Jared Evan comes through with another video off of his Statik Selektah produced album, Boom Bap & Blues. Check the visuals for “Pro Create” featuring Action Bronson. This is definitely some of the better music I’ve heard from Jared so far, plenty of replay value. Video directed by Rik Cordero. Cop Jared’s Boom Bap & Blues via iTunes.
Hugh Jackman reprises his role as rogue hero mutant Wolverine in the latest installment of the X-Men series. The movie finds Wolverine in the Japan, removed from his former role as a reluctant hero on a mission for vengeance. He is recruited by a powerful man, one whose life he saved decades ago, who makes Wolverine a seemingly impossible offer. As expected, the trailer is packed with thrilling quick cuts of fighting on top of bullet trains, plenty of silverware, and other gratuitous action. Look for The Wolverine in theaters July 26.
It’s official now. After keeping eager fans and others in the gaming industry wondering as to the meaning behind the two supposedly different games being developed by his studio, lead developer and director of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Hideo Kojima, has finally put all the pieces together. As revealed by the intriguing cinematic just released, The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear: Ground Zeroes are in fact part of the same game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
As much a trickster as he is a creative genius, Kojima started the guessing game just last August when he revealed Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, an open world game set in the Metal Gear universe.
Not long after in December, a trailer for a game called The Phantom Pain was revealed at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, but it was not directly linked to the Metal Gear series or even to publisher Konami. It was alleged to be a game developed by a previously unknown Moby Dick Studios. And if that wasn’t enough to arouse suspicion, Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley conducted an interview with the badly injured and suspiciously evasive head of the studio Joakim Mogren who was caught off guard when Keighley probed about the game using the Fox Engine built by Kojima Productions.
With ‘two games’ worth’ of elements now being connected to the same title, a new wave of unanswered questions will be asked, attempting to connect the images from the highly cinematic trailers with their greater associations in the Metal Gear Solid universe. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is planned to release for both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, but no firm date has been announced yet.
More than just rapping about it, Brother Ali has always been one to take action to help uplift his community. Ali sets the soundtrack to his involvement in the Occupy Homes Minnesota movement to his Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color track, “Work Everyday” (Jake One on the beat). Says Ali: “Huge shout out to Occupy Homes Minnesota for premiering our new video, ‘Work Everyday.’ The video was directed by Andrew Melby and features Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, BK-One, Slug of Atmosphere, P.O.S, I Self Devine, and a host of my close activist friends. this video is a glimpse into the incredible work that’s being done by common people who have decided to work together to demand justice. Please feel free to share and spread around!”
Marco Polo returns with “Back To Work”, the third leak from his forthcoming project Newport Authority 2 featuring The Artifacts aka El Da Sensei, Tame One and DJ Kaos. Following huge tracks with Big Daddy Kane and Rakim the T-Dot producer is back to the tune of crazy results from the New Jersey duo as they murder the track. From the sound of things Marco Polo is primed to smash the entire game with the Newport Authority 2 mixtape and the official Port Authority 2 LP. Check the track below.
Cappadonna is generous enough to leak a new single as he preps The Pillage 2, the forthcoming follow-up to his 1998 debut solo album The Pillage. The Wu-Tang Clan vet drops “Slang Editorial 2″, a monster track to make anyone feel idiotic for entertaining the thought of sleeping on the LP he’s about to drop. The project comes on the heels of his latest release Eyrth, Wynd & Fyre and 15 years after his first. If “Slang Editorial 2″ is any indication, this project promises to knock the dust off your systems. This is a joint for the streets about the streets, so feel free to bang it in the streets. True devotees of the seasoned Staten Island collective will surely recognize the real as another member returns to remind the world what’s really ill. “Slang Editorial 2″ is indeed exquisite material. Peep game.
Following our preview of April’s Suede Pack release, Nike brings forth its latest Air Force 1 iteration complete with a seasonally appropriate canvas upper. For this rendition, the iconic model is rebuilt with a breathable white canvas upper and contrasted by a subtle black Swoosh. Additional details also includes a mesh lining, gum rubber outsole and an encapsulated Air unit for cushioning. Nike’s Air Force 1 Low White Canvas can be purchased in the UK for £70 EUR (approximately $90 USD).
NY artist Jay Shells channels his love of hip hop music and his uncanny sign-making skills in his brand new project, Rap Quotes.
Reports Animal: “For this ongoing project, Shells created official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. He then installed them at those specific street corners and locations. Shells went all city and posted over 30 signs quoting the likes of Jeru tha Damaja, Mos Def, Nas, Kanye West, CL Smooth, GZA, and RA the Rugged Man.”
The “Black Grape” edition of Michael Jordan’s first signature sneaker boasts a black leather upper panel, alongside purple mesh accents at the toe box and tongue. The silhouette is punctuated by a purple Swoosh on the side and Jordan Brand logo at the heel quarter, while sitting atop a white midsole and light blue outsole.
The Air Jordan 1 Mid “Black Grape” is available now at the Nike Store for $105.
Durag Dynasty really isn’t playing at all when it comes to the durag game. Off their upcoming Alchemist produced LP, 360 Waves, here is the official video for the title track. Whether you rock yours with a bow in the back, cape, knot, with extra hang time, or tied to the front, this one is for you. Video directed by Nicolas Heller, featuring cameos from Action Bronson, Evidence, Domo Genesis, and more. 360 Waves will be out tomorrow via Nature Sounds.
Another installment of the Twelve 12′s mix series has arrived – this time with co-founder DJ Superix doing a killer set of joints from The Beatnuts for Southern Hospitality. Just days after dropping their Slick Rick mix the series returns with a set of tracks that touch on the dopest productions from Psycho Les and JuJu, including “The Nod Factor” from Skillz and their remix of Chi-Ali‘s “Funky Lemonade.” The all-vinyl set is the 48th installment of the Twelve 12′s series. Check the mix below.
Dope Folks and Wax Poetics are back with Sampler #2 aka more of the rare and unreleased pure uncut golden era hip-hop Dope Folks has become known for. The sampler boasts a host of joints – mostly the stuff of legend that nags hip-hop heads who reminisce about the music of their youth and hope in vain for even just a glimmer of the underground to return to major radio. If you came for the real, you’ve got it within the confines of this release. The second in the series, this compilation includes Lord Aaqil‘s “Check It Out” featuring The Square Roots amongst other joints primarily from the mid to early 90s. Wow! Check the sampler below. Scroll down for tracklisting.
Tracklisting – DOPE FOLKS RECORDS WAX POETICS MIXTAPE #2:
1. EXAMPLE “I.E. Intro”
(From Houston, TX 1997 off of the “IMPULSES” EP”. DF0027)
2. LORD AAQIL “Check it Out”
(From Philadelphia, PA 1992 off of the “Check it Out”12″ DF0017)
3. ROCK LA FLOW “Illwaukee”
(From Milwaukee, WI off of the “FLOWGRAM PT.2″ EP 1994 DF0010)
4. LASTRAWZE “Sneak Peek”
(From Miami, Florida off of the “INSTRAWMENTAL EP PT.1 1995 DF0023)
5. KEVROC(DARC MIND) “Mother Made-Ya”
(From DJ BAZOOKA JOE presents “THE SLANG PARADE 2xLP 2012 DF0018)
6. AUTOMatic “The Back Up”
(From Milwaukee, WI off of the “ART IMITATES LIFE” LP 2012)
7. evitaN (DRES & JAROBI) “Presence of Greatness”
(DJ BAZOOKA JOE presents “THE SLANG PARADE 2xLP 2012 DF0018)
8. PLUSH BROS “No Gun”
(From Philadelphia, PA 1991 off of the “PLUSH BROS JR. ALBUM” DF0024)
9. D-MACK & MC DIZZY DEE “You Know the Flavor”
(From the “BACK TO THE LAB” Compilation 1990 DF0020)
10. SUPREME DJ NYBORN “Breathless”
(1990 From the “PAYROLL RECORDS SAMPLER” DF0016)
11. KSB FRESH “I’m Groovin’”
(From the “BACK TO THE LAB” compilation 1990 DF0020)
12. THE ORIGINAL MC SPICE “Take it to the Stage”
(1989 From Greensboro, NC off of the “PAYROLL RECORDS SAMPLER” DF0016)
13. RUTHLESS ROD & MC DOLLAR “As I Break Em Down”
(From Chicago, IL off of the “LOUD AS A BANSHEE +1 -1 EP 1989 DF0003)
14. THE BIZZIE BOYZ “Composition”
(From Greensboro, NC off of the “RARE & UNRELEASED ’87-’89 12″ DF0012)
15. PUBLIK ANOUNSA “Lyrical Architect”
(Raw demo material from Cali off of the “LOST DEMOS 1990-1993″ EP DF0026)
16. ILL DISTRACXION “Doing it Up Like This”
(From New York City off of the “PSYCHOTIC NASTY EP” 1996 DF0014)
17. STRICTLY HOMICIDAL “Just Imagine”
(From Brooklyn, NY off of the EARPLAY ENTERTAINMENT EP 1996 DF0008)
18. COURAGEOUS CHIEF “No Feedback”
(From New Jersey off of the “WARPATH” EP 1991 DF0005)
19. STRANJ CHILD “Holyer Than Thou”
(From Milwaukee, WI the STRANJ CHILD ep 1995 DF0002)
20. OMNISCIENCE “I’m On Mine”
(From North Carolina off of the “FUNKY ONELINER” EP 1993 DF0022)
21. EXAMPLE “Endless”
(From Houston, TX off of the “IMPULSES” EP 1997 DF0027)
Yasiin Bey may no longer go by the moniker Mos Def, but the music that earned him legendary MC status marches on with his latest track, titled “The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark.” The track is produced by none other than Kanye West and was debuted at The Shrine in West’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Evidently the song was intended to appear on Mos Def’s 2006 LP True Magic, but did not make the final cut. That in mind, take a listen for yourself above.
For Spring/Summer 2013, Nike has released a collection of new colorways for its recently launched Lunar Force 1 shoe. The Lunar Force 1 takes an iconic silhouette, the Air Force 1, and applies Nike’s lightweight Lunarlon cushioning to the sole, representing a transition between old and new. This new collection, called the “City Pack,” consists of three color motifs, each corresponding to a different global capital. New York, London and Milan were chosen as inspirations, with the grit and dark intensity of The Big Apple, the smooth and refined feel of Milan, and London’s English tradition played out across each shoe. The collection is now available in limited quantities for ¥15,750 JPY (approximately $167 USD) each.
While attending SXSW, Queens rapper Action Bronson and multifaceted artist Andrew W.K. took on the intense Ghost Wings Challenge at Wingzup in Austin. With both artists as notable food connoisseurs, the two stepped up to see exactly how many of Wingzup’s Ghost Wings (made with ghost peppers, long-recognized as the hottest pepper in the world) they could handle. The contestants looked ready for the challenge, but as the spice continued to build, the difficulty started to show. The profuse sweat and tears of Bronson and W.K. alone make this clip worth watching.
Finally, after months of speculation we receive our first preview of ScHoolboy Q‘s forthcoming debut album Oxymoron with the below single titled “Yay Yay.” Produced by super-producer and Grammy Awards winner Boi-1da, the California native provides an autobiographical representation to his past experiences with a melodious hook, TDE-appropriate wordplay and heavy 808 drums. Although a release date has yet to be scheduled, Oxymoron is expected to feature Black Hippy, ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Pharrell and The Alchemist. Stay tuned for additional details.
Bucharest-based illustrator Ghica Popa presents his Space Sneaker Project, interpreting a few pairs of his favorite kicks through the lens of his signature surreal art style. We can see that Ghica Popa is a huge fan of Nikes, as he playfully re-imagines various models as spaceships piloted by cubic robots. Look beyond the added thrusters, wings and laser cannons, and see if you can point out the models he used.
For those who’d like to follow the Romanian artist’s work, feel free to visit his website or his Facebook page.