After months of anticipation, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 has an official drop date. Both the “Platinum” and Black/Pink colorway are slated to drop in the US and worldwide on June 9th at select retailers in limited numbers.
Slimmer and sleeker than the Air Yeezy 1, this pair focuses on fit and function by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. Tennis, training, and texture inspire the Air Yeezy 2, as conveyed on the Tech Challenge II sole, molded forefoot strap, and hand skived anaconda panel. References to ancient civilization provide detail and history in the form of hieroglyphics on the loop strap and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II’.
Meet Harman’s new AKG K840KL wireless headphones. These ear-pleasing AKG’s feature new wireless technology that offers a clean and crisp stream, with no loss or interference. The Kleer system runs off a 2.4GHz radio wave and delivers 16-bit stereo. With a 20m range and a battery life of two weeks, I know what ill be looking for next time I shop for some ear goggles.
This Audi engineered e-bike is one of the sleekest things I have ever come across. Im not sure whether its the awesome carbon fiber framework or the record breaking 2.3kW electric motor ( that will reach 50mph! ) that attract me to this bike. It could also be the onboard touchscreen computer and video camera, that can track and trace tricks and trails alike. Who knows, maybe its the auto adjustable seat, that wont get in the way of tricks. One things for sure, people will break there necks watching you fly by on this beauty.
This show bike is futuristic at the very first glance — a bike for tomorrow and beyond. All its components, even the pedals, have been shaped by Audi’s designers, for instance the 26-inch wheels made from CFRP that weigh only 600 grams (1.32 lb) each and have innovative large-area blade-pattern spokes.
The Audi e-bike Wörthersee’s ultra-light carbon-fiber frame weighs only 1,600 grams (3.53 lb). It makes use of bionic principles derived from nature. Material reinforcements are needed only at the points where loads actually occur. The swinging arm for the rear wheel is also made of CFRP. All in all, the Audi e-bike Wörthersee represents the full extent of the brand’s expertise in ultra-lightweight design. The rear wheel is driven by a chain. The electric motor is a permanent magnet synchronous machine; it is located at the lowest point on the frame and drives the bottom bracket shaft directly. Maximum torque at the rear wheel is in the region of 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft). Peak output from the electric motor is 2.3 kW — a new top value on the e-bike scene. The complete bicycle weighs only 21 kg (46.30 lb), equivalent to a power-weight ratio of 9 kg (19.84 lb) per kilowatt, or 7 kg (15.43 lb) per horsepower — another record-breaking value.
The lithium-ion battery is housed in the frame; it weighs about 5 kg (11.02 lb) and operates at a voltage of 48 V. Its capacity is 530 Wh and it can be fully recharged from a 230 V supply in two and a half hours. As an alternative it can be easily detached from the bike and replaced by a recharged battery.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues is written and directed by Adam McKay, the man behind the original 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and films like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The film reunites the Channel 4 News Team played by Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, and cast members like Vince Vaughn and Christina Applegate are expected to return. The script is still being written, but the film will see the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle and the addition of anchors of different races, all making for a tense workplace for the old crew. Excited?
It’s Easter weekend and resurrection is in the air. While Christians mark the day God’s son rose from the dead, there is talk of a holographic 2Pac performing at this year’s Coachella. A virtual ’Pac—untouched by age, sweat, contradiction, or gunshots. A soulless facsimile of someone who was once loved and feared: Lazarus and Frankenstein rolled into one. The perfect avatar for so much of modern hip-hop: digitized, lacking in menace.
Nasir Jones, 38, is not a hologram. Leaning in the back of a black Escalade, he’s a living, breathing legend. Unlike ’Pac, Nas still walks amongst us—growing older and wiser, taking missteps, surviving. The recently divorced father of a teenage daughter and a 3-year-old son, he had to pay a grip to his ex—the R&B/rock chick Kelis—just before she gave birth. And just as he had to pay another pound of flesh to the IRS.
When Nas first entered hip-hop’s collective consciousness he was a precocious teenager, wise beyond his years. Now, draped in June Ambrose’s “glamaflague” army jacket decked out with studs, he’s still every bit godbody. He’s in New York putting the finishing touches on his new album, Life Is Good, and shooting the video for his latest single, “The Don.” His demeanor betrays no overt stress or strain. While Rakim spits technique from the car speakers, Nas manages a dust-up at Hot 97 over a missed radio drop; texts a lady friend; glances at a recent picture on his phone of Knight, his 3-year-old, laughing in front of the Giza pyramid.
By the time Nas mounts the small stage at Tammany Hall, it’s clear he is performing a resurrection of his own. Super Cat’s badman lilt cuts the air as the video director Aristotle cues the crowd. “I been out rhymin’ since Born Knowledge/Like Prophet Muhammad said/The ink of a scholar is worth more than the blood of a martyr.”
The sound is fresh, dense—the kind of track that producer Salaam Remi prefers. “If I’m going to do hip-hop,” Remi says later, “I want it to be something that a mumble-mouth rapper can’t rap on. You better have something to say and be speaking up.”
On the whole, Nas’ new music cuts against the grain. “I wanted to make a soundtrack that allowed Nas to be Nas,” says No I.D., the renowned rap producer and Def Jam executive who was the other major contributor to the new album. “I don’t have a calculation of what is going on now with the kids, but I just wanted Nas to do what he do.”
Gossip blogs aside, Nas will not be remembered for his ill-fated marriage or his tax troubles. What he will be remembered for is “snuffing Jesus” in some of his first words as an MC. He will be remembered for the countless jewels—condensed infinities formed around breakbeats—and for unveiling ghetto metaphysics to an uncivilized world. “My intellect prevails from a hanging cross with nails,” he said in “Memory Lane,” one of his early masterpieces. No, the current incarnation of Nasty Nas is not a comeback. More like evidence of things foreseen.
The collaboration between Strada Customs and YOTEL was formed to reflect the growing ’fixed gear’ cycling culture in Manhattan and surrounding boroughs. Curated by Stink Grenade Studios, Strada Customs partnered with YOTEL to build 6 co-branded bikes. Each bike features a customized seat made with suede fabric and contrast-colored stitching in a quilted pattern, that complements YOTEL’s iconic brand colored bikes in purple and green. Offering a fleet of bikes as a free amenity to hotel guests this summer.
Robin Gibb, one of the three brothers who sold hundreds of millions of records as the Bee Gees yet chafed at the “disco” image that came with the package, died Sunday in England. He was 62.
He was suffering from colorectal cancer that had spread to his liver. Last month, he slipped into a coma for a week, leading his family to gather around his bedside and sing to him.
His family said he died from the cancer, compounded by the effects of intestinal surgery. He had played down the cancer in the months before his death, saying in February he was recovering.
Gibb’s passing delivers a second devastating blow to fans of 1970s pop and dance music, following the stunning death last week of Donna Summer.
Robin became the second member of the Bee Gees to die relatively young. His twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003 from a twisted bowel – a congenital condition for which Robin underwent surgery in 2010.
Another brother, Andy, who was also a pop star though never a Bee Gee, died at 30 from a heart infection.
The Bee Gees, who also included Robin’s older brother Barry, began in the 1960s as a pop group modeled after the Beatles.
Asked a few years ago if he was concerned that the Bee Gees sounded so much like the Fab Four, Barry Gibb said, “Not at all. That was our goal.”
The group’s biggest success came a decade later, when it recorded the songs for the soundtrack of the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”
The movie gave the group a string of No. 1 hits, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Night Fever.” The soundtrack was the biggest selling album in history until Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” surpassed it.
Its success helped propel the Bee Gees to a level that got them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
But Robin, like his brothers, always called it a mixed blessing.
He said they were proud of the “Fever” soundtrack, which he called one of the three most important albums next to the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” and “Thriller.” He chafed, however, at the “disco” label that immediately began following them around.
“After ‘Fever,’ people started thinking we were just a ‘disco group,’ ” he said in the late 1980s. “We were never a disco group. The songs in the movie weren’t written as ‘disco’ songs.”
This frustration, he said, was one reason the brothers mostly worked on solo projects in the 1980s. Robin recorded several solo albums, which he said deliberately did not sound like either Bee Gees or disco albums. They were only modestly successful.
He also composed classical music, including a suite called “Titanic Requiem, ” which had its debut on April 10, but Gibb was too ill to attend the performance.
A vegan and teetotaler after beating an amphetamine habit, he also pursued other interests, including politics. He was a close friend of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Gibb brothers were born in England, but their parents emigrated to Australia when Maurice and Robin were 8.
By that time, Maurice and Robin were already singing together, and they convinced big brother Barry to join them. They played amateur shows in Britain, then broke through in Australia.
They soon became teen idols, and that’s the image they maintained when they had their first U.S. hit in 1967 with “New York Mining Disaster 1941.”
A string of further hits followed, and while Barry usually sang lead, Robin was the main voice on “I Started a Joke” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You.”
Robin said the fact that the group didn’t just write or sing “I love you” pop songs helped it make the transition from teen faves to serious rock singers.
The LAPD fights to keep the East Coast Mafia, run by Mickey Cohen, out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. Gangster Squad is being directed by Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) from a screenplay written by Will Beall (“Castle”), based on Paul Lieberman’s book. The cast includes Sean Penn as mobster Mickey Cohen, along with Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, plus Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo and Mireille Enos. Quite an awesome cast. The film shot late last year around Los Angeles, and Warner Bros will send the film to theaters later this fall. Listen for Jay-Z on the trailer’s soundtrack!