The ’80s was a special time, and if you lived through it there’s a good chance you wish you could forget it. That era did have to offer a lot of great music and great movies though like 1982’s cult classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but did you know there’s a real-life flick just like it that documents the senior class of Southern California’s Torrance High, through the eyes of a Finnish foreign exchange student named Rikki? It’s an hour long and looks to be just as entertaining as Fast Times. Check out the trailer for All American High below.
The latest Jordan retro set to drop Saturday (August 31) is the Air Jordan 5 OG “Fire Red.”
One of the original colorways of the silhouette, the 2013 edition boasts the same features of the 2006 retro, including a white leather upper, the embroidered “23” branding, a black tongue, and fire red accenting on the outsole, lining, and Jumpman branding.
The Air Jordan 5 Retro “Fire Red” drops August 31 at Jordan Brand stockists worldwide for $160.
Crate Diggers has to be one of our favorite video series going. Few things are more telling about a musically inclined person than their record collection. For their latest episode, we get a look into DJ Eclipse‘s stash, which holds about 30, 000 records. The DJ/producer/radio host has been a long standing pillar in the NYC underground Hip-Hop scene, and as you’d expect, his collection includes some very rare vinyl, including Natural Elements, Street Smartz, Mad Lion, and more. Eclipse talks about his mother’s influence on his digging addiction, what got record collecting started for most heads, the role Fat Beats played in the digging game, and one of the things that always amazes me about these vids; how Eclipse organizes his collection.
While we’re talking about DJ Eclipse, him and his radio partner DJ Riz will be throwing The Halftime Show 15th Anniversary party tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. The night will also feature DJ Premier and Stretch Armstrong. Below, you can also find a mini doc chronicling 15 years of the show.
Brooklyn duo, The Underachievers, make their return today with the release of their new mixtape, The Lords of Flatbush. Riding the wave of their much talked about Indogoism tape from earlier this year, they follow it up with this 8-track release. Says group member Issa Gold of TLOF: ”This tape is mostly bangers. All the lyrical conscious expanding knowledge filled magical triple optic shit will have to wait for the album.” Assisting on the production side for said bangers are Lex Luger, Erick Arc Elliott of the Flatbush Zombies, and EFF.DOPE. No features on this one, check the tape below, and let’s hope the LP isn’t too far away.
Bronze56k is one of New York’s best kept secrets. Arguably a founding father of this whole anti-clarity movement in skateboarding cinematography of the past 5 years, Peter Sidlauskas and friends’ part-time hardware brand, Bronze, presents its latest visual offering to the Internet in the form of Solo Jazz. There’s something nice about watching a familiar spot skated by this crew, the way one might be proud of a friend who finally went for his longtime crush. With each release, Bronze inserts subtly hilarious nostalgic cues, from old Playstation references to the ambiguously dated soundtrack, altogether creatively reinforcing a notion that now is as good a time as there has been to skate in New York. Featuring local heroes such as Billy McFeely, Richie Rizzo, and even Palace’s Shawn Powers, Solo Jazz is a proper, authentic introduction to skating in the Big Apple.
More than merely a new colorway, Nike SB is set to unveil a new iteration of the Dunk Low Pro “Shanghai” SP. One of China’s brightest shining stars, Shanghai is a storied city with a deep, rich cultural history. This is best represented by the city’s traditional architecture, still found in the ‘Shikumen’ townhouses that row the inner city. The upper portion of the shoe takes cues from these somewhat endangered structures, relieving the iconic Shikumen window styles into the suede trim. This is offset by white premium leather, a gold swoosh, and most notably, a tongue patch symbolizing good luck and fortune. A print on the insole makes a reference to the posh Luwan District, which was renamed by the Shanghai Government in 2011. Releasing on September 1, look for the Asia release of the shoe at a special launch party in Shanghai, with limited distribution following in the United States.
The Dirty Science and Brown Bag AllStars crews have been steadily feeding the underground with quality releases for years. The two crews will connect officially via the new LP, Walk In The Sun, from DS and BBAS representatives, Blame One and J57. Linking up via twitter some three years ago, the entire album was put together through a series of emails, calls, and texts and was completed before the two ever met in person, though their on wax chemistry would have you think otherwise. The 13 track release has features from Exile, BBAS, Jared Tankel, Yesh, Soul Khan, DJ Rhettmatic, and Akie Bermiss. You can stream it in full, below. Walk In The Sun is out via Soulspazm.
Two months after the release of his The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 mixtape, Asher Roth hits us with a new visual to the tape cut “Apples & Bananas.” The rapper delivers a funny animated visual, in which he goes on an adventure watching a bikini-clad beauty next door.
The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 is out now.
The test drive is over, and now it’s time to take home the keys to Michigan producer 14KT‘s shiny new product, Nickel & Dimed. “Off-kilter drum programming, spacey synths, an incomparable ear for sample flips, and KT’s signature boom-bap are the foundation of this unique concept album.” The LP is laced with 14 instrumentals and a few tracks featuring some of his favorite emcees laying verses over those same beats. On board to supply bars on Nickel & Dimed are emcees; 14KT, Blu, Black Milk, Jamall Bufford (fka Buff1), Kokane, MED, and singers AB and JMSN. Stream the entire album below then cop it via iTunes.
Eminem offers his new single “Berzerk” for fans to stream ahead of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, his forthcoming project dropping on November 5th. The full track follows a recent teaser and news of the new release, which follows his 2000 sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP. The track produced by Rick Rubin throws back to his classic rock-influenced wig-snatching sound popularized by groups like The Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. Rubin seems to be the man of the hour with the announcement of Em’s project, which will make him a major presence on at least three of the biggest albums to drop this year. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be co-executive produced by Dr. Dre. Check Eminem’s single “Berzerk” below, and stay tuned for more.
Life + Times
The resurgence of rap collectives over the past few years has been interesting, yes, but perhaps none more engaging than that of Top Dawg Entertainment. From the ascent of Kendrick Lamar into the heights of West Coast dominance, to ScHoolboy Q’s unique take on lifestyle rap and beyond, TDE has been on a wild ride to put their train of California thought on the map. Life + Times caught up with the crew during the last of the Black Hippy Tour, and through what would become a whirlwind trip in the wake of good kid, m.A.A.d city and in preparation of Oxymoron‘s forthcoming release. Enjoy the exclusive documentary above.
Not your average road trip, Zach and Adam of Backstreet Atlas have chosen to skateboard from Boston to New York to rediscover the DIY aesthetics of skateboarding. Equipped with nothing but two skateboards and minimum supplies in their bags, the duo travel throughout the East Coast, meeting all sorts of interesting personas along the way. The mini-doc also showcase the comradeship extended by local skaters, in addition to offering a glimpse at various suburban towns that have fallen into decay, proving the serendipitous act of exploration to be most rewarding.
Despite its large, intimidating size and cultural diversity, Hong Kong’s skateboarding community is relatively tight knit. What’s more, the city’s size lends itself a certain ‘infinite playground’ vibe for skaters, which is captured in Danny Bautista‘s new short film: “Cruisin’ in Hong Kong.” Here, the crew of Chris Bradley, Chun Chai, Ah Wai and more flow around the picturesque landscape of the city, briefly hitting everywhere from the winding Morrison Hill to Mei Foo skatepark for an evening session. Enjoy the clip above.
News about a newly-designed MTV VMAs Moonman hit the ‘net this summer, but they were officially unveiled on Sunday (August 25), during the 2013 VMAs at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centee, Winners were handed out KAWS’ version of the iconic music award.
The design features original Moonman, originally designed by Fred Seibert in the early ’80s and inspired by Buzz Aldrin’s planting of the American Flag on the moon, reimagined as KAWS’ familiar Companion with the Artist’s signature X-eyes and oversized crossbones.
As always, the Moonman holds a flag bearing MTV’s logo, and is also finished in a gun metal grey instead of the chrome we usually see.
A a 60-foot inflatable KAWS Moonman was also showcased on the stage, the largest Companion to date.