As if anytime Rocky lets loose a new single it isn’t a big enough deal, how about linking the ever-popular Harlem rapper with three of the game’s most coveted as of right now? That’s right — A$AP Rocky today lets loose his Noah “40” Shebib-produced track, “F*ckin’ Problem,” showcasing assistance from Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Yeah, we’ll stop talking and just let you get right into that. Enjoy.
In case you are not familiar with The Coup, check again. The Oakland-based hip-hop collective has been a household name for the past couple of decades when it comes to consciously provoking lyrics and humanism. The Bay Area collective now returns to the scene with a politically touched party-rap track, titled “WAVIP” featuring Das Racist and Killer Mike. The tune is set to appear on The Coup’s new album Sorry To Bother, which is due October 30 via Anti-.
California rapper Vince Staples best known for his verse on Earl Sweatshirts “epaR” aligns with producer Michael Uzowuru to release a collaborative project dubbed Winter In Prague. Available for download at DatPiff, the project includes 10 tracks with features from Sk La’Flare and Two Scale Cartel. Additionally, Michael Uzowuru has provided an instrumental-only version of the mixtape here.
Activision has released the official launch trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The first title in the series to feature future warfare technology, the story follows two connected storylines, one set in the 1970s and the other in 2025. The upcoming title will also be the first title in the series to give players the ability to drive the storyline through choices made within the game. Check the trailer for a look at the wide array of future weapons and vehicles available to players as well as some impressive looking set pieces.
The soundtrack from RZA‘s upcoming film – The Man With The Iron Fists – seems poised to become one of the strongest movie tie-ins in recent memory. The latest in a string of much-hyped track releases,”Rivers of Blood” comes courtesy of the Wu-Tang Clan and Kool G Rap. A combination of BADBADNOTGOOD and Frank Dukes were responsible for production duties and the cut is set to release on October 23. Is this the best to drop from The Man With The Iron Fists yet? Listen here and let us know your thoughts below.
WHIZ LIMITED was originally founded in 2000 by Japanese designer Hiroaki Shitano. Consisting originally of handmade, printed tees, the label has since expanded to include a complete range of streetwear infused with an eccentric Japanese flair. For Spring/Summer 2013, Shitano looked to the modern city as his inspiration for the new “OFF CITY” collection — the designer was himself raised in the metropolitan ward of Shinjuku, and this is reflected in the clothing’s distinctly urban vibe and predominantly dark color palette. The range consists of tailored basics interspersed with technical garments and modern details, along with prints and pops of color that suggest city lights and urban signage. Sleek and thoroughly modern, look for the new WHIZ LIMITED collection to drop at selected stockists in Japan and worldwide.
When it was announced earlier that Maison Martin Margiela‘s collection for H&M would be an array of “limited re-editions,” the partnership instantly established itself as one of the most anticipated and coveted collaborations of the year. Lauded and referenced by everyone from A$AP Rocky to Kanye West, MMM’s profile has exploded as of late, perhaps a little ironic considering Margiela’s famed reclusiveness and historically low profile. Now, with the release of the collection’s lookbook, the Swedish retailer seems poised to draw even longer lines when the offerings release on November 15. The clothing itself is an array of sophisticated silhouettes extracted from the Belgian designer’s archives, each one an established classic redone for H&M’s massive audience. Among the menswear standouts are new replicas of the label’s contemporary suiting, a shearling-like coat and an array of boots and accessories that should stir up a good bit of Margiela madness next month. Stay tuned for more details as they surface and the collection’s release date approaches.
Source: The Fashion Bomb Blog
MANASTASH was established in 1993 in Seattle, embodying the Pacific Northwest’s distinctive outdoors aesthetic. The label was named for the Manastash Highlands — located near the Cascade Range — where sports such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking and kayaking are common, and was most notable for its use of functional, sustainable materials on technical silhouettes. Under new Japanese ownership, the brand has since evolved into a nice blend of function and style, garments ideal for “the free-wheeling lifestyle.” MANASTASH’s collection for Fall/Winter 2012 retains its classic silhouettes and fabrics while imbuing the clothing with spectacular color-blocking, patterns and updated fits. Among the standouts are fleece jackets and vests, along with down parkas that make use of unconventional color palettes — pinks, purples and brighter greens — infusing the staid genre of outdoors sportwear with strong graphic punches. Look for the Fall/Winter 2012 collection at selected stockists and the seasonal catalogue at MANASTASH‘s website.
Japanese broadcaster Television Kanagawa has teamed up with Casio for a special edition of the G-Shock “Jason” G-001 watch to celebrate Television Kanagawa’s 40th anniversary. Clad in a light blue color, the official color of TVK’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the stylish watch stands out from the rest of G-Shock’s lineup with its restrained design. As tough and durable as its counterparts, this watch boasts calendar, alarm, stopwatch and 24-hour timer functions. Designed by UCS, this special collaborative watch can be found in LOWERCASE shops throughout Japan with a retail price of ￥16,800 JPY (approximately $213 USD).
In the latest news concerning the increasingly ugly Armstrong debacle, Nike has released a brief statement denouncing the New York Daily News‘ allegations of a cover up. The New York publication recently published an article alleging that Nike had paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen $500,000 USD to cover up a positive drug test by Lance Armstrong. The UCI is the world governing body for sports cycling and has been at the forefront of the war on doping despite rumors of rampant doping throughout the sport. Chime in with your thoughts below.
In response to the offensive allegations in today’s New York Daily News, Nike vehemently denies that it paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen $500,000 to cover up a positive drug test. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.
LA-based label Stampd introduces a new and limited variation of its coveted studded hat. Coming in an all-white five panel design, the crown of the cap sees 112 hand screwed, matte finished pyramid studs, while the brim receives contrasting pony hair done in giraffe print. As part of the ‘Dope’ collection, a small embroidered logo can be seen at the rear of the hat. Set to drop on October 17, 12AM PST, the hat is limited to 100 pieces and comes with a custom dust bag. Retailing for $155 USD, the All White Pony Hair Studded Hat will be made available here.
It’s been a few months since Cypress Hill and Rusko have released their joint EP. Today, the dubstep aficionado and the iconic hip-hop trio unveil their new video for “Can’t Keep Me Down” featuring Damien Marley. The clip follows a Northrop Grumman B-2 Stealth Bomber in a birds eye view over a video game-esque landscape.
school video game Spy Hunter? That’s one way to describe the video’s visuals.
Following the announcement of the Beats by Dre Pill portable speakers, the company has released the Executive Headphones. The first set of headphones from the company since parting ways with Monster, these new headphones boast a sleek, upscale design while still retaining many of the Beats line’s signature design cues. Coming in a slick black and aluminum colorway, the headphones incorporate luxe materials such as brushed aluminum and leather. As with previous Beats headphones, these boast active noise-cancelling, particularly handy for frequent travelers and commuters. Retailing for $300 USD, you can grab a pair over at Beats by Dre’s online store.
Lexdray has just launched its new 2012 fall/winter collection featuring a brand new lineup of bags and accessories. The new collection features the London Garment bag, a redesigned Boulder Pack, the Sao Paulo Sling bag, the Oxford Suiter bag and the Monte Carlo wallet. The London Garment bag is a traveling wardrobe designed to carry suits, dress shoes and all the other necessities for dressing well on the road. A drop-down design means it can be hung on a door for easy access to all the contents within. The redesigned Boulder Pack breaks rank with the rest of the range with a tan colorway and features a host of pockets and storage options for carrying the daily essentials. The Sao Paulo Sling is designed as a small daily carryall and can be easily worn slung over one shoulder. The Oxford Suiter is a light garment bag designed to accommodate two suits with space for cuff-links clips and ties. Rounding out the collection is the Monte Carlo wallet, a slim wallet with multiple slots to accommodate cards and currency and an elastic band to keep the wallet compact. All the new pieces feature Lexdray’s attention to detail and top-notch construction. The entire collection is available for pre-order at Lexdray’s online store with prices starting at $55 USD to upwards of $540 USD.
This past weekend the Moniker Art Fair returned to Village Underground in Shoreditch, London coinciding with the city’s foremost international art event, Frieze. Sponsored by Absolut Vodka, menswear label Boxfresh and G-Shock, this year’s event feature’s designated artist project spaces infused with unique commercial elements. The range of artists in attention included Niels “Shoe” Meulman and his street-inspired calligraphy, Mark McClure’s abstract sculptures to artist Penny’s Zen-like stencils.
Continuing its onslaught on casual footwear for 2012, Vans California presents the Suede Mesa Moc from its fall/winter collection. Built with a premium suede upper with rubber sole, this chukka hybrid will be available in burgundy, grey and tan. Grab you pair soon at select Vans retailers.
Having recently introduced collaborations with the likes of Harvey Comics, Addict and PLNDR, New York’s Mishka has teamed up with Atlanta-based FRESH.i.AM for its latest Fall 2012 capsule collection. Featuring a black snapback and Tee, the collection sees the cap with FRESH.i.AM’s hand-cut white lettering – coupled with a matching ankh – to spell out the word “DEATH” while the tee showcases a sinister skull graphic with ankh and scythe details. Available for $32 USD and $50 USD respectively, the collaborative cap and T-shirt can be purchased online now from both FRESH.i.AM’s market and Mishka’s web store.
Dover Street Market‘s Open House in London was held on October 12 in celebration of the Frieze Art Fair. Consisting of artist and designer-based collaborations and exhibitions, the event was the latest in an annual creative showcase coinciding with the fair at London’s Regent Park. Most prominent was a window installation by legendary Swiss photographer Mr. René Burri and COMME des GARCONS, a selection of his works, as well as limited-edition T-shirts designed by both the photographer and fashion label. Silvia Fendi, jeweler William Welstead and designer Aitor Throup — who presented a preview of his first complete collection — were among the other notables present, while SOME/THINGS Magazine unveiled its sixth volume, titled “The Dark Labyrinth” and StyleZeitgesist launched its third issue. Watch the video above for a visual recap on DSM’s celebration of creativity and interviews with some of the event’s talented participants.
Director: Santiago Arbelaez/Hypebeast
When we shared Mac Miller’s track “These Dayz” last night we told you to be on the lookout for a followup track, but instead of simply dropping a .mp3, Miller gets in front of the camera and shares a video for his track “He Who Ate All The Caviar.” Sharing the screen with some of his homies and an assortment of stuffed teddy bears, Mac chooses to pay homage to St. Lunatics leader Nelly, as he wears a band-aid underneath his eye and delivers his raps. The track is once again produced by Miller’s alter-ego Larry Fisherman, and the visuals come courtesy of Rex Arrow.
After revealing back in January to fans that he and Dave Chappelle may join forces for a stand-up comedy tour, Chris Rock now shares that he and Chappelle are in talks of bringing it together. Rock shared in an interview earlier this year that he was inspired by Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne tour, and when he sat down with the New York Times he went on to say:
I haven’t done any dirty work in a while. I’m ready to curse. I’m ready to really, really be a bad boy. I’m ready to actually be Chris Rock. It’s time for me to hit the stage or something.
During his promotional run for his latest film Madagascar 3, Rock made a visit to NBC’s Today show and spoke about returning to the stage.
Me and Chappelle have been working out, trying to get some stuff together. But we will see.
Only time will tell if the two comedic legends will turn this into a reality, but the thought of it alone is definitely to be excited about. Let us know your thoughts down below, and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more information is shared.