The Air Jordan 1 Retro Phat makes a return this Spring 2012 via an updated Varsity Red/Cool Grey color iteration. Boasting a mostly red leather upper, mesh and perforated panels are layered across the sides and upper heel of the shoe alongside a cement-patterned tonal Swoosh. Recognizable Cool Grey paints the laces, interior lining and laces before making its way to the matching outsole. Retail is set at ¥13,650 JPY (approximately $175 USD).
If you’ve been in a sugary Christmas coma from all the holiday treats magically available at every turn, then you may have missed the frenzy last week caused by the re-releasing of the Concord Jordan XI’s. This celebrated model is no longer known only by sneakerheads, but now one that has infiltrated mainstream pop culture because of the media’s constant coverage on the riots across the United States. But fans all know just how special the Jordan XI really is and as a token of his appreciation, the mastermind behind the design, Tinker Hatfield, decided to bless us with his original sketches from pre-production. Each sketch features detailing found in the final make-up, including a nylon mesh upper taking inspiration from mountaineering backpacks, the carbon fiber plating Tinker copied from Michael’s Ferrari, and the icy-blue clear outsole. Even from the early drawings, Tinker knew the Jordan XI was destined for greatness, but rioting was not what he had in mind.
Massachusetts emcee Reks is gearing up to release the follow up to his critically acclaimed LP, R.E.K.S., with Straight, No Chaser. Take a listen to his Statik Selektah produced first single, “Autographs.” Look for Straight, No Chaser to drop in early 2012 via Showoff Records.
I don’t know the backstory on this one, but NY could definitely use more collabos like this. For “X and Sandman” Sadat X and Homeboy Sandman link up and go in over Psycho Les‘ production.
Above is the official first teaser trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which was originally conceived as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 sci-fi cult-film, Alien. Prometheus is not in a galaxy far, far away from the story that followed the crew on the deep mining ship of Nostromo over 40 years ago, as this space odyssey follows another team of explorers – a cast that includes Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba on a battle across the universe to save the future of the human race, armed with only a clue to the origins of mankind.
The trend towards more streamline and tailored looks is something that hadn’t really affected the all too familiar Air Force 1 despite the persistent trends. Defined by its trademark 1-inch midsole, 2012 will see a more modern take with a slimmed down outsole paired with the “NL” (no liner) treatment. A first drop comes in this “Julep” colorway. The Air Force 1 is by many accounts Nike’s most iconic model. What are your thoughts on the reworking?
Fresh off painting the town red at Art Basel, Australian super-duo Dabs Myla are back at it again, this time in their home stomping grounds of Los Angeles. Set up through Warren Brand and the Branded Arts project, this mural project has been quietly moving along during this entire week in the Culver City Arts complex where previous works from Herakut, David Flores, Cyrcle. and Andrew Hem also currently stand. Upon completion we’re sure to see bold colors, signature characters, and a finished product that cements this duo as one of the best.
After a series of joint contributions, artists Revok and ROID link up in England to create this piece in East London. Featuring contrasting styles, both put their signature touch defined by a juxtaposition of hard fast lines of Revok versus the subtly and fluidity of ROID. Prior to this partnership, both had shown together at shows in Los Angeles and Detroit.
Fresh for early 2012, Nike presents a fan favorite, the Dunk High in a Black and Maize Yellow colorway. A common color combo for the sneaker giant, from the praised Wu-Tang Dunk to this year’s signature Kobe model, next year’s release will feature tumbled leather and possibly a weather midsole. Be on the lookout as Nike plans to reissue plenty of their historical color variants for the Dunk family once again in 2012.
With a line of well over 500 people wrapping around a Hollywood street corner in Los Angeles, Mr. Brainwash opened his expansive 2011 Art Show to the public on Thursday, December 22nd. Chock full of spectacular visuals to the point of mind manipulation, the Parisian artist showcased sculptures, graffiti, pop culture icons, and 2D paintings all in polarizing imaginative ways. From a giant metal elephant crushing a spray can, covering Colonel Sanders in blue paint while chickens looked on to a community room full of work and tags from non-participating street artists, the show was a major success in every way conceivable. The massive warehouse even included multiple VIP levels featuring desolate areas of spray-painted walls with conscious-numbing messages and a private area for gallery viewing. Mr. Brainwash continued his eager to please attitude as he announced stressfully that although the signed free prints for the first 300 guests were not ready for distribution, his staff would collect names and addresses to ship them out when ready. Regardless of your opinion for Mr. Brainwash, it is clear he is determined to wow us with his tiring efforts and larger than life exhibits. Be sure to check out the 2011 Art Show as it is scheduled to close on Thursday, December 29th.
Vic’s Market presents a high-octane and energetic skate part humorously titled, “Skateboarding is A Crime.” Complete with masked men and destruction of things both big and small, this is definitely the way to ring in the new year. As the weather is going to inevitably turn from bad to worse, the outdoor action is certainly a welcome sight.
It’s been nearly two months since Heavy D shocked the music community with his passing. Further details have been revealed about the late rapper’s death.
According to TMZ, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office revealed that Heavy D died from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis.
The rapper passed away on November 8th at a Los Angeles area hospital after complaining of breathing trouble while walking up a flight of stairs. A neighbor saw him in distress, and called 9-1-1. He passed away shortly after.
Heavy D was just 44 years old.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs, often caused by blood clots which travel in from other parts of he body. In Heavy’s case, the clot was formed in his legs.
Deep leg vein thrombosis is often associated with long plane flights, in which a clot can form due to prolonged immobility. Days before his death, Heavy D had traveled back to Los Angeles from Europe, after performing at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales.
Additionally, the rapper suffered from heart disease, which could’ve also been a contributing factor in his death.
Despite the revelation, the Coroner’s Office has classified the death as “natural.”
There is no doubt that 2011 has been a more than successful year for Frank Ocean and one can only assume what the OFWGKTA crooner has in store for 2012. However, before we will find out, the New Orleans native has prepared a special audio treat for his fans on his Tumblr in the shape of the demo version of a new track called “4 Tears.” Along with the tune comes the following message:
“i just listened to this a few times for myself. figured maybe some else needed to hear it. it’s called ‘4 tears’.” – Frank Ocean
While on the road together for the recently completed How The Grouch Stole Christmas tour, Zion I, The Grouch, Eligh, and Evidence put together this dope new vid. Watch how they all pay respect to the man behind the boards with “Amp Live For President.” 4 different beats and 4 hot verses – they all went in on this one. Peep the visuals above. Video directed by Michael Sato.
Always happy to hear some new music from the homie Bambu. This time around, the L.A. emcee teams up with producer Josh The Goon for “None Left.” Per the norm, Bam is speaking that truth, listen up to this one.
Here is the first release from Raekwon’s Unexpected Victory mixtape which will now be released on January 1st.
Produced by The Olympicks.
HNIC 3 is on the way.
Odd Future’s Christmas concert in Hollywood didn’t end so merry, when the collective’s frontman Tyler The Creator capped off things Thursday evening (December 22) by getting arrested.
According to TMZ, the 20-year-old rapper was arrested on a vandalism charge after he trashed sound equipment while performing at Hollywood’s famed Roxy venue on Sunset Blvd.
The Roxy’s staff called police at around 11:30 p.m., after Tyler got into an argument with a sound engineer inside the club, and trashed some equipment (see below). He was handcuffed, arrested, and hauled off to police headquarters where he was booked,
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Dept. told TMZ that Odd Future fans became irate, rushing toward deputies while the rapper was being escorted to a police car.
Sunset Blvd was closed down for 30 minutes so police could regain control, and eventually the crowd dispersed and no one was injured.
Tyler (real name: Tyler Okonma) was booked for felony Vandalism and later released on a $20,000 bond.