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Supreme 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago, April of 1994 Supreme opened up its doors for business on Lafayette Street, New York City.

To mark the occasion Supreme will be releasing the same two t-shirts in original color ways that were available on opening day, the Box Logo Tee and Taxi Driver Tee. The t-shirts will be accompanied by two skateboard decks featuring the Box Logo and Taxi Driver graphic.

Available in-store NY, LA, London and online onApril 24th.

Available in Japan on April 26th

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DJ R TO DA IZZA Chronic Break: 4.20

DJ R to Da IZZA is back with a mix to keep you relaxed and happy on this Lazy April 20th Sunday afternoon. Partake in your favorite vice, sit back and relax for an hour and enjoy. Even if you don’t partake in the 4.20 festivities you will still enjoy the display of musical versatility and skills presented on this mixtape.

You can also download here

ABOUT DJ R TO DA IZZA

Hailing from the one of the nation’s most soulful cities,
Philadelphia, Pa., Raheem “DJ R to Da IZZA” Palmer has emerged as one
of the area’s top DJ’s. With a vast musical knowledge, his sets
include an eclectic blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Old School, Reggae,
Club, and Top 40 hits. As a self-taught DJ who began at the age of 17,
DJ R to Da IZZA was heavily influenced by DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Kid Capri
DJ Clue, DJ Scratch, and Cosmic Strictly Skillz Kev, not only because
of their musical prowess but because of their industry dominance. At
17, he started gaining respect in the streets for releasing mixtapes
with exclusives industry heavyweights while still breaking new
underground artist. R to Da’s passion continued throughout his tenure
at the University of Pennsylvania, where he later earned a Bachelor of
Science degree from the Wharton School of Business. As a Penn
student, R to Da solidified himself as the go-to DJ for university
events in the area and expanded his network. As such, R to Da began
building a name for himself within the Philadelphia area and beyond,
successfully rocking crowds at various night clubs and colleges in New
York, New Jersey, Delaware, and the nation’s capital. With 
residencies at many of Philadelphia’s hottest night clubs, DJ R to Da
IZZA has spun events featuring and/or opening for celebrities such as
Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Ludacris, Gym Class Heroes, Jermaine Dupri, Kid
Capri, QuestLove, J cole & more. R to Da’s work ethic has become a
full-time grind, with expanded technical skills, robust musical
selection and a formidable stage presence.

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Meek Mill & Omelly – 2014 HHS1987 Freestyle (Video)

Here is HHS1987′s exclusive freestyle with MMG lieutenant and Dreamchasers general, Meek Mill. On the corner of 21st and Berks, Meek Mill spit over ten minutes of never before heard raps for the HHS1987 cameras. With the audio being played from his vehicle, Meek Mill is giving fans that classic Philly rap. Meek Mill shares the camera with Omelly who spits bars for the camera as well. Not for the haters, this is for motivational use only as Dreamchasers’ Takbar would say. Be on the lookout for Meek Mill, Omelly, Coon, & Takbar exclusive HHS1987 interview coming soon. This video was shot by HHS1987′s Rick Dange.

Dreams Worth More Than Money is coming soon!!!
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Nike SB Dunk Low Premium “Hacky Sack”

Nike follows up on the release of the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski “Hacky Sack” and Eric Koston SE “Hacky Sack” with the Nike SB Dunk Low Premium “Hacky Sack.” The sneaker comes featuring the familiar all-over print inspired by the famous woven footbags, as well as a white mid-sole, and gum outer sole. The Nike SB Dunk Low Premium “Hacky Sack” will be released April 26 at select retailers, including Nike.com.

 

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Prince – The Breakdown

Less than 24 hours after announcing his rekindled partnership with Warner Bros. Records, Prince released a new single titled “The Breakdown.” Under the new partnership, Prince has promised a new album, the release of previously unheard material and remastered content, including a deluxe version of his soundtrack album “Purple Rain” for its 30th anniversary. Listen to “The Breakdown” over at iTunes or above.

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GoGo Morrow Friends & Lovers Tour Philly, Baltimore, & DC Run

GoGo Morrow has accompanied Marsha Ambrosius on multiple dates of the latter’s Friends & Lovers Tour. The dynamic performer has wowed concertgoers at Philly’s TLA, Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre, and Baltimore’s Baltimore Soundstage with her captivating performances and stage presence. Her single, “Private Dancer”, has been a crowd favorite at all the venues GoGo has graced during her time on the tour.

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Nike Rocked By Rare Sneaker Theft Scheme

 

A federal criminal investigation has uncovered a “large-scale theft” operation inside Nike’s Oregon headquarters, a scheme that targeted valuable sneaker prototypes and involved a Nike product manager, his predecessor at the shoe giant, and a Florida businessman who resold the “extremely rare” kicks to buyers nationwide, The Smoking Gun has learned.

There is a big scandal going on over at Nike. Nike‘s Tung Ho and his predecessor, Kyle Yamaguchi – founder of eyewear label LOOK/SEE – have been named in a Federal investigation surrounding the resale and distribution of rare Nike “Look See” Basketball samples.

Tung Ho who served as a Promo Product Manager at Nike Basketball, had the authority to created limited edition basketball sample kicks under the pretense of giving them to athletes (Kevin Durant and LeBron James amongst them) for on-court wear, then intercept the shoes upon their arrival.  These sneakers were “player exclusives” for a wide variety of Nike endorsers, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant. Yamaguchi acted as the middleman, distributing the sneakers to resellers.

The two made over $200,000 distributing and reselling these custom exclusives. During a four-month period ending in March 2013, Yamaguchi wrote 13 checks to Ho–totaling $104,000–according to bank records cited in the affidavit. According to the affidavit, police were alerted to the thefts in mid-February by Nike security officials during a meeting at the company’s world headquarters in Beaverton. 

 

Read More at the Smoking Gun and the Affidavit

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Air Jordan XX9

Building on a history of pioneering innovation and craftsmanship, the Jordan Brand today unveiled the highly anticipated Air Jordan XX9 at a media event in New York. The 29th iteration of the successful Air Jordan franchise is the world’s first basketball shoe to be tailored for flight. With the launch of this year’s signature Air Jordan release, the brand continues its commitment to bringing innovation and style to the hardwood with the best on-court footwear and apparel for the world’s greatest athletes.

Each year, the Air Jordan launch serves as a platform for the Jordan Brand to push consumer expectations for the style and performance of on-court basketball shoes. Since 1985, the launch of the brand’s most premium performance product has debuted innovations such as Visible Air in the AJ III, carbon-fiber materials in the AJ XI, and most recently, Flight Plate technology in the Air Jordan XX8.

The Air Jordan XX9 is no different – featuring two revolutionary technologies: an evolved Flight Plate coupled with the first-ever performance-woven upper. This design creates a shoe that feels and plays as if it were tailored specifically to each athlete’s foot.

In a break from revealing the shoe in February in recent years, Jordan Brand introduces the Air Jordan XX9 this April to more closely align with the beginning of basketball season, says the brand’s President, Larry Miller,

“Our mission is laser-focused: We want to provide the absolute best performance products to our athletes, from elite high school athletes to professional players competing for championships,” said Miller. “By shifting to a fall launch, we ensure players around the world will have the very best in performance and style available as they prepare for the season.”

The performance-woven upper delivers superior abrasion resistance, along with an entirely new look on the outside of the shoe. The structure and fit of the shoe are engineered through Flight Web tunnels, and strategic panels of stiffer and softer flex to enhance natural motion. The absence of numerous layers and adhesion technologies creates an incredibly comfortable, sock-like interior lining with superior breathability. Using webbed straps that wrap the foot and integrate with the laces, the Flight Web fit system offers superior mid-foot lockdown that moves with the athlete. Woven channels in the upper enhance the Flight Web fit system, while a double-lasted heel helps dampen the impact on hard landings. Articulated padding in the collar adds to the premium, signature feel of the shoe and helps prevent the heel from slipping.

The Air Jordan XX9 also features the newest iteration of Flight Plate. Harnessing the energy of every step for explosive liftoff and optimal energy return, the evolved Flight Plate maximizes the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel through the use of a Pebax® moderator plate. The plate provides managed compression and deflection of the Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for optimal performance. In this year’s shoe, the forefoot and heel are linked by a tendril – a small bridge of outsole – providing a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Built with premium materials and an innovative construction process, the Air Jordan XX9 acts as a North Star for the rest of the brand, introducing and perfecting technology that will set the precedent for Jordan Brand’s signature performance shoes. Paying homage to the brand’s rich history of premium products, the Air Jordan XX9 features Italian craftsmanship, and a product that early wear testers, such as Russell Westbrook, say raises the bar for comfort and fit right out of the box.

“We keep hearing from our athletes: Whether you’re a big guy or a point guard, you’re going to get that individual fit that really feels tailored for your game,” said Dave Schechter, Vice President and Category Footwear Leader of Jordan Brand. “We always try to ensure that when our athletes play in our shoes, they not only perform at their best, but they eliminate distractions. We think the Air Jordan XX9 offers a fantastic, custom fit that’s lightweight and breathable, but also locks you in and gives you the right amount of containment.”

READY FOR THE COURT

Committed to helping athletes take flight, performance is a core value for the Jordan Brand. While most signature shoes are constructed around a signature athlete’s foot, the Air Jordan will provide a tailored feel for every consumer. Be sure to keep an eye on Jordan Brand athletes during the post-season to see the shoe in action as competition reaches its peak.

The Air Jordan XX9 launches this September in two colorways— Black/White-Gym Red and Black/Team Orange-Dark Grey. Stay tuned to Nike Inc., and @Jumpman23 for more details.

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Major Lazer featuring Pharrell – Aerosol

Diplo and Major Lazer release a new video for a track from their upcoming album Apocalypse Soon EP.   The track comes featuring Pharrell on a new single titled “Aerosol.” Based on the song’s title, the Kyle dePinna-directed clip is a clever melange of a lyric video and an actual music video. Definitely something worth you while, so hit up the play button up top.

Get #APOCALYPSESOON now: http://po.st/ApocalypseSoonEP

Artist : Mike Giant
Director : Kyle dePinna
Assistant Director : Sean Dwyer
Editor : Kyle dePinna
Postprod & SFX : Abel14

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NYTimes profiles Sneakerheads “For Young Traders, a Market Where Air Jordans Are Blue Chips”

With sneakers slung around their shoulders and pockets full of cash, young boys huddle in hotel ballrooms and high school gyms, shouting and bartering as if they belong on a trading room floor.

“What do you want for them?” John Leonardo asked at one recent event in New Jersey.

“What’s your offer?” someone hollered back.

In a flurry of transactions, John, who is only 13 years old, bought, sold or exchanged 20 pairs of designer basketball sneakers and walked away with seven, four more pairs than he started with. His collection’s retail value climbed to $1,155 from $340.

Read the entire story at NYTimes.com

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The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists 2014

Forbes once again gives us a list of the wealthiest artists in Hip-Hop and it has quite a few familiar faces.

This year, the top-five list of wealthiest hip-hop artists known as the “Forbes Five” includes Diddy ($700 million), Dr. Dre ($550 million), Jay Z ($500 million – see more about Jay Z and Made in America in 2 cities here), Birdman ($160 million), and 50 Cent at number five ($140 million).

Back in 2007, Sean “Diddy” Combs teamed with Jay Z and 50 Cent to create a song titled “I Get Money: Forbes 1-2-3 Billion Dollar Remix.” Less than a decade later, it looks like this was quite a premonition as these rappers are closing in on ten-figure fortunes.

Forbes calculates each rapper’s wealth using the same standards they use for calculating the wealth of the world’s billionaires and each fortune is “estimated.” The methodology for determing estimated wealth includes examining “past earnings,” the value of “current holdings,” “financial documents,” and speak to “analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players, and even some of the moguls themselves.” You can check out the article here.

 

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An Illustrated guide to Etiquette and Tips to New York City

Nathan Pyle has written a great book for newcomers to New York City titled NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette.

Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow to make life bearable in a city with 8 million people (and seemingly twice the number of tourists). In NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, Pyle reveals the secrets and unwritten rules for living in and visiting New York including the answers to such burning questions as, how do I hail a cab? What is a bodega? Which way is Uptown? Why are there so many doors in the sidewalk? How do I walk on an escalator? Do we need be touching right now? Where should I inhale or exhale while passing sidewalk garbage? How long should I honk my horn? If New York were a game show, how would I win? What happens when I stand in the bike lane? Who should get the empty subway seats?  How do I stay safe during a trash tornado? Each tip is a little story illustrated in simple black and white drawings.

The book is available on Amazon and an animated version is available on iTunes.

See some of the excerpts from the book below:

 

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“The Boondocks” Mixtape available Featuring Killer Mike, the Alchemist, Lil Herb, Troy Ave, More

 “The Boondocks” will return following a multi-year hiatus on April 21. Here we have the full mixtape for the show below which features appearances from Smoke DZA, Lil Herb, Chevy Woods, Problem, Roscoe Dash, Two 9, Skeme, and more. It’s hosted by DJ Drama, Don Cannon, and Trendsetter Sense. Listen to the mixtape below:

The Boondocks Mixtape:

01 Killer Mike: “Boonies” (produced by The Alchemist)
02 Troy Ave: “Blanco” (produced by DJ Uneek)
03 Two-9: “Fat Toney” [ft. Reese] (produced by Chuck Inglish)
04 Earthgang: “Pascals” (produced by Unique Weirdooo)
05 Wara: “Slangin” (produced by Wara)
06 Chevy Woods: “Know Shit” [ft. Roscoe Dash] (produced by Roscoe Dash)
07 Reese: “Rileys Theme” (produced by Slade Da Monsta)
08 Anik Khan: “Stunt 101″ (produced by Mr Incredible)
09 Skeme: “Paint A Picture” (produced by Sean Momberger)
10 Michael Christmas: “Sometimes” (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
11 Jon Connor: “The City” (produced by DJ Khalil)
12 Charlie Red: “Greengreed” (produced by Charlie Red)
13 Lil Herb: “Whatchu Get” (produced by J Herd)
14 Childish Major: “Same Ole Sh*t” [ft. Smoke DZA & Matik Estada] (produced by Childish Major)
15 Sean Falyon: “Famous” (produced by Bah)
16 Tuki Carter: “Talkin Now” (produced by The Flush)
17 Problem: “Keep It Real” [ft. Badd Lucc & Casha] (produced by Los)
18 M Pulse: “Ed Wuncler” (produced by Keef Boyd & Lyle Leduff)

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Foot Locker To Restock Air Jordan Retros on April 19th

First, we reported the Eastbay Air Jordan Retro restock and now we hear that Footlocker will do the same on April 19th.  Many of the same silhouettes being restocked on Eastbay will also launch on April 19th at 8AM EST.  The sizing info is the same as Eastbay as everything except for the “Powder Blue” Jordan 3 and the “Infrared” Jordan 6 appears to be sizes 15 and up. 
Source: Foot Locker

 

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Mad Decent Block Party 2014 Mixtape

The Mad Decent’s Block Party is coming and is now hitting many more cities than ever.   Here we have a chance to preview the official Mad Decent Block Party 2014 Mixtape via a BitTorrent bundle that includes video and art as well as music. The mix includes premieres of new remixes of Diplo‘s “Biggie Bounce” and “Boy Oh Boy” as well as new jams from Sleigh BellsKeys N KratesDillon Francis and more. Stream/download below via BitTorrent. Tickets are on sale now for Mad Decent so get tickets here.

MDBP X BitTorrent Bundle
01 Diplo: Revolution [Music Video]
02 Dillon Francis & DJ Snake: “Get Low” [Music Video]
03 Tickets to MDBP14 [Web]
04 RiFF RAFF: “Dolce & Gabbana (Carnage VIP Edit) [Audio]
05 Diplo: “Biggie Bounce (Tony Romera Remix feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter)” [Audio]
06 Diplo & GTA: “Boy Oh Boy (Thugli Remix)” [Audio]
07 Mad Decent Block Party City Characters [Art]
08 Flosstradamus Desktop Icons [Art]
09 Big Gigantic: “Touch the Sky” [Audio]
10 Keys N Krates: “All The Time (Tove Lo Flip)” [Audio]
11 Sleigh Bells: “Demons (Diplo Remix)” [Audio]
12 Trippy Turtle: “Poison” [Audio]
13 Paper Diamond & Loudpvck: “Wylin” [Audio]
14 Major Lazer: “Lose Yourself (feat. Moska & RDX)” [Music Video]
15 Run The Jewels: “Run The Jewels” [Music Video]
16 LIZ: “All Them Boys” [Audio]
17 DJ Sega: “BSB (Booyah Stupid Bitch)” [Audio]
18 Claude VonStroke: “Lay It Down Re-Smoked (Ballast Remix feat. DJ Nehpets)” [Audio]
19 STRFKR “While I’m Alive” [Audio]
20 Free MDP Sticker [Discount]
21 Mad Decent Block Party Trailer [Video]
22 Wave Racer: “Streamers” [Audio]
23 Grandtheft & Thugli: “Heavy Hitterz” [Audio]
24 GRIZ: “Hard Times” [Audio]
25 MDBP 2014 Playlist [Web]