House of Pain Reunite For String of Tour Dates for St. Patrick’s Day

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Popular 90s hip-hop group, the House of Pain, announced a string of tour dates in the coming year in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Their camp announced the tour this week, saying the group — consisting of Everlast, Danny Boy, and DJ Lethal — will celebrate their Irish-American heritage by performing tracks from their classic hit-filled catalogue during dates scheduled in Buffalo, Atlantic City, New York, Hartford, and Worcester for March 2010.

House of Pain rose to stardom during the early 1990s, when they dropped their self-titled debut, boasting the smash single “Jump Around,” which is their best known hit to date.

The group was signed to Tommy Boy Records and released three albums before disbanding in 1996. During their career, House of Pain shattered hip-hop stereotypes, brought down barriers, and helped bring hip-hop to a whole new audience, while simultaneously selling millions of records.

Each member went their separate ways after splitting. Danny Boy founded an art company, DJ Lethal went on to become a member of the popular rock band Limp Bizkit, and Everlast began a solo career where he achieved multi-platinum solo fame in 1998 with his acoustic rock/blues-inflected album, titled Whitey Ford Sings the Blues.

In 2006, the members reunited when Danny Boy founded a new group called La Coka Nostra. The group consists of the original House of Pain members, and Ill Bill of Non Phixion, and newcomers Slaine and Big Left. The group dropped their debut album, A Brand You Can Trust, in July 2009.

Below are confirmed dates for the March 2010 tour:

March 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
March 17 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
March 18 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theater
March 19 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
March 20 – Worcester, PA @ The Palladium

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Can’t Hold Us Back. Adidas Skateboarding – Frisco Stand Up Video

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Adidas Skateboarding recently released a new video of their team skating it up in San Francisco. The three minute long video features riders such as Dennis Busenitz, Tim O’Connor, Mark Gonzales, Silas Baxter-Neal, Benny Fairfax, Vince Del Valle, Dave Bachinsky, Pete Eldridge, Lem Villemn and Nestor Judkins. Directed by Juice Design and filmed by Dan Wolfe and Eric Noren, check out this video to see the pros in action!

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Ricky Powell’s “Rappin’ with the Rickster” Trailer

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Known for his wealth of contributions to the realm of street culture and Hip-Hop, Ricky Powell and his strong network developed over the years will translate into the upcoming DVD release titled “Rappin’ with the Rickster”. Chronicling aspects of his every day life in New York City, the initial trailer which includes appearances by the likes of Stay High 149 and Grammy-award winner Dante Ross was originally launched as a TV show back in 2005.

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Video: Public Enemy Live in D.C.

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On November 18th, Virgin Mobile brought Public Enemy to D.C. for a good cause. To celebrate the three year anniversary of National Homeless Awareness Month designated by Congress through the efforts of the RE*Generation, Virgin Mobile’s charity arm. Proceeds from the event went to benefiting homeless youth, helping them keep warm, and giving back to the Sasha Bruce House, where a young person who needs a place to stay- for any reason- can find a home here.

Virgin Mobile sponsored an early Thanksgiving dinner at the Sasha Bruce House with Public Enemy, with a tour of the shelter and participated in a Q&A session with the kids and press.

Once they finished, they proceeded to George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in true Public Enemy style, on the back of a flat bed truck! Livening up the mood by giving a small performance on the streets of D.C. before taking the stage for one unforgettable night.

“Don’t believe the hype. Just because everyone says the economy’s coming back doesn’t mean that homeless kids don’t need a place to sleep and keep warm.” Flavor Flav of Public Enemy

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Nike Sportswear 2009 Holiday Collection Auto Force 180

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Nike Sportswear drop a new version of the technically regressive Air Force 180 with this hybrid Auto Force 180. While the Air Force 180 was originally the weapon of choice for the likes of Charles Barkley, its release earlier under a lifestyle pretense this year was marked by the use of an old-school vulcanized outsole as opposed to the previous visible Air tooling. The holiday version seen here comes in a black/red colorway with a plastic meets mesh material along the sides of the shoe.

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Michael Jackson – This Is It (Directed by Spike Lee)

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Michael Jackson – This Is It – Directed by Spike Lee from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee presents his visual rendition of Michael Jackson’s posthumous single This Is It. The filmmaker takes us back to the icon’s humble beginnings as the video features scenes from Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, edited together with photos and footage taken throughout his career. The result is definitely an appropriate tribute to the extraordinary life of King Of Pop.

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Video: Just Blaze – Music & the Man

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LTD Presents Conversations: Just Blaze (Episode #1) from LTD Magazine on Vimeo.

For the last 10 years super producer Just Blaze has kept real Boom Bap hip-hop alive and kicking. His loud, crashing drums are a welcolmed treat to the avid neck-snapping beat head. Jay-Z the great MC, loves to lace up a Just track, so much so that coupled with Kanye West, Just and ‘Ye ushered in the what is now dubbed “Roc Music”. Roc-A-Fella Records borrowed a bit of the sped up soul sample sound that RZA perfected with early Wu-Tang joints. Just and ‘Ye dominated the tunes in the last year of the 90s and carried them over to the ’00’s. Somewhere along the last few years ‘Ye got all futuristic on our asses. During that same time Just got funkiristic. His big band blast style of production is all up in your area…ear area and it makes for the best sonic noise ever.
Always a techie (video games, beat machines, gadgets) and ever the Ralph Lauren Polo label fiend, Just is an all around bboy of hip-hop culture. I’ve personally witnessed him in a bboy breakdancing circle uprockin’ and floor workin’ with the best of them (uh, someone say 88 Keys please). Like Questlove of The Mighty Roots crew, Just is an historian of this little thing of ours called hip-hop. So to hear in the following clip that the studio he owns (Baseline Studios), that was headquarters to the Roc-A-Fella dynasty, may be no more is a sad notion to know.
Our homie Hawaii Mike, founder of LTD Magazine sits with Just Blaze for a candid one-on-one interview where he gets JB to speak on everything from the music game to the music names we all know and love. Enjoy.

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Manny Pacquiao Threatens Legal Action Over Drug Testing Controversy

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Following a press release earlier this week, where boxer Floyd Mayweather’s camp claimed that Manny Pacquiao had refused to subject to Olympic style drug testing — derailing a possible mega-fight sometime early next year — the Filipino boxer is threatening to take legal action over the possible implications of the news.

Pac-Man is refusing to agree to Mayweather’s demands. Shortly after the news broke, Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer said he was told that Pacquiao doesn’t want to undergo the blood tests, because of superstition and it’d distrupt his training. Pacquiqo did, however, say he’d have his blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and immediately after the fight

“Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn’t want to do it so close to the fight,” said Schaefer. “He, Pacquiao, would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight.”

Mayweather struck back with a statement saying Pacquiao’s decision looks bad.

“In a fight of this magnitude, I think it is our responsibility to subject ourselves to sportsmanship at the highest level. I have already agreed to the testing and it is a shame that he is not willing to do the same,” he said. “It leaves me with great doubt as to the level of fairness I would be facing in the ring that nightI hope that this is either some miscommunication or that Manny will change his mind and step up and allow these tests, which were good enough for all these other great athletes, to be performed by USADA.”

Now, with all the controversy swirling following the war of words between the two camps, Pacquiao released a statement on his personal website, saying he’d be filing a case “as soon as possible.”

“Enough is enough. These people — Mayweather Sr, Jr, and Golden Boy Promotions — think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs,” the statement began. “I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy, but I think they have gone overboard.

“I have instructed my promoter, Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Inc, to help me out in the filing of the case as soon as possible because I have had people coming over to me now asking if I really take performance-enhancing drugs and I have cheated my way into becoming the number one boxer in the world.”

As the statement continued, Pacquaio cleared up rumors over possible drug use, saying he’s never used any type of steroids or anything else in his training, and will never use them.

“I maintain and assure everyone that I have not used any form or kind of steroids and that my way to the top is a result of hard work, hard work, hard work and a lot of blood spilled from my past battles in the ring, not outside of it,” Pacquiao said. “I have no idea what steroids look like and my fear in God has kept me safe and victorious through all these years.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach added that the demands of Mayweather are not necessary under the rules governing fights in Nevada, calling them minds games.

“We have passed every test ever given to us. We go by the commission rules, since when does the fighter make up the rules?, ” he said.

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NBA Christmas Day Air Max LeBron VII x Zoom Kobe V

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Christmas day usually provides new editions, colourways or twists of basketball sneakers and this year was no different. December 25 was of course a special day this year, not least because we got to see the Christmas Air Max LeBron VII’s and Chaos edition of the Zoom Kobe V. Kobe and Lebron were both rocking their respective pairs for the first time ever on the NBA court. Both basketball sneakers feature Nike’s much coveted fly-wire, and both come in fairly outspoken colourways inspired by the players’ teams, and both sparked an outbreak of hype on Christmas Day.

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DJ Premier x Nike Air Force 1 Low

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Today first detailed images of the DJ Premier x Nike Air Force 1 Low have dropped. The sneaker comes as part of the same series as the DJ AM Dunk Hi, that we already presented to you a while ago.

The DJ Premier designed AF1 Low comes in a black, dark green, dark blue colorway with multiple premium materials used on the upper. Several details have been laser engraved onto the upper, including DJ Premier, written over the two heels. The in-sole comes with an all-over design, the outer sole is translucent with a design underneath and the upper also comes with contrasting stitching, matching the colorway of the tongue tag. Furthermore DJ Premier is written on the laces and the lacelocks. Look out for a release soon.

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