Jay Z and Justin Timberlake release the video for “Holy Grail” from Jay Z’s recently released Magna Carta… Holy Grail is in stores now. The two team up with director Anthony Mandler for the music video which also features an inclusion of a reworked version of the track. Watch below:
Lebron James releases a look at his next signature sneaker, LeBron 11 “King’s Pride.” The number 11 represents new beginnings and is a step beyond a celebrated tenure. Starting his 11th year in the league, with two gold medals, two championship rings and four MVP trophies, LeBron James continues to succeed by constantly improving his game.
Designed to provide a protective suit for James’s unique style of play, the LEBRON 11 encompasses the duality of powerful precision. It is James’s lightest signature shoe to-date, while offering the protective feel, responsiveness and containment his game requires.
“LOCK ME DOWN SO I CAN FLY”
James has consistently fed back to his shoe designers that he wants to feel locked down, as if the shoes are an extension of his feet, for the 1,000+ directional changes he makes per game. Nike Basketball designers aim to build on the strengths of his game and provide protection for his powerful force without hindering his intricate precision on the court.
Built from the inside out, the LEBRON 11 is the lightest and lowest LeBron signature shoe ever. It weighs approximately 14.5 oz in a men’s size 9.
The upper is built in a new way, featuring revolutionary Nike Hyperposite technology for lightweight lock-down, while taking protection, containment and responsiveness to a new level. The upper incorporates Nike Hyperfuse construction and dynamic Flywire technology to bring natural motion to James’s game.
The LEBRON 11 is deconstructed to get James’s foot much lower to the ground so he can feel the court, while enhancing cushioning via the full length Lunarlon and Nike Zoom unit – a combination featured for the first time in a LeBron signature shoe.
The LEBRON 11 features key performance innovations and benefits including:
- New Nike Hyperposite technology: Uses lightweight materials designed to move with the foot to provide protection, containment and responsiveness.
- Nike Hyperfuse construction and Dynamic Flywire technology: Provides a dynamic fit and excellent lockdown, bringing natural motion to the court.
- A combination of Lunarlon and Nike Zoom units: For soft, springy responsiveness.
The duality of the number 11 is the main graphic design inspiration for the LEBRON 11 – it looks identical upside down as it does right side up. The graphic design on the LEBRON 11 also plays into the duality of the shoe and features ambigrams throughout including:
- The graphic on the inner tongue of the shoe spells out the number six while further highlighting the Roman numeral XI.
- The sock liner graphic reads “LeBron” but when flipped upside down reads “James”.
- A closer look at the Swoosh on the shoe reveals a pattern inspired by modern chain mail in which the initials “LJ” make up the links and repeat at graduating weights.
THE STORY OF DUALITY:
Nike Basketball designers successfully channel the duality of James’s play and persona to tell the story via various LEBRON 11 colorways.
LEBRON 11 KING’S PRIDE colorway
James plays with fearlessness, determination and the heart of a lion. The King’s Pride colorway draws inspiration from the lion – its dark loden upper color and the floral print on the collar lining reflect the pride of the wildlife.
LEBRON 11 TERRACOTTA WARRIOR colorway
James was impressed by the Terracotta Warrior Exhibition, which he visited when he was in Xi’An, China, in 2011. The exhibit, plus James’s playing style – which reflects a warrior’s spirit of grit, confidence, hard work and determination – inspired the Terracotta Warrior colorway.
The design of the shoe is inspired by the Terracotta Warriors as we see them today — in neutral stone colors along with pop colors of purple/teal/red to represent how they were originally painted. The graphic texture on the upper articulates the linked, plated armor that the warriors wore. The special lining shank design graphic is drawn from the style of Bronze Age art, the era in which the Terracotta Warriors were made.
The LEBRON 11 King’s Pride will be available on Oct. 12 globally. The LEBRON 11 Terracotta Warrior will be available on Oct. 1 in Greater China, and on Nov. 27 in North America and the rest of the world.
Brooklyn’s (Williamsburg) Party Supplies releases his new album Tough Love which will be released via Fool’s Gold. Most people know of Party Supplies through the Blue Chip smixtape he produced for Action Bronson, which has a musical style repeated often on this new album. You can listen to the album below which is 9 tracks spanning a full 33 minutes.
Fool’s Gold Day Off 2013 is this Monday, 9/2 at Williamsburg Park with GrandeMarshall, Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Migos, World’s Fair and more.
Brooklyn Bowl will host the afterparty, Fool’s Gold Night Off, at 11 PM (10:30 doors) and will feature Bodega Bamz with DJ setsfrom Sammy Bananas, High Klassified, Roofeeo, and Illuminati Ams. Tickets for the afterparty are still available.
Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day
Fool’s Gold presents
RUN THE JEWELS
UNIBROS (SPECIAL DJ SET)
50 KENT AVE, BROOKLYN
2pm-10pm! 18+! Free w/ RSVP!
RSVP does not guarantee access. Entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must bring a printout of your RSVP when entering the venue.
Praise God. Hallelujah. This calls for more TWRKFSTs! The words “Twerk” and “Selfie” are now official English words in the Oxford English Dictionary. The definition for Selfie is below:
selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
Here is the definition for “Twerk”
Want to know other words that made it in this week? phablet, hackerspace, emoji, and TL;DR to name a few. Here are their definitions:
- A phablet is a phone so large that it’s almost a tablet
- TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) refers to a story that was so long you didn’t read it.
- Hackerspace: A place where people with mutual interest in technology can join up and share ideas.
- Emojis: those little cartoon icons people text with
Why add these words? who knows but sumwhurrinamerika, Miley Cyrus is still twerking. Twerk, twerk (Miley, Miley)
News coming today from Jordan Brand of a new colorway of the Air Jordan 11 courtesy of Joe Venuto. This version of the sneaker is dubbed “Gamma Blue” and features a glossy black patent leather, jet black mesh across the toe, flints of gamma blue jump off the villainous upper, and a icy clear outsole. The final touch is gold text detailing and a sneaker that will be sure to turn heads and outrageous lines.
The “In Living Color BBQ”, will be held Friday at a Secret Location. It’s an invite only party for creatives throughout the city. The BBQ will include FREE CIROC , FREE ENTRY and a gourmet menu! RSVP now!
Band of Outsiders releases looks at their Fall/Winter 2013 collection helmed Creative Director Scott Sternberg and featurin g sisters Rashida and Kidada Jones. The two daughters of music legend Quincy Jones were photographed on location at The Dresden Restaurant in Los Angeles in July.
“I’ve known Rashida and Kidada for years, since before I started Band [of Outsiders.] I actually give Kidada a lot of credit for catalyzing my move into design,” Sternberg says. “I was helping her out with an apparel project, and through that I got my first peek into the creative process of building mood and concept boards and line plans. They’re both super talented and completely real, down to earth, cool girls. I was so happy to finally shoot them.”
Both ladies embody the look and attitude that Scott had in mind when designing the collection so he felt this was the perfect time to feature them in a campaign. View the collection below and visit the Band of Outsiders’ TUMBLR and Instagram to see the campaign.
I didnt watch the VMAs. I was too busy at Afropunk eating non paleo cheese steaks from Phil’s Steak Trucks (very awesome by the way). Our friends at Very Smart Brothas’ wrote a pretty great recap.
Welcome, everyone, to this year’s VMA recap. My name is Damon Young, and I will be your host for the evening. And, by “My name is Damon Young, and I will be your host for the evening.” I mean “The only reason why I watched every minute of this shit was to recap it for you ungrateful bastards. I hate you all.”
Without further ado…
9:01: We start the festivities with a vision of Lady Gaga that will definitely give me at least five nightmares over the next two weeks. Whenever I watch her perform, I feel like I haven’t evolved enough yet to understand it.
I will say, though, that it did kinda seem like her opening was throwing a bit of shade at the rest of the pop diva collective, including Beyonce. Who’d win in a deathmatch between the Beyhive and the Little Monsters? God. And lacefront.
9:10: New Yorkers: “Wow. I can’t believe how surreal it is to have the VMAs in Brooklyn this year.” Rest of the world: “Shut the f*ck up, New Yorkers.”
9:12: After getting over the shock that The Weeknd is just one person, it started to dawn on me that the VMAs were just one big ass metaphor for cultural appropriation.
1. They’re taking place in Brooklyn, the gentrification capital of the world.
2. They prominently feature Justin Timberlake (a man who, well…more on that later), Robin Thicke (a man whose biggest hit is a blatant—and possibly illegal—ripoff of a soul icon’s song), Macklemore (more on him later), and Miley Cyrus: aka The White, Ass-Less, Twerker (T.W.A.T. for short).
9:20: During the Thicke/T.W.A.T. performance, the camera pans on Rihanna making a face that can best be described as “the face you make when one person is making a terrible argument and you’re just waiting for them to finish” combined with “the face dog owners make when trying to determine if that new smell is a dog burp or a dog fart.”
T.W.A.T. also cements her status as the first person to officially be “post-appropriation.”
9:30: It has officially reached the point where Lil Kim has become impervious to snark. There’s absolutely nothing funny you could say about her that wouldn’t be equally sad, so you just acknowledge she exists, shake your head, and send some more flowers to Lil Cease’s grave.
Go ahead and read the rest of the recap over at their site. Its a 10 minute read much more worthwhile then spending 3+ hours re watching the VMAs.