Friday, August 30, 2013
First up, the Air-Trainer 1 is a pretty cool initiative that pairs marketing and design students with Nike's own in-house team to create and market a trainer. This one, the Cruz II Victory was aided and abetted by the New York Giant's Victor Cruz, alongside Nike's own designers and marketers and those ambitious students. Featuring premium black leather and translucent outsole, we particularly love the velcro strap that is placed towards the front of the shoe, the super bright colouring on the heel and the super cool fabric detailing of the tick, toe and inner tongue.
Out on limited release from Nike from 7 September.
For the equally adventurous among us, the Air Trainer arrives with a touch of bright blue and a whole lot of gamma as its colourway. There's leather to be found here, but also nubuck on the base, reflective leopard print on the heel and snake-inspired patterns on the tick and ankle tab, while the bottom get a blue sprinkle. Love the details of this shoe, it will definitely add a whole lot of swank to an outfit.
The Lunar Force-1 will also be available only as limited edition from October, so be prepared to queue to cop yours.
Produced by Skepta (what a eerie stuttery beat it is too), the video also features Wiley, JME, Riko, Jammer, Shorty, Scratchy, Solo, P Money and Frisco (sorry if we've missed anyone!).
What we like most about this is the back and forth between the MC's rather than straight bar, bar, bar. It works a treat.
In this ode to the trials and tribulations of fame (see: Kurt Cobain, MC Hammer, Tyson), Hov and JT roam around a deserted warehouse and ruminate on the paps, the paper and the possibility of failure.
The song also has an edit; Justin's intro now drops after Hov's first verse, while there's also plenty of slowed down/ chopped/ switched up effects in effect.
There's also a lot of people wearing sheets pretending to be ghosts. We're not sure why. Probably cos it's art. Or something.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
To help celebrate the release of a brand new EP, the brilliantly titled Mona Leshurr, G-Shock and Kabuuki Dust will be holding a launch party this Sunday for Birmingham rapper Lady Leshurr, between 2pm and 5pm.
This event is just for Under 18's, and for those that can't get in to the shop to help celebrate with Leshurr, you're welcome to chill outside!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
If you have a spare millie and fancy spending it all on a car, then Ford have the very thing for you.
Re-envisioning the two-seater GT, the GTR1 has a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that manages some 1.024 horsepower, 0 to 60 in three seconds and a top speed of 225MPH. Racy.
Just 24 of these beauties will be available to buy, so get your name on the list now.
Tonight, after a month long celebration, is the last night to celebrate G-Shock's 30th birthday.
Taking place on Dray Walk with performances from Echo Lake and DJ's Jack Le Roc and Femi AND free pizza's and beer (YUM), it's not too late to win a spot on the guestlist. Just follow the instructions on the flier below.
Here's the first single from the inimitable Angel Haze and her Dirty Gold album, as premiered on Zane Lowe last night.
This track is produced by Markus Dravs, a man who has worked with Arcade Fire and Coldplay. I recently met Angel Haze and had a chat. Here's what we talked about.
How have you found the last few months of critical acclaim, magazine spreads, awards and so on?
It’s been great. I’m humbled by it. I feel like I don’t necessarily see myself in the same way that other people see me. I’m still at 10 but I need to be pushing towards 20 and from there head to a 100. I’m just working my ass off.
Who are you working with on your debut album, Dirty Gold?
I’m working with Mele, Amir Amor, Mike Dean. Mike f*cking Dean! I even have friends of mine, like legitimate friends, produce for the album. We’re just taking it one step at a time. We’ve recorded so much sh*t though. We need to stop recording and just say ‘Here, have it’. I have to make everything really, really perfect. I’m nervous.
Not to be cocky or anything but I’ve slaved my ass off and I’ve learnt so much about myself.
You've been working with Sia too, right?
She’s my knight in shining armour. Sia is amazing because she’s more like a mentor to me. She tells me when something sucks and when something doesn’t. I’ve been working with Markus Dravs too of course. The album though? Sonically it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done. Lyrically, it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done. If you’re looking for confessional, it’s there, if you’re looking for something to dance to, it’s there. It’s like a 5-star hotel. It’s pretty cool. Not to be cocky or anything but I’ve slaved my ass off and I’ve learnt so much about myself. I’ve learnt how to diversify myself. It’s not always about rapping really hard and being brash and confessional, sometimes honesty can make you cringe. But delicacy conjoined with honesty is something that’s bearable. That way you can sit back and think about and say ‘Wow, this is really touching’. So it was a lot to learn. I’ve had Markus and Sia and my managers and my label standing behind me and saying ‘Be who you are, but be the best version of yourself'. So if that means letting go of whatever the f*ck you’re used to and trying new things, do it. So that’s what I’ve been doing (laughs).
Do you look back and cringe at some of your old stuff?
I do! God, so much. Especially listening to my new stuff, I f*cking hate Reservation. I hate it. Like ‘You suck'! You think you’re so good when you’re back wherever, but in hindsight, you’re like ‘You suck’. Right now, I feel like I’m doing something good but then I do something new and with hindsight… it’s always that way. Especially as an artist, I’m never satisfied. Those things were good for what I was at the time and every single time I’m looking to evolve more.
I hate my old stuff. Like ‘You suck'! I’m never satisfied. Every single time I’m looking to evolve more.
What are your thoughts on Hip Hop right now?
I think it’s all really up in arms. It’s all thrown up in the air and when it lands it might be something different when everyone figures out what they want to do and what they want to say and who they want to be and how they want to convey themselves, then it might be something different. Kendrick Lamar was an excellent example. A year ago no one would have thought he would be anything. It was like ‘Oh he sucks, he’s just rapping all this positive shit’ and then his album drops and he goes platinum in two weeks. Amazing. Commend him because his album has substance. I listened to it straight through and the story, everything, is so impeccably done on that album, it’s amazing. It feels like concepts are a lost art in hip hop. He had a vision and it was executed brilliantly
And where do you fit into that?
My album is epic (laughs). Just kidding! I just want to be wholly me. For me, it’s important to represent the people who don’t have a voice. Like, Kendrick Lamar represents for people who are like him, people who come from Compton or the ghetto or the places that people say ‘You’ll never be anything, you little black boy’. A$AP Rocky, that’s homeless shelters and guys who are obsessed with fashion but who never had enough money to buy it, he comes up, he represents them. That’s his sector. Mine are voiceless kids who feel undermined, overlooked, alone. Someone has to stand up for them. I am, and was, one of them so I feel it’s only right that I do. So that’s my stance.
I've never figured out what your name Angel Haze, actually means? There's various explanations online. What's the real one?
It’s a metaphor for things that are high. Surname, Haze. Weed. Angel/ religious realm, spiritual, heavenly or whatever. It was just another way to say that I was better than everyone else. I’ve had so many names throughout the years and I was like ‘Oh they all suck, this one would be good’. Now I want to change my name to Alaska Young.
I’m a big giant control freak.
It’s confusing to find you online.
I know. Leona (Lewis) said she tried to add me on Twitter the other day and was like ‘Who the f*ck is Alaska Young!’ It’s a book called Looking For Alaska. The girl in the book is literally me. It’s so weird. In every way possible. She’s very irrational, she thinks she’s smarter than everyone, she has an incredible library collections, she believes all these stupid things and she tries to control everyone around her. She plays all these mental games with people. She tries to get them not to be so fearful, to do all the shit that they want but at the same time she’s manipulating them because it’s all a big show for her and a game.
And that’s how you’d describe yourself?
Yeah, I’m a big giant control freak. But at the end of the book she dies so... it’s a really good book.
What's your earliest memory?
I’m looking in the mirror in a purple jogging suit and I’m about five and I’m with my brother and he’s wearing a blue one with some like teal blue triangle things across it. We’re waiting for our mum and... that’s where it ends.
I was going to go to the Peace Corps in Thailand and help little girls learn to read and teach them English and Math
What are your long-term plans?
I’m going to do this for five years; I’m going to get in and get out and then I’m going to take my picture down by the Queens Castle! I’m kidding. I don’t know. I’m kind of winging it. A part of me still wants to go back to school and pursue something in Psychology or Neuroscience or something like that, and I want to do all these charities. I was going to go to the Peace Corps in Thailand and help little girls learn to read and teach them English and Math. There’s a slot of things I want to do but... this first.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Parisian Fashion Force Kenzo teams up with teenage favourite Vans on a wild animal themed slip on.
The tiger is a big part of the current Kenzo design, and here the beast is placed front and center of the bold design.
The shoes are available now from Kenzo and select boutiques.
Produced by Rick Rubin, this guitar-heavy single which samples Billy Squier's The Stroke sees Marshall "take it back to Hip Hop'. He also takes a pop at Khole Kardashian (unfortunate timing) and shouts out Kendrick. Berzerk is another great example of Em's incredible wordplay and gift for imagery.
"The art of MCing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren/ And I don't mean Stimpy's friend, bitch/ Been Public Enemy since you thought PE was gym, bitch."
The single is taking from Em's forthcoming album, MMLP2, due out November 5th, which will be produced by Rubin and Dr Dre.
The single is available to buy now.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Ye never, ever gives interviews these days, however, he decided to grant one that will air tomorrow.
And who was the lucky recipient?
His mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, who, it turns out has a new TV show.
We're not sure what to say about this, but, well, there you go. In this clip, Kanye talks his love for Kim and their new baby, North West.
These two are of course no strangers to working together; Three 6 appeared on Chop Me Up, on JT's FutureSexLoveSounds.
Reuniting on Juicy's forthcoming album, Stay Trippy, this is produced by Timberland and sounds somewhat ace.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
With her fifth album, Matangi, due in November, Maya Arulpragasam today dropped a sample-heavy single that, for M.I.A., is quite chilled. Nodding towards Blur and Rose Royce, the track is labelled 'Lovers Rock' and 'Break-up' song over on Soundcloud.
As one of the UK's most musically boundary breaking artist, no doubt Matangi will be another extraordinary release from the Sri Lankan born rapper-slash-singer.
This is drop dead gorgeous slice of swoonsomeness and we love it.
Said Sam: “Ladies and gentlemen, since ‘La La La’ I’ve been experimenting with different sounds and producers in preparation for my record. I have loved the process so much that I have decided to release an EP this summer to show you what I’ve been trying out. ‘Safe With Me’ is the first song on the EP”
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
First making his name as a protege of M.I.A., Afrikan Boy and his songs about Lidl had many predicting him as 'the next big thing' to emerge from the grime scene, albeit with his own unique African twist.
It didn't quite happen last time round, though he got to appear on her records (most notably the Paper Planes remix) and travel the world with Mia and was, maybe still, signed to her label, N.E.E.T.
Re-emerging after a short break, we wonder if this song could be the one to break him down. Over a boisterous, horn-driven beat which samples the mighty Fela Kuti, the Woolwich based Olushola Ajose drops some great lines, which have earned him the attention of everyone from Lauren Laverne to DJ Semtex.
Buy Hit Em Up now on iTunes.
Really looking forward to hearing what else Chase and Stat-Us have us their bassy sleeves when the new album, Brand New Machine, drops this October.
Monday, August 19, 2013
There's no denying it, this song is just a bit brilliant.
Written by the almighty Dev Hynes (him what wrote Solanges' Losing You) and shot in LA, the highlight of this sinle has to be hearing those three voices harmonise again. Mutya remains on our our favourite UK female singers, but Mutya x Keisha = A lot squared, basically.
If you're a Shoreditch regular, then you may well have seen John Dolan with his ever trusty and distinctive black eyed boxer, George. It turns out that the formerly homeless artist has been sketching sights from the hipster capital for several years, documenting the ever changing architecture of Shoreditch High St, Brick Lane and the looming city behind them.
Dolan has also worked with local street artists like ROA and Zomby, who add their mark to his city-scapes, in the series of striking paintings.
John's work, titled George The Dog, John The Artist, will be exhibited at the Howard Griffin Gallery, 189-190 Shoreditch High Street from Spetember 19 to the 26.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The replies to Lamar's audacious Control continue to roll in.
The latest arrives courtesy of Lupe Fiasco. Will the real players respond? Drake? Jay? A$AP? It seems unlikely, so for now we'll have to make do with the minor league lyricists like Lupe and Joe Budden and Uncle Murda, below, who have also taken umbrage to Kendrick's killer blow.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
G-Shock continues to celebrate its big 3-0 with a month of events at its East London pop-up on Dray Walk.
Last week Ghostpoet performed, this week everyone from Show N Prove, Rodney P to Baby Blue will do their thing, as G-Shock also launches a new collaboration with LA street wear brand Undefeated.
The DW-6901UD-3ER is reworked in military tones with white UNDFTD logo on the dial and cloth strap with logo detailing. The watch goes on sale tomorrow from the Pop-Up store for £100.
To attend the launch on Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Recreating Walt's New Mexico lab, this playset features Walt, Guz and Mike (Mike!) figures, with whom you can reenact scenes from the soon to RIP'd Breaking Bad. A genius idea, and one we wish we'd thought of!
Costing $250, you can get this amazing collector's item from Citizen Brick.
Who doesn't love it when a high-end designer teams with a High St store?
Phillip Lim's teaming up with Target is a dream made in fashion heaven - as long as you live in the US or other places that has Target. We in the UK will have to wait to get our mitts on this.
Available from September, prices range from $20 to $300. Better book you a flight for a Target near you!
Taken from Sean's forthcoming album, this track won't see the official light of day due to sample issues. However, it looks like this will be the most talked about track not to be found on Sean's Hall Of Fame.
Featuring 7 minutes of straight spitting, you might want to >>FF to Lamar's closing verse, in which the Compton MC claims to be the King of New York. Bets are on as to who will be the first to repond.
Here's a sample of what K. Dot has to say on Control.
"I heard barber shops debate the greats of all time/ Who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas/ Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y'all/ New n***** just new n**** don't get involved.... I'm usually homeboys with the same n****** I'm rhyming with/ But this is Hip Hop and them n***** should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but i'm trying to murder you n*****"
Monday, August 12, 2013
Available in unisex, expect denim jackets, shirts, t's, sweaters and plenty of slogans.
You can buy from right here.
Firstly; loving the use of parenthesis...
Secondly; what an interesting pairing. Giggs returns with a beat by Mark Ronson, no stranger to the world of Grime (Wiley's Cash In My Pocket), although it feels like a while since Ronson dipped his toe in the world of urban music. A brave move also for Giggs, but one that pays off. Clearly this is a pairing between two people who are mutual fans of each other. You can hear that this is a collab between to people in the same room, as opposed to a label driven cash transaction, beats-by-numbers send over the interweb. We approve.
The super-producer gifts the Peckham MC with a Ronson special. that distinctly soul-horn-driven special, leaving Giggs to do what he does best; Rap. Hard.
The Trap Lord has teamed up with the Overload of streetwear, BAPE, for this t-shirt collabo. Designed by Jay West, the shirt features religious iconography and some lovely stained glass window workings.
There will only be 100 made available; so if you want to try and get your hands on one, head to BAPE store New York at 6pm on 19 August.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Stüssy x Yo! MTV Raps - Part 1 - The Importance of Yo! MTV Raps from Stussy on Vimeo.
Some of your whippersnappers may not remember Yo! MTV Raps, but this, alongside Tim Westwood's KISS FM show, was seminal in the spread of Hip Hop - both sonically and culturally.
Featuring everyone from Rakim, Alchemist, MC Lyte and Hip Hop's premier publicist, Bill Adler, Part 1 talks about the history while Part 2 looks at the fashions spawned via rappers seen on Raps, including Run DMC and their shell toe adidas (Look Ma, no shoelaces!), The Fresh Prince's Le Coq Sportif, Kane's Bally shows and Slick Rick and his suits.
Friday, August 9, 2013
AAPE by A Bathing Ape adds even more cool to the Reebok Pump Fury with the debut of their camo-led design. Smothering the sneaker in green and brown print, there's also the BAPE Moonman men to be found on the tongue and Footsoldiers on the heel.
Available from Reebok from 24 August.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
You might not want these bad boys out in the wet too much, but we love Converse's luxe new design. 100% cashmere with black leather footbed, they also come with storm-shield coating (so might be more durable than you thought) and moisture repellent spray in order to protect your feet regardless of the weather.
Available today from Dover Street Market.
Written by Cormac 'The Road' McCarthy, directed by Riley 'Alien' Scott and starring Michael 'Shame' Fassbender, Javier 'No Country' Bardem, Cameron 'Mary' Diaz and Penelope 'Tom' Cruz, The Counselor tells the tale of a lawyer who ends up embroiled in the drug business.
The film is out 15 November.
Rick Ross's MMG signee Stalley has enjoyed a slow burn when it comes to 'heat'. However, it looks like this new 10 track mixtape should ensure a career explosion for the Ohio rhymer, with features from Scarface and ScHoolboy Q and beats by DJ Quik and Block Beataz. Particularly like Spaceships & Woodgrain and NineteenEighty7 Ft. Q.
A big fan of G-Shock, Eminem performed at Shock The World in New York last night to celebrate the launch of this extremely limited edition watch.
On sale for $180, this matte black with black dial and black reverse LCD is inspired by Em's hometown of Detroit. The rapper, who still lives in the D, used the design to nod towards his darker past in the crumbling city of Detroit, the skyline of which is printed in bold red on the upper watch band.
The face and band loop boast Em's reverse 'E' logo while the case has a personalized 'Shady' autograph.
We'll have to be patient though - the watch won't hit shops until December. Perfect for Christmas...!
Combining the incredible talents of J. Clarke and J. McKenzie, the east London rapper and drummer deliver a high-octane track that demonstrates just how multi-talented McKnasty is.
Watch out for the mixtape, Nasty By Nature, out 12 September.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
This sits somewhere between wet Drake (say, Fireworks) and not wet Drake (Started From The Bottom). He does sing on it, but then he also raps about sleeping with his babysitter so...
Also, love the sampling of Parks & Rec star Aziz Anzari. Here we imagine 'Tom Haverford's face if this happened to him in TV life. This is Tom being told Drake samples him on his new song.