Billionaire Boys Club and Timberland are going to show out with this latest collabo. BBC Bee Line and Hip Hop's favorite boot worked together that has a "Harlem Renaissance" theme to them. The classic construction of the Timberland is fused with elements of the wingtip dress shoe. This shoe will definitely turn heads. On instagram, BBC described the shoe as “The perfect clash of classic and contemporary.” This collaboration will release next month.
It's been over a month since I dropped The Icy Weekly. Lots of dope music has been released since that time. Run The Jewels released the best rap album of 2014, Stalley released his first MMG Album OHIO. STS continues to drop gems every few weeks albeit videos or audio. That man also helped co-write Stalley's smash single "One More Shot".
If you are wondering who is in that picture with me, that is World Fair's own Cody B Ware. Big KRIT is preparing to launch the release of his Cadillactica on Nov 11. In continuing with tradition some of my favorites Sean Falyon, Khari Mateen, Stunt Taylor, Wax Society & Vic Spencer drop some heat.
Common releases the sing and video for Fight of Flight remix feat Lil Herb & Chance the Rapper along with a cameo from my mentor in barbering Kojo Hughes giving Common a straight razor shave. As per always, gotta keep it family.
"Fire" Sean C & LV feat Black Thought x STS x Peedi Crakk
"Monster" Bruza The General
"One More Shot" Stalley feat Rick Ross x August Alsina
"How Philly Used To Sound" STS feat DJ Jazzy Jeff x Dayne Jordan x Son Little
"Hold On To Faith" STS feat Ebony Joi
"Soul Food" Big KRIT feat Raphael Saadiq
"Close Your Eyes/And Count To Fuck" Run The Jewels feat Zach De La Rocha x Trackstar The DJ
"Dean Ambrosious" Cody B Ware of World's Fair
"Dipshits" Federal Reserve feat Cam'ron x Juelez Santana x A-Trak x Just Blaze
"Hold Up Wait" Stunt Taylor
"Pink Cookies remix" Sean Falyon
"Best Time Ever" Khari Mateen
"Fight or Flight remix" Common x Lil Herb x Chance The Rapper
"Stalley Fountain of Youth Remix" Wax Society
"24K Visuals" VicSpencer
"I'm So Sorry" Spenzo feat Young Thug
"Chicago Conscious remix" Reem feat Lil Herb x King Louie x Spenzo
Run The Jewels 2 is the second installment from Killer Mike & El-P as a rap duo, but in reality, this is their third full length album together. As the saying goes, Third times a classic in which all indie albums are measured up to. Run the Jewels 2 is sonic perfection, on a multitude of fronts. It's hard to say what tracks stand out, because they are all outstanding and obnoxious.
RTJ2 production is large, funky and in your face provided to you by El-P. Lyrics, yup, you guessed it, it's a Mikes fist to your face is fucking Folgers. You could go on and on and on and on tallmbout how amazing this album is, but I won't, instead I will focus on a different angle. Authenticity. Now you are probably asking yourself, "But Icy, what does authenticity have to do with putting out quality art?"
Ohhhh young grasshopper, only every god damned thing. If all artists took this much time and attention to detail to delivering a project 1/3 as honest as Run The Jewels 2, the music industry wouldn't be in such shambles as per no album going Platinum in 2014. Not that any album released on a national level has warranted such sales. RTJ2 stands an amazing chance at going Gold before years end, all it takes is one listen and you will pony up the cash for the project and to see them in a town near you. You can buy this off of iTunes, or at your local record store.
Run The Jewels live shows are something great to behold, this project gets better and better as I play it through. I'm now 9 listens through and this is a Classic. This album sounds like the amalgamation of time, space and energy from 2010-2014 all things lovely, horrible, frightening, sickening, gratuitous and magnificent. Also, they will be performing on David Letterman this Friday Oct 31st for the second time. Do you believe in miracles? naw, me neither, just hard work and running the jewels.
Weird side note: Be on the look out for Meow The Jewels...I'm going to just put the video down here because it is too amazingly weird to explain it. Thanks Internets.
While we wait for another shoe that played in the 1996 NBA All Star Game later this year (hint: Legacy Blue 11s), Nike released a shoe from that same game by Penny Hardaway. The shoe represents the playing days of the Orlando Magic Two Guard. The black upper nubuck with hints of blue throughout the shoe. A white jeweled Nike logo on the black midsole with air max technology on the sole. Penny's 1 cent logo on the heel is a nice touch.
Retailing at $140, you can cop these now at your Nike Retailers.
Adidas basketball just released Derrick Rose newest signature sneaker. The D Rose 5 has a new technology called Boost that will help Derrick to regain his MVP form and lead the Chicago Bulls back to the top. Adidas worked closely with Rose, who haven't played more than 10 NBA regular season games since 2012 when he torn ACL and 2013 when he torn a ligament in his other leg. Small details like Derrick's signature on the sole and his mother's name, Brenda, on the midsole is a nice touch as well. You can buy his game made sneakers or customize your own using miAdidas at adidas.com.
20 years today, one of the four best albums that was released in 1994. While Wu-Tang, the Notorious B.I.G., and Was dropped classic debuts in '94, One sophomore album from a Chicago rapper is celebrated to this day and hold its weight in hip-hop history. Common, also known as Common Sense, released his second album "Resurrection" on October 25, 1994. The album, in my opinion,was somewhat young man passage into adulthood who lived in the south side of Chicago. No I.D. & YNot, two main producers on projects, crafted the perfect sounds made Common rhymes smooth as butter. "Resurrection" also produced one of the most important songs ever in the culture, "I Used to Love H.E.R", an ode to hip hop and its evolution. I was introduced to this album while in college in 2010. Then, I was listening to a lot of '90s music while creating my graphic design projects. I could relate to most of the topics that was in the album, even though I was born and raised on the west side of the Chi. I, too, was coming into adulthood so lyrics had it's meaning. This album was one of a few that helped me through that stage of life. So, I illustrated a piece for this occasion and to show appreciation. Cheers!- Jonathan Carradine
Nike & Supreme is back at it again. With the last collaboration with the Nike Air Foamposite was a huge hit, the classic air force one is the next up between the two legendary labels. Retailing at $139, the AF1 Hi will come in three color ways: Black, White and Red. The big bold "Supreme" is stitched on the heel as '94 on the heel tab. The AF1 high yet removable strap has "The World Famous" printed. Finally, the classic "Nike AF1" & "Supreme" logos week be on the tongue tab. Please believe it's going to sell out quick so grab them next month. No date has been set yet.
It's been a long time coming but Stalley's debut album, "OHIO" is coming out next month. Since signed with MMG, he been grinding with great mixtapes , an ep and singles that an album long overdue in my opinion. The Midwest state album title fits with everything that's happening now in Ohio, most notably LeBron James return to Cleveland and the Brown's drafting Johnny Manziel. The tracklist is very interesting with features from Rick Ross, Nipsey Hussle, August Alsina, Rashad, Ty Dolla Sign & De La Soul (!!!). He even went far to even link up with fellow Ohio native and Legendary Photographer Jonathan Manion ( most known for Jay Z Reasonable Doubt) to shoot the album cover and images. So, go out and support Stalley debut in stores and iTunes on October 28th.
After their successful tour run for "On The Run", Hov and Bey might not be done working together musically. Word around the web says that the power couple might recorded some songs for a collab album. And here's more... It could release this year or 1st Quarter 2015. They recorded few songs dated back to the early 2000s since they were dating so this wasn't unexpected in a way. If so, this would make this Jay's fifth joint album with a musician: two with R. Kelly, One with Linkin Park and One with Kanye West. Only time will tell.
It's be a honor to have witnessed this rise. From being able to hire him for a private house party in 2009, to seeing him open for El-P in 2012. Then opening for Big Boi in 2013. Flash forward to 2014 to where he is DJing for Run The Jewels. Run The Jewels is the rap group of El-P, Killer Mike & Trackstar The DJ. Being in Chicago, I have been able to see a fair amount of shows.
Trackstar has released countless mixtapes, the most recent have been The best of Ghostface Killah & No I.D. That man has worked relentlessly at his craft and along the way created the #RapFan brand. The proliferation of #RapFan will soon be so ubiquitous that you'll find it at a Hot Topic next to RTJ logos. Be on the look out for the Run The Jewels 2 project launching October 27th. #IcyApproved
If there is another thing you should know about me, is my love of style, fashion, word play and just doing awesome shit. Sugar Tongue Slim is one of the most prolific song writers in the industry. Writing for Ciara, Writing for the Roots, having a Grammy nomination here and there. Bul can rap his ass off, flat out. Since 2010 Slim has been a part of well over 100+ high quality songs, three classic albums under his belt and tours that span the globe. I first ran into Slim here in Chicago back in 2012 while he and DJ Bear One (who also has a few platinum plaques under his A&R Belt) opening for Cypruss Hill at the Double Door.
Over the past two years Slims rhymes have gotten more dense, playful and light, while also being inquisitive and allowing you to turn all the up to. DJ Bear One & STS have an on stage chemistry that cannot be beat. Bear sets the platform and Slim grabs your attention and neither let go until you pass slim a joint and turn up with him.
The proliferation of #GOLD aka Gentleman Of Leisure & Deveolpement is about to jump into overdrive, he will be dropping a project soon called "White GOLD: 215's in my trunk" along with some shit with Stalley and a few other artists I am not at liberty to disclose. Sorry, but you are just gonna have to wait.