Marvel knows the fans are patiently waiting for the next hero solo films that will then lead into the next Avengers film. Well next up is Captain America and before the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, Marvel has released a four-minute clip from the film. Check it out here as Cap works alongside Black Widow to gather intel then encountering a hijacked ship taken by Batroc the Leaper.
The Blue Collar Gang general is back with a new smooth joint produced by the crew’s own Black Diamond. No hook is needed as Stalley floats on the keys of “Midwest Blues.”
It was bound to happen. Since the 80’s, skateboarders have embraced the Air Jordan 1. The collaboration was announced weeks ago and finally we have detailed pics before the March 15 release. So as we see the shoe has a green iridescent upper on the side panels and toebox working beside matte black leather and the signature Swoosh. So what do you think? Will be you buying this pair next week?
The newest Transformer film is dropping this summer and I’m sure it’s going to be one of this year’s better blockbusters. The new film stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci and a new race of bots is being introduced. Besides the Autobots and Decepticons who will be at war in the film, Transformers: Age of Extinction will premier Dinobots to the big screen. Peep the trailer here and make sure you Fandango your tickets for this film dropping June 27th.
The Batman Arkham video game series has been on point. If you haven’t I suggest checking it out on Xbox 360 and PS3. For those who have upgraded to the next gen system a new edition to Arkham is coming your way, Batman: Arkham Knight. In this edition of the video game Batman has to save Gotham from villains like Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn. The game is dropping later this year, until then check out it’s trailer.
Some take the term Brother’s Keeper very lightly; we saw how serious Nino Brown stood by those words in New Jack City. Following up their strong Winter releases, The City of Gods is starting Spring with a new t-shirt “Brother’s Keeper.” The print captures the iconic relationship of Jesus and Judas, a highly referenced story from the Bible. The piece are available now at the TCOG store.
Even though technology is sweet at how easy it makes everyday tasks and responsibilities. On the other hand you make yourself very accessible, especially without your consent. Privacy and government agencies like the NSA has the attention of the public over ways they operate but there are ways you can fight back and “disconnect.” Blackphone is a new Android powered device that isn’t preloaded with the same Google OS you can pick up from Verizon, T-Mobile or other major carriers. On this device it runs PrivatOS, a derivative version of Android. If you look up to people like Edward Lyle (Gene Hackman) in Enemy of the State you need to check out Blackphone. The phone drops June but you can preorder it now for its retail price of $629.
Sneaker culture is shifting again. A couple recent releases, the Diamond Dunk High the most notable, has the streets raving for SB’s again. Well this pair I know will be on radars, I’m actually feeling them myself, the Gym Red and Teal Nike SB Dunk High. The fuzzy suede shoe is expected to drop April, would you cop these? Or is it back to Jordan’s, Lebron’s, Foam’s, and Kobe’s?
Even though 50 was able to bury the hatchet with Fat Joe and The Lox recently another former associate of his saw the ugly side of the Queens superstar. Steve Stoute, a former business partner of Fif was hit with some words this past weekend at a Knicks game. No audio of the actual conversation but it’s safe to say it wasn’t a peachy convo. This stems from recent interviews Stoute held with Angie Martinez and The Breakfast Club. Check out pics of the two at the Garden and his interviews here.
A pivotal player since the 90’s to the street culture scene in NYC, IRAK is back with two release pieces for Spring 2014. One of the two tees pays tribute to late artist Dash Snow while the other tee features tags from each member from IRAK. The illustrations are pretty dope but you wouldn’t expect anything else from the art crew. Both tees are currently available at ALIFE.
As the March 4th release date of Mastermind nears, Rick Ross drops a new video for his latest single off the project, “Nobody.” Personally I find Didddy’s rants as the best part of the song but still a good track overall. The Biggie inspired song also features French Montana on the hook doing one of the things he does best.
Two establish Nike brands are coming together for the first time. For years skateboarders have embraced Jordans as a personal choice while shredding. Well Nike is mashing the elite basketball brand with their popular skateboard line. The first collaboration shoe is dropping on March 15. The only pics of the shoe can be found in the following ad featuring team rider Paul Rodriguez. Look out for more details and pics in the upcoming weeks.
The first collection from CMKS for 2014 just dropped and it’s looking real good. All together the capsule consists of 10 pieces, 4 T-Shirts, 2 Shirts, 3 Sweaters and 1 Beanie. Check out the whole line here and if you’re feeling something grab your own CMKS here.
Fabolous really has the streets buzzing with his track “Cuffing Season.” The track was featured on his last mixtape The Soul Tape 3 and was produced by a long time contributor Sonaro. The Facts Remain sat down with Far Rockaway/Bed Stuy producer to discuss the tracks origin, his relationship with Fab that dates back his mixtape to There is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service and the construction of the street anthem.
As Black History Month comes to a close CyHy comes out with a new mixtape to carry over the excellence into March. The new tape is def worth adding to your current rotation on your iPhone or Android. Stream or download here.
Drizzy was overseas for the Paris leg of his Would You Like A Tour. The fans had a special treat for his performance of "Take Care." Rihanna joined him on stage for the smash single from album of the same name.
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The Breakfast Club had the pleasure of sitting down with Ron Davis. Recently as you know Michael Dunn was charged with shooting at the friends of Jordan Davis however the jury could not decide his fate regarding his murder of the Florida teen. The grieving father was allowed to discuss his side of the story with the Power 105 Breakfast Club.
Mother Nature finally let up this past weekend in NYC, residents like myself can confess it's been a rough one. Well a man no stranger to nice weather, TDE's Schoolboy Q graced the town promoting his upcoming studio album "Oxymoron." During the mild Sunday afternoon Q held a private show in the backyard of Alife in the Lower East side. He started the show by "getting shit out of the way" by performing his current singles like "Collard Greens", "Break the Bank" and "Man of the Year." He then went into a joint as he described "for the homies," the 2 Chainz assisted "What They Want." The crowd had opportunity to see Q perform other new cuts from the album like "The Purge," "Blind Threats" and "Gangsta." Check out footage from the show and remember to grab Oxymoron tomorrow.
A hard trick that many bikers and skaters have tackled is the loop the loop. But why hasn’t anyone successfully handled the trick on foot? Well professional stuntman Damien Walters is up to the challenge! With MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering by his side Walters was able to work out the logistics to know how fast he needs to be to fight the laws of gravity. Peep how he takes on the challenge in the following video.
Looks like 50 cent is back on his “Power of the Dollar” swag. His newest video will be featured on his next project titled Animal’s Ambition. On this joint titled “The Funeral” Fif takes us on the journey a hood shooting which lead to a funeral. Look out for more music on March 18th from 50 Cent.
Looking to steal everyone's attention like Pharrell at this year's past Grammy's? Now is your perfect opportunity and you can be equipped with Pharrell's Hat and all. The Vivienne Westwood-designed hat that has been the topic of pop culture since the Grammy's is currently up for auction on eBay. The proceeds from the sale will go towards Pharrell's educational non-profit From One Hand to Another. The organization provides underprivileged kids technology and media-based learning experiences.
Pharrell discussed why he put the hat up for sale on the auction: “I’m giving up the Buffalo Hat I wore to the GRAMMYs to help undeserved kids get the educational tools they need. Our organization, From One Hand to Another, is committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds and prepare them for success.”
The hat auction started at $200 and is now over $10,000. Want to help some kids out and style on cats like Pharrell? Place a bid here.
Marvel has been holding us down the past couple of summer’s with blockbuster films. As we patiently wait for the Avengers: Age of Ultron later this summer Marvel is dropping will be bringing another one of their popular comic series to the silver screen. The tenth installment to the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” is based on the rebooted comic franchise Guardians of the Galaxy. The film follows American pilot Peter Quill/Star-Lord played by Chris Pratt on his hunt to save the world against Ronan. He receives assistance from a unique crew, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Copper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (Vin Diesel). Until its release August 1st check out the first trailer from the film.
The MMG boss Rick Ross gives the people another preview of his upcoming album Mastermind. His latest leak titled “Nobody” is directly inspired by Biggie’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).” Diddy talks his shit as usual and French Montana is on the hook. Remember Mastermind hit shelves on March 4th.
2014 has displayed a lot of growth between a couple of hip-hop greats. Weeks ago, Kay-Slay premiered a new song with Fat Joe and 50 Cent, two parties we know that weren’t on the best of terms for years. Well today on Instagram we discovered another hip-hop beef that has ended. Cam’ron posted a pic dapping a former rival Nas. Years ago at the height of the Jay-Z and Nas beef he stated how he felt about other artists, mostly in a negative manner, one of them being Cam’ron. Of course Cam wasn’t feeling the comments and this lead to a series of diss songs from him and his Dipset crew. Well the two have appeared to hash it out and with Cam’ron back in the studio maybe we will see a Nas feature in the near future.
As usual the NBA All-Star Weekend was star studded with athletes, musicians, actors etc. When he wasn’t involved in the All-Star activities (peep the dunk contest footage), Drake found time to perform for fans at the House of Blues. Of course he had some friends who were in town join him on stage like French Montana, Lil’ Wayne and 2 Chainz. Peep highlights from the show here.
Even though the release of the ‘Back To The Future’ inspired Nike Air Mag shoe released in 2011, the epic event in sneaker culture was missing one key piece from the original in the film, power laces. Well in 2015 the Nike Air Mag might make a quick return or at least a closely inspired shoe. During a recent interview at Jordan Brand Flight Lab in New Orleans Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed to Solecollector that power lacing will be featured in 2015. On what shoe you ask? That was yet to be revealed but a retro version of the Air Mag is bound to get the streets going crazy.
You probably aren't familiar with the name Kevin Grow but that is about to change. The high school senior is bout to enter the NBA on a 2 day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Kevin Grow is a senior at Bensalem High School and has Down Syndrome. He captured the eyes of the professional organization after his recent YouTube video displaying his skills on the court. During the final two matches of his season the18 year old senior scored 14 points which included three 3-pointers and a buzzer beater. The video went viral because the beautiful unity displayed by Grow and his Owl's team and fans, every time he scored the building erupted.
The 76ers released an official statement regarding the "ceremonial two-day contract:
"Grow has become an inspiration to the Sixers organization, as his story has swept the nation. Grow, who has Down syndrome, has served as his high school basketball team’s manager for four seasons. His coaches put him on the court for the team’s final two matches of the season, and his first varsity games, in which he scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers and a buzzer beater.
After he signs his two-day contract, Grow will eat dinner in the players lounge, tour the practice facility and receive Sixers gear. He will join the team on the floor toward the end of practice, meet and shoot around with his new teammates, be greeted by his coaches."
I'm addition to the aforementioned Grow will participate in pregame activities in his own locker and custom jersey. This is a real dope story and a great gesture by the 76ers organization to give back to the community. You can catch Grow and the Sixers tonight when they host the Cleveland Cavalie
Evil people will always try to infiltrate your circle. One of the oldest stories that supports that statement is the events that lead to the death of Jesus Christ. As we know, Judas was one of Jesus apostle’s and his betrayal caused the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The newest The City Of Gods piece depicts the dangers of snakes in your circle with a print of Judas embracing Jesus. The blank stare of Jesus make it even more powerful, it’s like he knows Judas is up to no good. The new piece will be available in both black and white on either a t-shirt or hoody. Pick up both “BROTHER'S KEEPER” pieces on March 3rd in the TCOG shop here .
If you haven’t already you should check out the film “The Purge.” Now it’s not the greatest film so don’t get mad at me for suggesting it but the concept is actually very interesting. The balance is kept in a “perfect” United States not ridden by crime, drugs and unemployment by allowing an annual purge. Every crime or vile act is legal for 24 hour yes everything including murder. Well a follow up film is dropping this year following exactly where part one ended. Instead of following the journey of a family at home The Purge: Anarchy is the story of a young couple who are stranded on the deadly night after their car stalls. Check out the teaser here and look out for The Purge: Anarchy in theaters June 20.
If you didn’t know the Jamaican bobsled team are bizzack. Some may find it weird to why am I reading about this but for people who grew up during the 90’s you probably owned the film Cool Runnings on VHS.
It’s been a while since the West Indian badmon’s competed in the Olympics but they are back after a 12-year- hiatus. To celebrate their return a nice little theme song and video was constructed for them. 8-bit seems like it’s the wave especially after the rise and fall of Angry Birds. Sidney Mills and Jon Notard wrote this groozy tune “The Bobsled Song” to celebrate their return.
Long overdue but PARTNEXTDOOR has finaly dropped some new music for your listening pleasure. The new joint is very sensual and direct as the singer croons about what he wants from his lady
Netflix has been making all the right moves with their original series. The social networks have been raging all weekend with the release of House of Cards Season 2. Well after you get your House Of Cards fix you have another Netflix original series to look forward too. The female jailhouse drama series Orange Is The New Black is coming back for season 2 this summer. Peep the teaser of the new season below and look out for it to drop June 6.
The MTA just gone a little more digital to assist straphangers. The first 18 interactive touch screen subway maps have been installed in Grand Central station.
Eight of the On the Go kiosks are split between the uptown and downtown 4/5/6 trains at the station while the other 10 are spread out on mezzanine above the station.
The maps come months after schedule because the design team made numerous changes to improve the hardware. A larger rollout is expected to come later this year.
Compared to your traditional MTA subway map the On the Go kiosks provide detailed information for commuters. With the new maps they can get real-time up information about their destination and if any, service disruptions they may encounter.
My only concern is the cleanliness of these new maps. We know our intricate system isn't the most tidy so now we asking people to share a touch screen device available 24/7 to the public? Personally I'm good on the new maps, there is an app for that on our smartphones with all of the On the Go functions. I wish the money for this project went to improved service but that would only happen in a perfect world. Sent from my iPhone
Tired of losing in 2K to your homeboy? Maybe you can use some of Michael's Special Stuff, pause like he offered the tunes in his cult classic film Space Jam.Developer MGX made a dope mod to 2K allowing him to play as the Tune Squad from the film. It's actually pretty dope but check it out for yourself below. 2K needs to hire this man ASAP!
De La Soul is not celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising by themselves, they lined up a special treat for their fans to celebrate the group's milestone. Starting today at 11am the entire De La Soul catalog will be available for download online for free.
Free up some hard drive space to make room for the pioneering hip-hop trio. Why are they doing this? Posdnuous of De La discussed the unique 25 celebration with Rolling Stone : "It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. Its been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them."
It's been a while, actually since the 2004 release The Grind Date that De La Soul put out new music. But the group has plans on dropping their new album You're Welcome but prior to that they will be releasing a six track EP Preemium Soul on the Rocks. This project looks very promising with its interesting structure, three tracks will be produced by DJ Premier and Pete Rock will be on the boards for the other three.
Heard over to De La Soul's website here to grab their catalog. Make sure you regularly check it because they will be releasing new music regularly now through the site.
Personally Ab-Soul is my favorite MC out of the TDE camp so I’m pretty thrilled to see that he is working with esteemed Chicago MC Common. The two spit some mean bars on Common latest NO I.D. produced track titled “Made In Black America.” Look out for Common’s next studio LP Nobody Smiling later this year.
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave spits about that raw with none other than King Push. Besides the bars fellas the video is very visually appealing.
Sometimes there isn’t an app for that to get you out of a sticky situation. The In1Case Multitool Case fix’s that and increases the possibilities of your iPhone. The clear polycarbonate case does more than protect your device, included in the handy case is two precision screwdrivers, two ballpoint pens, a nail file, a pair of tweezers, scissors, and a kickstand for video viewing. Basically the case will turn you into McGuyver. You get all that for only 44.95 here . Android users don’t worry the Galaxy S4 edition will be dropping soon.
Maino likes to "finish up strong," no Mister Cee. During his recent interview he discusses his latest mixtape Trinidad James missing watch plus more during a recent interview at Hot 97. Interesting James lost his watch and his "friend" Maino "found" it.
It's no secret Adidas shows love to the hip-hop community. For their latest collaboration they go down south to work with ATL rapper 2 Chainz. The pair has worked together to design the 2 Chainz x adidas Top Ten Hi. The shoe is scheduled to release on 2/15 at shops with Originals accounts, the kicks have already arrived at shops like . The hi-top sneaker is simply all black with gold highlights. I see a lot of potential with these kicks. What do you think? Would you cop or nah?
Future is back with another banger from his upcoming album Honest. The new track "Move That Dope" features Casino and Pusha T with assistance from Pharrell. Joint has a nice bounce to it, def club ready.
Fresh off the announcement of their deal with Epic Records Slow Bucks Over Everything drop a new visual to their version of the N.O.R.E. classical crew record.
Are there ways to prevent an hangover? Is it ok to mix beer, wine and liquor? Even though there is history of drinking since the biblical days some have yet to grasp on the do's and don'ts of "getting lit." Well here are 29 misconceptions of alcohol to keep note of during your next bar hopping session.
Unless you jumped on the annoying, addictive wave of Flappy Bird before Sunday it will extremely difficult to join. On Sunday, the game's developer Nguyen Ha Dong took the game out of the App Store & Google Play Store, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I cannot take this anymore.”
Well if you want to spend hours pounding your screen navigating the bird to his unforeseen promise land there is hope if you didn't download the game before it's removal. On eBay iPhones are selling with the popular game preloaded for big bucks. A used iPhone usually sells for a couple hundred bucks on the electronic marketplace but with Flappy Bird one iPhone is currently over $99,000 with over 74 bids. Plenty of time to be the winning bidder if interested, the auction has 6 days left. Another auction with the app preloaded started at $750 and is currently at $80,700.
Talk about a come up. Sell your iPhone with Flappy Bird buy yourself 100 more iPhones, at retail.
It's still a mystery why Dong removed the popular app to the public. According to sources he was pulling in almost $50,000 a day in advertising. Due to the similar design he did receive a warning letter from Nintendo but there was no threat of legal action yet. Maybe he took it down for a redesign? Or even new features, imagine some power ups for that simple bird. In app purchases can make that daily 50k in ads look like chump change. It's clear to see that Dong is sitting on a cash cow and he hasn't reached his full potential profit wish with the app.
Hood By Air founder and designer Shayne Oliver took a unique route to display new pieces from his brands Fall/Winter 2014 collection. He stars in a new short film directed by Matthew Williams and Jack Heller titled “FUCCBOI.” The erratic dance and visual video is to “all the FUCCBOI’s who shred the status quo with aggression and lush energies” said Shayne.
In Part 3 of Noisey’s documentary on the kids of Chicago they follow Chief Keef and friends around NYC some more. Keef doesn’t seem to be very social with the publication because he doesn’t interact with them much only with his friends and fans. Regardless check him out their footage of Keef’s and crew in NYC and at the Beats By Dre store.
Trolling seems to be a hobby for some now. Boxing "promoter" Damon Feldman announced today that the infamous bout with acquitted murderer George Zimmerman and the now crazed hip-hop rapper DMX is now cancelled.
In a series of tweets which have now been deleted Feldman (@hollywoodbox11) announced the cancellation and why he made that decision.
In my opinion the damage was already done. He's put Zimmerman in the public eye again and intended to make a profit off his name. Did he not consider Trayvon's family before even signing the deal? Clearly he has now successfully promoted himself at the expense of a unarmed innocent slain teenager.
Good job Feldman, I wonder how many interviews and public appearances you will be taking for your cancellation.
I didn't think it was possible but there is actually a way to beat Flappy Bird. The simple game has been the craze on Android and iPhone users as of late because it hard to be great in the game. Well not anymore! This video is only a minute and change and tells you how to beat Flappy Bird! It's easier than you thought!
Shopping has evolved immensely over the years to where we can do it from the convenience of our home in our under garments thanks to online shopping. Well with Amazon’s latest enhancement shopping called Flow shopping on the iPhone is even less time consuming. Simply by scanning a barcode or taking a photo of an item your iPhone will add the item to your cart for checkout.
Following you photo or scanning if you see an animation of blue stars your transaction is complete. Yup, just like that your item is ordered from Amazon.
According to writers from Wired who tested out the app the whole process happens in seconds. The app however needs work as certain items can’t be recognized properly. But with once it’s fixed Flow can be totally innovative to the shopping experience.
How Is Nas Celebrating The 20-Year Anniversary of Illmatic?
This year marks a historical year for legendary Queens MC Nas. It will mark the 20th year since the release of his phenomenal debut album Illmatic. Fans are in for something special for the album’s 20th. According to Legacy Recordings the album will be re released this year jammed with extras. Besides a digitally remastered version of the original album a second disc will be included with 10 unreleased songs and remixes.
Online fans will have the pleasure of viewing a feature film documentary on Illmatic. The film titled “Time is Illmatic” will give us an inside look to “the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview” along with his father Olu Dara musical achievements and influence.
In addition to Illmatic rerelease Nas will be performing the whole album on the road this year including twice at this years Coachella Festival on April 12th and 19.
Check out the tracklist to the second disc of Illmatic XX which is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.
1. I’m A Villain (previously unreleased)
2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)
4. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)(promo single)
5. One Love (LG Main Mix)
6. Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)
7. One Love (One L Main Mix)
8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)
9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix)(UK single)
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)(UK single)
Google has lined up NY's finest to try out it new Google Glass product in efforts to fight crime & terrorism.
The product has yet to be released to the public but if you are interested in trying out the techy frames you have to sign up for Google's Glass Explorer Program. If accepted into the program you can have you own Google Glass for $1500.
How will Glass benefit the NYPD? We can get an idea from current Google law enforcement partnerships. Cops working the beat on the San Francisco Police Department utilize the Samsung S4 as apart of its crime fighting arsenal. With the S4 the force has been able to run warrant checks and mugshots in real time. Potentially with newer technology like Glass law enforcement will be able to identify perps with facial recognition software. So the NYPD is working on turning the sci-fi classic Robocop into reality.
The NYPD acquired Glass via the explorer program and when asked about their interest a ranking officer said “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”
Do you think Glass would be a great tool for law enforcement ? What if the identifying software makes a mistake it's bound to happen it's an machine.
Lower East Side's own Lurkavelli is back with new visuals entitled 'The Dough' off his up & coming 7 track EP "Last Call", set to be released May 17th. Here is some very dark & gritty visuals to compliment the audio set with a video rip of the one & only Killa Cam. Lurkavelli's climbing his way up to the New York music scene being one of the very few artist coming out the Lower East Side with a story to tell. (previous visuals Keep Your Circle Tight)
As we know Kanye West has parted ways with Nike but other than the “Red Octobers” Ye was cooking up some heat with Nike prior to his departure. The Sneaker Addict dropped a brief preview of another Kanye x Nike project that will probably never see the light of day. Celebrating the life of his late mother Donda West, Kanye designed a special pair of the Air Jordan VI. From the images we can see that the white/red/black color shoes are laced with a unique floral print. Easy to say sneakerheads would have loved to have this pair apart of their personal collection. Maybe we will see a different celebratory pair of kicks pop up being Kanye is now with Adidas.
If you don’t already you need to check out TED Talk lectures on Netflix and YouTube in your spare time. One lecture that recently dropped that might peak your interest covered the topic of Hip-Hop and attorney/editor/podcast extraordinaire Reggie Ossé bka Combat Jack shared his knowledge of the game and its role in his life along with pop culture. Have to appreciate when OG’s are willing to share their knowledge.
Story broke recently about a "celebrity death match" featuring the controversial acquitted adolescent murderer George Zimmerman. Looks like the details have been etched out and a match has been set. Zimmerman is set to compete against rapper DMX, he boxing match HE set up. Isn't this the same man who argued he couldn't handle Trayvon with the hands now he wants to fight a crackhead?
DMX was the lucky choice out of 15,000 email requests to fight Zimmerman. When asked about the match DMX told TMZ he wants to fight on behalf of "every black person who has been done wrong in the system...I am going to beat the living fuck out of him. I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him up right." In addition to all that he plans on pissing on Zimmerman after the bout. Well then.
The promoter, Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing said the date and location is yet to be set so look out for details on the three round PPV boxing match in the near future.
Action Bronson takes his stage very serious. In two different shows of his Blue Chips 2 tour the Queens MC had run-ins while on stage. Thankfully no one was seriously injured just be cautious when Bronson is in the room.
Following up their dope Patta collaboration, Stussy is back with another small Spring/Summer collection. In the newest capsule the brand pays tribute to the late, great hip-hop rapper/producer J. Dilla. You can grab either a white T-shirt or a black longsleeve both with portrait of the acclaimed hip-hop contributor. The capsule is available now at Stussy locations in Japan or online.
No matter if it's for sport or casual wear people are serious about their shoes. Who better to argue about two popular athletic brands than star players from the Real Marid Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso. Check out there playful exchange about the companies. Who do you think won? What do you prefer? Nike or Adidas?
Who needs a major record label when you are making genuine hip-hop from your heart? Macklemore has made great feats as an independent artist but there are thousands of artists out there on the grind who don’t receive the recognition they deserve. One of those artists is Cassius Vinyl Crown Recordings (VCR). The project is a collective of all VCR artists and is definitely worth some space on your iPhone or Android. Don’t believe me stream it here for yourself and download it if you are feeling it.
The Super Bowl wasn’t that entertaining this past Sunday being the Seahawks destroyed the Broncos but some of the commercials were worth checking out. One in particular featured Mr. Revolt TV himself, Diddy alongside a slew of guests for Time Warner Cable. Check out the full commercial here.
Today Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment due to an apparent drug overdose.
This morning police were altered of Phillip’s death around 11:15am. He was found in his bathroom with a needle in his arm.
The award-winning actor was born and raised in Fairport, NY a suburb of Rochester, NY. He won the Best Actor Academy Award in 2005 for his role in the biographical film Capote. In addition to his Academy win he was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor along with three Tony Award nominations.
Phillip was only 46 years only and leaves behind three children and his partner Mimi O’ Donnell.
For the first time rising NYC based DJ Sydney Love links up with TCOG and lays down an exclusive mix “Money, Cash, Hoes.” Here at TCOG we got love for everyone so the tape has bangers from the East, West and Dirty South. So stream and/or download DJ Sydney Love’s exclusive TCOG mix featuring artists like Jeezy, Lil Bibby, Max B, Gucci Mane, Nipsey Hussle, YG and ASAP Ferg.
Rick Ross linked up with Mr. Brainwash a couple years ago after copping some art from the famed street artist. Well as Rozay preps for his new album Mastermind he utilizes the talents of Mr. Brainwash for the deluxe version of the upcoming album.
Simply Ross is blowing his head out with a gun on the cover but instead of his brains exiting is a mixture of various colors from his temple.
How are you feeling Rick Ross x Mr. Brainwash? Its an interesting turn from Rozay's past album covers.
This morning Footaction and Jordan Brand opened its doors to its first retail location. I had the pleasure of hitting up the shop for its grand opening. DJ Envy of Power 105 had 34th street rocking with tunes in front of the store while hundreds waited patiently to get into the store. Some were outside since the day before but it was worth the wait as they were served coffee and bagels to fight the mild NY winter weather. The store had a few surprises to celebrate the store opening with a restock of the popular Golden Moments Pack and Bel Air 5's. Originally it was advertised the Bred 1's and Black and Gold 1's were going to be on sale today but Footaction updated the stock list this morning without the particular pairs.
A couple of celebrities came by and copped some Jordan gear for the opening like Russell Simmons, Spike Lee and 50 Cent.
The staff was on point and the store decor was pretty dope, one of my favorite aspects of the store is the woodgrain floor and the elephant print walls. Check out some photos from the store here.
As we know February is Black History Month and to start off the celebration for 2014 Lifetime is premiering a special film celebrating the strives of Gabby Douglas. During the Olympic Games of 2012 Gabby made history by becoming the first African American gymnast to win the individual all-around. In addition to her solo efforts she won more gold medal in the team all-around. Her road to the Olympics wasn't easy and "The Gabby Douglas Story" will depict all the obstacles she overcame with her family to reach Olympic gold. Check out the trailer for the film here and remember the catch the premier tonight at 8pm.
RevoltTV premiered Meek Mill’s newest video earlier today. The track Heaven or Hell can be found on Dreamchasers 3 and it features Jadakiss and Guordan. If you haven’t already download Dreamchasers 3 here .
Off his last album Hall of Fame, Big Sean drops a very dope visual for his track "Ashley" featuring Miguel. Don’t watch this at work if your boss is over your shoulder the video is graphic at certain moments.
Are you still thinking about jumping into the next gen of gaming but not sure which system to purchase? Well the market might get even more competitive with new rumors about Microsoft dropping the price of the new Xbox One.
Currently both systems are selling well but Sony’s Playstation 4 is outselling the Xbox One, a major factor being the price point difference between the consoles. The PS4 retails for $399 while the Xbox One is $100 more at $499. According to video game blog VG247 a senior inside source revealed that a new model of the Xbox One is in the works. The new model will not include a Blu Ray disc drive so all media and games have to be obtained and accessed digitally via the Microsoft store. In addition the new model will include a Bluetooth adapter allowing gamers to connect headsets and other devices to the machine.
Microsoft has yet to comment on the rumors so its no word how true this rumor is and when the new system is going to drop.
It was revealed recently that Jordan Brand was trying a new venture with its first ever retail location. The store is not complete and ready to open its doors to the public. Footaction revealed the details about the grand opening early today. To celebrate the flagship opening certain pairs will be restocked.
Check Footaction’s press release below:
Following the grand opening celebration at 10am on Saturday, February 1st, you will have the opportunity to experience an amazing lineup of products available at our NYC flagship location.
Here are all the details*:
You will have the opportunity to purchase a total of three (3) pairs of release products, including no more than one (1) pair of Air Jordan I.
Melo M10 – Black History Month
Melo M10 – Black/White
Melo 1.5 Black/Red/White
Jordan XX8 SE – Black/White
Jordan XX8 SE – Black/Grey/Blue
Jordan XX8 SE – Powder Blue
Air Jordan I – Black History Month Black/Purple
Air Jordan I – Black History Month Burgundy/Gold
Air Jordan I Premium – Red/Army/White
Air Jordan I – Red/Blk/White
Air Jordan I – Blk/Red/Green
Air Jordan I – Black/Gold
Air Jordan I – Red/Blk/Wht (Grade School)
For episode 2 of Noisey’s Chriaq documentary the team follows Chief Keef around a NYC. In addition to Keef they talk with the Chicago Police Departmart and rap collectives MGS and Global Gangstas Entertainment. Look out for episode 3 soon.
Queens MC 360 is currently on the road with Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw Tour but that hasn’t stopped his chances from expressing what matters to him on Justin Beiber’s hit record. Lookout for 60’s new EP #Foot2NeckSeason soon.
Recently A-Trak revealed that he and Cam’ron were working together on the Federal Reserve EP. Well here are the results. What do you think? Looks like Killah is back!
Later this year we can expect the debut album One Never Know Do One from Queens DJ/Producer Nire. The album will consist of only female vocals and on her latest joint “Dreaming of You” we have a preview of what to expect. The song is officially called the “Corpus Christi Club Mix” as Nire give her own flavor to the beautiful song performed by the late Selena.
Do you love “The Matrix” series like me? Well the big homie from the films Laurence Fishburne reenacts his role as Morpheus in the Superbowl Kia ad.
Straight from the films fan favorite red/blue pill scene Morpheus tells the couple in the ad “Take the blue key and go back to luxury you know. You take the red key and you’ll never look at luxury the same again.”
The commercial only gets better after that. Watch it for yourself here.
DJ Mustard produced another banger for YG with his latest release “Who Do You Love.” YG also gets a dope verse from Drake on this track, I expect this to be regular on your radio airwaves very soon.
Last night J. Cole came back to Queens for VH1’s Super Bowl Concert Series. Peep the performance from the North Carolina MC here.
This year the great city of New Orleans, LA will be hosting the NBA All-Star Game and even if you can’t make it out to the big game you can rock some new Nike’s capturing the essence of the city. Pic for the 2014 Nike All-Star Sneaker Collection dropped today and it look pretty good. The capsule features three different models-the Nike Lebron 11 “Gator King”, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Maestro”, and the Nike KD 6 “Illusion.” Pick up your favorite model or all three when they release on Friday, February 14th.
Check out the official press release for the collection from Nike.
Nike Basketball is paying tribute to the unique flavor of New Orleans with the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection, including three shoes: LEBRON 11, KOBE 9 Elite and KD VI. A “gumbo” in the cultural sense, New Orleans is an eclectic mix of characters, music, cuisine and art.
You can’t rush gumbo… It requires an instinctive balance of heat, spice and creativity. Inspired by the flavors and stories of the Big Easy, Nike cooked up a bold mix of technical innovation, aesthetic flair and old-fashioned New Orleans traditions for some of the world’s best basketball players: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
LEBRON 11 GATOR KING
Inspired by the fearsome alligator, the king of the bayou, the LEBRON 11 Gator King is a bold expression of royalty and power. Gators, often a symbol of protection in New Orleans culture, influence graphic textures throughout the shoe. Invisible to the naked eye, hand-drawn patterns come to life as the Hyperposite bucket of the shoe glows in the dark. The musings of majestic color in deep purples, greens and gold are derived from the “Rex” – king of carnival celebrations.
KOBE 9 ELITE MAESTRO
Nike Basketball pays tribute to the masters of Jazz in its birthplace. Like great jazz musicians who play instinctively, Bryant brings a similar improvisation to his game. Paying homage to this classic genre and some of its greatest musicians, the KOBE 9 Elite Maestro uses accents of brass in the upper. A glow-in-the-dark outsole pops at night, just as the jazz clubs swing into action. The upper includes additional, secret glow-in-the-dark symbols.
KD VI ILLUSION
Not everything is what it first appears to be in New Orleans. Similarly, Durant defies the perception of a near seven-footer – an illusion of sorts. His limitless scoring range is redefining the perception of a forward. Celebrating the magic of KD’s versatility, the KD VI Illusion showcases hand-drawn patterns on the upper emulating Durant’s fluidity on the court. A glow-in-the-dark outsole also represents the “spark” of KD’s game.
The remarkable, collective basketball skills on display in New Orleans Feb. 14-16 are as eclectic as this internationally beloved city. Leading the charge for Nike Basketball with special interior lining graphics are the LEBRON 11 Gator King, KOBE 9 Elite Maestro and KD VI Illusion; each including a commemorative tarot card and special edition box with purchase of each shoe.
The 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection will be served up on Nike.com and at select retail locations on February 14.
As they say in New Orleans, Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Let the good times roll! Source
Hip-hop fans were in awe after Kendrick Lamar took home 0 Grammys with seven nominations last night. Plenty agree, even Macklemore himself believe that Kendrick should have received the award for Rap Album of the Year. He followed up his text to the Compton rapper by calling in to Hot 97 Morning this morning to discuss his awards.
Nike’s newest signee Drake dropped some photos of his exclusive Jordan colorways. The Air Jordan 10 “OVO” and Air Jordan 12 “OVO” are featured in two colorways each model. The models are fairly simple coming in either all white or all black but are fairly distinctive with a dope leather stingray addition to the classic kicks. No word on if these shoes will be available at retail locations, hopefully Nike doesn’t give these the Red October treatment and drop these for the people.
Drake fans more than likely are familiar with OB Obrien. If you aren’t he is the childhood friend of the YMCMB Canadian rapper and has cameos in multiple Drake videos including “HYFR” (Hell Yeah F*cking Right), “Started From The Bottom” and most recently “Worst Behaviour.” This is the first offering for 2014 from another OVO artist and it looks like the start to a bright future of the label.
Pharrell Williams had a great night at the Grammys last night. But winning multiple Grammy awards and performing alongside Daft Punk Stevie Wonder wasn’t the only highlights of his night. Actually his attire was the craze on social media. His oversized brown fedora style hat was so popular it even has it own Twitter account (@Pharrellhat) which now has over 15,000 followers and of course a slew of memes. Check out some of the best ones here.
Drake really knows how to get the girls uptown to love him. For his latest joint he adds some Canadian flavor to former Aventura frontman Romeo Santos song “Odio.” The song will be featured on Romeo’s next album Formula, Vol. 2 which drops on February 25.
The Revolt empire expands with the opening of its studio in Hollywood. To celebrate the opening of his network's studio Diddy was accompanied by Mase and Meek Mill with Travis $cott performing his joint upper echelon. Peep the footage here.
The En Noir X Buscemi sneaker is guaranteed to turn heads when one is rocking these. The all black leather sneaker has a unique lasered crocodile pattern, from the photos you can see it's pretty dope. In addition to the croc pattern another interested aspect of the shoe is the heel handle and padlock located on the back of the shoe.
You can pick up your own pair of the En Noir X Buscemi 125mm Sneaker that currently retails for $975 from Barneys
Little by little details are dropping about Riccardo Tisci's collaboration with Nike. The Givenchy designer was recently featured in the February 2014 issue of Vogue in a photo with supermodel Joan Smalls rocking his knee high laced up extension high top Air Force 1s. From the new images it appears the "Nike + R.T. Air Force 1" capsule will feature four various models of the acclaimed Nike shoe. Look out for the collection to drop in March.
Spitta is prepping for his latest release The Drive In Theater and before his big motion picture he drops a preview. Check out Currensy's latest track "Godfather 4" featuring Action Bronson.
Even though it only crosses headline news periodically it's no secret life isn't peachy over in Chicago better known as now as Chiraq. In the first of eight part series, Vice's Noisey takes a trip to the Windy City and gives us an inside look of the youth from the city, some you may actually be familiar like 3Hunna members Lil Durk, Lil Reese and Young Chop. Chief Keef couldn't appear in the video due to legal concerns. Look out for part 2 in the near future, until then get your introduction to Chiraq below.
Jay-Z and Pharrell have a rich history of collaborations but there most recent one is a little different the latter. Instead of the studio the duo has come together to design a collection of t-shirts to celebrate Hov's Manga Carta Holy Grail, LP and tour.
If Hov's Barney's collection was a bit out of your price range then God MC x BBC will probably be more up your alley. Grab your tee before they sell out here.
Patta joined forces with staple streetwear brand Stussy for a collection to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. From the lookbook we can see what to expect from the co-branded pieces in the capsule, a fishtail parka, button up shirt, pullover tracksuit, along with various graphic tees, longsleeves, crews and hoodies. To make your cypha complete the collection will also feature headwear and various accessories.
The anniversary collection will be launching January 23 at Patta Amsterdam and the Stussy New York Chapter Store. New Yorkers will have the opprutunity to pick up exclusive NY items inside Stussy for the temporary Patta Pop-Up Store. More retailers will be announced in the future.
The follow up to the bloody action packed film 300 is dropping on March 7. In the new film 300: Rise of An Empire it follows the same story of Greek general Themistokles with his attempts to unify Greece, his story spans from before, during and after the tragedy of 300.Compared to the previous film we see the battle is taken to sea in this film with huge naval battles. Returning as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo 300 is Lena Headey alongside Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad) as Themistokles, Eva Green (Casino Royale) as Artemesia. Check out the trailer from 300: Rise of An Empire .
Even though DJ Kay Slay is the Drama King he put his aka to the side and brings together some unlikely NY rappers on the same track. As we know Fat Joe and 50 Cent were not the best of friends years ago but it appears they put all the BS to the side and jumped together on a track off Kay Slay’s upcoming album Rhyme or Die. 50 is playing he should be dropping verses like this consistently to silence all the “Where is NY Rap.”
Over 20 years ago Ice Cube shouted out the Good Year blimp on his track "It Was A Good Day." In the song as you probably know he rapped the blimp read "Ice Cube's A Pimp" but it didn't exactly go down like that.
For National Good Day Day the Good Year blimp flew over South Central LA displaying the name of the legendary West Coast rapper/actor. In addition to his name being flashed the project raised $25,000 for non-profit organization A Place Called Home. So obviously as a effort to raise money for an after school program the blimp didn't read "Ice Cube's A Pimp" but the notion is very dope nonetheless that his name was actually on the blimp.
The Nike SB Dunk High 'Tiffany' Low are probably on almost every SB fan's grail list. The sneaker dropped in 2005 and still resells for hundreds of dollars, sometimes more easily. Well hopefully you are ready to camp or have your connections in place because the 'Tiffany' Highs are dropping very soon!
Yesterday Diamond Supply Co. owner Nicky Diamonds has unveiled the new collaboration between his brand and Nike SB.
Following up the 2013 Black Xmas collection Hood By Air is back with a small collection to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Xmas collection was primarily black and white but for the 2014 Hood By Air for Yo’ Hood edition is mostly red. It ties in directly with the Lunar New Year as the color is closely related to good luck with Chinese culture. The entire collection will be available at JUICE store on January 24. Source
Surrounded by beautiful weather and ladies SchoolBoy Q provides us with the perfect setting for “Man Of The Year.” Remember his new album Oxymoron on February 25.
Last night the host and musical guest on SNL was Drake. The Toronto rapper parodied a couple of people during the show last night such as Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z as well as himself. The best skits in my opinion was his Katt Williams and A-Rod skits but don’t let me tell it, be the judge for yourself. Check out all of the skits from SNL featuring Drake as well as his performances here.
The Holy Ship is the boat ride of all boat rides. Leaving out of Miami for four days and three nights the ship docks at a private island on Coco Clay in the Bahamas. Sounds interesting right? Well it only gets better. Aboard the ship are top electronic musicians such as Diplo, Tiesto, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Just Blaze plus many many more.
Pharrell was also there to enjoy the party but he actually arrived by private helicopter.
Besides his current hits like “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” Skateboard P debuted a new track featuring Major Lazar at the beach party.
Pusha T is back with yet another simple, dark visual off his debut album My Name is My Name. His new video is for Suicide which features his longtime Re-Up Gang member Ab-Liva.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the La Caldera 67 Grand Tasting event at 67 Wine. The new wine is a limited, exclusive flavor created and sold at 67 Wine. The tasting was not only to celebrate the new product but the dynamic branding of La Caldera 67. The label on the bottle utilized the talents of renowned New York City graffiti artist Cope2. The pairing of 67 Wine and Cope2 beautifully intertwines the street art with fine wine. Check out some photos from the event here. Pick up your own bottle of La Caldera 67 at 67 Wine & Sprits, 179 Columbus Avenue @ 68th Street.
Do you have to clear out the nudes in your Instagram Direct because you are so poppin? Well free up space on your iPhone with the new Box iOS app.
Cloud storage is necessary with all the media, documents etc. we need on the go for work and play. Certain services hook you up nicely just for signing up, Dropbox offers 2GB for free while SkyDrive gives a nice 7GB of storage. <strong>Box</strong> has taken it up a notch however to celebrate its new iOS app. If you need more storage for photos and files Box offers 50GB free FOR LIFE.
It's real simple to get the free cloud storage:
Step one: If you haven't already sign up for a free personal Box account here.
Step two: Install the Box app on your iOS device, it requires iOS 6.0 or later. Sign into your new Box account.
Step three: You will receive a email confirmation about your account upgrade to 50GB. Of course click the confirmation link.
You have some time to take advantage of the deal but it does end on February 15.
A Facebook redesign was introduced today, which takes a move right from Twitter’s playbook.
At the top right users in the US, UK, Canada, India, and Australia will notice a new sidebar hosting a new ‘Trending.’ Topics in this section are words or phrases with a high volume of mentions; explanations are included of why everyone are discussing the topics.
The feature is currently being tested in select markets on the web only. A mobile version is expected to roll out in the near future.
Testing out the new feature is a clear move to attract users from Twitter. Facebook’s ‘Trending’ is busier compared to Twitter’s but you can’t get clear explanations of what the topics mean like Facebook. Along with its attention to detail Facebook is using its collected personalized data to display topics that will interest the user the most.
Did you have a chance to try out the new Facebook feature? Is it helpful?
Toronto superstar artist Drake is going to be the host and musical guest this weekend on Saturday Night Live. Drake filmed a series of promo clips with SNL comedians Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah that are pretty funny. Check them out for yourself here.
Everyday above ground is a good day. We have to cherish every meal we have daily, no matter if it’s sunflower seeds or a Ribeye from Ruth Chris, because it could be your last supper.
Being a God you should dress like a God.
Grab your Last Supper Beanie from the TCOG shop before they sell out! HERE
A drug deal took a bad turn after a group of teenagers decided to steal the weed instead of paying for it. The drug dealers weren't happy about the stick up and called the cops on the teens.
The robbery happened in the parking lot of Taco Bell in Ohio. Both parties met up to practice medieval sword fighting. Nothing is better than a joint I guess after a strenuous medieval sword fighting session.
After calling the police, the dealers, Sebastian Wozniak and Anthony Klier didn't want to reveal what was stolen. It wasn't hard for them to deduct that they were called into a spoiled drug deal.
According to police the real story is that Wozniak intended to sell $80 worth of weed to the teenagers but after they got into his car he was pepper sprayed and they fled with his weed. Now Wozniak and Klier have been arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana and obstructing justice. The teens however are free using the money they saved on weed for munchies. Source
Do you have that one bf/gf that just refuses to leave your life? Great $cott knows the feeling and expresses it on his new video SexySadie. Check out the dope visual below and peep that TCOG beanie in it!
Does the sex life of Mr. Marcus and Jada Fire emulate your actual sex life? Probably not according to the numbers. Don’t believe me let your local produce section explain the differences between real sex and porno sex.
Did you think Kanye was always the Louis Vuitton Don? In this unreleased cypher video from 1998 Ye sporting a classic Champion tank alongside Cap-1 spit some bars in a Chicago basement.
With information available rapidly at our fingertips it only make sense that the world's largest social network is trying to enter the news market.
Yup Mark Zuckerberg and Co. is looking to launch a new reaching service for mobile devices. The Facebook product is currently known as "Paper" according to a source close to the matter. Additionally the source add the service is fairly similar to popular mobile news reader "Flipboard."
The new product is all apart of a Facebook team effort called News Feed, a stream of never-ending content. The plan is the user's News Feed to be home to status updates from Friends and Family, shared new stories and of course advertising from companies.
If Paper launches as a separate mobile app would you download it? Can the app succeed when competitors like Flipboard have millions of users already?
As a promotional tool for the upcoming movie Devils Due, the special effects team sent the Devil's offspring out to the streets of NYC in his carriage. What happens when strangers try to help the lonely baby? Find out below.
How would your friends and peers look at you if your web site history or Google search history were publicized? Scary sight? College Humor took the simple task of a Google Search and turned it into reality. What is some of the weirdest stuff you ever Googled?
In case you didn’t know Sir Michael Rocks is doing it big. In his latest visual he’s in the swamp with his boys, along with raccoons and alligators. Interesting combo. This track will be featured on his upcoming album BANCO.
Last year a fellowship was started in honor of Queens MC Nas at Harvard University. Who would think a MC from the projects would be studied at an Ivy League school?
The Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute started in 2002 in efforts to advance research and scholarship to the groundbreaking genre.
Ammunition sat down with Nas along with Hip-Hop Archive contributors to discuss the fellowship and influence of hip-hop on society.
NYC get ready! This Thursday is all about the double cups filled with Dirty Sprite. The BlackoutBoyz are inviting to you to Santos Partyhouse located at 96 Lafayette Street. Doors open at 11pm but its suggested that you get there early because you never know who is going to be in the building.
Google is adding to its technology empire and entering our homes with its latest acquisition of stylish digital appliance company Nest.
Nest was founded in 2010 and is based in Palo Alto, California. Nest CEO Tony Fadell started the company after leaving Apple. While at Apple he helped design the iPhone and iPad. Nest obtained a strong buzz with its unique approach to common home appliances; one of its best sellers is the Nest Learning Thermostat.
The acquisition for Google expands the company deeply into the home market; currently as we know Google develops smartphones, PCs, and tablets. With Nest products Google will skillfully promote the interconnected all digital home.
It’s no secret Kanye West loves Kim Kardashian dearly and probably will do anything for her. Well during her doctor’s visit today Kim was first helped then heckled by a random 18-year-old man in the medical office.
According to TMZ:
Kim was at a Beverly Hills medical building when she was swarmed by photogs. We're told the guy allegedly tried to help Kim get in the building, as he started screaming, "F**k these fa**ot-ass n****rs"" -- referring to the paparazzi. Kim then told him it was not appropriate to use the N-word. We're told he then screamed at her, "F**k you bitch. Just trying to help you. Shut up n****r lover, stupid slut."
Apparently that got Kim hot as fish grease ... she watched the guy walk into an office. As they were walking we're told the guy continued berating Kim. She dialed Kanye on his cell, and when the guy realized Kanye was on the phone he allegedly said, "F**k you N****r." Kanye -- who had just arrived at the building -- then met up with Kim.
Kanye then punched the guy but the altercation went no further thankfully because the two were separated. But it looks like the young man is looking to press charges against Kanye West and authorities want to interview him as a suspect of a battery investigation. The L.A. County D.A. is allegedly pursuing prosecution against Kanye.
This can’t be good being Kanye is currently still in the middle of his case for the assault of the photographer at LAX.
Last year Juicy J decided to give back to community at the same time highlighting one of his favorite interests, twerking. He announced a contest which awarded a $50,000 college scholarship to the best twerker.
We know how big twerking is within pop culture so Juicy J probably had hundreds, maybe thousands of submissions to go through but he finally picked his winner.
The winner is Zaire Holmes, a 19-year-old biology student at State College of Florida.
Besides being a full-time student Zaire Holmes is mother to a newborn child. Do you think her child will be able to jump on YouTube in a couple years and see her dropping it like its hot for a couple dollars? Actually not. You did not have to twerk to enter the contest.
Prior to introducing the winner Juicy J says, “Read the rules. See, that’s what you get for shakin’ your ass, thinkin’ you’re gonna get some money. It’s not always about shakin’ your ass."
Check out Juicy J's Scholarship Winner video below along with Zaire's entry video. Good luck to her on her higher education endeavors!
The new Dover Street Market does not follow the usual layout of a high-end boutique. The new branch of Japanese brand Comme des Garcons is more like a department store occupying over 20,000 square feet on 30th street and Lexington Ave. With seven floors, each displaying its own composition, Dover Street Market sells a range of established brands from Prada to Supreme while at the same time carving out space for smaller up-and-coming lines.
The new shop opened about a month ago and has already attracted a ton of fashion gurus and celebrities around NYC looking to purchase the latest fashion and trends.
An interesting trio of Q-Tip, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill is supposedly partnering up for a new TV series based on the life experiences of the Native Tongues collective from the 80’s. Native Tongues was a loose alliance between A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah and others New York based hip-hop artists. The aforementioned artists and others used their music as an outlet with positive Afrocentric lyrics in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
According to Deadline who originally reported the story, DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will produce the show. Besides an inside look at members of Native Tongue the show will be used to highlight the connections between the music from the collective and popular culture.
Stoners residing in New York State rejoice! Actually don’t because the legalization of marijuana won’t loosen up the current laws on usage. In the surprising move due to his past resistance of not legalizing weed Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his plans to reinstate the 1980 law-the Antonio G. Olivieri Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Program. The law “will establish a program allowing up to 20 hospital to prescribe medical marijuana” said Cuomo in the State of The State address last week. The plan will be extremely limited-unlike plans in states like California and Colorado- that’s why I said marijuana lovers actually shouldn’t rejoice about the new program.
The medical marijuana from the 20 hospitals will only be administrated to patients with life threating conditions like cancer and glaucoma.
Unfortunately the decimalization of weed is not in the plans of the governor even though low-level drug arrests cost the state a ridiculous amount of money. If the law passes New York will be the 21st state to legalize the usage of medical marijuana.
Are you a "seasoned" sneakerhead who spends their Saturday mornings reading Nike's Twitter mentions and disgusting viral videos of our peers fighting over sneakers? Well the Big Apple is about to get a physical mecca for sneakerheads guaranteed to bring camping and more violence. Hopefully I'm wrong about the later.
Jordan Brand and Footaction have teamed up to bring the first Jordan Brand only store in North America. The store will be located on 34th street between 7th and 8th avenue. It's actually just a block away from the arena Jordan caught a slew of highlights, Madison Square Garden.
Don't fret sneakerheads across the nation, the NYC Jordan Brand store is the first but more locations are planned to open up across America.
Look out for more details regarding the opening of the Jordan Brand store in the upcoming weeks.
Earlier this week we showed the Jordan brand “Year of the Horse” collection but that isn’t the only brand in the fashion world celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Noteworthy streetwear brand A Bathing Ape just previewed their “Year of the Horse” collection. You can cop a range of items in the celebratory collection, it includes: reversible jacket, one side is black printed silk the other sports the classic BAPE camo print; the two t-shirts from the collection have different designs featuring the Baby Milo and iconic ape head. Last but not least are two full zip hoodies in this year’s collection. The whole collection will be available for purchase at BAPE stores on January 11.
I know the fellas have probably heard their fair share of the latest Beyoncé album in the car and home due to their girlfriend and/or side chicks (if that’s your style). Well guess what just dropped, even more Beyoncé, sort of. Brooklyn bred artist/producer Melo-X added his own flavor to a collection of tracks from the popular album. Melo is all about quality work though so included with his EP are visuals, just like the actual album, for your viewing pleasure. Download and stream the album below. Check out the EP’s videos here.
No matter if you are a YouTube sensation or an artist trying to make it big with a video on World Star you need quality video in order to attract viewers. Sony just introduced a “pro” level 4K camcorder at a decent consumer price. The new Sony FDR-AX-100 Handycam will only burn a hole of $2,000 in your pocket. What do you get for that price? Of course it captures 4K video (3,840x2,160) at 30 frames per second (fps) in the XAVC-S format. At the same time it produces a lower-res MP4 format that is easier to share also. With Sony’s Balance Optical SteadyShot (BOSS) system hand shake reduction is increased helping the quality of your videos. Another feature is the device is actually WiFi, so your phone or tablet can actually be used as a remote with the camcorder. This also allows for simple file transfer especially if your device is NFC compatiable. Just tap and your two devices will connect.
Tech junkies are raving about the new camcorder that was premiered at the Consumers Electronic Show 2014 (CES). It is slated to drop this March. Source
The hip-hop community was blessed with a huge surprised yesterday when the Coachella 2014 lineup dropped. Over the two weekends of April 11-13 & April 18-20 over 150 acts are going to grace the stage. One of the highlights of the show is Outkast reuniting to perform at the festival. The Atlanta based rap duo has been quiet since there last recording Idlewild. Some of the other acts on the bill are Muse, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Nas Beck and Skrillex. Check out the full lineup in the photo. Additional details and tickets can be found here.
After a successful 2013 with the release of his debut album Trap Lord A$AP Ferg is back with a brand new freestyle at the top of the year. Jumping on the instrumental of Drake’s recent release Trophies, Ferg pays homage to family and friends on the quick freestyle.
Check out photos from the Jordan Brand “Year Of The Horse” pack. The Air Jordan 1 Mid alongside the newly released Melo M10 have been laced with simple black bases with an erratic design of red, pink and purple on the inside. Both pairs will be dropping in China on January 18. The worldwide release is expected shortly after that but no details if the kicks will drop as a set like the “Year Of The Snake” series from last year.
What happens when actor / entertainer / Internet legend Fabrizio Goldstein (aka The Fat Jew) puts his buttery touch on Party Supplies' anthemic song "Working Out"? A gleefully NSFW epic about life, love, and jail that somehow finds emotional truth in absurd, wildly immature toilet humor.
It’s no secret that the leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un has taken a liking to former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman. During his most recent trip he was joined by ten other basketball players who will contest against a North Korea basketball team to celebrate the birthday of the leader of the secretive nation.
Rodman and friends appear to be the only men who receive royal treatment while visiting North Korea. It was just weeks again when Kim ordered the purge and execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek, the vice chairman of North Korea’s military. Prior to that the nation has held U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae captive for over a year for unexplained charges. Today on CNN, Chris Cuomo interviewed Rodman and friends on “New Day.” During the interview Cuomo asked if Rodman inquired about the charges and status of Bae and this sparked an outrage. He tried to divert the conversation about the “10 guys here, they've left their families, they've left their damn families, to help this country, as in a sports venture.”
When is the media going to learn Rodman is strictly professional with Kim, he isn’t a bridge to discuss political affairs with nuclear-armed nation. Well maybe he got that point across with this interview. Check it out for yourself.
Last week at the New Year's Young Turks party, SBTRKT shared a too short give us some more yet amazing track titled RUNAWAY. It's safe to say the features on this track are regular SBTRKT features, the incredibly talented Jessie Ware along side and in SBTRKTs voice "a sprinkle of Sampha from 2 years back."
- ADA RAMOS
Some 90’s babies will recognize the scarab as the key to the Cave of Wonders in the classic Disney film Aladdin. But the gold scarab that embodies the clean black TCOG snapback has a deeper meaning, popular in amulets in Ancient Egypt scarabs were associated with royalty. That’s exactly the feeling TCOG founder Dice was going for when designing the new snapback. If you feel like a king you should dress like a king. The snapback is simple with a detailed gold scarab in the middle of the cap with the TCOG logo embroidered in the back. Pick up you snapback from the TCOG shop here before they sell out.
On December 13 Beyoncé took heed to her hubby’s campaign of #newrules and released her fifth self-titled studio album. The album was released at midnight without an announced release date & absolutely no promotion. How did the people react to this bold act from King Bey? In the first three days Bey sold over 600k digital copies and grabbed the #1 spot on Billboard. For the third week in a row Billboard announced the album is still #1 selling over 1.3 million copies since it’s release.
Besides the unorthodox release the album contents is very unique compared to previous Beyoncé albums. The musical content is darker with Beyoncé touching upon her fear of becoming a wife and entering motherhood. In addition to her serious subject matter Beyoncé expresses her sexual side bluntly on tracks like “Drunk in Love” which features her husband Jay-Z and “Partition.” Of course the album is also filled with pro feminism songs & lyrics, why do you think the ladies love Bey.
The Houston songstress took it up another notch with this album by not only releasing 14 new tracks but also including 17 music videos on the album. Ladies if you needed new Beyoncé in your life she has provided plenty. She actually recorded over 80 songs for this album so maybe a follow up release could pop up sometime this year, wishful thinking for the Beyhive. Fellas the videos are extremely visually appealing, just makes you wish you could be Jay-Z for a day and not for his rap skills but for the pleasure of coming home to Beyoncé.
What is your favorite song on Beyoncé? What about favorite video? Not sure check them out here !
Nooka teams up with 3D Systems to add a new unique line of watches to its roster. The new watches are basically a revamped version of NOOKA’s Zub 40 design but the watch straps are printed using nylon. The fancy printed straps provide a rigid yet comfortable design. The NY based company has created a slew of different models and straps for your liking. Customize your own Nooka x 3D System watch here.
Over Harry Powder’s production Brooklyn MC Troy Ave hold down the VIP NY style with G-Unit’s own Tony Yayo. Odd pairing of these two with this track but it works.
I didn’t expect Foams to make it into 2014 after some hideous pairs that dropped in 2013. But I am pleasantly surprised after Sole-Up dropped some pictures of the new Solar bka Yeezy foams. No concrete details about the release date on this pair but I am sure folks are on the lookout for these now.
The digital version of Snoop Lion & Major Lazer first battle then fight to “Get Away” together in the newest visual off the Grammy nominatedReincarnated album. Ashten “Whoopi” Winger directed the video and animation was handled by Mykola Dosenko in the 8-bit Pokemon style video.
After weeks of rumors the location of the Been Trill has finally been revealed. As hinted by Heron Preston during his NY Times interview it would be located downtown Manhattan. “We’re literally up in one of those rinky-dink souvenir malls, across from us they sell pipes and bongs and cellphone cases and fake purses.” He didn’t exaggerate, the store is located at 271 Canal St. so right after you grab a new Been Trill exclusive tee only available at the brick and mortar shop you can pick up a “designer” handbag for your girl. Just kidding.
If you aren’t in the New York City area you can pick up your own pieces from the Been Trill collection on the revamped website here. (BEEN TRILL)
I’m sure we are going to hear about this in a future Kanye lyric or interview but similar to the Chicago rapper business moves, Jeremy Lin follows suit leaving his shoe deal with Nike. Adidas has not released an official statement yet regarding the signing of the Houston Rockets point guard but word of the deal leaked from a league source this week. Looks like Adidas has a couple tricks up their sleeve for 2014 with their brand new roster of stars.
Rick Ross recently blessed the Internet with another joint from his upcoming album “Mastermind” featuring Jay-Z. Track is cool but I just started to like it a little more because of this new video. Ashley Smith filmed her own music video featuring two priests reciting the track. The priests aren’t alone of course, what kind of rap video would that be. Alongside the hip-hop father’s is a couple of voluptuous ladies and what we can assume, collection money. Check out the unofficial video for “Devil Is a Lie”
Nike taps Supreme for another collaboration, this time with the famed Foamposite shoe. The regal gold leaf design on black is a step out of the box for Nike but right in line with Supreme's recent designs. With no release date yet, we will have to wait on what will be a highly anticipated drop in 2014.
Apple's revolutionary Mac Pro is setting the new standard for technology in desktop computers. The Mac Pro packs unsurpassed performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9 inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. The Mac Pro's top of the line model comes with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 USD. Order here
The Simpsons have teamed up with Moleskine notebooks for a limited edition engraved journal. Complete with Simpson's stickers and a map of Springfield, Moleskine produces an interesting Collaboration for any fan of the long running show. Pre order here
Kate Moss poses for Playboy's 60th anniversary issue this January. Photographer Mert Alas captures the legendary supermodel's first showcase for the infamous men's magazine. Gracing the cover in the iconic bunny outfit made famous in Hugh Hefner's Playboy club, Kate solidifies her reign as queen. Check out the spread here and get your copy on newsstands now.
Fox Brothers come together with Nike's Tier Zero account for a collaboration just in time for the holidays. Fox Brothers are the leading supplier of wool fabrics in England and one of the main sourcing factories for Ralph Lauren. A heritage brand since 1772, Fox Brothers get a chance to put their spin on the Nike Destroyer jacket, the Air Magma boot, and the Dunk sneaker. Utilizing Nike's premium fabrics, Fox Bros. create a classic understated winter look with an iconic color way. Pick this collection up Saturday, December 7 at select Nike Sportswear stores.
Brian "Kaws" Donnelly new gallery exhibit "Pass the Blame" opened November 2nd to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Staying with his iconic bright pop colors and cartoon nostalgia, Kaws continues to amaze with abstract interpretations of childhood cartoon characters. Now intermingling all of the images that gave him notoriety, the viewer finds sponge bob eyes within a figure shaped like Garfield the cat. The most interesting part of the show are the shapes of the canvas used to convey these characters. Massive scale outlines and powerful colors are the common thread in "Pass the Blame" . Brian Donnelly creates curiosity by giving you a portion of the entire picture, depicting mischievous scenes within shapes and zoomed in cartoon features keeps the mind intrigued and the senses enthralled. Meanwhile at the Mary Boone Gallery, Kaws put on a simultaneous sculptural show displaying giant wood companions in vulnerable positions. "Along the way" shows one figure consoling another as he bows his head in shame. While "at this time" has a seemingly blinded companion leaning back in horror or disgust. Both are impressive to witness in person and the scale has only previously been seen in outdoor installations. Overall amazing work from the artist that has been compared to Andy Warhol, and the constant evolution of his art shows growth in every new piece. Check out both shows going on until December 21st.
The most hated and most loved street artist Banksy, visited New York for the entire month of October. For 31 days Banksy left cryptic messages for his fans to find his work via his instagram and website. The UK artist swept up New Yorkers with curiosity, excitement, jealousy and greed . Seeing most of his pieces defaced, or promptly stolen by the property owner. Even former Mayor Bloomberg got into it leading a manhunt for the unnamed artist. Thus sparking the debate, what are you arresting him for? Banksy's spray art was never reported as vandalism by the property owners and his mark surely doesn't hurt the market value of a wall. Some owners went as far as enclosing the work in glass, preserving the valuable artwork forever. His campaign was a very successful one, there is no debate to that, but was his work up to par of NYC's worldwide stage. The variety of media used by the artist and total domination of the news and water cooler talk says it all... A fully interactive scavenger hunt ascends this month long exhibit over the top. Just Banksy doing what he does best, creating wonderment in ordinary city landscapes and clever black and white stencils in high detail. In my eyes, the pure range of skills and ground covered (the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan) solidify him as a master of his craft. Pulling off social experiments like setting up a booth in Central Park selling $60 dollar canvas labeled "spray art", saw only four sales throughout the whole day (now worth 30k). More stunts included traveling exhibits on trucks and the grim reaper in a bumper car set up at the old BIlly's Antiques on Houston. In one of his final acts, a landscape oil painting bought from Housing Works for $30 dollars and subsequently returned with a Banksy stencil of a Nazi gazing into the water, was auctioned off for a good cause to the amount of $615,000 dollars. Banksy certainly left his mark on our great city, so say what you will about the man, but he can damn sure put on a show!
Infamous DC graffiti legend Cool Disco Dan gets his own documentary directed by graffiti historian and Maryland native Roger Gastman. The private screening at the Sunshine theatre in New York City brought out a diverse crowd of in the know New Yorkers. The film blends everything that was Washington DC in the early eighties, Go-Go music, Crews and Graffiti. Go-Go which was originated in the nations capital, really drives the doc and it's subject matter. Go-Go was and still is the heart beat to the district, Cool disco Dan grew out of this time and took over the streets with pure determination and a catchy nickname. Interviews with many of DC's prominent figures including "mayor for life" Marion Barry, the film follows Dan through his tumultuous life and brings all of the elements of this innovative era together seamlessly. The flick is definitely worth your time, look for it at a city near you and Check out the preview here.
Off their Self Titled LP and just in time for Halloween, MGMT releases the video for Alien Days. Directed by Sam Fleischner and Megha Barnabas, the video serves as a strangely lush look into nature, the past and the future. To make things further interesting, we're also treated to a space ballet. Hat's off to Vice for the drop.
Yesterday, at 11am, Amsterdam streetwear brand Patta; in collaboration with the London Based Second Agency opened their first Pop Up shop out side of their native country. Always a big player in the streetwear game, Patta has cooked up some interesting London - exclusive pieces. Photos from the Pop up’s lookbook, provided by The Second Agency; accompanied by the Pop up’s hours of Operation.
Founder of The City of Gods, Dice The God linked up with Atlanta's newest rap group making noise in the streets, Migos. Dice leads Quavo and Takeoff through a piece of the big apple, hitting infamous lower east side establishments such as Alife Rivington Club, Community 54 and Rizzo's Pizza. The duo who rose to national attention via their singles "Versace, Versace","Hannah Montana" and "Chinatown" discuss respect for Atlanta hip-hop architects, new material, and plans for third member Offset's release from prison. Anyone who listens to their debut mixtape, Y.R.N (Young Rich Niggas) will hear undeniable chemistry and bravado oozing from the twenty something rappers. With no plans of slowing down, Migos certainly has a bright future worthy of wearing black shades Johnny Cage...
September 24th 2013 marked the release of Aubrey "Drizzy " Drake's third album "Nothing Was The Same" with such an anticipated release, garners a worthy celebration. Put together within two days, the private performance was held at the infamous Alife backyard in New York's Lower East Side and hosted by The City Of Gods. DJ Two Three ran through classic Drake hits mixing in current standouts from the NWTS album while the crowd sipped Heinekens eagerly awaiting the performer's arrival. The backyard was filled with tastemakers, artists, friends and fans including Raekwon, Travis Scott, ASAP Mob, Ma$e, Theophilus London and French Montana.
After a long evening of autograph signing at Best Buy, October's very own arrived close to 1am where he immediately turned the Alife Backyard into his playground. Jumping onto the wood roof high above the frenzied crowd performing radio hits like "Versace", "Started from the bottom" and "All me". Then came a high energy interlude by Travis Scott who rapped his verse on "Upper Echelon" before Drizzy moved into newer material like "Worst Behavior" and "The Language". Right as word came in that the NYPD were shutting the show down, Drake got into "Wu-tang Forever" donning a vintage Wu Jersey, he brought out the living legend Raekwon, who performed the Wu's first hit single C.R.E.A.M. The crowd rapped along to every word as The Chef bodied the classic verse from Enter the 36 Chambers. Drake gave a very humble speech concluding the event and showing his true admiration for the culture and music. Shortly after, the backyard was quickly cleared, leaving behind blunt wraps, beer bottles and an event that won't be rivaled anytime soon.
NOTHING WAS THE SAME ALBUM
“Lately I’ve been feeling like Guy Pearce in Memento”, Drake declares on Tuscan Leather, the opener for the Toronto native’s Third Album, Nothing Was The Same. This verse, along with many other psychologically charged quotable's littered all over the album reveals to us, the listeners, the post Grammy feelings of Aubrey Graham. The past year & a half or so that the folks over at OVO sound have endured, with the Club Paradise Tour taking in a whopping 42.6 million dollars in revenue, his partnership with Warner Brothers to start his own label & another platinum album makes the Grammy win seem like the cigar & champagne one would have at the Jazz club after winning the Superbowl, something that for a young man like Drake, wouldn’t feel complete without closure. Enter Nothing Was The Same. The core of the album deals with the immense weight of Drake finding himself at the top of the Rap totem pole & in usual Drake fashion, catching up with old flames. The album boasts 13 tracks(15 if you have the deluxe version) that are dark & brooding, even the more boastful songs are more or less dark in subject matter, hell, even the mid 80’s synth-pop like “Hold On We’re Going Home” has a lugubrious feeling to it, depending on your interpretation. On the somber yet vengeful “Too Much” Drake vents “Back rub from my main thing,I’ve been stressed out/Talking to her like back then they didn’t want me, I’m blessed now”. Not only is this a clever take on the iconic Mike Jones verse, but it also offers the kind of vulnerable openness that Drakes worshippers & Lovers look for in his music. Jay-Z, who appears on the album’s concluding track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music II” once said “ain’t just rapping for the platinum, y’all record, I recall, Cause I really been there before”. This seems to be Drakes mission in music, to offer you every chapter of his life & for you, the reader, listener or viewer to meditate on it, Like a Terrance Malick film, But with this chapter over, where does Aubrey Graham go from here?
Highlights of the album
Before I go into the songs that I personally like, let me just tip my hat to Drake’s producer, 40. A good amount of the Vocal samples are reversed on the album in an extremely subtle fashion. He is truly separating himself from the pack.
Hold On We’re Going Home - I have to admit, this song honestly is great and if we’re keeping things only about the music, Most of the current R&B singers in the game not named Frank Ocean, Miguel or R.Kelly could not make a hit like this.(I’m looking at you Trey Songz & Chris Brown)
Too Much - Sampha & Drake Connect to make a song that feels like the sequel to Successful
Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music II - Sans Jay-Z dropping in to do his fatherly work, Drake Closes the door on Paris, His life before the music & thus, ends this chapter of his life, Nothing Was The Same
Joe Kerr’s Rating - 8.7/10
MGMT, the brooklyn based psychedelic rock band & heir apparent to the flaming lips released their long awaited follow up to 2010's Congratulations & for all the devout fans of the strange twosome, no worries, they haven't made another Congratulations. However, they didn't craft another Oracular spectacular either. MGMT has once again managed to offer a big fuck you to major labels & their fans with their self titled third album. Unlike Congratulations, which was, at its best a cohesive psychedelic surf rock opera, comparable with The Beach Boys SMILE, MGMT is a soaring exploration of many different psychedelic soundscapes. Beginning with the Bands lead single "Alien Days" a small child paints the picture for us as Andrew Vanwyngarden, the lead Singer/songwriter of the group leads us into the band's wonderland of metaphysical thought coupled with the groups sometimes tounge in cheek, absurdly misanthropic declarations. There isn't much wrong with MGMT, but i can say, i did have one small problem with the album, most notably with the overall lack of musical cohesiveness from track to track. Sure the lyrics are cohesive, as you can always expect from an MGMT release, but songs like "Mystery Disease" & "A Good Sadness" May prove themselves to be too difficult of songs musically for those new to the band, but then again, MGMT wants to challenge their listeners, instead of just being Tame Impala.
Highlights of the album:
Plenty of Girls In The Sea - To simply put it, This is our Generations "Octopus' Garden"
Alien Days - MGMT's lead song is a Arena Rock like exploration of psychedelia, it may drive some acid heads crazy during trips
I love You Too, Death - In my opinion, Easily the best song on the album & just as good as Siberian Breaks, which is considered to be the best song they've created
Joe Kerr's Rating 8.5/10
American Artist Daniel Arsham has collaborated with music producer Pharrell Williams to recreate his first ever keyboard, the Casio MT-500, using mainly volcanic ash. The result is meant to look like uncovered relics from forgotten times but stays true to Daniel's signature style. This isn't the first time Skateboard P has delved into the art world and certainly wont be the last. He always delivers on the highest level no matter the platform.
With the weather cooling down and holiday season upon us you know the heavy hitters are releasing the most coveted sneakers of the year. Jordan Doernbacher 5's, Lebron 11's, Retro Gloves, Griffey Red Safari's, Nike Mayfly Wovens, Ice T Rhyme Syndicate x Vans , CLOT X Nike , A.P.C x Nike, AAPE x Reebok Pump Fury, Size? x Nike and Maison Martin Margiela for Converse all make the T.C.O.G list this year . Check out the images
Jay Z recently released his second official video for "Holy Grail" off his album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Anthony Mandler directs Jay Z and Justin Timberlake in this dark mini film. Hova displays his kingpin status in an eerie mansion filled with sharp images of artwork, weapons, cigar smoke, ghostly dancers and money stacks. Holy grail fades into a vignette of the God emcee watching Mike Tyson's first loss on multiple televisions and multiple gunmen or gunwomen shooting at an unknown target. The video does a great job in matching the heaviness of the standout track off Jay's outstanding album MGHC.
Take a look below
With the highly anticipated release of A$AP Ferg's album, A Bathing Ape collaborated with Ferg for a limited edition tee in. This piece embodies both the image and representation of Ferg who is the self-proclaimed “Hood Pope” & A Bathing Ape with its famous quote embodied in a life verse that reads “Ape Shall Never Kill Ape”. Today, A Bathing Ape NY saw a massive turn out for the release of this timeless piece in support for A$AP Ferg and The A$AP Mob. In typical New York fashion it was a zoo on Greene Street, flooded with spectators and consumers alike. Such a monumental moment taking place in music and fashion it was only right for two very influential figures to come together to bless the streets.
Pop Renaissance is the most recent exhibit from acclaimed Los Angeles artist Kenny Scharf. This show is broken down into a two room expose at the Honor Fraser Gallery in LA. With his style of contemporary pop art he brings a new look to classics such as the Flintstones which were given new life over colorful silk-screened canvases. In the second room, Scharf’s dexterity continues via a dynamic mélange of symbols and characters that take over the gallery's minimalist walls. Pop Renaissance is now showing through till August 24. `Make sure to check out the exhibit while you're in LA.
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Matt Reyes, Fixed-gear freestyler/filmmaker has dedicated a majority of 2013 riding and shooting footage on both coasts. Capturing the beauty of American street's through this thrilling action sport and filmed during the course of the year in both New York and San Francisco. His latest “Wheel Talk” video promotes the sport of street riding at some of the fore-mentioned city’s best spots. Check out the amazing footage below.
Currently the most highly anticipated sneakers of the year Kanye West confirmed through his infamous Yeezus album that all the entirely red Yeezy II designed with Nike Sportswear dubbed the “Red Octobers” Will be released this Halloween. The ascetic of this blood red shoe is everything that Kanye West represents Boldness and Audacity. Everything that Kanye West touches in the fashion industry has always turned into material Gold which these follow suite. Kanye is also giving away pairs of these shoes with the Yeezus album upon release of the actual date on Halloween. In usual Kanye fashion he will stunt on the industry once again by releasing a limited show that will become once again the most sought after shoe on the planet.
The Boiler Room event in NYC was the most intimate of parties in recent memory hosted by multi platinum producer Mike Dean, known for many early collaborations with Dr Dre and countless others. Walking in the Tribeca loft T.C.O.G was immediately hit with smoke and hand shakes. Anticipating live performances by Travis Scott and A$ap Ferg later in the evening, DJ Chase warmed up the crowd until the G.O.O.D music signee stepped onto Mr Dean's grand piano around 10pm and opened with his hit "Quintana". Calling out industry lames on their phones, onlookers turnt up and started a mosh pit during the tracks "Upper Echelon" and "Uptown' featuring Ferg who then continued with current club bangers "Shabba" and "Work". The energy in the room was unrivaled with nothing but love for the next up to run the rap game. Check out some of the flicks below...
Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer film by famed hip hop historian Charlie Ahearn now showing at BAM. This film chronicles Jamel's photography of hip hop culture in New York City during the 80s. The film opened to high praise this past weekend before traveling to Portland, Seattle and San Francisco next month. Mr Shabazz was able to capture images never before seen by the public, he demonstrated his discerning eye for hip hop style and was able to evoke an attitude of the streets. Considered one of the most influential photographers of his time, this film analyzes Jamel's love for the culture with many interviews by pioneers of Hip Hop. Born in Brooklyn, Jamel gained international recognition with various books such as Back in the days. Check out the trailer for the film below and look out for Street Photographer in theaters near you.
Harlem's own A$AP Ferg has collaborated with Bape for a limited t shirt release. Produced in a quantity of 100 and sold exclusively at the Bathing Ape store during a record release party and intimate performance at the famed SoHo shop. A$AP Ferg builds momentum for his highly anticipated TRAP LORD album coming August 20th. Proving the A$AP team's depth, Ferg has already dropped two club bangers with "Work" and "Shabba" making the streets thirsty for more material from the Harlem bred emcee. Both the album and the t-shirt will release at an exclusive event at the New York Bathing Ape store on August 19. Consider yourself lucky to get your hands on this highly coveted collectors piece. check out the video for "Shabba" here
Drake releases "Hold on , we're going home" the second single from the highly anticipated Nothing Was the Same album, out Sept. 17. "Hold on" is a genre blending uptempo dance song with a much different vibe from the bass heavy street anthem "Started from the bottom" and definitely aims at a different demographic. Drake has always pushed the boundaries with his vocals and widens his audience with each album, this project seems to prove no different. Collaborating with a pair of Toronto producers, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman formerly known as good people, October's very own melodies are on point and demonstrates his growth as a vocalist. check out the new single here
The City of Gods announces its inaugural t-shirt release titled "Heaven's logo" on Sunday August 11th 2013. This multi-color screen-printed tee is 100 percent cotton made in New York City . It features the official T.C.O.G logo and is accompanied with a vinyl sticker and packaged in a burlap material bag. Get yours exclusively at Tcognyc.com before it hits retail boutiques later this year.
Dice the God celebrates his 27th birthday at The DL on August 8th in New York City. Festivities commence at 10 pm and continue throughout the night at hidden locations. Bottles will be popped with L.E.S native and fellow Leo Ed Billz, this will be a Bible Study not to be missed. Deejays Two Three, Will Gates, Schoolboy, and Austin Millz will be spinning classic and current, trapped out, turnt up, sexy hits! Come party with the gods!
New York based artist Brian "Kaws" Donnelly re-imagined this years iconic moonman for the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV commissioned the artist after his success with this past year's Macy day parade float. Kaws has collaborated with such brands as Nike, Vans, A Bathing Ape, Comme des Garcons, and his own recently defunct brand Original Fake. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Kaws was quickly hired to freelance for Disney and was one of the contributing animators of Nickelodeon's Doug. Brian rose to fame after his "bustop Hijackings" started popping up around the world. Kaws was given the key by another up and coming Graffiti artist Barry "Twist" Mcgee and hit the ground running. His gallery pieces stay true to his humble beginnings and reinterpret popular cartoon favorites such as The Smurfs, The Simpsons, and Spongebob Squarepants. Since Kaws gained popularity putting his spin on pop culture in such an anti-authoritative manner, it is very difficult for him to be seen as a sell out. Where as most Graffiti artists who crossover to the mainstream like Shepard Fairy are hated within the underground graf scene. This gives Kaws more power and freedom to explore endless collaboration possibilities in the future. We could be witnessing our generation's Andy Warhol... Check out the new moonman at this year's VMAs in Brooklyn on August 25th 2013.
After a heated discussion on Rivington street, The City of Gods decided to put to rest the debate of Top 10 Hood Classic independent movies of all time featuring rappers. Our ratings are based on relevance, acting, plot and replay value. The order goes as follows.
2. Paid in Full
5. Killa Season
8. Hot Boyz
The Krause Gallery presents two installments of a group show dubbed “Emerging to Established” by owner Benjamin Krause. The concept behind the shows was to display up and coming artists alongside internationally known established artists. The Gallery normally known for its artists who work exclusively with unordinary mediums such as Blood (Jordan Eagles), straws (Sang sik Hong) and 3D sculptures (Erik van Straaten) has recently delved into street art due to the recent success with Sheryo and the Yok and HankSy solo shows. The exhibit, meticulously curated by Benjamin Krause and Director Jordan Cohen, features artists Ben Frost, Peter Gronquist, Cope2, Indie 184, Emil Alzamora, Jordan Eagles, self proclaimed “street fartist" HankSy, Mr Two Three, Shaun O’Connor, Erik Van Straaten, Chris Dean, Steve Seeley and David Peterson among others. The show is currently going on until September 1st.
Check out the Krause Gallery here
When you think of summer in New York and Skateboards, there is bound to be an amazing reel of street skating that comes to mind. In this cinematic skateboard chase turn A1 skate video short, featuring a montage of skaters including Eli Reed tearing up the city streets. The New York-based brand tapped local shredder Eli Reed for an entertaining video short, in part to promote the skater’s UXA sponsored board. Check out this amazing skate video and let it speak for itself.
Born in 1988, New York native AWOL grew up in Bronx. He was a standout at the Cooper Union School of Art honing his skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and sculptor. His debut exhibition in New York City was at the critically acclaimed Flag Foundation in 2011, where his art was placed alongside pieces by Duane Michals, Roe Ethridge, Richard Prince, and Roy Liechtenstein. What makes his photography so significant is that he does not use any professional models for his pictures only women he meets in passing or on social media networks. Since then, Awol has traveled across the world exhibiting his work and continually shooting for his ever popular travel blog. He also held his first solo exhibition in 2012 in New York City at the Rivington Design House Gallery in the Lower east side. He continues to wow the world with his Photography and at the pace he is going, AWOL will one day be amongst some of the world’s most renowned artists.
“Experiments in Speed” is short documentary that is guaranteed to inspire the speed demon in anyone. Following custom bike builder Tom Donhou on his journey to build the fastest bike possible. Donhou was inspired through daredevil test-drivers that he admired as a teen in the 1960s, these giants amongst men raced their jet-propelled cars across salt flats, most notable was the record for the fasted test run of a bike at 132 mph. Through DIY instinct,Tom begun building his bike by hand only using parts that he uses for bicycles built for his customers. He also collaborated with speed enthusiast Clifford Royce to construct parts for the bike that would maximize its speed. Watch the entire process take place, from the beginning in his workshop, to the first test runs, down to the great day when Donhou submits his bike to the ultimate stress test on a gritty World War 2 era runway.
Most artist fear the sophomore Jinx but this was not the case for J-Cole, who had much to prove with the Born Sinner release. Not to mention J-Cole had enough faith in his album that he decided to drop the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. This confidence paid off as he came in 2nd on the Billboard Music charts in it's first week. This album definitely showed J Cole's growth musically and as a man. With production mainly handled by J.Cole himself, and two other production credits going to Jake One and Syience. Significant tracks such as “Forbidden Fruit” featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Chaining Day”, "Villuminati" and “Let Nas Down” all display J Cole’s strong points as an emcee. His Effort on Born Sinner exhibit his natural rap form which caught everyone’s attention initially. The album has features from Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Amber Coffman, TLC, and James Fauntleroy. The St Johns Graduate always brings verses filled with content and a viewpoint so necessary to the growth of hip hop.
The relationship between John Varvatos and Converse has been developing for over decade since his first shoe in 2001. This most recent collaborative piece is no exception to the phenomenal work they have been doing together. The classic Converse body complimented by the great detail in the white snake upper and intricately placed zippers complete this stunning shoe.
Currently available at SSENSE.
The first official visual from the highly acclaimed but highly criticized Yeezus album comes “Black SKKKN Heads” Directed by fashion photographer Nick Knight & Kanye West. The video features stunning motion capture graphics, giving the impression of a music video with a video game aesthetic. With its captivating black scale coloring , the video draws your eye into the forthcoming imagery with sporadic subliminal screen shots of vicious animals attacking. Giving the video the element of surprise and danger that Ye thrives on. The video premieres as an exclusive on kanye's website, and is accompanied with an interactive slide tool the viewer can use for real time manipulation. Check this conceptual video out at http://www.kanyewest.com
When the Magna Carta Holy Grail album was introduced in a Samsung commercial that aired during the NBA finals, it caught the world by storm. Jay Z had managed to get five of the music industry’s most legendary producers in one room in efforts to promote his new album, by doing so he created a totally new vehicle for selling records. After much anticipation and the pandemonium that ensued from an exclusive Samsung download , it was time to listen to Jay Z's newest body of work. The fact is Hova's 12th studio album technically had nothing to lose but everything to prove. The album seemingly came out of nowhere and was prepped for a release date less than a month after his co-conspirator Kanye's Yeezus album. MCHG showed growth in Jay Z, but stayed consistent to his prior work. This could be attributed to Hov allowing others to take more creative control over the album and experimenting with a variety of newer sounds. Standout tracks include “Holy Grail”, “Crown” , “Beach is Better” “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit” feat Rick Ross, and “Part II (On the Run)” feat Beyoncé; this album is jam pack with a wide range of moods, giving a more introspective and multifaceted look into the life + times of Shawn Carter. Lyrically this album is more detail orientated and has considerably more depth in his word play than were used to hearing from the Roc nation founder . Jay Z enlisted the industry's most coveted musical architects that include The Neptune’s Pharrell, Timbaland, Mike Will Made It, Swizz Beatz, Mike Dean, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, Adrian Younge , Jahlil Beatz, & Boi-1da. With this album Jay Z pushed the bar for his peers and put Magna Carta Holy Grail in the race for one of the God emcee's top albums in his extensive catalogue.
Toronto’s Very Own Blue Jays collaborates with October's Very Own Drake to birth a legendary MLB limited edition official new era fitted. This collector’s item comes specialized with its own customized box and OVO insignia on the hat. Corresponding with the release of Drake's newest album and the MLB All-star game, the piece has all the makings of a legendary summer hat. This is a monumental release for the city of Toronto, being its first ever officially licensed collaboration with a musician. Showing Drake's amazing leverage and support from his hometown. The hat is currently available at Octobersveryown.net. Get it while supplies last.
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One of New York’s newest lifestyle brands Mosaic New York has managed to keep a strong hold on the lifestyle game through a major internet presence. Mosaic manages this through blogs and maintaining active in video direction. Along with a well-designed clothing brand that has been making waves throughout New York City since the days of his shop in the Bronx. Through their major presence in the underground scene in the city, and some serious networking, Mosaic New York is on its way to catching mainstream attention.
Stalley unveils his new single “Swangin” featuring Scarface. This single gives a glimpse of what is to come from his forthcoming album on Maybach Music Group. With a rare feature from Scarface, the song has a feel that is very familiar to the Stalley brand. There has also been a Mixtape released with behind the scenes available for viewing as well, giving a look into the bond between Stalley and Scarface. Stalley is currently hard at work in the studio with his album prepped to be released later this year.
One of the most trendsetting parties for the who’s who of Downtown New York, and the brainchild of Dice the God comes Bible Study. Since it’s inception in 2012 the party has made a powerful statement with themed weekly parties. The musical genres range from southern rap, classic hip-hop, to the electronic dance mash-ups. This wide range of sound most definitely has something for everyone to stay entertained, as well as exposing party goers to new music. Notable headlining DJ’s may show up any given Thursday to spin for the crowd including OG Ron C, Messkid, Party supplies and Vic Crazee while the Bible Study took their party overseas to Amsterdam. Bible Study also has a recognizable line of tee’s and accessories that directly compliment the party’s theme. The Brand and Party lifestyle that Bible Study has created will undoubtedly stand the test of time as it continues to break new artists and celebrate the New York music culture.
One of the most underrated but highly sought after producer/rappers Travi$ Scott has debuted a classic mixtape that could have easily been a major record label release. This artistic and musically in tune body of work is curiously named Owl Pharaoh. The mixtape is able to show Travi$ Scott’s wide range of musical adaptation and his various styles of sound. Owl Pharaoh puts him in contention as one of the best rapper/producers in the industry. Standout cuts include “Quintana” feat Wale, I Got Bandz featuring Meek Mill and Upper Echelon feat T.I. & 2 Chainz. Travi$ has released self-directed visuals for two of these aforementioned tracks. The production on the entire album is mind blowing with a majority of it done by Travi$ Scott himself. He also recently contributed to a lot of the content on Kanye West’s Yeezus album. With full artistic capabilities he is destined for a long career if he continues to release music consistency.
When it comes to Legendary Photographers in the entertainment industry, it gets no bigger than Jonathan Mannion. He has shot almost every major or legendary entertainer for the past two decades. Creating classic images, many of which being the artist’s most memorable to date. Shooting everyone from Jay-Z, Kanye West, Cash Money, Outkast, Beenie Man, Roy Jones Jr, and hundreds more... Recently teaming up with Hennessey to have a global release of his most monumental and some unreleased pieces shot in his signature 665 Polaroid style. The exclusive events took place in New York at Milk Studios and in Cognac, France. Both shows had massive coverage as well as giving Jonathan Mannion the respect and praise by his peers that he so well deserves.
If not the most profitable writer in the music industry today; the Dream has come out of his semi-retirement to bring himself back to the forefront with the release of his fifth studio album IV Play. The album was released on May28, 2013 under the Def Jam imprint. The album contains features from the likes Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Gary Clark Jr. and Fabolous. With this all-star cast of features it was only right to have them on some of the best production created by The Dream himself. Production collaborations with Carlos McKinney, Da Internz, Miykal Snoddy, and Bart Schoudel are all integral to the albums overall mood. The Dream has also recently released stunning visuals for his current single “Pu**y” which is as seductive as the track itself. For his fifth solo effort it does show Terius’ growth sonically, taking things in a new direction for R&B music.
The creative minds of Dice the God & InternationalA bring you The City of Gods. With it’s deep roots in New York City’s Lifestyle industry by way of ALIFE. Dice the God, known for being everyone’s favorite socialite promoter headlines the Bible Study global party series. Gaining notoriety early on as a graffiti artist, Dice the God realized it was time to take his movement viral. He envisioned an outlet to display only the best that the world’s lifestyle has to offer in Music, Fashion, Film, & Art. Joining forces with InternationalA, ALIFE family member & music video treatment writer best known for writing video’s such as MGK feat. Waka Flocka -“Wild Boyz” & Wale feat. Rick Ross & Jeremiah “That Way”. The tandem along with other nationally placed tastemakers will be scouring the world to bring you the exclusive event coverage, music, and everything the international lifestyle has to offer.