Breaking numerous box office records, the sixth installment in the Marvel cinematic-sphere saw an all-star line up of superheros — featuring the likes Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson – takeover the silver screen. Directed by Joss Whedon and distributed by Walt Disney Studios, The Avengers encompassed a handful of CGI effects and animations via 14 companies to execute the visual-heavy 3D blockbuster. Here, ILM takes us on a behind the scenes tip on the production of the impressionable fight scene, where New York’s cityscape becomes the backdrop for a brawl between heroes and villains.
A few weeks back Hungarian graffiti writer, Nikon along with photographer and filmmaker, Andras Zombori took to the dark, cold, and snowy streets of Budapest to create a two-minute video capturing Nikon working on a quick piece in an isolated underpass. With some subtle but compelling editing by Gergely Galisz and a hypnotically soothing soundtrack by Guy J, the clip is well worth a watch, or two.
As part of the newest mixtape from The Conglomerate, titled Catastrophic, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip freestyle on Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” beat. The track is a sort of love song not-so-subtly dedicated to Janet Jackson and Busta makes reference to Tip’s appearance alongside Janet in the 1993 John Singleton film (which provided K. Dot with the title for the track, which samples Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place”). As you may recall, Q-Tip played Justice’s boyfriend Markell, and gets some romantic face time with Ms. Jackson before his character is bumped off to make way for Tupac Shakur to step in. In his adlib/setup for Q-Tip’s appearance, Busta puts it like this:
“I’m a little jealous, Tip/ Your tongue went in her mouth in that Poetic Justice movie, from what I can account.”
Q-Tip also makes explicit reference to his onscreen, and maybe offscreen relationship with Jackson, rapping:
“A captivating lady, I used to be her baby/ Good times, they never fading/ Look back and celebrate, poetic justice.”
2012 marks the 10 year anniversary of Skillz’ infamous year-end “Rap Up” series, which he dropped yesterday. The tune is the last track on what we reported to be Skillz’ final album, Thoughts Become Things (buy it now on iTunes). In the “2012 Rap Up” he goes on to announce that this is also the last installment of this legendary tradition.
Man, I still can’t believe that Whitney ain’t here
So RIP to the peeps we lost, I’m being sincere
But I’m wrapping up these rap ups, y’all, it’s been ten years
I’m gracefully gone bow out, but still write them hits
@SkillzVa on Twitter, hit me up with them tweets
I fuck with y’all, I love y’all, man, thanks for joining my team
Goodbye to 2012, what up to 2013?
The Nike Lunar Force 1 has been grabbing all the headlines lately but that doesn’t mean Nike is putting the brakes on the original as this latest pair of Air Force 1’s can attest to. Dubbed the “Irish Varsity,” this colorway boasts a clean white and green upper that’s dominated by mesh paneling on the medial side and a plush varsity patch-inspired Swoosh. Completing the Irish theme are the orange hits on the tongue, heel and sidewall of the sole. No word on a release date yet but look for these to drop at retailers early next year.
This Is The End from notable writing collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) tells the story of six friends that are trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events that devastate Los Angeles – and marks the pair’s first directorial debut. Co-starring Rogen as himself, the film sees Rogen joined by other actors portraying elevated versions of their real world personals including Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and others. This Is The End hits theaters June 14, 2013.
Pulled from Jay-Z’s ever-bubbling YouTube channel Life + Times comes this Brooklyn-centric discussion with BK emcee Talib Kweli and Nets coach Avery Johnson. Filmed at notable eatery Junior’s, the two discuss the ongoing journey that brought the NBA squad from New Jersey, Jay Z’s contributions to the Nets’ aesthetic as well as leadership qualities and other famous Brooklynites that have represented for the borough. For fans of both NBA intrigue and more cultural aspects that define contemporary sport, this back-and forth is truly enlightening.
Nike continues to push the Lunar Force 1 Fuse with the “City Pack” featuring three new city-specific colorways. Representing Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles, the shoes make use of iconic colors to rep each city; Los Angeles receives a silver and blue colorway, Chicago is featured in black and red while Brooklyn is represented with a black, grey and white colorway. Each shoe features Hyperfuse construction for a lightweight, seamless upper which, when paired with the Lunarlon sole will ensure that you’re representing your city in comfort and style.
Having announced earlier today the impending January 5 release of a Chicago Bulls-inspired Air Jordan 1 seen here, we have now received word that there will be a second colorway option in traditional Knicks blue and orange launching the same day. Could this model have come about to pay homage to the many Knicks Jordan embarrassed over his long career or just a one-off creation for endorsee and Knicks frontman Carmelo Anthony? Whatever the reason may be, we’re happy it exists. This double release will be available starting January 5 at select Jordan Brand stockists around the world.
Within America’s current small business revitalization campaign, the food truck industry has become an unlikely phenomenon exploding to newfound heights in recent years. Many more chefs, in warmer climates especially, are opting to save scarce start-up costs to establish a relatively inexpensive traveling food mobile as opposed to your typical standalone restaurant. In the latest episode of Subculture Club, Thrash Lab offers a closer look at some of these nomadic foodies, specifically within the industry’s mecca of Los Angeles. The eight-minute feature will explain what helped launch the food truck trend and how each truck has carved a niche for itself.
Last week we saw the Apollo Brown take over of Talib Kweli‘s “Fly Away,” originally off of the Attack The Block mixtape. Now DJBooth has released the fourth entry in their Re-Produced series with four versions of “Fly Away”, featuring the Apollo Brown mix, two other mixes by Shoden!1 and Willie B, and the original Crada produced track. Unlike the moodier Apollo Brown mix, Shoden!1 traps the track out while Willie B breaks it down with a heavy bassline and light breakbeat. Stream the entire Fly Away (Re-Produced) EP below:
Guess who’s back. eMC drops a brand new gift for us right in time for the holidays. The crew, composed of Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin, is set to put a free, unwrapped compilation called M3RRY XMAS under your tree on December 25. In the meantime, take no more than 4 minutes and some seconds to listen to the Pav Bundy produced joint and let your ears go back to that classic Hip-Hop sound.
Chef, writer, and culture critic Eddie Huang delivered a double-header of Fresh Off The Boat episodes on Monday. While in part two of his trip to Los Angeles, Eddie explored authentic Mexican culture in East LA, in part three he immerses himself within once notorious low-rider car clubs. Throughout the clip, Eddie chats with members of Techniques Los Angeles, whom discuss their upbringing in the once violent culture, but also reflect on how the tradition has since evolved to be a relaxed social setting. As the show is loosely coined a “food show,” Eddie makes sure to enjoy some barbecue with club members while further exploring the show’s underlying theme of highlighting unsung local cultures. While this is the final episode of Fresh Off The Boat for 2012, be sure to look for more in early 2013.
Nike SB‘s January releases arrive a month early, giving us these Dunk Highs and Dunk Lows well in advance. The classic high-tops come dressed this season in anthracite and olive, featuring charcoal suede uppers with hits of tonal nylon at the tongue and heel. Black lining, laces, swoosh and branding complete the subtle looks, tastefully balanced with a matte olive midsole atop a black outsole. These are now available for $95 USD.
Following an earlier preview, we can now show you IDT’s full length documentary titled “On the Road.” Founded in 2008, China-based graffiti collective IDT Crew (Industry Definition Transfer) recently embarked on a journey of more than 1,200 miles to paint on an array of unique and unorthodox surfaces. Supported by Converse, artists WHYYY, NAN and SINIC traveled for 50 straight days from Southwest China’s Kunming to the highest region on Earth: Tibet. Check out the full documentary to see how the three artists got on during their travels.
Today marks the official announcement that the Jordan Brand will be rolling out the original colorway of the Air Jordan 1 — a sneaker that certainly went on to revolutionize the footwear and apparel business. Presented in white/varsity red/black, the high-cut and retro release features a prominent swoosh as well as the old school Jordan logo with wings — which pre-dated the now legendary Jumpman — on the tongue and heel. A controversially colored shoe at the time, the release will come in packaging similar to the original. The Air Jordan 1 Retro will release at select stockists on January 5, 2013.