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

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.

If you were following Jamal Smallz instagram lately, you noticed the #midwestthrone tag under his posts. That's was because it's the name of his new project. Along with StarPulse360, XXL, and the Impact Team, Jamal will present sounds of the best and rising talent of the Midwest. If you ever heard one of his mixtape, trust me you're going to be in for a treat.

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.

Been a while, but as is always, I'm always on time. New tunes, and super dope ish. The homey Schoolie V put me on to Dayne Jordan and that is how we are going to lead off this week is with this jawn. Super tough. Vic Spencer, RTJ, Stalley, Vega HBK & Indiana Rome are on it this week! Crookers feat STS, Sleepy Tom, Killer Mike rides it out on Rick Ross' Black & White. Khari Mateen,

One of my first loves in life is the art of DJing. It all started with DJ Jazzy Jeff, and its been all downhill since. With Trackstar The DJ blasting through the mid tiers of rock star status this year, it's been fun to witness. With a proliferation of high quality mixtapes. Trackstar has been the full time DJ for Killer Mike for the past 3 years and the DJ for Run The Jewels. Trackstar has a gift.
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.

Right now STS is on a proliferation of amazing music. We keep telling ya'll it's GOLD Season. In fact the reality remains, its $5,000 Coat Shit Season. Slim has ya'll feeling like he needs to remind ya'll, you just bunch of Uncle Ruckus. Reach back soon, realize that STS is your favorite rapper. You are welcome. Dope beats, got it. great word play, got it. Great hooks, got it. White GOLD: 215's In My Trunk comes out soon.
Common is bringing something special to his hometown on September 21st. He will have his first annual fest called "Ahhh! Fest 2014". This fest is not one to miss since it is hosted by Dave Chappelle(!), The day will begin with a all-age commuinity showcase by Ryhmefest and Donda's House, which will have a perfomance by Diggy Simmons. Then, at 4pm, Common, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte, De La Soul, Lil' Herb, and "a Special Surprise Guest". Hmmm...maybe we know who it is. You will have to purchase your tickets here and learn more at their website.

Coming fresh off of a couple week break, lots of new tracks have been dropping. A couple brand new jawns off of Lil Bibby's #FreeCrack2 and new Run The Jewels, Crookers #GetExcited remix feat STS, Stalley, Kembe X, Kollateral and few others as we go!!!! Lets get to the music!!!!!
Stay Icy

This has been a very difficult last ten days for me. I've been wanting to share music, but this incident in STL has muted the music in me a lot. I have not felt comfortable even posting new music or promoting new music, knowing that people I know and love are in danger fighting for justice.
I realize that this is not what most people come for, but this is what hip hop is based upon. Street stenography. My peers, colleagues and friends have been fighting a number of different battles. Media perception and the people who are looking to riot, often at the same time. I only feel it's appropriate to now, post something. But, It's the artists in their own words.
Stay Icy
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