Nike Sportswear Sky Force ’88 Vintage

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After giving you an early glimpse into the Nike Sportswear Sky Force ’88 Vintage, here’s a further look into the suede classic. The sneaker takes on a mostly tonal stance with the only real contrast offered by a white swoosh and off-white outsole. The vintage designation results in the application of a yellowed and distressed treatment. Available through select Nike Sportswear retailers later this year.


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Air Jordan 1 Retro High Color Pack

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The classic Air Jordan 1 will see a new series of colorways as Jordan Brand unveils its upcoming color pack for Fall 2011. Quite extensive in options, six different tones will be available, including white/university blue, white/pine green, white/midnight navy, white/varsity red, white/varsity maize and white/varsity royal. Priced at $110 USD, all will see a launch next month through select Jordan Brand retail accounts.


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Video: Inside the Edge – Nigel Sylvester

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Nigel Sylvester may very well be the most nimble athletes on two wheels, and he has to be to maneuver the man-made features of his native NYC. A BMX rider’s training ground consists of rails, ledges and blacktops, and Nigel moves seamlessly from one New York borough to the next by fueling properly to keep his mind and body sharp.


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Blu For Draw The Line Festival In Italy

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Not one who cares for relaxing during the Summer months, Blu has been pumping out more work in a short few months than most artists do in a year. Most lately he was at the Draw The Line Festival in Campobasso, Italy.


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Boogie In Kingston Jamaica

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Although we only just recently showed you some of his latest images he took back in Brooklyn, Serbian photographer Boogie also just visited Kingston, Jamaica. Here are some of the photos taken while there.


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Saturday’s Pic

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Def Jam To Publish Book About Iconic Label’s First 25 Years

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Iconic Hip-Hop label, Def Jam, is preparing a new memoir of its own storied history, which dates back to the mid-1980s with such legendary acts as the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J.

The book, titled Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, is a 304-page tome, written by legendary hip-hop critic/biographer Bill Adler and writer Dan Charnas, as well as prefaces by Def Jam titans Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles.

“In the streets, the Def Jam logo was more potent than a police badge,” Liles says of the label’s significance. “It presented us with a previously unimaginable vision of self-empowerment and entrepreneurialism.”

“If the amazing success of hip-hop — and Def Jam in particular — has taught me anything, it’s that the most powerful cultural forces are actually accidental mutations sprung from creativity and necessity, rather than carefully plotted movements,” adds Cohen.

In addition to the label’s founders and executives mentioned, the book will feature commentary by rap icons Chuck D, Ice-T, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Ludacris, Kanye West, Rev. Run and many more.

Released as a hardcover, it will also feature 250 color and black-and-white photographs from throughout the revered label’s history, captured by some of the era’s best known lensmen (and women)

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label is being published by Rizzoli, and hit store shelves in September.


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Odd Future Announces Dates For U.S. Tour

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Uh oh, the Fairfax skate crew is heading on the road and coming to a city near you to rile up the kids and cause havoc.

Yep, the Los Angeles collective known as OFWGKTA (or Odd Future) has announced dates for a North American tour run.

Their 27-date “Golf Wang” tour kicks off September 28 in San Diego, and will make stops in Vancouver, Seattle, New York, Miami, and Atlanta, before it comes to a close on November 8 in Tempe, Arizona.

Tickets will go on sale next week.

Since bursting onto the scene last year, the 11-member outfit has performed at select shows around the country and abroad. Their leader, Tyler The Creator, earned them their first charting album when he dropped his solo album, Goblin; and has begun to receive mainstream recognition, earning a two MTV Video Music Awards nominations for his viral sensation “Yonkers.”

Confirmed dates for the “Golf Wang” Tour 2011 is as follows:

9/28 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
9/30 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
10/2 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
10/3 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue
10/4 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
10/7 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
10/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
10/9 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/11 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
10/12 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/14 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/16 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/18 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
10/19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/21 – Boston, MA – Royale
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/24 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
10/27 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
10/30 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Fest
10/31 – Miami, FL – Fillmore
11/2 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
11/3 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
11/6 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre


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Audio: Frank Ocean ‘Thinking Of You’

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Download Frank Ocean “Thinking Of You”

Mysterious new joint from Frank Ocean, just washed up on the beach with no note attached–possibly an outtake from nostalgia, ULTRA (?) but so far there is no real satisfactory explanation for its existence other than that it’s dope and, why not? Would be nice to think that it got held back for another artist (besides his two cameos on Watch The Throne, dude has two writer’s credits on Beyonce‘s new joint) and then didn’t get selected. Which is ironic because my favorite thing about Frank O as a writer is that his songs have almost no conventional song structure at all. Every vocal feels pretty much like a sung freestyle or a stream-of-consciousness tone poem over a minimal loop. They all have hooks eventually–but not necessarily because he thinks that far ahead when he steps to the booth and starts to sing.


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Strada Custom Bikes

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Developing a custom order program, Strada’s mission is to assemble the finest personalized bicycles using durable and high quality materials. Never compromising on the quality, the brand states: Each bike is assembled individually with care and it will be evident once you ride a Strada. We don’t just build bikes, but an experience. From shopping our site to riding our bikes, we bring you unparalleled quality every step of the way.” A look into several designs from the brand can be seen below.


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Audio: Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own (Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix)

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Listen to or Download Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own (Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix)

Big Boi released this previously unheard Amy Winehouse remix over the weekend.

Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry on their Own” (Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix) by Big Boi


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Video: Crown Royale (Buff1 x DJ Rhettmatic) “Say What” Feat. Eric Bobo

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At the end of last year, Crown Royale (Buff1 x DJ Rhettmatic) dropped their self-titled debut LP via A-Side Worldwide. The project was kinda slept on, but it’s definitely worth your ears. Features on Crown Royale included Eric Bobo, Bishop Lamont, Fashawn, Ras Kass, Guilty Simpson, Chino XL, MED, Marvwon, Magestik Legend, and more. Most of those names appeared on the stand-out posse cut, “The Chosen Show.” Today, we get the visuals for another one of my personal favorites, “Say What,” a track driven by the drums of Cypress Hill‘s Eric Bobo. Video directed by Ryan Palmieri and Andrew Kliger. Crown Royale is out now in both physical and digital formats.


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Nike SB Dunk Mid Black/Black/White

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Taking one of its most classic styles and updating it for the skateboarding audience, Nike has introduced the SB Dunk Mid in this black and white colorway. While the shoe may be fun to look at with its suede and leather combination upper, the technical details are impressive as well with the shoe boasting an SB Dunk outsole, uprated midsole and grip and an inner sole that’s equipped with Nike Zoom Air technology. The sneaker is currently retailing for £67.00 (approximately $110 USD) and is available at select stockists.


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Short Film: Estevan Oriol x Spaghetto “Face-Off”

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Estevan Oriol X Spaghetto: Art in the Streets collab short film from Levi's Film Workshop on Vimeo.

Working with the Levi’s Film Workshops at the MOCA Art in the Streets exhibition, director Diana “Spaghetto” Manfredi developed “Face-Off”, a short film featuring prolific photographer Estevan Oriol. Following a creative, playful theme revolving around photography, the film is a prime example of the endless possibilities brought on by the Levi’s Film Workshops.


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Audio: Blu ft. Planet Asia & Killa Ben – d o o w h o p

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Listen to or Download Blu ft. Planet Asia & Killa Ben – d o o w h o p

Here is an Alchemist produced track from Blu’s Jesus LP out now on iTunes.


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Video: Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean (Special MADE Performance)

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MOMENTS WITH ALOE BLACC, MIKI AND JAYBO: “BILLIE JEAN” PART 6/6 from MADE Blog on Vimeo.


In the Spring of 2011, MADE invited Stones Throw-signee Aloe Blacc for a special creative session to Berlin. The crooner’s original music was interpreted by Miki and his string-quintet, who translated the soul and funk infused music into classical compositions. Above you can experience Aloe performing his intriguing string-quintet version of his cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” which inspired artist Jaybo to create his own visual interpretation of the song as an art piece. To be continued.


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The History of American Graffiti Book Signing @ The Hole Event Recap

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July 21, 2011 marked the 40-year anniversary of Taki 183 in the New York Times as well as the The History of American Graffiti’s first NYC signing event, which took place at The Hole in NYC. The event featured a special appearance by TAKI 183 along with special guests from Writers’ Corner 188. Shots from the event are offered below.

Photography: David Bowles


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Audio: Nas “More Than I Can Say” Feat. Keyshia Cole

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This Lost Tapes-style exclusive from Nas featuring Keyshia Cole has just surfaced on the cyberweb, apparently recorded–but for some dumb reason not selected–ca. 2005 for Diddy‘s Press Play LP. How come the dopest rapper/singer combinations always get shelved? Don’t you know when you hear a joint like this it will surface as a white label and become a rap classic anyway?


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Video: Saber – Plain And Simple Interview

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SABER Plain and Simple from MTN COLORS USA on Vimeo.

The well-versed and outspoken graffiti artist Saber opened one of his biggest shows to date earlier this summer with “The American Graffiti Artist.” Upon his showing, paint makers Montana got together for an interview with the artist that touched more so on his beliefs and lifestyle as opposed to his actual art. Sabers opens the interview with commentary about how his generation entered at a particular moment that was unlike anything else in history, giving them the ability to experience life offline and online. Other insights include the current healthcare system and his battle towards equalization.


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Video: MEGGS x LISTER x KID-ZOOM NYC Mural

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MEGGS x LISTER x KID-ZOOM from itdrewitself on Vimeo.

Australian street artists MEGGS, LISTER and KID-ZOOM have teamed up to participate in the making of a wall mural in New York City. While each of them has their own distinct style and draws inspiration from various themes, the project is somehow harmonious and sensibly conjoined. Watch the video above to hear a little about each of the artist’s background and style and see the end result of their collaborative project.


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Blu & Ericailcane Mural In Italy

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BLU and Ericailcane once again join forces to create a massive new mural in Italy.


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Audio: Joell Ortiz ft. Novel, Bun B & Tech N9ne – Night Train (Remix)

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Listen to or Download Joell Ortiz ft. Novel, Bun B & Tech N9ne – Night Train (Remix)


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