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Following the launch of his recent project Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples took his talents to primetime with a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Staples performed the track "Love Can Be..." and was accompanied by Ray J, Damon Albarn and Kilo Kish on stage. Keeping things to a minimal aesthetic, The Roots assisted in the performance of the experimental track. Check out the Long Beach native's charged performance above and let us know your opinion on Staples' Big Fish Theory project.
Sonny Digital, the Atlanta producer behind hit songs for the likes of Future, Kanye West and Gucci Mane is tired of music producers not getting their due shine. In a new Instagram video, the producer told his followers he wants to start his own union in order to protect all music producers, stating, “Why don’t producers get nominated for shit and we do all the fucking basework and shit, though? Don’t get no awards, don’t get no recognition. All the artists just sweep up everything. All I’m saying, y’all need to start respecting the producers a little more, big or small, in between, it don't matter they making all the sounds to this shit." These are FACTS. Big old facts. I'm going to start a union for producers..song writers...engineers..etc... #RollinRecords A post shared by Sonny Digital (@sonnydigital) on Jun 26, 2017 at 6:40am PDT Sonny would eventually go on Twitter to carry over his thoughts and found he was praised by a number of producers, including Flying Lotus: Every person on XXL cover should OF had the producer of whatever song that got them on the XXL COVER with them on the cover. — Sonny Digital (@SonnyDigital) June 26, 2017 Take the beats off these "HIT" and what do we have ? — Sonny Digital (@SonnyDigital) June 26, 2017 Truth! Been saying it. Gonna keep saying it. https://t.co/yWLQjSkLNq — FLYLO (@flyinglotus) June 27, 2017 Producers union coming soon to dead all these problems. pic.twitter.com/65vd5UTL73 — Sonny Digital (@SonnyDigital) June 26, 2017 Meanwhile, check out some of Sonny Digital's must-have producer essentials.
Nike offers another tribute to its humble Oregon beginnings and the Nike Cortez model with the new Nike Cortez Nylon '72. Following the release of the sleek ivory/pine green color scheme and Oregon-inspired ochre/gorge green conceptualized for the model's 45th birthday, the brand designed another homage shoe with a number of subtle details worth pointing out. The heel features the "NIKE" mark in a vintage typography, with the famous '72 struck in the suede leather. The inside features a tribute to the brands Blue Ribbon Sport origins with insoles covered by old logos including a design representing the Oregon pine tree and the round logo formed by the Swoosh. A classic black and white colorway is finished off with gum soles. The Nike Cortez Nylon '72 Oregon is available online at SNKRS.com for €85 EUR (approximately $96 USD).
Acclaimed post-war Japanese painter Keiichi Tanaami has recently launched a new solo exhibit at NANZUKA gallery in Tokyo, Japan. It's been three years since Tanaami showcased his signature, psychedelic artwork. Titled "Amulet of the Tapir," the vibrant presentation features over ten acid-induced paintings that cull galactic, medieval as well as traditional folklore references. Eye-catching details include cryptic monsters traversing modern landscapes, colorful spiders with human-like faces crawling their way through various buildings, and American fighter planes soaring through midnight skies. Take a look at select paintings above and head over to NANZUKA's official website to learn more. The exhibition is currently open to the public until August.
RATKING's Wiki is gives the world a firsthand look at New York City bodegas in his new visual-single called "Pretty Bull." Directed by Ben Solomon, you'll find the RATKING rapper in downtown Manhattan, surrounded by a mob of people as they partake in an impromptu block rave inside a local bodega. The song embodies the diverse community Wiki calls home and reflects his standing amongst the youth of the city. Everybody in the city came out, from the goonies, weirdos, skaters, graffiti writers and everyone in between. Watch the action above.
This NBA offseason is set to be very intriguing thanks to many teams having their sights on two-way star and up-and-coming free agent, Paul George. His first Nike signature silhouette has received positive reactions from fans over the past few months and his team may change in the future as well. As a result, what a great way to add another flavor to the selection of colorways than with a blank slate. This time around the Nike PG1 dons a white-dominated upper which is complemented by black coloring on its lateral and medial Swoosh logos in addition to its tongue branding. Closing things out you'll find a translucent outsole with George's number 13 placed on each heel. The Nike PG1 (White/Black-Ice Blue) is set to launch on July 1 for a retail price of $110 USD at select Nike Basketball retailers and online.
After delivering his impressive XXL Freshmen Freestyle, the young Cali rapper KYLE is now channeling his inner Vin Diesel for his latest music video, "Nothing 2 Lose." The Fast and Furious-inspired visuals find KYLE cruising around LA with his crew before he finds himself involved in a minor fender bender that subsequently turns the car into a fireball. Luckily, he escaped with no harm and tells fans on Twitter "We blew up a car and I felt like Vin Diesel." Watch the young rap action hero in training above.
Good news to all who missed their chance to purchase the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo has confirmed its plan to release a classic edition of its SNES platform with 21 games preinstalled on the system including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Yoshi’s Island, and more. However, much like the NES Classic, there are some questionable exclusions of iconic games missing from the platform. With that said, we wanted to add 10 titles to the list of 21 games we feel should have been included, and a short explanation as to why. It’s not the final answer and it's likely Nintendo didn’t include these for a specific reason, for instance complicated intellectual property laws, but the titles missing can't go without mention. Check out our selection below and chime in on what else they missed. Final Fight Image via Capcom Final Fight is the granddaddy of the beat 'em up genre, as it's what would lay the groundwork for other titles mentioned in this list. And even though the North American release suffered a ton of limitations and censored content from its arcade and Super Famicom counterpart, the fantastic gameplay and mechanics that inspired some of the greats were left intact. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage Image via Acclaim For many, this was the first Spider-Man title gamers ever got their hands on. With iconic characters like Venom and Carnage featured on the forefront while tethered to the successful comic book storyline it's named after, made the title a highly coveted game during its time. Well, that and its distinct red cartridge that made it pop out whenever you saw it. Street Fighter Alpha 2 Image via Capcom Street Fighter Alpha 2 brought an eclectic character roster and custom combos to the forefront, reinventing the Street Fighter playstyle in the process. Although diehards appreciated the upheaval in gameplay, the title pushed the limits for the SNES, making compromises to play on the home console appropriately as opposed to its arcade counterpart. But for its effort and success in reinventing the Fighter formula despite its limitations is why the title deserves recognition and an entry in this list. The Lion King Image via Virgin When people think of great game adaptations of feature films, The Lion King is among the shortlist of names included, it's also included in conversations as the most insanely difficult games of all time. The game kept gameplay fresh following Simba and his arsenal of attacks changing from young cub into full-fledged king of the Pride Lands. It also proved to be one of the most challenging platformers, as the developers intentionally made the game harder to keep kids from renting it at Blockbuster and beating it without purchasing it. Pretty sneaky, indeed. Aladdin Image via Sega The other title people come up with when thinking of great film to game adaptations is Aladdin. Now depending on which platformed you played it on, Genesis or SNES, you were playing a completely different game than the other. This was due to complicated Disney copyright laws at the time, but luckily, both titles were great and featured tight platforming and gorgeous graphics that captured the magic of the kids film it's based on. Earthworm Jim Image via Playmates Interactive Entertainment The aesthetic of Earthworm Jim was unheard of at the time of release. It's fluid, hand-drawn style was a breath of fresh air from your average 16-bit title. Earthworm is truly a product of its time, with idiosyncratic humor, goofy enemy names, quirky sounds and silly animations. Level designs were unique and pushed the boundaries of what one would find in platformers at the time. Gamers may never again see a game like this in their lifetime and is why a gem such as this should live on all the platforms it can. NBA Jam Image via Acclaim The original arcade sports game was so good that many still see it as the best of all time decades later. It's exaggerated realism and fast gameplay brought together a sub-genre in gaming all in its own. Instead of 5v5 full-court games played by the books, Jam sees 2v2 games with the rules thrown at the window, inhuman 3-point jumpshots from afar, and the ability to catch on fire when you're on a scoring streak. And when the title came to the home consoles, it was chalk full of cheat codes, including the ability to play as former president Bill Clinton. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Image via Rare Donkey Kong Country 2 took what the original offered and refined it into perfection. The game boasted the most impressive graphics on the system at the time with its highly detailed sprites and scenery. The game also played much smoother than its predecessors. The only thing the title didn't include was Donkey Kong himself; instead players control Diddy, alongside newcomer Dixie, to save the big lug, which opens a brand new play style in the swift Diddy and Dixie over the powerhouse DK. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time Image via Konami One of two beat 'em up games Konami made (the other being The Simpsons) that perfected the genre. According to some, it's also the greatest Turtles game ever made. The title was designed to look like a direct episode of the 1988 cartoon series, and is still one of the best representation of the team to this date, a far cry from the Michael Bay film adaptations. The title includes all the normal fare of TMNT like pizza and catchphrases and incorporates it seamlessly into the beat 'em up mechanics. It also featured time travel, seeing the party in different eras of time. Along with distinct playstyles in each turtle, TMNT IV is one of the most unique and diverse games of its kind. Chrono Trigger Image via Square The foundation of role-playing games as we know it is responsible in part by Square's masterpiece Chrono Trigger. The title features an engaging plot, flawless gameplay mechanics, and a bevy of alternate endings the player could end up with depending on their decisions throughout the game. It even features one of the greatest plot twists of all time; gaining antagonist Magus as an ally in your party. With Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy), Yuji Hori (Dragon Quest) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) helming concept and development, there's no wonder why Chrono Trigger is still heralded as one of the greatest games of all time. Its exclusion from the classic edition is baffling.
BMW is no stranger to bicycles: back in 2015, the German manufacturer introduced the M-Series-inspired Cruise M-Bike, following it up last year with an homage to the M2. Now BMW is exploring the world of two-wheelers once again, this time joining forces with Specialized for an electronic mountain bike. Inspired by the 2018 X3, the limited edition collab -- dubbed the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie -- features the likes of a 250-watt motor and 504Wh battery pack to go with 2.8-inch tires, an automatically adjustable telescopic seat post, and a "Phytonic Blue" aluminum frame. The best part, however, is undoubtedly the aforementioned battery pack, which can actually be detached from the bike itself and charged separately. It even comes with a cable that allows for in-car charging from your vehicle's 12V socket. Due out this August, the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie will be available from both BMW and Specialized dealers for about $5,800 USD.
London skate brand Yardsale is back with a new collection full of luxury leisurewear for 2017 midsummer. The brand takes its queues from a couple of different sources, with Los Angeles in the 1980s fusing with southeast London's suburban youth culture to give the collection its aesthetic. Coming in a color palette of pale green, off-white and scarlet, the collection's key pieces include retro-inspired sweaters and polo shirts, as well as some particularly strong velour track tops. The collection will be available from July 28 at Yardsale's web store, before it drops in selected retailers including London's Supreme store on July 6. If you want to know more about Yardsale, check out our round-up of the U.K.'s most exciting skate brands.
Recently revealed as a part of Jordan Brand's footwear collection for the fall, one of the colorways for the Air Jordan 2 "Decon" has received an expected launch date. This Thunder Blue edition hosts a premium suede along its upper while resting atop of a white midsole and outsole unit. The Air Jordan 2 "Decon" was originally released via a trio of regional specific colorways and will soon hit shelves in additional colors including the aforementioned Thunder Blue. The Air Jordan 2 "Decon" in Thunder Blue is slated for a July 15 launch with a retail price of $160 USD. Take a look at the image above and let us know your thoughts regarding the forthcoming colorway.
Earlier this June, Skepta took to Instagram to preview an olive green tracksuit from his new clothing label, Mains. Now, the Grime savant's foray into fashion is aptly introduced with a gritty lookbook captured in Marrakech, Morocco. The visuals captured by Amuse's own, Dexter Navy, showcase a series of drill tracksuits, t-shirts, and trousers modeled by a rowdy group invading the streets of the North African country. Additionally, the inaugural collection consists of eclectic outerwear, underwear, and accessories. Take a look at the lookbook above and purchase select pieces now at Selfridges starting at approximately $56 USD.
Tech giant Google has just been hit with a €2.4 billion EUR ($2.7 billion USD) fine, the largest in EU history for an antitrust case. European regulators slapped the Mountain View-based company with the fine for misconduct on search results, most notably rigging and promoting its comparison shopping service over others. Alphabet, Google's parent company will face penalty payments of up to 5% of its average daily worldwide turnover if it doesn't end the misconduct within 90 days per the European Commission. Google uses Product Listing Ads (PLAs) for online advertising which lets a marketer place an ad with large images and price info at the top of search result pages for a premium price. According to the Commission, since 2008, Google has placed its own comparison service at the most eye-catching spots while giving rivals less visibility. Because comparison shopping services rely on competitive traffic, Google gave themselves an overwhelming advantage by rigging the search results. Margrethe Vestager, in charge of the competition policy issued this statement: Google's strategy for its comparison shopping service wasn't just about attracting customers by making its product better than those of its rivals. Instead, Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors. What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation. Back in 2009, Intel was forced to pay €1.1 billion EUR (~$1.24 billion USD) in penalties. Today's ruling clearly makes a statement that the EU takes its antitrust cases very seriously and there will be zero tolerance for any malpractice. Oliver Fairhurst, an associate and competition law specialist at Lewis Silkin says that "the decision is a real kicking for Google. One major caveat to all this though is that Google is very likely to appeal, and any such appeal process may take us well into the 2020s." Legal ramifications from this may also spread to consumers and competitors who will likely say they lost out because of Google's malpractice. The Commission also said it is investigating Google in relation to its Android OS and AdSense. Pertaining to Android, the Commission is concerned the tech company has "stifled choice and innovation in a range of mobile apps and services by pursuing an overall strategy on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in general internet search." AdSense, Google's advertising tool has reduced choices a consumer would otherwise have by preventing third-party websites from sourcing Google competitors' search ads. Let us know what you think of this landmark decision.
Billionaire Boys Club EU has just released the lookbook for its new 2017 pre-fall collection. Featuring bright colors and graphic T-shirts, as well as the familiar spaceman logo, the drop also showcases a palm tree motif, leopard prints and a pink soccer shirt. The pre-fall range modeled by A$AP Mob affiliate Swoosh God and shot by Ciesay from Places+Faces around the streets of West London. All of the pieces in the lookbook are available now from the BBCICECREAM flagship in London, as well as the brand's web store. In addition to dropping its pre-fall lookbook and collection, Billionaire Boys Club has also recently debuted its "Unidentified" capsule for summer.
The Swoosh's Pocket Knife DM -- a NikeLab-led take on the ACG lineup's original Pocket Knife from 1998 -- is back in a trio of brand new colorways, following up a slick all-white colorway to kick off the month of July. Here, a stretch upper and elastic side paneling remain the norm, as does the silhouette's doubled-up interlocking webbing system and rubber pod outsole. This time around, however, NikeLab is eschewing a monochromatic look in favor of three bold combos -- blue/pink, sail/gold, and mushroom/sail -- that recall the ACG releases of years past. Look for all three to hit NikeLab spots and nike.com on July 1.
Following on from its "Ready-to-Surfwear" collection for the 2017 fall/winter season, Australian brand EX Infinitas is once again embracing its roots with a new lookbook for 2018 spring/summer. With bold colors, oversized fits and clashing layers, this latest line pushes forward the label's signature aesthetic as Lukas Vincent continues to combine the surf and punk cultures close to his heart. If you like what you see in the images above, you can head to the EX Infinitas online store to find out more. While you're here -- and while we're on the subject -- why not take a minute to catch up on some of the best looks from all the freshest new lookbooks?
While the vast majority of menswear labels took to Paris Fashion Week Men's last week to showcase their Spring/Summer 2018 collections, Paris's own NID de GUÊPES took more of a see-now-buy-now-approach, revealing its brand new range for 2017. A followup to the campaign video the label debuted earlier this month, the new lookbook showcases N.D.G.'s seventh seasonal collection. Taking cues from the Parisian suburbs and offering up a reinterpretation of what suburbanites rocked back in the early 2000s, the range is chock full of sportswear like velvet tracksuits, snap button shorts, football crewnecks, and athletic mesh silhouettes, juxtaposing the pieces with classics like trench coats, cropped trousers, and a hooded bomber. N.D.G.'s latest release is available now at its Paris flagship and nid-de-guepes.com.
While the hip-hop community continues to mourn from the untimely passing of Prodigy, countless fans and friends of the legendary Queens emcee have began paying their respects. Hot 97's own Peter Rosenberg kicked off his own Prodigy tribute mix with the help of two very special guests: Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Both iconic rappers chose their favorite Prodigy bars and recited them at the beginning of the mix. For Eminem, that was Mobb Deep's 1995 "Survival of The Fittest" song: There’s a war goin' on outside no man is safe from You could run, but you can’t hide forever From these streets that we done took You walkin' with your head down Scared to look, you shook ‘Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks “I just want to say rest in peace to Prodigy,” Em said after his verse. “We love you homie. Hip-hop loves you. You will forever be missed.” Meanwhile, Kendrick's recited his favorite verse from Prodigy’s 2000 solo cut “Genesis,” rapping: Respect the I-M-D Fresh out the car in the R-A-double-P, E-R P-E-double, when I speak it gets real Flakes try to tell me, “Yo Dunn, nah chill You can’t come out, wylin out like that Rhymes so vivid Dunn I see what you sayin' But you gotta understand how I feel The pain and the hardship it took to build Years of frustration, some got killed. Listen to both tributes below from Peter Rosenberg's full Prodigy tribute mix.
If you missed out on the kicks when they made their exclusive debut last month, then you're in luck: KITH has restocked the adidas adizero Prime BOOST LTD pack. Originally launched back on May 6 as an exclusive for Ronnie Fieg and company, this month's re-up includes the "Collegiate Burgundy" and "Night Cargo" colorways of the sleek runner, both of which make use of lightweight slip-on Primeknit uppers to go along with the Three Stripes' beloved BOOST cushioning. Those interested should act fast and pick a pair up online now for $200 USD before they're gone.
NSS Magazine is releasing the second installment of its Les Vêtements de Football jerseys. The idea for the capsule is simple, yet very intriguing -- colorful vintage soccer tops are emblazoned with parodied spellings of some of today's iconic fashion brands. The newly transformed names are actually inspired by popular football terms such as Acab, Ballon D’or, hooligans, etc. Nevertheless, the fusion works and NSS is able to offer sports and fashion fans something truly unique to wear this coming season. The jerseys are available now at the NSS Mag store for 98 Euro (approx. $110 USD) each.
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