Stepping aside from its popular themed releases for the moment, Nike SB brings forth a Dunk High Pro in a refreshing colorway that includes a dark atomic teal, black and wolf grey. Complete with a white midsole and a mostly leather upper with mesh-like ankle paneling, the gum sole adds the right amount of contrast to really help this rendition stand out.
As legendary Hip-Hop Artist Snoop Dogg traveled to Jamaica, submerging himself in the Rastafarian culture to return as reggae musician Snoop Lion, the Long Beach native brought along a camera crew to document his journey both within and without. Matching the album title of his first foray into Jamaica’s tranquil music genre, Reincarnated was originally envisioned as a short film, however the extensive self-realizing footage of Snoop visiting Rasta temples, remote marijuana plantations, Kingston’s Alpha Boys School band, reggae legend Bunny Wailer and much more quickly transformed into a motion picture that runs over 90 minutes. Having already been shown in select theaters across the U.S earlier this year, the full version of the documentary is now being streamed online at The Originators.
Following the successful release of its “I’m Back!” series a few months ago, high-end toymaker ENTERBAY has returned with yet another 1/6 scale figurine of the great Michael Jordan, this time dubbed “#23 Away.” Standing tall at almost 13 inches as it is based on MJ’s official height of 6’6’’, this limited edition model is from the toymaker’s “Real Masterpiece” collection, a range of accurately depicted, lifelike figurines that focuses on some of the most recognizable faces in the world. Taking us back a decade or three, this “museum-like representation of Jordan” features his iconic red Chicago Bulls uniform accompanied by three of his famous signature sneaker models: the Air II; Air Jordan X “Steel Grey”; and Air Jordan XI “Concord.” Additional details include a revised headsculpt, a newly developed multi-layer paint application, 30 points of articulations, five interchangeable hands, an adjustable Bulls figure stand, on-court accessories, and a replica of his 1995-96 MVP trophy.
Clams Casino is that dude, but among many diehard beats fanatics, he is also that dude you may not know is THAT dude yet, if you know what we mean. Hopefully this track featuring DOOM yanks you out of the dark once and forever. The producer behind some of A$AP Rocky’s best beats has dropped a doozy of a track titled “Bookfiend” for the masked legend, and has even taken the author by surprise in its high levels of mellowed-out excellence. The unexpectedness of the collaboration certainly adds to its appeal, but not only because this producer-MC pair seem unlikely to even be in the same room together, much less making dopeness like this, DOOM’s gritty voice and complex lyrical formulations are only enhanced by Clams’ signature spaced-out sounds, while the two distinct styles complement each other effortlessly. It’s the new-age, out-of-left-field combo you didn’t even know we were waiting for, but here it is and damn if we don’t love it. Rap Gods of the universe, consider this post my appeal for “Bookfiends” to be the first of much more innovative Hip-Hop style blends to come.
With only a few days left to finish his sophomore album, Born Sinner, J. Cole decided to bless his fans with a letter to the summer. Per the norm, Cole had the internet going nuts late last night with the release of this jawn, “Cole Summer,” which in typical Cole fashion has him stripping down the fortune and fame and speaking honestly about where he is in life and getting some thoughts off his chest. But don’t get it twisted, this isn’t a preview. Cole later added on twitter that he’s dropping another EP, Yours Truly 2, tomorrow (check back for that). Born Sinner drops June 25th.
House Shoes is at it again. He got the ball rolling last month with the first edition of his new series spotlighting up and coming producers, The Gift. Last time around we got some heat from Nameless (who went on to drop a very tight LP with Nametag), and today for volume two, we get L.A. beatsmith DertBeats. Says Shoes: “Los Angeles based cat who actually produced an entire album for KRS-ONE a few years back. I have been beating the shit outta his flip of Pink Floyd’s “Money” for like 4-5 years now… Enjoy THE GIFT VOLUME TWO, and once again if the music moves you go to his site www.dertbeats.com and cop sumn. These ain’t for y’all to rhyme on either. If you want tracks contact him on the site and handle the business. I release these joints in good faith that y’all will respect and appreciate the music.” Listen to twelve beats from DertBeats, curated by Shoes, below.
NY based producer Harry Fraud will release a free EP titled High Tide via Scion AV on Tuesday, May 7th, which will include collaborations with Action Bronson, French Montana, and Tech N9ne. A joint track titled “Yacht Lash” has surfaced with Earl Sweatshirt and RiFF RAFF. For your dose of la musica de Harry Fraud, stream the track below and receive a free download in exchange for your email address.
It’s important to note that despite skateboarding’s increasing popularity, it is still a minority activity that is frequently marginalized in society, especially when we talk in terms of spots. It seems that institutionally, skateboarding is only acceptable when nicely packaged in the confines of a sanctioned space (i.e. the skatepark as a soccer field, basketball court, etc.), insofar as it doesn’t interfere with, you know, a shopping mall or new condominium. There’s nothing wrong with shopping malls or condominiums, yet it’s this very basic misunderstanding, the conflation of ‘sport’ and ‘lifestyle,’ which undermines the true spirit of skateboarding.
Such is the context for Southbank, a historic skateboarding spot in London that faces relocation by city officials, who are proposing a complete upheaval of the space to make room for The Festival Wing. Legendary skateboarder Mark Gonzales is no stranger to Southbank’s plight, having seen the Brooklyn Banks face a similar fate in his native New York. Gonzales has long been an ambassador of skateboarding to the rest of the world, not to mention a key innovator within the realm. The adidas professional stepped in to voice his support of the “Long Live Southbank” movement, viewable below. If especially inclined, you can support the movement as well on the Long Live Southbank web site.
After recently debuting its Iron Man 3 Red Snapper Mark XXXV Limited Edition Collectible Figure, well respected toy manufacturer, Hot Toys debuts the Iron Man 3 1/5 Scale War Machine Mark II Collectible Figure. With a heavy roll out of Iron Man 3 collectibles rolling out to coincide with the new film’s release, the War Machine 1/6 Scale rendition lives up previous Hot Toys MMS Diecast Series collectibles with near life-like replication. The figure is constructed from Diecast material intended to reflect a more realistic metal covering similar to the movie’s actual War Machine Mark II. Standing at 30 cm tall, the movie-accurate War Machine boasts full LED lighting functions throughout, a rotating machine gun as well as black, silver and gunmetal detailing throughout. It also includes three interchangeable palms and over 36 points of articulation.
Ad agency, Will & Tale, has created this new mock title sequence for the upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel, due out this June.
The one-and-a-half minute clip, created entirely in-house, shows Superman streaking into Earth’s atmosphere, while Lois Lane narrates via a news report as her publication, the Daily Planet, try to figure out who this superhero is all about.
This is really the week of unreleased leaks. For any casual Nas fans, a recently posted stream of pre-Illmatic material will provide you with eleven high quality early demos. A majority of the tracks previously were collected on Nasty Nas (The Original 1991 Demo Tape). There are songs produced by homie Large Professor and appearances by Hip-Hop heavyweights Biz Markie and Kool G. Rap. While his first LP is considered one of the finest debuts in rap, it’s still illuminating to hear him pumping out gems at an even younger age. Check out the tracklist and album stream below.
Pre- Illmatic Demo Tracklist:
1. Understanding 0:00
Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 3:12
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 5:51
4. Déjà Vu 9:04
Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 12:51
Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone
Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real 17:53
7. I’m A Villain 20:09
Produced by Large Professor
8. Number One With A Bullet 24:31
Featuring Kool G. Rap & Whiteboy
9. Nas Will Prevail (It Ain’t Hard To Tell Original) 28:47
Produced by Large Professor
10. On The Real (Original) 33:45
Featuring Akinyele, Screwball, & Cormega
11. Live At The BBQ 37:13
Featuring Fatal & Akinyele
Yu Mamiya and Large Professor drop the video for “Back & 4th Scrambler.” Large Pro steps out front to rock the mic with Mamiya on the beat. The video takes you on a journey through New York City’s most iconic Hip-Hop landmarks, all of the elements contained in a little over 5 minutes of footage. The video begins with a nod to the diggers. The video is directed by Ed Jansen and plays like a hero’s journey through the history of Hip-Hop. The footage also features shots from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the original Fat Beats and 5 Pointz, NYC’s monstrous living graf museum. Check the official video below.
Spain-based skater Kilian Martin appears in “India Within,” realized by Brett Novak who was also responsible for Martin’s other high concept skate videos including Internal Departure. In India Within, we get to experience a rarely seen and artfully shot juxtaposition of two different worlds. If the serene and colorful environments weren’t enough, Martin’s unique skating style that takes his feet up and down walls and along the edges of his board definitely makes the video worthy of its title.
The Air Force 1 has long been an institution within Nike‘s performance turned lifestyle realm. The one-time chunky hardwood favorite enjoys another classical and uniquely Nike element integrated in a new pack of upcoming styles which revolve around the use of elephant print. Vibrant applications of the aforementioned print are balanced out with neutral colors which can expect a release in early May.
Last seen in 2007′s Air Jordan 1 Retro “Old Love/New Love” pack, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Black Toe” is set to return this summer. This time around, the “Black Toe” will return in a true high cut that brings it closer to the original model. The all-leather upper features the classic black toe box along with red heel panels and white on the top of the toe box, tongue and side panels. The “Black Toe’ also returns with official, and much desired, Nike Air branding. No word yet on a release date but expect these to drop sometime this summer.
TDE just keeps rollin’ out these bangers. This time around it comes from Ab-Soul. I’m pretty hot and cold with Mac Miller, but he more than holds his own next to Soulo on this one. Listen to the two of them slay it over Larry Fisherman‘s beat (Mac Miller’s production alias) with “The End Is Near.” No said home for this one yet.
World Puh-puh Premiere! The Originators is amped to bring you this banging re-work of Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def‘s “Quiet Dog Bite Hard” from DJ Preservation, Bey’s DJ and Producer (Tru3Magic, The Ecstatic) not to mention our homie and something of a secret weapon in the world of Hip-Hop. Even better we get to break the news that Preservation has taken on the mission of fully remixing The Ecstatic album from top to bottom, from the outer groove to the inner. The official remix album, The REcstatic, is presented by Pres in conjunction with Downtown Records and will feature re-imaginings of all 16 tracks from the original plus one bonus cut, an unreleased vocal take of Bey’s hit single “Casa Bey” (featuring production by Minnesota). The full album download will be available mid-May.
Medicom Toy releases two special edition 100% Bearbricks ahead of the theatrical release of Iron Man 3. Offered in either the Mark XLII or Iron Patriot armor models, the limited edition figurines will be available near the end of this month. Both the Mark XLII and the Iron Patriot are priced at ￥1,680 JPY (approximately $20 USD) through Rakuten. For those interested in the film, Iron Man 3 will release internationally on April 25 and in the States on May 3.
Legendary pro skater Steve Olson serves as the subject for the latest artistic piece by Patrick Pearse for Desillusion Magazine. Shot in black and white, the video echoes Olson’s decidedly laid-back vibe and West Coast mentality as the bandana-sporting icon is seen working on his beloved Harley, lighting up in his car, and carving a local pool. Enjoy a glimpse inside of Olson’s day-to-day life above.
Originally released in 2007, the Air Jordan III “Do The Right Thing” took inspiration from Spike Lee‘s film of the same name, debuting in brisk blue, pro gold and radiant green. The Air Jordan Son of Mars Low “Do The Right Thing” picks up the iconic color scheme of the movie posters, sporting a game royal base, grey outsole and red, green and yellow accents. Adding some pattern to the sneaker’s bold hues, meanwhile, is the return of the popular elephant print, along with blue speckles along the midsole. Look for the Air Jordan Son of Mars Low “Do The Right Thing” to release on June 29 at Jordan Brand accounts.