Death Pedal 2 Trailer

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Death Pedal 2 Trailer by Kareem Shehab from Killa Kareem on Vimeo.

Death Pedal 2 is the followup to the highly successful Death Pedal fixed-gear film. This movie was filmed and edited by Kareem Shehab (Leader Bikes) and showcases the talents of fixed gear freestyle riders from coast to coast across the United States. Featured locales include Los Angeles/Orange County CA, Houston/Austin TX, Atlanta GA, and New York NY. Riders profiled in the film include Corey Vulture (first seen in Council of Doom), Ed “Wonka” Laforte (GoRilla Bikes), Eric Puckett (Volume Bikes), AJ Austin (Milwaukee Bikes), Justin “Congo” Mitchell (Volume Bikes), and Torey “Hfwido” Thornton (Wrahw). This latest installment in the “Death Pedal” series has once again set the bar for Fixed Gear Freestyle.

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Nike SB 2010 February Releases

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As January slowly comes to a close, Nike SB begins its monthly roll-out of new kicks. February welcomes the addition of several new colorways to the SB archive, including updated versions of the Dunk Hi and Lo, Zoom P.Rod 2.5 and 3, Blazer Hi, Classic SB, and a clean colorway of the Zoom Stefan Janoski. Look for all to arrive at your local Nike SB retailer soon.

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NYC: Donuts Are Forever 4 Feb. 6th

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It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen, on February 6th, drop whatever it is you planned on doing and head over to The Bell House in Brooklyn for Rare Form’s 4th edition of Donuts Are Forever. This event is the annual NYC tribute to the late great James “J Dilla” Yancey. To enter all you need is a $5 minimum donation (more encouraged), and the proceeds will go to the J Dilla Foundation. Music for the evening will be provided by ?uestlove, DJ Brainchild, Parler, and more, while Guilty Simpson will be holding down hosting duties. For more information visit donutsareforever.com. This is sure to be a hot one (as it always is) – be there, and be there early.

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Video: Talib Kweli Co-Signs Tanya Morgan

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Talib recently spoke about Tanya Morgan carrying the Brooklyn to Cincinnati torch (Von Pea is the only member from Brooklyn, Donwill and Ilyas are from Cincinnati,) with their album Brooklynati, which is a term coined by Kweli on Reflection Eternal’s album Train of Thought, that dropped 10 years ago (2000.)

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Lupe Fiasco Speaks on New LP, Hints at Full Blown Jay Electronica Collabo Album

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Last night (January 26) Lupe Fiasco visited Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesday’s radio show on Shade 45 to speak on his forthcoming disc on Atlantic Records.

The Chicago-bred rapper offered a glimpse at his third studio album over the Sirius/XM airwaves for fans. “It’s called Lasers,” he said, “[It] stands for ‘Love Always Shines Every Time, Remember the Smile.’”

Apparently the already leaked “I’m Beaming” will serve as the first street single. “[It] wasn’t meant to be the first single, but it’s the first look, produced by The Neptunes… It’s actually the first record on the album [as well].”

Along with Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, who have two songs on the album, Lupe worked with a new producer from Las Vegas named King David. “We did like five joints,” Lupe shared. “I got Soundtrakk, he blessed me with a joint… I got Danjahandz on there… [and] my band, 1500 or Nothing.”

As far as guest spots are concerned Fiasco said, “I try and stay below the radar of getting the big act to kind of blow me up.”

There was a rumor that Internet favorite Jay Electronica would have a cameo on the LP, but Lupe explained he had bigger plans. “I wanna do a whole album with Jay,” he told the New York DJ, “He’s a good guy, [and] I respect him as an MC.”

Fiasco is uncertain when Lasers will hit stores, but he recently turned in the finished album to Atlantic. He even hinted at possibly dropping another release by the end of the year, “I might do that, he revealed, “If there’s time, maybe, if there’s room.” —Elan Mancini

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Hi-Tek Reflects On Rawkus Days, Blames Fall-Out on Money Issues

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Backpackers have to get paid too. Founded in 1996, Rawkus Records was a purists’ dream label, but former in-house producer Hi-Tek recently revealed that there were a few nightmares as well.

As one of the indie label’s chief beatsmiths, Tek provided tracks for a bulk of Rawkus’ early releases, including their Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge compilations, as well as his debut Reflection Eternal LP with Talib Kweli in 2000. Despite all his hard work, though, the Cincinnati producer didn’t always get paid in full for his services.

“It was an issue for me, a big issue for me at a point in time, with Rawkus because I was producing a lot of [their] records,” Tek said during a recent sit down with XXLMag.com. “I wasn’t making no money so we kinda had a little business fall out, but I love Rawkus for what they did for me and my career. I take nothing away from that.”

In fact, Tek says it’s all water under the bridge and appreciates the opportunity that Rawkus founders, Jarret Myer and Brian Brater, provided for him and the other artists on the label.

“Rawkus was like the home for us,” he continued. “They definitely created a lot of monsters and they had a lot of great opportunities with a lot of great artists to this day that they didn’t even take advantage of, let alone us, so I wanna say big up to Jarret and Brian for what they did for me and my career.”

Continuing to push forward, Tek—who went on to drop three volumes of his Hi-Teknology series—is preparing for Reflection Eternal’s long-awaited reunion album, Revolutions Per Minute, for release this spring on Asylum Records. “Like I said, it was good and bad,” Tek said. “But at the end of the day we still here still making good music.” —Anslem Samuel

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Adidas Originals 2010 NBA All-Star Game Superstar Preview

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For the upcoming 2010 NBA All-Star Game, the following Superstar looks to be among the lifestyle releases from adidas Originals. While not conclusive, the colorways within the two-pack are similar to that of the East and West jersey colors. A star that could represent both the All-Star Game itself and the host state of Texas is printed inside the shoe itself. The upper itself is a mix of tonal canvas and leather with no word yet on a release date.

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Kidz In The Hall – Land Of Make Believe (Cover + Track List)

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In stores March 9th.

1. Intro
2. Traffic
3. Flickin
4. Out To Lunch feat. The Kid Daytona
5. Bougie Girls feat. Russoul
6. Jukebox feat. MC Lyte
7. L_O_V_E
8. Will II Win f/Marsha Ambrosius
9. Take Over The World feat. Just Blaze & Colin Munroe (co-produced by Just Blaze)
10. Fresh Academy feat. Chip Tha Ripper & Donnis
11. Simple Life feat. Amanda Diva
12. Running feat. Tim William
13. Do It All Again (I Am)
14. I Am (Reprise)
15. Rise & Shine feat. Russoul

All tracks were produced by Double-O (and he didn’t use any samples.)

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