Jordan Brand has been on a roll lately and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down as it brings back Johnny Kilroy, the fictional character Michael Jordan adopted for the Air Jordan IX TV commercials. To celebrate the Kilroy character, Jordan Brand is re-releasing several Air Jordan IX’s, starting with this silver/black/red variation. Featuring a black upper with silver trim and red lining, these clean kicks boast clever little details such as the Johnny Kilroy branding on the tongue, the fictional character’s jersey number on the heel, and the phrase “Kilroy Kicks Butt” stitched on the inside. Available starting October 6.
A blend of Kanye West‘s “Get ‘Em High” and Chromatics‘ “Lady,” Carlos Serrano‘s “Lady High” manages to fuse both tracks harmoniously while imparting each cut with new life. Serrano extracted the infectious raps of “Get ‘Em High” from Kanye’s seminal College Dropout album and — continuing with his tendency for unexpected mixes — layered them over Chromatics’ dreamy brand of Italo disco. Fresh off an impressive Adele vs. Daft Punk video, the San Diego-based Serrano seems poised to build on his reputation as one of music’s most innovative producers. Listen to the track below and let us know what you think.
The thing with Doom, in case you guys haven’t figured it out yet, is that metalface is a state of mind that can fit over any face really–hence the infinite recombinations it has spawned; JJ DOOM, MA_DOOM, DOOM STARKS, etc. But there is definitely something about the Doom’s performances with Robert Glasper Experiment that radiate extra gamma waves–as if the power of the live ensemble was able to connect somehow with what’s left of Daniel Dumile (“he’s more machine now than man”) underneath the iron visage. Case in point: this sublime collaboration from the iTunes festival. Stream below and pay special attention to the words “coming soon: DOOM & Glasper…” at about 5:40.
dead prez announced today that they will drop Information Age, their first official release since 2004′s Revolutionary But Gangsta, through digital outlets on October 16th with a CD release to follow on October 22nd. Here’ the first single, “A New Beginning”.
On Information Age, dead prez, individually known as M-1 and stic.man, embark on their politically driven, revolutionary and eye-opening missive about hot button topics such as government control, health care and economic class. It is no coincidence that Krian is releasing the album digitally before the upcoming Presidential election.
“We feel very positive about our joint venture with Krian. We’ve had a great relationship with Royalty network for many years,” remarked dead prez. “Dead prez has always prided ourselves on our independence and integrity and we were able to form a partnership with Krian that can appreciate what dead prez’ significance to the culture is and has the capabilities to help us reach bigger goals with the Information Age album around the world. Team work makes the dream work!”
Video game developer Treyarch has finally released the trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Zombie mode. Featuring a host of insane weapons, gratuitous gore, a lot of zombies, and music by Avenged Sevenfold, the trailer does an excellent job of amping up anticipation for the release of the main game’s cult zombie variation — all while showing off the newly developed “Tranzit” campaign mode. Traveling from town to town on a beat-up bus, the player(s) must cleanse each location of its zombie infestation, finding and building weapons along the way. We wonder how many will buy Black Ops 2 solely to kill zombies?
New noise from the most dangerous mind in the rap game (OR IS HE?). I’m just talking bout Pharoahe Monch. “Damage” (as in brain/hearing/what’s your ___?) is the third and final installment in Monch’s infamous “Bullet” trilogy as well as the lead track off his upcoming digital-ep P.T.S.D. (as in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is due out late autumn via W.A.R. Media/Duck Down. Stream below and cop as a single on iTunes.
After releasing their first full-length album of brand new material in more than a decade, No Doubt presents official imagery for the title track, “Push and Shove.” A follow-up to the album’s first single “Settle Down,” the upbeat dance track gets assists from both Busy Signal and Major Lazer and receives a black and white video treatment to coincide with the album’s cover. The successor to 2001′s Rock Steady, No Doubt’s Push and Shove is out now on Interscope Records.
The Admiral is back! Unfortunately however, it will not be to realign with The Big Fundamental for a third title run. The recent Hall of Fame inductee is teaming with longtime endorser Nike for a reinterpretation to his famed Air Max 180 Pump. Releasing in the form of an Air Max 180 High silhouette, the 2012 remake features the original’s impressive colorway, however lacks the extensive ankle support and inflation system. This retro model along with many more ‘90s remakes will be featured in Sneaker Freaker‘s 25th Issue, now on newsstands.
Here goes some new music from a man we don’t hear from nearly enough these days. Evidence just unearthed this loosie “Sakura” featuring Planet Asia. says EV: “Why did I choose to blend a Japanese Folk Song that I learned in first grade with Escapades Of Futura 2000? The answer is,’I was stoned.’ Called Planet Asia over to body the beat on verse 2. Twiz The Beat Pro made this in 2011. Pulled it out of the vaults for you to peep. Hope you enjoy.” Enjoy it we do, now what’s up with a new album?
Don’t say we never did a warn you! Zion I and J. Period‘s new mixtape Bomb First dropped on the web like a megaton of fissile material today and with weapons-grade refixes of everybody from Little Dragon to Nas (find the back cover with full tracklisting after the jump) it lives up to it’s name and then some. Stream below via J’s soundcloud and then hit www.jperiod.com/zioni for the free download. And in your excitement, don’t forget that this is just the first wave to hit the beaches, the next massive attack is Zion I’s new LP Shadow Boxing which hits stores October 2nd.
After riveting recent performances at both the VMA’s and Saturday Night Live, Frank Ocean releases a new track titled, “Blue Whale”. The first song since his critically acclaimed LP channel ORANGE, the song actually does not hear the soulful vocalist sing at all. Instead he opts to show off his skills as a rapper, something we heard in limited regard on his album. Like the overwhelming majority of his work, the track is understated and to the point, this time around communicating the message that “life goes on” in spite of the fact he has rapidly ascended to fame.
As promised, Gary Indiana’s own Freddie Gibbs comes through with his new DJ Drama presented mixtape today, Baby Face Killa. The 18-track release has features from Krayzie Bone, SpaceGhostPurrp, Dom Kennedy, Kirko Bangz, Jadakiss, Jay Rock, Young Jeezy, Curren$y, and more. Head after the jump for the latest dose of that gangsta Gibbs shit.
It doesn’t get much more lyrical than this. Boston beatsmith G-Squared (formerly of the Kreators) puts together lyrical heavyweights Royce da 5’9″, Skillz, and Diamond D for this new jawn, “One For The Money.” The track can be found on Coalmine Records’ upcoming compilation album, Unearthed, set to drop in the second quarter of 2013. Other features on Unearthed include Pharoahe Monch, Blu, Large Professor, Kool G Rap, Sean Price, Torae, and more. For now, cop the single on iTunes.