Calling forth their extensive roster of big-name athletes, Nike drops their Fall 2015 Tech Collection today, staying true to its simple silhouette-modern technology duality that made it so popular in the world of sportswear. Throw in a little refinement in sleekness and a few extra tech detailing for added-on urban utility makes for a uniform fit for doling out the force, whatever the weapon of choice. Full-zip collars, over-sized hoodies, drop tails and asymmetrical zips are just a few details that boost the Tech Fleece repertoire, blurring the line between fashionable and functional.
We dropped an “Official Songs of Summer” playlist a couple days ago, which is too bad because this NxWorries’ “Suede” joint is the modern epitome of summer grooves in LA. Stones Throw producer Knxwledge and singer-songwriter Andersen.Paak first debuted “Suede” on Stones Throws’ “In the Dungeon,” and video director Calmatic takes the two on a prototypical ride through Venice — top down in the whip, playing basketball, hangin’ with some honeys and all other types of feel good. Pro tip: watch the video all the way through for a snippet of more smoove audibles from the duo known as NxWorries. Peep the video above.
Low End Theory can be held partially responsible for the cultivating of massive amounts of sonic talent coming out of Los Angeles is the last handful of years — Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, members of the Soulection, HW&W and Team Supreme rosters and even Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt all owe their chops to performing at the Airliner. FACTMag takes a plunge deeper into LA’s underground scene to explore LET founder Daddy Kev’s studio affectionately named the Cosmic Zoo that played an equal part in developing and spitting out music’s most innovating musicians to date. Peep the full video above.
Hate or love the direction Abel Tesfaye has pursued in recent times, but The Weeknd has nearly equated his success in 2015’s R&B to that of the mentor/big brother that first broke the barrier for him. Having three singles hold top spots on Billboard Charts tends to have that effect, but the blog-o-sphere sensation turned modern R&B-icon still has a album to (officially) drop and a tour to follow, meaning Abel’s just getting started. The follow-up to “Can’t Feel My Face,” a Kanye-powered track, “Tell Your Friends,” offers a a desert excursion soundtracked by the lo-fi, minimal track that’s reminiscent of a gangster movie score, Weeknd-ified by the Toronto native’s signature falsetto and raunchy wordplay. Check the video above.
There’s something so distinct about a certain song defining your whole summer. Whether it is the rush of seasonal memories that flood your senses when hearing it or re-experiencing the exact moment associated upon your very first time listening to it, the quintessential summertime anthem has been the beacon of commemoration for all revelers of this season. Today we share with you a few of The 5th Element staff’s picks for their official summer songs and what it means to them. Read more
Summer Dance Forever is a Street Dance Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, that includes workshops, theater performances, master classes, battles and parties. World class dancers come out to compete in house, breaking, hip-hop and popping. The 2015 festival just concluded last week and some of the battle footage has already been released. Click through to learn more about the much hyped competition.
Everybody seems to have one foot out the door already as the weekend finally arrives. Shout out to the last person in the office right now putting in that overtime, you definitely deserve a Hennessy V.S drink for all those late nights and early mornings. If Hennessy V.S is in your grocery list this weekend, be sure to look for these limited edition artist-designed bottles by famed American artist Ryan McGinness, who was tapped to create a piece of art for these must have collectables. His expansive body of work reaches all over the globe and chances are you’ve seen his artwork either on a building or in a gallery. This marks the fifth limited edition bottle in the Hennessy V.S artist series. If you already own the previous four bottles, then you can’t miss this new piece to add to your collection. Ryan McGinness made sure to keep the traditional Hennessy V.S symbols and used the cognac as a source of inspiration. To celebrate the launch, Hennessy V.S prepared a full day of events around LA. Hit the jump to see the recap photos and find out which celebrities were at the after party.
The FILA 97 (aka The Grant Hill III’s) is one of the brands unforgettable models, as evidenced by the style’s dominance of the market back in 1997, coinciding with a stellar statistical season for the then-Detroit Pistons star. Today, FILA is set to offer a version of the 97 (along with the Mindbender style) that is sure to move the needle for sneakerheads and nostalgic fans alike by releasing the “Static Pack” version of the silhouette. Drawing inspiration from the static seen on channel zero back in the days, the 97 is treated to patent leather detailing that results in a colorway that is nothing short of LIT. Hit the jump for more looks at this must-cop sneaker.
“Play No Games” – mixed by Vanilla Trilla for The 5th Element Magazine:
This mix is dedicated to you and your baby boo. Y’all had a dope summer vacation despite the crazy heatwave. And as the colder temps start to roll in, you’ll need a mix to chill with bae.
5th Element contributor and online fashion killa, Vanilla Trilla, put together this end of summer playlist filled with selections to keep the vibes going ’til the very end.
Play, share, and repeat!
It took REVOLT and Footaction to join forces last week, August 13, 2015, to finally give Future fans the traptastic time of their lives out here in Hollywood. The two forces teamed up for a special episode of REVOLT Live, the network’s entertainment news show, to make this happen. Future returned to Los Angeles to perform hits from his #1 Billboard debut and chart-topping album, DS2, for a special REVOLT Live performance presented by Footaction at The Hollywood Palladium. Casey Veggies warmed the crowd up before Future hit the stage to perform “Commas,” “Blow a Bag,” “I Serve the Base,” Where You At,” and more of his hits. Celebrities in attendance included Diddy’s son and DOPE actor, Quincy Brown alongside producer, Hit Boy. The exclusive event was broadcast live on REVOLT for fans around the world.
Today, K-Swiss dropped the Monochrome Pack, which just so happens to be their first capsule collection since the brand rebuilt its design team last year. The limited edition set of kicks highlights two models, the Classic ’96 Premium and the Volly Mid Premium, and gives them the lush treatment with a matte finish nubuck leather upper, tonal details throughout, reflective accents and a bit of some icy sole love. The Monochrome Pack comes in four distinct colors and breathes some fresh, on-trend life into some classic K-Swiss kicks. To help promote the pack, K-Swiss brought in the talents of photographer Erick Hercules to shoot the Lookbook for the collection. Hit the jump for more looks at the Monochrome Pack from K-Swiss. Read more
From 2015’s jump, Vic Mensa has not been silent this entire year. Collaborations with Kanye West and single drops cropping up like it’s going outta style, yet no record has come to the surface yet. “Traffic” doesn’t even have a release date yet, but Vic keeps showering down loosies with the latest one, “I Been” produced by Smoko Ono and Mike Dean, with extra production from Carter Lang and Papi Beatz. Vic takes it back a little bit by adding a singing element to the track, but stays true to his catchy hooks, chest-thumping persona that we can only image he adopted from his fellow Chi-town mentor. Hit the jump to hear the track.