Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Usher – My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone Tribute)

Usher decides to pay homage to the late singer Nina Simone for his latest track called My Baby Just Cares For Me. This track will be featured on the Nina Simone tribute album Nina Revisited, due out on July 10th.


FRESH KICKS: Nike Air Max 95 "USA"/ Solebox x PUMA Trinomic XS850 Adventurer Pack/ Pigalle x NikeLab Dunk/ Nike KD 8 "Crimson Red"

Nike Air Max 95 "USA"
Just about every sneaker in the Swoosh repertoire has been outfitted with some form of patriotic color palette, including Kevin Durant’s yet-to-release eighth signature silhouette. Here we find the Air Max 95 joining the fold under the Sportswear umbrella, releasing in its own “USA” colorway for the summertime. This version though is perhaps one of the more straightforward executions of recent, with the AM95′s paneled upper done up in red synthetic and mesh with a true navy lining. The collar is richly printed with tonal blue stars to further emphasize the American flag motif, all of which rests atop a clean white Zoom Air outsole with gum outsole trim. Enjoy photos above and head over to select stockists like Rock City Kicks to purchase this drop in the coming days.
A Closer Look at the Solebox x PUMA Trinomic XS850 Adventurer Pack
Perennial German sneaker boutique Solebox has teamed up with PUMA on the “Adventurer Pack,” featuring PUMA’s classic Trinomic XS850 silhouette. Another peg to add to PUMA’s list of stellar collaborations, this time two colorways make up the pack. Firstly, the “Angel Falls” colorway is centered around a pastel tonal blue adorning the style’s upper, complemented with a crisp white midsole and speckled heel panel. The “Angel Falls/Black” colorway features the same pastel blue finished off with black panels. Both styles are comprised of premium suede and adorns Solebos branding upon its heel tab.  The pack comes with a blast from the past, with Jelly Belly packaging and a scented Jelly Bean perfect for your car or sneaker shelf. In addition, a custom pair of limited edition, made in Germany Burlington socks come with the pack, available nowhere else. Anticipate this pair to drop June 26 at Solebox’s retail store and online for €130 EUR (approximately $145 USD).
A First Look at the Pigalle x NikeLab Dunk
After numerous successful releases in 2014, Nike and Pigalle rekindle their relationship with a collaborative take on the iconic Dunk silhouette. The timeless hi-top is rendered in a black base, and features an all-over white speckled print, which can be seen on many of the Parisian brand’s garments, the Swoosh rendered in a translucent rubber material, and Pigalle’s upside down “P” branding placed at the heel counter. Technical elements are also incorporated in this design, including a translucent mudguard that wraps around the entire upper, rubber reinforcement for increased support, and a transparent lacelock for an improved fit. The weatherized upper is placed atop of a tonal black midsole, further accentuating the speckled pattern. Pigalle’s brainchild Stephane Ashpoole is an avid basketball enthusiast, making this silhouette an obvious choice for a collaboration.
Ideal for a game of basketball, both indoor and outdoor, purchase the Pigalle x NikeLab Dunk along with the T-shirt at select retailers including Dover Street Market starting June 27. Expect to see some more Pigalle x Nike goods to be released later on in the year.
Nike KD 8 "Crimson Red"
Nike and Kevin Durant have unveiled two technical firsts in a Nike Basketball shoe for the brand’s latest collaboration with the Oklahoma City Thunder forward. Originally teased via a sketch from designer Leo Chang on Durant’s Twitter and featuring a Flyweave upper and an articulated full-length Zoom Air unit, the shoe is designed to provide Durant with a versatility, fit and responsiveness unlike any previous Nike release. “It is the most technically precise shoe we’ve designed for Kevin. Flyweave is optimal for his multidimensional skillset and footwork as he jumps, cuts, jabs and accelerates” explained Chang on his latest masterpiece, which also features Chang a one-of-a-kind heel design for the KD8 that mimics a sabertooth’s fangs as a nod to the Sabertooth tattoo on Durant’s calf.

NEW MUSIC: Jidenna Feat Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man / Tinashe – Cold Sweat / Trinidad James – Palm Trees

Jidenna links up with TDE own Kendrick Lamar for the remix to his latest single called Classic Man.

R&B artist Tinashe treats us to a new visual for her latest solo effort called Cold Sweat. This is taken from her album Aquarius, which is in stores now

Trinidad James drops one off for his single called Palm Trees produced by Cavie.This track is featured on Trinidad James new EP Trips To Trinidad, which is out right now.

FRESH KICKS: Air Jordan 6 Retro Low Infrared / Nike Sock Dart Independence Day Pack / Air Jordan 1 Rare Air / Air Presto Lightning / Vans Premium Leather Sk8-Hi Zip

Air Jordan 6 Retro Low "Infrared"
Marking the return of the Air Jordan 6 Retro Low following its introduction in 2002, the latest White/Infrared 23-Black serves as an addition to other Air Jordan 6 Lows from this season. As undoubtedly one of the most anticipated colorways in the series, the design retains many of the design cues seen across its high-top predecessor with the inclusion of a black midsole as opposed to that of its white counterpart. Featuring perforated side panelling, the shoe’s smooth leather upper is completed with a branded sport fabric tongue and adjustable lace fastener, as well as a supportive air unit accented by the colorway’s famed transparent blue outsole. Despite the various Nike and Air Jordan Independence Day themed sneakers that will surely ensue in the coming weeks, the Air Jordan 6 Retro Low “Infrared” will release on July 4 for $175 USD with more information soon to be made available via Nike’s official website.
A First Look at the Nike Sock Dart "Independence Day" PackA First Look at the Nike Sock Dart "Independence Day" PackA First Look at the Nike Sock Dart "Independence Day" Pack
After previously teasing solo shots of the respective red and blue sneakers to be included in the collection, Nike has officially unveiled the line up for its upcoming Nike Sock Dart “Independence Day” pack. The three distinct pairs making up the pack sport a separate tonal wash of either white, red or blue, the colors of the American flag. Black accents denoting Nike’s branded Swoosh insignia completes the monochrome iterations of Nike’s reigning runner design. Although they were originally rumored to be arriving at retailers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the “Independence Day” pack is scheduled to be available for purchase from European retailers this Thursday, June 25, followed by a statewide release in the coming days.
Air Jordan 1 "Rare Air"
A Closer Look at the Nike Air Presto "Lightning"
Vans 2015 Premium Leather Sk8-Hi Zip CollectionVans 2015 Premium Leather Sk8-Hi Zip CollectionVans 2015 Premium Leather Sk8-Hi Zip Collection
Vans follows up its premium Old Skool Zip collection with a trio of new colorways for its Sk8-Hi Zip silhouette. The iconic hi-top’s upper is realized in premium leather with tonal nubuck overlays, and features the distinct sidestripe logo in contrasting hues. Zipper detailing at the heel and perforations along the toe box rounds out the design for the upper, which is placed atop of a crisp white sole. Purchase the premium Vans Sk8-Hi Zip in “Lead,” “Coffee Bean” and “Blanc de Blanc” colorways at select accounts including Feature.

NEW MUSIC: Jay Rock – Money Trees Deuce / K Camp (@KCamp427) – 9:35 / Flo Rida Feat Robin Thicke & Verdine White – I Don’t Like It, I Love It

TDE own Jay Rock returns with the official visual for Money Trees Deuce directed by Jack Begert.

K Camp returns and decides to deliver a new record called 9:35 PM produced by Nard & B.

Flo Rida is back once again with the drop of his brand new visual for I Don’t Like It, I Love It featuring Robin Thicke & Verdine White produced by soFLY & Nius, Oddfellow & Ryan Gladieux.

Diddy Arrested after FIGHT With UCLA Football Coach

P. Diddy has been arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with a football coach at UCLA … where his son is on the team, TMZ Sports has learned.
We’re told Campus Police took the music mogul into custody early Monday afternoon. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, is a defensive back on the team. We’re told the fight went down at the UCLA athletic facility.
One source says an assistant coach was screaming at Justin on the field during a strength and conditioning session. We’re told the coach “was riding Justin, screaming intensely at him.” Diddy watched the whole thing from the sideline.
At some point later, we’re told Diddy confronted the coach in his office and grabbed him. Diddy was arrested for assault.
A source connected with Diddy tells TMZ Diddy himself initially wanted to call police, but the phone was taken out of his hands.
Diddy is still in custody at campus jail.

Charlotte to Host 2017 NBA All-Star Game

City of Charlotte have been announced to hold the 2017 NBA All-Star after agreeing to spend $40 million on the Time Warner Arena for renovation improvements to the facility within the next year. This marks the first time the city will host the black super bowl since previously hosting in 1991, as both Chris Paul and league MVP Stephen Curry will be see a homecoming return to North Carolina.

Monday, June 22, 2015


KICKS: Balenciaga Arena Creased Red Leather Sneakers / Nike Roshe One Flyknit Premium Rough Green/Black-Sequoia/ Nike KD 8 "USA"/ adidas Originals Superstar Camo/Hemp/ Nike Zoom Soldier 9 "Sprite"

Balenciaga Arena Creased Red Leather Sneakers
Balenciaga’s staple Arena Creased leather sneaker has received the long overdue, all red treatment. The luxury fashion sneaker flaunts a tonal red, creased leather body and matching colored laces, which travel through metal D-ring eyelets. A rubber outsole and plush inner lining complete the most recent addition to the expanding line of sneakers. Purchase your pair from MR. PORTER for the retail price of $585 USD.
Nike Roshe One Flyknit Premium Rough Green/Black-Sequoia
After dropping a trio of patriotic colorways for Independence Day, Nike‘s popular Roshe One silhouette makes a return with a stylish Rough Green/Black-Sequoia iteration for the summer season. The runner’s Flyknit upper is rendered in a tonal clean Olive hue, and features an embossed Swoosh across the premium leather side panel a unique 3D pattern, similar to the one seen on the luxe Kobe X Mid EXT lifestyle silhouette. A crisp white midsole rounds out the sleek design of the runner which is available for purchase at Titolo for €135 EUR (approximately $153 USD).
adidas Stan Smith "Color Wheel"
adidas’ classic Stan Smith gets a thoroughly contemporary upgrade in the “Color Wheel” colorway. Somewhat reminiscent of the Mac OS X spinning beach ball icon, the Stan Smith sees its pristine premium white leather upper covered in circular color spectrums across its surface. Otherwise, the silhouette sports a white midsole and laces, and is finished off with perforated Three Stripes, and navy embossed branding at the tongue and heel tab. Pick up a pair now for ¥15,200 JPY (approximately $124 USD) at kinetics Tokyo.
A Closer Look at the Nike KD 8 "USA"
Kevin Durant’s eight signature silhouette is set to release at the end of this month, with the proud colorway of the Nike KD 8 “USA” set to make a strong debut. Boasting a Flyweave knit upper decked in patriotic splashes of red, white and blue, and enhanced with Dynamic Flywire cables, the KD 8 sees the addition of a midfoot heel cage to stabilize the foot, while a contrasting red outsole incorporating Zoom Air bubbles for added shock absorption and propulsion. Offered at the premium price of $180 USD, the Nike KD 8 “USA” will be available beginning July 27 at Rock City Kicks.
adidas Originals Superstar Camo/Hemp
One streetwear staple meets another in the adidas Originals Superstar Camo/Hemp, released as part of the brand’s “Graphic Pack.” The silhouette features a woodland camouflage pattern throughout, covering everything from the laces, Three Stripes, shell toe, inner mesh lining and midsole, for a top-to-bottom coverage of the entire shoe in what makes a striking visual effect. The shoe retains minimal contrasting branding on the lateral side, tongue and heel tab, and is finished off with contrasting white stitching throughout the upper. The adidas Originals Superstar Camo/Hemp is now available at select stockists including Sneaker Politics for $90 USD.
Nike Zoom Soldier 9 "Sprite"
Fresh off of our first look at the “Remix” edition of the LeBron 12 Low, King James’ line of signature footwear gets another beverage-inspired release as Nike Basketball brings the original “Sprite” colorway to the Zoom Soldier 9. Officially donning a combination of Game Royal, white, and Green Strike, the Zoom-cushioned kicks see a predominately blue mesh upper and black lining as a bright green hue accentuates the supportive strap apparatus, rubber outsole and speckled Swoosh outline. Retailing for $130 USD, the Zoom Soldier 9 “Sprite” is due out July 1 at select Nike Basketball retailers.

Janet Jackson – No Sleep

Janet Jackson is back with the release of her brand new single called No Sleep. She will likely perform this at the upcoming BET Awards show in LA.

NEW MUSIC: Verse Simmonds – Situationships / Ginuwine – Leave It In / E-40 – Choices (Yup)

Singer-songwriter and producer Verse Simmonds is back once again with the release of his brand new visual called Situationships produced by Needlz & Donut.

Ginuwine is back with the release of his first official single called Leave It In produced by Lamb. This will be featured off Ginuwine upcoming Bachelor Again But Wiser LP, which is set to release before the end of the year.

Bay Area legend E-40 makes his return to the scene with a new visual for Choices (Yup). This is taken from E-40 recent album titled Sharp On All 4 Corners, which is out now.

South Carolina Supreme Court Orders New Judge in Charleston Shooter Case

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new judge to preside in the case against the Charleston church shooter.
The change came as revelations later surfaced that Charleston County Magistrate James Gosnell Jr., who presided over confessed gunman Dylann Roof’s bond hearing on Friday, made racist comments in a courtroom over a decade ago.
Gosnell was reprimanded by the state Supreme Court in 2005 for telling a black defendant in 2003, “There are four kinds of people in this world: black people, white people, rednecks, and n******.”
The state Supreme Court announced prior to the bond hearing that Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson would preside over Roof’s criminal charges, replacing Gosnell. Circuit judges are the ones that oversee trials.
Roof confessed to killing nine people at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday night, sources told NBC News. Police say they believe the attack was a hate crime.
According to a disciplinary order posted by the court about Gosnell’s choice of language, the judge claimed he was quoting a statement made to him by a veteran black sheriff’s deputy. He said he repeated the statement to the defendant in a poorly executed attempt to encourage him to change the path he had chosen for his life.
Gosnell also said that he personally knew the defendant, as well as the defendant’s father and grandfather.
Lionel Lofton, Gosnell’s longtime lawyer, downplayed the incident, telling NBC News that the national media was trying to make a big deal out of something that happened 13 years ago. He added that Gosnell was disciplined by the court for it, and said it’s now a “non-issue.”