Jay-Z Verse Troubles Me to This Day

In Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix),” featured artist Jay-Z drops a couple of lines that have bothered me for the past 4 years: Bleek could be one hit away his whole career As long as I’m alive, he’s a millionaire And even if I die, he’s in my will somewhere So he can […]

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Sweet T’s Falling Star

I’m not sure how I initially found the news, but when I saw the headline (I Ain’t Got Nothing Against Ice T Or Nobody For That Matter But I Gotta Ride With Soulja Boy..) on Kanye West’s blog, I had to click. And, I had to click for two reasons. First, why would Kanye be […]

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Island Def Jam Music Group

Final home page design Def Jam Recordings, twenty years after its inception, is still the #1 name brand in hip-hop culture. Having developed artists from LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and EPMD (as well as more recent acts like Method Man, Redman, Ghostface, and more), the label was no longer representing its […]


MF Doom Music Video

The MF Doom “I Hear Voices” music video was created to allow Sub Verse Music the ability to promote their artist at Shockwave.com. This piece was created by digitally “tracing” actual video and assembling these tracings frame-by-frame in Macromedia Flash. This one composition was then exported into a variety of formats, including self-running “projectors” that […]


DefJam.com Redesign Launches Laaker’s New Information Design Efforts

Editor’s Note Check out a case study of the new site design in the Laaker.com Assorted Works section to see images and learn more. (New York City) – After years of visual stagnation, Def Jam Recordings had it’s online ride "pimped" by Micah Laaker and the Fearless Concepts’ creative and development teams. Known as the […]


Mr. Laaker Releases Underground Hip-Hop Album as Gift

(New York) – In what he termed a “gift to humanity” and others referred to as a “musical monstrosity,” Micah Laaker released “his” Christmas album, entitled “A Hot Boys Christmas.” Siding with the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” Mr. Laaker decided to link up with current rap superstars The Hot Boys […]


Mr. Laaker Publicly Denounces New Dr. Dre

(New York) – Adding kindling to the fire of those who would call him an "instigator" (or "hater," in some circles), Micah Laaker yesterday openly critiqued the latest album released by hip-hop icon Dr. Dre. Having stood through a lackluster performance by the nevertheless incredibly talented musical duo known as the Handsome Boy Modeling School […]