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3 Dope Collaborations & 1 Dope Concert Tomorrow

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What's Up Stereotype Fam

I remember watching "How To Make It In America" years ago when I started this brand with my brother and Paul Marz. Someone on the show said "There will be a day where you will have a lot of ideas and no money. Then there will be a day you will have a lot of money and no ideas." 

I can't imagine not having no ideas. I definitely don't have a lot of money. I find myself naturally being creative. It's not something I plan like "today I am going to be creative." It definitely helps that I am surrounded by inspiring people.

Stereotype Co just released 3 new collaborations with 3 different people. 

The first one is with Medal Addict. Our good friend Justin Manning at Medal Addict was our Dreamer of the Month and we gave him the opportunity to design a shirt with us. This guy and his tribe is all about health, wellness and taking home medals.



The second one is with La Femme Cheri.  Our Stereotype Fam and I planned to make a 1 of a kind drawing and it ended up being so dope we made it part of the official collection.

2 weeks we had a really dope photoshoot with 7 Girls and Smith Productions. Below are a few photos but feel free to 


 

Check out the La Femme Cheri x Stereotype Co 'Girls Run The World'

The 3rd one is with emerging hip hop artist William Starda Perry. This is one artist that is all about his community. He teaches kids in 4 different schools how to write and record music. To celebrate his new album and single KOMC we present you the KOMC tee. This is for kings and queens. Wear your crown with pride.

The tee's will be available tomorrow at the KOMC concert and ONLINE.

The concert will be free and open to all ages in the community

I remember when I released my first tee shirt. It meant a lot to me. It was like 10 years ago but I remember the vibes. 

It means a lot to us to work with Medal Addict, La Femme Cheri and Starda on their very first tee release. 

Stereotype Co supports emerging artists, athletes and educators. If you have an idea on how we can improve the community. Hit us up

Support emerging artists, athletes and educators on their quest to make the world a more positive place. Support your favorite artists here.

How to beat a Rapper with Spartans, Medals and Good Vibes by Justin T Manning

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Let's all agree- Unless you are a rapper, should never ever, ever go toe-to-toe with a Rapper. 

Have you not seen the classic YouTube series of 'Supa Hot Fire'? 

But Im not a rapper. Actually, I'm more of an athlete.

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Yet somehow, I found myself in a battle with one of the hottest rappers out of StereotypeCo- M Dolla.

Thanks, Dave Noodlez.

The time was about 7:05pm that Friday which was the deadline  to vote in the inaugural StereotypeCo 'Dreamer Of The Month' contest. Rapper 'M-Dolla' had surged into the lead with 50% to my 45%. Our other two opponents weren't too active  ( wrestler PB Smooth was one of them!), as they split the remaining 5% evenly. But there was still 4 hours and 55 Minutes to go. And the vote count continued to escalate toward the rapper. 

Of course it would.

427 votes. 4 hours and 55 minutes. And I'm down 5%. Thanks David Noodlez

For the past 2 weeks, I had called everyone I knew  at least 5 times  a day for their vote. And for the most part, They didn't care about the Stereotypeco. They simply wanted me to win. Yet, the questions were annoying and the contest was taken as a joke.

"Do I have to register before I vote?"

"Justin, What do you win?"

"Justin, Can I do this later?"

"Justin, can't you make your own T-Shirt?"

" Yeah I got you tomorrow"

.... The deadline is tonight at midnight... 

"Don't worry I'll find a way"

My voter base was exhausted and annoying. But eventually, the votes stopped coming in.

My voter base was no longer passionate. And as a result, The MedalAddict, with his bachelor degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration, would take his firat inaugural online-election "L" for an inaugural contest. Damn.

I called the girlfriend after vote #490 and told her that I had this election lost. It was over. And that's when she reminded me that I didn't use all of my resources. 

"Babe, you forgot to ask the Spartans"

You don't mean...

"Why wouldn't they? They know you for MedalAddict.com and your Instagram. Did you try asking them?"

If I learned anything while managing the @MedalAddict account, racers care about Race Codes, Medals, and Fitness. The hell would they care about voting? In fact, 99% don't personally know me.

 

Do I dare ask my MedalAddict community, a group of random individuals who love mudracing, for their vote? Well, when you battle a rapper you pretty much dont have a choice.

I posted a passionate plea onto the Spartan page of what I have done for the sport of Mudracing, and how I really wanted to win the Stereotypeco 'Dreamer Of The Month' vote. And within a minute, no one had responded.

I put my phone down, performed a 1 hour session of Tae Kwon Do, and looked back into my phone. 

With 20% battery, my phone was vibrating harder than 50Cent in 2003. Spartans, from all over the world, were rallying behind me. As though King Leonidas himself shouted, "For Glory!" And sent 300 votes my way. 

And now, the Spartans had me in the lead by 5%. Unbelievable. Take that David Noodlez. Take that M-Dolla. I'm the captain now.

2 hours left....

 

I called the girlfriend and asked her to refresh her browser, but of course, she was watching the polls the entire time. And we celebrated over the phone for nearly 20 minutes. But then I recieved a Facebook message from fellow Spartan S.Rod aka Sir Memes A lot.

"Yo this M****F*** has you up by 2%!! This thing ain't over yet!"

I cussed M-Dolla under my breath. 

How in the hell could this man catch up?  As I looked onto the Spartan thread, the Spartans also began to experience what my previous voters failed to do- they were exhausted. And then, M Dolla cut the lead to 1%.

And then, the Spartan bubble burst.

"How's he doing that?"

"Spartans, assemble!!!! Vote for Justin AROO!"

"Cmon Justin you can do it! AROO!!"

I'm not making this up. 

The Spartan Race community is extremely passionate when it comes to lifting each other up emotionally and physically. We post daily of our personal issues, of PTSD, divorce, physical abuse, and ask for assistance all the time. And the last thing you want to do with a Spartan, is to allow our fighting spirit to catch fire. And that's when someone finally did what I THOUGHT was happening.

Everyone was reaching out to someone else.

One Spartan even stated that she had her mother and sister In a room for 20 straight minutes calling family and friends.

And all My girlfriend and I did was sit back shocked, watching the poll numbers grow.

The vote increases to a 2% margin.

10 minutes later, the vote increases by 3%.

And then the vote decreased back to 2%. 

At this point, this is no longer an election. I'm at war with a rapper, except this time, the terrain isn't on stage

The terrain changed into the goddamn mud. And the contest would be treated as an Elite Wave. 

 

Checkmate.

Eventually at 11:45, the gap was too wide for M Dolla to catch up. And the Spartans continued voting for me beyond the time the polls had closed. It's now midnight, and  I had won by 5%.

Dave, Creative Director of Stereotypeco, called me and asked what I type of shirt I wanted to design, but he didn't have to ask. He just knew.

MedalAddict is ready to become a Big name in the Mudracing world.

And the Mudracing world took on a tough opponent, M-Dolla.

2 days later, Spartans were STILL voting for me until David took it down. See? You don't mess with Spartans. You just don't.

I had the privilege of meeting MDOLLA in persona. Few weeks ago at a StereotypeCo fashion show. It was probably the greatest connection I had with person in a long time.

"You're MedalAddict?"

"MDOLLA?"

We capped and laughed our asses off, reminiscing of the battle that had happened. We didn't have to say much, but my first impression of M Dolla was that he was a humble and hungry artist that brought out the best in me and my community. I am forever thankful to him for that.

And now, the MedalAddict shirts are available for Pre-Order. As the only medal-chasing social media community in the GLOBE, I aspire to build awareness for the Racing community through fitness, highlighting athletes, and providing sponsorships. 

 

By buying a shirt, MedalAddicts are buying a dream.

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Dream Reps by Justin Manning

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"If you don't use it, you lose it".

And it's easy to "lose it" in the Winter.

Because of this, winter weather is god's gift and curse to the gym rats. 

Gym rats view the gym as a sanctuary; a testament to  better ourselves. No matter the weather condition; the gym is home to enhancing muscles, perserverance , steel, and of course, bigger dreams. 

The gym is ours.

But, now it's 2016. And the New Year begins....

"New Years" people flock to the gym in droves. And each year, "New Years" people come with their amateur habits. They often fail to re-stack their weights, skip set rotations, and forget to wipe their sweat off the bench. 

It's a catastrophe!

And it's entertaining to watch them curl in a squat rack. No seriously, go to YouTube and search "Gym Fails". I dare you not to laugh. 

Personally, I go early in the morning(5am) at least 3 times a week to avoid that gym crowd. Why? Because It is quiet. Us gym rats are left to a conversation with our barbells and treadmills. 

If I'm between sets, I don't mind assisting "New Years" people who struggle with chest extensions or a squat rack. Sometimes I'll offer advice for free. And that's what I love about the gym most: Coaching. 

In a weird way, the "New Years" people have made me into a better coach. I've grown more patient, improved my technique, and I have built great relationships.

But not everyone is coach-able. And without proper training, people eventually quit.

Everyone has dreams, but achieving these dreams require physical and mental consistency for the changes we desire. We simply must practice our dreams daily.

I call this process, "Dream Reps".

In the gym, our muscles must be used to grow! Every rep counts. Different angles, grips, and exercises ensure that we exceed our plateaus. On the contrary, once we lose that muscle both laziness and complacency make a return to the gym undesirable. And worse, you've lost gains.

I believe the same applies to our dreams.

Try to workout and seek assistance to stay focused on that weight management goal. Without proper assistance the dream becomes derailed. And a dream without action becomes little more than a wish....

In the beginning, I hadn't had any training. I learned by watching and overhearing conversation from the gym rats. And these guys were intimidating! But these "guys-with-no-lives" knew what they were doing. The fact is: they earned their results. So, I asked questions, I watched, I learned. And I wasn't afraid to make mistakes. But I was hardheaded and learned humility the hard way.

I started with Tri-cep extensions at fifty (50) pounds. Couldn't do it. Dream deferred.

Let's try back extensions at 100 pounds. 1 rep. Dream discouraged.

Let's try the treadmill. Stopped the treadmill at 5 minutes. Dream destroyed.

But every-time when I wanted to give up, something told me to keep at it. Maybe I was motivated when I started seeing muscle growth, or maybe because I knew I was cheating myself. So I kept going.... Dream reps.

3 years later, my dream reps have begun to payoff. My muscle size has grown. I am inspiring others to pursue a healthy lifestyle. I have led classes. And in hindsight I am glad that I continued to "dream rep".

Tri-cep extensions have exceeded 100 pounds(on a good day).

My Back extension weight has doubled.

And the treadmill? Let's just say that I completed my first half-marathon in 2:02:18. 

Never stop dreaming. Build your dream reps.

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I Pity the Fool Who Doesn't Follow Their Dreams by Justin Manning

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Rocky movies have inspired generations of new and old fans to chase their dreams and to persevere through hardwork and discipline. But what good is a story without a good villain? One of those villains was 'CLUBBER Lang'. You may remember CLUBBER Lang from Rocky III, acted by Hollywood star Mr. T. CLUBBER Lang brought Pain. 

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