The 30th anniversary of the “banned” Air Jordan 1 was this weekend. In commemoration of the milestone, here’s a look back at a short commercial Nike rolled out making light of the situation and controversy surrounding the iconic sneaker. The story goes like this. The red/black colorway of the shoe went against the rules of the NBA, so Michael Jordan was fined $5,000 per game, which was covered by Nike and helped fuel sales, adding to the legend of the shoe.
A few weeks back, we got word that Adult Swim would be bringing the legendary tales of Iron Mike Tyson to the small screen in the off-beat cartoon adaptation Mike Tyson Mysteries. Last night Tyson and his band of crime-solvers set out to help a reclusive novelist finish his book with some style. While on his ranch, Tyson & Co run across the mythical goat-slaying beast known as The Chupacabra to deal it a death blow before riding out into the sunset of a winged minotaur. The Hannah Barbera-styled zaniness might be the perfect outlet for such a closeted eccentric. And with Saturday morning cartoons having recently been ousted altogether, this a warm and welcome treat for the unflinching toon connoisseur. Get familiar with Iron Mike’s new look in the first episode of Mike Tyson Mysteries above and stay tuned for next week’s installment.
You’ve probably heard the story about Rick Rubin founding Def Jam in 1984 in his NYU dorm room, but in a new video by Rolling Stone, the legendary producer returns to the tiny, magical place 30 years later, and takes a trip through memory lane, recalling how it all began and revealing insightful facts and anecdotes that you probably haven’t heard. One such story reveals how LL Cool J was actually discovered by none other than Adrock who at the time was in charge of listening to all the demo tapes that got sent in.
New York City is often looked upon as one of the most competitive cities in the world when it comes to the game of basketball. Concrete courts are everywhere, occupied by ambitious kids daily, vying to become the next big superstar from the city. Photographer/filmmaker Will Robson-Scott has released a new short film, titled “Wings,” based on the Wings Academy’s public school basketball team. The brief visual follows the Bronx-based squad during its PSAL playoffs. As the team continues to exceed expectations within the borough, its players are aiming for the coveted city championship. Check the video above and let us know what you think.
Russian daredevil duo “On The Roofs” traveled eastward to hack one of Hong Kong’s highest billboards with the help of some friends. The video follows them on their journey to the top floor of the China Online Center skyscraper before making their way to the top of the giant screen. From there they gain access to the computer, which controls the display, and change it up to display “What’s Up Hong Kong?” Check out the crazy journey and the amazing aerial shots for yourself in the video above.
Jazz punk trio BADBADNOTGOOD let out a smooth new number with the release of their rhodes-soaked loosie “Velvet.” True to it’s name, this plush fusion-flecked joint finds everyone’s favorite ensemble of musical misfits tapping into their lurking jazz chops on this minimal, yet entrancing instrumental. The spook of ghostly keys and a moving & grooving low-end should prove to be the perfect ear fodder for your hump-day jones.
It’s about as straightforward of a groove as we’ve heard from the group, who’s getting ready to embark on an extended run of their West Coast tour, tacking on an additional five shows to take in the madness live and direct. While “Velvet” is somehow absent from their recently dropped III LP, it is available for your enjoyment below along with the new dates.
OCTOBER 9TH, RIVERSIDE, CA, THE BARN AT UC RIVERSIDE
OCTOBER 11TH, LOS ANGELES, CA, ECHOPLEX
OCTOBER 14TH, SEATTLE, WA, NEUMOS
OCTOBER 15TH, PORTLAND, OR, MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
OCTOBER 16TH, SAN FRANSISCO, CA, CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
In episode #5 of Action Bronson’s MUNCHIES series, “F*ck, That’s Delicious”, he heads to New Orleans with his crew for a taste of the Bayou. During some down time between touring and recording his upcoming album, the New York rapper samples some of the Big Easy’s more contemporary culinary offerings and hearing some blues firsthand. He tries fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, sandwiches at Coquette, late night fare at Mimi’s and gets a cooking lesson from chef Isaac Toups.
Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill returns with a thrilling video clip, dubbed “The Ridge,” venturing to the Isle of Skye where he takes a death-defying ride along the Cuillin Ridgeline. Filmed over the course of 10 days, the 7.5-mile ride includes the difficult-to-access summit of Sgurr Dearg which provides incredible visuals to go along with the action.
Aleksander Aurdal takes us on a visual story in the exhilarating sport of freeskiing through this short film. The stunningly shot visual depicts Aurdal’s journey to master the dangerous sport and we see footage of the crashes that come along with such a sport. Having had more than his fair share of being hurt, Aurdal can now pull off an extremely impressive range of tricks through trial and error as well as perseverance. Hit play on the video above and check out what it takes to become one of the best in the sport of freeskiing.
For the latest installment of their ongoing “8-Bit Cinema” video series, CineFix reimagines the Wachowski brothers’ 1999 classic, The Matrix as an ’80s video game. Check it out and let us know what you think of it.
After seeing a glimpse of it months ago, director Zack Snyder offered up an official photo of Batman’s Batmobile, which will appear in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film. In the film, Ben Affleck has been tapped to portray Batman, while Henry Cavill returns as Superman. Batman v. Superman is slated to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
In the opening seconds of the latest “Fuck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson,” the New York-bred rapper manages to not only introduce 3 kinds of delectable recipes, but also throw a spike in a certain food channel’s bubble. Hats off to Bronson as we take in the latest edition of his show on Vice‘s Munchies, which finds the rapper roaming around the outer boroughs of his hometown to make Baklava, pizza, and even a bacon-infused milkshake. For those looking for a combination of food and funny times, Bronson looks like the go-to guy.