Monday, February 27, 2012

The ELEMENT TREE Store Grand Opening via Fresh Paint NYC's lens

Check out this video of The ELEMENT TREE Store Grand Opening shot and chopped by Billy over at Fresh Paint NYC. It was great to finally meet after building a good relationship via the internet. Much love and respect for coming out homie. -SERRINGE

Check out Fresh Paint NYC's photo coverage of the Grand Opening at the following link:


It went down in true hip-hop fashion this past Saturday... The ELEMENT TREE Store Grand Opening. I must say the place was filled with good energy and support so I would like to thank... My Wife for always supporting me and keeping me focused, Cesi, Ben Boogz and Little Jo Sizzle, Mari, Matt, My Dad, My whole family... I love you all, Ide, CF, Snow, Then One, Phil Artiste, Jesus Himself, Billy and Fresh Paint NYC, Mr. Manic, Dave Karsh, Rocco and Jamal.. Faded Royalty, The Buried Colors, Sacred Stitch, T.Dee, Senik, Denise, Zar, Sue Works, Sean Lugo,Savage Habbit,  Brown 13 and Raul... Turntable Izm Show Family, Lust One, Mear, Ezor, Dylan, Clarence Rich, Distort, Mr. Mustart, Just Putt, Sgt. Over, Kosan, E-Dub, Fase, Q, Gritt,  The Whole Art Primo Fam and anyone else that walked through the door showing some love and support.

I would also like to thank the following for their support and contribution to ELEMENT TREE.... 4sakn, Demer, Joe Iurato, Kenes, Loser, Pawn, Eyesor, Hip Hop Arsenol, Frank 151, Sery, Sean, Ubmassive, Alucard, Tame One, Breeze Evahflowin, L.i.f.e.long, Fresh Daily, 2 Hungry Bros, Jise, I Am Many, Daniel Joseph, Estria, General Steele, Massivo, Nasa and Uncommon Records, Veck 16, Dirty Fuckin Dave, Dark Matter, Ironlak, The Faded Royalty Team, Nems, Copywrite, Vast Aire, Todd Schwartz and Garden Sk8, Flame, Mr. Len, Gumpy Gandules, Doc Reeves, Roc Solid, Rock Steady Ferretti, LostAlot, Jinesis, Nems, Mike Jacks and Mo5 Films, Cloy Pi, Chainsaws and Jelly, PooLovesBoo, 12oz. Prophet, Day In The Lyfe, JerseyGraf and to anyone I forgot... Im sorry.
Peace and Respect -SERRINGE


Shout out to the homie's SUE WORKS, SEAN, DEMER and TODD for letting us get down. I must say we had a good ol time. Also, dont forget to check out and if you like skating check out GA SK8RDEN... sick.
 Peace and Respect -SERRINGE

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Shout out to the homie's Sue Works and Sean which by the way came all the way out from Torrevieja, Spain. It was a rainy and gloomy type of day but it didn't stop any of us from rockin. Good times. Peace and Respect. -SERRINGE

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


 Fresh Daily always seems to want to try new flavors and styles when it comes to music. The Brooklyn Good Guy... keep your ear out for it!
 Peace and Respect. -SERRINGE

Monday, February 20, 2012


So its official! The ELEMENT TREE Store will be having its grand opening this Saturday from
561 Hudson Ave.
Weehawken, NJ 07086

Thursday, February 16, 2012


ELEMENT TREE: I always like to ask people how their artist name was born, and even though you might have been asked this question a million times… I’m sure that there is someone out there who wants to know. That being said… how did the name Tame One come to be?
TAME ONE: GruffRyno CMZ (BOOM SKWAD, BOSS MOB) lived uptown NYC when I met him back in 1980. He and his best friend LUZE ONE were active NYC graffiti artists. When I met them, I was writing stupid shit like “Chilly Smurf” and “Terekrashad The Ladies God”… lol. They had lists of aliases and throw away practice names to piece. I ran across one that said TAME ONE, like the letters and so they gave it to me and I ran with it.
ELEMENT TREE: I’ve seen interviews with you and you always seem to come off as a humble down to earth type of individual. Mind you someone like myself that grew up listening and being inspired by your music looks at you as a hip hop legend and in my opinion one of the most lyrical dudes in the game.  Do you feel that way about yourself… does knowing that people feel that way about you as an artist ever get to your head?

TAME ONE: I definitely feel as though I am humble and down to earth. I acknowledge the fact that ARTIFACTS were lucky enough to have come out in a very classical time in Hip Hop (BIGGIE, NAS, WU-TANG, BOOT CAMP) all came out about the same time in the early 90’s, but no I don’t see myself as being legendary for my lyrics, or conceited.

ELEMENT TREE: The Artifacts was the first hip hop duo that made me want to sit down and write a rhyme, especially being from Jersey. Now I know you guys originally went by a different name and you had to change it once the group got its first official deal, but why The Artifacts and I’m sorry if I should know this one. I just feel when the project was first released the name had a dope ring to it, but now that sometime has past and many view it as a classic.. The name is much more powerful and goes with the classic feel of the album. “The Artifacts”… Historic to hip hop culture. Was this what you guys were going for, if not how was the name born?
TAME ONE: Ironically enough, that’s exactly what we were going for. We understood that our then name “THAT’S THEM” although had served us well coming up in NJ through all of our shows, battles and songs n such locally. It wasn’t really marketable worldwide. When I picked out the name ARTIFACTS, I felt it described us perfectly from the artistic standpoint, something created culturally to be viewed in the present to reflect the past. In Hip Hop that’s what we felt we were.

ELEMENT TREE: I’m not into a lot of the music being passed off as hip hop nowadays because of the lack of creativity and the repetitiveness. There are definitely plenty of artists I do listen to but 9 out of 10 are rooted or stem from that golden age of the music.  How do you feel about todays “hip hop”?

TAME ONE: I agree with NAS. I feel the Hip Hop I grew up on has died or been out grown and replaced with something else I don’t have a name for.
ELEMENT TREE: What’s your creative process like? How do you get these intricate flowing patterns on to paper?

TAME ONE:I hear a beat I like and I try to fill the empty space with my lyrics to accentuate the music. I try to add on to whatever it is I like about what I’m hearing.
ELEMENT TREE: Was Parallel Uni-verse the first time you worked with Del on a project? Both of you have some serious histories and reputations for kicking some free as a bird type rhymes… what was that experience like?

TAME ONE: Yes. DEL and I go back decades. Back when we both had just signed our deals. We had never worked together other than freestyling for radio shows or being booked on the same bill. I enjoyed it one, because I felt it was long overdue and two because I feel we have so many similarities in general. It was like rocking with a close brother.

ELEMENT TREE: The Industry:  A monster that takes comsumes an artist’s creativity and eventually spits out something completely different. Were you ever a victim to it and do you have any advice for the younger generation of artists on the come up?
TAME ONE: My only advice to the younger generation is to not sleep on us elders. Respect what and who made it possible for them to even do what they’re doing at all.

ELEMENT TREE: What’s next for Tame One? I almost don’t even want to ask as if you haven’t given us enough throughout the years. Lol. But, I can’t front… if there is something in the works I know I can speak for plenty of people… What is it, where can I buy it, when does it drop?

TAME ONE: THE ARTIFACTS reunion album- a project with C CHAN (from THE DUSTED DONS/SLOW SUICIDED STIMULUS) called “THE TOXIC TWINZ”- and a group project called “THE ATOMIC HEADZ” on/for GEORGE CLINTONS new label. (featuring his nephew SA’D ALI, GRUFF RHINO, DJ PORN and a few female vocalist) No release dates yet. No deadlines. All I can say is keep your eyes on me cuz I’m grinding like crazy this year.
ELEMENT TREE: So… graffiti was and still is something you incorporate into your rhymes and if you’re from Jersey you know the name… Tame1! What can you tell us about coming up in those times when graffiti was splattered with style through the streets of our cities. Do you still practice it and what made Tame get out there and rock?

TAME ONE: Ironically, it’s now a personal guilty pleasure. I started out doing it for notoriety. Now it’s more about self-expression and therapeutic release. After rapping about it with ARTIFACTS fame was no longer and objective, so now it’s more or less my artistic medium of choice, artistic freedom for the hip hop culture with no guidelines or rules.
ELEMENT TREE: Well, thank you and it’s been beyond a pleasure picking your brain. What can we expect from Tame One in the years to come and do you have any last thought?

TAME ONE: Thank you. Like I said before just keep your eyes on me before it’s all said n done. You may be surprised and definitely entertained. Peace to THE ARTIFACTS, my BOOM SKWAD FAMILY, THE WEATHERMEN, THE STIMULUS BROTHERS and to all the Hip Hop nation universally. Peace.

YARD WORK Episode: 17 Feat. DISTORT

What up everybody! I know its been a minute since I posted a YARD WORK episode, but I've definitely been busy with developing ELEMENT TREE's next steps. That being said.... shout out to the homie DISTORT for coming through and not just blazing the wall with some ill letters. The end result speaks for itself. Peace and Respect as always and dont forget to check em out at -SERRINGE

Friday, February 3, 2012



"POSERS" Behind The Scenes Footage By JISE

Check out this behind the scenes footage captured through the eyes of the homie Jise of The Arsonists. Its funny how sometimes when your in the zone trying to put something together you dont realize how much fun your having doing what you love. Shout out to the whole Creative Juices camp! Lets get em in 2012!