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For more than a month now, retailer/apparel label UNDEFEATED been “hinting” at its upcoming project with Nike. And after much speculations, the L.A.-based lifestyle brand finally released the collaboration’s first image. Billed originally as the “Ballistic Pack”, the “Bring Back 2003″ Pack is a continuation to the UNDFTD‘s “Bring Back” initiative, with designs in reference to a particular juncture in the company’s extensive history working with Nike. Featuring the Nike Dunk High and Nike Hyperdunk 2012, furnished with olive drab and military tonal finishes, both will be available on this coming Saturday, May 25th, through all UNDEFEATED retail locations and online store. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend…
Release Date: May 25th, 2013 (Saturday)
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UNDFTD has officially unveiled their upcoming collaboration with Nike. Named the UNDFTD x Nike “Bring Back 2003” Pack, the collection features the Nike Dunk and Hyperdunk silhouettes. Decorated in camouflage-like colors, the Nike Dunk features an all-anthracite upper with UNDFTD branding on the tongue and heel. Also, the Nike Hyperdunk features an all-army green base with the same branding locations. Look for the “Bring Back 2003” UNDFTD x Nike pack to release on May 25, 2013 in very limited quantities.
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BACK IN THE STUDIO: Jay-Z Taps Drake For Possible Upcoming Album + Janet Jackson Dishes On New Project & Love For Kendrick Lamar
Looks like both Jay-Z and Janet Jackson are returning to the studio to create brand new projects. Check out how Ms. Jackson says she’s celebrating 20 years after the janet album, and who Jay’s cooking up music with in the lab…
Hip Hop Producer Lenny S (Kodak Lens) spilled the tea on some new music comign out the Roc Nation camp. And it looks like it’s all for a new upcoming album from Mr. Carter.
Lenny posted a pic of Jay, rocking a Soulland brand "BOURGEOISIE" shirt, in the studio with Drake today working on some new music. He said, "Warning: Please be very afraid of the music we’re working on. OVO x ROCNATION."
The two also collabo’d on "Light Up" on Drake’s Thank Me Later album. We’ll see how this new collabo sounds…
And last week, Lenny also posted a pic of Jay working with rapper Raekwon. Looks like some classic ish is on the way…
And in other comeback news, Janet Jackson is working on a new project. Woot! Nope, she didn’t let her brand new (secret) marriage and recent muslim conversion halt her music career.
She told Billboard on the anniversary of her janet album yesterday about her new project, the artists she’s feeling, and how she feels about being two decades in with one of the most iconic albums (7x platinum) of all time.
May 18 marks the 20th anniversary of "janet." How would you describe what that album captures about your life at that time?
I can’t believe it is already 20 years! I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time. I wanted to allow people in… I want my fans to really know me. The ‘janet’ album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me.
There are musical references and direct samples of janet. songs all over the place now, most notably on Kendrick Lamar’s "Poetic Justice." Have you heard most of these re-interpretations (Moon Boots’ "Sugar," which samples "If," How To Dress Well’s cover of "Again," MNEK’s "That’s The Way Love Goes" etc?) And how does it feel to see your work have such impact on new artists?
I have listened to the music that is out there and I love Kendrick’s "Poetic Justice." There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others.
Several of the songs on janet. and their accompanying videos were groundbreaking at the time for their overt sexuality. Why was it so important for you to express that part of yourself in your work, and how did you convince others around you at the time to let you take those risks?
Like I said before, I write about my experiences or things that touch me deeply. I was really beginning to get in tune with my sexual self. This is what I wanted to express so I did. The decision to move forward in an artistic way is mine. I didn’t need to convince anyone.
The videos and tour for "janet." featured some iconic choreography from Tina Landon, most notably on ‘If.’ Do you have a favorite dance or video from that period?
Tina Landon and Omar Lopez choreographed "If". I love "That’s The Way Love Goes," "You Want This" and especially "If." I don’t think people really realize what we were showing in that video that wasn’t available with technology then. The video featured futuristic technology, specifically high definition touch screens. I wanted the actors in the video to use these screens to communicate, and relate with each other in the clubs. Similar to what we all do with our smart phones and tablets today. As I look at our lives now, it seems that life is imitating art. I have seen different elements from all of these videos in lots of artists work and it’s a great feeling to know that you have inspired them in such a way.
Many artists cite you as a role model and a huge influence on their career and image. Which artists today do you admire?
I’m flattered that other artists consider me a role model. I’m really enjoying what Bruno Mars and Adele are doing, a lot of artistry there.
And she says about releasing her first project since 2008′s Discipline:
“I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. I am excited about the direction we are taking. I don’t want to rush it… I don’t want to put a time constraint on the creative process.”
We’ll be (impatiently) waiting….
Photos: @KodakLens’ Instagram/Fame
It’s only right, right? With all the Yeezy madness and the success of recent re-retros of retro+ colorways, the red suede pair from the Air Jordan 5 “Toro Bravo” Pack has to be a favorite for a second run. The shoes are still a standout at the summits, in the streets, or in the pages of Celebrity Sneaker Stalker or Kicks On Court. Is there any doubt that these wouldn’t be a hit as a solo release? We sure don’t think so. Bring ‘em back!
Kicks: Air Jordan 5 “Toro Bravo” Red/Black
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BOUNCE BACK: Beyonce Takes The Stage Against Doctor’s Orders, Apologizes Again To The Belgium Crowd On Stage…No Visible Baby Bump?
Beyonce Knowles returned to the stage last night in Antwerp, Belgium to deliver the second of two scheduled shows in the city. And despite having to postpone the first one (Tuesday night), she was back for her fans and apologized once again.
Check out video of her addressing the crowd and decide if you see signs of a baby bump….
Bey proved her love for her fans last night by pushing through exhaustion to give them a stunning show. Doctors ordered her to rest due due to exhaustion and dehydration, so she had to cancel Tuesday night’s show at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. She technically was ordered to also miss Wednesday night’s show, but she showed up anyway telling the crowd before going into "Flaws & All":
"I just have to say, I feel so good to be on this stage. I have the best fans in the world….My doctors told me not to perform tonight. But there’s no way in the world. You all give me so much inspiration. And I just want to thank you guys."
Hopefully she’s taking care to not completely overdo it. Here’s video:
And from the looks of how her perormance outfits are fitting, we’re not seeing any signs of another baby bump.
Time will tell….
[Access Hollywood Video removed, Interview was not new]
Photo: Beyonce’s Tumblr
Singer’s Ex Shows Up At His Video Shoot
And here we go.
With Chris Brown and Rihanna finally appearing to be officially over, it had to only be a matter of time before Breezy’s ex-flame, Karrueche Tran, began working her way back into the mix. Brown infamously dumped Karrueche last year to re-connect with Rih-Rih, but now that they’ve called it quits, the door seems to be open for he and Tran to pick up where they left off.
Karrueche was spotted on the set for Brown’s video “Shots Fired.”
It’s not like he’s against getting back together with an ex, so they could very well be rekindling love’s flame.
Maybe these two should just stay single for a while.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine made such a large donation to the University of Southern California that they’re getting an entire school named after them! Find out about their new school inside….
Recording industry legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine recently blessed the University of Southern California with a million donation. In return, the university will use the endowment to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Launching next year, the four year program will offer undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship; technology, art, design and marketing. How fun will that major be?!
USC President C.L. Max Nikias thanks the moguls in a statement,
"The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media. USC provides an extraordinarily rich academic, research and artistic environment. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world."
The academy will enroll its first class of 25 students in the fall of 2014.
Dre was named as the #3 Hip Hop Cash King last year by FORBES. And the #1 musician based on his income. His networth was around 0 mill last year, and he even raked in 0 mill at the end of last year thanks to the 0 mill sell of his BEATS headphones to HTC. So it’s good to see him giving back to the youngins who spend their dollars on his headphones.
Great job Dre & Jimmy!
Pharrell Williams and his brand BBC have cooked up yet another collaborative diffusion label with American designer Mark McNairy. The profound mutual respect for one another will manifest itself over a brand known simply as BBC Black. Aptly chosen in its name, the #allblackeverything formula will embrace a certain degree of technicality over traditional streetwear silhouettes. The line will be available starting this fall but for the time being, check out GQ’s video involving the two personalities as they discuss the line and their own personal relationship.
It’s time for another WNBA star to get a signature sneaker, right? We think so. While we celebrate Mother’s Day and look forward to the next shoe to sport the name of a female athlete, we look back at one of the best basketball shoes to do so. The Nike Air Zoom Swoopes was one of the many great models worn and endorsed by Sheryl Swoopes. Progressive and aggressive, elegant and elite, the shoe still looks stylish sixteen years later. Can we get these back, Nike? We sure hope so. Bring ‘em back!
Kicks: Nike Air Zoom Swoopes
image via Complex
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In their quest to pass time till the release of Star Wars Episode VII, martial arts/sci-fi fans clubs Golden Gate Knights and The Stunt People decided to create their very own Star Wars sequel, with one peculiarity however – a first person view of lightsaber duel.
So after a quick rehearsal within a soundstage thrown together and a new GoPro Hero3 setup, the team went to work on Star Wars: Vader Strikes Back. In just about 2 minutes long, the short video focused on the plight of an unknown Jedi and young Padawan, cornered into an epic lightsaber duel with the powerful Sith Lord Darth Vader. The film also highlights the ongoing KICKSTARTER initiative by The Stunt People to turn Vader Strikes Back into an original web series, an enticing proposition since Star Wars Episode VII won’t be out till 2015…