Apr
16
2014

Foot Fetish: Nike x Ricardo Tisci Launch R.T. Air Force One Collection

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Nike recently created a collaboration with Givenchy creative director and designer Ricardo Tisci. RT being raised in Italy once had hoop dreams and has been a big fan of the white Air Force One for the past 15 years. So it was a no brainer that RT used Bruce Kilgores AF1 as a canvas to create on when Nike reached out to collab. The Air Force one originally released in 1982 has not only become the best selling shoe of all time, but it’s also shoe that has been used to create a cultural as well as fashion statement.

Ricardo remixed two of the shoes: the AF1 Low & AF1 Mid, and created something completely new with the AF1 Hi & the womens AF1 Boot. Both silhouettes have also been made in white and matching black colorways. Originally released in mid March the shoes were only sold in a handful boutiques in some of the worlds fashion capitals: NYC, London, Milan, Paris, Tokyo, etc. So many were unable to catch a pair. That is until last week when the shoes were released on Nike.com on April 11th.

See more pictures below. The collaboration is truly fresh! Taking the old and familiar and remixing it just enough with strong colors and premium materials. Along with that comes with a premium price, so be prepared to break bread as the Air Force One Low starts at $230 and goes up from there.

The white collection is out now, with the black color-ways gearing up for a May release.

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Apr
12
2014

Video: Outkast BACK! Full Coachella Set

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On New Years Day 2014 one of my friends wrote on Facebook “All I want this year is to see Outkast perform live!” Starting in November 2013 there were rumors that duo was getting back together in the new year specifically for Coachella. Sleepy Brown even posted something on Instagram hinting to the reunion, and soon after removed the update from his page.

Then a week into the new year it was official. Big Boi & Andre 3000 would not only be getting back together to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with a show at Coachella, they would also be doing a string of festivals this summer around the country. This is every true Outkast’s fan dream come true right? I mean it’s only been 7 years, which has felt like a decade in the fast pace landscape of life these days.

Well for those couldn’t make it to California for Coachella, including myself, thanks to the good ole Internet you could of watched the live stream last night online, OR… You can watch the full show below.

Outkast will be playing in Georgia at the Counterpoint Festival during the weekend of April 25-27. There is also rumor going around about them playing at the Mad Decent Block Party in ATL this summer, which I’ve heard from a reputable source is false. As of now they will only be appearing on the Denver, Colorado date in August.

Alright… enough text, below is what you really want to see, so check it out. Am I the only one that finds it odd Dre is walking around with a corded microphone? Other than bad sound, there’s nothing more restricting to artists performance on a large stage than a cordless mic. And seems like the stage lighting was very dark throughout their set. Let me know what you think of the set. Do you have tickets booked to see Outkast this summer?

Spotted at TSS.

Apr
9
2014

Events: “Producer’s Polychromatic TruSkool” Tomorrow 4.10

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Some of ATL’s finest producers will be on display tomorrow night. When visual arts meets Hip Hop it equals, “Producer’s Polychromatic TruSkool’- The Ultimate Photographic Voyage Through the Producer’s Hiphop Expressionism

As a photographic account on Hip Hop Expression, this exhibit displays a keenly concocted photo- documentation, featuring 7 of Hiphop- Atlanta’s favorite groundbreaking sound- engineers: Amond Jackson, Illastrate, Yamin Semali (Clan Destined), DT (Left Field Experiment, Clan Destined), King I Divine, Rock Most (MSEIZE) and Floyd The Locsmif.

Admission is free, there will also be treats and music provided by some of ATL’s finest: DJ Rock Most, Yamin Semali and Floyd The Locsmif. The event kicks off at 7pm @ Department Store 467 Edgewood Ave.

Founder and creator Rim G says: “My ambition with this exhibit is to reach into the audience, and bring about an insight to the engineers’ personalities in the studio and out of session. Sound to me is more than what you can hear; it transcends to embody the producers themselves. I really just aimed to make people remember the classic definition of “TruSkool” in the Hiphop context– the fresh and infinitely authentic. I took that and applied it to the project because everything about it is original. It’s Hiphop, and the culture does not discriminate nor does clearly distinguish the visual from the musical. They are together, meshed as one flowing force, as the visual promotes the sonic, and the sonic in turn stimulates the imagination.”

Click HERE to learn more about Producer’s Polychromatic TruSkool

Apr
7
2014

Fashion: The Return Of Jogger Pants

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Last summer going into fall I a saw the trend of jogger pants starting the build. With brands like Zane Robe and Publish being at the forefront. In the 90′s and 2000′s men wore pants (sweats included) that would typically cover the top of their shoe. With sneaker culture being at an all time high things have been reversed with consumers wanting to show off their kicks more than ever.

Please don’t be fooled though. I heard a young guy state the other day how he liked jogger pants cause they were new. I made sure to let him know that joggers were BIG HUGE in the 80′s and have simply made a comeback. I remember owning a pair of grey ones in 3rd grade. I also remember watching shows like “Saved By The Bell” (Don’t judge me, Lisa Turtle was FINE! Lol) and seeing the colorful and printed joggers.

Like they say… “Things go in cycles.” I will say though the joggers of today are SO much more comfortable and they truly are the most comfortable pair of pants you will be probably own this year. When it comes to Jogger pants I prefer the brand Publish from a comfort, fit, and price standpoint. Check out a recent video from the brand and check your local retailer like Wish in ATL to catch you a pair (If they aren’t already sold out).

Publish | The Jogger Pants Campaign Official Video from Publish Brand on Vimeo.

Apr
7
2014

Boondocks Season 4 & Questions For Aaron McGruder

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There’s one thing not many people know about me. I don’t watch very much TV, and when I say not very much, I really mean little to none. I only really watch sports, award shows here and there, and an occasional TV show when I find one I really like. The Boondocks since day one has been one of those shows THAT I REALLY LIKE! The mix of satire, cultural relevance, and the fact that the program has been on the forefront of predicting several social trends makes it the best show on television in the past 10 years for me.

If you’ve been in these ATL streets lately, you’ve probably seen one of the several Boondocks murals in promotion of the new season 4 which kicks off on April 21st @ 10:30. I heard sometime last year from a source at Cartoon Network that Boondocks would definitely be returning for a 4th season. What I, or rather nobody knew was that founder and creator Aaron McGruder was going to be stepping down from the show.

This news announced last week leaves me a lot of confusion and even more questions. In a statement AM says:

As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
AM

Okay so here’s what I’m confused about:
Doesn’t Aaron McGruder OWN the Boondocks. I mean he did found and create it right? So how are you stepping down from something you created. I mean that’s possible right. Russell stepped down from Def Jam, but when he did he announced he SOLD it.

Has the Boondocks been sold to Cartoon Network? With McGruder stepping down, who is stepping up? And if AM didn’t have anything to do with season 4, why wasn’t this news released before the creation of season 4?

McGruder hints at a new show “Black Jesus” that will be featured on the same Cartoon Network station as the Boondocks. If the network didn’t give complete creative control and freedom with the Boondocks, does Aaron really expect to get that with his new program?

Some of this story just isn’t making sense too me.

Futhermore… Deep down, I’m hoping this is all apart of a marketing scheme to continue building the buzz for the premier of season 4, and all questions will be answered soon enough. I guess we’ll see right?

Below is the trailer for Season 4 if you haven’t seen it yet. Shouts to the homie Killer Mike who’s voice you’ll hear in here. Monday April 21st (Boondocks has moved to Mondays WTF?) 10:30pm it all goes down.

What do you think of Aaron McGruder stepping down?

Apr
5
2014

Movies To Check For: “Jumpshot”

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As we enter the 75th year of the March Madness college basketball tournament it’s hard to be shocked. We’ve seen many upsets, cinderella stories, double & triple overtimes, and had our brackets busted. Especially this year, when it seems as soon as Warren Buffett put up a billion bucks for the perfect bracket, upsets happened out the gate. Creighton, Duke, Villanova, Kansas, Ohio State, and even my beloved Orange at Syracuse.

But there was one thing that happened this year, that I wasn’t expecting. While watching the ESPN College Game Day program I discovered the person with whom credit is given from inventing the jumpshot. A man by the name of Kenny Sailors. At the age of 92, Sailors attended the University of Wyoming and lead his team to the NCAA championship in 1943.

I really enjoyed watching the enthusiasm and happiness you can tell the sport of basketball has brought Mr. Sailors. Proof that doing something you love can truly keep you young. If you haven’t seen this short documentary called “Jumpshot” yet take 7 minutes out of your day and check it out. Don’t forget to work on your jumper though.

As we watch UCONN upset #1 Florida tonight, and get ready for Kentucky vs. Wisconsin next. How those brackets holding up out there?

Apr
4
2014

Fashion: Pharrell Covers April Issue of GQ Magazine

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Make sure you check out Skateboard P on the new cover of GQ Magazine. Pharrell speaks on his “In My Mind” LP vs. his latest “G I R L” LP and of course touches on his sense of style including his latest Vivienne Westwood “Buffalo” Hat that has everybody talking lately. Check out a video excerpt below. The April issue of GQ is on stands now.

Apr
1
2014

Events: Señor Kaos Speaking At Industry Fusion Tonight 4.1

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If you’re in ATL. You can catch me speaking tonight at the monthly Industry Fusion event at Apache Cafe. The event is designed to inspire and connect the music and creative scenes here in ATL. Tonight I will sharing my story and touching on the importance of word of mouth marketing in building your brand in the digital landscape that we currently live in.

Emcee Great Scott & Allah’s Apprentice will be speaking as well. Add on to that an open mic after the speaking concludes. Apache Cafe is at 64 3rd Street in Midtown. RSVP at savagefam.eventbrite.com

Mar
30
2014

Video: Nas & Michael Eric Dyson In Conversation At Georgetown University

In case you weren’t in DC to witness this magical moment. The whole video is here for you.

Nas and professor Michael Eric Dyson sat down for an in-depth conversation about Illmatic and its impact on the landscape of Rap over the past 20 years, the state of Hip-Hop today and much more. The talk was moderated by professor James Peterson of Lehigh University. Spotted at Nah Right

Mar
19
2014

New Music: 6 Rings “Ultra Beat United” Feat. Number 2, Punchline, 4-IZE, Señor Kaos & Headkrack

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It’s been a long time… we should’t… you know how the rest goes. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. In these days and times rappers record and release every thought they create on the Internet in real time. Music is a craft… a food that needs to be cooked properly so the listener can enjoy all the flavors when they make contact with the taste buds.

What happens when you mix a pot with emcees from Chicago, Atlanta, and New York? You get “6 Rings” a crew of champions that consists of emcees: 4-IZE, Number 2, Punchline, Señor Kaos, and Headkrack.

Ok.. Now gone head and eat up. But don’t forget to save room for desert… cause TRUST there is more coming. You’ve been warned.

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