Guns n’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy”, The Fugees’ reunion album, Dr. Dre’s “Detox” and Raekwon’s “Only Built for Cuban Linx 2” all have something in common. These are all highly anticipated albums by celebrated artists that have supposedly been in the works for years but for whatever reason have never seen the light of day. The anticipation for the unheard albums both work for and against the artists. After a few years pass the albums begin to live in myth as fans fantasize what the album could sound like setting the hype bar extremely high if the album is actually released. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic and influential mid 90’s Mafioso masterpiece “Only built for Cuban Links” has been in the works, as Rae has gone through label switches and album false starts. Wu Tang loyalists have been salivating at the mouth at every tidbit of information or leaked track since the announcement of the album, only to be disappointed as album release dates continuously seem to move backwards.
Just as fans seem to lose all hope a new track from Raekwon pops up on the internet like a lost gem, again peeking the listener’s interests. The track “Necro” featuring his partner in rhyme Ghostface Killah could have easily found its home on the original Cuban Links album. The ominous looped chanting layered by classic hip hop snares and kicks lays the foundation for a train of thought narrative that will no doubt take a couple of listens to catch. Raekwon’s delivery is still the laid back half mumble that it always has been, seemingly rhyming out of one side of his mouth through an intense marijuana haze. Ghost balances Rae’s calmness with his trademark panic flow and characteristically humorous explicit subject matter. The track gives hope to all of those anticipating the lost “Only Built for Cuban Links 2”, at least until the next leaked track.
Italian label VNGRD is now presenting their 2008 spring/summer t-shirt delivery. Titled, Time is Over the latest range features an assortment of custom cut and sewn, graphic heavy pieces such as Ancient, Bomba Checkers, and Check This Out, along with collabos from photographer Lele Saveri and vinyl collective Dig Deep. All VNGRD pieces are made in Italy. Available now at VNGRD retailers and online at store.vngrd.org. Also, new for this season is a US and Canada only store at store-us.vngrd.org.
Hip Hop artist Kanye West recently performed at the G-Shock 25th Anniversary Party in New York. During his performance, there was a freestyle segment in which he spit “DRESSED LIKE I’M HYPEBEAST”. It’s undeniable the effect and influence Kanye has had bringing many new products into the limelight and instantly making them popular with the most popular example the Ato Matsumoto sneakers. The line comes up around 2:49 so check it out.
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Here we’re showing you the latest releases from the Yo! MTV Raps and Puma collaboration. The release features several shoe models including First Round, RS-100, and Match. All the shoes use classic Yo! MTV Raps color with white, black, and neon green. Every model has wild, attention-grabbing patterns but the high-top First Round definitely stands out with a huge YO! black and pink logo on the tongue. Available at Puma retailers this coming weekend.
Capturing all the hype surrounding Rock Star Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV, Matthew Johnson has compiled a detailed photoset comparing both the real life landscape of New York City vs. the pixelated fictional version of Liberty City . You’d be surprised at how closely modeled the latter is with the photos revealing many similar buildings and locations.