Last week HYPETRAK caught up with Nas to chat about his Time Is Illmatic documentary -- a film which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Queens rapper's Illmatic LP. In this latest segment, producers One9 and Erik Parker shed some light on the production of the documentary. The two speak on how their different backgrounds in street art and music journalism had helped bring to life themes touched on in hits like "N.Y. State of Mind" and "One Love," while also noting the influence of Illmatic on hip-hop and how it gave a "voice to the voiceless." Check out a snippet of the interview below and head to HYPETRAK for the full piece.
When was the first time the idea of the documentary came up?
EP: I was a music editor for VIBE in 2004 and I was working on the story for the 10-year anniversary ofIllmatic, and when that story came out we did an interview with Nas, what people thought about Illmaticand that sort of thing. But it just didn't have enough weight to tell the story of Illmatic as I thought it might needed it to be told, so I got with One9 here and a few other friends who, One9 is a big fan of Illmatic, and comes from the same kind of world view and perspective that I do but he's a visual storyteller, a visual artist, and I have a journalist background and we all got together and started shooting interviews. Booking interviews and just started interviewing people about Illmatic.
What made you decide to produce it?
One9: We decided, you know, Illmatic really deserved a legacy story. Something that was bigger than just a music doc -- we didn't wanna make a music documentary, we wanted to create and be able to tell a story that spoke to generations. It was bigger than a hip-hop doc, really. It was a story of survival, a story of being really historical with different cultural backgrounds. His father's generation, the history of Queensbridge -- something that deserved to be bigger than TV. We wanted to tell a long-form story of family, culture, history and legacy.
How did you approach it conceptually?
One9: Initially, Erik and I, we both come from different backgrounds. I come from a street art background, Erik is a music journalist and writer so we both took the best of our talents and looked at how do we both tell stories honestly. So we looked at Illmatic as 10 songs that looked at different issues and the main things we looked at was how can we tell the story of the history of Queensbridge houses? How can we tell the stories of the drug invasions? How can we look at the prison industrial system? They all had themes in Illmatic. "N.Y. State of Mind" looked at a bit of that New York history, looked at how drugs were coming in to Queensbridge. Nas told us he learned the definition of 'fiend' from crackfiend from the crack invasion, so he broke those down into categories. "Life's a Bitch" looks at the family being torn apart; "One Love" looks at Nas' friends being locked up. So he looked at bigger issues, and then we also deconstructed it from a music standpoint on how it related to him and how he penned those lyrics.
After giving a glimpse of the work in progress over at Hiroshi Fujiwara's new the POOL aoyama, we're back with a closer look at the finished space. Recently opened at the beginning of April, the appropriately-named concept store is housed inside the first floor of a refurbished building from the '70s and retains the feel of the swimming pool area formerly used by its residents.
The concept store will host three different categories including mainstays with the Pool Essentials, limited exclusives with the POOL Essentials — The "Moment," and a series of seasonal items connected to the shops art space in "The Temporary at the POOL."
To check out more on offer from the POOL aoyama, check out the store website here.
This installment of HYPEBEAST Spaces takes us to the headquarters of brand solutions agency Team Epiphany. As the brainchild of Coltrane Curtis along with managing partners Lisa Chu and Sky Gellatly, the New York-based organization was established as a place for big brands to go to when faced with a problem in communication. Seeing early on the potential that some of their favorite brands had, and at the same time recognizing that those brands lacked the means to communicate with the savvy consumer, Team Epiphany was born. Fast-forward ten years later, Team Epiphany has grown to over 50 members and has worked with brands such as Nike, Pepsi, EA Sports, JBL and Heineken, to name but a few. The 8,200 square-foot work space was kept open and uncluttered -- almost mimicking a gallery space -- to provide ample personal space and facilitate potential future growth. Watch the video above for a closer look at the inner workings of Team Epiphany.
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A symbol of spring, beauty and the ephemeral nature of life, the cherry blossom highlights 10.Deep's Spring/Summer 2014 "Far East" collection and provides the basis for some of this season's standout pieces. The brand's latest custom print features on garments like a 100% cotton fleece crewneck sweatshirt, sweatpants and a hoodie, as well as our favorite -- a lightweight canvas jacket with an antique brass two-way zipper and felt chest applique. Perfect for layering over a solid tee during transitional weather, 10.Deep's eye-catching "Cherry Blossom" styles are available now -- along with more items from its Spring/Summer 2014 collection -- at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Yesterday we showed you the Laser Crimson Nike Kobe 9 EM Low in a grade school size and as we promised individuals with bigger feet will have the chance to purchase. We now have a detailed look at the adult sizes.
There is not a difference between GS and adult sizes, but just to give you a small recap black is plastered up top, crimson hits up the eyelets, signature, liner and bleeds through the flywire and then we have wolf grey in the middle of the midsole with a crackle finish.
Retailers will get the Laser Crimson Kobe 9 Low on May 1st 2014 but the Nike Store has them listed for a May 3rd launch with a price tag of $160. Now available at Social Status.
Nike Kobe 9 EM Low Laser Crimson
646701-001 Black/White-Laser Crimson-Wolf Grey
Following the release of A$AP Mob and A$AP Twelvy's "Xscape," a music video has now surfaced to accompany the track. Complementing the cinematic strings-led instrumental and Twelvy's grisly flow, the video finds the rapper and his A$AP Mob cohorts at Times Square with none other than Puff Daddy, while other cuts show the group lurking in dimly-lit streets and corridors. Directed by Simon Davis, the release speaks on the inner city struggles of youth in NYC and is another showcase of A$AP Mob's diverse rap styles. Look for "Xscape" on A$AP Mob's forthcoming album L.O.R.D.
The SUPRA Skytop IV returns in a stealthy new "Black Crocodile" colorway. This latest drop finds the sky-high silhouette decked out in crocodile-embossed black leather with an all-black sole down below. Inside is a moisture-wicking lining and plenty of padding to keep your feet dry and protected during skate sessions. Look for these now at select stockists including Feature Sneaker Boutique.
Driven by simple yet meticulous tailoring, Danish street-ready label Libertine-Libertine presents a look at the latest pieces from its 2014 spring/summer range with this monochromatic lookbook. Adhering to black and white color schemes, the range is heavy on symbols and graphics, which can be seen on the label's sweatshirts, shorts and tees, while French Oxford shirts and slack pants crafted with poplin fabrics offer refined touches elsewhere. Reinterpreting wardrobe staples with progressive motifs, here's another bold effort from the Copehagen imprint. Look for the 2014 spring/summer collection to drop soon at select stockists including the HYPEBEAST Store.
Pairing a catchy art pop sensibility with bass-meets-funk rhythms, Flume has unveiled a new remix of Lorde's hypnotic single "Tennis Court." Catering to fans of both artists, the track finds the young songstress sharing her poignant falsetto over a murky bassline, while the aid of offbeat samples and smokey synths add to the atmospheric undertones. A creation of beautiful oddities that doesn't depart too far from the original melody, click play below for the compelling track and head to HYPETRAK for the latest music news and releases.
Slowly making its way to retailers is the new Nike Free Flyknit Chukka in a blazing combination of orange and volt. These bright kicks feature an orange Flyknit upper with volt threads woven in throughout. A grey tongue, laces and Swoosh, along with the white Free sole, round out the details for this latest drop. These Free Flyknit Chukkas will be available starting this weekend at select Nike stockists including Invincible.
Set to premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival is "Iverson," a new documentary focusing on the life and times of Allen Iverson. While not the first documentary of the game-changing star, this latest one looks to capture an exhaustive look at his life, starting with his early upbringing in a poverty-ridden section of Hampton, Virginia, his career on the court, and his life off it. Narrated extensively by Iverson himself, this documentary aims to capture all the highs and lows of Iverson's life and career. Look for the documentary to get a wider release following its debut later this month. Find out more info here.
Here's the latest trailer for the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to Frank Miller's Sin City released back in 2005. Co-written and co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez, the film's plot is based on the second book in Miller's comic book series with two original stories written by him exclusively for the film.
It welcomes back an ensemble cast that includes Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis while introducing Eva Green, Ray Liotta and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the fray. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is slated for an August 22 release.
Nike NSW has worked up a brand new "City" pack for the warmer months ahead. The pack includes three Air Max 90s, one Air Max 95, an Air Max 1, an Internationalist, and two Roshe Runs, each flying the flag for an international city. Representing Rio de Janeiro are a bright green, aqua, and yellow Air Max 90 Breeze and a Roshe Run Slip-On in blue and green. New York City also gets a double dose of love with both an Air Max 90 PRM and Roshe Run NM, both of which feature eye-catching polka dot print uppers. London, England also goes for doubles with a red,white and blue Air Max 95 and a grey, red and black Air Max 1 Breeze. Last but not least are Milan, Italy's Internationalist, which goes for a classy mix of different shades of grey paired with gold and red accents and Paris, France's Air Max 90 Jacquard in a combination of grey, yellow and blue. Look for the "City" pack at the end of this month at select stockists including Hype DC.
A stalwart of the ever-changing soundscape of "bass music," Henry Steinway, better known by his stage name RL Grime or Clockwork -- depending on which electro sub genre he's pursuing at any given time -- debuted in 2011 with a slew of bootlegs and remixes. As a member of Los Angeles music collective WeDidIT, RL Grime continues to cause sonic ruckus via releases on the likes of Fool's Gold, Dim Mak and Mad Decent, while remixes for Chief Keef, Drake, Cam'ron, Shlohmo and most prominently Kanye West's "Mercy" -- which garnered over 2 million SoundCloud plays -- offer other examples of his adept productions. Following from last summer's 'Infinite Daps' tour where RL Grime was joined by bass heavyweights Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth and Jim-E Stack on a list of dates across the U.S., the 23-year-old producer continues to escapade across the globe with a light selection of Essentials seen here. Check the captions above to learn more about each piece and head to RL Grime's SoundCloud for new releases and mixes.
For the spring/summer season, Vans LXVI lifts the rock on its seven-sneaker "Python" Pack consisting of the Prime, Segment, Locus, Parameter and Iso models. In using neutral colorways with hints of red and yellow, each model applies the snakeskin print in its own tasteful way to offer a unique aesthetic unlike the others. All seven models from the "Python" Pack are currently up for grabs at Vans.
Known for its signature satellite system and avant-garde marvels like the EMC, UR-210, UR-110 and CC-1 Cobra, Geneva's Urwerk mas unveiled its latest masterpiece: the UR-105M. At the heart of the design are four orbiting forged-aluminum satellites - each of which is visible throughout its 60-minute journey along the minute scale while a circular PEEK (PolyEtherEthercetone) canopy enhances the current hour. Coupled with the bronze beryllium Geneva cross-powered satellites is a honeycomb seconds disc that's synchronized to another seconds indication on the right side of the case band. Finally, a 53mm steel case - measuring 16.65mm thick - protects the entirety of the mechanism. The brand new UR-105M will soon be available at Urwerk retailers across the globe.
Having already seen a variety of renditions in the first quarter of 2014, it was only a matter of time before The Hundreds stepped up for its turn to interpret one of Reebok's Pump silhouettes. Expected to drop in the latter half of the year, the sneaker has already been shown to feature a black, white and aqua blue color scheme, which plays nicely into some themes The Hundreds has already set for Spring 2014. Also notable is the clever integration of the brand's bomb logo into the Pump tongue. No word yet on the silhouette of choice, but keep an eye out for more news on this collaboration as we approach the projected fall release.
For Fall/Winter 2014, Shawn Stussy and his S/DOUBLE atelier have taken a departure from the more surf-centric leanings of past offerings in favor of a more refined and mature aesthetic. While streetwear pieces like graphic tees, script-emblazoned caps, hoodies and military-inspired outerwear once again make appearances, they take a backseat in order to make way for the likes of tailored button-downs, slim trousers, ties, and even a slick top coat. S/DOUBLE's entire Fall/Winter 2014 collection will be available at select stockists and at the brand's own web store in the months ahead.
Tailoring its fabrication for the spring/summer season to offer benefits like lightweight construction, breathability and durability, Nike Sportswear presents its latest Tech Pack: Tech Hyperfuse. Employing various breakthroughs first offered by the sportswear giant's Hyperfuse technology, the new collection of apparel simplifies silhouettes like the Windrunner, vest and poncho by stripping away the layers of construction to feature details like ripstop fabric, taped and bonded seams, and reverse coil zippers. Transparent and packable, the range pushes the boundaries of design while also offering a convenient layering solution for a variety of weather conditions. Nike Sportswear's Tech Hyperfuse Collection - made better through subtraction - is now available exclusively at Nike.com and will be available at select NSW retailers beginning May 1.
Inspired by the sun and sea, the latest collection from Billionaire Boys Club has you covered this season with a full range of seasonal staples. For Spring/Summer 2014, the brand references everything from sun-drenched African landscapes to pirate symbols and its own familiar iconography, resulting in graphic-driven selection of goods like sweats, jackets, and even a pair of board shorts for your next trip to the shore. Fans of the label won't want to miss items like the MA-inspired Flight Path Jacket -- one of the collection's cleanest styles -- along with iconic pieces like the Arch Logo Crewneck and lounge-ready graphic sweatpants. Look for Billionaire Boys Club's Spring/Summer 2014 collection now at the HYPEBEAST Store.