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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kicks Of The Day: Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato ‘Python’

Here is another new sneaker from the Christian Louboutin Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. Here is now the new python leather version of the high top Rantus Orlato sneaker. Coming in a denim python colorway, the sneaker is being sold for 1500 USD.

Gorillaz x Andre 3000 x James Murphy – DoYaThing

Last week the latest Converse Music project launched – DoYaThing, a song by the Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Today the official video for the track has launched, of course featuring the excellent animation that we are used to see from the Gorillaz.

You can download the song here.

Skeme x Swaggin’ Video

Santigold x Master of My Make-Believe Artwork

Santigold creates a regal cover for her sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe (due May 1). The Roc Nation musician taps photographer Jason Schmidt for a “Bond girl” look, an army officer look, and a mafioso on the three-look album cover. The art is based off 18th-century British artist Joshua Reynolds’ painting of Banastre Tarleton titled “Portrait of an Officer.” A behind-the-scenes clip of the cover shoot from Explorer’s Club in New York after the jump.

D-WHY x Macchiato Music (prod. T-Minus) Video

Here’s the full video for the latest single off D-WHY’s upcoming mixtape, Don’t Flatter Yourself.

Boldy James x Long Run/Optional Video

Boldy coming with that real street music in its rawest form. Here's the video 'Long Run/Optional'. Enjoy!

Ryshon Jones x Brown (prod by Rollin Mills)

Off yet another project Ry is dropping sometime this month, titled Life In Reverse.

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Every so often, you come across a person that is so beautiful in spirit that it makes you smile from the inside out….someone whose aura and disposition is so unbelievably warm that it changes the energy in the entire atmosphere around you. This past week, I had the pleasure of interviewing such a person. With that said, I am beyond excited to introduce the Alius Magazine audience to the beautiful and talented songstress and songwriter, Shay Lewis.

When I sat down to interview Shay last week, I had to admit I was nervous. In doing my research on her, I had already listened to many of her incredible covers on YouTube, including a beautifully belted out version of Jazmine Sullivan’s hit, “Holding You Down (Goin In Circles)” which boasts an incredible 10,237 views. I had also listened to a few of the originals she has written and performed, and I just knew that with the immense talent and diverse musical presence Shay possessed, she would be some sort of new age diva. I am pleased and relieved to say that I was completely wrong.

At 9:00 p.m. on the dot, when Shay answered the phone for our interview, she was so bubbly and full of life. Her voice rose as she greeted me, welcoming me into her world. I could hear her smiling through the phone, maybe just as nervous as I was and also just as anxious to get the interview started. We broke the ice with a lengthy greeting, and although it was our first time talking, Shay and I spent the first five minutes of the conversation chatting like old friends. She laughed at my jokes, and I at hers, and when I remembered the purpose of my phone call, I was almost disappointed. Nevertheless, I opened up my notepad and prepared to expose the real Shay Lewis to the world. I began with my routine questions.

Check out the interview after the jump

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

KiD CuDi And His “Week Ass Major Label” Issue

So today you probably went to the store, Best Buy or Press Play, and didn't see a WZRD album there Well you weren’t the only one and CuDi has something to get off his chest....... 
"Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label. And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak ass major label. They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? Fuck that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014. who mad??? not me and @DotDaGenius :) So its def gonna be tough to find one in the stores guys, I’m sorry about that. I gotta go out and find one too, becuz my weak ass label never even gave us a copy of our own album. FAIL!!! Im lettin Universal Republic have it, fuck it. What they gon’ do, spank me?? hahahaha. Ok let me go out here and try and find my album y’all. Enjoy the jams!! Play them LOUD. Upset your parents and the neighborhood :) peace"

Via Twitter

Chip Tha Ripper x Casey Veggies – The Jam

Chip enlists Casey V for some new music. And according to Chip, this is only the beginning. Oh, and for those upset about Chip not being featured on XXL’s 2012 Freshman Class cover? Check what he had to say about it.......

"Being on XXL Freshman list is NOT a good look. At all. I turned them down. - CHIP tha RIPPER (@Chip216) February 28, 2012"

Prada Spring/Summer 2012 Backpack

Prada will be dropping this very festive patterned backpack for Spring/Summer 2012. The aptly labeled “Dance Motif” print features characters cutting a rug and bebopping away. If camo and floral prints are not convincing you this season, give this dancing pattern a whirl. The backpack will be available soon on Prada’s e-store.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Projector Phone

Samsung has announced a new phone and it comes with a rather unexpected feature – the Samsung Galaxy Beam features a built in projector. The phone comes with a 4 inch screen, 1Ghz processor, 5 megapixel digital camera and 8 GB internal storage. The stand out feature is of course the project, which can display up to 50 feet wide images in HD. What do you think about the phone? Does anybody actually need a built-in projector? More pictures of it after the jump. 

Apple Confirms March 7th iPad 3 Announcement Event

Today the invitations for the next big Apple product announcement event have been send out. “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The event is being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10AM PST, on Wednesday, March 7th.  In about one week we can finally show you the new iPad 3. Let the countdown begin.

Via: The Verge

Sexy Tuesdays: Victoria’s Secret “Very Sexy” Collection Lookbook

Victoria’s Secret models Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton model the brand’s latest “Very Sexy” collection in this new lookbook. The collection includes a number of fresh spring looks including improved push-up styles giving the girls an amazingly sexy look. The Very Sexy collection is now available in stores and online at Pick something up for your lady. More pictures after the jump.

Mishka Spring 2012 Lookbook featuring Danny Brown, Venus X, Das Racist & Others

After the video preview, Mishka has released their new Spring 2012 Collection Lookbook today and as usual they have recruited an impressive line-up of rappers and producers to wear their latest gear. The brand continues to present solid cut-and-sew pieces, with the bomber jacket sticking out, as well as the leopard pattern shirts and cardigans this season. Their graphics are of course still very strong and one of the things the brand is best known for. Pictures after the jump.

Kicks Of The Day: Solebox x Reebok Omni Zone Pump Preview

Berlin based sneaker store Solebox is always busy with their latest collaborations. Today we can take a first look at their upcoming version of the Reebok Omni Zone Pump. The sneaker collaboration will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Solebox and as usual they have some special ideas for the occasion – the Omni Zone Pump comes with build in led light function on the outer side panels, similar to what we have seen from Solebox for the anniversary of the Pump a couple of years ago. The sneaker will drop mid April 2012, exclusively at Solebox. More pictures after the jump.

F!ck Swag Hoodie Blk/White

The F!ck Swag hoodie is 100% Cotton and its pre shrunk with a silk screen prin. It will hit the pockets for about $55.00 dollars, and you can find this hoodie at Sobe Threads.

Boston Bruins The Little Big Pop SNAPBACK

The Boston Bruins The Little Big Pop SNAPBACK by New Era can be found on Cranium Fitted for $21.59 ladies this is a great cop for ya dude.

Smack/URL Presents Tay Rock Vs QP

Smack/URL releases another competitive match up from #MCM between Baltimore's Tay Rock and Detroit's QP (QLEEN PACHINO) This is a highly lyrical battle that is sure to entertain.   

Hodgy Beats x Untitled EP

Quite unexpected, Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats has released an EP last night, titled… ‘Untitled’. The EP features 9 tracks, including collaborations with Flying Lotus and The Alchemist. Listen to one of the tracks here after the jump.

Boldy James x Consignment: Favor For A Favor Mixtape

I’m sure I’m not the only one still bumpin’ Boldy’s 2011 release. And with that said, dude is back with that new new. Tracklist and download link after the jump.

ScHoolboy Q x Ab-Soul – Druggys Wit Hoes Again Video

Another cut from HABITS & Contradictions gets the visual treatment. Enjoy!

Diggy Simmons x Jadakiss - 88 Video

Diggy has come a long way and I see great potential in him. He has teamed up with Jadakiss for a nice hip hop track, which helps solidify him as a certified emcee.

XXL: Freshmen Special 5th Anniversary

Here's your Freshmen Class of 2012 people. Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash land this year’s cover.

Via: XXL

Curren$y x Styles P – #The1st28 FreEP

As promised, Spitta Andretti and SP the Ghost come through with their free-release. Features include Fiend, Daz Dillinger and Deelow. Tracklist and download link after the jump.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kicks Of The Day: Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/Pink

Courtesy of Kanye West‘s hometown friend and manager Don C. is this new image of the hotly anticipated Nike Air Yeezy 2 in black/pink. We’ve seen numerous photos of them on Kanye’s feet, inevitably followed by close examination of the pics and subsequent analysis that puts one to mind the reading of tea leaves in order to divine precisely how desirable the kicks will become as we approach the eventual launch date. What we know for sure, according to this new preview, is that there are a combination of textures at work on the shoe’s upper, from snakeskin to mesh to the synthetic molded heel, that come together to form a fairly attractive pair of kicks. Does this additional glimpse have you closer to making up your mind about whether you’ll need these in your life?

Ski Beatz x Blu Tops FreEP

Starring Cam’ron, Vado and McKenzie Eddy, this random-ass quickstrike freelease is highlighted by production by Ski Beatz. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Cam over a Ski beat before. Tracklist and download link after the jump.

Emilio Rojas On FUSE’s MixDown Video

latest installment of their MixDown segment to talk about his Breaking Point project, the MMG-signing rumors and more.

Curren$y x Styles P – #The1st28 FreEP Artwork

Official artwork for Spitta & Piñero’s collaborative EP, #The1st28 due out Feb. 28th (Tomorrow) on DatPiff

Via: X 

Curren$y x Livin Video

Another track off Spitta’s Here project gets the visual treatment. Directed & Edited by CJ Wallis @fortyfps How you #Livin???

Big Sean Speaks On G.O.O.D. Music Album, Solo Album & More Video

"I got to sit down with my boy Big Sean, we speak about the success of Finally Famous, the direction of his new album (he reveals that there WILL be Kanye production on it, and Kanye and Wiz will be featured on it), being “hotter” than Wiz Khalifa on MTV’s list, being apart of the new wave of MC’s who are currently running the game, being in the studio with Kanye during the recording process of Graduation, meeting Jay-Z for the first time, the new G.O.O.D. Music Album, and he also reveals he will be on Mike Posner’s new single."

Joe Budden Performs Mood Muzik 1 & 2 in NYC Video

In the first of his two sold-out shows in NYC, Joe runs through the first two installments of his Mood Muzik series. 

Via: RR

KiD CuDi x Dot Da Genius Cover Complex

It’s “WZRD Week” over at and KiD CuDi along with Dot Da Genius are featured in an animated cover which features the two levitating in the California desert. Head over there to read the entire cover where they speak on their upcoming album titled WZRD (out tomorrow) which they mentioned studying everyone from Pink Floyd and The Pixies to Nirvana and Lead Belly when prepping to craft the LP. 

Teyana Taylor x Fabolous x Jadakiss – D.U.I. (prod. Hit-Boy)

Teyana Taylor enlists Jadakiss and Fabolous for her brand new single off her upcoming project, The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor EP due out March 12th.

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Andre 3000 Speaks On His New Album, Clothing Line & More

GQ sat down with the formerly reclusive rapper to speak on a few things, from his new role as a pitchman for Gillette to that infamous “Spottieottiedopaliscious” line….Question after the jump.

Kicks Of The Day: Adidas Originals AR2.0 ‘Chicago’

The classic black, white and red of the Chicago Bulls makes their way onto this new AR 2.0 from adidas Originals. The shoe features a combination of materials on the predominantly black upper: soft nubuck throughout, with a breathable mesh tongue plus shiny patent leather overlay, ankle strap and heel. White trim wraps around the shoe for decorative effect, with the color adding even more contrast at the laces, signature stripes and eyelets. Red trefoil branding at the tongue and heel finishes the look. The adidas Originals AR 2.0 “Chicago” is in stock at Foot Locker stores and online.

Kicks Of The Day: Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low – Jeremy Lin Rising Stars PE

Was there ever any doubt that Jeremy Lin would eventually be outfitted in his own PE? Nike made it more and more clear that he had their full support when they recently re-upped his contract, a move that was quickly followed by them dropping an official Linsanity t-shirt. The latest move crystallizing this electric moment for the New York Knicks is the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 ‘Rising Stars’ PE that will be worn by the man himself in the game of the same name at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Repping some of the same galactic flavor of Nike’s broader All-Star collection, the sneaker gets a JL patch on the tongue to go with the classic knicks combo of orange and blue. Follow us after the jump for the full shots of the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin ‘Rising Stars’ PE and lookout for them on the court in Orlando this weekend. More pictures after the jump. 

Via SC

Kicks Of The Game: Shoes Of The NBA All-Star Game 2012

This is something I put together for the NBA All-Star Game 2012 #KicksOfTheGame. This is gonna be corner up to the NBA Finals so we can keep yall kick game tight. Here's The All-Star game #KicksOfTheGame highlights.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fresh Mondays: Spike Lee’s Jeremy Lin Mars Blackmon T-Shirt

It’s no secret that Spike Lee is a New York Knicks fan or that the phenomenon that is Jeremy Lin is just crazy, even with an end to their eight-game winning streak. So what better way to cement the impact that Lin has had on the franchise and the game than Spike Lee himself wearing a Mars Blackmon-inspired tee to show his Knicks pride in front of the cameras. Built by the guys over at The Forest Lab, the tee comes in either a black, white, or blue background and features Lin donning a hat that says “BAL#!LIN” and a pair of hipster glasses straight out of Spike’s movieShe’s Gotta Have It. While we probably won’t be seeing Lin himself in this get-up, we’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of the former Nike pitchman in the coming months. Check it out after the jump before picking up a tee of your own at The Forest Lab’s online store. More pictures after the jump.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Neako x Tr33 FreEP

Three new records (which are LVLZebra leftovers) and two interludes (which explain the whole LVLYSL and ZEBRAGANG thing) make up the latest free-release from Neako. Tracklist and download link after the jump.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Kicks Of The Day: Nike Lunar Safari Blue Colorway

The Lunar Safari comes as part of the Fall 2012 Nike Track & Field Collection, combining the styling of the original Nike Air Safari with the latest Nike technologies. Here we present now a look at the blue colorway of the sneaker. Hopefully this one will also release July 1st.

Kanye West and Jay-Z to Auction Off Ruined Maybach from ‘Otis’ Video

Last year Jay-Z and Kanye West destroyed an amazingly expensive Maybach in the Spike Jonze-directed video for their Grammy Award-winning song “Otis”.” Now the duo are auctioning off that decimated car for charity. The vehicle will sell at Phillips de Pury auction house in New York on March 8, 2012 with proceeds going towards Save The Children. The 2004 Maybach 56 expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000, much less than its original sticker price of $350,000. Pictures of it after the jump.

iPhone 5 Concept

In the light of all the buzz that has been circulating around Apple products, Ciccaresedesign has taken the opportunity to imagine what the iPhone 5 might resemble. The Italian based company is no stranger to reinventing Apple products and with the iPhone 5 having no face yet, this one sure puts great anticipation in the product. Ciccaredesign’s take offers a much more organic look for the iPhone, truly emphasizing the humanistic and almost second nature feel that iPhones provide through user interaction. Perhaps this could be what Apple is aiming at for their next phone. Hit the jump for more pics. 

Mixtape Fridays: DJ Cuzzin B & 9th Wonder – UPLIFT: The BHM Mixtape Mixtape

DJ Cuzzin B & 9th Wonder were tapped as guest DJ’s for Nike’s annual Black History Month Sneaker Ball in Portland, Oregon. It’s a celebration and charity auction benefiting Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Tracklist and download link after the jump. 

Asher Roth x Chuck Inglish in the Studio Video

A short preview of Chuck Inglish playing drums and guitar with Asher Roth laying a verse over it.

T.I. x Young Jeezy – F*ck Da City Up Video

Mixtape Fridays: Rapsody x The Black Mamba EP

The JAMLA’s femme fatale drops her quickstrike freelease with production from Eric G, Khrysis and 9th Wonder himself. I was gonna go in on my HATE for Kobe and The Lake Show, but let’s move from the EP title and focus on the dope seven song release Rap just blessed us with. On the mic, Rapsody is joined by Bluu Suede and Tab-One. On the production side of things, 9th Wonder, Eric G., and Khrysis lay the backdrop for Rapsody’s latest effort. Tracklist and download link after the jump. 

Nike Basketball LINSANITY T-Shirts

Following Jeremy Lin’s TIME Magazine cover bearing the words LINSANITY, his sponsor Nike has released a couple of t-shirts featuring the same LINSANITY slogan. Paying tribute to the basketball player’s overnight success with the New York Knicks, the tee, available in black or white, features a bold block print with camo detail on a soft cotton body. Available now at Nike Store.

Outside In: The Story Of Art In The Streets Exhibition Video

The Museum of Contemporary Art won huge points last year with their Art in the Streets exhibition, a show that consisted of a laundry list of top names in the still ill-defined world of “street art”. Consisting of everyone from graf writers to wheat pasters to general misfits with a canvas, works from the likes of FUTURA, JR, Lee Quinones, Mister Cartoon, Os Gemeos, Retna, REVOK, SABER,Shepard Fairey, and Swoon were all on display. Following the momentous occasion is this video breakdown, a thirty minute spot that goes behind the scenes to tell the story of how Art in the Streets at the MOCA came to be, as told by the heralded artists who took part. Enjoy Outside In: The Story of Art in the Streets.

Kicks Of The Day: Air Jordan X Retro “Stealth”

The saying goes that good things come in threes, and for Jordan Brand devotees who count the Air Jordan X as among their favorite legacy models, the adage definitely rings true. January saw the release of the infamous Chicago Bulls colorway, this month the Old Royals came and went, and now fans are anticipating the arrival of the third Air Jordan X style in the form of an understated shadowy colorway. The Air Jordan X “Stealth” is a departure from its two predecessors in terms of design and materials, but if recent history is any indication, they won’t sit on store shelves for long. Check out detailed looks following the jump. 

Via: AGS

Kicks Of The Day: Nike Basketball Olympics Retro Pack

It’s been 20 years since the Dream Team was assembled for the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona in which the men’s team walked away with the bronze medal. The 1992 team, featuring NBA players for the first time, showcased an All-Star roster including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Karl Malone. It’s rightly been referred to as the greatest team ever in the world of sport, and Nike Sportswear is celebrating their achievement with a special collection, the standout piece of which is the Dream Team Destroyer Jacket. The footwear selection, meanwhile, highlights USAB colorways from the Dream Team and beyond: Nike Air Force 180 (Charles Barkley, 1992), Nike Air More Uptempo (Scottie Pippen, 1996), Nike Shox BB4 (Vince Carter, 2000) and the Nike Huarache 2K4 (Carlos Boozer, 2004). Click the jump for more pics.

Queen Of The Ring: Sparing Session

Yo this is a nice battle between two females D Hall The Queen (Detroiter)and Ms Murk(Mephis). They both definitely come with bars and its nice to see the women step their lyrics up.

Mixtape Fridays: Robby Wildebeat: My Salad Days Vol.1

Michigan Producer Robby Wildebeat released his first solo album titled “My Salad Days”. Robby returned from Full Sail University with an Degree and album ready to release. After working on developing Crom Royale, as an artist, and producing a majority of Robo Robb's-SOULBOT2 LP, Robby released his 24 song instrumental album. Robby’s music can be described as progressive, soulful, and highly experimental,so much so that some artists have difficulty wrapping their head around the sound of his production. Wildebeat is in the midst of a big 2012, keep up with this talented Producer over at Check out the album streaming after the jump.

Shetorria x In Sunshine Photo Shoot

S/O to my homegirl, Detroit's very own, Shettoria at her photo shoot looking flawless as ever I see you my baby #salute also S/O to MCity JR on the track!!!

Mixtape Friday: IIKings (CrackKillz x Zamar) x IIKings

I met these guys at @MCityJr Release party and I don't think they realized it. Which is cool because first impressions are everything for artist by showing me how personable they are and showing me are they really serious with this rap thing. Before this they sent me there mixtape 'IIKingz'. I found epic and wanting more which is a feeling I dont get often unless it's just that awesome. Check out the mixtape review on 'IIKingz' after the jump.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bonus Fix !!!!!


Hot Spring Wedge
Tip: Neutral colored Maxi with gold accessories and a cute fedora #HAUTE

Curren$y – What Da Fuck + #CruiseLife

Joint video from Spitta’s latest EP Here.

ScHoolBoy Q Interview With FADER TV

Schoolboy Q heads to the FADER offices to chat about his passion for music and what’s coming next.

Danny Brown’s FADER Cover Photoshoot

Check out Danny Brown’s cover shoot for FADER #78 shot by Ross Mantle in Greenpoint, BK.

Vado x I See You (Black People) Video

T.I. x Akoo

I recently have been looking at TI's new clothing line and its starting to come together very nice I was skeptical about it at first, but now I see the direction of where he is going with his fashion. I pieced together a outfit from Akoo and I must say this definitely is a well put together #SWAG!!!

The Medal Vest is durable bubble vest with a varsity spin and a snap-on hood.100% NYLON.

Woven long sleeve button up shirt has great details & a pop of color with the electric blue plaid over the black background. 100% COTTON FLANNEL YARN DYED PLAID.

washed heavily repaired distressed jean w/ white accent stitching

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

No One (Noni Spitz & Dae One) – Midnight Selections FreEP

With the help of Terrace Martin, Focus, Rapper Big Pooh and a few others, Noni Spitz and Dae One release their latest project to the masses. Tracklist and download link after the jump.

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