All the badgyals are ready to be steezed up for the Fall season, as renowned women’s streetwear label, HLZBLZ, releases their XXXPLOSIV collection. The lookbook for the collection features model, Braina Laviena, and boasts a collective presentation of pieces that reveal HLZBLZ’s most refined collection to date. With an emphasis on a unisex aesthetic and offering a contemporary-street slant on classic sportswear, the XXXPLOSIV collection is a must-have for all the steez queens this Fall. Hit the jump for more images from the XXXPLOSIV collection’s lookbook. Read more
With mobile photography now becoming a viable off-shoot of traditional professional photography, the assets and technology needed to support this burgeoning trend have been stepping up their respective capabilities. Enter the SNAP!PRO from Bitplay Inc. Capitalizing on the success of last year’s SNAP!6 case release, the SNAP!PRO boasts a robust list of newly-added features that take your mobile photography proficiencies to the next level at an unbeatable price point of $49. For more detailed product shots, list of features and detailed info on the product’s release through their Kickstarter campaign, click through. Read more
An unpopular Bay Area stigma is that residents tend to be slackin’ on the fashion front, yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. True, Northern California may be on a different kind of tip than its Southern counterparts, but where Los Angeles may be purveyors of fashion that exists on trend, the Bay Area takes part in maintaining classic looks to go with its classy demeanor. Though definitive in nature, this is still California and norms are meant to be broken. This is where San Francisco stylist Rap Sarmiento blurs the lines between glam and urban, traditional and contemporary. Whether its styling himself or a client, seamlessly blending different styles is Rap’s forte, complete with adding finishing touches of polish and flair always cued to the right levels in his looks. We caught up with Rap to talk about how he turns every outfit to an alphet by adding his personal touch and key fashion essentials. Hit the jump for the full feature.
East Coast publication, Mass Appeal, attended the recent Afropunk Festival held in Brooklyn, New York City. Somehow they managed to get a mix and an interview from LAKIM, a DJ and producer hailing from the West Coast based Soulection crew. We find out that he is a Star Wars enthusiast, his family are also DJs, and that his favorite food is the almighty cheese pizza. You can hit play above and vibe to his mixtape, and then click here to read the rest of the interview.
Three iconic Los Angeles DJ’s lend their musical talents for a mix that is set to lighten up your Monday. Go from gloomy to groovy with the sounds that you will typically hear on a night dancing at SHIFT, a hip-hop party known for their selection of world class DJs. DJs Rhettmatic, Plann.B and Free The Robots put together this eclectic mix filled with all kinds of genres that range from hip-hop, disco, experimental beats, breaks, boogie and more. It’s an hour guaranteed to get your feet moving, whether sitting at your office or stuck in LA traffic. Press play above and see the full track list after the jump.
No-Sign is a regular feature that gives an in depth opinion on whatever deserves a proper verbal beatdown. Basically, instead of earning a highly esteemed Co-Sign, it’s about to catch fade on a No-Sign. In this edition, the concept of getting financing for sneakers gets a fat No-Sign. Read more
The Change The Game Project in Calgary, Alberta, Canada consists of a weeklong gathering of dancers old and new to take classes with the pioneers of the street dance world. The focus is both on the dance as well as the culture — informing students to further the unification of hip-hop. Read more
Palladium Boots’ latest launch offers a new feature in fabrication that brings functionality in mind by presenting The Twill Collection. Features such as a rugged 20-ounce twill upper with contrast leather trims and premium leather logo patches keep the stylish urban explorer in mind for the upcoming fall season. With mainstay notables such as Palladium’s penchant for producing extra comfy boots a known asset, The Twill Collection is a great candidate to be a seasonal must-cop. Hit the jump to check out more shots of the Pallabrouse Baggy TW and Pallabrouse TW models.
The Mighty Mos drops the Yasiin Bey persona on this jam that hearkens back to when he actually rapped and flexed the verbal dexterity that we all have known the Brooklynite wordsmith to possess. With Ski Beatz giving the backdrop in beat form for Mos Def to fire off his vaunted bars, “Sensei On The Block” is a true head-nodder that’ll satisfy all fans of Mos’ vintage sound.
Even though summer is dwindling down, the latest heat index painfully states otherwise. So what better time to throw on another fire summer mix to get you through the season? DJ Troublemaker linked up with the good folks at Problem and The Line Hotel to present a special Summer Means edition of his Pantystep mix series. Hit the jump to give the temperature apropos mix a listen. Read more
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 Throw’s “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.