With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, the usual green tributes to the holiday are about to roll out in droves. Eschewing the typical look for a better source of inspiration, the “Guinness” Nike SB Dunk High takes cues from the tasty Irish Stout with a black leather upper alongside Light British Tan accents on the textured Swoosh, tongue tab branding and outsole. A contrasting white midsole and two sets of laces complete the package.
Before it evolved into the somewhat counterculture sport that it is today, skateboarding was seen as a fun and carefree activity to be enjoyed by youth and adults alike. This black and white photo series, shot by Bill Eppridge for LIFE magazine five decades ago, illustrates the way in which skateboarding was enjoyed in a more laid-back and less frowned-upon manner in 1960s Manhattan.
French humanitarian and cultural driver JR makes waves once again in Los Angeles. It was not that long ago that the TED winner touched down in LA for his Wrinkles of the City showing that plastered much of LA. This time around, another large-scale image on the corner of Beverly and Sweetzer offers an empowering message with an individual looking to the sky.
Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats comes through with a new collective of music with an Untitled EP title, surely hinting that the music speaks for itself. The EP notes production from the likes of The Alchemist, Thelonious Martin, Flying Lotus and more. While we await a new project from OFWGKTA as a whole, download Hodgy Beats’ nine-track offering here.
While Bob Marley’s classic and universally likable music has stood the test of time since his death in 1981, his family and others close to him have seldom opened up about his personal influence as a father or the atmosphere in Jamaica during his ascent to global fame. Now, Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald wishes to tell this rarely illuminated story with Marley, which is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and SXSW in March. It will be appearing in theaters as well as video-on-demand on April 20.
Nike SB has dropped a hint on a new “Quickstrike” Dunk High collaboration with American graphic artist Frank Kozik. Kozik, who lends his name and inspiration to the military-inspired colorway, is best known for his poster art in the music industry, having worked with bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
After getting a look at some of his work two days ago, further images have surfaced of French humanitarian and artist JR’s magnificent contributions to the landscape of Los Angeles. Situated in the heart of downtown, the mural is a large-scale work that seems to swallow up any and all eyes that set foot in its periphery. JR has once again crafted a work that seems to look right through you.
Featuring four decks of software control plus a built-in mixer that can be used with or without a computer, N4 is designed for DJs who want powerful capability in a lightweight, portable package. N4 is a complete DJ controller that has everything you need to perform at your highest level – large, touch-sensitive platters, four decks of software control with loop and effects controls, a built-in USB audio interface, and a comprehensive mixer section with EQ and gain controls. N4 comes with both Serato DJ Intro software and a four-deck version of Virtual DJ LE.
After getting a “cheesy” preview a couple days ago, Adult Swim has unleashed the official trailer for Odd Future’s Loiter Squad television show. Cut from a very similar cloth as The Andy Milonakis Show, Tyler, Taco, Jasper and Lionel seem to get a good laugh out of the absurdity of the human condition. With set pieces involving costumes and stunts, only time will tell if Odd Future’s antics translate to television. Loiter Squad premieres March 25 on Adult Swim.
While the NBA dunk contest has certainly lost a little bit of the sizzle that used to come with the event, when the likes of Dominique, Michael and Vince would bring the house down, the event still proves to showcase some freakishly athletic maneuvers from some of the lessor known players in the league. The NBA trained high-speed Phantom Cameras on the action and the result is something truly spectacular to behold. Watch as Jeremy Evans, Paul George, Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams pull of their signature dunks for the night.
Premiering this past Sunday on Centric TV, Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D finds a bevy of influential people from the hip-hop community remembering the truly legendary emcee. Mixing interviews from the likes of Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Will Smith and MC Lyte with performance footage, including his last live show at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the viewer gets a reminder of just how big a part of the culture Heavy D was. The documentary also features stories from his family and other golden-era artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow. Heavy D tragically passed away from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis on November 8, 2011. Watch the entire moving documentary above.
As a warm-up for his new release “Savage Journey to the American Dream”, Stalley offers a series of songs called “Songs by Me, Stalley”. The eighth and final leak is “Volley Express”, an original song featuring Scar, over Block Beattaz production. Savage Journey to the American Dream is coming soon! Stalley will unveil the release date when he gets 50,000 followers on Twitter.
Gatorade aired this dope commercial during NBA All-Star festivities over the weekend, in which coach Phil Jackson recounts Michael Jordan’s epic 1997 NBA Finals Game 5 performance, where he led the Bulls to victory 90-88. Oh, and he was suffering from the flu.
This game is forever etched into the memories of basketball fans, and made fans and Jackson, as he puts it in the clip: “a believer.”
“We had to help him into the locker room,” says Jackson. “It made me a believer. Not in luck, or fate, but in the will to win.”
Jordan scored 38 points that night, despite suffering from a stomach virus that had rendered him weak and dehydrated. Obviously, the brand shows him drinking Gatorade to rehydrate himself. A great short by Gatorade.
Fans of soul-rejuvenating pop and funk music in a live format, take heart. Mayer Hawthorne just announced the full dates of his Spring How Do You Do tour. Festivities kick of here in NYC on April 16th and hit your major metropolitan areas in a wide swath across the North American continent before winding up in Toronto and Montreal in May. How Do You Do is out now, cop it on iTunes and get the full listing after the jump to see where you fit in to the master plan.
MAYER HAWTHORNE TOUR DATES:
16-Apr New York, NY Webster Hall
17-Apr Washington, DC 9:30 Club
18-Apr Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
20-Apr Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
21-Apr Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
23-Apr Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
24-Apr Charleston, SC The Music Farm
25-Apr Mobile, AL The Centre for the Living Arts
27-Apr Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
28-Apr Austin, TX Republic Square Park – Food & Wine Festival
29-Apr Houston, TX Fitzgeralds
1-May Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
2-May Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
3-May Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
7-May St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
8-May Miami, FL Grand Central
9-May Orlando, FL The Plaza ‘LIVE’
11-May Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
12-May Charlotte, NC The Neighborhood Theatre
14-May Cleveland, OH House of Blues
15-May Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
17-May Chicago, IL Park West
18-May Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
21-May Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
22-May St. Louis, MO Firebird
23-May Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
25-May Toronto, ON The Opera House
26-May Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Our fellow J Dilla stans at KillerBoomBox TV just posted this interview they conducted with the amazing Ma Dukes, recorded at upmarket sneaker spot The Bodega on the occasion of Dilla Day, Boston. Among other interesting tidbits that come up in the 13-minute edited Q&A is the fact that music actually brought James Yancey into being in the first place, as his mom relates how she met Dilla’s father–a jazz musician–when she auditioned to sing with him. We also get some anecdotes about how she pushed him away from music into a career in aerotech engineering–even while she was keeping him dipped in silk shirts to match his moniker DJ Silk. The most newsworthy snippet comes towards the end, where Ms. Yancey relates that the Ummah almost never formed–around the time Jay Dee started getting production credits on Major Label releases, Ummah co-founder Q-Tip and of all people R&B legend Babyface were engaged in something of a bidding war to sign him to a production deal. My favorite part, though, is still the image of an 11-month old Dilla in his playpen, ‘dancing like a nutcase’ to the sounds of James Brown.
Planet Asia‘s long awaited new LP, Black Belt Theatre, hits shelves tomorrow. But before PA hits us with that 20 track karate-chop (word to Jim Kelly), we get one more track from the LP, “No Apologies” produced by Oh No and featuring Raekwon. PA has always had that west-coast Wu feel to his music so this marriage of sounds works out perfectly. BBT also has features from Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Mistah FAB, Torae and more. You can pre-order the LP as well as listen to snippets via Nature Sounds.
As far as smoked out rappers go, the duo of Curren$y and Styles P could probably give Redman and Method Man a run for their money (or bud). But do the D Block and Jet Life representers match up favorably to Red and Meth musically? I guess we’re about to find out with this download. As promised, Curren$y and Styled P just dropped their new EP today, #TheFirst28 – 5 tracks with features from Fiend, Daz, and Deelow. Of course it would be crazy for Curren$y to not be working on a new project at all times, so look for his new LP, Stoned Immaculate, coming soon.
2.Jekell n Hyde
3.Lean (feat. Fiend)
4.Go (feat. Daz )
5.Billions (feat. Deelow)