A quick video and some IG snaps here and there cannot even do justice to the amount of visuals from the trade show season that went down in Las Vegas. How do you put 5 days worth of footage and photos into one single post? Impossible, but it had to be done. Luckily, picking our favorites from the countless numbers of images was simple. From street shots of some steezy people, exclusive looks of what’s coming up, and rappers who made quick cameos. The hip-hop and fashion world collided in so many ways and we were right there to capture all of it. We also got a chance to stop by the “All Gone” book signing inside Undefeated LV and sip on some Hennessy. Go ahead now, click the jump and scroll through our complete photo coverage of Trade Show Week!
Over the past few weeks, we Hip-Hop fans have been gifted with several hot new releases by some of our favorite artists. In the pockets of free time within our busy schedules, we were able to peep the freshest projects by Black Milk, Kid Cudi, Schoolboy Q, Rick Ross, and Pharrell Williams. This week’s Friday Five is dedicated to you busy bees who haven’t had the time to give. Take a moment, lend your ear, and indulge as we serve you one select track from each of these artist’s newest work.
It was 1989: the big earthquake shook up San Francisco, Tim Hardaway and Shawn Kemp were just rooks, and yours truly was just a-brewin’ in the womb, but just like the aforementioned, 1989 was the year that sparked the beginnings of substantial significance on a whole number of fronts. That same year, Long Island-bred, Native Tongues-affiliated trio De La Soul dropped their debut album “3 Feet High and Rising,” making their first mark on a legacy that still reigns influential, even 25 years after that first drop. Seven albums later and a few quiet years after the Nike+ sponsored, iTunes exclusive “Are You In?” tape, De La breaks the silence with a drop aptly titled, “Dilla Plugged In” with the trio lacing classic De La lyricisms over a coveted Dilla beat. The track is the icebreaker for a monster celebration of the 25th anniversary of the debut: the crew is dropping two tapes — not one, but TWO — right before the next full-lenth LP release, one consisting of all Dilla beats called “Smell the D.A.I.S.Y.,” and the other coming from Pete Rock and DJ Premier titled “Premium Soul on the Rocks.” Looks like De La Soul is making up for drought we’ve been suffering over, but we ain’t even mad at it. Give thanks to the hip-hop gods and hit the image to hear “Dilla Plugged In” on Soundcloud.
When it comes to hitting all the right notes in making the perfect outfit work, it’s easy to overlook how crucial a pair of socks can be. But when you’re trying to step out in head-to-toe freshness, you really have to take into consideration the caliber of fly your socks are. Standard issue whites are just not going to cut it – take your swag seriously and opt for a unique and dope pair. Take for example The Finer Things socks. They’ve got a few styles that should fit right in with your agenda to complete your proper look. Click through to check out the full photo feature. Read more
Already in its third year, the Red Bull Curates have become an anticipated event in the art and graffiti world. This Thursday they present Canvas Cooler, a collection of 20 Los Angeles-based artists who were hand picked to design mini coolers filled with the nectar of the gods, Red Bull. These coolers will be permanently displayed at 20 different venues all over the LA area. But before that happens, the public will have a chance to see all of them in one place. We’ve covered these events in the past and we can honestly say you will not be disappointed. Trust us, you’ll like this one. Before you hit up the homies though, make sure to you click here to rsvp. This is sure to be a packed event so arrive early and make sure to hashtag #CanvasCooler on all your social media photos.
As the turbulent New York winter weather ebbs and flows, the big city’s Hip-Hop community all gathered to one constant on February 16th– the annual Donuts Are Forever event, honoring the late great J Dilla. Read more
Anchoring the Dilla themed month for The Friday Five will be a selection of some of my favorite R&B/Soul-styled Dilla joints. It’s only natural to complete the cypher with Jay Dee music that goes beyond the borders of hip-hop, as it highlights the versatility, finesse, and pure genius that he contributed to music. So click through, reflect some more on Dilla’s classic material, and catch some vibes to another Friday Five that comes correct. Read more
Pharrell Williams has been busy as of late, in 2013 he was all over the airwaves with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky.” In other successes, his business endeavors had his name in the art, fashion, and tech world. So it only makes sense that he produced a full album while all of that was going on. I mean after all, it’s Pharrell right? Although the official release of Williams’ new album, G I R L, will be March 3rd, the internet has already been buzzing about it. If you haven’t heard it yet, then stream it on iTunes Radio while it’s still on there. Below you’ll find the full tracklist and some our favorite tracks.
Las Vegas, Germany, Long Beach, Tokyo, and New York all have one thing in common around this time: the arrival of the fashion trade show season. Although most brands will gravitate towards the nearest one available to them, some buckle up and take a leap into foreign territories, which often gives them an advantage in a saturated market. You might have noticed that The 5th crew have been covering the local trade shows here in California and Nevada, as evidence to our live photo blogging via Instagram. We want to show our readers what is coming up next, predict fast fashion trends right now, and more importantly, highlight brands you may not know. Check out our video recap for now, while the photos are coming up next, so stay tuned!
Now available online, streetwear fans have been anticipating this capsule collection from HUF and the timeless hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan. Nothing goes harder than rocking that infamous W. This collection marks the 20th Anniversary of the group’s album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), meaning you’ve been listening to C.R.E.A.M. for 20 years and still know every word. Cop these limited pieces from the HUF store: the HR-1, football jersey, strapback hat, and of course the now iconic plantlife socks. You can’t go wrong with a black and yellow colorway. Ready to see the pieces in more detail? Hit the jump and let us know your thoughts below.