a fan out of Grammy-winner Alicia Keys. A fan of his lyrics, Keys is one of the many who adores what Deuce does with his hip-hop meets Motown meets all-around great sound. A sound that can soon be heard on his upcoming collaborative release with Sanity titled Murder of Crows, and within the confines of his solo lead single, “Acid Motorcycle.”
An artist and producer, Deuce Ellis has toured across the country performing music and poetry independently. Selling thousands of copies of his albums and his book BLVCK XMAS, along the way. His now infamous “Cult Classics” merchandise line can be seen everywhere from independent films like the award-winning The Dunning Man to the video for the Joey Badass and Kirk Knight collaboration “5 Minutes.” All of the above and then some has led to Deuce being featured on 2 Dope Boyz, All Hip Hop and SOHH.
After spending a year in Hawaii and then in L.A. redefining himself and sound, Deuce is currently residing in Brooklyn and looking to take his career to new heights. A new sound that comes on the collaborative Murder of Crows and the solo single, “Acid Motorcycle.” Both of which will drop before the end of 2018. The album release will be followed by the official Acid Motorcycle Tour. Just when one thought that was enough to have on Deuce’s plate, he also has a new label and studio being constructed, as well as executive producing the label project Cult Classics Vol. 1 coming this winter.
Deuce Ellis is a Brooklyn-based rapper with not only a new solo single entitled “Acid Motorcycle” on the horizon but a tour by the same name as well as a new collaborative album with Sanity, Murder of Crows, out soon.
Tonight!!! The Renaissance Residency with Venzella Joy & DJ Shiva kicks off this evening, Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017 at Los Globos!
Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 9pm! Get tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1570473-renaissance-los-angeles/
According to Joy herself, “Shiva is one of the dopest DJ’s I’ve ever heard and we’re curating a series of shows where we’ll be performing together every other week and featuring artists. Come experience the pioneer show of #TheRenaissance here in LA!!!”
It’s all happening TONIGHT!!!! 10•10•17!||| $5 with RSVP|||
A Street Couture Short Film Directed by Ronnell Hudson, Zachary Bxllion & Nneka Gigi. The visual that was premiered on 4/20 in Los Angeles at a private event by Nneka Gigi is now here for the public.
Instrumentals provided by Young Simba.
For those of us who “stand out”
we can never really “fit in”
We are not praying to be popular
We are not praying to be understood
We would much rather be “us”
We would much rather be “real”
And that’s a party you will never need an invitation to – RLH
Recently a long-time friend of mine from my hometown of Buffalo, NY, Rashaad Holley, sat down with fashion blogger Moesha Reid and the student publication I used to write for in college, the UB Spectrum, sharing his thoughts, his vision, his past and his future passions for his current fashion line, Vingt Cinq Rashaad. Take a look & read more below!
UB alumnus Rashaad Holley discusses his inspiration for his clothing line, Vingt Cinq Rashaad.
Rashaad Holley wants the number 25 to symbolize a rebirth of black males.
Holley’s brand, Vingt Cinq, means 25 in French and represents an important age for black men in the U.S., due to inner-city violence.
“There’s a popular Kanye lyric, ‘I wasn’t supposed to make it past 25, guess what, I’m still alive’ and that stuck with me,” Holley, a Buffalo State student and UB alumnus, said. “There are no fashion designers coming from the part of Buffalo where I grew up. Me aspiring to be one is different, it’s not something that kids think about being.”
Holley graduated from UB in 2016 with a degree in business focused in marketing. Instead of entering the workforce, he decided to pursue a second degree in apparel design within the Fashion and Textile Technology department at Buffalo State.
Holley’s goal is to “bring luxury to the urban look.” He’s taken the roughness of the eastside of Buffalo and uses it as inspiration for his clothing line. His great aunt’s death and his distance from his birth father showed him the importance of familial bonds and guided him through his work.
“People always say my garments are clean and I like that a lot because that’s not something you generally think comes out of the ghetto and that’s exactly where they’re from and where I’m from,” Holley said.
[UPDATE] Since originally posting this piece 9 days ago, Rashaad has recently embarked on an unforeseen journey, and taking a leap of faith to pursue his career in the fashion industry, as he has been offered an opportunity of a lifetime to study at Regent’s University in London, England for the summer of 2017. As you can imagine, this is an amazing opportunity for him to grow as a designer and as a man. “I thank you for the time you have given me to hear about my opportunity, and I would be forever grateful if you could contribute to my growth in any way. Thank you!” – Rashaad