Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nike Air Flight Falcon – Black/Grey-White

Nike Sportswear comes out with another colorway in the Nike Air Flight Falcon. As previewed before, this model comes in design cues inspired by retro classics.

This colorway features black nubuck, grey and white and is now available at Sneaker Bistro NY. via Sneakerfiles

T-Shirt Of The Day: 08.31.11

Beastie Boys& Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Steve Stoute Says Jay-Z Won't Respond To Lil Wayne

Advertising wizard, author and former record exec Steve Stoute has been behind the scenes in support of some of music industry top selling albums, and has established a rapport with some of the top names in the game as a result. Never too far removed as an insider on the rap scene, Stoute was interviewed recently and offered some commentary regarding the ongoing and currently brewing feud between rap giants Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. Steve Stoute has already declared the supposed beef a no contest however.

In a preview of an upcoming interview with writer Jas of JasFly, Stoute offered up some stern commentary about Lil Wayne’s recent shot at Jay-Z heard recently on the track “It’s Good” from Tha Cater IV. “For Jay-Z to do anything that resembles moving backwards right now would be insane. And a Jay-Z beef is moving backwards,” said Stoute. “Jay is so much bigger than rap at this point. He’s a movement. And THAT’S where his head is at. That’s where his focus is. And no one is on his level, even worthy of him battling with. No one. So you probably won’t see that happen.”

Wayne’s verse on “It’s Good” featuring Jadakiss and Young Money solider Drake was seemingly directed towards Jay-Z, and the defiant Young Money captain revealed in a recent interview that he has no intentions of backing down from anyone regardless of their status. According to Stoute’s account, fans hoping for a rap battle between Hov and Weezy won’t get a chance to witness such a collision.

Steve Stoute’s upcoming book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy will be released on September 8. via Rap Fix

Dwight Howard turns to a free-throw maestro to help his stroke

With his free-throw percentages hardly improving seven seasons into what should be a Hall of Fame career, Dwight Howard has turned to a self-styled guru for help with a touch gone wrong.

The Orlando Magic center is a nice guy, a willing learner, a dominant force defensively and a terrible free-throw shooter. That last aspect isn't exactly his Achilles' heel -- the All-Star's dodgy teammates are the biggest reason the NBA's best center has made it out of his conference's bracket only once in his career -- but it would certainly help both Howard and his team if he could make, say, three-quarters of his gimmie attempts.

He's stuck at just below 58 percent from the stripe on his career, with a low of 52 percent and a high of 62 percent. Which is tough, because Howard has shown that he can stick a good elbow under the ball and showcase a good stroke.

This is where Ed Palubinskas comes in. The Aussie swears he can turn Howard from the last Shaquille O'Neal (who Palubinskas once worked with) into, at the very least, the next Patrick Ewing (who Howard once worked with). To say nothing of the next Jack Sikma.

This is what he offered to the Orlando Sentinel, recently. Here's Palubinskas, in an email to the Sentinel (before Howard hired him) from 2009:

"I will completely change his numbers in less than one week and you won't recognize him."

Well all right!

And this is what Palubinskas told the Orlando Sentinel during a 2009 Finals showing that saw Howard miss 15 of 37 charity attempts:

"Here we are with multimillion-dollar, superb, phenomenal athletes, and millions of people are watching [the Finals] and saying, 'I don't believe it.' I believe it because their mechanics are so flawed."

Howard's mechanics are flawed. His shooting elbow sticks way out too often, he doesn't utilize the same routine consistently, and he can use some help with his knee-bend bounce before he shoots. Take it from your "humble" free-throw guru/author, who converts about as many free throws as Howard does, without the pressure of 20,000 fans bearing down.

It's still a smart move for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. More makes turn to more scores which leads to more respect from the refs which leads to less angry outbursts on the defensive end about what happened on the offensive end, which allows an already-dominant defensive player to perhaps play free and easy (read: scary) on the defensive end from the first quarter to the fourth. Whew. It's a long way of saying that a more serene turn at the free-throw line is good for everyone involved. Even, sometimes, the opposition.

Also, it could run Howard's scoring average up past 25 a game. If he develops the stroke, the game's best center could become even scarier.

Look out. via Ball Don't Lie

Jordan 6 (Six) Rings Carbon Fiber Official Pics Release Date and Pricing

The Jordan 6 Rings is set to make its return this Fall with the release of the Carbon Fiber Jordan 6 Rings. We initially caught wind of these a while back and now, Jordan Brand has gone ahead and made them official. The Carbon Fiber Jordan 6 Rings is officially set to release on 9/17 at a retail of $160. The Carbon Fiber Jordan 6 Rings features a combo upper of Black mesh, Black Carbon Fiber textured leather, and Grey textured leather. The upper sits on a White midsole and a Medium Grey outsole.via KATC

Qualifiers to air on ESPN networks

ESPN2 will televise the championship games of the EuroBasket and FIBA Americas tournaments, which serve as qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic basketball competition.

The network announced Monday that 130 games from both tournaments will be available live on

The FIBA Americas tournament begins Tuesday in Argentina. Besides showing the championship game live on Sept. 11, ESPN2 also will carry both semifinals and the third-place game.

The European gold-medal game is Sept. 18 in Lithuania, which will be shown on delay later that night.

The top two teams in each tournament earn spots in the field in London. Despite the NBA lockout, many countries were able to secure insurance so their top players could be in uniform. via ESPN

Air Jordan X (10) Grey/ Green

How would you like to work for Jordan Brand and get hooked up with some of the coolest Sample sneakers that hardly anyone knew were even produced?

Doug Barclay knows how it feels and is proud to sport some of his crown jewels. This pair of Air Jordan X’s has never been seen until he decided to partake in #AirJordanFridays on Twitter. While there is no word on if these will ever see store shelves, it’s nice to know that new colorways are being strewn about instead of re-releasing the same old colorways over and over again. via Sneakerfiles

T-Shirt Of The Day: 08.30.11

I Love Hip Hop Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Monday, August 29, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 08.29.11

Can I Kick It Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Packer Shoes x Reebok Court Victory Pump ‘U.S. Open’ – Release Info

At long last, the good old US of A finally gets its turn to shine with the fourth and final installment of the Packer Shoes x Reebok Court Victory Pump 'Grand Slam Pack.' Last, but not least, the U.S. Open edition is coming your way, just in time for the weekend and this year's tennis madness out in Flushing, Queens. The U.S. Open Pump not only sports the solid blue of the U.S. Open court, but also flaunts a full 3M upper to celebrate the bright lights and flashing cameras of NYC. Additional hits of tennis ball neon and a special 'QUEENS NY' insole finish off the design, but there's still more in store with this release. Joining the shoes will be a shirt and sticker set featuring Kramer, the "ball man" from the classic U.S. Open episode of Seinfeld. A great tie-in with the Seinfeld theme, the shirt is a clever collaboration between Vandal-A and Packer Shoes, with Kramer now rocking what else, but the U.S. Open Pumps. The shirt along with stickers will be packaged with the Pumps and made available for purchase this Thursday, September 1st, in-store at Packer Shoes, as well as through their online shop. via Sneaker News

Remembering Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein

Two years ago yesterday (August 28), the music industry lost one of its own in Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein at the age of 36. DJ AM was found in his New York City apartment where officials say the DJ and producer passed away as a result of drug intoxication. The Philadelphia native got his start as part of rap and rock outfit Crazy Town before doing work alongside Will Smith, Madonna and others. DJ AM was also a disc jockey to the stars, playing private events for some of the biggest names in entertainment.

DJ AM and drummer Travis Barker have been forever linked after the pair – also known as musical duo TRV$DJAM – amazingly survived a 2008 Learjet crash together. The two were also part of the house band for the 2008 MTV VMAs rocking out with Katy Perry, Lupe Fiasco and LL Cool J. The Blink-182 drummer remembered his friend and collaborator DJ AM today in a series of moving messages from his Twitter account.

“R.I.P. 2 our brother DJAM.2 years ago 2day we lost a great friend & DJ. Never forget all the good times/shows we had.U are missed my brotha!” tweeted Travis Barker earlier today. Barker added, “2night's show is dedicated 2 Adam/DJAM.There will be a tribute video 2 honor his legacy during our set. 2day is a tough one 2 say the least.”

Travis Barker also urged fans to get familiar with DJ AM’s music by visiting his website to pay tribute. “Go to & download his music if you already haven't and blast that sh-- in your car or crib for our homie. #DJAMLIVES.”

Rest In Peace, DJ AM. via Rap Fix

LeBron James to play in exhibition game

MIAMI -- LeBron James says he will be joining fellow NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony for a game in Baltimore on Tuesday.

"I'm in," James said Sunday.

The game is perhaps the biggest yet in a series of summer exhibitions featuring players who are waiting for the NBA lockout to end. Durant has been at the center of many of those matchups, scoring 66 points one night at New York's famed Rucker Park and later leading Washington's Goodman League to a 135-134 victory over the Drew League from Los Angeles.

James, Paul and Anthony are all scheduled to be on the same team Tuesday.

Anthony is a Baltimore native, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to charities that the New York Knicks star is involved with. via ESPN

Picture Of The Day: 08.29.11

Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 LTR Stealth Pack, October release!

Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V2 Low Miami Nights Release Info

After a long wait, and some teasing, we have new and confirmed release info for the US release of the Miami Night Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V2. The Miami Nights Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V2 is set to release at NikeTown Miami on 9/2. NikeTown Miami will be handing out wristbands on Thursday 9/1/11 starting at 10:30am and the sneakers will be sold on Friday 9/2/11 starting at 10:00am. As of now, there is no info on a release outside of Miami but, we are not ruling it out so stay tuned in for updates. Anything is possible. via KATC

Air Jordan Retro 1 Phat Low Velvet Brown

Earlier this Spring, Jordan Brand introduced two flavors of their elephant print Swoosh-ed Air Jordan Retro 1 Phat Low. With the Fall only a couple of weeks away, Jordan Brand has a couple new flavors of the style on deck including the Velvet Brown Air Jordan Retro 1 Phat Low. Like the previous two flavors from the Spring, the Velvet Brown AJ1 Phat Low features a full nubuck upper, done in Velvet Brown, with a with a elephant print textured Swoosh done in Velvet Brown and Khaki. The trim of the sneaker is also done in Khaki and the upper sits on a White midsole and Khaki outsole.

The Velvet Brown Air Jordan Retro 1 Phat Low is set to release in October. via KATC

BePositive 31 New Soft High Boat

BePositive, an Italian footwear brand, specializing in casual shoes, is out with an interesting silhouette.

It’s pretty rare to see anything from brands like these show up on our website, so this is a rare treat. Coming off of the Stussy Deluxe x Timberland Sore-Tex Chukka preview we’ve showed you before, we bring you the BePositive 31 New Soft High Boat shoe.

This boat shoe uses high quality premium Italian leather, flexible mesh upper, in brown and olive green. The midsole is all too familiar, which is a design inspired closely by the Nike Air Max 1.

These are available now at United Arrows. via Sneakerfiles

Nike VT Pack Dunk High

Back in early July we got a first look at three classic Nike silhouettes that, together, will be making up the VT Pack- Air Max 90, Air Force 1 mid and Dunk high. Each design in this Vach Tech pack somes in a tan/white colorway very reminiscent of the classic Timberland colorways. Today, we get another look, in particular, at the Nike Dunk high that will be included in said pack. via Sneakerfiles

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blake Griffin starts web internship

NEW YORK -- Stymied by the NBA lockout, Blake Griffin is going to work for Will Ferrell instead.

This week, the Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward is interning at Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Ferrell and Adam McKay. Griffin arrived at the site's LA offices Tuesday to begin three days of work in video production.

He will help write, shoot, edit and act in several videos for the site. Funny Or Die quickly creates digital comedy videos, often with celebrity guest appearances.

Griffin said he's a big comedy fan and an avid viewer of Funny Or Die. As an intern, he hopes to learn more about film production.

"Just to get an inside look at how things are run here is exciting to me," Griffin said by phone Tuesday. "I don't know what interns at Funny Or Die are like, but I'm about to find out, I guess."

Mike Farah, president of production at Funny Or Die, pledged that Griffin will be treated like other interns. He noted that the 22-year-old Griffin is, after all, about the same age as most of the site's college interns. (The others, of course, may not be able to dunk over midsize sedans.)

"We're going to put him to work," said Farah. "He's shooting a series of videos, and he's also coming to meetings. He's basically doing everything that an intern does."

Griffin counts "Old School," "Wedding Crashers" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" among his favorite movies. On Funny Or Die, he likes Zach Galifianakis' mock interview series "Between Two Ferns."

"I'll go see a bad comedy over a good action movie any day," Griffin said.

Griffin, who was last season's NBA Rookie of the Year and won the Slam Dunk Contest (in which he leaped over a Kia Optima), has been keeping busy during the NBA lockout. He's done a lot of sponsorship work, been active on Twitter and launched a basketball camp for kids in Oklahoma City.

Though Griffin averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game last season, he says he's not above fetching coffee in his week as an intern.

"I don't mind doing stuff like that," said the forward. "It's not a problem for me." via ESPN

T.I. To Drop A Book After Prison Release

T.I. is set to be released from federal prison in less than a month and it seems that his first order of business is to release a book. During an interview with Montreality DJ Drama confirmed that Tip was in the midst of penning something. “Tip’s good, we talked via email about two weeks ago,” the Grand Hustle DJ said. “I told him I had a record for him. He should get home in a couple of weeks; he’s ready to get back to work. I know he has a book in the works and definitely the music, expect some good records.”

On August 16, T.I. posted a letter to his fans where he vowed to regain his focus once he returns home from jail after he was sentenced to 11 months in prison last October for violating the terms of his supervised release. In September 2010 the Atlanta rapper was arrested after police discovered drugs in his car during a traffic stop in L.A. In 2009 the MC was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after he pled guilty to federal weapons charges. Upon his release, after serving seven months of the year-long bid, T.I. was placed on federal probation, which he in turn violated with the L.A. arrest.

As of now the title of Tip’s book is unknown, but RapFix has learned that it will be released in mid-October. via Rap Fix

Nike SB Dunk Mid Patagonia New Pics

New pics of the Patagonia Nike SB Dunk Mid have hit the Net. Set to release during this Holiday season, the Patagonia Nike SB Dunk Mid is inspired by Patagonia backpacks and features a mix of Green leather, Brown leather, and Gold leather with Pink laces, a White midsole, and a Black outsole. via KATC

Air Jordan 1 Retro High – Fall 2011 Colorways

The typically stays quiet during the calendar year. Not to say that it isn't a noiseworthy shoe, but it does get overlooked from time to time in favor of the more marquee releases, like the Air Jordan XI Concord, the Ray Allen XIIIs, and other big-time Jordan Retro releases. However, one of the most controversial releases of the year has been of the Air Jordan 1 variety; not long ago, Jordan Brand scrapped the Air Jordan 1 'Banned' and released the shoe in limited numbers at Nike Factory Stores, and currently a pair of these contemporary 'banned' kicks fetch up to $300 a piece. Whether it was truly a scrapped release that experienced unforeseen popularity, or if it was a shrewd coercion tactic remains to be seen, but it all reminded us that the original Air Jordan sneaker has that staying power in today's sneaker game. If you missed out the Banned 1s, it's quite alright because Jordan Brand is set to release six team-based colorways of the Air Jordan 1 High Retro; these are slated to be an August 2011 release, but have yet to pop up in stores in the U.S., so perhaps a late-month release or a postponement to September is likely. via Sneaker News

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Picture Of The Day: 08.25.11

Nas, Lauryn Hill, Common Set Off 2011 Rock The Bells

Hip-hop festival Rock The Bells set off its 2011 series of concerts Saturday at the San Manual Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, California to a crowd of nearly 40,000 hip hop fans. This year’s show followed up with last year’s classic album’s theme with acts like Cypress Hill performing their 1993 sophomore album Black Sunday which B-Real, the lead rapper of the group, says were the first to perform an entire album.

“We performed it at Smoke Out 2 years ago which is where Chang pretty much developed the idea of doing full blown albums.” Says B-Real “We were the first to do it and he started doing Rock The Bells like that because people were very receptive to it.” Mos Def and Talib Kweli gave hip hop heads a good dose of rhyme flows from their classic album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star.

Rapper Common, who hit the stage sporting a classic Isaac Hayes look with bald head and full scruffy beard, juiced up the crowd with cuts from the Be CD. Although a headlining act, Common experienced the event with the heart of a fan.

“This is a show that me as a hip hop fan I love to just experience and to be around and see. You have artists that are my favorite artists and then they are doing albums that are some of the most classic albums you’ve heard in music.”

Despite the main stage presenting some major heavy hitters such as Erykah Badu, a good chunk of the crowd was held captive earlier in the day at the 36 Chambers Stage which was produced by RZA. Performances by the Wu Tang Clan and groups like Black Moon who performed the “Enta Da Stage” album; Souls of Mischief’s ’doing 93 Til Infinity and Mobb Deep reuniting on stage for “Infamous” made it very difficult for fans to decide which of the 3 stages to gravitate toward to see their favorite hip hop act.

It was when Nas hit the main stage that nearly all in attendance gathered in one place to experience “Illmatic” performed in its entirety. Closing the night out was Lauryn Hill who seemed just a bit fixated on her band but none the less intrigue her audience with songs from her award winning classic The Mis-education of Lauryn Hill. via Rap Fix

adidas Stan Smith Mid x Star Wars Darth Vader

As part of their Fall Star Wars collection, adidas and Lucas Arts have linked up for the Darth Vader Star Wars x Stan Smith Mid. The Darth Vader Stan Smith Mid features a White leather upper with the original sketches of Darth Vader emblazoned on both sides of the sneaker. The sneaker also features an illustration of Darth Vader on the tongue done in Gold and Black and the Trefoil on the heel with "DARTH VADER" on the heel tab.

The Darth Vader Star Wars x adidas Stan Smith Mid is available now at select adidas accounts. via KATC

adidas Originals Etrusco – Forest – White

adidas indoor football styles have always been popular with casual sneaker fans, so when Three Stripes applied the Copa Mundial's legendary silhouette with a new sole for Dennis Busenitz' adidas Skate signature, an instant classic was born. Along these same lines, British artist C-Law reappropriated the Etrusco Capitano soccer cleat to create this new adidas Originals Etrusco lowtop. The latest pair comes in the lovely forest green and white combo that's been one of adidas' most popular colorways for years now and you can find them now at select retailers like CrookedTongues. via Sneaker News

Nike Blazer High ’10.Deep Patriots’

New York's 10.Deep has been involved in a variety of sneaker collaborations over the years, pairs of PRO-Keds and Reeboks having dropped earlier this year. The model pictured above features their logo on the lacelock and heel, though this Nike Blazer High is, in fact, a custom designed as a tribute to the brand. They're crafted in raw Japanese denim plus leather Swooshes, a navy, red and white colorway that's such a Boston homer, the designer named these the 'Patriots'. That seems strange given the rivalry between these east coast metropolises, though you can't argue with the results of this dope denim Blazer. via Fresh&Fly & Sneaker News

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nike SB Dunk High – Anthracite/Gold

Not to be left out of the Nike SB party by the likes of the Stefan Janoski, the Dunk high rears its head again as well. Pictured here is a Nike SB Dunk high that has begun to hit select Nike SB stockists in a mostly anthracite upper with golden yellow accents by way of the contrast stitching, ankle lining and soles. via Sneakerfiles

Nike Air Force 1 High – Cement Grey – Black | Chris Hall Promo Sample

Earlier this year Sneaker News showed you the Nike Air Force 1 High Promo sample made for Chris Hall, a frequent collaborator and contributor to the sneaker game. He's designed shoes for Timberland and Rocawear, helped pick colorways for a few x Nike collaborations, and even assisted Nike with the brands archives, so you can tell that he deserved these sick Air Force 1 Highs! Here's a look at a 'reverse' colorway of that basic two-toned Air Force 1 High - this time in Cement Grey with elephant print on the toe and heel in a full-grain leather construction; it combines two of classic tones from the Air Jordan III (perhaps the muse behind both of Chris Hall's samples) and features his name stitched on labels on the ankle straps. If you want to add these gems to your collection, hit up the auction from lo71 on eBay. via Sneaker News

Ashford And Simpson Leave Long Lasting Impression on Hip-Hop

While the nation mourns the loss of Nick Ashford – one half of the iconic singer-songwriter team Ashford and Simpson with wife Valerie –it is important to note that the duo has been responsible for some of R&B greatest hits, finding fame with their pens as part of Motown Records’ songwriting team in the mid-60s before venturing out on their own as artists. As Hip Hop music progressed from its funk and disco sound into the technological upswing of sampling, Ashford and Simpson’s work has been used as a backdrop for many Hip Hop hits. Below, RapFix takes a look at some of those tracks.

Legendary female rapper MC Lyte employed one of the earlier uses of Ashford and Simpson’s work by sampling the duo’s biggest hit “Solid” for her 1988 track “Lyte As A Rock” from her debut album of the same name. The Ashford and Simpson-penned Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hit “You’re All I Need To Get By” formed the basis for a rugged Method Man cover of the song featuring R&B songstress Mary J. Blige in 1995.

Ashford and Simpson’s music was also used by the recently deceased Amy Winehouse as the duo’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” track written for Gaye and Terrell fueled the sound for Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own.” A quick Web search revealed that many other acts borrowed from the vast pool of music that Ashford and Simpson either recorded or were responsible for creating. Rapper DMX, R&B singer Tyrese, producer 9th Wonder and G-Unit chief 50 Cent have all used a part of the duo’s work in some capacity.

Nick Ashford had been battling throat cancer for some time, succumbing to disease at the age 69 in a New York hospital on August 22nd. He is survived by his wife Valerie Simpson and two daughters, Nicole and Asia.

Rest In Peace to Nick Ashford. via Rap Fix

Nike SB Dunk High “Cigar”

Well, here it is folks. We can finally take a first look at the Cigar Nike SB Dunk High. Last week a teaser image surfaced, and over the weekend we got a sneak peak at the limited edition cigar box packaging. This Dunk was designed by Todd Bratrud with help from the guys at SPoT. The Dunk is completely covered in suede and nubuck. Word is the center panel features a tear away material that reveals the cigar’s guts. As previously mentioned, no release date yet, but the Cigar Dunk is set to release sometime next month. Once we know more, you’ll know more. Stay tuned! via NSB & The Shoe Game

Eye on eBAY®: CLIPSE / RE-UP GANG x COMMONWEATH x NEW ERA 59Fifty Fitted Cap

Malice is pitching his book and Pusha T is making moves with Good Music. Here’s a ’07 throwback, from the early days of the CLIPSE. Clipse fans that missed out on this exclusive release have a chance to pick up this long sold out collector item. Offer here in 7-3/8, Item number: 290602046691 on eBay. via Strictly Fitteds

Nike LeBron 8 PS “Finals” Release Date

The Nike LeBron 8 PS “Finals”, perhaps the last LeBron 8 PS to release, was initially thought to never release because of LeBron James and the Miami Heat’s failure to capture the NBA title last June. Some time after we got an unexpected update that Nike would release the “Finals” edition in China and now here in the states. This September 2nd at midnight EST, the Nike LeBron 8 PS “Finals” will be available at NikeStore. There is no word yet on a possible raised price on the Nike LeBron 8 PS “Finals”, stay tuned. via Sneakerfiles

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lil B Responds To Game, Calls Rapper 'Irrelevant'

Don't mess with the Based God. With two days to go until his R.E.D. Album hits stores (August 23rd) the road to release to Game's comeback album has been a rocky one. Suffering a premature leak, a myriad of records have hit the web from Game's record, a few that have taken shots at artists celebrities Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Erykah Badu and even basketball player LeBron James. During a recent interview Hurricane took the time to take more shot at another notable rapper, Lil B.

Speaking with website Vladtv, Game labeled the Based God the worst rapper of all time.

"Number one, wackest rapper of all-time" Game began to answer. "This is crazy, man. The wackest rapper. Lil B. Lil B. Yeah, he gotta get it because I heard him on [Lil] Wayne's, I heard him on [Wayne's] Sorry 4 The Wait and that was it. I couldn't -- that was it. I never really heard anything else that I can even remember to call it wack but I remember I heard that and that's what it was. So, like, Lil B."

Lil B has been no stranger to rap beefs himself. Earlier this year Freddie Gibbs called out B over his lyrical content and after revealing the title of his I'm Gay album title, loads of rappers lined up to criticized the beloved MC. Throughout the controversy B has consistently taken the high road, until now. Speaking out against Game's comments, the West Coast rapper shot back at Hurricane calling him irrelevant.

"Game's talking about me, but right now, and I respect Game," Lil B told a media outlet. "I got [Game's] Live From Compton 2 [album], so Game already know, you're a legend in my book. But he's irrelevant. Based God!" via Rap Fix

ETNIES x NEW ERA「Wicked」59Fifty Cap

Fall is right around the corner. Pretty soon the trees will be shedding their leaves and the days will begin to shorten. In a few months we’ll all be rocking our plaids and flannels trying to beat back the brisk winds of winter. In keeping with this theme Etnies drops the Wicked 59Fifty Fitted cap, the perfect fitted for cool weather. Available at newelementcap. via Strictly Fitteds

Nike Air Force 1 Low “It Is Possible”

Brazil is a country swelling with athletic fervor as a result of huge fan bases in a number of different sports- including everyting from Mixed Martial Arts to soccer. However, basketball isn’t necessarily going to sit back and be looked passed. As a way of showing just how influential the sport of basketball is in Brazil, a documentary entitled “It Is Possible” has been filmed and the Nike Air Force 1 pictured here will be releasing in commemorative fashion, directly within the Brazilian market. Release date is set for September 6th, so you’re going to want to work your Brazilian connects soon… as soon as now if possible. via Sneakerfiles

Kevin Durant may star in a new movie

For the past several years, LeBron James has been tied to the movie "Ballers," a delightful-sounding romp about a group of friends who learn about life in the most unlikely place of all: a fantasy camp for basketball fans. It's been delayed quite a few times, though, likely because LeBron's popularity dips with each successive summer. No studio wants to finance a movie that won't make much money, and the only people who'll pay for a LeBron vehicle these days are bored bloggers looking for material during the lockout.

Kevin Durant is extremely popular, though, both because he's very good at basketball and most assuredly not the kind of person who would embarrass an entire franchise during a national TV free-agency special. So he is planning on starring in a movie, too. Except we have absolutely zero details on it besides its likely shooting locations. From Darnell Mayberry in The Oklahoman:

The Oklahoma City Thunder star is on the verge of finalizing a deal to star in a major Warner Bros. film, The Oklahoman has learned.

The film, which has a basketball subplot, has not yet been named, but it's scheduled to go into production in mid-September, according to sources. Filming location for the feature-length picture has been narrowed to Oklahoma City and Baton Rouge, La.

Trey Kerby has already written and photoshopped the definitive piece on this news, so please check it out if you're a fan of comedy. I do, however, think that his focus on remakes and sequels is somewhat limiting. I would like to suggest the following plot for this film.

The year is 2050. Basketball has been outlawed by a popular politipreacher (Rutger Hauer) who preys on the fear of a populace fixated on the looming threat of intergalactic space worms. A bright-eyed young man named Nobody materializes in a nuclear-ravaged New York (as played by Oklahoma City) with a round leather object. The local townspeople wonder where he came from and try to challenge him to a match of Chinese checkers. (This game is the only form of recreation allowed in Future New York. Don't worry, it will be explained in a pre-credits info dump a la David Lynch's "Dune.") Durant throws his makeshift basketball off the head of a gang leader (Vin Diesel as himself). Diesel then forces Durant to throw his basketball through a ratty tire 10 times in a row (an homage to "Escape from LA").

Durant succeeds, duh. Everyone asks him how he is so good at this hastily constructed challenge. He explains that it's a sport called "basketball." Over the course of a two-minute montage, he teaches everyone in Future New York how to play the game.

Cut to a generic boardroom. Rutger Hauer hears about the basketball game and vows to suppress the revolt before it begins. He sends a group of soldiers to Vin Diesel's part of town. Vin Diesel and Durant team up to defeat them. Rutger Hauer is ashamed and retires from ruling Earth. Then the intergalactic space worms land. Just when it seems they are going to kill everyone, Durant shoots another basket. The space worms explain that they have a similar game called "Ujpakimor." Instead of killing all the humans, they just play a lot of basketball with them. All because Kevin Durant is such a nice guy.

The entire movie will be around 30 minutes long. Let me know if you are interested, Kevin. via Ball Don't Lie

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jeremy Scott x adidas JS Camo Wings

Jeremy Scott collaboration with Adidas brought us the unconventional styling cues of his infamous “Wings” designs such as the “Flames”, “Clear”, “Glow In The Dark”, and the “Denim”. We reported earlier this year that a Camo colorway will be in the mix. The colorway is a supposed to have an stealthy feel with the Camo pattern, but the eccentric design makes it hard not to be noticed. Mita sneakers in Japan has already received their shipment. A U.S release date is still unconfirmed, but we will keep you updated. via The Shoe Game

adidas Skateboarding Ronan – ‘Pete Eldridge’ | Black – Red

The adidas Ronan is a new model from the skateboarding division over at the three stripes, a signature from Pete Eldrigde, whose name is embroidered on the side of these sneakers. The colorway seen here is reminiscent of the classic Nike SB Dunk 'Vamps' with their deadly combo of black and blood red. This sleek lowtop from the growing adidas Skateboarding division imports classic elements from the adidas lineage to suit the needs of skaters. Continue reading for a full look at the adidas Ronan in Black/Red, which are available now at Caliroots. via Sneaker News

Nike ACG Lava Dunk High

The Nike Dunk High get’s rugged for 2011. With the hiking trails and rough terrain in mind, the Nike ACG Lava Dunk High drops with features that prepares one for such.

This model features durable, weatherproof mesh, premium leather and reinforced lacing system and soles. We’ve previewed the black and orange colorway once before, and this time, it has company in Black/High Voltage and Bold Berry. via Sneakerfiles

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nike Air Max Diamond Turf “Freshwater”

The Nike Air Max Diamond Turf has been making a furious comeback this year. We last saw it drop in a varsity royal colorway perfect for Orlando Magic fans. Now, this classic sneaker gets even more classic (if that’s possible) by being done-up in the iconic “Freshwater” colorway. The shoe comes in predominantly grey and black, while the freshwater accents are seen most evidently on the midfoot strap and the toe cap. Could this be the first Nike Air Max Diamond Turf you purchase? That’ll be $105, please. via Sneakerfiles

Nike SB Blazer Mid Low End Theory

The A Tribe Called Quest -- Low End Theory inspired Nike SB Blazer Mid is hitting select Nike SB QS accounts now. We took a look at these last month but as a refresher, the Low End Theory Nike SB Blazer Mid is inspired by the artwork from ATCQ's classic "Low End Theory" album and features a Black nubck and leather upper with a Red leather Swoosh, a Red lining, Green laces, and a White sole.

The Low End Theory Nike SB Blazer Mid is available now at Nike SB QS accounts including Premier. If you are looking for a pair, hit your local Nike SB QS account now. via KATC

Picture Of The Day: 08.18.11


NBA 2K12 unveils list of 15 in-game legends

With no contests likely to be on the docket, this fall's best NBA games could take place on your favorite video game consoles. "NBA 2K12" figures to be a major release in October, one that could avoid the kind of dip in sales you'd expect from a game tied to a league that may not have a season.

In large part, that's because of the game's challenge-based tie-in with 15 NBA legends. Until now, only a few names had been confirmed for this game mode. Jon Robinson of's The Gamer has all 15 of the players and teams on the list (via PBT), along with their specific challenges. It's a varied list of Hall of Famers, both chronologically and geographically: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan (again), Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, and Jerry West, plus the 1990-91 Warriors and 2001-02 Kings.

It'll be fun to play with each of those legends, especially since the game builds out full rosters for both the players' teams and their opponents (so, yes, Jerry West's challenge includes a game against Pete Maravich). Still, I feel as though 2K Sports missed a chance to have a lot of fun with these challenges. Instead of accomplishing certain goals during each of these legendary games,

Check out some alternate scenarios for each player.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Aggressively lobby Lakers executives to build a statue four times as big as that of Jerry West.

2. Wilt Chamberlain: Using the gameplay pioneered by "Leisure Suit Larry," bed 10 women at a single party.

3. Julius Erving: Collect a team of Pisces-born players to save the city of Pittsburgh from alien attack.

4. Patrick Ewing: Employing your best skills of stealth, dip the Knicks' envelope at the 1985 draft lottery in maple syrup with no one noticing.

5. Michael Jordan: Winning a game unlocks the ability to play boo-ray as a post-game bonus.

6. Karl Malone: In an interface similar to "Duck Hunt," hunt for little Mexican girls at the Staples Center in 2004.

7. Hakeem Olajuwon: In only two hours, teach LeBron James(notes) to be the best post player in the NBA.

8. Scottie Pippen: Ruin a great season by pouting at the end of an amazing playoff game.

9. Oscar Robertson: Win a game and any pre-1976 player becomes a free agent. Break up the Celtics dynasty as you please!

10. Bill Russell: Score 20 points, grab 30 rebounds, block 10 shots. At a bar after the game, try to get a white fan to acknowledge your presence.

11. John Stockton: Elbow players in the face at least 20 times without getting called for a single foul.

12. Isiah Thomas: Using the game mechanics of "Rollercoaster Tycoon," run a business successfully.

13. Jerry West: Average at least 40 points over the course of the NBA Finals without winning.

14. 1990-91 Warriors: No score is kept. Win the game by eliciting more applause than your opponents.

15. 2001-02 Kings: Any contact with an opponent is a foul. Regardless, win Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

via Ball Don't Lie

Nike Air Trainer SC II White/Black/Orange

Summertime is almost over, so that means it’s time to pull out the Fall colors. Nike continues to bless its SC Trainer II fans with a collection of good colorways. Here, we have a new addition to the SC Trainer II family. White and Black dominates most of the leather upper, while a hit of orange on the tongue and upper lace loops give it a nice contrast.

With Fall right around the corner, these will be a great addition to your gear for the season. With a sticker price of $110, the White/Black-Orange SC Trainer II is arriving at retailers now, so don’t miss out. via The Shoe Game

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rakim, EPMD to Play Free Show in Central Park

Legendary hip-hop acts Rakim and EPMD will perform a free show in New York City this Sunday afternoon (August 21).

The show will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Eric B and Rakim’s classic debut album, Paid in Full, which launched the seminal MC’s career.

The free concert, which will take place at Central Park’s SummerStage, will also include a set by Hot 97’s own DJ Funkmaster Flex.

The show is slated to begin at 3 p.m., with doors opening one hour earlier. —Martin Spasov for XXL

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Erykah Badu Shuts Down The D.O.C.’s Reality Show Plans

Famed R&B songstress Erykah Badu doesn’t plan on starring in her own reality show with former lover The D.O.C. any time soon.

Earlier this month, the gangsta rap vet and longtime Dr. Dre associate told LA Weekly that he recently reconciled with Badu, who is the mother of his seven year old daugher, Puma, and began living with her, and her other two famous children –Seven, her son with Outkast rapper Andre 3000 and Mars, her daughter with Roc Nation signee, Jay Electronica. This gave him the idea to shoot a reality show about his experiences there, which he dreamed would culminate in him marrying the eccentric singer on the series finale.

Badu however, has denied any plans of such a show, issuing a statement to the Dallas Observer saying that her involvement with The D.O.C. does not extend past their daughter.

“Erykah Badu and The D.O.C. share parental responsibilities for their daughter and their relationship as it regards that aim is very good,” Badu’s rep, Paul Levatino said. “However, that is the full extent of their personal involvement and no romantic dynamic exists between the two. Moreover, Erykah has no plans to marry or have any sort of courtship with the D.O.C. Ms. Badu has no plans to allow a reality show to be filmed in her private Dallas residence or to include any of her children in the filming. Ms. Badu has no concrete plans further than a guest appearance in his reality show. The D.O.C.’s comments were either taken out of context, improperly interpreted, or reflective of his now, not-so-secret desires. Whatever the case, Erykah wishes D.O.C. well both spiritually and professionally.” —Martin Spasov for XXL

Star Wars x adidas Originals – Hoth Collection

Strategically speaking, the Battle of Hoth was just an engagement during the Galactic Civil War in the narration of Star Wars. From the aspect of Star Wars merchandise tie-in however, Battle of Hoth will set a precedence as the last collaborative collection between adidas Originals and Star Wars after an immensely successful 2-years run. If you’ve never taking a close look at the Star Wars x adidas Originals line, this might be your last chance to do so. The Hoth Collection is now available at all adidas Originals retail locations and its official online store. via Freshness

Picture Of The Day: 08.17.11

Elise Morin & Clémence Eliard - Wastelandscape

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


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Lockout could lose NBA 2K12 video game a lot of money

As far as video game franchises go, the NBA 2K rates third only to EA Sports' two-headed football monster of Madden and NCAA Football. In the world of basketball games, 2K has always stood out for its reasonable approximation of real basketball and a boatload of special features that add to the overall experience. Last year's Michael Jordan Challenge was a huge hit, and they're set to do even more this year with involvement from a game mode built around legendary performances by 15 NBA legends.

Unfortunately for 2K Sports, this year's lockout could derail their sales goals for this fall's NBA 2K12. In fact, one analyst predicts a steep drop from last year's 5.5million units sold. From Eddie Makuch for GameSpot (via PBT and I am a GM):

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia issued an investor note this morning that stated if the NBA lockout does not end, sales of NBA 2K12 will be softer than predicted.

Just yesterday, Take-Two reported its latest quarterly earnings, saying NBA 2K11 has sold 5.5 million copies. However, Bhatia's firm is currently projecting that sales of NBA 2K12 could fall off by 1 million units over last year. Sales at this level would diminish Take-Two's earnings by $40 million, he projected.

However, Bhatia also stated that the "uniqueness" of NBA 2K12 might be enough to make the game a top-performer, regardless of a lockout scenario.

It makes sense that a basketball game would see a dip in sales while its league isn't playing games. Excitement around a basketball season can help move product, and it stands to reason that if people aren't thinking about the NBA, they won't feel a huge need to purchase a video game that's all about the league.

However, it's important to note that NBA 2K12 is uniquely well-positioned to sell well during a lockout. With no league, basketball fans are likely to think back to the NBA's glory days, no matter which era they consider that to be. Plus, whereas last year's game focused on Jordan, NBA 2K12 will include players ranging from Magic Johnson to Latrell Sprewell. There's something for everyone, to the point where virtually any fan can find a part of beloved NBA past within this game mode. Oh, and if they want to watch current players whose games have been canceled, then they can fire up the regular game modes and enjoy them, too.

In other words, NBA 2K12's fortunes aren't tied to the existence of the 2011-12 NBA, because the game can act as a sort of substitute for many of the league's fans. It's not a perfect replacement, but it stands to be an entertaining facsimile.
via Ball Don't Lie