New Kicks: Dave White's Air Jordan 1 High

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

White and Jordan are back again, and the result is the Air Jordan 1 High DW. These kicks feature the iconic Jordan black/sport red-white-cement grey colorway, and even bring in the elephant print on the forefoot laces-strap. The brand has also put together a Jordan DW WINGS crew T-shirt to commemorate the release. Available in North America, Europe and China on February 11.

New Article: XXL Magazine Pays Tribute To Notorious B.I.G. With March 2012 Cover

Monday, January 30, 2012

March 9, 2012, marks the 15-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death and XXL is paying tribute to the late, great Brooklyn MC with a special issue dedicated to his legacy.

Similar to the honorary issue dedicated to Tupac Shakur and the 15th anniversary of his passing, released by XXL in September of 2011, the XXL team spoke to some of those closest to Big for an in-depth look into his life and death. From his kids T’Yanna and Christopher “CJ” Wallace and their mamas, Jan Jackson and Faith Evans, to his closest friends like members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and others, many got their chance to share stories and more to pay homage to the beloved MC. Most even disclosed rare, never-before-published photos of Biggie from their personal collections, which are featured in this month’s issue. Since Big was one of the most swagger-jacked rappers of all time, there’s a list of the 100 best Biggie bites, a look a what The Notorious One might have looked like at 40-plus, and much more.

Even though the issue is a Big tribute there’s much more in the mag to look forward to. It’s been 15 years since 1997, arguably the best year in hip-hop music, and XXL explores that very notion with a detailed essay. There’s also a look back at 2011’s rap music with a recap of the five best albums, mixtapes, verses, producers and singles of the year.

Check out XXLMag.com for an entire month’s-worth of Biggie-related stories that celebrate his life and death, extras from the issue, including outtakes, as well as everyday hip-hop news and much more. And cop the special tribute issue when it hits stands on February 7.—XXL Staff (SOURCE)

New Video: Winter X Games 2012 - Shaun White Wins 5th Straight SuperPipe Gold Medal with Perfect Score

Nursing a bum ankle, Shaun White had already pulled out of Slopestyle earlier this week, leaving many to wonder how he would fare in his signature event. However, as only he can do, White made his mark at Winter X Games Aspen Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe, winning gold and effectively solidifying a five-time repeat with a score of 94.00 on his very first run of the night. White could have mailed in his final run and taken a victory lap, but instead threw down the single greatest slew of tricks in Winter X Games history. Starting off the run with a towering 18-ft backside air, White stuck a frontside double cork 1080, a Cab double cork 1080, a frontside stalefish 540, a double McTwist 1260, and his signature frontside double cork 1260 before all was said and done, garnering the first perfect score of 100 in the history of Winter X.

It's unreal. I've been wanting that 100 forever. Thank you so much, everybody tonight,” White, a two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist, said (via ESPN). “I came here on a mission: I couldn't compete in slope [the slope style event, because of a sprained ankle] and it kind of broke me. I didn't know what to do. I was sitting around icing my ankle wondering if I could even ride tonight, and I kind of took out a little bit of that anxiety and anger that I couldn't compete in slope in the pipe tonight.”

New Trailer: I Am Bruce Lee Documentary

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water." There can never be enough Bruce Lee, in movies especially. And now someone has made an entire documentary about his legacy and his spirit. It's titled simply, I Am Bruce Lee, directed by Pete McCormack, and features a whole hell of a lot of celebrities, including Mickey Rourke, Ed O'Neill, Manny Pacquiao, Dana White, Black Eyed Peas' Taboo, Jon Jones, Haywire's Gina Carano and yes, even Kobe Bryant himself pops up in here. This looks like a kick ass doc for a martial arts legend, just exploring who he was and why he was such a legend, but we already know the reasons anyway. Check it out!

New Video: Nike Basketball KobeSystem - Level 6 Beastion

The KobeSystem enters its sixth level, Beastion. This latest spot finds the Black Mamba schooling Kanye West on breaking records, becoming more successful and being the best, even if its something he may not want to hear. Are you a different animal… and the same beast? For those who may have missed out on previous lessons (CLICK HERE)

New Tech: Smart Stand Sleeve for Tablets

This sturdy sleeve for your tablet protects it from everyday mayhem with the ability to Megatron itself into an attractive viewing stand. Using magnets hidden within the body of the case and small plastic tabs at the base, this smart stand folds into two different positions – one ideal for typing and the other perfect for watching your favorite flicks. Cost: $49 (SOURCE)

New Whip: Toyota FJ Cruiser - Xplore Adventure Series

XPLORE Adventure Series Toyotas are designed to deliver the great outdoors to your driveway and provide a way that you and your family can enjoy and support America’s greatest treasures, our National Parks. Each XPLORE Toyota comes with a free Annual Pass to all of the National Parks and Monuments. Designed for adventure, you can choose from four levels of equipment to fit your lifestyle and appetite for exploring, camping or sightseeing some of the most incredible places on the face of the Earth. (SOURCE)

New Tech: Liquipel Protection

Friday, January 20, 2012

Liquipel is a southern California based company that has specialized in researching and developing innovative coatings for the past five years. It was through an incredible demand for water resistant electronics and a revolutionary new technology that Liquipel was born.

With countless painstaking hours of research and development the Liquipel team of scientist created and perfected our proprietary process. Through our struggles and with unbelievable advancement in this area Liquipel is proud to be the first company in the world to offer this technology to consumers.

Liquipel is a revolutionary process that applies a waterproof coating to your electronic device to protect them in the event of accidental exposure to liquids. It is not visible to the human eye, virtually undetectable and Liquipel will not compromise the look, feel, and performance of your electronics.

Liquipel penetrates the entire device as a whole, including all of the vital components inside and out to provide optimal protection against accidental contact with liquids. (SOURCE)

New Video: Reebok Classics Ridin Philly With Meek Mill

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It’s safe to proclaim that 2011 was the year that brought Meek Mill into the spotlight as he signed with the formidable Maybach Music Group, was listed as on of the top Freshmen of 2011 in XXL‘s annual editorial, and provided club anthem “Ima Boss.” Bringing the year to an end, the Philadelphia-bred rap artist teamed up with Reebok during the holiday season and hooked up his former high school basketball team with fresh athletic gear for the season. Feeling good, the only thing left to do was grab the Dreamchasers crew and tear up the streets of Philly on bikes and ATV’s with his hometown family. (SOURCE)

New Event: Coachella 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's that time of the year again, Coachella 2012 is coming up and the lineup is looking real good. Check out the video below, it's from 2011 but you can pretty much expect the same atmosphere and great music. (SOURCE)

Coachella 2011 from Ryan Mastro on Vimeo.

Happy Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 16, 2012

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Video: A-Trak, Laidback Luke, & DJ Craze Battle @ Holy Ship!

Friday, January 13, 2012

During Holy Ship last week, some of the top DJ’s in the world were on the maiden voyage for the multi-day electronic cruise. Many of them were hanging out together playing during the same sets and killing time by hanging out with their fans. In particular, A-Trak, Laidback Luke, and DJ Craze decided to give the fans a treat with some live scratching. This is CLASSIC!!!!

New Kicks: A History of Nike's Chinese New Year Air Force 1's

Nike "Year Of The Horse" Air Force 1's

This Lunar New Year was so popular it got not one but two releases in 2002. Featuring a galloping horse on the insole and the character for “horse” on the tongue and heel tab, this red and white release remains one of the more coveted Chinese New Year AF1s to date. It’s no wonder the horse in the Chinese Zodiac is associated with popularity and intelligence, because these are a no-brainer.

Nike "Year Of The Goat" Air Force 1's

Released in 2003, this Zodiac AF1 is characterized by an all-white leather upper with limited orange accents on the tongue and insole. The “Goat” AF1 also features a light icy outsole, which ultimately gives this release a bit of flair while still staying true to the calm dependability associated with the goat.

Nike "Year Of The Monkey" Air Force 1's

In the Chinese Zodiac, the monkey is characterized as both dignified and self-assured – two words that aptly describe this 2004 Chinese New Year release from Nike. The shoe’s Swoosh provides a bit of flair as it fades from dark to light brown, and the buttery white leather upper is the perfect foundation for the sneaker’s subtle nods toward the small yet energetic jungle dweller.

Nike "Year Of The Rooster" Air Force 1's

Similar to the “Year of the Goat” release from 2003, the 2005 “Year of the Rooster” AF1 makes use of a subdued color palette, an opaque outsole and premium materials for maximum style and versatility. Inspired by an animal seen as both accurate and precise, this Chinese Zodiac release ideally embodies the personality of the rooster, even if it might not immediately garner attention.

Nike "Year Of The Dog" Air Force 1's

Loud and made up of a variety of materials and patterns, the AF1 “Year of the Dog” is definitely one of Nike’s most unforgettable odes to the Chinese Zodiac. It seems to be no coincidence that this 2005 sneaker, associated with an animal revered for its loyalty and attractiveness, has proven one of the most continually coveted in the Chinese New Year bunch, especially since it broke away from the collection’s subdued track record.

Nike "Year Of The Rabbit" Air Force 1's

With its translucent sole and chenille contrasting Swooshes, the “Year of the Rabbit” AF1 was one of the most highly sought after releases of 2011. The subtle tone of the suede upper ideally foregrounds the shoe’s crimson and varsity royal accents, while also serving as the perfect backdrop for the sneaker’s rabbit-referencing emblems.

Nike "Year Of The Dragon" Air Force 1's

Last but not least, the YOTD AF1 is the latest in the Zodiac-inspired series and a return to the more subdued beginnings of the collection. Featuring a colorful dragonhead on the tongue, an embossed pattern on the black upper and a scaled Swoosh, this pair is another winner in the line of Chinese New Year AF1 drops.

New Concept Car: Ferrari Xezri

Impressive design for this Ferrari Xezri Concept, the project by Turin IED graduate Samir Sadikhov that won the 2nd prize at the Ferrari World Design Contest 2011. The Ferrari Xezri by Samir Sadikhov from Azerbaijan is a sportscar inspired by wind for both the aesthetics and the aerodynamics, taking into consideration the principles of “flexible aerodynamics”. “My Ferrari project was an idea of designing a model that a synthesis of its technological knowledge and its sporting experience. This project must be the source of the highest level of technology characterizing a unique car, which is absolutely innovative and represents the quintessence of Ferrari past and present and looks to the Ferrari of the future.” (SOURCE)