Supreme x Vans Chukka Boot & Old Skool

Supreme has hooked up with Vans again, this time coming out with a set of chukka boots and old schools in various colors and styles. Both are major players in the game and I anticipate seeing a few of these on the streets of so-ho this summer.

Rapper Big Pooh Speaks On Star, 9th Wonder, etc

Following up Phonte’s statement about his Twitter argument w/ 9th Wonder over the weekend, Rapper Big Pooh has issued his thoughts on the situation as well. The fact that the 2nd half of Little Brother has issued a statement that pretty much backs up Phonte is newsworthy for two reasons: 1. He’s far more reserved and a lot less outspoken than Phonte and 2. It shows the solidarity between Phonte and Pooh even in the face of their own break up (Leftback is the last Little Brother album, allegedly). For LB fans though, nobody really wins until the beef is settled, or at least squashed to the point where there is a real ‘last Little Brother record with 9th.’

“We decided to give that song to people for two reasons. First, the people have been asking for another 9th/Little Brother song since this is the last Little Brother album. We had intended for that song to be an iTunes bonus track but certain circumstances led us to leak it, which leads to the second reason: We got word late Friday from our distribution company that iTunes took the song down following a call from 9th or someone in his camp. I feel that if he didn’t want the song out then he could have easily contacted any one of us (Big Dho, Phonte, or myself) and explained his reasoning and the issue would have been dealt with accordingly. Instead we find out on some “oh yeah, I forgot to tell” type shit while trying to figure out other information. “Star” was recorded in 2005-2006 for use by 9th on his Wonder Years album that has yet to get a release date.

A lot of people have been asking and waiting for my response regarding the twitter outburst over the weekend. I posted a few statements via twitter myself, but, for the most part, I have chosen to remain silent. I have never believed in airing out business on the internet. I have tried to be as diplomatic as possible when answering questions about the situation in an effort to move on. Unfortunately, the same passion that people have had for Little Brother since we came on the scene in support of us is the same passion that fuels a lot of the extra back and forth between parties. You would have never witnessed what you did over the weekend if 9th actually spoke to us instead of speaking to you, the fans, via social network about the situation. Telling people, “You don’t know the REAL story,” and “It ain’t on me, they wanted me out the group,” and other comments of that nature does nothing but agitate the situation. It’s only so much you can take before you finally explode and ask, “Why not talk to me instead of talking to those who have nothing to do with our problems?”

Phonte and myself have always been made to look like the mean, jealous, bitter, former group members in the situation when that is far from the case. 9th has taken the “high road” because at the end of the day, there isn’t too much he can say if we really started throwing out the facts behind his departure from the group. We have issues that can and will only be worked out by us, if at all. Some of your outside input is appreciated but not necessary as we sort through this situation. At the end of the day it doesn’t help, it only adds fuel, regrettably. As always, we appreciate you support and thank you for listening.”

Nike Air Hoop Structure Low

ahhh… the Nike Air Hoop Structure Low. This is a must buy. The design of the upper exudes intensity, speed, and foot-armor that is conducive to an active lifestyle. Honestly, these shoes may not ever see the sidewalk outside of the gym. The Metallic Silver/White/Black/Photo Blue is an interesting combination that works. The neon laces and outsole look incredible. Can’t front, any Nike with the visible air bubble beneath the heel is a safe bet. Hats off to the good people of Nike for making bold colors cool for those devoid of skinny jeans.

Nike SB Dunk High Sacramento Kings

This new Nike SB  Dunk High is sure to be met with considerable fanfare from the loyal SB faithful.  The combination of black suede upper laid ‘pon purple leather is simple, yet affords its wearer many options.  The white outsole and laces compliment the dark upper with a welcomed contrast.

Offspring x New Balance M576 Pack Preview

Offspring x New Balance M576 Pack Preview

UK sneaker boutique Offspring and New Balance have collaborated on 3 new colorways of the M576.   This shoe is less than stellar and all too familiar (in all three color comboss).  I honestly wouldn’t give them a second glance in any sneaker store, nor try them on.  The only noteworthy characteristic of this M576 is the mix of nylon, suede, and leather in the upper providing the owner with a shoe that at least has a stimulating texture. The M576 will be released in black/grey/gold and two variations of grey/blue/red.  Release is coming soon.

Regal x A Bathing Ape Chukka Boots

Regal x A Bathing Ape Chukka Boots

Now as a general rule, I despise Bathing Ape.  Something about ridiculous colors and patterns tends to turn me off stylistically.  However, they may have a hit with these understated and simple chukkas.  BAPE partnered with Regal boot makers to design the shoe which features a suede upper and crepe outsoles.  There are a few different available colorways, and the boot will be available at all BAPE stores.

ESPNs 30 for 30: The Trial of Allen Iverson

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Premieres Tuesday Apr 13 8PM ESPN.  Now this is something I will have to watch. ESPNs 30 for 30 has been one of the greatest shows this year and I hope the Allen Iverson Story doesnt disappoint.

On Valentine’s Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson’s young life. A quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson’s young black friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the teenager—considered by some the nation’s best high school athlete—in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Oscar nominee Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) returns to his hometown of Hampton, where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still-disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the shared community.

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Nick Schonberger presents… Springtime Surrender: 60 Minutes of Ignorance

Nick Schonberger (of Highsnobiety and Selectism) sent me this tape and it sounds pretty good. Check it out and tell us what you think.

J-Zone is my hero. His ig’nant tapes are hip-hop gold. As the weather heats up and bumping some “aggressive content” becomes key for car rides, my homie Ace Jones and I decided to channel our inner J-Zone.

Springtime Surrender: 60 Minutes of Ignorance is our first collaborative mixtape. All business, all day.

Most important, listen with a tongue-in-cheek view towards hip-hop’s affinity for pure ignorance.*

*Ace Jones and I do not support real violence. Only WWE style hip-hop wildn’.


Springtime Surrender

1. Intro b/w 50 Cent- Paranoid
2. Sean Price ft. E Ness- Momma I want to sing remix
3. Young Chris ft Freeway & Beanie Sigel- The Last Two
4. Hell Rell ft. A Mafia- Criminal Minds
5. Catalyst- Inferno
6. Joe Budden- Hello Expectations
7. Ruste Juxx ft. Sean Price- Fuckin Wit A Gangster
8. Rick Ross ft. Florida- Street Money
9. Termanology ft Lil Fame- Thugathon
10. Tony Yayo- Du Rag 2 A Ski Mask
11. Jojo Pelligrino ft. Sean Price & Rebel INS- Triple Homicide
12. Styles P ft. Jadakiss- Holiday
13. Max B ft. French Montana- No No No (Hey We Love You)
14. Project Pat ft. Juicy J- Fish Aint Bitin
15. Vado- No Turning Back
16. Big Twins ft Prodigy- Bacon n Cheese
17. Raekwon ft Game- Falshback Memories

Asaad Performing March 31st at Marbar

The weekly Wednesday party, B Side continues this Wednesday!

Rapper’s delight; Hezekiah, Lee Mekhai & Asaad rock the mic with Philly’s finest. These are three of Philly’s hottest MC’s right now. It’s gonna be a crazy one for sure, not to be missed!

The legendary DJ Static will also rock the turntables so you can get your dance on!

Grub and Silly drink specials will be available…..

Doors @ 10pm

Free B4 11pm, $5 after.

Come out and support Philly DJ’s & Performers.

PhilaLIVE…The Finale!!! – April 8, 2010

All good things must come to an end….

Please join KCG and LiveLoud Productions in celebrating the FINAL PhilaLIVE show! To commemorate this event, we’re bringing back all of your favorite performers including:

Swift Technique
Just Greg
Selina Carrera
Joshua Bennett
Jacob Winterstein
Sock the Rapper

and many, many more!

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: Doors open @ 7:30pm, Show starts at 8pm
Venue:  The Underground (13th & Montgomery Ave, lower level of the Temple University Student Activity Center)

Cover: $7

We’ll also feature a latin hip hop dance group courtesy of Dance Warz ( and several live painters.

Complimentary refreshments courtesy of Bloom Juice (

MGMT “Flash Delirium” (Video)

MGMT releases a video for “Flash Delirium” anyway even though it seems that most of the world didn’t like the song.  MGMT even felt compelled to apologize for the song but here is a video for it anyway.   The video features the work of Director Andreas Nilsson and features the band performing for various dignitaries, who join in the song by using some ventriloquist dummies to provide backing vocals. Congratulations is set for a release Tuesday April 13, 2010.

NATIVE(X) Shorts

Today we take a look at a new company creating great items, specifically shorts.  NATIVE(X) offers a light-weight wool, native american inspired short that has received some blog attention from Scavenge and Westervin. Take a look at the shorts and tell us what you think. The shorts are being sold on ETSY and eBay

Los Angeles Based Artist Patrick Martinez Lapsed Video

In this exclusive time lapsed video, Los Angeles based artist Patrick Martinez takes you through his creative process from sketch to completed work. Three weeks is compressed into four minutes. Music is by Jay Electronica.

Martinez is currently working on a new body of work that is inspired by his thoughts, ideas and experiences which are fueled by the city of Los Angeles, the place he calls home. His art has been shown at various galleries worldwide. He has worked with and continues to work with brands like Upper Playground, Stussy, Nike, Adidas, Undefeated and many more.

For more information about Patrick Martinez, go to or contact SA Studios Global at

About Patrick Martinez
Since the vivid days of Patrick’s childhood he was drawing or scribbling on something. In his teenage years circa early 90’s, he was introduced to Hip Hop culture and exclusively to one of its elements, graffiti. Graffiti remains a vital influence in his work. Hip Hop has influenced his art ever since he understood what it was about, movies like “Wild Style” and “Style Wars” turned him onto the Hip Hop movement in his earlier days. In 1994 he attended Pasadena High School Visual Arts and Design Academy where he learned and practiced his image making skills.

Patrick graduated high school and moved on to Pasadena City College. Patrick spent three years at PCC experimenting, developing his artistic skills and trying to find a hint of himself at the same time. He kept a steady career doing illustrations and design work mainly for underground and mainstream record labels that catered to the Hip Hop community. He art directed for Concentrated Entertainment for two years as well as other projects that came to him from other companies like Stones Throw and Seditious Beats (now Divine Forces). In 2001 he was ready to take on the next stage of art discipline. This led him to apply to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received a bachelor of fine arts in illustration.

Patrick focuses on the phenomenology of his surroundings. He brings sublime beauty to things that aren’t thought of as conventionally beautiful. He uses subject matter such as everyday people that aren’t usually painted into the limelight and elements of the city that would be thought of as objects we take for granted. He uses these objects as communicative mediums. Patrick works with intellect and intuition in creating pieces of art that reflect and document situations that are ever present around him. Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy in his artwork.

time lapse video shot at my studio, three weeks of work compressed down into under four minutes. music by: jay electronica. video by: pom casabella

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Kenton Sorenson Leather 15 inch Laptop Portfolio

Kenton Sorenson Leather 15 inch Laptop Portfolio

Take a look at this Natural Leather Laptop Sleeve and Portfolio from Kenton Sorenson.  The portfolio is a versatile item that allows it to fits a magazine, a sheath of papers or a 15 in laptop. The portfolio is hand made in Wisconsin with vegetable tanned  5 oz leather that will darken and age over time. The Kenton Sorenson Leather 15 inch Laptop Portfolio is available now exclusively through Content.

The Power Rankings: March 30th Edition, Final Four, Erykah Badu, 9th Wonder and Phonte Beef, Donovan McNabb, Flash Mobs and More

1. Final Four – Well the Final Four is set.  Butler becomes the 2nd mid-major school to reach the final weekend of the ultimate sports tournament, and actually has a legit shot to win it all.  Facing the Bulldogs is yet another mediocre Michigan State team drug coached into the final four by Tom ‘h to da’ Izzo.  One the other half we have Bob Huggins tough West Virginia team going against Duke.  This has been one of the most exciting tournaments ever and the last three games shouldn’t disappoint.  I just hope Gus Johnson gets to announce one of them.

2. 9th Wonder/ Phonte Beef – Shaking up Twitter over the weekend were the shots thrown at each other by 9th Wonder and Phonte.  They used to be part of the iconic group Little Brother, until 9th parted ways after their second album.  Little was said about his departure, but now I think it’s clear:  they just stopped getting along as a group.  That said, it’s a shame that instead of coming together for the last album they seem to be growing farther apart.

3. Roy Jones v. Hopkins II – In stupid boxing move #1324324, Roy Jones is set to fight Bernard Hopkins for the second time, only about eleventy million years too late.  Roy hasn’t been relevant since Tarver floored him and B. Hop has been overshadowed by some of the younger guns of the sport.  I still might tune in though, only because I love a good train wreck.

4. Rap’s slow start in 2010 – Is it me, or has rap been dormant this year?  A few rappers have dropped some mixtapes that have gotten some buzz, but besides Kidz in the Hall, there haven’t been any album releases worth mentioning.  Hopefully “Leftback” by Little Brother can kick start the dull year.

Erykah Badu

5. Erykah Badu Album and video – Meanwhile, soul star Erykah Badu has shaken up the world again.  Her video for ‘Window Seat’ has gotten a lot of attention because of her assets (the song/video actually has a message a lot deeper than booty, although the ass is nice), and her album is pretty dope too.  If this is a success along the lines of Maxwell’s release last year, maybe the labels will realize that people will still pay to listen to good R&B.

6. Donovan McNabb trade rumors – Well it’s looking like the McNabb era is finally coming to an end in Philly, with the Eagles becoming more anxious to trade the Quarterback before his May roster bonus is due.  Right now the Raiders seem to be the favorite to pick up the all-pro QB.  A lot of you Eagles fans are probably saying ‘good riddens’ to yourself, as McNabb has lost a lot of fan support during the years.  Be careful what you wish for though, I’m actually pretty sure the Kolb/Vick tenure won’t turn out as good as you guys think.

7. Ubiq x Black Scale x Freeway – Ubiq had an event featuring Freeway and Black Scale as well as Gilbere Forte. A great turnout, great performances, and great clothes. What more can you ask for?

8. Flash Mobs – This is a trend that has to stop.  For those who are not familiar with Flash Mobs, it’s a loosely organized mob of a large group of people that agree to meet at a certain location at a set time and cause havoc in that area.  This has become somewhat of a trend amongst Philadelphia teenagers and has even spread into Central and North New Jersey.  While it’s disturbing for many reasons, one of the biggest reasons is because many of these kids are so young they aren’t fully aware of the consequences of their actions.  If you have the opportunity to reach out to the young people in the city, please do what you can to let them know how stupid this is, and how dangerous participating in these events can be.

9. Michael Steele gets it poppin – So Michael Steele, the leader of the party of family values aka the GOP, apparently spent $2000 at a LA bondage and/or strip club.  Honestly, for someone who comes off as such a square, I didn’t know he had it in him.

10. More Steelers Trouble – Fresh off the heels of Ben Roethlisberger’s women troubles, star Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes has some women troubles of his own.  He’s facing a suit of his own; apparently he hit a woman with a drink.  Whether or not these allegations are true, Mike Tomlin has to be ready to ban all of his players of going out.  Ever again.

Kelis – Acapella (Video)

Its interesting to see the transformation of changes that Kelis has made in the last few years. It seems that she has grown up a bit, maybe not for the better, but who am I to say? Flesh Tone, her next album, will be in stores June 22, 2010.

A Love Letter For You Interview with Steve Powers

FREE NEWS PROJECTS interviewed Steve Powers aka Espo following the release of the artists  A Love Letter For You – Brick Valentines On The Philly Skyline book.  The interview goes into detail regarding the effect of West Philadelphia on Powers’ inspirations and how it helped him filter and create his current style and approach to art. Make sure you also check out the “A Love Letter” murals along the El line in West Philly.

In 1984 Steve Powers started climbing rooftops in his neighborhood and painting his alias ESPO as a dues paying member of the ICY graffiti club. 25 years later he returned home to Philadelphia in the summer of 2009 to write a love letter across the same rooftops facing the Market-Frankford line. The letter, meant for one, with meaning for all, encompasses 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of market street. Drawing input, inspiration, and work from the community Powers created a letter to and from west Philly. This unprecedented public art project was a collaboration of Powers, The Mural Arts Program, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. It required 1200 cans of spray paint, 800 gallons of bucket paint, and the skilled hands of 20 of the finest spray painters in America, who Powers put into the legendary ICY club.

“A Love Letter For You – Brick Valentines On The Philly Skyline” documents the art and the neighborhood that inspired this ambitious public art project.

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