It’s clear that LeBron James has had a decorated history as a player, as underlined by his latest award: the 2012-2013 Most Valuable Player award – immortalized by Nike in the form of a crazy pair of King James’ signature kicks. The trophy is his fourth in five years, a feat only accomplished by Bill Russell in his day. The hype surrounding James is in many ways warranted, yet it seems that for as long as the 28-year-old has been in the league, he’s had just as many critics as he has accolades. The NBA has released a video retrospective of James’ career thus far, which gives viewers a somewhat complete look at the road the young player has paved for himself – a road undoubtedly deserving of respect.
Not the one to shy away from provocative imagery, Iggy Azalea pulls from Middle Eastern dance routines in her latest visual for “Bounce.” Taking her bass-filled anthems down to India, Azalea reinterprets traditional dance routines with her hip-hop swagger. The clip shows Azalea cavorting amidst a festival of colors with interludes of psychedelic imagery throughout. The single comes as the second offering from her upcoming debut full-length The New Classic. “Bounce” is currently available on iTunes.
Rapper Lil Wayne and SUPRA team up to produce the Chimera, a fitting name to say the least. What the shoe doesn’t say with its relatively simple colorway choices it makes up for big time with its shape. The shoe features a super-sized heel and midsole panel as well as a hefty padded tongue. Adding to the hodgepodge implications of its namesake is the variety of materials used across different colorways. For example, the tonal black edition uses mostly synthetic materials while the grey edition incorporates suede onto its side panels. By far the sleekest of the three, the white and pink edition uses a combination of smooth and pebbled leather. For a closer look at the Chimera and its different styles, check out Sneaker Freaker’s Issue 27 here.
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In the visuals to “Tapout,” Young Money recruits — Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Mack Maine — are joined by Birdman under the new alias, Rich Gang, while Future takes care of the chorus. Here, the hip-hop super group flaunts their riches in a glamorous estate, while the likes of Christina Milian, Kimora Lee and Paris Hilton playing prominent cameo roles in this heist-filled storyboard. Rich Gang’s first studio album Flashy Lifestyle is due to drop June 25th and will feature artists from both Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment. Watch the clip above to see how the narrative plays out.
Forget the silly name — Pyragon? Really? This is a toy gun we're talking about here. Anyway, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon Blaster ($35 USD) looks to satisfy your — or your offspring's — insatiable thirst for more ammo. Thanks to an enormous magazine, this piece of plastic weaponry can fire off up to 40 discs without reloading, and offers a Slam-Fire handle that lets you fire off multiple rounds while you hold down the trigger. Probably not the best for covert missions, though — with an oil filter-like magazine, your co-workers are sure to see you coming.
Founded in 2008, Raleigh Denim is brand that stands apart from the denim crowd. Priding itself on crafting denim with artisanal methods, vintage equipment, and some of the finest denim around courtesy of the renowned Cone Mills White Oak plant. In this video shot by Apartment Number 9, prospector & peddler John Webb takes us through the labor-intensive production process from start to finish. If you like what you see, you can find Raleigh Denim at finer denim stockists including Apartment Number 9. Enjoy.
Just when it seemed Lauryn Hill would swerve on Uncle Sam by cutting a deal with Sony to launch her new record label, she gets sentenced to prison. The soul singer was given a three-month prison sentence Monday (May 6th) in Jersey after pleading guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She faced up to a year in prison on each of three tax evasion counts while her attorney sought probation. [Read More]
Rita Ora is the new face of the Superga Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign. Our friends at Highsnobiety present to you an exclusive video of the artist, featuring behind the scenes material from the production of the campaign. Taking over from Alexa Chung, the new campaign looks promising and certainly makes for a nice push of the iconic shoe brand. Watch the exclusive video above. Enjoy.
Drawing on a tablet or smartphone is nearly as easy as drawing on paper — but most styluses lack the intelligence to really streamline the process. The Adobe Mighty & Napoleon Projects ($TBA) seek to change all that. The Mighty is a pressure sensitive digital drawing tool that uses Bluetooth LE to stay connected to your devices and features a button that can bring up on-screen menus for selecting different tools and colors. It's joined by Napoleon, a digital ruler that can create a digitally-projected edge used to draw shapes and lines. The plan is to use Adobe's cloud to share drawings and assets between devices, but as this is all in the experimental stage, it's hard telling what all might be included by the time they're ready for you to buy.
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This isn't your normal mid-model refresh. The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo ($148,000 and up) is an all-new model, and as such, it's packing some new goodies. Features like a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, an entirely new, longer chassis, 20-inch wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active anti-roll system, and full-LED headlights. It hasn't lost its edge, either, boasting a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 520hp in the standard model and 560hp in the S model, paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that gets you from 0-60 in as little as 2.9 seconds and to a top speed of nearly 200 mph. They'll be rolling off the boats from Germany just in time for the holidays — so here's to hoping you have a very, very generous gift-giver on your list. Enjoy.