During a recent trip to Paris, prolific multi-instrumentalist, rapper and producer Madlib went on a crate-digging escapade at Radio France’s record library. Madlib and radio presenter Laura Leishman rummaged through the library’s vast collection, playing music from jazz greats such as Nathan Davis and Sun Ra alongside Madlib’s previous collaborations under The Alkaholiks and Quasimoto. The short clip unveils the Stones Throw Artist’s taste for French composers, while also explaining, via a listen to “Phat Kat and “Shake It Down”, just why J Dilla is one of the “funkiest” producers ever.
In this video, Austrian painter and illustrator Nychos has returned to his motherland, bringing his talents to a well-kept neighborhood in Vienna. In keeping with the Artist’s previous work that features graphic and detailed expressions of dissected creatures, this latest installment sees the innards and skeleton of a rat slapped onto the side of a two-story house. The video above offers a behind-the-scenes look at this latest piece dubbed “Snake Bait” and provides a candid take on the process of painting this monster piece. Peep the video above.
It’s safe to say that the fisheye has been the most popular lens used in skateboarding thanks to its ability to capture an ultra-wide angle making it easier to keep the skater in frame. The other advantage is how the fisheye distorts images thereby making obstacles, gaps, stairs, and drops look bigger than they actually are, resulting in a better-looking trick.
Los Angeles filmmaker, Russell Houghten has given the concept of the fisheye lens in skateboarding a whole new perspective. For his latest short video, he put a GoPro Hero 3 camera inside its waterproof housing and then dropped it into different fish bowls full of goldfish and filmed an unnamed skater doing a series of tricks.
Watch as the fish unassumingly swim along in their bowl as the GoPro captures both their tranquil, levitated state and the skater’s dynamic, skillful trickery.
The anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman ended with a brutal finish, in which Silva was handed his second straight loss. In the main event at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 28th, the champ earned a TKO victory to defend his middleweight title, after Silva snapped his left leg.
At 1:16 into the second round, Silva threw a left left kick that Weidman checked near his left knee. Immediately after, Silva fell to the mat in severe pain, prompting referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. Replays after showed that Silva snapped his shinbone as it landed on his opponents knee. It’s Silva’s second straight loss, following a stunning knockout by Weidman in July. The Brazilian UFC icon had won 16 consecutive fights before losing his belt to Weidman this summer. He foolishly taunted Weidman in their first meeting, resulting in a KO, but this time around, kept it professional.
At 38 years old, it’s unclear if Silva will return to the octagon again. “He could come back, obviously, or it could be the end. We’ll have to see. He’s going into surgery right this second,” UFC president Dana White said immediately following the fight. Weidman improved to 11-0, while Silva is now 33-6. The champ will likely face #1 middleweight contender Vitor Belfort in his second defense.
Following up on 2011′s Origins video, Ohio-based board company Habitat has teamed up with Thrasher Magazine to release its latest video offering: Search The Horizon. Presented as a full-length, the video features parts from some of the team’s younger guns, kicking off the festivities with fast-paced urban exploration courtesy of Brian Delatorre, guaranteed to please the brown-pants-and-cellar-doors crowd. Cincinnati native Al Davis tackles some obscure spots in equitably unorthodox get-ups, while Mark Suciu ends the video with an instant modern classic, a three-song barrage of NBD’s and quick-footed pretzel maneuvers. Enjoy the video in its entirety above.
Following from an escapade in Moscow, this episode of Fresh Off The Boat sees Eddie Huang get a personal guided tour through London’s East End with former gangster Dave Courtney and local creative Alis Pelleschi. The group visit an old workingman’s club where Pelleschi leads a peculiar photo-shoot, while Huang also gets a mouthful of classic chip butty, pie and mash and drops by the legendary Bicklane Beigel Bake shop. A short clip that displays the diverse characters striving in the capital’s multicultural borough, stay tuned for part 2 when Hung visits London’s West Indian community and further dissects the aftermath of the 2011 riots.
Air Jordan presents this wolf grey/atomic orange edition of its Air Jordan 1 Mid. An update of the 1985 original, the tonal upper consists of a blend of grey leather and suede overlays accented with subdued orange accents including the Air Jordan logo stamped on the side and a thin slice of the outsole. Additional features include a perforated toebox for breathability and deep flex grooves in the outsole for flexibility. The $105 USD Air Jordan 1 Mids can be ordered through select outlets.
Last year Juan Rayos presented his Endless Roads video in four separate parts: Yellow Horizons, The Island, Land of Castles, and Costa da Morte. At just under an hour, the film which follows the Longboard Girls Crew on a 15-day road trip throughout Spain, can now be watched in its entirety uncut. Check it out above.
Here VICE‘s Epicly Later’d wraps up their latest installment, following up on their account with Kansas City’s own Sean Malto. Even from his days as a grom on DC Shoes, Malto wore a number of hats beyond all of those slouched beanies, titles like “the perfect young man” and “mini Koston” weighed firmly upon the young man’s shoulders, whilst elsewhere the skater was earning his stripes on the legendary Girl Skateboards team. While many would fizzle out under the pressure, Malto has thrived, turning his modest Midwest beginnings into a truly successful, admirable career. In this episode, Patrick O’Dell recruits testimonial from Rob Dyrdek, Mikey Taylor, Aaron Meza, and even Ty Evans to help tell the phenom’s story so far. Enjoy the video above.
Soon to hit shelves is one of the most classic colorways of the shoe that started it all. Here we take another gander at the Air Jordan 1 Retro, executed here in the iconic black/red color combination widely and fittingly dubbed “Bred.” Banned by David Stern and the NBA at its initial release, the “Bred” might owe part of its popularity to censorship, yet the classic simplicity of black leather around the upper and red accents make an undeniable statement. One of the more necessary re-releases of today, the sneaker will be available at fine retailers in the coming weeks.
Slow motion, skateboarding, superb cinematography and exciting locations. This is exactly what is delivered in Charles Lanceplaine‘s most recent body of work “A Tale of Four Cities.” Featuring riders Jay Meador, Cyres Wong, Liu Jia Ming, Zhang Zi Yang and Timi McMeel, the video captures street skating at its best. Seen are some brag-able sets and clean combinations, but what is equally intriguing is the way each of the four cities are showcased. Not only do you get a look at the landscape of Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan and Beijing, but the expressions of the local onlookers are beautifully brought out. Watch the video above for a better look at what it’s like to skate these four cities.
A new release ahead of Grammy season comes courtesy of Kendrick Lamar and the TDE camp, who presents a video for the 11th track on good kid, m.A.A.d city. The video is essentially a grayscale tour of the trip from Los Angeles to Compton, juxtaposed by footage of Artist Eddie Peake creating a mural of his lyrics. Beyond its simple premise though, the Darren Romanelli directed video does well to reinforce the ‘stream-of-consciousness’ style of the song itself, from the car drive to the a cappella verse at the end. Fans of the album will note that the above is only half of the song’s story, but can look forward to a second installment at the end of the month.
Set to drop early next year from Nike is the Lunar Force 1 Lux High VT. Pictured here in a black/black color combination, the shoe features a Vac-Tech upper, which gives it a seamless look. Here, the shoe features a speckled upper, which gives the smooth upper a nice, textured appearance. Adding to the mix are a white textile tongue, lining and heel tab, and a striped fabric accent running down the heel of the shoe..
We’re blessed with more than just Blu’s ever-improving soulful production, but Cookbook surely holds his own on the mic throughout all eight tracks. Along for the journey on Yes are Pigeon John, Frank Nitt, and Playdough. You can listen to the full project, below. Look for a video for track #3, “Soul Baby,” to drop soon (for now, cop Yes on iTunes).
Los Angeles’ Casey Veggies and Chicago spitter Rockie Fresh hook up for this collaborative mixtape as an early Christmas present, titled Fresh Veggies. The 10-track project boasts features from Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, and Hit-Boy, plus production from Rob Holladay, Lunice, and Hit-Boy.
You can catch them performing the songs live at their upcoming free shows in Brooklyn (1/3), Chicago (1/4), and Los Angeles (1/7).
Producer Marco Polo dropped his long awaited, and hard hitting LP, PA2: The Director’s Cut, last month via Soulspazm. As expected, the album is laced with bangers from top to bottom from the likes of Organized Konfusion, Rah Digga, Large Pro, Inspectah Deck, Gangrene, Talib Kweli, and more. With all that heat on one album, Invincible manages to shine and come through with one of the best tracks on the LP. For those of you who haven’t peeped the album already, get a feel for track #9, the Invincible featured “Drunken Sleuth”, and make sure you cop PA2 via iTunes.