We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is talking about the same thing.In June, when Jay’s Samsung/Magna Carta Holy Grail ad aired during game 5 of the NBA Finals. A Thursday in April when Pusha T’s “Numbers on the Boards” dropped. A Friday night in May, when Kanye’s face appeared on buildings all over the country. The middle of September, when Drake’s Nothing Was the Same leaked. The evening in August when Funkmaster Flex dropped — complete with bomb sound — Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”
This episode of Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley are joined by their social media manager, Cedric Shine. All three of them experienced those disruptions differently — and their opinions of both their meaning and the quality of the music at their root are not unanimous. The conversation ranges from Ali’s inside track on Magna Carta to Troy Ave, ASAP Ferg, music journalism’s involvement in Kanye’s year and how the quality of life in New York City is affecting the music being made there.
This year marks Purist‘s 6th year in the business so they’ve gotten some old friends to work on some exclusive pieces. They kicked off celebrations with David Flores and the legendary VIBE cover of the “untouchable D.R.”, following that release, they’ve had FUTURA help out on a new shirt which was the final bookend for FL. Coming in hot is newcomer Ronin Division, featuring clean designs and focused themes looks they have a bright future ahead. Last, they’ve also received love from their friends at Japan, NEXUSVII. This next series is guaranteed to sell out quick with contributions from Chaz Bojorquez.
The look book was inspired by a great sequence by their favorite video director, Hype Williams and the movie BELLY. Use of blacklights emphasizes the clean, bright graphics on this small seasonal capsule. Congrats to our friends at Purist! Hit the online store for these great pieces, more looks at the jump.
Happy hump day, so listen to this track appropriately named “WhateverUNeed”; a smooth, enhanced version of Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs to You”. Esta. just dropped his new project, Paradise, this past weekend so be sure to lend an ear.
Just in time for the winter season, New Balance is back with the Revlite 580 Navy Blue and 574 dark green. Features soft, suede uppers with breathable mesh insets topped with their iconic leather N logo at the sides and woven cotton laces. It’s finished with a lightweight wedged rubber midsole and textured rubber sole for optimal traction. These are available in-store at Wish ATL (Moreland Ave. location), phone orders are accepted at 404.880.0402. Email orders are accepted by sending a size request to email@example.com.
The second instalment from CASH CA’s autumn/winter 2013 collection is now available at the HAVEN shop. Continuing on their focus towards perfecting quality knitwear with everyday comfort- we see new pieces ranging from colorblocked cardigan sweaters, knit pocket button-downs, and notable collaborative efforts with immun. and British footwear purveyors- Tricker’s. As expected, many of the pieces combine inspirations from athletic and contemporary sources with classic silhouettes and construction; perfectly executed by designer Kazuki Kuraishi. Now available online at HAVEN.
If you haven’t already noticed, neon is in – but only spurts of it, quite an appropriate amount for the winter season. This pack is part of an elaborate Black Friday release from Nike SB, the “112” Pack. Available this past Friday, the pack features a Dunk Low, P-Rod 7 and P-Rod 7 Hyperfuse Max all with a consistent volt, elephant and 3M color treatment throughout. Designed with involvement from both DJ Clark Kent and California’s Primitive. The limited release is available in-store only at DQM.
This year I was able to avoid post-Thanksgiving blues thanks to Soulection radio this past weekend. Shout out to Joe Kay, featuring new tunes sprinkled with the ‘feel-good’ classics. Again, tune into their live stream with Joe from 10am-1pm PST online every Saturday. Track list at the jump.
Thanks to Norse Projects, you can sport this beautiful, heavyweight winter shirt with three color blocking just to make things a bit more interesting. Pair it with a tee and chinos, it’s a 100% cotton, so it’s breathable and of course, layer-able. Now available online at Need Supply Co.