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Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club x Timberland 6-Inch Boot

Hyperbeast - 1 hour 44 min ago

Following up yesterday’s teaser, Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club provides a closer look at its latest collaborative effort with American outerwear brand Timberland. Originally seen last summer on the feet of Pharrell while attending BBC’s 10th anniversary party in Las Vegas, a pair of limited edition 6-inch crimson red boots are slated to finally drop on August 17. Additional details on this ultra-trendy drop include tonal hardware throughout, a premium leather construction, a translucent outsole, Timberland’s iconic tree logo, two laces options, and a special Bee Line embroidered hang tag. Limited to just 300 in the USA and priced at $250 USD, the above casual work boot will be available exclusively at the Billionaire Boys Club New York flagship, with an online release to follow the next day, August 18.

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Air Jordan Future "Infrared 23"

Hyperbeast - 2 hours 3 min ago

Jordan Brand's "Infrared 23" colorway makes its way to the Air Jordan Future as a part of this fall's releases for the 11-inspired silhouette. Like most editions of the Future, the "Infrared 23" sees its namesake colorway applied to the entirety of its sleek upper, laces, and outsole with a white midsole providing the shoe's lone contrast. Set to hit Jordan Brand retailers across the globe in the months ahead, the Air Jordan Future "Infrared 23" will make its debut this Saturday, August 2 via Tokyo's Kinetics.

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From ZA to NY, Brooklyn Biltong: South African-style beef jerky cured in the open air

Cool Hunting - 5 hours 10 min ago

Dried meats are a staple in many diets around the world. From smoked jerky, the trusty American gas station fare, to South America's dried llama and alpaca snack Ch'arki, what was historically born out of a lack of refrigeration for meats is now...
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Birdman Official Trailer

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 23 min ago

Slated to hit the silver screen this fall, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a dark comedy directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel and Biutiful) and starring Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice and Batman). Searching for respect and validity in the twilight of his acting career, Riggan Thomson (Keaton) struggles to produce a Broadway play, while being constantly reminded of his role as an iconic superhero named Birdman. Costarring Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough among others, Birdman releases in theaters on October 17.


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Elka Regntoej 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 29 min ago

Presenting the third collection under its directional menswear line Elka Regntoej, longstanding Danish rainwear brand Elka delivers a few looks from its forthcoming fall/winter grouping. Without compromising the brand’s signature quality as it features welded seams and a 320 gram PVC waterproof material, this range focuses more on contemporary styling, patterns and fits, all in a wide –ranging color palette. Be on the lookout for Elka Regntoej’s fall/winter collection to hit global retailers very soon.

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A Closer Look at the Audi A8

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 38 min ago

In this edition of A Closer Look, Audi Senior Manager of Motor Products and Communications, Mark Dahncke, walks us through some of the new features of the new A8 model which has been dubbed "the driver's luxury sedan." Aside from a new hood, grill front bumper and LED headlamps incorporated into the car's lightweight aluminum-reinforced body, the A8 in particular boasts an extra 15 horsepower to bring it to a total of 435hp that pushes it from 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds.

Updates to the interior include carbon fiber copper-twill inlays paired with leather upholstery as well as a host of tech add-ons with the Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface) system. Features of the MMI system include a built-in WiFI hotspot for up to eight devices, Bang & Olufsen sound system, Google Voice search and enhanced navigation with 3D maps.

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Eddie Huang to Launch 'HUANG'S WORLD' on MUNCHIES

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 46 min ago

Despite the Eddie Huang's forthcoming television show, the chef-turned-personality maintains a relationship with Vice. Neither party is one for a grave sense of seriousness, and as such have teamed up to launch a new (kind of) show on Vice's MUNCHIES site. Dubbed "Huang's World," the show will fill the void left by Huang's previous series, telling stories of worldwide communities through the lens of food. To launch Huang's World, Vice has just released a funny new trailer featuring Huang resolving the dilemma of re-naming his show. Featuring an all-star cast that includes cameos from Rob Dyrdek and Schoolboy Q, enjoy the introductory clip above.


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DQM x Vans 2014 Summer "Square Ones" Collection

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 54 min ago

Aiming to create a true classic, New York-based skate shop DQM teamed up with Vans to produce the "Square Ones" collection. While we've recently inquired this audience about the popularity of all-red shoes, the status of white shoes seems comparably ineffable – immortal, even. Like a pair of blue jeans, the perfect white T-shirt, or a motorcycle jacket, DQM designed this special footwear collection to stand up to the test of everyday wear. Lightweight cotton ripstop fabric outfits the Authentic, Old Skool, and Sk8-Hi silhouettes, detailed with tracer cord and a cushy Ortholite insole at the interior. Enjoy a look through at timeless release from DQM and Vans, releasing August 7 in-store and online.

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Air Jordan 6 “Sport Blue” Release Date

Nice Kicks - 5 hours 59 min ago

First released in 1991 as of the five original colorways of the model, the Air Jordan 6 “Sport Blue” is coming back for its very first retro release. Returning for the first time in 23 years, the sought-after style code comes back around with its same DNA, which was uncommon for its time with a non-Bulls color combination. This Air Jordan 6 uses a white leather base with black accents that keep the focus on the sport blue midsole and detailing, finished off with an ice blue outsole. Tell us if you have been waiting two decades for these in the comment box below, and sport a pair of your own when they drop on August 30th.

Air Jordan 6 “Sport Blue”

White/Sport Blue-Black
Release Date: August 30, 2014
Price: $170

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Deejo's Ultralight Knives: Made in France, the lightest option starts at just 15 grams or two No. 2 pencils

Cool Hunting - 6 hours 5 min ago

From the downright beautiful to the purpose-built, a good knife is an essential part of anyone's kit—whether camping in the bush or getting chores done around the house. France has a knack for producing some of the most celebrated blades, from the...
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Sole Slam Manila 2014

Nice Kicks - 6 hours 6 min ago

This Sunday, Sole Slam is taking place in Manila. The original sneaker event in the Philippines is home to over 100 vendors and over 1,000 attendees. For those in Manila, it’s a chance to talk, trade, buy and sell sneakers. Get the event info on the flyer below, with tickets available at the door on the day of the event.

Sole Slam Manila 2014

August 3, 2014
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Air Jordan 1 KO “Sport Blue” Release Date

Nice Kicks - 6 hours 14 min ago

Inspired by the ever popular “Royal” 1s, the Air Jordan 1 KO “Sport Blue” sees the shoe shifting composition and colorway name. Canvas covers this AJ1 iteration, making the most of black and sport blue blocking. A white midsole caps off this KO makeup, once again resembling the “Royal” favorites. Look for the Air Jordan 1 KO “Sport Blue” to hit select Jordan Brand accounts on August 23rd.

Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG

Black/Black-Sport Blue
Release Date: August 23, 2014
Price: $140

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Release Rundown: Sneakers Available This Weekend

Nice Kicks - 6 hours 21 min ago

Copping kicks this weekend? Regardless of your answer, Release Rundown will refresh your memory on what’s dropping. From Hakeem Olajuwon OGs to a bold take on the latest Kevin Durant signature, there’s something for just about everyone over the next few days. Get a quick look at the biggest launches and let us know what’s on your radar in the comment section.

Etonic Akeem the Dream

Model: Etonic Akeem the Dream
Colorway: White/Red-Yellow
MSRP: $120
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Where To Cop: Select Etonic accounts

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H-Town Sneaker Summit Summer 14 Event Recap

Nice Kicks - 6 hours 28 min ago

Last weekend, the H-Town Sneaker Summit Summer 14 took place. Footwear enthusiasts from all over the Lone Star State and far beyond came together in Space City to talk kicks, buy kicks, sell kicks and trade kicks. The turnout was huge per usual, with many collector tables set up and tons of vendors. Bun B, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Z-Ro and OG Ron C were among the many Texas hip-hop legends in the house, with Trae Tha Truth debuting a new track to cap off the night. Check out some of the sight’s from the H-Town Sneaker Summit Summer 14 in the photos below.

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No Boundaries: A HYPETRAK Interview with K-Pop Star Taeyang

Hyperbeast - 6 hours 31 min ago

With K-Pop music entering a new era of popularity, one of South Korea's finest practitioners shines amongst his contemporaries. This of course is none other than 26 year-old singer Taeyang, who with hits such as "Wedding Dress," and (more recently) "Eyes, Nose Lips" under his belt, is breaking down barriers between culturally-specific genres in music. HYPETRAK caught the opportunity to sit down with Taeyang (neé Dong Young-bae) to converse about his latest LP, Rise, as well as chart his growth as an international sensation. Check out a brief excerpt from the piece below and head over to HYPETRAK to read the interview in its entirety.

Taeyang's LP Rise is available now via iTunes.

Tell us about how you first got into music?

I got into music at a very young age. My introduction to music was through playing the Piano. Way back then I loved Beethoven and Schubert.

In Korea, there's a "trainee process" when entering the music industry. Can you tell us about how that began for you and your first involvements with YG?

My first opportunity in the music industry was when I was chosen as an extra in Jinusean's “A-Yo” (YG artist at the time) music video. Hip-hop inspired me, and it was after that I decided my future was to be a musician with YG Entertainment.

What are the difficulties when deciding to "play it safe" and cater to your following or trying something new?

My first priority is to always show something new, but even in doing so, the important thing is finding the right balance. There's a constant fight between the two.

How would you compare the U.S. and Asia music scenes?

There really is no difference, I find that music is music.

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Nike's "House of Mamba" LED Basketball Court

Hyperbeast - 6 hours 43 min ago

Coinciding with Nike Basketball's summer-long "RISE" campaign is the brand new House of Mamba--a state-of-the-art basketball facility in Shanghai. Set to host 30 players representing 27 different cities--each of whom was selected last week by none other than LeBron James--for next leg of the campaign, the Kobe-centric facility is highlighted by a full-sized LED basketball court. The first of its kind, the court brings graphics, video, and player-tracking to life, utilizing motion-tracking and reactive LED visualization to train, guide, and challenge the RISE players through a variety of drills--all of which are based on Bryant's own training and adapted specifically for the court.

Stay tuned for more from the "RISE" campaign and the House of Mamba as the Black Mamba himself will cut the remaining 30 players down to just 10, each of whom will compete at the RISE Final held at Wukesong Basketball Park in Beijing on August 16. The three winners from the final will then make their way to Barcelona to participate in the Nike World Basketball Festival from September 5 through September 7.

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Rae Sremmurd Talk Sneakers, Style & “No Flex Zone”

Nice Kicks - 6 hours 52 min ago

The advent of the internet has made hip-hop the most creative, most productive and fastest evolving genre in music. Just the same, it makes the copying within all the more apparent. Beats are jacked, flows are stolen and looks get played out faster than Tumblrs get refreshed. Simply put, to elevate, you have to innovate. Under the leadership of Mike WiLL Made It but under the influence of no one, Rae Sremmurd has climbed the charts with the surprise hit of the summer, “No Flex Zone,” by simply doing them.

Copy other artists? Please, they know better. Reliant on their own cadences, charisma and dress code, the young duo has the whole country jamming their record and the biggest names in hip-hop jumping on their momentum. We caught up with Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee to discuss their taste in sneakers, original approach to style and the response to their summer smash.

Nice Kicks: When did you guys first get into sneakers?

Slim Jimmy: We always liked sneaker, we always really liked kicks.

Swae Lee: But we couldn’t always afford them.

Slim Jimmy: So we used to wear Vans and whatever we could afford really.

Nice Kicks: Now that you guys are on, which models stay in your rotation these days?

Slim Jimmy: Right now we’re rocking the old school British Knights, old Jordans.

Swae Lee: British Knights, just crazy looking shoes. We had this girl customize some Forces, too. Those are hot.

Nice Kicks: Which kicks are you still looking to pick up?

Swae Lee: Really whatever’s hot, something that stands out. Whatever everybody else doesn’t have or what people are scared to rock.

Nice Kicks: Growing up, who did you look up to from a style standpoint?

Slim Jimmy: I can’t really say anybody’s style, I never really looked up to anybody like that. I just like to experiment.

Swae Lee: I always had different style. I’d always change mine up and do what I felt like was hot.

Nice Kicks: You guys both seem to have a pretty unique fashion sense. Now that you’ve arrived, how important is it that you maintain/evolve your own style?

Slim Jimmy: It’s real important, hopefully people start dressing like us or trying to.

Swae Lee: Trendsetters!

Nice Kicks: Would you say there are certain pieces of your wardrobe that are staples of your look right now?

Swae Lee: Bandannas for me. I always wear different bandannas and keep my outfit with them.

Slim Jimmy: I like gas masks. Gas masks and skateboards. Those (sneaker gas masks) are crazy. I’m interested in finding one.

Nice Kicks: Moving on to music, what’s been your response to the takeoff of “No Flex Zone” this summer?

Slim Jimmy: Love it, it’s a blessing. We’re feeling great, we’re loving the energy and the experience.

Swae Lee: We love it. We’re getting a lot of good reaction from the crowd and different people. And it’s not like a certain group of people giving us a good reaction, it’s everybody. It’s a positive reaction, I’m feeling good about it.

Nice Kicks: Of the remixes so far, which ones have stood out as your favorite?

Slim Jimmy: I like ‘em all, I’m not even gonna lie.

Swae Lee: I liked Nicki Minaj, I liked Pusha-T, Juicy J, Ace Hood went in on it. Man, everybody just went in.

Nice Kicks: What should Nice Kicks readers expect next from you guys on the foot and on the airwaves?

Slim Jimmy: Fashion wise, you never know what to expect. We’re going to keep growing, keep changing and keep developing. On the music, the same thing.

Swae Lee: You never know what to expect next, we might come with a whole different genre, we might come with (completely) different beats.

Slim Jimmy: We’re trying to land on the moon, we’re going to be the first artists on the moon.

“No Flex Zone” is available now on iTunes. Check out their single “We” on Soundcloud and keep up with Lee and Jimmy on Instagram.

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Engineered Garments x Vault by Vans 2014 Fall OG Classic Slip-On LX for NEPENTHES

Hyperbeast - 6 hours 57 min ago

After first surfacing quite a few months back, this fall's collaborative release from Engineered Garments and Vault by Vans is finally set for a drop over the weekend. The successor to last year's release, the Fall 2014 collection focuses on just a single silhouette, draping Vault's premium take on the Classic Slip-On in mismatching combinations of leather and suede. Look for the trio of colorways to be available exclusively at NEPENTHES locations beginning this Saturday, August 2 for ¥12,500 JPY (approximately $122 USD) per pair.

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Renault Sport R.S. 01 Teaser

Hyperbeast - 6 hours 59 min ago

French heritage automaker Renault is set to lift the garage doors on its latest and greatest sports car: the R.S. 01. Meant to sit prettily beside the likes of Ford's ST series and Volkswagon's R line, the 500-horsepower racer signifies a move toward the racetrack – rather than the streets – for the brand. The chassis is said to be composed of racing-spec Dallara carbon-monocoque, armed with a seven-speed sequential transmission and boasting Michelin slicks standard. Details surrounding the RS 01 are being kept mum by Renault Sport ahead of the car's August 28 debut in Moscow. For now, enjoy the teaser above. 


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Interstellar Official Trailer #3

Hyperbeast - 7 hours 2 min ago

Legendary Pictures, Paramount, and Warner Bros. present the latest look at Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated science-fiction epic Interstellar. The best look yet at the film's space travel, the trailer highlights Matthew McConaughey's crew as it looks to travel through a newly discovered wormhole, uncovering potentially habitable worlds that could stave off mankind's extinction on earth. Starring McConaughey alongside an ensemble cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, and Matt Damon, Interstellar is due out November 6.


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