Using MIRRACO‘s 2012 EDit model as a base, the audacious design duo of Dee & Ricky collaborated with Dave Mira and his Californian BMX bike manufacturing company for a fashionable take on dodging city traffic. Neglecting the current trend of subdued bike styling, the multifaceted twins started with a lightweight white frame adding vibrant colors to its adjoining parts as well as a cheetah print seat and accompanying decal sheet with multicolored letters for an additional personal twist to an already decked out two-wheeler. With only 100 available worldwide, be sure to do your research and get yours with a bike lock as this collectors piece will surely leave you the envy among your fellow commuters.
Photography: Adel Saad Abouelala
The “ambassador of all things Detroit hip-hop,” as the press text aptly describes House Shoes, will be dropping his long overdue debut LP, Let It Go, on June 19 (from which we showed you a Danny Brown-assisted track last week). For the Behind Closed Doors Vol. 3 DVD, the Detroit native takes us into his den and shows us some of his production-steez. You can also catch the man talk about learning his MPC 3000 game from J Dilla back in ’96, fleeing from an unappreciative hometown, and doin’ it strictly for the love. House Shoes’ current The Time EP is available now via iTunes.
With his Dungen Family confederate headlining recent news as images of André 3000 dressed for the part of Jimi Hendrix circle the web, Big Boi lets loose of a track likely to appear on his upcoming solo project titled Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. This single dubbed, “She Said OK,” features an unlikely collaborator in Theophilus London as well as Atlanta-native Tre Luce. The straight forward, New York to Atlanta player’s anthem is laid down upon producer Chris Carmouche’s soulful percussion line. Sir Lucious Left Foot is expected to include features from KiD CuDi, Big K.R.I.T. and UGK on his upcoming album and London will look to release a follow-up to his latest mixtape titled, Rose Island II.
Banksy unleashes the latest “Er…” Diamond Jubilee Print via Pictures on Walls. After catching a glimpse of Banksy’s Union Jack Child Labor-focused piece a few weeks ago, the notorious street artist releases the latest work as a free, printable piece of art for all to consume. The artwork is meant to be easily downloaded, printed and then applied to your own respective canvas as you see fit.
Forging a new form of sport craftsmanship, the Nike Air Yeezy II blends classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demands of bringing hype to a crowd of thousands. A primal, tactile approach to technology runs throughout every element of the shoe. Armored animalistic forms imbue the upper. Hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels are embellished with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian-inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down. Bringing the inspiration forward from the late 1980′s basketball foundation of the original Nike Air Yeezy, the II is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and celebrates iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement. An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out ‘YZY.’ Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’
Rodney Mullen, Frank Lavallee, and Kilian Martin. Three names that foster a style of skateboarding that, while might be less popular to the hardcore skate crowd, is no less difficult (and at times far more creative) than some of the tricks we see from today’s best pros.
Kilian Martin recently took to the Mojave Desert with filmmaker Brett Novak to put together his latest video, Altered Route, a four-minute skate film that sees Martin do what he does best at an abandoned water park.
June is a big month for sneaker heads, because there will be a slew of releases. In addition to the release of the black/red Son Of Mars, Jordan Brand is set to roll out a “Military Blue” colorway for their iconic Air Jordan 4 model.
The sneaker boasts a white leather base, with military blue accents and neutral grey highlights throughout the OG colorway.
The “Military Blue” Air Jordan 4 will retail for $160, and is slated to drop June 9th. Mark your calendars.
The wait is over, Jay-Z and Kanye West (aka The Throne) drop the video for their Watch The Throne track “No Church In The Wild” featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream. With as many commercial spots as this song’s landed in I forgot the actual official video hadn’t dropped yet. This apocalyptic mini-motion picture (directed by Romain Gavras) was shot in Prague with no appearances from the featured artists. I’ll let you come up with your own Illuminati-based conspiracy theories about the meaning of the revolution juxtaposed with “haunting religious imagery” in the background (or you could just enjoy the vid).
With the 2011-12 NBA season over, and the post season already in the conference finals, the league puts together a top 10 list of the best dunks of the year. The list is comprised of the “best slams, jams, throwdowns, facials and posterizations” from this NBA season, says NBA.com. The high-flying act is bananas!
Below is a brief run-down of the clip:
10. Rudy Gay – fastbreak
9. John Wall – fastbreak
8. Paul George – fastbreak
7. Kenneth Faried – fastbreak alley-oop
6. Blake Griffin – offensive rebound dunk
5. Blake Griffin – posterizes Pau Gasol
4. Lebron James – alley-oop over Bulls’ John Lucas
3. Russell Westbrook – fastbreak alley-oop
2. Blake Griffin – posterizes Kendrick Perkins
1. Gerald Green – fastbreak windmill alley-oop
From the opening bell, it was evident Santos was the superior fighter. He picked apart Mir with his boxing pedigree all throughout the first round, before stunning him with a hard right to the temple in the closing seconds, which he followed with a flurry of rights and lefts that nearly ended the fight, but Mir was saved by the horn.
In the second round, Santos caught Mir with a hard right to the chin, sending him to the canvas … and that’s all she wrote. The champ pounced, and pounded him while on the ground before referee Herb Dean stepped in and called it.
“He’s a champ,” Mir said. “He’s fast. I couldn’t get out of the way. He hit me hard. There were just too many of them, and they were hard shots. I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Santos successfully defended his heavyweight title for the first time, improving to 15-1. In the post fight interview, he expressed his excitement over the win, before commending Mir on his toughness.
“I’m feeling awesome!” a smiling Dos Santos shouted. “It’s not bad for a nice guy, huh? … Frank Mir is a really good fighter, too. I came here to defend my belt, and I did it.
“This guy [Mir] can take a punch. My hand hurts.”
Mir’s record fell to 16-6. He had won three straight fights since losing a title shot to Shane Carwin in March 2010, but couldn’t reclaim the belt he previous held twice in his career — in 2004, before getting into a serious motorcycle accident; and in early 2009 before losing to Brock Lesnar.
As for the other heavyweight bouts at UFC 146… former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez TKO’d Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in the first round.
Cain quickly took Silva to the ground and began delivering elbows and punches. One hard elbow opened a huge cut on the forehead of Silva, which made it difficult for Silva (16-4) to see. After a cageside physician allowed the bout continue, Velasquez resumed the punishment, before the ref finally jumped in to stop the fight.
Velasquez’s record improved to 10-1, while Silva’s fell to 16-4. Cain hopes to get another shot Dos Santos, who beat him last November to take his title.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson KO’d Dave Herman in the first round of their fight with one overhand right; Shane Del Rosario recorded his first loss in his UFC debut against fellow undefeated heavyweight Stipe Miocic via a TKO from blows in the second round; and Stefan Struve defeated Lavar Johnson with an armbar submission in the first round of their fight.
Real talk for the hip-hop generation is matched by affecting images in this daughter’s-eye view video for Nas‘ “Daughters.” Director Chris Robinson‘s skillful use of shorty-cam technology makes the dilemmas that Nasir lays out in the lyrics that much more real, even for those of us who don’t have kids–and just to let you know it’s really real at the end of the vid we get a rearview cameo from Mr. Jones real-life daughter Destiny, who’s online shenanigans prompted Nas’ soul-searching and some of the rap’s most stinging lines. Watch above and look out for the new Nas LP Life Is Good to drop July 17.
The Jets are almost ready to land, with their ring leader, Curren$y, set to release his latest LP, The Stoned Immaculate, on June 5th. Before we get the full LP, we’re blessed with another leak off the album, “Jet Life” featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Wiz Khalifa. Last time these three hooked up they dropped one of the hardest songs of the summer, and the careers of all three emcees really took flight from there. The Stoned Immaculate drops next week, though I may be anticipating that Spitta x Wiz How Fly follow up even more.
After first giving us a listen to the track back in December, Reks just released a video for his Statik Selektah produced first single “Autographs.” Reks fittingly takes hip-hop back to its’ essence with this vid, handing out his own CD on the street, performing at local venues, and signing autographs at the record store (remember those?). Video directed by Felipe Jorge. Straight No Chaser is out now.
It’s been a few months since we heard word about Windy City emcee ADaD‘s mixtape, P.S. I’m Next. But his collabs with Exile and Dibia$e alone still have me anticipating this tape. Today, ADaD gets intergalactic with some help from Fashawn and Naledge for the latest mixtape leak, “Space Invaders.” No date yet, but P.S. I’m Next is coming soon.
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With the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Saga rapidly approaching, fans are looking for new and exciting ways to show their support for The Caped Crusader. Hong Kong resident Michael Choy created this DIY Bat Rod which needless to say is an impressive display of LEGO innovation and dedication to the comic book hero. Although the Bat Rod is not for sale, it certainly deserves some acknowledgment for being simply put, cool.