Post Date: 02/29/2012
Jeremy Lin’s New Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Sneakers Cost A Whopping $130
Leave it to Nike to be the latest company to cash in on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon! Despite the fact that, until recently, Lin didn’t even have a sneaker deal—and despite the fact that, even if he did have a deal, his sneakers would have cost about $30, at most—the Swoosh just released a special new Nike Zoom Hyperfuse sneaker in a New York Knicks colorway that Lin will be rocking for the rest of the season. The price tag on them: $130.
That’s right. Nike is looking to use Linsanity to its’ own advantage by charging more than a hundred bucks for a pair of Jeremy Lin sneakers. And they aren’t even Lin’s signature kicks. They’re simply designed with him in mind and carry his last name across the tongue of both sneakers. “It’s not a signature line,” Nike told Reuters through a statement recently, “but a version of the shoe that he’s been wearing this season.”
So, we have to ask: Why hasn’t Nike just gone all the way already and given Lin his own shoe? We see the value in using the Zoom Hyperfuse as a quick fix. They obviously didn’t have a sneaker developed for Lin a month ago. So by creating his own Hyperfuse for him, they’re able to capitalize off his sudden success very quickly. But, we also have to believe that, if they’re smart (which they obviously are!), they’re already in the lab cooking up a sneaker for Lin. Who knows how long the hype around him will last? If they want to make a few bucks off it, they need to get him his own sneaker, like, now. And not just a Hyperfuse that’s painted to look like his sneaker.
For now, though, the Zoom Hyperfuse in a Knicks colorway will have to do. What do you think? Would you wear this sneaker—or do you think Nike’s doing Lin a disservice by slapping a sneaker on shelves with his name on it to capitalize off his success?
Post Date: 02/27/2012
The Nike Air Jordan VI And VII Will Be Released As Part Of A “Gold Medal” Pack
Yesterday, we brought you the news about the Nike Sportswear “Dream Team” Collection that’ll be dropping this summer. That collection is designed to celebrate the 1992 “Dream Team” that won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. However, as you probably noticed, there were no Air Jordans in that collection. But you just knew that Nike would be doing something to help honor Michael Jordan 20 years after his gold medal-worthy performance at the Olympics, right?
And, here it is. To help commemorate MJ’s 20-year Olympic anniversary, it appears that Nike will be putting out a special “Gold Medal” Pack later this year. It’ll include a special colorway of the Nike Air Jordan VI as well as the Nike Air Jordan VII. Both sneakers will include some elements of gold to drive the gold medal theme home. And they promise to be one-of-a-kind sneakers.
The bad news is that we really don’t have any other information other than what we’ve already provided you with. A couple of photos of the “Gold Medal” pack have leaked to the Internet. But we’re not sure yet when or where you’ll be abler to get these. We’ll keep an eye on it, though, and you should probably expect them to drop sometime this summer to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The sneakers featured in the “Dream Team” collection were dope. But these right here? Well, let’s just say we wouldn’t be surprised if they entire 2012 team decided to rock them. At first glance, they deserve their “Gold Medal” name.
Post Date: 02/27/2012
Was The 2012 NBA Dunk Contest The Worst Of All-Time?
We’ve had some pretty lousy dunk contests over the past few years, but the 2012 contest may go down as a huge stinker considering that its lack of star power was coupled with a lack of innovation.
I mean, seriously, Jeremy Evans?
We had missed dunks, dunks over Diddy, more missed dunks, and pretty much every reason to wish that they aired old dunk contests rather than subject us to this terrible exhibition. But wait, was it really the worst dunk contest ever? Let’s reflect on some piss poor dunk contests and then see if the 2012 contest stands out.
2002: The Wheel
Okay, this dunk contest wasn’t horrible as much as it was hindered by a horrible idea. A wheel was implemented that forced the participants to replicate some of the greatest dunks in the history of the dunk contest. How lame is that? What happened to originality? Jason Richardson ended up winning, but we would have liked to see him cut loose rather than being forced to do Julius Erving slams. Corny.
1996: Air Barry?
Man, was this an unoriginal competition. Greg Minor was boring. Michael Finley was powerful, yet unimpressive. Darrell Armstrong was blah. That left the door open for Brent Barry. Yes, Brent Barry. You know what Brent did? Well, first, he never took off his warmup jacket. Then he dunked from the free throw line, not once, but twice! Wait, twice? How original. Oh yeah, he won.
1992: The Bulls*** Blindfold
Here’s what’s weird about the 1992 dunk competition. If you look at the names, you would think that this was a monster of a competition. Shawn Kemp, John Starks, Larry Johnson, and Stacey Augmon were all out there. However, their dunks were so-so. The finals ended up being between the powerful Larry Johnson and some guy named Cedric Ceballos. Out came the blindfold that everybody knew he could see through and Cedric Ceballos hoodwinked everyone into giving him the trophy. What a crock.
Before 2012′s contest of no names, 2010 was criticized for its utter lack of star power. Good ol’ Nate Robinson won again. It was boring as hell. At least he didn’t miss a kabillion dunks like he did in 2006.
So which was the worst? You be the judge.
Post Date: 02/18/2012
Let’s be honest. Streetwear, the rendition by which you know it today, wouldn’t have existed quite the same without it’s cultural foundation in sneaker collecting. I don’t care what the coolguys have to say – the bearded, booted aristocracy who now distance themselves from their mid-2000s rainbow Dunk assortment. It doesn’t matter if the jaded sneakerheads are beyond the Niketalk babble and sidewalk sleepovers. Sneaker culture, sneaker hoarding, is how most modern Streetwear purveyors and consumers fostered their appreciation for limited, exclusive, young urban/sportswear fashion. And to pretend like that isn’t the case, that sneakers didn’t play a seminal role in pre- and post-millenial street culture, that all the coolest artists, shops and brands weren’t vying to collaborate on a Nike retro basketball shoe, that local skate boutiques weren’t making most of their cash off of release-day lineups, that you’ve always been wearing vulcanized soles and too busy being hesh or trad or Japanese or whatever to thirst for those crispy swooshed joints you read about on Hypebeast… well, you’re just playing yourself, really.
These are my favorite sneakers of all time. Beyond the Bo Jackson Trainers, the Huaraches, the Agassis, and Michael Chang Tennis Pumps. Beyond the Reese Forbes Dunk SBs, Futura Blazers, and Stussy Dunk His. Even beyond the Air Jordan I, the III, and the V (close runners-up).
It’s the Nike Air Jordan IV. The Cement IVs.
The Jordan IV in itself, is the finest, most succinctly designed sneaker ever (credible source: Me). From the last to the structure, the curves and smooth lines, it’s like a Gehry building making love with a fighter jet. When you put them on, it all makes sense, from the width of the laces to subtle netting to the squared-off tongue. So to top it off with white leather contrasted with black trim and a speckled grey midsole? Everything in its right place.
Here’s my chance. My mom wouldn’t buy these for me as a kid, so now that I’m a grown-ass manboy, time to fulfill the dream. Even packaged in the replica box, with the wrap to match.
I believe the shoes come out the 18th at select Nike stockists? Don’t quote me on that, I’m not a credible source.
Post Date: 02/16/2012
Mattel Is Finally Releasing The Back II The Future Hover Board
Man, it’s been a great year to be a Back II The Future fan, hasn’t it? Towards the end of 2011, Nike teamed up with Michael J. Fox to release the long-rumored, much-anticipated Nike Air Mag sneaker. And sneakerheads as well as Back II The Future enthusiasts were thrilled that they were finally released. But, believe it or not, the latest story involving Back II The Future has us even more excited than the Air Mags did.
At Toy Fair 2012, toy manufacturer Mattel announced that they will be releasing the hover board that was featured in Back II The Future 2 and Back II The Future 3 later this year. The 1:1 replica of the hover board from the movie will be designed to glide over all types of surfaces (sorry, “water” is not one of them!) and will look and feel exactly like the one used in the movie. Pretty cool, huh?
Of course, there’s one catch. This hover board will apparently be pretty costly. And, as a result, Mattel wants to make sure there’s enough interest in this thing before they start mass-producing the hover boards (as if!). So they’re making them available for pre-order from March 1 to March 20 to gauge interest in them. If enough people pre-order the hover boards, they will produce them and release them to the world in either November or December. And if by some chance they don’t get enough preorders? Well, then stop asking Mattel to make them. They’ll simply shut down the hover board operation and move on.
So, what do you think about the hover board? Do you think enough people will be interested in them to pre-order them? Or, do you think people have had enough of Back II The Future and will ignore the hover board altogether? Guess we’ll see what happens next month.
Post Date: 02/16/2012
Whitney Houston Dies at 48 Years Old
Grammy Award-winning pop singer, Whitney Houston, died at 48 years old Saturday. Her publicist, Kristen Foster said Saturday that Houston had died although the location and cause of death were still unknown. The tragic news came just weeks after reports of her bankruptcy surrounded the internet, and in the eve of music’s biggest night: The Grammy Awards.
Houston was found unresponsive by paramedics in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton, just days after enjoying a night out with daughter Bobbi Kristina in Hollywood. She also stepped out in a rare public appearance at the Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love of R&B GRAMMY Party at Tru Hollywood on Thursday night. Houston even sang with Kelly Price at the event, which turned out as her very last performance. Watch the video here.
The once golden girl of the music industry was known to have had a beautiful majestic voice before she fell into drug use which caused her erratic behavior. In the middle 1980s up to the late 1990s, Houston was noted as one of the world’s top-selling singers with her powerful, soulful and unbeatable vocals. Her image was squeaky-clean, a singer known to even the lesser part of the world, physically beautiful with a dash of not overplayed sexiness and a poise every lady longed to have. Houston’s influence on younger generation of female singers spread far and wide, especially to Christina Aguilera who shared a similar timbre with Houston.
Whitney Houston, daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, cousin of Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of music legend, Aretha Franklin was discovered by music mogul, Clive Davis, who signed her into her debut album in 1985: “Whitney Houston”. It was the album which brought Houston to her first “Best Female Pop Vocal” Grammy for the hit “Saving All My Love for You”. Other hit singles in the album included “How Will I Know”, “You Give Good Love” and “The Greatest Love of All”.
The girl who started singing in church and sang backup for Chaka Khan and Jermaine Jackson had arrived. Her multiplatinum album, “Whitney” dropped in 1987 and marked another success for Houston with hits like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”.
Before her career ended, Houston also went into the movie industry with her movie “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale”. Her once great image, was thrown by her confession of cocaine, marijuana and pills abuse, which also took a toll on her once great voice. She was unable to hit the high notes she used to sing, and came the erratic behavior, low-number album sales and the non-existent hit songs. Her marriage to rapper Bobby Brown in 1992 also made things worse with domestic abuse and more drug abuse. Many people frowned upon the pop princess’ marriage to the bad boy, however Houston said her image is not who she really was.
She told Rolling Stone magazine in a 1993 interview:
“When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place. You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that’s their image. It’s part of them, it’s not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody’s angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy.”
In 2009, Houston made a comeback with the album “I Look To You”, and made the world believe she was back. However, cancelled tour dates and awful performances made fans walk away from the concert, feeling like they lost the Whitney they once knew. Which is ironic to the fact that once The New York Times wrote:
“[Houston] possesses one of her generation’s most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity.”
Our hearts go to Whitney Houston’s family in this difficult time. May she finally found the peace she’s been looking for. Rest in Peace dear Whitney, you will be greatly missed.
Post Date: 02/02/2012
Rocawear & Jay-Z Set To Light Up Your TV Screens
One of Jay-Z‘s most significant contributions to his artistic legacy is his clothing brand Rocawear and while the fashion industry may not be enjoying stellar times of late, the brand is planning on having one of its strongest years yet.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Rocawear’s first-ever television campaign will debut this month and feature Jay as its focal point, debunking rumors the hip-hop mogul has distanced himself from the brand he co-created over a decade ago.
“This is the first time we have a television commercial starring Jay, so that’s obviously not true—I think you’ll see the opposite,” says parent company Iconix’s president and CEO, Neil Cole, regarding Jay’s commitment to the brand. “Of course, he’s a busy guy between his tour and his new baby and his music. Are there times when he’s not on tour and not in the studio where we get more time with him? Yes. And are there times when we have to work via email and through other channels? Yes. But we are lucky enough to get a lot of his time and caring.”
The Rocawear television campaign includes commercial time during NBA games and roll-out on channels including MTV, BET and TNT. Directed by Anthony Mandler, the ad is themed “From Marcy To Madison Square” based on Jay’s incredible journey from the bottom to the top.