Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jeremy Scott x adidas JS Wings Clear

Tell your ESPOs, Clot Air Max 1, Invisible Woman Air Force 1, and any other sneaker you can think of that features see-thru material to make room for Jeremy Scott’s clear adidas JS Wings. Oh boy! You thought Jeremy Scott was taking it too far with the original JS Wings, JS Mickeys, and JS Teddy Bears, but as you can see, there is no such thing as taking it too far when talking about Jeremy Scott. According to previous info, these kicks will release Spring 2011. If you plan on getting a pair, just make sure your sock game is proper. Via The Shoe Game

First Look: Air Jordan Retro 13 – “Playoff”

As we continue to get a slew of new images of the upcoming White/Red Air Jordan Retro 13, a new teaser image of the “Playoff” edition has quietly crept upon us. Not much has to be said about these, except for the fact that they look nearly identical to the original release of the “Playoff” XIII. Tumbled leather works the unique side panels, while a smooth leather takes place on the toe. Suede tongue makes a return, as well as a tongue logo thats reminiscent of the old “TNT” logo we are all familiar with.

White covers the retro 13′s pods, while varsity red finishes things off on the outsole. Mark your calendars, the “Playoff” edition of the Retro 13 is expected to hit February, 2011. Via Sole Collector

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Video: Um, this guy is a good dunker

This is Kenny Dobbs. He is good at dunking. Carmelo Anthony tweeted about this video yesterday and it's good enough for me to embed here. I promise.

Not that it matters, but one thing I always wonder when watching this awesome dunk mixes: Can the guy actually play basketball ? After seeing him throw in ridiculous dunks for two minutes, I find myself wondering, "What's his jumpshot look like? How's his handle? Is he a good defender?"

Obviously, those things don't really matter that much, because that's not the point of this video. It's to show off leaping and dunking skill. Which Kenny Dobbs does both very well. But it always fascinates me that we don't see the world's best dunkers as some of the world's best basketball players. I guess it's sort of like long drive contests in golf or the world's strongest man not being good at football. There's a lot more to it than just a specific talent. Via Facts and Rumors

Nike Air More Uptempo – Black/White

When the Nike Air More Uptempo was first retroed it was renamed the Air More Tempo. The original black/white colorway was released, but it had an all leather upper as opposed to the originals having an all suede one. This time around, it’s true to the OG.

We can expect to see a few colorways of the Nike Air More Uptempo release before the year ends. This original black/white colorway will be the last one to release. It will be out in December alongside the many other “must have” shoes releasing. They will be a general release so they should not be hard to obtain, but shouldn’t be slept on either. Even with the $160 price tag. Are you excited to see these back, better yet, will you be copping? Via Sole Collector

12/01/2010 Air More Uptempo

Air Jordan XI “Cool Grey” – Release Info

Last December it was all about Space Jams, and December 2010 the focus is still on the Air Jordan 11, but in the Cool Grey colorway. Here’s the official photo of the Cool Grey Air Jordan 11 as well as release info and the retail price. The release date for the Cool Grey Jordan 11 is December 23rd, and just like the Space Jams, the Cool Grey 11’s will retail for $175. Are you coppin’ Cool Grey 11’s in December? Via The Shoe Game

Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 – First Look

The Jordan CMFT series was originally set to release next spring, but it appears that Jordan Brand had a change of heart. Earlier this month Jordan Brand surprised us with the Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 quickstrike release.

On Friday we gave you a first look at the Jordan CMFT Max 10, and we also confirmed that Jordan Brand will release a CMFT Viz Air 13. Many of you have seen catalog images of the CMFT Max Air 12 or at least heard about them. Here’s a first look at the Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 in black/varsity red/medium grey. The Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 will release on November 6th for $135. Via The Shoe Game

Air Jordan 2 Black/White – Release Info

After getting a sneak peak at these Jordan 2’s back in March and seeing a few images floating around the web, we finally have release info. Mark your calendars for October 23rd because that’s the release date for the black/white Air Jordan 2 Retro QF. You will be able to scoop a pair from your local Jordan Brand retailer on October 23rd. The shoes will retail for $135. Via The Shoe Game

Monday, September 27, 2010

Nation Of Hardwear: H.A.T.E.R.S. (Black - Grey)

Nation Of Hardwear has hit us with another release from it's 2010 Fall/Winter Collection. The H.A.T.E.R.S. Tee comes in a black colored tee with red white and grey lettering. We all have haters in some way, shape or fashion so let them know about themselves with this new release from NOH! More colorways to drop in following weeks, stay tuned!

Nike ACG Air Wildwood LE – Black/Olive Khaki-Olive Khaki

Overlooked by many, the ACG Air Wildwood has been a staple in the sneaker world since the moment it originally released. On the horizon is this all new colorway of the ACG Air Wildwood, perfect for the upcoming fall months. Black and olive khaki team up on the upper, with a black perforated leather working the toe and side panels.

Olive Khaki runs from the toe down the lateral side, and takes place on the Swoosh as well. Orange adds some color pop, taking place throughout the shoe, and covering the tongue and heel branding. A white sole is added below, completing this ACG classic. You can expect this all new colorway of the ACG Air Wildwood to hit next month at all Nike Sportswear retailers. Via Sole Collector

adidas ZX 800 “Boba Fett” – Star Wars

The Boba Fett adidas ZX 800 is starting to arrive at select adidas Originals accounts.

The latest edition of Adidas x Star Wars sneakers has arrived! The Adidas model involved is the comfy, lightweight ZX 800 runner. The Star Wars character involved is none other than Boba Fett, one of the series’ dangerous villains, hired by Darth Vader to be his personal bounty hunter.

The shoe executes Boba’s signature colorway to perfection while using a nice mix of canvas and leather on the upper. If you thought they were missing the red, you’re wrong. You can see a touch of it in the Adidas 3-stripe branding, and the shoes also come with a set of red laces if you’d like to bring that color more to the forefront.

You can pick up a pair from ExtraButter. Check with your local adidas retailers for additional info. Via The Shoe Game

Friday night stars: California and Texas produce most NFL talent

The two biggest states in America are also the two biggest producers of NFL talent. A recent study on which states have the most former high school football players in the NFL revealed, unsurprisingly, that California and Texas are the best producers of talent, with Florida close behind.

The most impressive showing is by Louisiana, which ranked 25th in total population but has the sixth-most high school players in the NFL. The Pelican State has the highest per-capita rate of NFL players (1 in 65,720) followed by Mississippi (1 in 76,883) and Hawaii (1 in 80,769). By comparison, California's rate is 1 in 175,163.

There's an obvious correlation between high total populations and high NFL player totals. Seven of the top 10 biggest states also are in the top 10 of the list above. Somewhat surprisingly, New York is the biggest exception. The third-most populous state isn't represented well in the NFL, failing to appear in the top 15 of talent production. A lot of that is due to the fact that 40 percent of residents live in New York City, an area not known to produce football stars. But it's a big state and it's surprising that there isn't enough high school talent to compete with, say, New Jersey.

Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh has six alums in the NFL, tops in the league. The school has produced a diverse spread of players too. They range from speedy receiver Steve Breastonto bruising fullback Lousaka Politeto finesse, "Dancing With The Stars" veterans Jason Taylor and everything in between Ryan Mundy, S; Rob Gonkowski, TE; Shawntae Spencer, CB. Via Shutdown Corner

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Head over to Nation Of Hardwear and pick up the Hardwear Knows Tee that has just been released for the ladies! Available in multiple colors and sizes!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jordan CMFT Viz Air 10 – First Look

Jordan Brand introduced their CMFT Viz series this fall, and the first sneaker to release from the series was the CMFT Viz Air 11. Expect to see more models release from the CMFT Viz series next year, including the CMFT Viz Air 12 and more colors of the CMFT Viz 11. TSG can also confirm that Jordan Brand will release a CMFT Viz Air 13, but today’s news isn’t about any of the previously mentioned CMFT Viz Air models.

Today we present you with a first look at the Jordan CMFT Viz Air 10. Unlike the Viz Air 11, the Viz Air 10 features a full visible air max unit. Enjoy the first look, and the CMFT Viz 10 is set to release Summer 2011. Via The Shoe Game

Nike Dunk Low Pro SB – Black/White Pinstripes

Yet another upcoming Spring 2011 SB Sample has surfaced, borrowing pinstripes from one of the more popular releases of 2005. At first glance what comes to mind is the 2005 “Avenger” Dunk Low Pro SB, however a closer look reveals they are quite different. Unlike the “Avengers,” this all new pinstripe SB Dunk Low rocks a complete suede upper. White does it’s thing on the leather Swoosh, paired with white pinstripes on the toebox, side panels and heel area.

White finishes it’s job on the tongue branding and midsole, leading to a black outsole down below. No word on an official release for this latest pinstripe Dunk Low Pro SB. However, a release is expected sometime in the Spring of 2011. Stay tuned to Sole Collector for the latest on an official release. Via Sole Collector

Nike SB Dunk Mid – “Real Tree”

Perfect for this upcoming fall season and extremely reminiscent of the Reese Forbes “Hunter” SB Dunk Low, we have this all new “Real Tree” SB Dunk Mid. Similar to the “Hunters,” the “Real Tree” SB Dunk Mid captures a real tree camo print on the upper. Army green works the Swoosh and midsole, while orange blaze comes through on the Swoosh outline, outsole, sockliner and branding throughout.

The “Real Tree” SB Dunk Mid is expected to release sometime in the coming months. Keep it locked to Sole Collector for the latest on an official release. Via Sole Collector

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dipset Plan Reunion Concert in NYC

With each passing day, the Dipset reunion seems to slowly become more of a reality. With interviews and songs already released, the next step in the progression is the Harlem squad performing together for the first time in years.

The fantasy will become a reality on November 26, when Cam, Jimmy and Juelz will hit the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The presale for the Dipset Reunion Concert, presented by Hot 97, begins today (September 22) at noon and comes to a close on Friday at 10 a.m. EST. Tickets for the general public become available on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Last week, Jim Jones and Cam’ron leaked a collaboration over Kanye West’s “Runaway,” on which they diss their former Roc-mate.

Tickets for the show can be purchased here. —Adam Fleischer for XXL

Dwight Howard would choose Kevin Durant over LeBron James

As Kobe Bryant gets older and older and eventually retires, the NBA's biggest debate is going to change from "LeBron or Kobe?" to "LeBron or Durant?" And while a Kobe-free league is still a few years in the future, with his skills declining with age, some people think it's already time to start having the Kevin Durant debate. We know Rolling Stone puts Durant ahead of Kobe and we know that Kenny Smith thinks KD will be the best player in the league in three years. But how about the players? How do they feel?

Never one to shy away from having his opinions heard, Dwight Howard weighed in on the subject during a radio spot with Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick.

Dan asked Howard who is better ... Kevin Durant or LeBron James? "I'm gonna go with Kevin," Howard said.

Well, that's a tad bit misleading as Patrick really asked who he'd rather have on his team, but it's still interesting that an elite NBA player would choose Durant over LeBron. I mean, Durant is a great, great player and an amazing scorer, but is he really better than LeBron James, right now? Probably not. More likable? Definitely, but not the better basketball player just yet.

And it's not like Dwight is putting Durant ahead of LeBron just because he likes him more. Howard still ranks Kobe as the best player in the game, and as we know, he's still more unlikable than LeBron James. Plus, Dwight and LeBron are pretty good friends, meaning this seems like Dwight is giving an honest assessment of his rankings of the three best players in the league — Kobe, Durant and LeBron, in that order. Curious, as most objective observers would have that order completely reversed with a few Dwyane Wades and, well, Dwight Howards thrown in for good measure.

Then again, Dwight's response could be just a symptom of his distaste for the Miami Heat. He's clearly tired of being asked about the Magic's in-state rivals, and it's just as likely that he'd choose Kevin Durant over LeBron James simply because he's tired of hearing about LeBron James. That seems to be a pretty common viewpoint after everything that's gone down this summer.

Not to mention, in the same interview Dwight says J.J. Redick is the third-best white dunker in the entire NBA. That kind of makes it hard to trust his opinions, you know? Via Ball Don't Lie

Jordan 6 Rings Winterized – Fall 2010

In addition to the return of the Winterized Spiz’ike this fall, Jordan Brand has now applied the outdoors boot concept to another popular hybrid shoe, the 6 Rings. The Winterized 6 Rings feature premium textile builds, completed with durable rubber outsoles. Seen here are images of the black leather and wheat nubuck colorways releasing in October. Is this a shoe you’d consider picking up for the cold weather months? Via Sole Collector

Nike Air Max 95 Neutral Grey/Clear/Cool Grey

The iconic Nike Air Max 95 has been reworked in countless colorways over its 15 years of existence. Of course, colorways that feature the gradient black to grey paneling like the recent Photo Blue colorway are typically the most popular, however Nike has a new monochrome makeup ready to release in the near future.

This colorway of the Air Max 95 combines a number of Nike’s various shades of grey including Neutral Grey, Cool Grey, Medium Grey and Dark Charcoal. What really sets this colorway apart is the always popular clear sole.

Look for this colorway to be available at Eastbay next month. Via Sole Collector

Nike Air Max LeBron VIII – “China” – New Images + Release Info

It’s a good thing LeBron James and the people behind his Nike signature line have maintained a good relationship with the people of China. If the latest reports on his Q Score plummeting to embarrassing lows are indicative of his future popularity, LeBron’s fans in China may be the only people outside of South Beach still rooting for him. Jokes aside, the Nike LeBron line is once again saluting China, and the chosen platform is the Air Max LeBron VIII.

First seen earlier in the week, the “China” LeBron VIII features a tumbled white leather base, with sport red accenting the inner liner, tongue padding, Swoosh border and midsole. The translucent 360-Air unit sports a red speckle, and sits above a partially translucent outsole. Unlike the China in the previous set of photos, the debossed lion on the tongue does not feature the Chinese stone carving look. However, China is still acknowledged by special characters on the lace jewel.

This pair will be available at Foot Locker and on October 26th. Via Sole Collector

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ron Artest loves Pluto, hates that it is not a planet

There is a method to Ron Artest's madness. There has to be. For every off-the-wall thing he does, there's usually a simple explanation. Pulled over for failure to register a tiny race car? Oh, that's because he hasn't driven it in a while but wanted to take his miniature race car for a spin. Selling his first championship ring before he ever wears it? Just giving the proceeds to charity and it'll be worth more that way. Recording a song called "Champions" before ever winning an NBA title? That turned out perfect when he did win a title. It might not seem like anything Artest does is governed by reason, but it's actually the opposite — he's hyper logical.

That's why he wants to fight the guy who decided Pluto wasn't a planet. From Sign On San

Diego's Mark Zeigler:

It is a classic Artest attribute, squeezing drops of levity from otherwise serious topics. Twisting the mundane into the bizarre. Quickly leaving Earth and traveling deep into the solar system.
Moments earlier, he was asked about the motivation for a Lakers repeat championship.

"We're hungry," Artest said. "I know I am. And you know Kobe is. Kobe's after something, I don't even know what it is. I think he's after stardom on Pluto or something."

Artest paused, cracked a wry smile, and made a hard left at the tangent.

"Pluto is not even a planet any more, which I'm very disturbed about," he continued. "When I grew up, Pluto was a planet. And now I'm 25 and I turn around and Pluto's no longer a planet. I gotta find that guy (who changed its planetary classification) and elbow him in the nose.

"I love Pluto. Everybody loves Pluto."

See? Everybody loves Pluto because it used to be a planet but now it's not, which means whoever made that decision needs an elbow in the nose. When you put it like that, it makes total sense.

But if Ron Artest is ready to throw a 'bow in the nose of whoever decided to classify Pluto as a dwarf planet, then I'd hate to see what he'd do to the Supreme Court justices who decided a tomato was a fruit botanically but still a vegetable in culinary terms. I'm guessing flying clothesline, but with Ron Artest any sort of wrestling maneuver is on the table. Via Ball Don't Lie

Air Jordan Retro 3 – Kobe Bryant PE

In 2002 and 2003, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant found himself in sneaker purgatory, fresh off his deal with adidas and searching for a new home. He used his “free agency” period to test out several brands, including And1, Reebok and Nike. However, the biggest splash Kobe made in the sneaker world was with a series of Air Jordan player exclusives in 2003. In addition to Air Jordan Retro 7 and Retro 8 player exclusives, Kobe was blessed with these Laker-colored Retro 3s.

The Kobe Retro 3 player exclusive features a white leather upper, with cement grey elephant print wrapped around the toe and heel. Purple works the top lace eyelet and midsole, while gold hits the footbed, tongue padding, lower lace eyelets, Jumpman branding on the tongue and sections of the outsole. White finishes what purple started on the midsole, and sits above a predominantly grey rubber outsole.

What do you think of this pair? Would you have rather seen the Jordan Brand release these instead of bringing back the “Cement” and “True Blue” colorways next year? Via Sole Collector

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Fitteds @ ROCK-N-JOCKS: Custom NEW ERA x MLB Royals 59Fifty Fitted Cap

ROCK-N-JOCKS latest custom baseball cap release features the Kansas City Royals. The NEW ERA 59Fifty includes Light Grey front panels, an Royal Blue bill and Graphite Grey side and back panels. The KC crown logo is embroidered in Royal Blue, Black and White with a Grey outline. The MLB logo appears on the back in Royal Blue, Black, White and Graphite Grey. This is another limited drop of 30 pieces. Pick this up and tons of other new releases exclusively at Via Strictly Fitteds

Celtics fans can blame Kobe for the Shaquille O'Neal signing

Just after the Los Angeles Lakers won last season's title, Kobe Bryant let slip a little comment ("I just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank. You know how I am, I don't forget anything.") that proved what a lot of people had suspected for years — the Kobe/Shaq feud isn't over. As much as they'll be buddy-buddy at All-Star games or before their teams play each other, these two want nothing more than to destroy each other and prove that they are the best player of their generation. No matter what they say or how they act, that's always going to be the case.

In fact, the fact that that enmity will never die is the very reason the Boston Celtics took a chance on Shaquille O'Neal. No, really, it is. Just because Kobe Bryant mentioned Shaq at his postgame press conference, the Celtics inked the well-traveled big man. Seriously. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn has the proof.

When Kendrick Perkins was felled with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 against the Lakers, adding a big man became a priority. Shaquille O'Neal made it no secret, even in his whisper-quiet voice, that Boston was his preferred sixth NBA destination. And after a flirtation with Kwame Brown, Celtics president Danny Ainge agreed with Grousbeck that O'Neal would be an appropriate fit.

"The minute I heard Kobe [Bryant] say he had one more ring than Shaq, I said to Danny, ‘Let's go get Shaq,' and it happened,'' said Grousbeck.

Oh, great. Now that it's come out that Kobe Bryant is the reason the Celtics ended up with Shaq, Boston fans are going to hate the Lakers superstar even more. As if they needed fuel for that fire.

Of course, this could be all a part of Kobe's master plan. It probably went something like beat the Celtics, rile up Shaquille O'Neal, have him convince Boston he'll help because he wants to beat Kobe one last time, then Boston signs Shaq and realizes he's not quite as good as he used to be and his presence in the locker room destroys the fragile chemistry that the Celtics have built. Just like that, there's one less contender for the Lakers' third straight title. It's a genius move, and it's one that only Kobe Bryant could conceive. And while it's totally far-fetched, it's kind of not that far-fetched. Only moderate distance-fetched, I'd say.

That being said, if Shaquille O'Neal is as dedicated to besting Kobe Bryant as the Celtics' brass thinks he is, Boston's getting a great deal. Less than $1.5 million for a motivated Shaq is totally worth it, even if he only plays 20 minutes a game. Sure he might struggle mightily against hyperathletic teams like the Heat and Magic in the Eastern Conference playoffs before Boston even meets the Lakers in the Finals, but those are just minor details. Via Ball Don't Lie

Nike SB Dunk High “Denim” – Spring 2011

Nike SB has used denim on a few Dunks before, and next year they will release a new Dunk High that’s completely covered in denim. Images of the this Dunk High surfaced back in July, and now new images are available for your viewing pleasure. According to the info provided, these Dunks are set to release Spring/Summer 2011. TSG will keep you in the loop as we get closer to the release, so enjoy the new images for now. Via The Shoe Game

Air Jordan Retro 3 – “Cement” – 2011 Release

In March, Sole Collector broke news of the return of the “Cement” Air Jordan Retro 3 on the SC iPhone App. Perhaps the single most iconic sneaker in the Air Jordan line, the “Cement” 3 is due to drop in February. We have now received our first images of the 2011 release.

These photos reveal a shoe that hasn’t changed much since the last time we saw in in 2003. The white tumbled leather base is complimented with cement grey elephant print, white fire red works the inner liner, lower lace eyelets and Jumpman branding on the tongue. Black also hits a portion of the midsole, while grey rubber finishes the outsole.

What do you think of the 2011 “Cement” Retro 3? Where does this pair rank on your 2011 wish list? Via Sole Collector

Color: White/Fire Red-Cement-Black
Style: 136064-105

Air Jordan 1 Anodized – Black/Anthracite – New Images

Once shunned due to being “too plain,” all-black look are all the rage in footwear these days. Fans of the upcoming Air Jordan 1 Anodized will be happy to know that a “blacked out” pair of the shoe is on the way. The shoe features a black foam shell with tonal hits used for the collar, liner and laces. Minimal hits of anthracite can be seen throughout, while a semi-translucent outsole finishes things up below. These are expected to release this winter, but you can pick them up early from RMKStore. Via Sole Collector

Color: Black/Athracite
Style: 414823-002

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Air Jordan 1 Anodized – “Cranberry” – New Images

Typically, the only time the term “cranberry” holds any relevance is during the holiday season. So it may be fitting that the “Cranberry” Air Jordan 1 Anodized is set to drop sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The shoe features a varsity red foam upper, with black working the Wings logo, collar, inner liner and midsole. A set of tonal red laces pulls things together on the upper, while a translucent outsole completes things below. If you’re not interested in waiting until the December release, you can stop by RMKStore and pick up your pair today. Via Sole Collector

Color: Varsity Red/Black-White
Style: 414823-601

Friday, September 17, 2010

Nike Air Trainer Max 91 – Black/White-Black

Releases of Bo Jackson’s highly popular Air Trainer Max 91 are always met with a lot of fanfare, especially when they turn up in original colorways like the pair we’ll show you today. The shoe features a full black nubuck upper, with contrasting white hits on the heel, Swoosh and branding on the strap and ankle. The two colors share duty for both the midsole and outsole.
Pick up this colorway of the Air Trainer Max 91 at retailers, like Sneaker Bistro, today. Via Sole Collector

Color: Black/White-Black
Style: 309748-001

Nike Air Trainer SC II Returns Summer 2011

After confirming the return of the Air Griffey Max II and Cool Grey Air Jordan 5, we thought it was perfect timing to confirm another release for Summer 2011. We couldn’t bite our tongue any longer as we’ve been sitting on this news for a while. As we all know, Nike has been on a retro rampage for the past 3-4 years, and next year they will bring back a classic Cross Trainer. That’s right, for the first time ever, Nike will re-release the Air Trainer SC II that was made famous by Bo Jackson. OG Nike heads, rejoice! Expect to see these in stores next summer. Via The Shoe Game

Bape Skullsta Hi – Fall 2010

Japanese brand A Bathing Ape is well-known for their Bapesta model, but as of late, Bape has been dropping new styles, and most of them are inspired by other styles. Bape just released the Skullsta Hi for Fall 2010. A black Skullsta Hi is available as well as two Bape camo colorways. Available at Bape stores worldwide. Via The Shoe Game

Air Jordan 5 “Cool Grey”

News regarding Air Jordan retro releases for Spring 2011 leaked earlier this year, and Summer 2011 Jordan retro news recently hit the web. However, majority of Jordan heads didn’t know anything about the Cool Grey Air Jordan 5 that’s set to launch next summer. Maybe you heard about them, but today TSG is confirming that Jordan Brand will indeed release a Cool Grey Air Jordan 5 Summer 2011.

In addition to confirming the release, we also provide you with a first look at the CG Jordan 5. Enjoy the first look and get ready to welcome the Air Jordan 5 to the Cool Grey Jordan family. It’s way too early for a release date, but they are currently set to release in May 2011. Via The Shoe Game

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Kings have California's teachers covered

When it comes to human beings there is big, there is NBA player big, there is DeMarcus Cousinsbig and then there's DeMarcus Cousins on the side of a high-rise office building big. And that, my friends, is really big.

Yep, that's a 177-foot-tall DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans in your face. They're on the side of the California State Teachers' Retirement System building in Sacramento, and they'll only be there for a limited time. So if you want to have a looksy at some giant NBA bros, you better hurry. From the Sacramento Bee:

The California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, permitted the Kings to place the huge advertisement featuring players Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins on its West Sacramento headquarters building free of charge.

Standing more than 10 stories tall, and 65 feet wide, the banner was installed on the east side of the building and will be removed in late November at no cost to the state as part of a community campaign to be announced Thursday, said Patrick Hill, CalSTRS spokesman.

Well, the price is certainly right, Bob Barker. Allow me to go out on a limb and surmise that this advertisement is going to be a huge success. Via Ball Don't Lie

Air Jordan Retro 3 – Doernbecher – November 2010

We sit just a couple weeks away from the official unveiling of the 2010 Nike x Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Freestyle Collection, but there’s already plenty of buzz about the Air Jordan representative from that group. It appears that the Air Jordan III is next in line, following releases of the Air Jordan II, I and VII in previous years. No pictures exist, but the colorway suggests we’ll see a pair dominated by varsity red, and complimented by metallic silver and black. The official release date for the Doernbecher Retro 3 is November 12th.

Expect to see photos on or before October 9th. That is the day Nike is expected to reveal Doernbecher Charity Series. Via Sole Collector

Recap: Le Coq Sportif Joakim Noah Pro Model “Frenchie” Launch In Paris

On September 10th, Le Coq Sportif officially launched Joakim Noah’s Pro Model in the “Frenchie” colorway. Though Noah sat out the FIBA World Championship, the release was done to coincide with the prestigious basketball tournament. France was already eliminated from FIBA competition by launch date, but people still flocked to Le Coq retailers to make sure they secured a pair.

One of the launch locations for the “Frenchie” was Paris’ Kolector. In addition to an opportunity to pick up the newly release sneakers, guests were treated to food, drinks, prizes and a little backing music from DJ Matt Primeur. Via Sole Collector

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nike Court Ballistec 2.2 – Rafael Nadal Tennis Ball Edition

This Monday, Rafael Nadal won the U.S. Open to became just the seventh men’s tennis player to complete the Career Grand Slam, an accomplishment in professional tennis where the athlete has won each major tournament in his or her career. His win at the Open also made him the second individual to complete the Golden Slam, which tacks on an Olympic Gold Medal. Nadal not only dominated on his way to his first career U.S. Open win, he got people interested in actual tennis shoes again. In addition to the Nike Court Ballistec 2.3 colorway that sold quickly after Rafa’s win, Nadal himself assisted in the design of this “Tennis Ball” themed Court Ballistec 2.2.

The shoe feature a yellow green felt upper that mimics a tennis ball. White is used for the leather Swoosh, as well as sections of the midsole and outsole. Black is spotted on branding on the midsole, tongue and heel. These released in very limited quantities at the U.S. Open. No word on whether or not we’ll see additional availability in the future. Via Sole Collector

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New 2Pac Doc to Drop Next Year

A new 2Pac documentary Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes will be released at the top of next year.

It will feature never before seen footage of 2Pac talking to reporters from inside the walls of New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility. In it, the slain rapper discusses the infamous shooting at Quad Recording studios that sparked his beef with the Notorious B.I.G., his relationship with his mother and his dedication to uplifting the black community.

The documentary will be released on January, 26, 2011.

The video is also available for pre-order on —Brooklyne Gipson for XXL

Nike Air Force 1 High Supreme – Dark Charcoal/Sport Red-Bone

It’s crazy to think when the Air Force 1 High was originally released, getting a pair was just as tough as getting a pair of the Air Yeezy. Fast forward over 25 years later, and the Air Force 1 is available in more variations than most shoes. Set to hit retailers this month, is this all new colorway reminiscent of the 2002 Rose Garden Air Force 1.

Dark charcoal nubuck takes place on the upper, while sport red comes through on the Swoosh, tongue, outsole and ankle strap. Down below works a textured midsole, while white offers minimal accent on branding throughout.

This all-new Air Force 1 High is expected to make a stateside release sometime in the near future. Via Sole Collector

Color:Dark Charcoal/Sport Red-Bone

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Anniversary of 2Pac’s Death-Who Speaks for the ‘Have Nots’ in 2010?

Every year around this time many of us within Hip Hop take some time out and reflect on the life and times of Tupac Amaru Shakur as commemorate the anniversary of his tragic death Sept 13 1996. With each passing year its interesting to note that as a younger generation grows older, icons like 2Pac don’t seem to mean as much. For example, I’m not sure I heard anyone shout him out during the MTV VMAs.. Not sure if people took time to acknowledge him during the red carpet interviews or if anyone bothered to ask their thoughts. Did anyone ask ‘What do you think 2Pac would be doing if he was here?’ ’What do you think 2Pac would say about our current economic situation?’ ”What would Pac have said about that preacher wanting to burn Qu’rans or all the hoopla made at Ground Zero about that Mosque/ Community center? What would he have said about the looming sentencing trial for the cop who killed Oscar Grant or the riots that have taken place in LA after cops shot an immigrant? What would Pac have said about all those homes being destroyed and people killed during the tragic fire in San Bruno which we are now finding was because of negligence by PG&E? Considering that’s an area where a lot of people of color live, do you think Pac would’ve been screaming on that? Such speculative question gets asked because it’s all but absent from those who are privileged to have access to a mic.

Pac like so much of our history has been made disposable and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Is it our fault as elders for not bringing him up enough and keeping his and the memory of other past icons alive? Have we grown so that we now see him through a different lens and maybe don’t hold him up as high anymore? Did we put too much on him?

In looking back I think what folks admired so much about 2Pac was that he gave voice to an underclass of people. He gave voice to the those who we call the ‘Have Nots‘. What’s ironic is that in 2010 we have more ‘Have Nots then ever before, but instead of kicking up dust and challenging those in power about the injustice of such conditions, we now have folks looking for answers in corporate lackeys masquerading as rap stars or corporate backed pundits who know of Pac but would never dare embrace his fearlessness and boldness in seeking change. Still others look for the Glenn Beck, the Tea Party Movement and maybe Congressman Ron Paul to give them voice.

When Pac died at age 25 he was just beginning to find his voice and there’s no telling where he would be in 2010. There’s no telling how he would’ve ultimately have used his platforms and popularity and how things would be different as a result..The young Black male who he claimed to have spoken for would be older now and we would hope that he would be speaking and doing things to change the wretched conditions so many find themselves in.. Alas we can only speculate, but we should not underestimate the differences one man or woman can make.

Moving forward we understand that every generation has their heroes and sheros.. I’m from the public Enemy era, the folks who were my interns back in the days came up under Pac.. Many of them have maintained that fiery spirit 13 years later..My question today is who inspires that in today’s generation? Who is speaking truth to power and kicking up dust? Or have we retired that as a viable method to get things done?

As I was watching what appeared to be a very lack luster VMAs last night I kept asking myself where are the fire-works? Who’s the person that’s gonna leave us with something to talk about for years to come? The closet we came was when Drake yelled out Free Lil Wayne. Many were hoping we’d have that moment with Kanye West who came out wearing a red suit that drew comparisons to late comedian Richard Pryor on Sunset Strip. He’s always one to be counted on to say something provocative. His performance was mesmerizing. But we didn’t get much from Kanye other than him rapping about what a jerk he was .. Instead it was singer Taylor Swift who was famously interrupted by Kanye during last years awards, kicking up dust by doing a song where she took aim at him.

As Kanye closed the show I kept wondering if this generation of Have Nots had someone speaking for them on these national stages. Via All Hip Hop

Written by Davey D

Is Pusha T Joining G.O.O.D. Music A Win?

After several months of rumor, Pusha T confirmed during RapFix Live's VMA post-show that he'd indeed signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.
"[I'm] definitely signed to G.O.O.D. Music," Pusha told Sway. "[I'm] definitely doing my project through G.O.O.D. Music."

So what does this mean for the other half of the sibling group The Clipse? And is it a good idea?

On one hand, this could be Pusha's moment in the spotlight. He's announced that he's releasing his first solo mixtape "The Fear of God" on September 14 via Ye's label, the same day as Kanye's new upcoming LP hits shelves. However we've always liked our Virginia dopeboys pair as a team, but Pusha tried to quell our fears during his chat with Sway last night.

"The Clipse is definitely coming with a new project," said Pusha T. "[We're] definitely coming with a new Re-Up Gang project, shout out to Ab-Liva! The family’s still here it’s just all about G.O.O.D. Music."

One positive to come from this announcement could be a possible Malice solo mixtape, and maybe the guys could put out a double-sided disc mimicking Outkast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" album where fans got to see which MC had a hankering for 808 bass lines and who fancied scratch breaks in their songs. On the scarier side, Pusha could spend so much time working on his solo career that he neglects what made us love him in the first place, his spot spitting rhymes beside his brother Malice. Via XXL

Jordan Rare Air – Holiday 2010

Fresh off the release of the “USA” Jordan Rare Air release, we now have information regarding two additional colorways slated to hit retailers later this year. The first pair comes in a very Bulls-like varsity red leather look, with Jordan Brand’s famous black and cement grey tandem complimenting the shoe throughout. Next up is a pair that features a cool grey nubuck upper, with ink purple and white being the accent colors of choice. The red-based pair will hit retailers in early November, while the cool grey look will follow them up a month later. The price tag will be $140. Via Sole Collector

Color: Varsity Red/Black-Cement Grey
Style: 407361-601

Sole Boutique x Saucony Shadow 5000

Saucony taps into the collaboration world yet again with this latest Sole Boutique Shadow 5000. Reminiscent of the Nike 112 pack released in 2008, Sole Boutique went for the always popular Black/Grey/Neon look. A unique graphic print works the black mudguard, while grey works the mesh toe and side panels. Neon green graces the upper on the laces and stitching throughout, while continuing on the paint-splattered midsole and translucent outsole below. A custom graphic is also seen on the tongue tag, repping for San Antonio’s Sole Boutique. Via Sole Collector

The Sole Boutique x Saucony Shadow 5000 is expected to release September 18th.

Jordan Six Rings – Silver/Light Graphite-White

Before the Jordan Brand takes their Six Rings model on a Foamposite trip, they’re going to make a quick stop in the land of reflective 3M. Previewed several times before, the 3M Six Rings is starting to make its way to Jordan retailers this month, with an official release date of September 18th. The shoe features a 3M reflective metallic silver upper with graphite hits on the inner liner, laces, heel tab, and midsole. Working beneath is an icy blue translucent outsole.

As stated, these officially drop on Saturday. However, retailers like the Sixth Boro are carrying them early. Via Sole Collector

Color: Silver/Light Graphite-White
Style: 322992-001
Price: $160.00

Nike ACG Foamposite Bakin Boot

After the success of the original Foamposite Boot last fall, an All Conditions Gear instant-hit combining both the classic Goadome with the Foamposite, Nike ACG is back again with a new concept for this upcoming winter, as they’ll be introducing the equally daring ACG Foamposite Bakin Boot.

Turning to another 1997 basketball shoe that caught equal parts stares and glares in their day, Nike ACG has looked to the Air Bakin for inspiration this season. Once again, a Foamposite upper utilizes design lines from the hoops hero, all sitting atop an entirely new full-length Air Max tooling. The lug outsole also incorporates some familiar design lines, and you can expect the ACG Foamposite Bakin Boot to begin hitting retailers later on this Fall, with an expected retail price of $215. Via Sole Collector