Visiting King Berd’s Mob Store in South Austin (@kingberd27) @SXSW 2013

clothing, Fashion, music, Record Stores

The Mob Store is a new hip-hop shop that opened in March in South Austin. The shop features T-shirts and caps, DVD’s, mixtapes and car stereo equipment, with a special emphasis on local artists. Pay them a visit at 4360 S Congress Avenue, #107 in Austin.

Hip Urban Wear at The Bureau Lifestyle (@TheBureauATX) in East Austin @SXSW 2013

clothing, events, music, Music Conferences, Shopping

Also across the street from the Fader Fort was a new urban wear shop called The Bureau Lifestyle, which featured an unusual selection of unfamiliar hip-hop clothing brands and shoes. I was also impressed with the luxurious look of the store, and the large DJ booth prominently located in the center. Apparently The Bureau also serves as a venue for performances and parties. They are located at 908 E. 5th Street Suite #106 in East Austin, and can be reached at (512) 369-3753. They’re also on Facebook at

Collective Status (@StatusATX) on Austin’s 6th Street, @SXSW 2013

clothing, events, music, Shopping

I first noticed Collective Status last year at SXSW, and the iconic hip-hop shop seems something of an anomaly amongst 6th Street’s seemingly-endless row of bars and clubs. But the upscale urban clothing boutique has a DJ in its front window during the festival, and helps sponsor some of the hip-hop showcases as well. They carry most of the popular clothing lines including Rocksmith, Crooks and Castles, 10 Deep and Pink Dolphin. They also have fitted caps, watches and shoes. If you visit, be sure to check out the custom-made figurine of the late Pimp C of UGK beside the cash register. Collective Status is located at 516 E. Sixth Street in Austin. Call them at (512) 480-0088 or email them at

Swell-O-Life/Project Chane, Fondren, Jackson, MS

clothing, Fashion, Jackson Mississippi, Urban Wear

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Swell-O-Life/Project Chane is a clothing and lifestyle store in Jackson, Mississippi’s ultra-hip Fondren district. While not technically a skateboard shop, it does appeal to the local skateboard culture, as well as selling lines of Jackson and Mississippi shirts, some positive, some ironic, along the lines of New Orleans’ Dirty Coast. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Jackson area, or online at

January Industry Influence at the Howlin Wolf, New Orleans

clothing, entertainment, Hip Hop, Industry Summit, music, Music Conferences, New Orleans, rap

Industry Influence is a monthly event sponsored by @SESS45 of Nuthin But Fire Records and @wildwayne of Q93 in New Orleans. This month the event was held at the Howlin Wolf in the CBD, and I was invited to be on the panel discussion. Those in attendance were mostly new artists, but Baton Rouge-area rapper Lil Cali was there, as well as the people from Fly Definition clothing.

Entertainment Industry Connection at 595 North, Atlanta

Atlanta, clothing, entertainment, events, Fashion, Hip Hop, music, Music Conferences, rap

On Saturday January 5, 2013, the Entertainment Industry Connection came to 595 North Restaurant and Lounge in Atlanta, featuring panels and workshops, performances, a fashion show and experts on music, fashion and film. Notable industry attendees included Manny “Mad Dog” Ayala of the Coast 2 Coast DJ’s, Janie Jennings from Industry Works, Ray Hamilton of the Universal Record Pool who organized the event, David “Fort Knox” Mitchell, manager and MC extraordinaire. and John “J-Dogg” Shaw of Memphis-based Select-O-Hits Music Distribution.