When Jay and Kanye come together on stage …
… it becomes one of the greatest hip-hop shows ever. Period.
Jay Z headlines at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 in London and brings some guests along (including Rihanna).
*Beyonce going ham & cheese when “Niggas in Paris” drops … priceless.
G.O.O.D Music drops the highly anticipated video for “Mercy.”
Dope video. Always expect Kanye to do something unexpected in terms of final product. The videography was OG. A couple cameos from Teyana Taylor and Kid Cudi (was that CyHi and Mr. Hudson too?) … this shit is hard.
Release Date is June 9th. Not a fan of the Zen Grey’s this time around, but the Black/Solar Red colorway is dope. Definitely an investment if you get a pair, expect the flip to be $1,000 plus on the first day.
Forging a new form of sport craftsmanship, the Nike Air Yeezy II blends classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demands of bringing hype to a crowd of thousands.
A primal, tactile approach to technology runs throughout every element of the Nike Air Yeezy II. Armored animalistic forms imbue the upper. Hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels are embellished with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down.
Bringing the inspiration forward from the late 1980′s basketball foundation of the original Nike Air Yeezy, the II is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and celebrates iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement.
An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out ‘YZY.’ Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’
The Nike Air Yeezy II in the Platinum and the Black edition will release June 9th at select global retailers in limited numbers.
RAP HATERZ SCORE * 3 Outta’ 5
Now that leads us to the idea of which rappers should have their own sneakers (of course excluding any that already have a pair) …
Name of sneaker: Trap Star Elites
Release Date: Every other time Gucci gets out of prison (estimated at twice a year)
Name of sneaker: Jimmy’s Jays
Release Date: Comes with every purchase of Degrassi seasons 1-11 (full box set)
Name of sneaker: Papers (w/ G.R.E.E.N. technology in sole)
Brand: Converse (Chuck Taylors)
Release Date: Releases when Wiz marries Amber Rose or he decides to stop smoking (whichever comes first)
Name of sneaker: Big Boys
Release Date: When Big Sean gets just a little bit taller
Name of sneaker: TRU Stories
Release Date: When 2 Chainz actually turns down a feature for once
Directed by Romain Gavras (who also directed what may be the best video of the year “Bad Girls” by MIA), the video for Kanye and Jay’s single “No Church In The Wild” is pretty dope. Jay & Ye don’t make an appearance in the actual video, and neither does Frank Ocean or The Dream, but it does include a lot of powerful imagery.
To me it resembles the riots in London that took place last summer. Some people suggested the Occupy movement on Wall Street in NYC that Kanye had a small interest in. Regardless, the video shows protesters throughout Prague (where the video was shot) fighting police in a battle for the streets. The videography for ‘No Church’ is amazing. Simple as that.
Am I the only one that thought of the “Run This Town” video after watching this?