The shock factor of Gangster rap has been eroded for more than a decade now. The listening public is no longer appalled and pleasured by the unabashed mentioning of automatic weapons and the sale of illegal pharmaceuticals as we once were. The shtick has become so common place that we now have come to expect it. However, every now and then a veteran comes along and challenges our perception of the genre and actually makes it dangerous again. Prodigy of Mobb Deep was once considered musically dead by several musical critics. His vivid street analysis seemed to wane over the years and his pairing with the polarizing G-unit crew seemed to turn off some lifelong fans.
However, with a new concentrated focus and a more precise brutal delivery Prodigy has picked up where he left off with his mixtape offering last year “Return of the Mac”. His current release “H.N.I.C 2” is some of the grimiest, nihilistic gangster rap you will hear this entire year. P’s flow has become less complicated and straighter to the point adding to the gritty realism of his current release. Also his paranoid conspiracy theorist persona that was delivered in early Mobb albums is not only back in full force it dictates the tone of the entire album. Sonically, Alchemist takes the brunt of the production and masterfully lays down eerie tracks for P to brutalize. Maybe its Ps current jail sentence or his frantically weird new blog postings that makes the listener believe every word he says on the album. Either way, I dare you to turn on “Veteran’s Memorial” and not get shivers up your spine. H.N.I.C indeed.
A piece of adidas’ basketball legacy is set to return as samples have surfaced of the adidas Mutumbo. Since Dikembe Mutumbo’s playing days were rounded out with Nike as opposed to the three stripes, this sneaker will most likely release under a naming format similar to how adidas changed Kobe’s old signature to the Crazy 8. Also to be noted, certain original graphics have been removed but still keeping much of the sneakers anatomy in check. No word yet on a release date.
Source: Sole Collector, guillotine
Our original preview of the future Neck Face x Vans collection consisted of three models, revolving mostly around a black/rust color combo. However news has surfaced regarding a further compliment to the collection featuring a joint effort between Neck Face and Brooklyn skate shop KCDC on a Tron blue and black joint. The pictures don’t tell much, however an alleged release date for these is slated for June 1st.
Originally plying his trade as the co-creator of the Lineage Gallery in Philadelphia, Joshua Liner has opened the doors to his self-titled gallery in New York amidst a stellar all-star cast of artists. The always informative SuperTouch was on hand to provide a strong recap of an event including the likes of Futura, Mark Dean Veca, Crash One, Ron English, David Choong Lee, Greg Simkins and Stash. This debut exhibition will conclude on May 10th.
Joshua Liner Gallery – locked & loaded Inaugural Group Exhibition
548 W. 28th Street
New York NY 10001
An updated list of Medicom Toy’s collaboration and themed Bearbricks for the upcoming months have been unveiled. Comprising of five new styles, they include Tokidoki, Batman & Joker, Stussy Destiny Skullacons, Queen and Naruto. The releases dates for each Bearbrick are varied throughout the next few months.
One of Nike’s lesser seen silhouettes has recently received a new update coming on the heels of a revival that seems to be initiated by the likes of an upcoming Fragment Design. The Tennis Classic Velcro is highlighted by a premium material base, gum sole and suede highlights. Three colors are available for this updated classic. Available now at Shoeciety.