If you were watching the NBA Finals today, you probably should have stuck around for the halftime show instead of grabbing a refill of your drink. Jay-Z had a special announcement for everyone that he had scheduled for today at 6:15. The commercial, which featured the likes of Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Rick Rubin in a room with Jay-Z as they go over beats and song concepts, and mid-commercial Jay-Z announces a July 4th release date. I don’t want to spoil it though, so just watch for yourself.
Tuesdays are kinda my favorite day of the week. Aside from the lull of it being the middle of the work week, there is always the anticipation of some great tunes dropping today. This Tuesday specifically, we have some pretty heavily anticipated albums dropping. Here’s a few we say you must get now!
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Not much needs to be said of this. 8 years we’ve waited for a new studio album from the greatest duo in electronic music history. Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories
French Montana – Excuse My French
With a slew of successful mixtapes, it only makes sense for us to rock with French. He’s been on every big club hit this year, and he’s got a couple of his own on this album. Check it out.
30 Seconds to Mars – LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS
Frontman Jared Leto and crew are back with another album this year, following what would be the longest tour ever by a band, that went for over 2 years long. That’s dedication.
Fast and Furious 6 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
What looks to be the finale of one of the most recognized series in modern memory, and also what looks to be one of this year’s big summer blockbusters, it warrants an album of the same caliber. A compilation album featuring the likes of Ludacris, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, The Crystal Method, Peaches, deadmau5, and so many more, this is a complete soundtrack.
All of these albums are available online and in stores now!
Pharrell was the executive producer on the soundtrack for Disney’s hit Despicable Me back in 2010, and now he’s back to grace the sequel as well. This new single is from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, and a great song to move us into summer. Won’t make you wait anymore, check below to hear Pharrell’s new jam Happy.
Our friends over at Microsoft kicked off the day with a huge announcement about the next generation in their XBox console family. The XBoxOne has been revealed, and we were front row center with our eyes peeled on all the new awesomeness. It looks to be pretty hands on with your everyday lifestyle, and with these new features, Microsoft looks to set the tone on what will be the next generation of entertainment and integration. Below, you’ll find a few different features they touched on, along with some information that we found out about through networks and gaming gurus online. Here’s what we know:
-Voice Recognition and Commands: The XBoxOne will recognize the users voice and respond to commands like “XBoxOn,” “XBox Go Home” and “XBox Watch TV” along with many more.
-Skype on XBoxOne: Group video chat, along with high-speed, HD connection on a big screen tv, with what Microsoft calls the best living room camera on the market
-SnapMode Picture-in-Picture: The new kinect unit that comes with all XBoxOne consoles will allow hand gestures to do various things on screen like snapping windows open and closed, along with having multiple windows showing at once.
-Steven Spielberg to direct Halo TV Series: That’s right, the legend himself is going to be behind the franchise title moving onto the small screen. Hopefully they integrate this directly into the gameplay a la Defiance.
-XBoxOne will be released later this year. That’s right. We’re thinking probably Holiday season.
-It will NOT be backwards compatible with XBox360 games. Due to a few different things, kind of a bummer, but don’t get rid of those 360′s just yet folks.
As more word comes out about XBoxOne we’ll keep you posted with all of the goodies and news.</b>
Dont be surprised if Porter Ray pops up in the conversation of best Seattle rapper. This Jet City local just released his debut mixtape “BLK GLD” yesterday and has been generating a lot of buzz online. Check him out for yourself down below!
Also If you’re in the Seattle area, check out Porter Ray opening up for Mobb Deep at the Crocodile tuesday May 14th.
Everyone’s favorite twins dropped this hit last month, and we’ve already seen a slew of remixes released. The most recent remix to Nervo’s Hold On comes from Angger Dimas from Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. This mix brings a dirty dutch feel to the smoother original version. Peep it below and be sure to cop the official version from Nervo’s iTunes Page. Look out for remix EPs of Hold On featuring this and other edits on May 7th and May 28th.
This is one of the dopest videos to drop in quite sometime, let alone from the hip-hop genre. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis release some visual treatment from their second hit from their debut album The Heist. This one is for the ages right here. No need to get too much into it all, it’s just pretty impressive and exciting to watch. Without further ado…
Nike is always up to something, and this one is just another notch on the belt. Their “Home Turf” series debuted last month, and this is just one pair of many in the collection. Alot of these would look great with our new Rich Kids Brand Spring 2013 Collection. Freshness Mag has more information about the Home Turf series:
The term “lifestyle trainers” sounded like an oxymoron to many European at the time. Yet, Nike forged ahead in 1987 and brought the very first Air Max onto the shores of the Old World. While at first deemed by locals as an impossible feat, a following quickly grew in cities like London, Milan, and Paris. A decade after, the Nike Air Max and all of its variations enmeshed themselves onto local subcultures, much like how Air Force 1 became part of streetballers’ ensembles here in the U.S.
To highlight the symbiotic relationship between the three cities and the Nike Air Max family, Nike Sportswear created the “Home Turf” Collection. A total of 12 designs, with each pack of four linking to each city. For London, it is the contrast between modernity and traditions with Nike Air Max 1 Hyperfuse, the Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse, the Nike Air Max 1 2013 and the Nike Air Max 95. For the city of Milan, it is able the luxe life and premium craftsmanship with Air Max 97 2013, the Air Max 1, Air Max 97 and Air Max 90. Finally, for Paris, the City of Light, it is about timeless classics and the familiar naval-inspired stripes with Air Max Classic BW, Air Max 90, Air Max 2013 and Air Max 1 Hyperfuse.
The European love affair will start this Friday February 15th, with limited availability at select Nike Sportswear retailers. A general release will take place next month on March 27th.
Arguably the biggest act in Electronica history, Daft Punk has announced the title of their upcoming new album, Random Access Memories and also released a small snippet of some of the music from the new project. Besides the Tron score and soundtrack, it’s been forever since the dynamic duo has released any original material, and it’s long overdue. We can’t wait to hear it. Check out the snippet below and let us know what you think.
Seattle played host to this year’s WeDay Conference, and our extended family from Rated PG, PG Fam, and RNG joined in on the festivities. Joined by the Massive Monkees, they performed a dance showcase to a packed house at the Key Arena yesterday. Catch a few of the dancers rocking pieces from our new Spring Line: A Hooligan Collection in the video below.
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