To all our readers, we proudly present to you our Spring/Summer issue for 2015, which gives a unique and crucial highlight to many of the dynamic and outstanding females that help shape hip-hop culture and lifestyle through their various gifts and talents. This issue is entitled, “Woman Good, Lady Better”, and is our special shout out to all kinds of females – the flyest of them all, luminaries of their elements. So go ahead and throw on Slum Village’s “Go Ladies” and click HERE to peep this issue chock full of all the wonders a lady can bring.
With the large influx of DJs out there, it’s a true gem when we find a dude that just seems to get it: possessing an eclectic taste of music that encompasses past, present and future and can find the common thread and weave them all interchangeably. Kaytranada is definitely one of those DJs, and his longevity in today’s crowded and shrowded Internet age of music proves such, so much so that he inked a residency with BBC 1 Radio, in the tough follow-up slot after Flying Lotus. Month in and month out, Kay delivers episodes of sonic candy, often giving us exclusive listens to new and unreleased tracks not only from himself, but his peers and mentors as well. This month is no different, and we’ve had this one on repeat this week for superb cubicle jams and office chair grooves. Hit the link to hear the full mix and happy almost-weekend.
After it was leaked online back in 2012, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga’s “PARTYNAUSESOUS” was scrapped from the final cut of “good kid, m.A.A.d city” album and was forgotten amongst the critically-acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly” ever since. But more Kendrick is never a bad thing and with the song officially released, it’s a taste of KDot’s more pop tendencies and a completely different vibe than the brand of hip-hop found on TPAB. Hit the jump to hear the song in its entirety.
Most of Adidas’ products are manufactured in Asia, so in an effort to pay homage to their roots, the brand releases its signature Stan Smith and forerunner ZX500 OG in rich black suede and dubbing such as the “Made in Germany” pack. The off-white soles, eyelets and piping details on the ZX500 is a nice contrast against the stark black, in a release that proves the beginning of Adidas’ effort to bring their manufacturing back home. The shoes will come in an exclusively black box with gold stripes and set to release on May 23rd in Europe.
With the timely lob from Lil B, The Based God himself, A$AP Rocky debuted the visuals to his latest track, “LSD”, from his upcoming and highly anticipated album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. As you would imagine, with a track having such a title, it would only make sense for the accompanying visuals and overall sound of it to be next level wavy. Rocky delivers perfectly on all psychedelic fronts, offering a song that’s vibe is as mind-bending as the video’s trippy visuals. Hit the jump to catch a quick trip into A$AP Rocky’s latest melodic haze. Read more
Jazz musician Robert Glasper has been a long-time collaborator of hip-hop and neo-soul acts in an effort to bridge together and generate a new energy within jazz itself. He’s been linked to a number of the hip-hop’s biggest names, including sharing liner notes most recently on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” and almost as far back as Q-Tip’s “Renaissance” and Kanye West’s “Late Registration.” Glasper’s more minimal, acoustic outfit, “The Robert Glasper Trio” is set to release a new project, aptly called, “Covered,” in which they record their renditions of select Kendrick, John Legend, the Roots, and including this recent released version of Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst.” Hit the jump for the full video and watch for the project to drop on June 16.
With the ZX Flux as one of the modern models behind Adidas’ recent surge of success among sportswear and sneaker enthusiasts alike, the brand introduces a new colorway that pays an indirect homage to the original Superstar shelltoe. With the soles and uppers made entirely of white perforated material that allow for breathable, lightweight wearability, the iconic three black stripes offer that infamous Adidas pop, making the shoe look like a modernized version of the favored classic. Pick up your pair for $130 at select Adidas retailers.
Hip-hop’s respective queens Beyonce and Nicki Minaj could not complement each other more on Nicki’s hit, “Feeling Myself,” but the visual tactics of the two in the Tidal-exclusive music video have proved otherwise. Bey and Nicki are on that BFF behavior and host a rap video version of the most classy, turnt up Coachella trip imaginable, and it leaves one to wonder if Beyonce is really that much fun to be around in real life. On top of that, if this is but a taste of the exclusive, star-studded content Tidal is aiming to provide, does this one sample size provide enough incentive to sign up? Hit the link for the full video and let us know what you think.
Celebrated urban lifestyle photographer and director, Estevan Oriol, was recently highlighted by leading mobile photography accessory outfit, olloclip, as a member of their olloCollective team comprised of respected creative notables. In the short clip, we get a succinct overview in Estevan’s own account, summarizing his rise to the top of the industry and also how much the recent popularity of mobile photography has meant to him. With the help of olloclip’s industry-leading mobile photo tools, Estevan has been able to capture unique and indelible images through his mobile phone, thus taking the movement of mobile photography a step further into relevance in the world of professional photography as a whole.
Don’t fall for the age old style adage that declares winter to be the season for stompin’ through the streets in some boots. With creative innovations in footwear style, the rugged winter boot can now be flipped into a spring time necessity. Brands like Palladium are at the forefront of this steez and we took notice, highlighting two specific styles from their line that go well with April showers and May flowers that you’d find yourself in the midst of this season. Click through for the full photo feature.