The Brilliance!


We’re really internet and we’re really back. A website about things Benjamin , Chuck , Virgil , and various friends & guests think are interesting. Little-to-no specific focus, a bit odd, speling errors, and incredibly culturally relevant.

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Vintage hip hop flyers!

Whoa. I would love to have a handful of these. This guy could makes some wild cash selling reproductions of these. But wow, how things have changed. I hate to be that dude like, ‘…man, it was so much better back in the day…’ But honestly, it was truly so much ‘fresher’ back then. So much more fun looking. Just parties, functions, block parties where a new pair of sneakers would get you props…you didn’t have to have a Range Rover and $20k in jewelry…and no mean mugs either! Come to think of it, break dancers always had some super cheese smile on their face. Anyway, this collection is insane; I love the hand drawn stuff, so classic. Really, just classic. Ch-ch-ch-check it out! Cold chilling, cause that’s just the breaks! Thanks to Al Cabino on this.

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Lego’s 50th!!!

Legos. Fond memories abound, the pirate series, which I had on lock, was hands down my favorite. I had the forbidden island, my boy had the ship, we had all the little other boats and little palm tree atolls. I had the full airport and the space shuttle one too. Man, the good old days. Legos are this weird culture phenomenon…something about the creativity they invoke in kids that grew up playing with them. I mean, they were like a barometer for who was smart and who wasn’t…I swear, all the kids who played with Legos are mad successful now. Anyway, they have been around for 50 years, check the time-line they have on their site. So wild. Remember Lego Land in Denmark? Neither do I…what kid in the 80’s got to go to Denmark? I’m going to get an iced out Lego ‘guy’ as a pendant…hmmm.

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OMG NEW NYC Real Estate!

Round 2. I mean, I know I said I would do this on Sundays…but I got invited to a porch BBQ! Let’s do this. I like SoHo, so a lot of my searching takes place in this area. ONE – This one is quite nice for the price, bt 662 sq ft is quite small…either way, I like it, the kitchen is perfect. Maybe too much black leather here though. Location, location though, SoHo is fresh. TWO – This is how you start building a dream spot for real. 2100 sq ft to play with…huge open floor plan, huge art, and a huge black spray painted chandelier. I really like this one. THREE – The LES real estate…new project everywhere. This is a new development/renovation offering 1260 sq ft and crazy low monthly CC/taxes, I like that. New developments are always nice as well, working elevators, crisp feel and all that. I just like this one for some reason. But the Trumpster said it best kids, never let your emotions get involved with a deal. By the way, to my fellow GR dwellers, I got 790 sq ft up for rent in the new Union Square development, get at me!

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Roundtable interview on Dopefiend!!

Ben and I were asked by Clarence Kwan of Dopefiend to take part in an interview with us, him, Adam from Slamxhype, Kevin from Hypebeast, and Nat from A Silent Flute. This ‘interview’ of sorts took place on MSN Messenger. Pretty sure we all felt like complete geeks doing this. But anyways, check part 1 of the interview out. Me and Ben pretty much just joked around the whole time, so it should make for a few good laughs, if nothing else. Highlights include Ben talking about Niketalk’s Girl Problems (No 56K) and me telling Kevin when he arrived late that we were just wrapping up with some prayer. Those are my highlights anyways. Also, there was a thread started on Superfuture about this interview. One person in the thread tried to get after us with this, “Not as good as I thought it would be. Am I the only one annoyed at “The Brilliance!!?!?!”. I just can’t stand reading that site. Even the most benial topics are published as !?Hype!?” Hey brocious, if you can’t stand reading the site, you don’t have to go to the site. I mean come on man. And “benial?” Huh? Haha. I don’t know. And accusing us of posting for the sake of hype all the time…please. Car care companies, tattoos, travel resources, comedians, home/interior products and trends, and even a post one time about Aldi’s, that grocery store. We’re not here to talk about shoes all the time man…we’re just posting what we enjoy. But enough defending our cause. I have work to do, pizza to order, and then more work to do. Go read the interview. “Ben says: i’m wearing Helmut Lang and H&M…Chuck says: you’re wearing a Bape shirt with no pants on”

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Trop Frais! Pharrell feature in French Vogue!

No groupie, but as always, Pharrell is too fresh. He has a 6 page feature in French Vogue with some pretty incredible photography by Steven Klein. Too bad I can’t read French. But yeah, good photography…look at those fronts!!? Like him or not he is doing his thing and he truly is a trend setter and the Neptune’s production keeps getting better, it’s honestly almost mind boggling. Can you imagine what kind of numbers they are pulling in? Whoa. Check the link below, I pulled it from the Star Trak site. And check for Pharrell’s solo album dropping this fall…I have to wonder what that’s going to sound like. ‘…glamorous jewels with the chandelier hues…’

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That New Jaguar XK!

I just had some hot wings and Diet Coke; it’s just how I get down. Actually, this isn’t super ground breaking news, the concept of this car has been covered quite a bit, but this is the ‘official unveiling’ of the production model. I certainly like this silver rather than that weird-ass blue they kept showing. It’s really a beautiful vehicle. Certainly has some Aston Martin qualities in it…if I’m not mistaken the same designer for the Vanquish had a large role in the design of this new XK, not sure though. Either way, beautiful Jag lines, 300hp, tip-tronic transmission, aluminum frame, etc, etc. None of that really matters when you pull up to valet, you’ll just be ‘that dude’ with the ‘that new Jag.’ That was kind of corny. Still no price yet…I’d have to think it will be under $80k, because why would you have a Jag when you could get that new Aston V8 for a couple stacks more? Cool car, and no, I won’t be buying it…ha.

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Dustin Amery Hostetler, aka UPSO, is one of my favorite fellow artists. I’ve been in touch with him for quite a while now, have shared magazine pages with him, and met him when his band Stylex came through Chicago. He’s a cool all around dude with some of the most accurate and compositionally impressive vector illustrations I’ve ever seen. You absolutely have got to go to his site and check out the ‘18 HipHop Power Hustlas’ illustration for Rap-Up Magazine. Unreal how crisp and clean they all are. Every single illustration, especially the Missy Elliot, Lil’ Jon, and T.I., is perfect with the exception of the albino looking Damon Dash. Haha. Sorry Dustin. Anyways, his client list and technical graphics are impressive too…just check the site out already. Dustin also runs Faesthetic Magazine. On another note, I have an air duster can on my desk that is only shooting out that super cold frost chemical stuff, even when held upright. Sucks.

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Vroom…ride clean!

You have to ride clean…at least I feel like I have to. I’m talking the wheels, tires, wheel-wells, trim, interior trim, floor mats, cup holders, dashes, windows, mirrors, carpets, floor mats, leather (keep it supple), etc…I love riding clean. But have you ever noticed when you’re in the ‘cleaner isle’ at AutoZone/Pep Boys, or whatever, that all the products have the same color schemes? Like red, black and chrome with some corny shiny car/flame graphics. I mean, I know it’s the auto industry, but I still like good packaging! Vroom Brand is doing this quite well. They sell pretty much everything you could possibly need to keep your car fresh and the packaging is fresh! Good stuff, good prices. Check for them at Target. ‘…girl thats Juvenile, you don’t know he on fire, 17 inch Momo’s, black magic on his tires…’ And Chuck, you need to work on that brake dust issue you have, come on, the Kiss on 159th does it right!

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aNYthing…Exclusive Fall Preview!

I love the aNYthing t-shirts. Classic. A-ron is at it again with new fall line…all those classic references. 2 for $5, crack is back, and more. As well as some interesting collaborations with Ryan McGinley. I’m still thinking about the border-crossing one. And those news print bandanas are fresh as well…I have the news print t-shirt, please believe I wear it! Ha. I do though. Check the PDF at the link below. Big shout to aNYthing and the Retail Mafia all doing their thing at Magic in Vegas. Also - check out our latest interview with A-Ron of aNYthing! See it here!!! ***Sorry folks…had to take the link down to the fall preview. It’ll be back up soon with some changes. My bad.

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kanYeWest!!! Late Registration!

I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to begin, discuss, or end this post, because I’m too busy thinking about how much I just genuinely love this album. We are special, so we have had a chance to listen to the whole new album, and let me just say that when it drops on the 30th, you need to get to the store in the morning and get it. Get home and just set it on repeat, all day. Kanye stepped up the collaborations on this one, as expected, and the entire album is just a massive maturity and musical step up from the last album, even though the last one was great. If we had a rating scale of $ to $$$$$ I give this a $$$$$$. No, really. It’s that good. “Drive Slow” with Paul Wall is such a smooth track…“Crack Music” with The Game is fresh, “Addiction” is a really dark track but nice beats. “Gold Digger” and “Diamonds”, the first two singles are of course perfect as well. I also really like “Heard ‘Em Say”, with Adam Levine from Maroon 5. I wasn’t sure how that would work but it did - this song is probably the closest to anything on Kanye’s first album. But anyways, the highlight of the album, in my opinion, is “We Major” with Nas. Wow. It is an incredibly ‘lush’ sounding song. So much going on, very classic hip-hop sound to it. Anyways, Ben probably has a few things he’d like to add about Late Registration, so you’ll probably see us talking this album up a bit more in the coming weeks. Check out the track listing here. Either way, one of the albums of the year, hands down. But please, do not email us asking for the album. We will not send it to you. You need to go buy it on the 30th, just like we’re going to do, and everyone should do. Much respect to Kanye, who hopefully checks THE BRILLIANCE religiously on a daily basis. I’m sure he does. I mean, come on. It’s a celebration bitches!!! ***And please check this video clip out - BENJAMIN